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Reasons To Listen To Podcasts

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  1. Deeper Personal Connections Podcasts offer much more than written media because they put a voice with words. You may have a favorite author or blogger that you love to read, but hearing their voice and hearing them express their thoughts literally adds a new dimension to their content. The audio component promotes a deeper connection between the speaker and listener and builds a greater affinity to the author’s work.
  2. More Personal & Informative Advertising — Not only are podcasts valuable for consumers, but for advertisers as well. Instead of running canned ads many advertisers are opting to have hosts read a short statement about their product or service but then talk more casually about the advertiser. This typically benefits the listener by allowing them to receive more details about a specific product or service without a major interruption to the experience of listening to an episode.
  3. Introduction to New Ideas — As a subscriber to a podcast, you are along for the ride. Much like watching a news program, you trust the provider to take you on a journey through different topics. These often prove to be new and unfamiliar topics and ideas that the host thinks are important. 
  4. Redeemed Time and Continued Personal Growth — Related to the topic above, podcasts allow listeners to grow more in their knowledge or expertise about a topic or situation while at the same time redeeming time that would be wasted on an inane task. Commutes are turned into classrooms through podcasts. Dog walking becomes discipleship time. Exercising not only builds the body but the mind as well.
  5. Cultural Awareness — As podcasts sit on the leading edge of technology and information, those who are consumers of podcasts will often be more aware of the changes in culture. Season one of Serial spawned many debates online and at the office.

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Here are my favourite reasons that I love Podcast.

Podcasts are portable

Whilst it’s possible to listen to podcasts on your computer, I personally prefer to take them on the move. I make a lot of 20 minute trips. Many podcasts fit into this timeframe and when you find one that’s regular you can subscribe so that the next episode is already available when you’re next free. I split my time on the go between listening to podcasts and listening to music.

They energise me

The right podcasts aren’t dumbed down. Listening to Ideas energises me and can set me up for the day.

They educate me

I’m an audio girl for sure, so I don’t know about you but I tend to retain information that someone says to me. Do you ever find that someone has a great idea for a book, but for various reasons they feel compelled to make it overlong? Repeating and embellishing the same point?  Sometimes a 10 minute audio overview can explain the ideas in as useful a way as reading the whole book.

Podcasts give me ideas

Sometimes I drift off whilst listening to podcasts and whilst mulling over something in my head, I get an idea from a completely unrelated podcast topic. Eureka! Shebang – Pow – Blop – Whiz!

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I’m in control

My car, only has a CD player and a radio. I frustrate myself flitting between 1 or 2 radio stations and the single cd. IT’s infuriating! I hate this onsg, shut up stupid, damn adverts…Can rewind, relisten, subscribe, just pick one.

Podcasts are free

Not everyone shares my love of podcasts, maybe because they perceive them as difficult and compared to turning on the TV or the Radio they are I guess. But, once you’ve got used to them, I think that they’re well worth the investment.

I can listen to podcasts while I clean my house.

I really don’t like housecleaning. The dust accumulates just as fast whether I dust once a week or once a month. In just a few days, you can hardly tell I even had a dust rag near the place. Thus, I have to keep my mind off these depressing facts while I clean my house, or I just won’t stick with it. But give me a good podcast to focus on, and I’ll get a room clean in no time. The only problem is that I can’t vacuum because then I can’t hear the podcast. 

 

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Here are some of my favorie podcasts…All of these are movie podcast

  • 2 Guys and a Chainsaw
  • 3 black geeks
  • Let’s Have a Kiki- with MovieBitches (check out their youtube channel -Movie Bitches)
  • A podcast and a movie
  • Best bad movie Ever
  • Bloody Date Night
  • Dead Meat
  • Decades of Horror
  • Friday the 13th podcast
  • How did this get made
  • Podslash
  • HillTop Horror

If you love moives, you should def check these out. Most of them are horror movies, but there are soooo many more movie podcast out there. 

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48 Hours in Orlando

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I love Orlando. I went last year with family and I had a blast. Although, we did go to Universal and I must say that will be the first and last time I ever go there.

Orlando may be famous for its theme parks, but there’s a lot more to do in this vibrant city. If you like nature and wildlife, there are plenty of places that will pique your interest. If you like to soak in the arts and culture, then Orlando has the museums and historical sites you’ll love. If you’d prefer to soak up the sun, then its amazing beaches are waiting just for you. 

 I really think in the future, I would move to Orlando. What is Florida? Beaches, tacky tourist traps, humidity beyond belief? Actually, it’s more than that. Orlando is full of character, fantastic food, wonderful people, and small town wonders.


Day 1

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Orlando has 125,000+ hotel rooms, just behind Las Vegas if you can believe it, so the toughest part about choosing where to stay is just that… choosing.

We stayed at staySky Suites I-Drive Orlando, which wasn’t that bad. It was in the perfect location with a lot of restaurants and shops around and Universal was only a few minutes away.  However, we did get there 5 hours early because most check-In is 4pm and they rushed to clean our room and I had a chemical smell for the first few hours. Also we were harassed a little bit over attending a presentation for park tickets. That was annoying.

Ride the Orlando Eye, a 400-foot tall observation wheel on downtown Orlando’s International Drive, that gives you a bird’s-eye view of the city, including its theme parks and also numerous lakes and green areas. We didn’t get to go on this. The line was extremely long and we didn’t have the time.

Visit Harry P Leu Gardens, which contains 50 acres of mainly tropical plants as well as accessible meandering walkways. The garden also has a reputation for encouraging gardening among those with disabilities; this can be seen in the Abilities Garden here, which features raised areas of grass and planting beds that wheelchair users can easily transfer to.

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Head for CityWalk at Universal Studios to enjoy dinner as well as soak up some of the atmosphere of the theme park based around a working movie and television studio. There is no admission fee for City Walk, a pedestrian area featuring restaurants, bars, nightclubs and other entertainment options, such as a bowling alley and a 19-screen IMAX theater.

Parking is in the main Universal Studios enclosed garage, where accessible parking is available and wheelchairs can be rented. It is about a 15-minute walk to CityWalk from the main parking area. Or, valet parking will leave you just a few-minutes walk from the CityWalk entrance.But the best bet is to try to take a shuttle or bus from your hotel, many of which meet accessibility standards; this way you will not have to worry about parking. You can find many fun and themed eateries that are also wheelchair accessible at CityWalk, such as Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville, NBC Sports Grill (which is really good) and the Hard Rock Cafe.

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After dinner, take in a show  at The CityWalk theater. There is wheelchair-accessible seating scattered throughout the venue, as well as assistive listening and descriptive narration devices for those who are blind, have low vision, or are deaf or hard of hearing.Top Tip: It is best to make a reservation or get tickets in advance. Also we went on Memorial Day weekend and it was packed, go in the off season 


 Day 2

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Ok, Ok now you have two options. You can either go to Universal or off the beaten path. For the sake of this post. I will talk about not going to the theme parks. 

 

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Although, going to Jurassic Park at Universal was pretty cool. It’s one of my favorite movies. 

 

IMG_8335.jpg $8 for Butterbeer…not worth it. Plus Harry Potter Land or whatever it was called, was ok. I’ve never read any of the books or seen the movies, so I didn’t know what anything was. 

Kick-off your Sunday at East End Market– a neighborhood market filled with local food options. People rave about the pastries and croissants from Olde Hearth Bread Co, or if you’re in the mood for something lighter, order a fresh juice or smoothie from SkyeBird. Next start your day with a hot air balloon ride over Orlando at sunrise. You can check out the services offered by Orlando Balloon Rides. The view is spectacular, so there’ll be tons of Instagram snaps for the taking. 

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After the hot air ballon (no thanks..I rather stay on the ground) head to Lake Eola Park gives a great view of the downtown Orlando Skyline, and it’s such a pretty park for a walk. I’m always weary of downtown areas because you never know about the crime and also because parking is typically a nightmare, we lucked out getting a spot close, but you can google “Lake Eola Parking” like we did and it will show you different garages and streets you can park on!

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We didn’t get the chance to see this mural, but I thought it was a really cool way to show tribute to the people harmed in the Pulse night club shooting. I think what I like the most about this art piece is that despite such a hate-charged tragedy, they put up love. It’s also very surreal to be in a place that experienced something like that.

Also check out Sugarboo&Co …One of my favorite stores EVER! Such a cute store, but expensive.

Time for tacos! Orlando has some great Mexican restaurants that have popped up in recent years. Hunger Street Tacos is a favorite for authentic, creative tacos and Reyes Mezcaleria is super cute and has a great tequila/mexcal list!

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End your night with drinks at The Matador– a popular spot that has a dive bar feel with plenty of seating and a fun cocktail list.

Side Note*** We also drove to Daytona Beach, which is 45 minutes from Orlando and we spent the day on the beach and getting sun burn, but that trip was fun. 

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I hope this guide helps anyone traveling to Orlando and not wanting to visit the theme parks- or I think doing a day at the parks and a day in Winter Park/Orlando would be perfect! Shiloh and I would love to know if you have any other must-dos in Orlando or the nearby areas- let me know in the comments!

Top Overrated Cities-(Europe Edition)

 

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Over-hyped or under-valued? These cities fly under the radar. Some are already known but deserve to be more so. Our top travellers reveal the world’s most underrated cities, along with six of the most overrated.


Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Amsterdam’s amazing — because what’s not to love about buttery pancakes, canal walks, and perfectly rolled joints — but sometimes even a good buzz is no match for Amsterdam’s torrential rainstorms, lineups everywhere, and the worst kinds of drunk tourists in the red light district . My advice, Get out of Amsterdam to explore the real Netherlands. This is just chock full of American and British tourists and rude merchants looking to rip you off. The area around the central train station was so filthy.


Paris, France

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I love Paris (even though I have never been). It’s the world’s third-biggest tourist destination, and home to the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and Notre Dame, but it is overrated in that it is often the only city being visited in France, and many stereotypes about the French are really in fact stereotypes about Parisians which do not apply to the French in general.

The trouble with Western Europe is that it’s full of expectations. You grow up with these romantic notions of these places, based on movies and your parent’s stories from when they travelled 30 years ago.


Pisa, Italy

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All  of us think it’s clever to pose in front of the leaning tower of Pisa. I, myself, have always imagined what I would do.Yes the leaning tower is interesting but outside of that this city has nothing worth seeing. Pisa is in the middle of nowhere. So, before you make it your mission to take a picture kissing, hugging, holding, or dabbing on the tower, do some research and see if you can somehow include it with another activity in the area. Or, just skip it all together.

Good luck getting your shot perfect. A picture is worth a thousand arguments with this one folks


Zurich, Switzerland

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Zurich attracts plenty of visitors with dazzling statistics like high quality of life and having some of the happiest citizens in the world — and it is a perfectly pleasant city that would be a wonderful place to settle down and live in.  But a good place to live is not always a good place to visit. What I’m trying to say is Zurich is boring. Zurich is boring.


Budapest, Hungary

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I have a feeling I am going to get some slack for this particular choice. I get the part about Buda and Pest, but the city hasn’t really totally recovered from 40 years of communist rule. Budapest has been on everyone’s ‘Underrated Cities’ lists in 2016. So how did it fall under my ‘Overrated Cities’ category? However, it felt very similar to other European cities around the world. Budapest would be great for a first time traveler as an introduction to what Europe has to offer.


Geneva, Switzerland

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Much like the entire country’s stances on politics, Geneva is neutral at best and rather boring at worst. Sure, there’s a lovely lake where you can watch boats and lots of luxury shopping to while the afternoon away, but if you’re expecting charming Switzerland, Geneva is a bit of a letdown. Plus I talked to a friend that were shocked by its ridiculous prices. He said they spent nearly 20 euros at a McDonalds for a quick on-the-go lunch. He also said that their 3-star hotel was close to 200 euros a night. They had to make a quick stop at a store to replace something, and it came out to 13 euros and they went back to get a small bottle of something and that came to 9 euros, which Considering the euro-to-dollar exchange rate of that time, that’s nearly $35 dollars!


Brussels, Belgium 

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Brussels  has two main tourist attractions: the town square and a small statue of a boy pissing.  They can be seen in ten minutes.

If you like surrealism or good food, then Brussels is great.  There are also some less renowned museums worth a visit.  But overall, if it’s your first or second trip to Europe, I’d go other places.

Top most overrated cities in the America- (U.S Edition)

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THE PROBLEM WITH ANYTHING GREAT is everyone else knows about it. When it comes to visiting the United States, there are plenty of great options to select from. Tourists can literally take their pick from so many destinations and different activities, exception, more often than not, they are selected destinations that are to cities that many consider being overrated. There are many reasons a city can be considered overrated, including too many people in their tourist traps, no culture of their own, or the city offers limited choices for activities to do and all the hype around the city is gone as soon as you take away that one popular attraction.

***And let me say this…I do not hate these cities. These cities are beautiful and you should defiantly check them out, but according to some people, they are overrated…Also If you are from any of these cities, PLEASE take no offense***

I will list the top 10 most overrated U.S cities.


LOS ANGELES

 

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Why is LA number 1? It’s very economically unequal, it’s full of narcissistic freaks who care only about themselves, traffic is deplorable, cost of living is outrageous, and finding parking is more valuable than gold. While Los Angeles may be full of culture and has a very comfortable climate, the cons outweigh the pros, and unless you have a ton of money, you’d hate it here. You don’t walk, you only drive. The people are as plastic as a Hollywood starlets chest, culture DOES not exist, and people care more about what you look like than what you know

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New York City

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New York is the largest city in the United States and has something for anyone and everyone. The problem is, those things all tend to become the same when tourist get to New York. It’s like a checklist of cliché things to see and do in the Big Apple.There is so many fabulous things to see and do in New York, but unfortunately, most people stick to the tourist traps (Like Times Square) and don’t venture out of their comfort zone.

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San Francisco

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I’m not going to lie, San Francisco is a very good looking city, and there’s plenty to do. However, it makes this list because it’s definitely fit for certain types of people – those who really love to protest and those who have  been referred to as hipsters. That’s not a bad thing, but it does make for a city that has an air of pretentiousness. Couple that with some of the highest rents in the country, you have a city that will definitely make many overrated lists.

It’s crowded, food and accommodation is insanely expensive and most of the summer you can’t see the harbour or the beaches for all the coastal fog that comes in around June and won’t shift till October.

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Miami

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Miami has the best nightlife on the planet. Unfortunately, many people probably can’t afford it. By many lists, Miami is the most vain city in the U.S. The interesting thing is that it’s not a city where people are rude, but they are most definitely judging the quality of your clothing and vehicle. This makes it much like LA. However, Miami is also a city where there isn’t much in the way of gainful employment.

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Honolulu

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Honolulu seems like  paradise to many people, especially in colder climates where they experience snow. But many locals will say, Honolulu isn’t all that it is cracked up to be, as the weather can get unbearably hot, to the point that tourists can’t even enjoy themselves or set foot outside.

The other thing that is pushed is the ‘Aloha spirit’, which companies use as a catchphrase to bring people in. But local’s will say, that spirit is going away, especially with the mass influx of tourists.

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Seattle

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Seattle was a booming city on the west coast with one of the best music scenes in the country. But today, it has been taken over by coffee shops and the hipster culture and the headquarters for some of the world’s biggest companies, including Amazon.

These large companies have taken over the city, with The New York Times even saying that Amazon took the soul out of Seattle, as it’s impossible to find someone who doesn’t work for the largest company in the world

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New Orleans

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New Orleans is known for a few things, such as the French Quarter, Mardi Gras and incredible food, but under that, there isn’t much else to New Orleans that is bringing tourists in any other time during the year.

The famous Bourbon Street doesn’t have many favorable reviews, and many people say that during the week, there isn’t much going on as all the action, parades and festivities happen on the weekend when the tourists come to town, pushing it more to the overrated list.

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Las Vegas

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When the most famous phrase coming out of your city is, ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas’, you already know you’re on the overrated list. Las Vegas is known for the party and casino lifestyle, more built for high rollers than tourists looking for art and cultural scene.

When someone says they are going to Vegas for a vacation, chances are you know exactly what they are going to be doing, and the photos and experiences will generally be all the same as everyone else who has gone.

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Chicago

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Chicago is the third largest city in the United States but always seems to play second string to New York City. They want to be on the same level as New York, but always come up just a little short.

At the turn of the century, Chicago became obsessed with being a world-class city and started inviting celebrities in to build, and prices went high for everything from food to parking to rent.

Chicago has some amazing buildings and restaurants, but at the cost, you can probably find much cheaper alternatives and have the same great experience.

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Boston

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If you’re planning to visit Boston for that aspect, you’ll assuredly appreciate the city. It’s beautiful in that regard. For many, that’s kind of where it ends. Not only has it been viewed as one of the least friendly cities in the US, but it’s also one that has a massive superiority complex. A lot of this has to come from their cultural significance, as well as their perceived excellence of their sports teams.

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48 Hours in Boston

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Boston is known for a lot of things: its rich history, its educational institutions, its passionate sports fans, its colorful autumns (and brutal winters), its culture, and its pride. While Boston may only be a short train journey away from the bright lights of New York City, it is a world away in terms of its pace of life. This charming New England city is one of the USA’s top city break destinations. 


WHERE TO STAY

If you want to feel like an absolute rock star while you’re in Boston then book yourself in at the Four Seasons. If you’ve just come from New York, you’ll notice the rooms are about 487 times the size of your last hotel (you’ll actually be able to open your suitcase the whole way!), plus it’s in a prime location so you’ll be able to walk your way around the city. Also, book a stay at The Envoy Hotel right in the heart of Boston. Drop your suitcase in your room, then proceed directly to the rooftop bar for a sunset cocktail and a taste of the good life. You’ll be close to several popular local attractions. 


Day 1

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9.00 am

One of my go-to places in Boston, flour bakery boasts a great selection of scrumptious pastries which makes it a perfect choice for breakfast. Who wouldn’t like a warm banana bread, a ham and cheese croissant, or brown butter cinnamon rolls to start the day? Besides pastries, they offer a variety of sandwiches and grain bowls. Flour offers consistently delicious, fresh, and affordable meals. 

10.00 am

From flour bakery start walking towards the North End (Little Italy). Cross the Seaport Boulevard Bridge and stroll along Harborwalk which is public walkway that stretches 43 miles along Boston’s shoreline. Walking from flour bakery to the North End will take no more than half an hour. Make sure to stop at one of the wharves to get beautiful views of the harbor.

11:30am

 Visit the South End for even more Insta-worthy townhouses lining cobblestone streets. But our all-time favorite activity in Boston is walking the Freedom Trail, where you’ll learn fun facts about the Founding Fathers of our country that’ll come in handy at dinner parties. 

1pm

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Boston Public Market is located a few minutes-walk away from the North End and is open seven days a week. This indoor year-round marketplace offers fresh local foods produced in Massachusetts and New England. On Fridays and Saturdays from dusk to dawn, you can also visit historic Haymarket located nearby, on Blackstone, Hanover, and North Streets. Merchants gathered at the location of current Haymarket from around 1830-s. The produce is usually several times cheaper than in supermarkets, especially if you come by the end of the day.

2pm

One simply cannot spend 48 hours in Boston and not visit Brattle Book Shop, one of my favorite places in the city. Housed in a three-story building, Brattle is one of the largest used book shops in the country with 250 000 books in stock. Two floors feature general used books, while the third floor is dedicated to antiquarian books and first editions. My favorite space in Brattle, though, is the open lot outside with books for sale. Located in between two red brick walls, the lot houses carts with books that cost as low as one dollar.

3pm

If you’re staying at the Four Seasons you’ll probably just want to soak up all the goodness for a little while. Have a little rest in the most comfortable bed you’ll ever lay on, and check out the ah-mazing pool (don’t miss the sauna) and take in the views of the Boston Public Garden.

4:30

Once you’re feeling well and truly refreshed, venture out to the beautiful Boston Public Gardens and have a little walk around. Once you’ve got your greenery fix, check out Newbury Street for some seriously good shopping, or go the other way into the Boston Common—another park that makes up part of Boston’s famous Emerald necklace—a ‘chain’ of parks that resembles a necklace hanging from the Boston Peninsula.

****If you are a fan of the TV-show Cheers, the famous Cheers bar is located just outside of Boston Public Garden. Stop there for a beer on the way to Beacon Hill. 

5:30

North of Boston Public Garden is located one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Boston – Beacon Hill. With its narrow streets, brick sidewalks, historic homes with intricate iron work, and brass door knobs, Beacon Hill is one of those places where you wander around imagining what your life would be like if you had a couple million dollars laying around.

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6:30pm

It’s going to be an awesome dinner tonight, but that’s because you’re about to go and get your sport on, but more about that soon. For now, get yourself a table at Antico Forno and take in all of the authentic Italian vibes.

Everything at Antico Forno is seriously delicious so go hungry and then share as much as you can fit in. If you’re a wine drinker, you’ll want to take a good hard look at the wine list because it is top notch and there are a few knock out reds on the list you’ll definitely want to try.

7pm

If you’re lucky enough to be in Boston while the basketball is on, you have to get tickets to a Celtics game. Even if you’re not into sports, I promise you’ll have fun, just take a seat and start cheering! The ice hockey is also pretty great to watch

10pm

If you have any energy left in you, it’s time to say goodbye to beer in plastic cups and hello to some of the best cocktails in Boston. Jump in a cab and head to Drink in Fort Point. Drink is a little different than your average cocktail bar in that they have no menus, just bartenders who know their shizz. All you need to do is tell them what you feel like drinking and they’ll making something 18 times better than what you felt like. 


Day 2

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Hopefully your head isn’t too sore after last night because there’s lots to see today!

9am

Start your second day in Boston at South End Buttery, a café located in the South End neighborhood of Boston. Their menu features a wide selection of breakfast items from muffins and croissants, to sandwiches and burritos, to oatmeal and yogurt parfaits.

South End Buttery is also one of the filming locations for Academy Award winning movie Spotlight. In the movie, the Boston Globe journalist Sasha Pfeiffer (played by Rachel McAdams) interviews one of the victims in the case she is investigating at South End Buttery.

10.00 am

The neighborhood of South End was designed from scratch by Charles Bulfinch, the architect who also designed Massachusetts State House and the Boston Common. Despite the name, the neighborhood is not located directly to the south of downtown Boston and should not be confused with South Boston (also known as “Southie”).

11am

Head to Harpoon Brewing for lunch. If you’re mad on beer, you should do the public tour which starts at 1pm. This includes about 15 minutes where you can taste as many beers as you can manage, and even if you’re not mad about beer, there are plenty of options you’ll want to try, just ask them about the combo that tastes like apple pie!

12pm-2pm

Start making your way to Cambridge to soak up all of the college vibes at Harvard University. Cambridge is an easy train ride away and when you step into the streets you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different city. Meet your Harvard Tour guide on the edge of the campus and then let them take control. With a seriously beautiful campus, some pretty fascinating history and a couple of bizarre Harvard traditions to learn about, you’ll most likely finish the tour wishing you were a student again.

3pm-4:30

Now you hit up all the sites, It’s time for some shopping.When it comes to shopping in Boston, Back Bay’s Newbury Street is the trendiest destination. Rain or shine, its sidewalks are filled with throngs of shoppers from all over the world. Though this stretch may be the most popular, Boston has plenty of other great places to shop.

A few streets away from Newbury, and only 2 miles from the Boxer, Copley Place is a high-end mall with a wide range of designer brands. Whether you’re shopping for clothes, accessories, or jewelry, it has everything from Burberry to Salvatore Ferragamo to Tiffany & Co. For a delicious dinner after a day of shopping, head over to Fogo de Chao, a brazilian BBQ restaurant where a variety of meats are served endlessly until you eat you full and give up.

Or try Downtown Crossing, located at the intersection of Washington, Winter, and Summer streets, is one of Boston’s most bustling shopping districts. Part of its allure is the fact that a stretch of Washington and Winter streets are only accessible to pedestrians, allowing a relaxing shopping experience. The area specializes in department stores like Macy’s, Primark, Marshall’s, and H&M.

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5pm

Depends on where you go shopping, and if you stay in Cambridge, go to the Little Donkey. This will undoubtedly be one of the best meals you eat on your US trip. The cocktails here are ridic—don’t miss ‘the one in a grapefruit’ which literally comes in a grapefruit—and the wine list is solid.

Little Donkey has an amazing raw bar with some of the best ceviche we’ve ever eaten, so you absolutely need to try some of those. We let our waiter bring out whatever they thought was best and were not disappointed.

8PM

If you’re into jazz, you’re going to be in your element tonight. Scullers Jazz Club is probably the most well-known jazz club in Boston—it’s been around for close to 30 years after all—and they host some of the best talent going around. Take a look at the calendar and find a show you like the look of. If they don’t happen to have any shows on while you’re in town, check out Beat Brasseries which is in Harvard Square (these guys also do jazz brunches on the weekends) or the Beehive which has live music every night of the week.


Day 3

9AM

Start your day right at The Friendly Toast in Back Bay for breakfast. The menu is as long as your arm which isn’t surprising considering there is a whole section dedicated to benedicts, another section dedicated to pancakes and plenty of other goodies. The Friendly Toast does a dang good boozy brunch—mimosa flight anyone?—so why not have a drink… you’re on holiday after all.

If you’re not too hungry and just want coffee, stop by The Thinking Cup for a seriously good cup of joe.

11AM

Finish up that last mimosa and head to the Skywalk Observatory for the very best view of Boston. Grab a set of headphones and learn about Boston and its history as you check out the views.

12PM

If you’ve got some spare time, check out the Museum of Fine Arts—you could honestly spend an entire day walking around this gorgeous museum.

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My Favorite Movies from Every Year I’ve Been Alive

Here is my top movie from every year I’ve been alive (1988-Current). I’ve been alive for some pretty awesome movies! How many have you seen? (holy shit this was hard)

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1988

Die Hard

1989

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

1990

GoodFellas

1991

New Jack City

1992

Aladdin

1993

Jurassic Park

1994

Speed

1995

Bad Boys

1996

Twister

1997

Scream 2

1998

Can't Hardly Wait

1999

The Mummy

2000

Bring It On

2001

Training Day

2002

My Big Fat Greek Wedding

2003

Elf

2004

The Day After Tomorrow

2005

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

2006

The Devil Wears Prada

2007

American Gangster

2008

The Dark Knight

2009

Avatar

2010

The Town

2011

Rise of the Planet of the Apes

2012

The Avengers

2013

The Heat

2014

Whiplash

2015

Southpaw

2016

Sausage Party

2017

It

2018

Black Panther

2019

Well It’s only March and I’ve ony seen 1 movie so far this year. I will come back in December to tell you my favorite movie of the year. 

This list was really really hard. 

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10 Easy Things You Can Do for a Mental Recharge

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We all have one those days — the ones that feel never-ending, like everything that could possibly go wrong has, and that leave us wondering how on earth we’re supposed to get up and do it all again tomorrow.

When that happens, sometimes a good night’s sleep is enough to recharge us enough to conquer the next day — but sometimes not and a little more TLC is required.

Doing certain things can help you unwind and give yourself the recharge you need to get back on track. No matter what your situation, these are things — both big and small — that you can do when you’re in the market for a much-deserved mental recharge.


Read a book you enjoy

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I always have a book with me at all times. Make a habit of keeping a book on hand that you can step back and read a chapter of whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. It will allow you to escape from reality for a few minutes, and can give those of us who work on our computers all day a break from the constant screen time. By book I mean a paperback or hard cover book, not kindle. 


Allow yourself to do something fun

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If you’re a workaholic who has a hard time letting yourself take a break and say yes to plans, set aside a time that you do something non-work-related, exclusively to have fun. Whether it be getting drinks with friends or having a staycation for the weekend in your town, take the time to log out of your work accounts and step away from stress. this really helps. I live blocks from the beach and In the summer, its awesome to go and get away


Get a journal

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We often preach the wonders of journaling, and for good reason. Taking even five minutes to be alone and write down some of your thoughts — no matter what they are — before bed (instead of scrolling through your phone) can help you feel at ease and sleep more soundly. I started doing this a few years ago. There where a few tragic moments in the last 5 years that writing it down helped me. 


Set a time that you take a break during your work day

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No human being on this earth can work for eight hours straight without taking a step back to get their head on straight. In our office, we’re all about 2pm walks to get coffee — some fresh air in the middle of the day always gets us ready to conquer the rest of our afternoon. Whether you work in an office or from your home, set a time that you’ll hold yourself to for taking a break every day.


Give yourself a week of easy nights

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It’s always borderline impossible to resist after-work drinks with your coworkers, but giving yourself a week of obligation-free nights can leave you feeling your fullest. After work every night, make yourself dinner, watch an episode of your favorite show, and get to bed early. Getting the additional rest is enough to make you feel like a new person on its own. This is hard in my household, I don’t have kids yet but we have so many visiters and people coming and going its hard to have time to yourself. 


Drink a cup of coffee or tea

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Don’t gulp it down on your morning commute like you usually do — make your favorite coffee or tea, and sit and give yourself some time to scroll through Instagram or Pinterest guilt-free.


Give yourself a spa night

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We know a face mask won’t cure all our problems like we hope they will, but that doesn’t mean they won’t help us feel a little better. Turn off your phone, fill up a bubble bath, light some candles, and sit in peace for a while. Taking a full break from your phone while doing something just for you can give your batteries some much-needed juice. I’ll leave this one because I cant sit still enough to go to the spa, but I might give it a try one of these days.


Follow the two-minute rule

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The two-minute rule states that if a task is going to take less than two minutes, to do it straight away — whether it be responding to an email or calling to refill a prescription. This way, the small tasks you’re procrastinating won’t weigh on you throughout the day, and you can focus all of your time and energy on the big things you need to tackle.


Take a yoga class

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I’ve only recently hopped on the yoga bandwagon (Why do I need to go sit, breathe, and stretch for an hour? Who has the time?), but going to an actual class where you’re held captive and required to do those things is vital to those of us who are used to going 100 mph every second of our lives. Being in a dark room and having no distractions does wonders for your mind. Shutting off and allowing your mind to escape to a stress-free place leaves you feeling more serene and at ease than you can imagine — it’s like hitting a restart button on your brain. Although you don’t have to go to a class, you can do it in your house or apartment. I did this before I went to a class, so I didn’t look like a newbie. I still did though


Go for a walk or run outside

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This is a tough option when it’s minus 30 degrees outside, but even a quick walk around the block with your dog to get some fresh air can help clear your head. If you live near a walking or hiking trail, more power to you — spending some time on a walk or run outside is a totally different feeling than going on one on a stuffy gym treadmill. In whatever capacity you can, get outside.

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Top Super Hero Movies

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I love Superhero movies. I just seen Captian Marvel in the theaters 2 hours ago and It is fresh in my mind. There are 21 films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The MCU is the shared universe put out by Marvel Studios based on the #Marvel comic books. It started with Iron Man (2008) and the next film will be Avengers Endgame!

In honor of Captain Marvel and Stan Lee, I decided to list my top 10 MCU movies. 

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Black Panther

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Black Panther is definitely a great movie and a must watch for superhero fans as well as marvel fans. I don’t understand all the negative reviews, its obvious some are just DC fans hating on the movie and some people are just nitpicking very small things, but of course the movie does have flaws. I am a big Marvel fan and a very big fan of the MCU, when I go to see movies in theaters I normally have high expectations as many people do, with Black Panther I did as well. What makes a movie good is different between every single person though i have very high expectations as long as the movie has a good plot, great fight scenes and characters I will be impressed whether i have high expectations or not.

Black Panther had a good plot, it does not bore you and keeps you interested but it isn’t unique it can be predictable and a bit cliche but throughout the movie i was very interested and wanted to carry on watching . The whole idea of “Wakanda” is great and is different from normal superhero movies.


Captain America The Winter Soldier

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Went into the movie not expecting much as I felt that the first Captain America was one of the weaker movies in Phase one of the Avengers. However, this movie was one of the best of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

First off, the action and fight scenes in the movie are just awesome and there is plenty of action to keep you entertained throughout the entire movie. There is also enough humour to balance all this. The characters all had their own amazing moments and the acting is decent as well. You get to see more of Nick Fury, and he was awesome in this. Black Widow is used much more in this movie and as well as being badass, she brings out more of the Captain’s story. Sam Wilson (the Falcon) is great and is involved in some great action scenes. The villains in this movie were awesome as well.

Quite enjoyed the story as well. There were a few twists; some unexpected, some expected. And the reveal of the unexpected twists in the final third were epic. The story is not just about Captain America and the Winter Soldier, there are darker forces at play and causes the Captain to ask dangerous questions.

This movie is very entertaining, the story is decent, the ending is awesome and satisfying and I would recommend watching this. Makes for a decent political thriller as well. This will easily be one of my favourite movies.


Captain America Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War is without a doubt the best of the Captain America trilogy. Steve Rogers’s arc in the MCU comes to a major head in this film, making him doubt his role in society more than ever. Add that to a fierce showdown between former allies, a great villain, some entertaining new characters, and you’ve got yourself a winner. The Russo brothers should be proud, since they take the reins for Infinity War.

After mass casualties in The Avengers, The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron and during the opening fight scene, there are calls to hold the Avengers accountable for collateral damage; this leads to the passing of the Sokovia Accords, which keeps the Avengers from acting unless otherwise ordered by the government. Each of the members of the team are divided on this issue, none more so than Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. This issue becomes even more troublesome when Bucky Barnes is framed for murder, and Rogers needs to prove Bucky’s innocence while risking all-out war within the Avengers.

One of the things that make this movie so great is how it makes the main conflict so believable. It falls back on several MCU movies building up the body counts and developing these characters so that when we see them make their decisions on the side they take, we believe those choices and understand why they make them.

Civil War you get a 9/10.


Dr. Strange

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Acting (10/10): This cast is amazing! They embody their characters instead of trying to act like the character. Benedict as Dr. Strange was a portrayal right out of the comics! Tilda as the ancient one killed it!

Action (10/10): Wow! I could argue the action in this movie being on par with the scenes in civil war. It was so incredible watching this scenes with million pieces moving yet focus sing on the main characters. Wide angles, long shots and great choreography. what else do you want?

Story(8/10) : This movie had a solid story and you believed what, how and why things were going on! Villain was good and actually a memorable one for once(stab, you’re welcome dc fans). It was not flawless though. The pace kind of slows down before the final act which was unnecessary!

Cinematography/VFX 10/10: The images in this film blew my mind! There is a scene in the beginning where the ancient one shows Dr strange “the magic” and it is great! Some serious mind-bending stuff combined with great visuals to let it manifest itself to the audience. Most artistic movie yet of marvel.

Overall, i’d give this movie an 8.5. Though this isn’t THE best marvel movie, it is truly one of best out there. After the disappointing Jason borne, jack reach er etc. we finally have a movie that lives up to the hype! GO Watch this movie in Max 3d if possible, because it is worth it for once!


Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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My main criticism was that I don’t feel like you needed to have seen the previous movie to really get/enjoy this one. You would have missed out on the bonding of the team and the backstory of Nebula and Gamora, but overall you’d be fine.

Overall, though it was a great movie, it felt more like a side story in the many adventures of the Guardians of the Galaxy and less like an actual continuation of their main story. Why? Well, we did have that wonderful cameo of great actors who portrayed the original Guardians. We had our Stan Lee cameo. And, we had Peter Quill’s backstory explained. Other then that, I don’t yet see how any of this advanced the main plot of Thanos or of any big threat to the Galaxy.


Thor: Ragnarok

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This movie is one hell of a journey! The story is truly serious and great, the fun moments are tons! The cinematography of action scenes is just unrealistic good. Hela is one of the best MCU villain so far! Cate Blanchett just killing in it in this role. She looks sexy, furious and also got her arc in the movie, which is big step, thinking about previous Thor movies. Hulk got so many epic moments, that I just can’t count. Valkyrie fits perfectly in the ne “Revengers” team such a good actress. Loki is fan favourite again! Every moment with Tom Hiddleston on screen is awesome.

The movie it’s so colourful and extraordinary, so you can watch it again and again and again! The score of the movie, the intense scenes, I mean I really love this movie. Is the best one among all of the three Thor movies. Firstly because it feels like whole new story telling, and secondly it’s also one of the best MCU movies.

Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe gives us truly great movies, and like a die hard MARVEL fan I appreciate that.

I will not reveal the plot or some big details of the movie, I want you to enjoy yourself first, but you’ll not be disappointed at all! Hela is epic, Odin got his role in Ragnarok and there are some HUGE details that’ll lead to Infinity War and you’ll lose your mind when you see them.


Marvel’s The Avengers

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The Avengers changed the game forever. Four years of Marvel Cinematic Universe movies centered around the individual Avengers members made us care about the characters before bringing them all together for the first time. Add that to a great villain, a smart script, and plenty of action scenes, and you’ve got yourself a movie for the ages.

In this movie, Loki plots to invade the Earth using the power of the Tesseract and an army called the Chitauri, and Nick Fury must bring together a group of remarkable people to see if they can become something more, so when we need them, they can fight the battles that we never could.

As an MCU film, this movie is filled to the brim with seeds planted throughout each of the prior five solo films. Captain America’s Tesseract, Thor’s villain, Iron Man’s tech, and Hulk’s “issues,” and they all come together in one pretty package.

This movie has a fairly straightforward “save the planet” plot, but Whedon manages to make it work using the characters and their relationships with one another. There are several interesting pairings in this movie: Black Widow and Hawkeye, Iron Man and Bruce Banner, and the brotherly relationship between Thor and Loki is explored a little more as well. Of course, a team like this has several strong personalities, and they often come to blows at several points; namely, Tony and Steve have some pretty fundamental disagreements on dealing with the enemy. This won’t be the last time they quarrel like this, but I’ll leave that for you viewers to watch for yourself. 😉

The action scenes are a lot of fun. It’s a blast watching the various team members work together and kill aliens and save civilians. There’s even ample room for comedy at several points, two of which involve the Hulk that’s sure to make you laugh and want to see again. And all the CGI is flawless, colors pop, and the shots of space are great to see.

Of course, like all MCU films, this movie plants the seeds for future adventures with our heroes. For one thing, it sets up the next Thor movie, featuring both Asgardians. It also sets up a major arc for Tony Stark that ends up carrying over into the next several years. And it plants seeds of distrust of the government in Steve, crucial to understanding his actions in later Captain America films. And there’s also the hint of a bigger, even worse threat than Loki out there among the stars….

The Avengers: my favorite MCU Phase 1 movie, and a movie that I’ll be coming back to for a long time. Very highly recommended.


Avengers: Infinity War

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This movie has made me feel things that I haven’t about a movie in a very long time. If you are anything like me you will definitely feel a sense of “everything is gonna be alright” because of the generous sprinkling of light humour that makes the situation feel less serious than it actually is. The emotional roller coaster that begins right at the beginning of the movie to the very end has you feeling more and more frustrated and on edge as it goes on. Don’t get me wrong this movie is absolutely stunning and amazing and a cliffhanger at the end has you wanting more and more. I’m definitely very excited to see how this storyline will carry out in the next Avengers movie.


Captain Marvel

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The movie was fun. Though it’s far from being the best MCU movie. Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel had been promoted as the most powerfull super hero, and indeed the movie reveals her to be very powerfull. The supporting cast especially Sam Jackson’s Nick Fury has done a great job. The visuals were great, humor was well placed, and twists were good too. Overall its was an entertaining and fun movie. One issue which I found with the movie was that the character of Captain Marvel didn’t get a challenging opponent through which she could grow.

I really hope that Marvel doesn’t endup making the same mistake DC did in Justice League, where our superheroes struggled hard to beat the villain without much success until Superman showed up and with ease, defeated the bad guys.

Though Captain Marvel is extremely powerful, she should act as a surplus for the surviving heroes in their battle against Thanos, and not the star of the show who just comes and takes down the mighty Thanos just to earn the title of being most powerfull. It should not become her movie, she can be the a very powerful supporting character, but not the key to defeat Thanos. My rating for Captain Marvel is 3.5 it of 5 stars. And for me, the show stealer is Goose The Cat!


Ant-Man

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For a few brief moments, the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) looked like it was about to grind to a halt with Ant-Man.

As with all the other films and television shows in Marvel’s burgeoning media empire, the cast of Ant-Man is pitch-perfect. Rudd puts his goofy and amiably sexy charisma to excellent use as Scott, allowing us to believe that this one man can be as silly as he is strong, and as serious as he is funny. Lilly gets the big-screen role she richly deserves in Hope, who’s acknowledged at every point in the film as being better, stronger, and more capable than the men around her think she is. Douglas plays a far more palatable version of Dr. Pym and does so with his trademark charm and magnetism.

Ant-Man may not edge out the other films that make up Phase Two of the MCU in a straw poll – it does, after all, face some pretty serious competition in what has been an unbroken run of truly excellent superhero films. But it’s an incredibly solid effort: smart, rich, deep and funny, teeming with ideas, genres and the potential for so much more. Now if that doesn’t make for a great superhero movie, what does?


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Salted brown butter krispies

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Here’s the truth: the classic recipe that’s been printed on the Rice Krispies box since 1940 is already a genius dessert. It’s ready in 10 minutes without heating the oven, using three ingredients you can find anywhere: cereal, marshmallows, butter. In fact, it’s so ubiquitous that we tend to thumb past it in our mental recipe files in favor of newer, flashier prospects. But here’s another truth: most people will walk past all sorts of fancy cookies and tarts to get to the stack of crispy treats before the rest of us make off with them.

I discovered this recipe thanks to my aunt. I went on vacation with aunt this past holiday season and she brought these for dessert.  As soon as I took a bite I knew she had done something different with the recipe. Sure enough these were a hit. 


Recipe: Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats
Makes 16 treats

You’ll need:

1/2 cup unsalted butter, plus more for the pan
1 10 oz. bag marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies cereal
1⁄4 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Instructions

butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch cake pan. If you want to make it extra easy to pop out the treats, line the pan with parchment paper, leaving a 1-inch overhang on two opposite sides for easier lifting when the bars are done.

Melt the butter in a large pot over medium-low heat, stirring frequently with a silicone spatula, until it browns. The butter will melt, then foam, then turn clear golden with brown bits and start to smell nutty. Be patient and don’t wander away—the bits will go from brown to black quickly, and you don’t want black.

Turn off the heat as soon as the bits in the butter are a deep nut brown color. Immediately add the marshmallows and stir until smooth. The residual heat from the pot should be enough to fully melt the marshmallows, but if not, return the heat to low and cook until the marshmallows are completely smooth.

Remove the pot from the heat and pour in the cereal and salt. Stir well to make a big sticky mass, then quickly scrape the mixture into the prepared pan. Flatten the gooey mix evenly with a spatula or buttered waxed or parchment paper, pressing into the edges and corners.

Let cool to room temperature, about 30 minutes, and cut into squares to serve. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Tips

1- Use a fresh bag of marshmallows, stale old ones will make the bars tough and chewy.

2-It’s important that you don’t overcook the marshmallow butter mixture. If the heat is too high it will start to caramelize the sugar in the marshmallows with which also make the bars tough.

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Stereotypes About Americans

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Ohhhhh Beautiful…..I don’t know the rest of the words. I love America, besides this is the only country I know. First let me admit America is not the most perfect country in the world (then again we are not the worst either). As a country we are very judgemental, don’t get me wrong. I love watching videos where people from other countries were interviewed about what they think about Americans, America, and what they think American stereotypes are. I’m going to keep it real, I sometimes get mad when I watch those videos. I know they are supposed to be lighthearted but it gets under my skin for some reason. 

It was so interesting to see what people would actually say. We noticed after watching the videos featuring people from several different countries that a lot of people said the same things, but that they also see Americans in relation to their own culture and character traits.

I thought it would be fun tell you some of the stereotypes that came up multiple times by people from several different countries, and respond to the stereotypes, and also see what any of my international readers have to say! American or not, I’d love to hear your thoughts about this topic and some of these specific stereotypes.

I will post the 20 (yes 20) common ones that I seen online and heard. 


All of us are fat or obese

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This is so not true, we are very mixed overall. Some of us are natural super small, a little chubby, or built with a lot of muscle that is not entirly toned. If there’s anywhere to start, it’s right here. Our expanding waistlines have been the subject of global ridicule for decades


Americans are rude.

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This stereotype has likely stemmed from open-mouth laughing or public nose blowing, the product of culturally unaware American travelers. But while these actions seem ‘rude’ to foreigners, Americans are in fact quite polite.We are more likely to smile at, help, or acknowledge a stranger; they don’t wait for introductions and will happily chat with someone in the elevator.


Americans are loud and obnoxious.

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I’m not going to lie, I find this one funny. I agree with this…we are loud. When I go out with my family and fiends, we are loud. Americans are accustomed to this stereotype, a longstanding one of which many are reluctant to let go. This is partly due to the majority of young American students backpacking or studying abroad who have helped to perpetuate the reputation , But when it comes to day-to-day conversations, Americans aren’t a particularly loud group of people.


Americans don’t like to travel.

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Americans have a reputation for being lousy travelers, and the stereotype of the “ugly American” who loudly roam the streets of Europe looking for McDonalds are widely believed. Most Americans I know do love to travel, just domestically, since for most of us going on trips abroad cost a lot of money and take a lot of time. It’s far easier for, say, a Belgian to travel abroad than it would be for an American, simply because of geography. We are loud, though- I’ll admit that.


American food is lousy.

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I encountered many people abroad who erroneously assumed that ubiquitous fast food restaurants like KFC and Burger King accurately represented American food. I’d shake my head, tragically, thinking of how foreigners are missing out on things like BBQ in Texas, North Carolina, and Kansas City; “Mexican” food from California to Texas, lobster and clam chowder in New England, salmon in Alaska, deep dish pizza in Chicago, and on and on and on. San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago are world-class restaurant cities with an almost unimaginable range of ethnic cuisine, some of which is the best in the world outside their home countries. I’m not saying American food is better than the food anywhere else, but if you’re not eating well in the United States it’s your own damn fault 🙂 It’s not all corn dogs and funnel cakes…but I do love a corn dog


Americans are dumb.

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This one hit me a little hard. Many people said they don’t think Americans are smart or intelligent. That we are dumb and stupid. It just makes me sad that this is what foreigners think the majority of Americans are like. Yes, we have people that aren’t smart, people that are naive, people that don’t think much beyond their town, state, country (as I’m sure every country has people like this) — but instead of foreigners associating Americans with all of the super smart people we have, their immediate reaction was that we are stupid.


Americans are all patriotic

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I would say this is true. I mean I have an american flag haning in my room. Americans have a reputation for being overly patriotic. Many first-time visitors to the US are surprised by the preponderance of American flags waving from our schools, offices, and homes, and it’s pretty common to hear Americans proclaim their country the greatest on Earth.


Freedom

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It was funny but people just said the word freedom. I thought it was great that they associate us with freedom. Goes back to the patriotic thing.


Americans are ignorant about the world

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I guess I can see how other people might think this. I think a lot of Americans just don’t really care to think outside of their own lives. We only border two countries unlike Europe. If your job or business has nothing to do with the global economy or learning about it isn’t a hobby I can see how some people wouldn’t know or care too much about it.

It’s an unfortunate reality that many Americans who travel lack knowledge of the culture and customs of the country they are visiting, and worse yet, sometimes they don’t seem to care enough to learn.

Americans can combat this stereotype by engaging with people from other cultures abroad and making an effort to see things from their perspective.


Americans love sports

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Well this is definitely true! Us Americans LOVE sports


Americans all carry guns

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This is probably the single most popular myth. Well, we don’t. Some of us have no interest in owning a gun, much less carrying one around. Some states forbid people from carrying a gun except for very under specific circumstances and for specific jobs.


Americans can only speak English

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The United States is notoriously monolingual, perhaps more than any other country in the world.

This reality might not hold up to scrutiny: An increasing number of Americans, especially young ones, are able to communicate in a language other than English.

Travelers can’t be expected to become fluent in the local language of every country they travel to, but learning a few key phrases can go a long way toward building relationships with people you meet and earning their trust.


Americans drive everywhere, creating massive pollution

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Ok, creating lots of pollution part is true entirely, I’ll give you that. Bur driving everywhere? Wrong, for the most part. People who live in crowded cities or live in a town center may not have to drive to get groceries or their workplace. But a lot of us Americans due have to drive, as living in big cities like Long Beach or NYC is incredibly expensive, as much as everyone fantasizes (myself included) about living there. Where I live, driving everywhere is a must, as everything is a five minute or longer drive, while walking this could take or hour or two


Everything in America is big. Tall buildings, tall people.

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This was just funny. I think for countries in Europe it has to do with space and our cities being newer. We don’t have a lot of super old small buildings and cobblestone streets everywhere. We have giant strip malls and Costco and parking lots and highways and SUVs.

And Americans do tend to be on the tall side. I wonder if this has to do with milk and other hormones in our food?


All Americans are rich

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One of the most common misconceptions I encountered abroad is that all Americans are wealthy — and everyone has multiple cars and a big house.

That misconception comes in part from America’s powerful global economic standing, I learned. But as plenty of Americans know, not all of that wealth makes its way into the hands of every citizen, and there are millions of Americans living in poverty.


Americans are lazy

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This kind of generalization could be applied to any nation. There are lazy Americans and then there are some serious hardworking Americans.


Americans are ENTITLED

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The perception that people from America feel a sense of entitlement likely comes from the interactions that the rest of the world has with them while they are visiting as tourists.

Many people feel that USA folk feel the rest of the world should conform to them when they are visiting their countries, but this is likely anecdotal.

For the most part, they tend to be very open to other cultures when traveling and do their best to follow the customs and languages of others, even if they initially go in unaware of much of it.


EVERYONE FROM AMERICA IS MATERIALISTIC

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I do love to shop. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that a lot of the world looks at the US and sees a country that is obsessed with material possessions. That perception likely stems from the wealth that is seen in America and the relatively nice lifestyle that the average person in the country is afforded.

But a decent lifestyle by the average citizen in the US does not necessarily equate to a materialistic approach in life. Although it is true that there are those who are in fact materialistic, it is also true that this mindset exists everywhere in the world as well.


Americans are CAREER OBSESSED

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This one goes back to the mostly true stereotype previously listed regarding USA folk being a hardworking people. With that mindset, it likely means that work is seen as a very important facet of life in the US which is mostly true.

But there is a fine line between being focused on getting ahead in work and being obsessed with one’s career. The former is more true in the US while the latter only pertains to a select group, much like with any other country in the world.


Americans don’t understand soccer

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For some, this is the worst American stereotype of them all. Somehow, despite soccer being the most popular sport in almost every country and having an estimated 4 billion fans worldwide, Americans have largely resisted its charm.

Despite soccer’s slowly growing popularity in the US, the general lack of interest in the sport in America came as a shock to many non-Americans I encountered while traveling.