Monthly Archives: February 2013

Bocuse d’Or 2013 – French Impressions

I spent three days and three nights with my father in Lyon, France, to experience the Bocuse d’Or. In case you’re not familiar, here’s a brief history: The legendary Paul Bocuse started the Bocuse d’Or in 1987 as a sort [...]

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Culinary Pilgrimages: Part 4 – A Day in Belgium

My trip planning left something to be desired. I bought train tickets from Brussels to Lyon before I had fully fleshed out what would be the best route for our culinary adventure. Though there were a number of restaurants I [...]

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Sunday Photo – Meet the Press

Superstar chefs Andoni Luiz Aduriz of Mugaritz in San Sebastian, Spain and Alex Atala of D.O.M. in Sao Paolo, Brazil are interviewed at the same time and at the same table in the Press Room at Madrid Fusión 2013.
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Highlights of Madrid Fusión 2013 – Part 2 – Weisner, Aduriz and Albert Adría

My second installment from Madrid Fusión covers three very different presentations from Day 2’s main stage. Swiss chef Stefan Weisner prepared a single dish, but did so by fashioning everything about it right on stage. Andoni Luis Aduriz and his [...]

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David Muñoz and his Daring DiverXo

We live in a world of trends. They get started by one or a few and once they get going it is sometimes difficult to separate the creators from those who follow. Fusion cooking, that is the deliberate mixing of [...]

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Highlights of Madrid Fusión 2013 – Part 1 – Alija, Reitbauer & Arzak

The theme for the 2013 Madrid Fusión was “Creativity Continues.” I went to Madrid with my son intending to catch all three days and capture as much as we could to record here. Unfortunately, we both got sick and missed [...]

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Sunday Photo – Cecina

This Spanish air-dried beef ham called “cecina” is one of the world’s great culinary secrets. Much less widely known than its Spanish porcine cousin, jamon Iberico de bellota, it is every bit as complex and delicious. This example from the [...]

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

May your day be filled with love and great chocolate! This photo was taken at The Chocolate Line in Antwerp, Belgium.
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Lucy’s Tartiflette – A Plum Recipe – Rustic French at its Finest

When my son, L.J. and I were recently in Lyon for the Bocuse d’Or we had the distinct honor, luck and pleasure to have been invited for dinners not once, but twice at the home of my friends Lucy and [...]

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Europe 2013 – Culinary Pilgrimages: Part 3 – Zwolle

We hailed a cab directly from the Gran Via at 5:30 in the morning. At a more sane hour we would have taken the Renfe train or the Metro, but at that time we would have needed to leave at [...]

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