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Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet?

Magic Restroom Cafe: Would You Pay To Eat On A Toilet? Oct 15th, 2013 at 4:15PM: (Video: Another restaurant taking advantage of the restroom-themed dining craze.) Perhaps the Magic Restroom Cafe is magical in part because it has done something other restaurants have yet to do: require patrons to sit on a toilet while they dine. According to the restaurant's owner, Yo Yo Li, restroom-themed restaurants have been a hit so far in her native China and Taiwan. Their surprising...

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day?

Where Will You Go For Free Museum Day? Sep 24th, 2013 at 1:30PM: Flickr, Kim Smith Whether you are traveling in the U.S. or having a staycation this Saturday, be sure to include some culture. September 28 is Museum Day Live! (aka Free Museum Day), when museums all over the country open their doors without charging admission. The annual event is inspired by the Smithsonian museums, which offer free admission every day. You'll have to register and download...

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's Hello Kitty!

It's A Bird! It's A Plane! No, It's Hello Kitty! Aug 28th, 2013 at 5:30PM: Jackal Lin, Flickr You'll either be purring in content or scratching your head at this one, but get ready because Hello Kitty themed aircraft are set to debut in the United States. EVA Air has announced it will begin flying a Boeing 777 featuring the popular cartoon character on its Taoyuan-Los Angeles route, immersing travelers in all things Hello Kitty during the 13-hour journey. The...

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car

5 U.S. Beaches You Can Get to Without a Car Aug 15th, 2013 at 11:00AM: Flickr, Tom Gill Summer may be winding down, but there are still a few weekends left to spend at the beach. Rather than sit in traffic or rent an expensive car, you can ride public transportation to many beaches in the U.S. Seasonal routes are especially likely to be popular, so go early and pack light. Boston - CapeFLYER train to Cape Cod Reintroduced this summer, the CapeFLYER train goes...

NeighborGoods Allows Travelers To Borrow From Locals

Aug 9th, 2013 at 10:45AM: Gone are the days when travelers have to pack bulky items. Now they can just borrow instead. NeighborGoods is changing the face of consumption, facilitating a borrowing and lending culture within neighborhoods. This is great for people who want to meet their neighbors and spend less, but it's also great for travelers who want to meet locals and borrow items they didn't want to bring along...

The Plague Closes Los Angeles Forest

The Plague Closes Los Angeles Forest Jul 26th, 2013 at 10:30AM: CDC Officials evacuated and closed parts of the Angeles National Forest after finding a dead squirrel that was infected with bubonic plague, the BBC reports. Scientists are currently examining the squirrel to see if it died of the disease or of other causes. Park officials are using insecticides on squirrel burrows to kill off any fleas, which is how the disease spreads from one animal to...

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery

Los Angeles County Museum Of Art Inaugurates African Gallery Jul 8th, 2013 at 3:30PM: Royal Museum for Central Africa, RG 22725, photo R. Asselberghs, RMCA Tervuren The Los Angeles County Museum Of Art is inaugurating its new Africa gallery with an exhibition of art from the Luba Kingdom. "Shaping Power: Luba Masterworks from the Royal Museum for Central Africa" examines the royal art of the powerful Luba Kingdom, which from 1585-1889 dominated central Africa. Its royal lineage...

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...

Kids Ski Free At Big Bear For Spring Break

Kids Ski Free At Big Bear For Spring Break Mar 9th, 2013 at 8:00AM: If you're planning a spring break getaway with the entire family, and intend to do a little skiing during that time, then Big Bear has just the deal for you. The resort, located just 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles, is offering free weekday lift tickets for kids 12 and under starting now and running through April 14 or until the end of the season. The Kids Ski/Ride free package requires at...

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta

Cochon 555 Pork Competition Turns Five, Kicks Off February 17 In Atlanta Feb 8th, 2013 at 12:00PM: Much ado about pork products is made on Gadling, with good reason. Even if you're sick to death of pork-centric eateries, and lardo this and sausage that, it's hard to deny the allure of the other white meat (I can't tell you how many vegetarians and vegans I know who still have a jones for bacon). For those of you wanting to attend the ultimate porkapalooza, get your tickets for Cochon 555, a...

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams

LA Is Still The City Of Dreams Dec 27th, 2012 at 10:00AM: On my first night in L.A., I had pizza with a rock star and an actor. I didn't confirm it, but the guy who handed us our slices probably has a screenplay in the pipeline. Los Angeles is still the city of dreams and dreamers. I'm fascinated by cities people flock to in order to pursue a vocation. Writers love New York. Techies settle in the Silicon Valley. Car people need to be in Detroit. Those...

Photo Of The Day: The Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles

Photo Of The Day: The Walt Disney Concert Hall In Los Angeles Dec 18th, 2012 at 6:30PM: One of Downtown Los Angeles' great treasures is the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a Frank Gehry-designed structure home to the Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestra and the Los Angeles Major Chorale. It is captured brilliantly in today's Photo of the Day, taken by Flickr user Nan Palmero using a simple Canon Powershot S95. The sky's brilliant blue casts a cool hue upon the structure's stainless...

Food Trucks Gone Wild: A Video Tour Of LA's Melrose Night

Dec 13th, 2012 at 12:00PM: Care for a $5 ice cream sandwich made with fried chicken and waffle flavored ice cream and a gluten-free coconut almond cookie? Or how about some Hawaiian breakfast sliders, made with Portuguese sausage, sautéed onions, and Shoyu scrambled eggs on Hawaiian bread? Those of are just a couple of the tantalizing selections I noticed when I stumbled across Melrose Night in Los Angeles...

'Riot House' No More: A Review Of The Andaz, LA's Coolest Hotel

'Riot House' No More: A Review Of The Andaz, LA's Coolest Hotel Dec 11th, 2012 at 4:00PM: I'm a budget traveler who has spent more time in dives with droopy mattresses than luxury hotels with spa treatments that cost more than Suriname's annual GDP. So on the rare occasions when I get to stay someplace truly swanky – usually when the Priceline roulette wheel shines favorably on me or if I'm accompanying my wife on a business trip – I sometimes feel a bit like Jed Clampett...

The J. Paul Getty Museum In Los Angeles: The World's Best Free Museum?

The J. Paul Getty Museum In Los Angeles: The World's Best Free Museum? Dec 11th, 2012 at 1:00PM: Frequent travelers like myself can get very jaded. The more you travel, the harder it is to find a place or an experience that really floors you. It's very easy to bang around from one place to the next, devouring travel experiences whole and then concluding that was nice, what's next? But every once in a great while, some place or some experience will shake me out of that spoiled, travel-induced...

Hiking To The Hollywood Sign (No GPS Required)

Hiking To The Hollywood Sign (No GPS Required) Dec 10th, 2012 at 10:00AM: I studied abroad in Ireland but I never kissed the Blarney Stone. I visited the Great Pyramids at Giza but refused to pony up for the classic photo on the camel. And I went to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, but didn't bother to put a wish or prayer in one of its crevices. I don't have an interest in checking off travel cliché to-do boxes or even making bucket lists, but for some reason that...

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California

7 Deadly Sins: The Best Fast Food Mexican Restaurants In Southern California Dec 7th, 2012 at 12:00PM: It really isn't fair. California has sun, beaches, mountains and legions of fit, attractive people. But Californians also get to enjoy otherworldly tacos and burritos too. I know, I know, there are good tacos and burritos to be had in other parts of the country, but when it comes to fast food Mexican, California is still king. Here's how I like to roll when I'm visiting California: start the...

Solace For The Other 49 States: It's (Not) Always Sunny In California

Solace For The Other 49 States: It's (Not) Always Sunny In California Dec 2nd, 2012 at 12:00PM: It isn't always sunny in California. It only just seems that way for those of us who live in colder climates. On Thursday, it rained in Los Angeles. I swear, there was no sun or blue skies to be had anywhere. Before I travel anywhere, I check the forecast for my destination obsessively and I can tell you that this is the first time there's been rain in L.A. in at least 6 or 7 years. Or it least it...

Rediscovering The Downtown Los Angeles Arts District

Rediscovering The Downtown Los Angeles Arts District Nov 2nd, 2012 at 1:00PM: Downtown Los Angeles used to be a no man's land. But now, thanks to the efforts of local artists and entrepreneurs, pockets of the downtown area are being transformed into an up-and-coming Arts District, complete with open coworking spaces, live-work lofts, organic cafes and trendy eateries. Murals from street artists like Shepard Fairey and JR fill the neighborhood, with hardly a patch of...

Is Eddie Huang The Next Anthony Bourdain? Watch And Find Out

Is Eddie Huang The Next Anthony Bourdain? Watch And Find Out Oct 25th, 2012 at 12:00PM: If the name Eddie Huang isn't familiar, it may soon be, if the folks at VICE.tv have their way. The Washington, D.C., native is a chef, former lawyer and, according to his website, a former "hustler and street wear designer" born to Taiwanese immigrants – a background that led him to become the force behind Manhattan's popular Baohaus restaurant. Huang's new VICE video series, "Fresh...

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