December 2010


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The weather outside? Frightful. But our December edition? Delightful! You'll find out where to fête the New Year in style, learn about top wines to pair with the season's decadent meals and get great ideas for holiday gifts.

Whether you're looking for a party scene full of revelers or a more romantic space to share a midnight Champagne toast with someone special, we've compiled the best restaurants around the world to ring in the New Year. If you are looking for a cool spot to hold a holiday party, consult our other lists for categories such as best steakhouses and most romantic restaurants.

Dining in New York City is always an exciting experience. The scene-y new LAVO by the Tao Group offers stylized Italian steakhouse fare to its celebrity diners (and those who love them). So next time you find yourself on East 58th Street, try chef Ralph Scamardella's and executive chef Manuel Trevino's 14-ounce strip or the rack of lamb, both superior. After dinner, hit up the downstairs club.

On the other side of the country, foodies are looking forward to California Restaurant Month, slated for January 2011. From Los Angeles to Santa Barbara to Monterey County and the Shasta-Cascade area, the state's restaurants, bistros and cafés are offering special discounts. For more information on participating regions, visit Be sure to check our events calendar for more food and wine events throughout the year.

Avec Eric by Eric Ripert

Of course, nobody can afford to eat out all the time. To get inspired to get creative in the kitchen yourself, take a look at two new cookbooks, both authored by renowned chefs. Fresh From the Market by Laurent Tourondel is not for the novice, featuring adventurous dishes that require skill such as his winter recipe for diver sea scallops with endive marmalade and caramelized tangerine-Meyer lemon vinaigrette. Avec Eric by Eric Ripert reads more like an adventure book organized around principles of cooking rather than a traditional cookbook, but you still get delectable recipes like herb- and salt-crusted lamb loin or roasted capon with mushroom-truffle stuffing. Try these exciting meals for the holidays and check out our guide to the Top 10 Holiday Wines for pairing suggestions!

If you love chocolate, visit our chocolate section to read about some of the most exclusive, handcrafted offerings we have sampled. And also consult our kitchenware collection for reviews of first-rate knives, contemporary gadgets, exotic tableware and state-of-the-art cookware.


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