6. Restaurants: The 404 Kitchen, everything Rolf and Daughters, the octopus Lockeland Table, community kitchen and bar, for the chicken liver pate City House, everything, Sunday supper, pizzas Catbird Seat, try to get in, 20 bar seats surround U-shaped kitchen, you meal is prepared as you watch Pinewood Social, the Italian Soda, Pork Belly Sandwich
10. Catch a great game: The Tennessee Titans, football Nashville Predators, hockey Nashville Sounds, baseball
1. Take Taxis: Worst in all of the entire world. You will have a better time on a scooter in Rome, Italy during rush hour than you will in most Nashville cabs. Take Uber Cab!
2. Rent a car: The interstates around Nashville are some of the hardest to figure out. Plus Nashville is home to some of the worst drivers in the world. Stick to Uber Cab. But if you just have to rent a car consider Music City Dream Cars were you can rent the most exotic cars one can think of. Ferrari, Maserati, Rolls Royce, Bently, Lamborghini, etc are all available for your city driving pleasure
3. Think Nashville is all about country music: The Kings of Leon, Jack White, The Black Keys, Shelly Colvin, Courtney Jaye, etc all live, work, and record in Nashville.
8. Pass on touring the country music hall of fame. I know I said that Nashville isn't all about country, and it's not, it just happens to be the home of one of the best halls of fame in the world.
9. Miss fall in Nashville. The weather is perfect, the leaves are beautiful, the food and drinks are flowing, and there's great sporting events and concerts. All around it's the perfect time to be here.
10. Leave with out planning your next trip to Nashville!
"38 top winemakers from the famed Left and Right Banks of Bordeaux, will treat Sommeliers, Wine Buyers and Wine Journalists to an exclusive unveiling of their most prized possessions, ranging from the 2013 “en primeur” vintage (“wine futures”) to the most widely celebrated 2010 and 2011 varietals."
BORDEAUX SUPERIEUR Château Brande-Bergère Cuvée o’Byrne
FRONSAC Château Dalem Château Moulin Haut Laroque Château Les Trois Croix Château La Vieille Cure
POMEROL Château Vray Croix de Gay
LALANDE DE POMEROL Château Siaurac
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU Château Croix Cardinale Château Godeau Château Magrez Fombrauge Château Mondorion Château du Parc Château Pindefleurs Château Trianon
SAINT-EMILION GRAND CRU CLASSE Château Fleur Cardinale Château Fombrauge Château de Pressac Château Le Prieuré Château Yon-Figeac
MONTAGNE SAINT-EMILION Château Faizeau
MEDOC Château La Cardonne Château Greysac Château Grivière Château Haut Condissas Château Patache d’Aux Château Ramafort Château Rollan de By Château Tour Séran
HAUT-MEDOC Château Liversan Château Malescasse The Winemaker’s collection
LISTRAC Château Cap Léon Veyrin
MARGAUX Château d’Arsac
GRAVES Grand Enclos du Château de Cérons
PESSAC LEOGNAN Château Haut Bacalan Château Haut Lagrange
SAUTERNES Château de Myrat Château Raymond Lafon
"The Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux came into existence thanks to the aim of Alain Raynaud, its president and founder, to bring together in one entity the wines of the Right and Left Banks.
With almost 200 wines, the Grand Cercle des Vins de Bordeaux presents, during its trips abroad, a showcase of Bordeaux wines selected for their high quality. Its vocation is to prove that in Bordeaux there are superb, top-of-the-range and reasonably priced wines!"
"This publication accompanies the first major museum exhibition in the world to focus on the visualization and drawing practices of master chef Ferran Adrià. His complex body of work positions the drawing medium as both a philosophical tool--used to organize and convey knowledge, meaning and signification--as well as a physical object--used to synthesize over twenty years of innovation within the kitchen. Emphasizing the role of drawing in Adrià’s quest to understand creativity, the book features an interview between Ferran Adrià and Brett Littman, and also includes a reprint of the artist Richard Hamilton’s essay about the relationship of food to contemporary art and Adrià’s participation in Documenta 12 that first appeared in Food for Thought: Thought for Food (2009)."
The museum exhibit tour starts at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, OH, September 26, 2014 - January 18, 2015 followed by Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, Sept 17, 2015 - January 3, 2016; and Marres House for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht, The Netherlands, March 20 - June 12, 2016.
Our guide is Chef Josh Galliano of The Libertine, a neighborhood eatery in St. Louis.
St. Louis 10 Do's and Don'ts
by Chef Josh Galliano
"St. Louis is a classic and classy city that is constantly changing but manages to maintain it's great treasures. The list of things to do in St. Louis will point you in a good direction, but that list will be different during different seasons! I guess the only answer is just stick around a little longer or come back often."
1. Go to a Brewery: St. Louis is a beer town, and even if everybody lives in the shadow of the King, we get the benefits of the historic Anheuser-Busch Brewery. Those benefits include a ton of local craft beers that are exploding locally and nationally. If you get a chance to visit a brewery, try to take a tour of Schlafly Bottleworks, Perennial, or 4 Hands. These breweries also have tasting rooms and some have food offerings to help make the trip to the next brewery tour.
2. Cultural Gems: There are quite a few high and low cultural treasures in St. Louis, and where you go might depend on how you are traveling. My family loves going to the (free) St. Louis Zoo and date nights are sometimes to the Fox Theatre for a show. One of the most eclectic museums on earth is the City Museum with multiple levels and exhibits and randomness. A different type of cultural fun would be going to a baseball game (or hockey game if you come during the winter), or some live local music, especially if you come during LouFest (September 6-7, 2014). Of course, it's a little hard to miss the Gateway Arch; just make sure you go to the museum underneath the Arch.
4. Get Some Coffee. The world as a whole is experiencing the post Starbucks coffee resurgence, and that wave has a stronghold in St. Louis. The venerable Kaldi's Coffee has recently re-modeled their Demun coffee house to focus on single origin coffees and pour-overs. Newer to St. Louis' coffee scene is Blueprint Coffee and Comet Coffee (and micro bakery) who feature coffees from small roasters around the country. A definite don't miss would be Sump Coffee and a conversation with Scott Carey, the owner, about the great coffee beans he brings in and that he roasts himself.
5. Donuts. I think everyone was surprised when Alton Brown came to St. Louis for Feasting on Asphalt and went to donut shops. But in all honesty, I would go for a donut from St. Louis any day of the week. There are a lot of great shops around St. Louis, and saying you prefer one over the other shop is like declaring your football allegiances! My favorite is World's Fair Donuts but my sous chef's favorite is Mr. John's. New to the donut scene is Strange Donuts, who have been making new age donuts and collaborating with area chefs.
1. Mass Transit: there is a light rail system and buses, but it's tough to get where you want to go. A bright spot is that the Metro doesn't charge for fares between downtown and the Arch weekdays.
2. Stay local, not chains: When I first moved to St. Louis, the big debate was between chain restaurants and local restaurants. Now the debate has moved toward 'what local restaurant are we going to tonight.' There is a local shop for everything that you could possibly be looking for.
3. Don't be mean. People in St. Louis are nice and it's the Show Me State, so locals are down-to-earth and humble.
4. Driving is a must, so rent a car. BUT, don't drive everywhere! There are plenty of walking neighborhoods that are fun to visit like Cherokee Street's edgy shops and classic Mexican restaurants or the Central West End for sightseeing or people watching.
5. Don't bring any stereotypes of the Midwest with you on this trip. We're not all meat and potatoes simple.