Agern: Where New Nordic Meets New York

“It’s always been a dream to move to New York City,” Agern’s Executive Chef Gunnar Gislason tells me as I pick juniper berries to top my chicken liver and pear compote on rye bread appetizer. The dish already rests atop a fresh juniper bush in an elegant bowl of glossy stones. When Gislason received a call…

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Romain Michel-Meniere on Designing for a Modern Morocco

Among peaceful olive groves on the outskirts of Oumnas, a small Berber village nestled in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, lies a hidden oasis; the Berber Lodge. This midcentury-chic-meets-traditional-Moroccan hotel is the latest project from Franco-Swiss architect Romain Michel-Meniere. Just over thirty minutes outside the bustling streets of Marrakech, guests at the Berber Lodge are invited to…

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8 of the World’s Most Inventive Vegan-Friendly Restaurants: When Cooking Vegetables Becomes an Art

Gone are the days when the word vegan evokes visions of generous portions of uninspiring beans and rice served up in an eccentric, hole-in-the-wall restaurant. To be vegan is increasingly becoming recognized, less as a protest against collective norms, and more as a socially and environmentally-conscious approach to living in a world threatened by diminishing…

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Creative Korean Sides Take Center Stage at Junghyun and Ellia Park’s Atoboy

A quick glimpse through the narrow window slivered into Atoboy’s concrete exterior and you would never guess that this discrete restaurant in Manhattan’s bustling NoMad neighborhood is leading the way in redefining western conceptions of Korean cuisine. Rather than serve well-known North American favorites, such as bulgogi or bimbimbap, Atoboy turns the spotlight on banchan;…

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Japanese Roots with NYC Flavor: Maiko Kyogoku and Emily Yuen’s Culinary Home of Bessou

Tucked away on a discreet street in Lower Manhattan lies a contemporary, cozy refuge with culinary comforts simply awaiting discovery. Beso in Japanese translates to “home away from home” or “holiday village” and it is this concept that lies at the heart of Bessou; the sleek NoHo fusion restaurant specializing in fresh takes on Japanese…

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