Ask a Chef: Mike Isabella's Culinary Travel Inspiration

 

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, chef Mike Isabella of Kapnos, Graffiato, and G Sandwich in Washington, D.C., shares his picks for Lima, Peru:

 

Some of the vegetables and seafood in Peru are unlike anything you can get anywhere else in the world. It's so fresh and unique.

 

Chef Gaston Acurio's La Mar is a really special place. Gaston is one of the most talented chefs in the world, and La Mar was so successful in Lima he opened locations in New York and San Francisco. Memorable dishes include the sea urchin ceviche and the black clam ceviche.

 

Ayacucho for the coy (guinea pig). Trying it is a really unique experience. It's marinated, then deep-fried for twenty minutes. It's flavorful and falls off the bone. 

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Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in Hong Kong

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, 2014 JBF Outstanding Pastry Chef award winner Dominique Ansel shares his picks for Hong Kong:

 

Lamma Island (photo by Andy Enero)

 

Seafood

Taking a little ferry from Hong Kong to Lamma Island for seafood was an unforgettable experience. Something as simple as shrimp was so sweet and tender and worked perfectly with sliced fresh chiles and soy sauce. And don’t forget to try the mantis prawn, or “pissing shrimp,” which comes with a mountain of fried garlic.

 

Dim Sum

Whether you try one of the aged institutions like Lin Heung Tea House, choose a crowd favorite like Maxim’s City Hall, or go for the fine-dining Michelin star–rated dim sum in the Four Seasons’ Lung King Heen, I really believe that trying fresh-made dim sum can be such an inspiration. Every... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Travel Edition

Heading to any of these international destinations this summer? Match each one to the dish you shouldn’t miss there:

 

 

 

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Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in San Sebastián, Spain

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, chef Bryce Shuman and GM Eamon Rockey of the 2014 JBF Award–nominated Betony share their picks for San Sebastián, Spain:

 

Bar Zeruko (photo by Anders Lanzen)

 

San Sebastián’s gastronomic community resonates with a strong sense of pride in regional Basque culinary tradition, from their pintxo bars to some of the world’s most famous food destinations. Don’t miss:

 

Bar Zeruko for the amazing array of highly progressive tapas.

 

The market under the Plaza de la Brecha for the city’s finest selection of produce and seafood.

 

Gran Paladar for the best olives and cured meat in the city. (The family who owns it is the archetype for the city: passionate, kind, hospitable, and warm!)

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Wine Wisdom: Add These Regions Less Traveled to Your Bucket List

 

Fresh off the Barn at Blackberry Farm’s win of the 2014 JBF Award for Outstanding Wine Program, Andy Chabot, the restaurant’s food and beverage director, tells us about his favorite less-traveled wine regions. 

 

Paso Robles, California
I imagine that Paso Robles is what Napa was like in the ’70s: farm country, plenty of incredible wines, and friendly winemakers who open their doors to visitors. A nice bonus is that local restaurants sell many of the area’s hard-to-find wines.

 

Chablis, France 
A quick trip from Paris, this is a fantastic region for white-wine lovers. It’s not overly touristy, and there are some very fun restaurants and hotels with great wines. All seven of the Grand Cru vineyards of Chablis sit together in a bowl like an amphitheater. 

 

Tokaj, Hungary
The traditional Aszu Tokaji wines from this region in northeastern 
Hungary are among the world’s finest dessert wines, but... Read more >

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Ask a Chef: Where to Eat in Lima, Peru

For our travel issue of JBF Notes, we asked top toques about their favorite international locales for culinary inspiration. Below, JBF Award winner Rick Bayless shares his picks for Lima, Peru:

 

Malabar

 

“Lima has all the right components to be a world-class food city: a rich history, incredible ingredients, and ambitious chefs.”

 

Malabar is a great example of modern Peruvian cooking—if you plunked this place down in New York, it’d be the most popular restaurant in town.

 

El Chinito and La Lucha are two great spots for one of Peru’s quintessential eats: the pork sandguches (sandwiches).

 

If you can get there during Mistura, the huge food festival, you’re in for a fine time. When I was there I fell in love with the chancho en palo (boned-out pigs roasted over huge fires), the sparkling ceviches... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Long Island’s North Fork

vineyards

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

Just across the bay from the celebrity-studded beaches and mega mansions of the Hamptons, the quaint North Fork of Long Island lures us with its laid-back vibe, countless vineyards and farm stands, and succulent local oysters on every menu. Autumn is harvest season, which is an ideal time for a jaunt out to the... Read more >

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JBF Trip Planner: Tokyo

The James Beard Foundation names its top dining picks in Tokyo

 

If you’re anything like us, the first thing you do when planning a trip—perhaps even before booking a plane ticket—is figure out where you’re going to eat while you’re there. Museums, sightseeing, and shopping are all well and good, but food is often the main attraction. To make trip planning a little easier, we’re compiling lists of our can’t-miss pit stops in some of our favorite places. JBF Award winners, hole-in-the-wall favorites, America’s Classics, and one-hit wonders—we’ll give you a quick rundown of our absolute must-eats in each featured location.

 

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If food travel were an Olympic event, our own Mitchell Davis would easily be a top contender. Not only has he been everywhere, but when he's on a trip he leaves no stone unturned, no baguette un-tasted, no crazy, tomato-only... Read more >

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