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Articles under "international"

Colombian Arepa de Queso Recipe

Colombia (and Venezuela) are known for their arepas. In Colombia (where I was born) there are regional varieties that are as different as the people in the country. We basically eat arepas with everything. They make an awesome breakfast, they … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Chris Montero’s Mac n’ 3 Cheese

Chris Montero and his family are New Orleans institutions. His heart belongs to New Orleans and the kitchen. If you ask Chef Montero where he went to culinary school, he’ll quickly answer “The French Quarter!” Montero’s career began at Ralph … Continue reading

Thousands of Dolphins Slaughtered for Bait To Make Shark Fin Soup

Shark fin soup is considered a delicacy in many Asian cultures, and even though the soup is flavorless with a slithery texture, dining on shark fin soup is considered a status symbol. (Source) The soup, brewed from dried shark fins, … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jonah Kim’s Maryland Crab Okonomiyaki

Chef Jonah Kim of PABU Izakaya, was named a Semi-Finalist this year for a James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant. His modern Japanese Pub is modeled on Okonomiyaki, a popular street food, often described as a Japanese pizza. A … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Jeff Tunks’ Charbroiled Oysters

Chef Jeff Tunks is the co-proprietor and executive chef of seven acclaimed DC-area restaurants including his Louisiana-inspired fish house Acadiana, and his tri-coastal restaurant DC Coast. Tunks’ sustainable focus and seafood-centric menus have earned him praise from the likes of … Continue reading

What’s Up With Japan’s Penguin Bars?

Kotaku Editor and Japan Times columnist Brian Ashcraft recently reported on all the Japanese penguin bars. One recently opened in Tokyo’s Ikebukuro. But there are at least three others, including Penguin Bar Fairy in Okinawa Prefecture, and Arekey Dinning Bar … Continue reading

Fall Recipe: Greg Ford’s Bayou Cioppino

Initially intended as a gift to his newly wed son, Greg Ford’s collection of his own recipes and of those passed on by family and friends went on to become the book “No Girls Allowed.” The Bay Area of California … Continue reading

Le Miccine Winery -Chianti Classico Winemaker Paula Papini Cook

When you first think of the wines of Chianti Classico, a chipper 29-year-old Canadian woman may not come to mind. This is just one of many surprises you will encounter in Chianti. Innovative winemakers like Paula Papini Cook should definitely … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Petros Kosmadakis’ Pork With Quinces

Born and raised in Crete, Chef Petros Kosmadakis, learned the secrets of the local cuisine at an early age at their own home, under the guidance of his grandmother. He went on to pursue his passion when he attended the … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Adin Langille’s Lamb Boti

Junoon is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC, and I was thrilled when they received their well deserved Michelin star. It is a great value (check out their amazing lunch deal) and the food and service always over-deliver. I … Continue reading

Chianti Classico: The Ultimate Wine Lover’s Destination

I grew up in a New Jersey town where a large percentage of the population was Italian. Seeing backyards full of grapevines was not an uncommon sight. Wine was made in garages and bottles of Chianti bought at stores usually … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Ivan Flowers’ Pan-Roasted Pork Chop with Apple Cider Glazed Cipollini Onions and Baby Arugula

San Diego’s Top of the Market Executive Chef Ivan Flowers has an extensive culinary history.  He owned Fournos in Sedona, AZ, which was named a top 25 restaurant in Arizona. He was also Executive Chef at L’Auberge in Sedona & Different … Continue reading

Top 10 Affordable Holiday Champagnes

According to the Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, written by Tom Stevenson and published since 1988 by Dorling Kindersley, the oldest recorded sparkling wine is Blanquette de Limoux, invented by Benedictine Monks in 1531. The monks bottled the wine before the initial … Continue reading

20 Kitchen Gift Ideas For The Holidays

Considering it’s that gift giving time of the year, we decided to assemble a list of gift ideas for the kitchen, because after all, during the holidays, it’s all about giving! I reviewed hundreds of items and made 20 selections. … Continue reading

Perfect Bacon-Cornbread Stuffing for Thanksgiving

For this week’s featured barbecue and grilling recipe, I wanted to highlight a recipe that I included in my recent article: Thanksgiving Bacon Recipes. Out of the all the great barbecue and grilling recipes for Thanksgiving, this seems something that … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Marco Chirico’s Duck Ravioli

Marco Chirico grew up at Marco Polo Ristorante, a family restaurant opened by his father, restaurateur Joe Chirico, in 1983. Marco started his culinary career by bussing tables when he was just 12 years old.  He wanted to honor his … Continue reading

Mason Jar Cookie Company: Perfect Gift For the Holidays

You’re all probably freaking out over Chrismukkah. Yah – me too. I’ve already seen both Christmas, Hanukkah and Festivus decorations all over the stores in NYC. Issue is I HATE SHOPPING. I’m sure you do too…you end up walking for hours, … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Nick Baker’s Mini Cuban Sliders

Executive Chef  Nick Baker has brought his “fresh” flavors to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX.  His all-time favorite food is seafood at its peak of freshness, but his Cubano Sliders are a fan favorite. He’s known not only … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipe: Dominique Theval’s Mushroom Risotto

Parisian chef Dominique Theval delights the palates of the residents of Redondo Beach California at his namesake restaurant. He has quite an impressive and worldly culinary history. Chef Theval learned his craft at Ecole Hoteliere de Jean Ferrandi, where he … Continue reading

Easy Corn Chowder

There’s nothing more American than corn. This gorgeous corn chowder is flavored with bacon fat making it sinfully delicious. You’ll make it for years to come. 1/2 lb bacon, diced 1 large onion 1 cup celery, diced 1/2 cup flour … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Erin O’Shea’s Fall Cornbread

Restaurateurs Steven Cook and Michael Solomonov knew they had someone special in Chef/Partner Erin O’Shea, one of the US’s only BBQ Pit-mistresses. That could be because Chef O’Shea trained in Richmond, VA with  legendary Southern chef and restaurateur Jimmy Sneed at … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Matt Johnston’s Spiced Caramel Apple

One of the loveliest places to see the foliage is Rhinebeck, NY in Dutchess County. It is calm, has gorgeous shops, plenty of places to see nature, and is really close to the CIA (not the governmental agency silly…the culinary … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Adam Mosher’s Butternut Squash and Black Bean Salad

Chef Adam Mosher has a long culinary history. He started cooking at the tender age of 14 and has been cooking ever since. He honed his skills at Navy Culinary “A” (after passing up the CIA) and soon moved up … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Chef Daniel Parilla’s Jumbo Party Wings

The Royal brings an extra-ordinary dining and viewing experience to Manhattan’s Union Square with their contemporary approach to traditional sports bar elements, high-quality menu, and late night lounge. Executive Consulting Chef Daniel Parilla created a menu with a modern take … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Marilyn Markel’s Game Day Chicken Wings

Southern Season Cooking School has become not just a local, but national favorite.  Marilyn Markel heads the Chapel Hill location and is known for her love of food which was passed down from her grandmother. Markel began her career as … Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: Scott Crawford’s Butternut Squash Soup with Coconut & Malt

Pennsylvania native, Scott Crawford heads the kitchen as executive chef at Herons restaurant at The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary, N.C. His culinary skill has made him not just a Southern favorite, but has earned him some pretty prestigious … Continue reading

“Speed-Scratch Cooking” Turns Expired Food Into Affordable Meals

Based on a recent report issued by Harvard and the National Resources Defense Council, billions of pounds of food is thrown away every year due the muddiness inherent in current food expiration date labeling practices, which are sorely in need … Continue reading

18 Countries More Obsessed With Food and Drink Than The U.S.

America has the fattest population of any industrialized nation, with two-thirds being overweight and one-third fully obese. And yet Americans spend far less of their income on food compared to many other developed countries. (Source) Writing for The Huffington Post, … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chef Claude Godard’s Salmon Tartare with Oysters and Cucumber

Master Chef Claude Godard is the third in a line of prestigious French Chefs. His cuisine is inspired by his grandfather Gaston Godard but with a modern twist. Chef Godard learned his trade early on, and he polished it at … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Chad Bowser’s Sweet Smoked Lime Jalapeno Chicken Wings

The Easy Bake Oven inspired the love of cooking in many of us during our childhood. Katch Executive Chef Chad Bowser was among us. The Easy Bake led to working at “Feast” which catered to some of California’s top celebs. From … Continue reading

Top 10 Worst American Cities For Foodies

The Movoto blog, an extension of Movoto Real Estate, typically supplies readers with real estate related stories and trends along with a tongue-in-cheek back-beat narrative. The blog writers recently put together a list of cities they claim will leave a … Continue reading

Whispering Wolf Mojito Recipe

Jellyfish has one of the loveliest views in the Chicago’s Gold Coast area. When you go, make sure to get a seat in their second floor glass atrium so you can enjoy the view of legendary Rush Street. The Pan-Asian … Continue reading

Fall Recipes: Piero Rodriguez’s Mandarin-Rosemary Margarita

How to Make Raymi Mixologist’s Piero Rodriguez’s Mandarin-Rosemary Margarita Cocktail Continue reading

Chef’s Fall Recipes: John Keller’s Seared Tuna Salad

It is said that the best chefs work their way up the culinary rungs. This was exactly the case with Chef John Keller whose passion for the restaurant business awakened at the age of 14 while he worked as a … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: John Villa’s Lo Mein Salad Recipe

How to make Tao Chef John Villa’s Lo Mein Salad Recipe Continue reading

Woodwork Winery’s 2013 Pinot Noir is Exceptionally Smooth

Pinot Noir is typically considered earthy with vivid fruity flavors of ripe red fruit, cherry, chocolate, toast and spices. It’s a challenging grape variety known for its difficulty to make into good wine. The grape is thin-skinned, late ripening, and … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Oscar del Rivero’s Cactus Salad With Portobello Mushroom

I was so excited when Chef Oscar del Rivero offered his Cactus salad recipe. Cactus is not usually on the menu in most American kitchens and I am thrilled at the chance to give it a little love. Chef del … Continue reading

Study: Ethnic Breakdown of Fast-Food Eaters

Placed, a location analytics firm, claims to provide one of the most comprehensive views into U.S. consumers’ relationship with fast food and fast casual restaurants including analysis of the top brands, demographic trends and competitor customer profiles. Placed Chief Executive … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Herve Malivert’s Poached Halibut in Olive Oil

When you are French, your father is a cheese maker, and you’re in the kitchen at the tender age of 12, you’re pretty much destined for culinary greatness. This is the case with Chef Hervé Malivert. His father was a … Continue reading

Chef’s Summer Recipes: Claude Godard’s Prince Edward Island Mussel and Fennel Salad

There are only 15 Maîtres Cuisiniers de France in New York City. Chef Claude Godard is one of the few to hold this title. Master Chefs of France are tasked with “preserving and spreading the French culinary arts, encouraging training in cuisine, and assisting … Continue reading