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Dining at Yakumo Saryo in Meguro-ku, Tokyo
On a cloudy day, we visited Tokyo's quiet suburban neighborhood of Yakumo (which, fittingly enough, translates to "Eight Clouds"). It was a small trek to our final destination in Meguro-ku, which is southwest of the hip Nakameguro and Shibuya areas...
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Word of Mouth: Minneapolis
A city of constant construction is putting a lot of hope into its future, but we found Minneapolis, Minnesota to be inviting in its present form, too (it helps that we visited during perhaps the most ideal month, September, when clear skies—not wind...
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Tuju, São Paulo
by Jorge Grimberg In São Paulo, a new restaurant has taken the search for local suppliers to the next level. “All we have planted here is eatable, from the greenhouse to the front garden," Ivan Raslton Bielawski—the eatery's 29-year-old chef—tells...
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Word of Mouth Bologna: Bars and Restaurants
Lacking some of the more iconic tourist attractions of neighboring Florence to the south and Milan or Venice to the north, from the outside it might appear as though Bologna has little to offer. However, the quaint and accommodating city is a little...
DESIGN
Ceramica Botanica
While simple off-white ceramic dinnerware is our go-to for setting the table—sometimes a pop of color in the dining room is just the ticket. San Antonio native Susan Rodriguez has been working as a ceramicist for over 20 years, after graduating...
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Spanish Vines
When Josh Hackler's family took a detour into northern Spain during a vacation in France's wine country, he knew he'd found a special place. Years later, Hackler would return to the region as a student and, in 2009, he founded Spanish Vines to bring...
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Word of Mouth Paris: Bars and Restaurants
by David Graver and Katie Olsen Everybody has a recommendation to offer regarding a trip to Paris; those who have visited "La Ville-Lumière" claim a favorite spot and are ever-eager to share it. Generally, however, they're all quite personal or, on...
FOOD
Poe’s Tavern
The brainchild of Charleston's renowned REV group of restaurants, Poe’s Tavern prides itself on delivering the very best burgers and beer in the city. Only 15 minutes from the Charleston peninsula, the tavern is a Sullivan’s Island landmark, a modern...
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Cool Hunting Video: John Daley of New York Sushi Ko
John Daley—chef and co-owner of the newly opened New York Sushi Ko on the Lower East Side of New York City—spoke with us while prepping for a night's omakase service. Daley, who cut his teeth at some of the most notorious Japanese restaurants in...
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Rene Redzepi: "A Work in Progress"
Packaged together with a cheerful yellow band, the three volumes of Rene Redzepi's latest cookbook are almost sculptural, but it is what is inside that is most intriguing. Unlike more traditional food publications, "A Work in Progress" puts emphasis...
FOOD
Martha Lou’s Kitchen
Chef and proprietor Martha Lou Gadsen creates the most genuine type of Charleston cuisine—soul food—and she certainly delivers. A visit to Martha Lou's Kitchen is an experience as authentic as the dishes served. The highly adored dive is cash only...
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Urban Bean
The coffee shop trend has not skipped out on Minneapolis. The city is piled high with unique places to get a good latte and scope the scene—and Urban Bean is the perfect spot. Housed in what used to be old Muddy Waters on 24th and Lyndale, this coffee...
FOOD
Jeffrey's
The fine dining scene in Austin is relatively young, but the old guard and heart of it still reside at Jeffrey's. Located in the quaint downtown neighborhood of Clarksville, this house-turned-restaurant consistently comes up as the locals' favorite...
FOOD
Hillside Farmacy
Historic East Austin has undergone dramatic changes in the past 10 years, with new and exciting restaurants and bars popping up on nearly every corner. At Rosewood and East 11th Street, cafe-style Hillside Farmacy serves up New American brunch and...
FOOD
Stubb's BBQ
Known by locals more for the outdoor amphitheater in the back than for the BBQ served in front, Stubb's is the largest music venue in the Red River Street District. While the traditional table service BBQ lunches and dinners are impressive, the big...
FOOD
The Salt Lick
South of Austin in Driftwood, you'll find some of the most beloved BBQ in the Texas Hill Country. With BBQ pits built in 1967 and techniques based on a century of family tradition, the original Salt Lick experience continues to be a favorite among...
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City Guides Spotlight: San Francisco
Sponsored content: San Francisco has maintained its status as the cultural haven of the California coast for decades. Through the counterculture of the hippie '60s and '70s and the rise of the Castro District, to waves of diverse immigration and...
FOOD
Off the Grid
Off the Grid takes food trucking in the Bay Area to the next level. What started in 2010 as an idea to group food truck vendors has turned into a one-of-a-kind dining experience with a cult following. Off the Grid takes place all over San Francisco...
FOOD
Coqueta
Coqueta, which means “flirt” in Spanish, is the perfect word to describe the ambiance and imaginative food stylings of this up-and-coming SF favorite. The restaurant sits on San Francisco’s Embarcadero with a beautiful view of the Bay Bridge. Focusing...
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Interview: James Ferguson and Kieran Clancy
by Emily Millett Infamous in some circles for bland curries, mushy peas and cardboard steaks, the Brits are currently in the midst of a culinary revolution. Helping the nation shake off its bad gastro reputation are epicurean innovators like chef...
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Cool Hunting Video Presents: U-Mini Burger
The second of our videos to premiere at this year's 99u will definitely get you in the mood for lunch. We spoke to the founder of the famous Umami Burger in Los Angeles about his newest experimental venture, the U-Mini Burger. U-Mini takes all the...
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Global Feast
The Olympics opening ceremonies are nearly upon London, and as the city makes its final preparations to host the world for the games, many creative projects are popping up around town to celebrate the event. Taking the international spirit of the...
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The Kids are in Flight
Parents flying with children of any age face the sometimes harrowing dilemma of keeping everyone happy. Best-case scenario, kids spend the entire time quietly occupied by in-flight entertainment, games or books—or even take a nap. At mealtime...
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Five Senses on a Plane
When it comes down to it, says British Airways Height Cuisine chef Heston Blumenthal, "Eating is the only thing we do that engages all five senses." Certainly air travel provides a challenging forum for a sensory experience, but Blumenthal and his...
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