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Honoring the rustic simplicity of Georgian cooking

Georgian Rarities, Served Without Fanfare, at Chama Mama

The New York Times    1/16/2020

Ekala is a prickly climber akin to North American greenbrier, often dismissed as a troublemaking weed. In the Imereti region of Georgia, its crisp young shoots are gathered in spring, before their thorns sharpen, when they’re as skinny and fragile as first asparagus, and pickled to last.

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Devoted to okonomiyaki, the griddled Japanese pancake

Paul Virant serves Japanese pancakes at Gaijin in West Loop

Chicago Tribune    1/14/2020

Paul Virant opening a Japanese okonomiyaki restaurant is a bit like if Rick Bayless decided to try his hand at Polish pierogi — both surprising and off brand. Virant made his name as a proud supporter of Midwest cuisine and its ingredients. At Vistro in Hinsdale and Vie in Western Springs (where he...

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Alley in the Valley: Panorama City’s Plaza del Valle

LA Weekly    12/3/2019

It’s just minutes past noon but already the San Fernando Valley sun blinds rather than illuminates, giving the air a strange, pearly yellow sheen. The heat is immobilizing and yet the line outside the Taqueria Jerez...

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Part-restaurant, part-pantry, all delicious

San Francisco's Che Fico Alimentari Encourages the At-Home Gourmet Experience

10/11/2019

With a career that has included stints at world famous restaurants like Eleven Madison Park in New York, Mirazur in France, and Tickets in Barcelona, chef David Nayfeld has lived, breathed and cooked the best of what food can be. Wanting to strike out on his own, Nayfeld took his vast and culturally diverse talents to San Francisco, where he opened his first restaurant, Che Fico, which celebrates both his passion for Italian food and his Jewish roots by...

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3 influential spots that flipped the script in Philly dining

The Most Important Philly Restaurants of the Decade

Philadelphia Magazine    12/31/2019

Three influential spots opened in the last decade that flipped the script in Philly dining. Here's how they changed the game.

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Five blockbuster bites that ruled Portland's year in dining

Portland’s best new dishes of 2019

OregonLive.com    12/31/2019

More than any year in recent memory, 2019 began with a taste of what was to come — or at least a welcome aftertaste. On the final night of 2018, Langbaan and Hat Yai restaurateur Earl Ninsom,...

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Takeout-style restaurant serves brisket, pulled pork, & more

Brothers find the right recipe for partnership in Poway barbecue restaurant

San Diego Union-Tribune    12/31/2019

Three years ago, Jeremy George called up his big brother, Josh, with a business proposition. If Josh — a world champion wheelchair racer who was then...

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It quietly exudes an attentive kind of hospitality...

Restaurant Review: In the Lobby of the Whitney Hotel, Peregrine Soars

Boston Magazine    12/3/2019

In a way, Peregrine is a homecoming for chef Joshua Lewin and wine expert Katrina Jazayeri. Before they jointly opened Juliet, a European-style café-restaurant in Somerville, the couple met while Lewin was earning food-world notice as the chef at Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro. This past summer, they...

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Golf is back in Las Vegas!

Best Las Vegas Golf Courses: Golf Returns To The Strip After Two Year Absence

Forbes.com    10/11/2019

Las Vegas has a lot of very good golf, a lot of good golf, and a lot of mediocre golf. What it does not have a lot of is convenient golf, as almost every course is out in the suburbs, and every single course except one requires some sort of vehicle to get to. As they say in real estate, it’s all about location, location and location, and that one...

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You may not need many drinks to see the special residents

This New Orleans restaurant is a vessel for hauntings

11/25/2019

If you’re anything like me, you love a good mystery and a good ghost...

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Consider these next-level chocolate shops when hungry

5 Seattle Chocolate Shops You Must Visit

Seattle Magazine    12/1/2019

It should come as no surprise that Seattle’s culture of innovation extends to the chocolate community, where Fran and Theo have been household names for years. Whether entering the world of chocolate by intention or happenstance, a devoted new group of enterprising chocolatiers have pushed the envelope in...

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Former Himitsu chef Kevin Tien goes big on the Hill

Restaurant Review: Emilie’s

Washingtonian Magazine    1/15/2020

Before Kevin Tien opened his Capitol Hill restaurant, Emilie’s, he did...

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Stepping into the lobby reveals this place’s instant magic

Finding bliss and a Hawaiian blessing at the Four Seasons O‘ahu

12/1/2019

With her hair pulled back and her skin smelling like flowers, Auntie Nettie Tiffany leans towards me and tells me to put my forehead against hers. I close my eyes as she slowly draws her hands down my arms until she is gently clasping my palms. Whispering a Hawaiian blessing, she lets our energies flow between our two...

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One of the nation’s foremost performance driving schools

Chandler woman revving up Bondurant race school

11/19/2019

Franki Buckman has taken charge of one of the nation’s foremost performance driving schools with the energy of the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats in her stable of racing machines. Only two months in her new job as CEO and general manager of the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance...

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Restaurant Review: Vixen’s Wedding

The Austin Chronicle    11/29/2019

There isn't enough space on the internet to fully discuss the infinitely intricate relationship of cuisine to culture, which is why those of us writing about what's for dinner are still employed. It's also why chefs and restaurant owners continue to dabble and dive into dishes outside their culinary...

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The three story MOIC flagship has found a permanent home

Photos: Here's A Taste Of The Permanent Museum Of Ice Cream In SoHo

Gothamist    12/13/2019

Maybe the first and definitely the most successful of the food-related Instagram funhouses that were all the rage a few years ago, the Museum of Ice Cream is opening a 25,000 square foot, three story, permanent NYC...

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From the best airport bar you've ever seen to bike bars

2019 Beer Report: The 30 Best New Brewpubs in America

Men's Journal    10/3/2019

Gone are the days of burgers and wings at the mall. Today’s craft breweriesOpens in a new Window. are more like innovative culinary labs, serving high-end, globally influenced cuisine in dramatic, adventure-friendly locations. They’re even doing brunch. Here are the country’s best of the best.

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The enchilada plate, fajita plate, margaritas are favorites

Joe T. Garcia's: This family restaurant is the go-to spot for Tex-Mex food in Fort Worth

USATODAY    12/20/2019

The scene: In 1935, butcher Joe T. Garcia opened a barbecue stand selling smoked meats in front of his house near the stockyards in Ft. Worth, Texas. His wife made enchiladas, and the plates become very popular with...

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This is a French, pub-like spot in Queen Village

The Good King Tavern

Infatuation    12/4/2019

The Good King Tavern is like a super-relatable movie quote. You know, one you can pull out at a party that never fails to get a laugh - like when your friend’s ex shows up to a party and you whisper to the people around you “He doesn’t even go here!” Similarly, you can pull The Good King Tavern out of your back pocket in pretty much any...

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They boast 50 suites, and the pool is spectacular

Ian Schrager’s West Hollywood Edition Takes on L.A.’s Hotel Stars

The Daily Beast    12/5/2019

There are few strips in the world with a more competitive row of hotels than Sunset Boulevard, which undulates along the foot of the hills overlooking greater Los Angeles. Iconic spots like the Chateau Marmont, Sunset Tower, the Standard, and just a little further down, Beverly Hills Hotel, have all been made famous by films, television, and magazines. Other people swear by other properties along the...

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You don't last for 97 years without great food items

The Parrot Confectionery: 81 years of the good stuff on Helena’s Walking Mall!

12/31/2019

Recently I watched Karlee Kleinschmidt gather up freshly made eggnog wafers dusted with nutmeg, a seasonal flavor at The Parrot Confectionery on Helena’s walking mall. Kleinschmidt is the head confectioner at this Helena institution, beloved by all who step inside the...

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Get out and try a variety of BBQ in "the Austin of Oregon"

Portland Has the Best Texas Barbecue Scene Outside of Texas

Texas Monthly    12/19/2019

Kyle Rensmeyer missed Texas barbecue dearly when he left Dallas in 2014 for a job in Portland, Oregon. Finding brisket to match what he’d enjoyed at Lockhart Smokehouse and Pecan Lodge was a struggle. “There was nothing like that up here,” he said, so he bought a smoker for his backyard and started making his own barbecue. In May, he...

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No surprise chef Peternell lets quality ingredients shine

A new type of casual: Counter service meets seasonal dining at Cal Peternell’s The Lede

12/17/2019

Cal Peternell, who spent 20 years as the chef at Chez Panisse, was focused on creative projects outside of the kitchen when he and his partners happened upon the 906 Washington St. space in Old Oakland. The location became the home of Peternell’s food-oriented podcast and a production studio for...

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Great food & raising money for pediatric cancer patients

Centre Street Kitchen Puts Its Money Where Its Mouth Is

Chicago Magazine    11/21/2019

If Centre Street Kitchen were a Hollywood movie, posters and commercials would hail it as “the feel-good film of the year.” The new concept from Big Onion Tavern Group owner Erik Baylis raises money for pediatric cancer patients and their families, serving up good vibes along the way. (Baylis...

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The grill-your-own steakhouse also has live jazz

La Mesa's Riviera Supper Club gets a refresh — but leaves retro vibe intact

San Diego Union-Tribune    12/26/2019

Retro doesn’t mean frozen in time. The Riviera Supper Club and Turquoise Room, La Mesa’s 10-year-old, grill-your-own steakhouse and lounge is giving the mid-century style neighborhood spot’s offerings a refresh, while keeping the cool, period vibe. A new daily happy hour features half-priced...

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You should try the zero-waste "pico back" @ Republic Cantina

We Found The Most Enjoyable Tequila Shot in D.C.

12/18/2019

Usually if you order a second shot of tequila it's because you're punishing some sort of wrongdoing or celebrating achieving legend status. But at Republic Cantina, you'll want another "pico back" because they actually taste great. The co-owner of the Truxton Circle Tex-Mex hotspot, Chris Svetlik,...

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For 87 years fulfilling our candy and popcorn cravings

Kitchen Q&A: Candyland’s Chicago Mix became overnight sensation

12/31/2019

As we chat with Brenda Lamb, who owns Candyland with her husband Doug Lamb, she reminisces about how they came to take over the business from the original owner, how Candyland grew from one to four locations and the...

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Passion projects, comeback stories, & an excellent sandwich

The 2019 Boston-area restaurant awards

The Boston Globe    12/31/2019

This past year in Boston-area dining, large-scale projects took center stage, from Fenway food hall Time Out Market to the Encore casino, with more than a dozen places to eat and drink. But there was still plenty of room for the personal and the passionate: The Bergamot and BISq team opened Taqueria...

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A Korean barbecue, raw bar, and more

David Chang’s Majordomo opens at the Palazzo

12/30/2019

David Chang, the chef behind Momofuku at the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas along with the Netflix series Ugly Delicious and more than a dozen restaurants spanning from New York to Los Angeles, debuts his second restaurant in Las Vegas. Majordōmo Meat & Fish, a restaurant that brings the DNA of his LA location that’s fresh off a James Beard Foundation finalist nomination for Restaurant of the Year, opens...

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A comprehensive guide to love in NOLA, cheap or upscale

The Best New Orleans Date Ideas That Aren’t Just Getting Drinks

Thrillist    11/13/2019

In a city where the booze flows round the clock and 10 million hedonistic tourists visit each year, dating options can seem almost unlimited. But once you’ve both swiped or starred or messaged or whatever your app of choice entails, it’s time for the actual compatibility test: an IRL date....

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It’s just as important to not eat meat as it is to eat meat

Vashon Island Is on the Ruby Brink of a Meat Revolution

Seattle Met    12/23/2019

Remember that hot minute about a decade ago when chefs posed for photos...

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Reconnect with nature while still sleeping in an actual bed

Embrace the Outdoors by Glamping at Camp Olowalu

Hawaii Magazine    12/17/2019

My friend and I sit on wooden Adirondack chairs, basking in the sun and talking about the next few days of our Maui getaway. It’s her first time on the Valley Isle and we have a lot planned: Visiting Haleakala, cruising Upcountry, seeing the culturally significant Kukaemoku (Iao Needle). Plus, she...

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If you want to relax with a drink & a view, try these places

11 Best Rooftop Bars in Greater Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    12/6/2019

No matter the time of year, a rooftop hangout spot is the perfect place to soak up some sun or views of the city. Whether you're looking for a mellow spot to meet for drinks and take in the Phoenix skyline need a straight-up banger of a rooftop pool party and food fest, there are more than a few...

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An unexpected location: a window inside Beatniks Market

Austin's newest Neapolitan pizza joint drives into unexpected location

CultureMap Austin    12/11/2019

When most Austinites get a hankering for quality Neapolitan pizza, chances are they flock to upscale spots like Bufalina, 40 North, or Backspace. If chef Nathan Pearlman and business partner Diego Batista have their...

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The borough that birthed the global hipster phenomenon...

A neighbourhood guide to Brooklyn

12/28/2019

It’s hard to imagine now, but there was a time when Brooklyn was a common punchline for New Yorkers. It was the...

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These are the burgers and hot dogs you don't want to miss.

Welcome to Philly's New Era of Burgers and Hot Dogs

Philadelphia Magazine    11/15/2019

Burgers have come a long way in the last decade — from giant Village Whiskey-style patties topped with foie gras and bacon and the reign of the wild PYT burger, to the popularity of Shake Shack and the smash burger. But we’re entering a new phase of the burger: The In-Between. With all the elegance...

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