California Restaurant Month returns with special promotions and offerings

With nearly 30 destinations across California

Participating restaurants in four regions: Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area, Central Coast and Southern California will be offering prix fixe menus, wine pairings, celebrity chef events and deals for patrons during “California Restaurant Month.” Caroline Beteta, Visit California president and CEO described restaurant week as “a great opportunity for foodies and aspiring foodies alike to experience the best of California’s abundant and diverse wine and food product.” See a list of the participants. Read More


Most popular North American ski resorts of 2011

Yeah 2011 is over, but we’re sure you still want to know what the best ski resorts were last year. ranked the ski resorts through Facebook fans with Mammoth coming in at number one. Take a look at the full report. Read More

100 million Americans ‘going out’ on New Year’s Eve

The National Restaurant Association (NRA?) published their survey findings estimating that 100 millions Americans plan to celebrate New Years by going out or buying take-out. One of 5 surveyed are planning a night at a restaurant or bar on New Year’s Eve and 22 percent plan on bringing it home. Read More


Coffee sales increase partially attributed to single serve coffee formats

According to “Coffee and Ready-to-Drink Coffee in the U.S.,” a just-released report from market research firm Packaged Facts, retail coffee sales reached $7.3 billion in 2011, increasing 17% in 2010. The study claims that the growth comes from four main factors that are driving up coffee prices: rising prices for “green” (raw) coffee beans, “premiumization” of coffee, demand for specialty coffees, and huge growth in single-serve formats. Read More


‘Greenest restaurant in the country’ awarded to Chicago’s Uncommon Ground

Ever wonder what the ‘greenest’ restaurant in America is? Uncommon Ground in Chicago is being celebrated for implementing 116 environmental steps making them a 4 Star Certified Green Restaurant in 2011. Read More


Urban Adventures, experiential day tour company, hits 50,000 customers

The travel company focused on offering a unique experience over typical sightseeing has announced their 50,000th customer. Founded in 2009, Urban Adventures is now “operating tours in a tick over 100 cities on six continents. All our operators are passionate, local perfectionists when it comes to inviting someone in to experience their cities from a local perspective.” They credit their success to the value that they provide to customers, which seems warranted given that 94% of travelers would rebook a tour with them. The companies success builds off of the trend that people are looking for a deeper, more specialized travel experience. Read More

San Francisco Beer Week organizers plan to reach over 400 events

SFBW is February 10 - 19, 2012

Get your livers ready, San Francisco! Beer week is back for its fourth year. San Francisco Beer Week 2012 will run from February 10 – 19 and the organizers are expecting bigger and better events. SFBW Communication Manager, Brian Stechschulte says, “Since events are just starting to roll onto our schedule it’s hard to be specific outside of our annual festivities, such as the Opening Celebration, but all indications point to an even bigger roster of events, which could reach 400.”

The beer week is put together by Northern California craft beer industry members and the San Francisco Brewers Guild which consists of eight local breweries: 21st Amendment, Anchor Brewing, Beach Chalet, Gordon Biersch, Magnolia, Social, Speakeasy, and ThirstyBear. Brian tells us that they are also seeing more interests from breweries outside of the Bay Area like Paso Robles, CA based Firestone Walker Brewing Co. The official website will reveal additional details on December 12. “It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Brian adds.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter coming to Universal Studios Hollywood

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is coming to Hollywood. Universal Studios Hollywood will be featuring the Harry Potter themed attraction with the same level of detail and awesomeness as its Florida counterpart. The immersive world will have Hogwarts Castle as the centerpiece of the attraction. The Florida attraction is also has expansion plans. The date for both has yet to be set.

Photography provided by Universal Parks & Resorts


Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern supports horse meat consumption

With the recent controversy behind the newly lifted horse slaughtering ban, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern is all for it. Most have not tried horse meat, and never will, but if curious, Andrew gives Taste Terminal a description. Read More


Coffee industry expected to rise over the next 5 years

Based on IBISWorld's published research

According to IBISWorld, an independent market researcher, coffee bean prices are expected to drop and produce a growth in the industry for the next five years. But not just from coffee bean prices, average disposable incomes are also supposed to increase slightly. Put mo’ money with mo’ coffee together, and you get a lot more cups of joe being consumed. Read More

American Airlines files for bankruptcy

Plans to continue operations worldwide

American Airlines and parent company, AMR Corporation has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The airline will continue to operate normally, honoring tickets and reservations. Frequent flyer program will not be interrupted. Thomas W. Horton, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of AMR and American Airlines assured AA customers with the following statement, “American’s customers are always our top priority and they can continue to depend on us for the safe, reliable travel and high quality service they know and expect from us.”

AMR plans to restructure and to “emerge even stronger as a global leader known for excellence and innovation, a travel partner customers seek out, and a carrier that serves communities throughout the world.” The filings will have no direct legal impact outside of the U.S.


DNA certification to ensure ‘seafood quality’ through barcoding

The FDA officially approved of a DNA barcoding procedure in October to ensure proper labeling of local and imported seafood. Discussions have been opened with the restaurant and seafood supply industries regarding delicacy verifications by David Schindel, a Smithsonian Institution paleontologist and executive secretary of the Washington-based Consortium for the Barcode of Life. Read More