Barcelona Bars

  As a frequent visitor to Barcelona, I have some favorite spots on bar-hopping jaunts with local friends that I shared in a travel story on The Daily Meal. Drink Like a Local: 12 Off-The-Beaten-Path Barcelona Bars By Geeta Bansal Barcelona is a great choice for those who like to get to know a city…

Chef Carme Ruscalleda: Interpreting Gastronomy Her Way

Carme Ruscalleda the accomplished chef whose restaurants have been awarded seven Michelin stars is also one of the most well liked public figures in Spain. A few weeks ago she was settling into her added responsibilities as the gastronomic consultant at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental hotel in Barcelona, Spain. With three restaurants in Spain and…

Yoshihiro Narisawa, Tokyo: Bridging Tradition and Modernity

Always composed and smiling any conversation with him offers an insight into how he perceives his work as one of Japan’s trailblazing chefs. We last met in Melbourne, Australia and prior to that had a very interesting conversation in the sun dappled lounge of the Maria Cristina hotel in San Sebastián. The following conversation was…

Josean Alija Stepping it Up at Nerua, Bilbao, Spain

Chefs from the Basque Country are known for their intellectual take on food; that is until you see them outside the kitchens.  The young very low-key Alija is the picture of professionalism till he comes across freshly baked bread.  Last winter as we boarded a ferry together to cross the Bosporus in Istanbul we picked…