Pork belly at Coup d'Etat. Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Let me start by saying that Jonathan Gold is brilliant. Last year at MAD he discussed the issues of culinary authenticity.
AFAR, one of the best travel magazines out there has launched some new travel awards. Check them out if you ever intend to leave home this year.
Speaking of leaving home, I am always asked about my obsessive use of my iPhone 24/7. I love being connected and many apps are now irreplaceable in every sense when it comes to traveling of any type. Here are some faves:
t does just as it says and allows me to use my GPS to find nearby public Wi-Fi hot spots. You can filter the results and it works in more than 100 countries.
When traveling internationally, I save a fortune by enabling Whatsapp to send text messages and photos without the usual phone company texting fees. It's awesome, instantaneous DM-ing. HeyWire allows you to decorate your photos and post photos to Twitter or Facebook through the app. Texts between you and anyone else with HeyWire are free anywhere in the world.
Find and book discounted same-day hotel rooms in more than 200 destinations worldwide. It isn't new, but late last month it began posting deals early in the morning, which is way way more useful.
This is an app I use 200 days a year driving around in vans making TV. You will love it. Ever been driving and get hungry or need gas, or a Starbucks? All you have to do with this guy is push a button and see what’s coming up at all major exits.
No more portal-to-portal car service or taxi issues, as Uber makes ordering a car on demand in more than 20 cities (and growing) easier than yawning. Download the app and select a regular pay option such as your Visa or PayPal. When you need a car, the app will tell you how long until pickup. Then you can select the type of car you need and you’ll receive a text when it’s nearby. I also like Hailo for yellow cab service.
The most underutilized function on an iPhone by most travelers. PhoneBuff shows off 50 of Siri's coolest features, many of which you may not have used before. Originally SIRI wouldn't book you a restaurant table, but Apple's updated her and now she can help you book your next meal.
Also, in case you haven’t seen it, Groceryships founder Sam Polk’s powerful op-ed ‘For the Love of Money’ was in the Times last weekend. Sam’s story—and his new venture—might really resonate with you, as it did with me. Here, see what all the Grocerships excitement is about. Or, take it from HuffPost.
Look at these brave, natural future beekeepers, and some experts. Everyone is complaining about the bee problems these days and their negative implications for our future. So I suggest doing what we did and call the Bee Squad and get involved and buy a hive and keep some bees!
Everyone I know is raving about Coup D'Etat. Seems like the next hot thing, I can't wait to go. Restaurants that no one is talking about generally belie their mundane and listless affect on their guests. This place is generating heat.
Don’t let the cold get you down, support local non-profits and eat Izzy's Ice Cream! Saturday, Feb. 1 will be the kickoff of Izzy's "13 Days of Giving" event. Each day they will feature a local nonprofit organization and donate $2 from every single scoop, cone, or cup sale to the featured nonprofit. So go forth and chow down for one of these causes:
1st: People Serving People
2nd: Minnesota 4-H Foundation
3rd: The Loft Literacy Center
4th: Neighborhood Energy Connection
5th: NPH USA (Formerly Friends of the Orphans)
6th: American Red Cross
7th: The Guthrie Theater
8th: Cycles For Change
9th: Dangerous Productions
10th: Minnesota Historical Society: Mill City Museum
12th: Penumbra Theatre
13th: National MS Society