Delta is No. 1 for craft beer
Airlines are riding the craft beer wave. Using a scoring system developed by the website Beer Advocate, Delta Air Lines scored the highest (73.6) with offerings that include Blue Moon Belgian White and Sweetwater 420 Extra Pale Ale. Alaska Airlines came in second with a score of 71.8, offering Alaskan Freeride APA and Kona Longboard. Minnesota-based Sun Country, which serves Surly beers onboard, was not part of the survey. Washington Post
Disneyland doing 'Star Wars'
To make way for a new "Star Wars" area at Disneyland, 10 attractions and eateries at the Anaheim, Calif., park will close — some temporarily, some permanently. An opening date could be at least a year away.Los Angeles Times
Eat Here Now
Portland is a hotbed for exotic Thai cuisine
From takeout to tasting menus, chefs in Portland, Ore., have increasingly been taking risks with more obscure regional dishes, to resounding success. Earl Ninsom's restaurant PaaDee is a favorite standby for Portlanders who want comforting food made with real Thai ingredients. But the most exciting action happens in a back room at PaaDee, where, four nights a week, Ninsom serves a five-course tasting menu. Coveted reservations at this restaurant-within-a-restaurant, Langbaan (langbaanpdx.com), are $75 and sell out weeks in advance. The menu changes monthly to incorporate seasonal ingredients and to focus on a new regional or cultural theme. The recent Ayutthaya menu was full of dishes like crackly grilled squab and Pekin duck curry. Borrowing a technique that is rarely seen today, chefs poached an omelet lightly in a sausage casing and cut it into delicate round disks that floated in a clear, fragrant pork broth.
New York Times
Site helps you share your hotel room
A new online company that may cut your hotel bills in half. The catch? You have to share your room with a stranger. Bryon Shannon said he created the Winston Club so that travelers can split the cost of a hotel room. Joining the club is free, and you get to accept or reject the roommate that the club chooses for you. So far, the club has agreements to operate in hotels in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Ore. Shannon said many members join to make friends or meet new travel companions. The service is popular, he said, with business travelers on a budget. "We've noticed that business travel is one of the loneliest things," Shannon said. "It's a great option for people who are frustrated by that." Los Angeles TImes
Deal of the week
California goes prix-fixe for Restaurant Month
During California Restaurant Month, dining spots throughout the state are offering a slew of specials. For example, SF Restaurant Week (Jan. 20-31) will feature more than 100 San Francisco restaurants with prix-fixe lunch menus for $15 or $25 and dinner for $40 or $65. The Stinking Rose, known for its garlic dishes, has $25 lunches and $40 dinners. San Diego Restaurant Week (Jan. 17-24) has three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $20, $30, $40 or $50 and two-course prix-fixe lunch menus for $10, $15 or $20. On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the Smith Flat House in Placerville has a special winter tasting menu with local wine pairings for $60 per person. Info: visitcalifornia.com/event/california-restaurant-month. Washington Post