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From Dishwasher to the James Beard House: Chef Andy Blanton

Mar 17, 2016  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

Andy Blanton got the “cooking bug” while working as a dishwasher when he was 15. From there he went on to graduate from the Culinary Arts Institute of Louisiana in Baton Rouge. Eager to explore his Cajun culinary roots, Blanton has worked at the renowned Commanders Palace in New Orleans and Brigtsen’s Restaurant, where he cooked under the acclaimed James Beard award-winning chef: Frank Brigtsen.

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San Sebastian: European Cultural Capital 2016

Mar 15, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

There’s never been a better time to visit San Sebastian, the vibrant Atlantic-side enclave in the heart of Spain’s Basque country. Its designation as European Capital of Culture 2016 brings a full schedule of events throughout the year, adding considerable excitement to what is already one of the top culinary and beach cities in the world.

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Nordic Cuisine Hits Its Stride

Mar 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Todd Jatras

Scandinavian cuisine has undergone a complete transformation in less than a decade, with the dull and uninspiring fare of old replaced by what’s become the talk of the culinary world. The Michelin Guide has taken note, giving the region’s first three-star ranking to two restaurants, Copenhagen’s Geranium and Oslo’s Maaemo.

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The Cultural Rebirth of America’s Ghost Town

Mar 3, 2016  |   Contributor: Shirine Saad

Walk around Detroit on a sunny day and you’ll see hipster cafés, tattoo parlors, Art Déco towers, Neo-Gothic churches, Industrial skylines, deserted Victorian mansions and glistening in the sun, the majestic river that rushes through the city. The place once known as America’s ghost town is pulsating with culture and ideas, and tourists are gathering to rediscover the city’s history and the new trendy spots that have established it as the ‘new Brooklyn.’ 

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What it Takes to Deliver Fine Dining at 30,000 Feet

Feb 24, 2016  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

Business and First Class cabins are undoubtedly the best way to travel well. As the top airlines get more creative with their premium offerings—spacious lounges, full showers, Champagne bars, private butlers—one thing remains the same: the dining is always top notch. From caviar and lobster to local delicacies and health-conscious options, the chefs behind airline fare are perfecting the art of fine dining 30,000 feet in the sky. 

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Meet the Farmer Behind Your Favorite Michelin-Starred Menus

Feb 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant means food that not only tastes amazing, but looks it too. Plates are decorated with tiny vegetables in colors you didn’t know existed in nature, boasting award-winning flavors that surprise the palate. It should come as no surprise that chefs don’t source this type of produce from the same grocery store you buy lettuce from, instead they get it straight from Chef’s Garden in Huron, Ohio.

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Chocolate Cruising For the Indulgent Traveler

Feb 10, 2016  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

This year, Princess Cruises is premiering its Chocolate Journeys program created by Norman Love, one of the world’s top master chocolate makers. The program ices the cake across the spectrum of on-board programs from lavish chocolate desserts to drinks, pillow treats and even decadent spa treatments.

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The Lot in San Diego Remembers What Other Luxury Cinemas Forget

Feb 9, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Luxury cinemas are no longer a rarity and some cities now have multiple companies to choose from. Though they all put a classier spin on “dinner and a movie,” many of them seem to put more of an effort in the latter, often forgetting about the cuisine. The Lot in San Diego takes dinner a lot more seriously than an afterthought and as a result, their restaurant can easily stand on its own.

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Chef Ari Taymor on the LA Food Scene’s Newfound Sense of Self

Feb 8, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Chef Ari Taymor may be young, but he’s already made a huge impact on the Los Angeles culinary scene. Before turning 30, his critically-acclaimed Alma was named the best new restaurant in 2013 by Bon Appetite, he won Best New Chef by Food & Wine and was nominated for the James Beard Rising Star Award in 2015.

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The $42K Houseboat "Culinary Adventure" Weekend

Jan 26, 2016  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

To celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the National Park Services, Forever Resorts will be hosting a Scenic and Savory Houseboat Excursion on Lake Mead from April 29 to May 1. The three-day weekend will take place on one of Forever Resorts’ 70-foot houseboats, and will be limited to only 12 guests. 

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Later, Crock-Pot! Hello, Mellow! The New Sous-Vide Cooker That Will Change Dinnertime

Jan 19, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sure, crock-pots are quick and easy to use, but they’re always going to be a little unsightly on your Italian marble countertops. Enter: Mellow. This kitchen gadget may look a little like an empty modern aquarium, but it actually cooks your food using the sous-vide method, which promises a precise temperature for perfect results. 

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Michelin-Starred Chef Delivers Pre-Made Restaurant-Quality Food Straight to Your Doorstep

Jan 14, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Italy-born Cristina Bowerman nabbed herself a Michelin star in 2010 and just last year was named Chef Ambassador to the 2015 World Expo, making her a serious contender in the culinary world. And now she's added a meal delivery service to her list of achievements. Called Crateful, the Los Angeles-based company transforms Michelin-quality meals (which are usually pretty rich) into healthy pre-prepared dishes that you can eat every day without guilt.

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Thomas Keller's Per Se Receives Scathing Two-Star New York Times Review

Jan 13, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

“With each fresh review, a restaurant has to earn its stars again,” wrote New York Times reporter Pete Wells yesterday. “In its current form and at its current price, Per Se struggled and failed to do this, ranging from respectably dull at best to disappointingly flat-footed at worst.” Ouch. Thomas Keller’s famed Per Se restaurant in New York City is considered one of the best in the world, which makes the above two-star review all the more shocking.

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Take a Stab at Recreating Katherine Sabbath's Gorgeous Persian Love Cake

Jan 12, 2016  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Sydney-based Katherine Sabbath creates the most amazing looking desserts and the impressive part is that she is entirely self-taught (she was a high school teacher before turning to baking full-time). Her brightly-colored creations have exploded over her Instagram and Facebook accounts, earning her an incredible fan base in a pretty short amount of time. Considering her tall cakes look like they came straight from Candy Land, it’s not a surprise. 

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Queen of the Night's Decadent Dinner Theater is a Mélange of Hedonistic Delights

Jan 6, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Nestled inside the heart of New York’s historic Diamond Horseshoe nightclub, ensconced below the infamous Paramount Hotel, is the wickedly-entertaining Queen of the Night adult dining experience. This multi-sensory show is a mélange of hedonistic delights that offers a decidedly unexpected dinner theater adventure in the heart of New York City.

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