Elle is turning 30 years old, and the monthly publication is celebrating by honoring women in the restaurant industry. As the magazine's February issue points out, women have been doing incredible things in American restaurants for years, though not always getting the credit for it. But that has changed with an inspiring list of the top 30 restaurants where women call the shots.
Winter can be a slow time for restaurants, when a relentless cold front and post-holiday budgets keep away many from dining out in the year's first couple of months. Still, plenty of New York City establishments have recently opened their doors in the city's five boroughs and we say that these first few months just might be the best time to try them out — waits are shorter, service can be more attentive and seasonal ingredients are surprisingly plentiful. While covering the newcomers and gallivanting around as we're wont to do, here are a few trends we picked up on.
McDonald's is on a mission to make you feel better about eating its products. On Tuesday, the beleaguered fast food behemoth released a new video, promising a behind-the-scenes look at how its "World Famous Fries" get made. The five-minute clip, hosted by former Mythbusters star Grant Imahara, is the latest in a series of segments designed to ease lingering health concerns in the wake of rather unappetizing reports about pink slime and, of course, Morgan Spurlock's disturbing 2004 documentary Super Size Me. Watch the full clip right here.
The end of ourTaste Taiwantour was no small event — quite the opposite. We'd been traveling via bus and high-speed rail for a week absorbing knowledge from local chefs, purveyors, tour guides and farmers in preparation for a chef competition of the finest caliber, held at the Tien Hsiang Lo kitchens at the Landis Taipei hotel.
Last time we saw LA-based comedians the Fung Brothers, they were neck-deep in burgers and pastrami fries from LA's famed pastrameria The Hat. Sometimes, though, you just gotta hit the road. And if you're traveling for food, Singapore might as well be your first stop. Do it like the locals do: order a tableful of food and strategically devour. Ready for some prime hawker center porn?
As if the whole drinking in public thing didn’t give New Orleans residents enough reason to celebrate, they now have another with the reopening of the Southern Food and Beverage Museum (SoFAB) — a space dedicated to the heritage of Southern food and drink that encourages visitors to eat while perusing its exhibits. Here's a preview.
Modern day Virginia has definitely found its groove culinarily, and Esquire magazine recently crowned the Old Dominion “The Food Region of 2014.” On Monday, Jan. 12, many of Virginia’s greatest agricultural assets came together at Rappahannock Restaurant in Richmond to pat themselves on their collective backs. Chris Chamberlain reports from the raw bar.
By the time 2008 rolled around, the cocktail revival was already peaking in many cities around the globe — yet not Sydney. Until that point, nightlife in Australia's most populous town had been dominated mostly by large operations, who could handle the hefty licensing fees and complex bureaucracy. However, new legislation that year made it suddenly easier to open so-called small bars (with a capacity of 120 people or less), and Sydney's cocktail scene exploded. Here's where to drink well.