The museum is 1 year old, the history is quite a bit older
The Museum of the American Revolution is a year old this month and officials say it has landed a decisive victory in capturing tourists’ attention in a city with lots of revolutionary competition. In honor of its first birthday on April 19, also the anniversary of the shots fired at the battles of...
The castle is an upgraded version of their original hotel
NBC 7 San Diego
You don't have to be a king or a queen to stay in this castle. Legoland's Castle Hotel is opening at the Carlsbad resort next Friday, and staff says it will increase revenue for the city. The new 250-room hotel is the second at the theme park and is located just steps from the park's entrance. Construction began in January 2017 on the hotel’s drawbridge and towers.
From the banana salad to the wallpaper, hints of Cambodia
The floor tiles at Nyum Bai, Nite Yun’s small Cambodian restaurant in Fruitvale, greet you hello in Khmer: “SOUSDEY.” And the pink bathroom wallpaper print depicts Oakland’s Tribune Tower alongside stone figures from...
Rolling out beautiful beet caramelle pasta at Quiessence
Phoenix New Times
The world knows more than 600 pasta shapes. One of the cooler shapes is caramelle. It's a stuffed pasta, like ravioli or agnolotti, but shaped like salt water taffy: long, skinny, with twists on the ends. The filling goes in the tubular middle. Caramelle is a new-age pasta, one you won't find in...
Best restaurants to eat pierogies, goulash, "city chicken" +
Food & Wine Magazine
During the first quarter of the 20th century, tens of thousands of Polish immigrants settled in Detroit and neighboring Hamtramck in order to work for the area’s burgeoning auto industry. “The primary attraction was...
Spring is springing, & flowers + nature are blooming - here
A vibrant, purple crocus forced its way through the cold, damp soil of my front garden the other day. It was just the right nod that dreary morning and reminded me how much I craved flowers. Not the cut ones in the countertop vase, although those do the trick when they must. But freshly opened, in...
Excellent sightlines for watching and flavorful food
The Seattle Times
For our Dinner at a Movie series, we’ve traveled north to Mountlake Terrace to eat salad in the dark at Cinebarre, east to Redmond to try the all-this-and-a-blanket-too luxuries of iPic Theaters, and right smack into the center of Seattle for the homey charms of Central Cinema, where everyone knows...
A welcoming hangout in the Rose City Park neighborhood
In a city whose beer scene grows more competitive each day, it’s still possible to find a fun, easygoing place that feels like it’s off the radar—a place without distraction where you can hoist a freshly made pint, chew on a good bratwurst, and sit outside on the sidewalk under an emerging spring...
International fare that's complex, comforting, and delicious
The Austin Chronicle
"Everything is good," says our waiter, a slim teenager with a bright, toothy smile, who, after seating us and before taking our order, has been busy doing homework at a corner table. "That's what my parents tell me to say. Of course they're the ones making everything, but I think so, too." Our...
Both luxe rolls use a whole live lobster, Wagyu, caviar +
About a year ago the internet went wild over what was thought to be the most expensive sushi roll in the world. It was created Setsubun, a Japanese holiday when eating massive sushi rolls, as opposed to the traditionally simple rolls...
"It's really kind of a first-responder restaurant," - Murray
Murray Bros. Caddyshack Restaurant opened Tuesday afternoon in suburban Rosemont. Named after the cult classic comedy film from 1980, this is the second location after the first opened in St. Augustine, Fla., in 2001. Now, normally there aren't press conferences packed with nearly every news outlet in the city breathlessly waiting to cover the second location of a chain restaurant, especially one...
Win-win here, since the bottom line is more great food per $
Los Angeles Times
We know you love to eat like a local when you travel, and we also know you like to save money because … who likes to waste money? When you can join the two, it’s pure bliss. Nearly a decade ago, the Travel section...
Lots of food mashups out there, and this one sounds delish
Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Mexican sushi” may sound like a paradox, but it’s a big thing in the Sinaloa region of our neighbor to the south. Culichi Town at Fiesta Rancho brings Las Vegas both the atypical hybrid and the fun, raucous culture that surrounds it. It’s an experience not to be missed.
A chic French-inspired bistro with Creole touches
On a nondescript stretch of Girod Street, a set of bright green shutters beckons passersby. Step off the street into the narrow dining room at Vyoone's and you'll likely be greeted at the door by one or...
A food that can be an obsession, made by someone obsessed
The days are getting longer and warmer, perfect ingredients for a walk...
"We are probably best known for our framed insects..."
A hot-pink lollipop with a scorpion inside. A life-size human skeleton. A paperweight made of a butterfly suspended in resin. No, it's not the Museum of Natural History. It's the Evolution Store, a science- and art-lover's paradise in New York City's Greenwich Village, where locals and tourists alike have been coming for 25 years to stare and simply ask questions. In a city increasingly filled with...
Jazz up your Fairmount Park adventures, zipline-style
Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park sprawls over 2,000 acres — and as such is packed with a ton of cool places and activities to explore. Starting in May, the park will be home to a new amenity: a zipline and tree-tops ropes course. On May 12, Treetop Quest Philly is opening its doors (er, ropes) for...
Poway's Lightning Brewery resurfacing as nanobrewery
Last June, Lightning Brewery owner and brewmaster Jim Crute sold his brewing equipment to Orange County’s Cismontane Brewing but maintained the leased space for his Poway tasting room and beer garden. The sale satisfied Lightning’s debt and was necessitated by declining revenues for business, which...
A DIY sauce cart and a wide selection of meats and broths
DNM Hot Pot has debuted in the Inner Richmond, specializing in a customizable, communal dining experience. "We serve authentic tastes from Inner Mongolia—rich, savory and full of spice," the restaurant says on its Facebook page. "Big heart and big flavor." The hot pot experience involves dipping...
Try signature Lemon Basil, a thick, sugar-encrusted kronut
Phoenix New Times
Where can you find fresh croissants, strudel, and fruity Bavarian tarts? How about colorful sugar cookies shaped like Saguaro cacti, butterflies, or palm trees? There are more than 400 items (not counting custom orders) on the menu at Karl's Quality Bakery, a well-stocked, north-central Phoenix bakery with...
Take this sweet trip to tap into lots of family history
When early spring warmth begins to thaw Vermont’s frozen forests, sugar makers head for the woods. Traveling by snowmobile, snowshoes, or horse-drawn sleigh, they drill a small hole in the trunk of each mature sugar maple, then gather a slow trickle of sap in buckets or plastic tubes. Once the sap has been collected, it’s cooked for hours in a shallow pan called an evaporator, heated from below by a...
A hot dish followed by cakes and bread, butter and jam
Check out three Boston hotels serving high tea—because there’s always an...
One of those basic food groups, but can be hard to find
There’s something classic and homey about biscuits and sausage gravy, a dish with European roots that has existed in America in one form or another for more than 300 years. It became a staple of the American South...
Excellent food, & a basic, goofy, & reasonably priced drinks
When a celebrity opens a bar or restaurant, it usually feels like a gimmick, a money grab, or an idle indulgence. They can’t all be Wahlburgers. But Portland’s a bar town—there is literally no one in the city, famous or otherwise, who I’d be surprised to learn was opening a bar. And in the age of...
Grab a burger @ this North Loop bar built for neighborliness
It was Sunday night about dinnertime when I dropped in to Workhorse, the beer and cocktail bar nestled between vintage shops on North Loop Boulevard. I sat at a thick wooden table with an inlaid checkerboard. The people behind me chatted about class (graduate school, I assumed) and a guy across from me was on...
The menu leans heavily on lamb, beef and chicken
Among the world’s most versatile dishes is injera, the spongy fermented bread that does double duty as a canvas for Ethiopia’s popular salads and stews and as a utensil for ferrying food to mouth. Forks and knives aren’t necessary when a diner has fingers and the ability to tear a piece from a...
You'll be blown away (!) by all the Windy City has to offer
Springtime is finally here, and that means it’s time to book a trip to Chicago! This Midwest mecca really is a must-visit any time of year, but especially once the winter thaws and the sun comes out. It would be impossible to do everything you need to in only 24 hours, but our contributor, Kaleigh...
Put them on your list for when you visit the Garden Island
No visit to Kauai, Hawaii's Garden Isle is truly complete unless you take the time to visit one of the island's beautiful botanical gardens. Botanical gardens offer a refuge for plant life, and for the ecotourist there is no better way to learn about imperiled local plant species than in the very spots...
Lighter fare paying homage to the Amalfi Coast in So. Italy
Las Vegas Weekly
When chef Michael LaPlaca took over the helm of Onda at the Mirage, he revitalized and reinvented the standard red-sauce restaurant as Portofino with his unique takes on Italian classics. Ultimately, though, his Alfredo with foie gras and chicken cracklings; gnocchi with frog legs; and jagged...
Get outside & have a drink at patios, balconies & porches
The golden moment has arrive. The moderately chilly days have passed. The heat and humidity of summer have not yet descended. Now is the moment to get outside and have a drink. Here are our favorite bars with patios, balconies and porches.
For a taste of Old World glamour and charm stay here
For a taste of Old World glamour and charm, here are the places we make a point of checking into
Dedicated to cookbooks and titles about food with a cafe
Paige Lipari always wanted a store. She grew up hearing stories about her grandparents’ fresh dairy and Italian imported goods grocery in Bushwick, and though the Sicilian immigrants happily retired before she was born, the lore of their fresh mozzarella sold in a small space in Brooklyn continued.
Middle Child is a vision of new neighborhood luncheonette
Next to me at the counter, two women are talking about dead bodies. It’s only one of the conversations. One of the small groups — twos and threes and fours — that cycle in and out of Middle Child all morning and afternoon. They know each other. They know the crew working in the galley kitchen. They...
Critic Troy Johnson's finalists for the best in San Diego
San Diego Magazine
Burgers are the quintessential American food. You can make a case for pizza, sure. But, especially in Southern California, where car culture reigns, the burger reigns. Americans eat 50 billion burgers a year. Lined up, that’s 800,000 miles of burgers. Enough to circle the earth 32 times, or go to...
Steam or electric? Not your usual choice for transportation
Scenic drives are great, but for a more unique and historic way to see Wisconsin landscapes, there's an old kid on the block: a scenic train ride. It's ironic how popular they've become, considering Americans left...
Reassessed and revisited, and now living up to expectations
San Francisco Chronicle
When Mister Jiu’s opened in 2016, it quickly gained a national reputation for bringing a fresh approach to Cantonese food in America’s largest Chinatown. Lauded for transforming the Four Seas, a fixture on Grant Avenue for more than a half a century, the new restaurant from chef-owner Brandon Jew respected...