Archive for March, 2013

Denver residents Ventana and Jamian had no idea what they were getting themselves into when they agreed to let Bert arrange an all-expenses-paid, 3-day dream vacation to Los Angeles, but I doubt they’ll be regretting their decision anytime soon.

Think you’d enjoy living life like a Hollywood celebrity? Wondering what it would be like to fly in the Goodyear blimp over Los Angeles, taking in some of the city’s most iconic fixtures? Ever wanted to stay in the home of a celebrity or bowl with one, for that matter? How about getting a complete movie-style makeover and appearing in a zombie flick?

Tune in tonight at 8|7c to see how our vacationers partook in activities they could never in their wildest dreams have imagined doing and see all the fun that went along with it.

Plus, check out exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from Ventana and Jamian’s trip to Tinseltown.

This Week in Photos

Did you know some Easter celebrations include dressing up in witch costumes? Or that you can buy a “vortex” in Brooklyn? This week our travel bloggers offer us a glimpse at some of the weird and wonderful things to do and places to visit around the world.

This week the world’s first edible hotel opened in London full of almost-too-cute-to-eat treats.  Condé Nast Traveler takes you inside the hotel, complete with fudge windowsills and cake pillows, giving a more literal meaning to “sweet dreams!”

In search of kryptonite or a can of “chaos” to defeat your arch nemesis? With a slogan like “if we don’t have it, a superhero doesn’t need it,” the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Store is exactly what it sounds like. Atlas Obscura writes why we will have to check this eccentric store out the next time we are in NYC!

Easter celebrations may mean chocolate bunnies and egg hunts to us in the US, but around the globe countries have their own unique Easter celebrations.  Children from Finland dress in witch costumes and people in India exchange colorful lanterns — read more on Uni Travel’s blog!

Oktoberfest isn’t the only festival you’ll want to experience in Germany. From a medieval-era celebration, to whiskey tastings or even finger wrestling, there is a wacky and weird festival to fit your taste!  Check out Europe A La Carte’s 10 Great Festivals in Germany.

Get more timely travel inspiration with our This Week in Photos slideshow!

Nok Air/Facebook

Does sex sell more airline seats? Back in the ’60s, when the Golden Age of Flying ruled supreme, airline stewardesses wore super-high minis, pillbox hats and low-cut tops. Fast-forward to today, and airlines are trying to bring sexy back to flying, this time around with attempts that are much more in-your-face than the golden age of flying ever displayed – and, no surprise, the move is causing plenty of controversy for “sexy-ing up” flight attendants.

The most recent example is Thai carrier Nok Airlines, which has created a 2013 calendar with scantily-clad Maxim models posing as flight attendants. The airline’s CEO, Patee Sarasin, tells CNN, “The airline business has always been seen as sexy globally.” The calendar, he adds, has been a warmly received by appreciative customers.

Nok Airlines isn’t the only carrier to go the sexy calendar route. Ryanair’s cabin crew calendar showcases models in bikinis, and lest you have second thoughts about buying it, you can confidently defend your purchase by knowing that proceeds do go to the Polish TVN Foundation charity.

What do flight attendants think? We asked Heather Poole, a 15-year flight attendant and author of Cruising Attitude: Tales of Crashpads, Crew Drama and Crazy Passengers at 35,000 Feet her thoughts about marketing flight attendants as sex symbols.

She wasn’t too impressed.

“Cheap airfare is the only thing that sells tickets today,” says Poole. “That and — oh! — on-time departures and good safety records. If passengers really cared about what their flight attendants looked like, Hooters Air would still be in business. They only lasted for 3 years!”

Poole adds: “The only airlines that seem to flaunt sexy flight attendants are the ones looking to sell calendars or get “likes” on their Facebook page. There’s a reason they’re selling sex over a quality airline. Business must not be quite as hot as the crew.“

Plus, what about women fliers? asks Poole. Sexting up campaigns aren’t likely to win over this huge travel demographic.

“Do most female fliers really care how sexy flight attendants are? I don’t think so. It’s like some airlines are only directing their marketing at male passengers. Last time I checked there were women not just sitting on the plane, but occupying business and first-class seats, serious hardcore frequent fliers! They’re also flying the plane. To which I say, God Bless America! I’m so thankful I work for a US carrier. “

So what do you think? Do the marketing attempts to present flight attendants as sex symbols make flying more attractive to you? Or should airlines focus their efforts elsewhere?

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Glen Tavern Inn

Tonight at 9|8c, join the Ghost Adventures crew — along with special guests Brit Morgan from HBO’s True Blood and recording artist Mimi Page — on a heart-pounding investigation of the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, CA. Built in 1911, the hotel fell on hard times during Prohibition, and its third floor was converted into a brothel, speakeasy and gambling house — leaving behind some dark energy.

Before the guys even begin their investigation, they learn about 2 different sightings of seemingly solid, full-body apparitions, and hear a number of EVPs that have been captured in the hotel.

The owners of the inn have also heard some gruesome legends about the building’s eerie third floor, but are those stories just local lore? Did a cowboy really die over a poker dispute? Was a prostitute really murdered, decapitated and stuffed in a  closet at the inn?

The guys are on a mission to find out.

Learn more about tonight’s episode with behind-the-scenes photos from the investigation and get inside Aaron’s head with a look at this week’s vlog.

Photography by Oyster.com

Soak up the sun this spring break at the MGM Grand Hotel’s Wet Republic. This massive 53,000-square-foot ultra pool is so hip, J-Lo herself gives it high marks More »

Courtesy of The Crane Residential Resort

Hmm, from which of the Crane Resort’s many pools should you marvel at the piercing blue sky and sea of Crane Beach? The lagoon pools? The infinity pools? Or the plunge pools? More »

Bermuda

Despite its proximity to the East Coast of the US, this tranquil archipelago oozes British tradition (judges still wear white wigs) with a touch of Caribbean pace: Speed limits are 15 mph in the busy areas, and 20 mph in the countryside. Narrow, winding roads will lead you to breathtaking pink-sand beaches with clear waters great for snorkeling and swimming, or to some of the world’s best golf courses.

Whether you stay in the city of Hamilton or decide to go parish-hopping (the islands are divided into 9 parishes for administrative reasons), you’ll see that there’s a lot to do besides sitting in the sun on one of the wonderful beaches: centuries-old sites, a long-abandoned railway trail where you can spot exotic wildlife, great shopping, bar-hopping in St. George … And all this without the crowds of more popular destinations farther south, like the Caribbean islands or the Bahamas. Cambridge Beaches, in Sandys Parish, is one of the most stunning properties on the island, located on a sprawling 30 seaside acres. It features several private beaches, beautifully manicured grounds, and a highly-rated restaurant. If you’re looking for something slightly more low-key and family-friendly, Grotto Bay is a fabulous option, often for a reasonable rate. Though kids enjoy exploring the on-site grottos, the natural caves also add a romantic element, and couples can enjoy massages under the stalactites.

- Oyster.com Staff

Today wellness seekers can partake in a variety of water treatments at the Miramonte Resort’s WELL Spa — from Vichy showers to water massages and river benches in a saltwater pool. More »

Austin Food

Earlier this month, I attended the South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, TX. While my days were filled with attending panels on digital media and meeting with tech startups, no trip to Austin would be complete without indulging in Austin’s delicious food scene. Here are my top 5 picks for best eats (and drinks!) in Austin, after 5 years of attending South by Southwest!

La Condesa
400A West 2nd St
La Condesa is high-end Mexican. Sit outside if the weather’s nice, and try their guacamole, margaritas, and their assortment of delicious, unique tacos. The fish tacos there were my favorites.

Manuel’s Downtown
310 Congress Ave
Manuel’s is also an upscale Mexican restaurant. They’re well known for their fresh, delicious salsas and queso, and tacos and mole enchiladas. Make sure to make a reservation in advance!

Uchi
4200 N Lamar Blvd
You probably weren’t expecting sushi in Texas, but this place is a must-try while in Austin! Chef Tyson Cole is a James Beard award winner and sushi master. Try one of the tastings, and get a variety of different sushi and sashimi to try. Some favorites of mine are the shag roll, the zero sen roll, and the wagyu beef.

Second Bar & Kitchen
200 Congress Ave
Second offers contemporary American food with a twist. Make reservations, because it gets crowded. Try the buffalo fried pickles, avocado fundido, truffle fries and yellowtail carpaccio.

Iron Works BBQ
100 Red River
Iron Works is a staple for barbeque in Austin! It’s close to the convention center, making it a perfect place to stop by for lunch in between SXSW events. Be prepared for a long line, but it moves quickly  – and it’s worth it! Grab a barbeque sandwich or load up on one of their BBQ plates full of sliced beef with potato salad and beans on the side.

For more on Nisha’s trip to Austin, check out her Postcard From South By Southwest

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Are there some restaurants and dishes that stick with you, and in a good way? Whether it’s mom’s home cooking, or the fantastic Lobster Mac-N-Cheese at Miami’s Prime One Twelve, some foods never leave you! So we wanted to know: What were Andrew Zimmern’s favorite restaurants and dishes from 2012? He responded with his Top 5 Places I Ate Last Year.

Bon appetit!

 

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