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Sleek upstairs lounge, tastefully modern dining room...

Snip and Tuck - Going Out

1/29/2016

It may be hard to believe in 2016, but new restaurants once opened in Boston with little fanfare. Nowadays, restaurant debuts are usually preceded by a months-long stream of social-media hype: every dish lovingly Instagrammed, key hires trumpeted on Facebook and Twitter, the buildout painstakingly...

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There is no dress code, or much of a beachwear code either

Lava Lava Beach Club is Kauai's new toes-in-the-sand restaurant and bar

Hawaii Magazine    1/25/2016

Lava Lava Beach Club offers Kauai’s unique toes-in-the-sand dining experience, complete with blue ocean views, daily live music and tropical cocktails you can sip straight from a freshly cracked coconut. The waterfront restaurant and bar opened in January at the newly renovated Kauai Shores Hotel,...

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No need to stop shopping just because you're hungry now

Prada Has a Pastry Shop. Burberry Has a Cafe. We Love These Fashion-and-Food Mashups - Condé Nast Traveler

Condé Nast Traveler    12/22/2015

Fashion labels are branching out into food more than ever, with even indie brands cooking up ways to fill stomachs and closets. They’re following on the heels of giants like Armani and Versace, who have been feeding...

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Nightcap? Social drink? Meeting a friend?

The Best Hook Up Bars In D.C.

DCist    1/15/2016

As the weather finally starts to resemble the winter, one thing is becoming readily apparent—it's cuffing season. But as big and little spoons pair off for a few months of cocooning, what happens to those without a Netflix buddy? Maybe you want your own...

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You have to try the dim sum cart

Emmer & Rye - Rainey newcomer gets everything down to the detail

The Austin Chronicle    2/5/2016

There's a reason why critics give restaurants a little time to get settled before filing a formal review. The back-of-house needs time to coordinate new teams and understand the quirks of new equipment. The front-of-house needs time to become familiar with the food and beverage programs. They both...

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Vegas doesn't lack opulence, and now there is more

A Definitive Guide to the Best Restaurants on the Strip

Locale    2/5/2016

Away from the tables, bars and slot machines, Las Vegas boasts some impressive restaurants—especially at the many hotels along the Strip. Sprinkled like stardust all along the Las Vegas Strip are hotel restaurants that make a few hours away from...

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In case you want full immersion

Kick-start an active new year with a wellness spa vacation in California or Baja

Los Angeles Times    1/2/2016

Yesterday you devoured the leftover party meatballs and washed them down with a double-chocolate fudge milkshake, thus shattering your day-old resolution to shape up in 2016. Slacker. Maybe it's time to put your money where your mouth is, so to speak, and try a fitness camp vacation.

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Asian-inspired eats, Hong Kong-style charcoal waffles,...

The 8 Best New Brunches Seattle Got In 2015

Thrillist    12/29/2015

There's nothing better than a lazy, booze-filled brunch... except maybe...

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Try Broder’s fika, and don't miss the kanelbullar

Brunch Serene at SW Portland’s Broder Söder

1/19/2016

Go get brunch at Broder Söder when its raining. Seriously, plonking sugar cubes into cup after cup of Water Avenue coffee and nibbling spice-rich fika pastries in Broder’s newish Southwest PDX outpost’s spare, light-filled room (tucked inside the Scandinavian Heritage Center’s design porn-y Nordia House community center) is more mood-lifting than snorting Vicodin.

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Ah, ramen in the tummy on a cold winter day

The 7 Best Ramen Spots In Chicago

Chicagoist    1/27/2016

’Tis the season of rushing from one heated building to the next, of keeping our heads down and our minds trained on spring. And while it’s never easy to endure another...

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Walk through a door at the back. Take a turn...

Double Knot: Coffee bar meets Japanese

Philly.com    1/28/2016

Double Knot's ground floor is a tastefully appointed, moderate-energy coffee bar, whose java is overseen by Elixr Coffer Roaster's Evan Inatome; it opens at 7 a.m. with a full line of drinks and pastries. Inatome invested in low-profile Modbar coffee-dispensing equipment.

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No food desert here, lots of bountiful locations to feast at

Best Breakfasts: Phoenix

DRAFT Magazine    1/12/2016

Escaping frigid weather? In town for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship? Whatever your reasons for visiting the desert this winter, you’ll need a solid first meal before you hit the hiking trails...

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Prioritizing the environment w/o sacrificing culinary skills

New San Francisco restaurant serves up sustainability

Gizmag    2/2/2016

A new restaurant is aimed at showing that good food need not be bad for the environment. The Perennial, in San Francisco, uses sustainable produce, practices and design. It has its own aquaponic greenhouse, sources responsibly-reared meat and has recycled furnishings.

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Not that you need an excuse to relax before your baby comes

15 Amazing Babymoon Destinations Across the U.S.

Fodor's    1/29/2016

With the rapid spread of the Zika virus and growing concerns about its health effects on pregnant women, popular destinations including Mexico and many Caribbean islands are suddenly off-limits to would-be babymooners for the foreseeable future. But fear not: a babymoon is all about relaxation, and you...

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No price comparison at these places - all unique

Where to Shop in 2016

Departures    1/18/2016

From slopeside athleisure wear in Aspen to a second outpost of Miami Beach's favorite boutique, The Webster, now open in Houston, don't miss the designs at these new and notable openings.

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Twists on NOLA classics, and maybe some new classics coming

Beyond gumbo: New Orleans' new food scene

USATODAY    2/3/2016

When it comes to food, New Orleanians, have a deep and unabashed love for the classics. There’s Friday lunch at Galatories or jazz brunch at Commander’s Palace. Those glorious staples of Crescent City cuisine will...

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These are not "grab a beer" places, but "experience a beer"

The 15 Best Places To Get A Beer In The D.C. Area

DCist    1/29/2016

The evolution of D.C.'s craft beer scene has tracked, perhaps even preceded, the restaurant boom. Indeed, the days when you had to visit a specialized bar to get a decent pint are long gone. Most places offer at...

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Patrician, informed, yet understated...

Shepard in Cambridge

Boston Magazine    1/1/2016

There’s something about haute couture—every handsewn seam and every length of luxurious silk, serge, or cashmere communicates a natural ease with perfection. That’s the dining experience at Shepard, where each element has been thought out, crafted by hand, and assembled with care...

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There is balance between craft & cheek in the cocktails too

Review: Geraldine's - Rainey Street dining matures

The Austin Chronicle    1/29/2016

It's a wonder how hotel restaurants choose to use their real estate....

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Across 33 states, exceptional ambience is the common thread

OpenTable Reveals 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America

OpenTable    2/1/2016

As we celebrate love and romance in honor of Valentine's Day, OpenTable, the world's leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of The Priceline Group (NASDAQ: PCLN), is pleased to announce the 100 Most Romantic Restaurants in America for 2016. These awards reflect the combined...

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“The Dude” will be looking over you & your oysters

I Love A Great Happy Hour ~ Solace & The Moonlight Lounge

1/27/2016

So, I was down in Encinitas on business and killing time before my friend was picking me up for dinner at his house. I was hungry but did not a full meal because that would be rude. Light bulb moment "Oysters" not too filling and great. I thought Solace and The Moonlight Lounge…lets see if there is...

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Stretching, sipping, eating, shopping, soothing

Your Guide to a Rejuvenating Weekend in Seattle

12/21/2015

Restorative winter trips shouldn’t be restricted to warmer climes. Instead, Portlanders can just cruise up I-5 (or hit Amtrak or Bolt or our seemingly limitless direct flights) to Seattle, where the bustling Capitol Hill neighborhood offers some serious renewal. The urban epicenter of Seattle...

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Had jian bing? Pork vindaloo? Bánh mì? Chiang Mai?

The Best Asian Eats In Portland, Oregon

Food Republic    1/11/2016

Food carts and wood-fired whatnot get most of the culinary attention in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. But the bangin’ Asian food scene deserves a feature of its own, especially with the lunar new year coming up...

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Most bars are inconspicuous, hotel bars are conspicuous

The Definitive Guide To Chicago's Best Hotel Bars

Thrillist    1/28/2016

Nothing against your corner bar and its sweet-ass Buffalo wings, but sometimes you’re in need of an entirely alternative experience. Chicago's hotel cocktail lounges are a different breed of bar -- clandestine, classy, historical, fewer shot skis -- and lapping up the lap of luxury isn't...

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