March 22, 2017

Is GASCONY the Most Delicious Corner of FRANCE?


Even a week or so spent eating and drinking your way around this rural area of southwestern France  is enough to spark  a lifelong  love affair...


David McAninch

Le vignoble

March 21, 2017

FANNY REY - L'Auberge Saint-Rémy - The Only Woman with a New Michelin STAR

Fanny Rey : "L'étoile a été un sacré coup de boost"
Fanny Rey

 Her name -  Fanny Reyis everywhere since  February 9... 

The Season 2 Top Chef finalist is the only women to have received a new star in the Guide Michelin 2017  for her restaurant  L'Auberge Saint-Rémy,  which she opened in 2012 with her husband pâtissier Jonathan Wahid.

Mrs Rey shares her vision on " la gastronomie française"...

  L'Auberge Saint-Rémy,  Boulevard Mirabeau, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.

March 20, 2017

The 10 Coolest PLACES to EAT in 2017

The lively dining room at Machneyuda in Jerusalem (Credit: Katia Shepeliavaya)
The lively dining room at Machneyuda  in  Jerusalem (Credit: Katia Shepeliavaya)

The restaurant world is stuffed with best-of lists.
We don’t need another...

The professional class of eaters is likely already onto the next thing...

They’re unfurling their napkins in the Middle East, Latin America and even Scotland in search of culinary pleasures...

These  ten places  are where these experts would send their friends in 2017...

Ann Abel

March 02, 2017

36 Hours in FEZ - Morocco -

A medieval warren of riads  -traditional houses built around courtyards -, shops and ateliers. 

CreditDaniel Rodrigues for The New York Times

Buoyed by a growing appreciation of its authenticity, Fez is rising.

In this delightful patchwork metropolis, a gust of creative modernity, with new hotels, shops and cafes complementing the city’s ancient allure...

Alexander Lobrano

February 27, 2017

The INSTANT POT - the Magic, One-Stop Kitchen Solution - Review

The  one-pot cooker  has become a home chef  sensation.

We put it through its paces...

Priya Krisna

February 21, 2017


Seafood platter and lemons

Bibendum has been a London landmark for 30 years. Now, with its relaunch, it is up to chef  Claude Bosi   to bring the stars home...

Tim Adams 

Prawn and advertising poster

Booking a table at the restaurant is simple, you can do it all in seconds on line and in real time...

February 17, 2017

OLIVE OIL Prices Are Going Through the Roof



Produced by a secular olive grove... pride of  the company.

First came zucchini and eggplant shortages. Then Iceberg lettuce disappeared from European grocery shelves.

Erratic weather in Spain and Italy - the world's biggest producers - is rippling through global olive oil markets...  

Prices for extra virgin olive oil in Italy have soared almost one-third since October...

"Olive oil is becoming a luxury,"

Vines/De Sousa

February 09, 2017


The  Michelin Guide to France 2017 has been released and the big news is that  chef  Yannick Alléno’s   Le 1947  at the Cheval Blanc hotel in  Courchevel in the French Alps is  France’s  newest three star restaurant. 

"It's a great reward after eight years of hard work,"... "I could really express what I wanted in this little restaurant perched in the mountains, with only five tables and 15 employees."...

Tom Jenkins

SPAIN’s Best COFFEE... LA PALMA's AWARD-Winning El Cafe de Don Manuel

 Bean there, done that … Rayco Rodriguez’s El Cafe de Don Manuel

On the Canary Island of La Palma, the owner of the small, sustainably run El Cafe de Don Manuel  makes espressos and barraquitos that buzz with life.

La Palma is the unlikely home of one of Spain’s best baristas...

Richard Mellor

February 08, 2017

A Genetic Fix to Put the TASTE Back in TOMATOES

Some of the many varieties of tomatoes. CreditHarry Klee/University of Florida

Over the decades, taste has drained out of supermarket  tomatoes.

Harry J. Klee, a professor of horticultural sciences at the University of Florida, thinks he can put it back in within a couple of years.

In this week’s issue of the journal Science, Dr. Klee and his colleagues describe flavor chemicals that are deficient in most modern varieties of tomatoes.

The work has taken years...

But maybe it’s too late. In the tasting panels... one of the students working in his laboratory picking out the supermarket tomato as her favorite in one of the taste tests.
“That bothers me a lot,” Dr. Klee said. “Have we trained a whole generation that doesn’t know what a good tomato is?”

For home gardeners, there is already a version available, a cross between the best-tasting heirlooms and a modern variety. In exchange for a donation of $10 or more, Dr. Klee’s laboratory will send a packet of seeds...

Kenneth Chang

January 30, 2017


Treviso radicchio PGI 

A look at the so-called 'king of winter'... 

  The most  noble of all is the late-growing Treviso radicchio salad PGI -Protected Geographical Indication a highly valued and expensive product... 

Roberta Schira

January 29, 2017

U.S. TEAM Wins BOCUSE d’Or Competition for First Time

Winners of the Bocuse d’Or in Lyon, France, were teams from the United States, center, in first place; Norway, left, in second; and Iceland, right, in third.
 CreditZsolt Szigetvary/European Pressphoto Agency

A team of American chefs on Wednesday won the biennial  Bocuse d’Or  culinary competition...

In the finals in Lyon, France... a group of 10 chefs and helpers from the United States won the gold medal. Norway took the silver medal, and Iceland won the bronze...

“I promised Monsieur Paul 10 years ago that we’d make it to the top of the podium,” said the  chef Thomas Keller, who is the president of Team U.S.A. “We made it in nine.”...

Florence Fabricant

January 26, 2017

Where in the WORLD to FEAST for CHINESE New Year

A dish of  gong bao chicken is surrounded by liquid nitrogen at A Wong restaurant in London 
Source: Lotus

The Year of the Rooster   will be celebrated by Chinese communities around the world  from Jan. 27...

Food is central to Chinese culture and the holiday is a time for sharing  traditional delicacies representing good fortune...

Here are some great restaurants to welcome the new year...

Vines/Krader/Obiki Pearson/Millson
Soup dumplings -xiao long bao- are the specialty at Din Tai Fung.
Source: Din Tai Fung

January 25, 2017

SHANGHAI Dwellings Vanish, and With Them, a Way of Life

The exterior of the Museum of the First National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party in Shanghai, housed in shikumen saved from the wrecker’s ball because of their roles in the congress’s clandestine first meeting.CreditLauryn Ishak for The New York Times

“Up until the ’90s, 80 percent of the population lived in two or three-story  shikumen, ...  “They were basically city blocks that functioned as gated communities, with guards manning the front entrance. The whole essence of  old  Shanghai  was that life was lived horizontally — all the activity happened at street level.”

In tearing down  shikumen...  government officials are erasing  the architectural form that saw the birth of the  uniquely Chinese version of Communism.

Fortunately... enough examples of Shanghais  historic architecture have survived...  

To walk through Shanghai’s last remaining shikumen -traditional alleyway complexes entered through a stone-framed kumen, or gateway- is to return to the wicked, glamorous “Paris of the Orient”... 

Taras Crescoe
TARAS GRESCOE is the author of “Shanghai Grand: Forbidden Love and International Intrigue in a Doomed World” (St. Martin’s Press).