All Posts By Sara Ventiera

Chefs’ Picks: Miami Tacos

by in Restaurants, July 23rd, 2017

Lure Fishbar
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Miami is in the midst of a taco renaissance. Hip spots are shaking up Magic City’s Mexican-food scene with bold fillings and housemade tortillas. For those looking to figure out where to start, a few Miami chefs share their ideal taco stops. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: NYC Tacos

by in Restaurants, View All Posts, June 11th, 2017

Fonda's Chicken Tacos
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Though not a traditional taco town, New York City has really upped its Mexican food game in recent years. From old school tortillerias to trendy taquerias, here’s where local chefs go when the taco craving hits. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Easter Brunch

by in Restaurants, April 9th, 2017

Make-Ahead Green Bean Casserole
Just as varied as the selection of sweets that typically come stuffed in an Easter basket are the food-centric customs that have sprung up around the holiday. Sunday brunch is one such beloved way to celebrate the occasion, with families sitting down to a special late-morning meal steeped in tradition. Here, several chefs divulge their favorite Easter brunch classics. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Thai Takeout

by in Restaurants, April 2nd, 2017

Shrimp Pad Thai

The rainy days of April provide the perfect excuse to indulge in restaurant takeout in the comfortable confines of your own home. And what better way to channel the sunny days that lay just ahead (hello, May!) than by diving into the vibrant, heat-packed dishes that characterize Thai cuisine. Here, chefs around the US fill us in on their favorite Thai takeout dishes.

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Chefs’ Picks: Gluten-Free Baked Goods

by in Restaurants, March 19th, 2017

Macarons
In the not-too-distant past, diners who wanted to avoid gluten in their baked goods often found themselves losing out on flavor. Not anymore. Those cardboard-tasting creations of yesteryear are being banished to the permanent castaway pile, as cafes, bakeries and sweet shops across the country create treats sans the wheat. Here, several chefs reveal the gluten-free indulgences they just can’t resist. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: St. Patrick’s Day

by in Restaurants, March 12th, 2017

Fish and Chips
As the saying goes, “On St. Patrick’s Day, everyone’s Irish.” This international holiday, which honors the patron saint of Ireland, provides the perfect excuse for everyone (whether actually Irish or not) to drink, eat and be merry. Get into the spirit with these chefs, who share their favorite spots to score Irish pub classics. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Apres Ski

by in Restaurants, February 19th, 2017

Red Tail Margarita
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

After an exhilarating day on the slopes, there’s no better way to wind down in alpine environs than by taking part in that festive tradition known as apres ski, which typically involves socializing over bites and beverages. Here four ski town chefs divulge their favorite apres-ski dishes, drinks and destinations. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Miami Pizza

by in Restaurants, February 12th, 2017

Pizza Bar Restaurant
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Miami may not be a traditional pizza town, but with a constant influx of former New Yorkers and European expats joining the ranks of enterprising locals, the Magic City has seriously elevated its pies. Here, five local chefs share their favorite places for pizza in South Florida. Read more

10 Things I Ate About You: Marfa, Texas

by in Restaurants, January 21st, 2017

Beef Carpaccio from LaVenture at Hotel St. George
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

This tiny town seemingly dropped in the midst of the Texan high desert may appear to be an unlikely spot for an art colony teeming with tourists. But Marfa has long served as a mecca for art fanatics from around the world. It was the late artist Donald Judd who put the town on the map as a cultural hot spot when he relocated here in the 1970s, eventually buying an old Army fort as a place to show large-scale works. Though its population continues to hover at a mere 2,000 residents, Marfa’s culinary scene has burgeoned. The broad swath of dishes to be sampled here is as diverse as the artwork that blooms on the grounds of this remote desert town, with Tex-Mex, Mediterranean, French and Southeast Asian flavors all represented. Just don’t be surprised if a place is randomly closed; the cuisine may be worldly, but Marfa has retained its relaxed small-town ambiance. Read more

Chefs’ Picks: Sushi Omakase, Los Angeles

by in Restaurants, January 15th, 2017

Sushi Omakase from Hanare
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Spicy tuna rolls, salmon nigiri and California maki are popular bets when it comes to satisfying sushi cravings, but sticking to the old reliables isn’t exactly the most exciting way to experience the artistry and stunning simplicity of sushi. For those looking to expand their options, omakase is an ideal choice. Meaning “to entrust” or “I’ll leave it up to you,” omakase gives the chef total control, letting the master surprise you with his or her choice of prime seafood. Generally, that means a meal of hand rolls, sashimi and nigiri that go well beyond the usual suspects. Here, Los Angeles chefs divulge their favorite Southern California places to indulge in omakase.

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