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Pearl District is a New American culinary gem in Sherman Oaks

At one time, the large space at 14015 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks was home to a casual eatery called Café Cordiale. Then, it was taken over by the folks from the nearby Boneyard Bistro, and turned into a more elegant spot called SOCA. Which after a year and a half was replaced by a Mexican concept called Boneyard Cantina. Which you may have missed if you blinked; it didn’t last very long at all. Now, the space is a branch of the very popular Westlake Village New American called Pearl District....
Tags: Instagram, Restaurants, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Portland, New Zealand, Dining, Southern California, San Pedro, Tarzana, Ventura Blvd, San Fernando Valley, Sherman Oaks

IKEA’s making flat-pack DIY chocolate Easter bunnies!

An unusual play for IKEA, the Vårkänsla is an edible Chocolate Bunny right in time for Easter celebrations… but just like most of IKEA’s products, this bunny needs assembly too! The Vårkänsla is a flat-packed tempered chocolate bunny that can be assembled by just plugging three chocolate pieces together. Its design plays on IKEA’s trademark self-assembly instructions and techniques. The bunny comes in a flat box, with instructions on how to put it together. Luckily unlike most IKEA furniture, th...
Tags: Design, Diy, Ikea, Chocolate, Dining, Easter, Product Design, Bunny, VÅRKÄNSLA

Reel in tasty seafood at San Pedro Fish Market, Pier 76 Fish Grill

The original San Pedro Fish Market is indeed in San Pedro, is indeed a fish market, and does indeed seat 3,000 fish lovers at any given time. They hold the Guinness Book of World Records title for serving the most seafood, during their annual Lobster Festival. They’re an icon, one of those Los Angeles destinations that, like the Original Farmers Market, every Angeleno should visit. San Pedro Fish Market Grille, which has four locations including Harbor City, serves a variety of seafood dishe...
Tags: Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Idaho, Brussels, Dining, Clam Chowder, Southern California, San Pedro, South Bay, Wilmington, El Segundo, San Fernando Valley, Grille

Word of Mouth: Hobart

Modern art, pub grub, fine dining and more in the tiny island state Whether you’re visiting Tasmania for Dark MOFO or simply to see what life’s like at the other end of the world, there’s a lot to do on this little Australian island. Hobart, the state’s capital, has a rich history despite a sometimes forgotten past and the undoubtedly inaccurate reputation that the destination …
Tags: Travel, Design, Australia, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, Pubs, Accommodation, Museums, Wine, Tasmania, Hobart, Dining

6 places to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in the San Fernando Valley

I am not Irish. But I grew up in an Irish neighborhood, in an Irish city, wishing I was. For awhile, I suggested my last name was O’Shindler, in the hope that I would pass. When I got out of college, I made a beeline for Dublin, where I spent many happy days (and nights) wandering from pub to pub, drinking Guinness and listening to old fellows (in Dublin, everyone seemed to be an old fellow) telling long tales about the old days and old ways. I never got tired of listening. I suspect in part it ...
Tags: New York, Restaurants, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Chicago, Things To Do, Soccer, Ireland, Dublin, Dining, Eire, Danny Boy, Southern California, Brendan

What is Wrong With This Outback Steakhouse Poster?

I recently dined at a location of Outback Steakhouse, which — despite its name — is a chain of casual restaurants based in the United States; and as I was waiting for my meal to arrive, I was looking around the restaurant and happened to glance at a poster which was hanging on a wall not close to where I was seated. Now for something travel related: one of my most memorable moments while I was in Australia was when I actually dined out in the real Outback in the centre of the country — or contin...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Trip Reports, United States, Food And Drink, Dining, Outback Steakhouse

Niche Niche, NYC’s New Dinner Party Restaurant

Each nightly event at this 25-seat SoHo venue will be hosted by a different wine professional SoHo’s 25-seat restaurant Niche Niche is an undeniably charming concept. Designed to host evenings reminiscent of a dinner party at a friend’s house, the venue officially opens tonight—and every day onward will be unique, with a different wine industry professional hosting each night. Owned by Ariel Arce and her …
Tags: Food, Design, NYC, Restaurants, Drinking, Wine, Dining, Food + Drink, Soho, Ariel Arce, Sommeliers, Wine Tastings, Niche Niche NYC, Niche Niche

Should Passengers With Rare Dangerous Allergies Have Priority Over Everyone Else Aboard an Airplane?

Bethenny Frankel was reportedly shamed earlier this year for requesting that members of the flight crew aboard the airplane on which she was a passenger not serve fish at all during the flight because she suffers from a rare fish allergy which could result in serious injury to her — or even her death. Frankel wrote via Twitter that... The post Should Passengers With Rare Dangerous Allergies Have Priority Over Everyone Else Aboard an Airplane? appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Airlines, Dining, Frankel, Bethenny Frankel

Small Persian café, Kashcool Kitchen in Van Nuys, has kabobs worth dreaming about

There’s a note on the website for the tiny Kashcool Kitchen in Van Nuys informing that, after serving some of the best Persian food in Los Angeles — no small accomplishment in a city with the largest Persian population outside of Tehran — they were moving from their sizable space in Woodland Hills, to a far smaller space across from the Van Nuys Courthouse, that would “no longer be a full-service sit-down restaurant”…but rather, “a takeout, delivery and catering kitchen.” Which it certainly is; ...
Tags: Restaurants, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, New Zealand, Soup, Vancouver, Dining, Tehran, Southern California, Downtown Disney, Woodland Hills, San Fernando Valley, Van Nuys, Shirazi

Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast

As I pored over photographs in preparation for an article pertaining to my recent experience at a hotel property which offered breakfast as part of the room rate, something caught my attention which I did not realize or notice while I was there... ...a small clear acrylic box was on the counter island in the middle of the breakfast area which... The post Using a Suggestion Box as a Tip Box at Breakfast appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining, Hotels And Lodging, Gratuities and Tips

A Less-Messy Way to Make Tea!

Making a cup of tea with a tea diffuser can sometimes get a little messy, with spills and drips showering the surrounding work surface. However, this no longer has to be the case, with the rather ingenious Lippa Tea Diffuser!This floating stainless-steel diffuser can be carefully lifted out of the hot beverage and turned upside-down on the table, where the silicone lid catches any run-away drips! Its use doesn’t end there… when a second brew is desired, Lippa can be re-inserted for a second time...
Tags: Design, Dining, Product Design, Lippa, Drinkware, Brian Khouw, Magisso, Tea Diffuser

You May Get a Share of Money From Sonic Drive-In Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $4,325,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you are a resident of the United States of America who purchased anything at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations using a credit card or debit card between Friday, April 7, 2017 and Saturday, October 28, 2017… …but you must... The post appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Lawsuits, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining, United States of America

Word of Mouth: Malmö

We explore the seaside city through the lens of the creative minds at MoMA Design Store Across the water from another MoMA Design Store favorite, Copenhagen, lies Malmö. The third-largest city in Sweden, it’s less known than its sibling Stockholm, but since the construction of the striking Øresund Bridge, it has undergone huge growth. For design enthusiasts in particular, it continues to be a dynamic and exciting place to …
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Design, Sweden, Shopping, Restaurants, Museums, Cafes, Copenhagen, Dining, Shops, Galleries, Stockholm, Malmo, Moma, MoMA Design Store

Do You Leave a Tip or Gratuity for Taking Out Food From a Restaurant?

When considering flights, getting to your hotel or resort property from the airport, and perhaps preparing for that business meeting the next day, the process of travel can potentially consume an inordinate amount of time — and sometimes renders the option of going to a restaurant to sit down and relax while enjoying a dining experience virtually impossible. Options can include... The post Do You Leave a Tip or Gratuity for Taking Out Food From a Restaurant? appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining, Gratuities and Tips

Road Trip: Perth to Cape Leeuwin, Western Australia

On the hunt for wine, untamed landscapes, and the perfect surf break down under Many people who visit Australia stick to the continent’s well-worn East Coast—from Melbourne to Sydney, the Gold Coast or up to the Great Barrier Reef. But there’s tremendous value all over the country—and one of those less-traveled places is Western Australia. If your time and budget permit, we suggest flying to Perth (the state’s capital) and …
Tags: Travel, Design, Australia, Restaurants, Bars, Road Trips, Sydney, Wine, Melbourne, Dining, Perth, East Coast, Western Australia, Gold Coast, Wineries, Cape Leeuwin Western Australia

Word of Mouth: Mexican Food in Los Angeles 

Tradition, family values, memories and experimentation collide for some of the most exciting dishes To learn about the complexities of Mexican cuisine, starting anywhere in Mexico will—of course—lead to incredible discoveries of distinct dishes and the equally remarkable people making them. Regional cooking in Mexico is as diverse as the beautiful ingredients from seafood in Baja to moles in Oaxaca. With the large Mexican and …
Tags: Travel, Food, Design, California, Mexico, Restaurants, Los Angeles, Seafood, Baja, Dining, Oaxaca, Mexican Food, Mexican Restaurants

Shamrock Shakes Have Returned For 2019

The looming arrival of Saint Patrick’s Day means that — for several weeks beforehand and for as long as I can remember — the venerable Shamrock Shake has returned and is currently available for a limited time at select McDonald’s restaurants... ...but... The post Shamrock Shakes Have Returned For 2019 appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Dining, McDonald 's, Shamrock Shake

Vietnam, Part 2

Hitting the road again, or the skies I should say (although we did one bus ride during our trip – more about that later…), we touched down in Da Nang, specifically to visit The Museum of Cham Sculpture, a museum that is not to be missed if you’re in Vietnam. Continue Reading Vietnam, Part 2...
Tags: Travel, Food, Asia, Restaurants, Markets, Hotel, Bananas, Vietnam, Dining, Hue, Google Translate, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang, Saigon, Dining & Travel, Fish Sauce

Should Breakfast Attendants at Hotels Receive Tips and Gratuities From Guests?

Gratuities and tips have long been controversial with regards to travel and dining — to the point of contentiousness from all sides of the issue, as evidenced by the following articles which I wrote for The Gate over the years... ...but what if you were a paying guest at a hotel property which offered a free continental breakfast buffet — think Hampton Inn, Fairfield Inn or Holiday Inn Express as three examples — and you saw a tip jar displayed prominently in the breakfast area during the hours ...
Tags: Travel, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining, Hotels And Lodging, Holiday Inn Express, Gratuities and Tips, Hampton Inn Fairfield Inn

Burgers at these San Fernando Valley mini-mall eateries have maximum taste

The resilience of the hamburger never ceases to amaze. From the bottom-feeder generic burgers of Mickey D’s and Burger King, through the cult burgers of In-n-Out and Shake Shack, up to the hyper-expensive curated burgers of some of our fanciest steakhouses — the ubiquity of the burger is matched only by our obsessive love of pizza, and our near loony need for tacos in every form imaginable. Burgers aren’t so much a thing, as they are a state of mind. We are, I suspect, a Burger Nation at heart. ...
Tags: Restaurants, Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brent, Starbucks, Dining, Burger King, Southern California, Valley, Downtown Disney, Roscoe, San Fernando Valley, Ventura Boulevard

American Modern Cup + Saucer

Available in nine different colorways, this round-edged and stout teacup holds six liquid ounces of your favorite brew. The cup and saucer set is a reproduction of Russel Wright’s American Modern line, which launched in 1939 and featured plenty of curvy silhouettes. While all the colors are covetable, our pick is the turquoise—one of the original Wright hues.
Tags: Coffee, Tea, Design, Dining, Ceramics, Wright, Russel Wright, Kitchenware, Teacups, American Modern


I wrote a story in my next book about all the places that I’m supposed to go to, or want to go to, or should go to. For a long time, Vietnam was near the very top of that list. We have friends that live in Vietnam, settling there after a few years of living in Japan, Laos, and Thailand. An assortment of commitments had prevented us from visiting them in Vietnam (and previously, in Laos and Thailand, two other places on my list), but when we saw them last summer in France, we sat down together i...
Tags: Travel, Food, Asia, France, Restaurants, Markets, Thailand, Hotel, Bananas, Vietnam, Dining, Laos, Hue, Google Translate, Ho Chi Minh City, Da Nang

Let’s take a second to appreciate this saucepan’s detachable handle

If it wasn’t my job to talk about the Jiu Cast Iron Pan, I’d be looking at that GIF all day. The Jiu Cast Iron Pan comes with a detachable wooden handle, allowing you to use it with small ovens or on stovetops without the handle, and letting you directly snap the handle on whenever you want to lift or swirl the pan. With the handle, the Jiu looks like an elegant cast iron pan fit for the finest kitchens, and without the handle, the Jiu takes on a much more classy plate-esque avatar. All in all, ...
Tags: Kitchen, Design, Tent, Cast Iron, Dining, Product Design, Frying Pan, Handle, Jiu, Saucepan, Fujita Metal Co

Word of Mouth: Mexico City Drinking + Dining

Natural wines, melding cuisines and plenty more to taste in the Mexican capital Distrito Federal, Mexico City, now formally Ciudad de México, is a dynamic and quickly evolving destination full of dichotomies, tradition and innovation. Whether attending Zona Maco, Design Week, or at any other time of the year, food is guaranteed to be a big part. While street food and family-style restaurants are essentials …
Tags: Travel, Design, Mexico, Hotels, Restaurants, Museums, Cafes, Mexico City, Wine, Dining, Word of Mouth, Distrito Federal Mexico City, Zona Maco Design Week

You May Get a Share of Money From Ginger Ale Settlement

You may be eligible for your share of $11,200,000.00 from a class action settlement which was reached in mediation if you had purchased Canada Dry ginger ale products between Tuesday, January 1, 2013 and Wednesday, December 19, 2018… …but you must electronically submit your claim with a valid claim no later than... The post appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Canada, Lawsuits, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining

Can You Spot the $11.2 Million Mistake on This Can?

I must start out by apologizing to you, as the title of this article is actually not true. The mistake on the can of Canada Dry ginger ale in the photograph — one of millions of similar cans — will cost the company which manufactures the product significantly more than $11.2 million. I will... The post Can You Spot the $11.2 Million Mistake on This Can? appeared first on The Gate.
Tags: Travel, Canada, Food And Drink, Dining

Nendo made a minimal, no-nonsense pepper-mill

With no complex rotating parts, tolerances, blades, burr grinders, handles, and assemblies, Nendo’s Pepper Pestle is a minimal, elegant storage unit for dried peppercorns that even doubles as a spice crusher. Designed to work as a mortar and a pestle, the Pepper Pestle comprises a hollow frosted glass bottle (which stores the corns) with finger dimples on either side for an easy grip, and gentle ridges on the bottom that hold and crush the peppercorns against a glass tray that also doubles up as...
Tags: Kitchen, Design, Pepper, Nendo, Dining, Spice, Product Design, Grinder, Valerie Objects, Pepper Mill, Pepper Pestle, Valerie ObjectsImage

Are Cruise Lines The Next Frontier for Lucrative Ancillary Fees?

Ordering room service aboard a cruise ship used to be included with the cost of a cruise — but now some cruise lines have been charging as much as $7.95 for room service; and other cruise lines are considering implementing a charge. Norwegian Cruise Line and Royal Caribbean both already charge $7.95 for room service — other than for orders for continental breakfast — as of 2015 and March 2017 respectively. According to an announcement from Carnival Cruise Line — which... The post Are Cruise Line...
Tags: Cruises, Travel, Food And Drink, Financial, Dining, Royal Caribbean, Taxes And Fees

How to Use Your OpenTable Points to Get Discounts at Hotels

There’s an amazing ramen place around the corner from our apartment that my boyfriend and I end up at probably once a week. For a while, we were just walking in for a table when we got hungry, which actually works most of the time. Then I realized they were on OpenTable.Read more...
Tags: Travel, Lifehacks, Dining, Opentable, Dining Out

Word of Mouth: Havana

This stunning, timeless city has plenty of surprises—if you know where to look The landscape in Havana, Cuba’s capital city, tells two different stories: the first paints a picture of candy-colored buildings and sidewalk salsa dancing; the second shows crumbling facades and a glimpse of the city’s scars after two independence wars, a US trade embargo and 50 years of strained foreign relations. Despite this juxtaposition …
Tags: Travel, Design, Hotels, Restaurants, Bars, US, Museums, Cafes, Dining, Cuba, Havana, Havana Cuba, Old Havana, Word of Mouth