Addison Restaurant

For a well-stocked alphabet soup of food and wine trends, savor these 26 culinary gems from around the world.

The dynamic duo of chef William Bradley and wine director and advanced sommelier Jesse Rodriguez brings elegance and energy to the five-star, five-diamond Addison restaurant in San Diego’s Grand Del Mar hotel. Enjoy incredible fairway views from the dining room’s setting at The Grand Golf Club, and be sure to catch these rising stars at the Seventh Annual San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival November 17 through 21.,

With near- perfect weather year-round, people in Palm Springs, California, take their dinners outside. A stellar example is the bluEmber restaurant, where multiple fire pits and excellent live music set the scene for an al fresco dinner to be remembered. Afterward, hit the R Bar for a lively game of pool or shuffleboard. Both establishments are at the Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa in Rancho Mirage.

At Tower Club at Lebua’s multihued Sky Bar at Lebua, suspended in the sky on the 63rd floor of The Dome, you’re soaring in the air at one of the world’s highest outdoor bars. Sip a mai tai while overlooking the jaw-dropping views of Bangkok’s cityscape and the Chao Phraya river.

Dessert Samplers
Chocolate will never go out of style, but today’s diners crave variety. Enter dessert samplers scoring huge caloric hits on menus across the country. At Mesa Grill in New York City, at least four hungry mouths can plunge their spoons into six desserts, from toasted-coconut layer cake (right) to deep-dish banana cream pie (minimum four people, $12 each).

Nothing’s better than New England in the fall, which is why the Farmer’s Dinner Series at the Equinox Resort in Manchester Village, Vermont, is the place to nosh this season. Listen as the farmers themselves tell you about the food you’re eating. The October 29 event is $50 per person and includes an optional predinner wine-and-cheese reception ($10 per person). Guests can also make a weekend out of the event for $579 per couple.

Alice Waters may have laid the groundwork for farm-to-table dining, but today it’s practically de rigueur. The Ebbitt Room at The Virginia Hotel in Cape May, New Jersey, home to some of the coast’s richest farmland, integrates freshly grown herbs and heirloom vegetables hailing from their very own 62- acre Beach Plum Farm into every mouthwatering dish on their new Farm-to-Table menu (three courses, $45).

There’s something profoundly satisfying about eating en plein air. Add to being outdoors the beauty of a garden spilling over with edible flowers and leafy kale, and you’ve got the ideal setting for a romantic meal. At the Orient Express Keswick Hall at Monticello in Virginia, intimate five-course feasts are served right in their own private Chef’s Garden, where certain seed lines date all the way back to Thomas Jefferson ($225 per person, $275 with wine pairings).