May 27, 2015

Massimo BOTTURA’s Pope Francis-Approved Refectory, and Recipe to Turn Stale Bread Into Gold


The renovated Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan's Greco neighborhood will house a charity event organized by chef Massimo Bottura during Expo Milano 2015.
The renovated Refettorio Ambrosiano in Milan's Greco neighborhood will house a charity event organized by chef Massimo Bottura during Expo Milano 2015.
Credit Adam Robb




Italy’s most progressive exhibition of sustainable cooking commences this Thursday, when...  chef  Massimo  Bottura  opens the doors of Refettorio Ambrosiano - the once-derelict theater repurposedto educate and feed the refugees and working poor...  welcoming culinary tourists to this summer’s Expo Milano 2015...


The contemporary refectory - in the heart of the city’s under-resourced Greco neighborhood - will host a coterie of Bottura’s most charitable colleagues, beginning with Eleven Madison Park’s Daniel Humm  and former Chez Panise chef Seen Lippert...









May 25, 2015

COFFEE’s Next Generation of ROASTERS


PHOTO: ALAN GASTELUM





ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, a handful of small-time roasters set out to revolutionize their industry by approaching a cup of coffee with a chef’s reverence for ingredients and a bartender’s flair for presentation...

But as these purveyors grow into mature, influential organizations... the next class of innovators is surfacing...

Small, creative and hyperlocal, they’re - sourcing even more adventurously and sustainably, importing the best beans from the farthest corners of the earth - turning America’s long-brewing revolution into  a full-blown indie coffee diaspora...








May 22, 2015

April BLOOMFIELD’s Secrets for Prepping Vegetables


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April Bloomfield’s ‘A Girl and Her Greens’ 

Delights in the Details





April Bloomfield... believes that seasonal, veggie-centric recipes can and should be as fulfilling as meat-driven dishes.

It’s the subject of her newest cookbook, A Girl and Her Greens” ... in which she shares recipes and tips for preparing, as the cover promises, “hearty meals from the garden.”

a recipe from her book...











May 20, 2015

Le Chabanais - LONDON - The World’s First All-Brass Restaurant


The French architect Clement Blanchet envisioned Le Chabanais as the world’s first restaurant coated in brass.
The French architect Clement Blanchet envisioned Le Chabanais as the world’s first restaurant coated in brass
CreditAdrian Lourie




Two years ago, the Indian film producer Varun Talreja walked into London’s Serafino restaurant...  “The owner’s brother looked at me up and down, and he said, ‘You want to buy the place, don’t you?'” 

Fast forward to next week, when Talreja and Inaki Aizpitarte - the Basque chef-owner of Paris’s Le Chateaubriand - will reopen the former Mayfair cafe and trattoria as Le Chabanais... an all-day bistro serving lush seasonal fare amidst the clamor and glimmer of a patinated brass dining room...


Le Chabanais opens May 25 at 8 Mount Street, Mayfair, London




Le Chabanais head chef Paul Boudier, formerly of Paris’s Le Chateaubriand.
Le Chabanais head chef Paul Boudier, formerly of Paris’s Le Chateaubriand.
Credit
 Adrian Lourie









May 19, 2015

Maharajas' Express - INDIA - One Of The World's Most LUXURIOUS TRAIN TRIPS


The Maharajas' Express. - India
The Maharajas' Express.
 Photo: maharajas-express-india.com





We travelled on the India Panorama, one of five routes it is possible to take in the Maharajas' Express and one that takes in the splendours of Jaipur, Agra, Varanasi and Delhi.

The 19-car train wants for nothing to make life on board comfortable... You can even have a whole carriage to yourself, with two bedrooms, two bathrooms - one with a bath - and a lounge... 










May 17, 2015

TAIWAN - The World's Next FOODIE TRAVEL Destination


Still a favourite among travellers: Night food markets in Taipei.
Still a favourite among travellers: Night food markets in Taipei.
Photo: iStock





A new wave of restaurants... tapping in to the island's abundant fresh produce and vibrant cuisine...

Their fusion of seasonal menus... at modest prices is starting to  create an international buzz... -  Conde Nast Traveller magazine has labelled Taiwan  as the "foodie destination of 2015"...

But as the food and design scene evolves...  Taiwan's old-school street eats remain a must-try...










May 15, 2015

PARIS - The Best New BISTROS


Le Bon Georges, a post-card-pretty, traditional-style bistro in the 9th arrondissement
Le Bon Georges, a post-card-pretty, traditional-style bistro in the 9th arrondissement 
FRANCIS HAMMOND FOR THE WALL STREET 





France’s classic comfort food  is  back on the menu at this new crop  first-rate  spots...

 The one thing almost everyone wants to do when they visit Paris is have a meal at a traditional French bistro... After all, they specialize in serving meat that is braised to make it tender and then sauced with its own rich juices, which means someone’s been cooking for you all day long...

“French cooking wouldn’t exist without the bistro recipes that contain all of its delicious wisdom,”...
Julia Child -







A duck breast dish from Bistro Bellet
A duck breast dish from Bistro Bellet 
FRANCIS HAMMOND FOR THE WALL STREET JOURNAL





May 13, 2015

GOURMET BUTCHERS That Are a Cut Above the Rest


Victor Churchill, Sydney - Cooking School
Victor Churchill, Sydney
 PHOTO: PAUL GOSNEY




Design-savvy entrepreneurs are tempting foodies back to the butchers  with cooking schools, restaurants and striking interiors... all paired with a determined focus on quality and provenance.

Here are five that make our cut...





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Carrer Valldoreix 22, corella.cat





May 12, 2015

Restaurant GUY SAVOY Has a Striking New Home in PARIS






PARIS — For 28 years, one of this city’s most famous restaurants operated out of a dark, starkly modern site on rue Troyon, a banal street in the 17th Arrondissement close to the Arc de Triomphe. 

Now diners at Restaurant Guy Savoy will enter a grand top-floor space on the site of both the oldest institution in France and the oldest factory in Paris... the Monnaie de Paristhe French mint.

The mint building was founded in 864 by Charlemagne’s grandson, Charles the Bald, and once produced all of the coins of the realm.

Chef Savoy officially moves his signature restaurant on May 19...










May 10, 2015

Can CEVICHE Conquer the World? - 6 Of PERU's TOP CHEFS



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These days, Peru’s hottest export is a gang of ambitious chefs bent on global culinary domination. Here’s a guide to who’s who, plus recipes from Gastón Acurio

“PERUVIAN PRIDE, it all started with our cuisine,” said Mitsuharu Tsumura, a young Peruvian chef of Japanese origins... before joining Mr. Acurio...  flying to Chile to promote a Peruvian culinary icon... ceviche. 

  Their goal... is to turn ceviche into a “universal dish, so that one day ceviche restaurants will be opening all over the world.”





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May 06, 2015

MASSIMO BOTTURA - “I’M NOT COOKING TO CREATE GOOD FOOD”








The secret of life, of a happy life, is...

leave a little space open for poetry in which you can jump in and imagine the unimaginable...

We created a recipe with an overripe black banana that came about by listening to The Velvet Underground on vinyl...  I had just bought this mono first edition series of the album and I was looking with a lot of attention at the Andy Warhol cover and it says  “peel slowly and see.”









NICARAGUA - Two Coastlines and Way More


HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.
HOLY COWABUNGA | The beach at San Juan del Sur, a former fishing village that has grown into a laid-back surf resort on Nicaragua’s Pacific Coast.
 PHOTO: CORBIS





Nicaragua is a great place to learn to surf... there’s plenty to keep you busy — from beachcombing to climbing volcanos to noshing ceviche...