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A Japanese Breakfast in Brooklyn

There’s something about Japanese breakfast that makes me want to jump on a 12+ hour flight and never look back. Excuse the superlatives, but it’s my favorite breakfast on Earth. What I’m about to share with you is my top food discovery of 2014: a real deal Japanese breakfast…in Brooklyn, New York. Share This:

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Road Food! Savoring Maui’s Hana Highway

Minutes after landing in Maui, Hawaii, I learned two things: 1. “the Road to Hana” is a Very Big Deal and 2, the car rental agent will try to up-sell you  on a tricked-out, gas-guzzling Jeep. Here’s the thing: you don’t need a Jeep on the Hana Highway. It’s lush, gorgeous and prohibitively winding; you’ll most likely drive it at …

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Surviving Mardi Gras: An Ode to Fried Food

Without a doubt, New Orleans is one of the world’s great food cities. As a frequent hungry visitor, I sometimes feel like Sisyphus and his boulder: to keep up with the Crescent City’s expansive and ever-changing culinary scene can seem insurmountable. You can eat and eat, then eat some more, and still not crack the surface. Good for you, NOLA; …

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24 Foodie Hours in Los Angeles

If you only had one day in LA, where would you eat? Last week, I headed to Los Angeles, California and this is how I spent 24 foodie hours chowing down on the West Coast: Beverly Hills. A photo posted by Elyse Pasquale (@foodieintl) on Oct 10, 2013 at 8:32am PDT “Touchdown!” That’s what I wanted to yell from seat 7A …

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Foodie Adventures in New York City

What I’m Eating – At Home in New York City After flying and eating around the world for three straight years, I’m excited to spend a month (a whole month!) on the ground in New York City, working on my book and planning the next big foodie adventure. I’m not a New Yorker by birth, but I’ve lived in Manhattan …

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Six Excellent Egg Dishes in New York City

Six of One, Half Dozen of the Other: Manhattan’s Egg Dishes Worth Taking a “Crack” At: What: Egg “En Cocotte” – Coddled egg with savory chicken, buttered white toast, mixed lettuce, vinaigrette Where: Prune Though served in a traditional brunch setting, Prune’s coddled egg is more stand-out than typical AM standard. The barely-cooked egg rests in a small bowl, covering …

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Cheap Eats and a Booze Cruise: One day in Chicago

A Birthday Brunch-Day, Chicago Style I always believe that when celebrating a birthday, very few rules apply, (i.e. ice cream is an acceptable appetizer, calories will not be counted, there’s no such thing as “too much.”) After a totally amazing (mind-blowing!!! religious???) gastronomic experience at Alinea, I decided to spend the next day sampling delicious, down-home fare at some of …

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Alinea: The Meal of a Lifetime in Chicago

Alinea is one of those glorious, legendary, almost mythological restaurants. In 2010 it was voted the Number One restaurant in the United States and seventh in the world. In other words: not too shabby a joint. Every card-carrying foodie waxes poetic for celebrity food god, Grant Achatz, the master of molecular gastronomy. I’d been fantasizing about an Alinea meal for …

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Goode Company Bar-B-Q in Houston, Texas

Goode Company Bar-B-Q I recently found myself heading into a four-hour layover at IAH (Houston International Airport) before heading down to Nicaragua for the weekend. Naturally, I seized the opportunity to enjoy some classic Texas barbeque. I have to admit that I worked the long layover into my flight schedule because lately I’d been craving some authentic, hickory-smoked, Southern grub. …

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Great Local Eats in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico

Playa del Carmen, Mexico is a fantastic getaway spot for a long weekend. The seaside resort town is located an hour south of Cancun, in the center of the Mayan Riviera. While Cancun has a reputation for booze cruises and underage binging, Playa exudes a laid back, European vibe. The surrounding area is known for its Mayan ruins, underwater cenotes and luxury …

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New York City’s Sushi Master: Yasuda

photo by Alessandra Diana *Editor’s Note: since the publication of this article, Master Yasuda has relocated to Tokyo, Japan. New York’s Yasuda Restaurant is still serving up some of the city’s finest sushi. THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO DINE AT SUSHI YASUDA. Those in the know may arguably have the greatest omakase experience of their lives. Midtown East’s Sushi …

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Park City’s Best Chili at Deer Valley Ski Resort

Deer Valley Resort, Park City Utah Photography by Jon Boyden Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival is the largest independent cinema event in the United States.  Annually, Park City, Utah is subjected to an influx of Ugg-sporting East and West-Coasters eager to discover the Next! Best! Thing! There’s relentless wheeling and dealing, and many, many, late night soirees. Like other film …

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