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The cuisine of Israel is finally having the moment it deserves. Chefs are showcasing the eminently shareable, elegantly rustic fare at restaurants that embrace the traditions of the Holy Land, as well as its neighbors in the Middle East and North Africa. If you can’t travel there this summer, take a trip here in the states by way of one of these Here five gadol (awesome) modern Israeli restaurants to dine at right now. Zahav, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Since opening in 2008, James Beard Award winner Michael Solomonov’s restaurant has been setting the gold standard for modern Israeli restaurants in the States (its name even means ‘gold’ in Hebrew). The menu is stripped down, straightforward, and supremely satisfying. You must begin with salatim; whatever they have on hand will be more than delicious. Yes, you must order the hummus. Scoop all of this up with warm, toothsome laffa bread fresh from […]

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Just the thought of a glass of rosé — a beautiful bottle chilling in an ice bucket — is enough to send diners out into the heat of summer. Add a tasting of this crisp wine to the backdrop of Canada’s stunning landscapes and a plate of the country’s finest eats and any old day becomes an afternoon to remember. Throughout the nation, there is no shortage of fine dining at places where the wine list is as important as the food menu, especially during rosé season. Here’s where to rosé all day in Canada. Biff’s Bistro, Toronto Aside from indulging in goodies like lamb tagine, chicken liver parfait, and gnocchi Parisienne, Biff’s Bistro has a specially curated rosé selection as part of its summertime “drink pink on the patio” rosé all day menu. With five rosés by the glass from Niagara, California, and France and 15 rosés by the […]

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Each year when the Calgary Stampede thunders into town, stadiums radiate with the footsteps of thousands of patrons cheering on their favorite event. The first Calgary Stampede dates back to 1912 and has become a 10-day shared passion for Canada’s rich agricultural history and western culture. Complete with bucking broncos, youth platforms that encourage education, and volunteerism, Canada’s overarching spirit of community flows between the land and the proud stewards of it. In addition to the rodeo, chuckwagon races, music, shows, and Midway riding, Calgary regales visitors with world-class cuisine and cocktails. During the 2018 Calgary Stampede taking place from July 6-15, visitors will flood local restaurants for a taste at the vibrant eateries located throughout town. Because Alberta, Canada is home to dedicated ranchers and producers, Calgary is a protein and garnish paradise for carnivores. The Calgary Stampede event is billed as “the greatest outdoor show on earth,” but […]

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Since 1868 on each July 1, Canadians have celebrated the country’s national holiday. It’s a day for sharing stories and commemorating history. And in this culinary centric society, Canada Day also revolves around breaking bread and imbibing together in the country’s many restaurants. Eating in Canada is to experience a sturdy cooking foundation upon which chefs build their menus, around strong ideas and spirited twists, relying on structure over trendy tangents. The result is a consistent blending of serious and whimsical cuisine that draws diners back. Brimming with fresh produce, succulent regional meats and honest flavors that complement the rich landscape, here are 10 restaurants for Canada Day 2018 celebrations. River Café, Calgary In the heart of picturesque Prince’s Island Park, Calgary’s River Café is like an edible postcard. Located in the middle of the Bow River renowned by anglers for fly fishing, enjoying a meal on Canada Day at […]

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This month marked another milestone in the Momofuku brand with the opening of Momofuku Kōjin. The latest in the company’s more than a dozen restaurants and markets, on June 7 in the heart of downtown Toronto, residents discovered Kōjin’s hearth-fire cooking and a new way to gather around the table, sharing dishes hot off the flames. At the helm of Kōjin, chef Paula Navarrete began her time in the Momofuko family as a sous chef at Noodle Bar before moving to Daishō to become chef de cuisine. Her background is the perfect fit for a hospitality group that strives for constant evolution. Because Navarrete grew up learning how to cook over an open flame, in Kōjin she brings the unique flavors of her native Columbian background together with the Momofuko explosion of flavor to which diners have become accustomed. Deriving from her love of Ontario produce and meats with the characteristic […]

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Memories are often made around the dinner table. The act of sharing a meal with family or that special someone can be remembered for the rest of your life, especially if it’s a good one. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, anniversary, or popping the question, these 11 special occasion restaurants are the place to do it. Charlie Palmer Steak, Reno, Nevada A combination of surf and turf, the menu has something for literally everyone. If it’s a special occasion, let the restaurant know and they’ll arrange champagne on arrival. If you’d prefer a private dining room or chef’s table, they’ve got that, too. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak. 360 The Restaurant at the CN Tower, Toronto, Canada Located 1,000 feet above Toronto, this revolving restaurant has panoramic views of the city and the lake. It’s the ultimate romantic setting to pop the question and enjoy a bottle […]

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Just in time for summer travel season, June 2018 restaurant weeks are here. Find out where to save in a city near you. * Savor Sarasota Restaurant Week brings $16 lunches and $32 dinners to southwestern Florida through June 14. Make a reservation. * Greater Palm Springs Restaurant Week has arrived with $15, $20 + $25 lunches and $29, $39 + $49 dinners through June 17. Make a reservation. * Italian Restaurant Week NYC is your chance to enjoy delicious cuisines for less at restaurants like Rossopomodoro (pictured above) with $29.99 two-course lunches, $49.99 three-course dinners, and $79.99 gourmet tasting dinners, June 2-9. Make a reservation. * Cape May Restaurant Week kicks off this weekend with $39 dinners at top restaurants on the Jersey shore, June 3-10. Make a reservation. * 7 Mile Restaurant Week is also starting soon on the Jersey shore with specially priced lunch and dinner specials, […]

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The big day is almost here. On Saturday, March 19th, Meghan and Harry will tie the knot in stately style. Chefs and mixologists are feting the couple’s forthcoming nuptials with everything from cocktails and high teas to special dishes, including a Kellogg’s viewing party. Check out these restaurants celebrating the royal wedding on this side of the pond.  The Victor, Vancouver, British Columbia Brice Peressini, lead bartender at The Victor, created The Emperor’s Sour cocktail to make anyone feel as special as Harry’s betrothed. He uses naturally violet Empress Gin, which was made for the Empress Hotel in Victoria. “Adding egg white for the frothiness gives it a cloud-like impression that will match any bride’s dress well. To top it all off, the drink’s flavor is a crowd pleaser. Floral, sweet, and sour with enough kick to get the party started, it’s a perfect companion for any royal wedding — just […]

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Bartenders are bringing a new buzz factor by crafting cocktails with cannabis. Whether they’re using cannabis-infused liquors or CBD oils derived from the plant – which have a host of medical benefits and work as a mood enhancer but don’t get you stoned like pot’s main psychoactive component, THC – these dope drinks will help you find your mellow. No bongs required! Make it an extra happy #ThirstyThursday with one of these cannabis cocktails as you gear up for 4/20 tomorrow! Madison, San Diego, Calif You’re not going to want to puff-puff-pass up this cannabis cocktail. CBD powers the tropical tipple filled out with mezcal, matcha, coconut milk, and pineapple and lime juices. Its silky dryness is the perfect cure for cotton mouth. Make a reservation at Madison. Gracias Madre, West Hollywood, California Meet the mad scientists of cannabidiol cocktails. Their creative offerings change frequently, they always promise a blunt-y buzz. […]

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ZeroFoodPrint believes that restaurants and diners can lead the fight against climate change. The non-profit organization based in San Francisco works with restaurants to help them understand the driving factors of their carbon footprint and reduce it. Last year, more than 100 restaurants joined ZeroFoodPrint in going climate neutral for Earth Day. That’s the equivalent of cancelling out the emissions from 20,000 gallons of gasoline. This year, they want to go even bigger. With your help, they’re aiming to save the equivalent of 50,000 gallons of gasoline! To support the cause, all you have to do is dine at a restaurant that has pledged $1 to ZeroFoodPrint for each diner they serve on Earth Day 2018, which falls on Sunday, April 22. (Note: If the restaurant is participating but closed on Sundays, make a reservation on Saturday.) The restaurants’ donations will offset their carbon emissions for the day and support efforts to help […]

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