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Brexit causes fruit picker shortages

Brexit is affecting many aspects of daily life in the UK, and some are more surprising than others. The apple-picking industry, for example, has suffered a major blow amid the Brexit uncertainty. As more EU nationals leave the UK due to concerns about stricter immigration checks following Brexit, the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has warned […]

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LGBTQ guide to San Francisco

San Francisco is one of the oldest and most celebrated epicenters of queer culture in the US. There’s been a whisper in the Barbary Coast wind saying “go West, gay man” ever since the 1840s and ‘50s when the Gold Rush enticed men to follow a yellow-brick road towards California. Nearly 95 percent of San […]

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Tamworth Distilling Graverobber rye

Sometimes the most fun thing about a superstition is tempting fate and going against it. In the early 2010s, Jamie Oakes, master distiller at Tamworth Distilling, was tapping the maple trees at Great Hill Farm near Tamworth, New Hampshire. The procession of maples he was working on included some trees that were more than 100 […]

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Best chicken strips in Miami

Buffalo may have the wing, but in Miami, we’ve got the strip. Not strip clubs. Not “the strip” along Ocean Drive. Chicken strips, the deep-fried, often-breaded bar-food favorite that you can eat in Miami unlike anywhere else in the world. No, we didn’t invent the chicken strip, nor did we perfect it. But you can […]

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What is Portugal’s Festa do Avante!

Cruising past the Ponte 25 de Abril, which, when I squinted, could have been the Golden Gate Bridge I’d left back home, I wondered if my passport might burst into flames. I was going to a communist festival in Amora, Portugal, hardly the sort of festival I’d envisioned myself attending during my summer in Lisbon. […]

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International bleisure destinations

The concept of bleisure travel — combining a work trip with free leisure time for activities like urban sightseeing — has taken US cities by storm in recent years, transforming business travel as we know it and proving that work and play don’t have to be mutually exclusive. And now, the trend is extending to […]

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King Arthur tour of the UK

In a literary sense, the stories of King Arthur put England on the map. Sure, Shakespeare churned out a play or two, and Dickens may have written a few words, but the Arthurian legends lend an air of magic to England that few other stories can claim to have done. This is partly because the […]

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What is Hawaiian agricole rum

On a hillside in Kunia, Oahu, sits a squat rectangular building with the words Kō Hana Rum stenciled on the front. It looks unremarkable from the outside. The inside is sparse too, populated with little more than a simple bar for tastings and a couple racks selling t-shirts. From first glance, you’d hardly know the […]

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Uk considers frequent flyer ban

Collectors of frequent flyer miles could soon find themselves with thousands of unusable miles. A report commissioned by the UK government’s climate change advisors calls for miles programs to be eliminated, as they encourage frequent flying and therefore CO2 emissions. An Air Miles Levy was also recommended to tax those who fly frequently without penalizing […]

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Fall food and festivals in Italy

In Italy, autumn builds up slowly. The blazing sun still calls a few diehard sunbathers to the beach on some early October days while storms roll in on other days, leaving plummeting temperatures in their wake. These turbulent days are the backdrop for a season of grape harvesting, olive pressing, food festivals, and celebrations of […]