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America's Top 5 Cities To Keep On Your Radar

Whether it's a revamped corner of New York or an up-and-coming Midwest town, it seems like there's always a new "hip" neighborhood or "it" city to visit. Which had us thinking about the coolest cities to visit <i>right now</i>.<p>After much map-scouring and a sprinkle of savvy, here are our conclusions:<p><b>1.</b> …

Obama Expands Ocean Preserve: Now It's the Biggest

Thousands of miles off America's shores, an ocean preserve flush with rare seabirds, turtles and marine mammals will grow to roughly three times the size of California under a memorandum that President Barack Obama signed Thursday. The expanded Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument will …

17 Easy Steps for Planning Your Next Trip

I remember when I started planning my first trip. I had no idea what I was doing.<p>When I decided to quit my job and travel the world, I walked into a …

How Pat Got a Free Business Class Ticket (and You Can Get One Too!)

Last month, my friend Pat came to me with a problem: he wanted to fly Cathay Pacific business class round-trip from the US to a conference in the …

How to Avoid Paying Bank Fees While Traveling

Banking overseas is more than just putting your card in an ATM. When you travel abroad, banking overseas involves knowing three things: how to avoid …

Where To Stay In Maldives On A Budget | Nomadic Matt

<i>I’ve always wanted to visit the Maldives (edit: I finally did!). I’ve often dreamed of those over-water bungalows and white sand beaches. But those</i> …

How To Book A Cheap Cruise For As Low As $30 Per Day | Nomadic Matt

Cruises can be expensive affairs. First, ships reel you in with a “cheap” room and an onboard credit but then smack you around with high-priced …

How to Learn the Basics of Any Language in Four Steps

<i>I’ve always been bad at languages. I barely made it through high school Spanish and have forgotten all the French I hired a tutor to teach me. I’m</i> …

Austin tops list of fastest growing cities

The energy surge. The boom in high tech. The housing rebound. Those are just some of the factors helping America's biggest cities attract new residents.<p>New data released this week by the U.S. Census Bureau crunches population counts in the 12 months leading up to July 1, 2013.<p>Among metro areas of …

Top 50 New Restaurants - Ramen Tatsuya, Austin TX

A strip mall may not be the first place you might think to look for one of the country’s best new restaurants, but you’ll be glad you did when you stumble upon this Japanese gem<p>8557 Research Boulevard, suite # 126<p>Austin, TX<p>512-834-8810<p>ramen-tatsuya.com<p>A strip mall may not be the first place you …

Garbo's Joins Good Life Food Park; Uchiko Launches New Cocktails; Snap Kitchen's Award

<b>EAST CESAR CHAVEZ</b> — In addition to La Barbecue, hyper-popular lobster roll truck Garbo's moves into the Good Life Food Park today. According to <i>The Statesman</i>, "They are open Thursday-Saturday this week from 5 to 9 p.m. Starting next week they will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 …

6 brilliant sandwiches, from Italians to po'boys

Austin culture writer Michael Corcoran once joked that the city’s four food groups were “Tex-Mex, BBQ, Thundercloud and other.” Over the past several …

La Barbecue Reopens Today in The Good Life Food Park

Insanely popular trailer <b>La Barbecue</b> reopens today in their new location in The Good Life Food Park. Critics and bloggers have recently called La Barbecue's smokey meats the best in Austin, and their rising popularity has meant increasingly longer lines. The new location will allow pitmaster John …

No surprise here: Franklin Barbecue deemed one of 10 U.S. restaurants worth the wait in line

If you've ever spent a long morning waiting in line for Franklin Barbecue, a new list from Yahoo Travel will resonate with you. According to the …

Austin's economy ranked No. 1 in the country - Austin Business Journal

Austin's reputation as a job-creation machine has again propelled it to the top of a monthly report measuring economic indicators for all major U.S. …

Where to Eat and Drink in Austin, Texas

A quick guide for finding the best bars, restaurants, and hotels in Austin, Texas.<p>In a matter of just a few years, Austin has earned a reputation as one of the country’s best food cities. The state capital and once-sleepy college town—long known for its live music and film scenes—now hums with …

The best fried chicken in Austin — and the secrets behind our favorite recipes

Pan-fried, deep-fried, pressure-fried, white meat or dark, there is something about fried chicken that calls to the hearts of countless Southerners …

Introduction

To compile our list of America's Coolest Cities, we partnered with Sperling's BestPlaces. We started with the 60 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas and Metropolitan Divisions (cities and their surrounding suburbs), ranking them on six factors weighted equally. We considered entertainment and …

The Best Happy Hours in Austin

The office clock is slowly ticking towards the end of day and happy hour options are circling your mind. Austin, Texas has no shortage of great happy hour specials, from deals at fancy hotel lounges to the neighborhood Tex Mex joint. Safe bets include veterans like Parkside and La Condesa (and …

Southern Living selects 3 Austin hot spots as Best Restaurants in the South

You don't have to travel far for some of the South's finest fare. Recently, <i>Southern Living</i> revealed its picks for the 100 Best Restaurants in the …

Brews and Booze: 10 Awesome Coffee Bars in Austin

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Castro Escape From New York Closing After 30 Years

Local pizza mini-chain <b>Escape from New York</b> is losing a member, as the Castro location has announced it will be shutting down this Wednesday, September 17. As Hoodline reports, the restaurant is citing costs associated with renovating the space and upgrading its ovens, as well as providing employees …

Steve Jobs didn’t let his kids use iPads

Steve Jobs was the father of two teenage girls and a son when he passed away in 2011. These kids grew up with a visionary father who co-founded one of the best-known tech companies. Jobs led the world into the digital age with gadgets that transformed the way we listen to music, watch movies, …

The Direct-From-Japan Ramen Fest Is Coming to San Jose

<b>Ramen Yokocho Festival</b>, the insanely popular gathering of direct-from-Japan ramen makers that spawned two-hour lines at Japantown's J-Pop Festival in July, is returning to the Bay Area—and this time, it's coming to San Jose. Held over two weekends (October 3-5 and 10-12), the event will have a …

Why babies born in winter start crawling earlier

New parents watch their babies and the calender closely to determine exactly when their precious spawn hit certain milestones, such as smiling for the first time, walking, saying that first word. Crawling is a biggie and most babies learn to scoot around on all fours between 7 to 10 months, …

Shoot your car with the new Canon 7D Mark II

Stills, video, and a 51,200 top ISO.<p>So, you're ready to graduate from cell-phone photos of your car in the parking garage at work to something a little more polished? Step one: leave the parking garage. Step 2: Buy a Canon 7D Mark II. Canon just dropped details on the newest addition to its DSLR …

Porsche Exclusive Unveils Cayenne S Palladium Metallic

Porsche customers who want their car to stand out from the crowd turn to the folks at Porsche Exclusive, the automaker’s in-house customization department that can pretty much do anything to a vehicle. The 2015 Porsche Cayenne S Palladium Metallic is Porsche Exclusive’s latest creation, which also …