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Discovering KOA: Iron Chef Food in a Manhattan setting

One of the many things I love about New York City is the sense of discovery I feel whenever I “find” a street I haven’t traveled, a pocket park or a new hotel. While those places may have been seen and enjoyed by countless others before me, I always have a “Eureka” moment when I discover a really special restaurant. And that was how I felt when I had dinner with my daughter at KOA in the Flatiron district. I had been invited by the restaurant’s public relations representative to review KOA’s modern Chinese/Japanese fusion dishes and their healthier...

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Panini: The Simple Tastes of Italian Style Bread

Recipes from “Panini, the simple tastes of Italian style bread” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) by Veronica Lavenia. Her next book “The Rustic Italian Bakery” (New Holland Publishers, 2015) will be released November 2, 2015. Carrots and capers sauce A source of inspiration for many recipes – both sweet and savory – carrots are one of the most versatile and tasty vegetables. This sauce is a fresh and light idea to use carrots in a different way. Sicilian capers give a truly unique flavor to a very tempting sauce. Great for stuffing toast and classic panini, or over a slice...

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“Indian for Everyone” with Anupy Singla

Since her first book appeared four years ago, Anupy Singla’s The Indian Slow Cooker and Vegan Indian Cooking have perennially topped Amazon’s list of bestselling Indian cookbooks. Her new book, Indian for Everyone, offers more than 100 classic and popular Indian recipes—all of the traditional favorites and more—and it is expected to be a breakthrough title in bringing Indian cooking to an even larger American readership. Indian for Everyone opens up the pleasures of Indian cuisine for any home cook, regardless of dietary restrictions, level of expertise, or prior familiarity with Indian food. For novices, Singla includes descriptions of all-important Indian spices and step-by-step guidance on...

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2015 Top 10 Luxury Grills and Smokers

By Max Good, Director of Equipment Reviews & Keeper of the Flame, AmazingRibs.com Note: We rate and review as objectively as possible, measuring temperatures, slamming lids, turning dials, studying warranties, and kicking casters, but inevitably intangibles such as look and feel have to be considered. We consider them among the best of breed in the wide world of luxury priced cookers. They are listed in order of manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP), but actual prices can differ particularly since many of these items are often highly customized. Please click the links to read our complete detailed review and find...

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EUROPA 2: Luxury My Way

While there is no shortage of luxurious ships sailing the oceans of the world, they are not all the same. What they may have in common are spacious and comfortable staterooms with verandas or balconies and full bathrooms; high-end amenities; excellent food; fine spas and fitness centers and exceptional service. Where they differ? Personality. And that can be the difference that elevates luxury to its highest level. Many passengers love the luxury ships that have a very formal personality, reflected by Captain’s receptions, fixed meal times and assigned tables, formal cocktail parties and similar events. My wish list doesn’t...

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Fischer & Wieser Mustard Show-Down

I am a fanatic about mustard for many reasons. I like the fact that it is low in calories and carbohydrates, has no fat, and is actually good for you. An excellent source of selenium, mustard can also be a good source of magnesium. (Selenium can help reduce asthma severity, decrease symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and reputedly can help prevent cancer. Magnesium also helps reduce severity of asthma, reduce frequency of migraines and lowers high blood pressure.) Also, mustard is a nice alternative to fattening mayonnaise. As a condiment, it goes very well with so many dishes; the versatility...

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Home Sweet Hip Home in Vancouver’s Yaletown

“We don’t do beige.” It’s a mantra of sorts at Opus Vancouver. What does it mean? You’ll understand as soon as you enter the compact, yet sparkling lobby. It has a glow about it. Color is king here. Hip easily translates to happy. Forget about everything you’ve come to expect from a hotel. It doesn’t take long to get the sense they’re re-inventing the rules of hospitality at this boutique Yaletown hotel. It’s also pretty obvious the folks that work here are having a whole lot of fun in the process. The hotel is designed to feel like home,...

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Executive Chef Kerry Heffernan

Times have changed in Ireland, the U.S. and New York. The Irish started immigrating to the U. S. in the 1800s. Because they were fleeing poverty and hunger, they came as laborers and service staff, migrating across the country. People used to say, “The Irish focus on potatoes.” Well, that is not true today. Whether you are experiencing an Irish chef or in an Irish restaurant, you will enjoy some fine fare. When asking about a well-known Irish chef, many New Yorkers will think of Bobby Flay and his famous Mesa Grill NYC; Bar American burger places in Garden...

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Door County Fish Boil for Tradition and Taste

Door County, Wisconsin is a pastoral peninsula with Prussian blue waters and verdant woodlands that seem to envelop your spirit and surround your soul. Peace and tranquility are its byproducts, with only the lapping of waves and sounds of seagulls interjecting their refrain. In between the forests and lakes are numerous orchards of Door County’s famous cherry and apple trees — just begging to be picked at their ripeness. With its 298 miles of shoreline, the peninsula can be strangely reminiscent of New England; nevertheless, the county has its own traditions, largely emanating from a Scandinavian heritage, that make Door...

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Las Columnas-a Gourmet Temple in Torrevieja, Spain

How come, you might ask, that every so often, exquisite restaurants are found in places which nobody has heard about–except the gourmets, of course? I don’t have the answer, but I was lucky enough to have discovered just such a gem, and to be able to interview a delightful chef who is anything but a diva. First things first; Torrevieja is a coastal resort on Spain´s Costa Blanca, approximately 100m from Alicante. I´m doing the place an injustice, saying that nobody has heard about it, because it´s quickly becoming a very popular resort for Spanish holiday makers, as well...

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Healthy Recipes from Fitness Guru Denise Austin

Denise Austin is a well known fitness specialist who has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs and authored 12 books on fitness. She also starred in the longest running fitness show in the history of television. Denise has a zest for life, positive outlook, and a can-do attitude that shows through the work she does. A top-selling author and highly sought-after speaker and TV personality, Denise has a great motivational quality that makes you feel like she’s your best friend, cheering you on as you work to become a happier, healthier person. Denise is now starting...

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Lima, Peru’s Ultimate Sky Kitchen

Have you ever wished you could take a few of the many amazing recipes home with you from your trip outside the country, or perhaps take the chef home as well, because the food really was that good? After all, while many local delicacies taste delicious while being experienced in a foreign atmosphere, it’s not always the same once you get behind the stove at your own home. Maybe that’s just because you don’t know exactly how to add a bit of this and that in the recipe or even how to shop for the right ingredients. Enter the...

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