Culinary Offerings on the Oasis of the Seas, the World's Largest Cruise Ship [there will be cupcakes]
The just-built cruise ship Oasis of the Seas, Royal Caribbean's $1.5 billion, 1,200-foot-long, 16-deck-high, 225,000-ton flagship, is on its way from its Finland birthplace to Florida, where it will now make its home. 50 percent bigger than the next-largest cruise ship, it holds 6,296 passengers, including 2,165 crew. And there's nothing subtle about it.
But forget [...]
Photograph by City Center Las Vegas
The end is nigh, and as we could have guessed, it's going on in Las Vegas. CityCenter, pretty much the craziest development of high-rises ever built this side of Dubai, with claims to be "one of the great urban places of the world," will open in December. A reminder of [...]
In his latest post, The Ulterior Epicure geniusly codifies the progression of tasting menus, course-by-course, at the different fine dining levels (basic, above-average, elite).
Breaking down the cliches even further — the "freakishly Asian with miso this or yuba that," black truffles, "Something White, Pureed and Topped with Caviar," table-side entertainment, or single-origin chocolates — the [...]
Strolling along 6th Avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn, we came across a restaurant close to opening called "Slope's Bistro Restaurant Grill & Bar." First off: These people need some friggin commas. Secondly: Trying to be everything for everybody is never a good idea. What, no bahn mi? How about some BBQ? Why not some shabu [...]
Marco Pierre White believes that restaurateurs who turn to deals and special offers potentially do more harm than good. The Telegraph UK relays this quote:
It's a weakness. You are attracting the wrong type of client. People come to your restaurant because they are going to save three quid, not because of your food. You have [...]
New York City restaurants will be required to publicly post health inspectors’ cleanliness ratings, using signs supplied by the city. How long until a restaurant pulls this stunt? [via]
A tipster writes in to us with a harrowing tale of attempting to get a reservation at the famously impenetrable restaurant Momofuku Ko:
My strategy for getting in to Ko is to check out the reservation website at random, non-10AM times, with the idea that I'll catch a canceled resy before anyone else. It's not the [...]
Hospitalis ("Hospital") is a restaurant in Riga, Latvia, that is designed to look like — you guessed it! — a hospital. It also has an astonishing description/mission statement, with which Google Translate is only marginally helpful.
The two doctors. One of the oldest in Tbilisi cognac-making. 30 old cognac. The desire to eat tasty, pasmaidīt about [...]