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Okay—so it’s finally March, and that means it’s time to come out from hibernation and once again enjoy life. The clocks do their thing this weekend, and with a little more daylight to enjoy it’s time to go out to eat with friends and family. Cities around the country are looking to get a few more diners into their booths, as March is a great time to celebrate the local restaurant scene. Here’s a few cities, counties, and areas doing the restaurant week thing this month.
· Sonoma County Restaurant Week:
It cannot get much better than a restaurant week in California wine country, so make your way to Sonoma County between March 10 and March 16. This is their fifth annual event, and they have plenty of options. Three-course special dinner menus will be priced at $19, $29, or $39.
· Hudson Valley Restaurant Week:
Skip out of town for the weekend, and head to New York’s Hudson Valley for some dinner and drinks. Go ahead and start making those reservations now, as the special pricing runs between March 10 and March 23. The restaurant week features prix fixe, three-course dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95.
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[Update: Your registration money goes to benefit the JFK Rotary Club, which donates to the Boy Scouts. Currently the Boy Scouts pursue a homophobic agenda, and we will not be running until this changes. Please consider this when deciding whether or not to run in 2014]
Have you ever wanted to walk on a major airport runway? Hopefully you never have to because of emergency circumstances (see an example of that here), but there is a legal (and safe) way to take a stroll one of New York-JFK's runways, and that's by registering for the JFK Runway Run 2014.
Okay, so its not so much a stroll as it is a full-fledged 5K race, but a portion of it does indeed include tramping on the longest runway at JFK, while aircraft are re-routed to land on a different runway during the race. Apparently the race has been around since the mid-1970s, which is pretty neat-o.
We did it ourselves in 2013. Why? Oh, just because it was, like, one of the coolest things we did all year (and we do some seriously cool stuff). See photos and read all about it.
One of the best food festivals of the season has to be the South Beach Wine and Food Festival, as the offerings here—and the weather—can’t be beat. Unfortunately the festival did its thing last weekend, so it’s time to look forward to the next big event. We’re thinking Charleston is also a great weather destination, and they have their own wine and food festival ready to do its thing between March 6 and 9.
Plenty of authors, chefs, and other culinary celebrities will be on hand at this year’s BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Folks like Nancy Silverton, Andy Ricker, and Michael Toscano will all be around to discuss their books, restaurants, and their approaches when it comes to making really tasty things.
If high-performance airplanes zooming through an obstacle course of pylons while traveling at speeds up to 230 mph only 50-80 feet above water sounds good to you, then listen up.
2014 marks the return of Red Bull Air Race, on hiatus since 2010, and the season kicks off tomorrow, for two days (February 28 - March 1) of zipping and zooming above the coastline of Abu Dhabi. Already the event has been turning heads, as the Red Bull racers practice around the domes of mosques and even the “Ferrari World” theme park of the Emirati city.
If Abu Dhabi is a little out of your way for a quick weekend trip, keep in mind that the Air Race is a traveling event, with further stops later this year in Malaysia, Poland, UK, China, and two dates in the US. more ›
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For lovers of fashion, history, and a bit of good fun, there are plenty of "throwback" events in the year's social calendar. These primarily happen on the east coastfor example there are vintage baseball games and NYC's summer-favorite Jazz Age Lawn Partybut sometimes the west coast gets in on the retro fun as well.
Case in point: Dapper Day at Disneyland. The event began in 2011, with a few hundred amusement park-goers donning their best vintage duds to enjoy Disneyland the way Walt Disney envisioned it: with families dressed in suits and skirts instead of fanny packs and cargo shorts. Now, Dapper Day attracts around 20,000 (the "dapper" folk nearly outnumber regular visitors) in the one day, and it's spread to include the Disney parks in Orlando and Paris.
The Monday after the Olympics is kind of bummer, and that’s especially the case for those who have been hooked on the sporting events—even with the tape delay—for the last couple of weeks. Thankfully ice hockey has some neat stuff to look forward to, as the National Hockey League is continuing their series of interesting events through the upcoming weekend.
For those that want to continue the celebration of Team Canada and their gold medal win in men’s ice hockey—and women’s ice hockey for that matter—the fun takes place on Sunday, March 2 in Vancouver. This is when the 2014 NHL Heritage Classic does its thing at BC Place, as the Ottawa Senators take on the Vancouver Canucks. The game is played in Vancouver at the home of the area’s Canadian Football League team. Things might even be played outdoors like some of the other league events this year, as the hockey road trip has already included games at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium.
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Despite the look of things outdoors we really are going to see the sun sooner than later, as spring is just about 30 days away. That means it is time to start planning for all things warm weather, and that includes looking forward to some seasonal festivals. We’re not saying that the National Cherry Blossom Festival is the best way to welcome the spring, but the festival certainly isn’t a bad idea.
It’s still a little too soon for the National Park Service to forecast their prediction for when things will begin to bloom, but we do know that this year’s festival will do its thing between March 20 and April 13. Obviously the blooms in and around the nation’s capital and along the Potomac will be the stars of the show, but there are also plenty of other events worth checking out.
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We totally understand if you’re feeling a little bit of football depression this week, as it’s going to be quite a few months until your NFL teams hit the gridiron once again. We realize that nothing can compete with a Sunday filled with a couple of games and plenty of snacks, but at least there’s the NFL Draft to keep you sane until the regular season rolls around.
You’ve still got a few months to go, as the first round of things kicks off at 8pm on Thursday, May 8. The fun takes place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, so it’ll be as of the Super Bowl never left the area. If you muss out on the biggest names and cheers of the first round—don’t worry—the second through seventh rounds take place over the course of the following days.
With less than a month until the first Red Bull Air Race, the "world's fastest motorsport" is already going above and beyond by adding new dates and a new destination to the race calendar for 2014.
Rovinj, Croatia will join Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur, Gdynia, Ascot, Dallas, Las Vegas and Kunshan as host to the airplane racing competition this year, claiming the weekend of April 12-13. This means there will be a total of eight Air Race weekends in 2014, and Rovinj has the honor of being the second city (after Abu Dhabi Feb. 28 - March 1) to kick off events.
This last weekend, a good majority of Asia was all a-flutter over welcoming the Year of the Horse. While the biggest of the Chinese New Year parties are over, the festivities do continue up to 15 days after the first day of the new year; that's just enough time to get your fair share of prosperity and good luck.
If you live near a major city, chances are good you're pretty close to a Chinatown district. For a little slice of Asia close to home, skip the Panda Express and head to an authentic eatery serving up some new year treats. Buddha's Delight, niangao, bak kwa, noodles and dumplings are all on the menu and many restaurants will offer large banquet meals because the "more the the merrier." No need to bring anything but an empty belly.
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Depending on whom you were pulling for last night, it was either one of the best Super Bowl games of all time—or one of the absolute worst. Either way it’s now time to celebrate, and the city of Seattle is ready to welcome home their Seahawks. It’s the very first championship for the organization, and only the second time a professional sports team will bring home a trophy to the city. Start working on your get out of work strategy, as this Wednesday is going to be the victory parade.
For those hoping to welcome the team home—you’re out of luck—as it sounds like there will not be an organized welcome home out at SeaTac Airport. However, the official celebration is scheduled for February 5, as things are going to kickoff at 11am local time.
The plan has the parade beginning on Fourth Avenue—south of like Denny Way—then running along Fourth Avenue for a couple of miles. The parade route will lead the team to their home at CenturyLink Field where the party and parade will end around 1:30pm.
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In case you didn’t hear—this year’s Super Bowl is going to be played outdoors in the cold weather and the elements. If you’re prepared to sit in the stadium all bundled up there’s good news, as apparently resale ticket prices for the big game continue to drop. We don’t know if it’s the weather, the teams, or that fact that people don’t to travel to New Jersey, but it’s clear that things are getting somewhat more affordable.
As soon as the conference championship games were over and the matchup was set, some seating experts were reporting that average tickets were going for around $3,000. But just a week into the hype and festivities, average prices are roughly 40 percent lower, and it sounds like tickets to this year’s game could be the lowest on average since 2002.