January 22, 2017

Discovering CHAMPAGNE

When you think of Champagne, you imagine  a part of  France   that is the exclusive domain of an elite circle of initiates dedicated to the bubbly cult...

On the contrary, once you get there, you discover a region  that is  quite different  from anything you imagined, an enjoyable place to stay. 

The Coteaux, Maisons et Caves de Champagne...  a UNESCO world heritage site since 2015, represents the human and geographical landscape, which varies considerably from one area to another...

Champagne region in France - Harvesting. How did it come to pass that the popping of a champagne cork marks so many rites of passage? The sound equals celebration, euphoria, love, friends and family. The sour-sweet bubbles taste of glamour, success and decadence. I have come to Epernay, the "capital" of Champagne, in Champagne-Ardenne, north-east of Paris, to explore the place where the global love affair with bubbly began.:

If you are on your first visit to Champagne, we suggest a short yet densely packed itinerary between the two main cities of the region, Reims and Epernay.

Giorgia Cannarella

Moët and Chandon


January 20, 2017

A SUSHI MASTER’s FIVE Simple RULES for Not Embarrassing Yourself

Sushi that’s not asking for an extra dose of soy sauce.
Photographer: Evan Sung

Please...  for the love of God...  do not ask for more soy sauce...

If there’s one type of restaurant where  rules  matter, it’s a   sushi bar.

Consider the legendary Sukiyabashi Jiro in Tokyo... subject of the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, cooks apprentice for a decade at minimum and must become expert at handling the fish before they’re even allowed to pick up a knife and cut it.

Daisuke Nakazawa did his time at Jiro...  though less strict... the man still has rules... Expect them to be in effect at his upcoming  restaurant at the Trump International Hotel   in Washington, D.C...

Now behave...

Be on time... Seriously

Don’t ask for wasabi or soy sauce

Anticipate any unwanted  selections—and say so

Pair your sushi with Champagne

Talk to the chef—but  don’t offer  to buy him  a drink

Kate Krader

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Chef Daisuke Nakazawa.

 Photographer: Daniel Krieger

January 18, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C.'s Best Restaurants - A Neighborhood Guide

Fiola Mare - Washington DC - close to the Kennedy Center and the Waterfront

The  nation’s capital  has been enjoying a bit of a  resurgence when it comes to  food. Menus boast locally sourced ingredients and lots of creative touches.

There is a great place to eat regardless what part of the city you find yourself in.

Below are some favorites...  all of these restaurants offer terrific food, great atmosphere and a non-fussy vibe...

Sherrie Nachman

January 17, 2017

René REDZEPI on NOMA’s LAST SUPPER – and What Comes Next

‘We created a community’: Rene Redzepi, centre, at  Noma
Photograph: Ty Stange for the Observer

The decade’s greatest  restaurant  will serve its final meal  next month. Head chef René Redzepi talks about his new restaurant that will again revolutionise cooking – Noma 2.0

The new Noma will feel closer to nature. “There are birds there, and wildlife,”...  and the cooking will reflect this proximity. The kitchen will not just adapt to the seasons but be defined by them...

Lisa Abend

January 15, 2017



Irish coffee is a mad and beautiful thing, but if you want that  smoky bourbon coffee taste... look no further than  the newly-launched  Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey Coffee.

The non-alcoholic product is 100% Arabica coffee...  roasted medium and infused with Old No.7.

“We use the best tasting and highest quality coffees in the world and now add to that the authentic taste and aroma of Jack Daniel’s,”...

Christopher Hooton

January 14, 2017

The SKIER’s Guide to DAVOS

Skiers travel up the Parsenn mountain by gondola in Davos - Switzerland.
Photographer: Matthew Lloyd/Bloomberg

Every January, titans of industry ascend to the Swiss ski resort of  Davos  for four days of gabbing and glad-handing at the World Economic Forum. A few of them will actually ski.

If your address book is sufficiently unburdened to allow a few hours on the pistes, Benedikt Germanier can help you find the right place to point your boards.

Depending on how you count them, Davos is about a half-dozen areas   that spill down the mountains on both sides of town...

The slopes tend to be pretty empty  during the Forum... and recent snowfall...  -Most of the lifts in the area are now open.-

David Rocks

January 13, 2017


This restaurant near Trafalgar Square marries an English chop house with the flavors of north India. Chefs prepare the food in tandoor ovens in an open kitchen.

A celebrated Indian chef told me recently that the Indian food  in  London is better than anything available in Mumbai and New Delhi...

What's most exciting is  a batch of new restaurants that makes it even better, going far beyond the traditional curry house... 

Some focus on regional cuisinesfrom areas such as  Kolkata or Andhra Pradesh— while others celebrate street food and home cooking... 

Calcutta Street
29 Tottenham Street
This Bengali restaurant in Fitzrovia serves the kind of food that chef Shrimoyee Chakraborty enjoyed as a child in Kolkata. 

Cinnamon Bazaar 
28 Maiden Lane, WC2E 7JS
This inexpensive and colorful restaurant near Trafalgar Square serves an eclectic menu inspired by the bazaars of the world. 

Dum Biryani House
187B Wardour Street

The short menu is based on Telugu cuisine from Andhra Pradesh
 and Telangana in South India.

Kricket Soho
12 Denman Street
Kricket is one of my favorite restaurants in London—for any cuisine. The focus is on delicately spiced dishes inspired by Indian cooking but made with British ingredients. It's a world away from the overcooked meat in heavy sauces served in curry houses. 

Talli Joe
152-154 Shaftesbury Avenue
There is a real focus on high-quality cooking.

Tandoor Chop House
8 Adelaide Street
A snack of Dexter dripping keema naan with green chili (£5) at the TANDOOR CHOP HOUSE features soft Indian bread soaked in roasting juices. It is sensational. The Amritsari crispy lamb chops (£16) are as juicy and delicious as any in London

Vineet Bhatia London
10 Lincoln Street
Vineet Bhatia is a trailblazer for gourmet Indian cuisine in London, picking up Michelin stars at Zaika and Rasoi Vineet Bhatia along the way.

8 Mount Street
When some Indian chefs are going for an understated modern look, Jamavar is comfortably deluxe. The food is first class.

Richard Vines

January 10, 2017

SHOJIN RYORI - Japanese Chef Toshio TANAHASHI Shares His Revolutionary Philosophy of HEALTHY EATING

Toshio Tanahashi, Japanese chef
Japanese chef Toshio Tanahashi shares his revolutionary philosophy of healthy eating

Tanahashi practises shojin ryori -  the Japanese name for a  form of  Buddhist cuisine-...  He has almost  cult status  in Japan  as one of its few masters... and is seriously devoted to vegetables.

The shojin method of preparing food is a discipline that forms one of six practices leading to enlightenment... 

Meat- and fish-free, food is hand-prepared using natural materials...   'Shojin cooking is a meditation,’ Tanahashi says simply. 'There’s no stress in my kitchen.’...

Johanna Derry