• Cooper’s Hawk Winery: Wine Snobs Not Allowed

      In 2009, when I first heard of Cooper’s Hawk Winery, my interest was peaked. Their winemaker, Rob Warren, had done a stint at a small winery in Virginia, my home state, and the concept of a restaurant serving their own wines was new to the Chicago area. Friends and acquaintances who had dined at Cooper’s Hawk enjoyed the food and by all accounts the wines were pretty tasty, too.

      Cindy Rynning/ Grape Experiences- 11 readers -
    • Pink’s Hot Dogs

      I have fulfilled another entry on my foodie bucket list. Okay, I’m lying. I am way too lazy to have made a foodie bucket list, but if I had, Pink’s Hot Dogs would assuredly be on it. Since 1939, the Pink family has been perfecting the hot dog, and as all good Californians know, perfecting = adding lots of toppings. Though I soon discovered that these dogs are more than what meets the eye.

      Rebecca Gomez Farrell/ Rebecca Gomez Farrell- 5 readers -
    • Stokehouse Brisbane

      Modernity and stuffiness on the river. . . Like all venues that are a destination in and of themselves, there are some issues. For a room so light and breezy, the staff are remarkably serious and detached. There are ...

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  • Washington State Wine Awards celebrate restaurants, trade

    … Awards in Seattle. Festivites on Jan. 27 at Benaroya Hall showcased restaurants, retailers, distributors and tourism officials who work to promote Washington wines. It included a tasting staged in the Samuel and Althea Stroum Grand Lobby by 60 of the state’s top vintners. A record 130 wine professionals, restaurants and trade personnel were nominated…

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  • Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels

    … new opening. It’s a little quirky, but in a good way. Soft furnishings, for a start. Low sofas and chairs, with low tables, giving it an informal relaxed feel. Initially I felt out of sorts here, but after a while, I began to relax into the comfortable (dated?) ambience. It feels more like a posh hotel lobby than a restaurant. The food menu…

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  • What’s New at Fogo de Chao Portland?

    … What’s New at Fogo de Chao Portland? There is no shortage of good steakhouses in Portland. Staples like Ruth’s Chris, Portland City Grill and Morton’s showcase the options available at almost every corner in the city. So it was a bit of a surprise for many to see another steakhouse hit the scene just under a year ago. Fogo de Chao, a Brazilian…

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  • Menu for EAT Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival 2015 Fresh Off the Press

    … Menu for EAT! Vancouver Food and Cooking Festival 2015 is fresh off the press. Quoting from press release: As part of the expanded week-long lineup, EAT! Vancouver will host 15 top chefs from across Canada who will participate in 35 unique culinary events including: A Collaborative Chef Dinner Series that sees EAT! guest chefs paired…

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  • Talking to an audience with different levels of wine knowledge

    … That was part of my challenge last week at a wine dinner I hosted, for Jackson Family Wines, at Ling & Louie’s, a fine Asian-fusion bistro in Scottsdale, Arizona. Seasoned speakers know it’s helpful to have advance knowledge of who your audience is. (Actually, it’s “whom” your audience is, but that sounds so precious.) The more you know…

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  • Oregon Wine Board lists restaurants supportive of Oregon wine

    … Nick’s Italian Cafe in McMinnville, founded by Nick Peirano, continues to be one of the restaurants most supportive of Oregon wine. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine) PORTLAND, Ore. — The Oregon Wine Board recently revealed the list of restaurants to receive its inaugural Oregon Wine A-List Award. “The Oregon Wine A-List Awards…

    Eric Degerman/ Great Northwest Wine- 6 readers -
  • It’s That Time of Year Again… Wine & Dine!

    … Restaurant & Foodservices Association and the Wines of British Columbia. Over 40 restaurants from Kamloops through Osoyoos are participating, offering set 3-course menus for $15, $25 or $35 per person, and featuring BC VQA wine pairing options. The launch event was hosted by the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna, featuring menu previews from…

    vinesanddesigns- 6 readers -
  • Sneak Peeks: “Texas By The Book” Dinner Offerings from Chef Ross Burtwell

    … the Cabernet Grill Texas Wine Country Restaurant Terry Thompson-Anderson’s Texas on the Table: People, Places and Recipe: Celebrating the Flavors of the Lone Star State Russ Kane’s Texas Hill Country Wineries – A wine trail guide and pictorial history Tickets and further information are available from Cabernet Grill. Click here for more details. …

    Vintage Texas Blog- 3 readers -
  • Papa Jacks

    … A baby back of ribs ($28), just one of the many pricey guilty pleasure to be found at Papa Jacks. I thought the buttermilk fried chicken (3 pieces for $20) was over cooked, though of course these things are less noticeable when you have beer as a lubricant. . . I enjoyed my meal, it's hard not to be pleased with a plate of sticky ribs, but I kept…

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  • Ahmets

    … soft and seemingly stale. In contrast the zucchini fritters, pides and the mixed meat grill were almost triumphant. Within the restaurant they sell evil eye trinkets, cushion covers and light fittings, it makes sense from an economic perspective, but it might also suggest their focus is not entirely on the food. Click here for the original context …

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  • simone restaurant & cave, 75013

    … Aggrieved chefs and their supporters routinely cite, among the evils of journalism, the neophilic tendency of critics to descend upon a new establishment and review its infancy, without ever returning to see how it matures. I more or less agree with this gripe. It's the reason why the public face of an overachiever restaurant like Simone…

    Aaron Ayscough/ not drinking poison in parisin Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Gunshop cafe

    … Beautiful food, but on the day we visited an incredibly slow kitchen. At least a sixty minute wait. . . The prettiest plate was clearly the fruit platter, though when it finally arrived, I enjoyed the jamon and feta croquettes with truffle aioli the most. Click here for the original context…

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  • Einstein, wine quality and a great San Francisco day

    … particular traction in wine reviewing, which has always been viewed skeptically and even hostilely by certain segments of the public. However, as Einstein would be the first to aver, this is simply not the case. As one who has repeatedly suggested that people drink what they want, with whatever they want, I defer to no one in my democratic [small “d…

    STEVE HEIMOFF- 5 readers -
  • casa bigote restaurant, sanlucar

    … What little information was available indicated Casa Bigote was among the best restaurants in Sanlucar. In our defense, Sanlucar is a coastal town in a relatively impoverished region. One feels there ought to be a splendid seafood place, and it ought to be right on the Bajo de Guia, as Casa Bigote is. One's expectations begin to decline when…

    Aaron Ayscough/ not drinking poison in paris- 5 readers -
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