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Delightful Pastries is a Delicious Addition to Chicago’s Old Town Area

Delightful Pastries is a Delicious Addition to Chicago’s Old Town Area
I recently posted a column on a new walking tour of Chicago’s historic Old Town neighborhood. After finishing the column, I decided to venture back to Old Town and revisit some of my favorite haunts. Old Town is also one of the more beautiful parts of Chicago, reminiscent of a quaint European town, with its historic homes and cobblestone streets and flowering trees that make a walk on a spring day all the more enjoyable. Much to my surprise I stumbled upon a new addition to Old Town’s storefront:...
April 28th, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: bakery, Chicago, Delightful Pastries, dessert, dining, food, old town, restaurant

Authentic Hare Krisha Experience at Govindas

Authentic Hare Krisha Experience at Govindas
If you’re in the mood for a relaxing night out that’s a little out of the ordinary, Govindas in Darlinghurst is the ideal destination. It’s a restaurant, movie theatre, and holistic center in one! First stop is the restaurant, which offers a fantastic Hare Krishna style buffet. All options are vegetarian, and the friendly staff are happy to point out vegan dishes if you desire. Personally I’m a proud carnivore, but the food at Govindas is so tasty I never feel like I’m missing out. The...
April 27th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: buffet, featuredarticle, movie theatres, restaurant, weird and unusual

Hot Events this Week – April 26 to May 2

Hot Events this Week – April 26 to May 2
... $32 for a 1-day pass. April 28-29 – Wild Olives Cafe by Todd English is celebrating 21 years since the opening of the very first Todd English restaurant, Olives in Boston with a $21 3-course dinner special. Guests will enjoy their choice of soup or salad, entree (like Butternut Squash Lasagna, Fig & Prosciutto Flat bread or Grilled Salmon with Celery Root and Fingerling Potatoes) and dessert (either sorbet, Ricotta Cheesecake or Chocolate Chip Cookies). Wild Olives Cafe is located at 477...
April 26th, 2010 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: books, pets, restaurant

Review: Ti Amo Restaurant in Laguna Beach

Review: Ti Amo Restaurant in Laguna Beach
Ti Amo restaurant is nestled in the heart of southern Laguna Beach on the Pacific Coast Highway, and serves up some of the finest Italian food in Orange County.  Modeled after an Italian villa, the faux and fresca hand painted walls, the “stone tablet” menus, and the candelabras that decorate the tables combine to create an ambiance that will transport you to Mediterranean, even if just for an hour or two. On the evening of my visit, we were promptly seated, and within minutes the waitress...
April 6th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 2
Filed under: restaurant, top-feature

Review: Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar

Review: Five Crowns and SideDoor in Corona del Mar
If you want to dine in a traditional British restaurant or pub, the Five Crowns and SideDoor are great choices to meet that need.  With 45 years of experience, the Five Crowns has fine tuned both it’s food and decor to give diners as authentic an experience as possible without actually being in the U.K. We started at the Five Crowns restaurant, which is like walking into an Old World living room – burgundy, green, and tan carpeting with traditional wingback armchairs and antiques displayed...
March 31st, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: pub, restaurant, top-feature

Culinary Boot Camp at The Biltmore

Culinary Boot Camp at The Biltmore
If you’re trying to up your culinary skills, forget those 1-hour classes that you randomly drop into. It’s time for boot camp – culinary style, and this one will be as good as it gets. That’s the only way The Biltmore works. Lourdes Castro, author of Simply Mexican and Eat, Drink, Think in Spanish, instructor at New York University’s Food Studies department and also the academy’s director, will teach the maximum of eight students in each class basic training in...
March 12th, 2010 | klynch | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cooking schools, featuredarticle, miami, restaurant

Restaurant Week Takes Over Orange County!

Restaurant Week Takes Over Orange County!
From Anaheim to Laguna Beach, over 90 local restaurants will offer their chef’s finest creations for lunch and dinner during Orange County’s restaurant Week.  During the week of February 28-March 6, restaurants will have special lunch and dinner menus designed just for restaurant Week diners. Mexican, Italian, Sushi, Bar & Grill… with so many restaurants and styles to choose from, it can be hard to decide!  Here are a few recommendations to narrow down the list. 118 Degrees,...
February 26th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, restaurant

Top French Restaurant in Chicago Offers Half-Priced Entrees

Top French Restaurant in Chicago Offers Half-Priced Entrees
With restaurant Week coming up in Chicago, I thought I’d give you a tip on one of my favorite restaurants that offers an incredible deal on Tuesday nights. If you like French food, then you’ll want to add Sweets & Savories (1534 W. Fullerton; map it) to your dining list. This Lakeview eatery (open Tuesday – Saturday for dinner starting at 5 p.m.) is small and cozy but packs a punch when it comes to flavorful foods. Plus, on Tuesday nights, all menu items, including entrees, are half...
January 31st, 2010 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: BYOB, Chicago, french food, meal deals, restaurant

Japanese Flavour Hits Sydney with Sake Restaurant and Bar

Japanese Flavour Hits Sydney with Sake Restaurant and Bar
It seems that Sydney has a taste for the Orient. Hot on the heels of the opening of the Tokonoma Shochu Bar and Lounge, Sake restaurant and Bar has opened its doors. Chef Shaun Presland might not sound like an Asian chef, but after cutting his eye teeth at Nobu Atlantis, Unkai, and Sushi e you can bet he knows his stuff. I love the sound of the miso cream scallops and the bite-sized popcorn shrimp with its spicy dipping sauce. The Japanese fusion dishes are the ideal match for Kozaemon sakes, a premium...
January 27th, 2010 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: dining, featuredarticle, japanese, restaurant

Review: The Compound Grill – A Rock-n-Roll Café

Review:  The Compound Grill – A Rock-n-Roll Café
... for relaxing. The space is open with the bar flowing into the main dining room. The main stage for musical acts is situated at the far end of the restaurant. There is also an outdoor patio with plenty of seating options. To keep in touch with the musical theme, photos and abstracts of Bob Marley, John Lennon, Jerry Garcia and other musical legends cover the walls. Guacamole and homemade chips The menu items include an array of Southwest “fresh” selections from street tacos and burritos to organic...
January 25th, 2010 | Heather Wright Schlichting | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, live music, Phoenix, restaurant

Antiques and More in Old Towne Orange

Antiques and More in Old Towne Orange
... – this area has much more to offer than a history lesson – it’s also home to Chapman University (map) and many great stores and restaurants.  I’ve highlighted my top favorites here. Rutabegorz 714.633.3260 264 North Glassell (map) A great restaurant choice for vegetarians and meat eaters, this is one of my favorite restaurants.  While the decor in Orange has a more homey setting (one of the larger rooms has a couch for larger groups to sit on while you dine) than the Fullerton...
January 20th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: antiques, featuredarticle, Old Towne Orange, restaurant, Shopping

5 Romantic Restaurants in Orange County

5 Romantic Restaurants in Orange County
Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, and many restaurants are getting close to being booked for the romantic holiday!  Now is the time to make those reservations, and here are my top suggestions. Orange Hill restaurant in Orange 714.997.2910 6410 East Chapman in Orange (map) Orange Hill restaurant sits high above the city of Orange with gorgeous views of Orange County, and (when it’s clear enough) even Catalina Island. The amazing menu has a wide selection of seafood (my favorite!),...
January 19th, 2010 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 3
Filed under: best of week, featuredarticle, restaurant, romantic, valentine's day

Happy eating at Honolulu’s Happy Day

Happy eating at Honolulu’s Happy Day
... of Jeff Widener (Honolulu Advertiser) Dimsum has to be spot on if you’re going to have it, and while Honolulu may boast dozens of dimsum restaurants, only a handful are actually legitimately good weekend Chinese fare. I grew up on homecooked Chinese food, so I know good cuisine when I see it, and Happy Day has been my Chinese restaurant of choice this past year — even surpassing the popular Little Village in downtown and Legends in the Chinese Cultural Center. What makes Happy Day such...
January 17th, 2010 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: chinese food, featuredarticle, happy day, honolulu, restaurant

Take advantage of $5 Meal Deals

Take advantage of $5 Meal Deals
Photo courtesy of hawaii (Flickr) The Ward area between Waikiki and Downtown is one of the more happening places in town, and this and next month Ward businesses are offering great $5 Meal Deals.  This is a great opportunity to make a day of it and catch a movie before or after your meal at the 16-screen Ward Theatre. Amazingly, all of personal favorites in Ward (Kaka’ako Kitchen, Satura Cakes, Wedding Cafe, and Wraps and Rolls) are offering some kind of special $5 meal, which goes to show...
January 14th, 2010 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: cheap, deal, dining, food, Hawaii, honolulu, restaurant, ward

Review: Lockwood and Potter’s at The Palmer House Hilton

Review: Lockwood and Potter’s at The Palmer House Hilton
... a brand – they produce some amazing spas – one of which is in Indianapolis) and a fitness center. The hotel also built a new lobby-level restaurant called Lockwood named after Potter Palmer’s wife Bertha Honoré’s beloved brother Lockwood, known for his innovative ideas and positive impact on Chicago’s history, and a new bar that replaced the tiki-inspired Trader Vic’s called Potter’s named after Potter Palmer who originally built the hotel as a gift for...
December 30th, 2009 | Lisa Davis | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: bar, Chicago, dining, Lockwood, Potter's, restaurant, The Palmer House Hilton, top-feature

All Aboard at Platform One Restaurant

All Aboard at Platform One Restaurant
For a dining experience with a difference, check out Platform One at the Bankstown Sports Club. As the name suggests, this restaurant has a bit of a train theme. In fact, visitors dine in a Victorian-style train carriage! The contemporary dishes are definitely a cut above your standard club fare. The Peking duck with seared scallops has my mouth watering, as does the char-grilled beef tenderloin and Alaskan crab. Make sure you save some room for dessert though, because you don’t want to miss the...
December 24th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: featuredarticle, Fun & Quirky Places, restaurant

Formaggio’s Wine Bar

Formaggio’s Wine Bar
... gets some tourist exposure, as I’d like to see it stick around.  It seems to get its fair share of frequent customers, though, and its sister restaurant in Kailua (more of a restaurant — with big windows) is also quite popular for brunch. Related places: A Formaggio Wine Bar View Details and Book ...
December 20th, 2009 | byun | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: dessert, featuredarticle, formaggio, Hawaii, honolulu, restaurant, wine, wine bar

Ring in the New Year Orange County Style

Ring in the New Year Orange County Style
There are several great options to countdown to 2010 in Orange County.  Find one near you and get your party on! Lemondrop Singles New Years Eve Party, Crowne Plaza Hotel Ballroom in Irvine (map) The Lemondrop Club is for adults 40+, featuring 70s and 80s music.  There is a free champagne toast, plus first and last drinks are free.  There will be a dinner buffet available from 8-9:30 p.m., with dessert and coffee as well. Rooms are available at the Crown Plaza for $74/night. Reservations are required,...
December 16th, 2009 | Abbie Mood | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: new-years, party, restaurant

Delicious Dinner with Harbour Views at Coast

Delicious Dinner with Harbour Views at Coast
... now and then we enjoy letting someone else do the work. Saturday was one of those times when we set out for an evening at Coast. As you approach the restaurant you know you’re in for something extraordinary. The escalators ascend take you higher and higher, until you’ve got one of the most breathtaking views of Sydney Harbour. I was always impressed by Darling Harbour from the ground, but seeing it from three floors up is simply stunning. The menu had us salivating, so there was no question...
December 16th, 2009 | Lauren Katulka | Read More | Comments: 0
Filed under: dining, featuredarticle, restaurant

Review: Vegas’ 2nd King opens Blues Club

Review: Vegas’ 2nd King opens Blues Club
... Pena’s classic Creole cuisine: fried pickles, BBQ ribs, Gumbo Ya Ya, pulled pork sandwiches and catfish with house tartar sauce.  The 558 seat restaurant has four bars: one outside and three inside, and a slick dance floor adjacent to the stage.  Since the musicians strike in Vegas — decades ago now — the resorts have steadily moved from live lounge acts to DJs and the canned techno music currently featured at the much-hyped ultralounges.  But, silly rabbit, ultralounges are for...
December 15th, 2009 | Lynn Goya | Read More | Comments: 1
Filed under: 50+, all ages, BB King, club, dancing, restaurant, Vegas blues, vegas concert, Vegas food, Vegas lounge