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The Tissue Issue

on October 06th, 2010
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The echinacea flower, one of our Top 10 Immune Boosters

by Jeff Hoyt

Working in an office, I always worry about people coming to work ill. I appreciate their dedication to the job, but don’t want them getting me sick. I’d hate to bring a cold or flu home to my kids.

Although there’s no cure for the common cold, there are proven things you can take to build up your defenses. Check out our top 10 immune system boosters and see which ones are right for you. Personally, I take Vitamin C every day, and zinc lozenges when I feel a cold coming on.

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Liba, one of our Top 10 Food Trucks in San Francisco

by Jeff Hoyt

As food trucks proliferate from coast to coast (and even on Hawaii), municipalities are struggling to regulate them. In Los Angeles, there’s a movement to have inspectors give food trucks letter grades like they do to restaurants. There have also been parking struggles, as a time limit on how long they can park in one place was overturned in court. A food truck lot was opened in the beach community of Santa Monica, and then shut down by zoning enforcement the very next day. It has recently reopened on private property, complete with permits.

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Fish Food

on October 04th, 2010
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Find out which wines are best to pair with oysters in our October 2010 Tastes Newsletter

by Jeff Hoyt

My three-year-old daughter loves going to the aquarium. But I suspect her fascination with all things Nemo may be working against us at mealtime. The frozen fish sticks which were formerly a staple of her diet are no longer being requested. She recently asked me, “Remember when I used to like fish sticks?”

Whether you like fish for dining or for watching, we’ve got you covered in our latest TASTES newsletter, published today. We’ll let you know where the best seafood restaurants are near you, and which are the top 10 across the country. We’ll help you find restaurants that serve delicacies like sea urchins and abalone. We’ll show you which wines to pair with seafood, including sushi and oysters.

The issue also gives our selections of the top 10 diving resorts in the world, featuring exotic locales from Bali to the West Indies, where you can watch fish and other sea life in their natural habitat. Or learn how to cook seafood while vacationing at one of the top 10 hotel culinary schools worldwide.

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Let’s Do Brunch

on October 01st, 2010
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Check out's list of the best brunch restaurants near you

by Jeff Hoyt

Brunch: the very word conjures up images of mornings slept in, leisurely quality time with the Sunday paper, perhaps a workout on an empty stomach before meeting friends to share the week’s highlights, with good feelings accented by a Bloody Mary or glass or two of Champagne. This blend of breakfast and lunch, with the corresponding choice of entrees ranging from yogurt to steak, is denoted by the marriage of the two words themselves. The hybrid result is what etymologists call a portmanteau word, like ‘smog’ combining ‘smoke’ and ‘fog,’ but a lot tastier.

We’ve scouted the U.S. for the best brunch spots from the Hawaiian Islands to Manhattan Island, so you can enjoy this most versatile and decadent meal. So check out our selections of the best brunch restaurants near you this weekend. We’ve even got wine suggestions for proper pairing. Cheers!

SoCal $avings

on September 30th, 2010
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Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA

by Jeff Hoyt


Don’t we all have restaurants we’d like to try, but are a little out of our price range? In Southern California, now’s the time to go out to eat. This is Orange County Restaurant Week, which features more than 100 participating restaurants. Eateries will offer special three-course menus. Depending on where you dine, lunch will cost just $10, $15 or $20 while dinners are $20, $30 or $40. Some of this year’s participants include Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine & Cocktails, Bluewater Grill, Geisha House, Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom, Kimera Restaurant & Lounge, Mozambique Steakhouse, Palm Terrace, Sage, Stonehill Tavern and Tradition by Pascal. For a full restaurant list, menus, locations and reservation information, visit

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A Toast to Fall

on September 22nd, 2010
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Check out the Top 10 Fall Beers in our Quarterly Wine Newsletter for autumn

by Jeff Hoyt


Sure, it’s great to knock down an ice-cold beer on a hot summer day, but there are certain beers that really shine as the days go brisk. Check out our top 10 fall beers list and learn about pumpkin ales and an amber lager named after crime-fighter Eliot Ness! Our Quarterly Wine Newsletter, published today, also profiles the best Oktoberfest celebrations for next month, and the top 10 Thanksgiving wines for the following month. For those looking to fall in love this fall, we’ve even got the top 10 bars for a first date. The issue also contains information you can use year-round, including the restaurants near you with top wine lists, the best wine bars in your area, and an inexpensive tequila that’s 100% blue agave. Skoal!

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The American Wine & Food Festival

by Jeff Hoyt

If the start of fall is bringing you down this week, perk up by attending the 28th American Wine & Food Festival which supports the Meals On Wheels Programs of Los Angeles. If Saturday night in LA is chilly, warm up with fine food from chefs from around the globe, including Thomas Keller (Bouchon), Paul Bartolotta (Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare), Tetsu Yahagi (Spago Beverly Hills), David McIntyre & Sally Camacho (WP24), Mark Peel (Campanile, The Tar Pit), Julian Serrano (Picasso), François Payard (Payard Patisserie & Bistro), Cameron Lewark (Spago Maui), Dean Fearing (Fearing’s) and Paul Prudhomme (K-Paul’s Louisiana Kitchen). There will also be plenty of wine and spirit purveyors pouring their warming wares on the backlot at Universal Studios, including Duckhorn Vineyards, J Vineyards, Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Beam Global Spirits & Wine and Ultimat Vodka. You can also dance to stay warm, as we did last year until security made us stop, but that’s another story!
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Jsix restaurant in downtown San Diego, CA

 by Jeff Hoyt 

San Diego Restaurant Week features more than 180 of San Diego’s best restaurants offering fixed price, three-course meals for $20, $30 or $40. Starting this Sunday, San Diego-area diners can save money while dining out. Choices range from A.R. Valentien and The Grill at The Lodge at Torrey Pines in North County to Vincent’s in Escondido to Downtown’s Bice Ristorante and Jsix. Reservations are recommended, but not necessary.

San Diego Restaurant Week occurs twice a year. Besides September 19-24, it is also scheduled to be held January 16-21, 2011. For more information and a complete list of participating restaurants, visit

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Berry, Berry Good

on September 13th, 2010
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Since strawberries are available all year round, mix it up with our recipe for a light strawberry milkshake, which is featured in our September Edition of The Food Paper Newsletter

by Jeff Hoyt

The traditional strawberry season ended last month, but due to new farming methods, you can still enjoy fresh strawberries at grocery stores and farmers markets today. Why not try a light strawberry milkshake? The healthy recipe is featured in our latest edition of The Food Paper newsletter. If you want something lighter, it also details why drinking matcha tea is good for you as well as the top 25 brands of bottled water!

Hot and Spicy Cinema

on September 03rd, 2010
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Uma Thurman in Henry and June, one of our Top 10 Sexy Movies

by Jeff Hoyt

For some special dates, soft lights, a good bottle of wine and a romantic movie can help further the relationship. But other times call for a different kind of cinema: a sexy movie. Movies that titillate us have been around ever since man learned to capture images on film. In today’s more liberated times, men and women can openly enjoy and discuss a film that was designed for adults only.

We’ve compiled our choices for the Top 10 Sexy Movies (as well as a few extra), and we’d like you to weigh in on them. What have we missed? What do you think is a sexy movie worth sharing with others? We appreciate your feedback in our Community Forum.

To make the experience complete, check out our Top 10 Sexy Restaurants (in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, New York, Orange County, San Francisco and Washington, DC ) and our Top 10 Sexy Hotel lists. And before you turn the lights down, feel free to serve one of our Top 10 Aphrodisiacs!

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