A great appetite for theater needs great nearby food too
Getting a good bite to eat around Union Square has never been the simplest task — especially if you're looking for non-hotel food and you have standards. And now with holiday shopping season in full swing and the Harry Potter show playing at the Curran for the next six months to a year (at least), you...
These outstanding restaurants will make the romance easy
The fact that Hawaii is inherently romantic is yesterday’s news. Couples have long fanned their mutual flame to the tune of the islands’ plethora of stunning beaches, lovely small towns, and a climate that asks little more of you than your favorite swimsuit. A good meal in Hawaii can take an already...
They have an emphasis on seasonality and presentation
Las Vegas Weekly
Few steakhouses in the Valley boast a more art-forward interior than the Palms' Scotch 80 Prime, which features an outstanding collection that includes pieces by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Andy Warhol and Damien Hirst. (And, some would argue, that $3 million whiskey collection is also a work of art.)...
Hand-tooled handbags & accessories inspired by Mexico
The Domain and Domain Northside may grab the headlines, but lately it's been another Austin destination has quietly developed into one of the area's premier shopping and dining destinations. Now, the Hill Country...
Serving comfort foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner
Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles newcomers always remember their first Southern California tremor. Mine happened while eating breakfast at All Time in Los Feliz on Independence Day this year. The ground went wavy beneath us and my friend Hillary, also a recent transplant, said loudly, “Is this an earthquake?” The...
These have delicious markets to go with their dining areas
Phoenix New Times
Admit it, sometimes you eat out because your fridge is a food desert, and pickles and dried-out Parmesan don’t make a meal. But ordering off the menu doesn’t solve your core food dilemma here. You return home with a full stomach to empty cupboards, and the cycle starts all over again. Thankfully, a...
Experiencing a cultural renaissance that you need to see
Once an urban epicenter thanks to the automotive boom, Detroit, Michigan, has no doubt suffered from deindustrialization, its population plummeting from a peak of 1.86 million in 1950 to just over 673,000 in 2017. The aftermath has been well documented—urban decay, a crumbling social...
Once you've gone, you'll love to go back for s'more
I don't typically love marshmallows. Well, at least not the store-bought ones. But that being said, I also happen to live near Chicago—the city where the world's first marshmallow café was born. Although my personal grudge against sweet...
Every day soup restaurant brings an impressive variety
San Diego Reader
Rain. Wind. Cold. Our long summer has finally given way to what passes for winter (for the time being), which has proven the perfect time to visit a new restaurant built around a fondness for soup. Soup Du Jour recently opened on Aero Drive, in a modern, mixed-use apartment building on the northern...
Filet mignon & mashed potatoes. Plus a sense of place
The Boston Globe
What makes a four-star steakhouse — or a zero-star steakhouse, for that matter? The landscape is crowded with restaurants specializing in cuts of beef. If a Smith & Wollensky closes in Back Bay, a Ruth’s Chris will soon appear in Somerville’s Assembly Row to right the balance....
Warm up with a mimosa by the hearth
Great brunch restaurants with wood-burning hearths, outdoor winter lounges, and electric fireplaces to keep things warm and toasty.
Parker House rolls dipped in truffle butter to charred bread
If you can’t remember the last time a bread basket at a Philadelphia restaurant came with regular old butter, you’re not alone. But it’s not that butter has gone away so much as Philly’s butter game has stepped up big time. Remember when olive oil on the table was a sign of a forward-thinking...
Since 2006 w/the expertise of chef-operator Michael Lomonaco
When the vast Time-Warner Center at Columbus Circle was looking for tenants, many restaurateurs expressed doubts that people would want to traipse up and down escalators, past clothing boutiques and eyeglass shops, to dine there. By attracting Thomas Keller to open Per Se and Masa Takayama to open...
KEX Portland is full of 'historical detritus.'
Vintage Italian fencing masks. Tall doors salvaged from an old Cairo bakery. One hundred and forty hand-painted signs from a Belgian racetrack with the names of long-dead horses. Ancient-looking milking stools from a farm in rural Hungary. Stone—yes, real stone—shelving from the Dutch National Archives. All of...
The spit-roasted taco joint on St. Claude Avenue is now open
A former St. Claude Avenue service station designed by architect Walter Teague reopened as Galaxie over the weekend, a taqueria blending styles from Oaxaca and Mexico City that makes its own masa for tortillas. Developer Patrick Finney, one of the owners of popular Marigny restaurant The Franklin,...
An 'oasis... tropical, tranquil and untouched'. Aaaaah...
You don’t need to go to the ends of the earth to find paradise – just the end of Florida. Namely, to The Moorings Village resort in the Florida Keys, the island chain that stretches to America’s most southern point. The Moorings Village occupies an 18-acre beachside plot on one of the Keys’...
Try the kettle corn brussels sprouts - they are a big hit
Under Maximillian Petty’s watch, brussels sprouts emerge from the fryer...
The bar is wooden, warm and just the right kind of dark
he bartender at the Latin American Club was in the process of making a long line of nearly 10 margaritas when I stepped up to the bar to order a drink. She flashed me a sympathetic look. “I’ll be right with...
Farm-to-table food, visit vinyeards, stroll quaint boutiques
Sitting on California’s Central Coast, Monterey County is famous for the redwood forests and dramatic cliffs of Big Sur. But the destination’s heart really lies in its harvest. It’s not only that 70 percent of the world’s lettuce is grown here in the Salinas Valley; Monterey is and has always been...
Despite its name, BZBS features 15 tap handles
Las Vegas Weekly
Back in 2018, the Weekly tapped Chris Jacobs, founder of the Beer Zombies brand and former Blue Ribbon bartender, as the Valley’s Best Beer Ambassador. Since then, Jacobs has held fast to the role. He’s a constant presence at local beer events, extolling the virtues of malted beverages. And in July, he opened...
Normally eaten as a savory dish with beans, meat, and cheese
It’s hard to deny Austin has some of the best tacos in the country. And they’re everywhere! Before moving here, tacos were a once-in-a-while treat for me, and now they’re a part of my weekly–and sometimes daily–diet....
Includes Block Shop’s famous rugs, textiles, and wall prints
Block Shop is opening its first-ever retail location in front of its Atwater Village design studio, after starting off with just a block printed scarf collection in 2013. The new storefront is filled with Block Shop’s printed designs, including its new fall scarf collection.
If you want to have your favorite wine or beer with diner...
Phoenix New Times
You know that decades-old bottle of wine you've been saving for an absolutely perfect occasion? Well, how nice would be to enjoy it with a professionally cooked meal served on dishes you don't have to wash? Yes, we're talking about restaurants that allow...
Cebu, Bayan Ko, Subo Filipino Kitchen, & Young American
From “chocolate meat” to Spam and smelt lumpia, their adventurous dishes are taking risks,...
Locally owned bookstores, game shops, boutiques, hobby store
San Diego Union-Tribune
Amazon’s one-day shipping and low prices are irresistible this time of year. But if you’re craving a local experience this holiday season, we’ve put together a list of unique, indie shops in San Diego to hunt for the perfect gift. If not for the community, do it for the ambiance. Brick-and-mortar shops have Christmas tunes tinkling in speakers, pine tree candles burning, and twinkling window displays....
Most important meal of the day becomes a delicious focus
From the Mid-Atlantic states to the far reaches of New England, the Northeastern region of the U.S. offers the hungry traveler many options for an appetizing breakfast to begin their day. But many hotels are creating a morning meal that's more eclectic with dishes whose ingredients and recipes take...
Lone Star–meets–Beaver State cooking at his meaty hotel
Doug Adams is more than his fried chicken. You have to feel for the man, who vaulted to food TV name-check in 2014 as a contestant on Top Chef with a dynamite plate of Texas-inspired fried chicken, served with watermelon pickles, jalapeño jelly, and a drizzle of honey. When rabid fans visited him at...
Cider, wine, & hard seltzer are often good options, go here
Tristan Wright was once an avid whiskey drinker. He and his wife spent time traveling the American Whiskey Trail collecting special bottles along the way. But, Wright says, he was slowly poisoning himself. The owner...
French onion soup dumplings, raclette service, and oysters
After months of anticipation, a new cocktail bar and restaurant behind the French Quarter’s historic Old Absinthe House finally opens its doors to the public today, October 17. Belle Epoque takes over the former Tony Moran’s restaurant to lift up a talented pair: Hayley Vanvleet, the opening chef at...
See the aviation history of WWII Pearl Harbor
Hawaii Mom Blog
I wanted a little quality time with my son so I asked him if he wanted...
A bet consumers still want to experience shopping IRL
The New York Times
When is quirky a savvy career move? It is when you are a young designer who once made a raincoat of quilted see-through plastic and inserted vintage copper pennies into every panel. It is when that same designer — Emily Bode — turned a love of vintage textiles like African country cloth, ticking torn...
5 year, 10 years, CONGRATS! But 115 years? Gotta eat there!
Favorites that celebrated significant anniversaries in 2019.
Light brown wood surfaces, heated outdoor patio, & BEER
San Francisco Chronicle
When he expanded his Berkeley business, Gilman Brewing Co., to Daly City last week, Sean Wells was getting into an untapped craft beer market. He also had selfish motives. Wells lives in Daly City. His craft beer outfit’s new 2,900-square-foot taproom at 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., which opened Nov....
The courses are always surprising, always intricate...
Octopus. Hamachi. Heart of palm. Every dish on Senia’s tasting menu is listed as a single, intriguing ingredient. It’s served one night and could be gone the next. And we love it. When Senia opened in 2017, chefs Chris Kajioka and Anthony Rush offered the eight-seat chef’s counter tasting menu four...
Sin City's most iconic establishments, past and present
Las Vegas doesn't have an especially long history behind it, yet it's one dense with colorful events, stories galore, starpower, and icons. Remnants of many Sin City icons can now be found in one place: The Neon Museum. The museum is dedicated to distinctive and quintessential signage from some of...
Expect classics like sabich, schnitzel, shakshuka and more
There will (of course) be pita and hummus, but also classics like sabich, schnitzel, shakshuka and more.