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Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

  When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet and nutritious, the pecan lends itself to nearly endless holiday menu inspiration. It hasn’t been an easy year for the pecan industry, but you can support American pecan growers and #PledgePecans – that’s a promise to add one more pecan-friendly...

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Food Experiences in New Zealand

By Dan Levin The world is a fantastic place to be, especially with top food adventures to experience. Each culture offers an exquisite taste, new foods, exotic delicacies or basic food stalls from your favourite vendors. New Zealand has it all when foodies feel the craving coming on for either a specific taste, craving or thirst quencher. The views are breathtaking in New Zealand to boot, the perfect surrounding to any meal. Taking a look at some of the best food experiences in New Zealand may just lead you to try something new and perhaps even lead to unknown...

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The Trendy Duniway Hotel Portland

What makes The Duniway Portland, a Hilton Hotel special is their friendly and thoughtful staff, especially Concierge Extraordinaire John Conway. Stepping into the warm, eclectic, living-room style lobby, one admires the trendy furniture and tchotchkes on the wall behind the reservation desk. There is a glass-encased Stay Puft Marshmallow Man from the Ghostbusters franchise, an iconic camera, and a record player with a stack of vinyl records to play. Curated books from the largest independent book store Powell’s are on display. Conway is usually one of the first people to welcome guests. He stands near nostalgic items that include an old typewriter,...

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Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days

There’s almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter. Combining classic flavors and a blend of comforting spices, this Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Soup is a warm-up waiting to happen on a cold day. For a hearty breakfast option, Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins can feed the whole family – simply bake the flavorful pastries a day ahead then warm the morning of for a quick, hot breakfast. If the craving for comfort food strikes when you don’t have time for a home-cooked dish, consider scratch-made options available at restaurants like Sweet Tomatoes...

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WÜSTHOF A Cut Above

Carving the Thanksgiving turkey or Christmas ham is a symbolic ritual that signifies a celebration is underway. As I started formulating my plans for the holiday season, the majority of my lists revolve around food, cocktails and desserts. Once the menus are established, I move on to tableware, accessories and the like. My mind wanders and I reflect back to holidays past. In my family, we’re all very particular as to the specific knife used for the bird or dessert pie. We still laugh about my grandma using the long serrated bread knife to reach across the table to...

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Chef Adrianne Calvo Shares Her Thanksgiving Secrets

If you close your eyes, you can almost smell the Thanksgiving turkey in the oven. Yes, it’s that time of year when we start planning our holiday menus. What side dishes will accompany your holiday bird? Should we serve white or red wine? Chef Adrianne Calvo was kind enough to share some of her Thanksgiving secrets, including her recipe for “Your Best Turkey Ever!” and Evergreen Autumn side dish. Chef Adrianne Calvo just released a two-volume set of cookbooks, publishing her 100 finest recipes, entitled The A-List: Vol. I and II. Chef Adrianne delves into starters, desserts, and everything...

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SHARE by Curtis Stone on Princess Cruises

Walking on-board the Emerald Princess, I admired the 19 deck cruise ship with almost 900 glass balconies attached the 1,539 guest rooms. What makes this ship extra special is Executive Chef Curtis Stone’s fine dining restaurant SHARE. It’s featured on only three Princess Cruises ships, to provide passengers an celebrity chef culinary experience while at sea. Chef Curtis Stone creates an inviting dining room with walls of glass windows for ocean view dining in an opulent setting. Inside a private dining room are photos of Stone and memorabilia, including his first recipe Orange Cake that he wrote out in...

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Britain makes acquaintance with Korean tradition of ‘Temple Food’

The Cultural Corps of Korean Buddhism will hold various events to introduce temple food, which is rooted in Korean traditional culture, from October 22 through 26 at the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (hereinafter referred to as the Korean Embassy), the Korean Cultural Centre UK, and Le Cordon Bleu in London. Kim Ji-young, the Head Chef of Balwoo Gongyang, a one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Korea for 2017-2018, will host the three-day event.   Korean temple food categorically bans the consumption of all meat and animal by-products, but what is less known is that it also shuns the use of five...

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Ritz-Carlton Shanghai presents the Michelin Star Explore Journey

The romance of autumn in Shanghai does not exude only from the golden Platanus lining the city’s streets but also from the aspirations for a quality life. This fall, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is extremely happy and proud to be recognized as the #1 hotel in China as well as 12th  Best Hotel in the world by Condé Nast Traveler’s 31st annual Reader’s Choice Award in 2018. To celebrate this special moment, The Ritz-Carlton Shanghai, Pudong is pleased to have two illustrious guest chefs – Michelin three star Emmanuel Renaut and Michelin two star Marco Sacco, to provide an opportunity for guests to step onto the Michelin Star Explore Journey from France to Italy....

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Simple Yet Stunning

  Set the menu for easy entertaining One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in the kitchen count and provide crowd-pleasing food is by using wholesome, quality core ingredients like olive oil, fresh bread, cheese and artisan chocolate to create flavorful dishes that are easy to prepare, and leave you with more...

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Honolulu Cookie Company: Unexpected Hawaiian Treat

Close your eyes and imagine you’re on a Hawaiian beach. A cold pineapple cocktail in hand, the smell of the ocean rolling off the waves, the sound of a luau off in the distance. You shuffle your feet and feel the sand between your toes and you’re nibbling on…cookies. Cookies? Yes, scrumptious shortbread cookies from the Honolulu Cookie Company. Impressing my palate doesn’t happen too often. Savory is more my style, so something sweet falls down on my list of edibles. When I do look for a dessert it’s not chocolate I crave, but something along the line of...

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La Pulperia: Outstanding Seafood and Lots of Fun

  I love New York’s Restaurant Row (West 46th Street) because almost every cuisine of the world is represented here. And, if you have tickets for a Broadway show, there is an abundance of choices for pre-theater or post-theater dining. Recently I was invited to sample the food at La Pulperia, a Latin American restaurant on Restaurant Row. Since I had read only good things about the place, I was especially eager to try the seafood, which had garnered the most raves. My daughter and arrived on a Monday evening, when most theaters are dark, but the restaurant was...

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