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Best ice cream in America not just from a shop

Best ice cream in America not just from a shop May 30th, 2011 at 4:30PM: Since Memorial Day is past, I think it's safe to say we've officially entered ice cream season (National Ice Cream Day is July 17) Unless you live in Seattle, in which case, it's still winter, but never mind. We still have great ice cream. What makes for acclaim-worthy ice cream? Food writers like me tend to look for an emphasis on local/seasonal ingredients, including dairy. I love high...

The advantages to one-day business trips

The advantages to one-day business trips May 10th, 2011 at 1:00PM: I prefer to keep my trips as short as possible – that's how I've always felt about business travel. I Not only does it get me home sooner – to be with the people with whom I'd rather spend my time – but it also results in lower expenses. So, if I need to take an extra trip, want to test out a new marketing idea or such, I'm more likely to have at least some of the cash I need...

Conference and Meeting Travel: Pack for the one-night trip

Conference and Meeting Travel: Pack for the one-night trip May 9th, 2011 at 2:00PM: One-day (or even one-evening) events can be fast and tiring, but it's usually worth pushing for a fast turnaround so you can get home sooner and be back in the office with less disruption. I just took a short-burn business trip two weeks ago to Boston, and I found that it sure beats planning for a few days on the road. For a trip that's few days long, I need to tote along a carry-on. For...

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade

Pop-up restaurants: dining for a new decade Apr 28th, 2011 at 1:30PM: First, it was underground supper clubs. Now, everything's coming up pop-ups. As with food trucks, this form of guerrilla cheffing borne of economic need has become a global phenomenon. Equal parts dinner party and dinner theater, a pop-up refers to a dining establishment that is open anywhere from one to several nights, usually in an existing restaurant or other commercial food establishment. ...

American Airlines flight attendants to protest company success

American Airlines flight attendants to protest company success Apr 21st, 2011 at 4:00PM: Boston's Logan Airport is one of 10 across the country to host flight attendant protests today. The American Airlines employees are pissed about compensation paid to the company's executives. Here's the deal: flight attendants have had to stomach pay cuts, while executives have picked up a cool $100 million over the past six years. The flight attendants gave up $340 million a year in 2003. I...

Coast to coast: Best hotels for Oscar viewing parties

Coast to coast: Best hotels for Oscar viewing parties Feb 24th, 2011 at 1:30PM: Want to live it up like an A-lister? You don't have to hit the red carpet in Los Angeles to make like the stars of The Social Network, The King's Speech, True Grit or Black Swan. Hotel bars, particularly at luxe properties, have long been beloved by the see-and-be seen set. But if what you really want to see is the annual Oscars / Academy Awards ... you're in luck at these great Oscar viewing...

Wi-Fi usage at Boston's Logan Airport jumps 412% after going free

Wi-Fi usage at Boston's Logan Airport jumps 412% after going free Feb 8th, 2011 at 12:45PM: If there ever was an arguement for the positive effects of free airport Wi-Fi, this is it. The Massachusetts Port Authority Board says the number of passengers using its free wireless service to access the Internet at Boston's Logan International Airport jumped by 412% last year. More than 1.4 million sessions were logged on its Wi-Fi network in 2010, compared with just over 349,300 in 2009. ...

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies

A travel guide to the 2011 Oscar movies Feb 2nd, 2011 at 4:00PM: The 83rd annual Academy Awards are coming up in a few weeks and the Oscars race is on. This year's nominations contained few surprises, with many nods for Brit period piece The King's Speech, Facebook biopic The Social Network, and headtrip Inception. While 2010's ultimate travel blockbuster Eat, Pray, Love failed to made the cut, there's still plenty to inspire wanderlust among the Best Picture...

Top 10 travel spots in the United States

Top 10 travel spots in the United States Jan 17th, 2011 at 1:30PM: So, Orbitz noted when we like to travel ... but where do we go? The top 10 destinations in the country were mostly predictable, with big tourist-magnet cities dominating the list. There were a few surprises, according to the information supplied by Orbitz: Boston, for example, didn't make the list, after having ranked ninth in 2009. Los Angeles, fifth in 2009, also fell off in 2010. New Orleans...

Mystery bag gets passenger yanked from Boston flight

Mystery bag gets passenger yanked from Boston flight Jan 4th, 2011 at 9:00AM: Was Ognjen Milatovic a nutty professor? Only time – and the legal process – will tell. The University of North Florida professor of mathematics and statistics put a carry-on in the overhead bin ... and his fellow passengers said it was making strange noises. Then, he wouldn't get off his phone and take his seat when told to do so by the crew. So, he was turned over to the...

Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers

Five ways holiday travelers annoy business travelers Dec 24th, 2010 at 3:00PM: On December 23, 1999, I was trying to get from Madison, Wisconsin to Boston Massachusetts. On paper, it didn't look hard. I had to catch a short fight from Madison to Chicago and another flight from Chicago to Boston. Unsurprisingly, it was snowing in Madison. It was also snowing in Chicago. Flights were canceled quickly and routinely, and crowds backed up in the gate areas. I was starting to...

Boston cruise terminal sets record, Philly pulls out

Boston cruise terminal sets record, Philly pulls out Dec 7th, 2010 at 11:21AM: Boasting a 7% increase in passengers over 2009, Boston's cruise terminal is going full speed ahead on bookings. At the same time, with only two ships scheduled to visit in 2011, Philadelphia's cruise port , once an important part of the city's push for more tourists, could soon be transformed into an Urban Outfitters retail store. USA Today's Cruise Log reports that "It looks like...

10 Congested highways to make you lose your mind tonight

10 Congested highways to make you lose your mind tonight Nov 24th, 2010 at 3:30PM: We know that today and tomorrow, traffic is going to be brutal. With 42 million people traveling for the holiday – and 94 percent of them going by car – it's inevitable that someone's going to wind up frustrated. Throw in some nasty weather and highway construction, not to mention a handful of screaming kids, and you have a formula for misery. Can it get any worse? The Weather...

Traveling with Edgar Allan Poe

Traveling with Edgar Allan Poe Oct 29th, 2010 at 9:03AM: -- "Quoth the Raven, 'Nevermore.'" Now those are words to conjure with! They are, of course, from Edgar Allan Poe's most famous poem, "The Raven." Poe casts a uniquely powerful spell among American writers. Even people who have never read him have probably heard bits of his poetry or know the titles of some stories, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." Although...

Colonnade Hotel offers Halloween discounts

Colonnade Hotel offers Halloween discounts Oct 27th, 2010 at 12:30PM: Halloween night can get a little, well, creepy. Before you set out on the streets of Boston looking for something ghoulish and gaudy to participate in, make sure you have a place to call home at the end of the night. Boston's Colonnade Hotel is offering all guests who arrive in costume on the weekend of Oct. 31, 2010 a 10 discount on room rates. But for those who like a little trick with their...

Modern Pastry: Five steps to ordering in Boston's North End

Modern Pastry: Five steps to ordering in Boston's North End Oct 22nd, 2010 at 12:00PM: The line was nearly out the door when I stepped up to Modern Pastry. Though its neighbor, Mike's, gets all the attention, every Bostonian knows that Modern is the best in the city, and just the thought of a cannoli from that establishment elicits Pavlovian salivation. I hadn't been back since moving to New York six years ago, but everything was as I remembered ... except the scale. Though the...

Eat like a Boston local at Santarpio's

Eat like a Boston local at Santarpio's Oct 21st, 2010 at 1:30PM: I was almost disoriented when I stepped out of the Maverick Square subway station in East Boston. I hadn't been back since moving to New York in 2004, and it was different – new and improved, as they say. Many of the same businesses surrounded the square, but I couldn't get over the subway station. As I ambled down Chelsea Street, the East Boston with which I was familiar came back, but...

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey

New York: best and worst city in schismatic survey Oct 21st, 2010 at 12:00PM: If you want to travel like a local, then it makes sense to know something about your destination ... and isn't the best city to live attractive? It's the kind of place you'd want to explore and see why it's so loved. And at the same time, you'd probably want to avoid the worst of the worst – who would want to go there? Well, a new Harris Interactive poll makes this thinking hard to...

Five reasons why the Amtrak Acela Express is far superior to flying

Five reasons why the Amtrak Acela Express is far superior to flying Oct 19th, 2010 at 8:00AM: There are four basic ways to travel among Boston, New York and Washington, D.C. You can fly, drive, ride a bus or take a train. Every traveler has his preference, but having played with all four options, I've found that hitting the rails is the right one for me, an increasingly popular position. I hate to be behind the wheel (a side-effect of living in Manhattan), and buses do tend to be slow,...

Sex over service? Airlines try vixen pitch with passengers

Sex over service? Airlines try vixen pitch with passengers Oct 13th, 2010 at 12:00PM: It's no secret that airline customer service is generally perceived to be as pleasant as a root canal. I was thinking about this over the weekend, as I walked home from Penn Station, after catching Amtrak's Acela back from Boston. I had a fantastic trip (up and back) and was hung up on the contrasts to air travel. Later that night, I met a friend for a glass of wine and talked through the...

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