Palate

For the love of bread.

When it comes to artisan craftsmanship, there are few things more universally warming than that of fresh baked bread, and at Faubourg Paris, the humble loaf is getting the respect it deserves.

Masters of malt.

The craft of whisky making has not changed much in the Balvenie’s production during the past century, and the distillery is one of the last in Scotland to boast in-house floor maltings that use locally hand-cut peat.

Pride of plate.

Rob Gentile’s got a lot on his plate. In addition to running Buca Osteria & Enoteca—the Italian restaurant he heads in Toronto’s King West neighbourhood—he’s set to open the seafood-themed Buca Yorkville in the new Four Seasons Residences complex before the end of the year and a separate Bar Buca even sooner.

San Francisco steeps.

In San Francisco, a city where everyone is working on the next big thing, and with plenty of coffee houses to fuel those working minds, a tea shop on Valencia Street in the Mission district stands still amidst the buzz: the newest addition to the city’s Samovar Tea family.

Autumn sips.

Award-winning mixologist and sommelier Lauren Mote and chef Jonathan Chovancek create seasonal cocktails featuring their handcrafted Bittered Sling Extracts.

Keep your fork—there’s pie.

Pie is the quintessential comfort food, imbued with memory and nostalgia. Almost everyone has a pie story to tell, whether it’s how Grandma’s house smelled as she set about her baking on a summer afternoon or the jokes that flew around the dinner table as dessert was dished out after a Thanksgiving feast.

Meadowood menu.

At the three-Michelin-starred, Relais & Châteaux–listed Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley, California, chef Christopher Kostow delivers upscale dining and exquisite degustation menus. Here, the recipe for his signature guinea fowl dish.

A good mix.

On the quiet end of East 6th Street in Austin, Texas sits Easy Tiger: a bake shop, eatery, and beer garden. The multi-purpose establishment, cloaked in wild ivy and overlooking quaint Waller Creek, invites in those curious about its seemingly contradictory offerings and encourages them to relax, stay awhile.

Temple of gastronomy.

Located in the southwest of France some 30 kilometres south of Lyon, Vienne is a city famous for its cuisine. Yet when driving through its narrow streets, all the bistros, cafés, patisseries, and boucheries whiz past in a blur. For the diehard foodie there is but one destination in Vienne: La Pyramide.