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Lovely's Fifty Fifty Perfects the Portland Pizza

Portland Monthly    9/13/2016

Basically, everyone hates Jake. He foams at the mouth, belches, and lords over the kitchen at Lovely’s Fifty Fifty, which concerns itself with two major food groups, pizza and ice...

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Influenced by Italian cuisine, it is modern haute cuisine

Bon appetit: 6 new French spots

San Diego Union-Tribune    9/22/2016

Local Francophiles rejoice. Over the past year, six new French restaurants and bistros have opened around San Diego, each with its unique take on classic dishes like escargot, onion soup and steak frites. To help navigate the new choices, here are some quick-hit reviews of each of the new dining spots.

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An arty place you'll recognize from movies - w/good food too

Michael Bauer’s Top 12 Carmel restaurants

San Francisco Chronicle    9/8/2016

The latest indicator is Cultura Comida y Bebida, the beautifully envisioned Mexican restaurant that opened in mid-August, taking over the space of Jack London’s on Dolores between Fifth and Sixth avenues. The chef, Michelle Estigoy, channels the food of her Mexican grandmother, and Cox informs the...

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Food can be works of art, or be among works of art

Three Bites: Lunch D'Art

Phoenix Magazine    9/1/2016

Find munchable masterpieces at these museum-based cafes.

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Do we want to make them comfy, or do they make us comfy?

The 13 most pet-friendly hotels in America

Time Out    9/27/2016

The most over-the-top hotel perks (think free Wi-Fi, personal butlers and sex toys on tap) might guide your vacation booking but what would you do if you could bring your pet along and have it revel in its own perks while away? These pet-friendly hotels across America will do just that: satisfy your...

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Outside patio seating offers fine people-watching, sports TV

Cheap Eats: Luke's Inside Out: Coating your ribs for less than $20

The Austin Chronicle    9/23/2016

Located next to the Gibson Street Bar, Luke's is known for inventive sandwiches, an ever-rotating list of daily specials, and some of the most unpretentious and delicious food in Austin. It's a trailer. But unlike some other food...

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A new generation is giving it a go, & adding forgotten food

The rebirth of the Jewish deli

The Boston Globe    9/27/2016

Now Bostonians are starting to open these places, too. In Kendall Square, the coolest new restaurant isn’t a techie cafe but a deli, Mamaleh’s, run by the folks who operate hipster haven State Park. In Allston, the team behind Tasty Burger and Citizen Public House & Oyster Bar will soon...

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Might you experience the emotions from the movies?

Hawaii's most romantic beaches, according to Hollywood

Hawaii Magazine    8/18/2016

Think of some of the best romantic dramas and comedies and likely its setting is a character in and of itself. "Roman Holiday" and the streets of Rome, "Love Actually" and the city web that's London, England, and we just can't imagine "When Harry Met Sally" taking place anywhere but New York...

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You want good food, and now these fast food do that too

Where to eat healthy, fast and local in DC

9/15/2016

There has never been a better time to be a health nut in D.C. — and a busy one at that. Fast food has a new face, thanks to a growing number of local entrepreneurs who have traded in bulk suppliers for local...

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The building adds an ambiance - & influences the food?

In an old New Orleans church, new eatery Vessel brings fresh flavors by the light of stained glass

7/14/2016

It seems like any building that can accommodate a kitchen and some tables is liable to be drafted into the growing ranks of New Orleans eateries these days, no matter its original purpose or design. In Mid-City, however, one of the dining scene’s newest additions has taken up residence in what has...

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Ever had whole smoked romanesco? Kimchi tacos?

Six things you’ll eat at the new Standard & Pour

8/24/2016

If you live in the southeast part of the Valley and you’ve been wishing for a hip gastrolounge like Downtown’s Carson Kitchen to pop up in your ‘hood, your dreams come true today. That's when Standard & Pour debuts in Firefly's former second-story space on Eastern Avenue at the edge of Anthem. The 130-seat restaurant comes from the makers of Carson Kitchen, Simon...

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Originally built in 1881, now it's beauty is being refreshed

A Once-abandoned, 135-year-old Building Is Home To New York City's Fanciest New Hotel

8/31/2016

You may recognize the just-opened Beekman Hotel's interior. Nestled between a Starbucks, Dunkin' Donuts, and Pita Express in Lower Manhattan, the once-abandoned building has been used in feature films, television shows—like AMC's Rubicon, where it stood in for a torture chamber—and fashion shows...

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A new tiki bar from the owner/operator of the best tiki bar

FIRST LOOK: False Idol

San Diego Magazine    9/3/2016

We hailed its arrival in our cocktail issue. And now, the tiki revival is here. False Idol may only be 1,000 square-feet, but it’s a big deal. It marks the fifth bar for America’s first man of tiki, Martin Cate—a partnership with San Diego’s premier cocktail group, Consortium Holdings. Cate owns and...

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Like sampling beers? Sleeping next to breweries is a plus

Sleep It Off: 5 Best Hotels for Beer Lovers

9/11/2016

Beer-themed vacations are all the rage, with people lining up for tours of craft breweries, signing on for beer cruises, and hitting the road to visit the world’s best beer cities. Now, serious beer lovers can keep the party going even after they leave the bar or brewery. Hotels are tapping into the...

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No question about the ingredients, + soup & cookies too

Deli Meat Fiends: Meet the Boar’s Head Café

Chicago Magazine    9/21/2016

Calling all deli die-hards: A new café specializing in Boar’s Heads treats and meats is coming to the Loop. The Boar’s Head Café (210 W. Lake St.) is the brand’s first street-side iteration—i.e. not in an airport. Co-owners J.P. Bertakis and Jack Bozonelos plan to open September 29.

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Burgers & fried chicken sandwiches, w/side of social help

The People’s Cheeseburger

Eater National    9/23/2016

t lunchtime on a Saturday in early June, in the south Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts, the temperature tipped up over the 90-degree mark. Locol, a fast food restaurant at the corner of 103rd and Anzac Avenue, was full of customers. Twenty or so people sat on wooden blocks that lined the dining...

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With a bar & dining area (unique menu items too)

Mason Pacific: A new chef and a reimagined menu

SFGate    8/25/2016

After a fire in the basement of Mason Pacific, owners Shannon and Jay Thomson reopened in July with a slightly remodeled dining room and a new chef: Max Mackinnon, who most recently worked at Relae in Copenhagen and Rose’s Luxury in Washington DC.

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Wood-oven-cooked veggies, oysters, upscale snacks...

Renee Erickson's Seattle Restaurant Tips

Food & Wine Magazine    9/21/2016

Driven by her love for the ingredients she grew up with in the Pacific...

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Perched about in every size & medium, lots of roosters

Happy Rooster

9/23/2016

The Happy Rooster has been a Philadelphia mainstay since 1968. A...

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What's not to like? Free food, and people singing to you!

11 Restaurants Where You Can Get Free Food on Your Birthday in Metro Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    9/12/2016

It only comes once a year, but when it does, you'd better be ready. No, we don't mean ready to get dressed up for a night on the town or ready to fake a really convincing smile when you open that horrible gift from your aunt. We mean ready to eat lots of free food. Like,...

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Two communal high-top dining tables and a horseshoe bar

Here's the Opening Menu at Michael Scelfo's Waypoint

Boston Magazine    8/25/2016

Behold, Waypoint: The next stop on your gustatory expedition in Cambridge. Michael Scelfo’s latest, the Alden & Harlow chef’s second Harvard Square restaurant, opens to the public Friday, August 26, and it’s the next logical point on the map of his culinary career. The name “could be conceived as a nautical reference, but for me, it’s my waypoint. This is my second stop on my journey toward what I ultimately...

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Can you take something great, & make it greater? Apparently

Six recently revamped luxury USA hotels

USATODAY    7/19/2016

Looking to upgrade your vacation? From countryside escapes to city stays, these recently revamped hotels may be just the ticket.

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The amount of technology needed to confuse us is amazing

America’s Most Elaborate Corn Maze Is Made of GPS and Math

WIRED    9/23/2016

MIKE WISSEMANN’S 300-YEAR-OLD Massachusetts farm grows asparagus, strawberries, sweet corn. And each year since 2000, it also sprouts an elaborate image in seed corn. Designed for many years by landscape artist Will...

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The founder is a doctor, and has a prescription for you...

The Best Craft Vodka Distillery in the U.S. Is in St. Louis

9/20/2016

The people have spoken — and they say we're No. 1. St. Louis Distillery, the craft vodka distiller that produces Cardinal Sin Vodka and Cardinal Sin Starka, was chosen as the top craft distillery in the country by USA Today on Friday.

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