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.

What you don't know about McDonald's Egg McMuffin

On a Tuesday in October 2015, McDonald's made a move that would change the course of culinary history forever. Before that fateful day, the hangry and hungover would have to scramble out of bed and speed to their nearest McDonald's. For you see, there was once a time when McDonald's stopped selling their prized Egg McMuffins at exactly 10:30 a.m. every day. Millions would miss this draconian deadline, and head home, empty-handed or worse — with some miserable non-breakfasty alternative, like the Filet-o-Fish.

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.

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: 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.

The Best Alternatives to Apple AirPods

Remember when we had to stifle giggles at the sight of someone talking on a pair of wireless earbuds? Well, technology has advanced quite a bit since the first bluetooth headphones hit the market in 2004, and now, no one will mistake you for a crazy person conversing with thin air when you’re talking into a pair of Bluetooth buds. In fact, if those headphones happen to be a brand-new pair of Apple AirPods, they might even be a little envious.

How to Get Sephora on Sale and Feed Your Beauty Addiction for Less

For card-carrying beauty fanatics like us, wandering around Sephora can feel like we’ve been unleashed in a candy store. A glittery, shimmery, shiny, very expensive candy store. As much as we love Sephora (and candy), we also like saving money. That’s why the RetailMeNot team has spent countless hours scouring the Sephora sale section and researching topics like scoring free makeup samples and saving money at Sephora.

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.
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