Category Archives: Cocktails & Libations

Cooking Honest: StarChefs’ 2014 Day One

Cooking Honest: The Power of Authenticity in the Kitchen
The 9th annual International Chefs’ Congress kicked off as they always do, with hands-on workshops led by some of the world’s best chefs. Right out of the gate, New York favorite Paul […]

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A Week of Food and Drink in New Orleans

When the waiter at Commander’s Palace told me that the soft shell crabs on the menu in October were fresh and not frozen, I scoffed. Everyone knows that the season for soft shell blue crabs in the Gulf and along […]

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Another Time at Atera

My first time at Atera was shortly after it opened. It was excellent, but perhaps a touch derivative. My second time, last year, showed a more assured and refined voice, that I found to be exceptional, stating
That first meal was exciting […]

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A Family Affair at Frankie’s 570

Why do people go to restaurants? The most obvious answer is to eat and that is certainly true. There is little point in going to a restaurant if not to eat, but one does not necessarily need to go to a […]

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The Joy of The Journey – To Burlington and Back

It used to be that the journey was half the fun and something to be looked forward to as much as actually arriving at a destination. In today’s fast-paced, security obsessed, bottom-line oriented world, that has become less and less […]

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Daikaya – DC’s Delectable Duo

Katsuya Fukushima is used to running two essentially different restaurants within the same building. He did it for years at José Andres’ Cafe Atlantico/minibar duo. For that set of restaurants, minibar was set within Cafe Atlantico, occupying not more than […]

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The Big Apple Barbecue Block Party 2014 – Some Personal Highlights

I look forward to attending the Big Apple Barbecue Block Party in NYC’s Madison Square Park on Madison Avenue every year and have attended all but one (missed it because of a conflict with my son’s college graduation) over the […]

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Eating (and Drinking) Excels at Estela: Part 2 – Dinner

In my post on brunch at Estela I mentioned that good personal circumstances can enhance the experience of a meal. For that brunch, I couldn’t have enjoyed better circumstances – I had my whole family with me, an occurrence now […]

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Eating (and Drinking) Excels at Estela: Part 1 – Brunch

When we first sat down at Estela and perused the brunch menu, my first inclination was that my first time there should have been for dinner. It was just brunch, after all. While it would likely be good, they had […]

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Husk – A New Taste of the Old South

The last time I had been in Charleston, Husk was a gleam in Sean Brock’s eye. He knew where and what it was going to be and when he spoke about it it was with great excitement. Chef Brock made […]

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