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4 Pizza Spots to Hit in Chicago

March 29, 2015 by  

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Big cities are often known for a special local dish, and Chicago’s specialty is pizza. Everyone has a favorite, and every restaurant has its own twist. Below are some fan favorites. Try them all and pick your own: pizza

1. Deep-Dish Number 1: Uno/Due

Just a couple of blocks off the Magnificent Mile, Pizzeria Uno and Pizzeria Duo are perfect pit stops after a day of shopping. Back in 1943, Uno was one of the first to serve the deep-dish-style pizza that has become a favorite among Chicago natives, and continues to offer a family friendly atmosphere over 70 years later. The menu also contains burgers, sandwiches, and salads to make any guest happy.

2. Deep-Dish Number 2: Gino’s East

Gino’s East is another oldie but goodie in the deep-dish pizza scene. Started in 1966, the original location off Superior Avenue has a casual, nostalgic atmosphere where you can add your name to the graffiti on the walls. The location over by South Loop offers more of an upscale, sports bar atmosphere. Along with pizza, it also serves a variety of local craft beers.

3. Pizza Potpie: Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Co.

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Portugal Travel: The Artisanal Guide To The Azores

March 29, 2015 by  

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While there’s much to explore in the Azores — hiking, bird watching, surfing, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, history — one of the focuses of my recent trip there was local artisan culture. azores After visiting the islands of São Miguel, São Jorge and Pico, here are what I found to be the most worthwhile artisan experiences for culture carnivores: the azores Sorting black tea by hand at Gorreana Tea. azores Gorreana Tea fields azores Old fashioned machines used to process tea on Sao Miguel

1. Visit Europe’s Only Tea Plantations

São Miguel boasts being the only place in all of Europe where you’ll find tea plantations. There are actually two on the island, both within a 10-minute drive of each other. I visited Gorreana Tea, a family-operated business since 1883 that takes pride in growing organic tea leafs. Visitors can wander the plantation and factory free of charge, learning how the machines work, sampling tea (the green has a floral, non-bitter flavor) and perusing a gift shop showcasing local products like homemade jams and fruit liqueurs. They make both…

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Finding Some Solitude In Mykonos Greece

March 29, 2015 by  

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mykonos Greece is one of my favorite travel destinations. In fact, I’ve gone every year for the past three, always starting in Athens and then choosing different islands to travel to. On my last trip, Mykonos was one of these islands. I’d heard so many great things about it — numerous friends had told me it was their favorite; however, when wandering I was surprised to find how completely overrun with tourists and chain stores, not to mention how expensive, it was. That’s not to say there weren’t things to love about Mykonos. Along with the whimsical windmills and secluded beaches like Panormos and Agios Sostis away from the port, I found a bit of serenity in this photo. Oddly enough, when I took this picture I was standing right on the waterfront, in the belly of the hustle and bustle of Mykonos cruise visitors and island hoppers; however, in this moment peace was a mindset. Despite the roar of diners at nearby restaurants, the bellowing of cruise ships and constant shutter sound from cameras, I was able to find serenity in Mykonos’ beauty. Seriously. Just look at this photo. The bright turquoise waters contrasting…

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Women on Motorcycles are Changing Culture & Opinion

March 28, 2015 by  

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women motorcycle Whether it’s for freedom, adventure, spiritual experience, confidence, independence, or community, women are taking to motorcycles with an increased voracity. Three years ago, Debra Teplitz, 44, decided to silence the voice in her head that said, “Nice Jewish girls from the North Shore of Chicago don’t ride motorcycles.” Like so many women who are learning to ride in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, Teplitz has confronted personal challenges, societal stereotypes, and cultural expectations to embrace the freedom and independence of motorcycling. For many female riders, mastering a motorcycle has served as a catalyst for other long-awaited life changes. While their riding is at an all-time high, women on motorcycles are nothing new. We’ve been riding longer than we’ve been voting. Nonetheless, there are a lot more of us now. Women are one of the fastest growing demographics in the powersports industry.

Why Women Ride: The Faces of Female Motorcycling

Freedom

After her divorce in 2007, Wendy Lamparelli, 51, was ready to buy a bike to fulfill a lifelong dream. Fearing for her safety, Lamparelli’s mom and kids begged her not to, so she ended up with a convertible instead. But the dream…

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TEDxBerkeley 2015 Embraces Compassion, Connection & Wisdom

March 28, 2015 by  

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For this year’s TEDxBerkeley‘s event whose theme was Compassion, Connection and Wisdom, over 2,000 attendees showed up to hear 57 speakers and performers at the University of Berkeley’s Zellerbach Hall on February 28. Below are highlights from some of our thought provoking speakers, several of whom flew over from Africa to join us thanks to this year’s Diamond Partner Fetzer Institute. Performers nailed it out of the park, which included the upbeat Japanese drum performance by Cal Raijin Taiko, the energetic Cal Bhangra dancers whose goal is to keep Punjabi dance alive (below), and the UC Berkeley Men’s Octet who added humor to their doo-wop, barbershop and pop songs, acapela style of course. TEDxBerkeley2015 (296) Dr. Prasad Kaipa, who kicked off the first session on Wisdom, has committed his life to driving innovation and leadership. The bulk of Prasad’s work has revolved around getting people to realize their full potential, most known for his work advising companies like Disney, Adobe, Apple, Boeing and others. His talk began not with lessons learned in corporate America however, but with a single, startling fact: Malnourishment kills 1,500 children in India every day. He reminds us that malnourishment happens…

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Luxury Sipping & Eating at Carmel’s GourmetFest 2015

March 28, 2015 by  

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00-gourmetfest-2015.jpg Chef Olivier Roellinger at his outdoor cooking demo.  .
01_GourmetFest_2015.jpg Chef Michel Bras helping to plate chef Francis Wolf’s dish at the Taste of France luncheon.
02_GourmetFest_2015.jpg L’endive farcie, parfum de truffes, by Michel Bras.
03_GourmetFest_2015.jpg The electric Ernst Loosen at his Mosel tasting and talk.
04_gourmetfest_2015.jpg Bonjour, gorgeous. A 1966 poured en magnum at the Dom Pérignon tasting.
05-gourmetfest-2015.jpg The lineup from the Dom Pérignon tasting.
It was an honor to be invited back to GourmetFest 2015, a weekend-long event in Carmel by the Sea, with some heavy-hitting Relais & Chateaux chefs from around the world, along with top winemakers and sommeliers from France, Italy, and more. I drove down early Saturday morning, in time for the outdoor cooking demo with chef Olivier Roellinger (Les Maisons de Bricourt), who gave an interesting talk about the history of spices and…

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The Dominican Republic, a Mecca for Cigar Smokers

March 28, 2015 by  

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While most people know wine has terroir, I was surprised on a recent trip to the Dominican Republic to learn that cigars are also affected by the region the tobacco is grown in, as well as body, aroma, flavor and aging. cigar pairing This was a foreign concept to me as I stepped in the Westin Puntacana Resort & Club‘s Don Queco Cigar & Rum Bar, opened in December 2013 and named after the father of one of Puntacana’s founders. cigar pairing It was created in order to commemorate and personify the harmonic relationship between spirits and tobacco. While the centerpiece of the room is the expansive mahogany bar, bottles of local and international spirits illuminated behind, to the right is a glass enclosed cigar room that also deserves your attention. cigar pairing Don Queco Cigar Bar cigar rooms To me it feels more like a museum, as a staff guide named Victor escorts me inside, pulling out individual cigars for me to smell. For each, he explains the characteristics, and why one person might prefer it over another. Body, shape, size and taste are…

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4 Things to Explore in Washington DC

March 27, 2015 by  

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Sunrise in Washington, D.C. It’s been more than two centuries since Washington D.C. was founded and if you’ve ever been there, you’ll agree: It would take at least that long to get to know the city properly, from its timeless architecture and monuments, to its exquisite natural sites, to the culture that seems to be lurking around every corner. The bad news is that it doesn’t look like an immortality elixir will be passing through the National Institutes of Health anytime soon. The good news? Mere mortals can see the best our nation’s capital has to offer – or at least, a tantalizing tease of it – in just one day.

Sunrise Over Capitol Hill

Be sure you get yourself down to the National Mall just before the crack of dawn – the spectacular sunrise over the monuments of Capitol Hill is definitely worth the early rise. Reward yourself with breakfast at Pete’s, a divey yet delicious local treasure. With day fully broken, enjoy a stroll in the dramatic shadow of the National Monument, or pay your respects at the Lincoln Memorial.

Museums at Mid-Day

Your morning in D.C. is sure to stir your heart…

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