6 of the Best Restaurants in the World are in the U.S

NEW YORK (TheStreet) — Want to eat at the best restaurant in the United States?

Then you need to get to the only restaurant in the U.S. that made the top five on a list of the best places to eat in the world, The World’s 50 Best Restaurants.

It’s a New York City-based restaurant, once owned by restaurateur Danny Meyer. And it’s among five other American establishments that made this year’s top 50 list.

The annual ranking that, as its namesake says, ranks the best restaurants in the world from votes by nearly 1,000 international restaurant industry experts. The awards and the list are organized and compiled by William Reed Media and were presented Monday evening at an event in London.

 Check out the list to see which six U.S. restaurants made the original list.
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6. The French Laundry
Yountville, Calif.
Cuisine: Modern French-American

Head to California’s Napa Valley to experience tried and true decadence with Thomas Keller’s The French Laundry, which came in at No. 50 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

“Cult dishes such as salmon tartare cornet, oysters and pearls (a sabayon of pearl tapioca with oysters and white sturgeon caviar) or coffee and doughnuts remain firm favourites, but the daily changing nine-course tasting menus, including a vegetarian version, continue to evolve with ever-new creations,” the report said.


5. Blue Hill at Stone Barns
Pocantico Hills, N.Y.
Cuisine: Conscious and ingredient-driven

Farm-to-table dining is at its best at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, which ranked No. 49 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, its first time making it onto the list. The restaurant, located roughly 30 miles north of New York City and on a working four-season farm where co-owner and executive chef Dan Barber uses all of the farm’s “bounty” as well as other Hudson Valley-only sourced produce and is also “pushing his own boundaries by growing and cross-pollinating plants to create experimental cultivars.”

Don’t expect to find an actual menu at Blue Hill. Instead guests are offered a tasting menu called “Grazing, Pecking, Rooting” for as many courses as you want.

“Barber has a unique skill in bringing out the very essence of each element on the plate. Dishes are served informally yet ceremoniously, with table theatrics that form part of the restaurant’s educational mission. Before a fish course, for instance, you might be shown a video of its catch,” according to the report.

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4. Per Se
New York, N.Y.
Cuisine: Contemporary French-American

Per Se, sister to the Thomas Keller-owned French Laundry, ranked No. 40 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list.

Certainly not in the shadow of its West Coast sibling, Per Se has three Michelin stars of its own and has been on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants list since it opened in 2004.

“Keller’s signature dishes, such as oysters and pearls (a sabayon of pearl tapioca with oysters and caviar), are present and correct, but there is also plenty of innovation and creativity,” the report said. “Seasonal American ingredients are fully expressed in ever-evolving recipes that draw on classical French cuisine.”

Good coffee tips for home baristas

You want good strong coffee, like the stuff you find at coffeehouses, minus the hefty price tag, right? Maybe you’ve tried to make it yourself at home without much success. It takes more than just extra coffee grounds to brew a strong, flavorful cup of coffee.

Typical American coffee just isn’t meant to stand up to espresso-strength brewing. It wasn’t roasted or ground for that purpose, so it turns bitter when you use more. To make good strong coffee, the process starts long before the brew cycle. It starts with the right roast and the right grind.

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THE RIGHT ROAST FOR THE RIGHT BREW

For stronger coffee, without the bitterness, start with the roast. The longer a coffee bean roasts, the richer the flavor. Arabica and Columbian beans in darker roasts provide a full-bodied brew well suited for strong coffee. However, French roast, no matter the bean used, is the absolute best for strong coffee lovers.

In terms of darker roasts, the fresher the better. If you’re really adventurous, you can roast your own beans in less than six minutes in an air popcorn popper to ensure you start with the freshest roast possible.

You can find green coffee beans through gourmet grocers and online suppliers. Only use an air popcorn popper or appliances designed to roast coffee beans. Air poppers, for instance, can vent the chaff created from roasting coffee beans.

Pour in a small amount of your chosen green coffee beans, equal to the amount of popcorn kernels recommended for your popper, and turn on the machine. You should hear cracking after the first three minutes. Watch the beans carefully for the next two or three minutes.

Just before they reach the dark color you want, pour them into a colander and shake to cool. Grind the beans as soon as they cool completely.

THE DAILY GRIND MEANS EVERYTHING

If you grind your own coffee, choose a setting that gives you a coarse grind. You don’t want to use a powdery grind to make strong coffee. You want a chunky consistency to get the best strong brew. Be careful not to overheat the beans during grinding, as this can create bitterness later. Don’t grind more than you’re likely to use in a five day period.

Store your grinds in a glass jar with an airtight lid. Keep the jar away from light, not in the fridge or freezer. Coffee is at its absolute best when roasted, ground, and brewed within 24 hours. However, if you store it in an airtight container out of the light, your grounds will stay fresh up to five days.

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BREW THE PERFECT CUP

With darker roasts, you do not have to use more grounds to achieve a good strong brew. Since tastes vary, this is the part where you get to experiment to suit your own taste. Start with a ratio of one rounded tablespoon of coffee grounds per six to eight ounces of water. Gradually increase grinds in ½ tablespoon increments until you find the perfect ratio for your tastes and coffee maker.

If you simply cannot abide taking the time to roast or grind your own, you can make standard coffee stronger, to an extent. Buy good quality, pre-ground, pre-packaged coffee in a French roast. Add a pinch of salt to your coffee pot before brewing to eliminate some of the bitterness. It won’t be the same, but it least it won’t be quite as bitter or nasty as the stuff you’ll get by heaping on extra grounds.

Source: http://www.tablespoon.com/posts/good-strong-coffee-tips-for-home-baristas

Your turn: What’s your secret to a great cup of strong coffee?

Favourite Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie Recipe

Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie

Recipe courtesy: Peanut Butter and Banana Recipe

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces skim milk or plain soy milk
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 medium banana

Directions

  1. Make it: In a blender, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Use 6 ice cubes for a thicker consistency.

Nutrition Information

Servings Per Recipe: 1
PER SERVING: 303 cal., 9 g total fat (2 g sat. fat), 45 g carb. (4 g fiber), 16 g pro.

It was difficult to find espresso in India

Travel has been our passion, and we stayed in India for almost a decade because my husband was sent there. We decided to make the most of our stay by traveling to various places in that country. I had a few problems though. I am a coffee addict, and finding a decently brewed coffee in a country that is predominantly tea drinker, was a difficult proposition. The closest they came to latte on coffee was in some southern State. The person poured coffee from a height of about 3 feet into a small glass below, with a great deal of precision, and repeated the action with the other hand till decent froth was built on coffee. There was nothing wrong with the coffee or beans. It was just that I was not accustomed to drinking so sweet coffee, and prefer it neatly placed before me in a ceramic cup or mug.

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After a few months of suffering, we ordered an espresso maker from Amazon but not before going through oh so many reviews about such appliances. I was told that reviews may not always be genuine. I believed that to be true. How can a small appliance get so many good reviews and simultaneously bad reviews? So when my husband was reading those reviews, I suggested that he only opt for the best espresso makers. “And how am I to judge that?” he’d asked. I promptly told him to look for espresso makers on Amazon that scored only four and and five star. The task was time consuming but my husband had the time, and I didn’t. So he sat a couple of hours for almost a week and searched different websites to locate the best espresso maker based on my stipulation. In about a week’s time, he had a few “best espresso maker reviews” for me to review and finalize. We decided we will take a small machine, rather a single cup espresso maker because Indians prefer tea and as long as we stay in India, we would have Indian visitors.

I feel no shame in admitting that I am the decision maker in my family in so far as the kitchen appliances go. My husband and my son get to do all the spade work. We finally settled for Mr. Coffee espresso maker. It was not until we had paid for it with my husband’s credit card that I noticed a few negative reviews. I guess there must have been some reason for my husband liking it. All I can say is I am happy with the appliance. I get creamy frothy coffee, and my younger children got creamy frothy chocolate from the same machine.