We'd abandon FR Headquarters to go see any combination of the headliners slated for this year'sBottleRock Napa Valley, May 29-31. Think non-stop tunes from bands, the best food and booze we've likely ever consumed a great deal of at a music festival (no offense to to the lobster roll truck sitting there in 90-degree heat) and just...SO MUCH WINE. And No Doubt. And Snoop Dog. We'll have whatever Robert Plant is drinking, frankly.
We are entering a golden age of tropical inebriation. Tiki cocktail culture, a faux-lynesian phenomenon beloved by mid-century Americans celebrating victory Over There, is now in a third wave. Following its Baby Booming inception, and subsequent seventies backlash, tiki was dormant. A brief resurgence in the late-Nineties and early Aughts was characterized by what cultural anthropologists might call “kitschy hipster nonsense.” Thankfully, Tiki 3.0 elevates the genre. Here's where to get it.
Pull them out of the water and toss on a hot grill!
Jan 5, 2015 2:30 pm
Food lovers worldwide order up platters of fresh oysters, freshly shucked and presented on a fresh bed of crushed ice with lemon wedges and, just maybe, a scattering of seaweed to evoke the fresh scent of the sea. A visit toTaijian, Taiwan will set you straight as to what you're missing in the hours and days those oysters are on the road to your platter, omelet or barbecue.
Our picks in Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans and more
Jan 5, 2015 11:00 am
We know, we know. You’ve long been told that you are supposed to eat oysters in months that only end in the letter R. And, true, eating oysters in August — when “red tides” can spread toxins across oyster beds — is not our first choice. But we’re living in an era of technologically advanced cold chains, where restaurants and markets pay a premium for the best of the best. This is why we think you should eat oysters pretty much all the time, especially in the fall and winter months. Here are 9 places to enjoy them around the United States.
Chicago is certainly home to an impressively diverse food and drink scene and the recent announcement that the James Beard Awards are moving there next year confirms that the Windy City is rightfully being recognized as a premier destination for all types of cuisine. Food Republic has been there every step of the way in 2014, reporting on the city's exciting restaurant and bar openings, unveiling the ten commandments of modern butchering and interviewing a hot dog legend. All that, and more, in our year-end roundup of all things Chi-town.
In 2014 we were not been shy about our love for the Los Angeles food scene, which we were constantly reminded is one of the most underrated in the world. Blessed with a near-perpetual growing season and vibrant international community, as well as affordable lodging and, well, some pretty great weather, L.A. is a great place to visit with food being top of mind. Here are some of our favorite stories from the year.
It’s a city full of distinct neighborhoods and we’ve worked tirelessly over the past year to cover as many of them as possible — yes, we’ve even included two guides to the always-changing borough of Brooklyn. We set out to break down the city by it varoius ethnic cuisines, and made our picks for the best French, Japanese — both sushi and non-sushi — and BBQ in town. And we published our 10 commandments for making it as a chef in NYC (bottom line: good luck). All that and much, much more, in our year-end look.