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Park City Food Tours

Consider taking a day off of the slopes when in the Park City (UT) area to learn some of the history of Main Street while tasting the fare of several restaurants. Local resident Shirin Spangenberg hosts Park City Food Tours where you'll hear how the town has gone from mining to dining — of course, sampling some goodies — while walking down the picturesque historic Main Street. If you're tired from your day's activities, there is a free trolley to take you back up the street. When I took the tour this fall (prices vary seasonally),  we stopped at the below mentioned places for a nibble. The locations change often [...]

By | January 2nd, 2016|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Francisco Street Food Festival

San Francisco Street Food Festival (SFSFF) — the Bay Area’s annual celebration of local food and drink, community, and entrepreneurship —  announced the dates for the seventh annual festival on August 15 and 16, 2015. The 2015 SFSFF is moving to the Dogpatch and historic Pier 70, a Forest City Project, to accommodate the festival’s growing popularity and fan base. In 2014, the festival welcomed 50,000 guests, while featuring over 80 local vendors. This year’s event is projected to be even bigger, especially that this year’s event will be two days instead of one. For more information on the festival, click here. - Guest contributor

By | June 27th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

2015 Oxnard Salsa Festival Celebrates Everything Salsa!

Get ready to spice things up during the 22nd Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival, one of Oxnard’s signature events. The festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 25-26, 2015 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery, top entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 75 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; chef demonstrations; a salsa recipe contest and [...]

By | June 18th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Annual Iron Chef Elm City, New Haven

The eighth Iron Chef Elm City will be held  Sunday, April 26 11:45 am a the Omni New Haven Hotel, 155 Temple Street.  The competition is a battle between three chefs, requiring them to demonstrate their culinary prowess, while testing their skills against each other, Each chef must create a scrumptious appetizer, entrée and a dessert using the “secret ingredient." which is revealed at the start of the competition. This year's competition feature chef Carlos Cassar of Copper Beech Inn, Ian Frew of Yale-New Haven Hospital and Todd Ruiz of Omni New Haven Hotel Enjoy food samplings from competing chef's restaurants and CT food manufacturers before and during the competition. [...]

By | April 20th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Community Plates Food for All

Community Plates, the technology-fueled, direct-transfer food rescue organization dedicated to ending food insecurity in America, presents their signature fundraiser, “Food for All” on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 6 to 9 p, at  The Loading Dock, 375 Fairfield Avenue, Stamford. This is an event features Fairfield County’s newest restaurants and artisans, in addition craft cocktail bars spearheaded by creative mixologists. The Dessert Café will feature sweet treats and libations. Tickets are $75. To purchase tickets ($75) and find more information click here.  

By | April 19th, 2015|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Banana Festival, Port of Hueneme, CA

Go Bananas’ on the scenic grounds of the Port of Hueneme (105 East Port Hueneme Road) during the Banana Festival, Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The free festival provides a fun-filled day to learn about the journey of the banana and the interworking of the Port. Festival highlights include delicious food and banana treats, live music, interactive displays, recipe contests, arts & crafts, kid’s activities, port tours and more. Vendors offer authentic tacos,  savory barbecue, Thai noodles, local brews and special banana treats including banana splits, banana smoothies and chocolate dipped bananas. Local bands will provide entertainment. Get a glimpse into how the Port works [...]

By | September 14th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Bourbon Women “Sip-osium,” French Lick, Indiana

Bourbon Women will hold its first  “sip-osium,” a weekend of bourbon enjoyment and education, at the French Lick Resort in French Lick, Indiana, Friday August  22 through Saturday August 23, 2014 The two-day conference includes daily cocktail receptions and a bourbon dinner Saturday evening. The cost is $175 for members; $225  for non-members that includes a one-year Bourbon Women membership. Saturday only tickets are $150 for members, $200 for non. For more information and to register, click here. Attendees of the "sip-osium”must be at least 21 years old. Bourbon Women is a member-based organization founded in 2011 to promote and preserve the heritage of bourbon through educational, networking and charitable [...]

By | July 23rd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

2014 Oxnard Salsa Festival

Get ready to spice things up during the 21st Annual Oxnard Salsa Festival July 26 -27, 2014 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. The annual festival, which is presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, celebrates spicy salsa food, top notch music and dance, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over 50 different salsas; an eclectic vendor marketplace; international foods; Kids Korner attractions; a salsa recipe contest and more. Event admission and parking are free. For Festival information, call [...]

By | June 2nd, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The Kennebunkport Festival

The Kennebunkport Festival is a annual event that includes the food, wine and the art of Maine. It will run Tuesday, June 3 through Sunday, June 8, 2014. The Food Festival events take place in designer homes, displaying art work and providing meals that are prepared by individual Chefs in each of the homes. The goal is to showcase the best of Maine and what it has to offer on the coastal setting of Kennebunkport.  The Festival is The Art of Dining is one of the major highlights of the festival, it will be a series of dinners prepared by Maine’s top chefs. The festival will also be featuring artists, musicians, wine [...]

By | May 25th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

San Fransisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week June 2014

San Francisco Dine About Town Restaurant Week runs Sunday, June 1 through Sunday, June 15, 2014, featuring over 100 restaurants and offering two or three course lunches for $18.95 and three-course dinners for $36.95. For more information or list of participating restaurants, click here.

By | May 21st, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fund Raiser, April 25

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Connecticut Chapter will host Hops & Grapes, Toasts & Tastes at Chelsea Piers, Stamford, (CT) on Friday, April 25th from 7:30 to 10:30pm. Local restaurants, and distributors will showcase a selection of foods, wines and beers. LLS hopes to raise over $50,000 during this fun-filled evening. The evening’s festivities will include a silent and live auction and raffle. To this date, Hops & Grapes vendors include: Back East Brewing Company, Bar Russo, Bar Sugo, Beverage Boss, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Cakey Kathy, Capriccio Café, Casa Villa, Chocolations, Colony Grill, Dash N Drizzle, DiMare Pastry Shop, Farmboys Smokin’ BBQ, J’amie ҫa Cake c/o Bar Sugo, Little [...]

By | April 11th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven (CT) Restaurant Week April 2014

New Haven (CT) Restaurant Week runs Sunday, April 6 through Friday, April 11, 2014, featuring a variety of restaurants and offering prix fixe menus. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for both lunch and dinner, which include an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Lunch will cost $18, while the dinner menu will cost $32. Prices do not include beverage, tax or gratuity For additional information, click here.

By | April 1st, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Mario Batali May Open Restaurant in New Haven

New Havenites bemoaned the sudden closing of Ibiza earlier this month. And so, I'm glad to share with you the possibility of another opening. Mario Batali  — who will be hosting the upcoming Beard Awards in May — just might be opening a restaurant in New Haven. Mary E. O’Leary, reporter for the New Haven Register,  posted the following news and photograph in the business section (click here for original article). I had to share.... Mario Batali, known for his New York restaurants and television presence, wants to open a restaurant at 278  Park Street at Elm Street.  The 278 Park St. site was approved for a 54-seat restaurant in [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Tonewood Maple Tree Adoption Program

Tonewood maple tree adoption program is an opportunity to support small-scale Vermont maple producers and sustainable farming practices. It helps fund small sugaring operations. Adopt a maple tree!  That adoption offers offer small scale producers added financial security and helps to preserve family-owned farms and the tradition of maple production. Each tree adopter (or gift recipient) will receive a selection of gourmet maple treats every 3 months plus an adoption certificate, along with a photo of your tree and an informational booklet about maple production For additional information about this program, click here.  

By | December 28th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Advocate, 1975-2013

MediaBistro reported that New Haven Advocate, 1975-2013 (New Haven Independent), "a weekly newspaper once known for a mix of gutsy investigative journalism, edgy political commentary, magazine-style feature writing, and savvy arts coverage, died Wednesday following a long illness. It was 38 years old. The cause of death was a changed media landscape combined with corporate cluelessness and cupidity."

By | December 7th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Texas Monthly Annual BBQ Festival

Texas Monthly will hold its fourth annual BBQ Festival on November 3, 2013 on the City Terrace at the Long Center for the Performing Art at 701 W. Riverside Drive (at the corner of S. 1st Street) Austin, Texas. The event will showcase restaurants from the magazine's ranking of Top 50 Barbecue Joints in Texas. Guest will experience live music and barbecue sampling beside the shores of Lady Bird Lake. General admission tickets are $58 and VIP tickets, including 2 beverage coupons, 1 t-shirt, 1 Q Card and admission onto the festival grounds one hour prior to general admission holders, are $118. For more information follow click here.

By | October 23rd, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel|0 Comments

New Haven Celebrates National Pizza Month

October is National Pizza Month, and what better place to celebrate than New Haven, CT, the birthplace of the first American pizza slice. The first slice is purported to have been served in 1925 at the famed Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria, and since then, New Haven has become known as an authority on pizza, with a number of shops throughout the downtown area. In addition to tasting New Haven’s famous thin crust pizza, visitors can also experience unique menu items and specials at New Haven restaurants this month. National Pizza Month specials include: Kitchen ZINC: In celebration of National Pizza Month, Kitchen ZINC is holding Weekly Pie Fights throughout the month [...]

By | October 18th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Dining Deals During Yale’s Presidential Inauguration

In celebration of Yale University’s upcoming Presidential Inauguration Ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013, New Haven restaurants are offering special dining deals throughout the weekend. As the city honors Yale’s 23rd president, Peter Salovey, patrons can whet their palates with a variety of mouth-watering options from 18 of New Haven’s most sought-after restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer several different $23 dining options. These include a prix fixe lunch or dinner menu, a sampling of the restaurant’s favorite culinary offerings, or a bottle of wine. For example, Heirloom Restaurant will offer a specialty cocktail called “23.” Caseus Fromagerie & Bistro and Ordinary will offer a $23 cheese and charcuterie platter with [...]

By | October 7th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Vodka Seminar at Hawaii Food and Wine Festival September 2013

Hawaii Food & Wine Festival announced its first-ever vodka seminar that takes place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Halekulani, Hau Terrace, Honolulu, Oahu. Explore vodka & vodka based cocktails featuring Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixologist and author of Vodka Distilled. For more information, click here. Tickets are priced at $100 and can be purchased online. Seating is limited to 50 guests.

By | August 31st, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The South Bay Food Fest, Los Angeles Area

StubHub Center —  18400 Avalon Blvd. Carson, CA 90746  — will be transformed into The South Bay Food Fest tomorrow, on August 10, 2013. The event will feature over thirty top gourmet food trucks, beer garden, live entertainment, a kid’s fun zone and game truck and much more! Gates will open at 2 pm and will close at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 in advance,  $12 at the door. Click here for more info or to purchase tickets.  

By | August 9th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Hawaii Food and Wine Festival September, 2013

The third annual Hawaii Food and Wine Festival takes place from September 1-9, 2013 in Honolulu at The Modern,  1775 Ala Moana Blvd in Honolulu. The event includes more than 70 chefs involved in the events, evening activities and educational daytime culinary experiences. Events include cooking classes, a Sunday brunch with a cast of  women chefs (Girls Got Game +1) and a wine panel discussion. For more information, please click here. Tickets prices begin at $26.04, depending on the day and/or the event, and can be purchased online.  

By | August 3rd, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Oxnard Salsa Festival

The Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates its 20th year anniversary in 2013!  One of Oxnard’s signature events, the Oxnard Salsa Festival celebrates salsa food, music and dance on July 27-28, 2013 at Plaza Park, Fifth and “B” Streets, in historic downtown Oxnard. Presented by the Oxnard Downtowners, the annual event features spicy food and fiery, top entertainment, attracting an estimated 45,000 salsa lovers to the City of Oxnard for the two-day action packed celebration. Everything salsa – the food, the music, the dance – is on the menu of this popular regional festival. Event highlights include Main Stage entertainment with Salsa and Latin Jazz bands; the Salsa Tasting Tent, featuring over [...]

By | June 28th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

RA Sushi Pembroke 5 Year Anniversary

RA Sushi is celebrating five years of  service with a geisha and ninja themed anniversary event at the Pembroke Pines location (201 SW 145th Terrace, Pembroke Pines, FL 33410; 954.342.5454) on Thursday, June 13, from 7 pm to close. RA’s anniversary celebration will be a fun-filled evening of entertainment, giveaways and tasty food and drink specials. Guests are encouraged to get in the Samurai spirit by dressing the part. Ninja break-dancers and a guest DJ will be providing entertainment. For just $5 a ticket, RA will be raffling off a number of prizes. All raffle and food specials proceeds will benefit the Young At Art Museum. Also enjoy food and [...]

By | June 2nd, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Dine About Town

On June 1-15, 2013, Dine About Town San Francisco will provide opportunities for visitors to experience San Francisco's finest restaurants with a reduced cost on meals. More than 100 restaurants will be participating in this event. A two or three-course lunch menu will be $18.95 and/or a three-course dinner for $36.95. For more information, including a list of participating restaurants, click here.

By | May 29th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

New Haven Restaurant Week

Once again showcasing the city’s array of remarkable culinary talents, New Haven will host the 10th installment of the popular bi-annual New Haven Restaurant Week presented by Bank of America from April 21 – 26, 2013. Patrons can whet their palates with a variety of mouth-watering menu options from 29 of the city’s most sought-after restaurants. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix fixe menus for both lunch ($18) and dinner ($32) comprised of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Prices do not include beverage, tax or gratuity (some restrictions apply). Advance reservations are recommended. Park New Haven is offering parking at the Temple Street Garage or Crown Street Garage for a [...]

By | April 17th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Walmart Steak-Over Challenge: Atlanta

On Saturday, April 20, local Atlanta firefighters Danny Pinto and Jeff Schultz compete in the Walmart Steak-Over Challenge to determine who has the best steak-grilling chops in town. Attendees will have the chance to join in the festivities, taste Walmart USDA Choice Premium steaks, sample Dr. Pepper and A.1. steak sauce, and cast their vote for best steak. The even, which runs from 11am - 4pm is free at the Walmart on 1550 Scenic Highway N, Snellville, GA. Grilling begins at noon with the winner announced at 2 p.m. For more info, click here.  

By | April 14th, 2013|USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Sonoma County Restaurant Week March 2013

Sonoma County Restaurant Week runs from Monday, March 28 to Sunday, March 24, 2013,  featuring participating restaurants with three-course prix-fixe dinner menus at $19, $29, and $39. Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. For additional information or to see a full listing or participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By | March 23rd, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Boston Restaurant Week March 2013

Boston Restaurant Weeks runs from Sunday, March 17 to Friday, March 22, 2013 and Sunday, March 24 to Friday, March 29, 2013, featuring a variety of restaurants offering prix-fixe 2-course lunch for $15.13, 3-course lunch for $20.13, and 3-course dinner for $38.13.   Prices are per person and do not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. For additional information or to see a full listing of participating restaurants and their menus, click here. -guest contributor

By | March 9th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

Brazi’s Italian Restaurant + “Curse of the Starving Class”

We stopped for a bite at Brazi's on our way to opening night of Curse of the Starving Glass, a work by the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard (who I met ... and school-girl swooned over... at the Kentucky Derby years ago!) and directed by Gordon Edelstein. Knowing we'd be back there after the performance for the opening night party, we nibbled only appetizers. The delicate Eggplant Rollatini (rolled eggplant stuffed with ricotta and topped with marinara sauce, $9.50) was almost a meal in itself with the two hearty portions. We combined that with a variety of grilled veggies ($8.95) that included zucchini, yellow squash, red pepper, eggplant, [...]

By | February 23rd, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments

The Addams Family at the Shubert

The 2013/2014 National Tour of the new musical THE ADDAMS FAMILY, based on the bizarre and beloved family of characters created by legendary cartoonist Charles Addams, will make its New Haven premiere at the Shubert Theater, New Haven, February 1–3, 2013. The four performances — Friday 7:30pm, Saturday 2:00pm & 7:30pm and Sunday 2:00pm — are sponsored by Lexus of New Haven. This magnificently macabre new musical comedy brings the darkly delirious world of Gomez, Morticia, Uncle Fester, Grandma, Wednesday, Pugsley and, of course, Lurch to spooky and spectacular life. Tickets are now available online at shubert.com, by phone at 800-228-6622 and at the Shubert Box Office (247 College Street, [...]

By | January 31st, 2013|Theatre, USA Travel|0 Comments

Lenny & Joe’s + January Joiner at Long Wharf

Lenny & Joes's slipped into the space formerly occupied by Leon's (and Rusty Scupper before that) on the water in New Haven around the corner from Long Wharf Theatre. I stopped by this week for a quick dinner before heading to the world premier of Laura Jacqmin's "January Joiner: A Weight Loss Horror Comedy" on Stage II, now through February 10, 2013. Expect the same great seafood and friendly service that you're familiar with from Lenny & Joe's on the shoreline. Don't miss the perfectly seasoned creamy clam chowder (made so with only a splash of milk); it's chock full of clams and potato chunks ($3.95 a cup). Also fabulous [...]

By | January 19th, 2013|USA Restaurants, USA Travel, xyz misc|0 Comments