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London's Wild East Serves Marmite and Merlot to Sound of Sirens

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow East London was a foreign country when I was a sociology student in the mid-1970s. We studied its inhabitants as if they were exotic tribes. Our guide was "Family and Kinship in East London," a work of anthropology that described a white working-class community in Bethnal Green with its own rituals and relationships.

How Accountant Quit PwC to Open Restaurant With Wife’s Recipes

bloomberg.com — Mitan Sachdev quit his job with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and spent 2-1/2 years looking for a site to open the falafel restaurant that was his dream. Then nobody came. Sachdev sat behind the counter of Falafel City, in the 02 Centre, north London, surrounded by piles of food he had brought for his first day in business.

New York’s Best Hamburger Is Served by Peter Luger, Zagat Says

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Peter Luger serves the best burger in New York, followed by Burger Joint, Zagat said today in its first such survey, based on flavor, value and ingredients. Minetta Tavern, B&B Winepub, Spotted Pig, and Umami Burger follow, all scoring 22 points, against 24 for Peter Luger and 23 for Burger Joint.

Michelin Promotes Two San Francisco Restaurants to Maximum Stars

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Michelin awarded its maximum three stars to two restaurants in San Francisco, doubling the number of establishments in the city with the top ranking. The new winners are Benu, where chef Corey Lee creates dishes that reflect American and Asian influences, such as oyster, pork belly, kimchi; and Saison, where Joshua Skenes serves multi-course tasting menus for $248 in the historic California Electric Light Company building.

Why Gin Is Cool and How the Designer of London's Double-Decker Bus Helped

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow The River Test flows through the new home of Bombay Sapphire gin at Laverstoke Mill, in the Hampshire countryside between London and the south coast of England. It's among the country's purest chalk streams. You can watch the fish swimming in the crystal water and smell the fresh, cool air.

Top Chefs Fight Back as Veal Campaigners Slam Cruelty to Calves

bloomberg.com — Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Veal has long been synonymous with cruelty, with animal lovers shocked by images of young calves separated from their mothers and confined in minimal spaces. Fortunately, the life of such beasts isn't always nasty and brutish, though it is necessarily short.

Michelin Honors 78 San Francisco Restaurants Offering Value

bloomberg.com — A modern British gastropub is among 78 restaurants in the San Francisco area honored today by Michelin for serving good-value, quality food. The Farmer & The Fox in St. Helena is new to the Bib Gourmand list. The gastropub allows guests to bring their own wine without charge and serves unfussy dishes in a dining room with leather banquettes and oak-paneled walls.

New York Chefs Tip Favorite Restaurants: Fine Dining to Noodles

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Knowing where to eat in New York City is difficult for those of us who only visit occasionally. We're in danger of confusing the classic with the dated and the modern with the ephemeral. That's to say nothing of mistaking style for substance. I hate doing that.

Where Top Chefs Eat: Their Favorite London Restaurants

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Chefs like to entice us into their restaurants. Where do they go on their nights off? I asked some of the leading U.K. culinary stars where they like to eat in London. Their picks range from the formality of establishments like Le Gavroche, where gentlemen must wear a jacket, to the casual pleasures of the Soho noodle bar.

Bloomberg Briefs

bloombergbriefs.folioshack.com — Once you've selected the spot, some tips: 1. Be flexible. If they suggest an early starting time, listen. It's in your interest and theirs to "turn-over" the room twice in a night. 2. Minimize food and drink options. Have one star item to streamline service. 3. Have an after-party plan.
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Oct 30, 2014

Chips in flower pots. Bread in a flat cap. Why don’t restaurants use plates any more? dailym.ai/1tiJCdI

Oct 30, 2014

Here's the South China Morning Post on the Michelin stars for Hong Kong and Macau scmp.com/news/hong-kong…

Oct 30, 2014

HK & Macau Michelin stars for Sushi Ginza Iwa, Upper Modern Bistro, Café Leon, Temptations.

Oct 30, 2014

New Michelin 2 stars in HK are Yan Toh Heen, Principal and Duddell’s. New one stars inc Akrame, Forum, Kam's Roast Goose, NUR, Seasons.

Oct 30, 2014

MICHELIN guide Hong Kong & Macau was unveiled today. It includes 3 new two star restaurants and 11 new one stars.

Oct 29, 2014

Byron'Holy Cheesemas goes on sale Nov 11: 2 x 6oz; Cheddar, American Red Leicester, Monterey Jack; drycure bacon; red onion; iceberg; sauce

Oct 28, 2014

First taste tests for Christmas foods are in, and Good Housekeeping magazine has some surprises telegraph.co.uk/topics/christm…

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