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Can You Guess Which Oscar Winner Co-Created a New Multinational Spirit?

Jun 24, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

For anyone who loves experimenting with new recipes, either on the plate or in the glass, there are fewer things more fun than discovering a slew of new cocktails to try out — even better if actor Robert De Niro is attached to them. As a way to celebrate the United States launch of VDKA 6100 (that's read as "vodka," in case you were wondering), which premiered in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey earlier in the month, the brand shared eight recipes that promise a "twist of tomorrow."

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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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Check Out the Secret History Behind 13 of Your Favorite Cocktails

May 9, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

It seems like a new craft cocktail bar opens every weekend, with mixologists scrambling to create the next coolest drink. As much as we love innovation, sometimes you really can't beat the tried and true mixed drinks that have been around forever. Besides, most of the new guys are just modern variations of what our grandparents drank with breakfast.

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Celebrate the Kentucky Derby With These Modern Mint Julep Cocktails

May 2, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

The 2014 Kentucky Derby is in full swing and if you're not lucky enough to be there this weekend, you're seriously missing out. This year's event has a lot going on, from the anticipation surrounding pre-race favorite California Chrome to all of the parties (and the hats), and we're sure it hurts a little not being part of it.

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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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Char-Braised Wild Boar Shank Topped With Tangy Pomegranate & Roasted Root Vegetables

Apr 1, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team  |  1 Comment

Whenever spring hits we start itching to try new recipes, ones that are lighter than the starch-heavy foods we were craving during the winter months. Chef Justin Garrison from the Wine Kitchen, located just outside of Washington DC, came up with this unique Char-Braised Wild Boar Shank recipe that's full of hearty vegetables and fresh flavors. 

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Recreate the Decadent Courtesan au Chocolate Dessert from The Grand Budapest Hotel

Mar 14, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Grand Budapest Hotel is here and it's amazing! Not only does it mark a huge growth for Wes Anderson as a director and writer, the cast is unbelievable (even by Anderson standards) and the intricate plot is held together by delicious pastries. Not even joking a little bit on that last one. 

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Refresh Your Black Truffle Game With These Recipes From Casa Nonna

Feb 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Lena Katz

There's pretty much a truffle for every season, and thankfully you still have some time to enjoy the black winter truffle. However, oftentimes people reuse the same recipe over and over, and may get a little bored shaving them over omelettes and mac-and-cheese.

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No-Bake Cabernet-Cherry-Chocolate Cookies That Are Almost Healthy

Feb 7, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You're probably going to need some wine this Valentine's Day, whether you're in a relationship or not, so why not bake with it? Plus, this cherry chocolate cookie recipe doesn't involve the oven at all, which means you don't have to feel like you'll get sick from eating the raw dough before cooking it.

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Who Will Win? You Won't Care With These 6 Grammy-Inspired Cocktails

Jan 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards finally arrive Sunday, and we're all getting our viewing parties planned and prepped! And from longtime musical favorites (like Rihanna and Justin Timberlake) to newcomers (like Lorde and Ed Sheeran), it's anyone's bet as to who will take home a golden award. What we do know though, is that you're going to need a fun cocktail to shake up while watching. So, here's six!

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Beat the Cold With Alabama Bouillabaisse From the "Best Chef in the South"

Jan 21, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Freezing temperatures have hit the world — well, seemingly everywhere but California — and it's no secret that when it's chilly, people turn to soup. This filling recipe for Alabama Bouillabaisse may fit the bill perfectly, with tons of hearty vegetables and seafood. Plus, it was created by the 2012 winner of James Beard's Best Chef in the South Award, Chef Chris Hastings (who also happens to be in the All-Clad Chef Ambassador Program, meant to inspire creative and adventurous cooking).

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Let Ray’s & Stark Bar’s Spiced Wine Heat Up Your New Year!

Dec 31, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Since it opened in 2011, Ray's and Stark Bar has been hailed as one of L.A.’s best new restaurants, and is without a doubt one of the finest museum restaurants in the country. Serving outstanding Mediterranean-inspired farm-to-table dishes, the contemporary space is perfectly situated at the BP Grand Entrance to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Winner of 2013 Healthy Chef Award Talks Favorite Dishes & Shares Special Recipe

Dec 30, 2013  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Layering flavor while cooking is a great way to get a boost in taste, all while slashing sodium and calories. Combining, expanding, and intensifying flavors are just a few of the many techniques Executive Chef Giovanni Arias uses to create the scrumptious, lower-calorie menu served at Miami’s Canyon Ranch Grill.

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Raise a Toast With the 2013 Luxardo Cocktail Cup Winner, the California Aurora!

Dec 20, 2013  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Your new favorite craft cocktail has just been invented — the California Aurora! This unique drink has already made a star of its creator, Brittini Rae, who has agreed to share her secret recipe so you can concoct her gem all on your own.

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