Saturday, March 9, 2013

Where To Eat & Drink At SXSW... And Why

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals are going on now through March 17, and this yearly event draws a lot of people from outside Austin TX.  In between the various planned activities, the attendees want to drink in (literally in some cases) the local sights, scenes, sounds and senses.  And we'd like to help.

We have gathered up all the stories we have collected from around the web that talk about food & drink related places in the Austin area, and put them on one map.  Click on each dot to see what place it is, and who was talking about it.

The full list of the stories are below the map - Enjoy!:

The stories we've collected relating to Austin are:

Veggie Tales: Austin's best spots for plant-based dining - The Austin Chronicle
You Gotta Try This, SXSW: Vegetarian favorites -
You Gotta Try This, SXSW: Lunch, dinner downtown -
You Gotta Try This, SXSW: Lunch, dinner outside the downtown core -
Top Austin Restaurants for SXSW, According to TripIt Users - TripIt Blog
Find time for a long, tall taste of Austin during SXSW madness - Austin American-Statesman
Austin, Texas: Where to Eat and Drink - Bon Appetit Magazine
10 places to see in 2013 - Los Angeles Times
101 Best Restaurants in America for 2013 - The Daily Meal
The Best Burgers in 25 Cities - Zagat
The Most Important Restaurants in America - Bon Appetit Magazine
'Where Chefs Eat': Insiders Guide to the World's Best Dining Delights - PRI's The World
America’s Best Bagels - The Daily Meal
A trio of Austin art galleries - San Antonio Express-News
After Crispy Pig Ears, 10 Trends for 2013 - The New York Times
America’s 12 Best Donut Shops - The Daily Meal
The Best Burritos in America - The Daily Meal
What to eat in Austin right now - New York Post
Best French Fries in the U.S. - Travel + Leisure
America's Coolest New Diners - Travel + Leisure
Top sandwich shops: Travelers pick their favorites -
10 of America's best historic restaurants -
The 25 Best Ice Cream Shops in the U.S. - Complex
Best Ice Cream Spots in the U.S. - Food & Wine Magazine
World Beer Cup 2012 Winners - USA & CAN
100 Restaurants with the Best Service in the U.S. - OpenTable
The Ten Best New Restaurants in America: Restaurants + Bars: - GQ Magazine
Best Restaurants 2011 - Esquire
The Best New Restaurants in America, 2011 - Bon Appetit Magazine
2011 Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Competition - Top 100 Overall Excellence (USA)
2009 Top 100 Chinese Restaurants Competition - Top 100 Overall Excellence (USA)
Food Wars - Travel Channel
America's Best Donuts - Travel + Leisure
National Carousel Association
Sweet Tooth - Food Network
Bar-B-Que - Food Network

Friday, March 1, 2013

Stories About Places We Added In February

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Downton Abbey, Airstreams, Valentines Day, and "Best Of" lists - those were the most popular topics of the stories we added in February to our Everything Map and Our Reading List.

For Downton Abbey, CNN ('Downton' in America: 6 big estates) and USA Today (Gilded-Age Newport courts 'Downton Abbey' fans) both looked at the American versions of Downton Abbey estates.  Or, for something a little different, the San Jose Mercury News (From warm hobbit holes to misty mountains -- Middle Earth in the Bay Area) located places you can channel your inner hobbit.

For decidedly smaller accommodations, Mother Nature Network (Hotel lets travelers rest their weary, discerning heads in rehabbed Airstreams) and the Los Angeles Times (Refurbished Airstreams showcase small-space living as lodging) found places you can stay the night in renovated Airstream trailers.

Chocolate and things to do on Valentines Day provided some interesting places to visit too.  MapQuest Discover (Everydayer: America’s Best Chocolate Factory Tours Travel Collection), (A Cowboy and His Cocoa: Meet Wyoming's Meeteetse Chocolatier) and the Los Angeles Times (Chocolate nirvana in Santa Fe, N.M.) sought out the best chocolate experiences. The Los Angeles Times (10 romantic restaurants for Valentine's Day) and USA Today (10 favorite hotels for a romantic getaway) looked for romantic places to eat and (ahem) sleep.

Best soup, best ski resorts, best burgers in 25 cities, best atmospheres experiences, best hotels of 2013 and the 101 best restaurants of 2013 - all in all there are places in 44 states that we collected from 66 stories this month.  What will be popular in March?