Eats

Pouches For The Pack

Backcountry Cuisine: 5 Best Dehydrated Meals

Dehydrated meals are the camping food industry’s apex predator. They’re lightweight, simple to make and sold at every outdoor retailer; all that’s required is hot water. But history's taught us that convenience and quality usually have inverse relationships. We tasted five of the industry's top brands to see whether an easy, delicious fireside meal was a marketing ploy or a reality.

Pray for delays

Preflight Bites: America’s Best Airport Restaurants

While airports have yet to become actual dining destinations -- we're not meeting friends at LaGuardia for dinner -- we’re in the midst of a gentle culinary renaissance at some of the country’s biggest hubs. From 'cue to sushi, here are the best airport restaurants in the country.

Your checklist for a beefy LA lunch

On the Burger Trail in Los Angeles

The city of Los Angeles is known for Hollywood stars, sprawling traffic...and gourmet burgers. Yes, that sandwich concoction that first appeared in the late 1800s has become a staple in the City of Angels. There are the obvious picks like Umami, Father's Office, Apple Pan and of course In-N-Out; but a quick Yelp search for "burger" reveals almost 6,000 places to sit and enjoy ground meat on a bun. We spent a week seeking some of the lesser known but equally (arguably more) loved options.

The Slow-n-Low Pursuits of one of Montreal's Best restaurants

The Smoker: An Excerpt from the Joe Beef Cookbook

You don't just build a smoker and start cooking in it. Like any other major project, the idea turns into an obsession, which turns into a real possibility, which turns into a mess. Only then can you see what your initial idea has twisted itself into. We know this, and so does Frédéric Morin of Joe Beef. In this excerpt from the restaurant's cookbook, Morin explains the tortuous path from a childhood of smoky fiddlings to an adulthood of...smoky fiddlings. And, ultimately, a working, self-built smoker at Joe Beef in Montreal.

Hint: it involves flying fish roe

Montreal Meets New York, in a Bagel Shop

We get three bagel sandwich recipes from Black Seed Bagels in NYC, where they combine New York and Montreal styles to build the king of donut-shaped foods.

Chef and Co-owner of Joe Beef

30 Minutes With: David McMillan

Montreal has been good to the co-owner and co-chef of Joe Beef. But it’s the country that inspires him -- and in turn, inspires his restaurant, a relatively small place in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood that has, almost despite itself, become one of the city’s most celebrated dining spots. We recently sat down with McMillan to discuss all things Montreal, the importance of classic intentions, and drinking lots of Burgundy wine.

Keeping the good times always close at hand

The 50 Best Festivals in America eBook

Today we're happy reintroduce our guide to the 50 Best Festivals in America in the form of a handy, downloadable eBook (PDF) that's been revamped with even more photography, insight and trivia than before. It's a ready-to-go handbook for your iOS, Android or Kindle device -- never out of reach the next time the road comes calling. Oh, and it's free. Download it here.

a trojan horse of meat, cheese and fat masquerading as a salad

Recipe: Duck Confit Salad

Preparing duck confit is a quick way to tell everyone you know your way around the kitchen, and an even quicker way to put on a few pounds. It was developed by the French, and mastered by Chef Peter Droste. Here is his take on the classic cooking style.

Home cooking gets an upgrade

Inside the New American Supper Club

Underground supper clubs, where strangers eat home-cooked meals made by professional chefs, are spreading throughout America. Gear Patrol sat down at one in Brooklyn, New York to see firsthand where the trend's headed.

Burgeoning Seattle Chef and Restaurateur

30 Minutes With: Ethan Stowell

From catering obscurity to acclaimed chef, Seattle native Ethan Stowell is living his dream. As the chef and owner of nine Italian-inspired restaurants, a pizzeria, wine cellar and more, he's taking over this northwestern city.

Brain-rattling bacon from The Forge in Miami

Recipe: Jamaican Jerk Bacon

Bacon doesn't need to be fixed. And so it's with some reluctance that we offer a recipe for making your own bacon, particularly one that requires two days, five different cooking techniques and more than ten ingredients. But once you've tasted chef Christopher Lee's Jamaican jerk bacon with tropical salsa at The Forge in Miami, Florida, you'll be spending plenty of quality time with swine belly and Jimmy Buffet's fifteenth album, Floridays.

On the 'cue trail in Texas

The Lone Star Smokeshow: 6 Must-Eats on the Texas BBQ Trail

Texas is home to the original cowboys, the gunslingers and trailblazers. They pushed 20 million head of cattle through Dustbowl territory during the historic cattle drives. Beef is in their blood. And their barbecue is the best there is. We sought out the legendary joints in the heart of the Lone Star State.

5 Courses, 1 Grill, No Dishes

Master the One-Grill Meal

The life of a dinner shindig can be as simple as quality charcoal, a few tunes and some great beef. Oh, and good beer. The "One Grill Meal" isn't a challenging culinary proposition. In fact, outside of skillet cooking it's about as simple of a trick as they come. And whether your have propane or charcoal it's a pretty damn simple affair and about as American as it gets.

Flatiron, 10:45 p.m.

Midnight Eats with Michael Somoroff

For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's Jeremy Berger met up with commercial director, fine artist, classic car collector and philosopher Michael Somoroff at the emporium of Italian foods and fine dining in New York, Eataly, for a plate of pasta and an education in living a fulfilling life.

Fundamental techniques for grilling

Grilling Basics from The Meat Hook Butcher Shop

Whether you have a cheaper grill or a top-dollar wood-fired jam, one thing should be made clear: grills don’t cook steaks by themselves. Tom Mylan, owner of The Meat Hook in Brooklyn, NY, explains in this excerpt from his book.

The Magnum Opus of Grilling

The Dish: The Man Steak

Comprised of the sirloin with all of its various muscles intact (including the tenderloin), the Man Steak is a beautiful thing to behold. Tom Mylan, owner of The Meat Hook, a whole animal butcher shop in Brooklyn, NY, shares a recipe for one from his cookbook.

Prepare your stomach...and your eyes

Distinctive Dining: Six Must-See Las Vegas Restaurants

Food should always be the main concern when visiting any eating establishment. But in a town like Vegas that's bursting with superstar chefs from around the globe, weighing a few other factors will help narrow your plan of attack. These restaurants boast one-of-a-kind interior designs to go along with their top-chef menus, offering dining experiences all of your senses will appreciate in full.

Bertoli? That's crude.

Upgrade Your Olive Oil in Five Bottles

You shouldn't have to wonder whether your olive oil is the real deal or just grease in a bottle. These are five of the best olive oils available today.

A Dish Best Served Al Denté

Carbo Load: A Visual Pasta Primer

Know Your Foods is a new culinary crash course on various foods and ingredients -- and if we’ve done our job right, also an inspirational kick in the ribs to expand your dining horizons. Use it for your next meal. Use it impress a girl. Use them to land a job or to silence a patronizing maître d'. But for the love of garlic, use it somewhere. First up, that delicious, carbo-loaded ingredient: pasta.

Bushwick, 10:18 p.m.

Late Plates: Onur Tukel

For our latest edition of Late Plates, GP's J. Travis Smith ventured out for midnight Southern fried chicken, biscuits and fries with filmmaker, author and endearing eccentric Onur Tukel to discuss his latest film, which debuted at Tribeca Film Festival.

Founder of Oskar Blues

Beers and Bikes with Dale Katechis

GP correspondent Will McGough goes for a bike ride with beer pioneer Dale Katechis and ends up with a bloody elbow and an appreciation for the canned beer movement.

Koreatown, 11:30 p.m.

Late Plates: Morten Sohlberg

A late-night scramble for eats with restaurateur (and farmer) Morten Sohlberg ends in Manhattan's Koreatown and a newfound appreciation for business bravado and impromptu barnyard surgery.

Finding the Foodie Gems of Israel's Second Largest City

Photo Essay: A Food Tour of Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv-based photographer Danya Weiner and food stylist Deanna Linder share their picks for the city's best restaurants.

Yes, we still do eat sardines for dinner

Perfect Tins: Sardines for the Pantry

Sardines are a near-perfect food. So what if they smell a little funky. Here are our five favorites right now.

Haute Cuisine in the Divine City

Photo Essay: The Dorrance

Welcome to The Dorrance, granddaddy of Rhode Island's burgeoning fine dining scene. It's housed in a former Federal Reserve bank. The confit chicken wings are crispy. Your cocktail is waiting on the bar.

Two paths diverged in a deli

Up Your Lunch Game with this Healthy Plan

Most of the time we don’t take a full hour out of our workday for a methodical lunch, instead finding ourselves at the corner store, collecting what we can to fill our stomachs. This is where two paths diverge: some go for a fried cutlet sandwich followed by dessert; others cobble together a reasonably healthy meal followed by an average life expectancy. Read on to find out how to get a healthy lunch next time you're eating on the go.

A Cheese Professional Talks Aging

Caveman Wisdom

If you walked into your place of employ and found mold colonies growing on your workspace, chances an alarm would sound: time to improve your hygiene. Not so for Brian Ralph. In his world, this is just another day at the office. This gives him a particular view of the world -- and you can learn a lot from a guy like him.

Excerpts from an Intro to Spanish Butchering

Charcuteria: The Soul of Spain

Any book that introduces “a sharp implement, a capacity to witness death, and a good amount of blood” as self-evident truths in the business of slaughtering pigs has our attention. Jeffrey Weiss’s new book, Charcutería: The Soul of Spain, is much more than spectacle: it’s an authoritative resource on Spanish butchering and meat-curing techniques, complete with recipes for traditional Spanish dishes, handsome photography and anecdotes from the author’s personal experience. In this excerpt, provided to GP by Agate Publishing, Weiss describes taking part in a matanza (“pig slaughter”) in Extremadura, a rugged region in western Spain.

Raising the Bar

Fast Food: The Best Nutrition Bars for Athletes

As a greater number of athletes experiment with more natural fuel sources, nutrition bars have followed suit with ingredients heavy on nuts, berries, dates, chia seeds and agave syrup. Many are organic and gluten-free. The result is a better bar for athletes, one easier to digest than ever before. Here are a handful we're eating now.

The Fat Kid's Guide to Decent Snacking

Guide to Life: Ditch the Chip

Decrying the snack a week after the Super Bowl might seem heretical, but look: if you don't stop your addictions to croissants or lard-chips or the ungodly delicious class of "puffed" snacks, one of these days you're going to need a triple bypass, and there's no use blaming genetics. So rather than even considering cutting down or stopping entirely, I've decided to head off cholesterol at the pass with some healthier snacking alternatives. Be strong, friend.

Low Hanging Fruit

The Benefits of Berries

For anyone uncomfortable with pills, powders, shots and gels, Mother Nature offers an alternative way to stay healthy this winter. We’re talking berries, those tart little packets of juicy goodness. But beware: not all berries are created equal, and some go together better than others. Our resident fruitarian breaks down some of the most popular options.

Protein shortage, averted

Meat in Motion: 10 Best Mail-Order Meat Companies

Some people hear the phrase “beef alternatives” and think tofu, seitan and bean burgers. We think local goat, French-style chicken, grass-fed lamb, name-brand pigs, roast duck, double-smoked Danish salmon, whole lobes of foie gras, elk -- and then sometimes beef again, because beef from here is technically an alternative to beef from there. Ready to for a feast of all of the above? Here are our 10 favorite online purveyors of high-quality meat.

Rewind: The Thanksgiving Issue

If your significant other invited the relatives for Thanksgiving, you’re probably praying that there won’t be a repeat of what your cousins still call the Great Turkey Fiasco of 2003. But why not go on the offensive? This is your day, dammit, and just because Aunt Hellen and Cousin Doug have decided to hold a...

A Five-Star Gear Patrol Dining Survey

The 25 Best Restaurants in America

Trusting someone with a restaurant suggestion is a show of great faith. A good suggestion puts you in the inner circle, a candidate for godfather of the next child, a guy whose name is mentioned behind closed doors, approvingly, with vigorous nodding. A bad suggestion keeps both parties involved up at night. There is so much good food in America right now that winnowing the lot to a few handfuls of the best is difficult. Do you include the roadside shack that isn’t technically a restaurant? Do you disqualify a place for foam smears and cheese dust? Are you being persuaded by hype? And so our litmus test was simple: these 25 American restaurants are the places we’d send a friend if he had time for one meal in Chicago, Denver, Houston or any of the other cities on this list. One city, one suggestion, one good meal. Thank you. You’re welcome.

Capon, Capon, Goose

Better than Butterball: 5 Thanksgiving Turkey Alternatives

The noble, courageous turkey. Subject of paintings by Claude Monet and Norman Rockwell; famed favorite fowl of Benjamin Franklin. For the past century and change, the beloved bird has complemented the traditional Thanksgiving feast. However, as home chefs and weekend warriors become more adventurous in the kitchen, many are eschewing tradition for pomp, presentation and flavor. If you're looking to join the nouveau-thankful, try embracing one of these five options.

Armed to the Gizzard.

Kit: Thanksgiving Dinner

The kitchen is one of the last bastions of respect and order in a society that mostly eschews hierarchy. Snapchat may be run by kids, but grandma's red sauce is no flash in the pan. Though we've proved our chops in the kitchen, for Thanksgiving we decided to bring in one of the big guns of culinary wisdom: Jim Oseland, former Editor-in-Chief of Saveur, one of our favorite food magazines. Here's his essential turkey-roasting kit.

Carving a Winner

The Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey

The Thanksgiving turkey is the one dish each year that’s make or break, and it’s all yours. Get the turkey right and you'll be giving warm handshakes and sipping bourbon all night; dry it out and you’ve brought a dark cloud over the extended family. The good news is, roasting the big bird is easier than running the fumblerooski against the in-laws -- and that works every year. To find the most direct route to turkey perfection, we consulted with chef Harold Moore for his foolproof recipe.

Good Gifts, Whichever Way You Slice 'Em

12 Guys of Christmas: The Chef

We get it -- everyone is a foodie now. From your buddy excitedly fawning over the new Santoku he just picked up to your dad calling to inform you about the super authentic Ethiopian place he wants to try next time he and mom come to visit, the chances of having a cookie on your holiday shopping list are greater than ever. But what do you buy them? Your food-focused gift-getter obviously already has the basics -- the knives, pans and culinary detritus that make up his obsession -- and nothing says, “hey, I’m too lazy to make an effort, but I think I remember you’re into food” like a gift card that ends up only covering half the bill at the restaurant-du-now. Thank Bourdain, we’ve got you covered with a dozen of the best gastronomic gifts for the season.