What We're Reading: July 10, 2014

Grapes

 

Extremely expensive grapes are given as wedding gifts in Japan. [Food Beast

 

The science behind taste-altering foods. [Wired

 

Pilot initiates pizza party for passengers on a grounded plane. [Huffington Post

 

The latest in croissant cross-breeding: the Crupcake. [ABC

 

Fortune fabrication: the process of making the all-knowing cookie. [Food Republic

 

Forget Pinkberry: Frobot is the fro-yo... Read more >

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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 littl... 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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What We're Reading: July 9, 2014

 

Crumbs Cupcakes shutters all of its stores as the company teeters on the edge of bankruptcy. [HuffPo]

 

Could a little-known Moroccan fig liquor be the next Smirnoff? [NPR

 

New studies call the supposed benefits of fish oil into question. [Live Science

 

Louisiana spent nearly $1.3 million on food stamps for deceased individuals. [The Times-Picayune

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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 t... Read more >

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JBF in the News: Kris Moon Talks Chefs & Champagne®

Chefs & Champagne

 

Over the long weekend, JBF's Kris Moon appeared on Fresh 102.7 to discuss Chefs & Champagne®, our upcoming fundraiser in the Hamptons featuring guest of honor Bobby Flay. Kris also touched upon the JBF Scholarship Program, the 2014 JBF Food Conference, James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, and more. Listen to the full interview here.

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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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What We're Reading: July 8, 2014

Tomatoes

 

Chefs weigh in on the difference between cherry and grape tomatoes. [Food Republic

 

The growing market for raw milk leads producers to seek regulations. [NPR

 

Forget kugels and knishes: Syrian Jewish cooking isn't something you'll find in a New York Deli. [PRI

 

Chaos surrounds India's "water ATMs," as a drought worsens in New Delhi. [CNN

 

Not just the perfect picnic food: watermelon has great health benefits. [... Read more >

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Eye Candy: White Chocolate Mousse with Geranium Ice Cream and Huckleberries

 

Even if you make it out to the Bay Area this year, chances are you’d have to pull a few strings to get into Sons & Daughters, the Michelin-starred, constantly evolving, 28-seat hot spot helmed by chef Teague Moriarty. Luckily, last month Beard House guests were able to reserve seats for a taste of his team’s modern New American cuisine. For dessert, the innovative chefs served this stunning white chocolate mousse with geranium ice cream and huckleberries—and from the oohs and ahs in the dining room, its virtues weren't solely aesthetic.  

 

View this event's menu and details here. For upcoming Beard House dinners, check out our events calendar. Photo by Tom Kirkman.

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