Escape the April showers and head to Zihuatanejo for a sunny culinary experience.

The 2012 travel climate in Mexico is different than in years past. A combination of the depressed economy and media hype over the supposed dangers of traveling south of the border mean that the usually-thriving Mexican tourism industry is experiencing a lull. What this translates to for you, my little Seattle songbird, is mucho savings in the sand and sun.

Juicy details on the new and improved eatery formally known as Spring Hill.

This week the social media universe erupted with the news that beloved West Seattle restaurant Spring Hill will change its name to Ma’ono and its menu focus to fried chicken. This is welcomed news, indeed, for the denizens who often failed to score coveted reservations to their famed Monday night fried chicken dinners of late.

A La Bonne Franquette puts an underdog Seattle neighborhood on the culinary map.

South of Leschi and north of Columbia City, the Mt. Baker neighborhood is an oft-ignored bleak patch in Seattle’s “Technicolor Dreamquilt” dining scene. Case in point: there is a pizza joint with pies that taste like they come from a mall and a thicket of toddlers underfoot so dense you feel like drunk Bigfoot bushwhacking through them to the register.

Guest Chef Night showcases some first-class flavor for a fundamentally good cause.

The New Year brings with it new contemplations on — and possibly resolutions for — how we live our lives. Whether you’ve resolved to hit the gym or hit the books, a little giving is always in order. It’s extra rewarding to give when there’s food involved, and that’s just what you get at FareStart.

These irresistible Seattleites made their mark in the year that was.

2011 was a good year for food in Seattle. We’ve seen a craft cocktail uprising, scads of new restaurants (much to the locavore’s delight) and a slew of culinary books. I’d like to highlight some sexy celebs of the Seattle food community, for their accomplishments, as well as their raw and often silly charm. Here they are, in no particular order:

Fine Food and Wine Cruises couple exotic destinations with first-class cuisine.

If you have trouble finding a suitable gift for your special someone that truly reflects the depth of your love, then look no further! Fine Food and Wine Cruises pair celebrity chefs with top wineries from around the country to create one of the most satisfying experiences a food lover could ever hope to have.

Chef Mark Bodinet brings a wealth of experience (and personal touches) to the table.

With all the buzz surrounding the new restaurants opening on Capitol Hill or downtown every other week, we tend to neglect the perimeters of our city in terms of dining choices. This is probably why many of you have never heard of a little place called Copperleaf Restaurant inside the Cedarbrook Lodge hotel, located moments — yet, a world — away from Seatac Airport.