The Tissue Issue

The echinacea flower, one of our Top 10 Immune Boosters
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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Do Food Trucks Mean More Lawyers?

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

Find out which wines are best to pair with oysters in our October 2010 Tastes Newsletter
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.


Keep coming back to GAYOT.com for the latest restaurant reviews, news, culinary events and wine tastings.

Let’s Do Brunch

Check out GAYOT.com's list of the best brunch restaurants near you
Check out GAYOT.com'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

Harborside Restaurant & Grand Ballroom in Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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 www.OrangeCountyRestaurantWeek.com.

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