Holidays

Primo Pies: 9 Superior Slices to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

At this time of year, we want to eat pie at breakfast, elvenenses, lunch, high tea, dinner, and as a midnight snack. It’s our way of getting into the holiday spirit. But we don’t want average apple or plain pumpkin – we are looking for pies that put tempting twists on tradition or surprise us in some way. Here are nine superior slices for sweet tooths.

Pumpkin Pecan Pie at Beatrix, Chicago, Illinois
Sometimes you can’t decide between a slice of pumpkin or a slice of pecan. This twofer treat solves that dilemma by doing a layer of pecan and then a layer of pumpkin on top. Smooth and crunchy, sweet and earthy, it’s a beautiful union. Make a reservation at Beatrix.

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Salted Lime Pie at The Dutch, Miami, Florida
This ain’t your usual key lime pie. Pastry chef Josh Gripper tones down the tartness by sprinkling the citrusy wedge with sea salt and pairing it with passion fruit sauce and a scoop of toasted coconut ice cream. The end result recalls an afternoon at the beach, full of tropical notes and a touch of sea air. Make a reservation at The Dutch.

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Sweet Potato, Pineapple, and Toasted Honey Marshmallow Pie at Willa Jean, New Orleans, Louisiana
Here’s a twist on a Southern classic. Pineapple and toasted honey marshmallow sass up the standard sweet potato. The additions deepen the flavor while adding a level of nuance that’s not usually present in what is typically a one-note dessert. Make a reservation at Willa Jean.

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Hull Pie at SpringHouse, Alexander City, Alabama
You’ve never had pie quite like this. Chef Rob McDaniel packs his pie with intensely sweet muscadine grapes, which taste similar to Concords, and the slightly less sweet, but no less flavorful, scuppernongs. A mixture of the two is folded inside a buttery crust and served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Make a reservation at SpringHouse.

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Brown Butter Lemon Pie at Andiron Steak & Sea, Las Vegas, Nevada
We will never get tired of lemon pie, ever. This winning rendition is graced with peaks of key lime meringue and slivers of candied lime for an extra citrus punch. Goes down best with a cup of coffee – black, no sugar. Make a reservation at Andiron Steak & Sea.

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What the Turducken: 5 Takes on Thanksgiving’s Tasty Triple Threat

Take down three birds with one fork. Traditionally, turducken is a stuffing filled chicken pushed inside a duck, which is then shoved inside a turkey. This Frankenstein of fowl was created at Hebert’s Specialty Meats in Maurice, Louisiana, back in 1985. However, chef Paul Prudhomme made it famous with an assist from sports commentator John Madden, who featured the dish during his Thanksgiving Day game broadcasts. This season, chefs are showcasing their takes on the tasty triple threat.

Le Pigeon, Portland, Oregon
Not content to simply rehash the classic, chef Gabriel Rucker created the Quailducken. His elegant re-imagination subs in quail for the traditional turkey. It arrives on an artfully composed plate filled out with spice-poached quince, crispy Brussels sprouts, sunbursts of sweet potato puree, duck bacon, and a luxuriant bone marrow and port sauce. Make a reservation at Le Pigeon.

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Holsteins Shakes and Buns, Las Vegas, Nevada
Turducken — now in burger form. An herbed turkey patty gets topped with duck confit dressing and a ladleful of roast chicken gravy. To add further depth, there’s a poppy, perky cranberry relish, and straight-outta-NOLA Creole-herb mayonnaise. It comes with a side of sweet potato fries for good measure. Make a reservation at Holstein Shakes and Buns.

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Alvin & Friends, New Rochelle, New York
Executive chef Raymond Jackson believes each bird in his Turducken deserves a special stuffing. The turkey receives a smoked oyster and cornbread version accented with sage, thyme, and parsley. The chicken gets one starring andouille sausage. And the duck is paired with a grilled apple and walnut stuffing. Because if you’re already eating a turducken, it’s not like a few extra calories are going to matter. Make a reservation at Alvin & Friends.

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Spooky Sips: Halloween and Day of the Dead Cocktails

There is only one antidote for an overdose of Halloween candy and jack-o-lanterns — and that’s a drink or two. Tricks are for kids; treat yourself to one of these Halloween and Day of the Dead cocktails to get in the spirit of things.

Bleu Boheme, San Diego, California
Creatures of the night will be reaching for the new Sleepy Hollow cocktail just in time for Halloween. Made with mescal, allspice Dram liqueur, and an absinthe rinse, this creation is garnished with toasted rosemary. Wisps of smoke emanating from it resemble an eerie fog. Make a reservation at Bleu Boheme.

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Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples, Florida
The Witches Brew is a rich concoction of Absolut Elyx, Cointreau, POM Blueberry juice, and a hint of sweet and sour. Some dry ice and a black sugar rim give this fruity cocktail a sinister look and feel to get you in the mood. Make a reservation at Dusk at the Ritz-Carlton.

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Holsteins-The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, Nevada
Holsteins Shakes and Buns will offer the Graveyard Bam-BOOzled shake from through Halloween. This seasonal shake is created with vanilla ice cream and cherry vodka and is garnished with a graveyard made from Oreos, cherry sauce, a gummy skull, a mummy lollipop, a marshmallow Peep tombstone, bloody bones hard candy, and whipped cream finished with a candy corn-frosted rim. Get your drink and your candy fix all in one! Make a reservation at Holsteins-The Cosmopolitan.

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Rosa Mexicano-Tribeca, New York, New York
To celebrate Halloween and Dia De Los Muertos, certified mezcalier Courtenay Greenleaf created the Rising of the Dead cocktail. It’s a spicy margarita with pineapple and basil, playfully garnished with two red chiles de arbol standing upright to resemble someone rising from the grave. Every sip is equal parts mysterious and spicy. Make a reservation at Rosa Mexicano.

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Calavera, Oakland, California
At this Mexican restaurant in uptown Oakland, you’ll find the Ancient Corn Old Fashioned just in time for the Day of the Dead and Halloween. It combines Mezcal Vago ‘Elote’ harvest mezcal, bourbon, housemade pumpkin-spiced bitters, carved rock, and a homemade spiced caramel lollipop – the best flavors of fall in a single glass. Make a reservation at Calavera.

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11 Epic Steaks Worthy of the World’s Greatest Fathers

June holds two events that are near and dear to our hearts — National Steakhouse Month and Father’s Day. Coincidence? We think not. So, this Father’s Day, ditch the boring ties and cufflinks and the cheesy #1 Dad coffee mug in favor of a memorable steak dinner, which is a win-win for you. Especially if you order bigger-than-big cuts, which are sure to impress upon your pa just how much you love, respect, and admire him. Here are 11 epic steaks worthy of the world’s greatest fathers.

Meat Market, Miami Beach, Florida 
Quickly seared to create a slightly caramelized crust, a few strokes of the knife reveal a bright red center (don’t you dare order this steak cooked greater than medium rare!). The 30-ounce Wagyu tomahawk steak sourced from Down Under goes well with any of the housemade butters, including lobster butter and chili mole butter. Or you can opt for one of the sauces, like atomic horseradish truffle or Jack Daniels pasilla chili garlic. Make a reservation at Meat Market.

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Charlie Palmer Steak, New York, New York
Dry aged for 40 days, the porterhouse for two is a beautiful behemoth. Take it to even grander heights by topping it off with sautéed foie gras, half a lobster tail, or king crab. A side of truffled mac ‘n’ cheese wouldn’t be out of order either. Make a reservation at Charlie Palmer Steak.

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Bourbon Steak, Washington, D.C.
Michael Mina’s restaurant decided to take its name literally by pairing its two namesakes. Executive chef Joe Palma offers a trio of dry-aged steaks sourced from Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley: an 18-ounce bone-in New York Strip, a 28-ounce bone-in rib-eye, and a 40-ounce bone-in tomahawk. The colossal cuts come with your choice of rare bourbons, such as 17-year-old Eagle Rare, 20-year-old Orphan Barrel Barterhouse, and 23-year-old Elijah Craig. Sounds like a match made in heaven. Make a reservation at Bourbon Steak.

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Prime Italian, Miami Beach, Florida
Clocking in at 48 ounces, the porterhouse is intended for two – though you can share it with a third wheel tagging along if you’re feeling generous. Order it with your choice of chapeaux (literally French for “hats,” which is to say toppings), such as lobster or foie gras, as well as your choice of sauces, including horseradish cream, chimichurri, and peppercorn. Make a reservation at Prime Italian.

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Cook Hall, Dallas, Texas
Don your ten-gallon hat and slip on your spurs before you order the supersized, spice rubbed cowboy ribeye. It arrives with smoked baked beans, collard greens, and a tangle of fried onion ribbons. Yee-haw! Make a reservation at Cook Hall.

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RPM Steak, Chicago, Illinois
You have to prep you belly and your budget before you order this steak. Clocking in at an impressive 42 ounces (otherwise known as three frickin’ pounds), the Wagyu tomahawk costs $195 (otherwise known as a small car payment). The kitchen recommends it with jumbo asparagus, hen of the woods mushrooms, and the Millionaire’s Potato, which heavily features black truffles, of course. Make a reservation at RPM Steak.

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