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8 Spectacular Restaurant Fireplaces Slideshow

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Restaurants that are sure to warm the body and soul

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This date night hot spot serves an array of tapas-style dishes inspired by a host of Mediterranean cuisines, from Spanish to Greek. The romantic vibe is reflected in the décor as well, with a stone, wood-burning fireplace serving as the central focal point of the restaurant.

Alta, New York City

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This date night hot spot serves an array of tapas-style dishes inspired by a host of Mediterranean cuisines, from Spanish to Greek. The romantic vibe is reflected in the décor as well, with a stone, wood-burning fireplace serving as the central focal point of the restaurant.

1789 Restaurant, Washington, D.C.

This venerable Georgetown restaurant maintains the old-school sense of formality that it always has, although the owners recently loosened up their dress code from jackets required to jackets suggested. A grandiose marble fireplace adds a warm touch to the dining room.

Eight K Restaurant, Snowmass Village, Colo.

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After a long day of hitting the slopes there’s nothing better than warming up with a fireside meal. Luckily, guests at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass Village can dine at Eight K, where the snowy view is almost as enchanting as the restaurant’s atmosphere.

The Fireplace Restaurant, Brookline, Mass.


The name says it all. Chef and owner Jim Solomon serves classic New England fare, specializing in seafood dishes, at this cozy establishment. The restaurant’s namesake is the main event, with a large stone fireplace placed prominently in the main dining room.

L'Espalier, Boston

Frank McClelland’s widely acclaimed restaurant is known for providing diners with an experience of luxury and pampering, from the locally driven food to the elegant atmosphere. The Library dining room is decorated with dark wooden furnishings and bookcases, including a slate-colored tile fireplace.

Old Town Social, Chicago

This Old Town bar and restaurant has an antique air about it, from the timeworn mirrors hanging on the walls to the restored wooden fixtures and exposed beams. On particularly blustery days in the Windy City, Chicagoans escape to Old Town Social to sit by their carved wooden fireplace.

Per Se, New York City

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Apart from being regarded as one of the best restaurants in the country, Thomas Keller’s East Coast flagship is known for its stunning aesthetic beauty as well. Juxtaposed against the crisp white tablecloths and the outstanding view of Columbus Circle are touches of Per Se’s sister restaurant, The French Laundry — the iconic blue door and a cozy fireplace.

Six Seven, Seattle

Between the breathtaking views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains and the elegant fare created from seasonal ingredients, it’s easy to overlook Six Seven’s understated décor. However, the restaurant’s stunning wood and stone fireplace demands more than a passing glance.

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Israel Takes Doughnut Decoration To Dizzying New Heights

Image by Ronen Mangan and Roladin

A part of Roladin’s 2017 collection, some of these doughnuts come with ‘chasers’ — syringes filled with different flavors.

Just before Hanukkah each year, doughnut collections are released in Israel as if they were haute couture Parisienne fashion. The humble Israeli jelly-filled doughnut dusted with powdered sugar has evolved over the last decade or two into doughnuts with show-stopping glazes, decorations, and gimmicks — and palate-tantalizing flavors.

Click on the green model below to see a spectacular slideshow.

Spectacular Sufganiyot Slideshow

Roladin, a leading bakery with multiple locations throughout Israel, launched a mega media campaign with billboards plastered all over the country with images of models displaying doughnuts. The models wear elaborate costumes and high-fashion makeup — this one wears green for the “Green Queen,” a pistachio cream doughnut with white chocolate.

The doughnut evolution was undeniable when the “chaser doughnuts” gimmick swept the Israeli market. Chasers are syringes filled with flavored creams and coulis that are stuck into the doughnuts. This year’s chaser doughnuts include a raspberry coulis chaser in the cheesecake strawberry doughnut at Tatti (just outside Tel Aviv), a tropical chaser in a cheesecake doughnut and a caramel filled syringe in the ‘Pecan-iliya’ doughnut at Roladin.

Roladin, a leading bakery with multiple locations throughout Israel, launched a mega media campaign with billboards plastered all over the country with images of models displaying doughnuts. The models wear elaborate costumes and high-fashion makeup — in green for the “Green Queen,” a pistachio cream doughnut with white chocolate, and in red for the classic strawberry one. In November, Roladin previewed its new doughnut collection and gave away free doughnuts for one day at its Ibn Gvirol, Tel Aviv location.

In the Jerusalem-themed doughnuts project, sanctioned by the city of Jerusalem as part of a city-wide golden jubilee (semi-centennial) Hanukkah festival, a collaboration between Angel Bakery and Midnight Steak produced a savory mixed grill doughnut. Midnight Steak סטקיית חצות makes the popular grilled offal (hearts, livers, gizzards, spleens), commonly known as “Jerusalem mixed grill,” with its secret spice mix. It’s usually served stuffed in a pita and drizzled with tahini, amba (Iraqi mango pickle) and green or red spicy sauce. For Hanukkah, the brainchild of these two iconic Jerusalem institutions is Midnight Steak’s Jerusalem mixed grill in Angel Bakery’s doughnut, which will be served exclusively at Midnight Steak restaurant in Shuk Mahane Yehuda in Jerusalem.

A “Cotton Candy” cronut is a part of The Showroom Bakehouse’s “Luna Park”-themed doughnut collection. It pays a very pleasing homage to New York’s Dominique Ansel’s cronut, with pink strawberry vanilla mascarpone and blue cotton candy on top. The Showroom Bakehouse has a storefront by Rabin Square and a Hanukkah pop-up at Sarona Market in Tel Aviv.

Last year, Biscotti (just outside Tel Aviv) launched a doughnut collection inspired by childhood flavors. One of its highlight was the “Bamba” doughnut. Bamba, a quintessential Israeli peanut snack, is now sold at Traders Joe’s and soon enough will be a household staple in American homes too. This year the peanut theme carries over in the pretzel, or begale as Israelis call it: a doughnut with caramel, and glazed with peanut butter ganache which is a part of Biscotti’s 2017 crunchy themed doughnut collection.

A 300 NIS ($28) doughnut glazed in 24-karat edible gold at Dudu Automezgin Patisserie (multiple locations) is clearly controversial. Gold stock exchange rates aside, it was neither aesthetically pleasing nor refined. YOLO GOLD, a Roladin doughnut, inspired by a chocolate pudding snack by the same name, is a chocolate, hazelnuts and praline doughnut with touches of mini gold leaves, selling for 11 NIS (a little over $3).

There was even a call on social media for participants in a country-fair-hot-dog-eating-like contest, only with doughnuts. But for those who are sentimental, it takes only one classic Israeli jelly doughnut to satisfy the soul.

Shulie Madnick is a food and Travel writer and photographer. Follow her blog Food Wanderings, on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook

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One reason fire pits are so popular – besides the fact that they’re perfect for both dining and relaxing outdoors – is that you can mix-and-match table shapes, hearth tops, finishes, and bases to create a unique look.

In Season: Classic Eureka and Lisbon lemons, as well as pink lemons (also known as zebra lemons, these have a striped yellow-and-green or yellow-and-pink rind and a pink interior), are available year-round in supermarkets.

What to Look For: Choose lemons not much more than 3 inches from tip to stem and that are heavy for their size. The skin should be taut and thin avoid those with very hard skin. Through skin, you should be able to feel the flesh inside. The lemon should give slightly when pressed. Wrinkled, dry-skinned, or dull-colored lemons are past their prime.

How to Store: Lemons can be refrigerated in a plastic bag for two to three weeks.

A marvelous, meaty option, halibut is more luxurious than inexpensive mild white fish fillets like tilapia, haddock, or catfish. Like most fish, halibut is loaded with omega-3 fatty acids (approximately 740mg in one five- to six-ounce serving!), plus magnesium and niacin. Like many types of seafood, halibut pairs especially well with citrus, such as our recipe for Halibut with Grapefruit and Rosemary, pictured here. The fish is broiled and served with a generous drizzle of an earthy grapefruit syrup.

Halibut is also a fantastic fish to use in a mixed seafood stew, soup, or salad that calls for white fish. Because it's meaty, it doesn't fall apart or overcook easily when cooked. It's a great option for an Italian-style cioppino that also features lobster, shrimp, squid, and cockles. With a delicate tomato broth and plenty of herbs, a superstar cioppino recipe will bring big flavor to the dinner table.

Halibut has a dense and firm flesh that needs little salt and pepper but stays intact when grilled. Because of this, it's one of our favorite fish to prepare during grilling season. Here you'll find simple but spectacular preparations of grilled halibut that you can serve alongside seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes, or just delicious crusty bread.

For colder weather, we also have recipes for halibut that call for a slow-cooker or baking the fish in the oven in a casserole dish. No matter how you choose to prepare it, halibut delivers delicious flavor and a boost of nutrients to the table time and time again.

A classic St. Patrick's Day feast involves corned beef and cabbage&mdashand maybe a swig or two of beer&mdashbut there are many other delicious recipes that can be eaten on March 17, too. Whether your family has been observing the holiday for generations or you just love an excuse to entertain friends, a St. Patrick's Day celebration is always a good idea, and every good party needs equally good food. This collection of recipes includes a wide array of classic dishes to make for your St. Patrick's Day festivities, plus a few more unexpected options, like the Stout Shandy pictured here.

If you're looking for an authentically Irish meal, you might be surprised to hear that corned beef is actually the least popular choice for a St. Patrick's Day meal in Ireland. According to a historical account from Smithsonian Magazine, pork and bacon were far more popular (and less expensive) in Ireland until the late 18th century, when English farmers flooded the country with cattle and a newfound taste for beef. Beef has since become a staple in St. Patrick's Day recipes stateside, with everything from Irish Stew to corned beef earning their spots on holiday tables. We even have a recipe for Instant Pot Corned Beef, which is perfect for those who like their Irish feast faster.

Whether you choose to focus on a hearty main or serve a bunch of appetizers, we're walking you through our best recipes for St. Patrick's Day. Ahead, 25 of our best recipes for the holiday, including everything from a fun spin on classic Irish soda bread to tasty, unexpected St. Patrick's Day cocktails. And because we know that no feast is complete without a sweet treat, we've also included a handful of our very best St. Patrick's Day desserts, too.

World&rsquos Most Amazing Restaurants With a View

Restaurants have long been setting tables in locales with dramatic views, but often the food has paled in comparison. With the dramatic evolution of the global culinary scene, however, it&rsquos more than safe to look past the cocktail menu at many of the world&rsquos most beautifully situated restaurants. &ldquoThey actually have a view and good food at the same time,&rdquo said Tim Zagat, co-founder of the Zagat Survey restaurant guides. &ldquoIt&rsquos a combination that was rare 10 or 20 years ago.&rdquo

So where are the top places that harmonize amazing vistas with delectable victuals?

At Asiate, in New York City&rsquos Mandarin Oriental Hotel, eyefuls of midtown Manhattan&rsquos cloud-grazing buildings and the lush refuge of Central Park draw locals, tourists, and special occasion diners, and executive chef Toni Robertson is up to the task of keeping the Asian-influenced cuisine at the same high level as the 35th-floor restaurant. &ldquoThe challenge I have is I have to compete with the view, but as a chef, I always win,&rdquo she said.

The Big Apple is hardly alone in providing winning skyscraper meals. At Felix, on the 28th floor of Hong Kong&rsquos Peninsula Hotel, guests soak in the city&rsquos striking setting from a slick dining room designed by Philippe Starck while feasting on dishes like Tasmanian salmon with crushed eggplant-tomato horseradish cream and roasted challans duck breast with black sesame hummus.

Of course, some of the world&rsquos most spectacular restaurant views are born, not made. At Ambrosia, on the Greek island of Santorini, the island&rsquos sea-filled volcanic crater provides a rocky perch for the terraced restaurant, from which diners gaze out on an otherworldly blue sea. Santorini fava puree with grilled octopus and caramelized onions brings Grecian flavors to the Aegean seascape.

And up in British Columbia, diners at Eagle&rsquos Eye Restaurant &mdash part of Kicking Horse Resort &mdash survey snow-capped peaks as they tuck into Rocky Mountain cuisine infused with hints of chef Alain Soret&rsquos native France. Riding a gondola up to the restaurant 7,700 feet above sea level gives some guests the impression they&rsquore going to an alpine snack shack.

&ldquoLots of people expect to find burgers and doughnuts up there,&rdquo said Soret. They&rsquore surprised to be greeted with romantic fireside dining and entrees like roasted venison with almonds, pancetta, and juniper jus served with fig-saffron risotto.

Whether you crave rough-edged mountains or deep ocean views, a glitzy skyscraper scene or a secluded retreat, these restaurants offer mesmerizing views with menus worthy of the scenery.

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24. Eddie V’s Prime Seafood

For fresh seafood, look no further than Eddie V’s. Choose from Pacific Ahi Tuna, raw oysters, daily-catch fish, and more. Hand-crafted cocktails, imported spirits, and an impressive wine menu curated by a professional sommelier, served with the sounds of live jazz music make Eddie V’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner for two. Reservations strongly recommended.

501 Grant St., Pittsburgh, PA 15219, Phone, 412-391-1714

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