Friday, December 18, 2009

Sights to See: Laying of the Wreaths, Arlington, Virginia


Rest easy, sleep well my brothers.
Know the line has held,
your job is done.
Rest easy, sleep well.
Others have taken up where you fell,
the line has held.
Peace, peace, and farewell . . .


Merrill Worcesterthese, owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine, donated 4,000 wreaths for Arlington graves in 1992, and he's been donating several thousand more every year since. See more in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYAneQMvEuw

You can sponsor a wreath next year for $15 through
http://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/Sponsor-a-Wreath.html

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Misc.: Hong Kong at dusk


At the website below, place your cursor at the top of the photo. You will notice it is 6:10 PM. Bring the mouse down slowly over the photo without pressing the button on the mouse. Do not right or left click. Night appears, the lights come on, and at 7:40 PM it's dark!

http://61226.com/share/hk.swf

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Things to Do: ARTWALK, Mazatlan, Mexico


On this self-guided tour, participants not only get to walk the quiet back streets of the old town, but they gain access to some of the beautiful historical buildings and even to a few homes. I met an artist who paints cats and also saves them from the streets, keeping the kitties in a sort of mini-kennel in her studio/home. Among my favorite stops: the colorfully renovated old structure that houses the Casa de Leyendas Bed & Breakfast; a small complex of shops with an inviting cafe in its courtyard. Artwalk is relatively new, now only in its third year, with 24 sites and more than 41 participating artists.
ARTWALK http://www.artwalkmazatlan.com/ . First Friday, 4-8pm, Nov-May. Free.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Good Eats: The Pickle Guys, NYC



The new guys on the block, this pickle shop opened in 2001. Choose from seven types of barrel-cured pickles plus pickled vegetables. All pickling is done on premises. A list of historical synagogues in the neighborhood is posted at their website.

The Pickle Guys 49 Essex, Lower East Side, (888) 4-PICKLE, (212) 656-9739. Sun-Thur 9-6, F 9-4.

see video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckBRoCfSOZ8


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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Good Eats: Economy Candy, NYC


Here since 1937, this old-time candy store is stuffed with penny candy, dried fruits and nuts, and assorted halvah, but modern delights such as gummy brains and chocolate eyeballs are also on the menu.
Economy Candy 108 Rivington, Lower East Side, (800) 352-4544.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Good Eats: Cafe Vida, Pacific Palisades, California


As busy and crowded as a bee hive, this popular little spot has seating indoors and out. The extensive menu offers many organic items, and eggs—breakfast is served all day--are cage free. Especially tasty items include a tuna melt, a Mexicali veggie burger, sweet potato fries, and green lemonade (sounds weird—the green comes from spinach--but is actually very good). You can skip the macaroni and cheese—it looks and tastes like it came out of a box. Oh, yeah, and celebrities like it here, too. I spotted Hilary Swank dining in the sun when I lunched here a few weeks ago.

Cafe Vida 15317 Antioch St., (310) 573-1335. B-D daily; $-$$.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Good Eats: Pok Pok, Portland, Oregon

Superb versions of Thai street foods such as fish-sauce chicken wings (a must-order), mild curry noodle soup, and spicy steak salad are on the exotic seasonal menu at this popular venue--a casual ramshackle collection of indoor and outdoor venues. When available, a whole fish special to pick at with chopsticks is a prime choice, and grilled boar collar—a delicacy—is appreciated by gourmets. Any vegetarian dishes are either vegan or can be made vegan. An excellent whiskey bar operates inside.

Pok Pok 3226 S.E. Division St., (503) 232-1387; http://www.pokpokpdx.com/ . L M-F, D M-Sat; $. No reservations.

video:
http://www.oregonlive.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2008/09/pokpok_owner_and_weiden_kenned.html

Monday, November 23, 2009

Good Eats: Katz’s Delicatessen, NYC



Here since 1888, this casual spot with atmospheric hanging salamis is the oldest deli in NYC. There is no pork here, only kosher-style fare, and almost everything is made or cured on site. Service is cafeteria-style, and portions are huge. They are famous for their hot pastrami on rye and hot dog (the taught skin sort of pops when you bite in), but you can also get what they claim is New York’s best cheesecake or have what Meg Ryan had for lunch in that famous scene in “When Harry Met Sally” (customers have acted out this scene under the sign designating the spot). And then there are latkes (potato pancakes), stuffed cabbage, and knoblewurst (garlic sausage). But whatever you do, don’t lose the ticket you are given when you enter, or your bill will be $50.

Katz’s Delicatessen 205 E. Houston St./Ludlow St., Lower East Side, (800) 4-HOT-DOG, (212) 254-2246. M-Tu 8am-9:45pm, W-Thur to 10:45pm, F-Sat to 2:45am, Sun to 10:45pm.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Good Eats: Brick Lane Curry House, NYC



Named for London’s narrow Brick Lane, which is home to a collection of Indian restaurants, this popular venue’s menu lists all the usual suspects plus a few more. Interestingly, the colorful walls are painted with real paprika, turmeric, and coriander mixed into the paint. Some diners here are actually brave enough to take the Phaal Challenge. It is claimed that this Phaal curry is the world’s hottest--so hot that the chef dons a gas mask when he prepares it to keep his throat from getting irritated during cooking. Those who take the challenge must finish all the curry, but they can take as long as they like. Those who actually manage to down it all get a free beer, a certificate, and their picture on the restaurant’s website. N.Y.C. resident Suzanne Meyers says, “It made my throat feel like it was closing up.” She and her dining companion last week, Raul Flores (depicted in photo), didn’t make it to the finish line.

Brick Lane Curry House 306-308 E. 6th St./1st. Ave., 212-979-2900. L-D daily; $$. Reservations advised. 

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Great Sleeps: Playa Mazatlan, Mazatlan, Mexico


Built in 1955, this low-rise (four stories) colonial-style resort features rooms with either a terrace or private balcony. Its choice beach-front location faces Isla de Venados. The beach is sandy, the surf is gentle, and thatched palapas provide respite from the sun. The quietest rooms are in a three-story section surrounding well-tended interior gardens; those by the restaurant and beach can be noisy (the beach is one of the town’s liveliest). Rooms are decorated with dark wood furnishings and colonial accents. For more than 40 years, the hotel has hosted Fiesta Mexicana on Saturdays (http://laoriginalfiestamexicana.com/ ), and fireworks light up the sky on Sunday nights. A popular passtime is relaxing in traditional rocking chairs from Concordia and watching the lobby action. The resort’s open-air La Terraza Playa restaurant-bar overlooks the beach, and rock climbing walls, a zip line, and a spa with a temazcal (an igloo-shaped sauna room where guests are seated around red-hot lava rocks) and a cenote (cave pool).


Playa Mazatlan Av. Playa Gaviotas 202, Zona Dorada (Golden Zone), Playa Norte, 3 mi. from downtown, 800-762-5816 in the U.S, 669-989-0555; direct to hotel 011-52-669-989-0555; http://www.playamazatlan.com/; http://www.hotelplayamazatlan.com.mx/. 423 units; $110+/2. 3 pools; indoor & outdoor hot tub; fitness room; spa.

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Good Eats: Yonah Schimmel, NYC



This knish shop hasn’t changed a bit since it opened in 1910--the knishes were sold from a push cart from 1890 to 1910--except maybe for a few newfangled electric appliances. The shop even has its original dumb waiter. All of the heavy, hearty, baseball-size knishes are vegetarian (the traditional potato is a personal favorite) and are still made by hand and baked (never fried) downstairs, as they have been for generations. Consider washing one down with a fizzy cherry-lime Ricky, orange cream, or egg cream made--all with authentic old-time soda water. This delish knish shop is in a scene in the Woody Allen movie, “Whatever Works.”

Yonah Schimmel 137 E. Houston St./Eldridge St., Lower East Side, (212) 477-2858.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Good Eats: The Enthusiastic Gourmet tour, NYC--CLOSED



Take some tasty bites of the Big Apple’s Jewish ethnic delights on the “NY Nosh Tour” of the Lower East Side. Guide Susan Rosenbaum, who leads all the tours herself, is nothing if not enthusiastic and obviously loves leading her groups through this often overlooked Old World section of Manhattan. She will feed both your mouth and your mind. Stops can vary, but usually include a delish knish shop that is in a scene in the most recent Woody Allen movie (“Whatever Works”), an “appetizing store” that specializes in smoked and pickled fish, and the famous delicatessen where that memorable scene in “When Sally Met Harry” was filmed—not to mention a tiny matzoh factory where you get to taste the product hot out of the basket.

The Enthusiastic Gourmet; (646) 209-4724. $50.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Good Eats: Great N.Y. Noodletown, NYC


Locals, tourists, and police alike bump elbows in this unassuming and small dining room. Diners are moved in and out quickly and find themselves sharing any empty seats with incoming diners. The kitchen serves up a legendary bowl of wonton noodle soup featuring succulent dumplings filled with sweet whole shrimp and a topping of roast pork. Spicy yellow Singapore chow fun is another favorite, and some declare that the salt-baked squid is to die for (salt baking is light deep-frying). Personal noodle favorites include lo mein (chubby noodles) and chow fun (flat noodles), but you can choose from wheat, rice, and egg noodle items. After, take a walk around Chinatown and also along Canal Street, where you can pick up some knock-off bargains.

Great N.Y. Noodletown 28 1/2 Bowery/Bayard, Chinatown, 212-349-0923. Daily 9am-4am; $. Cash only.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

Sights to See: Guanajuato, Mexico


Near Leon and not far from San Miguel de Allende, and about 200 miles west of Mexico City and 200 miles east of Guadalajara, Guanajuato is more or less in the center of Mexico. Its altitude is 6,500, and it can get chilly. Founded by the Spanish in the early 16th century, it is the capital of the Mexican state of the same name. More of a workers’ town than San Miguel, it sees fewer foreigners but is vibrantly filled with young adults. Attractions include the childhood home of muralist Diego Rivera, who was born here in 1886, and the ever-popular mummy museum. A World Heritage Site since 1988, this unique town sports narrow alleys (don't miss "kiss alley," depicted in this image), pedestrian streets, colorfully painted buildings, colonial architecture, multiple plazas, underground traffic tunnels, and no traffic lights.

see my video overview of the city:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lywMVTyJMX0

read more about the city:
http://caroundtheworld.com/guanajuato

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image c2009 Chris Gray

Friday, November 6, 2009

Good Eats: Las Mercedes, Guanajuato, Mexico


Contemporary local Mexican cuisine is served here in a hillside home that doubles as a family-run restaurant. Here, you literally dine in a local family's home--the upstairs is used as their residence—and, with menu selections that are tasty and refined and made with fresh local ingredients, the chef/family member definitely proves that not all Mexican cuisine is about tacos. In addition, the atmosphere is welcoming and friendly and the view expansive. The gourmet lunch I enjoyed a few weeks ago included a salad with cactus and squash blossoms, little chilies filled with cheese, a rich chicken mole, a dessert corn cake topped with coconut ice cream, and a horchata drink made of sweetened rice water.
Las Mercedes Calle de Arriba No. 6. Fracc, San Javier, 473-73-2-73-75; www.visiteguanajuato.com.mx/restaurantes/las_mercedes/index.html.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Misc.: TallBoys Band, Ajijic, Mexico


A few weeks ago I met TallBoy David Truly at a festive dinner at Hacienda Ajijic’s Steak Place. I think I heard him sing "Somewhere in Mexico," too, but it could have been the margaritas doing their thing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pV4xh4g5WJQ

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Sights to See: Diego Rivera Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico



Muralist Diego Rivera was born in Guanajuato in 1886. His modest home is now a museum that houses dozens of his original works, as well as galleries displaying the work of guest artists in rotating exhibits.
Diego Rivera Museum, www.diegorivera.com/index.php .

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sights to See: Mummy Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico


Just 2 weeks ago I visited the 56 mummies displayed here in a clean, temperature-controlled setting. Among them is the world’s smallest mummy--a 5- or 6-month-old fetus. All were formerly interred in the adjacent municipal cemetery, where because of rocky ground and dry mountain air many corpses do not decompose but instead dry out (they are not wrapped like Egyptian mummies). Though families can pay for perpetual burial, not everyone can afford this, so to free scarce cemetery space law permits “deadbeats” to be dug up after 7 years. In the past, the occasional disinterred mummy found in good shape was placed on exhibition in the museum, but the practice of disinterring the poor ended in 1958. Currently corpses are displayed in glass cases, which prevents the repeat of incidents in which tourists snapped off a finger or toe as a souvenir. But souvenirs are still available—traditional candies that resemble a corpse are sold by vendors just outside. The museum opened in 1952.

Mummy Museum (Museo de las Momias)  Daily 9am-6pm. $4, 6-12 $2. No pets.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Sights to See: LEGOLAND, Carlsbad, California


Brick-or-Treat is LEGOLAND California’s annual Halloween celebration. It takes place every Saturday and Sunday in October with Party Nights Saturday evenings from 5 to 9 p.m. During Brick-or-Treat, the family theme park is transformed into a not-too-spooky Halloween haven for Brick-or-Treat Party Nights featuring costume contests, nighttime trick-or-treating on the Brick-or-Treat Trail, live music and entertainment.
For more information, visit http://www.brickortreat.com.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Good Eats: Bugambilia, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

Established in 1945, this is the town’s first, and oldest, restaurant. And it is one of the few that still serves authentic Mexican dishes. I enjoyed lunch here last week in an atmospheric central courtyard dining area with heavy furniture and colorful flowers galore. A delicious tortilla soup (sopa Azteca) got my taste buds ready for a spectacular seasonal dish, Chiles en Nogada--a poblano chile filled with a beef-nut-almond mix and topped with a creamy sauce sprinkled with pomegranate seeds. It features the colors of the Mexican flag and is fabuloso. I'd make the trip again just to eat this dish one more time. All this, and live music nightly. Ole!

Bugambilia Hidalgo 42, Centro, 415-152-0127; http://www.travelbymexico.com/guan/bugambilia. Open daily.

Read more about this restaurant and see images of this and other dishes here: http://culinary-colorado.blogspot.com/2009/10/memorable-mexican-meal-san-miguel-de.html

Get the recipe here:
http://foodafar.blogspot.com/2009/10/favorite-flavor-from-san-miguelle-de.html

Get another version of the recipe here:
http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/chiles_en_nogada_chilies_in_walnut_sauce

Get a vegetarian version of the recipe here:
http://www.ethicurean.com/2007/09/28/stuffed-chilies

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sights to See: Water-channel bridge, Magdeburg, Germany


This river bridge over the River Elbe took 6 years and cost 500 million euros to build. Located near Berlin, it joins the former East and West Germanys.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Good Eats: food carts, Portland, Oregon


Food carts have been around town here for about 10 years. Now almost 400 cluster in numerous “pods” around the perimeter of parking lots. Depending on which pod you visit, you can select from Mexican, Thai, Korean, and Bosnian foods, not to mention Dutch waffles and Belgian fries. The pod of carts at SW 9th Ave./SW Alder St. has no running water. A few tables are provided, but most people take their lunch away to a nearby park or back to their office. More locations and a list of cuisines can be found at http://foodcartsportland.com/.
Ziba’s Pitas 503-473-9372; http://www.zibaspitas.com/. M-F 10:30-3:30. Authentic Bosnian food prepared by a pleasant woman include meat burek (meat-stuffed pita) and tikvenica (zucchini-stuffed pita) as well as cufte (meatballs) with either a delicious creamy white or a red sauce. Best is a combination plate that lets you try several items.
Spella Caffè Next door, this cart dispenses rich, mellow, well-priced espresso.

image c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sights to See: Botanical Gardens Montreal, Montreal, Canada


One of the largest botanical gardens in the world, this park is home to 22,000 types of plants, flowers, and trees, as well as 200 different bird species. It houses greenhouses with plants from around the world, plus many large, themed outdoor gardens that are covered with snow from November through April.
Botanical Gardens Montreal (Les Jardins Botaniques de Montréal) 4101 Sherbrooke East, corner of Pie-IX, 514-872-1400.

See more images of the gardens' spectacular topiaries at:

http://www.voicingouropinions.com/2009/08/montreal-topiary-garden-photos

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Great Sleeps: World's Top 10 Hotels Under $19


Of course, you have to travel some distance to experience some of these bargains, but one is right in the good old U.S. of A.

http://www.tripadvisor.com/InfoCenter-a_ctr.HotelsUnder19



image is of Shiva Guest House in Nepal; room is $9.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Things to Do: Swim with the Polar Bears at Polar Bear Habitat, Cochrane, Ontario, Canada


Unbelievably, you can swim with the polar bears here. However, for safety--though cute, polar bears are among the world's most ferocious carnivores--a bullet-proof, shatterproof glass that is almost 9 centimeters thick separates human from bear.

Polar Bear Habitat and Heritage Village 1 Drury Park Rd., in Cochrane, 800-354-9948, 705-272-2327; http://www.polarbearhabitat.ca/. Daily; in summer 9-5; in winter 10-4. $20, 65+ $18, 4-14 $12, Swim with the bears +$5.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Sights to See: Lefortovo Tunnel, Russia

The 3150-meter-long "Tunnel of Death" is the longest city tunnel in all of Europe. You might want to avoid it when you are in town.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fLW3OiH8OQ

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Sights to See: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.


Located within a building that is impressive both inside and out, this is the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to recognizing the contributions of women artists. Women artists seem to be greatly undervalued, with only 5% of art displayed in museums being by women. Here, you'll see more than 3,000 works--all by women. A free audio tour for special exhibits is available by cell phone. On the mezzanine, just off a grand staircase, a pleasant lunchroom operates weekdays in a spacious open area with arched windows.
National Museum of Women in the Arts 1250 New York Ave. NW, 800-222-7270, 202-783-5000; http://www.nmwa.org/. M-Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Free 20-min. introductory talk M-Sat at 11 & 2, Sun at 1 & 3. $10, 60+ $8, students $8.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sights to See: Millennium Park, Chicago, Illinois


See:
Crown Fountain Designed by Spanish artist Jaume Plensa, this interactive fountain consists of two 50-foot-high glass block towers with video images.
Cloud Gate At the park’s Michigan Avenue entrance. Nicknamed "the Bean," this hugely popular 110-ton elliptical sculpture by British artist Anish Kapoorit is one of the world’s largest outdoor sculptures. It is made of a seamless series of polished stainless steel plates that reflect the city’s skyline and the clouds above. Taking a photo of your own reflection in the smooth, mirrored surface is a must-do. 

Michigan Ave./Washington Blvd; look east; Columbus Dr./Monroe St./Randolph St., 312-742-1168; http://www.millenniumpark.org. Daily 6am-11pm. Free. Center for art, music, architecture.

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updated 6-2-17

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sights to See: Gibraltar


Nowadays you can drive your car straight onto Gibraltar (in the old days, you used to have to go via Morocco--from Spain by sea to Morocco and then back again to Spain). After waiting in the usually-long car line through passport control, you drive (or walk) right on and over the airport runway to get to town. The town is pretty much one long street with the usual duty free, pubs, and shops, and English is the official language. The famous monkeys (actually Barbary apes--the only apes native to Europe) are up on The Rock, which is huge and has tunnels and a large cave inside; taxi and bus tours can be arranged on the spot in town. During WW II, Winston Churchill said that if the apes ever disappeared from The Rock it would foretell the end of the British Empire (and General Eisenhower launched the Allied attack on North Africa from an office deep inside this Rock).

http://www.stumbleupon.com/s/#1eeqXf/blog.brillianttrips.com/2009/07/gibraltars-extraordinary-airport

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Sights to See: Okinawa, Japan, Churaumi Aquarium


Check out the world's second-largest aquarium tank, the Kuroshio Sea.

See it on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7deClndzQw
(Song is "Please don't go by Barcelona.")

Read about it in the Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1026977/The-fish-tank-thats-big-hold-FOUR-whale-sharks.html


Wondering where the world's largest aquarium tank is? In downtown Atlanta. The Georgia Aquarium holds more than 8 million gallons of water and is the city's top attraction.

http://www.georgiaaquarium.org/

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Good Eats: NYC, Nolita, Ceci Cela Patissette



Order the perfect summer breakfast--a fabulous flaky almond croissant and iced hot chocolate—and then take them into the cute and cozy little back room to enjoy slowly. At other times of day, opt for sandwiches, cakes, and tarts.

Ceci Cela Patissette 55 Spring St./Mulberry St., Nolita, 212-274-9179; http://www.cecicelanyc.com/.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Things to Do: NYC, New Museum


Situated within a boxy silver futuristic building, this smallish museum is NYC's first and only devoted exclusively to contemporary art. To best see the cutting-edge shows, start at the top and work your way down. Panoramic views can be enjoyed from the 7th-floor Sky Room (open weekends only).

New Museum 235 Bowery/Prince St., betw. Stanton & Rivington sts., in the Bowery, 212-219-1222. W 12-6, Thur-F 12-9, Sat-Sun 12-6; closed M-Tues; free Thur eve 7-9. $12, seniors $10, under 19 free. Cafe.

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Monday, August 17, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 3

I'm soooo disappointed to report that I just found out that this exciting public restroom is a hoax! :)

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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 2


Here's the view from inside! It's made entirely of one-way glass. No one can see you from the outside, but when you are inside it's like sitting in a clear glass box.

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Friday, August 14, 2009

Things to Do: Houston, Texas, public restroom--part 1


This woman is getting ready to enter a public toilet.
(More tomorrow.)

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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Things to Do: Streit's , NYC



They’ve been making matzo here since 1925.

View this mini-movie of the factory.


c2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

See even more detail in Martha Stewart's mega-clip.

Streit’s 148-154 Rivington, Lower East Side, 212-475-7000.

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Things to Do: NYC, Central Park, Tango Saturdays


Tango dancing to live music occurs regularly on Saturdays beside the Shakespeare statue. Tilt your head to view my little horizontal movie about it.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Where to Stay: Ashland, Oregon, Ashland Creek Inn


Luxury and privacy are combined here in a converted 125-year-old grain mill overlooking Ashland Creek. You can hear the creek from most rooms, and giant shade trees cool the secluded decks. All rooms are suites with kitchens and decks, and each is furnished uniquely with art and antiques from around the world (travel themes include Marrakech, Matsu, and Canton).
Ashland Creek Inn 70 Water St., 2 blks. to plaza, (541) 482-3315; http://www.ashlandcreekinn.com. 10 suites. Unsuitable for children under 13. Full breakfast. No smoking.

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Monday, August 3, 2009

Book Reviews: The Ultimate Hollywood Tour Book


If you'd like to see where Hugh Hefner will be spending eternity next to Marilyn Monroe, where superstars hide away from their fans, and where favorite movies were filmed, get a copy of this handy guide to lead you there and also provide the background stories. The book also leads to movie star homes, the sites of infamous crimes, and the final resting places of superstars.
http://www.nrbooks.com/hollywoodtour.htm

View the author' personal tour in this video:
http://www.youtube.com/v/jexKDOsgCus

Prefer a guided van tour?
Check out Dearly Departed tours' Hollywood Tragical History Tour via Tomb Buggy:
http://www.dearlydepartedtours.com

Friday, July 31, 2009

Where to Stay: Ashland, Oregon, Winchester Inn


Featuring excellent service and attention to detail, this inn complex consists of the main Victorian house (which was originally a hospital on Main Street and then moved up the hill) and restaurant plus three other buildings. Manicured gardens surround.
The fine-dining restaurant (D daily, SunBr; $$$) uses mostly organic ingredients from local providers—think juniper berry-crusted filet mignon with a red wine reduction, horseradish, and bacon served with mashed potatoes and grilled broccolini, or grilled wild salmon with a blackberry-chipotle sauce, corn-and-blueberry salsa, herb-fried zucchini, and polenta cakes. A six-course Dickens’ Christmas Feast is scheduled annually at Christmas.

The Winchester Inn, Restaurant and Wine Bar 39 S. Second St., 2 blks. from festival, (800) 972-4991, 541-488-1113; http://www.winchesterinn.com/. Afternoon & evening snack; full breakfast.

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Things to Do: Ashland, Oregon Shakespeare Festival


In addition to the expected Shakespeare, this festival presents contemporary and classic plays on its one outdoor stage and two indoor stages. And the show almost always goes on. Even with rain showers in progress, though the actors then perform in street clothes so as not to ruin the delicate silks in their elaborate costumes. My family once saw a performance of “Romeo and Juliet” during such a storm—with the thunder roaring and the lightning flashing in the distance--lending a memorable ambiance to the performance. So do remember to pack ponchos, head covers, and raincoats; tickets are refunded if it is raining and you leave the theater before 75 minutes have passed. Some Shakespeare plays are better than others for children. Three that have been particularly successful with my children are “The Comedy of Errors,” “A Midsummer Night's Dream,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” If in doubt, call the Festival office for advice. This season children might enjoy Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” and two non-Shakespearean plays--the great American musical “The Music Man” and a hilarious adaptation of “The Servant of Two Masters.”
Oregon Shakespeare Festival (800) 219-8161, (541) 482-4331; http://www.osfashland.org. Spring-Fall.

Brass Rubbing Center In less than an hour you can make a very special souvenir rubbing from a selection of more than 180 brass reliefs. Instruction and materials are provided, and you can even have your finished rubbing matted while you wait. The center claims to have "one of the finest collections of Monumental Brass Replicas outside of the British Isles." The shop also sells individual synopses of the current year's program of Shakespearean plays that are worth reading in advance.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Misc.: Key West, Hemingway Days Festival


Hemingway is reincarnated annually at Sloppy Joe's Annual Papa Look-Alike Contest. Arm-wrestling, a Key Lime pie-eating contest, a marlin fishing contest, a sort of Running of the Bulls, and a Caribbean Street fair are also part of the fun.
Hemingway Days Festival Around July 21--the author’s birthday. http://sloppyjoes.com/lookalikes.htm. Free.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Great Sleeps: Ashland, Oregon, Ashland Springs Hotel


Both charming and conveniently located, this landmark hotel built in 1925 offers large, quiet rooms and an outdoor swimming pool. Rooms are poshly appointed, with high beds. A sort of Audubon theme runs throughout the hotel, including a fascinating display of Victorian stuffed birds and an extensive seashell collection displayed in the old-fashioned two-story lobby. The lobby has several seating areas and large windows looking out to the street; a continental breakfast is served on the mezzanine level that wraps around the perimeter, allowing diners a view below.
Ashland Springs Hotel 212 E. Main St., downtown, 888-795-4545, 541-488-1700; http://www.ashlandspringshotel.com/. Continental breakfast. Adjacent Waterstone Spa. Restaurant. Free parking.


Larks restaurant operates off the lobby. Its cuisine is a celebration of Oregon’s farms, orchards, and vineyards, as well as of its artisan cheese makers and chocolatiers. Dinner includes items such as a classic Caesar salad as well as well as more fussy delights such as a "Maple Balsamic-glazed Double-cut White Marble Farms Pork Chop With Apple Compote & Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes.” Lunch is a relative bargain, and the menu then includes a hamburger and a classic Reuben sandwich.
http://www.larksrestaurant.com/. L-D daily, Sat-SunBr; $$$.

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Friday, July 17, 2009

Misc.: Japan, love hotels

I’ve always wondered about Japan’s love hotels.
Now I know the illuminating details!

http://www.worldhum.com/features/how-to/how-to-stay-at-a-love-hotel-in-japan-20090716

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Photo by furibond via Flickr (Creative Commons)

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Misc.: NYC, Central Park



The less you know about the movie "The Visitor" (2007), the more enjoyable you'll probably find it, so I'll bite my tongue.

Adding to my general enjoyment is that it was filmed in many of the spots I recently enjoyed together with my extended family and friends on the 4th in NYC: Central Park; the drummers bench (see my video below); Sheeps Meadow; and also the Broadway/Lafayette subway station. Maybe you'll recognize more locations. Coincidentally, I realized that a short video I made on the 4th is of the very bench where these portrayed musicians play in the park!

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Friday, July 10, 2009

Sights to See: UCLA Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden, Westwood, California







Art meets nature here. Spanning more than 5 acres, the garden displays more than 70 sculptures by artists that include Alexander Calder, Henry Moore, and Auguste Rodin. Kids can romp among the works--you’ll have some great photo ops--and it's the perfect spot for a memorable picnic.


Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden 310-443-7041; http://hammer.ucla.edu/collections/detail/collection_id/6. Parking available in Lot 3; $9.

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image copyright 2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Travel Videos: shame on United--again-part 1


This well-done music video from the Canadian country music group, Sons of Maxwell, almost lightens the problem of luggage damage. Unfortunately, United isn't the only guilty airline. Ever since the TSA cut off my special TSA lock (and the two little pull tabs along with it), I'm always surprised when my suitcase shows up intact and filled with what I packed.


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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Great Eats: Chicago, Heaven on Seven


Found in the unlikely location of an upper floor in an office building, this funky, down-home, Louisiana-style cafe is the original link in this popular small local chain. Best items are the gumbo and crab cakes. However, even though the walls are lined with an impressive collection of every brand of hot sauce imaginable, and a selection of current brands is corralled on each table, the jambalaya comes out of the kitchen disappointingly bland.
Heaven on Seven 111 N. Wabash Ave., 7th fl., downtown, 312-263-6443.

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Misc.: photograph collection--beautiful images of the native Omo people



These exquistely beautiful images are probably of the Mursi and Suri people, who live where the Omo River empties into Lake Turkana in Ethiopia.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Great Sleeps: NYC, The Algonquin Hotel



An oasis of serenity, this legendary hotel is just steps from Broadway, two blocks from Bryant Park, three avenues away from the gay and lesbian nightlife scene in Hell's Kitchen, and a couple of subway stops from the trendy, artsy Chelsea neighborhood. Edna Ferber and Dorothy Parker were once part of the hotel's famous Round Table, and Truman Capote once dined there regularly. The cozy, inviting lobby is a popular lounge bar, and the famous restaurant adjoins. In the evening, The Oak Room stages performances. Halls here are papered in New Yorker cartoons (the New Yorker offices are just across the street), and a current issue is in each room. The hotel retains its vintage white marble steps in the stairway between floors. Rooms also have some vintage touches, including small bathrooms tiled in 6-sided white tiles (the plumbing might be the oldest in NYC—hot water takes a while to arrive on upper floors, but arrive it does, eventually). And then there is the hotel kitty, Matilda, a pampered beige Ragdoll longhair who hangs out at the desk—or wherever she likes—and has her own e-mail address. For a shock back to reality, stop at the corner of 44th Street and 6th Avenue and look up, up, up to watch the national debt roll shockingly up, up, up in lighted digits.

The Algonquin Hotel  59 West 44th St./6th Ave., ? 888-304-2047, (800) 678-8946, (212) 840-6800. 12 floors; 174 rooms + 24 suites. Fitness room.

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

Things to Do: Holland, Michigan, Tulip Festival



video copyright 2009 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

6 million tulips, 1,500 wooden-shoe dancers, 3 parades. It’s never too early to start planning for a trip to see this annual small-town spring festival celebrating the area's Dutch heritage. Fireworks and trolley tours are also part of the fun.
Tulip Time Festival May; 800-822-2770; www.tuliptime.com.

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Misc.: World's Top 10 Train Rides


These exciting and scenic train rides were selected by members of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the world’s largest organization of professional travel journalists and photographers. One is:

Mexico’s El Chepe ventures into the imposing landscapes of the Sierra Tarahumara and into Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon, passing through 87 tunnels and crossing 37 bridges. The Copper Canyon is four times the size of the Grand Canyon – and deeper.
“Mexico’s Chepe train from Los Mochis to Copper Canyon has it all: tall bridges crossing rivers, dozens of tunnels, a winding track that climbs high out of the canyon and, waiting for you at the end, the fascinating indigenous Tarahumara people.” --Eric Lindberg, freelance travel writer/photographer.

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