| Oct 23, 2009
The hottest table in Baltimore isn't in Baltimore. It's Volt in Frederick.
Credit the recent spike in interest to owner/chef Bryan Voltaggio's success on Bravo's "Top Chef" reality show. Suddenly, it's impossible to get a reservation on a weekend...
| Nov 12, 2008
NEWBERG, Ore.--No one back in the 1960s, especially the experts down in sunny California, thought wine grapes could grow this far north in the Willamette Valley's cool climate. It took a loose band of young viticultural pioneers to prove them wrong....
| Jul 8, 2009
New Jersey wine retailer Joe Arking was in the Napa Valley last month, drumming up business. Arking is hardly a typical retailer in the bricks-and-mortar sense or, for that matter, in the normal Web-commerce sense. His website, winestilsoldout.com,...
| Apr 29, 2009
You've dropped in for an espresso. Your own private barista greets you at the door and guides you to a custom-made, walnut-and-steel espresso-making station, tricked out with a swivel base and hydraulics for raising and lowering the attached grinder....
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| Mar 5, 2009
"It's a great time to be a restaurant customer," says Larry Huber, co-owner of Clean Plate Club, which operates six restaurants (including Pete Miller's and Davis Street Fishmarket) in Chicago's suburbs. "It's no longer business as usual. We're zeroing in...
| Dec 31, 2009
Before we dive into 2010, I thought we could take a few minutes to look back at some of the best — and worst — topics we covered in "Taking Names" during 2009.
We witnessed some spectacular flubs, exposed some major hypocrites and covered all...
| Jan 5, 2010
The coffee beans roasted, ground, packaged and shipped out of the F. Gaviña & Sons Inc. factory in Vernon are as diverse as the ethnic communities that blanket Southern California.
Coffee beans from Ethiopia are ground to make a rich, almost wine-...
| Jan 6, 2010
Oregonians famously don't want you to move there, but they don't mind a visit — unless you're Californian. Then don't bother, please, and thank you. Regional dislikes are nothing new: Connecticut people loathe New Yorkers (especially those behind...
| Jan 13, 2010
Telling Mike Januik that his merlot reminds you of cabernet sauvignon won't exactly break the Washington winemaker's heart. For Januik, who produces wine under his eponymous label and for Novelty Hill, believes what sets the merlots of the Columbia Valley...