Based on the California palate, which is middle Eastern, Southern European
San Diego's Cucina Urbana founder makes a culinary pivot: She will open a Jewish deli this month - The San Diego Union-Tribune
Trailblazing restaurateur Tracy Borkum, known for her portfolio of California Italian eateries, is introducing Gold Finch, her modern take on the Jewish deli
These four shops go beyond the basic drink
It’s hard to count how many shops in Los Angeles and Orange County serve boba, but the number has to be in the hundreds, if not the thousands. With so many places to get the coveted drink, it’s often ... Read more
Zen-like gardens and chill vibes, perfect for outdoor drinking and dining
To prepare for San Francisco's sunny days following summer's end, SFGATE's food team went in search of the city's most inviting patios to soak up the sun, while also enjoying a few cold ones.
Do you crave pancakes, waffles, omelets, pastries? All?
Phoenix New Times - 1/13/2018
Our food writers have been on the breakfast beat for a few months now. We've been scoping out the scene of a.m. eats here in the Valley, dishing on non-obvious places where you can start the day right... Read more
More than 550 paintings, drawings, sculptures and photographs
Growing up, Cheech Marin was always a collector. It started with marbles. Later on, it was baseball cards, then eventually stamps. Now, at 75, he’s collected enough art to fill an entire museum.... Read more
Take a serene tour of a stunning place
Capitol Reef National Park is one of the many jewels of Southern Utah. It has incredible geological variety and mesmerizing desert scenery, it is rich to rock formations, domes, mesas, monolyths, arches, hiking trails.
It’s a rum-fueled tropical escape perfect for this chilly winter
As the modern tiki bar revival continues its colorful spread across the Bay Area, it brings bright cocktails and island vibes inspired by Donn Beach and Oakland’s own Victor Bergeron to pandemic patrons from San Jose to Oakland and Napa.
Raise a glass in the shadow of the Hollywood Hills at these glamorous bars
Los Angeles is internationally renowned for its iconic entertainment scene, diverse cuisine, and sublime weather–so why not combine all three of these assets into one of the most enjoyed pastimes for Angelenos and visitors alike at a trendy rooftop bar?... Read more
Recommendations for the classics and newcomers for the S.D. morning scene
Whether you’re coming off a late night out or an early morning hike, the remedy to your cravings is served between 10 and 2, on the weekends, with bottomless bloody marys or coffee. Here are over 40 o... Read more
New rides, new experiences, & still a place for kids to bring their adults
Karma mocks parents who try to comfort their children before a theme park ride. Woe unto any dad or mom who attempts to convince their wide-eyed child that "nothing's going to go wrong" when the number-one trope in the theme park industry is "...and then everything goes horribly wrong."
We're making #hotpotsummer a thing
San Diego Magazine - 6/15/2021
’Tis the season to beat the heat, and there’s no better way than to fight fire with fire, by eating hot food on a hot day! Whether the heat comes from the spice, temperature, or both, consuming food that makes you sweat has been scientifically proven to cool the body down more than a bowl of ice cream (although we won’t say no to that, either).... Read more
From subtropical species to succulents, botanical gardens offer floral fun
TravelAwaits - 5/28/2021
TravelAwaits readers voted in our 2021 Best of Travel Awards to help us determine everything from the best beaches to the friendliest small towns. Our readers have spoken. Here are the best botanical gardens in the United States.
20,000 sqft social hangout features a bar, coffee shop, lawn games and more
San Diego Union-Tribune - 6/10/2021
San Diego dog owners are getting a sprawling social destination to take their pets — and the spot is unlike any other dog park or party place in the city. The new 20,000 square-foot business is called The Dog Society and it’s built for the enjoyment of both dogs and their humans.... Read more
From New England to the Pacific NW, design-forward beach escapes
Architectural Digest - 6/10/2021
Jumping the waves. Lobster roll picnics at the beach. Sunset boating. For many, nothing says summer like being on the water. As life pivots to something resembling normalcy, it’s time to tap into old-fashioned on-the-shore fun at some of America’s top coastal retreats.
Sometimes the best places to get food are the least assuming
Sometimes the best burgers are in the places where you least expect to find them. On today’s treasure hunt, skate legend Tony Hawk, Alvin Cailan, and Alvin's line cook, Christian Alquiza, are gonna tour some hidden gems of the burger world.... Read more
From stone-fruit panna cotta to crackling roast pork, new dining options
The New York Times - 6/15/2021
The zong are treasures, wrapped in bamboo leaves and tucked in the fridge at Pearl River Deli. Warm them up, and each parcel goes tender, the sticky rice shining with a sweet, delicious fat that filters through a cache of Chinese sausage, dried shrimp, mung beans, peanuts and salted egg yolk.... Read more
You have been ordered to assemble at the Avengers Campus!
Gizmodo - 6/2/2021
The Walt Disney Company’s latest theme park creation opens Friday at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California and every corner of it is filled with winks and nods to all things Marvel. But the film, TV, and theme park giant’s new “Avengers Campus” won me over when I saw the Lego Death Star.
From beers in a Baltimore church to Negronis at noon in San Diego
Esquire - 5/25/2021
On April fifteenth, at 8:42 p.m., I had a drink. Not on Zoom. Not alone on my couch. Not outside, under a heat lamp. Nope. Inside, on a stool, at the actual, physical bar. For the first time in more than a year. To sit shoulder to shoulder with friends again, chatting with the bartender about esoteric spirits, hearing the laughter of strangers—it felt new and raw.... Read more
From beach, to desert, to Africa (sort of), to being on a lake & farm
If your neighborhood bubble isn’t cutting it anymore and you’re itching for a getaway that won’t take an overnight, there are no shortage of day trips from Los Angeles! From beachside boardwalks to aerial trams, LA’s got plenty of great destinations that you can visit—and still get back home by bedtime. Read on for the best day trips from Los Angeles.
In the age of Amazon and e-books, independent bookstores remain important
Architectural Digest - 5/21/2021
Is there any more pleasant way to while away an afternoon than browsing the shelves of an independent bookstore and adding a few new finds to your to-be-read pile? Throughout history, bookstores have been more than places to pick up the latest title: They are places to meet, to learn, and to plan social revolutions.... Read more
An RV family of five touring the U.S. looking for great places to visit
With so many beautiful national parks in the USA, its hard to make a bucket list of favorites. After traveling Americas lower 48 states and national parks, we have decided to share this list of amazing and underrated National Parks.
Named after European mineral waters, a very water oriented town
One of our favorite beach destinations for families in California is the delightful city of Carlsbad. A laid-back village on the fabulous Pacific Coast, Carlsbad is located just to the north of San Diego. It ... Read more
3 themes: volcanoes, Sierras splendor and Michelin stars
InsideHook - 4/16/2021
There’s a happy medium between isolation and a mosh pit — and while we eagerly anticipate the return of the latter, we’re more about that middle point right now, especially as it relates to travel. We’re still going to be taking a pass on those middle seats for a bit. Mea... Read more
One of the earliest made dairy products - does that make it G.O.A.T.?
San Francisco Chronicle - 4/28/2021
Forty years ago, the U.S. was a goat cheese wasteland. Outside of Europe, goat cheese — not to mention goat milk, goat kefir, and goat yogurt — simply didn’t exist. But in 1978, a small farm in Sebastopol and its owner, Jennifer Bice, changed everything.
Europe surrounds us in L.A.. But not all Euro substitutes are created equal
Los Angeles Times - 4/30/2021
How wanderlusty are we getting in Southern California, while debate flares over Europe’s readiness for American tourists? Well, I’m sitting at home trying to decide which continental stand-in made me happier, a croque monsieur in Los Feliz or a gondola ride in Long Beach.
Is the Left Coast the best coast for public golf?
Golf - 5/6/2021
Golf can be seriously private, but GOLF’s list of Top 100 Courses You Can Play is not. This year, our expert group of course raters sat down with a simple goal: to build a list of the greatest courses you (yes, you) can tee it up at in a moment’s notice. The... Read more
Let’s get ready to mangia!
Fodor's - 4/7/2021
Are you craving some hand-made pasta, a bottle of Barolo, and maybe a little tiramisu to cap it all off? Luckily, you don’t have to go all the way to Italy in order to sample some of this exquisite cuisine. The United States is home to some incredible Italian restaurants where all you need is one bite to transport you from Bologna to Sicily.
Take a dip like never before in one of these sweeping swimming pools
Architectural Digest - 4/14/2021
Planning a wedding and organizing a vacation share few commonalities, but both processes start at the same place: the venue, which, more often than not, is a hotel. After all, hotels—whether they're in the middle of the Pacific or a bustling city—are like giant playgrounds for adults with plenty of activities on offer. One ... Read more
Less-crowded but not less beautiful, and worthy of a visit
AFAR - 4/16/2021
With 63 U.S. national parks spanning a variety of ecosystems, the U.S. National Park System offers seemingly endless opportunities for outdoor adventure. Yet most visitors tend to gravitate toward our most iconic and well-known ones. In 2... Read more
From a mountain lodge in Yosemite to a resort in glowing expanse of desert
InsideHook - 4/16/2021
Only a few hours down the highway from coastal havens, mountains, and deserts, LA is just close enough to the wilderness to make things interesting. And never has a road trip been more appealing than durin... Read more
With a nickname of "Midway Magic", this ship has a lot of stories
Take a look inside the longest running aircraft carrier of the 20th century, the USS Midway CV-41. This retired aircraft carrier is now a ship museum located in San Diego, CA.
These are the must-eat, must-drink menu items to try
As the song goes, "If you're going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair." We're going to amend that statement to say that you should also be sure to bring some stretchy pants. That's because San Francisco is a culinary mecca on par with some of the greatest cities in the world. From... Read more
They built a second speakeasy even deeper into the guts of the building
San Diego Magazine - 4/19/2021
“Economically, it’s a completely irrational move,” says Arsalun Tafazoli. “We actually shrunk it.” He gutted Neighborhood, where it all started. He spent far too much money on a softcore carpet from Paris. One ... Read more
Each national park features at least one iconic lodge
If ever there stood a testament to the resurgent popularity of America’s national parks, it might be found in the two-hour-long spring break line of vehicles stretching outside the Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance. For ... Read more
Five Vegas Golden Knights players open a restaurant
Las Vegas Weekly - 3/5/2020
The upscale “sports restaurant” (don’t call it a sports bar) offers a classy take on the practice of eating and drinking while watching feats of athleticism. Televisions, famed Knights sweaters and bl... Read more
It's hard to argue against a massive tub of pulled pork, sauce and a fork
The LAist BBQpedia: An In-Depth Guide To LA's Many Varieties of Barbecue And Where To Find Them — Vol. 1
LAist - 4/20/2021
About halfway through the episode of Chef's Table: BBQ about Tootsie Tomanetz of the legendary Snow's BBQ, Daniel Vaughn, Barbecue Editor at Texas Monthly, says, "In Texas barbecue, the pitmasters are willing to tell you everything that they do to the meat, and then they'll sit back and be like, 'Well, good luck.'" It's ... Read more
It's no sin to stay at a brand new resort
Sunset - 4/27/2021
The Las Vegas Strip is poised to get its first new resort in over a decade when the doors of the $4.3 billion Resorts World Las Vegas open on June 24. The 3,500-key resort, part of Hilton Honors, promises more than 40 food and drink choices that range from food-truc... Read more
A treasure trove of natural wonders
East Coast National Parks for kids perfect for an East Coast family vacation in some of the US most beautiful spots.
signature combination of state-of-the-art games and cuisine
CultureMap Austin - 2/19/2020
A Dallas-based group is hoping to bowl Austin over with its signature combination of state-of-the-art games and chef-inspired cuisine. Pinstack, a popular metroplex entertainment concept with location... Read more
Being Hawaiʻi, you may need to island hop some, but the rewards are great
Hawaii Magazine - 4/19/2021
Hawaiʻi boasts nine national parks, from the site of an attack that launched the U.S. into World War II to areas sacred to Native Hawaiians. These important sites are great places for visitors to explore and learn more about Hawaiʻi’s unique history and culture. (And it’s great week to do it—it’s National Park Week!) Here are the Top 5 national parks in the Hawaiian Islands in 2... Read more
Sometimes you don't want to ruff your accommodations - stay here
Is visiting a national park with Fido on your bucket list? Many of our national parks can seem a bit dog-unfriendly at first glance due to restrictions implemented to protect undisturbed natural areas, wildlife, and park visitors. Pets are generally allowed in developed areas, some campgrounds and l... Read more
Considered a form of agritourism, giving city folk a taste of the country
The Manual - 4/21/2021
An hour and a half south from Bozeman, Mont., surrounded by millions of acres of national forest, Nine Quarter Circle Ranch has endured for more than a century. First homesteaded in the 1890s as a working cattle farm, it joined a growing number of properties across the West when, in 1912, it welcomed its first guest. It’s... Read more
The Experience at Farmlinks is a destination course like no other
InsideHook - 4/21/2021
Alabama has a long golf tradition, boasting 11 courses created by famed architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. across the state. But there’s one course in particular, near the rural town of Sylacauga, that should be added to any golfer’s wish list.
NYC romantic spots ripe for love and impending marriage
6sqft - 2/3/2020
Some people think Valentine’s Day is a good day for a proposal, but those people are wrong. Valentine’s Day is a holiday that belongs to Hallmark, but the day you propose is one that belongs to you, w... Read more
Once belonged to a Hawaiʻi heiress is well worth visiting
Hawaii Magazine - 1/28/2020
Nestled on the slopes of Oʻahu’s famous Diamond Head is an unexpected and opulent treasure: the estate-turned-museum of billionaire American heiress and philanthropist Doris Duke, once dubbed “the ric... Read more
Can you love Nashville if you're not a country music fan?
The Independent - 2/18/2020
Broadway at sundown. No, not that Broadway – I mean the one screaming through the centre of downtown Nashville, Tennessee. I’m standing on the second-floor balcony of the bombastic, three-level Honky ... Read more
Plenty of delights on a weekend jaunt around Pacific NW
Sunset - 2/20/2020
There’s no denying the natural beauty of Washington’s Puget Sound region, with its serene waters and lush evergreen forests against the backdrop of towering mountains freshly dusted with snow. As Seat... Read more
Robynne Maii's hometown favorites
James Beard Foundation - 2/27/2020
Honolulu-born chef Robynne Maii opened her first restaurant Fête, along with her husband Chuck Bussler, in 2015. Over the past five years, Fête’s approach to seasonal New American cuisine (think: meye... Read more
Morrison Market isn't totally up and running yet - go now!
OregonLive.com - 3/3/2020
There’s a new food hall in Southeast Portland, and you might not have noticed even if you walked by. EaterPDX first reported on the “mysterious” website-less hall on Southeast 10th Avenue between Morr... Read more
In keeping with its décor, the food is fun - and funky
Las Vegas Weekly - 2/20/2020
Local nightlife gurus Ryan Labbe, Jason “JRoc” Craig and Jai Shaun White know how to take a simple nightlife or dining concept and turn it on its head, and that’s exactly what they’ve done with Más Po... Read more
Bouldering gym, Hood River Hotel upgrades, & new beer
Portland Monthly - 2/17/2020
For the small percentage of Hood River’s winter visitors who aren’t powder hounds, options can feel limited. During the sleepy season, only the most hardcore wind sports fans are out on the water, bun... Read more
The Commonwealth is a treasure trove of odd things
The Boston Globe - 3/5/2020
Planning some fun outings for the next school break? Look no farther than our own backyard. Yes, mom and dad, grandparents and guardians, the Commonwealth is a treasure trove of all things weird — and... Read more
Amusement parks of all sizes, for fun seekers of all sizes
TripSavvy - 3/15/2021
As the home of Coney Island, the state of New York lays claim to one of the world's first and most famous amusement hubs. Brooklyn's venerable seaside fun center is still chugging along after all these years. And... Read more
If you have 24 hours or less in the city by the bay, go here
TravelAwaits - 12/26/2019
San Francisco carries a unique feel, with restaurants, stores, and apartments perched along steep hills. It’s surrounded on three sides by water, and ferries and fishing boats crisscross the bay. Clan... Read more
“This is a multi-act journey,” said Disney
There’s no doubt that stepping into Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge feels like you’re stepping into the Star Wars universe. But up until now, that’s been a mostly passive experience. Starting today, it’s anyth... Read more
Want a real taste of NOLA on both your plate & surroundings?
USATODAY - 2/25/2020
The scene: Li’l Dizzy's Café looks like it has been part of New Orleans' Treme neighborhood – located just five blocks from the French Quarter – forever. But it's only 15 years old, which makes it rel... Read more
One hundred floors up, and over 1,100 feet in the air...
CNN - 3/9/2020
Hudson Yards still has a trick or two up its sleeve. On Wednesday, the development in Manhattan's far West side, marked by shiny high-rise buildings and the Vessel, a curiously-shaped landmark with a ... Read more
A slice of private forest amid the urban jungle
Thrillist - 3/24/2020
None of us are doing much traveling right now, but one of the few finer things in life that remain (somewhat) accessible and still offer six feet of distance between people are our green spaces. While our country has some awe-inspiring... Read more
“I’ve had people crying over [vegan] food like this”
Chicago Tribune - 2/26/2020
Longacre Pizza Squared was never meant to be a permanent business for Andy and Gina Kalish. The Detroit-style pizza place was supposed to a be a one-year filler restaurant for... Read more
Mo's House of Axe brings together tools, beer and barbecue
The New York Times - 3/2/2020
It’s amazing how quickly you get used to an ax in your hands. Swinging it up over your head, letting the blade hang against your back, pitching it into a spin, and, if you get it just right, your priz... Read more
Famous dishes being created by famous chefs
The Orange County Register - 3/10/2020
The Emmy-winning “Top Chef” debuts its 17th season on March 19 at 10 p.m. on Bravo. The show, which was filmed in L.A., features previous contestants such as Brian Malarkey. The chef recently opened H... Read more
Pandan & coconut flavored toast, jiggly soufflé pancakes
Berkeleyside - 3/10/2020
Recently, we’ve noticed a host of pop-ups and restaurants serving Asian-inflected sweet toasts and breakfast-inspired desserts. In the East Bay, those include tempting menu items like jiggly Japanese-... Read more
Fried rice, duck bao buns, & late night cocktails are coming
Philadelphia Magazine - 2/26/2020
On March 12th, Old City will welcome Mei Mei, a Taiwanese restaurant and lounge concept from owner and executive chef Jay Ho. The food, he says, is “nostalgic” – inspired by Taiwanese food, but not bo... Read more
Sometimes you just want a dessert you know you like
Buffalo News - 3/11/2020
Breakfast cinnamon rolls any time of day. S'mores inside a Chippewa Street bar. Churros overlooking the waterfront. There are so many comforting, delicious desserts to indulge in throughout Buffalo. H... Read more
A sampling of some ramen that warmed our hearts
Los Angeles Times - 2/15/2020
Enjoying a bowl of ramen in Portland, Ore., a decade ago meant a trip to the supermarket for dehydrated instant noodles. But within the last few years, the City of Roses has become the City of Ramen a... Read more
Snag a slice of some of the tastiest pies around
Las Vegas Magazine - 2/28/2020
Here’s some piping-hot foodie news: Las Vegas has become a world-class pizza city to rival famous pie towns like New York, Chicago, Rome and Naples. From the Strip to Downtown, skilled pizzaioli are b... Read more
Dispensing Italian drinking snacks on a fleet of carts
Seattle Met - 2/25/2020
OUR SERVER SO CLEARLY reveled in the suspense. “I can’t tell you what’s coming, because I don’t really know,” he exclaimed with jaunty glee after he sidled up to our table pushing a handsome brown car... Read more
An unexpected combo of superb cocktails, excellent pasta...
Honolulu Magazine - 2/19/2020
It’s the shrimp that do us in. We’re at Quiora, the Ritz-Carlton Residences’ open-air Italian eatery seven floors above Waikīkī, so we’re expecting a certain level of posh. Unlike La Vie, the nearby F... Read more
A heady mix of food, wine, whiskey, cocktails, and theater
Phoenix New Times - 3/12/2020
Century Grand might be one of the most exceptional food and drink experiences in town. In the long space with a 1920s railway theme, more than 500 whiskey bottles await in The Grey Hen, or restaurant ... Read more
A night out or a couple's getaway, these are the best ideas
POPSUGAR - 2/25/2020
Going to Walt Disney World as an adult without kids can seem daunting. What is there to do besides see Mickey, ride Space Mountain, and eat Mickey-shaped treats all day long? For adults, there's actua... Read more
Upscale sports bar looks to offer better assortment of bites
Austin Monthly - 3/1/2020
Athletic feats limited to my 10-year-old’s soccer team, I’ve never found the proper motivation for patronizing sports bars. But when someone described Albert Gonzalez’s (Grizzelda’s) newest concept, P... Read more
An inherited pizza oven + ramen expertise = new food to try
Washington Post - 3/6/2020
The reason you’re eating Japanese-inflected Italian food from the trio behind some of Washington’s most popular ramen stops boils down to a design feature they inherited from the Chinatown restaurant ... Read more
Vietnamese-inspired restaurant celebrates fresh herbs & more
The Boston Globe - 3/10/2020
The food arrives, lush with fresh herbs, mint and cilantro gradually releasing their crispness into hot broth amid a tangle of noodles. Rau ram, or Vietnamese coriander, creeps up the side of a bowl l... Read more
Troy Johnson’s month-long quest for the Mexican specialty
San Diego Magazine - 2/18/2020
It was inevitable. One of Mexican cuisine’s greatest hits has finally started to sweep the U.S. Ladle it on a crispy quesadilla. Nuzzle it into a taco. Or just serve it steaming in its own stark beaut... Read more