Restaurant Week: Duende, La Bodega For The People

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People are cheek-pressed against windows to see inside. The windows are tall, and it’s going to take a lot of vinegar to get their cheek smudge off, but I don’t blame them. The interior is stare-worthy. Like most contemporary things, it isn’t precious. There is welding with visible solder seams, uneven pieces of lumber, and a deconstructed … [Read more...]

Last Week With Ben Blake: February 9th, 2013

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Welcome to another edition of our weekly Saturday news magazine, “Last Week With Ben Blake”. Mr. Blake is Sprudge.com’s trusty news intern, and a world-traveling illustration genius. Check out Draw Coffee for more of Ben's work. NWRBC Champs! Following three days of fierce competition, your NWRBC Barista and Brewer's Cup Champs have been … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Why Maialino Is One Of New York’s Best Cafes

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Maialino is Danny Meyer’s take on a Roman trattoria, but it's much more than that. You could argue that Maialino makes a better café than most dedicated coffee establishments in New York. What follows is said argument. Maialino employs six full-time baristas - six! -  meaning you can get an expertly prepared Counter Culture Coffee cappuccino at … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Why Simon Ouderkirk Gives A Crepe

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This story requires a little bit of context: I was working my way through school at my first coffee job, a part-timer at Starbucks. Like a lot of people, even before working there I figured I had a pretty solid understanding of coffee and its ways and forms. After having worked the morning shift for about six months, as you’d expect, I pretty much … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Le Comptoir’s Gary Menes Talks Coffee

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When tasked to write about a most coffee-focused restaurant experience in Los Angeles, one name immediately springs to mind: Chef Gary Menes and his pop up concept Le Comptoir. That's not to say there aren't several excellent dining & coffee experiences to be in had in LA; it's just that I've personally seen Mr. Menes surround himself with … [Read more...]

Restaurant Week: Brooklyn’s Unsinkable Fort Defiance

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Dining and coffee enthusiasts, unite! Welcome to Sprudge.com's Restaurant Week - a varied and voluminous look at the intersection of coffee and food in Our Modern World. We'll be running features all week long from the very best writers in coffee. In this feature, 2012 Sprudgie Award-winning writer and photographer Liz Clayton visits Fort … [Read more...]

Tyler Wells, Foodie: Handsome Co-Founder’s Nice Dining Pop-Up

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Dining and coffee enthusiasts, unite! Welcome to Sprudge.com's Restaurant Week - a varied and voluminous look at the intersection of coffee and food in Our Modern World. We'll be running features all week long from the very best writers in coffee. Hear ye, Los Angeles dining and specialty coffee lovers: Handsome Coffee Roasters co-founder Tyler … [Read more...]