A Toast to Fall

Check out the Top 10 Fall Beers in our Quarterly Wine Newsletter for autumn
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!

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry and Charitable!

The American Wine and Food Festival
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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Enjoy San Diego Restaurant Week

Jsix restaurant in downtown San Diego, CA
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 www.sandiegorestaurantweek.com.
 


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Berry, Berry Good

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
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

Uma Thurman in Henry and June, one of our Top 10 Sexy Movies
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!