Food for Thought

Mr. Red Café – Vancouver, British Columbia

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I’ve been hearing great things about Mr. Red Cafe and I finally had a chance to try it for brunch. Every review I’ve read says how different they are from your everyday pho places…and they were so right! We started with Pho Cuon, a delicate rice noodle roll filled with stir-fried beef and basil. The rice noodles had the cutest pattern on them, and the filling inside was even better. Read more...

Schwabl’s Since 1837 in West Seneca, New York

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Certainly a Buffalo, New York area landmark, Schwabl’s has been serving guests simple but tasty fare for 177 years. This family began its love affair with good food and Western New York State in 1837, when German immigrant and family patriarch, Sebastian Schwabl began feeding friends, locals and hungry travelers. Read more...

Sapphire Indian Cuisine, Boca Raton, Florida

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Service was nearly perfect, with servers and even owners constantly replacing our used flatware with clean before each new course, and whenever someone got up from our table for any reason, our linen napkins were neatly refolded and neatly placed at our seat as is done in truly fine dining restaurants the world over. It is the little things that often impress guests the most, and Raju, Khevin and their well trained staff know this to be true. Read more...

THE MISSION GRAPE – Distinct and Almost Extinct

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For centuries the Spanish Missionaries travelled the globe, spreading Christianity wherever they settled. They built missions, schools, villages and developed culture and spread education as they moved across the unexplored reaches of the world. They also brought with them and spread another significant social ingredient…that would be wine! Read more...

It’s Turkey Time, All the Time

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History tells us that dishes involving turkey started as far back as the 1500s. Turkey was once exclusively a food for the rich, but gradually became affordable to the working class as time went on. Interesting fact: Today’s domesticated turkey is one breed out of six that is being farmed. Amy Chu shows how she cooks turkey in this recipe / story.. Read more...

Speigel Restaurant – New York City

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Owner Avital lived in areas featuring a “melting pot” of cuisines, with food not necessarily distinctive of the Middle East but a reflection of the numerous cultures around him. So it is no surprise that items like schnitzel, fish tacos, burgers and fries are offered at Spiegel, along with dishes with a more Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavor. Read more...

Stop The Restaurant “Employee Drama”

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I am sure all businesses have workplace drama, which generally includes all forms of gossip, badmouthing, back-stabbing, talking behind co-workers backs and other various negative human traits. Having spent my entire life in the hospitality business, working in nightclubs and restaurants, I have come to the conclusion that restaurant drama has to be the worse form of workplace drama and a unique form of harassment. Read more...

Sel et Poivre, New York City

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When walking into Sel et Poivre on Manhattan’s upper east side of NYC, you are sure to be greeted warmly by co-owner, executive chef, and wine director Christian Schienle. This is an intimate and inviting setting, complete with soft lights emitting from walls covered with black and white photos of the family’s history. Read more...

Angus Club Steakhouse – New York City

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As a new fine dining establishment, Angus Club Steakhouse fits in well on Midtown East and Lexington Avenue where other restaurants, shops, and hotels line the streets. Angus Club Steakhouse houses over a thousand bottles of wine in their temperature-controlled wine cellar that you may see when dining on the lower level. Read more...

The MasalaWala – New York City

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The long dangling lights are refined versions of the stark bulbs that illuminate rows of stalls serving diners late into the night. Colorful paintings of wallas reflect back an earthy, warm glow, and spice jars dot the wall of shelves in the center of the room. Read more...