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Le Virtu Takes You to Italy This Summer

Jun 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

The chef and owners of Le Virtù in Philadelphia really want you to feel like you’ve taken a trip to the Abruzzo region by tasting their cuisine. The menu has been inspired by their experiences dining with family and friends there. The locally-sourced food takes its cues from one of Italy’s boldest regions, serving house-cured and butchered meats, pastas cut by hand and ragus that aren’t ready until they’ve simmered all day long. Le Virtù already makes you feel like you’re dining in someone's home—and takes that experience a step further this summer with their intimate chef’s table experience.

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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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Chef Nobu Takes His Iconic Sushi to Paris

Jun 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Lauren Brown West-Rosenthal

If you haven’t been to one of Nobu Matsuhisa’s restaurants, you’re doing your taste buds a disservice. With signature dishes such as Black Cod with Miso, the Albacore Tuna Sashimi with Jalapeño Peppers and Sashimi Tacos, the master chef has created a following across the globe. But dining at Nobu is more than just a culinary experience, it’s evolved into a full-fledged luxury brand. Nobu hotels—with residences on the way—have popped up in chic destinations ranging from Miami Beach to London. Surprisingly, the cultural mecca of Paris hasn’t been privy to the chef’s cuisine, until now.

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4 European Hotels With Distinctive Signature Style

Jun 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Oscar Raymundo

French couturier Yves Saint Laurent once said, “fashions fade, style is eternal.” This point of view is well-suited for designing a top destination hotel. To be considered “best-dressed,” properties not only have to have a signature vibe, but this unique look cannot go out of fashion by the time the next travel season rolls around.

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Top 51-100 Restaurants in the World Just Released

Jun 7, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

The first 50 restaurants of the chef and industry-curated “The World’s 50 Best” list were just released, and its actually a ranking of 100 restaurants. Widely anticipated as one of the most exciting revelations of the year for fine dining fans, the list will be dissected by chefs, diners and the media for weeks to come. The list is a welcome change to restaurant rankings in recent years, as many feel it’s more judicious and in-touch than the current Michelin system is. This is due to its focus on restaurant industry professionals’ opinions and research rather than the whims of independent judges.

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Extravagant Experiences for Foodie Fathers

Jun 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Food experiences are on every serious eater’s mind these days—it’s not enough to simply go out to eat anymore. After all, why settle for drinking the wine when you can actually have a hand in making it? Or take buying bottle of whiskey. That’s easy, but knowing exactly what goes into making it will produce memories and insight to last a lifetime. Then there's cooking, of course; the natural next step in enjoying good food is learning how to make it. In the spirit of experiencing rather than observing, we’ve rounded up some of the most special food experiences—from exploring cheese caves to dining under the shadow of Michelangelo’s David—to ensure your dad has the most delicious Father’s Day ever.

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Opulent Indian Textures Enchant Dubai’s Culinary Palate

May 26, 2016  |   Contributor: Siddharth Dasgupta

A slew of increasingly sophisticated Indian restaurants have conquered the City of Gold’s gastronomic imagination. The presence of nearly 170 nationalities can only mean one thing: you’re never spoiled for choice when it comes to food. Dubai’s food cravings run the gamut: from cheap, street-side stalls where meat is skewered and whipped into perfect parcels of the Lebanese shawarma to diamond-encrusted, Michelin-starred affairs where getting a table might just involve bartering an organ or two.

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The Jamaican Brand of Cool: From Rockhouse to Miss Lily’s

May 16, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

When Melbourne-born Paul Salmon first visited his girlfriend in Negril in 1991, the Jamaican holiday hotspot was merely a fishing village, known by few others than backpackers, hippies and lovers of the island. “I went to visit my Australian girlfriend there in 1991, right before I moved to New York to work on Wall Street,” he remembered as we dined on fresh juices, patties, fried fish, spicy corn and jerk chicken sandwiches at Melvin’s Juice Box in the West Village. “We stayed in a roots bamboo shack on the beach in Negril and traveled the island in a minivan. I fell in love with it.”

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Rarity of Foie Gras Expected to Increase Dramatically

May 11, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Sacre bleu! France is bracing itself for a summer onset of avian flu and halting all foie gras production. The price of foie gras is expected to rise rapidly, as France currently produces about 75% of the world’s supply.

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An Afternoon With Chef Nobu Matsuhisa

May 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

It can be hard to know what a world-renowned person will be like upon meeting them for the first time. Will they be humble and gracious or carry an air of self-importance? You always hope for the former but at times, can be let down by the latter.

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How To Blow $100K in Cannes

May 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

The Champagne is flowing, your tan is glowing, and the yacht is pulling into Port Le Vieux, Cannes—things are about to get a lot more exciting. It’s time to blow some dough in one of Europe’s most expensive cities and experience the most lavish French Riviera vacation you can imagine. If you’ve got funds to burn, there’s no better place than Cannes to do so, and we’ve got a guide on just exactly how to do it. 

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Experiencing the 2-Year-Old Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Apr 22, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Moroccan King Mohammed VI arrived at the Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam on the same day I was departing, an indication of the level of clientele the property caters to. Once a collection of six patrician houses built during the Golden Age, Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam is now a luxurious hotel situated on the UNESCO heritage protected Herengracht canal, the city’s oldest.

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The Emerging Foodie Destination Worth Knowing About

Apr 21, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

South Africa, a country known for surfing, political conflict, and safaris is now slowly beginning to be recognized as a vibrant food and wine powerhouse. While foolishly ignored by the prestigious Michelin Guide, the more in-tune San Pellegrino Best of the World list has their finger on the world’s pulse and has been bringing much-deserved attention to the country’s finest dining establishments. And if you’ve been listening, you know that two of the area’s most celebrated restaurants are Test Kitchen in Cape Town and The Tasting Room in the Winelands town of Franschhoek.

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Sip the World While Sitting on the Patio

Apr 20, 2016  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

Throughout this spring and summer, the Patio on Goldfinch and the Patio on Lamont will be offering special wine dinners on select Tuesday evenings. The affairs will feature menus committed to local, seasonal and quality ingredients with high-caliber service.

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Emerging Talent and 19th-Century Artists Lend Life to Amsterdam's Conservatorium

Apr 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

Boasting 129 rooms on eight floors, Amsterdam’s Conservatorium hotel sits inside the former Rijkspostspaarbank (Dutch savings bank) which turned into the Sweelinck Conservatory of Music in 1983. Today, the spacious, post-modern hotel boasts authentic Old World touches and sits across the street from the Van Gogh and the Stedelijk museums, and within walking distance of the Rijksmuseum.

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