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Multimedia Meals in Spain

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Multimedia Meals: 41 Degrees

© Javier Milara.

Two Spanish restaurants are partnering with mixed-media artists to bring gallery-worthy experiences into the dining room.

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Trendspotting

The Path to Southeast Asia

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The Path to Southeast Asia

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In this essay, writer Josh Ozersky tells why US restaurant-goers are trying the real flavors of this region. Read More >

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Restaurants

Brewmasters Unite with Bread Bakers and Musicians

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F&W's July issue takes a look at interesting food collaborations across the country.

Bay Area Food Chain

© Eric Wolfinger, Antonis Achilleos.

Linden Street Brewery + Tartine Bakery (Photo)
This delicious collaboration began with a micro-organism: the sourdough yeast strain used for Tartine Bakery’s bread. That yeast ferments a Linden Street Brewery red ale, which goes into the sausage stew chef Nick Balla makes at Bar Tartine.

Dogfish Head + Hip-Hop
Dogfish Head brewmaster Sam Calagione has made beers inspired by Miles Davis and Pearl Jam. His latest is a beer-cider hybrid, created with Dan the Automator of hip-hop group Deltron 3030 and named after one of their songs: “Positive Contact.” The brew comes as part of a box set, with a vinyl EP and recipes from star chefs. $60; dogfish.com.


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Insider Guide

Danny Bowien's Chinatown

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Danny Bowien in Manhattan's Chinatown; Photo: Jasmin Sun

Danny Bowien in Manhattan's Chinatown; Photo: Jasmin Sun

May has been busy for Mission Chinese Food chef Danny Bowien. He was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award for rising star chef; previewed dishes like Sichuan peppercorn-coated chicken wings at F&W's offices; and last week, officially opened the NYC outpost of his San Francisco-based restaurant for lunch and dinner.
 
Bowien recently found an apartment near the new restaurant, but he's no newcomer to Chinatown—which he explored while living in the city prior to the launch of his West Coast flagship. He took us on a tour of this fantastic food neighborhood and revealed his favorite places to eat off-duty. "You have to get them to put their handmade pulled noodles on top. That’s the best thing in the whole world.”

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Restaurants

Andrew Zimmern's Grilling Favorite

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Bizarre Foods host and F&W contributing editor Andrew Zimmern discovered mind-blowing Filipino chicken near San Diego.

Andrew Zimmern

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National City, CA: Tita’s Kitchenette

“Food from the Philippines has not caught on in the US with the same fervor as other South Asian cuisines. But it’s starting to, thanks to large expat communities in towns like National City, just outside San Diego. It’s home to Tita’s Kitchenette, a point-and-order cafeteria owned by the same family for 20-plus years. At any one time there are two dozen dishes available. You meander down the line, tray in hand. Remember back in grade school? Here, the lunch ladies are Filipino grandmas, and everything they cook is exquisite—the sweet potato-shrimp fritters are as good as any I have ever tasted outside of the Philippines. But the grilled meats are the best. Golf ball-size nubbins of chicken and pork are marinated in a soy-lemon-pineapple bath, then grilled in small batches so that nothing sits for longer than a few minutes. They’re ethereal: treacly and tart, tangy and smoky. Tita’s opens at 6 a.m., and lunch is available early for people who need to grab something on their way to work.” 2720 E. Plaza Blvd. Ste. E; 619-472-5801.

Check Out F&W's Exlusive Series: Andrew Zimmern's Kitchen Adventures

Restaurants

Chef Picks: Favorite Asian Restaurants

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The annual LUCKYRICE festival held at the beginning of May in New York City showcases Asian food created by local chefs who cook or simply love the cuisine. Here, Food & Wine reveals where these chefs satisfy their Asian food cravings. "We go there every Sunday before staff meal to eat before Sunday service. We're there a lot." >>>

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Summer

Restaurant Trends: Custom Grills

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F&W showcases tricked-out custom grills at restaurants across the country.

Tertulia chef Seamus Mullen

Courtesy of Seamus Mullen

Grillworks
At New York City’s Tertulia, Seamus Mullen (photo) uses Grillworks’ Argentinean-inspired setup. The angled surface funnels juices and fat into a basting pan, preventing flare-ups.

Norcal Ovenworks
NorCal’s adjustable grills come in extra- large sizes; Rachel Yang at Seattle’s Revel lowers the grate deep into the firebox to slow-cook whole lambs.

Josper
When Christopher Kostow recently renovated the kitchen at Napa Valley’s Meadowood, he installed this Spanish Josper grill-oven hybrid, which mixes live-fire grilling with superhot roasting.

J&R Manufacturing
Wolfgang Puck installed J&R grills at his four Cut steak houses. The cement-lined firebox prevents the kitchen from overheating.

Related: Ultimate Guide to Summer Grilling

Travel

New Toronto Restaurants

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New York City’s top chefs are setting their sights on Toronto, opening outposts of their popular restaurants in three of the city’s hottest new hotels.—Amy Rosen

Scott Conant

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Daniel Boulud: Yorkville
Daniel Boulud exports his signature French flavors to Café Boulud at the Four Seasons.

David Chang: Financial District
The Momofuku chef’s newest restaurants will open at the Shangri-La, which debuts in August.

Scott Conant: King West (photo)
At his Scarpetta offshoot at the Thompson, Scott Conant offers great pastas and salads.

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Openings

Sneak Peek: NYC's Mission Chinese Food

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Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food

Danny Bowien of Mission Chinese Food

Today, Food & Wine scored a preview of NYC's highly-anticipated Mission Chinese Food, a forthcoming branch of the acclaimed San Francisco pop-up of the same name. Mastermind and California nominee for this year's People's Best New Chef, Danny Bowien, dropped by the Test Kitchen with an armload of various Chinese-style dishes.

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Chefs

The Worlds Third Best Chef: The Movie (Mugaritz B.S.O.)

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Chef Andoni Luis Aduriz of Mugaritz

Per-Anders Jorgensen courtesy of Phaidon Press

It’s been an action-packed restaurant award season. Earlier this week, the James Beard Foundation lavished awards on restaurants like Manhattan’s Gramercy Tavern and bars like PDT in New York City (yay for PDT's Jim Meehan!). Last week, the World’s 50 Best Restaurants handed out honors. Number 1 was Noma in Copenhagen (yay for chef René Redzepi!), followed by El Celler de Can Roca, Girona, Spain at Number 2.
 
The world’s Number 3 best restaurant is the astonishing Mugaritz in San Sebastián, Spain where chef Andoni Luis Aduriz promotes naturalism in cooking. (He’s famous for serving potatoes that look exactly like rocks on a beach.) Everyone should go there immediately to sample his food. For those who can’t get a flight/reservation to Mugaritz right this moment, here’s fantastic news.
 
First is Andoni’s gorgeous upcoming book, Mugaritz. It’s especially helpful for scientifically minded cooks who want to make a dish called Crunchy Milk Sheets with Sweet Beans, Ice Cream of Citrus Peel and Orange Blossom Water. But it’s also mesmerizing armchair reading, not just for the photos, but also for the way he documents concepts like the evolution of a food idea.
 
Second is the new movie, Mugaritz B.S.O., which is being screened Thursday night, May 10, in Manhattan at Lincoln Center, before it goes to Toronto on Friday. For three years, musician Felipe Ugarte studied Aduriz’s cooking – now Ugarte has put the preparation of dishes, from start to finish, to music. Some of the dishes in the film are straight from the book. For instance, for "Piece of Veal, roasted and perfumed with vine cutting embers" (pages 113-114 in the book, if you’re checking), Ugarte mimics the texture of the charred veal by layering the sounds of the fire with back up vocals from a young choir. Here's the added benefit: Aduriz himself will be at the Manhattan screening and for a Q&A. And here's the super-plus benefit: At the screening, you can also buy that gorgeous book weeks before its actual release date, and get him to sign it for you.

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