Chef Julian Medina talks about his 3 successful restaurants in NYC, plus how Mezcal pairs well with Mexican Cuisine

Julian Medina, chef-owner of Toloache, Yerba Buena and Yerba Buena Perry, Toloache Taqueria and Coppelia, has been creating refined Latin cuisine for over fifteen years. He grew up in Mexico City and was influenced by his father and grandfather’s traditional Mexican cooking. He studied in Mexico City to become a chef, and later graduated from […] Click to read more »

Chef Kerry Heffernan gives valuable advice for Season 5 Top Chef Masters’ Contestants, plus talks about his Political Passion for Fishing Today

As the runner-up on Season 4 of Top Chef Masters, Chef Kerry Heffernan talks to us about his current political passion for restoring fisheries and saving sea life, plus he gives valuable advice for the new contestants on season 5. We were fortunate to join Chef Heffernan in Sag Harbor a fews years back to […] Click to read more »

Good Morning, America, How Are You? ‘The City of New Orleans’ Top 3 Restaurants to Dine at in 2013 By Frank D. Pond

“Good morning, America, how are you?  Don’t you know me, I’m your native son.  I’m the train they call the City of New Orleans.  I’ll be gone five hundred miles when the day is done…” Name that tune…?  Answer at end of article ;) And boy will I be hungry!  Lest you worry about that, […] Click to read more »

The Top 3 Restaurants to Dine at in L.A. for 2013 By Steve V. Rodriguez

Los Angeles has really stepped up the caliber of restaurant cuisine in the last five years, backed by top name chefs like Mario Batali (Osteria Mozza, Hollywood), Tom Colicchio (Craft, Century City) and Nobu Matsuhisa (Nobu, West Hollywood). The current trend of restaurants are still featuring top chef names, fresh local ingredients and are spanning […] Click to read more »

Fiddleheads: Parte Due by Meera Kamra-Kelsey

Spring!  The time of year when I hunch over in my garden, straddling struggling seedlings, foraging and nipping off fiddleheads in early mornings.  Readers with good memories may recall my article, ‘Bites: The Fiddlehead’, that appeared in this fine magazine in June 2012.  Others can check out Progressive Pulse archives. A refresher:  Fiddleheads are un-unfurled […] Click to read more »

Nutritionist & Fitness Expert, José Fernández is “Saving Lives” in his new book, “Salvando Vidas” Video Feature

Each day José Fernández is literally saving lives on his national Univision radio show as callers ask the nutritionist and fitness expert advice on how to eat right and stay active. In a recent visit, I was fortunate to sit in the Univision radio studion in Miami and witness first hand the lives Fernandez is saving. Callers […] Click to read more »

The Top 3 Restaurants to dine at in South Beach, Miami for 2013 By Steve V. Rodriguez & Frank D. Pond

Dining in South Beach, Miami reminds me of the restaurant scene in Los Angeles – ever evolving with constant grand openings,  and even more closings. What’s hot today is definitely not hot tomorrow. However, with a superfluous amount of cooking shows and celebrity chefs on the scene, dining folks have come to expect consistent and […] Click to read more »

Roasted Chicken at Papilles on Franklin

Papilles in Hollywood is a tiny little treasure of a restaurant that will awaken your tastebuds

When I told my special friend in Paris that I was going to eat at Papilles in Hollywood, he asked me if I knew what the word meant. He said, “these are the cells that capture the taste which creates the sense of taste in our mouth.” – Ahhh, tastebuds! Of course Papilles sounds much […] Click to read more »

Two Rooms with a View in Turkey are enough to make it THE destination right now By Frank D. Pond

Turkey is THE destination right now.  While the economy in Turkey is running well above its European neighbors, the dollar to Turkish Lira and prices still make it a top travel stop.  One can splurge here without spending a ridiculous sum especially on sumptuous accommodations and spectacular dining out.  There are two must stops (as […] Click to read more »