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An Aussie Sampling of Tetsuya Wakuda’s Famed Fare

Mar 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Though many restaurants have come and gone over the years, Tetsuya’s has stood the test of time. The Relais & Châteaux property has in fact been a top spot in Australia’s culinary capital for nearly 30 years, claiming a place on San Pellegrino’s World’s 50 Best Restaurants nine years in a row.

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Hunter Valley Wine Country's 5 Not-to-be-Missed Restaurants

Mar 18, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Just a 2.5 hour drive from Sydney, the Hunter Valley Wine Country is the oldest and most historic wine region in Australia. As it is especially well known for Semillon and Shiraz, a visit will result in tasting endless varietal blends and expressions of these grapes along with other varietals grown in nearby regions. While the wines are the stars of the show, the valley’s dining scene is just as impressive. Every establishment strives to serve seasonal local fare that highlights the area’s wines. Here are five of the area’s best restaurants that are worth a visit:

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From Dishwasher to the James Beard House: Chef Andy Blanton

Mar 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Andy Blanton got the “cooking bug” while working as a dishwasher when he was 15. From there he went on to graduate from the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Eager to explore his Cajun culinary roots, Blanton has worked at the renowned Commanders Palace in New Orleans and Brigtsen’s Restaurant, where he cooked under the acclaimed James Beard award-winning chef: Frank Brigtsen.

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Nordic Cuisine Hits Its Stride

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

Scandinavian cuisine has undergone a complete transformation in less than a decade, with the dull and uninspiring fare of old replaced by what’s become the talk of the culinary world. The Michelin Guide has taken note, giving the region’s first three-star ranking to two restaurants, Copenhagen’s Geranium and Oslo’s Maaemo.

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The Cultural Rebirth of America’s Ghost Town

Mar 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

Walk around Detroit on a sunny day and you’ll see hipster cafés, tattoo parlors, Art Déco towers, Neo-Gothic churches, Industrial skylines, deserted Victorian mansions and glistening in the sun, the majestic river that rushes through the city. The place once known as America’s ghost town is pulsating with culture and ideas, and tourists are gathering to rediscover the city’s history and the new trendy spots that have established it as the ‘new Brooklyn.’ 

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What it Takes to Deliver Fine Dining at 30,000 Feet

Feb 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Business and First Class cabins are undoubtedly the best way to travel well. As the top airlines get more creative with their premium offerings—spacious lounges, full showers, Champagne bars, private butlers—one thing remains the same: the dining is always top notch. From caviar and lobster to local delicacies and health-conscious options, the chefs behind airline fare are perfecting the art of fine dining 30,000 feet in the sky. 

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Meet the Farmer Behind Your Favorite Michelin-Starred Menus

Feb 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant means food that not only tastes amazing, but looks it too. Plates are decorated with tiny vegetables in colors you didn’t know existed in nature, boasting award-winning flavors that surprise the palate. It should come as no surprise that chefs don’t source this type of produce from the same grocery store you buy lettuce from, instead they get it straight from Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio.

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The Rittenhouse Celebrates 25 Years of AAA Five Diamond Status

Feb 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

For the 25th consecutive year, The Rittenhouse in Philadelphia has received a AAA Five-Diamond honor. To celebrate the prestigious accolade, the property is debuting a new $10,000 package filled with indulgent spa treatments, custom jewelry and accommodations in their Park Suites.

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Chocolate Cruising For the Indulgent Traveler

Feb 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

This year, Princess Cruises is premiering its Chocolate Journeys program created by Norman Love, one of the world’s top master chocolate makers. The program ices the cake across the spectrum of on-board programs from lavish chocolate desserts to drinks, pillow treats and even decadent spa treatments.

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The Lot in San Diego Remembers What Other Luxury Cinemas Forget

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Luxury cinemas are no longer a rarity and some cities now have multiple companies to choose from. Though they all put a classier spin on “dinner and a movie,” many of them seem to put more of an effort in the latter, often forgetting about the cuisine. The Lot in San Diego takes dinner a lot more seriously than an afterthought and as a result, their restaurant can easily stand on its own.

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Chef Ari Taymor on the LA Food Scene’s Newfound Sense of Self

Feb 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Chef Ari Taymor may be young, but he’s already made a huge impact on the Los Angeles culinary scene. Before turning 30, his critically-acclaimed Alma was named the best new restaurant in 2013 by Bon Appetite, he won Best New Chef by Food & Wine and was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Award in 2015.

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Where the Parties Are At in Super Bowl City

Feb 2, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Enough about The Big Game matchup, we’re more interested in how we can hang bar-side with NFL players and mingle over appetizers with our favorite celebs. This week, the Bay is buzzing with millions of sports fans gearing up for Sunday’s event, and the city has plenty of ways to keep them entertained

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Shake it Up Onboard Holland America With the New Mixology Menu by “King Cocktail”

Jan 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

A luxury cruise is no place for mediocre martinis, Mai Tais and margaritas. To boost its bar program, Holland America has partnered with 2015 James Beard Who's Who Inductee and Master Mixologist Dale DeGroff to reinvent their cocktail menu. DeGroff's original recipes and finessed takes on the classics will debut aboard ms Eurodam this month and will expand fleet-wide to all 13 Holland America passenger ships by spring 2016.

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Michelin-Starred Chef Delivers Pre-Made Restaurant-Quality Food Straight to Your Doorstep

Jan 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Italy-born Cristina Bowerman nabbed herself a Michelin star in 2010 and just last year was named Chef Ambassador to the 2015 World Expo, making her a serious contender in the culinary world. And now she's added a meal delivery service to her list of achievements. Called Crateful, the Los Angeles-based company transforms Michelin-quality meals (which are usually pretty rich) into healthy pre-prepared dishes that you can eat every day without guilt.

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Thomas Keller's Per Se Receives Scathing Two-Star New York Times Review

Jan 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

“With each fresh review, a restaurant has to earn its stars again,” wrote New York Times reporter Pete Wells yesterday. “In its current form and at its current price, Per Se struggled and failed to do this, ranging from respectably dull at best to disappointingly flat-footed at worst.” Ouch. Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se restaurant in New York City is considered one of the best in the world, which makes the above two-star review all the more shocking.

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