What Type of Grill Is Right for You?

There’s a good chance you fall into one of these five categories.

It’s not quite a summer party without the smell of a grill out back. But which is best for you? That depends on what kind of backyard boss you want to be. One of these five should fit the bill.

For the Technophile

Your grilling style: Constantly monitoring

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Traeger Timberline 1300.Source: Vendor

If you want the ease of gas but the flavor of wood, a pellet grill is still an underappreciated option. The Traeger Timberline 1300 will automatically feed fuel to maintain your desired temperature, so you don’t have to do it yourself. You can even monitor the action on your phone over a WiFire app. (Downside: Now the Russians can get you through your grill, too.) $2,000

For the Social Butterfly

Your grilling style: More style than grill

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Everdure Cube, by Heston Blumenthal.Source: Vendor

Good looks and great-tasting food shouldn’t be an either-or proposition. The Everdure Cube, released under the aegis of British chef Heston Blumenthal, comes in fun colorways that are enhanced with practical touches, such as bottom venting to keep it from overheating whatever it’s standing on. $200

For the Classicist

Your grilling style: Easy, low, and slow

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Weber Summit Charcoal LP Black.Source: Vendor

The latest 24-inch Weber Summit updates the famed kettle design with a black porcelain-enameled finish and air-insulated, double-walled construction, so it can hold its temperature for as long as 10 hours. A liquid propane self-ignition system upgrades it further, but people will still think you’re chill. $1,700

For the Showoff

Your grilling style: Fickle

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Kalamazoo K1000HT Hybrid Fire grill.Source: Vendor

The Kalamazoo K1000HT Hybrid Fire can burn charcoal and wood, or you can leave the drawer empty to turn it into a turbocharged gas grill. Customize one of the four laser-cut surfaces with your initials, so every steak and burger comes off the fire monogrammed. It’s sure to impress your son’s friends from boarding school. $28,880

For the Cultist

Your grilling style: Patient

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Big Green EggSource: Vendor

We all know at least one insufferable Big Green Egg evangelist. The heavyweight, thick-walled grills have incredible heat retention with relatively little fuel, which means your food can grill deeply over a long period. This MiniMax is nominally portable, at just 19.5 inches tall. Still, it weighs a stout 76 pounds and can roast a 12-pound turkey (or cook four burgers at a time) on its 13-inch grill. $598

Source: bloomberg.com | Matthew Kronsberg

Three Perfect Days in Vancouver

You are missing out if you haven’t visited discover-the-world.com or their blog. Here is a great post by Lauren Shorney that takes us to the beautiful city of Vancouver. Enjoy and make plans to travel!

Vancouver is a city I had never visited but had always heard such great things about from colleagues and friends. It has been voted as the “world’s most liveable city” many times and it is very easy to see why.

Whether you stay by the waterfront or in the heart of the shopping district, the city is ideal for exploring on foot, and many of the districts – Coal Harbour, the waterfront, Gastown, Yaletown and Chinatown – are compact and within easy reach of each other. Another popular way to get around is by bike or water taxi. These are also regularly used by locals to navigate the city in a more scenic way.

To really enjoy Vancouver and its surroundings, I would recommend a minimum of three days.

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Day 1: Stanley Park and the waterfront

Stanley Park starts at the edge of Downtown Vancouver and can be reached by walking, cycling or by car. It has recently been voted the best park in the world by TripAdvisor and I was amazed to learn that it is over 10% larger than New York’s Central Park. It is home to many beaches, walking trails, an aquarium, and beautiful gardens. The park’s most famous feature is the 8.8km seawall that loops around the park, fantastic for walkers and cyclists. Along the seawall there are some great viewpoints out to the city and also nine replica Totem Poles. The poles all represent real or mythical stories from First Nations peoples or symbolise a crest telling their family or tribe’s history.

If you have time this afternoon, make your way back to the waterfront and experience the ‘Flyover Canada’ simulator. I must admit I was very dubious about this as I prefer to spend my time outdoors, however, I couldn’t have been more wrong. The ‘ride’ is about 20 minutes long and you are taken from East to Western Canada, through the Arctic, the Prairies, Rocky Mountains, vineyards and over the ocean. You even ‘swoop’ down into the mountain ranges and feel the air on your face. The sights are mesmerizing and my fellow travellers and I left with real enthusiasm about the experience.

Day 2: Grouse Mountain and Capilano Suspension Bridge

A 10 minute drive from downtown Vancouver took me to Capilano Suspension Bridge. If you do not have a car, there is a free shuttle service from the city that runs every 15 minutes. This is a very popular tourist attraction so I would recommend arriving before 11am to avoid the majority of crowds.

The surroundings here are very lush and green, with the Capilano River running underneath the bridge. I am not a fan of heights so I was very nervous about crossing the bridge, however, was pleasantly surprised. The bridge is very sturdy and does not swing, which makes the nerves much steadier, although I was still holding on tight!

The bridge itself was originally built in 1889 by George Grant Mackay, a Scottish civil engineer and park commissioner for Vancouver who purchased the land and needed a bridge to cross to the other side of his property. The bridge was completely rebuilt in 1956.

In the First Nations language, Capilano means ‘Beautiful River’ and there is a strong focus on the First Nations’ history, with a story centre, totem poles and daily performances on offer.

From Capilano, if you don’t have a car, it is a short ride on a local bus to Grouse Mountain.The cable car to the top of the mountain is very spacious and takes eight minutes so gives you time to enjoy the views over the city, or hide in the middle like me!

Grouse Mountain offers many walking trails and is also home to two refuge grizzly bears called Grinder and Coola. The bears were taken in as cubs as unfortunately their mothers were killed, and they have been here ever since. The enclosure is covered with trees so I found it difficult to see the bears, however, I did see one walking through the forested area and then going to sleep where he stayed for a long time.

The views from the mountain are of course weather dependent, but absolutely sublime and made for some wonderful photo opportunities.

Day 3: Granville Island and Gastown

Granville Island was my favourite experience in Vancouver as it involved my favourite thing: food! The atmosphere was fantastic, with music being played outside by buskers, and tourists and locals mingling and experiencing the edible delights.

Granville is not actually an island but can be accessed by water taxi, car or bus. It is a permanent undercover market, selling food from all over the world. In the food hall the stalls include Chinese, tapas, pizza, fish and chips, Vietnamese, Italian, you name it! The ice cream and cakes were to die for! It is also extremely popular with the locals as fresh fish, fruit, and vegetables are all on sale.

There are many arts and crafts shops inside and outside the markets, and the outdoor areas are great for enjoying the waterside setting. Just beware of the seagulls who can come after your food, so you may wish to eat inside.

In the evening, Gastown is a fantastic place to eat and enjoy some cocktails, if you left any space after Granville Island earlier. Gastown is well known for its steam clock which is located on the corner of Cambie and Water Street, and was actually built to cover a steam grate. The clock displays the time on four faces and announces the quarter hours with a whistle chime that plays the Westminster Quarters.

My time in Vancouver was short but wonderful. It is a fantastic gateway to the Rocky Mountains and Alaska and is a great city with so much to see and do within it, not to mention the nature that surrounds it.

Fancy stopping in Vancouver for a few days? We have a wide range of holiday options and excursions throughout British Columbia.

Source: discover-the-world.com ; Lauren Shorney

On this Day, March 27…

Historical Events

  • 1513 – Spaniard Juan Ponce de León and his expedition first sight Florida
  • 1855 – Abraham Gesner patents kerosene
  • 1866 – Andrew Rankin patents the urinal
  • 1866 – US President Andrew Johnson vetoes civil rights bill; it later becomes 14th amendment
  • 1879 – Longest championship fight (136 rounds)
  • 1884 – 1st long-distance telephone call, Boston-NY
  • 1914 – 1st successful non-direct blood transfusion is performed by Dr. Albert Hustin in Brussels
  • 1915 – Typhoid Mary [Mary Mallon] is arrested and returned to quarantine on North Brother Island, New York after spending five years evading health authorities and causing several further outbreaks of typhoid
  • 1931 – Charlie Chaplin receives France’s distinguished Legion of Honor
  • 1939 – 1st NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship: U of Oregon beats Ohio State, 46-33
  • 1941 – Adolf Hitler signs Directive 27 (assault on Yugoslavia)
  • 1948 – Just 11 days after being released from prison, Billie Holiday plays in front of a sold-out crowd at Carnegie Hall
  • 1952 – “Singin’ in the Rain”, a musical comedy directed by Gene Kelly and Stanley Donen, starring Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds, premieres at Radio City Music Hall in NYC
  • 1964 The Great Alaska Earthquake (9.2 magnitude) and resulting tsunami kill 139 people in the largest US earthquake and second largest ever recorded
  • 1973 – 45th Academy Awards: “The Godfather”, Marlon Brando & Liza Minnelli win. Marlon Brando then turns down the Oscar for best actor to protest Hollywood’s portrayal of Native Americans in film.
  • 1977 – 583 die in aviation’s worst-ever disaster when two Boeing 747s collide at Tenerife airport in Spain
  • 1979 – US Supreme Court rules 8-1 that cops can’t randomly stop cars
  • 1980 – Mount St Helens becomes active after 123 years
  • 1984 – Beginning of “tanker war”: over the next 9 months, 44 ships, including Iranian, Iraqi, Saudi Arabian and Kuwaiti tankers, are attacked by Iraqi or Iranian warplanes or damaged by mines
  • 1995 67th Academy Awards: “Forrest Gump”, Jessica Lange & Tom Hanks win
  • 1998 – Chicago Bulls – Atlanta Hawks matchup at Georgia Dome in Atlanta, draws a crowd of 62,046, largest in any game in NBA history; Bulls win, 89-74
  • 2134 – 32nd predicted perihelion passage of Halley’s Comet

Famous Birthdays

  • 1845 – Wilhelm Röntgen, German physicist who discovered X-rays (Nobel 1901), born in Lennep, Rhine Province (d. 1923)
  • 1963 – Quentin Tarantino, American director and screenwriter (Pulp Fiction), born in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1971 – Mariah Carey, American singer (Love Takes Time, Hero), born in NYC, New York
  • 1975 – Fergie Duhamel, American pop singer (The Black Eyed Peas), born in Hacienda Heights, California

Famous Deaths

  • 1916 – Susan Blow, American educator who pioneered kindergarten education and was known as the “Mother of the Kindergarten”, dies at 72
  • 1968 – Yuri Gagarin, Russian cosmonaut and 1st man into space (aboard Vostok 1), dies in a Mig-15 plane crash at 34
  • 2002 – Dudley Moore, English actor and comedian (10, Arthur, Bedazzled), dies at 66


Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy

This was a staple in my household when I was growing up. The slow cooker (we called it the crock pot) made life easy and delicious with two working parents. One addition that was often included in our family’s Beef Burgundy was sour cream. While not included below, it’s a great touch to add a little more creaminess.


  • 6 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 boneless beef chuck roast (3 pounds), cut into 1-1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 can (10-1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth, undiluted
  • 1 small onion, halved and sliced
  • 1 medium carrot, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2 cup burgundy wine or beef broth
  • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • Hot cooked noodles, optional


  • In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Use a slotted spoon to remove to paper towels. In the drippings, brown the beef; drain.
  • Place beef and bacon in a 5-qt. slow cooker, Add the broth, onion, carrot, butter, tomato paste, garlic, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaf. Cover and cook on low for 7-8 hours or until meat is tender.
  • Add mushrooms and wine. Combine flour and water until smooth; gradually stir into slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 30-45 minutes or until thickened. Discard bay leaf. Serve with noodles if desired.

Source: tasteofhome.com

Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs (The Health and Mindfulness Rituals of Success)

What are the routines or daily habits of successful people? This is one of the questions I tried to answer in my recent collaboration Rebecca Livermore, The Daily Entrepreneur.

This is a big question, and an important one, for anyone trying to achieve success. In today’s post, fans of “The Daily Entrepreneur”, and those just wanting a few ideas on how to achieve more success in their lives, are in for a treat with another viewpoint on this topic, featuring the health and mindfulness rituals of success.

Adnan is a businessman, marketer, blogger and author with a lot of experience building and keeping his own entrepreneur daily routines. Enough from me, take it away Adnan….

The way we care for ourselves mentally and physically has as much to do with success as any entrepreneurial routines. In this article we cover the body, mind and spirit of the entrepreneur.

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs (The Health and Mindfulness Rituals of Success).

What are the routines or daily habits of successful people?

The Misconception:

Many people think entrepreneurs are machines. We eat, drink, sleep and digest work 24/7. We believe we have to be ‘on’ constantly and burn ourselves out in order to reach success. We don’t. We are our own worst enemy when it comes to feeling guilty about how much work we needed to be doing in order to justify our days off.

Making sure we are not killing ourselves in the interim is the key to our success. An entrepreneur will have nothing left to give to our business or clients if we burn ourselves out!

So, what do successful entrepreneurs do?

They make sure they create and maintain daily health and well-being routines. Sticking to it has its many rewards. You have to simply prioritize the important aspects of your life to create a balance.

Not everything that works for you will work for someone else. You have to come to the determination of what works best for you. Only you know what your priorities are.

Don’t make the mistake that so many others make. Don’t try and model your priorities around someone else. You are like a finger print and are vastly different from others.

Daily Morning Routine Examples:

If you are a morning person then capitalize on that.  Wake up and be ready to seize the day! If you are lousy in the middle of the day then take a few hours off—take a nap or read for fun, meditate. Do whatever gets you back on track.

Exercise in the Morning

Many people may not desire a daily exercise routine, but it is very important.  We have found, through polls and interviews, that most successful entrepreneurs have an exercise routine. Even if it is just walking.

Getting the blood flowing with some light daily exercise is the key to a healthy head that is clear and ready to work. Blood flow and lymph circulation are essential for a clear mind and healthy body. We have to have a healthy mind in order to process the information we will be collecting all day. A home exercise routine is the perfect way to get this blood flowing.

Eat Breakfast!

The fact that everyone says this is the most important mean of the day is no myth. It’s essential. Your body has been resting and healing itself all night.

So, now it needs fuel other than coffee and stimulants to get started. If you don’t eat well in the morning you’ll experience fatigue crash by the early afternoon. This just kills productivity.

Get Up Before the Family

Most successful female entrepreneurs will actually get up one hour prior to the family in order to get some time to themselves. There is a lot to be said for this.

The best rituals are the ones that will put you in the mood you need to be in for the day.  If by chance you start off your day badly or negatively in any way, you will snowball that into your day for sure.

There is truth the the old adage of “waking up on the wrong side of the bed”. Start your day positively and with energy and your day will follow the same way, like falling dominoes.

Crazy Routines of Successful People:

Winston Churchill, one of the former Prime Ministers of England had an unlikely routine. However it is a great example of tailoring what works for your success and it will certainly pull you out of your 9-5 grind.

Churchill would begin his day in bed until 11:00am. He woke at 7:30. He was brought his breakfast, made his secretaries take dictation and read his mail.

He stopped by his office space in the house for about an hour and then, ate lunch from 1:00 to 3:30 pm with colleagues and family. Discussed his day and made small talk over a 3-4 course meal.

He believed that quality time made him better at what he did. He worked until roughly 5pm and engaged in a nap for about an hour and a half. Then, he worked until dinner at 8pm. This is with the same family and his guests. He would then work for another hour or so before turning in again.

This is not a goal for everyone to strive for, but an example of how you can model many of the “normal” routines into any abnormal lifestyle.  The important part is making these routines and rituals a part of your everyday life.

More Entrepreneur Daily Routines:

Set Goals at the Start of your Workday (whenever that may be)

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs and the common habits of successful persons.

Setting goals at the start of your workday is one of the fundamental habits of successful people.

First, give yourself a list of choices.

If you meditate and exercise then make it an either or choice. Give yourself plenty of flexibility so you don’t feel in a forced rut.

If you are a night owl—then try to get the bulk of your work done at night. You can even work this around deadlines you have with clients if you work smart.

Choose the beginning of the week for prioritizing your schedule for rest of the week. Mondays can be for that.

If you are the type of person that likes weekends off—this is a great way to make it feel as if you have another off day to just reorganize your week! This will give you the energy you need for what you need to do the rest of the week. You would be surprised at the psychological impact a Monday has.

There has been songs made about it like “Manic Monday” etc… so, you know that if you view Mondays as a hectic day—then it will be. If you are this type of person—make it a better Monday by using it as a lead in to the week and not a fully fledged business day.

You may just see that your week is a lot better and you are so much more productive. This way, the weekend can be yours. All yours.

Creative Work May Be Best When Tired

When you’re tired, sometimes you may fare better doing whatever creative work you have. Make sure you are putting off any strenuous administrative work at that time. Now, your body clock will tell you a lot of things. One, it will tell you when to sleep, eat and work.

You may or may not have the luxury to do everything according to your body clock. If you can though, listen to it as much as possible. Even if it’s one to two times a day. You’ll feel so much better and think so much clearer if you aren’t working through hunger or fighting off tired.

Watch Your Alarm Clock

Believe it or not—the way we wake up has a lot to do with the alarm clock sounds we wake up to. That incredibly harsh generic alarm clock sound can send waves of stress through our body’s.

The best alarm clocks are those that mimic nature like chirping birds or water falls or pleasant classical or meditation music. (See one here)

Winding Down from Work

Discover the Daily Routines Of Successful Entrepreneurs and the usual daily routine characteristics of successful people.

Winding down from work takes a routine that works for you specifically. and successfully disengages you from the work day.

Winding down from work takes a routine that works for you specifically. The best advice out there is to disengage from the work day. This means all electronic equipment being turned off. After a certain hour, no notifications are on and nothing gets checked.

Make sure that if you have family that may need to get to you that you have a certain ring tone for them as well as a text tone. This way, if you need to speak to them you can and ignore the rest. It’s important that we are closed off from the world at night. Sleep and total relaxation before bedtime is essential.

If you have some issues winding down from work, practicing mindfulness may help. Read this post, How to Practice Mindfulness to find out more about mindfulness and how to use it to help you achieve greater success and happiness.

Write in a Journal

Yes write in a non business journal. Do the “Dear Diary” type of personal journaling and make it positive. Write your gratitude for what you have accomplished and not only that—what you have taken for granted that you have in your life right now.

It doesn’t matter how silly it looks or sounds. It doesn’t matter how large or small it is. It can be about the weather was great today and I am so grateful.

My kid brought home a B on their report card and I am so grateful today. I have healthy senses to hear and see all the beauty around me on my walk today—I am so grateful for that! After you’ve done this for so long—maybe a matter of weeks—you’ll see a change—a big change.

Being an entrepreneur or a successful business person is more about how you take care of yourself than it is about any business strategy. It’s a general lifestyle because each thing will affect something else. You are made successful by being clear minded and focused on what you need to accomplish.

You can’t be an innovator if you are battling sleep deprivation or malnutrition. If we have ill health of the body, mind or spirit we cannot be fruitful. It’s interesting and comforting to know that from the least to the best entrepreneurs the advice is not that different at all.

Set Aside Time for Reading (Non-fiction)

Successful people are never too busy to read. 

They make sure reading is a priority. They may read newspapers and blogs on the way to work. They often set aside time to read nonfiction in the evenings.

A big part of staying successful is staying informed and they need to do all this reading to keep informed on all latest information.

Most successful entrepreneurs have read the books on this entrepreneur book list, as well as many of the other choices from the complete 250 book list. Be sure to check out these great books. See what you have read and what could still help you to grow your education.

Daily Habits of Successful People

My thanks to Adnan Ramzan for sharing this article. Adnan is the founder of themarketingguy.net, a blog on business, entrepreneurship and marketing. He also has a book available on Amazon titled, The Success Story: Discover and Learn How Ultra Successful People Work and Achieve the Results they Want. Check out his blog and book to find out more.

Please share your thoughts on the daily habits of successful people in the comments below. Feel free to share your views on success and what daily habits will help you to achieve the success you desire.

Source: developgoodhabits.com

The Perfect Three-Day Weekend on Nantucket

Photo: Island Institute

Eighty-two miles of pristine coastline, untouched dunes, and some of the East Coast’s finest seafood bring beach-goers to Nantucket every year. Head 30 miles out to sea to dine on the freshest catches of the day, explore downtown’s pre-Civil War homes, and soak up the sun in one of the oldest whaling towns in New England. Nantucket has amazing attractions for every seaside traveler—here’s how to see it all in one long weekend.

Day One

When you step off the ferry from Hyannis (you can travel via either the Hyline or Steamship Authority), head straight down the docks to Broad Street and grab an iced coffee at a local favorite, Island Coffee Roasters. Make your way into town to the hotel where you’ll be staying for the next three days: the historical, centrally located Jared Coffin House (also on Broad Street). The three-story mansion dates back to the 1800s, when it was built by one of the island’s most affluent ship owners, Jared Coffin. The structure is one of the only ones on island that survived the Great Fire of 1846, and the hotel now offers visitors a taste of charming Nantucket history with comfortable, modern accommodations.

After dropping your bags, make your way through town down to Provisions on the South Wharf for a sizeable sandwich—a favorite is the Turkey Terrific. From there, cross the docks to check out the many waterfront shops. Stop into the Skinny Dip, a new clothing collective that features a mix of high-end, emerging brands with a nod to New England and local surf culture. Head around the corner to one of Nantucket’s top-tier antique and local art dealers, East End Galleryon Old North Wharf.

Take a few hours to explore historic downtown Nantucket: Stop by the Whaling Museumthis to have a look into Nantucket’s past, and see the 46-foot-long sperm whale skeleton that was found on the shores of ‘Sconset in 1998, which is on display in the museum. Walk into the Nantucket Atheneumthis , the island’s local library, and then weave in and out of the many boutiques, galleries, and cafes that line the cobblestone streets. A few must-sees: Murray’s Toggery Shop  and Nantucket Looms on Main Street; Isobel and Cleo and Toujours Midi on Centre Street, and Nantucket Bookworks on Broad Street. Grab a milkshake at the old-school Nantucket Pharmacy on Main before resting up at the hotel.

If you decide you’ve had enough shopping and want to get to the beach, Jetties Beach and Steps Beach are just a quick bike ride from town (you can rent bikes from several shops close to the hotel).

In the evening, walk toward Jetties Beach for drinks and dinner at Galley Beach, a classic Nantucket waterfront restaurant. Sit outside on the wooden deck overlooking the boats coming into the harbor while sipping a cold glass of rosé. Enjoy local fare like pernod-scented escargot with melted leeks, tomato garlic-butter, and pimenton pastry; and truffle-butter-poached two-pound lobster with local corn from Nantucket’s own Bartlett’s Farm.

Day Two

Grab a low-key but hearty breakfast at Black Eyed Susan’s on India Street, and then head to Young’s Bike Shop on Broad Street to rent a jeep. Drive out to Cisco Beach where the sand is hot and the surf is lively. If you’re feeling up for it, opt for a surfing lesson with Nantucket Island Surf School—the trailer is always parked at the top of Cisco Beach in the parking lot.

After a day of sun and surf, drive around the corner from the beach to Bartlett’s Farm to take in the island’s local bounty—fresh flowers, produce, baked goods, and more. Cisco Breweris located right next door, so after you’ve finished shopping at Bartlett’s, drive down to the brewery for Nantucket’s finest craft beer (they also make wine, cider, and various liquors). The brewery is very dog-friendly, and there is usually a raw bar (167 Raw) and a couple food trucks—we like the overstuffed lobster roll from Millie’s.

When you get back to the hotel, walk into town and enjoy a seafood dinner a little off the beaten path at Sayles, located just outside of the main part of town (a walkable distance from the hotel). Order the fried bay scallops and a cup of clam chowder and eat out on the deck (or down on the harbor beach) while watching the boats bob up and down at their moorings.

After dinner, head to the South Wharf for a drink at Straight Wha or Cru, both of which draw a lively crowd, then take an evening stroll down the docks to look at the boats.

Day Three

Start at Petticoat Bakery on Centre street for the best spinach and cheese croissant you’ll ever eat, and a refreshing iced coffee. Today, it’s time to explore the farther reaches of the island. Head east out of town, toward the rotary and down Milestone road. Take in the sights—windswept trees, lighthouses in the distance, stretches of pristine golf courses. Your first stop: Siasconset (referred to as Sconset by most). This historic little village is its own designated town on the island, and is known for its distinct, hydrangea-clad white homes on the steep cliffs overlooking the ocean.

When you arrive, check out Sconset Market and pop into Claudette’s for a sandwich—you can’t go wrong with the meatloaf. After you’ve had your fill of exploring the narrow streets and the beach, make your way to the edge of Sconset to look at Sankaty Head Light, the iconic red and white lighthouse on the eastern edge of the island.

Next, head down Poplis Road, past elegant homes with widow walks and lazy dirt roads that lead to the waterfront. If you’re traveling with little ones, Quidnet Beach is a good stop to make—more often than not, it’s very quiet, not busy, and an ideal beach combing spot. Spend an hour or so soaking up the sun, walking the shoreline, and perhaps spotting some seals. This beach is conveniently located right next to Sesachaha pond, which is a perfect swimming hole for little ones. (There is a small parking lot here, but parking along the road is perfectly acceptable, too.) 

Take the afternoon to explore the island by car or hole up on the shore. If you’re looking for places that are great swimming spots and more likely to have a crowd, check out Surfside, Nobadeer, or Fisherman’s beaches. Just before the sun goes down, drive west out to Madaket beach for a sunset walk. 

Make your way back to town and drop the car back at Young’s, then sit for dinner at the Nautilus (make sure you call ahead for a reservation, especially on weekends). Some must-try small plates: to start, order the tuna poke, and for sharing, ask for the Peking duck feast, which serves up to four people.

After dinner, have a drink at the Club Car—depending on how late it is, you may find yourself gathered around the piano with everyone inside the bar singing late into the night. It’s just a quick walk back to the hotel for some shut-eye before your morning ferry back to the mainland. To keep track of upcoming Nantucket events, check out the calendar at Nantucket.net

Source: travelandleisure.com

The Best Mosquito Repellent (Outdoors Friday)

It’s that time of year again. You know the seemingly 8 months we do our best to repel mosquitoes. So, we’ve looked to the experts at review.com for their opinion and recommendations. Here is what they found.

The best mosquito repellent should protect you from bites without causing irritation. To find our top picks, we consulted with mosquito experts, researched active ingredients, and tried 20 sprays, wipes, and lotions on our own skin to figure out which ones we’d actually want to use.

How We Chose the Best Mosquito Repellent

Three main ingredients

Out of 85 mosquito repellents, our first task was to figure out which ones actually work. The two U.S. agencies responsible for assessing the safety and efficacy of bug sprays — the CDC and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) — say perfume alone doesn’t cut it. Strong perfumes repel people, but mosquitoes don’t care.

The CDC and EPA recommend active ingredients like DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and other, less common ingredients IR3535 and 2-undecanone (or methyl nonyl ketone). But we focused on the most widely available products and made the first cut based on whether the product had either DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

Amount of active ingredients

There’s a fine line between having enough and too much active ingredient in your bug spray. This is especially important for DEET-based repellents; although the EPA and CDC have concluded DEET is safe, side effects like nausea or skin rash can come from overexposure. It’s best not to use more than you need. We found the best sprays with the right balance.

A 20 to 50 percent range turns out to be the most effective. The CDC says efficacy actually stagnates above a 50 percent concentration, so it’s not worth it. In fact, anything over 30 percent will only be giving you more exposure to the chemical than actual protection — so we cut anything with concentrations outside the 10-30 percent range.

To learn more about each of these active ingredients, check out our FAQ section.

Active IngredientConcentrationHours of Protection
DEET5%-10%2-4 hours
DEET15%6 hours
DEET25%-30%Up to 8 hours
Picaridin20%Up to 8 hours
Oil Lemon of Eucalyptus30%6-7 hours


Let’s be honest: Some bug repellents smell really bad. Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Repellent Eco Spray was so noxious that we could smell it as soon as we took the plastic off the bottle — and when we tested it, the spray made us cough and hold our noses. Then there was Coleman Botanicals Insect Repellent, which smelled like menthol mixed with cheap scented candle.

Other sprays were more fragrant and even pleasant; 3M Ultrathon Insect Repellent 8 had a citrus odor, and the Off! Deep Woods repellents had a hint of pine. All of the picaridin repellents smelled sweetly floral.


We couldn’t test our mosquito repellents against actual mosquitoes — none of them responded to our Craigslist ad — but we could test what it was like to wear these repellents. We looked at how easy it was to apply each product and how they felt on our skin.

Some failed miserably: difficult push-up sticks and heavy, drippy sprays that sent trails of repellent running down our arms. There were also two repellents that one of our testers described as “painful to wear” — Repel Sportsmen Dry Insect Repellent and Ben’s 30% DEET Tick & Insect Repellent Eco Spray. Both left her with a slightly irritating, burning sensation after application.

Overall, DEET repellents had a stronger skinfeel than picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus repellents. When you’re wearing DEET, you can tell; it feels kind of like you have a chemical coating on your skin.

The 4 Best Mosquito Repellents

For a complete breakdown of each repellent and why it was chosen in its respective category visit the source at reviews.com.

Good News for Torchy’s Lovers (Local Eats)

Image Credit: Eater Denver

Austin-based Torchy’s Tacos is opening a Conroe location very soon at 351 S. Loop 336 W., Ste. 100, in Grand Central Market. The fast-food restaurant plans to open in the 336 Marketplace development before in the coming weeks and staffing has already begun.

The location will be managed by Monika Lupkovics and the bar will be tended by Mellisa Melendez among others. Torchy’s Tacos will feature their signature tacos, chips and dips, and signature sauces as well as a full-service bar. For more info visit their site, www.torchystacos.com

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On This Day, March 20th

This day was quite historically significant!

World Events

  • 1602 United Dutch East Indian Company (VOC) forms
  • 1800 Alessandro Volta reports his discovery of the electric battery in a letter to Joseph Banks, president of the Royal Society of London
  • 1815 Napoleon enters Paris after escape from Elba, begins 100-day rule
  • 1890 German Emperor Wilhelm II fires chancellor Otto von Bismarck
  • 1900 US Secretary of State John Hay announces that all nations to whom he sent notes calling for an ‘open door’ policy in China have essentially accepted his stand
  • 1933 Dachau the first Nazi concentration camp, is completed
  • 2016 Barack Obama becomes the first US President to visit Cuba since 1928, arriving for a 3-day tour

Sports, Film, TV, and Music

  • 1952 24th Academy Awards: “An American in Paris”, Humphrey Bogart & Vivian Leigh win
  • 1973 Roberto Clemente elected to Hall of Fame, 11 weeks after his death in a plane crash

Famous Birthdays

  • Carl Reiner – 96 Years Old
  • Fred (Mister) Rogers – (1928 – 2003)
  • Spike Lee – 61 Years Old