Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Smoke

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I’m not sure how I feel about this, but here is a photo of a smoked salmon martini.

Smoke gets in your eyes — and it can also get in your food! While smoking fish and meats is likely as old as eating fish and meats, chefs and mixologists have been smoking other ingredients to add another layer of flavor to dishes and drinks. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about this tasty technique.

Autre Monde, Berwyn, Illinois: ”The braised short rib melted in my mouth, and the fresh chard accompaniment was perfect for a cool fall evening. Even better, the smoked lamb shank was to die for.”

Bar Tartine, San Francisco, California: ”Standouts were roasted beets and another course of smoked potatoes — which had some of the most lovely smokey flavor I can recall.”

Cook Hall, Atlanta, Georgia: ”Smoked Old Fashioned that arrives in a closed mason jar with smoke enclosed … ready to shake and infuse!”

* The Farm House, Nashville, Tennessee: “We started our night with the cornmeal-crusted quail and waffle with smoked honey, then the beet salad. Both were excellent.”

Fatty Cue, New York, New York: ” If you love smoked foods, this is the place for you — even the watermelon was smoked (and delicious)!”

Hakkasan, San Francisco, California: ”Don’t miss the Shanghai dumplings and the fall-off-the-bone tea-smoked short rib.”

*  Maysville, New York, New York: ”Gotta try the smoked oysters.”

Metropole, Cincinnati, Ohio: ”The bread and smoked butter was very good — the highlight.”

Mile End Delicatessen, New York, New York: ”Dinner stars that we tried include appetizers of fried artichokes, beet salad and chopped liver, entrees of smoked meat burger (messy to eat but worth the fight), grilled trout (who would’ve thunk!), and a sausage plate.”

Mistral, Princeton, New Jersey:  “Of the six dishes we ordered, these were the standouts: the corn arapa, which is like a cornbread pizza with a generous amount of duck confit and other delicious things as toppings, the smoked pappardelle with Brussels sprouts, which my husband wanted seconds of.”

Niche Restaurant, Clayton, Missouri: ”Smoking egg, short rib, steak, cocktails, quality rolls and butter — all delicious.”

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Enter to Win 2 Tickets to ‘Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi’ at the San Diego Bay Food + Wine Festival

SDB Festival Enter to Win 2 Tickets to Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi at the San Diego Bay Food + Wine FestivalThe 10th Annual San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival kicks off on November 18, 2013, and runs through November 24th. The crossroads of classic cuisine, legendary wine, spirits, craft beer, and culinary all-stars, the San Diego Bay Food and Wine Festival features an array of cooking classes, food and wine tastings, exhibits, auctions, and more. Celebrity chefs, from San Diego’s own Brian Malarkey (Searsucker) to Top Chef Richard Blais (The Spence) – and many, many more, are helping celebrate the best of the San Diego Bay area’s food scene!

To celebrate, we’re giving away 10 pairs of tickets — two pairs a day for five days — to Passion for Fusion with Master Chef Peng S. Looi on Thursday, November 21, 2013, from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Macy’s School of Cooking. To enter, follow @OpenTable on Twitter (so we can direct message you if you’re the winner!) and send out a tweet that says, “I want to win the @SDBayWineFest Passion for Fusion giveaway on @OpenTable.” We’ll pick two tweets at random every day at the close of each business day, Thursday-Wednesday.

At the heart of all cuisine is fusion, where chefs become inventive with the mix and mingling of various flavors and traditions from all over the world. Balancing complex flavors to create an east-meets-west cuisine, Chef Looi will take you through a step-by-step journey into the depths of Asian fusion and show just how accessible it can be. This class demonstrates a simple approach to modern Asian cooking using regional ingredients and techniques. From Malaysia to India with a French twist, Chef Looi’s eclectic background incorporates east-west cuisine without borders. The menu includes baby arugula, pickled Asian pear and ginger vinaigrette; roasted hoisin + garam masala duck and mango chutney; and grilled lemongrass skirt steak and nyonya sauce.

Chef Looi has been a guest chef at the prestigious James Beard House multiple times and was a master chef at the World Gourmet Summit in Las Vegas and Dubai, UAE. He was invited by the Chefs Association of Malaysia, Malaysian Hotel Association and the Ministry of Tourism Malaysia, thrice to judge at the prestigious WACS sanctioned Culinaire Malaysia, the largest culinary competition in the South East Asian region.

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Chicago 2014 Michelin Starred Restaurants Revealed: Book a Table Today!

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goosefoot is among the Michelin recipients in Chicago.

OpenTable is pleased to highlight the Michelin Guide Chicago 2014* star recipients. Twenty-five restaurants are included, with one Chicago restaurant receiving the Michelin three-star level, the highest recognition in the culinary world, and four achieving two Michelin stars, including Sixteen. Twenty restaurants earned one Michelin star, with five new additions.

Star recipients include:

Three Stars: Alinea.

Two Stars: Grace, Graham Elliot, L20 and Sixteen.

One Star: AcadiaBlackbirdBoka, Everestgoosefoot, The LobbyMexiqueMotoNAHA, North Pond, SenzaSepia, SpiaggiaTakashiTopolobampo, and Tru.

How many of this year’s Michelin-starred Chicago-area restaurants have you dined at? Weigh in here or over on Facebook.

* OpenTable is not connected or affiliated with, or sponsored or endorsed by, The MICHELIN Guide.

On Our Plate: The Story of Hungry; Restaurant Weeks in Hawaii + the Jersey Shore; JBF Women in Whites Gala Tickets + More

NKH image On Our Plate: The Story of Hungry; Restaurant Weeks in Hawaii + the Jersey Shore; JBF Women in Whites Gala Tickets + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Help end childhood hunger in the U.S. Watch ‘The Story of Hungry” and take the pledge to join No Kid Hungry in this important fight.

* In anticipation of the 2014 Chicago Michelin stars, the Bib Gourmands have been announced. Find out if your favorite affordable Windy City eatery made the list.

* Attend Women in Whites: The 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala. The nation’s top female chefs are creating a meal to remember at NYC’s legendary Four Seasons.

* Enjoy an exclusive  20% discount to the St Pete’s Enjoy Arts & Tastes Grand Tasting in Florida on November 16. Purchase tickets now.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Sardines.

* Cleveland Restaurant Week is in full swing! Click through for three-course $33 dinners, November 4-16.

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Sardines

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Behold the delightful sardine chips from Rich Table.

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would tell you to eat your fish because it was good for you? Turns out mother did know best, especially if she were talking about sardines. Sardines are packed with protein, healthful omega-3 fats, and are super sources of vitamins B12 and D. According to The Oxford Companion to Food, sardines are “a group of fish found all round the world, all belonging to one subfamily in the highly complex group of clupeid fish (in which there are over 300 species altogether).” In other words, when you’re eating sardines, it’s not necessarily the very same fish each time, although each is just as good for you. In addition to their nutritional benefits, sardines feed on plankton and tend to be safer to consume because of lower levels of mercury and contaminants than other types of fish. They are often found canned, but restaurants are serving up sardines in all kinds of way, from a classic grilled presentation to the stellar sardine chips served at Rich Table that are receiving an array of rave reviews. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about sardines!

Acabar, Hollywood, California: ”Some notable favorites include the sardines (I thought I didn’t like sardines until I tried their version), charred octopus, spicy shrimp skewers, and fresh oysters from the crudo bar.”

Anassa  Tavern, New York, New York: ”Risotto with cuddle fish was delicious, and the sardines were grilled to perfection.”

Cafe Lucia, Healdsburg, California: ”The five-choice appetizer plate, especially the sardine paté and crusted goat cheese and almonds, was great.”

Esca, New York, New York: ”We were able to try amazingly well-prepared seafood dishes: sea urchin, sardines four ways, octopus, grilled anchovy, and clam ceviche.”

Foreign Cinema, San Francisco, California: ”Ambience was perfect, the movie was so-so (Who’s watching anyway?), but OMG ,the food was wonnnnderful from anchovy/sardine appetizer, to the best fried chicken ever and the chevre cheesecake!”

Ink., Los Angeles, California: ”This restaurant was amazing; their food blew our minds. They make Caesar salad with burrata ice cream and a sardine cracker/wafer.”

Julienne, Santa Barbara, California: ”Our friends had a flatbread with grilled local sardines, which reminded us of some of the amazing seafood gems we got this summer in Scotland.”

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2014 Chicago Michelin Guide Bib Gourmand Restaurants

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The Brussels sprouts from Arami are just one of the reasons it was named a 2014 Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

In anticipation of this year’s Michelin Guide Chicago stars, the 2014 Chicago Bib Gourmand honorees have been named. Michelin’s Bib Gourmands honor restaurants that serve two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less (tax and gratuity not included). Most important, they are the restaurants that the Michelin inspectors frequent themselves. While the famous Michelin stars, which will be announced next week, remain the most celebrated international distinction in the MICHELIN Guide, the Bib Gourmand is a highly desired honor among restaurateurs and one that is recognized by the many people who covet quality food at a reasonable price.

In the 2014 edition, 69 Chicago area restaurants, 21 of which are new to the list this year, have been designated as Bib Gourmands, including:

Arami
Autre Monde
Balena
BellyQ
Browntrout
Ceres’ Table
deca Restaurant + Bar
Gemini Bistro
Gilt Bar
Girl & The Goat
Green Zebra
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Watch This: ‘The Story of Hungry’

As of last Friday, $5 billion is being cut from food stamps benefits in the U.S. With more households than ever relying on nutrition assistance, this is a devastating loss. As proud supporters of Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry, we urge you to watch “The Story of Hungry,” a short animated film that depicts the destructive forces of hunger, told from the perspective of a young girl.

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According to a recent No Kid Hungry report, students who eat breakfast score nearly 18 percent higher on tests and attend 1.5 more days of school each year, on average. However, of the more than 21 million low-income kids in the U.S. who rely on a free or reduced-price school lunch, only half are also getting a school breakfast. By rethinking how breakfast is served – in the classroom or after the bell, for example – the No Kid Hungry campaign is working to ensure more kids start their day off right.

An article in USA Today notes that there are 47.7 million Americans on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, a number that has tripled since 2000. Please watch “The Story of Hungry,” and then take the pledge to join No Kid Hungry in helping end childhood hunger in the U.S.

Learn more at http://www.thestoryofhungry.org/.

On Our Plate: Dine Around Seattle; Hudson Valley, Long Island + Jersey Shore Restaurant Weeks; The French Laundry Gives Diners a Treat + More

DAS On Our Plate: Dine Around Seattle; Hudson Valley, Long Island + Jersey Shore Restaurant Weeks; The French Laundry Gives Diners a Treat + MoreHappenings on and around OpenTable…

* Hurricane Sandy struck a little more than a year ago. Find out how Acqua at Peck Slip in New York has fared since being completely flooded.

* Save on tickets to the Boca Raton Wine and Food Festival this weekend. Purchase now to enjoy three fun-filled days.

* Help fight hunger in Boston. Purchase tickets to the Lovin’ Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party on November 10.

* Attend Women in Whites: The 2013 James Beard Foundation Gala. The nation’s top female chefs are creating a meal to remember at NYC’s legendary Four Seasons.

* Voting for the Charlie Awards is open. Vote for your Twin Cities’ food favorites and purchase tickets to the ceremony on November 17.

* Trending on recent OpenTable restaurant reviews? Pumpkin.

* Taste MTL has begun. Choose from three courses for three prices — $19, $29, and $39 — in Montreal through November 11.

* Newport Restaurant Week arrived in New England. Don’t miss $16 lunches and $30 dinners, November 1-10.

* Long Island Restaurant Week is on like Donkey Kong. Enjoy three-course dinners for just $27.95 through November 10.

* Cleveland Restaurant Week kicked off today! Click through for three-course $33 dinners, November 4-16.

* Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is here. Make a reservation for three-course $20.95 lunches and $29.95 dinners, November 4-17.

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Tweet of the Week: A Delightful Halloween Treat from The French Laundry

Fairytales can come true. It can happen to you — if you follow The French Laundry on Twitter. Even though it was Halloween, this was no trick. Thomas Keller’s legendary dining mecca released a full day of reservations on OpenTable, and a bunch of fortunate and fast foodies seized the opportunity. Congratulations to everyone who scored a table; you are definitely in for a treat!

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Trending on OpenTable Restaurant Reviews: Pumpkin

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The pumpkin ravioli from Fig & Olive in Manhattan has proven to be very popular.

‘Tis the season for pumpkin … everything. Doughnuts. Lattes. Ales. You get the idea. A lot of people really love this type of thing, but even more so, diners love dishes where pumpkin is truly the star, not just the flavoring. A type of squash, pumpkin is a super-food, rich in beta-carotene. According to an article in the Huffington Post, it can do more than help prevent cancer. Pumpkin can fight wrinkles, improve recovery after a workout, and even boost your mood. Find out what OpenTable diners are saying about the great pumpkin dishes that have been gracing their plates as of late.

A Toute Heure, Cranford, New Jersey: “The steak frites is a winning go-to staple, but we went for the braised pork pot pie, with pumpkin and also the sea scallops. Both were awesome at every bite.”

Chateau Morrisette, Floyd, Virginia: ”Dessert was superb — pumpkin crisp/pumpkin ice cream!”

Esca, New York, New York: ”The fettuccine with pumpkin sauce and bay scallops and chestnuts were outstanding.”

The Helmand, Baltimore, Maryland: ”I look forward to dining with you all again. The pumpkin appetizer is still my favorite form of pumpkin.”

The Junction, Asheville, North Carolina: ”The food was delicious!!! The kale bisque was warm and comforting, and the pumpkin-grits-goat cheese cakes were a tasty seasonal treat.”

Kanpai, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: ”Go and get the pumpkin spring rolls!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Still dreaming of them.”

La Provence, Lacombe, Louisiana: ”We loved the white pumpkin soup.”

Lincoln, Washington, D.C.: ”My mom loved the white bean soup and her scallops with pumpkin puree.”

Locanda Verde, New York, New York: ”The pumpkin angliotti was superb.”

Millennium, San Francisco, California: ”For entrees, we had the arborio-crusted pumpkin and the potato roulade. Both felt filling and as good as if you were eating meat. The potato roulade which was seasoned so perfectly. And, the pumpkin was a perfect dish for the autumn/fall.”

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