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12 Houston Restaurants: New, Classics, The Best Pho In America?

There are many surprises in this booming food city
Dec 15, 2014 10:30 am

According to chef Justin Yu, Houston is an eating city.  “It’s really based on a lot of cuisines and cultures and people who base their life around coming together and eating,” he told us recently. And while we hear these sentiment of pride often when a local chef starts talking about his community, Yu pretty much hit it on the head. You go to Houston to eat. Period. And eat really, really well. Here are 12 places you should visit.

How A Hip Food Hall Is A Major Part Of The Cultural Renaissance In Marseille

The Provencal port city should be on your radar
Dec 11, 2014 4:00 pm

Marseille? The Provencal port town with the sketchy past? The city you avoided during your holiday stops to nearby Aix-en-Provence or Avignon? Mais non! Marseille is a happening city, boosted by young entrepreneurs tasked with re-building the city using ancient bones.

10 Reasons Why You Should Consider Traveling To The City Of Bordeaux In 2015

This under-the-radar city is France at its best
Dec 11, 2014 2:00 pm

Mobs of fashionably dressed twentysomethings huddle over excellent wines grown in vineyards just outside of town, nibbling on cutting-edge food prepped by young chefs as the latest indie rock song plays in the background. Friends roll up on bicycles or join in after a run along the riverfront. No, I'm not talking about Portland, Oregon, but Bordeaux, France, which is one of the most exciting cities in Europe right now.

21 Restaurants That Capture The French Esprit in New York City

Parisian, Provencal, patisserie? Here's where to go
Dec 11, 2014 10:00 am

The French connection to New York City is strong and longstanding. There's a colossal neoclassical sculpture in New York Harbor to prove it. Even now, with so much buzz surrounding the flavors of Asia and other regions of Europe, French cuisine still maintains an impressive footprint across the city map. And there's a brasserie to meet every Gallic-inspired impulse that strikes you.

Are Parisians Ready For The Meat Sweats? Pitmaster Thomas Abramowicz Says Oui.

The Beast is open for business in the Marais
Dec 10, 2014 3:30 pm

The Beast is not only the name of this trend-setting barbecue restaurant on a quiet “shoe block” in the northern section of the Marais in Paris. It’s the name pitmaster-owner Thomas Abramowicz has given the 4,000 pound, Texas-built wood-fired J&R rotisserie smoker the month-old barbecue pit is build around. And he's putting it to use.

The Hollywood Meet Cute That Led To The Redesign Of Paris Restaurant Frenchie

Corsican knives, vintage lighting, contemporary art
Dec 10, 2014 2:00 pm

The story of how Frenchie became one of Paris's hardest reservations is now fairly well known. Six years ago, Gregory Marchand, who'd cooked at restaurants for Jamie Oliver in London and Danny Meyer in New York, returned to his homeland to open his own place. He made it happen on a shoestring budget on a dreary street called the Rue du Nil, in a former restaurant whose kitchen was walled off save for a hole in the wall from which Marchand would peer out in those early days, assessing how diners were responding to his ambitious, market-driven cooking. This summer, it all changed.

Losers Like Jim Rash Eat Sour Plums In Tokyo's Ping Pong Underground

Defeat tastes unbearably tart on The Getaway
Dec 10, 2014 12:30 pm

Screenwriters Nat Faxon and Jim Rash won an Oscar in 2012 for their work on The Descendants. But, you probably remember them better as the guys who "legbombed" actress Angelina Jolie. The comic duo recently teamed up again, heading to Tokyo to film the season finale of The Getaway, where they infiltrate one of the city's underground ping-pong parlors and agree to a friendly but fearsome wager: the loser must eat from a jar of really sour, really gross-looking pickled plums. Watch a clip here.

10 Brasseries, Bistros And Bakeries For Authentic French Food In Los Angeles

A stacked deck, with old school and upstarts alike
Dec 10, 2014 11:00 am

The brasserie is the new gastropub. At least, that’s how it seems to be in Los Angeles, where enough French-focused spots have opened over the last year or so that you might think, justifiably, that we’ve temporarily swapped tacos for escargots. Here are 10 great places to enjoy exceptional French and French-inspired food and drinks in LA.

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