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    Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

    Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio-diverse garden… while enjoying ...

    5 readers - By Sip on this Juice

    Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

    Although Alden & Harlow opened in January 2014, I felt bad that I hadn't dined there until very recently. And now that I've dined there, I feel like I've cheated myself out of some excellent meals, and I promise myself to frequent this restaurant more often. As I mentioned yesterday, I recently dined there with a Chilean winemaker and I also attended another wine tasting ...

    4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

      hiredBelly.com - - 4 readers - Wicked Margherita with herbed and spicy oils to match Bufala has landed on the West Side with a bang! A few years back, when I referred to Kerrisdale as a ‘culinary backwater’ the comment was removed by a sensitive editor. But the fact is that, for many years, the explosion of culinary culture that’s engulfed the rest of Vancouver and environs has all but by-passed this tr ...

      HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - A couple weeks ago, I visited HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar with some colleagues and once again, against my normal rule of not ordering the same dish at the same place multiples times, I ordered the Seafood Risotto, again. This one one of my favorite dishes of 2013 and after enjoying it again on my last visit, it ...

      Red Heat Tavern: The Food & Drinks (Part 2)

      The Passionate Foodie - - 3 readers - How does food taste cooked in the Josper Charcoal Broiler Oven? Red Heat Tavern, located in Wilmington, opened in March 2014 and is owned and operated by the Burtons Grill restaurant group. It is easily accessed from Route 93, or you can get there via Route 129. The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, and on both times when I visited, the restaurant was very busy, a ...

      Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

      Food & Wine Chickie Insider - - 3 readers - While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one at Patisserie Kouign Amann was THE one to try.

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      Lynmar Estate Picnic Food & Wine Pairings

      … Each season ushers in a bountiful new crop of food from the garden. There is a wine for that. People who love to eat are the best kinds of people. Here in Wine Country, when we eat together, we also like to drink together. Take away the conventional dining room & insert a view of majestic hills covered in vines and framed by an edible bio…

      5 readers - By Sip on this Juice

      Red Heat Tavern: The Food & Drinks (Part 2)

      … this tasty comfort food. If you want lighter fare for your entree, order the Miso Glazed Salmon ($16.95), which has a sweet miso glaze and is served over lemongrass and edamame jasmine rice, and topped with a warm slaw of carrots, sugar peas and sesame seeds. The salmon, which sees time in the Josper, had a nice cruncht crust to its exterior…

      3 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Alden & Harlow: First Impressions

      … Although Alden & Harlow opened in January 2014, I felt bad that I hadn't dined there until very recently. And now that I've dined there, I feel like I've cheated myself out of some excellent meals, and I promise myself to frequent this restaurant more often. As I mentioned yesterday, I recently dined there with a Chilean winemaker and I…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar Seafood Risotto

      … A couple weeks ago, I visited HAVEN Riverfront Restaurant & Bar with some colleagues and once again, against my normal rule of not ordering the same dish at the same place multiples times, I ordered the Seafood Risotto, again. This one one of my favorite dishes of 2013 and after enjoying it again on my last visit, it’s still very special…

      3 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Bufala: Local Boy Brings it Home

      … bacon… The restaurant is the brainchild of Wildebeest owners Josh Pape and James Iranzad, which in part probably explains Bufala’s early success. These two know what they’re doing. Yet I was still intrigued what it was that lured them to Kerrisdale, so I asked James ‘How come?’. It’s simple, he said. “I grew up there.” Burrata with veal tongue…

      4 readers - By Tim Pawsey/ hiredBelly.com

      Patisserie Kouign Amann – a Montreal Gem

      …While I was in Montreal last week, our waiter at Joe Beef urged us to visit Patisserie Kouign Amann in the Plateau neighborhood for its signature pastry, the aptly-named Kouign Amann (Breton for “butter cake”). Apparently, this pastry is available Saturday mornings at various pastry shops in Montreal, but our waiter assured us the one…

      3 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Chef Tim Fischer Finds a New Home at Cosmos

      … Fischer “I’m the new Executive Chef at the Loews”. Call it karma! (Get to know Chef Fischer by reading the Chef Spotlight I did on him). Oyster and Caviar Out team of six made its way to Cosmos on a week night and were warmly greeted by our hosts, the hotel’s leisure sales manager (our team manages a hotel program that Loews is a member…

      2 readers - By Veronique Deblois/ Food & Wine Chickie Insider

      Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

      … When you describe a restaurant experience to someone, do you use the language of drug use or sex? That choice speaks volumes about the type of food you ate, as well as the the size of your check. I've been immersed in a fascinating new book, The Language of Food: A Linguist Reads the Menu by Dan Jurafsky. The book explains and expounds upon…

      2 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Rant: Dirty Restaurant? No Worries If It's Authentic

      … in Consumer Evaluations of Restaurants was published in Management Science. The study was conducted by Glenn Carroll of Stanford Graduate School of Business, David W. Lehman of the University of Virginia and Balázs Kovács of the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Their study included statistical analysis of over 724,000 consumer reviews from Yelp (of over…

      By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Rant: Yelp & Extortion

      … is a crowd-sourced business review site, where consumers rate everything from restaurants to nail salons. It has been the center of controversy for years, for a variety of reasons. In the case at hand, several businesses filed a class-action lawsuit against Yelp for civil extortion, as well as violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL…

      4 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Sfixio – Italian Fare at Its Los Angeles Best

      … While on a business trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Sfixio, an incredible restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. I found this little gem with a non-descript façade from some fellow food writers who’d discovered it and claimed it’s the best Italian food they’ve outside of Italy. I arrived…

      AKA Bistro & Restaurant Week

      …The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln…

      3 readers - By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

      … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York…

      By Richard Auffrey/ The Passionate Foodie

      Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

      … and Merkato and also at some of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Tuna and Beet Amuse The décor of the 45-seat Terre à Terre leans to French country with light fixtures made from Mason jars, wall artwork featuring local farming and tables dressed in burlap and butcher paper. Over 75% of the food served at Terre à Terre is sourced within a 300…

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