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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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Take a Stab at Recreating Katherine Sabbath's Gorgeous Persian Love Cake

Jan 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sydney-based Katherine Sabbath creates the most amazing looking desserts and the impressive part is that she is entirely self-taught (she was a high school teacher before turning to baking full-time). Her brightly-colored creations have exploded over her Instagram and Facebook accounts, earning her an incredible fan base in a pretty short amount of time. Considering her tall cakes look like they came straight from Candy Land, it’s not a surprise. 

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Baja's Hottest Chef Now Has One of San Diego's Best New Restaurants

Jan 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

By now you’ve probably heard of Bracero Cocina de Raíz in Little Italy. Helmed by Mexican superstar chef Javier Plascencia, the eatery has been buzzed about in foodie circles since before it opened. Along with winning numerous awards and titles, Chef Plascencia has been featured in The New York TimesThe New Yorker and appeared on ABC’s The Taste as a guest mentor alongside renowned chefs Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samuelsson, Nigella Lawson and Ludo Lefebvre.

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Adventures in New Zealand: A Guide to Creating the Perfect Queenstown Itinerary

Jan 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

In the far region of New Zealand’s south island is magical Queenstown. Equal parts adrenaline-charged action and jaw-dropping beauty, the city also offers pure luxury and an epicurean experience to rival the world’s best. Flying into Queenstown for the first time sets the scene. On final approach the aircraft dips into a valley between snow-covered mountains before the lake-front town comes into view. Queenstown is simply gorgeous.

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Wake Up to 2016 with LA’s Best New Year’s Day Brunches

Dec 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Whether you need to recover from an overzealous New Year’s Eve or just want to start 2016 with a really good meal, Los Angeles chefs are cooking up perfect day-after menus for brunch on January 1. What do they recommend for hangover cures?  “Water, sleep and foods with fatty acids,” says Executive Chef Michael Hung of Viviane. 

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6 Italian Restaurants Where Celebrity Sightings & Exquisite Fares Are Just Another Day on Lake Como

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With celebrities such as George Clooney, Robert De Niro and business magnate Richard Branson having vacation homes in the area, restaurants along Italy’s beautiful Lake Como serve up some very creative dishes. By far, the best way to enjoy this Italian gourmet tour is to rent a car and meander along the lake shoreline to stop off at the below leading restaurants.

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Los Angeles Claims 8th Best Restaurant in the US, N/Naka Makes OpenTable's Top 10 List

Dec 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever eaten at Los Angeles’ n/naka, then congrats, you’ve eaten at one of the nation’s top 10 restaurants. Announced last week, OpenTable released their list of the best 100 eateries in America and five of the top 10 hail from the west coast (three from California). Based on an analysis of more than 5 million reviews, the rankings were from verified diners across over 20,000 restaurants.

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Philly's Vetri Restaurant Cracks Top 10 Best Restaurants in America

Dec 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

OpenTable released its list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015 last week and Philly’s very own Vetri cracked the top 10. The list is tallied by using the site’s over five million restaurant reviews and whittling down 20,000 establishments to just 100. With over 1,100 reviews and a five-star rating, it’s no surprise that the rustic Vetri came in tenth. 

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4 of Dublin’s Best Restaurants From Local Favorites to Michelin-Starred Experiences

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Ivan Dimitrijevic

Dublin’s gourmet dining scene is ever expanding, with old and new coming together to offer locals and visitors a wide variety of culinary options. Whether you’re a carnivore or an all-natural vegetarian, this iconic city can provide. The below four restaurants bring some much-needed experimentation to local tradition, offering special menus, romantic settings, chef interactions and gorgeous scenery.

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Chef Thomas Keller Brings José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis to Epic Hudson Yards Project

Dec 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Imagine a food court in which instead of Sbarro and Panda Express, there were eateries led by chefs Thomas Keller, José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis. Come 2018, that will basically be a reality for New Yorkers, thanks to the upcoming Hudson Yards.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Takes Over the City & Names Chef of the Fest 



Dec 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Executive Chef Aron Schwartz at Marina Kitchen within San Diego's Marriott Marquis Hotel went away with the highly coveted “Chef of the Fest” title at the 2015 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival which took place from November 16-22. 

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From Elegant Resorts to Tableside Tortilla Soup & Recording Studios Within Hotels, This is the New Los Cabos

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Knowing that last year’s Hurricane Odile did its best to crush the seaside tourist hotspot, I didn’t quite know what to expect on my very first trip to Cabo San Lucas. It turns out that aside for some residual hotel renovations, the city has almost completely recovered from the weather disaster. It became pretty obvious within my first day there that locals and business owners are still trying to get the word out that Cabo is bigger and better than ever, with fun desert adventures to be had and gourmet food to be devoured. 

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Award-Winning Chef Dylan McGrath Makes Eating Healthy Effortless at Dublin's Rustic Stone

Nov 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The perfect location can make or break a restaurant, but that isn’t an issue for Rustic Stone in downtown Dublin. Just a short stroll from Trinity College where literary luminaries such as Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett developed their penmanship, Rustic Stone sits across from one of Dublin’s trendiest areas, Temple Bar. 

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Go Ahead and Grab Seconds of This Guilt-Free Pistachio Pumpkin Cheesecake

Nov 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, James Beard Award-winning chef Cheryl Forberg seems to know a thing or two about healthy eating, especially when it comes to our holiday favorites. Sure, you can go on a strict diet right after Thanksgiving as a punishment for that second (or fourth) slice of pie, or you can prepare a recipe that really isn’t that bad to begin with. 

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