For each of these notable restaurants, we offer a profile of their chefs as well as a complete restaurant review. For chef Thomas Keller, who helms two of the six top restaurants above, we have a lengthy profile explaining why he is the Best Restaurateur in the U.S. for 2013 in our Annual Restaurant Issue.
When it’s teatime, don’t ask me, “One lump or two?”
I take my tea with honey.
It used to be any kind of honey — orange blossom, blueberry, sage, buckwheat, thistle, heather, dandelion — or any kind that was on hand. But I’ve found something better: Savannah Bee Company Tea Honey.
Its sweetness is more subtle than other commercial honeys, and its viscosity is thinner, reminiscent of some European honeys that pour quickly and cook or roast beautifully into elegant glazes for vegetables and poultry. The heat of the hot steeping tea combines with this honey to create a new flavor note that is altogether pleasing with neither the tea nor the honey dominating the wonderful, delicate brew in the cup.
Tasting Notes: The 2005 Red from Moraga Vineyards shows excellent balance of fruit, acidity and tannins. Its complex flavors are primarily of blackberry and boysenberry with some herbal and mineral notes. This finely crafted Meritage finishes full and long.
Food Pairings: Grass-fed beef, black truffle pizza
Peruvian cuisine is gaining ground in North America, and not a moment too soon. We saw this coming — with pisco cocktails in hand — and aquí está. It is truly vivid fare — and one of its prime purveyors is La Mar Cebichería Peruana. The San Francisco restaurant has expanded its brunch menu this month, debuting a range of new entrées that merge cutting-edge creativity with a rich, diverse culinary heritage.
Peruvian food has ancient roots, augmented by indigenous traditions, European cuisine — French-style bakeries are ubiquitous in Lima — and local produce such as plantains, Lima beans, huge-kerneled corn and local peppers including the earthy yellow aji amarillo, assertive red rocoto and fruity orange aji panca. Sauces made from these peppers and from the leafy green huacatay herb are more popular in Peru than ketchup and mustard.