Welcome to Hot Topics, in which food industry people chime in on a major issue in food. Well, there's nothing anyone can do about it: Valentine's Day is back again. On this day — the biggest restaurant and bar shitshow day of the year — reservations are snapped up at all the best restaurants, prix fixe menu prices venture into the stratosphere, and the so-called "amateur diners" are out in full force.
One of the best things about being in Washington, DC, is how close it is to everything you’re looking for in a wintertime vacation: mountain trails, hot springs, ski slopes—even whales (!). Here’s a look at some of the area’s best weekend trips, from the Blue Ridge Mountains to Virginia Beach. Seek some respite from the cold temperatures with a long soak in some presidentially approved hot springs.
Welcome to Hot Topics, in which chefs chime in on a major issue in food. [Illustration: Eric Lebofsky]Though female chefs are not all that uncommon, there's still a certain fascination with what it means to be a woman in a male-dominated environment. As many women at the top of the profession will attest, the question comes up in interview after interview: "What's it like being a female chef?" And, as Mary Sue Milliken puts it, "That question itself has sort of always baffled me.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".