Front Runners November 2015: Inn Style

Opened in June on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido, Zaborin ( offers a contemporary take on a traditional Japanese ryokan, or inn. The glass-wood-and-granite retreat features 15 rooms, each with two sunken baths fed by natural hot springs. Nature plays a starring role throughout, from the views of Mount Yotei and the surrounding pastures to […]

Sayonara, Copenhagen

Chef René Redzepi prepares to raise the curtain on Noma Tokyo.  The question has intrigued the food world since last May, when chef René Redzepi announced that, starting in January, he would relocate Noma—perhaps the most acclaimed restaurant in the world—from its permanent location in Copenhagen to Tokyo for an extended pop-up engagement. What would the […]

FrontRunners: Their Ame is True

Husband-and-wife team Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani have sizzled for 17 years in the kitchen at Terra, their James Beard award–winning restaurant in California’s Napa Valley. Now the chefs, who met in 1983 while working at Spago Beverly Hills, are increasing their culinary family with a second restaurant, Ame (415.284.4040), which opens in November at […]

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