Celebrity Cruises is launching a restaurant concept called Qsine. Features include wine lists on iTouch screens with interactive elements; family-style food served in jam jars, martini glasses or on stands; and putting guests to work on tasks such as assembling their own slider or making their own guacamole.
Zdir is a wonderful meatless soup that is not well known outside of Tunisia. Dried red chilies, coriander, preserved lemon, garlic, olives and tomatoes are among the ingredients that meld into a comforting and complex combination of flavors.
David Arrick was inspired to start a cupcake business after seeing the lines outside New York's Magnolia Bakery. But he wanted to appeal to men, so his Butch Bakery, operating from a commercial kitchen in Queens, N.Y., creates treats flavored with beer, bacon, brandy and other ingredients with masculine connotations.
Andrew Sparkman recently started an Italian restaurant called Melanzana in his hometown of Victoria, Texas. His family has worked oil fields for three generations, and his decision to attend the CIA was deemed so unusual that his high school did not want to announce he had been accepted.
The Okanagan Valley, east of Vancouver, is Canada's one desert and a source for delicious wines that are also good values. Vintners worth seeking out include JoieFarm, See Ya Later Ranch and Quail's Gate.