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September Restaurant Weeks: Delicious Discounts Await

Pasta with roasted cherry tomatoes, black olives and vegan cheese. A lovely blend of flavors

September signals the arrival of best of the late-summer harvest — and of restaurant weeks across the nation. Find one near you to save on sublime seasonal meals.

* Indiana Devour Downtown offers delicious three-course meals through September 6. Book a table.

* Houston Restaurant Weeks await with $20 lunches, $25 brunches, and $35 + $45 dinners through September 7. Book a table.

* Miami Spice has sweet dining deals with $23 lunches + $39 dinners through September 30. Book a table.

* Orlando Magical Dining Month enchants with $33 three-course dinners through September 30. Book a table.

* Flavor Palm Beach Restaurant Month features $20 lunches and $30 + $35 dinners through September 30. Book a table.

* Midtown Atlanta Restaurant Week begins this weekend. Reserve for $15, $25 + $35 lunches, brunches, and dinners, September 5-13. Book a table.

* Silver Spring Restaurant Week is sure to delight with fabulous prix-fixe meals in the D.C. area, September 8-13. Book a table.

* Charleston Restaurant Week invites you to sample three fabulous courses for lunch + dinner, September 9-20. Book a table.

* Omaha Restaurant Week is your ticket to a three-course feast with gourmet dinners for $20, $30 + $40, September 11-20. Book a table.

* Sustainable Seafood  Week San Francisco is your way to support local restaurants committed to the sustainable seafood movement. Enjoy unique dishes + set menus for $5 to $30, September 13-20. Book a table.Continue Reading

Not Your Average Ice, Ice Baby: 7 Cocktails Starring Savory Ice Cubes

Flavorless, colorless cubes just don’t cut it anymore. Mixologists are now making a rainbow of ice infused with an unexpected array of savory ingredients. These inventive bar masters are using everything from meat consommé and squid ink to jalapeños and salt. Not only do these frozen components please the eye, they please the palate by adding new layers of taste to the cocktails they’re cooling down. Here are seven cocktails starring savory ice cubes that you should be drinking now.

Quality Meats, Miami Beach, Florida
Here’s a pirate-worthy pick me up. The Loose Cannon is made with tequila, house elixir, and fresh celery juice, and served over chartreuse green jalapeño ice. Smart aleck parrot and peg leg not included.

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Range, Washington, D.C.
Beverage director Dane Nakamura offers up the Vegan Sacrifice forged from scotch, ginger, and cayenne. The cocktail’s cool factor is a meat popsicle – yes, you read that correctly – made with raw beef, cured meats, and pig’s blood, among other ingredients. As the ice melts, the drink’s flavor becomes more and more savory.

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Clock Bar in the Westin St. Francis, San Francisco, California
This ice is like a cooling cannonball for your cocktail. Squid ink transforms an otherwise translucent sphere an ominous black. A mixture of dark aged rum, salted molasses, and orange and tiki bitters is added to the tumbler to create the Drunken Sailor.

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Burritt Room + Tavern, San Francisco, California
Salt isn’t just for margaritas anymore, and it’s moved beyond the rim of the glass. The Peachy Keen features cachaça, peach, honey, lemon, and a salted ice cube to keep it all chill. The briny block adds a slightly salty counterpoint to the drink’s sweet and sour components.

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Nine Foodie Celebrities to Follow on Instagram

If you believe Us Weekly, celebrities are just like us. We won’t debate the veracity of that claim (they always seem to look preternaturally pulled together even when they come out of the Jivamukti studio), but we will say that, like us, they love to eat! In celebration of the release of the 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies awards, here are nine foodie celebrities to follow on Instagram to inspire your eating and drinking adventures.

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Chrissy Teigen
A list about celebrity Instagrammers who love to eat would not be complete without model Chrissy Teigen. Married to singer John Legend, the New York City-based stunner has the most delicious IG feed of all. She chows down on fish tacos from Michael Chernow, dines decadently with friends at Meso Maya in Dallas, and snacks on cooling ice cream cones – all while maintaining a super-healthy physique.

 

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Rapper Action Bronson is closely associated with a catchphrase that’s unprintable here, but, if his Instagram feed is any indication, he utters it several times a day. He sinks his teeth into Ivan Shishkin’s French toast-ified pastrami on rye, sups at Marea on charred octopus, and gushes over the cous cous in Morocco as he travels the world entertaining his many fans. ICYMI, he’ll also autograph pizza crust for said fans. Also, Action, if you’re reading this, if you ever find yourself performing near Newburyport, Massachusetts, dine at BRINE.

 

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The driving force behind kale smoothies and good-for-you food, Gwynnie has her fair share of lovers and haters, but, whatever your feelings, you’ve got to give her props for her longtime celebration of fresh food + drink. whether she’s hobnobbing with fellow celebs or cooking with her kids. She’s got snaps of just-picked summer produce from her garden, mind-blowing ramen from Ichicoro in Tampa, and her National Oyster Day feast at The Marshall Store in Tomales Bay.

 

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If you’ve been to a high-profile foodie event, chances are you’ve caught sight of Questlove. A talented drummer and band leader who plays with The Roots nightly on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, he is an avid foodie who hosts food salons with marquee chefs on occasion. Questlove’s reputation as a gourmand who appreciates both the highbrow and the low was the inspiration for the new Quisp Love cereal milk from Christina Tosi of the Milk Bar. Don’t miss his pic of bacon soda sips.

 

Oprah

 

Oprah
She was and always will be the queen of daytime TV, even tho’ she’s no longer in front of the camera every day. However, you can keep up with her healthful appetites on Instagram. She favors from-her-farm produce (which she kindly shares with her neighbors), adores the famous crab cakes from Pappas in Baltimore, and claims that Jimmy Kimmel is one helluva pizzaiolo.

 

Drew

 

Drew Barrymore
Actress-producer-entrepreneur-momma Drew Barrymore will always be associated with food in our mind (Hello, Reese’s Pieces!). She’s got a sweet tooth and a taste for rose. In her latest holiday in Japan, Barrymore hit up robatayaki in Tokyo and made her dreams of sushi with Jiro a reality. She has also been known to chill out with mint chip ice cream on a hot summer day.

 

Posen

 

Zac Posen
You can’t design a more delicious diet than designer Zac Posen’s. Sure, you might expect beautiful pictures of fashionable plates of food from a fashionista. However, Posen also makes many of the dishes featured on his Instagram stream. A master of both sweet and savory creations, Posen, pictured here at Bemelmans Bar in New York, scores extra points for canning his own preserves. Where he finds the time, we’re not quite sure.Continue Reading

2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America + 16 Delicious Instagrammable Dishes

The results of our most delicious annual awards are in! Work up an appetite and make a reservation at one of the OpenTable 2015 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in America. These awards reflect the combined opinions of more than 5 million restaurant reviews submitted by verified OpenTable diners for more than 20,000 restaurants in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Showcasing both new and established restaurants in some of the nation’s most rapidly growing dining destinations, the complete list features winning restaurants in 22 states and the District of Columbia, and includes Al’s Place in San Francisco, La Vara in Brooklyn, and Parachute in Chicago. The honorees show a commitment to local, sustainable sourcing and the creation of craft cocktails, soulful plates, many of which are finished in wood-fired ovens, and warm hospitality. Check out these 16 dishes from the winning restaurants that should be on every foodie’s must-try list.

Newer restaurants proved most popular, with a quarter of the eateries having opened in 2015 alone, and the majority of honorees were founded in the last five years. Restaurants serving American fare dominate the awards; however, the list represents cuisines from every corner of the globe, including Asian, Basque, French, Israeli, Mexican, Middle Eastern, and Scandinavian. Geographically speaking, New York has 12 winning restaurants, followed by California with 11, Texas with nine, and Minnesota and Oregon with eight each. Colorado, Illinois, and Pennsylvania each have six honorees, while Washington boasts five. Arizona, Louisiana, Massachusetts, North Carolina, and Virginia have three each. Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Tennessee, Washington, D.C., and Wisconsin all have two eateries. Connecticut, Florida, Nebraska, and Ohio are also represented.Continue Reading