Lively Up Yourself: 9 Legend-ary Jamaican + Ethiopian Dishes for Bob Marley Day 2016

February 6th marks what would have been Bob Marley’s 71st birthday. Born in Jamaica, the reggae icon considered Ethiopia his spiritual home. To celebrate the two rich veins of his heritage, we are highlighting nine outstanding dishes from the Caribbean island and the eastern African nation. These history-rich foods embody and showcase the culinary traditions of each region. Guaranteed to satisfy your soul on Bob Marley Day 2016 – and guaranteed to be one of your #29ReasonstoLoveFebruary!

Mr. Brown’s Lounge, Chicago, Illinois
Skewered shrimp are marinated in a ‘catch a fire’ jerk sauce made with plenty of Scotch Bonnet peppers that ain’t for the faint of heart. Luckily, the sweet, soothing mango salsa keeps things cool. If that’s not enough, we recommend a tart Ting grapefruit soda or a guava milkshake to quench the flames dancing across your tongue. A side of fried plantains or coconut milk-enriched rice ‘n’ peas will also help. Make a reservation at Mr. Brown’s Lounge.

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Das Ethiopian Cuisine, Washington, D.C.
Can’t make up your mind on what to order? The vegetarian entrée sampler is a good way to go. Featuring eggplant and carrot wat stew, miser wat (red lentil stew with traditional Ethiopian Berbere pepper spice), and tikil gomen (ginger and garlic amped cabbage, potatoes, and carrots) and more, its served on a bed of spongy injera bread that’s meant to be used as a utensil — and then promptly eaten. Make a reservation at Das Ethiopian Cuisine.

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Taste of the Caribbean, Seattle, Washington
Meet your new favorite appetizer. Salted codfish, onions, peppers, and West Indian spices are balled up, battered, and deep-fried. Zigzagged with hot sauce and speckled with scallions, we bet you can’t eat just one of these tasteful takes on the Caribbean classic. Make a reservation at Taste of the Caribbean.

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Ethiopian Diamond, Chicago, Illinois
Think of tibs as an Ethiopian stir-fry. To create tibs quosta, spinach is sautéed with garlic and onions, and then mixed with juicy chicken chunks and green peppers. Of course, it’s served with plenty of injera bread, so you can fold up the components together fajita-style. Make a reservation at Ethiopian Diamond.

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Ja’ Grill, Chicago, Illinois
Chef Errol Gallimore, a Jamaican transplant, cooks his home-style oxtail in an aromatic brown sauce until the meat is falling off the bone. The rich stew is fortified with butter beans, carrots, potatoes, onions, and several varieties of pepper and is complemented with spicy rice and fried plantains. Goes well with an ice-cold Red Stripe beer. Or three. Make a reservation at Ja’ Grill.

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Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge, Houston
If Ethiopia has a national chicken dish, it just might be doro wat. In this rendition, a bone-in drumstick and thigh are slow-simmered in a spicy slurry, not unlike a thick barbecue sauce, and accompanied by a hard-boiled egg. We’re fond of mashing all the components together to create a barbecued chicken ‘n’ egg salad, which we roll up in torn off pieces of injera. Make a reservation at Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant & Lounge.

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Touchdown: Delicious Game Day 2016 Specials for Sunday #CHI #LA #NYC #PHL

When Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers on February 7 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, there are thousands of restaurants around the nation that will be ready to host hordes of hungry and thirsty football fans. In that spirit, we’ve gathered some fun offers and specials that are a thousand steps above jarred salsa and wings from your local pizza joint. Find out where to celebrate game day 2016  in delicious style this weekend.

Alla Spina, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Add a touch of serious sophistication to your viewing with these conversions being offered by chef Julie Kline. She’s putting an upscale twist on two traditional game day dishes with her amazing Mortadella Hot Dog and playful Pig Tails with Fennel Agrodolce. Make a reservation at Alla Spina.

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American Cut, New York, New York
American Cut will be hosting a Sunday tailgate party on February 7, beginning at 5:30PM. For $150 per person, guests will enjoy offerings from chef Marc Forgione such as the NYC Pastrami Spice Sub, American Cut Wings with a chili lobster sauce, Tater Tots, Sunchoked Spinach with fontina and smoked salt, and desserts from pastry chef Tara Glick. Pair it all with drinks and specialty cocktails from the open bar while you soak up the gridiron action showing on two large projector screens with surround sound. Make a reservation at American Cut.

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American Whiskey, New York, New York
There are delicious two-for-one Smokey Chicken Wings from executive chef Roger Jacobsen, and even better, are the $7 pours of Stranahan’s, Breckenridge, and Defiant whiskeys from beverage director Joey Vargas in honor of Broncos QB John Elway who wore No. 7. You’ll also enjoy a free glass of Prosecco each time your team scores — if you are wearing a jersey of that team! Make a reservation at American Whiskey.

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Analogue, Chicago, Illinois
Located in the city’s Logan Square neighborhood, Analogue invites guests to enjoy a special menu of Cajun-style takes on football faves. The Big Game menu features Cajun Nachos with cheese sauce, red beans, chef Alfredo Nogueira’s pico de gallo made with pickles, and his housemade hot sauce, the Kaplan Burger, made by sous chef and butcher Danielle Kaplan, a cult-fave carryover from her days at Butcher & Larder, that features two patties, cheese, ketchup, mustard, pickles, and onions; and housemade Jalapeño Poppers. Guests can enjoy the game as it is projected on a blank wall in the typically TV-less restaurant. Make a reservation at Analogue.

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Brother Jimmy’s, New York, New York
The specials are all about the Carolina Panthers at Brother Jimmy’s. After all, the slogan here is “Put some South in Yo’ Mouth.” There’s the Panther Pulled Pork Sandwich and Charlotte Pimento Cheese Fries, and look for the enthusiastic staff to be passing blue shots around throughout the night. Plus, there are a whopping 25 televisions and a tricked out sound system that will keep you focused on all the action. Make a reservation at Brother Jimmy’s.

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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurants, New York
So, it’s not T-Rex Tuesday, but you can still make game day seriously roar here. Founder and pit master John Stage of the meat mecca that is the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que dynasty invites you to quaff craft beers and dine on Dino signatures such as Dino Wings, St. Louis Ribs, and Creole Deviled Eggs at any of his New York locations. Make a reservation at a Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Restaurant near you.

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner! 10 Comforting Roasted Chicken Dishes

Much like the little black dress or the perfectly shaken martini, roasted chicken — in all its crisp-skinned, golden browned glory — never goes out of style. Whether roasted on a rolling rotisserie or in a wood-fired oven, seasoned with an Italian or Latin American flair, prepared simply or complexly, all forms of this classic dish have the superpower to comfort with rich flavor and heady aroma. So as winter finally descends, find a foil to the deep freeze. Here are 10 spots across the country that serve up some deliciously comforting roasted chicken.

The NoMad, New York, New York
Perhaps the most lavish bird of the bunch, The NoMad’s Whole-Roasted Chicken for Two features foie gras, black truffle, and brioche, and it is plated with seasonal accompaniments — currently cauliflower, lentils, and currants. Pair it with a Le Poulet, the Belgian-inspired brown ale Brooklyn Brewery created just for this occasion, and relax in one of the restaurant’s warm, darkly wooded spaces. The fireplace, with its marble mantle direct from a French château, is particularly inviting on a freezing winter evening. Make a reservation at The NoMad.

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Fork, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
This beloved contemporary American restaurant in Old City has received 15 Best of Philly awards from Philadelphia Magazine and for good reason — the supremely fresh ingredients and inventive flavor combinations continue to impress (to wit: the delicately handmade chicken liver ravioli with pickled swiss chard, ginger, and coriander, or bright vitello tonnato with raw veal, tuna, and capered cucumbers.) But on frigid winter nights, the classic Lancaster Farm Chicken, served with dirty rice and herb salad, is unbeatable. Make a reservation at Fork.

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Isla, Austin, Texas
Chef Roman Murphy’s Cast Iron Lime Chicken spends a full 48 hours in a bright bath of orange and lemon juices, garlic, vinegar, and spices, for a decidedly island-inspired twist on the classic at this Caribbean cantina in Austin’s Warehouse District. Pan-seared and then oven-roasted, the juicy result is paired with a side dish — choose from elote, Cuban beans, rice, or caramelized sweet potatoes, among others. Add a Prickly Pear Margarita or spicy Cantina Mule, made with tequila, lime juice, jalapeño, and ginger beer, to really get into the Island spirit. Make a reservation at Isla.

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Kapnos, Washington, D.C.
Chefs Mike Isabella and George Pagonis make good use of the wood-fired grills at his modern Greek restaurant on D.C.’s 14th Street Corridor, spit roasting whole animals like lamb, goat, and suckling pig to smoky perfection. The chicken is seasoned with a traditional blend of Greek spices, cooked rotisserie-style over the hickory fire, and served alongside lemon potatoes. If sitting next to a lamb on a spit weren’t enough, start with a “kegged” spiked lemonade and shareable mezze plates or spreads served with fresh, stone-baked flat bread to fully channel a Greek feast. Make a reservation at Kapnos.

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Xico, Portland, Oregon
The aroma of hot corn tortillas delightfully permeates Portland’s Division Street Mexican eatery. You can sample them, freshly stamped from the housemade masa, with any number of perfectly spiced dishes, including the Chicken Dinner for two. Organic chicken is brined in a bath of hot and sweet chiles, dusted with ground avocado leaf and more chiles, and then basted with house chile vinegar while it slow roasts, rotisserie-style. The fiery, fragrant dish, accompanied by black beans, Mexican rice, red onion escabeche, and house salsas, is guaranteed to liven up any dreary winter day. Make a reservation at Xico.

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Untitled, New York, New York
Normally, fried chicken edges out its roasted counterpart by the sheer fact that it’s fried. In fat. But not at Untitled, Danny Meyer’s latest pillar of perfection at the recently relocated Whitney Museum. In a crisp, sun-filled space, tuck into the dish of remarkably tender Roasted (on a rotisserie) and Fried (post-soy garlic marinade) Chicken with kale and radicchio — and wonder how each bite tastes better than the last. Make a reservation at Untitled.

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Winter Salad Wonderland: 6 Winter Salads for Delicious Clean Eating

We’ve been celebrating foods both comforting and clean this month, and we hope by now you’ve come to realize that both brands of cuisine are equally delicious. While we cannot wait for the arrival of spring and all the ingredients that will bring, winter has its own bounty, from root vegetables to perennially healthful kale. Thanks to these ingredients, winter salads have a personality all their own – plus, they’re good for you. Here are six to try this winter while you’re keeping it clean.

Crossroads, Los Angeles, California
You won’t be surprised to learn that plant-forward pioneer and chef Tal Ronnen serves salads at his forward thinking vegan hotspot. But you may be surprised to know they’re even available at brunch. The classic Chopped Salad is a medley of persimmons, cool-weather fave kohlrabi, pumpkin leaves, apples, purple radish, pomegranate seeds, Marcona almonds, and white balsamic vinaigrette. If you vowed to start your day in a veggie kind of way, this one’s for you. Pro tip: It’s gluten free! Make a reservation at Crossroads.

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Left Bank, New York, New York
No discussion of winter salads can ever be complete without mentioning the rock star veggie that is the Brussels sprout, and thanks to Left Bank’s guest-favorite salad, this will not be the exception. Chef Laurence Edelman shaves raw Brussels sprouts and tosses them with radicchio, hazelnuts, and Pecorino. They are then napped with Olivar SANTAMARIA olive oil and lemon for a dish that’s rich in vitamins C and K. Make a reservation at Left Bank.

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Glen Ellen Star, Glen Ellen, California
If we lived in Glen Ellen, we’d resolve to eat this every day. Executive chef-owner Ari Weiswasser combines the bitter with the sweet for a salad to remember. The Winter Chicories Salad delivers a canvas of hearty chicory adorned with Bartlett pears, Vadouvan-spiced nuts for crunch, and rich and creamy Roquefort dressing – all for just $15. Make a reservation at Glen Ellen Star.

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