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China Fun in NYC Lives Up to its Name

John Mariani | Posted 02.05.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

The one thing defenders of President Richard Nixon all give him credit for was "opening up China" in 1972, but I'll toss in another: That opening res...

These Music Clips Are Supposed to Change the Way Your Coffee Tastes

Science of Us | Posted 02.04.2016 | Healthy Living
Science of Us

In 2004, Charles Spence, a professor of experimental psychology at Oxford University, published the first of many papers that marked him as the premier expert of the way sound and food work with our minds to create illusions of taste.

Elm Adds Luster to the Connecticut Dining Scene

John Mariani | Posted 02.01.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Towns like Old Saybrook, Essex, and Lyme lie too far north of NYC to be called bedroom communities, but New Canaan, 45 miles and 65 minutes by train ...

The Best New Wines of Sardinia Are Co-operative Efforts

John Mariani | Posted 01.27.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

At one o'clock in the afternoon on a December day in Alghero, Sardinia, I was staving off jet lag in the most sensible way: eating tiny shrimp, mussels, razor clams, calamari and fried moray eel in La Boqueria, the city's fish market, while drinking a sparkling Vermentino di Sardegna called Akènta.

Saybrook Point Inn Is Hollywood-Perfect Connecticut

John Mariani | Posted 01.25.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Sometimes, when feeling lazy, writers fish for some other writer's brilliant quotation to open an article, and I admit I looked far and wide to find ...

I Quit Sugar For A Month, Here's What Happened

Tasting Table | Posted 01.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Tasting Table

With the help of a trained professional and trusted friends, I somehow quit sugar for a month. We're going clean in 2016--and not only because it rh...

11 Kitchen Staples That Will Effortlessly Improve Your Dinner Game

Tasting Table | Posted 01.21.2016 | Taste
Tasting Table

"Chicken again?" Everyone remembers that aching feeling as a kid when dinner felt like the same meal over and over again. Home cooks fall into ruts--...

How To Control Portions And Reduce Food Waste

Selina Juul | Posted 01.21.2016 | Taste
Selina Juul

Is bigger always better? The people running most cafés, restaurants and supermarkets seem to think so, serving or selling larger portions of food. This trend and portion sizes keep growing in the United States and Europe.

NYC's Waldorf Astoria Offers Fine Chinese Cuisine at La Chine

John Mariani | Posted 01.19.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Photo by Daniel Krieger Although no one had been expecting it, the installation at the Waldorf Astoria of the sleek, new Asian restaurant named La C...

Actor Chazz Palminteri Opens A Classic Italian Restaurant in NYC

John Mariani | Posted 01.15.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Back in the '70s a style of Italian restaurant emerged in NYC that set itself apart from the dated "red sauce" restaurants with checkered tablecloth...

The Most Underrated Order At Your Favorite Fast Food Chain

Thrillist | Posted 01.15.2016 | Taste
Thrillist

By: Dan Gentile Credit: Dan Gentile/Thrillist Hidden among every fast-food chain's glossy limited-time offerings and tenured combo-menu favori...

15 Comforting Recipes For When You Netflix And Chill This Winter

Tasting Table | Posted 01.12.2016 | Taste
Tasting Table

Kids love our attention, but, how much attention do they really need in order to fill their cups? And, is it our attention that they're seeking, or is it our connection? More importantly, what kind of play is the best?

The Reason Why You Should Drink Pink Milk

Tasting Table | Posted 01.13.2016 | Taste
Tasting Table

In a quart-size jar, add the almonds and cover with cold water by 2 inches. Let soak in a cool place (but not in the refrigerator) overnight to release their natural enzymes and soften for blending.

24 Restaurant Openings We're Most Excited for in 2016

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.12.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

Restaurants come and go, but the opening of an exciting new restaurant can be a huge deal not just for the people involved, but for the entire city they're in. In 2016, these restaurant openings just might be the biggest ones of all.

Why Dubai, Part Two

John Mariani | Posted 01.11.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

The photo above is not a model of the current city of Dubai. It is a model of the new city the ruling Al Maktoum family--with numerous investors-...

How To Make French Toast Without Wasting Your Entire Morning

Dough Mamma | Posted 01.11.2016 | Taste
Dough Mamma

"Forget Bout It" French Toast is an ideal recipe for those without a lot of time but have plenty of mouths to feed. You simply mix your ingredients, place your casserole dish in the refrigerator overnight, put it in the oven in the morning and voila -- your "forget bout it" french toast is ready to devour.

These Fruity Desserts Are The Delicious Antidotes To A Winter's Day

Jennifer Segal | Posted 01.20.2016 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

Warm desserts that pair soft, tart fruit with buttery-crisp toppings are some of my favorite things to bake. They're perfect for using up seasonal fruit, easy to throw together, and always comforting.

Why Dubai, Part One

John Mariani | Posted 01.08.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

Several months ago when I visited the United Arab Emirates nation of Dubai on the Persian Gulf, more than a few people asked me why ever would I go? ...

America's 15 Most Expensive Steakhouses

The Daily Meal | Posted 01.06.2016 | Taste
The Daily Meal

If you want to dine at these temples to dry-aged steaks, you're going to have to shell out some big bucks.

New Orleans Dining, Part 3

John Mariani | Posted 01.05.2016 | Travel
John Mariani

As has been noted everywhere, there are now more restaurants in New Orleans than before Hurricane Katrina hit the city a decade ago, although not all ...

This One Goes Out To The Cornbread Lovers Out There

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 01.05.2016 | Taste

Do you love cornbread? We do, and while we can't resist a classic slice of the Southern wonder, it's fun to transform the simple recipe into somethin...

No One Leaves Hungry or Unhappy at NYC's Ben & Jack's Steakhouse

John Mariani | Posted 01.04.2016 | New York
John Mariani

To paraphrase the refrain from the Beatles song "Eleanor Rigby," all the happy people, where do they all come from? If you wish to know one answer...

If You Don't Instagram Your Coffee, Did It Happen?

The Huffington Post | Chanel Parks | Posted 12.28.2015 | Taste

Mornings were made for toast and coffee, this is true. And no place celebrates #coffeetime better than Instagram.  Coffee, the bel...

Hidden In Brooklyn: The Japanese Izakaya Restaurant You Should Know About

Brad Hobbs | Posted 12.23.2015 | Taste
Brad Hobbs

New York is a city built on culture. With Culture brings prized national dishes, chances are, if you live in New York or visit, your taste buds have v...

Rosé Champagnes Make Holidays More Festive

John Mariani | Posted 12.22.2015 | Taste
John Mariani

Far be it from me to perpetuate the idea that Champagne is only for holidays, business deals, weddings and World Series wins, but the December holidays are upon us and drinking a good Champagne seems almost requisite. And to my mind there is none better or more celebratory than rosé Champagnes, which once had a reputation for being "the pink stuff."