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Miami is home to a plethora of Nikkei restaurants, blending the best of Peruvian and Japanese flavors and techniques. And for chef Fernando Salazar of prime steakhouse Platea, their preponderance in the Magic City is far from surprising. “Miami is a mecca and melting pot of influence from all over...
Ryan Singleton was a model from Atlanta, Georgia. Since he was young, he "wanted to be a star," his mother, Iris Flowers, remembers, reports WUSA 9. When Ryan was 21 years old, he left Atlanta and went to New York to pursue his dream.
Welcome back to our monthly guide to all things whisk(e)y. This month, we get a head start on Irish whiskey and commend doubled-oaked bourbons and rum-finished ryes. We’re just catching up with this 2022 limited release, a 115-proof Texas straight bourbon that’s double oaked: It spends four years in a new American white oak barrel, then another year in a different new American white oak barrel. A major award winner (the distillery estimates it’s taken home 40 award wins since 2019, ten of which were Gold or Double Gold medals), Balmorhea — named after a swimming hole south of Pecos, TX — is almost like fudge on the nose, with that cocoa sweetness carried through the palate (along with notes of cinnamon, honey, toasted oak and dark fruit). Like dessert in a glass.
This month, Chicago’s culinary scene is taking diners on a global tour to France, Italy, Japan and more. We’re talking plenty of handmade pasta in a warm West Loop space, plus a River North restaurant serving an impressive lineup of both pizzas and pastries. Le Select, the long-awaited collaboration between Boka Restaurant Group and chef Daniel Rose, has Chicagoans buzzing, while chef Jonathon Sawyer brings the heat to the Willis Tower with his live-fire cooking restaurant, Kindling.
HBO’s The Last of Us has quickly become one of the most talked-about shows and fills our Sunday nights with dramatic excitement. If you’re not currently watching the zombie-pandemic-apocalypse series that was adapted from Neil Druckmann’s 2013 video game, then beware about reading on, as this article contains spoilers.
GQ dubbed him one of the “mad scientists of American whiskey.” Esquire praised his “penchant for gleefully shunning the spirits world’s conventions.” But for years, Dave Smith had devoted his creative energy not to booze, but to books. It took a chance encounter with Lance Williams, St. George’s Master Distiller, for Smith to put down the short stories and screenplays for a different outlet.
A new year brings new beginnings — and new restaurant openings, too. January didn’t disappoint, with six new spots well worth your time and consideration, including the much-anticipated debut of a French brasserie, a pizza place offering a hefty slice and two beloved staples with new experiences. Le...
Early this year, René Redzepi announced that his Noma would be closing its doors at the end of 2024, citing the unsustainability of the fine dining model as his primary motivation. An ensuing onslaught saw a host of previous staffers and interns accusing Redzepi and his restaurant — widely recognized as the best in the world — of creating too grueling a work environment, with one former intern claiming she was forbidden from laughing while working and many highlighting the restaurant’s reliance on unpaid labor as an example of what’s so broken in the world of Michelin-caliber establishments.
What we’re drinking: George Dickel x Leopold Bros Collaboration Rye and George Dickel 17 Year Old Reserve. Where it’s from: Owned by drinks giant Diageo, what we now know as George Dickel was first bottled in 1964, although Dickel himself started in the whisky business in 1870. Most of the brand’s product is produced out of the Cascade Hollow Distillery in Tullahoma, TN.
About 40 minutes south of Portland, a little town called McMinnville is quietly becoming the center of hospitality for Oregon wine country. With old-growth trees, mountain views and a historic downtown area, it’s easy to see why visitors are drawn to this city as a home base while exploring the rolling vineyards that surround it. Its appeal is different when it’s your hometown — as it is mine. It might make me laugh that Third Street, the downtown area where I hung out as a high schooler, is now a destination for visitors from Portland, San Francisco and beyond. It’s also not the same place where I grew up, strictly speaking.