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Top Summer Destinations: Laguna Beach Festival Of Arts Celebrates 87th Year

From an Orange County Register article:

IMG_4711The Pageant of the Masters was first developed in the 1930s to combine music, storytelling and theatrical illusions to celebrate artistic interpretation and history. It has since become a Laguna Beach tradition drawing visitors from around the world. This year’s show, which opens Sunday, July 7, and runs through Aug. 31, marks the pageant’s 86th year. Continue reading Top Summer Destinations: Laguna Beach Festival Of Arts Celebrates 87th Year

Top Roadside Restaurants: “B.T.’s Smokehouse” In Sturbridge, Mass. Is “Astonishlingly Good”

From a Bon Appétit Magazine article  by Amanda Shapiro:

B.T.'s Smokehouse logoWhile it may be unassuming, B.T.’s is hardly undiscovered. The lines get long, so time your trip to hit the smokehouse when it opens at 11 a.m. or during the late-afternoon lull. Order your meat to go, grab a beer at the convenience store next door, and park yourself on the hood of your car, the curb, or anywhere you can find a spot. It isn’t glamorous, but it is astonishingly good.

Situated between I-84 and I-90, B.T.’s is an ideal pit stop for any drive that takes you up to (or down from) Boston, New Hampshire, or Maine. Brisket is the thing here—smoked for 24 to 30 hours on local apple and hickory wood. You can order it à la carte, in a Reuben-style sandwich, or—my favorite—on a platter with classic sides like collard greens and mac and cheese.

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B.T.'s Smokehouse
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B.T.'s Smokehouse Brisket Rueben

 

 

 

Boomers Travel: “Life House Hotels” Converts Historic Buildings Into Lifestyle Destinations

From a Hotel Management online article:

Life House - Little Havana in MiamiBy next year, Zeidan expects Life House to have more than 20 hotels open or under construction across the country, with new developments in Brooklyn, N.Y.; Denver, Colo.; and Lake Tahoe, Nev. “Ninety percent of our hotels are historic buildings that we convert and re-imagine into lifestyle products,” he told HM. In developing each property, the company’s creative team examines both the logistics of the asset and the narrative of the building and its location. “Historic buildings have a tremendous amount of stories and inspiration to draw from,” said the executive.

Life House opened its first hotel late last year in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood and will have five more hotels in the city by the end of 2019, as well as a further five beyond Miami. In total, Life House has signed more than 500 rooms across nearly 10 projects so far, spending less than $5 million of venture capital and positioning the company to raise a Series B round of funding this summer.

Zeidan’s asset-light growth plans for Life House are focused on markets with high hotel prices and where home-sharing services are highly regulated. Miami’s Airbnb regulations and seasonality made a boutique brand a good fit, he said, and the high prices on hotels in Nantucket made that city optimal for a lifestyle brand. “And there’s an under-supply of hotel inventory there,” he added.

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Life House - Little Havana in Miami Rooftop Bar

Website: https://www.lifehousehotels.com/

50th Anniversary Of Apollo 11: “The Moon Miracle” By Thom Gibbs Is A Spectacular Chronology

From a Telegraph.co.uk online article by Thom Gibbs:

The Moon Miracle by Thom Gibbs The Telegraph Chronology 2The first question is often ‘why haven’t we been back?’ Fifty years since humans stepped onto the surface of a foreign planetary body there has not been another event to rival it. Not in space, nor back here on Earth.
There have been enormous leaps forward. The Large Hadron Collider, the internet, the fidget spinner, but there is no match for the romance of our first moonshot. It is quite possibly the only achievement of our time which will be remembered centuries from now.
The audacity and aesthetics of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins’s journey still resonate. Their mission was so perilous that Richard Nixon had a speech drafted in the event the astronauts did not come home. “Fate has ordained that the men who went to the Moon to explore in peace will stay on the Moon to rest in peace,” it read. “These brave men… know that there is no hope for their recovery. But they also know that there is hope for mankind in their sacrifice.”
The Moon Miracle by Thom Gibbs The Telegraph Chronology

Top New Travel Products: “The Layover” Travel Blanket Is Perfect For Flights, “Super Packable”

From YankoDesign.com article:

Layover Travel Blanket PackabilityDesigned with the soul of a sleeping bag, the Layover is a blanket explicitly built for traveling with. Its construction beats those flimsy, tiny, smelly blankets they hand out on flights, and gives you a full-body comforter that wraps you in its cocoon-esque design. Crafted with a breathable nylon exterior and an insulated interior, the Layover is cozy and can keep you warm in those often-chilly flights. Unlike traditional flat, rectangular blankets, Layover’s design comes with pockets and pouches for your hands, legs, and even a few key belongings (like your passport or boarding pass), giving you an experience comparable to being a baby kangaroo in its pouch. The Layover fits your body like a glove, keeping you absolutely snug and ensuring that the blanket doesn’t come off when you move or turn in your sleep. Pair it with a good eye mask and neck pillow and you’ve got yourself the holy trinity of effective transit-napping.

Layover Travel Blanket Warmth + Comfort

The Layover Travel Blanket highlights

Website: https://www.graveltravel.com/

To continue reading Yanko Design article: https://www.yankodesign.com/2019/07/18/the-layover-travel-blanket-is-the-most-innovative-travel-product-since-the-neck-pillow/

Racing Car Nostalgia: “Type 64 – The Oldest Surviving Car To Bear The Porsche Name” (Video)

Director: Andrew Schneider
Director of Photography: Mike Koziel
Photography: Jack Schroeder
Production: PorchHouse Pictures

This is the story of the first car to bear the Porsche name – The Type 64.

Type 64 by Porch House Oldest Surviving Car to Bear the Porsche name 2019

Developed 1939, the car survived war torn Germany to go on to be the baseline for one of the greatest modern auto manufacturers. To think it all started here, with this shape, and this engine layout, is remarkable.

We sat down with legendary filmmaker and founder of Radical Media, Jeff Zwart and Porsche Factory driver Patrick Long to find out more about the machine.

Website: http://www.porchhousepictures.com/

NYC Food Culture: MoMA Architecture And Design Expert Paul Galloway On Top Places To Eat & Enjoy

From MOMA.org magazine (Illustrations by Jennifer Tobias) article:

Joes Shanghai Restaurant Illustration by Jennifer Tobias MOMA 2019Paul Galloway is the collection specialist in Architecture and Design. He seems to know something about almost everything you could imagine in his field, whether posters, buildings, or chairs. And he’s always hungry. After years of careful lunch hour research, he’s put together what he calls his “peckish peregrinations”—easy and delicious spots around Midtown Manhattan to grab a good bite and eat outdoors. For a complete experience, we recommend pairing these spots with our Staff Picks for art around midtown.

Top Food Carts in NYC from MoMA article 2019

The Halal Guys by Illustrations by Jennifer Tobias MOMA 2019

 

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Boomers Online Shopping: “Brandless.com” Offers “Fine Quality” Grocery Items At Low Prices

From a Wall Street Journal article by Jane Black:
Brandless Online Shopping Photo WSJ by F. Martin Ramin“Brandless makes grocery shopping…fun. Yes, you read that right. The site oers thousands of items—granola, dried mango, pearled farro, peanut butter—nearly all priced at $3…
…The food quality is fine; the dried mango, a favorite snack in our family, matched what we get at Trader Joe’s but was less flavorful than the Hawaiian version sold on Thrive.”
Brandless.com Online Shopping
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Culinary Nostalgia: 1970s Fast-Food Chain “Naugles Tacos” Looks To Expand After Relaunching in 2015

From Los Angeles Times article by Gustavo Arellano:

Naugles TacosIt was a rival to Taco Bell and Del Taco in the fast-food Cal-Mex wars of the 1970s, until Del Taco acquired the company in 1995 and unceremoniously shut it down. The erasure was so complete that when food writer Christian Ziebarth petitioned the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 2012 to take control of Naugles’ trademark, arguing that Del Taco had done nothing with it for decades and he was therefore legally allowed to revive the chain, the feds sided with him (Del Taco is still fighting the ruling).

Ziebarth knew what Del Taco didn’t: Culinary nostalgia is a powerful, lucrative force. And Naugles is Cal-Mex gold.

The opening weeks of Naugles’ Fountain Valley location in 2015 were so hectic that fans fainted in line because of the hours-long wait and excitement. As recently as May, a pop-up at Euryale Brewing Company in Riverside drew more than 700 people — far more than the 200 who reserved online.

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https://www.latimes.com/food/naugles-tacos-fountain-valley-story.html