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Combine St. Regis and Kaua‛i for an Unforgettable Hawaiian Holiday
Chefs of Distinction / Destinations / Food / Hawaii / United States

Combine St. Regis and Kaua‛i for an Unforgettable Hawaiian Holiday

Often referred to as Hawaii’s “Garden Island,” Kaua‛i is a lush tropical paradise of towering cloud-crested green summits. The island has 50 miles of sandy beaches perpetually polished by translucent waves. It was undoubtedly the perfect island for the legendary St. Regis brand to open one of their unparalleled luxury […]

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Pacific Rim Panache at Roy’s Restaurant La Jolla

A long-time favorite eatery in San Diego’s inland La Jolla UTC neighborhood is Roy Yamaguchi’s Pacific Rim Cuisine—one of 31 Roy’s restaurant locations world-wide that famously combine European technique with Asian flavors and Hawaiian “aloha” hospitality for a unique fine dining experience. As Roy’s has cultivated a hefty fan base […]

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California / Chefs of Distinction / Food / Wine Masters of Distinction / Wines & Spirits

San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Grand Tasting a Grand Slam

To commemorate its tenth anniversary, this year’s San Diego Bay Wine and Food Festival pulled out all the stops to create a memorable week-long event that that was the largest and tastiest yet. This venerable annual event has come of age, solidifying itself as one of the most highly anticipated […]

Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Hawaiian Godfather of Poké
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Aloha Chef Sam Choy, The Hawaiian Godfather of Poké

Along with fellow International Food Wine & Travel Writers, we arrived in the parking lot of Sam Choy’s Kai Lanai restaurant on the Big Island of Hawaii, to be served poké shooters. Quite an introduction to Sam and his Hawaiian hospitality.   Sam Choy is the quintessential chef-restaurateur, proud of […]

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Saltbox Dining and Drinking: San Diego Snags Top Talent

Duly enhancing San Diego’s cool downtown scene is Saltbox, a gastro-lounge where dining, drinking, socializing and relaxing all converge for a multi-sensory respite. To kick things up a notch, the affable eatery, located lounge-level in the Hotel Palomar situated in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District, recently appointed “culinary […]

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Stellar Vibe and Victuals at Vintana Restaurant

The Cohn Restaurant Group has done it again. The award-winning company, which now owns and operates 16 restaurants within the San Diego area and Maui, has hit a home run with one of its newer North County venues: Vintana. This eatery, uniquely located on the penthouse level of the Lexus […]

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California / Chefs of Distinction / Food

Searsucker Del Mar: Where Good Eats and Good Times Meet

North County San Diego just got decidedly more chic with the recent opening of Searsucker Del Mar restaurant, the newest SoCal site for the burgeoning dining brand that’s been a Gaslamp District draw since 2010. Now the fun-and-food-loving folks in North County—an area starving for great food and fun venues—can […]

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Contemporary French Cuisine Elevated at Addison San Diego

As a seasoned food, wine, and travel writer with scores of restaurant stories to my credit, I’ve experienced my fair share of elegant, award-winning eateries. However, none compare to the experience I had at Addison-the signature restaurant of The Grand Del Mar in San Diego, California. At this inimitable restaurant, […]

Barging Through Italy
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Barging Through Italy

Traveling to Italy for the food and wine is a slam-dunk trip. Wherever you go, a menu of delicacies awaits amid thousands of years of history, culture and art. The country itself is a museum of western civilization, and like any fine museum, it can be overwhelming. That’s where a […]

Executive Chef David Reihana
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Culinary Affairs to Remember at Portofino and the Chops Grille Before Navigator of the Seas Goes Under the Knife

“Once the ship has been revitalized from dry dock in 2014, future guests will experience new and varied specialty restaurants on the Navigator of the Seas,” Executive Chef David Reihana commented during our brief encounter with the New Zealand native. “Portofino has been around for a long time, but it […]