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Seasonal restaurant Clara aims for simplicity

San Diego Union-Tribune    9/6/2018

On a dining room wall inside the newly opened Carlsbad restaurant Clara there’s a photograph of a woman’s upper back, seen from behind. Some diners presume the lady in the photo is the restaurant’s namesake, but the name actually comes from a very different place. Clara is the Spanish word for clear, which describes the sunny simplicity behind the look, vibe and menu at the 90-seat eatery, which...

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It's not just all the great food, save time for the sights

Day trip: Maui

Frolic Hawaii    9/24/2018

Since my grandma is from Maui, I grew up hearing about Sam Sato’s, Guri Guri and the shops along Front Street. But somehow I never managed to get to the Valley Isle to taste everything for myself — until I met my boyfriend, who was living and working in Lahaina. That gave me extra incentive. My grandma was right: Maui is delicious! I've been several times in the last couple of years, most recently for a...

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Staying in the town of the Queen of Comedy is fun

Jamestown NY and The Chautauqua Institution: For the Intellectually and Comedically Curious

Getaway Mavens    8/16/2018

WHY GO: As far west as you can get in New York State, Jamestown NY and the nearby Chautauqua Institution, are not easy places to get to. But, man, the journey is worth it. Hometown to Lucille Ball, Jamestown has cornered the market on comedy with the opening of the National Comedy Center in August 2018. And the Chautauqua Institution, a summer study, lecture, and...

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"It's almost like their living room," Hilton said of the bar

Mayfair Lounge owner, turning 89, celebrates 40th anniversary of owning dive bar

NOLA.com    10/5/2018

While Uriah Hilton was outside tending to one of the trees in front of the Mayfair Lounge, his grandmother, Miss Gertie, was inside tending to one of the Hot Roll Poker machines. She "invented leopard print" and turns 89 on Oct. 11. On Aug. 1, she celebrated her 40th...

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One of the country's best examples of the Art Deco movement

Sneak peek: David Fhima's new restaurant in Minneapolis' historic Forum Cafeteria

StarTribune    9/19/2018

David Fhima arrived in the United States 36 years ago with a hundred dollars in his pocket, “an accent that was really heavy and bad,” he said with a...

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Lots of surprises and shake-ups, in a good food way

The 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia: Fall 2018

Philadelphia Magazine    9/24/2018

It’s gross out. Wet, dead leaves are stuck to the bottom of your shoes. It’s chilly. It’s gray. Nature is not exactly welcoming us to fall this year, but we have something for you that will more than make up for it — the latest refresh of our 50 Best Restaurants. Usually when we revamp the 50 Best,...

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Farm coast-inspired fare at an independent, waterfront place

First Look at Alcove, Now Open near North Station

Boston Magazine    10/17/2018

Hospitality pro Tom Schlesinger-Guidelli had looked at dozens of spaces for his future restaurant before he found the perfect alcove in Boston: Alcove, officially opening tonight, is situated across the street from the TD Garden on the newly developed Lovejoy Wharf, overlooking the harbor in between...

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Follow in Guy's footsteps (or tire tracks) for unique food

27 Oregon restaurants Guy Fieri visited on 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives'

OregonLive.com    7/7/2018

Think you see a lot of Guy Fieri on TV now? Just wait. It was announced recently that the platinum-haired chowhound has a “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” spinoff called "Triple D Nation" coming to Food Network soon. As if that’s not enough, the Mayor of Flavortown will also star in “Guy Fieri’s...

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From upscale tasting menus to the buffet, vegetarian options

Plant-based options growing in Vegas

Las Vegas Magazine    10/12/2018

One of the fastest-growing movements in the world also happens to be one of the oldest in the world—vegetarianism. And October and November are big for...

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The D.C. dining scene just keeps getting better - try these

Tom Sietsema’s top restaurants in Washington, D.C.: Fall 2018

Washington Post    10/11/2018

A perfect dining guide would read your mind. Technology doesn’t allow for that – yet – but I can share my favorite restaurants in and around Washington, based on recent months of visiting previous picks to see if they still measure up, and discovering a slew of new places to appreciate. With a...

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Food, BBQ, brunch, bars, breweries, coffee, music & comedy

10 Reasons You Never Have to Leave East Austin

The Austinot    8/28/2018

As an unabashed east Austin lover, I offer a warning to those who are making it their home: try not to fall in love with the neighborhood too much. Yes, it’s the most fun part of Austin. Yes, it has everything you need to live your best life. Yes, there are new bars and restaurants popping up every...

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The best places in the city to drink your dessert

The 11 Best Milkshake Spots In NYC

Gothamist    10/4/2018

Let's start by saying this: Every season is Milkshake Season. And there are plenty of seriously soul-satisfying shakes around town (even pumpkin spice to compliment this particular season), concocted with varying...

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Travel E. of L.A. (& maybe a little north) for these flavors

Fantastic Gelato and a Great Local Bar: More of Eastern L.A.'s Best Food & Drink

LA Weekly    10/17/2018

No ode to frozen treats in L.A. is complete without mentioning the luscious and meticulously crafted gelato and sorbet at Bulgarini Gelato. Rome native Leo Bulgarini makes his gelato from scratch without any added flavors or colors and travels the globe to find ingredients that meet his high standards.

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All chef's boards are not created equal. Try these.

10 Best Meat and Cheese Boards In Metro Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    10/17/2018

You might think chef's boards are a fail-safe option on any restaurant menu, but the truth is, not all combinations of meat, cheese, and accoutrements are created equally. Cellophane-wrapped meat straight out of the supermarket, subpar bread, and low-quality fixings might do in a hurry, but with...

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Powell's Books - a Portland legend with Chicago roots

A book lover's mecca, Powell's in Portland has Chicago roots

Chicago Tribune    10/11/2018

If you are given a chance to tag along with your spouse to her professional continuing education conference and you are given a choice of destination — Las Vegas or Portland, Ore. — which do you choose? Sure, Las Vegas has the glitz and glamour, gambling, entertainment and, of course, Cher, but it doesn’t have Powell’s Books, the “world’s largest independent bookstore,” which made the choice easy for...

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The 2 places on Pine Street that transport Seattle to Tokyo

Why I'm a Regular at Suika and Tamari Bar

the Stranger    10/10/2018

ast week, I barhopped between two Japanese pubs in Tokyo, but it was really just two places on Pine Street. Entering Suika, you're hit with an explosion of color and energy. Bartenders stick straws into wild watermelon cocktails. Servers mix bowls of pork-belly bibimbap for customers who don't know...

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Food Critic for 32 Years - see what made him a great read

Michael Bauer’s last review: 4 stars to Michael Mina, at the top of his game

San Francisco Chronicle    9/14/2018

Early on in the six-course, fixed-price dinner at the reimagined Michael Mina, the suited waiter opened a square box like a treasure chest, revealing a dozen containers heaped with spices that seductively assaulted the nostrils. There were pink peppercorn berries, bright yellow saffron powder,...

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Chef Tim Graham blows up midwestern food at Twain

10/11/2018

He didn't say that. But he probably would have, because whoever it was that first thought of smearing peanut butter into the cavity of a raw celery stick and then punctuating it with a line of black raisins was barely human. So it's alarming to see that the very first dish on the menu at Twain, a...

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Everywhere you turn on the Kona Coast, rugged beauty

Hawaii's history comes to life on the Big Island's Kona Coast

Hawaii Magazine    10/9/2018

Everywhere you turn on the Kona Coast, you encounter traces of the past. On this lava-filled leeward coast of Hawaii’s Big Island, Capt. James Cook died, in a skirmish over a rowboat. Only a few miles from where Cook perished, Kamehameha the Great fought his first major battle. After nearly 30 years...

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The owner has been a Jazz Fest vendor for 17 years

Fireman Mike's Cafe and Sweet Shop arrives in Lakeview: Opening alert

NOLA.com    10/5/2018

The owner has been a Jazz Fest vendor for 17 years.

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Serving hard-to-find Hakka fare like soups, rice bowls,...

Eat Here Now: Hakka Beef House

Philadelphia Magazine    10/4/2018

We here at Foobooz are always interested in what Philly’s best chefs are eating. So when Ange Branca, chef-owner at South Philly’s Saté Kampar, posted about Hakka Beef House, a new favorite of hers in Chinatown that opened earlier this year, I had to know more. I asked Branca if she’d be willing to...

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Independent book stores are on the increase - find out why

Run for Cover, new bookstore in O.B., set to open Friday

San Diego Union-Tribune    10/3/2018

Marianne Reiner grew up in France in a family surrounded by so many books they joked about sleeping on hardbacks and paperbacks instead of beds. She thinks that’s where the dream of owning a bookstore first took hold. And now it’s coming true, with Friday night’s opening of Run For Cover in Ocean Beach.

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Pair "Flamin' Hot" onion rings & "Pac-Man" pizzas w/games

Versus Arcade Bar Opens This Week in Downtown Crossing

Boston Magazine    10/10/2018

The hospitality group that’s arguably reinventing Boston’s nightlife scene is getting in on the nostalgia-inducing trend of arcade bars. Versus, a restaurant packed with retro video games, pinball machines, and table games and the latest from Big Night Entertainment Group, opens Thursday in Downtown...

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A world of flavors awaits — once you leave the Strip

There’s no reason to gamble on Vegas restaurants. Here are your best bets.

Washington Post    9/5/2018

A visitor to Sin City might be tempted to stick to the corporate comfort of the glitzy hotels on and around the famous Strip. But the obvious candidates for the appetites of chowhounds can be a gamble these days. I know, having recently pushed a lot of food around on my plate at the otherwise...

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This Ramen Shop Has Soft-Serve Topped with Gold

Washingtonian Magazine    6/22/2018

If you find yourself at Capitol One Arena this summer, refrain from...

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Incorporating Mexican-American flavors in must-have tex mex

Tex + Mex + ’Cue: 4 Texas Spots Combining the Best of Both Worlds

Bon Appétit    9/12/2018

It’s the best of both worlds: Texan barbecue techniques meet Mexican flavors. Whether it’s pit-smoked barbacoa at Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ in Austin, or smoked chicken covered in a spicy citrus marinade at Pollos Asados Los Norteños on the southeast side of San Antonio, the genre now includes some serious talent in Central and South Texas. Defining Mexican-American barbecue varies by pitmaster, but the...

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Fanciful, accomplished wood-fired Mexican cooking w/LA vibe

Fire and Spice Fanciful wood-fired Mexican is the name of the game at Greenpoint’s Oxomoco.

Grub Street    10/8/2018

You could be forgiven for thinking, when you first situate yourself in...

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The look & feel of a brasserie (art deco bar, woven chairs)

APL: Dining Review

Hollywood Reporter    10/5/2018

Adam Perry Lang is not just the eponymous chef and owner behind APL, a buzzy dining room at the corner of Hollywood and Vine that bowed in the spring. He's also its proud bladesmith, crafting custom steak knives that he offers for sale for $950 apiece, the minimum threshold for a felony in California, to dissuade theft. The DIY cutlery, impressive in its ambition — if not always the sharpest in...

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From England to China, Italy to Vietnam, France to...

Best of Phoenix 2018: Our Best Ethnic Restaurants

Phoenix New Times    10/10/2018

You can take a gastronomical trip around the world without ever leaving the Phoenix area, from England to China, Italy to Vietnam, and France to the Middle East, and of course to all parts of Mexico, we are blessed with an abundance of ethnic restaurants in the Valley. Here are the ones we...

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The hits are back, along with an array of new plates

Smallwares Is Back with Big Flavors

Portland Mercury    10/10/2018

Smallwares is back, although it kind of never left. When it debuted in 2012, Chef Johanna Ware’s restaurant, which introduced Asian flavors never before seen in Portland, earned top critical marks across the board. The spot in Northeast Fremont’s Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood made an indelible...

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Swing by for amazing aquavit cocktails and lutefisk handpies

Old Ballard Liquor Co. Transforms from Distillery into a Scandinavian Bar

Seattle Magazine    10/11/2018

Starting off as a wonderful nano distillery right by the boat launch and across from the Maritime Academy, the Old Ballard Liquor Co. recently transformed into a Scandinavian-style bar. There had been a charming small café in the distillery, but with this change, it’s a full bar, with the distillery no longer in operation.

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Soondubu & galbi lettuce wraps get a fine-dining spin @ Maum

This Korean Tasting Menu Is Silicon Valley’s Answer to Lazy Bear

Modern Luxury    10/11/2018

“We grow stone fruit at the mother ship,” the young man told me. He wasn’t a farmer, fresh off a flying...

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Warm Belly Bakery earned a cult following for its BIG cookie

Former teacher opens Warm Belly Bakery Lincoln Park with Chicago-style cookies

Chicago Tribune    10/10/2018

Warm Belly Bakery has earned a cult following, not only for its colossal cookies but for the charisma of chef and co-founder Joe Dela Pena. “My official title is chief cookie officer,” said Dela Pena at his new shop in the Park West area of Lincoln Park, opened last week. It’s the second location of what he calls a cookie-centric bakery.

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Gelato is having its moment in San Diego

San Diego Union-Tribune    10/4/2018

When the quirky An’s Dry Cleaning gelateria opened June 1 in Normal Heights, it joined a small but steadily growing community of shops devoted to the Italian-style ice cream. Gelato, with roots in 16th century Florence, is made with milk, rather than cream, so it’s lower in fat and calories than ice cream. But because it’s made fresh in small batches, is densely structured without added air and served...

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Italian neighborhood restaurant gives us a reason to try it

Mediterraneo Fires Up a New Pizza Menu

Honolulu Magazine    10/3/2018

Mediterraneo Ristorante Italiano just upped its dinner game, adding a new pizza oven as well as a new chef coaxing magic out of deceptively simple ingredients. We got invited to try more than half a dozen pizza...

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The right people, telling you the right places to eat at

10 places to eat now in New Orleans: October 2018

NOLA.com    10/9/2018

We know what you're thinking: Where should I eat in New Orleans? Brett Anderson and Todd A. Price, the dining team at NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune, have the answer -- at least for this month. In this town of near endless options for eating, there is always a new restaurant to be discovered or an...

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