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Infographic: A Look at the World's Most Expensive Foods

Jul 23, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

We all have our favorite Michelin-starred restaurant and indulgent celebratory Champagne, but have you ever wondered what the most expensive foods out there are? We definitely have, which is why this infographic from Finances Online is so fascinating. The image compiles the most luxurious foods into the most expensive day of food you could eat (including breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert), coming to a whopping total bill of $95,065!

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3 Sites to Find Private In-Home Chefs to Cook Italian Dinners in NYC

Jul 18, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Even if you're the kind of person who truly enjoys whipping up a fresh batch of your favorite pasta, much can be said about the leisure and luxury of having a chef come to your home to prepare an Italian feast. Similarly, if you expect the highest quality cookery from New York's best chefs but don't have the time or energy to fight traffic or wait for a table (even when reservations have been made), nothing can compare to the presence of a personal chef doing the shopping, preparation, serving and cleanup for some hearty Italian fare.

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3 Country Culinary Experiences With Serious Altitude

Jul 17, 2014  |   Contributor: Roger Sands

The mountains of upstate New York and New England have plenty of country restaurants, many of which offer innovative culinary options, but we're only singling out a choice few—three to be exact. These establishments go beyond having a creative menu, knowing that a restaurant also needs a variety of exemplary wines and a unique ambience to really exemplify fine dining. 

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Explore Vancouver Through These 3 Unique Foodie Finds

Jul 15, 2014  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

Vancouver is full of diverse foodie options and considering it's one of Canada's most culturally diverse cities, it really shouldn't be a surprise that there are a ton of exciting restaurants there to try out.

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Executive Chef Edmund Wong Shares His BBQ Secrets Before Upcoming Bellagio Event

Jun 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Bellagio Executive Chef Edmund Wong is getting ready to spill some barbeque grilling secrets on July 5 inside the luxury hotel's state-of-the-art Tuscany Kitchen. The Las Vegas event, which will be hosted by Master Sommelier and Bellagio Director of Wine Jason Smith, is part of Bellagio's Epicurean Epicenter series, which is full of culinary experiences that invite guests to check out the hotel's culinary talent.

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SF & NYC Airports Get New AmEx Centurion Lounges With Help of Culinary Tastemakers

Jun 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

American Express recently announced its exciting partnership with Chef Christopher Kostow and Chef Cedric Vongerichten for the financial corporation's new American Express Centurion Lounge locations within the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and New York's LaGuardia Airport (LGA). Though the card already gives customers access to international luxury lounges (like the Delta Sky Club), the Centurion Lounge is specific to AmEx and in the case of these two upcoming locations, offer specially curated menus from the above epicurean stars.

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Everything You Didn't Realize You Needed to Know About Olive Oil

Jun 19, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

When many set out to buy a bottle of olive oil, they tend to just grab the first one they see on the shelf and continue on shopping. For olive oil enthusiasts and experts, that's a pretty offensive way to make a decision. After all, just like quality makes a difference when selecting the right wine or Scotch, it also does in the realm of olive oil and there's a reason why certain regions are famous for it.

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Summer Soup You Have to Try: Capella Pedregal's Gazpacho de Piquillo

Jun 5, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

When temperatures rise, eating light and fresh is the secret to joyful summer dining. Gazpacho (chilled vegetable soup) is a seasonal staple of innumerable restaurants and home kitchens, particularly those in hot Mediterranean and desert climates. Though tomato is usually the predominant flavor, no two gazpachos are exactly alike, largely because each preparation is reliant on the availability of ripe ingredients at the peak of their flavor. 

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Discover the Best of Baja Wines at Loteria Grill's Fina Stampa Culinary Series

May 30, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

The founding chef of the Loteria Grill mini-empire will host a culinary series of special events dubbed “Fina Stampa” to celebrate the best of Mexican culture and the flavorful produce that captures the essence of regional Mexican cuisine. To kick-off the series on June 4 and 5, Executive Chef Jimmy Shaw of Loteria Grill and Executive Chef Javier Plascencia of Misión 19 in Tijuana, Mexico will offer two different culinary experiences with dishes reflecting Mexico’s food of the street, the field, and the table — all paired with an impressive selection of Baja California wines.

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Interact With THINGK's Smart Kitchen Gadgets Via Simple Hand Gestures

May 27, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

THINGK is a Made-in-Italy company that uses design and engineering to create unique objects that combine usefulness with gadgetry. Tired of single-function products, they set out to create beautiful items made out of natural materials like wood that actually interact with one another, and so far have two in their catalogue: GKILO (a smart kitchen scale) and CLOGK (a clock and timer).

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Australian Truffle Season Comes to Los Angeles for Special One-Night-Only Dinner at Mélisse

May 13, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

The end of May marks the official launch of truffle season in Australia, but if you're stuck all the way over in Los Angeles and can't get over to the other side of the world, don't worry. Frank Brunacci of the Truffle & Wine Co. in Manjimup, Western Australia is curating a super exclusive one-night-only dinner on June 13 at Mélisse in Santa Monica. 

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Award-Winning Chef & Author Normand Laprise Dishes On New Quebec Gastronomy Restaurant

Apr 27, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

I'm a little embarrassed to admit that before I interviewed Chef Normand Laprise, I wasn't exactly sure who he was. I suppose I can be forgiven since Laprise isn’t quite a household name in America (not yet anyway), though he certainly is on the other side of the border. Not only was Laprise voted best chef in Canada, but his recent cookbook, Toqué!: Creators of a New Quebec Gastronomy, won "Best Cookbook of the Year"  for Canada at the Gourmand International World Cookbook Awards, as well as a prestigious James Beard Foundation award for excellence in the category "Cooking From a Professional Point of View."

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Chef Jetzabel Rojas Barragán Chats Culinary Idols & Refining Mexican Cuisine at Viceroy Riviera Maya

Apr 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

The award-winning Viceroy, Riviera Maya continues to rack-up endless “best of” accolades, but perhaps their most powerful secret weapon is their talented chef, Jetzabel Rojas Barragán. I managed to catch up with this busy young woman after she had just knocked everyone dead at the 2014 Cancun-Rivera Maya Wine & Food Festival. Interesting — and a little sad in this day and age — to note that she was the only local female chef that participated in the gourmet event.

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At $2,000 a Seat, Most Expensive Restaurant in the World is a Sensory Overload Experience

Apr 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

New restaurants open all the time, but the upcoming SubliMotion at the Hard Rock Hotel in Playa d'en Bossa in Ibiza, Spain is a little different. According to Business Insider, SubliMotion will be "the most expensive restaurant in the world," costing over $2,000 a person. 

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The FareTrade Re-Inspires Culinary Members' Clubs With Top Chefs & Artisan Suppliers

Apr 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We are loving the uprising of monthly members' clubs that have been popping up all over the place, from men's shaving clubs to cute DIY project boxes, and the culinary world has seen quite a few. You can join ones that send you unique coffee blends or ones that target craft beer enthusiasts, but The FareTrade really stands out to us as the one we want to sign up for immediately. 

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