Los Angeles Claims 8th Best Restaurant in the US, N/Naka Makes OpenTable's Top 10 List

Dec 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Nicolle Monico

If you’ve ever eaten at Los Angeles’ n/naka, then congrats, you’ve eaten at one of the nation’s top 10 restaurants. Announced last week, OpenTable released their list of the best 100 eateries in America and five of the top 10 hail from the west coast (three from California). Based on an analysis of more than 5 million reviews, the rankings were from verified diners across over 20,000 restaurants.

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Philly's Vetri Restaurant Cracks Top 10 Best Restaurants in America

Dec 8, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

OpenTable released its list of the 100 Best Restaurants in America for 2015 last week and Philly’s very own Vetri cracked the top 10. The list is tallied by using the site’s over five million restaurant reviews and whittling down 20,000 establishments to just 100. With over 1,100 reviews and a five-star rating, it’s no surprise that the rustic Vetri came in tenth. 

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4 of Dublin’s Best Restaurants From Local Favorites to Michelin-Starred Experiences

Dec 7, 2015  |   Contributor: Ivan Dimitrijevic

Dublin’s gourmet dining scene is ever expanding, with old and new coming together to offer locals and visitors a wide variety of culinary options. Whether you’re a carnivore or an all-natural vegetarian, this iconic city can provide. The below four restaurants bring some much-needed experimentation to local tradition, offering special menus, romantic settings, chef interactions and gorgeous scenery.

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Chef Thomas Keller Brings José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis to Epic Hudson Yards Project

Dec 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Imagine a food court in which instead of Sbarro and Panda Express, there were eateries led by chefs Thomas Keller, José Andrés and Costas Spiliadis. Come 2018, that will basically be a reality for New Yorkers, thanks to the upcoming Hudson Yards.

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San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival Takes Over the City & Names Chef of the Fest 

Dec 2, 2015  |   Contributor: Merilee Kern

Executive Chef Aron Schwartz at Marina Kitchen within San Diego's Marriott Marquis Hotel went away with the highly coveted “Chef of the Fest” title at the 2015 San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival which took place from November 16-22. 

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From Elegant Resorts to Tableside Tortilla Soup & Recording Studios Within Hotels, This is the New Los Cabos

Dec 1, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Knowing that last year’s Hurricane Odile did its best to crush the seaside tourist hotspot, I didn’t quite know what to expect on my very first trip to Cabo San Lucas. It turns out that aside for some residual hotel renovations, the city has almost completely recovered from the weather disaster. It became pretty obvious within my first day there that locals and business owners are still trying to get the word out that Cabo is bigger and better than ever, with fun desert adventures to be had and gourmet food to be devoured. 

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Award-Winning Chef Dylan McGrath Makes Eating Healthy Effortless at Dublin's Rustic Stone

Nov 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Sean Hillen

The perfect location can make or break a restaurant, but that isn’t an issue for Rustic Stone in downtown Dublin. Just a short stroll from Trinity College where literary luminaries such as Oscar Wilde and Samuel Beckett developed their penmanship, Rustic Stone sits across from one of Dublin’s trendiest areas, Temple Bar. 

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Go Ahead and Grab Seconds of This Guilt-Free Pistachio Pumpkin Cheesecake

Nov 26, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

As the nutritionist for NBC’s The Biggest Loser, James Beard Award-winning chef Cheryl Forberg seems to know a thing or two about healthy eating, especially when it comes to our holiday favorites. Sure, you can go on a strict diet right after Thanksgiving as a punishment for that second (or fourth) slice of pie, or you can prepare a recipe that really isn’t that bad to begin with. 

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Add a Healthy Side to Thanksgiving Dinner With This Caramelized Brussels Sprouts Recipe From Florida's Osteria Tulia

Nov 25, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

You may have turned away from Brussels sprouts as a child, but take it from a former hater, you need to give them another chance. When prepared just right, like sautéed with some butter, these little round veggies are simply delightful and deserve to be added to any dinner table.

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From Chorizo Tacos to Speakeasy Bottle Service in 10 Seconds Flat at Entrada Eatery

Nov 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Jackie Bryant

San Diego is fast changing its reputation as a laid-back beach town with the opening of several new clubs and restaurants, and the emergence of a hard-hitting urban nightlife scene. The latest to open in the hip downtown neighborhood of Little Italy is Entrada, a sprawling mixed-concept space that fuses a lounge, club, speakeasy, and taco stand all in one, bringing a quintessentially San Diego vibe to the club/restaurant genre.

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Forget El Niño, Chef Vincenzo Betulia is the Real Reason Florida's Restaurant Scene is Heating Up

Nov 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

This was a very good year for Chef Vincenzo Betulia, who scored a double whammy when he was honored with two 2015 Naples Illustrated Dining Awards: one for Best Restaurant and the other for Best New Chef. Born in Sicily, Betulia grew up in Wisconsin (which might account for his stellar house-made sausages) before settling in Naples, Florida where he opened Osteria Tulia in January 2013. He quickly followed the eatery up the next year by opening Bar Tulia right next door.

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Holiday Baking Championship Contestant Maeve Rochford Gives Us the Scoop On What TV Competitions Are Really Like

Nov 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

The Food Network’s Holiday Baking Championship is our newest obsession and now that its second episode has aired, we’ve definitely found our favorite contestant. In its second season, the holiday-themed show brings 10 bakers (both professional and casual) together to compete for the $50,000 grand prize. While all the competitors are definitely talented, Maeve Rochford is the one who has caught our eye.  

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Duke's La Jolla Now Open With Two-Levels of Outdoor Seating & Hawaiian + Californian Fare

Nov 5, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

La Jolla’s newest restaurant will definitely have you thinking about a trip to Hawaii. Owned and operated by San Diego- and Maui-based T S Restaurants, Duke’s La Jolla pays homage to Hawaiian native Duke Kahanamoku, water polo medalist, six-time Olympic swimming and the father of modern day surfing. Officially opened yesterday, the 13,000-square-foot restaurant features two dining areas with both floors including outdoor seating.

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Fiji's Turtle Island is the Disconnected Paradise of Honeymooner's Dreams

Oct 30, 2015  |   Contributor: Shea Peters

If you feel like you’re on the set of a movie upon setting foot on Turtle Island, you are. Used as the island setting of The Blue Lagoon, this 500-acre dot in the Pacific has Wi-Fi in one small spot, giving guests just enough access to make their friends at home jealous all with a simple #NoFilter tag.

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The Jonas Brothers' Dad Set to Open Southern Restaurant in Downtown Belmont

Oct 29, 2015  |   Contributor: JustLuxe Team

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting a selfie with a Jonas brother, the new Nellie’s Southern Kitchen just may be your chance to do so. Father of the famous trio, Kevin Jonas Sr., is opening up a restaurant in downtown Belmont, about 20 minutes outside of Charlotte. Originally the lot was purchased in 2013 but it wasn’t until this year that plans actually started to materialize for the space.

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