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Have you flipped the flippers of a pinball machine recently?

Staying Alive


Sometimes at night, after everyone else in my family had gone to sleep, I would lie in bed and pretend I was a pinball machine. I would press the knobs of my hip bones as if they controlled the flippers and kick my legs as if they were bumpers and imagine the silver ball careening through spinners...



Are you desiring wildly colorful shakes, cocoas and cakes?

Famed Unicorn shake shop opens Saturday in Del Mar

San Diego Union-Tribune    3/13/2018

Head’s up, Instagrammers: Wildly colorful unicorn milkshakes, cocoas and cakes are about to materialize in Del Mar. Orange County’s famed Crème & Sugar dessert shop has picked a strip-mall shop on Del Mar Heights Road as the location for its second store, which opens March 17 at noon. Ever since Cosmopolitan magazine spotlighted Crème & Sugar founder Joanna Czikalla’s off-menu unicorn desserts in...


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A huge place that gets packed - order the "Burnt-End Nachos"

Westport Social Makes a Once-Forgotten Plaza a Dining Destination


As the line for entry into Westport Social on a recent Saturday night snaked down the sidewalk and along the length of the building, I was lucky enough to be on the inside, tucked into a small bar table right up against the front windows. My fortunes would become even more apparent to the poor souls...


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Chefs have been listening to customers & bringing new food

10 New Portland Vegan Eateries That Flew Under Your Radar

Portland Monthly    3/14/2018

In ye olden days (circa 2014), Portland vegans were lucky to gain a new dining option once or twice a year. These days, it sometimes feels like we’re adding a couple of new plant-based spots per week, and even the professional...


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In a world of bean-to-bar hype-taking quality to next level

One of the Country’s Best Chocolate Companies Is Based Just Outside Philly

Philadelphia Magazine    3/15/2018

The stereotypical upstart chocolatier has left behind a conventional desk job to pursue their foodie dreams. But chocolatier Chris Curtin just might have them all beat. Before his career in confection, Curtin — chef and founder at West Chester-based Éclat Chocolate — was a cross-country ski racer.


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El Pollo Correteado does one thing - grill chicken - well

$10 Lunch: Juicy Mesquite-Grilled Chicken in Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    3/1/2018

I pass El Pollo Correteado on the northeast corner of Jefferson and 16th streets on my way home from work. “100% mesquite,” a yellow sign says. “Meal Deal $5,” advertises text near a window. “Open,” a sign above the...



Malasada is a Portuguese confection - which you have to eat!

The best malasada in Hawaii is ...

Hawaii Magazine    3/15/2018

Malasadas, the sugar-dusted, deep-fried Portuguese doughnuts, have become a staple in comfort food in Hawaii. These doughy treats are loved so much in Hawaii that Fat Tuesday turned into Malasada Day, when thousands of malasadas are sold over a course of a few hours. However, the debate about which...


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Some of Seattle's best-kept secrets: speakeasy-style bars

A Guide to Seattle Speakeasy-style Bars

Where    3/7/2018

Thanks to its proximity to Canada, the Emerald City was never truly "dry" during the Prohibition Era. Big-time bootleggers (including Seattle police lieutenant Roy Olmstead) smuggled in large shipments of Canadian booze via the miles of beaches along Puget Sound. Today, that secretive spirit lives on in the speakeasy-inspired bars dotted around town.



Get out of your foodie comfort zone @ these 7 oddball locals

7 Weirdest Restaurants in Los Angeles


Angelenos can often feel overwhelmed at the amount of food options in the city. You can find practically any type of food here, and LA is known for its star chefs and mixologists. But some nights you just need something a little out of the ordinary. If you feel unsatisfied with the usual buzzworthy spots, go out on a limb and swing by...


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From an Art Deco dazzler in Nashville to beach-chic boutique

The 6 Most Beautiful New Hotels in the Southern U.S.

Architectural Digest    2/21/2018

Southerners know how to build a fine hotel—hospitality is a duty in these parts, after all. The region may be known for comfortable porches, where a rocking chair and tumbler of bourbon are de rigueur, but the finer things in life are certainly appreciated. Here, properties are stacked with soaring...


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For a food truck to succeed, it has to actually be good...

The 10 best food trailers keep Austin's dining scene trucking

CultureMap Austin    3/8/2018

When the food truck revolution hit Austin, it changed the culinary scene forever. As soon as entrepreneurs got word that the city was hot, a fleet of trailers rolled into town, seemingly overnight. From that chaos...


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The cheeky little engine and his pals - coming to Kennywood

Exclusive: Thomas the Tank Engine comes to Kennywood

USATODAY    3/12/2018

It's a long way from the U.K.'s Island of Sodor to Pittsburgh. But Thomas the Tank Engine will be making the transatlantic journey. The cheeky little engine and his pals will be taking up residence at Kennywood when...


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“There are rules, and then there are no rules,” for food

This innovative chef's menu is smoking. Literally.    3/12/2018

Scallop shells filled with tangy ceviche float on a misty cloud of dry ice. Wood smoke puffs out of a plate of smoked and raw beet salad as a server lifts the glass lid. Funky forest floor mushrooms served on cedar smell of woodland on a dewy morning. At Boston Harbor Hotel’s Meritage Restaurant and Wine Bar, recently appointed chef de cuisine Keith Bombaugh aims to “tell a story with food.”


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Channeling Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food w/airy loc.

Modern Israeli Restaurant Saba Opens in Cleveland Park

Washingtonian Magazine    3/15/2018

Modern Israeli cuisine is having its moment across the country right now—from Nur in New York to Shaya in New Orleans. When Sababa opens in Cleveland Park on Thursday, it’ll be one of the first such full-service restaurants in DC.



The "traditional American eatery" has reopened after 2 years

'Little Griddle' Reopens In Mid-Market

Hoodline    3/9/2018

Little Griddle and its neighboring café and wine bar are serving breakfast and burgers again in Mid-Market after more than two years of renovations. The restaurant closed in May 2016 for what it thought would be a...


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“Brasserie” dishing out bites & beverages from coastal Spain

Bar Biscay Brings a Spanish Vibe to West Town

Chicago Magazine    3/12/2018

The vibe at Bar Biscay is colorful but chill, like if Miami in the ‘80s met beach life in coastal Spain. The first thing you’ll notice when you enter the new West Town space is the pinkish-purple glow. Next: the servers’ vibrant aprons in shades of mint, bubblegum and baby blue.


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Mon Ami Gabi, Cinnamon’s, Black Bear Diner, Rise & Shine...

5 great breakfast spots in Southern Nevada

Las Vegas Review-Journal    3/1/2018

With spring fast approaching, Mon Ami Gabi’s Stripside patio is the perfect place to observe the action of Las Vegas while basking in the sun — although you can always sit inside if you choose. Traditional breakfast specialties and varied crepe, waffle and Benedict offerings, as well as “not...


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Expect international flavors and a globally inspired menu

First Look: Ophelia, a Rooftop Gem Atop the Historic Beekman Tower

Zagat    2/20/2018

The gist: The historic Beekman Tower in Midtown East is now home to Ophelia, a glamorous rooftop cocktail bar from Merchants Hospitality and Public Agenda. Built in the 1920s, the Tower was home to working women and a popular haunt for legendary artists like Frank Sinatra and Miles Davis in its...



Italians bring nontraditional and innovative dining concept

Not your grandma’s cucina

Pacific San Diego Magazine    2/28/2018

What happens when you take four restaurant owners from Rome and mix them together in the San Diego sunshine? Hopefully, in the case of fledgling Maestoso, it’s a recipe for success. The 60-seat modern Italian restaurant, slated to open in early March in Hillcrest, is the love child of two young couples whose lives intertwined when they were all children at an English-language school in Rome. Last...



It’s a spunky little town with a lot going on - & history

Check out movie history on a weekend escape to Kanab, Utah, a.k.a. Little Hollywood

Los Angeles Times    3/8/2018

Little Hollywood? Movie history in a tiny town in southern Utah? And near Zion National Park, the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area? And on our...


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Menu includes pickled shrimp with trout roe, crab fat rice..

Nina Compton's new restaurant, Bywater American Bistro, opens March 15    3/6/2018

Levi Raines will be the chef/partner at the new restaurant.


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Plus, Deschutes in Cans, and Coffee in Your Beer

Beer Bits! A Long Look at New Nanobrewery Look Long Brewing Company

Portland Mercury    3/7/2018

A brewery tucked in the back of a homebrew supply shop isn’t an entirely unique idea: Westmoreland’s Portland U-Brew and the connected Unicorn Brewing have a similar setup. But the tiny new Look Long Brewing Company has brought the concept to the northern side of town, and has in the process...


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You can and should eat 8 of Philly’s best donuts in one day

The Ultimate Donut Tour of Philadelphia

Food & Wine Magazine    3/6/2018

The beauty of Philadelphia’s donut scene lies in its diversity. From old-fashioned classics found in the Italian bakeries of South Philly to French crullers in a Lebanese cafe, soft and technicolored vegan varieties...


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Boss Coffee has a drive-thru, and upholstered booths

Breakfast Beat: A Wide World of Coffee and Quick Breakfast Sandwiches

Phoenix New Times    3/2/2018

The Scene: Boss exists so far outside the standard formula for your coffee shop, at least in terms of how the place looks, that you have to marvel a little. The place has lofty ceilings, dark walls with chalked menu...


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Occupying a special spot in Glenwood resident's hearts

Hirano Store celebrates a century of goods, community and flying chili bowls


As the only purveyor of general merchandise between Mountain View and Volcano, Hirano Store is the unofficial center of the Glenwood community. And for...



A beloved cultural institutions has a new headquarters

The Nordic Museum's Grand Opening is Coming Soon

Seattle Magazine    2/27/2018

It's been nearly ten years since the leaders of Seattle’s Nordic Heritage Museum, long housed in a brick schoolhouse on loan from Seattle Schools, began the effort to locate, finance and construct a permanent home for the city’s—and nation’s—only museum that celebrates all the Nordic cultures (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden).

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This rooftop lounge offers breathtaking views of Los Angeles

Spire73: The Western Hemisphere's highest open-air bar

CNN    3/12/2018

The InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown opened in 2017 in the sleek and sparkling Wilshire Grand Center, bringing a notable new landmark to the city: Spire73. The outdoor bar and cocktail lounge is located far above L.A. on the hotel's 73rd floor, making it the highest open-air bar in the Western Hemisphere. InterContinental guests and the public alike can take a smooth, quiet ride in the hotel's...


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As a regular to SXSW you'll want to know the new places

SXSW 2018: 10 New Austin Restaurants to Try


The coming of South by Southwest usually means finding a new favorite band or film—but the nine-day festival also offers the chance to try a new restaurant or bar while wandering between events. Whether you’re a...


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Some food can be works of art, so a perfect pairing

5 Boston Museums With a Unique Dining Experience

Spoon University    3/2/2018

Calling art nerds and brunch enthusiasts: spend the perfect day walking through galleries in Boston museums and grabbing a bite afterward. These five museums also have great eatery options you won't want to miss.


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The warm weather is unpredictable - where to hang out isn't

Drink Outside at These Bars and Beer Gardens Around DC

Washingtonian Magazine    2/20/2018

With a February forecast of 70s and sunny, these outdoor bars and beer gardens are open for business (at least until the weather turns cold again).


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Veteran bartender opened a new saloon in 6th Street basement

'Rumpus Room' Brings Art Deco Vibe To Mid-Market

Hoodline    3/12/2018

The Rumpus Room opened last week after months of renovating a space at 10 6th St. that's continuously operated as a bar since 1935. Owned by longtime bartender Roxzanna De Marco (Amnesia, Southern Pacific Brewing...



The 21-room Wheelhouse Hotel - Wrigley Field in April

Boutique hotel coming soon to Wrigleyville: A look inside The Wheelhouse

Chicago Tribune    3/5/2018

A long, curving baseball bat installation runs through the lobby of the soon-to-open Wheelhouse Hotel. A decades-old vintage scoreboard hangs there too. Nods to baseball are scattered throughout guest rooms. There’s no mistaking The Wheelhouse’s kinship with its famous neighbor, a ballpark a block or so north you may have heard of called Wrigley Field. (The hotel is even named for a baseball term.)


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Feeding the kids in Las Vegas can be both good & affordable

The Best Kid Friendly Restaurants in Las Vegas

TripSavvy    3/7/2018

When traveling with kids in Las Vegas the price of food can escalate quite quickly so we hope to help you find a few places that are not only family friendly but also easier on your wallet. Eating for children in Las Vegas should not be all fast food and themed restaurants. You could find quality food for...


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There is high art in these tall buildings - come & gander

The 12 NYC Office Buildings with the Most Incredible Artwork

Architectural Digest    3/6/2018

Few New Yorkers stop and take a moment to acknowledge the beauty they see around them every day, especially while storming through an office lobby after or before a troublesome commute. But that's precisely where, in a number of commercial buildings around town, some of the most beautiful,...



Upgraded and made more inviting, ready for a round of drinks

Craft Q&A: Steve Farguson

West Coaster    3/7/2018

Late last year, after four years in business and a failed attempt at opening a manufacturing facility with contract-brewing capabilities, La Jolla Brewing quietly went out of business, leaving its namesake community with a vacant brewpub. That spot was snatched up by Torrance, California-based...



Fried chicken is 1 compulsive craving & Carnival time staple

Pickin' chicken: Our critic’s best bets for Mardi Gras parade route fried chicken

The Advocate    2/5/2018

Fried chicken is one compulsive craving and a Carnival time staple. It doesn’t have just one answer. Across this bird-frying city there is a great range of styles, from wing joints to specialty chicken recipes with pedigree. I took a deep dive into the world of gas station chicken this week. But...