2016 French Open

Watch top players compete during Roland-Garros

The Clay Court of Champions
by Sophie Gayot


If you cannot make it to Paris for Roland-Garros, also known as the French Open, you can still follow the action on the tournament’s official website. There, you’ll find round-the-clock coverage of the two-week French Open running from May 16 through June 5. Real-time scores, streaming radio commentary and a live blog of tennis’ largest and most prestigious clay-court competition are available 24/7, keeping you up-to-date with the latest news on the action.

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The Winter Fancy Food Show Spotlights Culinary Trends

 

Kohler chocolates
Kohler chocolates at the Fancy Food Show (Credit: Kristan Lawson)

 

Batali, Fieri and Delmonico’s Exhibit Gourmet Foods

The Winter Fancy Food Show, which was recently held in San Francisco, featured thousands of booths representing food and drink companies. It was a great place to check out the next big culinary trends: Put your money on coconut, chia and gluten-free.


One interesting trend, visible in full-force at the Fancy Food Show, finds famous chefs branching out into retail and otherwise expanding their public platforms. Living in the era of the celebrity chef gives us easy access to their genius, even right at home.

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Celebrating Valentine’s Day From Coast to Coast

Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas
Tea Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Las Vegas

by Meryl Pearlstein


With Valentine’s Day approaching, there are lots of interesting dining and travel-related experiences that make wonderful gifts for your sweetie. Here’s a round-up from Washington, D.C. to Honolulu.


Las Vegas

How about a twist on the usual Afternoon Tea found at many upscale hotels? The Mandarin Oriental Tea Lounge in Las Vegas adds a romantic touch with their Valentine Afternoon Tea. Heart-shaped, house-made gourmet chocolates finish off the sweets selection. $45 per person.


Atlanta

Sit at the bar at the St. Regis for a special Valentine’s Day “Pink of Perfection” cocktail that is available all month. It’s made with one part tequila, ½ part simple syrup, 3 dashes orange blossom water, with fresh lime juice and soda. What gives it its name? The pink rose petals that sit on top. You can increase the aphrodisiac quotient with the Oysters and Caviar Pearls special, a sensual combination of tempura oyster frites and osetra caviar sabayon created by executive chef Joseph Trevino, paired with Heidsieck Champagne.

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Don’t We Like Sharing?

by Sophie Gayot


Today, more and more restaurants are adopting a small plates concept. And actually, I like that. First because, you get to try more dishes, so you experience more tastes and flavors. But also, because, most of the time, small plates means sharing with the people around the table. Isn’t that a great way to enjoy an evening out with your dining partners?


MEZZE restaurant
, located in the former space of Sona, is one good example — in case you don’t know, “mezze” means “sharing” in Arabic. Watch my exclusive video interview with chef Micah Wexler, a Los Angeles native who has trained and cooked at Melisse, Patina, L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon in Las Vegas, Craft in Los Angeles, and even in Spain and Italy. And read our review of the restaurant.

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Let’s All Drink to Atlanta’s Restaurant Week

The signature cocktail for Atlanta Restaurant Week is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom
The signature cocktail for Atlanta Restaurant Week is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom

by Meryl Pearlstein 

   

Atlanta’s Restaurant Week will take place in the Downtown Dining District from Monday, July 26 through August 8. The multicultural cuisine at Atlanta’s Restaurant Week includes that of traditional steakhouses, seafood restaurants, Irish pubs and Mexican cantinas. Choose a 3-course meal at any of the 26 participating restaurants for a price of either $25 or $35. No coupon, voucher or reservation needed.

 

For more information, visit www.atlantadowntown.com/fun/restaurant-week.

 

Keep up with restaurants in the ATL with our Atlanta Restaurant Reviews, News, Culinary Events and Atlanta Wine Dinners. 

  

The city sets its restaurant week apart from the rest by incorporating a signature cocktail; this year’s cocktail is the Bacardi Torched Cherry Blossom created by W Hotel Atlanta Downtown’s DRINKSHOP. 

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