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Top 10 U.S. cities to visit in 2019 for the travel guru



Asbury Park, New Jersey

This summer, take a trip an hour south of New York City to the Jersey Shore’s most happening and musical city—Asbury Park. Home of the Stone Pony, the historic music venue that launched native New Jersey superstars like Bruce Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi, Asbury Park is a must-visit destination for any classic rock fan. In 2019, the city is bursting with reinvention. Asbury Park’s once-decaying waterfront buildings are seeing new life, such as the old carousel building which has been transformed into a theater space and skate park.

Along the boardwalk, you can find everything hip from craft coffees to Korean-fusion tacos, along with restaurants where you can get your seafood fix, like the Langosta Lounge or the Asbury Oyster Bar. If you can’t visit during the summer, you can still plan a trip around cool events like the Music and Film Festival in April or the Sea Hear Now Festival in September.

Where to stay: The Asbury Hotel is a boutique hotel that has not just a rooftop bar, but also a rooftop movie theater.

Buffalo, New York

For a getaway near the Great Lakes, look no further than Buffalo in upstate New York. In addition to being just 30 minutes from Niagara Falls, Buffalo is in the middle of a revitalization worth seeing for yourself. Hot wing devotees have long been drawn to the city before for its famous Buffalo Wing Trail, but you might be surprised to find out that architecture fans also have a lot to discover. Opening in spring 2019 is the Lipsey Architecture Center, showcasing Buffalo’s architectural heritage—which includes Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House. In the warmer months, you can get outside in Elevator Alley, a repurposed area that has transformed the city’s industrial grain silos into something way more fun, with outdoor movie screenings and a zip-line.

Consider visiting in July for the Garden Walk, the biggest free garden tour in the U.S. Every year Buffalo’s dedicated home gardeners open their backyards to visitors for this city-wide event. It’s a great way to explore the city and make a connection with the locals.

Where to stay: At the spacious Hotel Henry, you’ll be located within the Richardson Olmstead Campus, a historic landmark just a short walk from downtown.


Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Though it’s often overshadowed by its neighbor Miami, Fort Lauderdale has been growing into its own with a thriving arts scene, luxurious hotel options, and 23 miles of beaches. You can partake in classic Fort Lauderdale activities like hopping aboard the Jungle Queen Riverboat Cruise for dinner and a show, or pay a visit to FATVillage, an arts district that offers visitors a chance to browse galleries or shop from local artists. If you happen to be there on the last Saturday of the month, don’t miss the monthly ArtWalk.

If you’re looking for some funky eats, check out restaurants like Rhythm + Vine, an outdoor garden restaurant with a rotation of local food trucks, so every time you go you can try something different.

Where to stay: Enjoy the beach at the B Ocean Resort, a modern hotel with a vintage twist. Check out the Shipwreck Bar in the lobby to catch its unique mermaid show.

San Juan, Puerto Rico

After the damage of 2017’s Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico is ready and eager to welcome back tourists to the island in 2019. And with the reopening and refurbishing of hotels like the San Juan Marriot and Stellaris Casino and brand-new hotels like Serafina Beach Hotel, there are many more opportunities for travelers to enjoy a tropical vacation that doesn’t require a passport. You can go shopping along Condado Beach or visit the Santurce neighborhood to taste San Juan’s rising culinary scene for yourself. At Lote 23, you’ll find a “gastronomic park” made up of dozens of food stalls that serve everything from grilled fish to tacos, pizza, and donuts.

Visitors in January could also have the opportunity to take part in a historical musical event—the San Juan production of Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the renowned Broadway musical, will reprise his role as Alexander Hamilton in San Juan for the first time since he stepped off stage in New York in 2016. Check out Discover Puerto Rico to browse vacation packages that include tickets to the San Juan production.

Where to stay: At the Puerto Rican-owned Olive Boutique Hotel, you’ll find an impeccably designed space with a rustic twist in the heart of the Condado neighborhood.

Berkeley, California

There’s plenty of adventure to be had in the redwood forests of Northern California, but for a city you can settle into, skip San Francisco and head to the university town across the bay—Berkeley. You can explore the beautiful campus of the University of California, shop the independent boutiques on Fourth Street and Telegraph Avenue, or get some exercise with a side of great views along the hillside path walks.

Berkeley also offers some amazing dining options, from upscale establishments like Japanese Akemi and Italian Rivoli to more casual spots like a cafe called Blue Willow Tea Spot or the organic small-batch creamery iScream. Want to take a deeper dive into Berkeley’s food scene? Check out the local food tours from Edible Excursions, where you can get your fill all over town.

Where to stay: Stay close to campus at the Graduate Berkeley, for a luxurious stay within walking distance of the university.

New Orleans, Louisiana

New Orleans has been having a moment for a while now, and it doesn’t look like it’s coming to an end any time soon. Coming off the celebration of its 300th birthday in 2018, the city is keeping the good times rolling with exciting new attractions like the summer opening of Sazerac House, a museum dedicated to the history of the iconic cocktail. New restaurants will also be making a splash, from the hotly anticipated Justine, which will serve contemporary French cuisine, to Warbucks, a classic American diner that embraces “the essence of 90s rap, skateboarding, and hip hop culture.” And if you want one place to sample the latest in New Orleans’ food scene, stop by Auction House Market, a food hall where you can taste locally sourced oysters from Elysian Seafood or New Orleans-inspired empanadas from Empanola.

After eating and drinking, make sure you check in with what’s going on around the city. With an average rate of one festival every three days, you’re bound to find something going on whenever you decide to visit.

Where to stay: Just outside the French Quarter, the Eliza Jane is a new hotel on the scene, but it’s already making waves with a sophisticated design imbued with the history of New Orleans.

Portland, Oregon

If you’re looking for a no-pressure vacation where you can kick back and be yourself, put Portland at the top of your 2019 go-list. Portland is a hangout city, first and foremost, so take the time to get to know its various neighborhoods. From the indie boutiques of East Burnside to the Victorian homes of Nob Hill, there is plenty of variety in Portland.

Whether you’re sitting down to indulge in an incredible hummus dish at Tusk or getting some reading done while sipping sustainably sourced Brazilian coffee in a cafe like Nossa Familia, it’s easy to find a way to make your Portland experience your own while savoring some great flavors along the way.

Where to stay: To feel at home during your stay, check out The Jupiter, a pet-friendly boutique hotel with an artistic design and reasonable rates.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Everyone can find something to love in Scottsdale. Whether you go for the spa, the golfing, or the natural surroundings, Scottsdale also offers incredible opportunities for culture at places like the Musical Instrument Museum or Taliesin West, Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home and architecture school.

In May, you’ll want to check out the opening of Agave del Scottsdale, a fine dining restaurant with a Mexico City chef at the helm. To get the best views of the desert, get up in the air with a hot air balloon ride with Rainbow Ryders.

Where to stay: Get it all at Mountain Shadows Resort, a modernist-inspired complex surrounded by incredible views.


Nashville, Tennessee

No matter when you go or what time of year, there’s always good music in Nashville. The year 2019 will be no exception, but you can make the most of it by planning your trip around one of the city’s upcoming concerts or annual events. You can scout emerging artists at the Musicians Corner in May or get your spice on at the Hot Chicken Festival in July.

You can also explore outside the city by taking a tour along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail or do less drinking and more shopping on a tour that takes you to meet the leathermakers and bootmakers of Tennessee.

Where to stay: For an intimate experience of Nashville, check into the Germantown Inn, a 10-room boutique hotel located in a historic home within walking distance of Bicentennial Park.


Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville isn’t just the home base for autumn leaf-peeping in the Great Smoky Mountains; it’s also a city on the rise. Asheville has always attracted an open-minded crowd with its trendy shops, Friday night drum circles, and cafes and bookstores for hanging out, including one that has its own Champagne bar. However, there are plenty of new restaurants in town like Button & Co. Bagels, where you can try an “Appalachian-inspired” bagel made with local ingredients like winter wheat and country ham, or Benne on Eagle, which celebrates African-American contributions to Southern cuisine.

The year 2019 will also bring exciting new developments to Asheville’s most popular attraction—the Biltmore. The famous mansion-turned-museum of the Vanderbilt family will begin offering quirky activities like falconry lessons and electric tricycle tours through the estate’s grounds. In February, the Biltmore museum will also unveil a new exhibit titled “A Vanderbilt House Party: Guests, Grandeur & Galas,” which will explore 20th-century fashion.

Where to stay: At the Omni Grove Park Inn, you can catch the best view in town. The hotel is built to face the sun setting over the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a drink at the Sunset Terrace is the perfect way to end a day in Asheville.

For other travel ideas, see also:

Top 50 Best Small Towns to Visit in the U.S.

Holiday Tips for the Mature Traveller


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Trump’s Latest Tweets Spark Outrage



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Donald Trump played the race card on Sunday. He launched nearly three dozen broadsides on Twitter throughout the day, but a trio of his tweets stood out because they demonstrated how casually he likes to uncork his venom and how unwilling the Republican Party is to contain him.

Trump was targeting four new Democratic congresswomen of color (nicknamed “The Squad”) who have become ubiquitous advocates for progressive policies and occasional thorns in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s side: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan.

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Omar is from Somalia. The other three women were born in the U.S. Pressley is black and was born in Ohio. Ocasio-Cortez was born in New York and is of Puerto Rican descent. Tlaib was born in Michigan and her parents were Palestinian immigrants.

“They’re free to leave if they want. If they want to leave, that’s fine. If they want to stay, that’s fine,” Mr. Trump said on Monday, referring to Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ayanna S. Pressley of Massachusetts. On Sunday, he said they should “go back” to the countries they came from.

Central to Trump’s racism is not just the content of the racism itself. It’s also that he’s asserting the right to engage in public displays of racism without it being called out for what it is. A crucial ingredient here is Trump’s declaration of the ability to flaunt his racism with impunity.

After all, the hosts at Fox and Friends contributed on Sunday by just having a few laughs about the president’s tweets. Meanwhile, Matt Wolking, the self-described “Deputy Director of Communications — Rapid Response” for the president’s 2020 campaign, did his part by responding so rapidly to the widespread criticism that he simply pretended the media misrepresented what Trump tweeted. And by my count only one Republican legislator criticized Trump all day. Representative Chip Roy of Texas crossed lines to offer what was ultimately a tepid critique of Trump’s Twitter storm.

Some principled conservatives were willing to step up. George Conway, the husband of a prominent Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway, tweeted that Trump’s comments were “bigotry, pure and simple.” And, he added, addressing Trump directly: “You are a disgrace to the office you hold, and you are a disgrace to the nation.” David French, a conservative columnist with the National Review, tweeted that he “could think of few worse things for the soul of the GOP or the health and unity of our republic than adopting a strategy of ‘be racist to own the libs.’”

Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, said Mr. Trump’s use of Israel in his comments hurts the Jewish community.

“He doesn’t speak for any of us. We call on ALL leaders across the political spectrum to condemn these racist, xenophobic tweets & using Jews as a shield.”

Mr. Greenblatt

Two Republican senators, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, suggested that the president steer clear of personal attacks and instead focus on policy.

“We all know that A.O.C. and this crowd are a bunch of communists,” Mr. Graham said on Fox News. “They hate Israel, they hate our own country.” But he also pushed back against the president’s suggestion that the women are not American.

“They are American citizens,” Mr. Graham said. “They won an election. Take on their policies. The bottom line here is this is a diverse country.”

He added: “Mr. President, you’re right about their policies. You’re right about where they will take the country. Just aim higher.”

Mr. Trump said he disagreed with Mr. Graham about aiming higher. “These are congressmen. What am I supposed to do, just wait for senators? No,” Mr. Trump said.

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Trump expected to take executive action on Census



President Trump is expected to take executive action to try to add a question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming 2020 census. It’s the administration’s latest effort in a more than yearlong legal fight to include the question, which has been blocked by the Supreme Court for now.

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There is Too Much Fake Health Information – Exposing Weight Loss Gimmicks



Welcome to another weight loss article. Hopefully this one will shed some new light on your life.

Weight loss is a big concern for many people and has been for a little while now. Perhaps it’s to do with how we look and feel, or all the trends we follow, or a doctors concern. Whatever it is, excess weight is simply unhealthy, and loosing it in a healthy, sustainable way is very important.

The internet has thousands of weight loss articles, tips, hacks, and quick weight loss solutions. Many companies sell pills and drinks that are meant to boost weight loss. Health bloggers sell clean eating ebooks, fitness influencers share what they eat in a day, and the list continues…

While some of these are good advice and very helpful, many of them are unhealthy, only work short term, and have more bad effects than just regaining the weight. For most of us, the internet is our biggest, best source of information, and there is simply too much fake health info and too many weight loss gimmicks to ignore. The key is to weed out the good ones, and toss the bad. We’ll show you how to do that in just a minute. Meanwhile, read about why weight loss gimmicks are unhealthy, and why fad diets are considered a gimmick, too.

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Weight Loss Gimmicks

A weight loss gimmick is a trick intended to attract attention to a method for losing weight easily. Most, if not all, are extremely unhealthy and dangerous. Any method of weight loss that is either of those is considered a gimmick. The promise of quick results is a give away for most of them.

  • fasting
  • supplements
  • crash diets
  • false claims
  • anything that seems too easy (wight loss takes time and effort)

Dangerous weight loss gimmicks

  • Smoking. You might lose weight. …
  • A plastic tongue patch. In which eating solid food becomes beyond painful. …
  • Stimulants. Don’t use caffeine to lose weight. …
  • Tapeworms. …
  • Tube feeding. …
  • Laxatives. …
  • Purging. …
  • Restricting calories.
  • Waist trainers

Google: How to lose weight fast?

People make money off your google searches “how to lose weight fast,” “fastest way to lose weight” etc. They are proving unhealthy information. Things like this lead to unhealthy lifestyles, unhealthy hopes and dreams, depression, weight retention, serious illness, and even deaths.

Here’s the thing about fast weight loss. Losing weight quickly is neither safe nor sustainable. If you crash diet to drop pounds—or try something like a juice cleanse—you will lose weight quickly, but most people gain the weight back relatively soon. It’s not that losing weight slowly is the better choice, but losing weight in a healthy, sustainable way is the right choice. If you are going to attempt quick weight loss, the researchers suggest you speak with a dietitian to work on a plan that ensures you get the vitamins and minerals that you need. And keep in mind that, even if the quick weight loss crash diet helps you see results sooner. The slow-and-steady method is still much less disruptive to your everyday life—and therefore a much less miserable approach if you’re trying to drop pounds.

Weight loss gimmicks work

Yes for sure alot of these do work but the health risks are not worth it, even if you lose 11 pounds in one week. Waist trainers, for example, could help decrease body fat but unless you already exercise and eat right, and your body fat is already very low, you will not have a Victoria Secret model’s body overnight. Guaranteed. Weight loss pills are full of chemicals and most are made with cheap and harmful ingredients. It is essential for your health that you research anything before you use it, and consult your doctor.

dieting: Managing consumption of food and drink with the intent to lose, gain, or maintain weight.

But here’s the key,

You lose weight, typically, no matter what kind of weight loss diet you’re on. That’s what happens to your body when you cut back on it’s fuel source. It’s science. Whether you lose it in a healthy way or a dangerous way. However, the weight never stays gone unless you change. Not your current diet and not your calorie count. You.

How you can change to lose weight and keep it off for good

  • change mentality
  • change lifestyle
  • stay off the internet
  • make better decisions

Exercise and diet is about more than losing weight. It’s your life. You choose to live healthily or poorly. Make the choice now, and make the changes now. Do you research. Find the correct information that you need. Weight loss will happen if you make the correct choices, and live with them. Food and exercise are essentials

Complete nutrition requires ingestion and absorption of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids from protein and essential fatty acids from fat-containing food, also food energy in the form of carbohydrate, protein, and fat. Dietary habits and choices play a significant role in the quality of life, health and longevity.

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How to Remain Healthy as a Nursing Student

The Deal with Fad Diets

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