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Fergburger, an Original in Queenstown New Zealand

February 28, 2013 by  

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Apparently “everyone who has ever been to Queenstown, (the New Zealand one) has had a Fergburger”, so it’s one of those stupid “when in Rome” type of analogies, which generally I hate, but this particular one couldn’t pass. I tried a New Zealand fergburger, which is today’s Friday’s Featured Food!
 
Fergburger ONLY began in the year 2000. There is only ONE Fergburger outlet in the world, which is situated in the party zone of Queenstown on New Zealand’s South Island.
  
On route, the obvious food stop of choice was the legendary Fergburger. As expected there was a big queue and everyone was trying to get their hands on a Fergie. We both opted for the traditional option, and by far the


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New York City’s Winter Snow Storms Means More Time for Musicals

February 28, 2013 by  

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A blizzard covering the entire North East corner of the US was predicted, surely no dodging this one. Finally a solid snow fall, the one I have been eagerly awaiting after two complacent winters in NYC of mere dustings, enough to wet our appetites, but barely sufficient for an appetizer.  When you hear some 12+ inches of snow on the way, give or take an inch or two, this is the full monty… Of course, my very next thought is that no one outside Manhattan will be able to travel in and out so I can finally get an affordable ticket for the continuously sold out “Book of Mormon”, right?  The stars totally aligned as the storm was coming through – the subways were running, office workers were let out early to head home safely, no work on Saturday -  this is my personal version of the perfect storm. So when opportunity knocks, answer the door ~ “Carpe diem” ~ Seize the day before the day seizes you.  For sold out shows like “Wicked” and “Book of Mormon” there is indeed a possibility for us mere mortals to purchase a ticket via the show’s lottery.…

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Limitations of CRM on the Mac: Here is a Round-Up of Solutions to Help

February 28, 2013 by  

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My CRM quest continues. I have started using Zoho but its interface is dated. Contactually feels new but it’s using an irritating alert to get unconvinced users like me to pay $20/mo. I don’t think it’s worth $20/mo. right now. I find their red alert so irritating, I’ve stopped using Contactually.
Contacts
I’m still largely dependent on Cobook and occasionally use Bento but that one has fallen out of favor too.  The Mac is weak in database management, especially in CRM-type solutions. Managing contacts is an arduous task on the Mac, particularly now that everyone knows that social networking is absolutely essential to your success.
Why is maintaining a customer, or even a personal database, so difficult on the Mac? A large part of the blame lies with Apple itself. This innovative company provides a lackluster, but free, contact management tool, Address Book (now called Contacts), as part of all MacOS X operating systems. Because Apple’s contacts manager is capable enough to keep most users happy, few developers have taken on the challenge of building a truly useful database manager for the Mac. Yet as most power users know, Contacts is one of the weakest elements…

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Chileans Make First Cut as the Best Travelers

February 28, 2013 by  

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chilean flag There are many stereotypes that exist about different travelers –”loud” Americas, “rude” French, “drunk” Irish, “whiny” English. So while people think they know who they wouldn’t want to travel with, where do the world’s best behaved tourists come from? CNN has answered that question in a recent article. While not a scientific study, the authority claims to know what they’re talking about. Either way, it’s still fun to read. So, how did Chile make the cut for first place? “Chilled-out Chileans are true travellers, relishing the journey as much as the destination,” says CNN. 1. Chileans 2. Germans 3. Americans 4. Swedes 5. Japanese 6. Italians 7. Australians 8. Chinese 9. English 10. Canadians Do you agree with this list? Read the full story at CNN . Chilean flag. Image via gabrielaaa.


Never Too Late to Visit Milonga or to Learn How to TANGO!!

February 28, 2013 by  

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Argentine Tango Tango dancers have a special connection You don’t have to be able to dance tango to go to a Milonga in Buenos Aires.  And if you are letting a little thing like that hold you back, then you are really missing out on having a local experience.   There are plenty of other things you can do at Milongas instead of dance – mainly just sit back and watch, drink a glass of wine, chat with locals, and take photos. One of the most fascinating things about Buenos Aires to me was the tango culture.  Tango was everywhere in Buenos Aires from cheesey tourist dinner shows (but wonderful dancing), to shoe boutiques, to tango schools, to milongas (tango dance halls).  It felt as if everyone knew how to tango but me in Buenos Aires and unfortunately I didn’t have time to take any lessons myself. But luckily when I arrived in Buenos Aires I met Ute, a tango dress designer from Barcelona, who just happened to be staying at the same little B&B I was staying at in the Almagro neighborhood.  We hit it off immediately and I…

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6 Ways to Explore a Cultural and Artistic Vienna

February 28, 2013 by  

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Art is alive and kicking in Vienna, Austria, my hometown. While Viennese museums are renowned for their historic art treasures, and local galleries draw in a select group of art connoisseurs, you can find a great mix of art in many places of everyday life. 1) Vienna Coffeehouses The UNESCO-recognised traditional Vienna coffeehouse culture and its modern descendants have helped cultivate places across a wide art spectrum. From the Historistic columns, vaulted ceilings and Imperial paintings of Café Central, the classic Thonet chairs and newspaper holders of Café Griensteidl to 1930ies Bohemian spot Café Korb and 1950ies style lounge Café Prückel with its iconic Oswald Härdtl chandeliers. From March 2013, Café Museum and Café am Heumarkt will revive the traditional Vienna coffeehouse culture through connecting travelers and locals at the Vienna Coffeehouse Conversations (in English). vienna_art_coffeehouse_Griensteidl_1 2) Historic Street Market: Naschmarkt Most of the green cast iron stands of Vienna’s most famous street market, Naschmarkt, date back from the early 20th century. The market itself has been there since 1780. If you like vintage art, visit the vast flea market on Saturdays, just behind the main market area. It is a good…

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Tony Plant’s Contemporary Sand Art is Awe-Inspiring

February 28, 2013 by  

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sand art While many people have viewed sand art in the form of plastic containers filled with rainbow-colored granules and ornate beach castles, English environmental artist and photographer Tony Plant takes sand art to a whole new level. Exhibiting contemporary, Guerrilla-style works, Plant uses the natural landscape as his gallery for all to enjoy until the rolling waves erase his masterpieces. Plant has been creating these types of works for more than 20 years, creating detailed patterns and turning what most people view as a simple afternoon activity to works of creativity that are hard to ignore and impossible to forget. Check out Tony Plant’s work below: sand1 sand5 sand9 sand12 sand55sand77tony1 tony3 tony4 tony5 tony6  


Delicious Food and Atmosphere: California Smashburger

February 27, 2013 by  

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Smashburger in Thousand Oaks, CA presents a clean modern looking restaurant to have your hamburger. I liked the laminate wood grained tables and wood chairs.  No faux 50s aesthetic that has become a cliché in burger places. You walk right up to the counter and order from the flat screen menus behind the server. I ordered up a Classic Smash in the big size ($5.99). The regular ($4.99) is 5 ounces. The big is a half pound. They also offer a double, which is two quarter pound patties rather than one half pound ($5.99).
I barely sat down and my order was there. It is a nice looking burger. The yellow bun was left open with the burger on one side and all the veggies and condiments on the other. I assembled as served and took a bite. The patty was cooked through, but still plenty moist if not particularly juicy as billed. The theory on the “smash” in Smashburger is that they start with a ball of fresh Angus beef and then smash it onto a buttered griddle, searing


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