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February 15, 2011

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I really liked this place! It has a classic old San Francisco feel to it-and the food is great! I had the Alaskan Halibut and it was delicious. Great environment too.


Hawaii’s 12 Best Restaurants

Hawaii’s culinary landscape is more stunning than it has ever been, with a plethora of fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farmers and fishermen. The islands’ talented local chefs, mixed with a smattering of top toques from other regions who’ve opened eateries here, serve up an array of inspired dishes—from delicately spiced poke (raw marinated ahi tuna) to regional melting pot dishes inspired by Filipino and Portuguese home recipes. This collection of a dozen Hawaii restaurants, most of which are Fodor’s Choice honorees, will make you want to book your flight to the Aloha State right now. Just don’t forget to make a reservation ahead of time.


(1) Enjoy lunch or dinner at a Signature Dining Restaurant

Walt Disney World is filled with unique opportunities to experience delectable meals from around the world. One of my favorite ways to experience the flavors of Disney is to enjoy lunch or dinner at one of Disney’s signature dining restaurants. With over 25 signature dining restaurants you will find something to please everyone’s palate.

My top three favorite Walt Disney World signature dining restaurants are California Grill, Jiko and Tiffins. I also really love Sanaa even though it’s not considered a signature dining restaurant. I love that each restaurant is unique and different. You can experience exceptional meals from around the world without ever leaving the resort. The food, ambiance and details are remarkable and something that you will remember forever.

While the food is the highlight, don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about the imagineering of the restaurant. Disney imagineers bring their vision to life by focusing on the details. Ask your server about the history of the artwork or how a certain dish on the menu was named. The Snow Leopard Salvation cocktail that you see in the picture above is offered in the Nomad Lounge at Tiffins in Disney’s Animal Kingdom Park. The drink is packed with the freshest flavor and proceeds from the sale goes towards the Snow Leopard Trust to save the snow leopards. Isn’t that amazing?! Every single time I visit Walt Disney World I am truly amazed by Disney’s attention to detail.


There is more to a good meal than the food on the plate. That’s why we take our dining program seriously here. Each location has a unique list of offerings and services, but many of our locations have the following:

Delicious Food

You can wake up each day knowing that your meals are going to be made from delicious, fresh ingredients. Our menus are all about you — your menu requests, your favorite recipes and your feedback.

Dishes are prepared daily at the community using a wide variety of flavors, styles and taste profiles so you can always find something that satisfies your cravings. And if you need a little pick-me-up in between meals, we’ve got that covered with snacks and coffee available throughout the day.

With our Signature Seasoning program, you can control the level of flavor added to your food without adding sodium, which is important since everyone’s taste preferences are different.

Delicious Food

You can wake up each day knowing that your meals are going to be made from delicious, fresh ingredients. Our menus are all about you — your menu requests, your favorite recipes and your feedback.

Dishes are prepared daily at the community using a wide variety of flavors, styles and taste profiles so you can always find something that satisfies your cravings. And if you need a little pick-me-up in between meals, we’ve got that covered with snacks and coffee available throughout the day.

With our Signature Seasoning program, you can control the level of flavor added to your food without adding sodium, which is important since everyone’s taste preferences are different.

Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere

While the food on the plate is arguably one of the most important parts of the dining experience, you also want to enjoy your meal in a setting that feels like home. We’ve designed our dining rooms in a way that reflects a private home, with plenty of natural light and a welcoming ambience. At many of our communities, you can also rent private dining rooms in your community for family celebrations, holidays and birthday parties with your loved ones.

Warm and Welcoming Atmosphere

While the food on the plate is arguably one of the most important parts of the dining experience, you also want to enjoy your meal in a setting that feels like home. We’ve designed our dining rooms in a way that reflects a private home, with plenty of natural light and a welcoming ambience. At many of our communities, you can also rent private dining rooms in your community for family celebrations, holidays and birthday parties with your loved ones.

Attentive Staff

Our staff is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be alerted to an emergency. But they’re also available in the dining room to answer questions, address concerns or provide excellent service during meal times. You can sit back, relax and enjoy your meal in peace knowing that our staff is close by.

Attentive Staff

Our staff is available on campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week to be alerted to an emergency. But they’re also available in the dining room to answer questions, address concerns or provide excellent service during meal times. You can sit back, relax and enjoy your meal in peace knowing that our staff is close by.

Healthy Menu Options

Optimum Life Cuisine is our approach to providing a delicious way for you to meet your healthy eating goals. It's abundant in whole grains, lean meats and poultry, fish, low-fat dairy, and it includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Optimum Life choices are not only low in saturated fat and sodium but also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber. With a variety of options appearing on our menus daily, you can eat healthy during any meal. And selecting Optimum Life Cuisine is easy! The meals are identified on the menu with a special Optimum Life logo.

Healthy Menu Options

Optimum Life Cuisine is our approach to providing a delicious way for you to meet your healthy eating goals. It's abundant in whole grains, lean meats and poultry, fish, low-fat dairy, and it includes a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. Optimum Life choices are not only low in saturated fat and sodium but also rich in potassium, magnesium and fiber. With a variety of options appearing on our menus daily, you can eat healthy during any meal. And selecting Optimum Life Cuisine is easy! The meals are identified on the menu with a special Optimum Life logo.

Because we’ve spent years caring for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, we know their dining experience needs to be person-centered. Each of our memory care communities has been thoughtfully designed to provide your family member with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Our memory care dining programs include everything from dementia-friendly menus and nutritious meals that have been crafted to help prevent weight loss to personalized dining assistance for those who need a little help during mealtimes. Residents in our memory care communities typically sit down to eat at the same time and in the same seat to avoid unnecessary stress and confusion and to promote as much independence as possible.

Because we’ve spent years caring for seniors living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, we know their dining experience needs to be person-centered. Each of our memory care communities has been thoughtfully designed to provide your family member with the dignity and respect they deserve.

Our memory care dining programs include everything from dementia-friendly menus and nutritious meals that have been crafted to help prevent weight loss to personalized dining assistance for those who need a little help during mealtimes. Residents in our memory care communities typically sit down to eat at the same time and in the same seat to avoid unnecessary stress and confusion and to promote as much independence as possible.

The Culinary Arts Institute at Brookdale is a professional development program designed to help our cooks and dining staff enhance their food preparation and presentation skills. Our team can get hands-on training and classroom instructional materials to help them develop the skills they need to provide our residents with an excellent dining experience.

Because of the great work done at our Culinary Arts Institute, many of our residents enjoy a wide variety of traditional meals as well as a selection of fresh, flavorful dishes that use low-sodium, heart-healthy cooking techniques.

The Culinary Arts Institute at Brookdale is a professional development program designed to help our cooks and dining staff enhance their food preparation and presentation skills. Our team can get hands-on training and classroom instructional materials to help them develop the skills they need to provide our residents with an excellent dining experience.

Because of the great work done at our Culinary Arts Institute, many of our residents enjoy a wide variety of traditional meals as well as a selection of fresh, flavorful dishes that use low-sodium, heart-healthy cooking techniques.


The World's 10 Best 'Table to Farm' Dining Experiences

“Farm to table” has become so ubiquitous that it’s boring. (Also, the term never really made sense to me—doesn’t all food start out on a farm and end up on a table, even if that farm is some massive corporate entity and the food is processed along the way?) Now any chef worth his or her salt is making the most of seasonal ingredients from local farmers, with minimal intervention to them.

It’s a great way to cook and to eat, and bravo to all the chefs who are cultivating relationships with nearby producers. It’s just no longer that exciting. What is exciting, though, is the growing trend of alfresco dinners in the gardens and vineyards that produced their ingredients. Call it “table to farm.”

Outstanding in the Field's Visit California Grateful Table event

This is the company that gave birth to the concept of dining on a farm as a luxury experience. Since 1999, artist Jim Denevan and his fellow organizers have aimed to create pop-up restaurants at the source of their ingredients, where guests would share a communal meal over a single long table and hear and celebrate the farmers’ story. The “culinary caravan” has hosted dinners at urban gardens, big-sky ranches and olive groves in all 50 U.S. states and 15 countries around the globe, with assists from some of the world’s most honored chefs. Upcoming dinners will be held in the American South and Southwest, Bermuda and Southern California.

Food Circle at Sublime Comporta

Food Circle at Sublime Comporta, Portugal

For this hotel’s most intimate, immersive dining experience, 12 guests—a mix of international visitors and Portuguese regulars—gather each summer and early-autumn night around a counter in an open-air pavilion deep within the hotel’s 16,000-square-foot organic garden. Chef Tiago Santos and his deputies create a different tasting menu each day, based on which of the garden’s 300 varieties of vegetables and herbs are at their peak, as well as sustainably caught fish and pasture-fed meats from trusted local suppliers. They use only ancestral cooking methods, and fire plays a leading role.

The Chef's Garden Dinner at Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

This Tuscan resort, which resembles a medieval village more than a traditional hotel, is also hosting intimate dinners during the month of August based on seasonal vegetables from the chef’s organic garden, as well as traditional regional dishes, enhanced by barbecue cooking.

Viceroy Snowmass's farmstead dinner

Earlier this summer, this mountain resort organized a table-to-farm dinner at Sustainable Settings, a farm in Carbondale, just down the Roaring Fork Valley from Snowmass. Given the resort’s emphasis on biking in the summer, intrepid guests rode to the site with a former Tour de France racer. It was a one-off experience could be replicated on request until the end of summer.

A bridal shower setup at Montage Laguna Beach's studio restaurant

The resort’s Forbes Five-Star restaurant, Studio, is also the site of some fantastic alfresco dining. The meals take place in Studio’s 1,000-square-foot raised-bed garden, which currently grows cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, lemon verbena, Swiss chard, shishito peppers, Valencia oranges, kumquats, figs, artichokes and edible flowers. Whatever is in season figures prominently in the gourmet vegetarian tasting menu (which is offered alongside a more traditional omnivore menu). Oh, and there are tremendous views over the Pacific.

Vineyard Dining at the Vines of Mendoza

Star chef Francis Mallmann is behind the Siete Fuegos (seven fires, a reference to the cooking methods) restaurant at this resort, so none of the meals disappoints. But while the dining room is lovely, a more memorable experience is a private dinner in the vineyards. After sampling snacks (local chacuterie and cheese) and empanadas, guests enjoy a four-course meal prepared by one of Mallmann’s deputies, using ingredients from the robust on-site gardens and paired with boutique wines from the Vines’ private vineyards. (Dinners in the garden are also possible.)

Lunch at the Pha Tad Ke Botanical Garden

Fifteen minutes by private boat from Luang Prabang, this botanical garden, the first of its kind in Laos, is also pioneering table-to-garden dining. Visitors sit in a sala amid the plants and flowers and savor a freshly made lunch using vegetables, herbs, bamboo and ginger grown in other parts of the gardens and its permaculture demonstration farm.

A far cry from the mass-market boozy restaurants in Cabo San Lucas, this cozy restaurant is set amid the organic fields and gardens of the 25-acre Flora Farms, in the foothills of the Sierra de la Laguna Mountains near San José del Cabo. When Gloria Greene opened the original restaurant (in town), called Flora, it was the first organic restaurant in the area, and it soon became clear to her that if she wanted organic ingredients she would need to start her own farm. Soon she began hosting charity culinary events for the Humane Society, and the chefs from Cabo’s top resorts discovered her produce—Charlie Trotter, who was overseeing the “C” restaurant at One & Only Palmilla at the time, was the first customer for “by request” heirloom varieties. Later, Greene persuaded Trotter’s former executive chef, Guillermo Tellez, to join her team. Now the restaurant serves only what is made, grown and raised there (they ranch pork, chicken and eggs, but there’s no beef on the menu, as it’s unsustainable in Cabo’s dry climate) and have an onsite bakery for wood-fired artisan breads. Cooking classes are also on offer.

This luxury safari lodge completed it’s shamba (Swahili for vegetable garden) earlier this year. Now it offers private lunches in those gardens, under romantic towering shade trees. Guests pick their own ingredients, and the culinary team washes and readies them for the freshest possible salad.

I discovered this gem of an agritourismo during a hiking excursion set up by the nearby Monastero Santa Rosa. That hotel drips with luxury on a prime position on the Amalfi Coast the homey, simple restaurant inland drips with authenticity. The open-air dining room is set amid scenic lemon groves, and most of the food that is served is grown on the on-site gardens.

I've been an award-winning travel writer and editor for 19 years – including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife – and I've written about more than 600 luxury

I've been an award-winning travel writer and editor for 19 years – including several as a senior editor at ForbesLife – and I've written about more than 600 luxury destinations and hotels in 97 countries (and counting). I know the difference between what’s merely expensive and what deserves its high price tag. I’m discerning but not jaded, and I appreciate the hard work that goes into crafting experiences as well as crafting luxury goods. (I’ve written about those, too.) I’ve shared that wisdom with readers of Forbes, Departures, Conde Nast Traveler, Robb Report, Afar, National Geographic Traveler, Islands, Hemispheres, Brides, Modern Bride, Luxury SpaFinder, Well + Good, and other publications. In the name of lifestyle journalism, I’ve gotten a tattoo in Bora Bora, been bitten by a massage therapist, and flown small aircraft above three continents.


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Wing Lei, one of my best dining experiences in a while

Simply put, our meal at Wing Lei was the best experience of my last trip to Las Vegas, bar none. Does that mean we had the best food? Not necessarily. And to be perfectly honest, we were all in the mood for Peking Duck so take may have skewed how good this meal was.

I don't know if my memory is fuzzy or if in fact Wing Lei has gone through a dining room refurbishing since the last time I visited because I was immediately struck by just how beautiful the restaurant is, and I don't remember feeling that way last time I was there. There is a quiet elegance to the room the lends itself perfectly to civilized meal here. While a place like Chengdu Taste, for example, is all about the food, Wing Lei is about the experience. The service was about as good as I have had anywhere. Our server, Harold, was simply spectacular, almost knowing what we wanted next.

As I mentioned above, this meal was simply about Peking Duck. While not cheap (I think the price per duck is $90) we had plenty of food and everything (sans bland small wonton soup) was very good (pot stickers and spring rolls) to excellent (peking duck and Sampan Prawns). The pot stickers ($18) I think came six to an order and while nowhere near as good as many of the places on Spring Mountain road, they were very good. Same could be said about the crispy crab spring rolls ($20) and honestly I would skip these the next time I dine here. Again, there were actually very good but not worth the steep price where there are other items on the menu that are more desirable.

The Sampan Prawns were fairly reminiscent of Lotus of Siam garlic prawns minus the shell (which is one of my favorite bites in Las Vegas!). A very generous serving (6, possibly eight to our order) and each Prawn was HUGE. They were simply delicious.

The Peking Duck is wheeled to the table and expertly carved. The homemade Mandarin Crêpes were perfectly pliable and the perfect vehicle for the duck. The meat was juicy and flavorful while the skin was as crispy as brittle. And together with the cucumber, scallion and hoisin, bliss, simply bliss! As I sat back in my chair thinking about how this was the perfect about of food the lettuce cup of diced duck is brought out for the middle of the table. I had forgotten that this was the second leg of the peking duck order. After the duck is carved table side the duck is brought back to the kitchen and the rest of the meat is taken off the bones and tossed with some small diced veggies along with some hoisin and put in butter lettuce cups. Wonderful flavor bombs to end the meal.

This was by no means a cheap meal (all in including tip I believe it was $140pp however we were drinking like inmates on death row) but when you are in the mood for Peking Duck or any of the other treasures that lay on the menu it is well worth the tariff, in my opinion.


RECIPES

From Jacques Qualin, chef de cuisine at J&G Steakhouse

Dungeness crab fritter with Asian pear and black pepper condiment from J&G Steakhouse. (Photo: Dominic Armato/The Republic)

Servings: 9 fritters.

Chef's notes:

“The base is pâte à choux, which is a classic recipe in France,” Qualin says. “The sauce has a lot of spice, but that’s why you don’t want to use too much. You just put a nice dash on it. The crispy and the spice with a little bit of refreshing Asian pear, it’s a nice combination.”

Ingredients:

  • 3½ ounces crab meat
  • 1½ ounces pâte à choux (recipe below)
  • ¼ teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
  • Oil for deep frying
  • Black pepper sauce (recipe below)
  • Korean Asian pear, cut into a fine julienne
  • Fleur de sel, as needed
  • Cilantro, fine chiffonade, as needed

For the pâte à choux:

  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons water
  • 6 ounces all-purpose flour (about 1½ cups)
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 5 large eggs

For the black pepper sauce:

  • ¼ cup grape seed oil
  • 7 ounces scallions (about 2 bunches) washed, dried and sliced
  • 2 ounces garlic (about 1 head), minced
  • 2 tablespoons fermented black beans, rinsed, squeezed and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons black peppercorns, crushed
  • 6 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation:

For the pâte à choux: In a large pot bring water and butter to a simmer. Stir in flour and cook, stirring, until the batter pulls cleanly away from the sides of the pot. Transfer to a mixer and whisk 2 minutes to cool. Add 1 egg until fully incorporated. Repeat until all eggs are fully incorporated. Cool before using.

For the fritters: Mix the crab meat, pâte à choux and Old Bay seasoning well and roll into nuggets the size of a quarter. Deep-fry the nuggets in oil at 375 degrees until golden (place a wire basket on top to submerge for best results) blot well.

For the black pepper sauce: Heat the oil over medium heat and fry the garlic until golden, then add scallions and cook until soft. Add pepper and cook until very fragrant. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Simmer until the sauce coats the back of a spoon, remove from heat and puree to medium smooth (there should be some grittiness).

To serve: Spoon the sauce neatly in the center of the plate. Arrange the crab fritters on top. Scatter the Asian pear on top of the crab. Sprinkle gently with fleur de sel and cilantro.


Food And Drinks Guide United Kingdom - Directing You To The Best Dining Experience

The United Kingdom is a popular destination for many tourists all year round, as with any international destination the UK caters for the variety of food and drinks to travelers and visitors from all walks of life and who have different tastes in cuisine. Some prefer cheaper restaurant while others will look for a fine dining experience. With that, the food and drinks guide United Kingdom is the indispensable aid, which will help you at every turn. This fine dining and eating out will ensure you make great decisions as to the ideal places to eat and drink, ensuring you enjoy a sumptuous meal for the rest of your stay in the UK. Searching for the best restaurant or place to eat out comes easy with this guide as the list of places are facilitated in a way that even a novice can navigate his or her way around it in seconds.

The Eating out information guide UK will ensure you make the right choice, right from finding the place to choosing the restaurant or restaurants of your preference. In addition, you will find information regarding the restaurant you choose and the kind of cuisine that is offered. So you see? This is how essential the food and drinks guide United Kingdom is especially when you travel for the first time around the UK. The guide will prove to be even more invaluable if you are not familiar with this popular destination. You can search eating out places in the United Kingdom by name of venue or by place.

The dining out section has been styled to provide major information – integrating a complete account of every venue and the cuisine offered. In truth, it is all you need to make an informed choice as to where to eat. A discerning guide, the focus is incorporating those restaurants, which provide the best quality dining experience for you. The producers of the guide have gone to great effort to ensure the accuracy of the information contained within the guide. A sensible recommendation is that a contact should be made on different establishments that may be of interest, so as to confirm the status and any offers that may be available at the time.


Our Favorite Broadmoor Restaurants Recipes

Thank you to the Broadmoor for hosting my husband and me for the purpose of this review. However, please know we only recommend places we truly love, and this is one of them.

Sue came to Atlanta after finishing the Walt Disney World College Program where she was a tour guide then guest relations hostess (and no she did not moonlight as Snow White). Sue spent 25 years in PR before adding freelance travel writing to her resume. Prior to 365 Atlanta Traveler, Sue published an award winning family travel blog called Field Trips with Sue for eight years, and produced a TV segment with the same name on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta. Her favorite place to visit is anywhere with her husband and three sons. Sue believes anytime is a good time for dessert and there are no bad field trips, just better stories. @SueRodman