June 10, 2017

Lombok’s GILI Islands... Scuba Diving Deep Down in TURTLE Heaven


One of the Gili Island turtles, spotted while scuba diving.









Turtles aren’t the only  drawcard  of the Gilis...  If Bali, with its sprawling resorts and persistent touts, feels overcooked, here you can find a slower pace of island life...







Penny Hunter












June 09, 2017

Visit TSUKIJI, a ‘Great Wonder of the World,’ While You Still Can -Japan -


Tsukiji  in full swing.
Photographer: Marka/Universal Images Group Editorial









Some  480 different kinds of  seafood... with $14.6 million worth sold daily.

Japan’s  iconic  fish market  is still  booming  after 82-years—for now...





Shoko Oda









June 05, 2017

MARRAKECH's Best RESTAURANTS


grand cafe de la poste terrase
The atmosphere is nostalgic and reminiscent of the Old World with rattan chairs, wooden blinds and pots of fern and palm trees.







Mouthwatering food  with exotic spices aside, eating is a delightful experience in Marrakech.


Breakfast is set up in sun-drenched gardens...

In the afternoon, there are swanky rooftop bars where cocktail glasses are raised and eyes meet the views of the Atlas mountains.

Once the sun goes down, a long and slow feast begins with an array of “Moroccan salads” in tiny hand-painted vessels followed by hearty meals.



Here are some of the best  Marrakech restaurants... 






Juyoung Seo







June 03, 2017

Hone Your Knowledge of JAPANESE KITCHEN KNIVES


Nenohi Honyaki 240 Gyuto - 3 Silver Rings
Nenohi Honyaki 240 Gyuto - 3 Silver Rings








Japanese kitchen knives  have a  worldwide reputation  for  excellent  quality  and  artistic beauty.

The trouble is -  there’s so much mythology and romance surrounding them - not to mention a bewilderingly wide range of prices and types - that it can be  difficult to make a choice...





Makiko Itoh








June 02, 2017

René REDZEPI'S MEXICAN JOURNEY


René Redzepi's Mexican Journey








"Traveling broadens your view of food and culture"... 


A chat with chef  Redzepi  about  the Noma Mexico pop-up,  to find out how this journey influenced his cuisine...














May 30, 2017

36 Hours in BIARRITZ -France-


The Hôtel du Palais, the city’s landmark luxury resort and former royal residence. 
Credit Markel Redondo for The New York Times






Biarritz has cycled in and out of fashion over the years. The French resort town... hit a peak in the 1950s when California surf culture was introduced to Europe on its sandy beaches.


The surfing’s still superb... But in recent years... Hip boutiques stocked with local brands abound, and a recharged dining scene... 

Suddenly this beauty of French Basque Country is back in vogue.






 




 A late afternoon view of  Biarritz.  
Credit Markel Redondo for The New York Times











May 25, 2017

The Best New Restaurant in America Is NEW YORK’s Le COUCOU



Le COUCOU - Best New Restaurant in NEW YORK







The swank French eatery was one of several New York hotspots to win big at this year's James Beard Awards. 



Upon hearing the announcement, the Le Coucou team were “happily in shock,” even as the crowd anticipated the announcement...

The high-styled French dining room has garnered waves of buzz for its reinvigoration of big room, celeb-packed, event dining.

It's a restaurant from  Stephen Starr, who also won for Outstanding Restaurateur... 




See the full list of winners...





Chris Rovzar



A restaurant - opened in the calendar year before the award will be given - that already displays excellence in food, beverage, and service and that is likely to make a significant impact in years to come.










May 14, 2017

Diving into the Myriad Ways to Enjoy JAPAN’s SEA GREENS


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Sake and Chef Mikuni's dashi making kit including dried bonito and konbu. © WhereNYC









Sea greens - most often called seaweed - are perhaps the most overlooked  treasures of Japanese food culture.

When dried, they keep forever...  Full of nutrients, fiber and flavor, sea greens  can be added at the last minute to dishes — Western or Japanese — almost as a garnish.

The seasonality of the sea... remains relatively unknown even among the most serious food lovers...

Spring is the season for fresh sea greens... 






Nancy Singleton









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






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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Pinot Noir






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



HAMMAM







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?


Vineyards








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...



Médailles 






David McAninch


Le vignoble