After three dinners at Deuxave and a long conversation with the very American chef, Christopher Coombs, I still don’t have a clue what the name means. You’d think it was French for Second Avenue, even though that would be Deuxième. Certainly the voice on the answering machine, like the menu, is French-accented. The garbled message sounds like it’s saying “Gérard.” The chef and most of the staff pronounce the restaurant’s name more like “doo-wah.”
I’m not simply picking on people for their inadequate French diction; the name is more or less impossible to pronounce, anyway. But all this perplexity hints at the confusion over just what Deuxave is aiming to be: French, for sure, and high-toned. Coombs is also the chef behind Dorchester’s Dbar, and he and co-owner Brian Piccini have made it one of the go-to places in that neighborhood (where admittedly the competition isn’t steep). But as friendly and accessible as Dbar is, Coombs said in an interview, it wasn’t giving him the artistic scope he was after. [See & Read More]
You know Joe's Stone Crab Restaurant by now. You know about the storied history, the gloriously sweet stone crabs, the notorious wait to get in. Often overlooked are its consistently good food, truly professional service, free parking (or just $4 for valet), surprising affordability (excepting the crabs), and stately ambiance that only a restaurant large enough to seat 450 can provide. Tuxedoed waiters whirl through the rooms with oval trays of food held high above their heads, and the ebullient buzz of diners subtly occupies the air like the intangible gathering of ions before a thunderstorm, yet it's difficult to imagine so sizable a dining room being any cozier. Stone crabs are, of course, the mainstay of Joe's menu, and somehow they seem to taste a little fresher and sweeter here. The rest of the menu doesn't disappoint. And nearly everybody orders Joe's key lime pie for dessert, renowned as the best in town.
After facing big drops in demand in recent years, cognac is once more on the rise, thanks in no small part to connoisseurs in North America. The AFP reports that consumers in Canada and the US have rediscovered a taste for fine spirits again in 2015, leading to the current recovery. After a disastrous few years in which global sales of cognac fell 10 percent between 2013 and 2014, the latest figures from the Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC), show that 2015 saw the market rebound, with a 21 percent growth in sales over 2014. [See & Read More]
In the latest installment of the The Way I Cook video series, author of the Clean and Lean diet book series and the founder of Bodyism, a top gym nestled in the exclusive surroundings of London's Bulgari Hotel, Mr. James Duigan cooks a simple meal of Baked Sea Bream with a salad of pecan, cucumber, fig and avocado, that will, in his own words, "get you looking and feeling amazing". Watch the video above, to see how to make this no-nonsense, nutrient-rich dish, and to hear the mission statement of the man who inspired the following testimonial from one of his clients, none other than Mr. Hugh Grant: "James has made me thin and lightly muscled, and frankly irresistible." Enjoy.
Moët & Chandon unveil the latest edition to their family of champagnes: the Moët Nectar Impérial Rosé Leopard in a limited-edition 6-liter, Methuselah-size bottle. Created for enjoyment “during exceptional and celebratory moments,” Moët & Chandon is limited to 60 bottles and features a leopard camouflage pattern to proclaim the boldness of the luxury rose demi-sec champagne, considered the most popular of its kind in the world. The leopard’s noble rosette effect on each of the 60 Moët & Chandon bottles were engraved by Frenchman, Arthus-Bertrand. 22-carat gold leaves add an extra level of luxury to the champagne presentation.This luxury limited-edition bottle, priced at $5,000 USD, will be available at Sherry-Lehmann Wine & Spirits in New York, shipping nationally, and at the most exclusive nightclubs nationwide starting December 1st. [See More]
As the champagne wars heat up, another power player in the game, Armand de Brignac, has recently launched their Dynastie Collection. This is a one of a kind collection of Brut Gold Champagne that includes every available format. Its release is similar to the way musicians like Neil Young have been known to release their entire collection at one time.Included is the standard 750 milliliter bottle right up to the 30-liter Midas Champagne. They have hooked up with Las Vegas of course to showcase the collection, at the Hakkasan Las Vegas night club. At $500,000, only the real heavy rollers can afford it, making it the most expensive bottle service ever. The collection amounts to 109 bottles and Hakkasan, a five-level culinary and nightlife mecca at the MGM Grand, is well equipped to deliver an over-the- top service of this sort. [Watch & Read More]
Life envy. This is the residual emotion you are left with after two days spent in the company of Ms. Mimi Thorisson. To say that the 38-year-old author of the beautifully curated culinary blog, Manger, is an ambassador for French country living is, shall we say, a little undercooked. She lives and breathes French lifestyle and cuisine in a manner so beguiling that you start to pity being born in any other nation. During MR PORTER's trip to her home were treated to her surprisingly light yet comforting Calvados Apple Tart, which she shows us how to cook in the short film above. Enjoy.
After the eccentric concept restaurant Romera struck out in the subterranean space below the Dream Downtown Hotel and high-end Japanese eatery Cherry took its place, sommelier Chris Johnson knew he had to do something to wow wary diners. “I wanted to make the experience here different from every other Japanese restaurant in town,” he says. “I presented the idea of putting together a whiskey program, and luckily they trusted me.” Johnson’s idea to make Cherry the go-to spot for Japanese Whiskey in New York City was risky. [See & Read More]
Think the Kentucky Derby was your only excuse to visit Louisville this year? Think again. You'll likely be flying into the city to go fetch a bottle of Jim Beam Distiller's Masterpiece ($200 USD). This limited-edition release is available only at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont, KY, roughly 30 minutes outside Falls City. As for the booze itself, it's a potent 100-proof, extra-aged in the optimal rack-house position as determined by Master Distiller Fred Noe, and then finished in PX sherry casks to give it a unique dynamic all its own. Smooth, rich, and full-bodied, it will arrive in its own wooden case that's sure to become a highlight of your liquor shelf.
Remy Martin Louis XIII Rare Cask is one of the most expensive cognac. Now, following its success, Louis XIII reveals the spectacular Louis XIII Rare Cask 42,6, also discovered by the gifted Cellar Master, Pierrette Trichet. There will be 738 decanters worldwide, each hand engraved with an individual number and it will cost an impressive $23,000 per bottle (same as Rare Cask). Also, it will be available by the glass in a couple of highly exclusive locations, such as The Arts Club and 45 Park Lane (Dorchester Collection), and can be purchased at fine wine & spirit boutiques such as Harrods or Hedonism Wines from September 2013. [See & Read More]