Should Napa restaurants serve foie gras, after California passed a ban on the food? Ken Frank of La Toque says yes.
With a flourish, Chef Ken Frank set the serving spoons in front of us during a press dinner at his restaurant, the Michelin-starred La Toque in the Westin Verasa Resort in Napa Valley. “This is my favorite preparation of foie gras,” he said, pointing out the fresh corn polenta and the chanterelle mushrooms. Hey, wait [...]
Downtown Napa has been on the rise for the past few years. A look at some of the restaurants and hotels that are fueling the change.
This week, I’m serving as a paid spokesperson for Hilton HHonors’ Seven Tickets to Paradise Sweepstakes. The contest, which is open to Hilton HHonors members, features seven prize packages and ends on Aug. 31. I previewed one of the prizes, the “Your Ticket To Dine,” in Napa Valley this past weekend. Napa Valley has been [...]
Touring the three corners of Fort Collins’ “Brewmuda Triangle”: New Belgium Brewery (home to Fat Tire beer), Odells and the Fort Collins Brewery.
This is the third in a series of posts on my roadtrip through northern Colorado: I’ve had a love/hate relationship with beer over the years, mostly erring on hate. I remember stealing sips of my father’s beer when I was little, crinkling my nose at the sour taste. Most people form their relationship with beer [...]
Have you ever considered dining in the dark? Guest writer Natalie Pompilio checks out Unsicht, a blind dining experience, in Berlin.
By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer Most people like to see what they’re eating, especially in today’s world of fantastical plate presentation. But that’s not an option at Berlin’s Unsicht-Bar, where diners sit in complete darkness, are served by blind or visually impaired wait staff, and the three or four course meal being presented is largely [...]
Photo Friday: In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, this week’s theme is “Fit for a Queen.” We chose afternoon tea at the Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia.
This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. In honor of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee, this week’s #FriFoto theme is “Fit for a Queen.” I’ve been in Canada for over a week now, writing stories and exploring the far North. My time here has reminded me how much I love [...]
Touring Oregon wine country: The hillsides of the Willamette Valley that are home to the some of the country’s best pinot noir.
This post continues my ongoing coverage of wine country travel. In the 18 months that I’ve lived in the Pacific Northwest, Oregon has emerged as one of my favorite states. It’s not just the food trucks of Portland, or the brewpub culture, or the beauty of the Columbia Gorge. It just seems that every time [...]
This week’s travel photo: A chocolate sculpture from the famous German chocolate shop, Fassbender & Rausch, in Berlin.
This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is CHOCOLATE. Don shot this chocolate sculpture of the Brandenburg Gate when we were in Berlin in 2010. We were walking down the Charlottestrasse near our hotel, the Sofitel, when we came across chocolate nirvana. Fassbender [...]
Sampling two specialties of Tokyo: sushi and Wagyu beef.
In Japan, I was told that there are three things that you must eat in Tokyo: Sushi, Wagyu beef and tempura. In less than 24 hours there, I managed to consume two out of three. First, beef. We had spent our first few days in the country being served gorgeous, but often inedible, kaiseki meals [...]
My most memorable meal of 2011 took place not on the other side of the world, but right down the street in Seattle at Mashiko, a sustainable sushi restaurant.
Picking the most memorable meal, out of a year in which I ate very well, is difficult. The Park Hyatt Masters of Food and Wine Festival in Mendoza, Argentina stands out for sheer decadence (by the end of my long weekend, I felt like a goose with an enlarged liver, fattened up for slaughter). Our [...]