April 24, 2017

How to Have Your BEST-EVER TRIP to EUROPE This Summer



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Hotel Les Roches Rouges - Saint-Raphael - French Riviera - France







Across Europe, spring is finally in the air. The trees are blooming, the parks are springing back to life...

If you’re still unsure about your summer vacation plans, here’s everything you’ll need to...  plan your best European jaunt yet... from the hottest, of-the-moment hotels to the destinations you might be overlooking...


For your best-ever trip to the continent, here's where to stay, when to go, and what not to miss.





Nikki Ekstein










April 20, 2017

10 of BILBAO’s Best PINTXOS Bars











The city’s many bars are piled high with pintxos... which are a great way of sampling regional specialities for a few euros. Or string a few together to create a brilliant bar crawl...

Bilbainos consider good pintxos a fundamental joy of daily life...  The best place to... start a pintxo crawl is Calle Ledesma, in the centre of Bilbao...













April 13, 2017

World's 50 BEST RESTAURANTS 2017





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Eleven Madison Park  in  New York has been announced as the World’s Best Restaurant on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2017.


The World’s Best Pastry Chef award went to cronut creator Dominique Ansel...








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April 11, 2017

JURA WINES - 5 Ways A Tiny Wine Region Hits It Big


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Few wine regions capture the imagination of indie wine lovers quite like the Jura, nestled in eastern France between Burgundy and the mountainous border with Switzerland.

It’s a tiny region...   which accounts for just 0.2% of French wine production overall. That means very limited availability, which means exclusivity and high demand...





Cathy Huyghe


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April 02, 2017

L’Hotel MARRAKECH - Morocco-... Check it Out!


L’Hotel Marrakech,  in the heart of the city’s medina.








With just five suites set around a beautiful courtyard garden and swimming pool, British designer  Jasper Conrans   19th-century riad  in the heart of   Marrakech’s  medina has quickly become the hottest ticket in Morocco’s fabled pink city.

L’Hotel’s rooms can be rented individually or the riad hired as a whole, making it the perfect private villa for a family or group of friends.





Christine McCabe



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March 29, 2017

We’ll Always Have PARIS... at AUGUSTINE



 Augustine - NEW YORK, Keith McNally’s latest restaurant. 
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Keith McNally switched on the lights of his latest restaurant, Augustine - inside the Beekman hotel in the financial district - on the first day of November.

New McNally projects always incite anticipation but not a great deal of suspense. Certain things are known before the first oyster is popped open. One of those things is the presence of oysters.


By unanimous consent, atmosphere is Mr. McNally’s great, almost unrivaled strength...


Augustine has the prettiest, giddiest interior he’s ever done...





Pete Wells















March 22, 2017

Is GASCONY the Most Delicious Corner of FRANCE?


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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...



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David McAninch


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March 21, 2017

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


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 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.



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


Place? 
  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. 

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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

LONDON - Claude BOSI, Terence CONRAN and the RETURN of BIBENDUM












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 





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

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February 17, 2017

OLIVE OIL Prices Are Going Through the Roof

 

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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,"





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February 09, 2017

MICHELIN Guide FRANCE 2017 – The NEW STARS









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...




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