Santa Fe Is Melting: The Best Ice Cream in Town
Gelato from Ecco Gelato. All photos by Juliet White.

Gelato from Ecco Gelato. All photos by Juliet White.

Air conditioning is far from standard in many Santa Fe restaurants, especially those close to the Plaza. After all, it’s tough to install AC in historic buildings with mud brick walls! Thankfully, ice cream provides a convenient solution to unrelenting, summer days. Here are the best places to beat the heat in Santa Fe. Read the rest of this entry »

Why L.A. Is Leading the Nation’s Chinese Food Craze
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Photo by tofuprod / Flickr

Chinese restaurants arrived in America in the 1850s, but it wasn’t until American immigration laws changed in 1965 that the modern era for Chinese dining in the United States began. For the first time in over 80 years, large numbers of immigrants from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and other parts of Asia invigorated the stagnating Chinese-American community and its pedestrian Cantonese/Toishanese dining options with new and exciting Chinese food.

At the beginning of this modern era of Chinese dining in the United States, San Francisco had by far the largest Chinese-American community, perhaps 10 percent of the city’s population. In contrast, the Chinese populations in Los Angeles and New York hovered at 1 percent or less of the total (census figures from this era are not reliable due to illegal immigration), so it’s no surprise that as changes began to occur in Chinese dining, San Francisco was ground zero. Even though the new brand of Chinese cuisine also appeared in Los Angeles’s suburban San Gabriel Valley in the mid-1970s, the Bay Area was where you would find the best Chinese food well into the 1980s. Indeed, on weekends and vacations, many Angelinos of Chinese descent would make the trek north in search of the better stuff. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Movie Theaters Are Becoming Quasi-Restaurants
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Photo by AMC

When I would go to the movie theaters when I was a kid, the options at the concession stand were pretty standard: popcorn, hot dogs, an assortment of candies, and soda. Sometimes — but not all the time — a theater would also have nachos. That was always exciting.

These days, however, the options are practically limitless. You can get chicken fingers, burgers, mozzarella sticks, pizza, salads, gourmet chocolates, not to mention all the classic choices previously mentioned. Eating at the movies is now like eating at a full-service restaurant. Read the rest of this entry »

What’s Proper Sushi Etiquette, Anyway?
Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Photo by Toshihiro Gamo

Let’s face it: sushi has evolved (or arguably, devolved) far from its traditional Japanese roots. Offerings with cream cheese, pineapple, and barbecued meats all purport to be sushi, but aren’t exactly authentic. There’s a reason it’s called a California roll and not a Tokyo roll.

This doesn’t mean that it’s bad to like these menu choices, or for restaurants to offer them. All chefs, including sushi chefs, should feel free to experiment and offer anything they think will delight their guests. But with sushi so far from its origins, how closely to traditional sushi etiquette should we hold ourselves? Will you look like a dork if you bow to the sushi chef? (Answer: probably, even though this would be expected in Japan). Read the rest of this entry »

Your Guide to Orlando’s Restaurant Row
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Photo by foodesteem / Instagram

Flavors from the eastern and western ends of the world meet in Orlando. The restaurant scene is vast – over 4,500 places to eat vast – and offers a mouth-watering variety of menus, lively atmospheres, quaint settings, and more. Orlando’s Restaurant Row is the foremost food destination, gathering locals and visitors alike for unforgettable meals.

What exactly is Restaurant Row? Located on Sand Lake Road, it’s a collection of restaurants with diverse culinary offerings. Three main shopping centers house most of the restaurants: Dr. Phillips Marketplace, The Fountains at Bay Hill, and Plaza Venezia. The Rialto and Dellagio are newer centers, adding to the overall Restaurant Row scene. With fine dining establishments, cheap eats, and everything in between available, where should you go? Use my guide to Orlando’s Restaurant Row to narrow down your options. Read the rest of this entry »


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