Food and drink
Interview: Brian Nation of Midleton Distillery
During a recent tasting of the components that make up the newest bottling from Irish whiskey Redbreast 21, Brian Nation was thrilled about his new position as Master Distiller of the Midleton Distillery. Nation now fills the shoes that were worn...
Mamacita's Gourmet Hot Sauce
Making the farmers market rounds, but also available online through outreach, Mamacita's Gourmet Hot Sauce is a Virginia’s Finest product and a local merchant favorite in its hometown of Richmond. The spicy blend carries more than enough potent flavor...
Joseph Wesley Black Tea
The Motor City is producing much more than cars these days, with brands like Shinola leading the way, Detroit's future is looking bright. On a recent trip there, CH came across an unlikely local product, Joseph Wesley Black Tea. While studying in...
Carry-On Chopsticks and Case
With bamboo tips that unscrew and store inside perfectly balanced stainless steel handles, Snow Peak’s carry-on chopsticks are an exemplar of the form. A new, premium leather carrying case from Portland, Oregon-based Tanner Goods will age beautifully...
Heart Coffee Subscription
Make sure your coffee-loving loved ones are never lacking in the finest beans with a coffee subscription from Portland's acclaimed Heart Roasters. Opt for weekly or bi-weekly service starting at three months for a pound of some of the finest beans...
Blue Bottle Coffee Beans
There's nothing like gifting a bag of beans from the roaster known to refuse serving espresso in a paper cup, so as not to compromise the integrity of their bean's distinctive flavor. Born in San Francisco and branched into NYC, Blue Bottle's beans...
Mazama Ceramic Drinking Vessels
From the home of some of the best craft beverages America has to offer—Portland, Oregon—comes a line of cups, mugs and serving bottles with an aim to elevate the drink within. Mazama's new hand-crafted ceramic line (now on Kickstarter) has a clean...
Once a quiet coffee shop on 24th and Lyndale (now new home of Urban Bean Coffee), Muddy Waters could have won the award for best transformation over the last couple of years. Moving a few blocks up the street to the middle of Uptown (Lyndale and Lake...
The Northeast Social
An unlikely hidden gem, the Northeast Social is known for serving one of the best half-pound beef burgers in town—with a nice price of $5 during happy hour—and a great hand-picked drinks list to match. With an incredible selection of art—most of which...
The Bachelor Farmer
Tucked in among the beautiful loft buildings of the North Loop neighborhood, the Bachelor Farmer stands as a one-of-a kind destination for Scandinavian cuisine. The menu is fresh, concise and full of surprises. With a brilliant staff to match an equally...
Loveless Cafe cannot be mentioned without calling out the biscuits. The down-home eatery—tucked away about 30 minutes west of downtown—has been serving southern staples for more than 60 years. And it's revered the world over for those fluffy, buttery...
Tennessee's capital has been on something of a roll in recent years. A southern, cosmopolitan city smack in the middle of the Volunteer State, Nashville has recently been dubbed a US' hotspot by several revered publications, and it even now serves...
Almanac Beer Company
There's no shortage of craft beer-makers in the US. Over the past decade, the number of microbreweries, brew pubs and home-brewers has exploded—just about everybody has a friend who insists his or her homemade IPA beats anything on tap. However...
Holeman & Finch
Buckhead, one of Atlanta’s ritzier suburbs, has become flooded with bars in the last decade as nightlife has begun to boom in this part of the metropolis. Among the pubs that have popped up, Holeman & Finch has gained notoriety for the meticulously...
Using fresh produce sourced daily from local area farmers, Chai Pani does an excellent job of creating genuine Indian street food in a buzzing Atlanta atmosphere. Since opening in Asheville in 2009 to a line of customers that didn’t stop until the...
Downtown Decatur has been popping up with delicious eateries, but at the true heart of it—located in a warmly lit restaurant bursting with exotic aromas and rustic decor—lies the Iberian Pig. Those unfamiliar with tapas may find the Iberian Pig's extensive...
Among the many truck parks that have come to grace Atlanta, W.O.W. has established itself as one of the premier vendors of delicious fresh food served up quickly. If you’re looking for southwest-style arepas or a hearty bowl filled with meat, cheese...
R. Thomas Deluxe Grill
Located at the heart of Peachtree Street in the Brookwood neighborhood, R. Thomas Deluxe Grill has a fun and familiar flair—in both its food and decor—that keeps diners returning for more. Though originally established as a late-night burger joint...
Located near the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains, the “city in the forest” has become a sprawling metropolis of over 5,500,000 people and is constantly evolving. Don’t be fooled though, because much of this urban monolith is covered under...
Since opening in 2002, Ten Tables has been a dining destination for Bostonians and a beloved neighborhood standout for residents of Jamaica Plain. Now with a sister location in Harvard Square, the original Ten Tables in JP offers seasonal, nouveau...
Road Trip: Boulder, Colorado
Just 45 minutes northwest of Denver on US-36 is the city of Boulder, another bustling metropolis in Colorado. Boulder is commonly known for stereotypes such as flavorless health-food, dreadlocked hippies, hardcore athletes and copious Birkenstock-wearing...
Original Recipe Pernod Absinthe
Starting today, one of the most historic drinks among Europe's creative community returns to its original 1805 recipe. This formula—which took Pernod Absinthe two years to redevelop—uses their remaining records from the 1800s, when absinthe was sweeping...
Alan Patric McClure has been in the chocolate business for a decade; after his chocolate tour through France in 2004, there was no turning back. He spent the next two years experimenting with chocolate-making before finally settling on a bar for...
City Guides Spotlight: Portland
Sponsored content: Stereotypes aside, Portland has become a mecca for young designers, little startups and big creative companies—all existing harmoniously between the Cascade Mountains and the Pacific Ocean. The booming creative community in the...