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A Tale of Two Restaurants: Austin, Texas

How do you know if a restaurant is great even if you can’t eat there? Last weekend in Austin we went to Barley Swine, where Chef Bryce Gilmore has created an astonishing food palace. We met him a few weeks ago in New York City when Food and Wine had him shooting a video at…

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Mercato: Perfection in Red Hook, New York

Beyond Brooklyn, there is another Red Hook. Red Hook Village is nestled in Dutches country among berries and apple trees. East of the Hudson, you can see the Catskills a dozen miles away, without being buried by the snow. There is only one stoplight in Red Hook. And just a a few blocks away is…

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Fort Definance in Red Hook

  This is not a trick question: where is Red Hook? Oh, and, part two, where would you eat in Red Hook? If you are in Manhattan, you might, just might, get an answer about “in Brooklyn.” If you are in Brooklyn, they’ll point and say “over there.” Kinda. There is a Red Hook district…

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Spur: Incomparable Food and Beverages

A couple of weeks ago Brian and I looked at our DVR and selected the 100th show of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. His first show had been in Paris, and so was his 100th. Rather than hit the four star restaurants, the show celebrated a key shift in fine French food. The best young…

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