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Volvér Restaurant

Volvér Restaurant

Iron Chef Jose Garces Will Take the Stage at His Newest Restaurant in Philly

by Robert DiGiacomo

If chefs are the new rock stars, then Jose Garces is inviting you to a very intimate culinary jam session.

The Philadelphia-based “Iron Chef” recently opened Volvér, a high-end restaurant located in the city’s Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The latter is home to the city’s acclaimed orchestra and a presenter of jazz, dance, classical and pop concerts.

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The Bar of the Lounge at Le Bernardin

The Bar of the Lounge at Le Bernardin

New York Restaurant Trend: Dining at the Bar

by Meryl Pearlstein

Interested in eating at some of New York City’s best restaurants, but put off by the prices? Try dining at the bar! Not only is it less expensive, but the bar or lounge atmosphere is often a more relaxed experience than in the main dining room. It’s a wonderful trend that many top-rated New York restaurants are embracing, including Le Bernardin, Eleven Madison Park and Per Se, where diners can avoid having to order the prix-fixe menu by dining in the lounge.
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The Indulgence Burger

The Indulgence Burger (Kobe beef patty, seared foie gras, pancetta, white truffles and caviar)

When is a hamburger not a hamburger?

by David Farley

The hamburger, that culinary icon of disputed origins, has always been a sandwich for the ordinary person. Priced to sell (especially at fast food restaurants), the hamburger could be enjoyed and eaten by anyone with some change in their pockets.

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New Restaurants in Houston

on February 18th, 2014
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Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in Houston, TX

Liberty Kitchen & Oysterette in Houston, TX


by Marene Gustin


Hungry Houstonians, you’re in luck — you have more dining choices than ever before, as there are many new restaurants worth a visit in Space City. 

At the trendy West Ave. multi-use center in Upper Kirby, two new eateries are now open. Nara, a Korean/Japanese restaurant from chef Donald Chang that opened in the old Katsuya space, blends the flavors of Chang’s native country with his experience as a sushi chef in Houston. Over in the next building, Food Network Star Susie Jimenez has opened Trenza in the former Alto space upstairs from Del Frisco’s Grille. The name means “braid” and is a nod to the fusion food she offers: a blend of her native Latin cuisine with Indian and Asian twists.

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The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

The Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges

What’s Old Is New Again

by John W. Boland

It’s taken over twenty years for the colonial homestead that once housed the venerable Emily Shaw’s Inn restaurant in Westchester County, New York, to be reborn as a fine dining destination. The building spent over 40 years as Emily Shaw’s Inn, then a decade as The Inn at Pound Ridge, a short chapter as Emily Shaw’s Inn at Pound Ridge, and several periods in between where it sat uninhabited, waiting for someone like chef-restaurateur Jean-Georges Vongerichten to restore it to its former glory. With a farm-to-table theme and an ambiance that is somehow elegant and rustic, modern and colonial, open and cozy all at the same time, it appears he has done that… and then some.

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Expedition Brazil

Win a trip to Brazil courtesy of Expedition Brazil.
Or you could win Dinner for Two in the de Chão Giveaway.

Adventure Brazil

Dreaming of a vacation on the beaches of Rio de Janeiro or exploring the bustling nightlife and world-class shopping of São Paulo? How about a cultural tour through the capital city of Brasília and outdoor adventures or a food and wine focused traditional gaucho experience through Southern Brazil?


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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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Amabito no Moshio

Amabito no Moshio Sea Salt

Mineral-Rich Gourmet Sea Salt

In business since 1926, Mutual Trading Co. imports an extensive range of Japanese beverages and specialty food items into the U.S.

We sampled their artisanal sea salt, Amabito no Moshio, which is made by the Kamagari Bussan Company on the tiny island of Kami-Kamagari in Western Japan.

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Hand-carved Ibérico de Bellota ham from Cinco Jotas

Hand-carved Ibérico de Bellota ham from Cinco Jotas

Ham for the Holidays

Ham lovers will need no introduction to Jamón Ibérico de Bellota, a cured Spanish ham made from Ibérico pigs. Considered to be the finest ham in the world, Ibérico has an exquisite, nutty-sweet flavor that comes from the animals being fed a diet of wild acorns (bellota).

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Ricotta gnudi with walnut butter

Ricotta gnudi with walnut butter

by Anneli Rufus

At Sacramento’s most-talked-about restaurant, The Kitchen, executive chef John Griffiths and chef-owner Randall Selland celebrated the seasonal and the local by adding walnuts to the menu — at the exact same time as walnuts were being harvested in orchards throughout neighboring San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Yolo counties.

“There’s no better time to cook than fall,” Griffiths announced, going on to praise the region’s fruits, vegetables, meats, fish — and nuts, whose rich earthiness he said was intrinsic to autumnal cuisine.

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