Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… Los Angeles

Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… Los Angeles

First, you head north past Los Angeles’ Hasidic Jewish neighborhood and onto the posh boutique-lined Beverly Boulevard for a bite at Petty Cash, an upscale taqueria. The walls look like an enormous Digital Retna mural, and the bar is stocked with scores of agave spirits, many of which you’ve never seen before. You see the trompo and decide to order tacos al pastor to go with your Paloma.

June 25, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston

Quick Spin: Author Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston’s outward appearance oozes fiction writer. You see his thick-rimmed glasses and often solemn photos and you think, Yup, this is what they’re all like. But Johnston (whose name sounds a little like a member of a boy band, doesn’t it?) is so much more than the scarf-wearing stereotype you might associate with the typical writer.

June 4, 2014 | By
Barrel Age This! An Interview with Portland’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Barrel Age This! An Interview with Portland’s Jeffrey Morgenthaler

Jeffrey Morgenthaler, bartender extraordinaire.

More like Jeffrey the Grouch when I first met him in the Denver airport years ago. The name rang a bell as the shuttle driver rattled off the list of us weary travelers waiting for a ride to Vail. “I think I follow you on Twitter,” I mumbled to the tall, graying mixer as we walked to the van. “Where are you based?” I asked like a common cocktail newbie.

May 22, 2014 | By
Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… Austin

Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… Austin

For this round of “48 Hours in…”, I asked my friend, and locale expert, Evan Strange, to point us in the right direction. Though I originally met Evan during my visit to Indianapolis, he made the trek down Texas way two years ago, and is certainly my go-to to get the off-the-radar dining deets in this capital city.

May 13, 2014 | By
Win A Trip to Vienna with #ViennaFunFacts [SPONSORED]

Win A Trip to Vienna with #ViennaFunFacts [SPONSORED]

In the latest campaign from Vienna Tourism – #ViennaFunFacts – we get an underground tour of sorts through the camera lens of host Pippilotta, a view of the unknowns, the exotics, the curious corners of the Austrian city.

May 9, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Comedian Myq Kaplan

Quick Spin: Comedian Myq Kaplan

If the name of a comic’s album gives us any insight into what to expect in his comedy, then Myq Kaplan’s albums titles are supremely helpful. There’s his most recent album – “Small, Dork, and Handsome” – along with “Meat Robot,” and “Vegan Mind Meld”, to name a few. These let us in on what to expect from Myq: comedy that walks the line between the sharp edge of English major excellence and cover-your-mouth inappropriate.

May 8, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Comedian Matt Braunger

Quick Spin: Comedian Matt Braunger

The fact that we even have Bridgetown Comedy Festival today can be owed to comedian Matt Braunger (and co-founder, Andy Wood). Braunger, who was born and raised in northeast Portland, describes himself as “…a lightning-rod of awkwardness…” in one of his specials. His humor is grab-a-beer-with-a-friend relatable, and he bursts with energy on stage.

May 6, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen

Quick Spin: Chef Richie Nakano of Hapa Ramen

San Francisco chef Richie Nakano is as widely known for his opinions as he is for his ramen. An online biography describes the cocksure chef as “the expert of kitchen trash talk”, his regularly updated Twitter feed peppered with sideswipes at everything from local regulations to “Best Of” lists. Nakano doesn’t toss his thoughts around lightly, however, and his long abandoned blog reads like a Bourdain novel, an articulate, knowledgeable voice representing kitchen dwellers from Los Angeles to New York. A father, a baseball fan, a line cook. Another dedicated chef you won’t see at an awards show.

April 30, 2014 | By
Cocktails and Solace at The Ravens Club in Ann Arbor

Cocktails and Solace at The Ravens Club in Ann Arbor

It was a last minute trip home, the kind you don’t want to make, the kind you take because someone’s health is failing and visits must be made. Everything from my pre-departure routine to those long hours in a metal tube with wings felt more dismal than usual. I had a cocktail on each flight, sleeping when I could, eschewing my iPod and trashy magazines. The subsequent gathering of my immediate family upon my arrival into Detroit weighed heavy with concern, a weekend schedule of meals and responsibilities and meetings with health care providers. Our family’s modus operandi to laugh and carry on conflicting with the uncomfortable stomach-gnawing of impending loss.

April 15, 2014 | By
Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

Quick Spin: Chef Adam Higgs of Portland’s Acadia

I arrived in this weird Pacific Northwest city back in the early 2000s, settling into a house in Portland’s then-undesirable Northeast neighborhood. I remember being pretty dismayed with the food options in the area, venturing out one night, determined to find a great restaurant nearby. Thankfully, I stumbled upon a dimly lit corner spot on Fremont Avenue, where the menu at Acadia pulled me in, full of seafood and Cajun spices, and I stayed for both dinner and dessert.

March 19, 2014 | By
Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… the Airport!

Dining & Drinking: 48 Hours in… the Airport!

Jumping off the success of our inaugural “48 Hours In…Miami” post, we’ve got jetsetting funny man Jason Kessler listing off his favorite airport bites across the nation, whether you’re running to your connection or killing time on a layover.

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