Nota Bene – Taste&Travel Magazine https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com For people who love to Read, love to Eat, and love to Travel Mon, 23 Sep 2019 18:23:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/cropped-TTI-MAG-LOGO-512x512-32x32.png Nota Bene – Taste&Travel Magazine https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com 32 32 Shop Like a Canadian! https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2019/09/shop-like-a-canadian/ https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2019/09/shop-like-a-canadian/#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 18:23:55 +0000 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/?p=5872 Celebrating Canadian food and food producers.

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Each year in August Food Day Canada pays tribute to Canadian food and food producers, with chefs and home cooks across the nation choosing to cook with Canadian ingredients. Your thoughts may turn to Alberta Beef and PEI spuds, or some fine Atlantic salmon, but there’s much, much more.  Here’s a list of foods you might not know are grown or made on Canadian soil.

Sake – Osake Fraser Valley Junmai – Renaissance… from farm to glass. And with luck you’ll be able to buy some of their rice. Another first for Canada. www.artisansakemaker.com

Quinoa – both golden and black – from Katan Kitchens/Quinta Quinoa (Ontario), Canadian Quinoa (Saskatchewan) and Fieldstone Organics (BC). Flavour is boosted simply because they’re so fresh. www.quinta.ca  www.quinoa.com  www.fieldstoneorganics.ca

Prosciutto – Niagara-based Pingue Prosciutto was THE pioneer in artisan charcuterie. Tagliere Salumeria in Caledon Ontario is a runner up for its cured meats and in Quebec, Les Cochons Tout Ronds was honoured in 2007 with the Culatello D’Oro award, granted by the Consortium of Culatello di Zibello in Italy for the first time in North America. This prize emphasizes the quality of their raw ham…and it is spectacular. www.niagarafoodspecialties.com www.iltagliere.ca www.cochonstoutronds.com

Salt – Windsor and Sifto are the originals (yes, there ARE salt mines in Canada) but Vancouver Island Sea Salt, Salt West Solar Sea Salt from Sooke and Newfoundland Sea Salt are great new entries from a nation with the longest coastline on earth. www.visaltco.com  www.saltwest.com  www.newfoundlandsaltcompany.com

Yeast Fleishmann’s yeast has been made in Montreal for decades. www.fleischmannsyeast.com

Cherry Juice – from Dwarf Sour Cherries (a.k.a. Prairie Cherries™) developed over 70 years at the University of Saskatchewan’s fruit breeding programme and also concentrated cherry juice from Cherry Lane in Niagara… great in cocktails. www.cherrylane.net

Tea – From Westholme Canadian Tea – Vancouver Island – our first official tea plantation in the Cowichan Valley. www.westholmetea.com

Edamame – Yes, there are Canadian grown edamame beans. MacKellar Farms near Alvinston, Ontario is the first to grow and commercialize this really delicious crop and Jason Persall’s Pristine Gourmet who are renowned for their old pressed oils! www.mackellarfarms.ca www.pristinegourmet.com

Farm-Raised Shrimp – A new crop being developed near Aylmer, Ontario by Planet Shrimp. So far it’s mainly for foodservice but there’ll come a day when they’ll be more widely available. www.planetshrimpcompany.com

Balsamic Vinegar Venturi Schulze Vineyard, Vancouver Island, make the only authentic balsamic in Canada. They have just released their 25-year-old vinegar, an extraordinary product they’ve dubbed Legacy. www.venturischulze.com

Haskap Berries – began in Saskatoon, spread to PEI and are now found in gardens/small farms across Canada including Ontario where Boreal Berry Farm & Winery has developed a retail line. www.borealwinery.ca

Seaweed! – Dark Harbour dulse, Nova Scotia sea vegetables, PEI Irish moss and west coast seaweed like kelp, wakame, bladderwrack. www.seaboost.ca ; www.acadianseaplants.com www.canadiankelp.com

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On the Beach https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2019/04/nota-bene-on-the-beach/ https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2019/04/nota-bene-on-the-beach/#respond Sun, 14 Apr 2019 18:01:58 +0000 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/?p=5571 Who wants to end a day at the beach with sad buffets and greasy food? These hotels have raised the bar when it comes to dining with a view of the water.

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Beach vacations are for sandy shores, turquoise pools and sun-filled activities, less so for the food. But who wants to end a day of snorkelling with dismal buffets of lukewarm overcooked pasta or eat pre-frozen burgers poolside? Instead, check out these beach resorts where chefs go out of their way to offer guests diverse menus, local ingredients, healthy choices and even molecular gastronomy.

Ocean Club ahi poke
Ocean Club ahi poke

OCEAN CLUB RESORTS Provo, Turks and Caicos

Ocean Club West has beachside Solana, featuring teppanyaki and sushi. A 20-minute stroll east on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches is Opus, at Ocean Club East. It has the island’s largest wine list, perfectly prepared classics, and local conch and lobster. www.oceanclubresorts.com

Vivo Resorts salad
Vivo Resorts salad

VIVO RESORTS Puerto Escondido, Mexico

On a beach favoured by turtles, Vivo Resorts’ farm-to-table Ernesto’s focuses on healthy Oaxacan food. Ingredients, even sesame seeds, come from organic farms next door to the resort and from the town’s excellent public market. www.vivoresorts.com

Hotel Xcaret tacos
Hotel Xcaret tacos

HOTEL XCARET MEXICO Mayan Riviera, Mexico

This luxury all-inclusive has ten restaurants. The standout is Mexican gastronomy restaurant Há, by the first Mexican chef to receive a Michelin star. Hotel Xcaret’s Mexican cantina, Asian Xin-Gao and even Mercado’s buffet impress. www.hotelxcaret.com

Grand Residences tarts

GRAND RESIDENCES RIVIERA CANCUN Mayan Riviera, Mexico

This five-star resort serves traditional Mexican and Mayan dishes, international selections like ahi tuna, and afternoon tea with delectable pastries. Choose between an all-inclusive stay, dine à la carte, or invite the chef up to cook just for you in your own kitchen. www.grandresidencesrivieracancun.com

TRS Coral food art
TRS Coral food art

TRS CORAL AND GRAND PALLADIUM COSTA MUJERES North of Cancun, Mexico

These all-inclusive sister resorts (one adults-only) have 13 restaurants between them, ideal for anyone who craves variety. Choose from Argentine barbecue with beach views, traditional Spanish, French steak tartare and foie gras, Indian tandoori, Japanese teppanyaki and more. www.palladiumhotelgroup.com/en/costamujeres/trs-coral-hotel

Palo Verde smoothie
Palo Verde smoothie

PALO VERDE SUSTAINABLE HOTEL El Zonte, El Salvador

Olor de Mar is the beachside restaurant affiliated with this eco-hotel. Chef Carlos Burgos’ creative menus highlight El Salvador’s prime seafood and local fruit and veg. www.paloverdehotel.com

Pacific Sands fish
Pacific Sands fish

PACIFIC SANDS BEACH RESORT Tofino, BC

It’s not hot year-round like southern beach resorts, but whether you’re storm watching or surfing, Pacific Sands now has the Surfside Grill, the sister of Wildside Grill by chef Jesse Blake and fisher Jeff Mikus. The casual atmosphere belies the quality of the panko fish and chips and fish tacos. www.pacificsands.com

Johanna Read is a freelance writer / photographer specializing in travel, food and responsible tourism. Find her at www.TravelEater.net

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Picnic Perfect https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2018/08/nota-bene-picnic-perfect/ https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2018/08/nota-bene-picnic-perfect/#respond Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:51:10 +0000 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/?p=5121 When summer rolls around who doesn't love a picnic? These hotels have perfected the art.

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What better way to enjoy summer’s warmer days than by grabbing a blanket and basket and indulging in a leisurely picnic? Even if you’re on vacation and your picnic essentials are at home, many hotels give guests the opportunity to dine al fresco with sumptuous picnic hampers, afternoon tea feasts, tasty cheese platters and more.

City Break
City Break

City Break

The five-star Milestone Hotel’s prime location opposite Kensington Palace and Gardens in London is perfect for a Picnic in the Park. Staff deliver traditional wicker baskets filled with freshly made sandwiches and treats to Kensington Gardens or other nearby parks. Guests can choose a traditional afternoon tea or a full blown Picnic Feast washed down with Lanson Champagne. www.milestonehotel.com

Country Escape
Country Escape

Country Escape

The stunning five-star Summer Lodge Country House Hotel in Dorset, England, is adjacent to the 600-acre Melbury Estate and Deer Park, an expanse of verdant countryside that’s perfect for walking, painting, and picnicking! Guests can also enjoy a picnic of picnic sandwiches and home-baked cookies on the hotel’s manicured lawns. www.summerlodgehotel.co.uk

Beach Break
Beach Break

 

Beach Break

Situated just a short walk from the quayside in the heart of St Peter Port, Guernsey, the five-star Old Government House Hotel is the perfect base from which to explore the natural beauty and pristine beaches of the Channel Islands. Whether guests prefer to explore at a leisurely pace, or head out to sea for high-energy adventures like fishing, surfing or diving, the hotel can pack a picnic of freshly prepared sandwiches, cold meat platters, salads, desserts and drinks to be enjoyed in the picturesque surroundings. www.theoghhotel.com

 

Lakeside Retreat
Lakeside Retreat

Lakeside Retreat

Located on the shores of Lough Corrib in the west of Ireland, the regal Lodge at Ashford Castle sits on a 350-acre estate where guests can partake in 26 different outdoor activities. For those who want a spot of serenity after a long day of falconry, fishing, shooting, golf or archery, The Lodge offers a Picnic Afternoon Tea that can be enjoyed at Wilde’s restaurant, or on the lawn. Either way, guests will be treated to stunning views as they enjoy sausage rolls, pork pies, a selection of salads and sweets.  www.thelodgeac.com

Edge of the World
Edge of the World

At the Edge of the World

The only thing better than a stroll through the magnificent Table Mountain National Park in South Africa  is a picnic at The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa in Cape Town, enjoying the striking views of the rugged coastline and indigenous flora and fauna. Guests can bring a Gourmet Picnic Hamper or Backpack to any of the scenic sites along the trails above the hotel, and enjoy a stunning sunset while feasting on cold meat charcuterie, gourmet salads, cheeses, sandwiches, fruits and sweet treats. www.12apostleshotel.com

 

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Patty Paradise https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2017/10/nota-bene-issue-17-2/ https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2017/10/nota-bene-issue-17-2/#respond Mon, 30 Oct 2017 00:24:40 +0000 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/?p=3154 The culinary options in New York City are as bountiful and diverse as you'll find anywhere in the world. However, standing tall amidst the cuttlefish, sweetbreads and ubiquitous dumplings is the tried and true hamburger. Not just your everyday, bland beef patty but gourmet burgers skillfully created at some of the city's finest hotels. This is where patties rule supreme.

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The Franburger
The Franburger

Franburger – Sofitel Hotel, 45 W 44th St
The Franburger is served at Gaby Brasserie Francaise, the outstanding brasserie and bar at the Sofitel New York Hotel. Gaby is the place to be seen and the place to enjoy French food. The Franburger was created by Executive Chef Sylvain Harribey – winner of Food Network’s Chopped. The Fran is an Angus burger topped with melted brie, tomato and romaine lettuce served on a crispy sourdough baguette with a side of caramelized onions and piment d’Espelette aioli and French fries. The brie comes from France and the baguettes are baked daily at the hotel from Parisian sourdough. http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-2185-sofitel-new-york/index.shtml

The Mark Cheese Burger
The Mark Cheese Burger

The Mark Cheeseburger – The Mark Hotel, 25 East 77th St
Located on the Upper East Side, The Mark Hotel offers some amazing burgers at The Mark Restaurant by Chef Jean-Georges. These include the Grilled Tuna Burger with Shiso and Yuzu Pickles, the famous Mark Cheeseburger with brie and black truffle dressing, and an avocado ranch Cheeseburger with Pepper Jack Cheese, Avocado, Crispy Onions and Russian Dressing. Delicious sides include sautéed spinach, green and yellow Beans with olive oil and sea salt, sautéed kale, and maitake mushrooms with sesame and lime. www.themarkhotel.com

 

Le Parker
Le Parker

Le Parker Meridien Burger – Le Parker Meridien Hotel, 119 W 56th St
Once upon a recent time, there were murmurs at Le Parker Meridien …”Don’t you wish that when staying at a swank hotel you could go downstairs and just get a good burger, fries and a beer?” No fuss, no hoopla. Just a mouth-watering, down-home burger, grilled to request — with mustard, mayo, ketchup, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onions. Well, Le Parker Meridien created a little roadside stand, a country joint, maybe the perfect burger spot of your dreams. There are plain old wood walls, banquettes and space to pull up a bar stool if you like. Add 50 cents for a cheeseburger. Fries are addictive at $3.50. www.parkermeridien.com

meyer burger
Meyer Burger

Hand Formed Meyer Burger – Iroquois Hotel, 49 W 44th St
Triomphe is an intimate French American restaurant nestled inside the historic Iroquois Hotel in Manhattan’s Theater District. A staple on the New York food scene, Triomphe is now led by Swiss-born Executive Chef Florian Wehrli. The unpretentious and intimate ambience of Triomphe allows guests to truly enjoy their dining experience with delectable yet mindful local dishes such as the Hand Formed Meyer Burger with green peppercorn sauce and garlic whipped potatoes. The burger is garnished with herbs and spices from the roof garden atop the hotel. Diners can add their choice of cheddar, roquefort, gruyere cheese or seared Hudson Valley foie gras. www.iroquoisny.com

four seasons burger
The Gotham Burger

The Gotham Burger – Four Seasons Hotel New York, 57 E 57th St
A luxurious hotel steeped in years of grand tradition, the Four Seasons is the quintessential New York City hotel. In addition to such signature dishes as a buttery smoked salmon, the Four Seasons also offers its guests a char-grilled, hand-shaped, ten-ounce burger made from 100 percent prime beef. This Gotham Burger is lightly seasoned and grilled to order and served with New York Cheddar, crispy fried onions, Bibb lettuce, sliced beefsteak tomatoes and house pickles on a Kaiser roll. Roasted pepper aioli and shoe string fries complete this delicious burger. www.fourseasons.com/newyork

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Boozy Foods https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2017/04/nota-bene-april-2017/ https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/2017/04/nota-bene-april-2017/#respond Sat, 01 Apr 2017 07:33:39 +0000 https://tasteandtravelmagazine.com/?p=1088 With our love for libations rivalling our love for food, it’s no surprise that menus are changing to include the best of both worlds in the form of liquor-laden snacks, apps, entrees, and desserts. From pizza with toppings soaked in alcohol to hard cider apple pie, alcohol-infused foods are creating quite a “buzz.”

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With our love for libations rivalling our love for food, it’s no surprise that menus are changing to include the best of both worlds in the form of liquor-laden snacks, apps, entrees, and desserts. From pizza with toppings soaked in alcohol to hard cider apple pie, alcohol-infused foods are creating quite a “buzz.”

Vanilla-CakeVANILLA PORTER CAKE – The New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, New York, offers up infused sweets like the Rohrbach Porter Vanilla Cake, which takes locally crafted Rochester, NY porter and complements it with ginger butter cream and cranberry compote. Through partnerships with area farmers, wineries, breweries, distilleries, artisans, and entrepreneurs, the Center offers an array of inviting experiences which proudly highlight the agricultural bounty ofnew York State.

puffsBOURBON CREAM PUFFS – Making waves since its opening last summer, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar (from acclaimed chef and food truck legendmark Jensen) in Lexington, Kentucky, serves up bourbon-coffee infused chocolate cream puffs made with choux pastry and Bavarian cream the puffs, as well as the cream, are made daily while the coffee is locally roasted and thebourbon distilled just feet away from the restaurant.

Pouring Glory burgerHOPAPENO BURGER – The evolving menu at Pouring Glory, Fort Worth, Texas, includes many dishes either infused with beer or that pair well with beer. Highlights include the “Hopapeno Hopfusion,” a grilled chuck burger topped with fried egg, Hopfusion Hairpin Session ale pickled jalapeño relish, sliced avocado, andqueso fresco on ciabatta bread. Hopfusion Brewery is part of the Fort Worth ale trail.

 

Butter-and-Scotch-PopcornHOT TODDY CARAMEL POPCORN – In 2012 Keavy Landreth and Allison Kave, united by their love of all things sweet and boozy, teamed up to develop Butter & Scotch, in Brooklyn, New York. Butter & Scotch transformed the classic winter-warming Hot Toddy cocktail into a caramelized mixture of bourbon and golden honey popcorn for their Hot Toddy Caramel Popcorn. Or savour the Namesake, a luscious combination of Black Bottle Scotch, butterscotch caramel, vanilla ice cream, whip and toffee bits.

 

WafflesBANANA WAFFLE DOUGHNUTS WITH RUM-BANANA FOSTER GLAZE – Enjoy sweet views and even sweeter treats at Tidal Restaurant at Paradise Point Resort & Spa, San Diego, California, located on the sparkling waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay. Guests can delight in the banana “waffle”doughnuts with rum-banana foster glaze, candied walnuts and vanilla for a decadent rum dessert to cap off the night at the waterfront restaurant.

 

PEI-MUSSELSPEI MUSSELS, WHITE OAKS RESORT AND SPA – LIV Restaurant at White Oaks Resort & Spa is a four diamond gem in the wine country of Niagara-on-the-lake, Ontario. Chef Michael Price’s version of PEI mussels features fresh mussels poached in a rich and fragrant broth of house-made smoky bacon, with the intense flavours of creamy gorgonzola cheese and the hoppiness of craft ale from just down the way, translucent Spanish onion and local garlic. The combination of these heavily pronounced flavours has created one the restaurant’s mostpopular signature dishes.

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