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Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer

Saddle Up And Bike Under The Stars In These Cities This Summer Jun 3rd, 2013 at 12:00PM: Nick Nunns, Flickr Somewhere in Chicago there's a personal tiki bar on wheels. I'm not talking about the rental "cycle pubs" popular in cities and hipster burgs. This is a five-top cocktail table under a thatched roof, hitched to a bicycle. It passed me around midnight on the streets of Chicago's South Loop a few years ago. Everyone at the "bar" took a turn on the bike while the rest of the pack...

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California

Google To Build Its Own Airport In California Feb 9th, 2013 at 9:00AM: If owning its own fleet of private jets wasn't already enough, Google wants to go one better and build its own airport. The Internet giant is just a step away from starting construction on an $82 million dollar facility in San Jose, which would include an executive terminal, facilities for aircraft maintenance and ramp space big enough for large business jets like the Boeing 737 and 767 (see...

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob

Find hotel deals with new booking site Guestmob Mar 22nd, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Internet has brought us many ways to research and book hotels at prices much lower than the hotels' published rate. Aggregate sites like Kayak and Orbitz give you the best available rate (BAR) without pre-payment on a specific hotel, while "opaque" sites like Priceline and Hotwire allow you to bid for a room below BAR but the actual property remains hidden until after you book and the purchase...

'Egyptomania' grips Houston

'Egyptomania' grips Houston Mar 19th, 2012 at 2:00PM: The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, Texas, has just opened a new exhibition exploring the West's fascination with ancient Egypt. "Egyptomania" collects forty objects from the Egyptian revivals of the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. This was the time when the West became widely aware of the great civilization of Egypt and started excavating there. Cutting open mummies became popular...

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012

Sustainable cities to watch in 2012 Jan 13th, 2012 at 9:00AM: Think of sustainability, and San Francisco is probably the first city to come to mind. But a new crop of green urban centers is emerging, and they're not where you might think. Leon Kaye, editor of GreenGoPost.com, recently published a list of his picks for emerging sustainable cities to watch in 2012. Some spots were to be expected, like Detroit, with its preponderance of urban renewal...

Video of the Day - San Francisco fog timelapse

Mar 8th, 2011 at 5:00PM: San Francisco and the outlying Bay Area is widely known for its natural beauty. Today's Video of the Day is a collection of timelapses that captures a slice of the remarkable scenery in and around the best that "NorCal" has to offer. Photographer Simon Christen collected the various scenes over the course of a year by taking 4-5 second exposures on a Canon 40D. He named the video the...

San Jose to add "Silicon Valley" to airport name, maybe

San Jose to add Feb 24th, 2011 at 12:30PM: That would make it "Norman Y Mineta San Jose/Silicon Valley International Airport" a runway length name but just what city leaders think it needs. "People want to go to Silicon Valley," San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed said. "But they don't really know where it is." Actually, the problem is that people want to go to San Francisco which has overshadowed San Jose for decades. Since the Sept. 11,...

Photo of the Day (1.12.11)

Photo of the Day (1.12.11) Jan 12th, 2011 at 5:00PM: Have you ever caught the absolute perfect view of a place? Be it a city's shape or a cloud's roll, have you ever felt like you saw something you wish you could share with the world? Those moments are what I live for. They're why we travel. A lot of Latin American cities are similar to San Jose, Costa Rica--at least at night. Many of them climb up hillsides and cast a deep orange glow onto...

Mammoth Mountain debuts newest in ski area dining: snowcat food "trucks"

Mammoth Mountain debuts newest in ski area dining: snowcat food Dec 13th, 2010 at 5:30PM: The national street food/truck/cart obsession is hitting the slopes. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that on December 18th, California's Mammoth Mountain Ski Area will unleash North America's only snowcat-mobile kitchen. Could this be the start of a new ski area dining trend? Known as Roving Mammoth, the two "foodcats" are built from refurbished snowcats outfitted with small kitchens....

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor

Getting drunk: Twenty cities that don't know how to handle their liquor Oct 8th, 2010 at 9:00AM: California loves to get wasted! San Diego and San Jose are the top two cities that drink stupidly, according to a survey by Insurance.com. They lead the country in alcohol-related driving violations, a dubious distinction to say the least. So, if you step into the crosswalk in these two spots, take an extra second to look both ways. The reasons for hitting this list vary and include proximity...

Top five social media destinations

Top five social media destinations Oct 8th, 2010 at 8:00AM: Do you live your life in 140 characters are less? Have you almost lost your life several times because you had to get that shot of a crazy cab driver uploaded to Facebook? If this is anything like you, here are five cities you're just going to love. NetProspex has ranked the cities in the United States by social media activity, and the results are not at all surprising. Using the NetProspex...

Stench in newly renovated San Jose terminal building compared to outhouse

Stench in newly renovated San Jose terminal building compared to outhouse Aug 19th, 2010 at 3:00PM: The newly renovated terminal A complex at Norman Mineta airport in San Jose has a bit of a smelly problem. For months, staff have been complaining about an unbearable stench in office areas and the crew break room. The smell is so bad, that odor neutralizing machines and large fans have not helped. So bad in fact, that the airport purchased picnic tables so the staff could escape the stench and...

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities

NYC tops U.S. list of most expensive cities Dec 21st, 2009 at 3:00PM: It's not exactly shocking to see that New York City is the most expensive city in the United States. Groceries, gasoline and other items tend to run a tad more than twice the national average. Whether you rent or buy, you'll spend a fortune in this city, where the average price for a home is $1.1 million and an apartment, on average, will cost $3,400 a month. So, how can so many bloggers live...

Southwest apologies to deplaned mom

Southwest apologies to deplaned mom Nov 3rd, 2009 at 4:00PM: Pamela Root, who was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight Friday, will receive another chance to fly on the airline. She and her son were removed from a San Jose-bound plane when her two-year-old son wouldn't stop screaming "Go! Plane! Go!" and "I want Daddy!" In addition to an apology, the airline gave her a refund and a travel voucher for $300. Root had hoped to be compensated for the...

Mom and kid booted from plane, demand apology and compensation

Mom and kid booted from plane, demand apology and compensation Oct 31st, 2009 at 1:00PM: It's easy for passengers to grow annoyed with kids on planes. There's nothing worse than hearing a scream and knowing you're about to be part of a captive audience for several hours. Yet, flight crews usually show a lot more tolerance. Hey, they're on the plane to earn a paycheck. Every job has trials to be endured. Pamela Root's son, however, was too much for them. Kid and mom were kicked...

Make a difference in December (in warm Costa Rica)

Make a difference in December (in warm Costa Rica) Sep 30th, 2009 at 8:00AM: Those of you living in southern states, granted, may not feel the need to disappear when the December winds start to blow. I hear it all around me in New York every winter: it's cold, it's wet, it's awful. Frankly, I dig winter, but I realize I'm in the minority, especially when the temperatures hit rock bottom. And New York's got nothin' on the likes of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Maine. Well, if...

Tips for traveling to Costa Rica (or anywhere) in rainy season

Tips for traveling to Costa Rica (or anywhere) in rainy season Sep 23rd, 2009 at 9:00AM: When I heard that flights from Chicago to San Jose, Costa Rica were going for just $260 per person this Fall, I immediately called my husband and asked if we could go for Labor Day weekend. Despite the fact that neither of us has ever expressed a burning desire to go to Costa Rica, he agreed. What can I say - we're suckers for a deal. We knew that prices were so low for a reason. May to...

Galley Gossip: My Bollywood Valentine's Day

Galley Gossip:  My Bollywood Valentine's Day Feb 12th, 2009 at 9:30AM: There we were, the husband and I, standing up in a dark movie theater with a huge smile across our faces. We had gone to see the movie Slumdog Millionaire and were just about to leave, but when the credits began rolling the Bollywood dancers started to move their bodies in sync. "Wait, I want to see this!" my husband exclaimed as I began to walk up the aisle. "Really?" I asked, even though I...

San Jose to Spend $1.1 Million on Mural at Airport

San Jose to Spend $1.1 Million on Mural at Airport Nov 21st, 2008 at 9:00AM: The San Jose city council recently approved an art project with an $1.1 million dollar price tag. A huge mural will be installed at Mineta San Jose International Airport on the side of a newly constructed parking garage. Impressive? It will be San Jose's largest piece of public art (62 feet high, 76,000 square feet). The mural is inspired by a high resolution photograph of different hands making...

San Jose's Winchester Mystery House

San Jose's Winchester Mystery House Mar 31st, 2008 at 5:30PM: This past weekend I found myself in San Jose, California. As far as Bay Area tourism is concerned, San Jose has always been the red-headed stepchild to more well-known destinations like San Francisco, the Napa Valley and Berkeley. However, during my stay I discovered a great reason to make the hour-long drive down to San Jose from San Francisco – the Winchester Mystery House. This...

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