CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2013 |
Renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter, an inspirational and notoriously mercurial figure whose eponymous restaurant became an international destination and who pioneered a bold, distinctly American form of haute cuisine, has died. He was 54. Rescue crews called to Trotter's apartment in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago on Tuesday morning found him unresponsive. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. A Cook County medical examiner's spokesman said Trotter's death did not appear suspicious and indicated that he had a history of seizures and strokes.
October 14, 2013 |
Travel magazines routinely pick Charleston, S.C., as a must-see U.S. destination, and this year is no exception. Travel + Leisure readers named it the country's best city to visit, over bigger hubs like San Francisco and New York City. Here's a tour package that's flexible and inexpensive -- and provides a taste of the city's Southern cuisine. Wild Dunes Resort is on a barrier island called Isle of Palms about a half hour from Charleston. The package includes staying in a one-bedroom condo and taking one of four culinary tours of the city.
September 19, 2013 |
The unnamed president in "Haute Cuisine," an ode to traditional French cuisine and professional pride, summons a self-taught culinary expert from the provinces to be his personal chef at the Élysée Palace. "Give me the best of France," he tells her. Cue the truffles. Food porn is not the raison d'être of Christian Vincent's feature, but there's no shortage of loving close-ups of savories and sweets, and such phrases as "chanterelle fricassee" are uttered with profound regard. Hoo-hahs over oysters and homemade cream cheese are presented as momentous.
HOME & GARDEN
August 9, 2013 |
I should've been born with two tongues and five stomachs. As it is, one ventricle of my heart is devoted entirely to Asian sauces, particularly of the soy variety. Lots of men are built this way, with special ventricles devoted to the liquids they love: beer, milkshakes, Cabernet. Like express lanes to the soul. So when I came upon the newest craze in gluttony this summer, the Asian night markets, it felt like I had belly-flopped into heaven. If you're unfamiliar with the Asian night market concept, join the crowd.
August 3, 2013 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - For a decade or more, the Vancouver area has enjoyed a reputation as the Asian food capital of North America. Near the airport south of town, locals and visitors flock to Alexandra Road in Richmond, a three-block stretch packed with modest noodle houses and grand banquet rooms. It's called "Food Street," and seemingly every type of Asian cuisine is on parade here - Cantonese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, plus a melding of all of the above. For a foodie not to experience the robust restaurant scene here is akin to a serious baseball fan never visiting Chicago's Wrigley Field or Boston's Fenway Park.
August 3, 2013 |
SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain - Some cultures take their food more seriously than others, but the Spanish may be leaders of the pack. Travelers have been coming here for the last 25 years to experience not only the growing sophistication of regional cuisine but also the miracle of molecular gastronomy. When my daughter, Madeline, announced that she wanted to spend a college semester in Madrid, I needed no more excuse to research a trip to northern Spain's Basque country, where even fare at local bars is haute and Michelin-starred restaurants inspire gushing coverage among global media.