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Taste and Travel International

Taste and Travel International Spring 2018 (issue 29)

Taste&Travel International is your passport to the exciting and delicious world of culinary travel. Each quarterly issue serves up a feast of great food and travel writing, recipes, destinations, travelers’ journals, book reviews, food trails and tours, cooking classes and other essential information for the culinary traveler and the armchair global gourmet.

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2 min.
digital horizons

I DON’T KNOW how you spent your winter — cooking, enjoying the great outdoors, or sitting by the fire with a glass of wine and a good book — but I was huddled over computer screen with our digital team, working on a new website for TASTE&TRAVEL. It’s been seven years and counting and we were well overdue for a refresh. TASTE&TRAVEL remains a quarterly magazine but the new site allows us to publish content on a more frequent basis and tap into the social media pathways that define the way we now communicate. I’ve enjoyed developing new skills and I’m excited about the possibilities that the digital universe offers. Please visit the site and if you like what you see, share with others. Follow us on Pinterest and Twitter if…

1 min.
canadian culinary championships

The 2018 CANADIAN CULINARY CHAMPIONSHIPS, a two-day event that took place in Kelowna BC in February, 2018 was a tight-run race by the eleven chefs who won gold in the Gold Medal Plates regional qualifier competition across Canada. In the 12 edition of this prestigious national culinary competition, Chef Alex Chen from Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar in Vancouver emerged as the winner, with Chef Éric Gonzalez of L’Atelier Joël Robuchon in Montreal taking the silver medal and Chef Barry Mooney of Gio in Nova Scotia the bronze.…

8 min.
hot off the grill

Culinary Star Power on Holland America Holland America Line is amplifying the star power of the culinary offerings aboard its fleet of 14 ships, including the line’s newest ship Nieuw Statendam. Chef Ethan Stowell — whose highly acclaimed restaurants include Tavolàta, How to Cook a Wolf and Staple & Fancy Mercantile — has joined Holland America’s Culinary Council, an elite team already including Master Chef Rudi Sodamin and international chefs Jonnie Boer, David Burke, Elizabeth Falkner and Jacques Torres. Chef Stowell will work collaboratively with the team to bring the unique flavours of Alaska and the Pacific Northwest on board Holland America’s ships cruising the region. As well, all Holland America ships will feature menu items from Stowell including a signature appetizer and main course on each cruise’s special Culinary Council…

2 min.
costa mesa

Holy Cow! A hearty taste of Spain is being dished up by ‘Top Chef’ contestant Amar Santana. Vaca not only features fantastic grilled steak but also tapas like croquettas, piquillo peppers, and pulpo (grilled octopus) crafted with sunny Southern California ingredients. Drinks are superb, thanks in part to the restaurant’s collaboration with one of the founders of The Mixing Glass, a shop at warehouse-turned-mall OC Mix specializing in craft spirits, bitters, glassware, and other bar accoutrements. www.vacarestaurant.com FIRE AND NICE ARC could be described as the hearth of SOCO, a sprawling interior design complex surrounding the OC Mix. Chef Noah Blöm (a.k.a. The Fire Whisperer) cooks and smokes everything over wood. Most items are savoury, indulgent, and worth every calorie, including the popular skirt steak with duck-fat potatoes and sea bass with corn, onions…

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hong kong

STAY IN STYLE Two new luxury accommodations have opened on the ever-expanding Kowloon frontier. The intimate 32-room boutique Olympian Hong Kong is set in the quieter reclaimed area of West Kowloon. Expansive rooms and suites offer magnificent views of Victoria Harbour. The spectacular Kerry Hotel Hong Kong is a vibrant urban lifestyle resort on Kowloon’s waterfront, featuring spacious, contemporary rooms with sweeping views of the Hong Kong Island skyline, a stunning infinity pool, open terraces, gardens and four world-class restaurants. www.theolympianhotel.com www.shangri-la.com/hongkong/kerry GIVE ME GRAFFITI Embark on a one-hour-long Soho Central Street Art Walking Tour and hear the stories behind some amazing pieces of art while learning to recognize the different techniques and individual styles of various street artists. www.klook.com/activity/1878-streetart-walking-tour-hong-kong Kowloon Colour Kowloon Colour Another worthwhile walking tour is through Yau Ma Tei, the colourful residential area of…

2 min.

NOSHING IN NOGE Design your own progressive dinner — Japanese style — by hopping through Noge's compact sushi bars, izakayas and beer bars. The tiny-but-ambitious El Nubichinom offers carefully curated selections served in snifter-type glasses for full sensory effect. Noge West End is not only noteworthy for its hard ciders, but also its elegantly approachable dishes fusing Japanese ingredients and European technique. Noge Tabemono-yokocho food court sports an arty backdrop and a Pan-Asian assortment of small plates and inexpensive dishes. Start with Mugen’s addictive fried meat and seafood skewers with a huge Suntory whiskey soda. Noge is also walking distance from Bar Grand Noble, whose award-winning mixologist-founder puts local spins on classic cocktails. www.ameblo.jp/el-nubichinom www.noge-yokocho.jp www.facebook.com/NogeWestEnd www.noble-aqua.com/bar_grandnoble/english.html Ship Shape Osanbashi Pier, built in 1894 and re-opened in 2002 as a passenger terminal, is also the site for…