True Food Kitchen, the award-winning, seasonal, health-driven dining brand cofounded by Dr. Andrew Weil, arrived on the Las Vegas Strip earlier this year. The location at The Forum Shops at Caesars Palace joins the brand’s 32 other locations in 14 states and features the first True Bar, a standalone scratch bar serving juices, organic teas and more.
As with all True Food Kitchen outposts, the Las Vegas version’s menu changes seasonally, and all dishes can be customized to diners’ tastes, preferences and dietary restrictions. The 11,000-square-foot eatery includes an indoor patio and private dining rooms.
Robert McCormick, brand chef, True Food Kitchen, is the driving force behind menu innovation. He’s known for his passion for new ingredients, healthy cuisine and adventurous food combinations.
WHICH FOOD IS YOUR GUILTY PLEASURE? AND, ON THE OPPOSITE END OF THE SPECTRUM, WHAT IS ONE INGREDIENT OR FOOD YOU HATE TO USE?
I did an apprenticeship in northern Italy when I was 24. I always had an interest in artisan cheese, but I had never experienced what I tasted in Italy. The robiola and young taleggio are on another level. Ever since then, I can’t resist seeking out the local artisan cheeses in my travels. Sugar is something I try to avoid at all costs.
WHAT DISHES WOULD YOU SERVE AT A PRIVATE DINNER PARTY?
Dishes like paella are great for parties and large groups. It’s a humble dish that people from all walks of life can enjoy. More importantly, it’s not just a dish. When you make paella, it’s like a cultural, social event — you need a crowd to make it work!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEAL YOU EVER PREPARED ON YOUR OWN?
At some point in my childhood, I remember my mother being out of town for one reason or another. I took it upon myself to make my dad breakfast. I somehow pulled together something edible that resembled an omelet without burning down the house. He approved the effort, but I don’t think he finished the dish.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN ONE DISH, WHICH DISH WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
Maybe a large bowl of freshly harvested Maine mussels steamed with white wine, garlic and parsley — simple, straightforward, delicate, honest, timeless and full of flavor.
WHICH CULINARY TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISAPPEAR?
Eating on the go. We all need to start slowing down and taking better care of ourselves. We all eat two to three times a day; take that time to reflect and really think about what you put in your body and why.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
I imagine that when writer Hans Christian Andersen mused, “Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale,” he was standing at the edge of Copenhagen’s historic Tivoli Gardens, one of his favorite haunts, enlivened by the swirl of human happiness that surrounded him: children laughing; carousels spinning; games of chance played for prizes; lovers holding hands; hungry people whispering over sweets, hot drinks, beer and towering, open-faced smørrebrød, Denmark’s quintessential sandwich. That fairy tale lives on today at the second-oldest amusement park in the world, a spectacle of folly architecture, bakeries, gardens, rides, restaurants, puppet shows and joy ... and which also happens to be one of the city’s most storied places to convene for business.
The restored Park Hyatt Toronto reopened its doors, bringing luxury, sophistication and glamour alongside a nod to the hotel’s Canadian heritage. Alessandro Munge of Studio Munge collaborated on the hotel’s refresh, drawing inspiration from Canada’s seasons and natural landscapes.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
I recently dined at Irwin’s in Philadelphia. The restaurant is located on the rooftop of the Bok Building, a former school turned collective of small businesses, non-profits, artist workshops, a bar and restaurant. I previously visited Bok for the bar and yoga classes, and I was excited to experience the restaurant.
Cathay Pacific reaffirms its commitment to reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 with a pledge to use Sustainable Aviation Fuel for 10 percent of its total fuel consumption by 2030. The airline has made pioneering efforts in supporting SAF development for more than 10 years.
GBTA’s Convention 2021 will bring the business travel industry together for the first time in a long time. Once again, you’ll learn and connect with experts and each other, along with discussions with leading thinkers, entrepreneurs and change makers addressing the issues that matter most.
Arriving early afternoon in Puerto Rico, we jumped in an Uber and took a short, 15-minute drive from the airport to La Concha. As it was Tuesday, the streets were not too busy and the hotel lobby was calm. During the weekend, the scene likely would have been more bustling. We were greeted by a staff member who requested proof of vaccination and government-issued ID, and were given a wristband to indicate we were fully vaccinated. All guests are required to be vaccinated and wear masks at all times while moving around the hotel. Hand sanitizer stations were placed around the lobby, in elevators and in each common area.