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The Zagat Facade

_Slate_’s Bryan Curtis went out to dinner with Tim and Nina Zagat, and—brace yourself—it was awesome! READ MORE

Virtual Vacations, Food-Blogging Style

For those of us chained to our desks this month and longing for a midwinter escape, the Internet has provided the second-best thing: Travel vicariously with your favorite food blogger. READ MORE

Gated Community: Will someone shut these celebrities up?

Rachael Ray went on a racist Oprah tirade over a year ago. READ MORE

Not Just Rioja

Paul Blow

Wines from the Spanish region of Priorat are the new cult find. READ MORE

A Classy Drunk

Decades-old cocktails get resurrected-- with a twist-- in the country's most fashionable bars. READ MORE

Freeze-Dried Guanciale and Squid Ink Bar Codes

What we learned at Madrid Fusión. READ MORE

Peanut Butter Burgers, French Fry Titans, and Bye-Bye “Streak”

I’m staying at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, a terrific and underpriced new hotel with surprisingly good room service and a fun, lively bar. Best of all, it’s right on the waterfront, an irresistible part of Halifax. READ MORE

Bar-Coded Meat

Just when you thought free-range pork couldn’t possibly get more expensive, the government is pushing to tag all U.S. livestock with scannable IDs—a program that could hit small farmers with whopping costs and drive many of them out of business. READ MORE

Point Reyes – Fresh Oysters at The Marshall Store

The clam chowder is nothing special, but the raw oysters at the Marshall Store sing with a pure, sweet freshness. READ MORE

Hardcore Thai, Despite the Great Wine List

With its yuppie crowd, upscale decor, and respectable wine list, Soi 4 would not exactly set off your chow-dar for great Thai food. READ MORE