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Bluesfest Adds Four More Artists to the 30th Anniversary Celebration

With just over 90 days to go until the gates of Tyagarah Tea Tree Farm swing open for Bluesfest 2019, we are proud to announce the following artists will be joining the 30th Anniversary Celebration: TASH SULTANA SIX60 OCEAN ALLEY AMARU TRIBE With more artists yet to be announced… With tickets selling faster than any other Bluesfest in history, we are heading for a spectacular celebration and sell-out festival this April. Festival Director Peter Noble is getting excited about the 30th Anniversary...
Tags: Travel, London, Featured, News, Australia, California, US, Norah Jones, Kurt Vile, Culture, David Bowie, Sydney, New Zealand, Argentina, Bob Marley, Jack White


California’s foie gras ban upheld

One of the country’s most contentious legal battles has been swirling around a subject you might not have expected. Since 2012, California has been enforcing a 2004 ban on the sale and production of foie gras — a French delicacy whose method of production animal rights groups consider inhumane. Chefs and trade groups in the state have been fighting against the ban, which was just upheld once again on Monday. If you’ve never had it before, foie gras (which means “fatty liver”) is large, butte...
Tags: Travel, Supreme Court, California, Foie Gras, US supreme court, All, Ninth Circuit, Animal Legal Defense Fund, Ken Frank, ninth US circuit court of appeals, California laws, Food Ban, Kelsey Eberly, La Toque Restaurant in Napa


Trading Divorce for Travel

Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the “official” signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, London, Featured, Australia, California, Relationships, China, India, New York City, Africa, Taiwan, Harvard, Hawaii, Italy


Best Chinese food in Los Angeles

For many, Los Angeles ends at the river. But if you stop there, you fall short of exploring one of the best Chinatowns in America. The San Gabriel Valley in East LA is known for strip malls, but not the soulless type of strip mall devoid of culture you’d find most everywhere else in the country. Drive down Valley Boulevard and you’ll see that it’s an artery that connects the hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. These strip malls...
Tags: Travel, California, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Beijing, Beverly Hills, North America, Xinjiang, Taipei, Arcadia, Mongolia, Chinatown, Sichuan, Southern California


With few GOP lawmakers, Hawaii Democrats create legislative factions, bills would require automatic recounts, looking back on false missile alert, lawsuit filed over Shark's Cove development, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii Capitol interior ©2019 All Hawaii News Members of the progressive wing of the Hawaii Democratic Party will make a case this year for dramatic initiatives such as a $17 hourly minimum wage, legalization of recreational marijuana and single-payer health care, but it’s unclear whether their stodgier colleagues in the state Legislature will embrace those causes. Star-Advertiser.At least three state senators are drafting bills that would require automatic recounts in close election race...
Tags: Travel, Florida, California, Gop, Hawaii, Donald Trump, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Kauai, Maui, Trump, Hawaii County, Legislature, West Hawaii


Does Southern California need 513 more hotels?

Michael Murphy shows off the 10th floor of a hotel tower under construction in April at Pechanga Resort & Casino. The 271-room Marriott Irvine Spectrum. It’s seen here under construction a year ago. (Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Construction of the Element by Westin hotel at 900 North Via Piemonte, near the Citizens Business Bank Arena, in Ontario, CA., Thursday, June 7, 2018. (Staff photo by Jennifer Cappuccio Mah...
Tags: Travel, Business, Real Estate, California, Sport, Economy, Atlas, Things To Do, Soccer, Tourism, Marriott, Southern California, Ontario, San Bernardino, Moreno Valley, Westin


The Dark Side of Travel: What You Should Know About Drug Tourism

“In the U.S. you have to be a deviant or die of boredom.” William S. Burroughs said that. He’s among the most famous American drug tourists. A trendsetter. He would routinely go to Tangier, a city in Morroco known for the availability of drugs, and get high and write. Now drug tourism is a thriving industry in its own right. Loads of young Westerners and addicts with varying circumstances are traveling all over the world to places where drug laws are lax, more drugs are available, or different d...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, California, Southeast Asia, America, Amsterdam, Medellin, Laos, Columbia, Tangier, William S Burroughs, Morroco, Peru Ayahuasca, Amsterdam Marijuana


California camping [4]

This will be the last installment of this mini series from October 2002. We left Death Valley and headed even further south, through the Mojave Desert and on to Salton City and Borrego Springs. We had a campsite reserved in the Anza-Borrego State Park. Again, there were very few campers around and we had a great choice of site. The rustic shade shelter and stone picnic table at our site, with the Jeep and Collette, of course. Some of the sites available included beautiful stone shelters with l...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Camping, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Central Valley, Santa Barbara, Palm Springs, Death Valley, Ken, Collette, WCS, Mojave Desert, Borrego, Borrego Springs


Leaked United Airlines Confidential Corporate Sales Stats (Someone’s in Deep Trouble)

Apple is by far United's biggest corporate account. They spend $150 million with the airline. Focusing on California-specific accounts the biggest are Facebook, Roche, and Google which spend 'over $34 million' and then Deloitte, McKinsey, PwC, Cisco, Oracle and Applied Materials in the $12 million to $17 million range. Apple's spending on San Francisco - Shanghai though is shocking, even accounting for all of the manufacturing done in China -- one quarter of total company spend, 50 business cla...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, California, Advice, China, United, Facebook Roche, Leaked United Airlines, Deloitte McKinsey PwC Cisco, San Francisco Shanghai


California camping [3]

After our chilly night in the tent, we spent the next night in a motel. That next day we visited the ghost town of Bodie, then saw Mono Lake, but not for the first time. I can't remember if we spent a second night in the motel, but we must have. The good ol' Jeep at our Furnace Creek campsite in Death Valley, California, 2002. Our next destination was the Furnace Creek campground in Death Valley. We had been there once before and wanted to go back. We had no problems with cold there. It was ho...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, Death Valley, Southern California, WCS, Mono Lake, Death Valley California, Smokey Joe, Bodie, Furnace Creek, Brawny, After Death Valley


Travel: Largest cruise ship ever to be based year-round in Southern California coming to Long Beach

Come December, Southern California cruisers will say “ahoy” to the new 4,000-passenger Carnival Panorama, currently being built at the same Italian shipyard where the ship it’s replacing, the 3,100-passenger Carnival Splendor, was constructed a decade ago. Just months away from a sea test at the Fincantieri shipyard near Venice, Italy, the Panorama is the third vessel in Carnival’s Vista Class, following the 2-year-old Carnival Vista and 9-month-old Carnival Horizon. It will not only be Carnival...
Tags: Travel, Australia, California, Mexico, La, Singapore, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Italy, San Diego, Long Beach, Trevor


California camping [2]

Just a few more shots of our first day out on this trip back in 2002. The car is my 1992 Jeep Cherokee Sport. It was a great vehicle. I was commuting in it at first, but after I got the job in the city I used the subway to go back and forth to work. The car became our weekend errand and recreational vehicle. The '92 Jeep with its roof rack and "basket case." I fitted the Jeep with a roof rack for bikes, then I got an attachment for the rack called "the basket case," or something funny like tha...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, France, San Francisco, North Carolina, Ken, Collette, Carolina, WCS


The healthiest countries to move to

Being healthier is one of the most popular of New Year’s resolutions. For some, this may include making big life changes — like moving — that make it easier to get and stay healthy. And healthy places aren’t just those with lots of gyms and juice bars. Places to make lifestyle changes are those that share a worldview of health — where physical health is important but so are access to outdoor activities, mental health, low-stress levels, fresh food, quality healthcare, and strong, supportive ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Japan, Sweden, Australia, California, US, San Francisco, Spain, Healthy Living, United States, Italy, Ikea, Switzerland, Starbucks, Moving


Travel: No ship of fools for these cruise performers

Garry Carson has heard it thousands of times from cruise passengers before showtime: “I don’t like magic, but let’s see if the guy is any good.” Some entertainers would have bruised egos overhearing such comments, especially on a crowded elevator ride to the deck of the theater. But after 500-plus cruises over 22 years, the seafaring magician knows the life of taking an act on the road where there are no roads. “These people aren’t there because they love or even like magic,” said Carson, pointi...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Florida, New York, Texas, Australia, California, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Brooklyn, Brian Wilson, Long Beach, New Orleans, Miami


California camping [1]

Set the WABAC machine to October 2002. Ken and I took a camping trip through eastern California. We left San Francisco and headed up and over the Sierra Nevada mountains to our first destination on the eastern side, a campground near Twin Lakes. At some point, we stopped for lunch. Then, as we climbed up over the Sonora Pass, it started to snow. Not a great beginning, but it wasn't a big storm and we made it through. It started snowing as we drove over the mountains. This is a car on the road ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Camping, California, San Francisco, Sierra Nevada, Ken, Collette, WCS, Mono Lake, Sonora Pass


Coffee Flavors Rule The World

The countries that grow all the coffee used around the world come from Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Uganda, Ethiopia, India, Columbia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Brazil. Coffee needs a certain amount of high latitude rainfall, seasonal tropical environments, and certain alkaline soil. In the U.S., only California and Hawaii are able to be competitive coffee bean growers. These countries provide all the requirements for coffee beans to grow very healthy. As a high-quality production produ...
Tags: Travel, Coffee, Food, California, World, Drink, Hawaii, Middle East, Brazil, Guatemala, Coffee Countries, Starbucks Brand, Monin


The Best San Diego Travel Tips From Our Readers

Over 150 Lifehacker readers left tips this week on visiting or living in San Diego. Even locals who don’t like the city chipped in with some good tips. That’s how chill San Diegans are. We’ve featured all the best comments on the Staff tab under the original post, and gathered a few highlights below.Read more...
Tags: Travel, California, Tell US, Cities, San Diego, Lifehacks, Us Travel, San Diegans, Best San Diego Travel


5 Things To Do on the Waters in San Diego

San Diego is a California city full of wonders and adventures. There are plenty of things to do in the city, and in the areas immediately surrounding San Diego. However, there are also numerous fun activities to do on the waters of San Diego. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the cool water-based activities to do while on a trip to Sand Diego. Jet skiing Jet skis are awesome. With even the slowest jet ski you can zip around the water at about 40 MPH. The faster jet skis can get up to ...
Tags: Travel, California, San Diego, Adventure Travel, San Diego However, San Diego The Winter


Throwback Thursday

Ken found some old photos on one of his disk drives the other day. I had forgotten about them. Some were photos that I took while Ken was away from home, using one of his digital cameras. These two were taken in September of 2002. We were still living in California. I drove up to Auburn from San Francisco to see our friend Sue, and our dog Collette came with me, of course. We visited a couple of wineries near Sue's house there. Me and Collette, happy in the grass. She was a great dog! She was ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, California, San Francisco, Auburn, Ken, Collette, WCS, Throwback Thursday


Travel News: January 9, 2019

Carnival Cruise Line Reconsidering Room Service Changes Travel Pulse Less than a week after Carnival Cruise Line announced room service would no longer be complimentary on its ships, the company said it is waiting to make those changes until a better plan could be put in place. According to a Facebook post from Carnival brand ambassador John Heald, the cruise line revealed that it was evaluating the adjustments made to its room service plan initially scheduled to take effect in January.   Car C...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, California, Siri, Porsche, Las Vegas, Bmw, Alexa, Palm Springs, Consumer Electronics Show, Carnival Cruise Line, News And Deals, Joshua Tree, Joshua Tree National Park


Stay in the Middle of the Magic at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

My head hit the pillow and I snuggled down into a soft cloud. Oh My goodness this bed is comfortable. I felt the exhaustion drain out of my body and my last thoughts before slipping into dreams of magic carpet rides was, “Oh this is exactly what the body needs after a long day at Disneyland.” And then at 5:05 I woke up. No alarms needed. I felt refreshed, alert and in awe of how I had slept like a log (not a baby as they don’t sleep). The girls had succumbed to the comfort that evening as well....
Tags: Travel, Usa, Pinterest, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Starbucks, Theme Parks, Snow White, Marco Polo, North America, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Sam, Pluto


Brief Look at the New Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland

On my recent trip to the Disneyland Resort in California, I was lucky enough to be in the park when the newest restaurant offering opened – the Tropical Hideaway. Since it was brand new, I had to stop by for lunch and I’m thrilled that I did. Located in Adventureland between the Jungle Cruise and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the quick service restaurant has a fun and exotic vibe that I resonated with right away. There’s no doubt that the epic popularity of the frozen treat the Dole Whip h...
Tags: Travel, California, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney, Destinations, Good Eats, North America/hawaii, Dole, Adventureland, Tropical Hideaway, New Tropical Hideaway


Family travel resolutions for 2019

It’s time for more ambitious family travel goals. The kids are older and they’re ready for more than an overpriced Disney weekend. Maybe it’s time to take them camping. Perhaps you want them to start appreciating art. Or maybe you just want your little ones to be more adventurous. Whether in Broward County or Buenos Aires, there’s a great big world ready to be seen. Follow these family travel resolutions — and start exploring it. 1. Spend more time in the great outdoors. Photo: Monkey Busi...
Tags: Travel, Family, California, Disney, US, America, San Francisco, Barcelona, Chile, Italy, Luxembourg, Venice, Sagrada Familia, Chattanooga, Buenos Aires, Gaudi


Tell Us Your Best San Diego Travel Tips

When someone says “in this movie, the city is like another character,” they usually don’t mean Anchorman. This week Hack Your City goes to San Diego, a city that sure sounds comfortable right now. Look at their average monthly temperatures—my apartment has a more volatile climate. OK, what’s your best advice for…Read more...
Tags: Travel, California, Tell US, Cities, San Diego, Lifehacks, Us Travel, Hack Your City


Week 5: New Years in Gruene and Big Bend, Texas

We stayed longer in Texas Hill Country then we planned. A few challenges sprung up during week 5 of our USA road trip which had us problem solving for the optimal solution. One really never knows if it will turn out to be optimal or not, but you can only make decisions based upon the information you have at hand. Our Challenges: 1. Busy Holiday Season I didn’t think Texas would be so busy in the winter time, but I’ve since learned it is because the summer months are too hot! It makes sense r...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Texas, Australia, California, Ryan Seacrest, Disney, US, Netflix, National Parks, Bob Dylan, Dallas, Lenny Kravitz, Sam, San Antonio, Family Travel


Perceptive Travel Through Trekking, Learning, Celebrating, and Drinking

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Tags: Travel, California, New York State, Benin, Trekking, Destination Reports, Perceptive Travel, Travel Adventures, Italy Travel


This year's galette

I don't want to keep you in suspense: Ken got the fève that was hidden in the cake this year. It was a little ceramic fish (a perch) that we got in a store-bought cake many years ago. I kept those fèves from previous galettes and re-use them year after year. The cake turned out well, although it's not really a cake. It's made with two layers of pâte feuilletée (flaky pastry) with frangipane (ground almonds, egg, and sugar) in between. The finished galette, version 2019. I make my own pastry, a...
Tags: Travel, Holidays, California, France, Ken, WCS, Food And Cooking


How I Research My Solo Travel Destinations

Posted: 1/2/2019 | January 2nd, 2019 Kristin Addis from Be My Travel Muse writes our regular column on solo female travel. It’s an important topic I can’t adequately cover, so I brought in an expert to share her advice for other women travelers to help cover the topics important and specific to them! In this month’s article, she shows you how she researches and plans her trips! What’s the best way to go about researching your next trip when all of the decisions will fall to you as a solo travel...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Europe, Japan, Pinterest, Instagram, Bali, Indonesia, California, China, India, SIM, Thailand, South Africa, Antarctica


The best family trips for 2019

It’s the start of a new year, and that means it’s time to make some family travel resolutions and start planning. Whether you want to explore more national parks and state parks, introduce the kids to urban culture in cities like New York, or take them overseas — say, to New Zealand — these are our favorite family travel destinations for the year ahead. 1. Bozeman, Montana Photo: Jeremy Janus Photography/Shutterstock Head to Montana for spring break, and you’ll still catch plenty of spr...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, New York, Sweden, California, Montana, Mexico, New York City, US, America, Tenerife, New Zealand, West Coast, North America, Seattle


The biggest ways 2018 changed food

A lot changed about the way we eat — and the way we think about food — in 2018. We lost Anthony Bourdain, a man who opened people’s eyes to other cultures and changed the way we think about how food and culture interact. Samin Nosrat, the author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat and host of a show of the same name, taught everyone with a Netflix account a new way to think about cooking around the world. There was more authenticity in restaurants, and some places the media had written off for dead were...
Tags: Travel, Food, New York, Instagram, California, La, America, European Union, Netflix, Harvey Weinstein, Portland, Starbucks, Seattle, Denver, Kfc, Alice



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