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    2019’s Most Anticipated American Restaurant Openings

    As you plan your travels, and birthday meals, of 2019, consider the innovative food that’s coming down the line: Enrique Olvera and Daniela Soto-Innes, of Cosme, are bringing a new project to Los Angeles; Stephanie Izard is launching a Peruvian concept on the roof of the new Hoxton hotel in Chicago. From the midwest to the south, and coast to coast, exciting new restaurants are in the works. Here are the places to keep your eye on, city by city.

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    Pancake Social
    Key Players: Dan Jacobson, Steve Chan, Anne Quatrano, Tony Riffel
    Estimated Debut: Late January/early February James Beard Award winner Anne Quatrano (Bacchanalia, Star Provisions) will soon debut Pancake Social within Atlanta’s mixed-use development, Ponce City Market. The 150-seat indoor/outdoor all-day eatery will focus on breakfast and lunch fare—including unique pancake concoctions—plus coffee.

    Blueberry pancakes from Pancake Social
    Blueberry pancakes from Pancake SocialPhoto: Courtesy of Pancake Social


    Key Players: Stephanie Izard, Kevin Boehm, Rob Katz
    Estimated Debut: Spring

    Celebrated Chicago chef Stephanie Izard is expanding her Goat empire to launch a Peruvian concept within Fulton Market’s forthcoming Hoxton hotel. Details are still forthcoming, but Cabra (which fittingly translates to goat in Spanish) will claim the hip property’s rooftop.

    Key Players: Zachary Engel, Andrés Clavero
    Estimated Debut: Early Spring
    New Orleans chef Zachary Engel, formerly of acclaimed Israeli restaurant Shaya, is moving up north to open an Israeli restaurant in Chicago. The chef, who nabbed a James Beard Award for Rising Star Chef of the Year in 2017, has snapped up real estate in Lincoln Park, and plans to offer veggie-forward plates fired over charcoal in addition to hummus, pita, and more.


    Key Players: Matt McCallister
    Estimated Debut: February
    Star Dallas chef Matt McCallister may have shuttered his flagship eatery FT33 last summer, but the silver lining is that he’s prepping to launch Homewood. The casual eatery in Oak Lawn will center on seasonal American fusion fare, which means dishes with ingredients and technique from Europe, Asia, and the U.S. Think: seasonal product, veggie-forward cookery, and an onsite garden.

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    Key Players: David Keck, Felipe Riccio, Adam Garcia, Pete McCarthy
    Estimated Debut: September Master sommelier David Keck and former Camerata chef Felipe Riccio will open an intimate, 28-seat fine dining engagement focused on Mediterranean flavors. Keck spent the last two years collecting wine for the project, and promises a unique list comprised of bottles never before seen in Houston.

    Rosie Cannonball
    Key Players: David Keck, Felipe Riccio, Adam Garcia, Pete McCarthy
    Estimated Debut: April
    Keck and Riccio will also debut Rosie Cannonball, a casual European number centered around wood-fired grill cookery that’s slated to hit Houston’s Montrose neighborhood this spring. In addition to a comprehensive bread and pizza program, expect a lengthy list of affordable wines from Beaujolais, the Loire Valley, and a selection of progressive New World producers.

    Las Vegas

    Mott 32
    Estimated Debut: January
    Key Players: Man-Sing Lee, Joyce Wang
    Lauded Hong Kong Chinese haunt Mott 32 brings its first U.S. outlet to The Venetian in Vegas. Chef Man-Sing Lee, who serves as executive chef for Mott 32’s two current locations, has devised a menu that pulls from Cantonese, Szechuan, and Beijing cuisines, and incorporates the restaurant’s signature dishes like applewood-roasted Peking Duck with Mott 32’s signature cut; Iberico pork with soft quail egg, black truffle siu aai; and crispy triple cooked wagyu short ribs.

    Los Angeles

    Key Players: Chad Colby
    Estimated Debut: February Chad Colby, the Los Angeles chef responsible for building Chi Spacca’s excellent charcuterie program, is planning his own wood-fired Italian concept. His first solo restaurant, Antico, is slated to bring K-Town grilled meats, handmade pastas, and simple veg preps.

    Unnamed Project
    Key Players: Enrique Olvera, Daniela Soto-Innes
    Estimated Debut: Summer
    Lauded Mexican chef Enrique Olvera, who commands a number of globally-recognized restaurants around Mexico and in New York, will expand to Los Angeles this summer. Details are still under wraps, but Cosme chef/partner Daniela Soto-Innes is involved, and the restaurant will open in the Arts District downtown.

    Girl & the Goat
    Key Players: Stephanie Izard, Kevin Boehm, Rob Katz
    Estimated Debut: June
    Acclaimed Chicago chef Stephanie Izard will launch her signature restaurant, Girl & the Goat, in Los Angeles’s Arts District this summer. Expect a similar globally-inspired, family-style menu as found in Chicago, plus a few new creations.

    Birdie G’s
    Key Players: Jeremy Fox, Josh Loeb, Zoe Nathan, Colby Goff
    Estimated Debut: Late Spring
    Lauded California chef Jeremy Fox, who has been ensconced at Santa Monica’s Rustic Canyon for the last number of years, is finally breaking out with his own long-awaited project. The 120-seat Birdie G’s lands at 2421 Michigan Avenue (within the historical Bergamot Station), also in Santa Monica, centering on market-driven American fare. Expect everything from caviar service to whole roast chicken served with dilly matzoh ball soup to an entire menu dedicated to Texas Toast with toppings that range from wood-grilled sweetbreads to avocado to Santa Barbara sea urchin.

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    Key Players: Gavin Kaysen, Diane Yang, Robb Jones, Adam Ritter
    Estimated Debut: Early 2019
    Spoon & Stable chef and owner Gavin Kaysen is scheming his fourth Minneapolis restaurant. Smaller and more formal than his prior engagements, Demi takes form as a U-shaped, 20-seat tasting menu concept hitting Minneapolis’s North Loop neighborhood.

    New Orleans

    Key Players: Donald Link, Rebecca Wilcomb, Brandy Trepagnier
    Estimated Debut: Spring
    Beloved New Orleans chef Donald Link (Cochon) is planning rustic Italian eatery Giana with chef/partner Rebecca Wilcomb. Claiming 700 Magazine Street on the ground floor of luxe development The Kalorama, the eatery will center on fresh pasta in addition to other regional Italian plates fired in the restaurant’s wood-fueled oven. To drink, Italian vino and house-made liqueurs.

    New York

    Mercado Little Spain
    Key Players: José Andrés, Ferran Adriá, Albert Adriá
    Estimated Debut: Spring
    Three of the world’s most respected Spanish chefs are teaming up to open Mercado Little Spain, a massive 35,000-square-foot Spanish food hall at 10 Hudson Yards. Progressive culinary leaders Ferran and Albert Adrià (elBulli) plus José Andrés (Bar Mini, D.C.) are behind the all-day dining space and market that will encompass three full-service restaurants, several bars, individual stalls selling classic Spanish eats, as well as retail kiosks.

    Unnamed Project
    Key Players: James Kent, Jeff Katz
    Estimated Debut: February/March James Kent, formerly of The NoMad and Eleven Madison Park, plus previous Del Posto manager Jeff Katz are working on a yet-to-be-named project that claims 70 Pine Street in the Financial District. Details are still under wraps, but the team says that Kent’s menu will incorporate share-friendly, elevated but approachable market-driven dishes.

    Unnamed Project
    Key Players: Fabian von Hauske Valtierra, Jeremiah Stone
    Estimated Debut: Early 2019
    New York hit-makers Fabian von Hauske Valtierra and Jeremiah Stone (Wildair, Contra) are in the process of opening a wine bar and shop at Lower East Side food hall The Market Line.  Serving an array of light bites alongside beers and wines, the wine bar will be open all day. Like what you’re drinking? Head next door to the natural wine store and pick up a bottle. The team will also be curating wines available throughout the food hall.

    Key Players: Matt Hyland, Pizza Loves Emily group
    Estimated Debut: January Violet, named after the state flower of Rhode Island, is a new restaurant by the Pizza Loves Emily Group and chef/owner Matt Hyland, opening in Manhattan’s East Village neighborhood (511 East 5th). Hyland’s menu focuses on grilled cuisine that pays homage to the New England state’s flavors and abundant fresh seafood. The menu highlight, grilled pizzas, are inspired by Hyland’s nostalgia for Al Forno in Providence, where he often ate while attending school in Rhode Island. Open for dinner, pies grilled over a hybrid gas and wood grill feature seasonal and innovative twists on classic toppings while shareable plates and a rotating selection of fresh, house-made pastas are also available to enjoy. The restaurant seats 53 at a mix of bar and dining room spots, with an interactive 4-seat chef’s counter overlooking the kitchen.

    Palm Beach, Florida

    Key Players: Mauro Colagreco
    Estimated Debut: January Acclaimed Argentine-Italian chef Mauro Colagreco of Mirazur, in the South of France—which counts two Michelin stars and clocks in at number three on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants list—will open his first U.S. restaurant in partnership with Four Seasons Resort Palm Beach this month. Florie’s will feature grill-forward cookery and flavors from the Mediterranean like hamachi with citrus and macadamia milk; chilled watermelon consommé with seared bonito; and eggplant and mozzarella with Parmesan cream.

    Chilled Watermelon Consommé from Florie’s
    Chilled Watermelon Consommé from Florie’sPhoto: Courtesy of Florie’s


    Unnamed Project
    Key Players:  Michael Solomonov, Steven Cook
    Estimated Debut: Spring/Summer
    This unnamed restaurant, recently named one of Food & Wine’s Most Anticipated Openings of 2019, will open in the Harper building in Philly’s Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. Additional details are TBD!


    Key Players: Earl Ninsom, Matt Vicedomini, Eric Nelson
    Estimated Debut: January Three Portland dining powerhouses are combining powers to open a Thai barbecue restaurant and bar. At the intersection of three distinct culinary backgrounds, patrons can expect to see dishes combining Vicedomini’s smoked meat expertise with the Thai curries and spices that give Ninsom his name. Tropical drinks from Nelson will round out the menu.

    Key Players: Maya Lovelace
    Estimated Debut: February 2018
    Famed Portland pop-up Mae has announced a brick-and-mortar restaurant. Helmed by chef Maya Lovelace, Mae quickly gained a following, with tickets to their limited seating dinners selling out in minutes. Lovelace will be bringing her combination of Southern comfort food, family-style suppers, and storytelling to the new space, which will be separated into two sections. The front of the restaurant will be Yonder, offering more casual counter-service dining four days per week (no reservations required). Meanwhile, the back of the restaurant will continue on as Mae, offering pop-up dinners with fixed course, family-style meals.

    San Francisco

    Key Players: Laura Ozyilmaz, Sayat Ozyilmaz, John Litz, Andrew Meltzer
    Estimated Debut: Early 2019
    Husband and wife team Laura and Sayat Ozyilmaz of New York’s Eleven Madison Park and Le Bernardin, respectively, along with Lazy Bear founder John Litz will open a casual, seasonally-driven all-day eatery dedicated to cuisines from Turkey, Israel, Greece, Iran, and Armenia. Think plates like a Greek Po’ boy Stuffed Pita with fried calamari and smoked tzatziki in house-made pita, and Turkish Pork N’duja with Piedmontese spreadable sausage, egg, and roasted garlic with Turkish spices. Beverage director Andrew Meltzer of 15 Romolo will helm drinks.  The space will also house a slightly more formal concept, Kitchen Table at Noosh, with a family-style tasting menu.

    Santa Cruz, California

    Key Players: Chef David Kinch
    Estimated Debut: Spring
    Mentone is the Italian spelling for the French village of Menton, near the border of France and Italy. The concept follows suit, an Italianate meets France meets California concept. David is still developing the menu, and one feature will be pizza made with house-milled flour care of Manresa Bread Partner, and head baker Avery Ruzicka.

    From: Vogue

  • 17 healthy and exciting packed lunch ideas for work

    If you have a busy week of work ahead of you and don’t want the added stress of deciding what to eat every day, these healthy packed lunch ideas could help!

    Meal prep on the weekend and you’ll soon realize how tasty packed lunches can really be.

    Packed lunch ideas – Pizza wrap

    Anything that promises to be healthy ~and~ has pizza in the title? We’re sold.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Chicken salad with steamed green beans, roasted potatoes, crackers and fruit

    YUM. Does the recipe also come with a link to buy that incredibly extra tupperware box, too?

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    Packed lunch ideas – Shawarma chicken bowl with basil and lemon vinaigrette

    This bowl of goodness looks SO delicious – and really easy to put together.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Chicken caesar ciabatta sandwich

    A chicken caesar salad with extra bread is a yes yes yes from us.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Pepperoni panzanella

    What were we saying about extra bread?

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    Packed lunch ideas – Broccoli and pesto pasta

    Guaranteed to fill you up throughout the aftrnoon and help you get some of your five-a-day.

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    Packed lunch ideas – 5-ingredient pasta salad

    With only five ingredients, even the laziest of batch-cookers can put this together.

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    Packed lunch ideas – 10-minute spinach lasagne

    You had us at ’10 minutes’.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Chicken and avocado pitta

    Like a Nando’s, only cheaper.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Courgetti salad with peas and quinoa

    Double points for the reusable glass jar.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Falafel salad with citrus tahini dressing

    Homemade falafels are a winner.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Fajita quesadillas

    Come to mumma.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Mushroom and broccoli stir fry

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    Packed lunch ideas – Easy burrito bowls

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    Packed lunch ideas – Greek yoghurt chicken salad sandwich

    Imagine unwrapping that from your tinfoil at your desk.

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    Packed lunch ideas – Courgetti with tomatoes, artichokes, olives and feta

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    Packed lunch ideas – Chicken and vegetable bowls

    Batch cooking to the max.

    From: Cosmopolitan