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How to Watch Netflix at Your Hotel

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Airlines and hotels are notoriously slow to respond to developments in the real world. While the Netflix/Hulu/Amazon Prime Video streaming game has been mainstream (mainstream, ha!) for years now, you still can’t watch these streaming services in many of the world’s hotels. Sure, there are a few boutique hotels that have gotten with the program…

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In-Room Dining Review: Ojai Valley Inn

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In terms of ultimate luxuries in life, the list goes: Taking a bath in chocolate pudding Eating hot dogs at a cookout Ordering room service There’s just something about having a full meal delivered to your room, complete with a white tablecloth, silver domes (fun fact: they’re called cloches), and tiny bottles of condiments. It…

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6 Rules for Taking Dogs to Hotels

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This past weekend, I took a little family vacation with my girlfriend and my dog up to the ultra-pet-friendly Ojai Valley Inn. It was the first time I was bringing Cleo Bagels (my dog, not my girlfriend) to a hotel and I was nervous. Cleo is a wonderful little mutt and she’s very well-trained —…

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Munchery: The New Side of Food Delivery

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For a few years now, there’s been a growing category of food delivery that’s like the cousin of regular restaurant delivery. Some services offer to drop off the ingredients to make your favorite meals while other others deliver full meals that you merely need to reheat. Munchery falls in the latter category. They just came…

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Um, Krusty Burger is REAL and Open in LA???

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Hold onto your blue beehives, people. Krusty Burger is a thing! A real thing! I just saw a story on Eater LA that Krusty Burger has opened in Los Angeles at Universal Studios and a little bit of digging reveals that there’s actually been a Krusty Burger in existence at Orlando’s Universal Studios since June…

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Wine Lovers Rejoice: Sheraton Highlights Pinots

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Fans of the movie Sideways will appreciate what Sheraton Hotels and Resorts is doing for its’ fourth iteration of their successful Sheraton Selects program in North America. Launching late last month,¬†Sheraton Selects Spotlight on Pinot Noir offers guests the chance to check out a rotating selection of at least premium eight Pinots highly ranked by…

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Get Ready for More Sushi Near LAX

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A couple of weeks ago, I shared the LA Times’ list of great dining options near LAX. It covered all kinds of genres from pizza to Thai to Jamaican to Middle Eastern but it didn’t grab everything. In-N-Out didn’t make the list, nor did one of my favorites, Aliki’s Greek Taverna. Another type of food…

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The Simple Joy of a Seafood Platter

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Seafood platters have earned a spot on my list of life’s simple pleasures. It’s right in between “the sound of my dog yawning” and “my girlfriend’s beautiful smile.” A cold platter of ultra-fresh seafood served on or near the beach is a reminder that we — as humans — did it. We got to the…

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