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John Kessler

John is the AJC dining columnist as well as the keeper of the food and more blog

Latest from John Kessler

 Former Atlanta chef Günter Seeger opens New York eatery
 Tell an Atlanta restaurant enthusiast over the age of, say, 40 that you just ate at Günter Seeger’s new restaurant in New York, and you will soon be fielding question after question. Did he make foie gras? Hot or cold? How was the service? Did you have the egg? Yes, yes, you say: Let me tell you. Günter Seeger NY feels enough...

3:30 PM Friday, Jul. 01, 2016

Tell an Atlanta restaurant enthusiast over the age of, say, 40 that you just ate at Günter Seeger’s new restaurant in New York, and you will soon be fielding question after question. Did he make foie gras? Hot or cold? How was the service? Did you have the egg? Yes, yes, you say: Let me tell you. Günter Seeger NY feels enough...
CMG Travel Magazine 2016
The courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is the size of three football fields. (John Kessler) 

4:17 PM Sunday, Apr. 10, 2016

The courtyard of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. It is the size of three football fields. (John Kessler) 
Five things to do in Old Dubai
 Dubai seems like 90 percent fantastical skyscrapers forming a megalopolis unlike any the world has seen and 10 percent an old town built on a human scale with a streetscape of small shops, sidewalks and pedestrians. Old Dubai is where the city’s history and culture peek through the surrounding glitz. 1. Ride an abra across the Dubai...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

Dubai seems like 90 percent fantastical skyscrapers forming a megalopolis unlike any the world has seen and 10 percent an old town built on a human scale with a streetscape of small shops, sidewalks and pedestrians. Old Dubai is where the city’s history and culture peek through the surrounding glitz. 1. Ride an abra across the Dubai...
John Kessler takes a food tour of Dubai
 On my first morning in Dubai, I stepped out onto the balcony of my friend’s high-rise apartment and looked down to the massive construction site below. Beneath us, a just-built-but-still-empty highway led to a half-completed bridge spanning a deep man-made gorge. The plan was to divert the city’s main waterway through the gorge...

5:00 AM Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016

On my first morning in Dubai, I stepped out onto the balcony of my friend’s high-rise apartment and looked down to the massive construction site below. Beneath us, a just-built-but-still-empty highway led to a half-completed bridge spanning a deep man-made gorge. The plan was to divert the city’s main waterway through the gorge...
Stunning architectural duo: Burj Khalifa and Sheikh Zayed Mosque
 For me, an architecture geek, the two top sights in the United Arab Emirates are both new buildings. One structure is black, the other white. One secular, the other sacred. One reaches higher in the sky than any building on earth. The other spreads out so wide its central courtyard could hold three football fields. One you can’t miss...

5:00 AM Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016

For me, an architecture geek, the two top sights in the United Arab Emirates are both new buildings. One structure is black, the other white. One secular, the other sacred. One reaches higher in the sky than any building on earth. The other spreads out so wide its central courtyard could hold three football fields. One you can’t miss...
Cheesy puffs for the holidays
 My wife recently found a recipe for cheese straws that didn’t call for any flour – just grated cheese, butter and spices. She wasn’t sure it would come out, and her fears proved well founded. We ended up with a cookie sheet covered in dark, bubbly cheese goo. Before she could throw it out, I declared it “browned cheese...

9:02 PM Tuesday, Dec. 01, 2015

My wife recently found a recipe for cheese straws that didn’t call for any flour – just grated cheese, butter and spices. She wasn’t sure it would come out, and her fears proved well founded. We ended up with a cookie sheet covered in dark, bubbly cheese goo. Before she could throw it out, I declared it “browned cheese...
Eat, drink and be merry
 A meal at Lusca is all sharp turns. You are eating a foot-long slab of toasted pain au levain smeared with avocado and blanketed in lime-and-scallion-dressed rock crab. And then comes stewed lamb neck with olives, peppers and (yes) tarragon over a puddle of runny polenta. What are you drinking? A lot. Lusca is a restaurant for people who...

4:00 AM Saturday, Aug. 08, 2015

A meal at Lusca is all sharp turns. You are eating a foot-long slab of toasted pain au levain smeared with avocado and blanketed in lime-and-scallion-dressed rock crab. And then comes stewed lamb neck with olives, peppers and (yes) tarragon over a puddle of runny polenta. What are you drinking? A lot. Lusca is a restaurant for people who...
Want to dine at the new Staplehouse? Get a ticket
 Jen Hidinger weaves and bobs between the pallets of construction materials, the ladders, the boxes, the various workmen wheeling and carrying long, swinging tubular items that apparently are angling to bonk someone in the head. She is a whippet of determined energy, tattoos, hair, smiles, hugs, plans. So many plans to get her restaurant,...

8:00 PM Thursday, Aug. 06, 2015

Jen Hidinger weaves and bobs between the pallets of construction materials, the ladders, the boxes, the various workmen wheeling and carrying long, swinging tubular items that apparently are angling to bonk someone in the head. She is a whippet of determined energy, tattoos, hair, smiles, hugs, plans. So many plans to get her restaurant,...