Gather Journal Gather Journal is a recipe-driven magazine dedicated to the aspects of gathering: to dine, drink, harvest, and cook. Designed to inspire and to last. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 05:00:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Alisú Dishes on Food Destinations Wed, 21 May 2014 19:26:24 +0000 Image courtesy of lebua

Devi Garh, Image courtesy of lebua


Daniel Hernandez Lyon, former publicist and frequent jetsetter, founded the website Alisú (it’s named after a private residence in Caracas, Venezuela) earlier this year as a destination for slightly more offbeat takes on all things style, food, culture, and travel related. Because Lyon spends plenty of time country-hopping, we asked him to share five of his favorite food destinations around the globe.



Osteria I Rusteghi

San Marco 5513, Campiello del Tentor, 30124;

Tucked away in an courtyard at the end of a nondescript alleyway near the Rialto Bridge, this charming bar is run by an all-knowing fourth generation sommelier who has personally curated an impressive wine collection alongside weekly special meats and cheeses from the greater Veneto region.


Hong Kong

Lin Heung Tea House

G/F 160-164 Wellington St, Central

One of the oldest tea houses in Hong Kong, visitors who survive the cultural challenge of ordering dim sum from the most aggressive waiters on the planet will be rewarded with succulent Cantonese dishes found nowhere else.




Bahnhofstrasse 21, 8001;

A renowned confectionery founded in 1836, Sprüngli handcrafts mouth-watering chocolates sold all around Switzerland. Visitors to Zurich would be remiss to kick off a day of touring without a breakfast at the brand’s flagship salon, where the city’s elite take their morning coffee and pastries on silver platters.



Devi Garh by Lebua


A majestic 18th century palace hotel once inhabited by the royal family of Delwara until the mid-20th century, the property arranges private dinners serving mouth-watering traditional Indian dishes at secluded locations across the grounds.


Mexico City

La Casa del Pastor


A small but wildly popular chain of down-to-earth restaurants serving dirt-cheap tacos and other traditional Mexican foods, the chefs prepare the best Tacos al Pastor known to man. With four locations across Mexico’s capital city, the best location is on Masaryk Avenue, ironically nestled among the poshest luxury brand stores in the country.

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Chef Off Duty: Andres Meraz Tue, 20 May 2014 15:58:36 +0000 The Ritz Carlton South Beach_DiLido outside

We have a lot of love for Miami; after all, in the depths of the coldest New York winters, it has often provided a perfect sunny respite, a mere few hours away. And in the kitchen of DiLido at one of South Beach’s most posh addresses (The Ritz Carlton, which is a restoration of the 1953 Morris Lapidus-designed landmark DiLido Hotel) is where California-bred chef Andres Meraz holds court. Meraz, whose familial roots are in the restaurant biz, spent years learning about Basque cuisine firsthand in San Sebastian, before moving to Miami. On the menu at DiLido you will find the Asian and Mexican flavors of his upbringing, including his take on his grandfather’s posole. But his favorite new dish on the menu for spring is a grilled tuna crudo with an avocado puree, pickled daikon salad, jalapeno and crispy nori. So, where does Meraz like to refuel when he’s not, ahem, puttin’ on the ritz? Here are five of his local go-tos, and the dishes he always orders.


1)   Lippi (600 Brickell Ave; – Octopus carpaccio

2)   DB Bistro (255 Biscayne Blvd; – Duck duo

3)   Hakkasan (4441 Collins Ave; – Dim sum

4)   Ceviche 105 (105 NE 3rd Ave; – Ceviche mixto

5)   Pubbelly (1418 20th St; – Chorizo-stuffed dates

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