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Eric Ripert’s unexpected path to fame

(CNN) — Three-course meals and fine china were a daily ritual for the family of Eric Ripert, a native of Antibes, France and raised in Andorra. So it was hardly a shocker when he left home for culinary school at the age of 15. Roughly a decade later, he landed …

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Almost like eating there: Restaurant chefs share their recipes

(CNN) — Dreaming of heading to another city or country because of a chef or bartender who has made those places famous? Portland, Oregon, chef Joshua McFadden’s vegetables at Ava Gene’s, the sweets at chef Yotam Ottolenghi’s London locations and the drinks of bartender extraordinaire Jim Meehan inspire people to …

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Beyond hummus: 10 foods you must try in Jordan

Amman, Jordan (CNN) — Stretching from the Syrian border to the edge of the Red Sea, the Kingdom of Jordan has long been a cultural and travel crossroads. Ancient sites tell the stories of Roman emperors and Nabatean kings, and Crusader castles perch on strategic hilltops. In the bustling streets …

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Narezushi: A taste of ancient sushi in Japan

(CNN) — “I don’t think we should open it here,” warns Kazuyuki Ohashi, the executive chef at Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel, as he motions toward a crowd of diners. “It’s like blue cheese — some people like the taste, but it has a very strong smell.” Ohashi is talking about …

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The world’s best boutique hotels of 2017

(CNN) — Wood-fired hot tubs. Private plunge pools. Cape Dutch architecture, South Africa’s top restaurants on the doorstep, and a cell phone pre-programed with numbers for all the local wineries. The Boutique Hotel Awards recognizes trailblazing, independent hotels across the planet, and representatives from some of the world’s most luxurious …

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10 stunning apartment hotels around the world

(CNN) — Do you want to live like a local but aren’t so keen on the idea of living in someone else’s home? Consider staying at an aparthotel: an apartment-style accommodation that pairs the comforts of home (a kitchen, living room, office, private washer-dryer) with the luxury and amenities of …

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