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Is A 24-Hour Vacation… Possible?

Five locations where a 24-hour vacation is completely possible.

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     Have a long layover? Maybe a day to kill during a longer trip? Or just like to get out of town? If any of those apply, these five cities are the best places in the world to spend a 24-hour vacation! 

ISTANBUL

     Istanbul is the ideal one-day vacation destination for the historian, as it lies right on the Bosphorus river, the geographical division point of Asia and Europe. The architecture in Istanbul is truly breathtaking as some of it has been there since the Roman and Ottoman Empires. Can’t-miss attractions include the Topkapi Palace, the former home of the Ottoman sultan, the Hagia Sophia, a sixth-century mosque, and the Grand Bazaar, which is the oldest covered market in the world. And if you have any extra time and feel like relaxing a bit, enjoy one of the city’s numerous Turkish baths, or historichammams.

AMSTERDAM

     Amsterdam is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and it owes a lot of its beauty to its architecture. You could spend an entire day there just walking in and taking in the buildings and you wouldn’t feel like you’ve wasted your day. If you don’t feel like walking, there are also daily boat tours that travel along the many canals that run through the city. Not to mention the countless museums in Amsterdam all with amazing works of art. And of course, no Amsterdam vacation would be complete without a trip to the Anne Frank house.

 

SEATTLE

     The jewel of the Pacific Northwest. Seattle may seem like a big city, but what makes it attractive for a short trip is the fact that many of its best attractions are all very close to each other. Even with only 24 hours, you’ll have enough time to take in the Museum of Pop Culture, the Space Needle, and the world-famous Pike Place Market. Try to throw one of those fish if they’ll let you. It’s harder than you think!

HONG KONG

     Hong Kong is one of the biggest and fastest-moving metropolitan cities in the world. The sights and views and endless and bountiful in this lively city. Be sure to check out the giant Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island, and of course the Hong Kong Museum of History. If you’re a tea nut, rumor has it that the MingCha Tea House has some of the best tea in the city. And the best part about Hong Kong? Unlike the rest of China, anyone visiting from North America or Europe don’t have to get a visa in advance. 

REYKJAVIK

     Reykjavik is the capital of one of the most scenically beautiful countries in the world, Iceland. It is the home of the famous Blue Lagoon, the geothermal spa that you’ve probably seen on your Instagram feed more than once. There you can also find the architectural feat, Hallgrimskirkya. Which is just an enormous, beautiful church. And, if you’re feeling saucy, take a tour of the Phallological Musem, which is a museum entirely dedicated to, well, phalluses.

 


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The Best International Food Cities In The US

We talked to our colleagues and came up with our favorite cities that have the best variety of international foods you simply have to try.

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Sometimes you get tired of eating burgers and corndogs. You need to branch out, to expand your palette, to try things you’ve heard of but have never tried before. Well if you have a problem finding anything that isn’t just white bread and mayonnaise where you live then you probably need to take a trip to a new destination. But what city will offer you the proper amount of authentic exotic cuisines?

Well, we talked to our colleagues and came up with our favorite cities that have the best variety of international foods you simply have to try.

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

When most people think of Oakland food isn’t the first thing that pops into their head. But the food in this city is varied and delicious. They have delicious Thai, Japanese, Indian or even Halal cuisine all over this fun city so you can eat your way into total tummy bliss.

Whether it’s formal restaurants you want to try or the easy and convenient food truck scene that you’re looking for, you will be able to find food from tons of different places that are sure to taste like they came right from the country where the cuisine originated.

ORLANDO, FLORIDA

Orlando isn’t just the home to dynamite amusement parks like Disney World or Universal Studios, it’s also the home to dynamite worldly delights. This city has more food trucks than any city in the world and since food trucks are known for having adventurous food, you can easily find dishes from all over the world.

But if food trucks aren’t your thing then head on over to Epcot Center where they have a ton of delicious restaurants that feature cuisine from over a dozen different countries. Head to Orlando and feast on foreign culinary delights.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles is a huge city full of different districts that feature fantastic international cuisine. There is amazing Korean BBQ in Koreatown, fantastic Thai noodles in Thai Town, Chinese food in China Town, Filipino food in Historic Filipinotown and of course tons and tons of amazing food from the Central and South Americas. You can take a trip around the world and have every meal come from a different country for a whole week.

PORTLAND, OREGON

Portland is known for their food carts which makes sense considering there are over 500 of them around the town. There are some super popular carts and some less popular ones but they all feature fantastic international cuisine. Whatever it is you’re searching for you will find it in beautiful Portland, Oregon.

This city has delectable cuisine that is sure to blow you away and you will want to spend the rest of your time in this beautiful city just eating and eating. There are even some maps that will show you where all the food carts are located so you can be sure to find the right food cart for your desires. Now that’s what I call convenient.

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5 Silver Lake Restaurants Every Food Lover Needs to Try

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Silver Lake, the aggressively cool hipster hideout a hop, skip, and a jump north of Downtown LA, is filled with things to see and do. There is any number of must-see landmarks, laid-back cafés, and trendy bars to explore. But for the food lover, the real draw of Silver Lake is the amazing selection of eateries it offers.

From casual and cozy spots to high-end establishments, there’s something for everyone here. Whether you’re in town for the weekend or a long-time Angeleno, one thing’s for sure, if you’re a food lover in Los Angeles, you won’t want to miss these restaurants.

1. Little Pine

Little Pine restaurant was once owned by Moby, and predictably, serves exclusively vegan fare. That doesn’t mean it’s boring though. You won’t find endless variations of raw salads and green juices on the menu here. Little pine is dedicated to serving up innovative and most of all hearty vegan food that even meat-eaters will love.

2. Boo’s Philly

If you’re looking for something that’s decidedly not vegan, but nonetheless delicious, then Boo’s Philly is definitely the place for you. Serving up a small menu of impressively large-sized subs, this causal little deli is a must-visit if you’re seeking the most authentic Philadelphia cheesesteaks this side of the liberty bell. Their hoagies have to be seen to be believed, and luckily, you can check them out at this browse link.

3. Botanica Restaurant and Market

For something quintessentially Californian, it doesn’t get much better than Botanica Restaurant and Market. Owned by two former food critics, the plates are healthy, organic, locally-sourced, and beautifully prepared. Using only the finest produce, and with an impressive selection of natural wine, this laid-back spot is great for a casual brunch or dinner with friends.

4. Alimento

Alimento is a Silver Lake staple serving up some of the most delicious Italian food you’ve ever eaten. Headed up by James Beard-nominated chef Zach Pollack, Alimento is a quaint and cozy little bistro with amazing wines and pasta to die for. It’s one of the pricier options on this list, but we’re sure you’ll find it’s most definitely worth every cent.

5. Ceviche Project

Although slightly niche, Ceviche Project definitely deserves a place on a list of food to love in Silver Lake. This tiny little restaurant contains an extensive and inspiring menu of Latin American inspired seafood dishes. Critics and everyday patrons alike rave about the amazing flavor combinations and fresh ingredients produced by chef Octavio Olivas. A great choice for an intimate dinner or date night.

Food for the Food Lover

In order to fully explore all of the best food in Silver Lake, it would take much more than 500 words and a much longer list. Silver Lake’s many restaurants are characterized by their attention to detail, fresh ingredients, and creative menus. What we’re saying is, if you’re a food lover, it’s not a bad place to be.

For more reviews and tips on where to find the best food, check out the rest of our guides.

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Singapore is the First in the World to produce Lab-grown Chicken

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It has been a grueling journey among scientists to produce lab-grown Chicken or chicken meat produced without the actual Chicken. With the help of science and technology, Singapore innovators’ great minds are the first to make this seemingly impossible task possible.

Current Chicken Production

Chicken is considered as one of the staples in every meal across the globe. The current chicken production is so vast that it even poses a danger to one’s health. Chicken farms are probably the most productive way to breed and raise chickens. However, because of the demand for Chicken, chickens are in warehouses that pose many threats such as fire hazards, public health hazards (because of virus and bacteria), and even worker safety hazards.

However, you can consider all of these dangerous threats to go away because breeding chickens without actually raising chickens is now possible thanks to a group of innovators from Singapore.

The first lab-grown Chicken

This December 2020, the Singapore Food Agency has finally approved a lab-grown Chicken or cultured meat. This has been such a success that this chicken meat is now on the menu of 1880, a famous Singapore restaurant. Other countries are now following suit in the attempt to grow their lab-grown chicken meat. One such country is Israel, which is attempting the same feat. However, the restaurant that will be serving this is currently closed due to the ongoing pandemic.

What is Lab-Grown Meat

Many people are currently skeptical of lab-grown meat and its health hazards, especially since this is a novel way of growing poultry. From a physical and cellular standpoint, lab-grown meat is identical to Chicken from slaughtered animals. Their cells are made from live chicken cells, but instead of growing them in a poultry farm, scientists develop them from a cell-growth scaffold in a factory. This process is also different from plant-based meats, which use plant proteins to create products that taste like meat. In this process, the taste is similar, but it is entirely different on a cellular level.

However, why Chicken, you ask? The same approach can be applied to pork, beef, and other animal products. Yet, scientists have decided to use chickens in the pilot session instead, and they did so strategically. First, chickens are considered one of the animals raised to be slaughtered in the United States. This can lure Americans away from raising and killing livestock and consider producing lab-grown meat instead. Second, one of the biggest challenges for lab-grown meat is the texture of the meat itself. For someone who loves steak, consuming a lab-grown steak without the texture can be quite disappointing.

For lab-grown products to grow, one has to get cells from a live chicken, and they do not need to kill these chickens to produce the meat successfully. This can gain massive support from vegetarian people to consume lab-grown meat. The chicken cells are then submerged into a growth solution that allows the cells to multiply. Indeed, this is a huge step to boost food production sustainability and do away with livestock and poultry farming that poses health hazards with science and innovation.

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