Find out where to dine for less at a city near you this month…
Find out where to dine for less at a city near you this month…
Rainbows and glitter and sparkles, oh my! Unicorns are inspiring chefs and bartenders to create colorful dishes and drinks guaranteed to make you feel magical. Here are six magical foods that are out of this world.
Unicorn Doughnut at Fremont’s, Chicago, Illinois
This may be the most photogenic doughnut of all time. So it’s totally okay to spend five minutes trying to get the perfect Instagram of it before you take your first bite. The ‘likes’ are worth the wait. Make a reservation at Fremont’s.
Rainbow Sliders at Sugar Factory, Miami, Florida
These sliders give new meaning to the phrase, “eat the rainbow.” They arrive on boldly colored brioche buns that are almost too beautiful to eat. In between the two halves you’ll find Angus sliders dressed up with a capelet of melted American cheese, pickles, onion rings, shredded lettuce, tomato rounds, and special sauce, which may or may not be made with unicorn tears. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Unicorn Cocktail at mar’sel at Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California
Make anyone feel like a magical princess by special ordering one of these She-Ra-worthy cocktails. Made with Tanqueray, lemon and lime juices, simple syrup and strawberry sorbet, it’s topped with orange-turmeric foam, Chantilly cream laced with blue curacao, and sprinkles. As you sip, please refrain from yelling, “For the Honor of Grayskull!” Make a reservation at mar’sel.
Rainbow Sangria at I|O Godfrey, Chicago, Illinois
Okay, so it’s not a food, but if you drink this, it will absolutely buoy your spirits. A cornucopia of fruits flavor and color this eye-catching ice. The cocktail is a simple combination of Grey Goose vodka and Caposaldo sweet moscato. As the cubes melt, the drink’s taste evolves until it seems like you’re enjoying a whole new beverage. Make a reservation at I|O Godfrey.
Mushrooms come to mind when making soups, stocks, and gravies, but aren’t the first (or even the fifteenth) ingredient one might think to put in a cocktail. However, masterful mixologists like incorporating the funky fungi into their creations to add deep umami tones that linger long after the drink is finished. Here are six marvelous mushroom cocktails.
Truffle Old Fashioned at Saxon + Parole, New York, New York
Bring on the umami! Smoked portobello mushroom cordial sweetens and deepens this innovative creation. Chivas Regal 12 year old powers it, while white truffle salt and chocolate bitters add further complexity. Make a reservation at Saxon + Parole.
Hachi at Kuro, Hollywood, Florida
Bourbon is the backdrop here. Earthy, savory mushrooms are infused into the spirit, which is complemented with mirin (Japanese sweet rice wine), black pepper, and lemon juice. The results are like no other cocktail you’ve ever tasted before. Make a reservation at Kuro.
Candy Cap in Rye at Henry’s at the Farm, Milton, New York
Housemade candy cap mushroom syrup lends a maple-y taste and aroma to this tipple. It’s augmented with rye, white vermouth, and orange bitters. A piece of candied maple bacon dusted with candy cap mushroom dust tops it off. Make a reservation at Henry’s at the Farm.
I’m One Fungai at KYU, Miami
Shiitake-infused Bulleit rye is the star of this avant-garde cocktail. The spirit’s earthen tones find balance in the brightness of the shiso (Japanese herb from the mint family) syrup and a grapefruit twist. A candied mushroom is the finishing touch. Make a reservation at KYU.
The dim sum dumplings at Duddell’s in Hong Kong are on our fly to try list – but if you’re stuck stateside this summer like we are, you can still sink your teeth into delicious dumplings – no plane ticket required. We’ve rounded up a bunch, from the authentic to the unique – to the highly Instagrammable. And be sure to enter our #WillFlyForFood giveaway.
Imperial Lamian, Chicago, Illinois
Eating for the Insta? Love dumplings? Right this way. The rainbow Xiao Long Boa from chef Victor Chong are thumbstoppers that come in an array of flavors, from Shanghai, spicy Szechuan, gruyere, crab, truffle, and duck. Bonus: In honor of the restaurant’s one-year anniversary, they’re just a buck a pop (minimum of four per order – but we just know you’ll want a dozen of these photogenic dumplings). Make a reservation at Imperial Lampian.
Dirty Habit, San Francisco, California
You’ll want to make a habit of executive chef Thomas Weibull’s Dungeness crab dumplings. Part of a new menu unveiled this year featuring Asian-influenced flavor reflecting his Filipino roots, they come with prawns, laksa, and xo sauce. Make a reservation at Dirty Habit.
Nix, New York, New York
They’re new and, despite being dumplings, they’re selling like hotcakes at this veggie-lover’s paradise. The all-vegan English pea dumplings from chef John Fraser are served with radishes and ginger-scallion oil. Make a reservation at Nix.
Waypoint, Cambridge, Massachusetts
There’s something for everyone at Waypoint – New England seafood, pizza, a raw bar – and dumpling. Chef Michael Scelfo’s spin on pork and crab soup dumplings, his favorite late-night bite, by including fermented apple and vinegar. Make a reservation at Waypoint.
Hakkasan, Miami Beach, Florida
Chef de cuisine Jian Heng Loo serves up food that is big on opulence and flavor: think roasted silver cod in Chinese honey and Champagne and the restaurant boasts an imported oven specially reserved for cooking Peking ducks. He elevates his riff with the lobster crystal dumplings – delicate and decadent. Make a reservation at Hakkasan.
Buddakan, New York, New York
Beloved by Carrie Bradshaw and the other members of Manhattan’s fictitious fab four, Buddakan served figure-friendly edamame-stuff dumplings in a shallot-Sauternes broth from chef Brian Ray– perfect for those nights you need to shimmy into an LBD and some mile-high Manolos. Make a reservation at Buddakan.
E&O Kitchen and Bar, San Francisco, California
As a child, chef Sharon Nahm shared many moments in the kitchen with her grandmother making pot stickers and dumplings. She credits her grandmother’s cooking lessons with helping shape the way she cooks in the kitchen today. At E&O Kitchen and Bar, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary, Sharon makes her own updated version of the memorable dumplings with mushroom and butternut squash filling. Make a reservation at E&O Kitchen.