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Chefs’ Picks: NYC Pizza

by in Restaurants, August 27th, 2016

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

New York City may be many things to many people, but there’s no denying it’s a pizza town. The first commercial pies made on American soil were baked in a Manhattan oven at Lombardi’s Pizza in 1905. And today on nearly every street in the five boroughs you can find a shop slinging slices slicked with sauce, smothered in cheese and adorned with virtually any topping imaginable. New Yorkers are passionate about pizza, and chefs are just as committed — maybe even more so — to their favorite spots for a slice in the Big Apple. Here, the pros dish on their top pizza picks.

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3 of a Kind: Artisan Ice

by in Restaurants, August 24th, 2016

Artisan Ice, The Doris Cocktail

3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Mixologists have been shaking things up behind the bar with rare spirits and unexpected ingredients ever since the craft cocktail movement gained momentum across the country, but some are now expanding their creativity even further by experimenting with an oft-overlooked element of the drink: the ice cube. Their efforts — part science, part art — have resulted in a whole new way to change the flavor profile of a cocktail or balance out a single spirit.

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Chefs’ Picks: Grilling Greats

by in Restaurants, August 20th, 2016

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

On beautiful summer days, chefs are just as likely as hoi polloi to hover over the backyard grill. But many go beyond basic burgers and dogs, upping the fire-licked ante with pizza, fruit and more.

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3 of a Kind: Serious Coffee Milkshakes

by in Restaurants, August 17th, 2016

Supercrown Coffee Roasters
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

There are two kinds of coffee milkshakes: sweet, silky scoop-shop concoctions made with ice cream that just happens to be coffee-flavored; and serious, espresso-spiked caffeinators that just happen to be made with ice cream. When you’re looking for a buzz, here are three great places to find the latter.

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Chefs’ Picks: Seafood Shacks

by in Restaurants, August 13th, 2016

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

Seafood and summer go together like shrimp and Old Bay. And the pros know that consuming this seasonal staple in a simple beachside hut, preferably with a salty ocean breeze swirling through, makes the experience all the more enjoyable. From Brooklyn to Malibu, we’ve got the skinny on chefs’ favorite seafood shacks across the country.

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3 of a Kind: Lionfish

by in Restaurants, August 10th, 2016

Kiribati Sashimi
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

It can be difficult for conscientious diners to determine which seafood species to eat: Many options have been overfished and attacked by intrusive marine predators. Fortunately, chefs across the country have taken notice and are responding to oceanic issues by forgoing at-risk seafood and using alternatives like lionfish in their dishes instead. This beautiful but invasive reef fish is increasingly turning up in fishmonger displays and on restaurant menus.

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Chefs’ Picks: S’mores

by in Restaurants, August 6th, 2016

S'mores
Chefs’ Picks tracks down what the pros are eating and cooking from coast to coast.

Summer isn’t complete without the ultimate campground dessert: s’mores. But no ordinary combination of store-bought graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows will do for the pros. Pastry chefs across the country are taking the snack staple up a notch with innovative riffs that still pull in those nostalgic flavors. These elevated desserts will leave you craving s’mores, whether or not you’re cozied up by a campfire.

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Fan Fare: Where to Score Olympic-Inspired Dishes and Drinks across America

by in Restaurants, August 5th, 2016

Grilled Confit Octopus

The passion, the glory … the food. Conjure the celebratory spirit of the Rio 2016 Summer Olympic Games at these restaurants across America, where chefs and bartenders are taking cues from the classic culinary elements of host country Brazil. They’re drawing in the international flair of the global games and even gleaning inspiration from the nature-centric themes of the Olympic torch itself. Dig in to see why these dishes and drinks are worthy of a place on the winners podium.

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3 of a Kind: Vegan Cheese Boards

by in Restaurants, August 3rd, 2016

Cheese Plate from Crossroads Kitchen
3 of a Kind checks out three places across the country to try something cool, new and delicious.

Long perceived by many as a bland imitator of its dairy-based cousin, vegan cheese is being recast in a far more savory light by innovative chefs across the country. Their creative endeavors in the kitchen are upping the plant-based-cheese game at grocery stores and top restaurants alike. Read on to get the rundown on three spots churning out vegan cheese boards that could easily be mistaken for real-deal dairy.

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10 Things I Ate About You: Jackson Hole, Wyo.

by in Restaurants, July 31st, 2016

Mezza Plate from Figs
10 Things I Ate About You finds 10 enticing bites in smaller cities from coast to coast.

Fresh air can feed the appetite — and there’s plenty of it in Jackson Hole, Wyo. This outdoorsy destination is a top spot for those seeking nature in spades, as it’s nestled alongside the Teton Range. Jutting straight out of the earth, with none of the usual foothills in front, the mountain range is one of the country’s most stunning. In addition to the breathtaking views, visitors flock to these majestic slopes for world-class skiing. But winter isn’t the only busy season. Along with the copious outdoor activities offered year-round in the natural environs that surround it, Jackson Hole also draws tourists with its myriad of dining options. The town’s Old West vibe belies its sophisticated culinary scene, which features a diverse array of cuisines informed by both local and international influences. Here’s where to satiate your appetite in any season.

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