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Naomi Pomeroy's Expatriate Launches Brunch; Watch Ransom Spirits Make Vermouth

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ALBERTAExpatriate, the sexy bar with an Asian-American vibe from James Beard Award-winner Naomi Pomeroy and Kyle Linden Webster, is about to launch brunch. The new daylight hours (10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekends) begin March 19, and for those already familiar with the overwhelmingly celebrated brunch at Beast, Expatriate's will take you into uncharted territory. Like the bar's vibe—a sort of carousing-on-a-rickshaw boldness—the food will have an Asian bent, with a focus on Chinese dishes turned into American classics.

FOOD TV—Vermouth, vermouth, vermouth—surfacing as one of the biggest trends in drinking in 2016, the fortified wine isn't just for martinis and manhattans anymore, and McMinnville's Ransom Wines & Spirits, headed by the famously talented and reclusive Tad Seestedt, is on the cutting edge. This rustic and beautiful video shows you how it's done in Willamette Valley.

HEATMAP—More often than not, readers, tipsters, friends, and family of Eater have one question: Where should I eat right now? Thus, we present the Eater Heatmap. This month, we're adding Chesa, for its modern Spanish dishes; ChkChk, for its not-so-guilty-making guilty pleasure chicken sandwich; Homegrown Smokehouse and Deli, for more or less reinventing vegan food; and Kichinto, for bringing Shigezo's ramens and izakaya to North Russell Street.