Would you look at that. It’s Monday.
Many of you might be visiting our site for the first time. Welcome. Look around. Make yourself at home. When you have a second, check out some of our previous stories, especially Mike Lintal’s incredible pilgrimage to The Ordinary in Charleston. That’s part of a standing feature we call “Foodie Friday.” If you like food and travel (and, c’mon – who doesn’t?), be sure to visit us every Friday. We’ll either satisfy your craving or give you a new one.
The way we spend most Mondays is by calling your attention to some of our favorite travel stories that have passed across our virtual desk in the last seven days. Travel writing, especially travel writing on the internet, is about as big and varied as the world it covers. We want to make sure you spend your time reading Tahiti and not Death Valley. Because, believe us, we spend enough time in Death Valley for the both of us.
So if you buy the old saw is that the rich are different from the rest of us, it would totally stand to reason that rich British dogs are way, way different from the rest of us. And we’re not talking about having four legs and hair, and a name with lots of hyphens in it. If you want to see just what that means, A Luxury Travel Blog lays it out for you. We are particularly fond of Houndworthy’s Weekender Houndbox, with its slow-cooked organic lamb hotpot and West Yorkshire venison sausages – only for us. The dog gets Kibbles ‘n’ Bits, just like back home.
Travel stories fall into about four or five basic categories: destinations, food, news, journeys, lists of facts, history, and pictures with captions. The best list-of-facts story of the week comes courtesy of Rick Steves, who has put together and posted an eminently useful list of the best ways of navigating European airports. The big secret: Most of these work great in American airports, too. (And one big thing we didn’t know until we read Rick’s column: Google has started mapping airport interiors with Street View. Cool.)
In case you missed National Chocolate-Chip Cookie Day last Thursday, don’t worry. Belated celebrations are allowed. If you’re looking for ideas for your celebrations, Zagat has come to your rescue with a list of great chocolate-chip-cookie creations in Philadelphia (featuring our personal fave, the Deep-Fried Chocolate-Chip Cookie at Honey’s Sit ‘N Eat). That’s the thing about Philadelphia: Every foodstuff that Philly is known for is incredibly bad for you, but it’s oh, so good.
Cool pictures of exotic destinations are one thing; cool pictures that give you a new insight into places you thought you knew well are quite another. That’s why we’re transfixed by Christopher Payne’s photos of New York City’s Brother Island published by Slate. In the quest for discovering the undiscovered, sometimes we miss the most obvious place: our own backyard.
On the news front, we admire Uber and Lyft for the audacious way they’ve upended a business that no one thought could be upended. Plus, they’re a great way to get around. So we’re a bit dismayed at the efforts to legislatively rein in this revolution in in-city transportation. Crain’s Chicago Business lays out the debate; the underlying message: Don’t get your hopes up, Uber-lovers.
Historical pieces can get dry, but you know what’s really dry? An airline chicken breast. Find out the reasons why, and other insights into the evolution (and possibly the eventual extinction) of airline food in Julie Beck’s fascinating piece for The Atlantic. Our favorite insight: Most fliers have historically preferred drinking on a plane to eating on one. Count us in. We’ll have a vodka-and-tonic; no fruit. Just the vodka and the tonic and the ice.
Finally, nothing warms the soul like a great train story, and while Freda Moon comes up a couple ticks short of greatness in her piece on a Pullman Rail Journey over the route immortalized by Steve Goodman’s classic song “City of New Orleans,” it still does a remarkable job of capturing the perception and the reality of a quintessential American journey. And we promise you: That will be the longest sentence you’ll get from us this week.
Stay tuned throughout the week as we kick off the summer travel season in BHTP style. Travel safe, y’all.