A Gastronomic Getaway At The Palace Hotel Tokyo

Crown restaurant offers stunning views in a fine dining atmosphere. Culinary travel is and has been very important for many travelers who want to experience every facet of foreign cultures. Local food and drink is the connection that every traveler can relate to, it brings us closer together as people in ways that just observing can’t accomplish. […]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:38:49+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Categories: Adventure, Asia, Featured, Japan, See and Do, Tokyo|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

1313 Main in Napa California awaits you

1313 Main of Napa California in my opinion is one of Napa’s best restaurants. With executive Chef Adam Ross at the helm, and Jordan Nova restaurant director and certified Sommelier you have two power players who love what they do, and it shows. Restaurant owner Al Jabarin (also the owner of online wine seller www.calwine.com) has given Chef Adam and Jordan the freedom to create locally sourced dishes and wine pairings that are out of this world. This can be a risky proposition, but with the years of experience that both Chef and Jordan bring to the table it was a no brainer, and it has worked very well. When Chef Adam creates a new dish, and before it goes up onto the menu, he looks to Jordan and his kitchen staff for ways to improve upon his creation, and [...]

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Caballadas By Horse: Argentine Holiday Ride Offers Food and Wines

I am on a ride at Caballadas and  momentarily stunned. I find myself on rocky ground tangled in sparse grass, sprawled out between the stones, under thorny scrub trees. But let’s back up. Experienced trail riders know that if you have to go under a thicket of low trees, you should keep your head lower than your horse’s. When I saw the inevitable coming, I tried to flatten to my mount’s neck, but my riding helmet prevented me from doing so. This created a gap at the neck of  my jacket, which was immediately speared by a branch. I figured the best bet was to release the stirrups and roll off. “Are you O.K.?” Santiago cries as he races towards me on his young polo- pony-in-training. He looks concerned, while I manage an embarrassed smile and answer “Yes.” After a short appraisal, [...]

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Half Moon Bay Resort Jamaica’s Exec Chef Sowa’s Coconut Poached Grouper with Lobster Medallions

Half Moon Bay's Executive Chef Steve Sowa One of my new chef friends is Executive Chef Steve Sowa of the Half Moon Bay Resort in Jamaica. He is fun to be around, very open and supremely talented.  With an assortment of  restaurants on property ranging from Caribbean (Pepperpot) , Italian (Il Giardino), International with a Caribe twist (Seagrape Terrace) and signature fine dining (Sugar Mill) and catering to international stars, royalty and business leaders the world over, he obviously knows his stuff.  I love sitting outdoors at the more casual  Seagrape Terrace,  a whisper  away from the waters edge under trees stuffed with glowing twinkle lights, nibbling on any of his creations.  Seagrape is  a welcome  spot for  dining  all day but at night with the  addition of a band  it surprises.  One night after a  leisurely dinner we  ended up joining a conga line lead by [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:05+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Main Course, Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , , , |1 Comment

April Fools Recipe Gaby at Sofitel NYC Will Not be Serving

Call me obtuse or a fool, but I had no idea the French celebrate April Fool’s Day. Indeed  many cultures celebrate a  “fools day” by playing pranks on one another. Some of these celebrations do happen on the first day of April, but some are in celebration of a new year depending on where it falls on their calendar. In the middle ages the new year was celebrated in some areas on April 1 or near  that  date rather than January 1 when  most of the European  world was still  asleep under a blanket of snow.  I suppose the birth of  the northern hemisphere’ s Spring when some of the world awakens might be a proper way to think of a new year as it certainly is time to celebrate and  throw the cloak of winter off completely.  In  France and some European French speaking [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:05+00:00 April 1st, 2014|Categories: Recipes, Savor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Kitchen Deconstructed: Bay 223′s Executive Chef Alejandro Abad

Chef Alejandro Abad by Robert Barbutti-Photography Chef Alejandro Abad  has recently been named Executive Chef at  Sofitel San Francisco Bay’s signature restaurant ” Bay 223. Chef Abad, a native of Barcelona began cooking at an early age  preparing meals at home with his father.  After 17 distinguished years in  the culinary arts, he has fine-tuned his craft by training in molecular cuisine, learning about wine and working in  fine dining establishments throughout Europe, including five years in Barcelona and Michelin-rated Restaurant Christophe and Restaurant Vermeer, in Holland. His mantra is a single word: fresh. And the location here is so very conducive to “ fresh.” Sofitel hotels worldwide each have a signature scent.  Here in the San Francisco Bay area it is lavender because of the proximity to the nearby Sonoma lavender farms and a link to the Provence region of France in homage [...]

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By | 2017-07-11T21:39:05+00:00 January 25th, 2014|Categories: Chefs, Restaurants, Savor|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Cowgirl Magazine Article — “Go West” (Indies)!

We felt the bump of the runway when the plane touched down, then reverse thrusters roared and we surrendered to gravity and redirected motion. American Airline's flight 606 arrived late and taxied into Puerto Rico's Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport.

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