Word of Mouth: Portland, Oregon

The quintessential PNW city has grown up but its kept its inventive charm

Portland‘s culture of individualism has fostered some of the country’s best bars and restaurants, as well as experimental and ambitious shops. The PNW city—surrounded by the beauty of Mount Hood and spliced through with the splendors along the Willamette River—has a longstanding history of harvesting quality produce and accessing fresh seafood. Even in the city’s newest fleet of bars, restaurants and shops, there are innately …

Word of Mouth: Mexican Food in Los Angeles 

Tradition, family values, memories and experimentation collide for some of the most exciting dishes

To learn about the complexities of Mexican cuisine, starting anywhere in Mexico will—of course—lead to incredible discoveries of distinct dishes and the equally remarkable people making them. Regional cooking in Mexico is as diverse as the beautiful ingredients from seafood in Baja to moles in Oaxaca. With the large Mexican and Mexican-American population in Los Angeles, the range of food and flavors from the country …

France Now Has Oyster Vending Machines

The French have once again invented something irrefutably French: a 24-hour oyster vending machine. Of course the machines are refrigerated, and they also have glass walls so consumers can choose which oysters they want. One farmer, Tony Berthelot (who has a machine on Ile de Re island, off France’s western coast) says the idea was born from “losing lots of sales when we are closed,” …