The miners are long gone, but the legends loom large
Sure, you know Montana as the home of two of America's most famous national parks. But there's another side to Big Sky Country that's decidedly, well, haunting. Montana's history is largely based on the gold and silver deposits that lured miners here in the 1860s, hoping to strike it rich. Boomtowns sprang up providing the services they needed--lodging, saloons, schools, general stores, livery...
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From all-day cocktails to the return of lounge, here's how to drink in the know. Wine, Snoot-Free, Sake: Rice Wine, Revisited, The Return of the Party Room, Mocktails: Alcohol-Free, Not Fun-Free, All-Day Cocktails, and Aperitifs and Digestifs: Rewriting the Rules
All 18 holes are NorCal themed - one you need a pool cue
As anyone who’s ever been thwarted by its hypnotic blades knows, the trickiest part of any mini-golf course is the windmill. You stand there, hovered over the tee, putter in hand, trying to line up your very...
If you want to go beyond ground beef, go here
Los Angeles Magazine
Show your neighborhood butcher some love, and let the meat maestros’ expertise add to the thrill of the grill.
Chameleon-like magic of these delightful, stuffed pastries
San Diego Union-Tribune
Empanadas just might be the perfect food. Depending on the filling, the little hand pies can be breakfast, lunch or dinner, a snack, a party food or dessert; eaten as part of a meal or on the run as a quick pick-me-up. My favorite way was how I ate them in Argentina — daily at 4:30 p.m., with a glass of malbec, to tide me over until dinner at 10 p.m. San Diego seems to have caught on to the...
The National Veterans Memorial and Museum is now open
Military museums across the United States and around the world often offer visitors glimpses of world wars, commemorating the men and women who sacrificed their lives for their country. The National Veterans Memorial and Museum has a broader goal: to represent veterans -- not just war. War stories are present, of course, but they aren't primary. Instead, there's attention given to the decision to...
Head down the hatch and into a historic WWII submarine
Ready to dive in? A World War II submarine is tied up to shore at Pearl Harbor, just beyond the visitor center's grassy park, its hatchway open for you to descend. Inside the Bowfin, an audio tour leads you through the eight compartments from bow to stern. Within this 16-foot-wide hull, a crew of 80...
Indoor/outdoor dining and a modern oyster bar menu
In the early 1900s, Chesapeake watermen dredged the Bay’s bottom for wild oysters and brought their hauls to DC’s “Fish Wharf” on the Southwest Waterfront. Now over a century later, a modern breed of oystermen are setting up shop in the same (albeit very different) place. Cousins Travis and Ryan...
Vietnamese, Southwestern, Peruvian, Sicilian, & Mexican
Phoenix New Times
Metro Phoenix is an international cornucopia for food lovers. From Peru to Vietnam, Italy to Mexico, our restaurants allow us to take a virtual tour of the world's cuisine without ever straying too far from the 101....
A full-fledged Albanian restaurant in the Bronx
Although the Underground Gourmet has dined at countless Albanian...
Offering something unusual - a focused cocktail program
Las Vegas Weekly
Vegas visitors drive our dynamic dining. One of the clearest examples of that evolution is Chinese food. The noodle bar was the most prominent early entry for Asian food in Las Vegas casinos, a convenient and quick stop before getting gamblers back to the tables. When international visitation and...
Morning cafe with meat & vegan options & probiotic cocktails
Capulet is a morning cafe with meat and vegan options and probiotic cocktails
Riffing on lobster ravioli, bolognese, veal saltimbocca +
There are plenty of spaghetti and meatballs to be had right now in the North End, but it will be another month before the classic Italian-American neighborhood gets a red sauce joint from the hip restaurant group All Day Hospitality. Tony & Elaine’s, the fourth concept from second-generation North...
Who takes the crown of Oregon's best college brewery town?
Corvallis and Eugene are staring each other down this week as Oregon State University and the University of Oregon get ready for Friday's 122nd Civil War, the state's great annual college football clash. But another,...
Secret locations, but you won't keep the drinks secret
Unmarked entrance? Check. Extravagant cocktails? Check. Windowless subterranean atmosphere? And… check. Austin’s secluded and secret(ish) spots are among the best bars in town, IF you can figure out how to get in. Sure, “speakeasies” are basically just exclusive or hard-to-find cocktail bars, but...
But it’s a serious contender in the little-meats game
I have a longtime friend of a certain fleshy girth who, one Saturday morning, stood outside the window of Pilsen's great Carnitas Don Pedro, in front of its famous mountain of steaming, glistening porky goodness, and thoughtfully observed, "This is what I look like when I get out of the shower."
A food photography gallery, just a block from Pike Place
You can see blueberries so large that flecks of yeast stipple their surfaces like grains of sand clinging to beach balls. Or raspberries in such microscopic detail that they appear beaded, fuzz-covered, with alien antennae (former flower stems) reaching from them. Or the juice vesicles of a cut lime...
A sophisticated yet comforting new Italian brunch menu
Trattoria Carina has been quietly crushing it since owner Dan Clark quietly replaced the too-popular Fitler Dining Room at 22nd and Spruce with the Italian concept a little over a year ago. Now, they’ve hit the next milestone for any successful neighborhood restaurant: brunch service, which they’ve...
Hawaiian-themed pinball arcade has a free jukebox
A free jukebox is a joy forever. That goes doubly so when it combines 1950s greaser classics like Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon’s “Palisades Park” and Simon & Garfunkel’s cover of “Wake Up Little Susie” with off-kilter...
What stands out most is the sheer number of excellent places
Much like the closet of your roommate with an online shopping addiction, Los Angeles saw no shortage of aggressive restaurant trends this year. There was a massive invasion of big-name chefs from other cities who finally caught onto the fact that you can eat fresh vegetables year-round here. There...
A North Park restaurant changes its weekday game
San Diego Reader
Credit Urban Solace as a building block to the lifestyle destination North Park has become. The neighborhood didn’t yet have that national press cachet when Solace rode a rising comfort food trend into what’s now considered a restaurant row along 30th Street. Its Bourbon Street façade, meatloaf, and Sunday bluegrass brunch have been staples of North Park culture. However, a dozen years later, a flood of craft beer,...
Bookstores, libraries, comic book shops, and zine factories
Phoenix New Times
Sure, the turmoil of our modern age may have you staring at your brightly lit screen every waking moment, but when's the last time you put down the device and looked at a nice, non-glowing book? There's something reassuring about the printed word nowadays, whether it be the novel that transports you to distant lands or the finely sourced...
Roy Yamaguchi's newest - with a totally different vibe
A lot happened while I was on vacation in Israel. Bruno Mars played at Aloha Stadium, Restaurant Week and Hawaii International Film Festival came and went — and Goen Dining + Bar opened in my Kailua hood. My roommates texted a picture of the menu with the caption: “Let’s go here for our next GNO!”
A farmers market favorite-turned-brick and mortar place
If you crave the kind of Mediterranean, olive oil-rich vegetable plates served at 2 Amys and Etto, you’ll want to check out the newly opened Green Almond Pantry in Shaw. Chef/owner Cagla Onal spent years cooking...
One pizzeria is having a Dylan-goes-electric moment
The New York Times
For most of its time on earth, the New York slice has not been seen as a product that needed tinkering. Yes, pizza in the city has been accessorized with toppings from crayfish (not bad) to Buffalo chicken (hmm) to Caesar salad (no, no, no, no, no). But the foldable, portable triangles of cheese,...
Offering handcrafted pizzas, grilled-cheese sandwiches +more
Las Vegas Weekly
You’d expect a retail icon like Nordstrom to know how to make your Vegas shopping experience one-of-a-kind. With James Beard award-winning chef Tom Douglas onboard for the latest venture at its Fashion Show store, there’s even more reason to visit. Named after the wife of former chairman Bruce...
Nolakorea serves traditional Korean dishes in Metairie
Metairie has seen a tiny boom in Korean and Korean-inspired restaurants in the past few years. Korea House has been the cuisine’s standard bearer for years, and it has been joined recently by Gogi Korean Restaurant on Veterans Memorial Boulevard and Gin Korean BBQ Restaurant on N. Arnoult Road....
Here are off-the-beaten path ways to spend a Saturday
Looking for off-the-beaten path things to do in Massachusetts? Check out these small museums in Massachusetts, from the Spellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History to the Museum of Russian Icons.
Anchoi, Bend’s Avid Cider, Bantam Tavern, & Hey Love
Just a few weeks ago, it was almost 80 degrees in Portland—leaves were barely falling and sunshine was pouring in through open windows all around town. It felt as though the sun had decided to take a tiny amount of pity on us following the last few months of national news, allowing just a few more...
Mottos: "The Greatest City in America", "Get in on it."...
WHY GO: Incredibly, Baltimore has two majestic, World Class encyclopedic art museums, the Baltimore Museum of Art and The Walters Art Museum, and even more incredibly, both are free to visit. As a departure from...
It's winter, want a warm, eclectic place to have a drink?
The Austin bar scene may be enamored with fun in the sun, but all those monstera leaves have afflicted us with a tropical malaise. As the days grow shorter and the air turns crisper, the last thing we want to do is...
Tables in dark charcoal wood convey a sense of minimalism
“Despite the snow and the holidays,” said Mari Katsumura, “business was pretty steady.” Thus went the first two weeks of Yugen, which was crazy/brilliant enough to debut just before Thanksgiving, eliminating the possibility of a packed dining room but easing the pressure on what, despite its considerable ambition, is very much a fledgling operation.
"We're focusing here on coachbuilders"
Peter Mullin made his fortune in insurance, but has spent much of it building an absolutely stunning collection of cars from his favorite era: the Art Deco period of the 1920s and 30s, when French coachbuilders were making some of the prettiest cars in automotive history.
This new restaurant is weaving all kinds of culinary magic
The Seattle Times
The bad news: Getting a seat at the two-month-old Beacon Hill restaurant Homer requires patience, persistence and planning. The good news: It’s worth the machinations to experience the voluptuous cooking of chef Logan Cox. In his own kitchen, Cox picks up where he left off after four years as chef...
Above & beyond Alden & Harlow w/finger food-inspired bar
Chef Michael Scelfo, owner of Alden & Harlow and Waypoint, isn’t afraid...
Mad Mac's bills itself as “Cleveland’s best comfort food."
“Tell your mom her cookies are delicious!” My daughter’s young friend could not contain her enthusiasm at the conclusion of our meal at Mad Mac’s in Lakewood. It’s a common reaction at this decadently delicious and...