Food + Drink
This week, Eataly New York debuted a few new staples in their marketplace. This time, it’s not Italian fare, but Italian history. A collection of sculptures were carefully extracted from Milan’s most famous building, il Duomo di Milano, and transported to New York for display on the premises.
With Down East magazine recently naming Central Provisions as the hot new restaurant in the mushrooming little food city of Portland, Maine, and heavy-weight food magazines claiming it among the top 10 tables in the U.S., it’s no surprise that hungry travelers are booking getaways to Vacationland in hopes of a seat—and seasonal dishes with Pemaquid oysters, hearty butternut squash, and crisp Northern Spy apples. And right now, there’s even more of a reason to venture north to Maine.
How do you find the best of ever-vibrant, ever-changing Ho Chi Minh City? Get an insider guide. T+L asked three plugged-in residents to open their little black books.
The Journalist: Brett Davis
Editorial director, AsiaLife magazine
Moved from Australia in 2010
Favorite neighborhood: The corner of District 3 bordered by Nguyen Thi Minh Khai, Dien Bien Phu, and Hai Ba Trung is filled with old architecture and grand trees.
In-town escape: When Saigon gets to be too much and I need my whiskey and Miles Davis, I go to the First Bar (23 Huynh Thuc Khang St., District 1), which has jazz and a maestro mixing cocktails.
Québécois designers Byron and Dexter Peart have achieved cult fashion status—thanks to a suave line of utilitarian travel accessories called Want Les Essentiels de la Vie, hit collaborations with J. Crew and New York’s NoMad hotel, and three smartly curated lifestyle boutiques across Canada. Here, the twin brothers share their favorite hometown haunts.
In a city famous for both its outdoorsiness and its booming craft beer scene, it seems only natural that the two combine. Denver’s recently-renovated Hotel Teatro has done just that, with its new Brewery-by-Bike tour.
Enough with epic sit-down dinners. T+L food critic Anya von Bremzen is on the move—snacking along with all of Europe.
The chef has prepared a degustation menu!
Why does this phrase incite me to bolt out into the street? I have nothing against degustations, or chefs—yet the prospect of four hours trapped at the same table frankly withers my appetite. À la carte is often no better: what if my entrée proves a $38 dud? What if I over-order, leaving no room for dessert? What if…? What if…? I want to break free.
Between trips to England, Israel, and his hometown in Belgium, Marc Stroobandt trained the staff of New York City's new Belgian Beer Café in proper serving techniques. Marc, a Master Beer Sommelier and Certified Beer Server within the Cicerone Certification Program with an honorary Knighthood in the Order of the Mashing Staff from the Confederation of Belgian Brewers, sat down with T+L's Laura Itzkowitz to share some expert travel tips for beer enthusiasts.
Portland International Airport is now in the pop-up food-truck game, with the launch of mobile versions of Pok Pok (from Michelin-starred chef Andy Ricker) and Koi Fusion—both local spots with cult followings. It’s all part of a new program that gives small businesses a chance to test their success at the airport by letting them set up for six months at a time.
Where to get your fix in the Big Easy, whether your tastes run toward the classic or the trendy.
Classic: Head to the frescoed Grill Room (300 Gravier St.; $$), at the recently revamped Windsor Court Hotel, for andouille-andcrayfish omelettes and some of the city’s best beignets.
Trendy: In the emerging Bywater neighborhood, Elizabeth’s (601 Gallier St.; $) is a down-home place to indulge. Signature dishes: candied praline bacon and bananas Foster–stuffed French toast.
It was a luxe, upscale estate in the Rhône Valley that started it all: a passion for exceptional service, cuisine, and hospitality that came to define Relais & Châteaux. Now, the association is celebrating 60 years of being at the top of the game with a year of over-the-top events, festivals, and gourmet feasts.