International

Dinner and a Movie? Great Service Means….

Editor's Bite
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One of the keys to great service in any restaurant is the time invested in staff training. Training is that magical word that brings preparation and passion together to make the elusive magic known as excellent or even five star service. Whether you are opening a new restaurant or trying to fix your existing one, start from scratch and take the time to train your staff thoroughly with great attention to detail. Read more...

ChaChaCha – Not the Dance, the Restaurant! Havana, Cuba

Editor's Bite
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Two of our starters soon followed. The Fish Doughnut was more accurately 5 fish beignets, featuring flakey fish inside, and banana chips on the crispy exterior. This was served with a ramekin of sweet garlic chili sauce, which greatly enhanced the “doughnut”. They were tasty enough, but not anywhere as interesting as the menu description. Read more...

HABANA 61 in Old Havana, Cuba

Food for Thought
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Nestled on one of the tiny cross streets at the edge of Old Havana, is a tiny storefront, which has only recently been converted to a charming eatery, known simply as HABANA 61! Despite the fact that the restaurant is named for its address, it can be a bit troublesome to locate, as not all the streets and tiny avenues that criss-cross Old Havana are found to have proper signage. Now…LET’s EAT! Read more...

Scotchies, Montego Bay Jamaica – Yeah Mon!!

Channel 7 News Feature Stories
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Jamaican cuisine is unique in the world. It utilizes ingredients, flavors and especially cooking techniques given to extinction in other cultures. Created largely from a melting pot of origins, cultures and histories, Jamaican cuisine represents its people, and their motto “Out of many, one people!” Let’s visit Scotchies in Montego Bay! Read more...

The Beach House, Westin Casuarina Hotel, Grand Cayman Island

International
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We were ushered to an inside table at The Beach House on a beautifully cool Caribbean evening, when the majority of the guests opted for outside seating. The Chefs had planned to entertain us with brilliant offerings, but suggested that we select our individual entrées while they supplied other tasty offerings. Read more...

Muriel’s Jackson Square,French Quarter, New Orleans

Features
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Muriel’s on Jackson Square is a testimony to Cajun Cuisine, yet tastefully combines the style with a more modern approach, offering Modern Cajun Cuisine, which struck this author as contemporary American with a Cajun twist…and a delicious twist, at that! The history of Muriel’s is truly the history of New Orleans, itself. Read more...

La Sirène French Restaurant – New York City

Food for Thought
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The starters reflect the French dining experience, and one of the standouts is the Foie Gras Au Torchon, served with toasted baguette and homemade apple sauce, that is like butter melting on the tongue. The creaminess and salt of this duck liver would make a convert out of anyone hesitant to try. Well known Chef Didier Pawlicki does it all so well. Read more...

CAFE EL MERCURIO – (Old Havana) Cuba

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This charming locale offers breakfast, lunch and dinner service, indoor and patio seating, welcoming decor, ample window seating (for people watching), a well selected menu, generous portions, reasonable prices, attentive service and good food! At this restaurant you are surrounded by so much history and great people watching too! Read more...

Balzem – SoHo – New York City

Food for Thought
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Citrus flavors, bright greens such as arugula and fresh seafood…fresh everything, will hit your senses with each dish, small or large. Mezze starters like the Prosciutto Wraps filled with burrata cheese and set atop a grilled green pepper then drizzled with balsamic glaze may sound like a mouthful yet there’s no competition in terms of the savory experience of each bite. Read more...

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...