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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Cruise the Hudson River on the Spirit of New York & Enjoy Dinner and Panoramic Views of the City

Jan 4, 2016  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Whether you’re a tourist seeking adventure in the Big Apple or are a long-standing resident of New York City celebrating a special occasion—or just looking for a fabulous night out, the Spirit of New York dinner cruise offers a truly memorable experience. The frivolity starts the moment you arrive at Chelsea Pier and step aboard the vessel—a three-deck, climate-controlled party yacht that can accommodate up to 600 guests year-round.

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Adventures in New Zealand: A Guide to Creating the Perfect Queenstown Itinerary

Jan 1, 2016  |   Contributor: Dan Avila

In the far region of New Zealand’s south island is magical Queenstown. Equal parts adrenaline-charged action and jaw-dropping beauty, the city also offers pure luxury and an epicurean experience to rival the world’s best. Flying into Queenstown for the first time sets the scene. On final approach the aircraft dips into a valley between snow-covered mountains before the lake-front town comes into view. Queenstown is simply gorgeous.

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Wake Up to 2016 with LA’s Best New Year’s Day Brunches

Dec 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

Whether you need to recover from an overzealous New Year’s Eve or just want to start 2016 with a really good meal, Los Angeles chefs are cooking up perfect day-after menus for brunch on January 1. What do they recommend for hangover cures?  “Water, sleep and foods with fatty acids,” says Executive Chef Michael Hung of Viviane. 

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NYC's City Kitchen is One-Stop Shop For Getting a Taste of the Big Apple's Many Diverse Eateries

Dec 31, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

You’d be hard pressed to find many locations in New York that can impress locals just as easily as they draw in tourists. But City Kitchen at the Row NYC hotel isn’t the typical foodie hot spot. That much is apparent when you first step in and observe the warm and communal atmosphere of this bustling food hall. 

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La Reserve by Oceania Creates The Perfect Pairing at Sea of Gourmet Foods & Wine Aficionados

Dec 29, 2015  |   Contributor: Tricia Conover

La Reserve by Wine Spectator is the exclusive 24-seat wine and food pairing restaurant-at-sea featured on Oceania’s Riviera and Marina ocean liners. From its dining venues to a hands-on Bon Appétit Culinary Center (all of which are driven by celebrity chef Jacques Pépin), it comes as no surprise that Oceania won the Best for Foodies award in the 2015 Fodor’s World's Best Cruises list. 

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Here is What Happened at Audi’s Epic Holiday Event in Aspen

Dec 23, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Every year, Audi holds an epic weekend in Aspen for journalists, celebrities and invited guests, and this year truly outshined the rest. Not only was the brand new 2017 Audi Q7 SUV our main means of transportation, we also checked out the World Snow Polo Championship, schmoozed in The Little Nell’s Paepcke Suite, hit the slopes, enjoyed a picture-perfect sleigh ride and partied at the Caribou Club with celebs. Oh yeah, and ate tons of delicious food. 

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Thomas Keller's Christmas Treats Are Just the Thing to Sweeten Up Your Holidays

Dec 22, 2015  |   Contributor: Vicki Arkoff

It’s just not a proper Christmas without traditional holiday desserts like gingerbread and peppermint bark. Count on master chef Thomas Keller to put the icing on the cake with his menu of sweet treats from Bouchon Bakery on the ground level of his Bouchon Bistro  in Beverly Hills, just two blocks from Rodeo Drive.

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Never Forget a Dinner Ingredient Again With Plated's Chef-Designed Recipe Deliveries

Dec 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

I love to cook, but I rarely have the time. Okay, so I have the time, but let’s be honest, I’d rather binge watch the newest Netflix series than figure out what I want to make for dinner. Besides, trekking to the grocery store always ends with my getting home just in time to realize that I forgot one of the most important items. This is why I decided to try Plated, one of the most popular food delivery services out there that sends recipes and ingredients straight to your door. 

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Napa's Yountville is the Unexpected City Drawing Wine Lovers to its Charming Destination

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Steve Mirsky

Yountville, California embodies many quintessential visions you undoubtedly have when planning a Napa Valley excursion. It all started in 1836 when George Calvert Yount founded the town and planted Napa Valley’s first official vineyard. Today, vines stretch from the Mayacamas mountains to the Napa River. Yountville’s compact layout clustered around Washington St. is also perfect for biking not only on the existing street grid, but along the ever-expanding Napa Valley Vine Trail, which when completed, will extend 47 miles from Vallejo to Calistoga.

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6 Italian Restaurants Where Celebrity Sightings & Exquisite Fares Are Just Another Day on Lake Como

Dec 15, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

With celebrities such as George Clooney, Robert De Niro and business magnate Richard Branson having vacation homes in the area, restaurants along Italy’s beautiful Lake Como serve up some very creative dishes. By far, the best way to enjoy this Italian gourmet tour is to rent a car and meander along the lake shoreline to stop off at the below leading restaurants.

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We Roughed Up the Omega TWN30S Twin Gear Juicer & It Survived to Tell the Tale

Dec 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Whenever I get a new gadget to try, I generally bypass the directions and jump right into the action, which may not turn out so hot if the device in question is complicated. Thankfully, the Omega TWN30S Twin Gear Juicer let me go full steam ahead without any problems—well, none that were the fault of the machine, that is. 

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