Oceana uncovers a Scandal in Seafood

Do you know what you are serving your family tonight? If it’s fish there’s a good chance that you don’t. Today Oceana unveiled its landmark national seafood fraud report, one of the largest of its kind and one that should make consumers sit up and demand change. This confirms that fully one-third of this seafood was mislabeled—that is, what we ordered wasn’t what we got. Nationwide, sushi restaurants mislabeled their fish 74 percent of the time. These findings are disturbing—and they’re disturbing for a few reasons. Not only can seafood fraud rip you off by making you pay more for less expensive fish but it can actually be bad for your health. Oceana scientists found that some fish that had landed a spot on the FDA’s “DO NOT EAT” list for sensitive groups such as pregnant women and children because of its high mercury content was nonetheless being substituted for safer fish. In New York this meant tilefish disguised as red snapper, only 7 of 120 samples tested nationwide were actually red snapper. Elsewhere escolar, an oily fish that is known for its purgative effects in some consumers, was substituted 84% of the time for white tuna. Seafood is one of the healthiest sources of protein on the planet and should be a part of any healthy diet, but we need to know that what we’re buying is what the label says it is—for the good of our health, our wallets and our oceans. OTM thanks Oceana for this timely information. Full report & further information www.oceana.org/fraudnationwide.

More on Seafood- Sustainability & a Special

Michael Leviton of Area Four in Cambridge MA writes on the Chef's Collaborative blog-

The issue of sustainability in the seafood industry continues to make headlines -- despite whatever progress we seem to be making. It can be incredibly nuanced, and mean different things to different people. As a chef in New England, promoting sustainable seafood means supporting local fishermen who are catching fish in a sensible manner. Thankfully, I am not alone; many chefs are doing their part to support sustainable seafood choices that enrich local communities.

New England seafood has also reached a critical tipping point. Just two weeks ago, the New England Fisheries Management Council announced sharp decreases in allowable fish catch limits for almost every species, especially cod. These fish -- species like redfish, sea robin and Atlantic pollock -- have been dubbed "trash fish," and rejected by fishermen and chefs alike, who choose instead to keep only what consumers demand. Yet there is actually no such thing as "trash fish."

It's our responsibility to utilize all fish species, and not waste precious choices just because they are, for lack of a better word, unpopular. In fact many fish that we embrace today were widely considered trash fish in the not-too distant past. Skate and monkfish, for example, were once frowned upon by chefs and fishermen alike. Here in New England, skate was cast aside for decades and only splashed into the spotlight in the late 1980s when it became valued for its meaty, mild and nutty taste. Monkfish was passed over because it was viewed as too ugly to taste good. Yet today, the monkfish finds itself a regular on high-end menus, regarded for its versatility. Skate and monkfish ultimately made such strong entrances onto the culinary main stage that they were ironically over-fished.

And here is where it gets complicated. As we turn to underutilized species to diversify our seafood choices, we need to be sure that we are not creating new problems. In an effort to open up a dialog about the role of underutilized species in our sustainable seafood future, I have temporarily embraced the phrase "trash fish," and I am hosting a Chefs Collaborative Trash Fish Dinner.

On March 10th, at my restaurant Area Four in Cambridge, I will be hosting chefs Rich Garcia, Larry Leibowitz, Evan Mallett, Mary Reilly, Jake Rojas, Michael Scelfo, Derek Wagner, and Drew Hedlund. We look forward to serving a delicious multi-course dinner featuring underutilized species, and to a discussion on the future of sustainable seafood. Barton Seaver, Sustainability Fellow in Residence at the New England Aquarium will also say a few words. http://chefscollaborative.org/events/trash-fish-dinner/


OTM's Valentine's Day Special Program is now Up & Running

Due to "Human Error" the Link to this Program was Incorrect. It is now available at OTM Audio Archives & via Podcast. We apologize for any inconvenience. And Love to All our Listeners from Ann & Peter.

Kudos for Lisa Ekus & Ann Willan - to be Honored by the Gourmand World Cookbook Awards

Lisa Ekus, Founder & President of The Lisa Ekus Group, www.lisaekus.com, will receive the Outstanding Career Award, recognizing her contributions over 30 years in the Food Business.  Ann Willan will receive the "Best in the World Award" for her The Cookbook Library: Four Centuries of the Cooks. Writers, and Recipes That Made the Modern Cookbook.  You can hear Ann's interview with OTM about this wonderful book in OTM Audion Archives, program date June 3, 2012.  The Goirmand World Cookbook Awards will be held February 23, 2013 in Paris - www.cookbookfair.com for more details.

Congratulations Emeril, 2013 James Beard Foundation "Humanitarian of the Year"

OTM is pleased to join in recognizing this Tribute, perhaps the most sought after of all the "Beards".  The press release from the JBF notes that Emeril's Emeril Lagasse Foundation has granted over $5.3million to Children's Education & Culinary Arts Programs since 2002.  OTM says "well done!!" 

Pittsburgh CLO Ambassadors Wine Tasting March 1 at the Duquesne Club

Get your tickets now for this Great Event hosted by the Dynamic Ambassadors of the Civic Light Opera.  OTM was at a Preview Party this week, so we know that Capital Wines & Spirits (a Generous Sponsor) will be pouring some Excellent Wines from California and aroung trhe World.  In addition to a Silent Auction, the event will feature a Raffle, first prize an all expenses trip for 2 to Paris.  Get tickets and more details at www.pittsburghclo.com, or call 412 281 3973 ext 234.  And we'll see you there!!

Interesting Stories About OTM Guests O Olive Oils & Boat Street Pickles

Kudos to Greg & Marta Hinson from San Rafael CA, Producers of Fruit-infused O Olive Oils and Renee Erikson of Boat Street Pickles, Seattle WA. Specialty Food Magazine's Latest Issue includes Articles based on Interviews with these True Food Innovators. To Hear their Interviews go to OTM Audio Archives, program dates May 17, 2009 & August 12, 2012 respectively.  And by the way OTM can assure you the Products are Great! We still have some in the Our Larder, but they're going fast! Find out how to get some for Yourselves - www.ooliveoil.com, www.boatstreetpickles.com.

Pittsburgh Restaurant Week is Just Next Week-Jan 14-20

More than 50 Local Restaurants from Downtown to locations as far away as Beaver County will be Participating. Don't Miss Out on Special Menus and Special Prices!  Get More Details at www.pittsburghrestaurantweek.com.

Whole Foods Wexford Chili Cook-off January 12 - Free & Starts at Noon

Peter loves Whole Foods Shadyside, and shops there almost very day.  Now we hear that Whole Foods Wexford is hosting their FIRST EVER Chili Cook-Off!

Their representative tell us "From slow-roasted crock pot chili to one-pot chili casseroles, Wexford Team Members have begun preparing their best rendition of momma’s homemade chili. Whether you are accustomed to lamb, lentils, or seafood chili or beef, veggies and tofu, there will be bowls of goodness filled with savory flavors for all palettes at this FREE event. For those who prefer the staple made from all organic ingredients to those who swear on canned made chili, the community is invited to vote on which Wexford Team Member’s recipe should hold the bragging rights for “the best chili ever.” Along with sampling, all taste-testers will receive copies of recipes to try at home as they listen to live music performing in the café from local group Broke, Stranded & Ugly".  Sounds like Fun!!


Wiley Dufresne, Mike Lata & (maybe) Bill Telepan - 2 Places are better then One

Three of OTM's Favorite Chefs are working on this Principle.  Wiley's Alder is described as a "50-Seat Pub", located at 157 2nd Ave - not sure it's open yet.  Mike Lata famed for FIG in Charleston has gone all in for Seafood at The Ordinary, www.eattheordinary.com, on Trendy Upper King St #544.  Bill Telepan's potential new venture is still in the lease negotiation process, but watch for News - the location 327 Greenwich Street in Tribeca.  We wish Wylie, Mike & Bill great success with their new ventures.


OTM's Favorite Oyster Guru Jon Rowley announces "Walrus & Carpenter Picnics Jan 8 & Feb 7

Taylor Shelfish Farms of Shelton WA is holding these 2 Special & Unusual Fundraisers at their Totten Inlet Oyster Beds.  Winter Low Tides provide extended access to the Beds and the Bivalves are narurally chilled to just the right temperature.  Participants can gather & shuck for themselves or get them from Ace Shuckers, and Winning Wines from the Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition will be served.  The Event's name comes from Lewis Carroll's Tale of how the Walrus & Carpenter lure Oysters to a "Lovely Walk....upon the Briny Beach............" which ends well for W & C, badly for the Oysters.  Last time Jon & OTM knocked back a healthy 6 dozen between us.  Try it, you'll like it!  For more information call Jon at 206-963-5959 or email rowley@nwlink.com.

OTM's 2012 Picks - Everyone Else is Doing Their's - Here are Ours

When Marco Caprai of Cantina Arnaldo-Caprai told us Casa Vissani was the best restaurant in Italy, OTM just had to go.  Did we agree with Marco?  Let’s just say that Vissani is absolutely one of Italy’s top tables.  The elegantly designed interior and great service combine with the delicious food to “blow you away” – in the country outside of Orvieto – go here!!  Florence was SO crowded, but we lunched magnificently at Trattoria Armando, on a quiet street near Ognisanti, traditional and flawless!


 London loves Italian too.  Aurelia, a relatively new opening in Mayfair, offers a combination of traditional and modern Italian, all the more remarkable because the Chef is young, British and female, the General Manager (an old friend from Zafferano) hails from Albania, Jacob Kenedy’s Boca di Lupo truly transports you into an Italian Trattoria, and don’t forget to cross the street to his Gelateria, Gelupo, where you can sample or get some to go.  Two French Star Chefs are back; Bruno Loubet returns from a sojourn in Brisbane, Australia, with a fabulous Bistrot; also new Kitchen Joel Antunes, where A-listers from Entertainment and Politics rub shoulders and thrill over Joel’s edgy re-interpretations of French Classics.  Jose Pizarro is not content with just one eponymous establishment; he opened two, Jose and Pizarro, just a few doors apart near Tower Bridge – authentic ingredients make for great Spanish food, it feels like the best of Spain.  We were delighted to finally meet the legendary Phil Howard at The Square, and found the food better than ever.  And less than 50 yards away Alyn Williams’ namesake restaurant in the Westbury Hotel serves his own excellent version of Modern British cuisine.


In Seattle we thrilled at the Mediterranean flavors at Maria Hines’ new casual spot, The Golden Beetle, and with a little help from just one friend we wolfed down 6 dozen great Oysters at Taylor Shellfish Melrose Market, a new city outlet for these great Oystermen.


Berlin beckoned and OTM responded, enjoying Perfect Asian Flavors at Restaurant Tim Raue, “Modern” German at Stefan Hartmann’s spot – too much Schnitzel elsewhere.


And not forgetting NYC, Peter was thrilled to find out that a fellow Yorkshireman, Aaron Chambers, is Executive Chef at Daniel Boulud’s Boulud Sud.  We were both even more impressed at the Great Menu and Wonderful Taste Sensations Aaron is turning out.  We enjoyed Nomad, more magic from 11 Madison’s Daniel Humm, and Alex Stupak’s Empellon Cocina.


Finally Alon Shaya at NOLA’s Domenica impressed again with his great Italian savory delicacies, great Pasta dishes Secundi & Dolci if you’re still hungry – one of the best Italian tables in the USA.  AND (this just in) Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen Cornwall proved a Sublime Selection for Lunch on Xmas Eve.

Casamia Restaurant Bristol, England - Who Knew about this Great Restaurant - Michelin got it Right

Guide Michelin is often criticized for failing to recognize up and coming Restaurants.  For Casamia in Westbury, Bristol they hit the nail on the head when they awarded the first ever Star to a restaurant in this HistoricRegional City.  OTM had an Exciting and Enjoyable Evening at Casamia, seated at the Kitchen-facing Chef's Table where Co-Chefs Peter & JonRay and their Energetic Team served one great small plate after another and Sommelier Andy matched each one to perfection.  Founder Paco Sanchez-Igelsias admitted to OTM that when his sons wanted to transform Casamia from Italian Pizzeria-Trattoria to Innovative Seasonal Modern British he was uncertain, now he couldn't be prouder!  OTM heartily endorses.  Great Food & Wine, and Great Fun as well!!  www.casamiarestaurant.com.

Chef Michael Tusk reminds OTM that Bocuse d'Or is coming up

Next month the 2013 Competition gets under way.  The USA Team is Chef Martin Rosendale and Assistant Corey Siegel (from West Virginia's Famous Greenbrier) won the Bocuse d'Or USA's competition almost a year ago.  Their being prepared by a truly "Blue Ribbon" panel of leading American Chefs including Gavin Kaysen of Cafe Boulud, Grant Achatz, Jose Andres.......... and of course Chef Tusk!   You can find out more at www.bocusedorusa.org.  OTM wishes Martin & Corey all the best - and we hope that they'll bring home the first ever medal for a USA team.

Arnaldo-Caprai Wins Wine Enthusiast

OTM congratulates Marco Caprai and his Father Arnaldo who founded this Iconic Cantina at Montefalco, Umbria.  Winemaker Marco launched a partnership with the University of Milan in 1989 to explore the production of wines from the neglected native Sagrantino - ignored because of its reputation of being difficult to vinify.  For the last decade or more Marco's been traveling the world talking up Sagarntino-based wines and backing it up with excellent wines.  The 25th Anniversary 100% Sagrantino is one of OTM absolute favorite wines!!  The entire family of white and red wines are real eye-openers for wine lovers who think Italian wines begin and end with Brunello & Barolo.  Get more information at english.arnaldocaprai.it.  

100 Euro Gift Certificate for Aniar Restaurant, Galway Ireland

Do you have "The Luck of the Irish"?  Enter OTM's Contest for this Valuable Prize, and Dine at the only Michelin-Starred Restaurant in the West of Ireland.  We're able to bring you this thanks to the Generosity of Owners JP McMahon and his Wife Drigin.  All you have to do to enter is Tweet or Email us and Explain Why You Think you Deserve to Win - OTM will Judge the Creativity of all Submissions.  We Hope you'll have Fun trying to be the one to capture our attention.  You can send your Message via the Comments Tab on our Home Page - and we wish you luck!!

Win a Free Trip To Belgium!!

OTM's go to Belgian Beer Experts, Vanberg & DeWulf brought this opportunity to our attention, Thanks Wendy. http://www.weeklypint.com/ultimate-brew-tour/affiliate-152.  And if Beer's your thing be sure to sign up for The Weekly Pint Newsletter.

New Executive Chef at Fairmont Pittsburgh

The Fairmont just announced the appointment of a new Executive Chef, taking over from Andrew Morrison on November 5.  Jason Dalling is coming from the Fairmont Washington DC, and has spent his career with Fairmont since 1992.  Chef Andrew returned to the DC area where he worked before coming to Pittsburgh, and he's at The Mayflower.  OTM looks forward to meeting Jason in the near future.

Chef Jeff Tunks makes News in the Nation's Capital

OTM's good friend Jeff Tunks has expanded his DC-area Restaurant Empire Passion Food Hospitality group with the opening of Fuego Cocina y Teqileria in the Clarendon neighborhood of Arlington VA - www.fuegova.com.  Mexico City native Alfredo Solis takes Top Toque at Fuego, after a decade with other Passion Food Kitchens.  The menu draws on his heritage using traditional methods and ingredients.  120 Tequila Labels will be shelved at the Bar.  And DC Coast keeps marching on - just named by Travel+Leisure on its list of the 32 Best Seafood Restaurants in the US - www.dccoast.com.

Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival - October 26 - New day of the week, New Location

This Great Event for Spirit's Lovers has 2 Changes from previous year's.  It happens on a Friday, next Friday to be exact; and what better place for the ": Las Vegas" theme than Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino? The Official Name has also changed - The Pittsburgh Whiskey & Fine Spirits Festival to be precise.  OTM will be there, and we hope you will be........... IT's THE event for Spirits Lovers. For more information and tickets www.pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com.

Pittsburgh's Church Brew Works Bring Home the Gold

The Great American Beer Festival hands out lot's of Awards, but a Michael Phelps/Mark Spitz type "Handful Plus" is still quite an achievement.  Lawrenceville's The Church Brew Works made off with a Haul of Six Awards at this revent event.  Topping the list, they won Best Large Brewpub, and Steve Sloan won Best Large Brewpub Brewer of the Year.  Heini's Hooch claimed Gold in the Old/Strong Ale category and 3 other Brews won Silver or Bronze.  Congratulations to Owner Sean Casey and Brewer Steve Sloan for putting Pittsburgh on the nation's Brew Pub Map!!  www.churchbrew.com.

Michael Wignall at The Latymer, Pennyhill Park Wins 2 Michelin Stars to go with AA 5 Diamonds

OTM first met Chef Wignall at The Devonshire Arms in Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire; then we were suprisingly reacquainted at The Latymer (we didn't know he'd moved).  On both occasions our Meals were extraordinarily excellent, so this recognition is surprising only because Michelin is known to be quite "Stingy" with Stars for British restaurants.  Michael, Congratulations to you and your team!!  You can hear OTM's interview with Chef Wignall shortly after he recaptured the Michelin Star for The Devonshire Arms - OTM Audio Archive, progam date May 14, 2006 - when you hear him you'll understand how he's been so successful at The Latymer.

Arthur Avenue, Bronx - Italy is Closer than you Think - September 22

Join OTM's Good Friend Renee Restivo of Soul of Sicily at a Special Italian Event a bit closer to home.  Find out more at https://sites.google.com/site/arthuravenuewalks/home.

Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy - Perfecting Perfection?

Chef-Patron Massimo Bottura wasn't satisfied, here's how he puts it.  "In my furure there is always more future".... "We have intrepreted our third Michelin Star(awarded in 2011) as a point of departure, not arrival".  So in January he decided to completely restructure the restaurant with a spacious new kitchen in an adjacent building, completely new dining areas and lots more great contemporary artwork.  We hear that Francescana reopened 2 days ago, but the new menu isn't due till next month.  For more information the website is www.osteriafrancescana.it.  To listen to Massimo's extensive interview with OTM, go to OTM Audio Archives, program date September 14, 2008 - you'll be fascinated.

Cast Iron Cookoff in Chattanooga TN September 23

OTM's good friends from Lodge Manufacturing in nearby South Pittsburg TN sponsor the Annual Event.  Seven Chefs competed last year, Alton Brown served as Master of Ceremonies and there was an  "Iron Chef-style" secret ingredient.  Shrimp last year, what this year we wonder.  Get more information about the event at www.chattanoogamarket.com.  Naturally the Chefs used Lodge's great Cast Iron Cookware.  You can get yours directly like we did at www.lodgemfg.com, and or at fine Cookware stores.

Lonely Planet Wins Favorite Travel Guide Award

Billed as "the world's largest travel site" TripAdvisor just announced their 2012 Traveler's Choice Awards, among them Favorite Travel Guide.  No surprise to OTM, and probably you too, the Award went to Lonely Planet.  You can find out more at websites from both companies - www.lonelyplanet.com & www.tripadvisor.com

Problem with Today's Program

We are aware of the problem that the link to today's program, which plays last Sunday's broadcast instead of the program weproduced for today.  We don't know if it's a techical problem or human error (which is more usual as Peter has been known to make typos), but we're working to correct the problem as soon as possible and we apologize for your inconvenience.  Another Update will announce when the situation is corrected and we appreciate your patience in the meantime.

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Our Webmaster is human! The correct program is now in place.  Again we apologize for any incovenience and hope you will ejoy the very interesting program.  And we'll talk to you all again next week.  Happy Labor Day!

Pittsburgh Whiskey Festival October 26, 2012 goes Las Vegas!

And what better place for a Vegas theme than Pittsburgh's Rivers Casino?  OTM will be there, and we hope you will be...........  IT's THE event for Spirits Lovers.  For more information and tickets www.pittsburghwhiskeyfestival.com.

Jamison's Host 3rd Annual

OTM good friends John & Sukey Jamison will host this very special event at their Farm in Latrobe, after a welcoming reception at the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children's Media at St. Vincnet College.  Ann Quantrano, famed Chef-Owner of Bachinalia, Atlanta, will head a team of Chefs from SW Pa & Washington DC - and you can guess thsat Lamb will feature on the menu.  Get more information at http://bit.ly/PxLcEl.   

RIP Dean Giacomini of Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese

OTM joins the Family, the Dairy and California communities in mourning the passing of Dean Giacomini, Matron of the Great Cheese Making Family.  As Karen, Diana, Lynn & Jill say "Despite our enormous loss, we together with our dad, Bob, and our amazing team of managers and staff - will forge ahead as a company with focus & cimmitment, honoring our mother in the best way we know how."  We wish them all well!!

B. R Cohn Fall Music Festival with the Doobie Brothers & Friends - October 5-8

It's that tome of year again when the Doobie Brothers support their Manager, Bruce Cohn, with a humdinger of a Music Festival - with some fine dining, wine & golf thrown in.  OTM was there a few years back, and we ca

Today's Program is Now Online

Peter's been spending too much time watching the Olympics - or some other distraction which led to a Human Error in Posting the August 5 Program.  It is NOW online.  We apologize for any inconveneience - and GO ANDY!!

In London for the Olympics - Watch out for the Traffic

At the best of time London traffic is very congested.  For the period of the Games there are no superlatives that will properly describe it.  Go to http://bit.ly/MHMLMY for daily updates on where Traffic can be expected to be at its worst.  And the problem starts - not on Friday but tomorrow when the Torch Relay concludes its long journey - and the route it will follow be - not congested, CLOSED to traffic.  OTM will be Armchair Olympicing, whether you're there or at home we hope you will enjoy the spectacle.

Erratum - Chef-Owner at Karpo London is Daniel Taylor

OTM apologizes for our mistake which was due to faulty memory. 

More OTM on London Dining - in Print & Online

Check out OTM in Print for a just-published Article covering some of our Favorite London Dining Spots.  We've also compiled a more extensive list you can check out below.

Let cravings be your guide. Notable in various categories


Modern British


Roganic www.roganic.co.uk 19 Blandford St W1  Baker St/Bond St

Dabbous  www.dabbous.co.uk.  39 Whitfield St W1, Goodge St

Magdalen (www.magdalenrestaurant.co.uk/ 150 Tooley St EC1 London Bridge)

River Café (www.rivercafe.co.uk, Thames Wharf Rainville Rd  W6, Hammersmith (20 minute walk or taxi)

Hix www.restaurantsetcltd.co.uk/restaurants/  Soho & other locations

Texture (texture-restaurant.co.uk/ 34 Portman St W1 Bond St)

Le Café Anglais (/www.lecafeanglais.co.uk/ 8 Porchester Gardens W2, Kensington Queensway)

The Lyttelton at The Stafford by Kempinski, (www.thelyttelton.com/  16 St. James Place SW1 St James/Green Park)

Alyn Williams at The Westbury (www.westburymayfair.com/alyn-williams-at-the-westbury-,restaurent_viewItem_2-en.html Condiut St. near Bond St W1, Bond St.)

Pollen Street Social (www.pollenstreetsocial.com/ 10 Pollen St W1 Oxford Circus)

Boundary  (www.theboundary.co.uk/ Boundary & Redchurch E2 Shoreditch High St)


French (Some with Modern British cross-over)


Galvin Restaurants (www.galvinrestaurants.com/) Several locations & restaurant concepts

Le Gavroche (www.le-gavroche.co.uk, 43 Upper Brook St, W1, Marble Arch)

Racine (www.racine-restaurant.com, 239 Brompton Rd SW3, Knightsbridge/S Kensington)


Iberian (Spanish, Portuguese)


(Spanish) Moro (www.moro.co.uk, 34 Exmouth Market, EC1, Chancery Lane)

(Portugese) Viajante (www.viajante.co.uk/ Patriot Square E2 , Bethnal Green



Amaya (www.amaya.biz/ Halkin Arcade, Motcomb St SW1 Knightsbridge)

Bombay Brasserie www.bombaybrasserie.co.uk, Courtfield Rd SW7 S Kensington Gloucester Rd

Masala Zone (www.masalazone.com/locations.php) Several locations

The Quilon Restaurant, www.quilon.co.uk. 41 Buckingham Gate SW1 St James St James Park

Trishna (www.trishnalondon.com, 15 Blandford St, W1, Bond St

Veeraswamy (www.veeraswamy.com, 99 Regent St. W1, Oxford Circus)



Aurelia, ((www.aurelialondon.co.uk; 13 Cork St W1, Green Park)

Dego Wine Bar & Restaurant (www.degowinebar.co.uk. Portland House W1, Oxford Circus)

L’Anima (www.lanima.co.uk/, 1 Snowden St. EC2, Shoreditch/Old St)

Locanda Locatelli (www.locandalocatelli.com/, 8 Seymour St, Marble Arch)

River Café (www.rivercafe.co.uk/rc_page.php), Thames Wharf Rainville Rd  www.rivercafe.co.uk/rc_page.php W6 Hammersmith (then 20 minute walk or taxi)


Hakkasan Hanway Place www.hakkasan.com/hanway-place/ 8 Hanway pl. W1, Tottenham Court Rd)


Hakkasan Mayfair www.hakkasan.com/mayfair/ 17 Bruton St W,1 Bond St)


Yauatcha  www.yauatcha.com/soho/ 15 Broadwick St W1, Oxford Circus)



Roka – 2 locations (www.rokarestaurant.com, 37 Charlotte St W1, Goodge St; 4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Sq Canary Wharf Canary Wharf

Zuma zumarestaurant.com/ 12 Raphael St SW1, Knightsbridge


J Sheekey (www.j-sheekey.co.uk/ 28 St. Martin’s Court WC2, Leicester Sq)

Sweetings (www.sweetingsrestaurant.com, 39 Queen Victoria St, Mansion House)


(Nose to Tail) Fergus Henderson belongs in a category all of his own, but we have to put him somewhere - St. John http://www.stjohnrestaurant.com/ 26 St. John St EC1, Barbican.  His hotel and casual “sandwich shop” can be accessed through the website above.  He and his wife Margot also own Rochelle Canteen www.arnoldandhenderson.com, Arnold Circus E2, Liverpool St.)

(Barbecue) Barbecoa /www.barbecoa.com/ One New Change Passage EC4, St. Paul’s

(View) OXO Tower (www.harveynichols.com/oxo-tower-london OXO Tower Wharf Southbank SE1, Temple/Blackfriars/Waterloo

(Museums) Tate Modern, Tate Britain and other museums and galleries have café(s), convenient if you’re there


Burger & Lobster (burgerandlobster.com,  29 Clarges St W1, Green Park) new location at 36 Dean St W1 opening  this month

Leon (www.leonrestaurants.com) various locations

The Mall Tavern (www.malltavern.com, 71 Palace Gardens Terrace W8, Notting Hill Gate

The Modern Pantry  (www.themodernpantry.co.uk/, 47 St John Square EC1, Chancery Lane/Farringdon)

Other Eating & Drinking Options

Absolutely wander the stalls at Borough Market. London has many “ultra casual”  and “fast food” options.  Starbucks has arrived, but not yet on every corner, unlike Pret a Manger, which did poorly in the USA, but seems to be on every London street.  McDonalds is all too evident (sadly KFC, etc). and they will operate the 1500 seat space at the main Olympic site. There are many “chippys” – Fish (breaded & deep fried) and Chips (fries), also individually owned down-market Cafes (consider carefully before you order the Calorie & Cholesterol supercharged “Full English Breakfast), Chinese, Indian and other ethnic choices.  Brick Lane near the Saturday market at Spitalfields, has a true critical mass of inexpensive Indian restaurants – more information at www.visitbricklane.org/.

A final word of caution – remember that the British Pound exchange rate to the $ is $1.55 so thinking of a Pound as $2 and a Penny as 3 cents will help minimize the effect of London’s high food and drink prices on your pocketbook .







Stars instead of Medals - Dining in Bucolic Bray - the ultimate Gourmet Adventure

This charming village claims the world’s highest density of Michelin Stars to population—six and a community counted in hundreds.is beautifully situated on the bank of the River Thames, where passing swans and small boats provide a scenic back-drop. It has held three Michelin Stars for 27 years. Founded by brothers Michel and Albert Roux in 1972, the Inn, now run by Michel and his chef son Alain, restores diners’ enchantment with French cuisine. Service is world class, yet relaxed. The Waterside also offers overnight luxury accommodations.


Within 500 yards Heston Blumenthal’s iconic The Fat Duck, also with three stars, has set the pace for Modern British cuisine since 1995.  Surprisingly thoughtful as well as innovative, Blumenthal captures the food world’s attention. A self-taught chef, he’s a tireless experimenter with the science of food.  For years he traded World’s Best Restaurant #1 and #2 awards with El Bulli’s Ferran Adria.  


Just across the road for a more casual meal, book at Blumenthal’s The Crown or Hinds Head Tavern, with its menu of historic village pub food. In London, if you can snag a reservation, sample his new dining “concept” at Dinner by Heston in Knightsbridge—its menu produced again by research into traditional British food..

Chocolate University - a TRULY INSPIRING Story

On the Menu often comes across astonishing Life Experiences in the world of Food & Drink, Stories of how People have overcome dramatic clallenges to create businesses that truly make the World a Better Place.  Chocolate University is one of these!  An upcoming OTM program segment will feature Shawn Askinosie, a Defense Attorney turned Chocolate Maker in Springfield MO.  But it's such an Inspiring Story we didn't want to wait until this porigram airs.  Go to www.chocolateuniversity.org, read about the program, read the Blogs of participating students............. We promise you'll be amazed an delighted to find out about something GOOD that's happening in the world.

London Dining for Olympics & Other Summer Visitors

London is such a HUGE City with thousands upon thousands of Dining Options.  So OTM decided to Help you make selections from among our favorites and other Notable Restaurants.  If you're new to On the Menu, just go to our website's OTM Audio Archives page, Select program dates July 15, 22 or 29 and you'll be able to listen in on our interviews with some of the Best & Most Interesting.... Remember that although the programs and their contents are listed, the Listen Now link isn't active until 8AM US-EDT on the program date......... And we hope you enjoy the Games and the Sights as well!!

June 24 Program now Available

The earlier problem is resolved.  OTM apologizes for any inconvenience.

Voltaggio & Lunchbox in Frederick MD opening new Sibling

Opening late this week, Family Meal described as a "Diner", "....a place for familes to spend time together" says Chef-Partner Bryan Voltaggio.  This new venture is being launched by Bryan and partner Hilda Staples in an "industrial" part of Frederick at 880 N. East St., and it will be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 days a week.  Eggs, burgers, House-cured Pastrami, Duck Fat Fries......  They'll be making their own Ice Cream and using it in "Adult" milkshakes as well.  Beers from local Flying Dog Brewery & Brooklyn Brewery will be featured.  And we hear Bryan & Hilda have a new place in the works, Range, due to open later this year in the Chevy Chase area of DC.

IO Osteria Personale - It's where to Eat in Florence

Seems to On the Menu that everyone's in Florence!  Io Osteria Personale in Trendy Oltrarno is a Wonderful Dining Choice to avoid the Throng.  A Stylish Space and a Menu Featuring Traditional, Local, Seasonal Ingredients in Fascinating Combinations, Carefully Selected Wines from Small Producers - IO has it all!!  When you go, say Ciao from OTM to Owner Matteo Fantini & Chef Nicolo Baretti.  For more information www.io-osteriapersonale.it


It's that All-Clad Time of Year Again - the Seconds Sale

This Very Special Event for All-Clad fans has been going for Decades, and long ago exceeded the capacity of the company's parking lot at Southpoint.  The Dates are June 1 & 2, the location Washington County Fairgrounds, 2151 North Main St., 9AM-7PM Saturday and 9AM-4PM Sunday.  All-Clad promises savings of between 30 & 70% and "New Stock will be offered daily" (not quite sure what that means.  It's a great deal on Cookware that truly lasts a lifetime- OTM has plenty with at least 1/2 a lifetime under its belt.

OTM in Print Links Updated

Due to an update of the Web Site where Links to OTM Print Stories are stored, the old URLs for the Articles were changed.  We have worked diligently to update the links.  So if you recently tried to access an Article and the link failed, please try again. 

2012 Oyster Wine Awards Announced

OTM's old friends Jon Rowley & Bill Taylor from "Oyster-land USA", otherwise known as the Pacific NW, bring us News of their popular Oyster Wine competition. The Finals for the popular annual dating service for West Coast wines and oysters took place April 24 in Los Angeles at the WaterGrill, April 25 at Kuletos in San Francisco and April 26 at Anthony's Homeport at Shilshole Bay in Seattle. Four Washington, three California and three Oregon white wines, including six bright, refreshing Pinot Gris, two crisp Sauvignon Blancs, a dry Chenin Blanc and an elegant Pinot Blanc prevailed over 101 entries.

Taylor Shellfish Farms of Shelton, Washington, sponsor of the Competition, is pleased to congratulate the 2012 "Oyster Award" winners:

Brandborg 2010 Pinot Gris (OR)

**Cedergreen Cellars 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (WA)

**Dry Creek Vineyard 2011 Dry Chenin Blanc (CA)

**Foris Vineyard Winery 2010 Pinot Blanc (OR)

**Hogue Cellars 2010 Pinot Grigio (WA)

Kenwood Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris, Russian River (CA)

**Kenwood Vineyards 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (CA)

Milbrandt Vineyards 2010 Traditions Pinot Gris (WA)

Sockeye 2010 Pinot Gris (WA)

**Van Duzer Vineyards 2011 Pinot Gris (OR)

**Prior "Oyster Awards"

For more information go to www.oysterwine.com


Top 100 Best Resaturants - Brett Graham of The Ledbury, Daniel Humm & Will Guidara 11 Madison Park, David Thompson Nahm, Carme Ruscalleda Sant Pau& Heston B now has 2 matching D Chang & T Keller

The San Pellegrino World's Best 1-50 & 51-100 Lists are always somewhat controversial.  The 2012 List shows a lot of movement in the rankings, with many 2011 favorites on their way down - OTM will leave you to investigate the misery component.  We prefer the positive, so here's some of the great news we saw - in order of numerical ranking. Succeeding in it's first year is Dinner By Heston at #9 (bu not all good news at The Fat Duck fell to #13; 11 Madison Park climbed 14 slots to #10 - how great for new owners Daniel & Will; Brett Graham at The Ledbury goes up 20 to #14 - we interviewed Brett's Mentor & Partner Philip Howard in London recently and he's so proud of Brett; David Thompson's Nahm in Bangkok enters for the first time at #50 - surprising when Michelin took away the star of Nahm in London; Daniel Patterson of Coi is threating the top 50 with a 17 slot rise to #58 - go there for the iconic cuisine, and like OTM you'll understand why and expect them to go higher; last but not least "Best pick" of the entire 2012 list in OTM's humble opinion is Carme Ruscalleda, Sant Pau - a truly outstanding Chef-Senora.  That's the Good News. 

Thomas Keller awarded San Pellegrino Lifetime Achievement Award

In conjunction with the soon to be announced S. Pellegrino 50 Best Restaurants list for 2012, the SP "Academy" just announced that Chef Keller will join their Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame, joining Juan Mari Arzak, Eckart Witgigmann & Joel Robuchon.  Keller's French Laundry has appeared in the Top 50 every year going back to the inaugural list 10 years ago, and topped the list in 2003 and 2004.  At OTM we are pleased to count Thomas Keller as a good friend, an Unassuming Perfectionist who always credits the Culinary Teams at his Restaurants for the success they have enjoyed.  And his Magnificent Cookbooks have inspired innumerable Chefs around the world.  Thomas we are thrilled for you, and we hope to congratulate you in person very soon!! 

Let's Hear it for The .....burgh - thanks Details Magazine

OTM is Proud of its home city of Pittsburgh, alternately Pleased of it's Livability Reputation and Displeased by scornful "you're from Pittsburgh" comments.  We we're just thrilled that Details April issue provided extensive coverage of the City's Recent Revival.  Read for yourself at http://on.details.com/HtYkGt; and see for yourself - Come Visit!!

May 7 sample fine Italian Wines in NYC

Leading Italian Wine Importer Vias Imports is offering a Tasting of their Portfolio of the Finest Wines from many different regions of Italy.  The Tasting will be held at The Altman Building, 135 W 18th, from 1-7PM.  For more information contact Virginia Cademartori, email virginia@sallyfischerpr.com.  And we'll hope to see you there.  Salud!!

Tequila Partida's 2nd Annual Spirit Bird Challenge, Key West, April 29

OTM loves this all-natural, ultra premium Tequila.  Remarkably it's a new product - hence only having it's 2nd competition.  Find out more about what makes Partida so special by listening to Jacques Bezvidenhout, Brand Ambassador, Partida Tequila, San Francisco.  For more information about the Key West event and later ones in Sacramento & Dallas go to  www.partidatequila.com.  And be sure to stock your own Cocktail Cabinet with Partida's outstanding Tequilas.