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Category: Epicure

Cooking With The Cannibals

Meet Lance Seeto. He has become one of the most influential chefs not just for his food; but for his inspirational lessons of life, humanity and diet he has learned from an ancient civilization. The message he brings back from the descendants of one of the oldest but now extinct human species on the planet is clear – why is humankind so unhappy and sick? What is the meaning of life? And are the foods we eat everyday slowly leading us to a lifetime of disease? From the perspective of an entire native people, when it comes to humanity;...

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Four Seasons Elk Chili From the Handle Bar

While visiting Jackson Hole, we wanted to spend a night on the mountain. Since the Four Seasons had just been awarded the best ski resort, it made sense to check this hotel out and we’re pleased that we did. We decided to eat at the Handle Bar, a lively establishment that is a favorite in Jackson Hole. This American pub is certainly more elegant that most pubs we’ve visited, but just as inviting and comfortable. Looking out at the Grand Tetons was magnificent. The Handle Bar is known for a wide selection of American and International beers, whiskeys and...

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Executive Chef Patrick Turcot of Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu and His Menu

Visiting Quebec is always a pleasure for us. This time, our excitement increased as we ventured further east to Charlevoix and Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu. Both my husband and I enjoy all varieties of luxury hotels. However, the charm of a classic establishment can provide such a feeling a comfort- especially when it has maintained its charm and added modern conveniences. Our group of twenty arrived late afternoon. After a chance to rest and refresh, we joined Executive Chef Patrick Turcot for champagne and then dinner in Le Charlevoix Restaurant, with its view of the St. Lawrence River. Chef...

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Two Nights in the Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone

A visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming was a lifelong dream and last fall I finally I got my chance. During my end of September trek, the sky was unfortunately laden with gray clouds as the first snowfall was expected. But snowy skies would not damped my spirits; I had entered the hallowed gates of Yellowstone — the 2.2 million acre gem that shines with incredible landscape diversity. I drove along with a mixture of goose bumps and glee. Driving within the park proceeds slowly. Backups occur whenever a large animal appears. Drivers simply stop in the middle...

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St. Patty’s Day Cocktails from Ocean Vodka

With March being the month of shamrocks and St. Patty’s Day, it seem appropriate to feature some green drinks. Last May, I was first introduced to Ocean Vodka. Since they were kind enough to do some special cocktails for last month, who better to ask for March? Truthfully, I can enjoy a good mojito any time of year. Norm and I enjoyed the organic vodka and thoroughly found visiting the facility on Maui amazing. In addition to it being a family affair, three generations of the Smith family have grown up on Maui. The water used in the vodka...

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Low Country French Cuisine Along the Grand Strand

Not your typical down-home Southern cooking While Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, is a great destination for Calabash-style seafood and Southern comfort food, it is not usually known for its top-chef restaurants or its award-winning cuisine. But with rumors of an up-and-coming food and wine culture, I decided to check out two of the recently acclaimed restaurants along the Grand Strand (the designation for the 60-mile strip of beach towns north and south of Myrtle Beach proper).  What I discovered were two hidden gems that satisfy my criteria for some of the best upscale food in the South.  The Brentwood...

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Mexican Molecular at Le Chique: Azul Sensatori

People typically rave about a restaurant with comments like, “I swear they had the best ribs I’ve ever tasted,” or perhaps,”the beef was so tender, I didn’t need a knife.” However, these are not the comments diners will say after eating at Le Chique, an adult’s only restaurant on the Azul Sensatori property in Riviera Maya, Mexico. That’s because the meal at Le Chique is an adventure in dining, a cutting-edge food fantasy like none other than I have tasted anywhere. My evening began with a peek into the busy kitchen where my foursome was served a foamy cucumber...

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2014 Fancy Food Show Reveals New Gourmet Food Trends

The 2014 Golden Globes featured so many exciting, talked-around-the-water-cooler fashion trends that it makes you wonder if it’s just coincidence or is it all pre-ordained and some people just didn’t get the memo? The leading trend was striking blood-red gowns, followed by dramatic emerald green stunners, pale but bejeweled dresses and austere monochromatic numbers. You could say the same thing about the 39th Winter Fancy Food Show held at San Francisco’s Moscone Center that just finished its three-day run. Featuring over 80,000 specialty foods and beverage products from the U.S. and 35+ countries, I’m always mystified that, like the...

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Kalua Pig, A Plantation Food Favorite

This is an easy crock pot version that anyone can make. Kalua pig is the whole pig that is cooked in a pit in the ground known as an Imu. This dish is traditionally served at Luaus, family gatherings and special occasions such as graduations, and birthdays. Local families in Hawaii also make quick version with pre-made Kalua pork, but here we do a better version from scratch using a crock pot/slow cooker. Kalua Pig Ingredients: 3-4 lb pork loin roast or pork shoulder 1 large onion sliced 4 plus cups beef stock 4 plus cups chicken stock 1...

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Expressing Love & Romance through New York Fine Dining

Valentine’s greetings date back to the Middle Ages. History behind this holiday is still a mystery.  The entire month of February has become a time of romance, gifts, and special dinners. To secure reservations at some of these fine establishments, you need to start early. New York City has more exceptional restaurants that one could mention. Our focus will be on its seven three-star Michelin establishments. Last year, New York boasted five with this ranking and two more joined in 2012. Three Michelin star rating is considered the highest, most respected global recognition in the culinary world. Having met...

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Romantic Valentine’s Dishes For Two

This Valentine’s Day wow your other half with some of the world’s most romantic dishes by creative Chef Katherine Frelon. This year if you find yourself on Google on the eve of February 13th with sweat on your brow or browsing the aisles of your local supermarket desperate for inspiration and steadily panicking, worry not. Creative Chef and founder of Gourmet cookery school in Burgundy, Katherine Frelon has developed a selection of Valentine’s suppers sure to make even Casanova go weak at the knees. Warm the heart and soul with this simple romantic salad Prep: 15mins Cooking time: 30mins...

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Crispy Pacific Oysters with Black Truffle Caviar

  Some years back, when I was working at Different Pointe of view, I was asked to travel to New Orleans and cook.  I was beside myself with excitement.  Not only is New Orleans a big food town, but it also is a magical place filled with beautiful architecture and even more beautiful people.  I made sure to stay a few days so I could eat my way through the city before I had to return home.  I started my mornings with rich coffee flavored with chicory and piping hot beignets covered in decadent powdered sugar.  For lunch I...

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