Transit in the Bay Area is an alphabet soup of agencies with overlapping districts and modes of transport even the locals love to hate. The quest to be named “best burrito” is even broken down by neighborhood.
It’s hard to pinpoint why certain foods develop a cult following. Whether it’s the Easter candy Peeps or a cream-filled Twinkie, some foods solicit an emotional response that simply can’t be explained. For loyalists, there is no greater adventure than touring the factory where their favorite food is made. Here are some factory tours perfect for the dedicated food follower.
The East Bay has bars and beer gardens popping up all over, while local microbreweries are working hard to keep your glass from running dry. With 33 rotating beers on tap, four wines, and even one stag root beer, the Hog’s Apothecary holds strong to its belief in locally sourced brew: Its entire draft list comes straight out of California.
It’s a two-foot-long Atlantic sharp nose, and Captain Mark Sampson is reeling it onto his boat, the Fish Finder. Another Hammerhead gave birth to a litter of pups on the beach and then washed up dead. And a 3,450-pound great white shark was tracked swimming past nearby Assateauge Island.
A display at the Kavalan whisky distillery, which gives a free tour to a million visitors per year. (Photo: Greg Keraghosian) Name your favorite underdog story and it applies to Taiwanese whisky – Rocky vs. Apollo, Erin Brockovich vs. PG&E, Napa wine vs.
Reykjavik, Iceland, is hot right now for many reasons: the music, the scenery, and most of all, the food. Related: The Newest Foodie Hotspot Is … Greenland? With access to an abundance of fresh seafood and produce, Reykjavik’s chefs have created a delightful culinary scene.
There is Nipisa, on the edge of the Labrador Bay, and Sarfalik, located in the Hotel Hans Egede — the four-star hotel of Greenland (yes, there is one). The chefs at both are Danish, but Bjorn Johanssen, the chef at Sarfalik, is the new Wylie Dufresne (aka molecular gastronomy genius) of the Arctic. “In Greenland it’s OK to hunt whale and seal,” Johanssen explained. “We all hunt here, and we use everything on the animal.” The local meat is also cheaper.
Raised in Cincinnati, a town with German roots, I have a deep love of hops, and over the years my tastes have been refined from Hudepohl and Schlitz to craft beers. Don’t get me wrong — when stuck on a riverboat for a bachelorette party in, say, Austin, Texas (thanks to my sister Emily), I will still happily down a Bud, a Coors, or a Schlitz. The Godthaab Bryghus brewery is in a building that conveniently also houses a dive bar called Daddy’s. While “Daddy” is a great guy named Gert, the actual brewery is run by Mikael Sorenson, who swears that the beer there is made with glacier ice that is at least 2,000 years old.
Most people assume single women in the Middle East are — how shall we say this? In Jordan, at least, people who assume that would be wrong. On a recent trip to Jordan, I met up with my single friend, Muna Haddad, in the capital city of Amman to hang out on a Friday night. While Muna still lives with her parents (single women do not live alone, not just in the Middle East but in many places in Europe and South America as well), her life is not dissimilar to a single woman’s life in much of the United States.
It’s not easy to introduce the king of restaurants, chef Eric Ripert, to a Puerto Rico seafood shack he’s never heard of. The restauranteur and host of the Cooking Channel show “Avec Eric” is married to a Puerto Rican (my pal Sondra) and has visited the island at least three times a year for the past 20 years. Eric was shooting his show in Puerto Rico and called to see if I wanted to come down and learn to surf.
Most major airlines fly there, including JetBlue, and the price of a ticket can be up to $200 cheaper than a flight to Miami. From JFK airport, for example, it’s only three and a half hours to San Juan, which is just slightly longer than a flight to Miami. 2. You can vacation like J.Lo at half the price.
March Madness has tipped off, with games in eight host cities across the U.S. this week. If you’re not lucky enough to land a ticket for one of the venues, all is not lost: There’s a nearby sports bar guaranteed to be showing all the games, complete with drinks, pub grub, and some fans to share in the fun. Before heading inside for the game, be sure to take a photo with Louie, the friendly 8-foot troll that guards the entrance.
Then my dad’s thesis was accepted and he got his degree, along with two job offers: one from the University of Leeds … and another from Riyadh University in Saudi Arabia. Had he chosen the job in Leeds, I most likely would have grown up with a British accent in that very house, and my entire life would have been very different.
St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is as much about the culture as the cocktails. Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin is right up there at the top of many peoples’ travel bucket lists, next to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and Carnival in Brazil. St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland is hardly a drinking holiday like it is in other places.
Once the words “Stella Artois” are uttered, the average American may have difficulty conversing further about Belgian beer. Sure, the nation’s signature brew is prominently featured in many Flemish watering holes, particularly in its hometown of Leuven. If you’re looking to plan a vacation to Belgium centered around beer, you need to understand such subtleties.
Thousands of kids have faced serious — and potentially deadly — side effects after consuming energy drinks, new research shows. By Tia Ghose for Live Science More than 5,000 cases of people who got sick from energy drinks were reported to U.S. Many of these cases involved serious side effects, such as seizures, irregular heart rhythms or dangerously high blood pressure, the researchers found.
The oldest restaurant and bar in Portland was first established in 1879, when it was called the Bureau Saloon. It’s known for its turkey dinners, its stint as a speakeasy during Prohibition (when Manhattans were served in coffee cups) and a cameo in Gus Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho. Here's the lowdown on that and nine other great watering holes.