The Untold Truth of Fast Food Playgrounds

Once upon a time, way back in the '90s, the iPad hadn't been invented yet, Boy Meets World was still on the air, and interior playgrounds at fast food restaurants weren't regarded as foul dens of germs and discarded heroine needles. During this magical age, children frolicked in ball pits and slid down slides in the playscapes of restaurants like McDonald's and Burger King. Meanwhile, their parents chatted nearby, knowing their kids were fenced in and playing someplace "safe."

What to Do with 48 Hours in Porto, Portugal

After years of being outshined by the cosmopolitan glow of Lisbon, Porto—Portugal’s once scrappy but now sublime second city—has been stealing the spotlight these days. Cinematic landscapes, balmy weather, and a blossoming food and wine scene have all contributed to a boom in international visitors to Portugal. The winner of European Best Destination in 2012, 2014, and 2017, Porto now draws a record number of travelers with an average of 1.6 million visitors each year. Planning to visit this incredible city in the coming year? Here’s a guide to a perfect 48 hours in Porto.

8 of Our Favorite BIPOC Artists and Makers

It would be remiss to write a blog highlighting the work of BIPOC artists without taking a moment to reflect on the events and conversations of the year. Propelled by the momentum of protests following the horrific deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Rayshard Brooks, and Dominique “Rem’mie” Fell, the world is protesting, watching, listening, trying, speaking out, making mistakes, and — hopefully — changing.

The Meaning Behind Carly Simon’s ‘You’re So Vain’

Up there with the existence of alien life and the location of Cleopatra’s tomb, the meaning behind Carly Simon’s “You’re So Vain” is one of the universe’s great unsolved mysteries. The hit song was released in 1972, ironically on an album called “No Secrets.” “You’re so Vain” is a super meta, brazen accusation of a past lover who digs himself way too much. The tune famously accuses, “You’re so vain, you probably think this song is about you”.

Macronutrients, to count or not to count?

From baby food to juice cleanses, diet trends rise and fall with time and scientific advancement. But while many nutrition fads have been discredited or forgotten, others have withstood the test of time and nutrition science scrutiny. Counting macros (short for “macronutrients”) is a nutritional strategy long favored by bodybuilders that has recently gained mainstream popularity.

Groupon Guide: Williamsburg's City Reliquary

After moving into his ground-floor apartment at Havemeyer and Grand Streets in Williamsburg, Dave Herman discovered himself amid a neighborhood in transition. Condos and high-rise apartment buildings were sprouting up in once barren lots; abandoned storefronts were transforming into upscale restaurants, cocktail bars, and yoga studios. Young creative types flocked to the area in droves. They set up loft spaces in the abandoned factories next to the homes of the established Hasidic and Hispanic communities.

My 12-Hour Shift with an On-Set Catering Crew

The evening before I am scheduled to accompany film catering professional Ed D'Orio and his crew on a 12-hour shift, he calls to make sure I haven't changed my mind. "You still want to do this?" he asks. "Really?" Ever since I contacted Ed and expressed interest in shadowing him to see what it's like—as he puts it—"in the bowels of the movie catering profession," he has been trying to dissuade me. The hours are long, the work is demanding, and most people can’t handle the stress, he tells me.

Groupon Guide to Chinese Food in San Francisco

As the legend goes, the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius advocated the use of chopsticks at the dinner table, believing that knives and forks bore resemblance to weapons. Confucius’s influence looms large in San Francisco, where hundreds of Chinese restaurants favor chopsticks as their tableware of choice (though many provide fork and knife alternatives for their less chopstick-savvy western guests). Chinese eateries pack the city’s world-renown Chinatown and spill out into neighborhoods across the city, sending the aroma of steaming dumplings, sizzling mu shu meats, and tangy fried rice out into the fog.

Groupon Guide: The Museum of Mourning Photography & Memorial Practice

When Anthony Vizzari was in high school, he picked up an unusual habit. While his classmates spent their free hours joining chess clubs and attending softball practice, Anthony could often be found at rural flea markets and small-town antique stores, rifling through boxes of heirloom photographs. He'd bypass the solemn family portraits and windswept landscapes, intent on acquiring photographs of coffins, funeral wreaths, and the deceased.

Short Sets and Some Serious Bloody Marys: Open-Mic Brunch at the Hideout

The scene at the Hideout is about what you'd expect to find at a neighborhood watering hole on a Saturday afternoon. Scruffy regulars hunch over the bar, nursing pints of Gumballhead and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale. Smokers cluster around the front patio’s picnic tables, puffing on Pall Malls. Lilly, the cheerful bartender, trades quips with customers and whips up some serious bloody marys with all the fixings—celery, olives, cubes of cheese, and a stalk of pickled asparagus for good measure. But one thing separates this otherwise standard Saturday drinking tableau from any other: instead of shouting at football matches on TV or huddling around pool tables, the clientele are flipping through notebooks and scribbling down jokes. It's a few minutes until the start of The Late Late Breakfast comedy open mic, and everyone is putting the finishing touches on their set.

30+ Veteran-Owned Businesses to Shop and Support

As it turns out, the skills typically honed in military service can be a strong foundation for entrepreneurship. Maybe that’s why veterans start businesses at a higher rate than the rest of the population. The U.S. Small Business Administration reports that veterans are 45% more likely to be self-employed than non-veterans. Data shows that there is around one veteran-owned company for every 10 veterans and veteran-owned companies make up nearly 10% of all small businesses in the U.S. Today, you can find more than 2.5 million veteran-owned businesses (and businesses owned by military spouses) ranging from jewelry shops to coffee roasters to whiskey distilleries. Here are 30+ veteran-owned and military-family-owned businesses to support now and always:
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