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 Dublinís 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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Naples Wins Best U.S. Destination for Luxury Travelers, Here's What to Experience While There

Dec 3, 2015  |   Contributor: Janice Nieder

USA Today’s 10Best Reader’s Choice poll recently voted Naples, Florida the nation’s top “Best Destination for Luxury Travelers,” leaving high-roller contenders such as Beverly Hills, Palm Beach, Maui, and Aspen in the dust. Good call, since what’s not to love about this charming resort town with its vibrant cultural scene, huge selection of eclectic restaurants (many with outdoor patios) and historic designer shopping streets, surrounded by a gorgeous tropical backdrop. If you’re planning on taking a trip to the Eastern city next year, here are some quick recommendations for accommodations, dining and shopping:

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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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Delta Launches New Regionally-Influenced Menus for Premium Fliers on Transoceanic Routes

Nov 24, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Beginning December 1, Delta One passengers on transoceanic flights will get to experience a whole new range of regionally-inspired cuisine that has been developed with the help of James Beard award-winning airline ambassador, Chef Linton Hopkins. Each dish utilizes ingredients sourced from the region that inspired it, reflecting the airline’s wish to provide customers with items that welcome “local artisans, vendors and small-batch producers.”

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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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Gucci's First Full-Service Restaurant Quietly Opens Above Boutique in Shanghai Mall

Nov 17, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Though Gucci has a themed café in Florence near the brand’s museum, the company has been behind other luxury brands when it comes to opening full-service restaurants—Versace has four. However, as of three months ago, Gucci officially entered the restaurant business by opening its very first establishment in Huaihai Lu, Shanghai called 1921 Gucci Café.

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Add This Black Quinoa-Stuffed Acorn Squash Dish to Your Repertoire

Nov 16, 2015  |   Contributor: Mila Pantovich

Based in Miami, Le Basque is a full-service catering and event design company that offers bespoke menus for uber private occasions. By offering impeccable cuisine, they have acquired an impressive client list that includes companies like Aston Martin, Chanel and Armani, and individuals like President Barack Obama and HH MM The King and Queen of Spain, Don Juan. Naturally, if Le Basque is good enough for them, they’re certainly good enough for us! Which is why we are highlighting this delicious recipe for quinoa-stuffed squash.

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A Land of Ice & Fire: Exploring Iceland's Natural Wonders, Luxury Hotels & Fine Cuisine

Nov 10, 2015  |   Contributor: Katherine Bond

Iceland is on fire, both literally and figuratively. The country, a jagged island tossed adrift northwest of its Scandinavian neighbors, is sparsely populated with barely 300,000 people. Tourists, however, according to the Iceland Tourism board, are coming at a clip close to one million a year and for good reason. The world is discovering that the entire country is rather like Mother Nature’s rendition of a Pollock painting, an intense terrain of gushing geysers, bubbling mud beds, volcanoes that spit out lava, and glaciers that grind deep valleys between jutting mountain ranges.

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