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Have You Tasted the Gourmet Insects at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo’s Mandarin Bar Yet?

Oct 29, 2014  |   Contributor: Damon M. Banks

While it’s not every day that you find yourself with the option of sampling of insects with your evening cocktail, it’s certainly possible at the Mandarin Bar at Tokyo’s luxury Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Always curious to try new things, we were eager to learn more about these exotic bites. Thomas Combescot, Food & Beverage Director at the Mandarin Oriental Tokyo, was kind enough to give us a behind-the-scenes look at this culturally significant snack.

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Up Your Squash Game With This Recipe for Duck Confit Butternut Squash Risotto

Oct 28, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Sent over from the five-star Destination Kohler in Kohler,  Wisconsin, this recipe for Duck Confit Butternut Squash Risotto looks like a great way to refresh your cooking skills. Chef Trent Hazelberg from the resort's Cucina Italian Restaurant came up with this dish, giving step-by-step  directions on everything, from preparing the duck to getting the perfect risotto. If you're a cooking novice, you may want to do a trial run before inviting all of your friends over, just in case.  

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L.A.'s Bakery Queen Zoe Nathan Shares Her Recipe for Happiness with the Huckleberry Cookbook

Oct 23, 2014  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Opening an artisan bakery in bread-phobic and sugar-free Los Angeles seemed like a crazy idea when Zoe Nathan talked her chef husband, Josh Loeb, into the idea in 2009. But ever since, she has attracted lines of flavor-seekers with her Huckleberry bakery and café display case, stacked with tasty rustic muffins, crostatas, scones, and cookies.

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Get Started On Holiday Recipes With This Pan Roasted Duck Breast With Red Wine Poached Apples

Oct 22, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You don't need to walk into a store to be assaulted by every sort of decoration from ghouls and goblins to Santa Claus figurines to know that the holiday season is upon us. And with the holidays come parties, meaning that you need to start collecting some neat recipes right now. If you're planning on throwing a top-notch dinner party, you'll need the perfect entrée to impress your friends and this recipe for Pan Roasted Maple Lead Farms Duck Breast from Chef Matt Bauer from five-star resort Destination Kohler's Immigrant Restaurant in Kohler, Wisconsin looks like it will do just fine.

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Four Seasons Executive Chef Andrea Accordi Reaches for Another Michelin Star

Oct 10, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Last year the iconic Four Seasons opened the their first hotel in Russia, the Four Seasons Hotel Lion Palace St. Petersburg, located in a historical palace known as the House with Lions. “Years of meticulous restoration and perfecting of the guest experience are setting the stage for a new era of style and luxury in St. Petersburg,” says Christopher Norton, who is the Executive Vice President of Global Product and Operations. A prime example of “perfecting the guest experience” occurs when dining in any of the hotel’s three international restaurants, under the inspired leadership of their Italian-born Executive Chef, Andrea Accordi.

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Dine With the Locals at the 4th Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival

Oct 6, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Taking place November 6-8, the 4th Annual Caribbean Food & Wine Festival is coming up fast. The weekend-long event is being held by Grace Bay Resorts, in partnership with the Turks and Caicos Tourist Board and The Wine Cellar. It also includes all-star chefs (like Top Chef contestant Chef Leah Cohen from New York's Pig & Khao) and renowned vinters from all over the world. Considering the festival always sells out, you should look into getting tickets now. 

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Chef Yves Le Lay Explores the "Core of His Culinary Soul" with New Nordic Islands’ Cuisine

Oct 3, 2014  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Saaremaa's Pädaste Manor’s wildly talented, wildly attractive (and single) Chef de Cuisine Yves Le Lay has worked in many iconic Michelin-starred kitchens throughout Denmark, Switzerland and Norway before happily returning to what he considers “to be the core of his culinary soul.”

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Have You Eaten at One of the World's Most Expensive Restaurants? Find Out!

Sep 11, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Considering we already told you all about the world's most expensive foods (does $1,000 for an omelet ring a bell?), we figured we'd move on to the priciest restaurants out there today. Thankfully, Pennywell already put together this handy infographic that showcases eight of the best dining spots in the world. From Masa in New York (where the tasting menu costs around $450 and cancelling a reservation could get you a $200 per person fine) to Ithaa in the Maldives (where you dine on the $300 23-course meal from within a transparent acrylic tunnel under the sea), here are some of the fanciest restaurants you should make reservations for right now. 

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Domaine de Rochevilaine Offers Gourmet Dishes in Picturesque Coastal France

Sep 8, 2014  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Not to mix spirituality with gourmet cuisine, but Domaine de Rochevilaine in Brittany, France granted us the only opportunity we’ve ever had to share a "sole" with someone. And what an uplifting experience it was too. Deboned, drizzled with a savory butter sauce and served tableside, the fish was without doubt one of the largest sole we have ever seen.

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Practice Grilling With These 3 Recipes for Pork Sliders, Double Cut Pork Chops, & Grilled Whole Fish

Aug 28, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

Now that you've had some time to mull over Peter Kaminsky's fantastic grilling tips that we gave you earlier in the week, here are three new recipes to try out— Pork Pimenton Sliders with Bacon Jam, Double Cut Pork Chops with Malbec Marmalade, and Grilled Whole Fish with Lemon and Tarragon. Taken from his book, The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook, these meals are sure to blow everyone away this weekend. Plus, each one is paired with wine from Terrazas de los Andes, which according to Kaminsky pair beautifully with smoky, charred flavors.

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Sinless & Healthy Recipes for Cornbread, Crab Wontons & Mai Tai Sorbet From Miraval Resort & Spa

Aug 28, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Just because three-day holiday weekends give you an excuse to eat standard barbeque fare (like hamburgers, hot dogs, and all the potato salad), it doesn't mean that you can't break tradition and make some healthier alternatives—especially if you stressed out over getting your body bikini ready for the summer. Miraval Resort & Spa in Tuscon, AZ has the answer to your recipe needs for healthy cornbread, sorbet, and crab wontons—plus, not only would they fit in on the picnic table, they look pretty tasty too!

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Grilling Tips From Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook Author to Get You Through Labor Day Weekend

Aug 26, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Peter Kaminsky is an award-winning chef and the author of The Essential New York Times Grilling Cookbook, which compiles the best recipes and tips from the past 100 years of New York Times articles—meaning that he certainly knows how to get the most from a barbeque. Lucky for us, he was kind enough to share some of his most valuable grilling tips so we can rule Labor Day weekend BBQ scene. Ever wondered why you should be using charcoal or pondered over the importance of using a thermometer instead of winging it? He's got your answers, as well as some upcoming recipes that showcase his advice—they're also designed to be paired with Terrazas des los Andes wines, which go well with smoky, charred flavors.

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Grill Up This Double Cut Pork Chop With Malbec Marmalade Recipe

Aug 28, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You can't become the master (or mistress) of the grill without getting a lot of practice and thanks to Peter Kaminsky's tips and tricks of the trade, you now have plenty of knowledge to get started. He was even nice enough to share three of his best recipes, so now it's time for you to try his Double Cut Pork Chop With Malbec Marmalade.

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Food Network Star Justin Warner Breaks Down His 6 Favorite Burgers for Labor Day

Aug 25, 2014  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

We've given you plenty of recipes from Food Network star Justin Warner, who came up with fantastic dishes to pair with the Robert Mondavi Private Selection, and now we have six cool burger recipes for Labor Day weekend. Instead of just going the standard beef route, Justin covers all the bases (from a veggie option to bison and venison) and gives you a step-by-step look at his favorite six burgers. Each dish is broken down by protein, mix-ins, toppings, and condiments, showing you how easy it can be to blow your friends and family away at your next barbeque. 

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Here's How to Make Grilled Whole Fish With Lemon And Tarragon

Aug 28, 2014  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You can't become the master (or mistress) of the grill without getting a lot of practice and thanks to Peter Kaminsky's tips and tricks of the trade, you now have plenty of knowledge to get started. He was even nice enough to share three of his best recipes, so now it's time for you to try his Grilled Whole Fish With Lemon And Tarragon.

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