February 27, 2015

MILAN - Marco de Vincenzo on Where to Shop, Dine and Even Sightsee




The Italian fashion capital of Milan has become a sort of second home...

“I’m a city explorer,” ... “I like losing myself and discovering new places, imagery and unexpected architecture.”

de Vincenzo reveals his favorite places to shop, dine and sightsee in the city.










February 24, 2015

MIYAMASOU - The Original Forager


Chef Hisato Nakahigashi and his wife, Sachiko, at their restaurant, Miyamasou, outside Kyoto, Japan.
Chef Hisato Nakahigashi and his wife, Sachiko, at their restaurant, Miyamasou, outside Kyoto, Japan. 
PHOTO:HIDEAKI HAMADA FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE





Long before René Redzepi... 
  it thrived at  Miyamasou
 - a two-Michelin-star restaurant and ryokan - just outside  Kyoto in Japan...










February 20, 2015

In Defense of the Notoriously Arrogant FRENCH WAITER


VINTAGE GARÇON | Their bow ties may be disappearing, but French waiters’ deep knowledge of food and wine endures.
VINTAGE GARÇON | Their bow ties may be disappearing, but French waiters’ deep knowledge of food and wine endures. PHOTO: GAMMA-KEYSTONE/GETTY IMAGES




THE FRENCH WAITER has a bad reputation and he knows it. 
“His favorite expression is ‘Pas possible!’ 

How to navigate your next encounter with this highly pedigreed breed...








February 12, 2015

NEW YORK - Where to Caffeinate, Juice Up and Wind Down During New York Fashion Week





Fashion Week  starts today...

With a focus on what’s mostly new and talked-about this season... a list of the best  spots for beverages...









PROVENCE Without the Crowds


AMAZING GRAZING | The village of Callian
AMAZING GRAZING | The village of Callian PHOTO: DAVID ORME FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





Winter is truffle time in the south of France, and you can have the whole place to yourself...


Provence, one of France’s most popular destinations for its lovely old villages, open-air markets and fields of lavender, is every bit as alluring during the leafless months as it is during the summer.









February 10, 2015

PARIS’s First OUTDOOR Specialty COFFEE SHOP



Take a quick scan of one of the many maps plotting out Paris’s specialty coffee bars, and you’ll notice the movement’s glaring absence in the Eighth Arrondissement.


With Honor, the city’s first independent outdoor specialty coffee shop, opening today on the well-heeled Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, the English-Australian barista couple Angelle Boucher and Daniel Warburton drop a new bean on the map...



Honor, 54 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, 75008, honor-cafe.com.












February 08, 2015

A Foodie’s Guide to COPENHAGEN


Christian Puglisi at his cafe and bakery Mirabelle, which opened in September in Nørrebro
Christian Puglisi at his cafe and bakery Mirabelle, which opened in September in Nørrebro 
PHOTO: BRENDAN AUSTIN FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





  Since René Redzepi ’s two-Michelin star Noma put the locavore-loving New Nordic Cuisine on the map, many of its alumni—including Mr. Puglisi—have opened their own restaurants and the city now boasts 17 Michelin stars... 

As we leave the last stop on our gastronomic marathon, full from a day of incredible food prepared with some of the most basic of ingredients, I’m reminded of that sometimes the most surprising things are the simplest. A secret the Danes already seem to be in on.










February 04, 2015

NEW YORK - Anthony Bourdain Boosts XI’AN FAMOUS FOOD



The Upper East Side location, which opened in late 2014
The Upper East Side location, which opened in late 2014 
PHOTO: PHOTOGRAPHY BY THOMAS GIDDINGS FOR WSJ. MAGAZINE




IN 2008, DAVID SHI, the chef at Xi’an Famous Foods in Queens - New York - called his son, Jason Wang, and said in Chinese...

“There’s a tall, old white dude here with a film crew; do you know who he is?”

He snapped a photo of the guest—stooped over a plate of lamb burgers seasoned with cumin and dressed with hot peppers and pickled jalapeños—and sent it to Wang... he learned his name... Anthony Bourdain.

Jason Wang transformed his father’s mall court eatery in Flushing, Queens, into a citywide food phenomenon...









February 03, 2015

TOKYO - Blue Bottle Coffee Offers a Fresher Brew



Chemistry: Blue Bottle Coffee is Tokyo's latest artisan roaster. | TAKUMI OTA





Tokyo’s  Kiyosumi-Shirakawa neighborhood is turning into  one of the most caffeinated corners of the capital...










February 02, 2015

Ten of the World's Finest Luxury Trains


 The Hiram Bingham (named after the American explorer who discovered the "Lost City" in 1911) travels from Poroy (just outside Cusco) to Aguas Calientes, the town from which Machu Picchu can be reached by bus, and vice versa. 






Ten of the world's best rail trips...














January 29, 2015

Restaurant CLOVER - PARIS - A New Place for the Fashion Set to Eat



Michelin-rated chef Jean-François Piège.





Charmed by their shape and attracted by their purported powers, the Parisian chef  Jean-François Piège has been collecting four-leaf clover objects for many years — but the success of his new restaurant Clover is due to a lot more than just luck...



Clover is located at 5 rue Perronet, 7th Arrondissement, Paris,
jeanfrancoispiege.com.



Restaurant Clover - PARIS










January 28, 2015

SOUTH AFRICA - Fine-Art Landscapes for Postcard Prices



The Swartberg Pass remains one of South Africa’s most spectacular mountain passes, complete with hair-raising turns - Samantha Reinders




Along Route 62popular with locals but virtually unknown to foreign visitors — there are plenty of towns and very reasonable prices...











January 06, 2015

MADRID - A New Restaurant Features a Rotating Cast of Regional Chefs


The Table - Madrid






THE PROJECT

a pop up table - a pop up chef - a pop up menu -
 a pop up restaurant


A Kitchen, a Restaurant, a Hotel, a City...universe enough to host our brightest stars.
Six of our most promising up and coming chefs stay chez nous for a month, invading our kitchen and restaurant and making them home, and allowing us to get a glimpse into their world. 
The very best that Santiago, Cantabria, Bilbao, Barcelona, Cáceres have to offer make Hotel Urso, Madrid´s youngest and most dynamic five star hotel, into their culinary embassy.







January 05, 2015

BROTH - The New Liquid Lunch



WHAT’S HOT | Chef Tony Maws’s game bird consommé
WHAT’S HOT | Chef Tony Maws’s game bird consommé
 MICHAEL PIAZZA FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL




Chefs are finally sharing their recipe for surviving winter...

healthy, high-protein broths.


Here are three to make at home...

 from Marco Canora, David Vandenabeele and Tony Maws









December 18, 2014

“An Homage to France” - The New Japanese Masters of French Cuisine



From left: Meticulous desserts at Neige d'Ete; chef Ryuji Teshima, who serves continuously evolving tasting menus out of the new Restaurant Pages.
From left: Meticulous desserts at Neige d'Ete; chef Ryuji Teshima, who serves continuously evolving tasting menus out of the new Restaurant Pages. CreditFrom left: Courtesy of Niege d'Ete; Rina Nurra




Japan has been quietly playing a lead role in French cuisine by supplying a  tribe of talented young chefs to French restaurant kitchens...

Many of them then stay on... in Paris... three of whom have recently opened some of the French capital’s - best and most original - new restaurants...