Smash something and leave feeling better, calmer and free
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...
Where to tune in to the city's booming jazz scene
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...
One of the only creameries in San Francisco city limits
San Francisco Chronicle
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.
Ristorante Lombardo is a top Italian fine dining destination
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...
What’s where on the Charleston peninsula and beyond
Venerable old Charleston is growing like a supercharged kudzu vine: The...
Where to find traditional dishes beyond sushi and ramen
The Austin Chronicle
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...
Back Bay, Somerville, and Seaport get new great food
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...
Monterey and Carmel are beautiful first, and relaxing next
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.
The Hamilton Hotel revamps its food and drink menu
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...
From the Vietnamese word for bread (French baguette)
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’
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
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.
The Carousel looked different in 1949 than it does now
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...
These pizza styles take flavors a step further...
Despite having a rich Italian American heritage and history, Los Angeles...
The best restaurant & bar patios in the Portland metro area
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...
A meticulous, careful restoration ~ 100-year-old building
San Diego Union-Tribune
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...
A shortened menu of their famous burgers and Duck Fat Fries
Phoenix New Times
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.
A hub for local Central Americans craving a taste of home
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...
Want a cocktail in a miniature porcelain bathtub? Come here
Las Vegas Weekly
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...
One of the most enjoyable pizzerias in New York
The New York Times
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...
Bringing wood-oven-baked bagels to a bagel-starved populace
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...
This speakeasy has diverse drink offerings and a homey vibe
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...
Adding sushi, robata grill, & more to the Back Bay nightlife
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...
“I wanted to bring the food of the people, from ‘el campo,’”
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...
A working fireplace, marble-topped bar, and a moss wall
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 —...
Solid customer service, comfortable rooms and a great gym
The Points Guy
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...
Where to fuel up before you hang ten
Condé Nast Traveler
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...
Relatively small city w/practically year-round warm weather
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...
These standouts possess unmistakable features and vibes
Los Angeles Times
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
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...
Walk in the authors footsteps to validate her conclusions!
San Diego Union-Tribune
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...
What will draw your eye on the menu are the spice levels
Phoenix New Times
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...
10-course meal that features Filipino food fused w/NW flavor
The Seattle Times
“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.
The menu size belies its complexity, w/lots of izakaya fare
Las Vegas Weekly
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...
A completely updated look at the best cookies in the city
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...
The neighborhood is filled with delicious food factories
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...