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If you’re a sushi lover who has been to Maui, Oahu or the Big Island, chances are you’ve stood in lines out the door at the highly heralded hot spot Sansei. Well now there’s something new to wait for: Sansei chef-owner Dave (D.K.) Kodama’s mainland debut.
For the hard-core Beatles fans, touring the childhood homes of Paul McCartney and John Lennon isn't the only thing you should do when visiting Liverpool. There's also the Cavern Club where the boys played in their early days (due to decay it had to be rebuilt in the 1980s but they used a lot of the original bricks downstairs) as well as the Beatles-themed hotel Hard Day's Night.
And there's also the Albert Dock, a collection of old shipping docks and warehouses that was once a very downtrodden part of Liverpool, which has been revitalized into a peppy tourism center, complete with an outpost of the Tate Museum, a ferris wheel, the Merseyside Maritime Museum and of course, Beatles everything from the pick up point for the Magical Mystery Bus Tour to The Beatles Story, a one-stop shop for Beatles fans which includes a living history tour, the Fab4Store gift shop and the Fab4Cafe.
And it is downstairs here in the cafe where you'll be able to taste some Beatles ice cream.
Cue the “Weekend Update” music, because we have some breaking news to report: “Saturday Night Live” is about to open a museum-style exhibition, and it’s going to rock your (Wayne’s) world.
Opening on May 30 at New York City's Premier Exhibition 5th Avenue — a fancy new state-of-the-art events space — and coinciding with the iconic TV series’ 40th anniversary, “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition” basically sounds like a mini-Smithsonian dedicated to all things related to the show. And honestly, SNL kind of deserves that. The show is basically an American institution at this point. We forgive the lackluster seasons because every week, it plugs our finger into a socket of kinetic NYC energy. (“Saturday Night Live” might be the most successful accidental tourism campaign, like, ever.) And even the lame episodes become entertaining as reruns, when they take on the air of nostalgia – like televised yearbooks reminding us of the news events, pop culture chatter, and god-awful hairstyles of bygone eras.
Apparently, cuddling has many benefits. According to Women’s Health, cuddling releases dopamine and serotonin – two hormones that help make you happy. (It also does a host of other good stuff, which you can read about here.) But would we pay for a cuddling service? West Seattle resident Lashanna Williams sure hopes so. She recently opened Seattle’s first Cuddle Club, a place to be “held” and “benefit from more meaningful human contact,” according to her site.
Here’s Williams' official announcement:
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It’s been a while since we discussed the changes to Downtown Disney over at Walt Disney World. Fast-forward two years later, and plenty of developments have been made. But this latest announcement may be the most exciting one of all: Get ready for an Indiana Jones-themed bar.
All together now: "YES!"
Per IGN, this awesome-sounding place will be known as Jock Lindsey's Hangar Bar. Apparently that dude — Jock Lindsey — was the pilot (and snake owner) from Raiders of the Lost Ark. And no, we didn’t remember that either.
When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!
Usually the premise of FGF is to, as stated above, "check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else." But when we popped into a Carrefour Express in Rome on Via de Gesu, we were giddy to see the display of fresh fruits and vegetables, instead of the usual quick-market suspects like chips and soda. Check out the wide array of good-looking produce. We were nearly tempted to buy the prickly "brocolini romani" in the bottom row.
Admiring the produce also served as a quick Italian lesson for us. Cauliflower is pronounced "cavolfiori" while cucumber is "cetriolo" and fennel is "finocchi." But no translation was needed for "peperoni rossi." Oddly, iceberg lettuce is still called "iceberg" here.
It's the freaking weekend and the chances are good that you will be dining out sometime in the next three days. Or if you're leaving for a vacation, you may be looking for the best places to eat wherever you're going. But first, there are some things to know about where to eat, what to eat and how to get a reservation there. We've got a Back of House insider dishing tips on what you REALLY need to know when dining out. Got a question? Mail it to us!
In this edition of Back of House, we’ll focus on one of the first interactions you have at almost any restaurant: the conversation with the host or hostess. The people behind those pretty podiums might not appear to be a very integral part of your overall experience, but they can actually make a major difference.
TELL THE HOST IF YOU’RE GOING CAMPING
Sometimes you want a quick meal, sometimes you want to stretch it out. If you’re planning to camp out at your table for a while, let the host or hostess know. If you call to make a reservation and already know you’re planning on a lengthy experience, that would be the perfect time to tell them so they can plan in advance. Even if you’re a walk-in, simply tell the almighty restaurant gatekeeper that you’re looking for a table and you’re anticipating to stay longer than the average person. They need to put you at an appropriate table. Especially if you provide a big enough heads up, they’ll even try to secure you one of the more comfortable spots so you actually feel good sitting there for however long you’re planning on (whereas if they think you’re a regular guest on a regular schedule, they’ll probably rush you out the door).
PRO TIP: This is particularly helpful at higher-end restaurants, but if you sense the host having a negative vibe toward your request to stay longer than most people, tip them. Pretty much guaranteed to turn their frown upside-down.
Hey, you guys! It's road trip season, and no trip through America's heartland is complete without snacking your way from state to state. So when we hit the road in Wisconsin with a full gas tank, we wanted to make sure our bellies were just as full — with delicious treats that are synonymous with Dairy-land.
Naturally, the majority of our snacks featured homegrown dairy from any number of farms that call the state home. This is Wisconsin: Don't forget the cheese, glorious cheese! But we'd also recommend treating your taste buds to other special fare like tasty fruit, fresh fish and local beef. Here were some of our favorite bites, and where to find them.
Maui recently debuted its first hotel-owned and operated food truck – and it’s a welcome addition to the Hawaiian food truck culture. Ideally situated along the Kaanapali Beach walk as part of the Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas’ Pailolos restaurant, the food truck offers a blend of Maui favorites like Spam (yes, Spam!) mixed with locally sourced vegetables, meat and fish.
Only opened for several months, the food truck has already found its stride. It’s the baby of Westin sous chef Matt Skaletsky, whose impressive resume includes positions with Montage and the Ritz Carlton in enviable locations like Grand Cayman, St. Kitts and Miami.
Betty White, Bilbo Baggins, and bikini babes have all been featured in Air New Zealand safety videos at one point in time or another. So what does the airline have left to showcase in the latest version? Surfers!
Released just this week and quickly making its way to your seat-back screen, the latest entry to the airline safety video world is called "Surfing Safari."
The airline is teaming up with Sports Illustrated once again, but this time they’re also doing business with some serious professional surfers: ladies and gentleman like Anastasia Ashley, Laird Hamilton, and Maz Quinn. The video was shot everywhere from Australia and New Zealand to California, so expect lots of good looking scenery—and the beach bodies aren't too bad either. Check it out:
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TSA has contracts totalling $1.2 billion with four different companies to maintain its machines. Last year it spent about $251 million making sure its super-irritating scanners and its somewhat-less-irritating bomb detectors were at least working. Maintenance seems like a reasonable thing to do, and is the minimum you'd expect in exchange for the hassle that U.S. travelers go through.
Except a new report from the Office of Inspector General has revealed that, oh by the way, officials from TSA have no idea if any of the maintanance work is keeping the machines working. Take the next step, and the logical conclusion is that officials from the travel security agency don't know if the machines themselves are working properly. Because why would they?
Why are they so bad at everything?
How far can the ramen craze go?
Ramen seems to be in the midst of a Renaissance in the States, and its popularity stretches far beyond the fifty-cent packs devoured by college students. The noodle dish has been transformed into everything from luxury cuisine to worm-like looking burgers. But the US obsession pales in comparison to Japan, where ramen is so loved that, evidently, some people want to bathe in it and scrub it into their pores.