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DK's Top 10 city guides challenge you to compare your lists to their lists.

A wander along the aisles of the San Francisco Winter Fancy Food Show revealed select specialty food and beverage items that can brighten the menu and make lives easier for chefs and bartenders.


Why don't more restaurants give cooking classes to lure customers?

Some thoughts on giving your fork and knife a rest.

At once beguilingly sweet and juicy, with a kiss of tartness, cherries are seduction on a stem. And the fruit’s appeal is only enhanced by its limited availability within a season that lasts just a few weeks in most locales, and less than three months overall across the country. Although most other fruits are now predictable fixtures in the food supply, the cherry’s appearance marks a moment for restaurants to enjoy—and exploit—one of nature’s special treats.

For the next few weeks I am going to highlight some of my favorite restaurants in my neighborhood on the Upper West Side.  Even though I have not been writing about it, I have probably eaten enough for a month’s worth of posts, so I have some catching up to do now that it’s summer time.  To begin: Jacob’s Pickles.

Americans love lamb, but they rarely prepare it at home. Perhaps because it is more expensive than other red meats or because of its traditional reputation as a food reserved for holidays, Americans have left cooking lamb largely to the restaurant experts. It’s not surprising that 75 percent of white tablecloth restaurants feature some kind of lamb on the menu.

Essentials of Indian spices.

Tastemakers from Austin's restaurant scene share their thoughts on the latest food and wine trends emerging in Texas's progressive capital.

Eating at the James Beard House is a special experience, one made even more special recently by the flavorful creations at Chef Matt Louis’s New England Winter Dinner. Louis is co-owner and head chef of Moxy in Portsmouth, New Hampshire where he serves New England tapas, an unlikely yet wildly successful combination.

At themed dinners I’ve eaten tomatoes stuffed into so many courses that my face turned red. In cheese-centric meals I’ve downed enough mozzarella to raise cholesterol by 20 points. In Montréal I recently experienced themed dining at its best.

Where does a pastry chef get his or her inspiration? For me, a walk down the streets of New York—which brings the aroma of roasted nuts, the sight of brightly decorated store windows, or the musical jingles of the Mister Softee truck—is enough to stir up my creative juices.

It will be “May Day” all month at the Grand Central Oyster Bar,  as executive chef Sandy Ingber has decreed Cape May Salt Oysters from New Jersey provided by Atlantic Cape Fisheries as “Bivalve of the Month” for May at this historic seafood eatery.

A dinner at Aimee Olexy's new Philadelphia restaurant with Kathleen Inman pouring her Sonoma wines makes for an exciting evening.

Asparagus has a long history of being treasured. The early Greeks and Romans not only prized the elegant spear as a delicious food, they considered it an aphrodisiac as well as a nifty first aid treatment for bee stings and toothaches. 

A little sweetness is said to be a bad thing with asparagus, but I don’t agree. Some sweetness is just fine with asparagus.

Is ordering 'several plates for the table' a Kumbaya moment?

Chef Anthony Goncalves never went to cooking school. He never started as a dishwasher or cooked under an award-winning chef. He never ran a large-scale operation. And yet, he is the chef and co-owner behind the 210-seat, 27,000 square-foot restaurant, 42 at the Ritz-Carlton Westchester, which sits atop the tallest building between Boston and New York with postcard worthy views of the Manhattan skyline and Hudson River Valley. How did Goncalves achieve such success in an industry so ridden with competition and closures? Equal parts talent, passion, charisma and, of course, a faithful Westchester investor.

I’ve never been baptized before. And I never liked black truffle until a miracle happened at La Toque in Napa Valley. Chef Ken Frank served up the trinity of good truffles, food and wine to accomplish this conversion.

Local experts in the city by the bay to share their thoughts on the latest food and wine trends emerging in San Francisco’s dining scene. 

“As a cook, would you rather fill a computer-generated order or steal a few minutes to talk with the eccentric fellow who has arrived with a basket of just-picked string beans?" -Alice Waters

For her signature dish, Beer Braised Pork Belly, Johnson braises the meat in dark, malty beer, whole grain mustard, coriander, and fennel.

“Last year, the average price was $2.20. From 2005 to today, the price of fuel and the price of bait have tripled while the price of lobster has dropped more than half.” – Gerry Cushman

It’s playing with the smallest details in ingredients, techniques and wine selection that add up to major league Italian dining at A16 Rockridge and Prima in San Francisco’s East Bay.