Move over penguins, there’s a new bird in Steel Town.
Currently floating down the Allegheny River is a 40-foot-tall (and 30-foot-wide) inflatable yellow duck. An art installation that simply goes by “The Rubber Duck,” created by Dutch artist, Florentijn Hofman.
The international sensation has debuted stateside as part of the Pittsburgh International Festival of Firsts. The festival is a four-week long series of dance, music, theater, performance and visual arts, presented by international artists making their U.S. debuts.
Small towns have a charm you just can’t find in cities. Quiet B&Bs stand in place of bustling hotel towers; mom-and-pop shops outnumber the strip malls. Beach towns like Rehoboth, DE and Boca Grande, FL are all-American classics, with saltwater taffy and seafood shacks lining the boardwalks. Stranger towns like Lily Dale, NY are known for their residents (psychics here were the focus of an HBO documentary), while Bardstown, KY’s 1892 courthouse makes its town square one of the most beautiful.
We’ve nominated these towns—and hundreds of others across the U.S.—to be one of America’s Favorites. Think your town deserves recognition? Head here to view our full list and vote in a number of categories, from farmer’s markets to cool motels. Rank your town from now until Oct. 15th and—besides possible bragging rights—receive a free download of the World's Best Affordable Beaches and a chance to win $25,000 towards a dream vacation. Follow the hashtag #TLTowns on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and more to see how much noise your town is making.
Last week, a six-clawed lobster was found off of Midcoast Maine, and just a week earlier a two-toned lobster was pulled from similar waters. But most lobster fans have been buzzing over the rare affordability of lobsters these days—prices per pound are the lowest they've been in 20 years. Maybe this is the one good side of Global Warming?
Americans consumed 231 million pounds of Maine lobster last year—a record high. The conclusion? A trip to Maine—especially in the late-summer or early fall—is not complete without eating lobster. In warmer months, lobsters molt, and their shells become so soft you can eat them with your hands, without the aid of crackers. Just ask for a "shedder" and you'll sound like a local. Maine native Luke Holden, of Luke's Lobster in New York City, shows you just what to do.
During a one-hour T+L Twitter chat sponsored by the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, T+L editors asked expert locals and Charleston insiders for their favorite places. We took some of the highlights and turned them into this mini-guide.
Farmer’s Market in Marion Square: Check out this 200-year-old fair for local produce and stone-ground grits. Firefly Distillery: This distillery is both a tea plantation and liquor manufacturer. Tour the 11-acre facility, then order a Sweet Tea Vodka martini. fireflyvodka.com Ghost Tour: Book a 90-minute haunted graveyard carriage ride with Bulldog Tours. bulldogtours.com; tours from $18 King Street: Charleston’s three-mile shopping promenade is lined with independent boutiques, including the well-known Heirloom Books. heirloombookcompany.com Arthur J. Ravenel Bridge: This single cable-stayed bridge opened in 2005; head across for views of the Cooper River. Sullivan’s Island: At the entrance to Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island is home to sea turtles and tidal creeks, and it’s all just a 15-minute drive from King Street.
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Ever wanted an authentic meal abroad, but you can barely speak the language, let alone dare to stray off the map? That’s why Travel + Leisure and CNN teamed up for our series 100 Places to Eat Like a Local. For the next few months, we are gathering tips from chefs, editors, and iReports from you to pinpoint the best local food around the world.
This week we are highlighting a fish market in Abu Dhabi, brought to us by iReporter Sean Blake. Sean knew no one when he moved to the Untied Arab Emirates in 2011, and so set out to photograph 30 kitchens in 30 days, familiarizing himself with the people, culture, and, of course, food.
Sean’s freshest find came from the Al Mina Fish Market. “They take the fish right out of the water and you can buy minutes old,” he said. “They will have it prepared and cooked right there.” Talk about sea-to-table! Not only can you watch your food get cooked, you actually get to choose which swimming fish to eat. In addition, many of the market’s fish cleaners have been working there for over 25 years. It is as if you are going over a friend’s house for dinner, as long as your friend is an amazing cook who lives down by the pier.
Have your own favorite local joint? Share your own iReport for a chance to be featured on our blog!
Maria Pedone is a digital editorial intern at Travel + Leisure.
Together with CNN, Travel + Leisure's multi-platform series 100 Places to Eat Like a Local combines iReports from you, television spots, chef recommendations, and editor finds to spotlight the best local food around the world over the next few months.
This week, we are highlighting a Detroit restaurant (brought to you by iReporter ProMich) that goes above and beyond the farm-to-table concept. In 1976, Rina and Adriano Tonon decided to take an old apple orchard and transform it into a five-acre garden adorned with Italian herbs and vegetables. Years later, Café Cortina is a prospering model for younger restaurants aiming to be organic and sustainable. The basil, rosemary, Swiss chard and 80 year-old heirloom tomato plants make the dishes at Café Cortina as delicious as they are healthy.
This month’s T+L includes an eight-page feature on Hawaii’s new food scene, where we spotlight some of the young chefs, upstart farmers, pop-up restaurateurs, and food-truck vendors who are taking Hawaiian cuisine to the next level.
Had we more space in the print magazine, we would’ve devoted another eight pages to Madre Chocolate, a terrific new bean-to-bar chocolate operation (Oahu’s first) based in Kailua. (A tony suburb just 20 minutes from Honolulu, Kailua is where President Obama and family have stayed during their Hawaiian vacations.)
Jonathan Kidder, puppeteer “I love L.A. The people who call it shallow have probably never been to my neighborhood, Silver Lake. Stop by Berlin Currywurst (3827 W. Sunset Blvd.; 323/663-1989) for the best sausage ever, served with wide Fritten, or fries.”
Malia Grace Mau, jewelry designer; Jeffrey Vincent Parise, actor and painter (pictured) Mau: “We’re regulars at Cru(1521 Griffith Park Blvd.; 323/667-1551), a BYOB vegan restaurant in Silver Lake where we had our first date.” Parise: “Waiters in this town are very plugged-in; be sure to ask yours for local entertainment tips.”
Keri Pegram, physical therapist “The Abbot Kinney area used to be equal amounts hippie and yuppie, but now it’s very chic. Grab a cup of salted-caramel gelato at N’ice Cream(1410 Abbot Kinney Blvd.; 310/396-7161) and hit Venice Beach.”
Spencer Aaronson, “professional enigma”; Mijo, pit bull “It’s no small feat driving to East L.A., but any distance is worth it for Teresitas Restaurant(3826 E. First St.; 323/266-6045), a Mexican spot near Boyle Heights. Get the costillas de puerco en chile negro (only available on Wednesdays).”
The 158-page report, published by Columbia University's Earth Institute, was commissioned for the United Nations Conference on Happiness on Monday in order to "review the state of happiness in the world today and show how the new science of happiness explains personal and national variations in happiness."
The rankings in the report were based on a number called the "life evaluation score," a measurement which takes into account a variety of factors including people's health, family and job security as well as social factors like political freedom and government corruption....