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Is L.A.'s Pac-Man Street Art Just a Clever Commercial for Adam Sandler's New Movie 'Pixels'?

March 27, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Pac-Man seems to be having a resurgence, at least in Los Angeles.

Last week, a new piece of street art appeared in L.A.'s Art District featuring Pac-Man eating pac-dots as "Pinky", the pink ghost, chases him down the street to a sign that reads “GAME OVER.” Though it's unclear who created the new piece, there is some speculation it could be a commercial tie-in for the new Adam Sandler movie Pixels, which is not only about 80s video games, but also released a new trailer last week.

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Low Snow Pack Means You Climb Mount Rainier Earlier This Year Than Ever Before

Where: 39000 State Route 706 E (GPS Address to Nisqually Entrance) [map], Ashford, WA , United States
March 27, 2015 at 1:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

The climate is ‘a changing. After this winter’s record high temperatures around much of the U.S., there’s not much room for argument from global warming skeptics. Nine states in the West had one of their top 10 warmest winters on record. So there’s that.

While Washington skiers bemoaned the lack of snowpack this year, hikers can rejoice that many area trails and campground are opening unseasonably early, including Mount Rainier National Park (MRNP). This year, mountain trails and passes at Mount Rainier are opening earlier than ever before due to exceptionally low snow pack.

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If You're Looking For a Disney Monorail Just Check With eBay

March 27, 2015 at 9:26 AM | by | Comments (0)

Theme park fans need to monitor eBay and other online auction sites, as every once in a while a true gem comes up for sale. Just recently this was the case, as a pretty big piece of Walt Disney World had a chance of finding a place in your backyard or garage.

You know the monorail down in the Orlando area that whisks tourists from the parking lot to the Magic Kingdom and then over to Epcot as well? Well one of the cars was recently posted for sale on eBay, as the collector who previously purchased needed to get rid of it to raise some funds.

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Take a Breather (and Have a Beer) on Austin's Rainey Street

March 26, 2015 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Regardless of what time of year you're in Austin, 6th Street is where you will find the most debauchery. It is here that the crowds gather to party, with an endless stream of bars attracting a young, high-energy vibe. It is a site worth seeing, especially during festivals like South by Southwest, when the road is closed off and the party spills out onto the street.

But when you're ready to take a chill pill, consider checking out another segment of Austin's social scene, Rainey Street. While there is still plenty of partying and fun to be had, the mood is much more low-key and "neighborhoody" than the one you find on 6th Street. Think quieter streets, nearby houses, food trucks, trendy settings, and lots of outside picnic table seating.

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Netflix’s Latest Binge-Worthy Show, Bloodline, Was Filmed in The Florida Keys

March 26, 2015 at 3:53 PM | by | Comments (0)

Binging on the best new TV shows isn't just a great way to spend a weekend, it's also a way to find your next vacation destination.

Netflix's latest binge-worthy drama Bloodline, starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, Sissy Spacek, and Ben Mendelsohn, follows the Ryaburns as their oldest son comes home, bringing the family's "secrets and scars" back with him. All of this drama is set in the sun-soaked Florida Keys, which are so integral to the series' plot they're like another character on the show.

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Lactation Stations Now In Place At Milwaukee's Airport

March 26, 2015 at 9:14 AM | by | Comments (0)

Good news for moms and families on the go, as breastfeeding just got a little more comfortable and convenient for those traveling to or through Mitchell International Airport over in Milwaukee.

Three new Mamava Lactation Suites are now doing their thing within the airport, and each includes a couple of bench seats, a fold-down table for a breast pump, and a power outlet to plug it—or your iPad—in. There’s even a little space for your luggage and stroller as well. If you’re looking to check these out head into the concession mall and beyond security, as these will be situated in concourses C and D.

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Lake Tahoe Just Got More Accessible This Summer Thanks to JetBlue

March 25, 2015 at 2:05 PM | by | Comment (1)

This summer, Lake Tahoe will be more accessible for New Yorkers thanks to JetBlue

On the heels of our series of articles on Lake Tahoe, JetBlue has made a major announcement that should inspire those on the east coast to make a jaunt out west this summer.

Last week, we were explaining that Tahoe's position on the border of California and Nevada gives travelers the choice between three different airports. Our conclusion was that Reno is the best option for those that simply want to get there, as it is the closest and provides options for easy transfers to the lake itself.

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Food Worth Flying For: The Saimin Ramen of Kauai, Hawaii

March 25, 2015 at 10:55 AM | by | Comments (0)

That croissant in Paris. The char kway teow in Singapore. That cup of hot chocolate in Perugia. This is Food Worth Flying For. In this new series, Jaunted's contributors share the foods they'd gladly fly around the world for (and probably already have).

Shave ice. Puka Dog. Mai Tais. Ahi poke. Kalua pork. Macadamia nut...everything. We could go on.

You see, the food-related reasons to travel to Kauai, HI are pretty much endless, but we keep returning to one taste from the island over and over: Saimin Ramen.

Though you may recognize the word ramen, "saimin" is a special sort of the comforting noodle dish specific to the Hawaiian islands. The original influence is a mix of Japanese, Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, but the inclusion of Hawaiian-favorite Spam lunch meat and, depending on your personal preferences, may also contain, sausage, eggs, wonton, dumplings, and kimchi.

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When in Austin, Have Lunch Down the Road in the 'Barbecue Capital of Texas'

March 24, 2015 at 7:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

Barbecue is the cornerstone of Austin cuisine, especially for people in town for South by Southwest looking for a local experience. There are a number of great places to try within the city limits to get your fix of ribs and brisket, such as Black's, Rudy's, and Franklin. But if you're looking to escape the crowds for a couple hours, you might consider a lunch trip to Lockhart, the "barbecue capital of the Texas" just 40 minutes south.

The title of being the barbecue capital of Texas was first given to Lockhart by the 76th Texas Legislature and House Resolution #1024 in 1999, which officially named Lockhart the "Barbecue Capital of Texas." The title was again reaffirmed by the Senate in the Fall of 2003. Hearing that, we expected to find endless options in Lockhart, but amazingly there are only four barbecue restaurants in the entire town.

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Cruise Ship Bars are Becoming Cruise 'Hip' Bars on Celebrity Reflection

March 24, 2015 at 12:56 PM | by | Comment (1)

Most bars on cruise ships are pretty decent – you tend to have your champagne bar, martini bar, the big lounge with the live performers, and the nightclub, which is usually pretty empty but at least you can get some dance music every once in a while thrown in amongst the 60s nights.

But Celebrity Cruises has definitely upped the cool factor with a couple of bars that can be found on all Solstice class ships: yes, there’s the Martini Bar, but this one has an actual ice-top bar with ice-blue mood lighting, and there’s the Molecular Bar specializing in fancy foams and complex cocktails by award-winning mixologist Junior Merino. And then, unique to Celebrity Reflection, is the au courant pop-up nightclub concept.

Alexander Yepremian, the Reflection’s Cruise Director, had the brainiac idea to start a nightclub that would dock in a different bar each night at 10:30 p.m., with killer names like “Liquid” and “Indulgence.” On one particular night, this writer was having a glass of Pinot Noir at the club chair-rich Cellar Masters wine bar when crew started to move in carrying lights, sound equipment and cages large enough for cage dancers to shake their booty in. By the time I left, about an hour-and-a-half later, the DJ was throwing out some sweet sounds, the crowd was swaying and imbibing, and people were lined up outside on the red carpet waiting to get in.

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You'll Be Able to Score Your Own PDX Carpet Rug or Cat Toy

March 24, 2015 at 10:38 AM | by | Comments (0)

To say that some are obsessed with the departing carpet over at Portland International Airport in Oregon might just be an understatement, as some have even gone as far to make their devotion for airport design permanent.

Now that the carpet is on its way out it is time to begin your airport carpet collection, as a few companies now have the rights—and the goods—to start recycling the former fabric into some snazzy new stuff.

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Seattle: So Good You Can Actually Taste It at The Taste Washington Festival This Weekend

March 23, 2015 at 4:30 PM | by | Comments (0)

If you find yourself in Emerald City this weekend – and thirsty – hightail it to Taste Washington, the nation’s largest single-region wine and food event. There are a handful of fancy schmancy events, but the main attraction is The Grand Tasting, which takes place Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29.

The sip and bite extravaganza goes down at CenturyLink Field Event Center and features more than 200 wineries and 70 restaurants. Be sure to bring your A-game palate and wear your finest stretchy pants. Grand Tasting tickets range from $90-205, and include all food and wine samples. (Yay for no tickets or tokens!)

So, what are we most excited to check out? Walla Walla’s àMaurice Cellars, Yakima Valley’s Gilbert Cellars (we swoon for their rosé of Mourvedre, hello spring!) and Rotie Cellars’ Rhone varietals.

For foodstuffs, we’re looking forward to Jemil’s Big Easy, Purple Café and Wine Bar and Tulio from Hotel Vintage.

Sure, there are lots of fantastic small wine tasting rooms within the (206) city limits. But you won’t find this kind of variety unless you schlep two hours to Yakima or four hours to Walla Walla. And we can pinky swear promise, you won’t find these kind of food pairings if you make the trip. Gah.

[Photo: Taste Washington/Facebook]