Desserts Aboard the Celebrity Reflection

What is in this Cuisine: Dining with Dietary Restrictions

The definition of cuisine is a style of cooking that is specific to a country or region. It can be cultural or geographic but for each individual, the cuisine can take on a different perspective. What one person appreciates in a particular cuisine may not be to the liking of another and vice versa. For

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Italy American Chamber of Commerce Meets Cafe Del Rey

Italy American Chamber of Commerce West meets Cafe Del Rey

The Italy American Chamber of Commerce West, IACCW brings the real Italy to the United States through various programs that include the Taste of Italy Roadshow and the Extraordinary Italian Taste. Tastings include the pairing of authentic Italian food and wine. One will find that the Italy Chamber has us explore the developments of Italian

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Osteria Trattoria Da Burde

Osteria Trattoria Da Burde meets Castello Di Meleto

In Italy, the Osteria is a mainstay for regional Italian cooking. Often locals frequent the Osteria. These restaurants are informal yet traditional. One such dining establishment is Trattoria Da Burde in Florence. Here not only did we get to sample the marvelous food but also it was paired with the wines from Castello Di Meleto.

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Celebrity Reflection Tuscan Grille Restaurant

Behind the scenes on Celebrity Reflection

Wining and dining is an integral part of any cruise. Such was the case aboard the Celebrity Reflection. Bending over backward to indulge the needs of all 3000 passengers is a feat in itself, but Celebrity Cruises does it in style. Celebrity Cruises Restaurants Onboard the Celebrity Reflection there are seven specialty restaurants, the main

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In the Kitchen with Chef Jesse Hernandez

Bless The Chefs: Paying homage to the chefs of Cafe Del Rey

When six chefs come together in one kitchen, you have to wonder what it would be like working in a small space together. Such was the case when Café del Rey in Marina Del Rey put together Bless the Chefs Dinner. Marina Del Rey Cafe Del Rey The chefs were from both Café del Rey,

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Bar Harbor Maine View

When two chefs meet at The Looking Glass Restaurant

The collaboration of two chefs from different restaurant venues across our nation, joining together for an extraordinary meal and experience is not unique but in the case of Celebrity Chef Eric Klein and especially Chef Matt McPherson, it was a chance of a lifetime. The Looking Glass Restaurant at the Bluenose Inn in Bar Harbor,

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Ribera del Duero Tempranillo

Ribera Y Rueda: Exploring Tempranillo and Verdejo wines

Spain has many different wine regions. For many of us in the United States, some of the regions we might say are off the beaten path. Two not as well-known regions in northern Spain are Rueda, recognized for its white varietals, especially Verdejo and Ribera del Duero where Tempranillo is predominately grown. To read more…

Ocean Prime Chef Matthew Briggs and Winemaker Marcus Notaro Stag's Leap Wine Cellars

Ocean Prime meets Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars

It was a real treat to participate in the first-ever winemaker dinner at Ocean Prime Beverly Hills. This dinner featured the new 2012 releases from Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars presented by winemaker Marcus Notaro. Having just attended a special luncheon that included The Art of Aging by Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, it was an added

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Mueller Serving Röbller Wine

Röbller Vineyard Winery: Enjoying a day in Missouri Wine Country

As summer approaches and wineries gear up for special outdoor entertainment to enhance the wine enthusiasts visit, I am reminded of my visit to Missouri Wine Country and Röbller Vineyard Winery on the Herman Wine Trail.   For those visiting the area, this winery combines traditional midwestern wine methods with a European approach with some nuances

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The Willows: Fine dining at its best

The Willows at the Chumash Casino is one of those very special dining experiences. One would think the restaurant would have the same bustle and environment of a gambler’s paradise, being located in the casino.  Contrary, The Willows Restaurant does not; it is Santa Ynez Valley’s best-kept secret. Named for the willow trees located around

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