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Pizza-on-Demand Coming to Airports (and Hotels and Malls) Near You

Equal parts genius and this seems so so wrong, there's a new vending machine trend about to sweep the country: Pizza, made from "scratch." That's right, fresh—not frozen—pies made to order at the push of a button.

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Digital Avatars to Guide Travelers at New York Airports

CNN |  First Tupac. Now this.

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey announced this week that digital projections of "virtual customer care representatives" will appear this summer in three New York-area airports, guiding flyers to their gates and providing other logistical info.

The 2-D projections can't respond to travelers who ask them questions, said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the authority. But that kind of technology may be added if the 6-month pilot project goes well, he said in a phone interview. "We’ll see if it works, you know," he said. "If people keep walkin' by it, then we wouldn’t renew (the contract for the avatars)."

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World's Top Restaurant Noma to Launch Summer London Pop-Up

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Can't get a reservation at Noma until 2020? This summer, you have two other ways to work up an appetite for chef Rene Redzepi's wildly inventive New Nordic cooking, which just topped the Restaurant magazine's World's 50 Best Restaurants list for a third consecutive year. On July 1-2, the second annual MAD Symposium (Copenhagen, $350) addresses "Appetite" as its theme; along with Redzepi, expect tasteful thinking from other culinary wild men like Wylie Dufresne, Fergus Henderson and Ferran Adria. Then Redzepi moves his team to London for "A Taste of Noma" pop-up at Claridge's Hotel in Mayfair. (Five courses, $320, July 28-Aug. 6). To pre-register for reservations, click here now. First come, first serve!

Shane MitchellShane Mitchell is Travel + Leisure's special correspondent.


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Video: GloboMaestro Checks In to New York's Cheekiest Ceviche Bar

Exclusive GloboMaestro Video: When's the last time you walked into a ceviche bar and experienced truffle butter popcorn, blowtorched sweet potato brulee, and a homemade gravity bong (strictly for smoking oysters)? And that's before you've even tried the ceviche—delectable, innovative creations that include lobster marinated in coconut milk, orange juice, ginger and jalapeño.

Astute scholars of the Spanish language will note that Desnuda means "naked" — but the food here at this East Village cevicheria in New York is anything but stripped down.


Video courtesy of GloboMaestro


Choose Your Seatmate Via Facebook and LinkedIn

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Dutch airline KLM has recently launched Meet & Seat, a program that ensures that you’ll probably LIKE your seatmate, even before takeoff.

Meet & Seat allows passengers with reservations to view the social media profiles of other passengers who’ve already selected their seats and who have opted to share their Facebook or LinkedIn info. The service is not yet available on every KLM flight.

I can think of few instances in which I would employ Meet & Seat: Say, if Viggo Mortensen were flying coach and decided to identify himself via Facebook. Not likely, right? I guess I will continue to use airplane time to read novels and trashy magazines and not chat with my seatmate until the landing gear has been engaged.

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

Image courtesy of KLM.

Brits Abuzz Over British Airways Pop-Up

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It’s pop-up galore these days, but this one caught our eye: From Apr. 4–17, British Airways will host FlightBA2012 in Shoreditch. The event is a culmination of last year’s airline-sponsored search to find three “Great Britons,” rising stars from different creative fields. Their mentors? Celeb chef Heston Blumenthal, YBA Tracey Emin, and actor/writer/director Richard E. Grant.

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Madison Square Garden Goes Gourmet

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Madison Square Garden has scored big with new offerings from top New York restaurateurs. Here’s a taste.

Simply Chicken
Who:
Jean-Georges Vongerichten
What to Order:
The organic chicken sandwich, kicked up a notch with spicy mayo that includes sambal oelek, an Asian chili sauce.

Sausage Boss
Who:
Andrew Carmellini
What to Order:
Cheddar cheese bratwurst, made with Hoegaarden-braised sausage and Weinkraut cooked in Riesling—all on a buttered potato bun.

Daily Burger
Who:
Drew Nieporent
What to Order:
It’s a tough choice between the classic burger and the one topped with bacon-onion jam. All patties are a blend of Angus chuck, short rib, and brisket.

Lobster Shrimp Roll by Aquagrill
Who:
Seafood guru Jeremy Marshall
What to Order:
What else but Maine lobster and wild Pacific Ocean shrimp on toasted New England bread?

Related Slideshow: Best Baseball Stadium Food

Illustration by Holly Wales

Avatars, Napoleon, and Angry Birds: Theme Park News

What’s happening in the world of amusement parks? Phone apps, world domination, and futuristic technology are inspiring some interesting theme park ideas.

An augmented-reality, Kinect-powered theme park, Live Park, opened last December outside Seoul. The immersive experience includes 50 attractions within a 10,000-square-meter space through which the visitors—and the avatars they create—move and interact with 3D video projections, screens, touchable art installations, and live performers. The Live Park videos make the experience look simultaneously thrilling and overwhelming, sort of like the concept of an audience-participation Cirque du Soleil.

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Top Video-Sharing Apps

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Chances are, during your last getaway with the family, you shot a lot of video. Most likely it was taken using a smart phone, but it was probably never edited before it was shared. The recent explosion in video-sharing apps—which promise to do for short clips what picture-sharing apps like Instagram and Path did for still images—means there’s no longer any excuse. These apps let you shoot videos and customize them with a variety of filters to change the clips’ look and feel. Most important, they also allow for one-touch sharing to social platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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10 Most Popular Articles of 2011

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With a new year comes a rush of planning and, at T+L, we've already mapped out the hottest destinations of 2012. But even as we report on new discoveries and trends, it's worth looking back at what grabbed readers' attention in the past year.

In case you missed it, the most-read article of 2011 ranked dangerous U.S. airports, while also noting improvements that have made air travel safer overall; even former pilots posted comments weighing in on the controversial topic. Some popular articles like America's most beautiful college campuses touched on personal loyalties, while others shared insider recommendations to help you plan that next trip (how about an affordable all-inclusive resort in Costa Rica?).

So, take a look, and then tell us: what was your favorite T+L article, and what would you like us to cover in 2012?

1. T+L's Most Dangerous U.S. Airports
Airline safety is on the rise, but near accidents are still more common than you might think.

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