Restaurant Reviews

    Rant: Sex, Drugs & Restaurant Reviews

    … various food-related words, as well as examining the role of words in everything from menus to restaurant reviews. It is part history and science, psychology and etymology. If you love food, it is an excellent read, one which will intrigue and interest you, as well as make you think of food in different ways. I highly recommend this book and I'll likely…

    2 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Rant: Dirty Restaurant? No Worries If It's Authentic

    … Evaluations of Restaurants was published in Management Science. The study was conducted by Glenn Carroll of Stanford Graduate School of Business, David W. Lehman of the University of Virginia and Balázs Kovács of the University of Lugano, Switzerland. Their study included statistical analysis of over 724,000 consumer reviews from Yelp (of over 9700…

    By The Passionate Foodie

    Rant: Yelp & Extortion

    … is a crowd-sourced business review site, where consumers rate everything from restaurants to nail salons. It has been the center of controversy for years, for a variety of reasons. In the case at hand, several businesses filed a class-action lawsuit against Yelp for civil extortion, as well as violations of California’s Unfair Competition Law (“UCL…

    4 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Sfixio – Italian Fare at Its Los Angeles Best

    …While on a business trip to Los Angeles a few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of dining at Sfixio, an incredible restaurant on Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills. I found this little gem with a non-descript façade from some fellow food writers who’d discovered it and claimed it’s the best Italian food they’ve outside of Italy. I arrived early…

    By Food & Wine Chickie Insider

    AKA Bistro & Restaurant Week

    …The second week of Dine Out Boston has started, and it seems that less restaurants are participating this year. BostInno recently noted that about 172 restaurants are participating, down from 194 last year. During this time, some of the restaurants which are not participating are running their own dining specials, such as AKA Bistro in Lincoln…

    3 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    The Fun Never Ends at Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas

    …Cured Meats & Cheese As I’ve documented in the past, I’m a fan of the Spuntino concept. I like the idea of stopping in for a glass of wine and a few tapas after a long day at work or to meet a group of friends for an affordable evening of small plates sharing over a few bottles of vino. Spuntino, the popular wine and tapas bar and restaurant…

    7 readers - By Food & Wine Chickie Insider

    Blue Ox in Lynn: Excellent Neighborhood Spot

    … others to do the same. What did I finally do? I dined at The Blue Ox in Lynn, which describes itself as "an upscale casual neighborhood restaurant" that "offers an approachable American menu." The Blue Ox, which opened in 2009, is owned by Chef Matt O'Neil, a Swampscott native, who graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York…

    By The Passionate Foodie

    Tasting Table at Terre à Terre

    … and Merkato and also at some of the top restaurants in New Jersey. Tuna and Beet Amuse The décor of the 45-seat Terre à Terre leans to French country with light fixtures made from Mason jars, wall artwork featuring local farming and tables dressed in burlap and butcher paper. Over 75% of the food served at Terre à Terre is sourced within a 300…

    By Food & Wine Chickie Insider

    Puritan & Co.: Alsatian Wine Advice

    …. They are enjoyable while young but can also age well. They can provide a sense of history, as well as showcase state of the art wine making. At their most basic though, they are delicious. You can read some background info on Alsatian wines here, and also check out my prior Alsatian wine reviews. From those articles, you will quickly see that I am a fan…

    7 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Beijing Noodle No.9: Hand Pulled Noodles

    … restaurants, though you have to consider that this restaurant is located inside a major Vegas casino/hotel so you expect to pay a bit more. With the quality of the cuisine, you may not mind paying extra while you are on vacation. As I've mentioned before, as you walk into dining room, you'll pass huge fish tanks containing Ryukin goldfish. I thought…

    4 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Abriya Raku: Hidden No More

    …Five years ago, while in Las Vegas, I had an excellent dinner at Abriya Raku, a Japanese restaurant which then seemed to be a hidden treasure. Located in a small, Asian shopping center off the Strip, it was highly unlikely you would just stumble upon Raku. The area was filled with dozens of Asian restaurants, from Korean to Chinese, Thai…

    2 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Sage in Vegas: A Worthy Splurge

    …From France to Lebanon to South Africa, a fascinating vinous journey to begin our Vegas vacation. Enhancing the experience, the wines accompanied compelling dishes, creating a superb culinary evening. Dinner at the Sage restaurant in the Aria Hotel. While deciding on which restaurants to patronize while in Vegas, my good friend Adam recommended…

    5 readers - By The Passionate Foodie

    Thai Cuisine by Montri: The King of Thai Returns

    …Montri’s back on Broadway This week I spent some time with Montri Rattanaraj. Not only is he one of the most charming people, he’s one of those few I consider a Vancouver ‘original.’ Montri didn’t just ride the wave of Thai cuisine in the 1980s, he was a key player in bringing it into the mainstream. Also, as far as I can recall—his was the first…

    7 readers - By hiredBelly.com

    Chef Florian Wehrli Triomphe-ant in Manhattan

    …Chef Florian Wehrli A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of revisiting Chef Florian Wehrli’s delightful food while hosting a client lunch at the popular Manhattan restaurant, Triomphe. Until last fall, I’d enjoyed Chef Wehrli’s food when he oversaw five award-winning restaurants while he was Executive Sous Chef at New Jersey’s Crystal Springs…

    1 readers - By Food & Wine Chickie Insider
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