Café des Architectes is More Than Just Another Hotel Restaurant

Oct 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

In a great food city like Chicago, great restaurants are a dime a dozen. New eateries open almost daily, and a hotel restaurant can easily be over looked. This is not the case however with Café des Architectes, located at the Sofitel Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel. The eatery offers internationally-inspired cuisine with local farm-to-table produce, all done with a classic French technique by Chef Greg Biggers.

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DC's First Michelin Guide Awards 12 Restaurants With Stars

Oct 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

This past spring, Michelin announced it’d be creating its first guide in our nation’s capital. This week, the inaugural edition hit bookstores and honored 12 Washington, D.C. restaurants with its prestigious stars. Although no eatery earned three stars, its highest honor, three restaurants did get two-star designations.

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Céleste Earns Michelin Star in Its First Year

Oct 5, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever dined at Céleste inside The Lanesborough, you may have to work a little harder now to score a reservation in the coming months. The one-year-old eatery just received its first Michelin star for its French-inspired, modern European cuisine. Céleste is helmed by Chef Eric Frechon, who now holds five Michelin stars (three at Epicure and one at 114 Faubourg), has been in the industry for over 35 years.  

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Park Hyatt Aviara Brings Baja Up the Coast

Sep 27, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

On September 25, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe made its way north to the Park Hyatt Aviara's Masters of Food & Wine series. Diners were introduced to the region’s bounty through a four-course dinner presented outdoors in the hotel’s courtyard. Chefs Pierre Albaladejo, Miguel Angel Guerrero, Javier Plascencia and Cristophe Rull created dishes that paired with wines made by local winemakers. Vinters included Adobe Guadalupe, Lomita, Torres Alegre and Monte Xanic.

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A Culinary Marriage of Savory Proportions

Sep 23, 2016  |   Contributor: Susan Kime

Even though we dined at Andiron Steak & Sea months ago, the flavors of the meal still linger in our memory. While in Las Vegas, we had heard about this restaurant by two food writers. The eatery, which sits about 30 minutes outside of town in Summerlin, is the brainchild of Chef Kim Canteenwalla and his wife, award-winning restaurateur Elizabeth Blau. Together, their combined experience expresses itself through the restaurant’s design and eclectic dishes. 

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Four Seasons Finds Wellness the Pura Vida Way

Sep 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Diane Sukiennik & Michael Reiss

If the journey to living the good life is paved with wellness, the Four Seasons Costa Rica at Peninsula Papagayo will put you on the right path. Their goal is to infuse health and wellness principles and practices into every aspect of the guest experience. Costa Rica has long established a focus on biodiversity and eco-sustainability throughout the country. 

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Grand Velas Gives All-Inclusive the 5-Star Treatment

Sep 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Before you even reach the lobby of Grand Velas Riviera Maya, you are met by large, striking white walls on either side of a check-in booth. Fronted by a sparkling pond, the entrance is stunning and a good indication of the level of luxury you can expect behind its walls. As you make your way to your designated lobby—the property is separated into three distinct areas—you pass by lush manicured grounds on a palm-tree-lined street.

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Mandarin Oriental Welcomes in Fall With Wine & Truffle Packages

Aug 31, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

With autumn nearly upon us, Mandarin Oriental, Milan has created two packages for its guests visiting the resort between October 1 and December 21, 2016. Travelers can choose between a wine excursion in Franciacorta or a truffle hunting adventure in Alba.

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An Epicurean Adventure at LA’s Original Farmers Market

Aug 30, 2016  |   Contributor: Beth Graham

Don’t think of a visit to the Los Angeles Farmers Market as an afternoon of wandering through stalls of fresh produce, instead consider it more as an around-the-world culinary excursion. I recently joined Melting Pot Food Tours for one of their trips to the city’s famed market. To fully appreciate all that this foodie paradise has to offer, you first have to understand its 82-year history. 

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Top 4 Mountain Restaurants in Val d'Isere

Jul 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Danny Frith

In France, Val d’Isere is among the region’s best ski resorts. Along with terrific slopes, the destination is known for having some pretty great restaurants. And as avid ski bunnies know, one of the highlights of any ski day is your midday pit stop for lunch, especially if it’s enjoyed al fresco. There’s something about that fresh mountain air and scenic backdrop that makes any meal feel like an experience all on its own. If you’re headed to Val d’lsere for the upcoming ski season, here are four of our favorite eateries to drop into in between runs.

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Singapore Food Festival Celebrates 23 Years This July

Jul 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Next Friday, the Singapore Food Festival (SFF) will kick off its annual event under the theme of “Savor the Past, Taste the Future.” From July 15-31, attendees will have the opportunity to indulge in a line-up of 18 gastronomic experiences that walk guests through the city-state’s food history.

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Madison on Park's Brunch Cocktails Steal the Show

Jun 28, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

San Diego’s brunch options are always improving—which is great news, considering the crowds that flock for weekend eggs and cocktails. Recently-opened University Heights hotspot, Madison on Park, has just added brunch to its Cali-Med-inspired roster, complete with a creative cocktail list.

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Learn How to Craft The Perfect Cheese Board

Jun 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Summer is finally here, which means it’s time to think about entertaining. Setting the tone is crucial to having the ultimate warm weather soireé, so you’ll have to think about more than just what you’re serving for dinner. Your guests will likely arrive to the party hungry, which makes cheese the perfect appetizer to serve alongside a cold, crisp white wine or rosé. To find out how to craft the perfect summer cheese board, JustLuxe spoke to Brent Delman, also known as The Cheese Guy, a Westchester, New York-based cheesemonger who produces over 25 vegetarian, artisan, family farm-run, kosher and organic cheeses. All cheeses from The Cheese Guy are made on small farms and creameries in the Unite... Read More

The Adventurous Omakase Dinner at Seito Sushi

Jun 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

Although Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney) is chock full of big, celebrity-backed restaurants, those seeking a quieter dining option away from the crowds still have plenty of great eateries to choose from in the area. Seito Sushi in Baldwin Park was named Orlando's Best Sushi restaurant this year and offers an adenturous experience for those who love Japanese cuisine.

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The Macallan Creates Gentleman-Approved NYC Weekend Experience

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It’s a widely accepted fact that most men love Scotch. Pair that love of whisky with a trip to New York hosted by The Macallan, and you’ve got a pretty good Father’s Day gift on your hands. This year, the brand teamed up with Gilt City to give dads a weekend of gentleman-approved experiences.

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