CITY VINEYARD DINERS CAN expect serious flavor from Chef Mike Landas’ seasonal menus. Landas, who cites Seattle and New Orleans as his favorite culinary cities, joined the City Vineyard team in October 2017, and his influence and personal touch made an impact in the kitchen and on the menu almost immediately. Aside from Landas’s delectable cuisine, patrons to City Vineyard can enjoy riverfront dining, stunning views, a riverside wine garden, a rooftop deck and a beautifully paired food and wine menu.
Landas honed his skills and developed his own personal style working at restaurants around New York City including Spigolo, Abe & Arthur’s, Little Beat and Pig & Khao. He enjoys perusing farmers markets and food halls, constantly seeking new experiences and inspiration.
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 absolutely love pecan pie. Unlike today, it wasn’t readily available in North Jersey when I was young, and on a family road trip visiting relatives in Virginia it was the first dish I had as a young boy that opened my eyes to cuisine from the American South, and it’s held a special place in my heart since.
On the other hand, I despise truffle oil. Having had real white and black truffles, I just can’t get used to the artificial taste of truffle oil.
WHAT DISHES WOULD YOU SERVE AT A PRIVATE DINNER PARTY? I love using dinner parties to play with flavors and techniques that normally don’t go together. If I hosted tonight, some of the dishes on the menu would be Chinese five-spiced garlic bread, hickory-smoked butternut squash, shawarma-seasoned beef short ribs, country fried cauliflower, maybe even jackfruit beignets!
WHAT WAS THE FIRST MEAL YOU EVER PREPARED ON YOUR OWN? Thanksgiving dinner — one year Mom was sick and I ended up preparing everything myself. Between dishes I’d helped her make in the past (Filipino lumpia and pancit) and a few recipes I took from the Food Network website (oyster/cornbread dressing, crab-stuffed Portobello mushrooms), I think it turned out well.
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL STYLE IN ONE DISH, WHICH DISH WOULD IT BE AND WHY? Creole jambalaya: The dish is globally influenced (hints of Africa and the Caribbean mixed with Louisiana flavors), locally sourced (Southern Trinity, Andouille sausage, Tasso ham and Gulf shrimp are common ingredients), and just puts a smile on everyone’s face from the first bite. I like to think I fill those categories, also.
WHICH CULINARY TREND WOULD YOU LIKE TO DISAPPEAR? Zoodles and spiralized root vegetables, because there are so many fun and delicious ways to prepare zucchini, squash and beets that maintain the essence of what the vegetable is. Keep noodles as they have been for centuries — no need to remake the wheel or the noodles.
There may not be snow in Los Angeles this season, but Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills is certainly full of the holiday spirit, with Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s events happening in the hotel’s gorgeous event spaces.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
IHG Hotels & Resorts is thrilled to announce the launch of a new mobile product feature for members: IHG Wi-Fi Auto Connect. This feature is now available exclusively in the IHG One Rewards mobile app for both iOS and Android users and will automatically connect IHG One Rewards members to WiFi upon arrival at more than 5,000 IHG hotels worldwide — no separate passwords or log-ins needed. This is in addition to the exciting benefits of being an IHG Business Edge member. IHG Business Edge provides small- and medium-sized businesses access to a user-friendly portal that displays comprehensive spending and savings data while providing the convenience of direct booking with a guaranteed discount.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
As first-time restaurateurs, but with plenty of hospitality-related experience, Ria and Kevol (Kev) Graham were not entirely comfortable opening their first restaurant in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Williamsburg, where several upscale restaurants and 5-star hotel dining is just a block away. And to make matters worse, they opened in July 2020, when New York City was in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
In addition to intimate settings, smaller staff-to-passenger ratios, and personalized food and beverage options, river cruises have the advantage of providing a deeper dive into a region’s culture, food and history. The Rhine, Rhône and Danube in Europe and the Mississippi River and St. Lawrence in North America have much to offer travelers with their itineraries, tying together beloved cities and lesser-known destinations along their routes.