Travel & Recreation
‘Shortest North American flight’ begins Feb. 2 linking Friday Harbor, Victoria
Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland diverted to Fiji
Yellowstone osprey migrated to Miami Beach for the winter
Most of the National Park Service Board Just Resigned Because of the Trump Administration
Canadian mountain trio has it all
The most eye-popping dishes at Baltimore-area restaurants
Flight attendant reveals the best way to sleep on planes and avoid jet lag – but it takes a strong will
Travel Agents In Minnesota Warn Vikings Fans About Eagles Fans
2018-01-18 02:08:38 Travel agents are warning Vikings fans coming to Philadelphia for the NFC Championship Game not to try to paint the town purple.   Read More ...
2.98 billion trips expected for China's Spring Festival travel rush
2018-01-18 02:01:23 Almost 3 bln trips in 40 days tests China's travel services. China's most celebrated national holiday - Spring Festival - is just weeks away and the annual scramble for air and rail tickets is in full swing for hundreds of millions of Chinese who will travel home in the world's largest mass movement of people. This year, chunyun, or the Spring Festival travel rush will again test China's travel services with an expected 2   Read More ...
Price of permits to visit Havasupai falls soars for 2018
2018-01-18 02:00:31 PHOENIX — It will cost more to visit the stunning blue-green Havasupai waterfalls in northern Arizona this year. The Havasupai Tribe, which oversees the remote corner of Grand Canyon that is home to Instagram-famous Havasu Falls, Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls, has significantly raised its permit and camping fees for the 2018 season that begins Feb. 1 and runs through November   Read More ...
‘Shortest North American flight’ begins Feb. 2 linking Friday Harbor, Victoria
2018-01-18 01:41:31 A small Canadian charter service will soon begin flying what it is calling the shortest scheduled international air route in North America, between Victoria, B.C., and Friday Harbor on San Juan Island. Victoria-based NorthStar Air Tours announced that it has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation to operate scheduled flights between Victoria International Airport, the San Juan Islands, and Bellingham   Read More ...
Hebbar's Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire
2018-01-18 01:34:22 Quick, social media-friendly recipe videos have changed the way people approach cooking. The BBC spoke with Hebbar's Kitchen, an online platform that has adopted the format, with a focus on Indian audiences and vegetarian food. These two-minute long videos, packaged like a mini cooking show, have managed to "break the monotony of having to flip through recipe books," says Sudarshan Hebbar, an IT consultant who helps run Hebbar's Kitchen, which was started by his wife, Archana   Read More ...
Polar bears at NC Zoo enjoy snow day
2018-01-18 01:10:35 While some North Carolinians slogged through snow and scraped windshields, residents at the state’s zoo were happy to see the fluffy white stuff. The North Carolina Zoo’s polar bears – and its other Arctic critters – enjoyed their snow day Wednesday. Asheboro didn’t see the near foot of snow parts of central North Carolina did, but the inch or so was enough to get its Arctic animals excited, along with wind chills in single digits   Read More ...
Trade groups form coalition as travelers skip U.S.
2018-01-18 01:08:15 As more international travelers decide to skip the United States, 10 business associations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Restaurant Association, have created a travel industry group aimed at reversing the growing unpopularity of the U.S. as a vacation destination. Historically, the U.S. had only to sit back and let foreign tourists and their money roll in. Over the past few years, though, that gravy train has begun to dry up, a trend that accelerated as President Donald Trump began to make good on campaign promises to restrict immigration   Read More ...
Cold temperatures bring influx of cold-stun sea turtles
2018-01-18 01:05:52 CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Alongside this winter's abnormally frigid temperatures, the South Carolina Aquarium is seeing an influx of cold-stunned sea turtles. Typically, they are found in the New England area but sea turtles suffering from this hypothermic condition are now being rescued up and down the East Coast, even here in the Lowcountry. "The temperature drops drastically and suddenly so they can't generate their own body heat   Read More ...
Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland diverted to Fiji
2018-01-18 01:05:35 An Air New Zealand flight from Houston to Auckland has taken a detour, landing in Fiji. Flight NZ29 departed from Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport at 8.10pm on Tuesday (US central standard time) and was due to arrive in Auckland at 5.55am on Thursday. On Tuesday, Houston airport after icy weather was impacting planes, runways and surrounding roads. Were you on the flight? Get in touch at The Air New Zealand 787 aircraft was one of 27 flights delayed leaving Houston that day due to an issue with the airport's de-icing machine   Read More ...
Now we're cooking: Mpls. chef shares her tips for kitchen rookies
2018-01-18 01:02:46 Cooking at home can be a healthy and fun pursuit, but that doesn't mean it's easy. Many of us find making dinner — or even thinking about making dinner — a little scary. A Food Network survey showed that 28 percent of American's say they cannot cook, and studies show that those who cook at home make healthier food choices   Read More ...
The Latest: Bear found on beach may be mudslide victim
2018-01-18 00:43:27 MONTECITO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the flash floods that ravaged Montecito, California (all times local): A dead bear found on a Southern California beach this week may have died during mudslides that killed at least 20 people in Montecito. State fish and game Lt. Nathaniel Dostal tells KSBY-TV that the female black bear was found on the sand in Carpinteria   Read More ...
5 Twin Cities restaurant openings and closings you should know about
2018-01-18 00:36:53 St. Paul restaurateur Tim Niver and his Saint Dinette crew are headed across the river to open a new deli and bar. Niver’s newest project, an unnamed deli and cocktail bar in the former Tinto (901 W. Lake St., Mpls.), will sport house-made Montreal-style bagels, lox, pastrami and dumplings, as well as libations (maybe even some spiked egg creams), when it opens this spring   Read More ...
Teen, 14, left fighting for life after ham and cheese sandwich rips open his throat causing deadly infection
2018-01-18 00:34:54 A teenager was left fighting for his life after his esophagus was torn - by a ham and cheese SANDWICH. Alec Hebblethwaite, 14, spent 106 days in hospital and was diagnosed with chronic immune system disease eosinophilic esophagitis. The schoolboy's mum Kasey Hunter, 35, first noticed something was out of the ordinary last April when he ate a cracker during football practice and threw up blood   Read More ...
Northland news in brief, strong winds see cruise ships cancel visit
2018-01-18 00:26:29 Winds cancel ship visits. Two cruise ships carrying a combined 4000-plus passengers cancelled their visits to the Bay of Islands yesterday due to strong winds. The Noordam, with 1848 passengers en route to Sydney from Auckland, and the Norwegian Jewel, with 2376 passengers travelling from Tauranga to Auckland, had been due to spend the day in the Bay but the weather was too wild to transport passengers to shore by tender   Read More ...
Some may call this snow wet and heavy, but we say it’s fluffy and ideal for snow cream
2018-01-18 00:14:03 Snow looks like a dessert. Of course it resembles ice cream, its more deliberate sweetened cousin, but also icing smoothed over a rooftop or meringue clinging to branches. It’s no wonder there’s the irrepressible desire to eat it. Enter snow cream. In the great NBC sitcom “Parks and Recreation,” budding entrepreneur Tom Haverford dreams up a nightclub that’s only open one hour twice a year   Read More ...
Healthful foods to get you over post-holiday blues
2018-01-18 00:10:02 All that turkey. All that ham. All those cookies. All those pies. All those hors d’oeuvres that seem like they aren’t going to add a lot to your waistline, but actually do. Now we face a new year, and our scales aren’t very happy with a lot of us — and vice versa. It’s time to do something good for ourselves   Read More ...
You could get paid to travel the world and there's only one small catch
2018-01-18 00:09:02 We are only just past the halfway point of January yet it already feels like it's been going on forever. What we all need is a holiday, the only problem is that most of us are still extremely skint because of Christmas. It'd be great if there was the option to travel the planet for free... Well, Compare The Market are offering exactly that   Read More ...
The big holiday 2017 e-commerce wrap-up: Adobe, NRF, Salesforce, Amazon point to another record season
2018-01-18 00:04:19 The 2017 holiday season was another record-breaker in online sales. Adobe reported $108.2 billion in online sales generated between November and December of last year, an increase of 14.7 percent year over year. Adobe’s final numbers were nearly a billion dollars more than what the company had predicted back in November, when it forecast online holiday sales would reach $107.4 billion   Read More ...
Yellowstone osprey migrated to Miami Beach for the winter
2018-01-18 00:03:05 A snowbird is a person who travels south for the winter to enjoy warmer weather. In December, an osprey that had been tagged in Yellowstone National Park was found injured in Miami Beach. An osprey is a fish-eating hawk. If you had to drive to Miami Beach from Yellowstone it would take more than a day and a half — 39 hours — to cover the more than 2,600 miles   Read More ...
This quick Italian sauce suddenly goes with everything
2018-01-18 00:02:31 By CHARLOTTE DRUCKMAN Washington Post Vitello tonnato. Pronounce it, as an Italian would, trippingly off the tongue. Translate the traditional dish into English – veal with a tuna-flavored mayonnaise – and that initial mellifluous charm fades fast. “It’s such a delicate dish, but such specific, strong flavors,” British chef Ruth Rogers said. “Once you start describing it, it becomes more complicated than it is   Read More ...
Got unused vacation days? Plan for Vacation Day is Jan. 30
2018-01-18 00:01:17 NEW YORK — Stop making excuses. Start making plans. That’s the message behind the second annual National Plan for Vacation Day. It’s an effort by the travel industry to persuade Americans to use Jan. 30 as a day to schedule their vacations for the year and take advantage of any paid time off they are entitled to from their jobs. Destinations, tourism agencies and others in the travel industry are expected to offer promotions in conjunction with the effort   Read More ...
Carlsbad zoo celebrates black bear’s 13th birthday
2018-01-18 00:00:21 CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Carlsbad’s favorite artistic black bear is turning 13 and you’re invited to the celebration. Maggie was brought to the Living Desert Zoo as an orphan when she was just five months old. She gained popularity for using her paws to paint as therapy. Maggie’s birthday party will be held Saturday at the zoo starting at 1 p   Read More ...
Yellowstone osprey migrated to Miami Beach for the winter
2018-01-18 00:00:01 A snowbird is a person who travels south for the winter to enjoy warmer weather. In December, an osprey that had been tagged in Yellowstone National Park was found injured in Miami Beach. An osprey is a fish-eating hawk. If you had to drive to Miami Beach from Yellowstone it would take more than a day and a half — 39 hours — to cover the more than 2,600 miles   Read More ...
Review: Bardo in Minneapolis tastes as good as it looks
2018-01-17 23:36:47 Let’s all take a moment to consider the ascendancy of the side dish. Often the physical embodiment of “afterthought,” they’re the opposite at Bardo, the exciting newcomer that belongs on all diners’ radar. First, there’s kale, the produce section’s most overhyped denizen. But in chef/owner Remy Pettus’ resourceful hands, this fibrous and bitter superfood is a revelation. The leafy green is blistered in a hot pan, flipping the texture switch from tough to crunchy   Read More ...
Crudo Italian Opens in Preston Center With Brunch, 'Boutique' Wines and Lighter Italian Fare
2018-01-17 22:21:33 Crudo Italian, which started in Plano before it was sold, is resurrecting this week in a new location: Preston Center. Chef and partner Javier Perez will helm the new restaurant, which opens Jan. 19 for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. The menu focuses "on handmade artisan pastas and gnocchi, the best meats available and seafood flown in daily," according to a press release   Read More ...
Want to Relax in a Nice Hotel for 15 Minutes? An App Can Make That Happen
2018-01-17 22:09:58 TEST RUN. Want to Relax in a Nice Hotel for 15 Minutes? An App Can Make That Happen Recharge lets you rent a room by the minute at luxury properties. We put it to the test. Why pay for an overnight hotel stay when you need a room during the day for only a few hours or even just a few minutes? It’s an idea that is likely to appeal to many consumers, according to a handful of companies that sell hotel rooms for short blocks of time   Read More ...
Most of the National Park Service Board Just Resigned Because of the Trump Administration
2018-01-17 22:06:05 75% of the board is now vacant. The majority of members on the U.S. National Park Service advisory board resigned Monday night, citing significant differences between their vision and that of President Trump and Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Nine out of the board’s 12 members led by former Alaska Gov. Tony Knowles signed a letter addressed to Zinke claiming that “requests to engage have been ignored and the matters on which we wanted to brief the new Department team are clearly not part of the agenda,” according to a copy of the document Previously under Barack Obama’s administration, the letter said, the board had "worked closely and productively through 2016 with dedicated National Park Service employees, an inspiring Director and a fully supportive Department   Read More ...
Hersheypark's Whitecap Races makes Travel + Leisure's list of best upcoming amusement park rides
2018-01-17 21:44:26 Hersheypark's newest ride is months away from opening, and it's already making waves (pun intended). The Whitecap Racer has appeared on the Travel + Leisure website's list of "Every New Theme Park Attraction You'll Need to Experience in 2018." The list includes 18 of the rides the publication is most looking forward to next year at amusement parks across the country   Read More ...
Michelle and Malia Obama just took the ultimate mother-daughter vacation
2018-01-17 21:42:33 Michelle Obama may be busy globetrotting with her husband and her other famous friends, but she’ll always have time for her daughters, Malia and Sasha. Take, for example, last weekend when Michelle took time out of her schedule to spend a long weekend in Miami Beach with her eldest daughter, Malia. There, the mother-daughter duo dined at steakhouse Prime with Tracy Mourning, founder of Honey Shine, an organization dedicated to empowering young women   Read More ...
A food tour of Tuscany is even better when you’re riding a Vespa
2018-01-17 21:42:30 As I pressed the ignition button on my white Vespa, I found myself seized by panic. My heart beat like a jackhammer, and a faint tremor crept into my fingertips. Judging from the facial expressions of my girlfriend, Stephanie — raised eyebrows, pursed lips — it was clear that she, too, was battling jitters as she fired up her own Vespa, a contrasting cherry red   Read More ...
Snake rescued from Assembly premises
2018-01-17 21:23:40 A snakelet was rescued by Wildlife SOS rapid response unit from the Delhi Legislative Assembly premises, a statement said on Wednesday. The Assembly staff recently spotted the snakelet in a meeting room and called the NGO’s 24-hour helpline, it said. The reptile was identified as a black-headed royal snake (Spalerosophis atriceps), also known as a diadem snake. “The two-member rescue team carefully removed it and kept it under observation before releasing it into its natural habitat,” said the statement   Read More ...
Wagamama to ditch plastic straws in all of its restaurants by April
2018-01-17 21:07:46 WAGAMAMA has become the latest restaurant chain to announce it is to end the use of plastic straws. The Asian food group has stopped providing them to customers across its 128 UK restaurants, and is only handing them out on request or with juices that need stirring. It will stop providing them at all from Earth Day on April 22. Customers will then be offered a biodegradable paper alternative   Read More ...
Charleston named in list of 'Most surprising' U.S. cities to visit
2018-01-17 21:07:19 CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - National Geographic Travel named Charleston among a list of 30 cities that are worth a visit. The website listed 29 U.S. cities based on "unconventional metrics" its editors think lead to happiness, including green spaces, galleries, coffee shops, breweries, music venues, and Instagrammable moments. Charleston was credited for its "abundance of art" from traditional art to performing arts like the annual Spoleto Festival   Read More ...
Extreme airfare bargains for London, Paris and Rome
2018-01-17 21:00:30 Anyone who loves traveling to Europe has always known one harsh reality: The Big Three — London, Paris and Rome — are generally the most expensive cities to visit, year-round. But times change, and in recent years we’ve seen some extreme price drops for big and smaller cities of Europe. Paris pricing since 2009. Take Paris. In 2009, a newspaper article told of “shockingly” low fall fares from New York including Paris tickets for $392 round-trip   Read More ...
Wildlife park delighted with sac of funnel web spiders
2018-01-17 20:33:01 What would you do if you found a sac full of baby funnel web spiders in your backyard? While screaming might be the first option for some, you could also take it to your local wildlife park. A local resident from Matcham on the New South Wales Central Coast went with the second option, delighting his local reptile park with the find   Read More ...
Bikes, beauty, beer and beyond: Ways to play in Boulder
2018-01-17 20:31:49 From iconic rock formations to nationally acclaimed restaurants to a world-famous bike culture, Boulder sure has a long list of sterling credentials. Known for its easygoing attitude, hardcore athletes and quick access to all things outdoorsy, it's a high-altitude Colorado hotspot that invites you to linger once you travel here. Just ask filmmaker Ryan Van Duzer, who has lived there for 38 years: "We have a strong community, stunning mountains, a vibrant downtown, a fun university vibe, we're environmentally and socially conscious, healthy, quirky   Read More ...
Up and Above
2018-01-17 20:31:36 Though he never helped out his parents at the bistro they ran in Lyon, for the now two Michelin starred chef Claude Bosi, picking cooking as his profession came easy. “I’ve grown up around this life and food came naturally to me,” says Bosi, cutting an imposing figure seated at Indian Accent at The Lodhi in Delhi. Visiting the capital to kick-off the Upstairs section at the swish restaurant, the French chef, accompanied by his team from the famed Bibendum — established in 1987 in the Michelin House in London — rustled up elaborate menus for lunch and dinner that offered insight into the elegant artistry he is regarded for   Read More ...
LA Hotels Could Convert Into Housing For Homeless, Under Proposal
2018-01-17 20:28:49 LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – A Los Angeles City Council committee is set to examine a proposed ordinance Wednesday that would aid the transition of some of the city’s hotels or motels into temporary or supportive housing for the homeless. According to a report from the City Planning Department, there are approximately 10,259 guest rooms in at least 382 motels in the city of Los Angeles, and some could be converted to temporary or supportive housing for the homeless at a low cost   Read More ...
Catalan restaurant and bar Tast plans to succeed on King Street - in the spot where two other restaurants failed
2018-01-17 20:15:41 King Street could get a taste of Catalonia, if plans are approved for new restaurant and bar, Tast. The venture, backed by people behind Brazillian rodízio chain Fazenda, is hoping to open at 20-22 King Street, a unit which has seen two restaurants come and go in the past three years. Fine dining concept Quill was the first to transform the site, which was formerly a fashion store   Read More ...
Teleporting luggage app lets holidaymakers pay someone £21 to take their suitcases from their hotel to the airport
2018-01-17 20:09:49 FROM lost luggage woes to having to drag your bags around on foreign public transport, suitcases are the last thing that you want to be worrying about on holiday. But baggage nightmares could soon be a thing of the past, thanks to a new think called "teleporting luggage". Forbes reports that a US firm called Luggage Teleport has come up with the idea of teleporting your luggage to your hotel for you   Read More ...