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EATS: Best Food Posts of the Week 3/9-15

The best things we’ve read about food this week: The stunning success of Liquid Death explained; just a few more reasons why Vegas is the ever-evolving foodie capital of America;

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Food

EATS: Best Food Posts of the Week 3/2-8

The best things we’ve read about food this week: Controversy over Starbucks’ otherwise well-received new oat milk-based drinks; Korea is hot–not just for making cinema and BBQ chicken but also

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Concert Review

Concert Review: LOS TIGRES DEL NORTE – Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas

If music is the universal language, then going to a concert by the legendary and nationalistic band Los Tigres Del Norte from Sinaloa, Mexico, while having zero proficiency in the

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: RIVERBENCH “Cork Jumper Rosé” Blanc de Noirs

Well off the beaten path and well worth the discovery effort, Riverbench, in the Santa Maria Valley, is one of California wine country’s best kept secrets. This is your greatest

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer, New Zealand: Try something new!

It’s six o’clock on a crisp, clear evening, four days after the winter solstice. I’m practically skipping into Aro Park, right at the northwest end of Palmer Street in Wellington,

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. III: Beer/Wine Hybrids, Dark Beers and Mixed Fermentation

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. II: IPAs

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Craft Beer, New Zealand

Garage Project Beer Reviews, Pt. I: Sours, Pilsners, Hoppy and Golden Ales, Saison and Farmhouse

The following reviews are meant to complement our Garage Project feature. Beers were mainly consumed in Wellington and other lovely locations around New Zealand, and a few beers might have

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Concert Review

Concert Review: U2 – Sphere, Las Vegas

The lights go out, the waves of steady synth engulf us, and on the giant elliptical screen surrounding the stage an excavation takes place–stone walls crumbling to dust to reveal…

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Bordeaux, France, Wine

Great Affordable Bordeaux: CHATEAU LE TEMPLE Medoc

Just because it’s Bordeaux doesn’t mean it has to be serious. In this age of Instagrammable moments, it’s all about hashtag-LivingMyBestLife. We’re into this habit of showing off what a

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Spain, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: MERAYO “Las Tres Filas” Mencia

Granted, the market for Mencia wine outside of Spain—for the moment—is miniscule, relatively speaking.  But don’t let relative obscurity stop you from seeking out this fantastic wine for the money.

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California, Wine
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Great Sustainable Wine: LYRIC BY ETUDE Chardonnay

It’s nice to see one of the most popular names in Napa produce an excellent Chardonnay at an affordable price, and with grapes from sustainable vineyards located in Santa Barbara

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Australia, Wine

HANDPICKED WINES: On the Cutting Edge of Australia’s Contemporary Wine Scene

1,000 years from now, when the story of Australian wine is told, it will be a tale of two eras: a) the Yellowtail Era; and b) the post-Yellowtail Era. We

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California, Wine

Great Napa Valley Wines You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

It’s too easy to get cynical about Napa Valley. And that’s a problem. Prices seem to be at an untenable premium—for land, for grapes and for the bottle—and you can

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Italy, Wine
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Great Wines of Italy You Probably Haven’t Heard Of

There’s another Renaissance happening these days in the fabled Italian wine country of the Old World. To experience it fully, however, you have to look in places where you’re probably

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