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October 2003
Vol XIV, No. 10



The resurgence of artisan cheeses, heirloom tomatoes and other carefully crafted goods is balancing the movement toward faster foods. We were stunned to hear the first Starbucks is about to open in Paris. Our editorial asks you to take things slowly and choose more carefully for better health and longevity.

• Get the latest restaurant news
The Best Steakhouses in the U.S.
Top 10 Steakhouses in Major Cities
Miami/South Florida restaurants rated!
Top 10 Food Ratings in Miami/South Florida

We are determined in our efforts to weed out the best from the merely overhyped for you. Here are the latest additions to our popular "Best of" lists:

10 Best Restaurants for Brunch in Orange County
New & Notable in Orange County

The hub of the heartland surprises first-time visitors with its cosmopolitan flair, including graceful European-style sculptures and art. But of course, it is most famous for its Killer 'Cue! And, we'll tell you where to get it. now offers users the ability to book travel at low discounted rates. Whether you need to make a hotel reservation, book a flight or rent a car, we help you find the best rates. Click here to start.

Not only is the new The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes a golfer's paradise, it also is the first hotel in the world to boast its own Citrus Consultant. Guests get aromatherapy at every step from the marmalade they eat at breakfast to an orange blossom soak at the spa. See what you can do with $600 million!

Update: We have added hundreds of new hotels to our hotel database in New York, Las Vegas and Hawaii and added Orange County, CA and Washington DC.

Author Laura Werlin shows you how to wed cheese and wine in a marriage made in heaven. Think Camembert with honey-rhubarb compote on French rolls.

Books on Steak
The Great Steak Book: A cowboy's place is in the kitchen
American Western Cooking from the Roaring Fork

Get acquainted with rare and fine wines via our regular Wine of the Week feature. And more wine stuff:

Top Reds (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Zinfandel, Meritage, Red Blends and Other Reds)
Meat & Wine Pairing
A Plot as Thick as Zinfandel and Pinot Noir: The Ultimate Food Wine?

This month's events are highlighted by the New World Wine and Food Festival in San Antonio, TX. The celebration is dedicated to the wines and cuisines of all the Americas. Celebrity chefs include Stephan Pyles and Tim Keating.
Check out all events for food and wine lovers.

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