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Look Before You Eat!

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At the flagship Studio Restaurant at Montage, Laguna Beach, California, Executive Chef Craig Strong gives a unique visual spin to the typical oysters on the half shell by dispensing with the shells altogether. These chilled Shigoku oysters are served with micro greens–orange habanero, micro cilantro, red shiso, micro shiso, and micro wasabi–picked daily from the chef’s garden planted just outside the restaurant.

Let’s face it–we spend more time in the wilderness getting “up close and personal” with the great outdoors than most people. We pride ourselves in being not only physically fit and properly outfitted, but being keenly observant, noticing the smallest details such as a bent twig, a tuft of fur or a broken blade of grass.

But what happens to those finely-honed senses of Continue reading Look Before You Eat!

Austria: 2,000 years of Hunting and Cooking

Arrow-straight conifers and little ground cover typify the European forest.
Arrow-straight conifers and little ground cover typify the European forest.

It is not surprising that great game cuisine is a tradition in Austria, as elegant and sophisticated hunting is as old as the country itself. In 1020, the Count of Klettgau shot a hawk on a hillside, and he enjoyed it so much, Continue reading Austria: 2,000 years of Hunting and Cooking

Maori and Minimalism – A Taste of New Zealand

maori-Materman-Brancott-WinesThere really is no other place in the world quite like New Zealand. Slightly larger than the British Isles, it consists of two main islands, and several smaller ones. It has vast tracts of forest, enormous masses of land devoted to farming (not just sheep and kiwis), and one of the largest littorals in the world. Continue reading Maori and Minimalism – A Taste of New Zealand

Made to Go With Game – Ammunition Wine

ammowinegrapesIt’s not easy pairing wines with game. Most kinds of wild game combine strong flavors and subtle flavors – the strong aroma of the meat with nuttiness, a kind of sweetness, and, depending on what the animal has been eating, sometimes a hint of corn or flowers. What you don’t want to do is to smother all that good complexity with a heavily tannic powerful wine that overwhelms the taste of the meat. Continue reading Made to Go With Game – Ammunition Wine