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Food Worth Flying For: The Best Burger in All of Wine Country

November 20, 2014 at 9:25 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).

For years and year it was known as Taylor's Refresher, but now it’s called Gott’s Roadside. The name may have changed but the roadside restaurant and its “tray gourmet” has remained the same. Sure Napa Valley is known for its wine, the English muffins over at The Model Bakery, and that perfect pork chop at Mustards Grill; however, to us the burger and fries are the reason we continue to visit year after year.

We realize that there are best of lists from here to eternity when it comes to burgers, but we have to say our pick is the Western Bacon Blue Ring at Gott’s Roadside. The thing is topped with barbeque sauce, an onion ring, local blue cheese, pickles, red onion, and bacon—and all of those ingredients are doing their thing between a toasted egg bun.

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Don't Panic. JetBlue's Upcoming Baggage Fees and Reduced Legroom Aren't the End of the World

November 20, 2014 at 8:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

What a week for Southwest Airlines! Yesterday, the only other airline than Southwest who doesn't charge a fee for your first checked bag—JetBlue—announced that they would indeed begin charging fees on checked bags.

Bummer for JetBlue, as the change will be introduced at some point in 2015 along with new airfare tiers of service, but a boon for Southwest, who now claims the title of "the only airline where bags fly free."

Still, JetBlue flyers have no need to panic just yet. The baggage fees haven't yet been detailed with pricing (although industry standard is $25 for the first bag), the new fare tiers haven't been announced, and none of these changes will happen until some point in 2015.

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HotelChatter Details the Best Hotel Rooms of Burma

November 19, 2014 at 10:12 PM | by | Comments (0)

Our sis site HotelChatter does a bang-up job of covering the latest news and trends in the hotel world. We're also including a few links from VegasChatter, the newest member to the family. So check in and stay awhile.

· Everything you need to know about Burma hotels
· Your annual reminder about gross hotel room remote controls
· An extra fee for a crappy hotel review?
· All we want for Christmas is a Hotels.com gift card

· That one time we went "jetpacking"
· Inside a stay at the LINQ Hotel
· No guts, no glory at video poker
· The return of the Strip ice skating rinks

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How to Travel by Train in Burma (If You Must)

Where: Myanmar
November 19, 2014 at 6:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

A typical view

It seems like everyone and their moms are going to Burma. Or is it Myanmar? (For the answer, see here.) Thanks to political and humanitarian reforms of the last several years, this Southeast Asian country is more open than ever to tourism. Over the next week or so, Jaunted's Julia Buckley will be sharing her tips and experiences as a traveler in Burma without a tour group and without memorizing a guidebook, but with common sense and open eyes on a Burma Field Trip.

Yesterday we talked about how to get around Burma. You may have already decided, as so many people have done before you, that flying internally in Myanmar is dangerous, but the overnight train is intrepid and romantic.

You would be wrong.

Certain sections of the internet are aglow with fond accounts of train travel in Burma. It’s the only way to travel like a local, they say. Making the 16hr journey to Mandalay is the way to see the country and its people. Sure, it rocks and rolls a bit, on its tiny ancient narrow gauge railway, but that’s part of the fun.

They’re right on the first two. They’re wrong on the second. It doesn’t just rock and roll. It lurches, which isn’t so bad, it shrieks and screeches, which is atmospheric, but then it jumps. As in, actually jumps off the rails and bounces around. If you’re in a seat, then it’s just incredibly, worryingly painful. But if you’re in a sleeper—which most tourists are advised to take—you will find yourself, no exaggeration, airborne.

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What to Eat in Vienna: 19 Foods That'll Rock Your World

Where: Vienna, Austria
November 19, 2014 at 1:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

Vienna is so much more than Schnitzel.

It's also more than opera, Mozart, Empress Sisi, and Edelweiss on a mountainside. Vienna, Austria is a world capital of good eating, a fact that doesn't get nearly enough play. We'd almost rank it above Paris in terms of excellent culinary adventures, and we simply cannot narrow down our favorite Viennese flavors to a list of 5 or 10 items; nope, we have 19 must-try Vienna food and drinks to share with you.

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All We Want for Christmas is a Norwegian Passport

Where: Norway
November 19, 2014 at 12:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

A round of applause for Norway.

Not only has the Scandinavian country put its famous design talent to work reworking their paper money, but they've also just concluded an open competition to revamp the look of Norwegian passports.

The winner? Olso studio Neue, whose striking, Scandi minimalist modern exterior and surprise interior won over the judges.

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This App Allows Free Texting on Airplanes. #Blessed

November 19, 2014 at 12:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Picture it: You and your friend are seated aisles away from one another on a plane. The devastation sets in. How are you going to pass the next few hours? The stranger to your left seems uninterested in your running commentary on the sub-par in-flight movie options and relative attractiveness of each flight attendant. This is serious.

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One Connecticut Town Holds the Secret to Colorful Turkeys

November 19, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

So we’re roughly a week away from Thanksgiving, and it’s pretty much crunch time if you’re looking to squeeze in one last seasonal happening before the big day. Sure there are festivals and parades, but for the most part Turkey Day is all about friends, family, and food—oh and shopping too.

The food is the main attraction at one farm along the shoreline in Connecticut, as they have been raising turkeys for years and years. What sets Gozzi’s Turkey Farm apart from the competition is that there’s some fun to be had before Thanksgiving as well, as they do something a little bit different with their feathered friends—they show them off in neon shades of green, yellow, and pink.

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7 Beautifully Illustrated 2015 Calendars Inspired by Travel

November 19, 2014 at 9:35 AM | by | Comments (0)

One of the best pieces of inspiration is an empty calendar.

That's one upcoming year of possibilities open for your creation. New faces, new places.

To rely on an iCal or digital calendar is fine, but to have physical pieces of paper to write upon...may inspire fresh thoughts and ideas. Here's hoping those include plans for new destinations in 2015, jotted upon these lovely, illustrated calendars inspired by travel:

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Economy Passengers are Tired of Measly Meal Trays

November 19, 2014 at 9:05 AM | by | Comments (0)

Last week some great news for Economy passengers arrived from Down Under, as Qantas' introduced new meals for those flying in the back of the plane.

The Red Roo's overhauled menu includes more choices for in-flight grub via their Select on Q pre-order system, now with 50% larger meals and even special treats like ice cream snacks and a welcome drink. Meals not only do away with trays and feature more destination-based items (like BBQ beef sliders to North America and and full English breakfast to the UK), but they'll even surprise with items like a bread roll already infused with butter to eliminate buttery finger fumbling.

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Airbus' New Airplane Concept is a 'Flying Doughnut.' Yum.

November 19, 2014 at 8:20 AM | by | Comments (0)

Want to ride in a flying saucer?

Me neither. Those probes are cold.

But here’s something close to it, and kind of cool. Airbus has filed a patent for a new plane design that has a UFO-style look to it. The application dubs the invention as an “Aircraft Including a Passenger Cabin Extending Around a Space Defined Outside the Cabin and Inside the Aircraft.” Shorter version: a plane where passengers are seated in concentric circles. Or as one publication put, as “flying doughnuts.”

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How to Get Tickets to Graceland's Holiday Lighting Ceremony

November 18, 2014 at 4:44 PM | by | Comments (0)

On Friday, Nov. 21, Graceland will hold a holiday lighting ceremony that would make Elvis proud.

The event will include everything from a Santa in a red jumpsuit to a life-size nativity scene that is part of the Presley family's traditional Christmas décor. All of the night's festivities will be hosted by John Stamos, who will be joined by patients from Le Bonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis. Stamos is also the voice of the new Graceland iPad Tour.

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