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.
Brewing long and deep at its center before radiating out to the rest of Europe, Vienna boasts an illustrious history and lasting intellectual impact. The Austrian capital dates back to Celtic and Romen rule, the latter inhabitants using the center city as a military hub among many other employments.
Whether taking a COVID-19 test before boarding a flight or looking up different travel restrictions before planning your trip, travel has looked a little bit different this past year. With all the extra steps for traveling, American Airlines is committed to finding ways to provide ease and more flexibility and choices for passengers when traveling.
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Step right up to the greatest show on Earth as FXExpress Publications, Global Traveler, trazeetravel.com and whereverfamily.com celebrate their 2020 award winners! Join the big top on Dec. 14 as we virtually award the winners of the 17th annual GT Tested Reader Survey awards, including the Airline and Hotel of the Year; the 17th annual Wines on the Wing Airline Wine Survey; the eighth annual Leisure Lifestyle Awards; the sixth annual The Trazees; and the third annual Wherever Awards.
The lights of the aurora borealis appear frequently in the Fairbanks region of Alaska, with a growing number of Aurora Trackers in the area. A new video from Explore Fairbanks features five Fairbanks Aurora Trackers sharing their thoughts and photography on the northern lights.
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