San Diego/La Jolla : George’s at the Cove

Dining with a glorious view of the Pacific Ocean is what you’ll find if you dine the rooftop experience at George’s at the Cove. The menu boasts of innovative cocktails and cuisine. It’s a tad on the pricey side but with one of the best seats to the Pacific Ocean, it’s worth it.

Longtime friend and Longtime San Diego Resident (R), Introduced me to George’s at the Cove

However, if you like the bar vibe then George’s at the Cove has that too downstairs. On the menu, you’ll fine modern fusion takes on cuisine At our table garlic parmesan fries were ordered by the teenagers, a Caesar salad and the unexpected impressive sized elegantly presented mussels.

Parking may be a challenge but valet is available.

Located at 1250 Prospect St. La Jolla, CA 92037

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Destin, FL: Crackings, A Superb Breakfast and Brunch Experience

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Expect a long line and know that it’s worth the wait, Crackings offers creative and tasty breakfast options. I’ve been three times and it hasn’t disappointed once. I’m all about the breakfast and brunch but they do offer lunch too.

Featured in the first image is a cross between a croissant and beignet. Destin is located in the Panhandle and love for the gulf cuisine spills over into this part of Florida.

The second is image features cheesy gouda grits.

This last montage image features a dish comprised of fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, bacon and crawfish.

Morning cocktails are available too!

Crackings location in Destin

979 US -98 E

They also have a location in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

Website: crackingsfl.com

Written by MCCN Editor, Crystal Johnson

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Mississippi: The Smokehouse of Laurel

Beef Brisket from the Smokehouse of Laurel.

The Smokehouse of Laurel doesn’t disappoint. You can walk in or go through the drive through. Expect okra, fries and slaw among the sides and whether it is a smoked brisket sandwich or a pulled worked sandwich, you’ll find robust flavor. If you are not into beef or pork, don’t worry because you’ll find chicken on the menu too.

If Laurel, Mississippi sounds familiar, it the town in which HGTV’s Hometown is filmed.

Driving through for food.

New Orleans Cafe Beignet

Thank you to Margaret Adams for sharing you photos and few words about Cafe Beignet in New Orleans.

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Native New Yorker, Margaret Adams recently enjoyed a trip to New Orleans during Mardi Gras.   She sampled the local popular dessert, the beignet. In her opinion the drinks were priced moderately.   She described all the food as “fresh tasting and good.” If you never had a beignet but you have the popular fried powdered sugar confection found in New York Italian pizzerias called the zeppola then you will find it similar. The restaurant featured live music.

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Manhattan, NY: Inside Kaikagetsu, A Lower East Side Restaurant

 

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The Lower East Side never ceases to amaze me, rich in the spirit of immigrant histories.  Known for hosting art galleries, nightlife, variety in eateries and fine dining restaurants representing cuisines from around the world, I was pleased to discover one of the latest additions to the community, Kaikagetsu.  The picturesque restaurant is located at 162 Orchard Street.   Passersby peak into the inviting dining establishment complete with white curtains draped over gargantuan open windows.  Meanwhile patrons savor bites and people-watch.

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Kaikagetsu strikes a balance between upscale and a rustic lodge feel, lending to a sense of calm and relaxation.   The romantically dark ambiance further accentuates a warm environment quietly whispering in your ear to get comfortable and enjoy what Japan has to offer.   Menu items are influenced by cuisine in Japan’s Hida Region.

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The superb service began with my guest and I given a choice from a wonderful set of sake glasses to drink from.  What I enjoyed the most was a particular sake. I asked the server to choose for me. He chose the Tenryo Hidahomare.  It is a junmai ginjyo sake crafted from Hidahomare rice local to the Hida District as previously mentioned the menu reflects cuisine from the region as well.   I found it to be divinely light and crisp just like I like it.

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Let’s get down to the food which included no shortage of scrumptious surprises.   The restaurant graciously provided a five course meal.   Lotus root chip showed up in my appetizer and entrée , adding incredible texture to my dish.  Honestly, I’d devour the chips with everything.   Quietly, I wrapped my brain around eating sashimi, usually I am no fan of sashimi when it comes to  Japanese fare; however, this selection was very fresh and really paired well with their homemade soy sauce. The tuna topped my list out of the three types of fish offered to me.  I sampled whitefish and salmon too.

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Japanese curry is one of the most popular dishes in Japan.  Never have I had a curry at a Japanese restaurant so I didn’t know what to expect. The rich bold flavors and the different textures from the vegetables didn’t disappoint, pleasing to my tongue more and more with each mouthful.   My guest ordered the beef rice pot, a dish more on the sweet side and lacking contrasting flavors.  The artist in me, appreciated the artful and exquisite presentation of our dishes.   All and all, even down to the coffee tiramisu  drizzled with pear sauce, we enjoyed our experience at the Lower East Side’s Kaikagetsu.  I’d go back and I’d definitely order the beef curry again with extra lotus root chips please!

*Reservations placed at least 48 hour ahead, strongly suggested.

Written by Nataki Alexander-Hewling

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Phone(646) 590-3900

Click Here to Visit Kaikagetsu’s Website

Closed: New York’s eXo Greek Mediterranean

In the mood for some good, no some great Greek Mediterranean food? Then look no further than eXo Greek Mediterranean Restaurant nestled in a quaint Whitestone New York neighborhood. eXo is a very young restaurant, they first opened their doors in August of 2010 and they have been busy ever since. I first experienced a small sampling of what eXo had to offer at the Queens A Taste of the World back in May. The restaurant boasts of traditional Greek recipes but with a flare.

In my correspondence with Chef Constantine Kalandranis, affectionately known as Chef Costa, I was instructed to come hungry, my response? I promised to wear my eating pants. With all the food we were treated to I should have worn my eating overalls. men from exo

We kicked off the tasting with fresh pita (which they make themselves) and all five spreads which included spicy feta, eggplant, skordalia, hummus, and tsatziki. From the mild to the spicy this appetizer was a gateway to the other flavors we were about to experience. Soon to follow was a traditional horitatiki tomato salad, kefalotiri cheese stuffed meatballs, hand cut potato chips, and a souvlakia trio of chicken, steak, and pork skewers. Told you I needed to put on my eating overalls.

Not much of a carnivore? don’t worry eXo has a meal for that.sauteed tiger shrimp With ingredients such as capers, white wine, and fresh cut herbs the Sautéed Tiger Shrimp, the Pan Seared King Salmon, and the Steamed mussels Kaliopi are all to die for.

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Although I was stuffed I had to experience eXo’s dessert, if the meal was that good I had to push towards the dessert (don’t judge me.) I indulged on warm rizogalo (rice pudding), my favorite yogurt and greek honey syrup, and galaktoboureko. seafood from exo
I definitely plan on revisiting eXo restaurant many times in the future and you should too. My only warning to you…wear your eating pants. Don’t forget to mention that you read it on the Multi Cultural Cooking Network.

 

eXo Greek Mediterranean Restaurant

Where: 15-16 149th St.

Whitestone, NY 11357

718-767-4-EXO (718-767-4396)

Info@exorestaurant.com

 

 

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Toronto Will Your Fave Ethnic Restaurants Be Open X-mas Eve/Day?

Take a break from holiday hassles and enjoy lunch or dinner at some of the finest restaurants serving international and ethnic cuisine in Toronto. The following quality establishments are open at various times during the Christmas season.

Find out about the Chinese, French, Indian, Korean Thai and More Restaurants open during the holidays visit: http://www.examiner.com/x-29478-Toronto-Ethnic-Restaurants-Examiner~y2009m11d26-Some-of-Torontos-best-ethnic-and-international-restaurants-are-open-over-the-Christmas-season

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Article by Heather Zorzini- Toronto Ethnic Restaurant Examiner