Life Lessons From the Kitchen: Q&A with Food Network Star Kaimana Chee

Life Lessons From the Kitchen: Q&A with Food Network Star Kaimana Chee

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

Kaimana Chee knows a thing or two about working under pressure. The 39-year-old chef gained major attention after appearing on several popular cooking competition shows, including Master Chef with Gordon Ramsay, Guy’s Grocery Games and Cutthroat Kitchen, which he won back in 2016.

We recently caught up with Chef Chee to talk all things culinary, including the biggest lesson he learned from cooking competitively and how he’s sharing his passion for healthy, sustainable cooking.

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Is New Orleans the New Hot Spot For Foodies?

 Is New Orleans the New Hot Spot For Foodies?

New Orleans is definitely a city that knows how to reinvent itself. Throughout its 300 year history, NOLA has been known for just about everything from jazz to voodooism to Mardi Gras. Even after Hurricane Katrina left New Orleans practically underwater back in the summer of 2005, its resilient community came together to help reinvent her once again.

Since then, tourism has been back on the up for this southeastern Louisiana city, with the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation predicting 2016 to be a banner year with tourism spending projected at $7.1 billion. That’s more than 2015, which was already a record-breaking year for the industry.

And it doesn’t stop there. It appears New Orleans is also in the midst of a culinary renaissance. According to Eater, there’s been 20 new restaurant openings in New Orleans since September alone, with at least 20 others that celebrated openings during the summer.

From the long-awaited grilled cheese spot Melt in Mid City to the casual new tavern and art gallery, Artisan Bar & Cafe (located on St Claude Ave), there are new restaurants to please every price point, palate and overall vibe. 

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6 Brands Embracing the Plant-Based Eating Phenomenon

6 Brands Embracing the Plant-Based Eating Phenomenon

By Adria Valdes Greenhauff, Editor-at-Large

Eating vegan — or at least trying out a part-time vegan diet — has officially gone mainstream. Thanks to a new generation of health- and environmentally-conscious celebrities that include everyone from actress Kate Mara to pop star Ariana Grande and even rapper Wacka Flocka, more consumers are embracing the benefits that come along with plant-based eating.

According to U.S. News and World Report, a diet heavy in fruits and veggies may help ward off chronic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. And with new studies showing that processed meats like ham, salami and sausage may cause certain types of cancers, it’s no wonder plant-based diets are on the rise, especially among millennials.

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Trinity Groves Boasts Incubator for Young Concepts with X-Factor

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If you’re looking for the hot, new place to dine in Dallas, look no further than Trinity Groves. It’s actually not a singular place, but a whole span of up-and-comers — incubators, if you will. Spanning from seafood to Asian-Latin fusion, the concepts being invested in are young and offer something unique — at least, that’s what investors are looking for in the near dozen concepts being tested out in the lineup of restaurants that have been reconstructed from a former truck terminal. 

One investor, Phil Romano of Romano’s Macaroni Grill, is looking for that X-factor — “…What’s going to make me go and eat their food rather than somebody else’s food? Does it taste better? Does it look better? What is it?,” he told the Seattle Pi.

With social media fan interaction and a bit more flexibility in today’s landscape, one of the restaurants offers a permanent pop-up that changes out each quarter, with the public ultimately deciding who will get next dibs. Read More

New Restaurants to Get Excited About

Photo Credit: Thrillist

Photo Credit: Thrillist

A basement cocktail bar! Comfort food! A Latin steakhouse! Boozy milkshakes! 

There's tons to be excited about in the D.C. dining scene. 

The city continues to see new faces, dishes and concepts in its emerging and quickly growing dining scene, and it's not planning to slow down anytime soon. This Fall, there are more than 15 highly-anticipated openings to celebrate. The list includes already established favorites, like Smashburger, which has a homebase in Denver, but many locations throughout the nation, and new concepts, like Bluejacket BreweryRead More