Monthly Archives: November 2017

9 Atlanta coffee shops and cafes where you can get work done

Source: Atlanta Magazine

East Pole CoffeePhotograph courtesy of Jonathan Wade As a freelance writer, technically all that I really need to do my job is a laptop and a wi-fi connection—but comfy furniture, a good soundtrack, readily available caffeine, good snacks, plentiful outlets I don’t have to passive-aggressively battle a stranger over, a certain decibel level of background noise, an aesthetically pleasing environment, and decent lighting help, too. (Is that too much to ask?) While everyone’s individual definition of an ideal work spot varies wildly, there are a handful of places in Atlanta that have nailed the formula in Goldilocks-fashion: not cavernously dark, ...

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Rockville Lands Dueling Asian Food Halls

Source: Eater DC

The 6,200-square-foot eateries will be bigger than NoVa’s popular Block

Two strikingly similar food halls, both slated to materialize next summer in Rockville, Maryland, are determined to prove the D.C. area is hungry for more one-stop shops to satisfy all kinds of cravings.

Set about two miles apart off Rockville Pike, each forthcoming complex — one called The Spot while the other is dubbed Pike Kitchen — plans to feature shared kitchen spaces for vendors serving everything from poke to Korean fried chicken.

Both share elements with the Block in Annandale when it comes to layout and Asian-themed offerings, but ...

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Brightwood Park’s Jackie Lee’s Is Back in Action

Source: Eater DC

Newly resurrected bar boasts beer, shots, and classic Nintendo games

Hospitality vets turned first-time bar owners Jason Crafton, Amanda Kelsey, and Nick Schieber are now serving cold brews — as well as bacon-wrapped, pimento cheese-stuffed jalapenos — at newly renovated Brightwood Park fixture, Jackie Lee’s.

Another party had begun tooling around with the one-time lounge, which had been neglected for years, before the entrepreneurial trio scooped it up; they’ve since lovingly restored and refreshed the ground floor (for now), retaining the original hardwood flooring, reconfiguring the main bar (there’s now nearly two dozen stools), and making improvements wherever they ...

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Shake Shack Makes a Damn Fine Chili

Source: Eater NY

Eater NY’s chief critic says it easily trumps most diner varieties

When Anderson Cooper, on a recent episode of 60 Minutes, asked Danny Meyer why he doesn’t consider Shake Shack to be fast food, the hospitality guru responded rhetorically. “When did you ever go to Shake Shack and find the experience to be fast?”

Indeed. The billion-dollar chain is almost as famous for its long waits as it is for its beefy, made-to-order burgers. This isn’t so much a problem for destination diners, the folks who make an evening of queuing up at the original outdoor Shack in Madison ...

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Sad Girl Taste-Test: Thanksgiving Chips from 7-11

Source: Brightest Young Things DC

I bet a lot of you ate a lot of really great Thanksgiving food last week. You might’ve gotten into political arguments with your shithead relatives, but at least there was ample turkey, right?! Well, I am not part of the well-fed tribe. I did not eat Thanksgiving dinner this year. You: “Oh, tight! Were […]

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Sad Girl Taste-Test: Thanksgiving Chips from 7-11

Source: Brightest Young Things NYC

I bet a lot of you ate a lot of really great Thanksgiving food last week. You might’ve gotten into political arguments with your shithead relatives, but at least there was ample turkey, right?! Well, I am not part of the well-fed tribe. I did not eat Thanksgiving dinner this year.

You: “Oh, tight! Were you like, hunger striking because 2017 sucks so hard or something?”
Me: “No, my mom came to visit.”
You: “Wait, what?”

I know. A parental visit should equate to copious amounts of home-cooked and/or restaurant-cooked Thanksgiving bounty being consumed, but you might not have met ...

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A Look Inside the Brighter JoJo, Jean-Georges’ UES French Bistro

Source: Eater NY

The restaurant first opened in 1991 in a brownstone

After more than a year out of commission, now-internationally-famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten reopened his first solo restaurant JoJo this week with a lighter, brighter, and whiter space — a look that’s a notch more similar to his newer restaurants like AbcV.

The Upper East Side restaurant in a brownstone opened at 160 East 64th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, in 1991, and since then, the French bistro has closed just one other time for renovations, back in 2002. Previously, management had said that it was time to create a more ...

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A Look Inside the Brighter JoJo, Jean-Georges’ UES French Bistro

Source: Eater NY

The restaurant first opened in 1991 in a brownstone

After more than a year out of commission, now-internationally-famed chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten reopened his first solo restaurant JoJo this week with a lighter, brighter, and whiter space — a look that’s a notch more similar to his newer restaurants like AbcV.

The Upper East Side restaurant in a brownstone opened at 160 East 64th Street, between Lexington and Third Avenues, in 1991, and since then, the French bistro has closed just one other time for renovations, back in 2002. Previously, management had said that it was time to create a more ...

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Craftsman Row Saloon Is Hosting a Burger and Shake Eating Competition

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Craftsman Row Saloon, the Jeweler’s Row bar by Opa owners George and Vasiliki Tsiouris, is celebrating its second birthday. And their now-annual burger and shake competition is making […]

The post Craftsman Row Saloon Is Hosting a Burger and Shake Eating Competition appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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Mike Isabella’s Waterfront Requin Seduces Tom Sietsema

Source: Eater DC

What the critics are saying this week

Requin

Washington Post restaurant critic Tom Sietsema visits restaurateur Mike Isabella’s Requin at the Wharf, where chef Michael Rafidi whips up a “seductive first impression,” delivering a fresh take on French standards. Definitely go with the pear salad — a “captivating spinoff” of the one at the brasserie of the same name in the Mosaic District in Fairfax. The glass-enclosed restaurant features eye candy everywhere, he notes, from 16-foot-long glass chandeliers to prime open kitchen views right in on the action. Sietsema decides Rafidi’s “most imaginative” hors d’oeuvre is his escargot “croissants” ...

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YouTube’s Fast-Food Critics Are Going Crazy for Burger King’s Flamin’ Hot Mac N’ Cheetos

Source: Grub Street NY

There’s a famous moral story fast-food employees teach their children that goes: If you give a customer something Cheetos-flavored, he will immediately demand the Flamin’ Hot variety. Burger King held off this angry uprising for months by releasing a Flamin’ Hot frozen-aisle version of its popular fried Mac …

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East Passyunk’s ITV Is Now a Christmas-Themed Cocktail Bar

Source: Philadelphia Magazine » Foobooz

Nick Elmi’s ITV is joining bars across the globe to spread a little holiday cheer, one drink at a time. “Miracle In the Valley” is […]

The post East Passyunk’s ITV Is Now a Christmas-Themed Cocktail Bar appeared first on Philadelphia Magazine.

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JoJo, One of New York’s Most Important Restaurants, Is Open Again

Source: Grub Street NY

When Jean-Georges Vongerichten opened his first restaurant, JoJo, in 1991, it was a sensation. The chef had left the four-star Lafayette and its truffled trappings to open a cheaper, casual bistro, a place that was something like the Momofuku or Superiority Burger of its day — a restaurant …

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Beer Town: Holiday gifts for beer lovers

Source: Atlanta Journal Constitution

Beer Town: Holiday gifts for beer lovers

Spiegelau Craft Beer Glasses

The holidays are here again, and that means it’s time for the annual Beer Town Gifts for Beer Lovers.

As always, we like to point out that beer lovers love beer. And every year, we recommend giving the beer lover on your list something fresh and new from one of the fine Georgia craft breweries near you.

In 2017, that will be much easier and more fun than ever, because a new state law finally allows Georgia breweries to sell beer directly to consumers at tasting rooms. And you won’t even need to take a tour ...

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Little Baby’s Ice Cream Heads to East Market

Source: Eater Philly

It’s going into one of the new towers

Little Baby’s Ice Cream is the newest tenant to sign on at the under-construction East Market tower at 12th and Ludlow streets. When the 23-story building is complete, it will include the ice cream shop, a Wawa, and an Iron Hill Brewery. Today marked the “topping out” for the property, which means the final steel beam is in place.

The East Market development spans a city block, from Market to Chestnut and from 11th to 12th, with apartments, offices, a City Fitness gym, shops, including grocery store Mom’s Organic Market, and ...

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7 Fun Food Events Around DC This Weekend

Source: Washingtonian Food

Wunder Garten is getting in the holiday spirit with Winterfest starting Friday, December 1 and lasting until Sunday, December 17. The festive takeover of the NoMa beer garden features holiday lights, food from Timber Pizza and Holy Crepes, hot cocoa provided by Pete’s Coffee, mulled wine, winter beer, live music, and, of course, a Christmas tree lot […]

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Celebrity-Run Chain Gordon Ramsay Steak Debuts in Baltimore

Source: Eater DC

The TV chef’s first East Coast restaurant is now open

Animated reality TV star and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay has opened the East Coast’s first Gordon Ramsay Steak inside Horseshoe Casino Baltimore.

The steakhouse, sibling to his five-year-old Las Vegas outpost, highlights the cooking show host’s take on dry-aged beef and British staples (beef Wellington, sticky toffee pudding). Featured items at the casino’s newest dining destination include a 32-ounce, bone-in chop sized for sharing, as well as American Kobe beef. There are also hundreds of wines and barrel-aged cocktails available to liquor up visiting gamblers.

The steakhouse, which replaces ...

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13 Killer Caribbean Restaurants Around NYC

Source: Eater NY

Standout jerk chicken, hearty braised oxtail, and addictive callaloo dip

Caribbean food is a broad term that encompasses dishes from the 26 countries and 13 dependent territories that make up the region. Each island’s cuisine is a unique blend of indigenous ingredients and centuries of trade from other parts of the world.

In New York City and New Jersey, Caribbean restaurants (and culture) are an immovable part of the makeup of the region where diners can find traditional and modern takes on island dishes at casual takeout spots and sit-down restaurants that dot the city and beyond.

Here are 13 ...

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