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A Coffee-Geek Primer

Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2012

In this Article Best Coffee Grinder Buying Coffee Beans Understanding Roast Levels How to Brew the Perfect Cup In the specialty-coffee world, the level of obsession over how to brew the perfect cup has reached maddening levels of complexity. The choices seem infinite: There are single-origin beans and multi-estate blends; light, fruity roasts that are growing in popularity and darker, more bitter options; and a multitude of brewing de...

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Easy Chinese Recipes for Takeout Experts

Date: Wed, Dec 26, 2012

In this Article Video: Ming Tsai on How to Spot a Good Chinese Restaurant Photo Michael Turek. After I’ve spent a long day in the F&W Test Kitchen, a trek down to Chinatown for fresh noodles or special spices just isn’t going to happen. But, with some cross-cultural engineering, I’ve discovered ways to make some of my favorite Chinese recipes totally supermarket-accessible. The key is using a few Western ingredie...

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Washington, DC’s New Food Scene

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012

Where to Eat and Go in Washington, DC Morning Noon Late Afternoon Evening Late-Night Design Shop More New Openings Video: Washington, DC Chef Jos Andrs Photo Marcus Nilsson. Morning Kapnos At Kapnos, set to open this spring, Mike Isabella of Graffiato, Bandolero and Top Chef fame will make Greek food starting with brunch: Dishes will include baked orzo with spinach and feta (...

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Bread and Breakfast

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012

In this Article Bread Trend: Hearty Nordic Loaves Bread Trend: Bagels Bread Trend: Global Flatbreads Video: Breakfast Recipes Bread Trend: Hearty Nordic Loaves As New Nordic cuisine infiltrates the American restaurant scene, there’s a surging interest here in Nordic foods, among them dark, crusty loaves of rye bread. “In Finland, bakers traditionally use wheat flour only for cookies and cakes,” says Finnish-born ...

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A Fashionably Late Dinner Party with Erin Fetherston

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012

In this Article Cocktails for the Butterfly Photo Jonny Valiant. Chef Michael White is an XXL, former high school offensive left tackle from Beloit, Wisconsin. Erin Fetherston is a California-born, Paris-trained fashion designer who wears a size zero and occasionally models the lacy, feminine dresses in her eponymous line. But they have a few things in common, starting with a New York City address. That’s because White’s ...

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Montreal Holiday Guide: David McMillan and Frédéric Morin Go Night Skiing, Eat Duck in a Can

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012

Best Shopping Street: Sainte-Catherine Street There’s nothing like that day when you decide to get a babysitter and go out with your wife to do the holiday shopping on Sainte-Catherine Street. Hopefully, it’s gray out; hopefully, there’s a light snow; and hopefully, when you’re done shopping, you can have lunch at L’Express (below). tourisme-montreal.org Household Gifts: The Bay It’s one of Canada’s oldest retail stores, and it was founded...

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The Hungry Crowd: Scarlett Johansson

Date: Fri, Dec 21, 2012

Is the food better on the set of a big-budget action movie or a low-budget indie film? I’ve been on huge movies where the food was terrible, and I have done smaller films where the food was really good. It all depends on the producers’ taste. I worked with Drew Barrymore on He’s Just Not That Into You—she was one of the producers—and the food on that set was just unbelievable. Every day, there was a raw bar and a taco stand and a chocolate fountain an...

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Indian Cooking: Pantry Essentials

Date: Tue, Dec 11, 2012

In this Article Dry Goods Sauces & Condiments Herbs, Spices & Seasonings Vegetables & Fruits Dairy Indian Pantry Essentials: Dry Goods Basmati Rice A fragrant, long grain rice cultivated in India, characterized by grains that become fluffy and do not stick together when cooked. Recipe to Try: Lemon Cashew Rice Chickpeas A high-protein, high-fiber legume that is a staple in Indian cuisine, particularly i...

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Best New Chef Most Wanted Recipes: Lee Hefter

Date: Wed, Dec 5, 2012

About Lee Hefter When Lee Hefter a Best New Chef in 1998, he was in charge of a single restaurant: Spago Beverly Hills. But now he’s in charge of the top kitchens for the entire Wolfgang Puck organization: 21 restaurants, four of them Spagos. “Lots of frequent-flier miles—200,000 a year,” says Hefter. In 2012, the Beverly Hills Spago embarked on a $4 million renovation, taking some classics, like smoked-salmon pizza, off the menu. One of the original dishes t...

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Napa Holiday Guide: Where to Shop for Wine, Cupcakes and Persimmons

Date: Tue, Dec 4, 2012

Most Festive Town: Yountville “They light up the whole town. I like to go to Bouchon and get an outside table, order a drink and look at the lights. It doesn’t get terribly cold and they have outdoor heaters, but it does get chilly and it’s nice to bundle up and sit there with the town all lit up.” Best Food Gifts: Oxbow Public Market “Heritage Culinary Artifacts is amazing for knives and beautiful plates. Oxbow Produce is great too—everyth...

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25 Fantastic Holiday Gift Ideas from Star Chefs

Date: Thu, Nov 15, 2012

In this Article Cookies, Candies & Other Sweets Jams, Spreads & Preserves Pantry Items Of-the-Moment Food Gifts Cooking Kits & Food Subscriptions Kitchen Gear Wine Gifts Cookies, Candies & Other Sweets “I like to give candied citrus peel: orange, lemon, lime, sometimes grapefruit, which we put in little jars to give to friends. Sometimes we dip the peels halfway in chocolate, sometimes we don&rs...

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10 Supersmart Holiday Entertaining Tips from Star Chefs

Date: Wed, Nov 14, 2012

Photo Keller + Keller. Joanne Chang Pick a Strong Playlist “The right music can make your party memorable and fun. My husband and I typically stay away from holiday music, though we have this annual argument about Mariah Carey’s song All I Want for Christmas Is You: I love it and want to play it every other song. But my husband hates it, so I try to slip it in and my husband gets really upset. But generally speaking, we stick to nonseasonal stuff. We know fr...

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Boston Holiday Guide: Joanne Chang Ice Skates, Takes in Controversial Art

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Festive Cocktails: The Four Seasons’ Bristol Lounge “Bristol Lounge is the perfect place to enjoy the holiday festivities without being out in the cold. You overlook the Public Garden, which is beautiful; the bar itself is nice and plush and the service is impeccable. It’s the Four Seasons so you always get treated really well.” fourseasons.com Insider Ice-Skating: Frog Pond “It’s not a huge rink, just a little pond, but all the trees ...

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Barcelona Holiday Trip: Superstar José Andrés Eats Cake, Prefers Spanish Pasta to Italian

Date: Mon, Nov 12, 2012

Best Bakery: Pasteleria Escrib “This is one of the greatest bakeries in the world. On January 6, they sell something called the Three Kings Cake, a kind of brioche that looks like challah bread with candied fruit. Inside, there are three figurines or coins and one dried fava bean. Whoever gets the coins or figurines are the kings, and whoever gets the bean is, well, the loser—they have to do the errands for the day, or the dishes.” escriba.es New...

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