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Scott Snowden

Scott Snowden

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Scott has bungee jumped in Queenstown, raced a four-wheel drive across the Arabian Desert, watched the aurora borealis dance over the Arctic Circle, eaten curanto in Rapa Nui, scuba dived on the Great Barrier Reef, driven Route 66 and watched the Space Shuttle launch. In his spare time, he sleeps. Follow Scott on Twitter at @LorumIpsum.

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The best camping in California

The best camping in California

From the mountains to the desert¬†and sea, California is home to some of the most majestic¬†and stunning landscapes in the country.¬†It's a gold mine¬†of¬†110 state parks and glittering beaches¬†where you can spend¬†the¬†night in the¬†ancient redwood forest, alongside crashing waves, next to¬†panoramic vistas and massive boulders. Along the length of the Golden State you'll find 19 national forests, each with its own set of natural wonders and entirely different climates‚ÄĒlush woodlands, shimmering desertscapes and everything in between. Whether it‚Äôs a traditional tent and s‚Äômores experience, or glamping with the option of fine dining,¬†here are the best places to camp in California.¬† RECOMMENDED: The ultimate road trip through California¬†

The best family vacations in the U.S. for a unique holidays

The best family vacations in the U.S. for a unique holidays

If you haven’t started planning your next family vacation in the U.S, this list will help you whittle down the options. You may have to put up with an "are we there yet" or two, but that’s just because the kids won’t be able to contain their excitement. Treating your kids to one of the best family vacations in the US is easier than you think. Unless it’s your first rodeo, you know you have to pick a destination that offers an endless variety of entertainment options so you avoid dreaded meltdowns and tantrums. We’ve done the research to find the best family vacations in the U.S. Among the best places to visit in the country, these destinations on our list will please kids and parents alike. Florida and California, with ever-popular Disney properties, are obvious choices. Parents can relive their youth while kids can mingle with their favorite characters. If you’re looking for non-stop entertainment but not keen on amusement parks, we suggest towns like Gatlinburg, TN and Branson, MO. Pack in hiking, tram rides, animal encounters, and a show all in one day. Heading for an outdoor adventure, or visiting one of the national parks like Yellowstone or the Smoky Mountains, means reconnecting with nature and a chance for the kids to burn off tons of energy. For good measure, we’ve added a few under-the-radar options, like a lesser-known beach and a dude ranch. RECOMMENDED: Check out these fun and cheap family vacations in the U.S.RECOMMENDED: The best glasshouse Airbnbs in the U.S.R

The best honeymoon destinations in the USA

The best honeymoon destinations in the USA

Life is surely full of its fair share of ups and downs, but undoubtedly one of the more fun parts is getting hitched. And, if we're being honest, it's really the honeymoon we care about. You don't have to travel far to experience newlywedded bliss either. What's more, why not keep the celebrations domestic? To that end, we’ve rounded up some ideas for the all-year-round best honeymoon destinations in the USA. What makes an amazing honeymoon destination? For starters, you’ll want a super sexy place to stay, a romantic hotel where privacy and perks are top of the list. But why travel if you’re just going to stay inside all day? These honeymoon destinations have plenty for you to explore, including fabulous dining and activities that are bound to strengthen your newly-wedded love bond. From California beach towns to Utah’s gorgeous canyons to quaint coastal towns in New England, these honeymoon options span from coast to coast and prove that booking a romantic getaway closer to home can be every bit as exciting as an overseas vacation. RECOMMENDED: The best couples vacations in America

15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways

15 ideas for fabulous girls' weekend getaways

When it's time to really let it all hang out, a girls' weekend getaway is just the escape you need to get some real quality time away from work, family and other distractions. Whether your gal group is into mulling around top art museums together, getting pampered all day at premier spas or partying all night in the best clubs, these cities and towns have everything you need for a perfect girls' getaway. No need to jet off to some international locale: the U.S. has an endless array of destinations to explore, from amazing national parks (and more underrated ones) to cities that will make you feel like you're in Europe. You can plan a ladies' road trip, depending on the size of your group, or just consider a quick but jam-packed jaunt to these awesome girls' weekend destinations dotted around the U.S. You'll find a variety of options for activities in each spot, with a little something for everyone, so get planning and make that girls' trip happen. RECOMMENDED: Awesome bachelorette party destinations in America

The best all-inclusive resorts in the USA

The best all-inclusive resorts in the USA

What's the best holiday you could possibly go on? Exploring mystical China with a Shaolin monk as a guide? Spending a month 254 miles above the surface of the Earth onboard the International Space Station? Or maybe just renting an entire Caribbean island for a couple of weeks..? It might be one of these...but what it definitely is, is a holiday that you don't have to worry about.  Whether it’s a honeymoon or a family vacation, planning any kind of holiday involves quite a bit of stress. Where will we stay? What will we eat? What will we do? Piecing together the moving parts of a trip can be exhausting. Take the hassle out of vacation planning and choose an all inclusive resort, where your accommodations, activities and meals are all taken care of.  Maybe you’re dreaming of fly fishing in the Montana wilderness, seeking out a fabulous foodie destination that also happens to be in the mountains, or looking for somewhere on the beach that offers plenty of activities for the kids. Perhaps a western adventure is more your style, or a coastal retreat with boating and kayaking, or even a health-focused vacation that pairs relaxation with personal fitness. Who has the time to figure out the best places to go for all these activities? These all inclusive resorts have done the planning for you. Just pick a spot and let them take care of everything while you sit back, relax and have a real vacation. RECOMMENDED: The best solo trips in the USA

The best cheap family vacations in the USA

The best cheap family vacations in the USA

You might think splitting the atom presented a challenge, or landing men on the moon and returning them safely to Earth hit a hurdle or two...and if this is the case, then clearly you've never attempted to organize a family holiday. As you level up in logistical planning, you will of course benefit from some worthwhile ideas and we’ve got plenty of suggestions for the best cheap family vacations in the U.S. to take this year. The kids will eventually tire themselves out, you will have explored somewhere new and your bank balance will remain mostly intact.These family vacation spots offer entertainment for everyone, and it’s no surprise that the great outdoors is one of our top choices with a reasonable price tag. National parks, outdoor adventures, and camping are all options for reconnecting with nature, plus there's something to be said for a vacation where the kids can burn off a ton of energy with minimal parental intervention. But if you prefer travel that's a little less focused on the natural world, we've still got plenty of possibilities: quiet beach towns in Maine, mountain getaways in Colorado, living history parks in Virginia and dude ranches in Texas.From whitewater rafting to seaside amusement parks, these cheap family-friendly trips will take you from coast to coast while stretching your dollar as far as it can go. However you choose to travel with the brood in the U.S., you'll treasure the memories long after you've paid off that pesky credit card. So, here are

Get the best chocolates in the USA delivered to your door

Get the best chocolates in the USA delivered to your door

A box of¬†delicious and distinctive¬†chocolates is always a welcome treat. The¬†boutique stores making the best chocolates in the USA not only produce amazing chocolates, they also deliver. Whether it‚Äôs Valentine‚Äôs Day, Mother‚Äôs Day, an anniversary or a birthday, a box of chocolates is on par with sending flowers to show your special someone that you care. These top US chocolate shops elevate their chocolate-making to art, with elegant designs and amazing (and surprising) flavors, all made with premium ingredients. Picture a smooth, shiny bonbon with rich dark chocolate and deep coffee notes or a colorful square with a hint of BBQ or smooth bourbon. Want to try them all? No need to plan a road trip, just place an order online. The best part about these chocolatiers is that they can deliver their wares anywhere in the US. So next time you want to surprise someone with a box of chocolates, or if you just want to treat yourself‚ÄĒno excuse needed‚ÄĒthese are the best chocolate shops to order from. Their chocolates are absolutely delicious as well as incredibly eye-catching. Warning: these¬†mouthwatering bites of pure deliciousness might¬†prove¬†addictive.¬† RECOMMENDED: The best flower delivery services in the USA

The most romantic hotels in the U.S. to book for your next getaway

The most romantic hotels in the U.S. to book for your next getaway

Stunning views, breakfast in bed, couples massages, and chocolate-dipped strawberries at turn-down. Sounds dreamy, right? Sure it does. Well, what about soaking tubs big enough for two? Or a private in-room pool? You got it. Whether you’re looking for a big city love shack or a quaint coastal bungalow, these romantic hotels have perks that will have you hanging up that Do Not Disturb sign. Be sure to venture out at some point, though, because these hotels are in some of the best places to visit in the country. Whether you’re taking your relationship to the next level, or planning a romantic getaway with a special someone, make sure you’ve done your research. Finding the right hotel is key to setting the stage for seduction. No need to wait for Valentine’s Day, the most romantic hotels in the US have everything you need to get in the mood for love any time of year. And one last little nugget before we get down to business: these romantic spots are sure to stoke the fires of passion, so it's worth considering the best couples vacations in the US as your next stop on that love train. RECOMMENDED: The most romantic getaways in the USRECOMMENDED: The best cheap flower delivery in the US This article includes affiliate links. These links have no influence on our editorial content. For more information, click here.

The 15 best Chinese restaurants in America

The 15 best Chinese restaurants in America

With Lunar New Year right around the corner, how about getting into the¬†mood with the very best food Chinese available in the United States? Treat yourself to Hong Kong-style sweet and sour chicken, or Peking roasted duck or chow mein or¬†Sichuan pork...the list of amazing dishes goes on. Beyond our biggest cities, seeking out the best Chinese restaurants in America can be like looking for needles (or better yet, noodles) in a haystack, only to find yourself grasping at straws. No doubt the entire history of the Chinese immigrant experience in America can be glimpsed in the fact that the best restaurants for Chinese food are likely to be mom-and-pop affairs that don‚Äôt cater to Westerners‚ÄĒthey‚Äôre a little like our best Mexican restaurants in that way. Whether this dim sum parlor makes unreal char siu bao or that hole-in-the-wall serves dandan noodles to make you cry, their discovery by English speakers typically happens through word of mouth, actual or virtual. That said, these 15 restaurants‚ÄĒsome new sensations, others decades-old icons‚ÄĒstand out for helping to define (or redefine, as the case may be) Chinese cuisine in their communities. From dim sum restaurants in NYC to high-end restaurants in downtown LA to a local legend in Falls Church, these are the best Chinese restaurants in America‚ÄĒstart planning your pilgrimages now.

The best discontinued Taco Bell menu items: for whom the Bell tolled

The best discontinued Taco Bell menu items: for whom the Bell tolled

Oh the humanity… whenever an item from a fast food menu is removed, loyal fans mourn the loss. Of all the fast food and cheap eats spots out there, Taco Bell just might elicit the strongest reactions, and the most nostalgia for fast food lost. Some of the most beloved discontinued Taco Bell items can still foster magical memories of simpler times and late-night drive-through runs. The thing is, that many items disappear and then reappear on a semi-circular basis. This list is accurate at the time of going to press and it's worth noting that since the last update, Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes, the Mini Skillet Bowl, the Spicy Potato Soft Taco and the Mexican Pizza are all available once again.  Moreover, Nacho Fries are back, rumor has it that the Enchirtio is also making a return, the Beefy Fritos Burrito is also expected to reappear and the Fully Loaded Nachos have more or less just been replaced by the Nachos Bellgrande. Throughout Taco Bell’s illustrious history, it has urged the masses to think outside the bun, with a menu of cheesy, crunchy and downright ingenious mashups. Some concoctions, however, are more fleeting than others. Some of Taco Bell’s most crispy tacos, experimental attention grabbers and iconic items are no longer with us. These discontinued items are often dropped to make way for new, over-the-top dishes, but their impression on our hearts (and our bellies) will last forever.

15 scenic Midwest breweries worth a trip

15 scenic Midwest breweries worth a trip

Granted, the Midwest is best known for its corn, but¬†other grains grow pretty well, too‚ÄĒnamely yeast and hops. Our country‚Äôs heartland has become awash¬†with breweries, with stellar options from North Dakota and Iowa to eastern Ohio. And it‚Äôs not just about the beer: the views offer the best of Midwestern scenes, with city skylines, riverbank retreats and beautiful rural sprawls. The brews are pretty good, too, ranging from traditional lagers to the latest IPA trend to effervescent, funky, ambitious ales. At these top-rated Midwest breweries, you‚Äôll find something to suit even non-beer-drinker palates (or possibly a few Midwest wineries nearby. Drink up the ales and the sights at these excellent Midwest breweries.

The best pies in the U.S. to devour on Pi Day 2023

The best pies in the U.S. to devour on Pi Day 2023

When most¬†of us talk of "pi" it's usually concerning the kind that's presented on a dessert trolly and¬†follows a mouthwatering main course in a restaurant. However, that's "pie". Granted they're spelled slightly differently, but when you're faced with a scrumptious¬†sweet crust and enticing apple filling‚ÄĒfor example‚ÄĒthat¬†missing letter "e" is¬†quickly forgotten.¬†¬† Pi, or¬†ūĚúč,¬†on the other hand, is a mathematical constant defined by¬†the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.¬†It's approximately equal to 3.14159 and was determined by Archimedes of Syracuse, a Greek mathematician, physicist and¬†astronomer, over 2000 years ago. What makes it so intriguing is that no end to the number has ever been found. It's currently at¬†more than¬†31¬†trillion decimal places. And today's date is 3-14, you see. So, we've just blown your mind... how about we now blow your taste buds and why not celebrate this annual excuse to overindulge by picking up one of the best pies in the U.S. and contemplating this fantastic fraction. You don't have to be in New York or L.A. (or Ronks, Pennsylvania, for that matter) to get your hands on the country‚Äôs favorite pies, either‚ÄĒmost of these baked beauties can be shipped cross-country, just in time for friends and family to gather 'round this weekend.¬† Go old-school with a Southern sweet potato pie from Atlanta, or an early Americana-style shoo-fly pie from Pennsylvania. Dig into regional specialties like Portland's blueberry pie (made from wild fruit har

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McDonald's is giving away coveted 'McGold Cards' that grant you free food forever

McDonald's is giving away coveted 'McGold Cards' that grant you free food forever

Oh sure, we've all heard rumors, but now it seems us mere mortals have once again been blessed with the opportunity of owning a coveted McGold Card. Generally regarded as the¬†Holy Grail in the world of fast food, the McGold Card entitles the extremely fortunate owner to free McDonald's food for "life." You might not be the world's biggest fan of McDonald's food, but you have to admit, every now and again‚ÄĒmaybe to offer some relief¬†from a hangover or¬†maybe because you're in an airport motel and breakfast stopped at 6:05am‚ÄĒa McDonald's has¬†provided the¬†perfect solution at that precise moment.¬† In the past, this unique privilege has only been available to elite members of society. Microsoft-founder Bill Gates and actor Rob Lowe both have one. And let's face facts, the only thing more satisfying than having a¬†titanium credit card¬†in your wallet would¬†be either one¬†made from kryptonite...or the McGold Card.¬† Only once before has the chain offered the public such a treasure; in 2018, McDonald's gave one away as part of a sweepstakes.¬†Now, just in time for the holiday season, the burger behemoth says there will be three McGold Card winners‚ÄĒwho each get to choose three friends to gift a McGold Card to as well. By the end of December, there will be 12 new McGold card holders! Described as "a first-of-its kind holiday celebration happening exclusively on the McDonald's App," the McDonald‚Äôs "SZN of Sharing" will offer¬†subscribers daily deals on food and merchandize from December 5¬†all t

Tuesday's 'blood Moon' lunar eclipse will be the last one for three years

Tuesday's 'blood Moon' lunar eclipse will be the last one for three years

You don't have to be an astrophysicist to appreciate the incredible beauty of the night sky... and tomorrow there will be a cosmological event that everyone can enjoy, just by looking up. Amateur astronomers and casual skywatchers on four continents will have the opportunity to watch the last total lunar eclipse for three years as the next one isn't until March 14, 2025, according to NASA. The Moon, our planet's only natural satellite, will turn a blood-colored red as it slips into Earth's shadow, creating a celestial spectacle visible to viewers in North and Central America, Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands and parts of South America. So, what is a 'Blood Moon' eclipse exactly? A lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth and Moon align so that the moon passes into Earth’s shadow. In a total lunar eclipse, the entire Moon falls within the darkest part of Earth’s shadow, called the umbra. When the Moon is within the umbra, it will turn a reddish hue because of the little remaining sunlight being refracted through the atmosphere before it hits the lunar surface. NASA Mars Exploration Program/JPL If no light was able to reach the Moon, as often happens, it simply isn't visible from Earth (that's called a New Moon). This doesn't happen every time the Moon makes its monthly trip around our planet because the Moon’s orbit around Earth is inclined to Earth’s orbit around the Sun by approximately 5 degrees. Space is three-dimensional after all. Twice a month the Moon intersects

Buffalo Bill's House from Silence of the Lambs is now on Airbnb

Buffalo Bill's House from Silence of the Lambs is now on Airbnb

You might not have seen The Silence of the Lambs for a while, but you certainly remember Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. However, you may not remember that the whole reason Starling is interacting with Lecter is to track down Jame 'Buffalo Bill' Gumb (played masterfully by Ted Levine) and hopefully rescue his latest victim, young Catherine Martin (Brooke Smith) before she herself harms his white, poodle-like puppy named Precious.  Located in a quiet neighborhood in Perryopolis, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of Pittsburgh, this unassuming property took sensational supporting role in the 1991 smash-hit adaptation of Thomas Harris' novel, firmly cementing Hannibal Lecter's role in contemporary pop-culture. (Although Brian Cox was superior in the role in Manhunter.) And now you can stay there, by renting it on Airbnb. The owner, Christopher, explains in the listing how you can recreate scenes and take selfies throughout the house. Start with the classic pose of Gumb peering out of the front door, then step inside the foyer where he lures Agent Starling into the house. Incidentally, the curio where Gumb searches for business cards is still there! Plus there are fictional newspaper cuttings detailing Gumb's gruesome activities and all sorts of other related movie memorabilia. Moreover, an interactive set in the basement has been faithfully recreated, complete with a vintage singer sewing machine, the American flag, full length mirr

California is officially the best place to spot a UFO in the USA

California is officially the best place to spot a UFO in the USA

According to data from the National UFO Reporting Center, the state of California has been named the best place to visit for a chance at spotting a UFO. Since 1998, there have been 15,457 UFO reports, from saucer-shaped objects in the sky to strange lights flying erratically at night.   The data was collected and analyzed by online travel publication Travel Lens and in second place was Florida, quite some way behind the Golden State with 7,790 reported UFO sightings over the last 24 years. Perhaps extraterrestrials enjoy bathing in the glow of our modest yellow dwarf star. A spokesperson for Travel Lens said in a press release, "It may come as a surprise to some that California takes the top spot by some distance when it comes to the number of UFO reports. There have been almost 5,000 reports worldwide this year and counting, which shows that there is still a very clear belief in UFOs.' Number of UFO reports 1. California, 154572. Florida. 77903. Washington, 68854. Texas, 58055. New York, 56186. Pennsylvania, 47697. Arizona, 47358. Ohio, 42449. Illinois, 411110. Michigan, 3485 The idea of UFOs and alien abductions has always given rise to intrigue, mystery and inevitably conspiracy theories. Our imagination has created all manner of ideas about what visitors from another planet may want from us, ranging from Close Encounters of the Third Kind to Independence Day all the way to the scariest alien abduction in cinematic history as seen in Fire in the Sky. The state of New Mexic

This Southern city is officially the best place to live in the US

This Southern city is officially the best place to live in the US

The city of Atlanta has been awarded the best place to live in the US by personal finance magazine Money, based on "things that matter most to people: economic opportunities, quality of life, diversity and where the best futures lie." It's true, Atlanta is more than just a Delta hub, it's a vibrant metropolis. According to Money, the city secured the coveted number one position in its annual ranking of the top places to live in the USA because "of its booming jobs market and eye on equality." The financial title explains its rationale behind each city placement quite thoroughly. It says that Atlanta has consistently seen some of the largest year-over-year rates of job growth among US metros in recent years and its unemployment rate is one of the lowest in its ranking. Moreover, the Atlanta region (which includes the city and its 11 surrounding counties) is expected to grow by 2.5 million people by 2040. The top 10 were as follows: No. 10 Jersey City, New JerseyNo. 9 Tampa, FloridaNo. 8 Ann Arbor, MichiganNo. 7 Somerville, MassachusettsNo. 6 Columbia, MarylandNo. 5 Rogers Park, IllinoisNo. 4 Raleigh, North CarolinaNo. 3 Kirkland, WashingtonNo. 2 Tempe, ArizonaNo. 1 Atlanta, Georgia While it's easy to see how somewhere like Jersey City is in the top 10, given the visible rate of expansion in suburbs like Paulus Hook and Bayonne, it's entirely possible that this list was put together before Hurricane Ian thumped Tampa, thus reminding the population of the country that storm dama

A new Disney immersive experience will bring all your favorite characters to life

A new Disney immersive experience will bring all your favorite characters to life

To commemorate its 100th anniversary, Disney Animation is collaborating with the producers behind the blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh exhibition to create the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience. After a premiere in Toronto in December 2022, the experience will open across the US in number of cities, including Cleveland, Nashville, Detroit, Denver, Boston, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Columbus. Oscar-winning producer J. Miles Dale (The Shape of Water), who is leading the creative team, described the walk-thru experience to The Hollywood Reporter as, "A combination of an art exhibit and movie theater," adding that it will incorporate "three-quarters" of a century's worth of work of Disney Animation, from early titles like Snow White to The Little Mermaid, Frozen and Encanto while taking advantage of projection mapping to create a 360-degree experience that the audience can walk through. The team behind this endeavor is Lighthouse Immersive, who also gave the world The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle, which is set to open this holiday season in 11 cities across the US. Disney Global Creative Director of Lighthouse Immersive, David Korins, said in a press release, "Just imagine journeying through Zootopia with Judy Hopps, diving to the ocean floor with Ariel, flying on a magic carpet with Aladdin, and stepping into Casita with Mirabel and the family Madrigal. This is where the Disney Animation: Immersive Experience will take you."  According to Korins, neve

The Immersive Nutcracker will open in 11 cities across the U.S. this holiday season

The Immersive Nutcracker will open in 11 cities across the U.S. this holiday season

The innovators behind the blockbuster Immersive Van Gogh exhibition, seen by over 5 million people across North America, are set to bring The Immersive Nutcracker: A Winter Miracle to 11 cities across the US this holiday season. Lighthouse Immersive, the company behind it, describe the show as, 'an ideal family outing, featuring whimsical animated characters alongside footage of professional ballet dancers.' The 30-minute experience is aimed at introducing young children to the art of ballet and the captivating storytelling that often accompanies it. Hopefully classical music too.  The Nutcracker, based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s 1816 fairy tale The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, has become a holiday classic, taking the form of ballets, movies and more. This is the newest rendition of this fable, using the latest projection mapping technology to chronicle Marie and her beloved toy nutcracker who comes to life to battle the Mouse King (he's the bad guy) and then takes her on an enchanting adventure across a holiday-themed dreamscape. Set to the mighty musical genius of Tchaikovsky, The Immersive Nutcracker encompasses visitors in over 500,000 cubic feet of projections composed of over 1 million frames of video, curating a grand immersive display that relays the tale of The Nutcracker from opening to finale. The projection features beloved scenes set to their classical scores like 'The March of the Toys,' 'The Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy' and more. Photograph: Lighthouse Immersive

The house from Stranger Things will soon be on Airbnb

The house from Stranger Things will soon be on Airbnb

First things first: The Byers family home from Netflix's hit show Stranger Things¬†is not in the¬†paranormal-plagued¬†town of Hawkins, but in actuality is in Fayetteville, Georgia. And an anonymous buyer has made an offer of nearly $600,000 ‚ÄĒ twice the asking price ‚ÄĒ for the modest three-bedroom, two-bathroom house. According to the listing from eXp Realty in Georgia, the six-acre lot went on the market in mid-September for just $300,000.¬† Michael Smith/eXp Realty ¬† Michael Smith, the agent with eXp Realty handling the listing, told Time Out that the buyer is an investor from Portland and plans to start on the property immediately. Even though the sale¬†has been confirmed, it most likely won't be completed until mid-October. The aim is to make the house an identical replica, both inside and out, of the Byers‚Äô house from the earlier seasons of the show and then market the property as an Airbnb rental.¬†Smith estimates that the property will need between $50,000 to $100,000 in repairs to get it into respectable shape. The house was built in the year 1900, so it's more than a century old. To further compound things, everything inside, including the appliances will need to be period-accurate, the 1980s, so that might¬†create availability issues. It's likely that season 5 of the show won't drop until the end of 2023 at the earliest, with a more likely release date of early 2024, so until then, the big draw will be Halloween. Given the large area of accompanying land, the plan is to ad

A fine-dining restaurant for dogs, with $75 three-course meal, opens in San Francisco

A fine-dining restaurant for dogs, with $75 three-course meal, opens in San Francisco

A new fine-dining restaurant has opened in the Bay Area and it's exclusively for dogs. Yes, your hungry hound can enjoy bespoke meal plans tailored for your dogs’ age, weight, activity level, special needs and allergies.  Operated by Rahmi Massarweh and his wife Alejandra, Dogue offers only the finest and freshest ingredients for your canine companion. Rahmi explains on the website that he was formally a professional chef trained in classic French cuisine in San Francisco. The couple owned four dogs and inevitably soon found that their beloved pets were a bit picky. Before long, he was making fresh, healthy food for them... and not too long after that, they opened up what could very well be the first eatery in the US to serve a tasting menu exclusively for dogs. Located in San Francisco’s Mission District (because where else would it be?) Dogue offers carefully crafted pastries from its in-house 'pawtisserie' and French-themed courses made with locally sourced, organic ingredients. A dog's dinner this is not.  Courtesy Sasa Dang During the week, the doggy diner serves Parisian pastries and 'dogguccinos' that start at $4.95. A $75 three-course meal, which is seasonal and frequently rotates, is served for Sunday walk-ins only. Pet owners can choose from a variety of dishes to serve their four-legged friends, such as green-lipped mussels with fermented carrots and wheatgrass or organic beef chuck steak with fermented carrots and beets or even squid tentacles and ink. As the In

This is officially the best bar in North America

This is officially the best bar in North America

At the annual World‚Äôs 50 Best Bars event on Tuesday night, cocktail connoisseurs, mixologists and bartenders gathered to embrace new trends, new flavors, breakthrough creations and more as every hangover cure¬†known to mankind was put to the toughest of tests.¬† The competition is held every year and organized by UK-based media and events company William Reed, that specialize in the food and drinks sector. For the past few years, the event has been held in London, but it draws entries from all over the world and this year was no exception, with¬†nominees from as far afield as Mexico City, Dubai, New York, Singapore, Bangkok, Madrid, Rome, Hong Kong, Sydney and more. Barcelona won big:¬†Paradiso, secured the coveted number one spot and Sips snuck in at number three, winning the bronze.¬†The¬†U.S.¬†didn't¬†do badly¬†at¬†all, but the best bar in North America award went across the border to Mexico.¬† The top 10 were as follows: No.10...Alqu√≠mico in CartagenaNo.9...Katana Kitten in New YorkNo.8...Connaught Bar in LondonNo.7...Two Schmucks in BarcelonaNo.6...Double Chicken Please in New YorkNo.5...Little Red Door in ParisNo.4...Licorer√≠a Limantour in Mexico CityNo.3...Sips in Barcelona No.2...Tayńďr + Elementary in LondonNo.1...Paradiso in Barcelona In the Best in Continent¬†category, Licorer√≠a Limantour¬†in Mexico City won the Best Bar in North America 2022 award. New York actually had a total of¬†six¬†in the top 50, with¬†Miami and Chicago both scoring one, Caf√© La Trova and Kumiko, respectivel

A new rule will force airlines to disclose all hidden fees before you book

A new rule will force airlines to disclose all hidden fees before you book

'Would you like to recline your seat, madam? That'll be an extra $25. Thank you.' 'I'm sorry sir, to actually look out of the window costs extra. That's $49. Thank you.' If this sounds familiar, then you too have had to endure freight economy class travel as we now live in a world where airlines deem it fit to charge us for just about everything.¬†However, the US Department of Transportation has proposed a new rule that would¬†allow¬†passengers to finally get refunds for services they paid for, but didn't receive ‚ÄĒ for instance, if the¬†in-flight Wi-Fi ain't working. This welcome¬†and somewhat overdue¬†move comes as part of a new set of rules proposed by the Biden administration that would force airlines to¬†disclose their 'surprise fees' in advance. Under the proposal, the first time¬†an airline¬†shows the price of a¬†flight to potential customers, it would also have to clearly disclose fees for baggage, changes, cancellations and¬†family seating¬†for flights to, within, and from the United States.¬† The proposal seeks to provide customers the information they need to choose the best deal, otherwise, surprise fees can add up quickly and overcome what may look at first to be a cheap fare. 'Airline passengers deserve to know the full, true cost of their flights before they buy a ticket,' said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a press release. 'This new proposed rule would require airlines to be transparent with customers about the fees they charge, which will help travelers make

Amtrak wants to clean up its act and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045

Amtrak wants to clean up its act and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2045

Amtrak has announced it will aim to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across across its North American network by 2045. 'Not only are trains convenient and comfortable, they are also one of the most sustainable modes of transportation,' said Amtrak CEO Stephen Gardner in a press release. 'With new equipment, modernized stations and net zero emissions, Amtrak can lead the drive toward sustainable transportation throughout the nation.' Amtrak serves more than 500 destinations in 46 states and three Canadian provinces, operating more than 300 trains daily over 21,400 miles of track. In the fiscal year 2021, it served 12.2 million passengers and had $2.08 billion in revenue and while it receives a combination of state and federal subsidies, it is managed as a for-profit organization 'Net zero emissions' refers to achieving an overall balance between greenhouse gas emissions produced and greenhouse gas emissions removed from the atmosphere. Unfortunately, achieving a balance is only the first step. Once the human race actually stops emitting greenhouse gases from fossil fuels altogether, we still need to deal with all the emissions we’ve already pumped into the atmosphere over the many, many years.  So how does Amtrak plan on achieving a perfect balance? Well, there isn't much specific technical information available yet, but according to the company, 'Amtrak plans to take the following actions, which would provide significant benefits to the customers and communities we

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