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Ireland’s Best Food: More Than Just the Potato

Ireland: The land of meat and potatoes. Hearty dishes like lamb stew and fish and chips may be what the Emerald Isle is known for, but that’s just the tip of its culinary iceberg. In the last decade especially, Ireland has had a culinary resurgence. Reconnecting with indigenous ingredients in thoughtful and exciting new ways, Irish chefs have re-established the island nation as a force to be reckoned with on the gastronomic stage. During our recent trip to Ireland, we got in touch with our Irish roots and enjoyed some truly delectable dishes. From shots of Jameson to shots of oysters, we got up to our ears in Irish cuisine — and now you can too. Prepare your palates, it’s time to dig into Ireland. Sláinte! 

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10 Best Hotel Rooftop Bars Across The U.S.

Though there’s been plenty of snow and cold weather these days, there have also been moments where the sun peaks through, reminding us that spring will be here soon enough. We’re daydreaming about the days of picnics, strolling and partying under the stars, so we’ve picked out our top 10 favorite hotel rooftop bars across the states. Many are open now, so they can hold you over till the warm weather means they all open their doors.

The Rooftop at The Perry South Beach (pictured above)

The Rooftop is a stylish bar that doubles as a nightlife hotspot. Located 18 stories above the beach, it offers amazing ocean views and a gorgeous pool with plush lounge chairs, private cabanas and bar service. It is the perfect place to watch the sunset, but the cocktails are killer, too.

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The Best Hotel Brunches Across The U.S.

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Cinnamon-raisin French toast with flame-heated maple syrup at The Garden Court at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco
A meal that has been adopted by countries the world over, Sunday brunch was (supposedly) dreamed up in the late 1800s by a British writer who thought that the noonday feast would be a welcome treat — and much-needed hangover cure — for “Saturday-night carousers.” But no matter the origin, brunch has come to be a weekly staple — and the silver lining to a day often overshadowed by the start of a new work week looming in the future. So whether it’s buffet-style, booze-focused (bottomless Bloody Marys, anyone?), or family-oriented, brunch can put a smile on just about anyone’s face. We’ve chowed down at plenty of happiness-inducing brunches across the U.S. and have come up with a list of our favorite spots to grub on Sunday. Check ‘em out!

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San Francisco’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants

San Francisco‘s restaurants are known for melding Californian cuisine with a broad spectrum of global culinary influences. And this trick has certainly paid off: The city’s diverse offerings have earned their fair share of celestial acclaim. Some of our favorite hotel restaurants, in particular, are attracting the Michelin Man’s attention. Serving up unique and creative meals — often inspired by the California coastline — these restaurants are sure to leave diners salivating for more. Dig into our some of our faves below!

 

 

Campton Place Restaurant at Campton Place Taj Hotel (pictured above)

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New York City’s Michelin-Starred Restaurants

One of the food capitals of the world (sorry, but there can’t be just one), New York City boasts tons of fabulous restaurants helmed by celebrated chefs. Traveling just a few blocks, you can’t help but walk by a renowned restaurant, whether it boasts reliable, traditional fare or funky fusion that you can’t find anywhere else. But restaurants that have been awarded a Michelin star — well, they’re few and far between, even in this foodie capital. Because receiving a Michelin star means going above and beyond with inventive dishes, offering delicious cuisine in a fabulous atmosphere.

Take a bite out of our favorite Michelin-starred restaurants, housed at hotels in New York City.

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Oyster.com’s Favorite Michelin-Starred Restaurants in London

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It should come as no surprise that London boasts one of the best culinary scenes on the planet. After all, it’s one of the world’s most vibrant and multicultural cities. So chefs from around the globe have made this rainy corner of the world their home and created a unique restaurant scene that, despite local fare’s boring reputation, rivals those in other bustling metropolises. Simultaneously nodding to the past and playfully looking to the future, British cooking today includes both a widening scope of global culinary traditions and a rustic simplicity that pays tribute to the island nation’s roots. And it is most certainly paying off. Michelin stars abound in London nowadays, and some of the best restaurants can be found at our favorite hotels. Dig in!

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Oyster’s Guide To Little Italys Across The U.S.

The best known Little Italy may be Manhattan’s, but old-world enclaves bursting with Italian culture can be found across the country.

We’ve picked out the best places to mangia in these lively Italian neighborhoods, as well as our favorite spots to bed up for the night after indulging in plenty of pasta, pastries and vino. Cent’anni!

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The Best Celebrity Chef Room Service

What’s better than dining at a celebrity chef’s restaurant? How about that same food, delivered to your hotel door?

Celebrity chef restaurants have fast-become the brag-worthy accessory to luxury hotels. Nowadays, the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Gordon Ramsay call multiple hotel kitchens home, but the ultimate indulgence comes when you can chow down on fame-broiled chateaubriand in the comfort of your very own suite. So the hotels with the most bragging rights are going a step above by not only offering a gourmet experience in the dining room, but delivered to your hotel door as well.

Oyster has had the pleasure of sampling many delicious celebrity chef room service menus. Check out six of our favorites here:

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The Best Hotel Desserts

Best Hotel Desserts

Heaven, thy name is [insert dessert of choice here]. It doesn’t take a genius to know that sweets trump suites any day of the week – but why choose between one or the other? Hotels today are serving up the good stuff, and we here at Oyster have dug into some of the most unique, mouth-watering desserts during our travels. Check out our favorites below!

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Healthy Eats at Luxury Hotels

Healthy Eats at Luxury Hotels

For many, vacation is an indulgent time of busting the budgets and leaving the calorie counter at home. But there are those select travelers who scoff at the rich gourmet fare offered at most luxury hotels. You can see the determination on these guests’ faces: “I will not eat you; I will not I say!” But living up to that declaration is harder than it seems. Sure luxury hotels have more than a few salads on their menus, but you may not  want to live on greens alone. Thankfully chefs are taking up the health challenge with gusto – offering separate menus for vegetarian and vegan diners and shifting their focus from heavy, lavish fare to sustainable, organic and local ingredients – making it possible to stay healthy, but also indulge in a little bit of richness if the desire calls. You are on vacation, after all. Get our top six hotel picks after the jump.

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