Home Sweets Home

by: Sophie Gayot


There are two ways to talk about Maison Richard, culinarily speaking. It’s a restaurant open 7 days a week (except Sunday night) with non-stop service from breakfast to dinner, but it is probably more famous for its pastries, based on über chef Michel Richard‘s recipes. Let’s not forget the croissants, brioches and apple-turnovers (chaussons aux pommes in French).

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Bird is the Word: Thanksgiving, Chicago-Style

Eve is one of several dining rooms carving an atypical Thanksgiving meal. Photo courtesy of stevenjohnsonphotography.com.

by Jennifer Olvera


It wouldn’t really be Thanksgiving without the bird. However, there’s no need to settle for a staid approach — or do any of the heavy lifting yourself. This year, some Chicago restaurants are dishing up unique feasts, ones that require no fuss on your part but offer plenty of full-flavor surprises.


Big Jones, for example, will serve a festive, southern-style feast, complete with pimento cheese, okra and pickled green tomato starter; cornbread muffins and Sally Lunn bread with house-churned butter alongside house Concord grape and hot pepper jellies; a choice of appetizers, including butternut squash gnocchi with fried sage, roasted pears and mushroom jus; Vidalia onion and goat cheese pie with herb purée; a Waldorf salad with Redcort apples; and deep-fried Gunthorp Farms turkey with onion-thyme dressing. Needless to say, you can expect other comfort-driven, updated sides ($46 adults, $20 children under 12).

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The Hotel Issue is Here!

The Hotel Parq Central in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of our Top 10 New Hotels in the U.S.
The Hotel Parq Central in Albuquerque, New Mexico, one of our Top 10 New Hotels in the U.S.

by Nick Winfrey


With Thanksgiving only a week away and Christmas just around the corner, our 2010 Hotel Issue has arrived just in time to help you with your holiday travel plans!


Start off by checking out the latest hot spots around the country with our list of the Top 10 New Hotels in the U.S. Looking for something a bit more modest? Take a gander at our picks for the Top 10 Value Hotels in America and around the world to find great deals at excellent properties.

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Green & Great Chefs

Chefs Mary Sue Milliken, Adam Horton, Josie Le Balch, Matt Carpenter, and Jimmy Shaw at the 24th Annual Great Chefs of LA "Go Green, Go Organic" Event
Chefs Mary Sue Milliken, Adam Horton, Josie Le Balch, Matt Carpenter, and Jimmy Shaw at the 24th Annual Great Chefs of LA "Go Green, Go Organic" Event

by Jeff Hoyt

 
The weather gods smiled on the 24th Annual Great Chefs of Los Angeles “Go Green, Go Organic” event, where threatening skies turned into warm afternoon sunshine. The event featuring food, wine, beer and fun benefitted the National Kidney Foundation. Since its inception in 1987, it has raised more than $4.5 million.

Featured Great Chefs included Adam Horton from Saddle Peak Lodge, named one of our Rising Chefs, who prepared braised wild boar with leek soubise; Matt Carpenter of Momed, who wowed the crowd with his duck shwarma; and Onil Chibás & Alberto Morales of Elements Kitchen who cleverly crossed cultures with their satisfying marinated flank steak kimchi tacos. The most memorable food product of the day: Sushi Poppers!

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A Korean Weapon of Mass Nutrition

Kimchi, a brined cabbage and turnip dish, is an ubiquitous part of Korean cuisine
Kimchi, a brined cabbage and turnip dish, is an ubiquitous part of Korean cuisine

by André Gayot

 

While the leaders of the twenty richest nations — the G 20 — gathered in Seoul, South Korea, to discipline the ministers of finances, bankers and traders of the world, the Koreans had their own, more direct, worries.

 

Because of bad weather, there was a dearth of cabbage on the markets. “A national tragedy,” proclaimed the press, supporting angry citizens. Cabbages and their derivatives being an essential part of the Korean diet, President Lee Myung-Bak decided that cabbages would be imported from China. Mais voilà, Koreans don’t like Chinese cabbage. What made the shortage even worse was the timing. This is the season when all Korean families practice a ritual: the preparation of Kimchi.

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