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Rock Stars Ditch Jack Daniels for Quinoa as Chef Goes on Tour

bloomberg.com — We're backstage at the Roundhouse in north London, and it's shortly before showtime. The auditorium is filling with members of the 3,000 audience who have booked for the second of three sell-out concerts by The Specials. The ska band, which grew out of punk, is going strong 35 years after its first hit, "Gangsters."

Dishoom Restaurant Serves Slice of Indian History in London: Don't Tell the Cops

bloomberg.com — Restaurants are usually judged more on their food and service than their design. Rightly so. You wouldn't go to a dentist for his comfortable chair or a hairdresser because the walls were painted in cool colors.

Fraud Tricks U.K. Michelin Restaurants Out of $62,000

bloomberg.com — Midsummer House, a U.K. restaurant with two Michelin stars, was conned out of wine valued at 28,000 pounds ($44,000), Chef Daniel Clifford said. "That's the last three months' profit straight out of the window," Clifford said in a telephone interview today.

Bye Bye Barcelona: London's Barrafina and Ember Yard Bring Tapas Home

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow Earlier this year, I went to Spain with a couple of friends to dine at El Celler de Can Roca, a past winner of the World's 50 Best Restaurants awards. We were so excited about tapas in Barcelona; we packed in three lunches in one day before heading north to a multi-course tasting menu in Girona.

Michelin Awards Third Star to Second Chicago Restaurant Grace

bloomberg.com — Grace restaurant in Chicago was today awarded a third Michelin star, becoming one of just over 100 in the world to hold the guide's top accolade. Chef Curtis Duffy serves contemporary seasonal tasting menus in his West Loop establishment, Michelin said today in an e-mailed release detailing which Chicago restaurants have been awarded stars.

London Chefs' Battle for Restaurants Pays for Carnaby Street Owner

bloomberg.com — The dynamism of London's food scene in recent years hasn't only been good for chefs and diners. It's proved a boon for property companies such as Shaftesbury Plc, which owns real estate across the West End. A successful restaurant can become a destination, creating a buzz and boosting demand at neighboring stores.

The Colony, a West End Gentlemen's Grill Room by Team Wolseley

bloomberg.com — Tap for Slideshow I don't get all-male institutions. Having spent five years at a boys' school, my memories are of bullying and violence. If people want to hang out with all the boys, there is always the YMCA.

Michelin Names 58 Chicago Restaurants Offering Value for Money

bloomberg.com — Michelin today named 58 Chicago-area restaurants serving good-quality, inexpensive food. New winners of the Bib Gourmand award include Parachute, a family-owned Korean-American establishment in the Avondale neighborhood, where diners are warned: "If you are grumpy, pouty, crabby or just plain mean, this may not be the place for you."

Michelin Names 58 Chicago Restaurants Offering Good Value

bloomberg.com — Michelin today named 58 Chicago-area restaurants serving good-quality, inexpensive food. New winners of the Bib Gourmand award include Parachute, a family-owned Korean-American establishment in the Avondale neighborhood, where diners are warned: "If you are grumpy, pouty, crabby or just plain mean, this may not be the place for you."

Gin is back in spirited fashion

iol.co.za — London - The River Test flows through the new home of Bombay Sapphire gin at Laverstoke Mill, in the Hampshire countryside between London and the south coast of England. It's among England's purest chalk streams. You can watch fish swimming in the crystal water and smell the fresh, cool air.
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Nov 22, 2014

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Nov 22, 2014

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Nov 22, 2014

@boukovskaia Nougatine @Jean_GeorgesNYC is great, Buvette. Battersby, NoMad, Red Farm, anywhere by @dhmeyer, Spotted Pig, Minetta Tavern....

Nov 22, 2014

Hotel gas blast at Hyatt Regency in London sees 14 hurt. Isn't that home to Locanda Locatelli? itv.com/news/update/20… ….

Nov 22, 2014

Hotel gas blast at Hyatt Regency -- home to Locanda Locatelli -- in London sees 14 hurt itv.com/news/update/20….

Nov 21, 2014

Spectacular dining rooms around the globe, where the interior design is as much a draw as the dishes on offer telegraph.co.uk/luxury/travel/…

Nov 21, 2014

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