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What Wine Pairs Best With a Big Mac?

Quora | Posted 05.01.2015 | Taste
Quora

Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions -- all on a sesame seed bun -- create some challenges, due to the vinegar in the pickle and sauce, the fats in the patties and cheese and the high sodium content.

Grant Achatz: The Search for the Impossible

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 04.22.2015 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Chef Grant Achatz continually draws international attention to the Chicago culinary scene.

What Does Fifty-Year-Old Wine and Beyond Taste Like?

Quora | Posted 04.20.2015 | Taste
Quora

I have only had a few bottles of wine over 50 years old but it is always [memorable] because the sensual experience is enhanced by the ruminations on what was happening when the wine was made. From a tasting perspective, I have had a bunch of wines from the 60s and I think that experience is similar.

The Best Sushi Tips and Etiquette From a Real Sushi Chef

Quora | Posted 04.15.2015 | Taste
Quora

It appears that there are many people out there who are wondering what the "proper" way to eat sushi is. I suppose I was fortunate to learn sushi etiquette from a sushi chef's point of view.

How Do Restaurants Serve Differently Prepared Dishes at the Same Time?

Quora | Posted 04.15.2015 | Taste
Quora

First of all, the preparation time is comparable for most dishes in a typical restaurant. Each can be put together in somewhere between 4-10 minutes. Restaurant kitchens do a lot of prep work in advance, all the chopping and sorting things into containers, everything that doesn't need cooking over a flame or arranging on the plate.

A Chef Trained in Paris Explains Why She Loves McDonald's

Quora | Posted 04.07.2015 | Taste
Quora

I am a trained chef and a self-confessed food snob. Despite my education in one of the finest cooking schools in Paris and training in classical Michelin starred restaurants, I couldn't be happier chowing down a Big Mac meal with large fries.

Acadia's Special Chef, Ryan McCaskey

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.31.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Memory is a strange thing. And food memory, one's remembrance of not just the first time they tasted something, but the exact taste for the first time, is even stranger.

How to Eat Healthy and Affordable During Long Hotel Stays

Quora | Posted 03.24.2015 | Travel
Quora

Basically, the goal is to convert grocery store ingredients into tasty meals without the convenience of a kitchen full of appliances, utensils, and seasonings. You want to be able to go to the grocery store and get ingredients in small enough portions that you can use them all, without having to buy a million little things.

How to Consume a Buffet in the Most Efficient Way

Quora | Posted 03.12.2015 | Taste
Quora

For the week before the buffet, you have to begin conditioning your tummy. What this means is that for at least one meal a day, eat till you're full (even if it's just bread) and when you think you're full, drink as much water as you can. This is to prepare your stomach to stretch like never before.

Liberty, Technology, Gastronomy! Why Meal Sharing Is Turning the Tables

India Mandelkern | Posted 02.18.2015 | Taste
India Mandelkern

Why travel across town to an anonymous hole in the wall or wait a month for a reservation?

Fresh, Fun Florida Flavors -- From Fusion to Farm-to-Table

Visit Florida | Posted 04.12.2015 | Travel
Visit Florida

Florida is a paradise for foodies who crave locally sourced, farm-to-table and fishing-boat-to-table fare.

Chicago's Most Jovial Chef: Guillermo Tellez of Tippling Hall

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 02.10.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Things can get dicey in the hot, tiny, bustling quarters of a kitchen, of course, even for the kindest of chefs.

Is a Chic Parisian Pizza an Oxymoron?

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 03.22.2015 | Taste
Sidonie Sawyer

Sespite France having some 350 kinds of different cheeses, anything Greek or Italian will still be favored by delicate palates

5 Simple Border-Blurring Japanese Recipes

Caroline Phelps | Posted 03.09.2015 | Taste
Caroline Phelps

Nobody puts a better spin on Western dishes than the Japanese.

Chef Kevin Hickey Gives Bridgeport Some Foodie Love with The Duck Inn

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 03.08.2015 | Taste
Elysabeth Alfano

Bridgeport is a food desert in desperate need of some foodie love.

10 Restaurants With Secret Menu Items

Conde Nast Traveler | Posted 03.07.2015 | Taste
Conde Nast Traveler

Fast-food joints aren't the only spots where you can find off-menu treats.

I Just Got Back From Italy... And America Is the Best Food Country in the World

Lewis Krell | Posted 02.15.2015 | Travel
Lewis Krell

I certainly am not stupid enough to think that eating in Italy is anything short of an incredible and life-altering experience. What I do think however is that Europeans and the rest of the world complaining about American cuisine is a comically misguided argument.

Christmas Without the Kitchen

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 02.12.2015 | Taste
Sugar Rautbord

If you are overworked, overwrought and overcooked or if you just want more time with the family and friends you are hosting from out of town, here are a few digital markets for you. Just click the food item to have it delivered to your table.

Travel Tips: Exotic Food and Solar Power

Sonia Gil | Posted 02.11.2015 | Travel
Sonia Gil

Whether it is clothing, travel accessories or gadgets, I am constantly bombarded with all things travel. But this month, only two awesome products have earned by stamp of approval.

A Talk With Fabio Viviani

Tara Solomon | Posted 01.21.2015 | Miami
Tara Solomon

The opening party for Siena Tavern -- in the iconic 404 Washington Avenue space on South Beach, former home of China Grill -- was one of those crazy, eclectic parties where you saw people you haven't seen for years.

Some of Chicago's Top Chefs Share Their Favorite Gifts to Give

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.21.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

"This year I am giving the gift of travel. I am taking my family to Thailand with a quick trip tagged on to Hong Kong. Travel is how I learn and I am able to come back to the restaurant feeling inspired.

The Bristol's Strength: The Chef Chris Pandel Difference

Elysabeth Alfano | Posted 01.20.2015 | Chicago
Elysabeth Alfano

Filming in Chris Pandel's kitchen at The Bristol for the upcoming Dinner Party was just plain fun. Relaxed and unassuming, Pandel just might be one of...

Let Food Be Thy Pleasure: How to Stop the Struggle Around Food

Miriam Ava | Posted 01.10.2015 | Taste
Miriam Ava

Food is nourishment. Food is medicine. Food is pleasure. Drop the dogma around food. Paleo, vegan, low-carb, high-protein, gluten-free, vegetarian...

Why Is It Safe to Eat the Mold in Bleu Cheese?

Quora | Posted 10.22.2014 | Taste
Quora

The aversion from mold in foods comes from the cognition that mold on fresh foods clearly indicates that they are no longer fresh.

From the Ivory Tower Kitchen: No Curry For You, Come Back One Year!

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 12.21.2014 | Taste
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

There is a perception that my flavors are over-the-top, bold, and that I use spices in all my creations.