5 must-sip spots to explore this weekend
Packed with warehouses, West Berkeley doesn’t exactly scream tasting room territory. But look closely, and you’ll find more than 10 wineries clustered within a mile, delivering...
Step away from the music for a taste of Austin
The Austin Chronicle
This reco list – pulled from First Plates, our annual list of 100 restaurants defining Austin now – is perfect for dining outside of the ACL Festival grounds and includes South Lamar, Barton Springs Road, South Congress, and South First. (Check out even more – including Downtown and East Austin –...
Set the scene with oysters, Italian classics, and cocktails
Heading out for a night on the town to see a splashy production that might make it to Broadway one day? You’re going to need something to eat—and probably a nightcap after the show, too. Broadening Boston’s Theater District definition a bit, we’ve picked the top 12 spots in close proximity to...
The sky-high bar is a scenic choice for post-work drinks
These days, you’d be hard-pressed to find a hotel or high-rise that’s not topped with a trendy rooftop lounge. But there’s one spot that’s been slinging drinks in the sky since before most patrons at the hottest new penthouse patio were born. The Signature Lounge on the 96th floor of the Hancock...
The story of a sausage has stood its ground through change
To the DC tourist, a half-smoke with its traditional toppings might be little more than a chili dog. But ask an expert, and you’ll realize there’s a world of a difference between your average hot dog and DC’s famed half-smoke. It’s “another creature entirely,” Anthony Bourdain remarked as he...
Settle into black-and-gold carpet and black tufted booths
Los Angeles Times
The Queensberry is a new speakeasy in the former Honeycut space in downtown L.A. I won’t spoil the fun of the secret entrance. Just know that once you find the door, you descend down a steep, dark staircase and into a bunker with dueling personalities: One room is where you take a date for a quiet...
New lounge occupies former Tony Moran's Restaurant spot
Belle Epoque Absinthe Lounge opens Oct. 17 behind the Old Absinthe House...
Family from Damascus is making more than stellar breads
Phoenix New Times
We live in a great bread city. We have a wide range of artisan loaves, some made from heirloom local flour. There is also our storied pizza culture, pizza being a flatbread with cheese and maybe sauce. In greater Phoenix, you can find lacy viennoiseries, cloud-light telera rolls. You can find...
Los Angeles ramen chef delivers the richest broth we've seen
San Diego Reader
Every time I think my list of San Diego’s top five ramen spots is set, along comes a new one to shake things up. Artisan Noodle Tatsuki opened a few weeks back in the Gaslamp location that was previously home to Ramen Yamadaya. Had you asked me five years ago, I might have called Yamadaya one of our...
A new store is encouraging children to tell their stories
The New York Times
Most comic book stores would frown upon their customers sitting on their floor and reading, but Loot is not like other shops. Here its young clientele — who would not qualify for most amusement park rides — was intently reading comics, discussing them or hard at work making their own.
From seasonal steakhouses to sushi that rivals anything
The food scene in Las Vegas has a checkered history. Perhaps most famously known for its meandering buffets of sub-par Americana fare, Sin City’s perpetual reinvention means it is always challenging its image of itself. As Las Vegas continues to grow into a globally recognised hub of shopping,...
Philly has LOTS to see - a few you may have missed
Never been to Philadelphia? Neither had I — at least until I took a weekend trip there this summer. Although I knew the biggest thing to see in the city of brotherly love was the Liberty Bell, I was looking for an...
Snorkel, play golf, learn to fly, indulge in the spa
Trying to figure out which Hawaiian island to visit is challenging, especially for the first time visitor. My suggestion–start in Lanai. The island was purchased by Oracle founder Larry Ellison in 2012, was once home to the world’s largest pineapple plantation and remains largely undeveloped. However, it does have a luxurious Four Seasons that has three top-notch restaurants and so many fabulous activities that you feel like you are part of the greatest adult playground ever created. (There...
Chicken buckets, sushi handrails, vegan shakes, pickled...
Sometimes, there’s simply too much good stuff happening out there to dedicate a whole column to just one spot. So I have to take a step back and let everyone know about all the good bites, nibbles, content, and sips I’ve been digging lately and how you can get in on them, too. Let’s start with....
High-end omakase brings two Japanese traditions together
Decades of nightlifers in search of cheap dinner have worn down the brown brick floors inside the hodgepodge of a complex known as Broadway Alley. On the...
Vitamin D won't be on the menu, but you'll get plenty here
When it comes to places to lounge in warm weather, San Francisco has never been chock full of them for obvious reasons. But for those rare days when the temperature climbs above 75 and your AC-free apartment is feeling too oppressive, we have some recommendations for chilling with...
These are great for eating, and having lots of fun too
Take the kids out for a good old-fashioned family picnic! With such a bounty of grassy parks and picturesque spots in this city, Austin is practically begging us to get outside and dine al fresco. So make a plan to...
Serving soul food and Caribbean cooking
The Boston Globe
The Back Story: This is chef-owner Jermaine Tulloch’s first restaurant, and a career switch for the former educator. A Dorchester native, he attended Boston Arts Academy and Longy School of Music, where he studied opera, going on to perform with groups including the Harlem Gospel Choir. He then...
You'll sleep easy knowing that your pup is sleeping near you
Travel + Leisure
Long gone are the days when traveling with your dog meant being forced to stay at roadside motels with stained carpets and questionable odors. Today, hotels at all price points are putting the “friendly” in pet-friendly by not only allowing dogs, but pampering them as much as (if not even more than) their humans.
Reeling you in with acres of golf (and a little bit of funk)
It’s Wednesday on the Senior PGA Tour — which a dyslexic overthinker renamed the PGA Tour Champions a few years ago — and the first-world problems are piling up in the pro-am. Standing on the sixth tee of the par-3 Top of the Rock course in south central Missouri, a day before the start of the Pro Bass Shops Legends of Golf tour stop, our group peers down at Billy Mayfair’s fivesome grinding out their...
Don't go to bed hungry, hit up one of these late-night eater
Phoenix New Times
"Where can I get fooooooood?!" That is the battle cry come 3 a.m. when you’ve drank, danced, and debauched into the wee hours — or maybe you were pulling a late-night study sesh — and all you want is food. Now....
The best reasons to get off the Strip to do your eating
Las Vegas’ Chinatown is three miles long with more than 100 restaurants packed in and around Spring Mountain Road. It’s a favorite dining destination of Su, the James Beard–nominated chef who serves updated versions of Hainanese chicken rice at his Downtown Las Vegas spot Flock & Fowl. “Chinatown is the official after-work hangout for chefs who work on the Strip,” Su says. “After working a 12- to 14-hour...
Located immediately northeast of Center City, a new hot spot
Fishtown is like a laboratory experiment studying what would happen if you tried to gentrify a whole neighborhood over night. And then tried it again the next night. And then again the next. Things change fast here. Real estate is, in the grand scheme of things, still affordable. Turnover happens...
The quintessential blend of Martha’s Vineyard charm, warmth
The Daily Beast
The immaculate white homes with hunter green shutters and pristine lawns along North Water Street are simply sublime. Dotting the street one after the other, they evoke the feeling that you’ve left reality and stepped onto a Hollywood set. Just as the quiet beauty of Lighthouse Beach comes into view on the right, the Harbor View Hotel beckons your attention on the left. Newly renovated, the...
This Kaneohe hotspot serves local fare with a fresh twist
Ah, the power of social media. Once again, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed when I noticed that @susxoxo posted an interesting photo of pasta, proclaiming Adela's Country Eatery one of her favorite places in Kaneohe. That was good enough to take me on another Windwrd Oahu adventure.
Beloved by artists and tourists alike for 65 years
The New York Times
It’s difficult, now, to remember a time before the frozen dessert...
Concoctions that are icy, spicy, sweet and sour flavor bombs
Behold the mangonada. This magnificent Mexican concoction takes the humble mango and spins the dial to 11, transforming its healthy, juicy goodness into an icy, spicy, sweet and sour flavor bomb. Although the...
A new grilled chicken restaurant in Northwest Portland
The roots of Mama Bird, Portland’s upcoming grilled chicken restaurant, go back more than a dozen years, to Gabriel Pascuzzi’s years at Wilson High School, when the young chef shopped for clothes in the husky section...
“It’s a love, appreciation and celebration of Asian food,”
San Diego Union-Tribune
Is Brian Malarkey going soft on us? He is when it comes to the plush carpeting, olive green velvet booths and sofas, chairs and ceiling-height drapes that have turned his latest restaurant venture, Animae, into a spectacularly sumptuous culinary cocoon. The lavish fabric is more than a cinematic,...
Some close to Seattle, some close to the “American Alps”
With its dark-as-steel Puget Sound and snowcapped mountains, Washington may not look much like...
The back half of the year requires new flavor combos
Boozy slushies and canned rosé have their place—it's called summer. But...
A vibrant city with lovable quirks and charms
In many ways, Austin seems to be growing up – and out, as it continues to lead the country in population growth. Thankfully, though, the vibrant Texas capital has managed to maintain much of its distinctive charm. And as it evolves, we've found new things to appreciate about this land of dramatic...
Somali cuisine is stamped with the flavors of trade
The Boston Globe
Tawakal Halal Cafe is located on an East Boston corner in a burgundy building not much bigger than a garden shed. Inside is the homiest little space, painted ochre and festooned in festive tinsel garlands, the windows lined in bowls and baskets and other artworks. About half the room is taken up by...
Lamb kofta feast bowl, Bombay sandwich, Bhaji par +
From Devon Avenue to concentrated pockets throughout the suburbs to pop-ups and food halls downtown, Indian food ranges across Chicago and across regional cuisines. For the month of October, our “Craving” series digs in. Follow along for updates every weekday as we try as many different foods and...
Serving dishes via roaming carts, modern dim sum-style
One of the most highly anticipated fall dining openings is almost here: Emilie’s, the cart-driven restaurant from former Himitsu chef Kevin Tien opens on Capitol Hill next Thursday, October 10. The mod-chic space near Barracks Row centers around a vast open kitchen, and seats 158 between the dining...
There are literally dozens of free things to do in NOLA
When you’re headed down to the Big Easy, you might not be sure what you want to do during your visit. But with its plethora of restaurants, great shopping spots, local attractions, and natural wonders, you’ll never run out of things to do.