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Smash something and leave feeling better, calmer and free

Why not smash stuff on your next trip to Las Vegas?

CNN    6/12/2019

There's nothing like bashing a computer monitor with a sledgehammer to pulverize the stresses of everyday life. That's the concept behind so-called "rage rooms" that allow visitors and locals alike to take out their frustrations on various materials otherwise headed for a dump. They're part of a larger trend across the United States of businesses that provide safe environments for participants to...


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Where to tune in to the city's booming jazz scene

The Best Jazz Clubs In New York


Such is New York’s musical pedigree, its status as one of the world’s greatest jazz cities is almost underrated. Why? As a concrete monument to culture and its endless reinvention, the Big Apple’s jazz clubs often find themselves tangled up in the same conversation as Broadway, CBGBs and Madison...


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One of the only creameries in San Francisco city limits

Daily Driver opens, bringing house-made bagels, butter to San Francisco’s Dogpatch

San Francisco Chronicle    6/14/2019

Daily Driver, a cafe, creamery and bagel bakery, opened Thursday in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood. The ambitious 7,000-square-foot project comes from Tamara Hicks and David Jablons, owners of Toluma Farms and Tomales Farmstead Creamery in Marin County, with partners Hadley and David Kreitz.


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Ristorante Lombardo is a top Italian fine dining destination

At Ristorante Lombardo, a classic gets another look


On the first truly pleasant spring day of 2019, I was at the Little Club on Hertel Avenue, trying to become a better restaurant critic. One recurring reader complaint is that I don’t offer much wine insight. It’s a fair cop, as the Brits say. Which was why I was across the street from Ristorante Lombardo, in the family’s new...


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What’s where on the Charleston peninsula and beyond

Boroughs, Beaches, and Kings: A Guide to Charleston’s Neighborhoods

AFAR    5/17/2019

Venerable old Charleston is growing like a supercharged kudzu vine: The...


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Where to find traditional dishes beyond sushi and ramen

A Beginners Guide to Japanese Food in Austin

The Austin Chronicle    6/14/2019

When I landed in Tokyo last year equipped with limited knowledge of Japan, I assumed I'd alternate between eating sushi and ramen each day, sleep in MUJI-styled...


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Back Bay, Somerville, and Seaport get new great food

Three Healthy Fast-Casual Restaurants Add New Locations around Boston This Week

Boston Magazine    6/11/2019

With our strong student population, productive workforce, and plenty of real estate development going on, the Boston area is a prime market for growing restaurant groups—especially those proffering healthy choices. Here are three fast-casual favorites adding new locations this week in Boston and...



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Modern Guide to the Monterey Peninsula: Beach Hikes, Luxe Stays, Artisanal Eats + More

7x7    6/5/2019

With storybook architecture, perennial morning mist, and more fireplaces per capita than anywhere on the planet (or so it would seem), the Monterey Peninsula is one of Northern California's most charming escapes. Here's where to eat and shop in style—and where cozy up in a plush bed come nightfall.


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The Hamilton Hotel revamps its food and drink menu

Inside Downtown DC’s New Italian Restaurant and Illuminati-Inspired “Luxe Micro Bar”

Washingtonian Magazine    6/10/2019

Via Sophia is the latest hotel restaurant looking to convince locals it’s more than a hotel restaurant (see: American Son, everything at The Line). The “upscale modern osteria,” located in Franklin Square’s Hamilton Hotel, officially opens June 12 with...


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From the Vietnamese word for bread (French baguette)

Where to Get the Best of Banh Mi Sandwiches in Philadelphia Magazine    6/3/2019

In a sandwich town like Philadelphia it's not surprising to find some great Banh Mi around town. Also known as the Vietnamese hoagie, Banh Mi consists of a French baguette, with pickled and fresh vegetables and topped off with a protein, such as pulled pork or tofu. The name comes from the Vietnamese word for bread or more specifically the French baguette. A staple in Vietnamese cuisine and unlike the...



It’s rooftop season. Four new perches for summer sippin’

Four Rooftop Bars to Explore This Summer

Chicago Magazine    6/11/2019

Now that Chicago weather is finally showing signs of getting out of its weird in-between-seasons rut, it’s time to start drinking outdoors! That means new rooftop bars, and there’s a good crop of them for 2019. Here are four of my favorites.



Cool off with the berry best any day, any time treat

Best acai bowls: Our Top 5

Frolic Hawaii    5/31/2019

Acai bowls are the perfect any day, anytime treat. Enjoying them is one of my favorite ways to cool down after a hike, workout or day at the beach. I'll even have it for breakfast to kickstart my day. I just love that I don't feel guilty for indulging in one because acai is super healthy.


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The Carousel looked different in 1949 than it does now

70 years ago, The Carousel Bar started spinning


Seventy years ago, a very grown-up merry go round opened in New Orleans: the Carousel Bar at the Hotel Monteleone. The New Orleans Item noted after the bar’s opening in 1949 that it took 15 minutes to make one revolution, and therefore “customers get a free ride or more...


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Filipino, Brazilian, Thai, Indian & Hawaiian ~ Try These Regional-Style Pizzas in Long Beach, Harbor Area


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The best restaurant & bar patios in the Portland metro area

Portland's 27 best restaurant and bar patios for soaking up the sun


In years past, Portlanders might not start thinking about patio season until July was right around the corner. But these are strange times. Instead of rain, May has already served up a 90 degree day, while the typically soggy month’s final days promise sunshine and temperatures in the 80s. So hunt...


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A meticulous, careful restoration ~ 100-year-old building

$80M luxury hotel opens — in former downtown San Diego YMCA

San Diego Union-Tribune    6/11/2019

More than three years in the making, the 162-room Guild Hotel has opened this week in downtown San Diego, taking over a nearly century-old Army Navy YMCA building. The $80 million project, originally expected to open in March, is the work of San Diego-based Oram Hotels, in conjunction with Azul...


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A shortened menu of their famous burgers and Duck Fat Fries

First Taste: Arizona Wilderness' Downtown Phoenix Menu

Phoenix New Times    6/11/2019

As much as you’ve heard about the Arizona Wilderness Co.'s beer, you’ve probably heard equal amounts of praise for its food. Wilderness sprang up as Gilbert’s first craft brewery in 2013, and quickly became known as a beer house, east Valley hotspot, and restaurant.


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A hub for local Central Americans craving a taste of home

La Cabaña Is Seattle's Central American Food Hub

Seattle Magazine    6/1/2019

On days of big soccer games, La Cabaña owner Selvin Oseguera often answers phone calls from people of a half-dozen Central American nationalities to reassure them that the game will be shown on the television at his restaurant. Oseguera is Honduran, but the restaurant serves as a makeshift community hub for people who hail from all over Central America. And Oseguera couldn’t be happier about...


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Want a cocktail in a miniature porcelain bathtub? Come here

The spirits of Prohibition live on Underground at the Mob Museum

Las Vegas Weekly    6/6/2019

When bartender Riki Taiga hands you a cocktail in a miniature porcelain bathtub, you sip it. Then you Instagram it. The Bathtub Fizz ($14), as it’s called inside the Underground—the hidden speakeasy inside the Mob Museum paying homage to Prohibition—is Taiga’s modern take on the sloe gin fizz. “I...


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One of the most enjoyable pizzerias in New York

A Stand-Up Example of Sit-Down Pizza

The New York Times    6/4/2019

One of the ways people pretend to be sophisticated about restaurants these days is by claiming that the New York City dining scene has lost its edge. The sheer number of restaurants in the city — about 27,000, according to the health inspectors — makes the argument absurd. How many of them are...


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Bringing wood-oven-baked bagels to a bagel-starved populace

Dogpatch Is Getting A Big New Bagel Bakery And Creamery Called Daily Driver

SFist    6/4/2019

The ambitious project at 2535 Third Street (at 22nd), includes a handsome tiled coffee counter and a bagel chute that ferries bagels from the oven into a striking, yellow-painted bagel storage...


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This speakeasy has diverse drink offerings and a homey vibe

Austin's Speakeasy Secrets (Shhh): The Good Life Bar Bar

The Austinot    2/18/2019

Sometimes you don’t know what you’re looking for until you’ve found it. One day you’re getting a haircut at the barbershop you’ve been going to for 10 years, and the next you have an offer to open your own bar behind...


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Adding sushi, robata grill, & more to the Back Bay nightlife

Look Inside Zuma at the Four Seasons One Dalton Boston

Boston Magazine    5/28/2019

The tables are set, the robata grill is lit, and the ice spheres are ready for your Old Fashioned order: Zuma opens tonight inside Boston’s newest skyscraper. Located on the second floor of the new Four Seasons One Dalton tower, the highly anticipated, high-end Japanese restaurant adds sushi and...


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“I wanted to bring the food of the people, from ‘el campo,’”

First Look: Tequila & Mezcal Opens In Columbia Heights With Avocado Margaritas, Grasshoppers, And Mole

DCist    5/30/2019

Don’t expect to see a printed menu of the namesake spirits at newly opened Tequila & Mezcal. This mom-and-pop Columbia Heights restaurant doesn’t have one. “Our selection changes so frequently since the mezcal we serve is made in small batches on family farms,” says general manager William Martinez. A standard, formal list of the...


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A working fireplace, marble-topped bar, and a moss wall

First Look: Bloomsday, Headhouse Square’s Natural Wine Bar, Cafe and Bottle Shop

Philadelphia Magazine    5/30/2019

We’ve been excited about Bloomsday, the all-day cafe from Green Engine Coffee owners Kelsey Bush and Zach Morris, ever since we heard a year ago that it would be opening right across from the Headhouse Square Shambles. Then, we found out that it would also have a natural wine bar and bottle shop —...


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Solid customer service, comfortable rooms and a great gym

Down-to-Earth Luxury: A Review of the Loews Chicago Hotel

The Points Guy    5/7/2019

Loews is an independently owned family hotel company with just 27 properties in locations like Miami Beach, Tucson, Arizona, New York City, the one I’m reviewing today in Chicago and more. But the brand is well-known...


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Where to fuel up before you hang ten

10 Best Breakfasts in Maui

Condé Nast Traveler    5/21/2019

When it comes to breakfast, Hawaii is known for hearty, stick-to-your-ribs dishes like loco moco and Spam, eggs, and rice (the much tastier island version of bacon, eggs, and home fries). And while there's plenty of that on Maui—we love Kihei Caffe or Leoda's for authentic local grindz—there are...


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Relatively small city w/practically year-round warm weather

10 Neighborhoods You Need to Know in New Orleans

TripSavvy    5/6/2019

Since the 1800s, New Orleans has been divided into seventeen numbered wards, but you’ll rarely hear a neighborhood referred to this way (the Seventh Ward and Lower Ninth Ward are two exceptions). The city is instead carved into smaller sections within wards — often with some overlap or debate on...


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These standouts possess unmistakable features and vibes

A guide to L.A.’s best skate parks

Los Angeles Times    6/7/2019

From P.F. Flyers and steel wheels to puka shells and punk rock, skateboarding has rolled through a multitude of ages, stages and styles. Now, this quintessential SoCal sport is preparing to ollie onto its biggest stage yet. Two stages, actually. The first: the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, where skateboarding will make its debut. The second? On Broadway — with none other than Tony Hawk as choreographer.



The go-to spot for parents looking for a great dinner option

Laurelwood Brewing made ‘family-friendly’ the thing    5/29/2019

Mike De Kalb and Cathy Woo-De Kalb had two young children underfoot when they decided to open Laurelwood Brewing Co. in 2001. So it should come as no surprise that their Hollywood neighborhood restaurant blazed a new trail in the Rose City: The De Kalbs created a toys-provided spot where kids could...


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I ate hundreds of burgers in San Diego. Here are the best 41

San Diego Union-Tribune    5/23/2019

Forget fish tacos. In these polarized times, perhaps the one thing San Diegans of all stripes can agree on is that this town has ascended to burger heaven. Whether they’re pressed on a flat top, diner-style, grilled at a gourmet restaurant or made to replicate a fast-food classic, San Diego’s burger-sphere is sizzling. No casual joint nor serious eatery worth its ketchup — no mustard! — would dare to...


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What will draw your eye on the menu are the spice levels

First Taste: We Signed the Waiver for XXXHot at Mrs. Chicken in Phoenix

Phoenix New Times    6/5/2019

The history of Nashville hot chicken is a fun one. It’s said Thornton Prince was served an extra-spicy plateful of fried chicken by a pissed-off girlfriend who’d noticed his wandering eye, but it backfired. Prince's...


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10-course meal that features Filipino food fused w/NW flavor

Psst! Hoy, Seattle! Archipelago masterfully combines Filipino food with Pacific Northwest flair

The Seattle Times    3/21/2019

“Psst! Hoy!” That’s how you get a Filipino’s attention, chef Aaron Verzosa tells the eight rapt diners gathered around the counter at Archipelago, the Philippine-inspired restaurant Verzosa and his wife, Amber Manuguid, opened Dec. 1 in Hillman City. Psst! Hoy, Seattle! Archipelago deserves your attention.


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The menu size belies its complexity, w/lots of izakaya fare

Hatsumi brings elevated Japanese flavors to Downtown Las Vegas

Las Vegas Weekly    6/6/2019

Page through the menu at the newly opened Hatsumi by chef Dan Krohmer and one of the first things that strikes you is the seemingly sparse food list comprising a single page, followed by several pages of beer, wine and spirits (a page and a half devoted to sake alone!). With a long bar that invites...


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A completely updated look at the best cookies in the city

The 20 Best Cookie Spots In NYC

Gothamist    5/23/2019

Cookies are the most portable of all the sweet treats—in fact, I typically carry around a few of NYC's best in my bag for on-the-go snacking and sharing. Try it! You wouldn't believe how happy you can make people...


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The neighborhood is filled with delicious food factories

Bayview Produces an Abundance of Meat and Booze

SF Weekly    6/5/2019

The Bayview has long been a center of infrastructure and production that powers the rest of the city. At the turn of the century it was known as “Butchertown” for its plethora of slaughterhouses, which naturally led...