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6 Top Spots For Cheese in New York City

October 24, 2014 by  

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Cheese is something of a thing in Manhattan. People have their own favorite places, we’re all about the artisanal cheeses, and you absolutely do not show up at someone’s place without bringing a block of your stinkiest findings along. Here are some of our favorites:   1. Murray’s Cheese: With monthly clubs to join, classes to take and an entire section on their website dedicated to simply teaching about cheese, Murray’s is about more than just tasting cheese — it’s about learning everything is there to know about this delicacy. 2. Beecher’s Handmade Cheese: I love the fact that you can actually watch them making the cheese at Beecher’s. [And their downstairs cafe and wine area helps bring this place to the top of my cheese list, as well.] 3. Lucy’s Whey: Granted this is a neighborhood fave and maybe a bit out of the way for your average tourist, Lucy’s Whey (located at Lexington and 93rd in our hood, or 425 W. 15th St.), has a lot going for it. The staff is always super friendly at the store in our neighborhood, and have been very helpful when I’ve stopped…

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Tasting Gin After Gin On the Open Sea

October 24, 2014 by  

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“Have you ever realized you could put a slice of ginger in a gin and tonic? Well, you can.” I’m currently in the Herrenzimmer aboard Hapag-Lloyd’s MS EUROPA 2 luxury cruise ship partaking in a gin tasting experience. Led by Erik Schutze, the ship’s Public Room Manager, the class allows up to 25 guests to have a unique tasting experience you won’t find on many other cruises. Moreover, as the EUROPA 2 features the world’s largest gin collection at sea — 35+ popular and rare gins in total, compared to five or six on most ships — it’s the perfect place to do this. As soon as I walk into the cozy yet sleek venue, with its chocolate-brown leather chairs, fiber optic fireplace and pale green walls adorned with modern art, I’m handed an aperitif, a “Monkey Sloe Fizz” made with Monkey 47 Sloe Gin, lemon, sugar, soda water and a dash of Angostura Bitters. It’s refreshing and invigorating, awakening the palate. Right before the bar a wooden counter showcases high-quality gins and bowls of spices and garnishes like juniper, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, bay leaf, curry, star anise, pepper and clove, to name a few. The bar itself is beautifully…

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In Heaven At The Fine Food Australia Show

October 24, 2014 by  

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My quest was to head down under and discover the national dish of Australia, an interesting feat.  The first stop was Melbourne for the Fine Food Australia Show – a massive trade show five times bigger than the SA Good Food & Wine Show.  I needed two days to see as much as possible – lectures on upcoming food trends, taste new products, see equipment on offer and meet some great chefs. As I travel on my food safaris, there is nothing better than catching up with people over a glass and bite– Melbourne guests Craig, De Villiers and Brett did not disappoint! The first culinary destination was that of Prix Fixe –the creative hub of Philippa Sibley, one of Australia’s leading dessert chefs. Based on a different theme every month, the restaurant concept is inspired by people, the arts and music whilst bringing together fresh seasonal produce, transforming both the interior and menu itself into a whimsical dining experience from 1997 – 2014. Diners book and pay upfront as you would for a theatre performance. The food is both a surprise and delight. In Sibley’s words – “Chefs become associated with dishes like an artist to a painting…

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Food Porn From the Latin Quarter of Paris

October 23, 2014 by  

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Below are some fun dishes that I had at three different Latin Quarter restaurants in Paris in the last few months. Enjoy! Also be sure to see our extensive write-up on other Paris restaurants we love. (top Paris restaurants).


Saint Lucia For Foodies, From Festivals To Exquisite Dining

October 23, 2014 by  

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chocolate Saint Lucia has a rich culinary history and culture. A blend of West Indian, African and French cuisine, as well as a landscape that features fertile soil and a tropical climate, visitors can enjoy spicy stews, fresh fruits and flavorful curries. That being said, visiting the island is more than just eating food, it’s experiencing the cuisine. To help guide you, here are five must-have St. Lucia food experiences.

Indulge In Their Chocolate Culture

Cocoa was once Saint Lucia’s most important export, and still plays an important role in their culture today. There are many ways to experience this sweet heritage, including plantation tours, making your own chocolate, cocoa-inspired spa treatments and adding chocolate to your meal. Plantations like Marquis Estate, Anse Mamin Plantation, Emerald Estate, Morne Coubaril Estate and La Dauphine Estate offer tours, as does Hotel Chocolat’s Rabot Estate which offers a “Tree-to-Bar Experience” allowing visitors to make their own chocolate. Additionally, spas like Ti Kaye Village Resort & Spa and Kai En Ciel Boutique Spa at Jade Mountain Resort combine chocolate’s indulgence with its health benefits through cocoa-inspired massages, body wraps and scrubs. And if you’d simply like to…

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Basa & Rye-on-Market, 2 Louisville Gems For the Ultimate Foodie

October 22, 2014 by  

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Each year in the fall, I traditionally do a few restaurant reviews in Louisville Kentucky and they typically fall the week after their annual Taste of Innovation, a foodie event which draws a few dozen restaurants, vendors, bourbon makers and more. Basa Restaurant, one of our picks for this year, wasn’t at Taste of Innovation however I heard about it from a local friend who is in love with food — and she’s a vegetarian. In other words, they have enough delicious options for vegetarians as well, although that isn’t their specialty – Vietnamese fusion is. Below is their organic tofu dish with crisp egg noodle, mushroom, bok choy, watercress, bean sprouts, red cabbage, eggplant and yellow curry sauce. The dish is served over noodles with a soy ginger sauce and cilantro.   They feature local ingredients while infusing modern cooking techniques and the menu is eclectic as is their list of cocktails. I tried the Basa Signature for hoots, which is made with Finlandia Vodka and natural aloe vera. Yum! Their presentation is stunning as well and it’s clear that this brother tag team put a lot of effort and time into the…

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The Kimberly Hotel Rooftop for Cocktails in Manhattan

October 20, 2014 by  

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Last night I ticked another rooftop bar off my NYC bucket list with two friends who I needed to say goodbye to before we leave. The place was The Kimberly, and the rooftop of the hotel is an enclosed bar (although I think during nice weather it’s actually open) with a fantastic (on a normal day without fog) view of the Chrysler building and midtown Manhattan. Kimberly_1 Kimberly_3 I’d recommend checking out The Kimberly Hotel rooftop if you’re in the midtown area — it’s definitely worth at least a pit stop.  


Union Street Coffee House, a Stone’s Throw From London Bridge & Borough Market

October 20, 2014 by  

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Roll up roll up, to the Union Street Coffee House in London. Run by the ‘Gentleman Baristas’ this newly opened coffee haven is situated close to London Bridge Station and the popular foodie destination of Borough Market. coffee london Conveniently close to the FT, where I’m based Monday to Friday, I popped in on my lunch for a hot chocolate and a chat with one of the ‘gentleman baristas’ himself, Henry C. A. W. Ayers.
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The idea behind the shop is ‘well mannered’ coffee, and Henry is an exemplar of this vibe. Charming and friendly with a very British moustache in tow, he pulled up a chair next to me and talked about the building’s origins dating back to the 17th century. It was originally a coffee house and a meeting place, then a butchers and the offices for the coffee federation but for the last year and a half it’s been empty.
 “The building opposite sold top hats, so we decided to theme the coffees around the idea”. Customers can drop in to and order their regular ‘top hat’ and sip away whilst indulging in a newspaper at Henry’s mum’s old kitchen table.


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