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$1.5B guitar-shaped Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida

World's first guitar-shaped hotel opened with a smash

CNN    10/28/2019

A $1.5 billion guitar-shaped Hard Rock property in Hollywood, Florida, opened to much fanfare last week.



Mexique fans will recognize 2 dishes, everything else is new

Carlos Gaytan’s new restaurant, Tzuco, is likely to earn him back a Michelin star

Chicago Tribune    10/31/2019

If there were a comeback of the year award in Chicago dining, it would undoubtedly be handed to chef Carlos Gaytan. The chef lost his 10-year-old Mexique restaurant last year, returned to his native Mexico and, a...


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Find brews and stews, fireside nights, and snowy vistas

Western Winter Warm-Up


Around here, the tally of winter snow is over 100 inches so far. The banks are high enough to completely bury a five-foot-tall fence near Saco River Brewing in Fryeburg. And, when we arrive in the town of about 3,400 residents on a late winter Thursday, the accumulated snow is higher than the...


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Where to go for your caffeine fix AND a bite to eat

11 LA Coffee Bars With Fantastic Food

LAist    10/8/2019

Most Los Angeles coffee bars focus on pulling espresso, steaming milk and whipping up one or two signature drinks. If you're lucky, you can purchase a scone that's not stale and a croissant with decent lamination....



Meet the Valley’s go-to to-go spots. And maybe your new ones

10 Best Takeout Restaurants in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    10/23/2019

Sometimes your couch is your restaurant. Sometimes, you want to dine and dash, as in "pick up your food so fast no one notices you’re in your PJs at 6 p.m." Sometimes, a Styrofoam container is your china of choice....


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Which do you prefer? tonkotsu, shoyu, shio, or miso ramen?

The ramen roundup: 10 spots around San Diego to dig into a savory bowl of Japanese noodles

San Diego Union-Tribune    10/31/2019

Noodle houses became popular in San Diego several years ago. Guess what? The trend hasn’t died down. New ramen restaurants abound. Mini chains are expanding. If you favor the flavor of tonkotsu (pork), shoyu (soy sauce), shio (salt) or miso (fermented bean paste) ramen, there’s a place for your...


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Inspired by Asprodites’s Greek heritage, so it will be good

Look Inside Rockrose, a New Greek Restaurant in the International House Hotel


The owner of casual Lakefront seafood destination the Blue Crab opens an upscale, modern Mediterranean restaurant downtown today, in a long-vacant space in the International House Hotel. Nick Asprodites and chef and business parter Brian Doyle teamed up for Rockrose, the first restaurant to serve...


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The "jewel box" of Manhattan, come for the views & history

Sneak peek: See the Empire State Building’s renovated 102nd floor observatory

USATODAY    10/11/2019

When I was 10, I visited the Empire State Building on a family trip. My cousins and I stood in line with matching plastic pink purses from Macy’s that screamed "New York" in varying fonts. I didn't know much about the city at the time, but I sure knew what the Empire State Building was. After a wait...



From fancy four course meals to mean slices of pizza

Pro tips: where Seattle chefs love to eat around the city

SeattlePi    10/30/2019

A place in the ever-fluctuating Seattle restaurant business tends to remain rather unforgiving and unending, so it's not often chefs around the city get to dine out as much as they cook in. When they do, though, rarely will they settle for anything but the best, naturally. It's a collective unification of cooks, chefs, owners, and culinary directors in the Emerald City, one where...



The Southeast Portland pub, one of Portland’s most heralded

3 years in, Wayfinder delivering on lofty expectations    10/31/2019

They were a Dream Team of restaurateurs coming together in Portland. A few years ago, Charlie Devereux, co-founder of Hood River’s Double Mountain Brewery, was working on his next project with Matt Jacobson, founder of Sizzle Pie pizza. Soon, Rodney Muirhead, the man behind Podnah’s Pit Barbecue...


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Commonwealth Indian, the latest in a flurry of fancy Indian

Restaurant Review: Commonwealth Indian

Washingtonian Magazine    10/18/2019

From the outside, Commonwealth Indian sits unassumingly behind a black...


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The Big Island comes by its name honestly - ~100 mi across

Where to Stay, Eat, Drink, and Snorkel if You Have Just One Weekend in Kona

Coastal Living    11/2/2019

Oahu may be the most populous island. Maui is adored for its romantic destinations. Kauai is appreciated for its staggering cliffs along pristine coastline and lush, tropical milieu. But the Big Island (also called...


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An eclectic collection of art that will surprise & delight u

Best art city in America? It might be Las Vegas    11/4/2019

Las Vegas is full of surprises, and one of the biggest is the fact that the city is home to a thriving art scene. Wherever you look now, from the nooks and crannies of luxury hotels on the Strip to the sides of buildings downtown, you can find pieces of art that will stop you in your tracks and...


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Over Proof at ABV Is Back with ‘Baller Cocktails’ and the Cheapest Caviar in the City

SF Weekly    10/30/2019

In a past life, Over Proof at ABV was a lot of things. It cycled through different spirit-based personas — rum, whiskey, mezcal and tequila — at a tireless speed, switching up the cocktails, food menu, and decor every three months until, well, it got tiring. “That was a totally insane idea,”...


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Munch at museums, graze at a library, snack at a book store

Food for Thought


Thanks to some top chefs, priceless art and great literature are no...


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Philly's favorite pot activist turned sandwich maker is back

Poe’s Sandwich Joint Is Back, This Time in Kensington

Philadelphia Magazine    10/31/2019

This Saturday, November 2nd, Poe’s Sandwich Joint will return to slinging sandwiches and other “high-end munchies” in its new location at 1710 North Fifth Street in Old Kensington. N.A. Poe, the shop’s owner and operator, is a well-known pot activist whose first shop on Frankford Avenue closed in a...



A wonderful way to spend an hour or 2 if you have time & $$

The leisurely and lovely Umami experience

The Boston Globe    10/31/2019

Because Hana Sushi closed, and this is its pedigreed replacement, serving multi-course omakase menus. Omakase is the Japanese tradition of letting a chef choose your order; translated, it means, “I leave it to you.” No quickie tuna rolls to go; this is a leisurely experience in which the chef...


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Wicker Park hotspot purveys po’ boys and… pillows?

For a Very NOLA Night, Check Out Ina Mae Tavern

Chicago Magazine    10/24/2019

As we continue the inevitable march toward another Chicago winter, one easy way to gain a temporary reprieve from the cold is to find a place that makes you feel like you’re a thousand miles away from here, in a balmy state like, for instance, Louisiana. Ina Mae Tavern, hiding just a block north of...


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A modern fusion restaurant breaking new ground in Alhambra

At the SGV’s restaurant of the moment, it’s all about the beef noodle soup

Los Angeles Times    10/31/2019

A right-place-right-moment spirit animates Yang’s Kitchen. The fast-casual, counter-service operation, which opened in August, could go barely noticed on a stretch of downtown Alhambra already crammed with restaurants: A Korean barbecue joint, a beer pub, a sushi bar, a cigar lounge and a diner that slings burgers, omelets and...


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Some hidden gems are pure spicy diamonds - like La Bamba

Cafe Review: The Taco King of El Mirage

Phoenix New Times    10/24/2019

Let’s cut to the chase: The al pastor taco at La Bamba Mexican Restaurant Grill is the best al pastor I’ve had in the Valley. Outside, the El Mirage restaurant wedged between a laundromat and Discount Tire has no sign. Inside, the jovial chef of the pork-fragrant eatery, Edson Garcia, works quiet...


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Buy yourself a great taco, & you'll feed someone in need too

Cohn Restaurants' gourmet taco sales have been a boon for more than 2 dozen charities

San Diego Union-Tribune    11/2/2019

More than two years after opening Tacos Libertad, its first not-for-profit eatery, the Cohn Restaurant Group is celebrating a major milestone — over $100,000 donated to more than two dozen San Diego County charities. Following through on a commitment to donate at least $3,000 each month to a charitable organization, the restaurant group has disbursed profits amounting to as much as $11,700 to 29 charities through October. Believed to be the first San Diego eatery of its kind when it opened in May of 2017, Tacos...



Hearty and healthy, stuffed beignets, a trattoria, & more

Where to eat next in New Orleans? 6 delicious fall picks from our food critic    10/29/2019

I don’t necessarily trust the first gust of cool weather in this town. I don’t want to call it fall too soon. But the appetite doesn’t lie. Autumn is in the air, and that means the cravings are getting heartier and richer too. The latest installment of where to eat in New Orleans is guided by this,...


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Many restaurants are embracing the Sunday family meal

NYC restaurants embrace family traditions with Sunday dinners and roasts


“Sunday dinner” is a mainstay in many family homes, often deriving from cultural traditions. It provides a set time to catch up, enjoy good food and connect with family and friends before the coming workweek. But even if New Yorkers are far from home, they can still feel like they’re sitting around grandma’s kitchen table at local restaurants that are embracing tradition by adding special Sunday supper...


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Teriyaki could be considered Seattle's signature food

Seattle restaurant classics: Why we love teriyaki so much (and where to go if you don’t)

The Seattle Times    10/31/2019

A signature Seattle food got called out recently. J. Kenji López-Alt — New York Times food columnist, James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and general practitioner of the culinary sciences — was in town, as his Instagram proved. He posted an image that’s instantly recognizable to teriyaki fans:...


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Come for the salty-funky smoked pork shank

Radical Thinking, Southeast Asian Rarities, and Heart Make Gado Gado Our Rising Star Restaurant 2019

Portland Monthly    10/18/2019

Thomas Pisha-Duffly’s grandmother Tina, now 92, grew up on babi kecap...


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...a foundation built by members of a culinary deep state

10 Reasons Washington Is a Great Restaurant City

The New York Times    10/29/2019

In 2016, Andrew Knowlton, then the restaurant editor of Bon Appétit, proposed that the magazine name Washington its restaurant city of the year. It was a difficult argument to make, even to the magazine’s editor, Adam Rapoport, a Washington native. “He laughed,” Mr. Knowlton recalled. “Then he told...



Come to this unexpectedly charming destination in Kansas

Beyond Ike: 8 Other Great Things To See And Do In Abilene, Kansas


When most people hear Abilene, Kansas, they think of America's 34th...


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Taste Test: We Tried Every Sandwich on the Menu at Earl Kaka‘ako and Ranked Them

Honolulu Magazine    10/30/2019

For the sixth edition of our monthly series where we try everything on the menu at local establishments, we ordered Earl Kaka‘ako’s entire regular sandwich menu (though we rue missing out on the lobster roll frenzy...


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He will win new fans of his style of elevated comfort food

Chef Sammy DeMarco brings new menus to 7th & Carson

Las Vegas Weekly    10/24/2019

Downtown’s culinary scene just added a star to its roster. Sammy DeMarco—former chef of Sam’s American and Sam’s Snacks in the Bellagio, and First Food & Bar at Palazzo and Rattlecan at the Venetian—has returned to town after living in Europe for a few years. This time he’s a guest chef at 7th &...


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One of the most prominent symbols of LGBT activism

The Best 10 Things to Do in San Francisco's Castro District

TripSavvy    10/22/2019

It's bright, bold, and filled with color. San Francisco's Castro District is the heart of the city's LGBTQ culture, as well as a vibrant neighborhood brimming with restaurants, bars, and even a grand movie palace. Here are 10 ways to experience one of SF's most flourishing 'hoods.


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Take a dip, then fill your piehole

Some of the Best Texas Hill Country Swimming Holes, Restaurants, Breweries, and More

The Austin Chronicle    7/26/2019

It's that time of year when the heat plateaus into constant saunalike temperatures, and the best we can do is submerge ourselves in liquid, inside and out. Neighborhood pools and Barton Springs guarantee a nice quench for thirsty bodies any day of the week, but Texas summers also mean it's road trip...


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1 of the most anticipated restaurants ever to open in Philly

Top of the World: Jean-Georges Philadelphia Reviewed

Philadelphia Magazine    10/31/2019

The elevator ride up to Jean-Georges takes less than 60 seconds. It’s Willy Wonka-esque — the speed, the acceleration, the view of the city growing smaller and broader the higher you rise. At the top, the doors open to light and glass. To the sound of muffled voices and jazz and concierges standing...



Mapping the world's best hotel bars, from London to Macau

The World’s 44 Best Hotel Bars    10/15/2019

Ordering a gin and tonic at The Ritz-Carlton, Macau is quite the affair. First, Giuseppe Carillo rolls the Five-Star hotel’s heaving gin trolley over to your group. Then the bouffant-haired mixologist specialist with a boyish smile wordlessly studies each person and makes a snap recommendation to...


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Food places that are fun and Instagrammable, and delicious

7 Trendy LA Restaurants To Take Friends Who Are Visiting


Los Angeles is a magical city full of incredible sights to see and places to visit. From the Hollywood sign, to the Urban Light exhibit at the LACMA, to the pink wall outside the Paul Smith store on Melrose, there are plenty of places for you to visit both as a resident of the city and as a visitor. If your squad is planning a trip to the West Coast to see you, there are more than a few trendy LA...



An extensive menu of smoked meats in Mid City Baton Rouge

Restaurant review: Hannah Q Smokehouse excels in various regional barbecue styles

The Advocate    10/2/2019

After earning a loyal following in Prairieville, the pitmasters at Hannah Q Smokehouse have brought their extensive menu of smoked meats to Mid City Baton Rouge. The barbecue joint built a fan base not by...


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Check out these top cocktail bars for the best drinks

New York City’s Top Cocktail Bars

Departures    10/16/2019

New York City has long been a cocktail town, with classic hotel bars, dives, Irish pubs, and new-school drinks emporiums leading the scene at various times in the city’s history of imbibing. Classy, old school establishments like Bemelmans or King Cole Bar remain expensive but matchless spots to...