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A detailed list of 11 speakeasy lounges, & how to get in

No Password Required, Mostly: 11 Speakeasy Bars in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    5/23/2019

Let's go back. Speakeasies were a necessary staple of the Prohibition era. That time is long gone, but speakeasy bars are still alive and thriving. And there’s something to be said about figuring out a password and...

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Assembly Brewing Has Detroit-Style Pizza, Session-Style Beers, and Absolutely No Kids

Portland Mercury    5/9/2019

If you think Portland’s all craft-brewery’d out, just pay a visit to Assembly Brewing. Portland’s umpteen-millionth brewpub opened its doors in March, and it’s already doing a roaring trade amid a perceived downturn in the fortunes of Portland beer-makers. As long-established breweries like...

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The soft, flatbread bite and vibrant corn flavor

Oakland’s Rico Rico and the joy of finding your favorite tacos

San Francisco Chronicle    4/26/2019

One’s favorite taco is a deeply personal thing, and I knew I was going to love Rico Rico Taco as soon as I spied the hulking tornado of chile-blessed al pastor meat through the kitchen window, each curve collecting flecks of black-and-mahogany char from the slow turn of the spit. When it comes to...

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With lush forests and sandy beaches, 80% National Park

Best Places to Stay on Historic Mackinac Island

TripSavvy    4/8/2019

You won't find chain hotels on Mackinac Island. This oval isle that the Ojibwes called Mishimikinaak, or "Big Turtle," is a 3.8-square-mile slip of a summer resort area on Lake Huron between Michigan's Upper and Lower Peninsulas where it seems time has stood still. Much of the wooden architecture is...

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Considered to be the most expensive refresh in Vegas history

Is this the coolest resort in Las Vegas?

CNN    3/28/2019

One of the historically hippest hotels in Las Vegas is about to kick off a whole new era of cool. The Palms Casino Resort, a 1,365-room property on Flamingo Road west of the Las Vegas Strip, soon will debut more than $690 million worth of additions and renovations, including new accommodations, restaurants, bars and nightlife, as well as a multimillion-dollar collection of art.

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Butcher shop & restaurant, neo-soul flavors, Indian + more

Best New Restaurants 2019

Food & Wine Magazine    5/21/2019

From a neighborhood charmer in Philly to a hands-in-the-air-like-you-just-don’t-care NOLA butcher shop to some of the best restaurants in New York City, here are the 10 best new places to eat in America right now.

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These all have a great beauty that deserves a visit

The 5 Best Botanical Gardens on Kauai

Hawaii Magazine    5/16/2019

If you’re still wondering why Kauai is called The Garden Isle, look no further than these Top 5 botanical gardens. With picturesque views and one-of-a-kind plant collections, these spots from our 2019 Readers’ Choice...

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Austin’s Speakeasy Secrets (Shhh): Milonga Room

The Austinot    4/17/2019

The rapidly developing east side of Austin is filled with just about everything you want in plain sight. Well, almost everything. In the case of Milonga Room, you have a speakeasy that resides underneath Buenos Aires...

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Come see the exceptional quality of its dark night skies

Colorado is home to the latest International Dark Sky Park

Lonely Planet    5/16/2019

Fans of astronomy and beautiful night vistas have a new option for observing the Milky Way. The Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado has been officially designated as an International Dark Sky Park. It has more than 149,164 acres of dunes, wetlands, grasslands, forests and alpine tundra, which...

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The robata grill will be the focal point of the dining room

An Early Look at the Menu for Mystique at Encore Boston Harbor

Boston Magazine    5/16/2019

The area’s glitziest nightlife group has the leaders in place to deliver on its promise of bringing “artful sushi” and innovative, Japanese-inspired cuisine to the Encore Boston Harbor: Mystique Asian Restaurant & Lounge opens this summer with executive chef Anthony Micari and sushi chef Tony Mai,...

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A menu inspired by a research and development trip to Spain

When The Neighborhood Chicken Spot Becomes A Steakhouse: Why Some Restaurants Hit The Reset Button

DCist    5/16/2019

The revamped dinner menu hasn’t done away with the poultry focus completely, but diners can now also choose seafood entrees or steak dishes. New appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, and cocktails also celebrate the French bistro concept. Weekend brunch had always been a hit, so Winer kept fan favorites like...

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Learn how French workers made their 150-foot-tall gift

New Statue of Liberty Museum Illuminates a Forgotten History

The New York Times    5/15/2019

Each year about 4.5 million people shuffle off the ferries that service Liberty Island to see up close the famous torch-wielding Roman goddess towering above them. But security concerns stemming from the Sept. 11 attacks led...

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What makes these San Diego hotels outrank all others: A canine scavenger hunt could help

San Diego Union-Tribune    2/22/2019

The annual hotel rankings are out, and a select number of San Diego County luxury properties have made the cut for the uppermost tiers in 2019. As has been the case for much of the past several years, the Rancho Valencia Resort & Spa in Rancho Santa Fe, the Fairmont Grand Del Mar in Carmel Valley and the Park Hyatt Aviara Resort in Carlsbad received the top five-star ratings from the prestigious Forbes...

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No surprises here: A lot of 'em are on Capitol Hill

27 Essential Seattle Restaurants for Late-Night Grub | Seattle Met

Seattle Met    5/13/2019

Seattle is blessed with a bounty of late-night restaurants, places that welcome the tipsy (possibly drunken) masses Friday and Saturday nights—maybe during the week too, if you’re lucky. To aid your bar-hopping and snacking plans, we’ve rounded up a slew of spots from the obligatory Dick’s mention to...

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Hush Public House offers meat offcuts, plant-based remixes..

Cafe Review: Eat at Hush Public House ASAP

Phoenix New Times    5/9/2019

There is a sequence of scenes in Batman Begins in which Bruce Wayne goes to a remote dojo in the mountains. There, apart from society, Wayne can leave behind the bustle to focus and train. By the time he returns to Gotham, Wayne is Batman.

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Succulent scallops, Mark Twain connection, a seafaring town

Fairhaven MA: Ambrosial Scallops and Astonishing Architecture

Getaway Mavens    4/24/2019

WHY GO. Fairhaven MA wasn’t a company town; it was a lucky town. Henry Huttleston Rogers, President of six (out of 13) Standard Oil Trust Companies (who happened, also, to be a major benefactor of Mark Twain), was overly magnanimous when it came to his hometown, endowing it with public buildings that rival those in the greatest European cities. Sharing a harbor with New Bedford, Fairhaven has also...

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The NYC import is known for burgers, fries, and a good time

The Smith Is River North’s Newest After-Work Hang

Chicago Magazine    5/1/2019

Let’s be totally stereotypical for a minute, shall we? When a restaurant concept transplants from New York to Chicago, I generally expect the forces behind said restaurant to talk about how they’re bringing unique, previously-unknown-to-us-yokels ingredients and obscure combinations to...

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A new hotel, an old cocktail recipe, and more

Get It Before It’s Hot: Why You Should Go to New Orleans This Spring

AFAR    5/14/2019

Mardi Gras and Jazz Fest are over and the weather is heating up, which means that things slow down a bit in the streets of New Orleans. But as temperatures rise and event season passes, airfares and room rates tend to ease up. That’s right, more money in your pocket to spend on food, drink, and fun.

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The Coolest LA Hotels You’re Going To Want To Experience This Year

4/15/2019

There is little to say about Los Angeles that hasn’t already been said. It is a town that needs no introduction. Home to many of the movie industry’s biggest celebrities, to world-class shopping, to decadent nightlife, to legendarily congested traffic, to sunny skies and inviting beaches, LA is a city unlike any other.

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This is a reservation that should soon be hard to get

Erizo Is the Ocean-To-Table Seafood Restaurant Portland’s Been Waiting For

Portland Mercury    5/9/2019

I’ve long been baffled why Portland—ye olde town of farm-to-table and just over an hour from the Pacific Ocean—doesn’t have better seafood restaurants that pull right from our salty shores. We finally caught one. Erizo, the new pricey prix fixe restaurant from a couple of guys in their 20s, is...

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The restaurant was founded by the San Francisco Zen Center

In its 40th year, vegetarian restaurant pioneer Greens looks ahead

7x7    1/29/2019

Of the six paramitas—or perfections—of practice in Zen Buddhism, the first is generosity. Within the context of Buddhism, there's a curious twist to generosity, because when you consider an act of generosity in light of the interconnectedness of all things, it follows that there is no difference...

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When it’s not officially a date, but also not not a date

Where To Go When You’re Not Sure If It’s A Date

Infatuation    5/17/2019

Whether you’re hanging out one-on-one with a friend you usually only see in group settings or an ex who recently liked six of your pictures on Instagram, you’re not completely certain whether this get-together is a date. But before you’re able to figure that out for sure, you’ll need to choose a place to meet.

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A brewery in a casino, heralded for their karaoke scene

Karaoke fave Ellis Island ups its beer game

Las Vegas Weekly    5/16/2019

If you’re an avid beer drinker and haven’t reacquainted yourself with Ellis Island Casino & Brewery, you might want to change that. About a year ago, the family-owned brewery stealthily brought in an infusion of new talent to revamp its offerings in anticipation of opening Front Yard—a two-story...

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A look at the hotel's rooms, restaurants, beach, amenities

Best Beach on the Big Island: A Review of the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

The Points Guy    5/5/2019

The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel captures the low-key vibe of the Big Island of Hawaii with unpretentious luxury grounded in history and tradition. Its varied offerings are a fit both for family travelers as well as couples. Pros: World-class beach, wide variety of on-site dining and activity choices,...

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The simple menu shines at this casual hangout

Restaurant Review: Uncle Nicky's

5/1/2019

When feeling particularly philosophical about parenting, my mom would say, “Wherever you go, there you are.” It was as much a gentle admonishment—remember yourself, young lady—as it was an encouragement. No matter what life threw, how far I traveled, and how fancy (I thought) I’d gotten, I’d always...

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The shop is in an alley off Harvard Square - don't blink

Pinocchio's Pizza is a longtime favorite of Harvard students – including Mark Zuckerberg

USATODAY    5/15/2019

The scene: Pinocchio's Pizza & Subs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been serving locals and Harvard students for more than half a century, since 1966. An episode of the television show "Suits" even discussed how...

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Aperol, Prosecco, soda water, & orange is a delightful combo

The Aperol Spritz Is a Good Drink, and Here's Where to Find It

Washingtonian Magazine    5/10/2019

Aperol, Prosecco, soda water, and orange is a delightful combination—no matter what the New York Times says. Here are five great places to indulge in this unfairly maligned drink all summer long.

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If you're hungry for entertainment, eat here!

The 8 Best Eat-In Movie Theaters In NYC

Gothamist    3/28/2019

As the powers that be have looked for new ways to get people excited about going to the movies (and justify that expensive ticket), a concept that was once something of a regional anomaly—the movie theater that also serves food!—has become increasingly prevalent. New York City now offers a number...

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Stuffed cabbage tastes way more exciting than it sounds

Get a Taste of Poland wherever you can

San Diego Reader    5/14/2019

While cruising North Park’s Festival of Arts last weekend, I was surprised and happy to stumble upon a vendor serving authentic Polish food. To my knowledge, no dedicated Polish restaurants currently operate in San Diego; the closest thing we have is the Pierogi Truck food truck, and this food stand:...

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The most amazing view and the best food & drinks on high

Rooftop bars are all the rage in Seattle — we rated the 4 hottest ones for your summer enjoyment

The Seattle Times    5/16/2019

New Seattle is hot! As in literally: Record-setting heat has become the rule, not the exception, with four out of the five hottest documented years ever happening this decade (thanks, climate change!). While old-timers complain when temperatures climb past, oh, 72 degrees, everybody else looks up at...

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From Flower Child to the Original Chop, a variety of options

12 Favorite Salads in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    5/13/2019

The greater Phoenix area is nothing like Reggie’s — where you can’t even get a big salad. Full-meal salads are found on menus across the Valley, in restaurants that would obviously offer a substantial selection of salads as well as places that may be a surprise to some. So in honor of National...

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Features 13 local vendors, many of whom you know

City's newest food hall, Politan Row, opens Saturday with food by chefs from Fat Shallot, Floriole, more

Chicago Tribune    5/6/2019

Another food hall will enter the Chicago scene this weekend, as Politan Row will crack its doors open for the first time Saturday in the West Loop. Politan Row will be the first food hall to officially launch in the West Loop since French Market, although both TimeOut Market and Fulton Galley are scheduled to open later in 2019 in the area. The city’s newest food hall is located in the same building...

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The dish called "doro wot" is not to be missed

Communal dining made delicious at Ethiopian restaurant Addis NOLA in Mid-City

The Advocate    5/13/2019

No cuisine reminds me of the pleasures of communal dining as much as...

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Venice beach, "a cultural hub known for its eccentricities"

Four Hours: Exploring the wonderfully weird and wildly walkable Venice

Los Angeles Times    5/11/2019

The aromas that swirl and dance with the salty air of the seaside neighborhood of Venice are guaranteed to take your olfactory system on a Mystic Journey — pun intended for those of you who know the neighborhood’s legendary new-age bookstore of the same name.

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Expect a more delicate take on sushi this Vegas transplant

Tekka Bar brings sushi hand rolls to downtown Portland

OregonLive.com    5/13/2019

Over the past few years, Portland has added enough sushi burrito spots, mostly in the form of food carts, that we might not need sandbags the next time it floods. Other cities, meanwhile, have embraced a more delicate version of the sushi roll for one, the hand roll, or temaki, a four-bite snack of...

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Pairs with wine, sunset and the city’s boutique-iest hotel

A New SF Supper Club Involves Acrobats, Belly Dancing

3/5/2019

Looking for something more than dinner and a movie? You’re in luck. One of SF’s chefs de rigueur recently opened a supper club in Russian Hill inspired by the culture of the nouveau cirque. We recommend pairing it with the city’s sneakiest sunset views and a visit to a super private hotel for your next big night out. No need to wait for a birthday or anniversary — this is a special occasion unto itself.

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