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Category: Epicure

Chocolate for Valentine’s Day: The Food of Love?

Shakespeare suggested that music was the food of love, but judging by the tens of thousands of heart-shaped boxes presented to wives and sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, that honor should be shared with chocolate. Not only is chocolate delicious, it has been celebrated as a food that holds the promise of significant health benefits similar to those in red wine and green tea. Like wine and green tea, cocoa beans are rich in flavonoids–phytochemicals (plant compounds) with powerful antioxidant properties. While the research on chocolate’s benefits may be relatively new, it has had a long and distinguished history. Ancient...

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The Estate Yountville in Napa Valley

There are two refreshed luxury resorts in Napa Valley. Hotel Villagio’s updates were just finished in summer 2018, while The Vintage House was modernized into a sophisticated wine country style hotel last October 2017. Both reside on Washington Street and are part of The Estate Yountville. The resorts are located between V-Marketplace and four of celebrity chef Michael Chiarello’s eateries: Bottega Napa Valley for fine dining Italian cuisine; Ottimo Italian eatery and market for breakfast, lunch, picnic fare and wine; Platform 8, an upscale burger cafe and Platform 8 Ice Cream Lab. Across the street are Michelin-starred restaurants, wine-tasting rooms...

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Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste. Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake. Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also,...

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Maison Vivienne Opens In NYC

Maison Vivienne announced the opening of its elegantly modern Manhattan-based flagship restaurant, located at 116 East 60th Street on the Upper East Side. Maison Vivienne, which has a second location designed to cater to guests who frequent Southampton, offers a contemporary interpretation of French Provencal Mediterranean classics, all created with sustainable and local ingredients when possible. Residing in a traditional townhouse property, the 4,000 square foot plus space can seat up to 160 guests at any given time. Featuring an inviting  long bar at street level, the design, created by Paris K Studio, draws inspiration from the historic building through the use of the...

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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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