Foodspotting: Kevin Zraly Takes The Floor

Kevin Zraly By now you know that Foodspotting managed to snag a pretty prime spot in the private room where all the winners are passing through. Celebrated wine expert and teacher Kevin Zraly wandered in fresh from accepting his 2011 JBF Lifetime Achievement Award and decided to take a seat on the floor. He said he wanted to do something different, so he did. Who wants a boring photo of winners standing anyway? Clearly all you have to do is look down—the shoes! LOOK AT THE SHOES!—to get a sense of the winners' true personalities. - Amy Cao

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Immaculate Infatuation: Tequila!

Just tasted this Casa Dragones. More tequila please.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Lotus of Siam

Lotus of Siam working double duty tonight. Winning awards and serving the people Koi Soi (steak tartare Issan-style).

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Megan & MHT: Pok Pok

Sweet and savory steamed Thai rice cakes in three flavors: cantaloupe, banana with durian, and pumpkin with shallots. We asked his team how they tame smelly durian fruit. "Enough banana and sugar is all it takes," they said.

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Foodspotting: Mr. Keller Inspires More Shoe Pics!

Amped is the only way to describe how I currently feel after briefly talking to the legendary Thomas Keller. You already know what he looks like, but what was most interesting to us was that he looked especially dashing with his fabulous shoes, upon which were inscribed the words "Death" and "Glory." Definitely did not expect that!  ~Fiona

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America’s Classic: Noriega Restaurant and Hotel, Bakersfield, CA

Originally founded as a home away from home for shepherds, today the institution showcases the Basque culture of California’s San Joaquin Valley.

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Immaculate Infatuation: Lifetime Acheivement

Why isn't Kevin Zraly on television? This guy is amazing.

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Megan & MHT: Again with the Pigs

Pigs Are the Whistlepig Whiskey pigs already hitting the bottle? There's still some show, guys!

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Lifetime Achievement Award: Kevin Zraly

This year’s Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Kevin Zraly, the country’s foremost authority on wine. But Zraly says he’s not slowing down, “Just because this is a lifetime achievement award doesn’t mean I’m done working!”

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