NEW YORK
A trend among restaurants that I can really get behind is unpretentious, casual spaces that become the backdrop for sophisticated and highly conceptualized dishes.

That’s clearly what’s happening at High Street on Hudson, a nine-month-old restaurant in the West Village that’s opened all day serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. From the outside, […]

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NEW YORK
The story: The Starr Restaurant Group, which has brought splashy restaurants to Manhattan like Morimoto and Buddakan, opened Upland on Park Avenue South, featuring a menu designed by California native Chef Justin Smillie, who first got attention as executive chef at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria.

Why I went: While vacationing in New […]

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NEW YORK
In a nod to the U.S. Open tennis tournament currently playing out in town, I dare to say that Chef Liz Johnson — the young chef of the tiny Mimi restaurant in the Village — hits aces down the line dish after dish after dish.

OK, so she might not be a Serena […]

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BROOKLYN, New York
I’m in New York for the Labor Day weekend, and one of the fun food events I’ve experienced so far on my trip was my day out at Smorgasburg on Saturday in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

First off, got to say, I love Williamsburg. I never spent much time here […]

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A few months ago for my birthday my brother got me a 10-inch Staub cast iron skillet, which looks so sleek with its dark cast iron interior and French red enamel exterior.

But I actually never got around to using it until this weekend, when I decided to make a frittata inspired by a delicious […]

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Tasting menus seem to be trending in San Francisco right now. And I’m not talking about the astronomically priced ones served up at places like Saison or French Laundry, but what I’ve noticed are the refined plates and casual settings for tasting menus at restaurants like Lord Stanley in Russian Hill.

More than a year old, Lord […]

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ST. HELENA, Calif.
Fire pits adjacent to grape vines at a vineyard? It must be time for Heritage Fire by Cochon 555.

This annual food event brings together 50 chefs cooking more than 3,500 pounds of whole animals, from pigs to ducks to cows, to create tasting dishes served with wine in […]

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The story: Salisa Skinner grew up in a traditional Bangkok home where the women filled the kitchen with delicious food and where Asian children were encouraged to pursue professional careers. So Skinner graduated with a law degree and clerked at a Silicon Valley law firm until her passion for cooking drew her to make a career shift and […]

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I want to start a movement now to make gai lan the new kale.

Gai lan (pronounced GUY-LAHN) is also known as Chinese broccoli and you see them often at the Asian grocery stores. They’re a dark, leafy green with texture just like broccoli but they don’t have the mushroom-style caps of broccoli. This is […]

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The San Francisco Bay Area has always had an affinity for Hawaii, and there’s a sizable Hawaiian contingent on the Mainland, as evident by the annual Aloha Festival. But replicating popular Hawaiian food (or “grindz” as the locals call it) has mostly been relegated to BBQ teriyaki plates or some kind of pineapple […]

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