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Category: Epicure

Do You Sushi?

Do you sushi? If you do, you’re not alone in your enjoyment of raw fish in its many permutations. Sarah Jessica Parker does sushi, so do Tom Cruise, Madonna, Elvis Costello, and a legion of Americans. Sushi hit our shores during the 1970s, and it has been estimated that there are many thousands of sushi restaurants in the United States. Some years ago, cookbook author Julia Moskin called Japanese “the new French.” Americans now easily discuss memorable meals using terms like hamachi and buri toro as they once talked about boeuf bordelaise and coq au vin. Though it’s generally...

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Guide to Little Italy Restaurants: Where to Eat in the Northeast’s Little Italy Neighborhoods

“A human being is primarily a bag for putting food into.” – George Orwell A person who functions properly should never be shy from an orchestrated food item. It’s almost a crime not to indulge in eating for a human being. From centuries ago, this purpose took a new direction when taverns, small fronts and eateries were made. Present generation is blessed with restaurants. In many food cuisines, Italian is well-known for its garlic, tomatoes and olive oil and undoubtedly, it never completes without a glass of summer wines. To enter into a discussion of Italian foods and restaurants,...

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Best Artisan Chocolates in Beverly Hills

Recently, I had the opportunity to meet award winning pastry chef and talented chocolatier Kriss Harvey in his chocolate kitchen in the Arts District in Los Angeles. Named as one of America’s Top 10 Pastry Chefs, Chef Kriss was formerly the Executive Pastry Chef at The Bazaar by José Andrés at the SLS Hotel. Looking at his arms, I noticed his tattoos told a story about his culinary journey. He trained under some of Europe’s greatest chefs, including Oriol Balaguer and Emmanuel Ryon in France, and worked in the kitchen of the Ritz Carlton and the Wynn Las Vegas....

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Street Food on the Edge: Buffalo’s Food Truck Experience in Larkin Square

Growing up in Buffalo, New York good food is everywhere. Buffalo wings from Anchor Bar or Duff’s, a sub from John and Mary’s, or Beef on Weck from just about any local eatery. Biscotti or fresh Italian bread from DiCamillo’s or a peanut donut from Paula’s. The list is endless. When I plan a trip back to the Queen City the menu of good eats gets top prority. A few summers ago I was thrown an unexpected curve-ball when my folks introduced me to Food Truck Tuesdays at Larkin Square. My parents are regulars and they have been bragging...

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Eat Your Way Through Italy: The Best Locations to Indulge in Italian Cuisine

There are many ways to experience true Italian culture, including cultural hotspots like Rome and the must-try Bolognese sauce from Bologna. But with so many culinary tastes to enjoy – where would the best places be to explore? Citalia has recently created an interactive tool that explores the best Italian locations to visit, to truly indulge in these culinary masterpieces. Italian holidays are popular among tourists for a wealth of reasons, from the archaeology and architecture of the mainland to the clear blue water and hot, white-sand beaches of the islands – but there’s always something new to uncover, be it Bologna, the culinary capital of Italy, or the Roman ruins...

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Experience Culinary and Luxury JOY at Sea

I had no idea I would be so pampered in luxury on the revitalized Norwegian Joy during her inaugural sailing to Ensenada, Mexico. Once I presented my passport upon check in, I received a private key card to the Penthouse in The Haven Courtyard. This new, spacious and beautifully appointed concierge enclave offers the most luxurious and well-appointed accommodations. Tapping my card near the entrance on deck 17, the glass door opened to allow me into this exclusive area. A certified butler greeted me and led me to my spacious stateroom cabin 13108. The Haven offers a private bar/lounge,...

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Pitcher Perfect Cocktails for Memorial Day

Cocktails made by the pitcher are an easy way to spend less time stuck behind the bar  and more time celebrating just like Diddy, DJ Khaled, Ashlee Simpson, Eva Longoria and more. CÎROC VS,  DeLeón Tequila and CÎROC Summer Watermelon have created the following ‘pitcher cocktails’ to serve up at your next celebration. Grab a pitcher or two and start crafting one these delicious batch cocktail recipes! CÎROC VS Sangria 4 oz CIROC VS 8 oz Red Wine 2 oz Elderflower liqueur 8 oz Ginger Ale Preparation: Stir all ingredients thoroughly in a pitcher of ice. Garnish: berries/mint/Lemon Glassware: Rocks/stemless wine glass...

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UK’s Honest Burgers: Succulence in Every Bite

Taking a bite of an Honest Burgers hamburger changed my life. It’s been over five years since UK’s best burger chain rocked my world, and I’m still dreaming about the succulent delicacy in every bite. It was my first trip to London, and I was traveling with a dear friend, chef Katherine Frelon. Katherine is a Brit, living in France, and we were in town for a cooking class she was giving in the city. Katherine is an incredible tour guide, and she insisted there was one stop we had to make. Honest Burgers in Brixton Market. Forget Big...

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Chef Eric LeVine’s Top Tips for Grilling a Better Burger

“The mindset of opulence and great living. No compromise on quality or level of excellence.” -Luxury defined by Chef Eric LeVine When it comes to grilling and making a better burger, Chef Eric LeVine is our go-to guy. May is National Burger Month, and with summer barbecues and long holiday weekends just ahead, we asked Chef Eric if he would share with our readers some of his burger grilling secrets. This multi-award-winning chef, restaurateur and author has just launched this third cookbook, Burgers, Bowls, Jars – Season by Season. Perfect timing! Who is Chef Eric? While most kids were...

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Joachim Splichal’s Domaine De CALA

I was recently invited to celebrity chef Joachim Splichal’s Southern California home for an exquisite dinner paired with his new wines made at Domaine de Cala. We watched an informative power point presentation about how this esteemed chef purchased a run down Domaine located outside of the medieval town of Brignoles, in the  picturesque Coteaux Varois AOP in the heart of Provence.  Joachim’s culinary career began in Provence, where he worked at La Napoule and Antibes, a two and three-Michelin star restaurant. He fondly remembers visiting a truffle supplier near this area, and dreaming of one day buying a...

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Chef Nick Stellino’s Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed Recipes

In Italy, there are two things that people value the most: family and food. So, it’s only fitting that for Mother’s Day, Italian celebrity Chef Nick Stellino, the author of 12 cookbooks and the star of ‘Storyteller in The Kitchen,’ now celebrating 25 years on the air, wants to help your readers celebrate mom this year with a few of his favorite fun, easy and tasty breakfast dishes that she is guaranteed to love. Chef Stellino has shared with us his top breakfast in bed picks, along with recipes below. I’ve included his French Toast recipe with video as...

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Cocktail Recipes for the Kentucky Derby

The countdown for the Kentucky Derby is on! It’s cocktail time. There is no doubt the weekend will be filled with a plethora of Mint Juleps, but why not break out of the traditional Derby cocktail mold and try something new! We have several cocktail recipes to add to your menu. Our first is courtesy of Chef Bobby Flay. He’s mixing up his signature Blood Orange Mimosa as the best boozy alternative to the traditional mint julep to enjoy while watching the races. A longtime horseracing fan and a frequent fixture at high-profile industry events such as the Kentucky Derby, Bobby...

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