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A Camel, A Llama And A Lot Of Liquor: Highlights From Tales Of The Cocktail 2014

Our best recollections from the boozy bacchanal
Jul 23, 2014 1:00 pm

Much like your average booze-fueled night of revelry, the annual Tales of the Cocktail event in New Orleans is usually recalled in a series of blurry flashbacks and questionable recollections. Sometimes, it takes a few days to sort through it all. This year was no different. Here's what we remember.

Chivas Regal Masters Grand Final: The Quest For The Cocktail Gold

One great whisky, 13 global mixology ambassadors
Jul 18, 2014 12:00 pm

Tuesday night was the Chivas Regal Masters Grand Final at Manhattan's NoMad Hotel, where 13 of the world's best bartenders competed against each other in the battle of Chivas Regal whisky. Beyond being wowed by some of the unlikely flavor combinations, I received a thorough education on mixology. These professionals might make it look easy, but I can only dream of pouring out those drinks. Who won? Everybody. But Chivas now has an official Master. 

Jennifer Oz LeRoy, The Woman Behind Food And Drink Wizardry In Montauk

She’s revived Gurney’s Resort in Montauk
Jul 2, 2014 9:00 am

“Entertainment runs in my blood,” says Jennifer Oz LeRoy, the daughter of the late, legendary New York restaurateur Warner LeRoy, and granddaughter of Wizard of Oz producer Mervyn LeRoy. “The dining room is your greatest set.” LeRoy should know: She recently took on several new dining rooms, not to mention Montauk’s only on-the-sand beach bar, as food and beverage director at Gurney’s Montauk, the 80-year-old resort that reopened with a major revamp this summer. In the prime of beach season, we caught up with her.

We Hit The "Butter Wall" At Lobster Rumble, Not Exactly A Bad Thing

A peek inside last night's lobster roll competition
Jun 6, 2014 1:00 pm

Last night I went to Tasting Table's 5th Annual Lobster Rumble, which benefited national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. That's about as close to heaven as it gets: 24 competitors from around the country throwing down their best lobster rolls. Some were amazing, some were okay and some were little more than a well-meaning attempt...but what really fell short was me, because of the butter. My favorite rolls of the night, after the jump.

Ivan Ramen Is Finally Open In NYC. The Secret Is Not Quite Out.

OK, by the time you read this, it probably is
May 14, 2014 10:00 am

The wait is over. Ivan Orkin – the middle-aged Jewish dude from Long Island who wowed Japan with his unique bowls of ramen – has finally opened his first stand-alone noodle joint in New York City. I dined there on Monday evening and came away thoroughly impressed. Here's what I found.

10 Haute Cuisine Dishes To Devour in Hong Kong

Truffles, dumplings, oysters, bird's nest and more
May 9, 2014 9:00 am

Hong Kong bills itself as “Asia's World City” and that's largely due to the fact that major banking operations use HK as their base. As a result, there are a lot of wonderfully lavish restaurants vying for expense account dollars with precious food created by major chefs from around the globe. Here are 10 haute cuisine dishes that make the 99% wish they knew how to invest better.

 

The Museum Of Food And Drink Explodes Rice, Serves A World-Class Dinner

MOFAD's spring benefit was interactive, delicious
May 8, 2014 1:30 pm

Last night I attended a benefit dinner at the Foundry in Long Island City for New York City's forthcoming Museum of Food And Drink, starring some of the city's most forward-thinking culinary minds. Favorites like Amanda Cohen, Wylie Dufresne, Dominique Ansel and Franklin Becker each took on one of eight courses, interpreting future MOFAD exhibits like "Korea Before The Chili" and "Rastafarian Ital Diet" through cooking. All the details, including a puffer gun, right this way.

You're Probably Using The Wrong Steak Knife. Let Us Help.

Choose your weapon at Hong Kong's The Steak House
Apr 30, 2014 11:00 am

From city to city around the world, you can go to a steakhouse and pretty much know what you're going to get: shrimp cocktail, wedge salads, big steaks, mashed potatoes and Manhattans. If a steakhouse is going to set itself apart, though, they have to do something special. At this Michelin-starred shrine to beef, you choose your cut, then your knife out of this very special collection.

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