Located on the mist-kissed hills of Haleakala
I was on an Upcountry Maui mission. There were specific places I wanted—no, needed—to stop on a whirlwind day exploring the island’s Kula district. I craved fresh cream puffs from Komoda Bakery in the cowboy town of Makawao. I had plans to stroll the fields of Alii Kula Lavender Farm, high up on the...
Come see why Walt Disney wanted to replicated this place
You may have paid to see gussied-up variations of the quaint town of Marceline, Missouri. The community of about 2,500, two hours northeast of metro Kansas City, was the hometown and emotional lodestone of Walt Disney. His boyhood remembrances of Marceline influenced such films as the 1949 live-action/cartoon "So Dear to My Heart" and "Lady and the Tramp" (1955).
Offering a regular and vegan version of all its sandwiches
The restaurant offers a regular and vegan version of all its sandwiches.
Escape the day-to-day at this South Congress hotel
I occasionally like to escape myself. I’m lucky to live a full life, so when I slip out with a girlfriend for a quick drink and catch-up, I sometimes prefer a place with a sense of spaciousness. Which is one of the reasons I like the lounge at the Hotel San José. Tucked behind a low, ivy-covered...
Suraya was already good at what it was doing - now more
One of the joys of this gig is being proven wrong, or at least too quick to judge. And at Suraya, I wasn’t expecting much. No, that’s not right. Better to say that at Suraya, I wasn’t expecting much more. When it opened back in November of last year serving lunch and brunch, Suraya was a wonder — a...
Do they have the best pastrami sandwich on the East Coast?
The pastrami ($15) at Our Fathers in Lower Allston isn’t just good. It is exceptional. Cut by hand into thick, smoky, salt-plumped slabs from the gnarly navel side of the brisket, the cardamom-crusted beauty is so riddled...
Have a fun night out with the whole family!
Finding a kid-friendly restaurant is crucial to a pleasurable night out with the family in the Washington, D.C. area. A restaurant that does not accommodate or welcome children can put a damper on your trip to the District. As a rule of thumb, most burger and pizza joints are kid-friendly. Most on...
A new quirky place to stay, with quirky places to hang out
A week before opening, Lisa Donoughe dodged construction workers in the glassed-in lobby of the Jupiter NEXT, the Jupiter Hotel’s new...
They wanted to feed people, and they started an industry
There really was a berry farm. For that matter, there really were farmers whose surname was Knott. Unlike most theme parks, which rely on fictional backstories to drive their narratives, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena...
The surrounding area provides for an ideal summer excursion
Each June, American designers are recognized at the CFDA Fashion Awards for their talent and innovation. Design awards are distributed, along with acknowledgements for excellence in journalism, creative vision, personal style, and lifetime achievement. The Brooklyn Museum will play host to the 2018...
Not just outside, but outside with great views
San Diego Reader
Long summer days mean opportunities for drinking outdoors. Here are the top five brewery destinations to catch fresh air and sunshine with your craft beers this summer.
Community supported, and community loved. New location
After twelve years on Castro Street, comic book shop Whatever Store has opened at 2275 Market St. (between 16th and Sanchez streets). Owned by married couple Rich and Cougar Andrebou, the new location is a former...
These might be the greater Seattle area's best fish & chips
“Why can’t you get a fish taco in a seaside community?” This is one of the questions that chef Shubert Ho says launched The Mar·ket, a fishmonger and casual seafood restaurant now (softly) open in Edmonds’ downtown...
Located in a prime spot, with up to date amenities
The Points Guy
Rising above being merely a gimmick hotel, the EMC2 in Chicago is worth a stay as a good hotel in its own right. Pros: It has a great location, decent food and excellent service from both humans and robots. Cons: My room had a view only a robot could love.
A Prohibition-era speakeasy, drink like being in the past
Las Vegas Weekly
Imagine it’s 1925, alcohol is prohibited and the only way to wet your whistle is if you’re privy to the password. Say the wrong word and you’re on your own, but say the right one and the door opens, an evening of debauchery and mischief awaiting you downstairs.
A new formula - beer is an accent piece in a larger concept
Phoenix New Times
The first brewery in Fountain Hills just opened, and the place is otherworldly. Bone Haus Brewing is a macabre collaboration between Keith Chapman (the brewery's product developer), Andy Weiner (brewmaster), and David Lozeau (artist). “There is a Latin phrase, memento mori, which literally means 'remember you die' and has historically been intended as an...
Dawn-to-dusk hunt for the best food finds on the Garden Isle
A recent move means rent has cut into my travel budget, but that doesn't mean I don't have itchy feet. My solution: a day trip to Kauai. It’s been years since I’ve been there. My family used to visit and I would fly over for tennis tournaments occasionally during high school, but it’s safe to say I don’t know much about this neighbor island.
Going meatless, vegan and gluten-free at a French Market caf
Veggie burgers never have been my thing. They bring to mind college days, when mealy patties stuffed with black beans and grains were seemingly everywhere, and almost always a letdown. Give me a burger cooked medium rare, juicy and just the tiniest bit bloody with plenty of char and crust, thank...
Inspiration from the South and Texas, + lighter fare too
More people may be moving to South Austin, but so far the city's restaurant boom has largely passed it by. A new all-day cafe is doing its part to correct that problem by spreading chef-driven cuisine beyond the city...
Looking for a place to eat a burger? U R in the right city.
Burgers are one of the things that Philly does better than almost anywhere else. Philly’s late-aughts gastropub boom led directly to its post-gastropub boom — that moment when we all collectively decided that we were too cool for this thing that every other city in America was doing and that we were...
Row 34’s beer director’s favorite Boston-area tasting rooms
Suzanne Hays oversees the award-winning beer program at seafood restaurant Row 34, and takes pride in the esoteric quality of her brew list. “I love getting people to try something new,” she said. Her program’s selections ship in from around the world, but Hays is also passionate about the Boston beer scene, which she has watched evolve since she first started learning about beer as a server at iconic...
See who’s honored for making big impact on our lives
Forty-five years ago, while enjoying waffles for breakfast, track coach...
A look @ Bluebird Brasserie, the 1st brewery in Sherman Oaks
Los Angeles Times
Bluebird Brasserie, the first brewery in Sherman Oaks, opened about a month ago on Ventura Boulevard. It's the latest beer-focused outpost under the Artisanal Brewers Collective (ABC) umbrella — the hospitality group founded by ex-Golden Road Brewery partner Tony Yanow that's nearly a dozen dining and drinking destinations strong. The ABC group includes Yanow's established venues (Tony's Darts Away,...
Three longtime Italian mainstays with new chefs
I’ve always loved Accanto. It’s one of my brunch besties—a place that takes reservations, but you can probably snag a table if you’re being impulsive. It’s also always punched up a few levels, serving great Italian at fairly reasonable prices.
Locals ONLY! No chain restaurants. What's your fav?
San Diego Union-Tribune
With summer just around the country We rounded up our favorite local burgers (not major chains like In-N-Out) and have listed them alphabetically by neighborhood:
Goal is to be sustainable, but also to inject a little fun
San Francisco Chronicle
If you want a restaurant that is environmentally correct, then the Perennial checks all the boxes. Founders Anthony Myint and Karen Leibowitz are cooking activists, and at their restaurant they promote techniques and food production that is meant to reverse climate change. An example: the bread, which is baked daily, is made from Kernza, a type of wheatgrass that has a carbon-capturing root system that’s good for the environment.
To allow cooler heads to prevail, try eating here
Although the first Seattle locations of Portland, Oregon-based gourmet ice creamery Salt & Straw opened in chilly February, local sweet tooths eagerly queued up outside the new Ballard and Capitol Hill shops to taste what all the hype was about. Known for its unusual flavors, Salt & Straw often partners with local brands to create a regular menu unique to each city it serves (some Seattle faves are...
In tight quarters in Portage Park, delivering lots of qualit
A few weeks ago I called upon a well-known and outspoken chef for some expertise I needed for a story. But this chef wanted to talk about something else. The chef had just come from lunch at one of the celebrated new restaurants launched by a certain large and ever-spawning restaurant group, and...
Unfortunately this is now a definitive list of his visits
Before his death at the age of 61, chef-turned-writer-turned-TV-host Anthony Bourdain traveled to cities across the world to film his CNN docu-series Parts Unknown. He had Vietnamese beer with President Obama in Hanoi and dipped pizza in ketchup in Tehran, but no place stacked up quite like his hometown of NYC (well, adopted hometown -- he grew up across the river in New Jersey)....
Kaiseki - a traditional multi-course Japanese dinner
Las Vegas Review-Journal
“Oh, you have to try kaiseki!” If you’re serious about Japanese dining, it’s only a matter of time before you hear those words from a foodie friend, or find yourself saying them to someone else. Kaiseki is viewed by many as the ultimate expression of Japanese cuisine. A 2016 article at CNN Travel called it “the...
Not just ice cream, but ice-y things of many types
Phoenix New Times
Summer in Phoenix means a number of things – baseball, a respite from the classroom, higher electric bills. For some of us, though, endless months of desert heat are nothing more than a really great excuse to eat more ice cream. Toward that end, we’ve rounded up a list of local creameries old and...
These are not high-end places, they are you local places
We asked 80 of the most interesting people we know—chefs, novelists,...
The Chinatown cocktail bar is now a weekends-only affair
Last night was the 6th anniversary of Hop Sing Laundromat. Or last night was when Lê decided to celebrate it, anyway. There was a party. Marc Vetri, Georges Perrier, Alan Domb and all the usual suspects were in attendance. There was a cake celebrating the triumph of the “World’s Greatest North...
Bamboo shoots, corn & sprouts - surprisingly tasty & filling
A few years ago, it was difficult to find restaurants specializing in ramen in New Orleans and almost impossible to find poke, the Hawaiian-inspired raw fish salad. Now the two dishes are riding a trend, and restaurants serving them are sprouting up across the city. The latest is Momo Ramen +...
Eggs and tomato neatly match China's national colors...
San Diego Reader
“What do you recommend?” I asked my server at Rice Noodle King, a small casual restaurant that opened a couple of months ago in Kearny Mesa. Given that every one of the seventeen entrées on the menu features noodles, I was going to need some help deciding. Try the stewed pork rib stir fry maybe? Or the beef shank soup?
Haidar Karoum brings a hyper-eclectic mix of share plates
You may have noticed a trend growing among restaurants, in which chefs abandon a focus on cuisine or theme and simply center a menu around what they like to eat. When I was in culinary school, I tried this approach for my final project—a menu that included Crisfield-inspired crab Norfolk next to my...