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Amsterdam: An Insider’s Food & Design Tour

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

In this Article 3 New Amsterdam Hotels When Amsterdam shut down its two most important museums in 2003 and 2004 for major renovations, it left a huge void in the city’s cultural life for almost a decade. But then something unexpected and weird happened: A lot of interesting things started to flourish in that vacant space. “Everyone in Holland was so annoyed by the simultaneous closing of the museums,” said the cookbook author and resta...

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Louisville, Kentucky's East Market Street

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Milkwood Lee describes his new restaurant (in the basement of the Actors Theatre) as a Southern speakeasy with an Asian pantry. 316 W. Main St.; actorstheatre.org. Harvest “This is the ultimate brunch place—fresh farm eggs make such a difference. I love the fried chicken livers, too.” 624 E. Market St.; harvestlouisville.com. Photo GLINTstudios Garage Bar “The best pizza place in Louisville. Half the success of the pizza is the crust&mda...

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Durham, North Carolina's Five Points Intersection

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Pizzeria Toro After a decade at Seattle’s Serious Pie, chef Gray Brooks has brought stellar pizza to his hometown. 105 E. Chapel Hill St.; pizzeriatoro.com. Mateo Bar de Tapas At this new Southern-meets-Spanish restaurant, the chorizo-wrapped deviled eggs are already a local classic. 109 W. Chapel Hill St.; mateotapas.com. Cave Taureau Small grower-producers (like France’s ric Texier, a pioneer of the Rhne Valley) are the focus at this boutique...

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Boulder, Colorado's Pearl Street

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

The Kitchen [Next Door] This locavore pub has a healthy bent. Bar snacks include organic kale chips; the burger patty is made with mashed beets. 1035 Pearl St.; thekitchencommunity.com. Oak at Fourteenth Chef Steven Redzikowski cooks most of his flavorful shared plates (like pork belly with pineapple-kumquat jam) using live fire, on his grill, on an outdoor rotisserie or in a wood-fired oven. 1400 Pearl St.; oakatfourteenth.com. Pizzeria Locale The owners of Pearl Street...

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Portland, Oregon's SE Division Street

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Sunshine Tavern Jenn Louis, owner of Lincoln restaurant and an F&W Best New Chef 2012, recently opened this casual place on SE Division. “All kinds of people come in—families, people who sit at the bar—but everyone eats fried chicken and pizza,” says Louis. “We make our own soft-serve honey ice cream. It’s a tavern— nothing fancy.” 3111 SE Division St.; sunshinepdx.com. Taste Unique “This place is pretty darn adorabl...

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Los Angeles's Sawtelle Boulevard

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Soba Sojibo On a street of ramen parlors, this is the sole specialist in soba (handmade buckwheat noodles), served either cold or in a dense bonito broth. 2006 Sawtelle Blvd.; 310-479-1200. Seoul Sausage Co. The Season 3 winners of The Great Food Truck Race grill up delicious Korean short-rib sausages with kimchi. 11313 Mississippi Ave.; seoulsausage.com. Tsujita L.A. You will wait, but you will be rewarded with what is probably the best ramen in the United States at the...

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Philadelphia's East Passyunk Avenue

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Fond Two of the owners worked at the legendary Le Bec Fin before launching Fond in 2009. At their new, bigger space, they still serve elegant French-influenced dishes, like sweetbreads with ramp salad. 1537 S. 11th St.; fondphilly.com. Era Atomica This midcentury vintage store stocks kitchenware and cocktail accessories, like Pyrex dishes and swizzle sticks. 1726 E. Passyunk Ave.; era-atomica.com. Marra’s The puffed, charred crusts on these pies define South Philly...

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Brooklyn's Bedford Avenue

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

Allswell Chef Nate Smith serves a revolving selection of comfort foods at this Brooklyn gastropub, but the hefty $14 burger never leaves the menu. 124 Bedford Ave.; allswellnyc.com. Sweet Chick Maple syrup and three types of waffles (classic, bacon or mushroom) accompany the crisp fried chicken at this new Southern-food spot. 164 Bedford Ave.; sweetchicknyc.com. Handsome Dan’s Snocone & Candy Stand Hidden in a mini mall, this eclectic candy store carries locall...

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The Hungry Crowd: Paul Feig

Date: Wed, Mar 27, 2013

What’s the most unusual thing you’ve eaten while traveling? While I’ve had some odd sea urchin dishes and offal that would make me sound more adventurous, the most unusual dish I’ve eaten this year was at the Met Restaurant in Venice, which is located inside the Metropole Hotel. The dish was unusual because it sounded like it was going to be terrible. It was called shabu-shabu al Barolo and was described as “a piece of Piemontese beef cooked in boili...

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The Truth About Wine and Asparagus

Date: Mon, Mar 25, 2013

When it comes to vegetables, asparagus is a strange one. First off, it can grow up to seven inches per day in good weather, which means we should be glad farmers harvest it, or else asparagus would soon take over the world. Second, well, as Pierre Larousse put it in his Grand Dictionnaire Universel, “Tout le monde connat l’odeur ftide qu’elle communique l’urine.” You don’t have to speak French to know what he’s talkin...

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DIY Soup Dumplings

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013

In this Article Soup Dumpling Tips How to Form and Steam Soup Dumplings Photo John Kernick Long before molecular gastronomy set out to astonish diners with liquid olives and other unimaginable foods, xiao long bao (steamed dumplings filled with hot broth and meat) had people asking, “How’d they get the soup in there?” The secret to the Shanghainese specialty: The broth is so rich in gelati...

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Paul Qui’s Midnight Suppers

Date: Thu, Mar 21, 2013

Paul Qui, winner of Top Chef Season 9. Photo Jody Horton Top Chef Season 9 winner Paul Qui and his fiance, Deana Saukam, are so lovely that I can’t even be jealous about their apartment, with its enviable view of downtown Austin. When I visited them recently, Deana greeted me with big hugs, their new puppy jumped on my shoes, two cats eyed me from the living room and Paul smiled his shy smile at me from the stove. Deana is outgoing and take-charge (she&rsquo...

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Berlin Restaurants

Date: Tue, Mar 19, 2013

In this Article Insider Picks Splurge Classic Best Value Bakeries, Coffee Shops and Breakfast Spots Bars Berlin Restaurants: Insider Picks Kater Schmaus A gritty stairwell leads up to this hidden third floor restaurant in KaterHolzig—a graffiti-covered soap factory reinvented into a sprawling cultural center. Inside, there’s a state-of-the-art open kitchen filled with a staff that looks more like DJs than sous...

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Chefs Share Their Daily Rituals

Date: Mon, Mar 11, 2013

Edward Lee 610 Magnolia, MilkWood (Louisville, KY) “I do a lap around the dining room before service and I always adjust one place setting, even if it’s perfect. It’s never more than one. It’s just something I have to do and then I’m ready to get started.” 610magnolia.com Photo courtesy of Gavin Kaysen Gavin Kaysen Caf Boulud (New York City) “Michel LeBorgne, the chef and founder of the New England Culinary Institute, taugh...

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