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Super Bowl Sunday is Actually a Super Time for Ski Deals

January 29, 2015 at 11:15 AM | by | Comments (0)

As a resident of Denver, I can tell you very honestly that, during the football season, Sunday is not a bad day to be on the slopes. Many local NFL fans forgo the day on the mountain and retreat inside to watch games all day, leaving lift lines short and runs clear. Even though the Super Bowl doesn't start until the early evening out west, the same will be true on Super Sunday, probably to a much larger extent.

The fact that many ski areas are expecting reduced demand on Super Sunday equals great deals on lift tickets. So why not sneak in a few runs before the big game festivities begin? Bargain sites like Liftopia are showing discounts all across the country, such as 31% off at Arapahoe Basin, 30% off at Copper Mountain, 16% off at Killington, and 28% off at Snowbird, among others.

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Tired of Football? Here are 5 Other Things to See and Do in Phoenix This Weekend

January 28, 2015 at 3:05 PM | by | Comments (0)

Horse and carriage in Old Town Scottsdale

Downtown Phoenix will be insane this Super Bowl weekend, with 12 blocks roped off and transformed into Super Bowl Central. The Big Game is expected to draw over a million people, and there will be plenty of fun to be had, including the chance to meet NFL players.

You should check all that out, obviously, but don't miss out on all the other cool things the greater Phoenix area has to offer. Comprised of several cities within cities, you'll have your work cut out for you exploring it all over the course of a weekend.

We suggest starting with Scottsdale and Tempe, and getting outside to enjoy Phoenix's pleasant winter sunshine.

Here's our starter guide for first-timers to the Valley of the Sun:

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Slurp It! The 6 Best Oyster Bars in America Right Now

January 28, 2015 at 1:29 PM | by | Comments (0)

As Valentine’s Day, approaches, you’re probably starting to think all sorts of sexy thoughts. Maybe how to impress your date or how to turn on the sexual healing.

You may even be thinking about Oysters, a notorious aphrodisiac said to get people all hot and bothered. (You know you are, just admit it.)

Or, since we're at the peak of the sick season, you might want to boost your flagging immune system. Again, consider oysters as they have more zinc per serving than any other food. And it’s been shown that zinc taken in the early stages of a cold can decrease its severity.

Whether you want to increase your sexytime or decrease your sick time, here are 6 of the best oyster bars in America, where you can slurp bivalves until your heart’s content.

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Airlines Adding Plenty of Super Bowl Flights, But It'll Cost You

January 28, 2015 at 10:11 AM | by | Comments (0)

In case you missed it—the Super Bowl is kicking off this Sunday and airlines are announcing extra flights to get fans down to the desert to check out the game in Arizona.

Alaska Airlines often shares their fondness for the Seahawks, and they’re doing their part to get fans to the game. The carrier is adding two additional round-trip flights between Seattle and Phoenix, and as in the past those fans wearing the jersey of Russell Wilson—the Seahawks' quarterback—will score early boarding departing Seattle.

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Beijing Comes to Chicago at The United Terminal at O'Hare

January 27, 2015 at 3:32 PM | by | Comments (0)

The United Terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport just got a little artsier.

“City Windows,” a permanent art installation has been unveiled near gate B19, It was created by Chinese artist Qiao Xiaoguang and it’s pretty awesome. So awesome, it might not make us so pissed off to fly United anymore.

The ancient art of Chinese paper cutting was used to create a panorama of iconic images from Chicago and Beijing. The images highlight landmarks like Navy Pier and the Willis Tower in Chicago, and Tiananmen Square and the Olympic Stadium in Beijing. The display symbolizes the deep friendship and cultural and business connections between Chicago and China, and can also be viewed from outside the airport when approaching the terminal.

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How Much Did President Obama Travel in 2014? These Maps Show Each and Every Trip

January 27, 2015 at 2:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's good to be the king... of snazzy air travel.

Everyone knows that the U.S. President is constantly on the move, not only within our own country, but all over the world. But what exactly does a year of Presidential travel look like?

Last week, the Washington Post published a series of maps that show President Obama's 2014 travel schedule month by month.

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5 'Broad City' Filming Locations You Can Visit Without Bevers Ruining It For You

January 27, 2015 at 1:22 PM | by | Comments (0)

Last weekend, to celebrate the return of Comedy Central's Broad City, the Lyft App gave fans in NYC a ride in their spiffy new Broad City RV (pictured above). For those who missed out, we have the next best thing.

Here are 5 Broad City filming locations you can visit anytime, without Bevers, Abbi's roommate's boyfriend, screwing it up for you.

1. Chalk Gym

Abbi is employed as a Cleaner at NYC's trendy "Soulstice" (seriously, it's the title on her t-shirt) but if you were planning on getting a membership, you're out-of-luck since the gym doesn't actually exist. You can check out the next best thing though, Chalk Gyms in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where the Soulstice scenes are filmed. Get ready to Slide and Glide, mothaf*ckers!

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Southwest Airlines Adds a Pair of New Beers to The Beverage Cart

January 26, 2015 at 1:45 PM | by | Comments (0)

2014 was a big year for ales and lagers--in the air--and it's only getting better in 2015 as Southwest Airlines has already added two new beers!

Now Southwest flights will stock Leinenkugel's seasonal craft selections, along with Dos Equis Lager Especial . We recognize that these aren’t necessarily the microbrews you might be looking for, but we’ve never frowned upon a more varied selection.

It’ll be $5 for either of these new options, or you can you use one of your Rapid Rewards drink coupons. The options from Leinenkugel will change with the seasons, so expect Snowdrift Vanilla Porter if you’re flying anytime soon. Other options will include Summer Shandy during warmer weather, and Oktoberfest in the fall.

Oh—and if you need something to go alongside your drink there’s always peanuts. Southwest is transitioning back to honey roasted peanuts—they’re free—throughout the rest of 2015.

[Photo: styloloco ]

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5 Places to Find Barbecue, Beer, and Bourbon in Fort Worth

January 23, 2015 at 6:13 PM | by | Comments (0)

Ribs at Angelo's Barbecue in Fort Worth

We've talked up the metro-cowboy contrast and cattle drive history that makes Fort Worth special, but now it's time to get down to the good old fashion Texas appeal: Barbecue, beer, and bourbon. In this addition of Street Food Friday, we round up a few of our favorite Fort Worth establishments:

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Ask Nicely and Alaska Airlines Will Pay It Forward...to First Class

January 23, 2015 at 2:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

In the spirit of New Years' Resolutions, we're choosing to be filled with love and light when it comes to airlines. So instead of focusing on the terrible TSA theater, the crappy meals served in-flight, the nickel-and-diming onboard, the exasperated attitudes at the gate or the rampant idiocy in the baggage claim, we're focusing on airlines and flight attendants doing it right. Below, Charyn Pfeuffer, rejoins the Jaunted crew with a seating snafu on Alaska Airlines that went terribly...right.

As a frequent traveler who has often logged 100 flights per year, I've jaunted far and wide and have seen the world’s best sights and attended once-in-a-lifetime events. No matter where I’ve stayed, how I traveled or whom I’ve met, I’ve learned the secret to travel success is to be gracious. In other words, don’t be a jerk.

A simple “please” and “thank you” goes a long way – in every culture I’ve encountered. Such deference served me well last week when I found myself in a bit of a travel snag.

A few of my girlfriends and I made plans to take a dear friend with cancer to Los Angeles for an extra special getaway. We booked flights on Alaska Airlines. Two first class tickets – one for our friend Mary, one for her mother; the rest of us booked tickets in coach.

Due to an emergency, Mary’s mother couldn’t make it. We didn’t want Mary to fly by herself in first class, but a quick call to Alaska Airlines told us it would cost $450 to transfer one of the coach tickets to the paid-for first class seat. FOUR-HUNDRED AND FIFTY DOLLARS! Nearly double the cost of the initial ticket. Stunned by sticker shock, we didn’t know what to do.

So, I decided to reach out to Alaska Airlines via Twitter.

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Go for The Lounge, Stay for The Pain Killers and Winter Margs at Fletcher's Park City

Where: 526 Main Street [map], Park City, UT, United States
January 23, 2015 at 12:41 PM | by | Comments (0)

We've told you how to ski Park City, Utah but when you’re done on all the slopes, there’s a new way unwind on Main Street—with a stop in at Fletcher’s Park City.

The rustic restaurant, bar and lounge opened in late December, making it one of the newest watering holes in Park City. But the bar actually has quite a bit of history. The owners cleared out the original structure that stood there, but were required by the city to rebuild in the exact same footprint as the old building, with a lot of the same architectural touches. So while it’s completely brand new from top to the bottom, it fits in seamlessly with the rest of the old town architecture on Main Street. It's also right next to the popular photo opp that is the Franz the Bear sculpture.

On the restaurant menu at Fletcher's is comfort food done in a clean way, using grass-fed beef for the hefty steak entrees and local produce for the interesting side dishes. (We've got our eye on the Cauliflower bomb, fritters served with smoked paprika yogurt, mint and pomegranate.) A gluten-free menu served as well.

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Super Bowl's Super Week Actually Kicks Off Tomorrow in Phoenix

January 23, 2015 at 11:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

No matter how you prefer your footballs—that’s the only comment, we had to—the NFL is on the move this weekend as they begin to take over the desert. The Super Bowl is set to do its thing in Phoenix (actually, neighboring Glendale) on February 1, but there’s also a lot for fans to do before the main event and kickoff.

All the goodies are part of the NFL Experience, and things will run over at the Phoenix Convention Center starting tomorrow and running through February 1. The league is promising an interactive theme park of football this and that. Think interactive games, displays, football clinics for the little ones, and autograph sessions from your favorite players. Head right here for the schedule and the hours of operation.

Within the NFL Experience you’ll also find the Bridgestone Fan Gallery, and here you’ll be able to check out all the media madness—from Radio Row to all the other broadcasts.

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