December 15, 2019

“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.” — Joan Didion

The Restaurant at Meadowood’s amazing 12 Days of Christmas dinners: I attended one with chef Junghyun (JP) Park of 2 Michelin-starred Atomix + Atoboy in NYC, cooking with 3 Michelin-star Meadowood’s Christopher Kostow. Here, a stellar squash terrine with caviar.
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The dark chill of winter is warmed by people we love… and by nurturing food cooked by loving hands.

Our World’s 50 Best videos are just released from one of my summer trips with Ontario Culinary tourism and The World’s 50 Best Restaurants’ 50 Best Explores Ontario.

I loved filming around Toronto/Ontario with chef Junghyun (JP) Park of NYC’s 2 Michelin Atomix and Atoboy and chefs Ignacio Mattos & Sam Lawrence of NYC’s Michelin-starred Estela. Here I am with JP tasting the best around Ontario — and briefly here with all 3 chefs around Toronto.

I’m cherishing a rare stretch home with family and friends, reflecting on the hardships and gifts of the past year, waiting on that miraculous spring-like rebirth that comes in the wintery night: a new year and a new decade.

Happy new year, friend! Here’s to hope and rebirth in 2020 and the 20s. Thank you for journeying and tasting with me.

Me with chef Jason Bangerter (L) of Langdon Hall and chef JP Park (R) of Atomix filming with World’s 50 Best Restaurants & Ontario Culinary Tourism around Ontario, Canada
California spot prawn gim bugak from 12 Days of Christmas guest chef, Junghyung (JP) Park of NYC’s Atomix… at The Restaurant at Meadowood, St. Helena (Napa)

Wandering TravelerToronto & Beyond: Why the region surrounding Canada’s biggest city is a culinary destination… exploring restaurants, farms, wineries, cideries and bars around Ontario.
Wandering TravelerMy Top 10 Nashville Bars: + Interviews with Nashville’s Nelson’s Green Brier distillers and Pinewood Social’s bar manager Matt Tocco.
Imbiber 11 Holiday Cocktails on National Menus Now: Unique holiday sippers on menus in SF, Denver, Nashville, DC, NJ, Columbus, Sedona, Aspen, Seattle, Louisville.

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