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  1. I was invited to judge Iron Chef America once. The battle was Bobby Flay versus chef Hong Thaimee, chef and owner of the New York Thai restaurant Ngam . The Chairman did his dramatic thing to unveil...
  2. Mauricio Cordoba fidgets in his seat at a corner table of his cigar club. Scanning the room, Club Macanudo ’s general manager takes note of patrons reclining on various leather couches or seated at...
  3. There was once a time when salt was a precious commodity, but today most people take it for granted. Some people do take pride in the salt that they add to their food, however, and choose to bring...
  4. Salt should sometimes be shaken lightly, but it should never be taken lightly. To me, many dishes aren’t properly finished until they receive a sprinkling of salt—the element that creates a...
  5. October is a special time of the year for sports fans. It’s the only month when meaningful games are played in all four major sports. Theoretically, in one week you could sit courtside to watch the...
  6. At this time of the year, many of us begrudgingly acknowledge that the days are growing shorter and colder. But there’s reason to celebrate the arrival of crisp autumn breezes and cool fall days—this...
  7. About a year ago, a Grey Goose TV commercial debuted that recounted the vodka brand’s early beginnings. It depicted various ways in which the French pushed back against François Thibault, the brand’s...
  8. Forget the Cronut and all those cupcakes of various sizes and sweetness; the pastry du jour is the canelé (pronounced “KAH-nuh-lay”). Canelés are small, striated French pastries with a dark...
  9. Mark Lewis, the founder of Marco Paolo Chocolates , produces boxes of double-layered truffles with exotic flavor combinations—think white chocolate and coconut ganache paired with cilantro and a dark...
  10. The following words may very well change your life: artisanal Kentucky-bourbon black-pepper caramel popcorn. Take a moment to let that sink in. Every now and then we discover something revolutionary...

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