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A full-fledged Albanian restaurant in the Bronx

Albanian Rhapsody - A neglected cuisine gets a showcase in the Bronx

Grub Street    11/4/2018

Although the Underground Gourmet has dined at countless Albanian...

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Offering something unusual - a focused cocktail program

Fine China: Mott 32 and Red Plate carry forth a Vegas culinary tradition

Las Vegas Weekly    11/15/2018

Vegas visitors drive our dynamic dining. One of the clearest examples of that evolution is Chinese food. The noodle bar was the most prominent early entry for Asian food in Las Vegas casinos, a convenient and quick stop before getting gamblers back to the tables. When international visitation and...

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Morning cafe with meat & vegan options & probiotic cocktails

Restaurant review: Capulet offers breakfast, lunch and probiotic cocktails in Bywater

The Advocate    10/29/2018

Capulet is a morning cafe with meat and vegan options and probiotic cocktails

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Riffing on lobster ravioli, bolognese, veal saltimbocca +

Sneak a Peek at the Tony & Elaine’s Menu

Boston Magazine    11/20/2018

There are plenty of spaghetti and meatballs to be had right now in the North End, but it will be another month before the classic Italian-American neighborhood gets a red sauce joint from the hip restaurant group All Day Hospitality. Tony & Elaine’s, the fourth concept from second-generation North...

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Who takes the crown of Oregon's best college brewery town?

Eugene v. Corvallis: Who wins the Civil War Battle of the Breweries?

OregonLive.com    11/22/2018

Corvallis and Eugene are staring each other down this week as Oregon State University and the University of Oregon get ready for Friday's 122nd Civil War, the state's great annual college football clash. But another,...

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Secret locations, but you won't keep the drinks secret

How to Get Into Austin's Best Secret Bars

Thrillist    11/25/2018

Unmarked entrance? Check. Extravagant cocktails? Check. Windowless subterranean atmosphere? And… check. Austin’s secluded and secret(ish) spots are among the best bars in town, IF you can figure out how to get in. Sure, “speakeasies” are basically just exclusive or hard-to-find cocktail bars, but...

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But it’s a serious contender in the little-meats game

Carnitas La Esquinita hides in plain sight

11/16/2018

I have a longtime friend of a certain fleshy girth who, one Saturday morning, stood outside the window of Pilsen's great Carnitas Don Pedro, in front of its famous mountain of steaming, glistening porky goodness, and thoughtfully observed, "This is what I look like when I get out of the shower."

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A food photography gallery, just a block from Pike Place

Art and Commerce Collide at Modernist Cuisine Gallery

Seattle Met    12/4/2018

You can see blueberries so large that flecks of yeast stipple their surfaces like grains of sand clinging to beach balls. Or raspberries in such microscopic detail that they appear beaded, fuzz-covered, with alien antennae (former flower stems) reaching from them. Or the juice vesicles of a cut lime...

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A sophisticated yet comforting new Italian brunch menu

Trattoria Carina Just Rolled Out Italian-Style Brunch

Philadelphia Magazine    11/19/2018

Trattoria Carina has been quietly crushing it since owner Dan Clark quietly replaced the too-popular Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce with the Italian concept a little over a year ago. Now, they’ve hit the next milestone for any successful neighborhood restaurant: brunch service, which they’ve...

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Hawaiian-themed pinball arcade has a free jukebox

Outer Orbit Had Us at Boozy Shaved Ice and Mazeman Ramen

SF Weekly    11/20/2018

A free jukebox is a joy forever. That goes doubly so when it combines 1950s greaser classics like Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Palisades Park” and Simon & Garfunkel’s cover of “Wake Up Little Susie” with off-kilter...

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What stands out most is the sheer number of excellent places

Los Angeles’s Best New Restaurants Of 2018

Infatuation    12/3/2018

Much like the closet of your roommate with an online shopping addiction, Los Angeles saw no shortage of aggressive restaurant trends this year. There was a massive invasion of big-name chefs from other cities who finally caught onto the fact that you can eat fresh vegetables year-round here. There...

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A North Park restaurant changes its weekday game

Solace for breakfast

San Diego Reader    12/7/2018

Credit Urban Solace as a building block to the lifestyle destination North Park has become. The neighborhood didn’t yet have that national press cachet when Solace rode a rising comfort food trend into what’s now considered a restaurant row along 30th Street. Its Bourbon Street façade, meatloaf, and Sunday bluegrass brunch have been staples of North Park culture. However, a dozen years later, a flood of craft beer,...

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All about books and comics

Bookstores, libraries, comic book shops, and zine factories

Best of Phoenix 2018: Literary Locations

Phoenix New Times    12/4/2018

Sure, the turmoil of our modern age may have you staring at your brightly lit screen every waking moment, but when's the last time you put down the device and looked at a nice, non-glowing book? There's something reassuring about the printed word nowadays, whether it be the novel that transports you to distant lands or the finely sourced...

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Roy Yamaguchi's newest - with a totally different vibe

Goen Dining: After 30 years, Roy Yamaguchi opens in Kailua

Frolic Hawaii    12/4/2018

A lot happened while I was on vacation in Israel. Bruno Mars played at Aloha Stadium, Restaurant Week and Hawaii International Film Festival came and went — and Goen Dining + Bar opened in my Kailua hood. My roommates texted a picture of the menu with the caption: “Let’s go here for our next GNO!”

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A farmers market favorite-turned-brick and mortar place

Shaw Now Has a Lovely Vegetable-Centric Mediterranean Market and Restaurant

Washingtonian Magazine    12/4/2018

If you crave the kind of Mediterranean, olive oil-rich vegetable plates served at 2 Amys and Etto, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Green Almond Pantry in Shaw. Chef/owner Cagla Onal spent years cooking...

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One pizzeria is having a Dylan-goes-electric moment

The New York Slice that Slices Through Tradition, at Mama’s Too

The New York Times    11/6/2018

For most of its time on earth, the New York slice has not been seen as a product that needed tinkering. Yes, pizza in the city has been accessorized with toppings from crayfish (not bad) to Buffalo chicken (hmm) to Caesar salad (no, no, no, no, no). But the foldable, portable triangles of cheese,...

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Offering handcrafted pizzas, grilled-cheese sandwiches +more

Refuel at Nordstrom’s new casual dining collaboration with Tom Douglas

Las Vegas Weekly    11/29/2018

You’d expect a retail icon like Nordstrom to know how to make your Vegas shopping experience one-of-a-kind. With James Beard award-winning chef Tom Douglas onboard for the latest venture at its Fashion Show store, there’s even more reason to visit. Named after the wife of former chairman Bruce...

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Nolakorea serves traditional Korean dishes in Metairie

Restaurant review: Nolakorea adds to Metairie's Korean dining scene

The Advocate    11/12/2018

Metairie has seen a tiny boom in Korean and Korean-inspired restaurants in the past few years. Korea House has been the cuisine’s standard bearer for years, and it has been joined recently by Gogi Korean Restaurant on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Gin Korean BBQ Restaurant on N. Arnoult Road....

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Here are off-the-beaten path ways to spend a Saturday

These 11 Small Museums Are Massachusetts' Best-Kept Secrets

Boston Magazine    8/21/2018

Looking for off-the-beaten path things to do in Massachusetts? Check out these small museums in Massachusetts, from the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History to the Museum of Russian Icons.

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Anchoi, Bend’s Avid Cider, Bantam Tavern, & Hey Love

Sayonara, Summer: Keeping Sunny Vibes Alive with Four New Portland Bars

Portland Mercury    11/8/2018

Just a few weeks ago, it was almost 80 degrees in Portland—leaves were barely falling and sunshine was pouring in through open windows all around town. It felt as though the sun had decided to take a tiny amount of pity on us following the last few months of national news, allowing just a few more...

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Mottos: "The Greatest City in America", "Get in on it."...

Baltimore MD: The Arts and Neighborhoods in Charm City

Getaway Mavens    11/19/2018

WHY GO: Incredibly, Baltimore has two majestic, World Class encyclopedic art museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, and even more incredibly, both are free to visit. As a departure from...

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It's winter, want a warm, eclectic place to have a drink?

Where to drink in Austin right now: 7 cozy bars for winter weather

CultureMap Austin    11/26/2018

The Austin bar scene may be enamored with fun in the sun, but all those monstera leaves have afflicted us with a tropical malaise. As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, the last thing we want to do is...

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Tables in dark charcoal wood convey a sense of minimalism

Mari Katsumura and the Yugen team aims for the big time

Chicago Tribune    12/3/2018

“Despite the snow and the holidays,” said Mari Katsumura, “business was pretty steady.” Thus went the first two weeks of Yugen, which was crazy/brilliant enough to debut just before Thanksgiving, eliminating the possibility of a packed dining room but easing the pressure on what, despite its considerable ambition, is very much a fledgling operation.

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"We're focusing here on coachbuilders"

Art Deco on wheels: The extraordinary Mullin Automotive Museum

11/24/2018

Peter Mullin made his fortune in insurance, but has spent much of it building an absolutely stunning collection of cars from his favorite era: the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s, when French coachbuilders were making some of the prettiest cars in automotive history.

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This new restaurant is weaving all kinds of culinary magic

Epic Middle Eastern food at Beacon Hill’s Homer worth the odyssey of scoring a table

The Seattle Times    11/23/2018

The bad news: Getting a seat at the two-month-old Beacon Hill restaurant Homer requires patience, persistence and planning. The good news: It’s worth the machinations to experience the voluptuous cooking of chef Logan Cox. In his own kitchen, Cox picks up where he left off after four years as chef...

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Above & beyond Alden & Harlow w/finger food-inspired bar

At Long Last

Improper Bostonian    11/21/2018

Chef Michael Scelfo, owner of Alden & Harlow and Waypoint, isn’t afraid...

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Mad Mac's bills itself as “Cleveland’s best comfort food."

Mad Mac's in Lakewood: Cheese-y comfort food at its finest (review)

Cleveland.com    11/30/2018

“Tell your mom her cookies are delicious!” My daughter’s young friend could not contain her enthusiasm at the conclusion of our meal at Mad Mac’s in Lakewood. It’s a common reaction at this decadently delicious and...

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Building a gorgeous cheese board? Need to grate over pasta?

13 Great Cheese Shops in Philadelphia

Philadelphia Magazine    11/20/2018

You should be eating more cheese. Not whatever industrial product is melted over your cheesesteak or pizza, but the good stuff — wheels made from good-quality milk using time-honored methods to create flavors and textures that will wow your palate. Whether you’re looking to impress guests at your...

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Featuring kabobs, bolani, mantu, and more

Yummy Grill Brings Afghan Cuisine to Fruitvale

11/7/2018

Few things are more exciting than eating through the quabili pallow. There are few things more exciting than eating your way through a heap of fragrant basmati rice, scented with lamb juice and mixed with caramelized carrots, plump raisins, and crunchy almond slivers — and unveiling a whole, juicy lamb shank underneath.

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Rich, noodley goodness of this delicious Vietnamese soup

Where To Eat Pho In LA Right Now

LAist    11/29/2018

As the national dish of Vietnam and the source of unspeakable joy for millions of empty stomachs around the rest of the world, pho (pronounced "fuh") has seen its popularity skyrocket since arriving in North America in 1975. Consisting of rice noodles in a beef or chicken broth and...

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Support San Diego Brands and Shop Local

13 Stores to Discover in San Diego This Small Business Saturday

Locale    11/21/2018

America’s Finest City is home to a ton of creative movers, shakers and makers. And what better way to celebrate homegrown brands and indie boutiques than by shopping on Small Business Saturday? On Saturday, Nov. 24, shop holiday gifts for friends and family that not only support the local economy, but were designed or created here in sunny San Diego as well.

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The fatty brisket melts in your mouth

Little Miss BBQ in Sunnyslope Now Open

Phoenix New Times    11/23/2018

Oh, glorious day for meat lovers. Local barbecue standout Little Miss BBQ finally opened its second location on Tuesday, November 20, in Sunnyslope after more than a year of...

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For a small town Hilo’s food scene packs a big punch

Best Restaurants in Hilo, Hawaii's Culinary Gem

Sunset    11/8/2018

The produce is vibrant. The fish is as fresh as it gets. And even the meat is succulent. “Hawaii in general is so special because there is such a strong and unique food culture based on the rich history of immigrants coming here to work on the plantations—and over time their languages and food merging together to make something amazing,” says Soni Pomaski, co-owner and mixologist at Moon and Turtle. Hilo...

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Scotts DC brings a taste of UK dining and drinking to DC

A British Brasserie Opens in Penn Quarter With Tableside Trolleys and a Private Scotch Club

Washingtonian Magazine    11/15/2018

If you need a break from all the raucous share plate restaurants, Scotts Restaurant and Bar promises to be a civil answer. The British brasserie from Yorkshire-born restaurateur Simon Lowe opens in Penn Quarter on Thursday, full of genteel touches like a roving trolley for tableside roasts and a...

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These great places are still great without the L train. Go

Before the L train shutdown, get to know these restaurants and bars

11/16/2018

Ahead of the looming closure of L train service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, residents and businesses in the neighborhoods that the L cuts through are wary of how it will affect them. While the L will run as usual throughout Brooklyn and Queens, starting April 27, 2019, for 15 months, passengers will have to find other routes to get to and from Manhattan. This will undoubtedly make it difficult for...

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Expect special show-related treats, like “Hakuna Ma-Latte.”

Opening Alert: Sambalatte’s latest outpost elevates the Smith Center’s nosh stash

Las Vegas Weekly    11/29/2018

Even before the Smith Center debuted, Sambalatte founder Luiz Oliveira wanted to collaborate with the performing arts center. But Downtown’s Symphony Park wasn’t yet established enough to support a luxury coffee shop. More than six years later, Sambalatte Torrefazione has opened its fourth...

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