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Do Celebs Drink Beer in LA? The Elbow Room Encino

Because there’s a fantastic new gastropub-style restaurant opening in Encino, on Ventura Blvd in (basically) LA. The Elbow Room (elbowroomencinco.com) features a killer craft beer selection, absolutely scrumptious grass-fed beef burgers, ribs, and meatballs, and more—including waffle sammies. Basically, celebs are about to start faux celebs like me already frequent this not-even-open-yet culinary destination. [obvious disclaimer]…

Austin: Gluten-Free Dinner at Olive & June

Italian and gluten-free don’t often go hand-in-hand … pastas, breads, and pizzas are serious gluten bombs. But leave it to parkside’s, backspace’s, and Olive & June’s Chef Shawn Cirkiel to create a five-course  Southern Italian-style gluten-free dinner in honor of Celiac Awareness month. Olive & June will host two of the gluten-free dinners on May…

Houston: Houston Uchi Opens Feb 2

… but they start taking reservations today! I used to cover the Houston restaurant scene for a luxury magazine, and let me tell you, competition is fierce in one of the fattest cities in the nation. I say that lovingly, as I think Houston is one of the best cities in the nation if you know…

Austin: Skate It Up

Austin’s lakes and ponds will probably never freeze in order to get that whole wintery skating thing going on (in contrast to Aspen, where it is TEN degrees as I type this), so we have to build rinks specifically for that purpose. The downtown Whole Foods started the trend a few years ago (and has…

Austin: Olive & June to Fill El Arbol Void

With the sad news of El Arbol‘s closing, everyone wondered what would happen to the new Brykerwoods hotspot … well, wait no longer! Acclaimed Chef Shawn Cirkiel of parkside and backspace will open a Southern Italian restaurant called Olive & June next spring. Olive & June is named for Chef Shawn Cirkiel’s grandmother and his wife’s grandmother…

Take Me There: Napa Valley

Despite my love for wine, travel, and the sunshine of California, I have not ever been to Napa Valley. Sad panda. Just another reason to visit: Austin hotspot and “Best New Restaurant” James Beard Foundation Award nominee La Condesa just opened an outpost (view my coverage of the Austin location’s drinks here and food here). La Condesa…

Aspen: Why Ellina is Buzzing

When an occasion came along recently for us to celebrate, my number one choice was Ellina. The Vermonster and I had heard plenty of great things about Ellina, but hadn’t gotten a chance to check it out. It’s three seasons old (that’s a summer, winter, and now a summer) but still growing its buzz with…

Aspen: Thai at Jimmy’s!

At a time of year (off-season) that many restaurants are closing shop and getting somewhere warm, Jimmy’s is bringing the heat by introducing a special Thai menu now through May 7! Click here for the menu,  which includes specialities like Choo Chee Pl (halibut), Phad Thai, Massaman Lamb, Chicken Satay, and Goong Sarong. For other off-season…