6 Foodies to Make You Drool

Some people travel for culture, some to “get away from it all.”

And then there are those who seek the absolute best foods in the world.

These hungry explorers are connoisseurs every day. Whether it’s cheeseburgers, or sushi, or the finest cappuccino in Italy – these foodies are on a mission to find the best.

Here are six foodies to whet your appetite for adventure:

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1. Albert Nurick

Albert blogs about Houston-area dishes, with a special flair for anything cheesy or meaty. If you’re in Houston and feeling hungry, be warned – his blog htownchowdown.com is dangerous!

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Big Don’s meat and cheese pizza at Crust Pizza Co., The Woodlands, Texas. Photo by Albert Nurick.

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2. Diane Wong

Diane Wong writes about food and architecture in Leeds and the wider world. She’s also a traveler, with 19 countries on her passport (and counting!) Follow her on Trover or check out her food blog, ataleoftwosittings.

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Freshly-picked English strawberries in Morley, England. Photo by Diane Wong

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3. Silly Feaster

Annie, aka Silly Feaster, is a culinary school grad on a quest to find the best foods and drinks in Seattle. She is currently working on launching her own handmade candy company.

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Perfectly caramelized gruyere and oozy egg adorn the Croque Madame at Caffe Presse in Seattle. Photo by Silly Feaster

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4. throwingsofas

Kevin, aka throwingsofas, is the master of the Columbus, Ohio foodie scene. In the process of earning more than 1000 thanks on Trover, he’s mapped everything from diners and pizza joints to upscale fine cuisine. He’s also an outdoors enthusiast and eagerly shares the flora and fauna discoveries from his broad Ohio backyard.

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Edible flowers and port wine dressing adorn the arugula and herb salad at Wolf’s Ridge Brewing in Columbus, Ohio. Photo by throwingsofas

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5. Amber Kotcher

A globetrotting art teacher, Amber’s travels are heavily seasoned with appreciation for local cuisines and traditions. Follow her on Trover for remarkable local foods as well as American comfort food locations across Asia.

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Fancy a treat? The night market in central Beijing offers squid, starfish, and live centipedes. Photo by Amber Kotcher.

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6. Luvadish

Sherie, aka Luvadish, is a London food blogger steadily eating her way across the globe. Like any good food blogger, she has a healthy sweet tooth. Follow her delicious adventures on Trover or on Instagram.

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Swirled meringues at Carluccio’s, St Christopher Place, London. Photo by Luvadish

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Feeling hungry? Save unmissable spots in your own Trover list today, and make your own foodie dreams a reality!

Fall in NYC: 10 Things You Have To Do

New York City.

It’s a concrete jungle where dreams are made up, a town that is famous as a place of movie scenes, and a place whose streets will make you feel brand new. Well, that’s how Alicia Keys would describe it anyway.

However, given that it is the biggest city in the USA, it is quite easy to get overwhelmed by the wealth of options offered.

Where do you start?

Well, whether you’re an aficionado or an eager rookie, here are 10 things you shouldn’t miss in the Big Apple:

1. The New York Public Library.

New York Public Library

Photo by Cindy Baker

Whether you want a free tour of the library, a grand place to read a book in, or a place where you can view historical documents like an early draft of the Declaration of Independence, this library with provide.

 

2. Zengo.

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Photo by Kevin Stokes

This swanky new restaurant is owned by the distinguished chef Richard Sandoval. It combines Latin and Asian styles and flavors to give you dishes such as ‘charred tuna wonton tacos’ and ‘chipotle mushroom potstickers.’ The best part? You can order Zengo to go.

 

3. The Empire State Building.

Do we really need to convince you? From the top, you can drink in this phenomenal view of the city. Macy’s, Madison Square Park, and Times Square are also within walking distance.

 

4. Washington Square Park.

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Photo by Monika Goel

You can encounter friendly park squirrels, listen to some atmospheric outdoor jazz, admire the Washington Arch, and battle it out in a game of chess at this multipurpose park.

 

5. 5th Avenue.

Walking along Fifth Ave feels like you’re stepping into a movie scene. You’ll spot Tiffany & Co., Saks, Versace, Armani, and the Apple Store just to mention a few big names. Regardless of whether you decide to make a purchase or not, the mere experience of strolling down this row of illustrious stores pays for itself.

 

6. Vosges Haut-Chocolat.

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Photo by Marg Hester

If you happen to find yourself in SoHo and are in need of a sweet pick-me-up, drop by Vosges! You can order chocolate drinks like the ‘Bianca,’ which blends white chocolate with lavender (left), or the Aztec, a spicy chocolate concoction (right).

 

7. The High Line.

An elevated rail line that got converted into a picturesque walk, The High Line is now complete with gardens and a seating area where you can take a break, sit, and relax. It makes for quite a novel area amidst the hustle and bustle of NYC.

 

8. The New York Times Building.

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Photo by Joy Elizabeth

This skyscraper is home to some of the most reputable papers in the world and was completed in 2007. It measures 748 feet in height and contains restaurants and shops (on the bottom level). However, as you can see, the architecture and the lighting design in and of themselves make this building worth a visit.

 

9. The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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The Met is one of the ten largest art museums in the entire world and tops the list for the U.S.–you will get lost in it. Inside this monolith, you’ll be exposed to over two million works of art from over 5,000 years of human history. Suffice to say, one day in the Met would just not be enough.

 

10. Central Park.

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Would a trip to New York really be complete without a visit to Central Park? Instead of just walking around the park, why not try maneuvering a row boat through it?


Want to be inspired by the bright lights? Plan a trip to New York this Fall.

Here’s a great place to start: Falling for NYC.

PAX Attendee’s Guide to Seattle

Visiting Seattle for the Penny Arcade Expo?

Awesome! Welcome to the Pacific Northwest!

But if you spend every minute in the stuffy convention center, you’re missing out.

Between workshops, panels and sing-alongs, grab a breath of fresh air and see a Seattle-special spot.

From bars to street art to museums, there are literally thousands of awesome things to do in the Emerald City. We’ve selected just a few of the very best.

People-Watch in Westlake Park, Downtown Seattle

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Join the other pedestrians chilling out in Westlake Park, near downtown.                                          Photo by Katalyst

Just a short walk from the Convention Center, check out whimsical and slightly weird public art (and people) on the benches of Westlake. And if you’re in the mood for shopping, this is where the big fancy retailers are: from Urban Outfitters to Louis Vuitton.

Get Germy at the Gum Wall, Post Alley (behind Pike Place Market)

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The Gum Wall: Pike Place Market’s hidden attraction.                                                    Photo by Michelle Broderick

Ever seen a wall smothered with thousands of chewing gums from across the world? If not, get thee to the Gum Wall posthaste. Seattle’s Gum Wall has been ranked among the world’s top five ‘Germiest Attractions.’

Tip: Bring spare change for the gumball machine and make your mark on history.

See Epic Views at the Great Wheel, Washington Ferry Terminal

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View from Ferry Terminal, looking across to the Great Wheel.                                                       Photo by Inna Borovik

Ride the Great Wheel and enjoy the city views of Seattle. If you go on a clear day, you can even see Mount Rainier.

Tip: If you think the Great Wheel is too pricey, take a short ferry ride to Winslow and enjoy the Seattle’s skyline.

Check Out Seattle Art Museum’s Toilets

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Whimsical toilet on display at the SAM                                                                        Photo by Mark Rentz

Visit Seattle Art Museum to explore the creatively installed galleries and discuss outstanding artwork from SAM’S outstanding collections.

Tip: If you’re short on time, take the 30 minute gallery tour.

Snack at Kukuruza for Luxe Popcorn

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Perfectly coated kernel of corn                                                                   Photo by Mark Rentz

Crunchy, salty and sweet: the perfect popcorn waits for you here. With more than a dozen flavors, it’s hard not to find one you adore.

Tip: Try the Hawaiian salted caramel. Seriously.

Visit Maximus Minimus, The Pig in Space

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Tasty and sassy: pulled pork tacos in downtown.                                                                                            Photo by Julia

This lip-smacking barbeque food truck is a local legend. Typically downtown during weekday lunchtime, this “pig in space” travels to farmers markets and special city events on weekends.

Tip: Indulge in delish pulled pork sammies, Beecher’s Mac ‘n cheese and Ginger Lemonade.

Gawk at Awesome Street Art

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Street art at Pioneer Square                                                                                           Photo by Roy Marin

When in Seattle, do as the Seattleites do: gawk at the city’s gorgeous graffiti. Seattle’s art scene sprawls everywhere, from Downtown out to the city limits.

Tip: Visit Pioneer Square for especially vibrant street art.

Hit Happy Hour (Anywhere)

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Happy hour at 820 Pike Street                                                                                       Photo by Jessica Locke

An indoor city by necessity, Seattle’s bars and restaurants are stellar. Wherever you are in the city, there will be a great bar close by. Check out any of Seattle’s 17 best happy hours and stumble home happy.

Gobble Up Top Pot Doughnuts

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The BEST doughnuts and coffee in Seattle. (And that’s quite a statement.)                                      Photo by Ritche Corpus

Need sugar and caffeine to keep you going all weekend? Not to worry. Seattle’s best donut and coffee pairing – Top Pot Doughnuts – is at the ready.

Tip: Get the Old Fashioned donut. Pair it with a latte. You’re welcome.

Indulge in Epic Seafood

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Oysters at Elliott’s Oyster House                                                                         Photo by Stina M

As a major city just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, Seattle boasts top-quality fresh seafood all year round. Clam chowder, crawfish, oysters and crabs are just a few of the must-haves.

Tip: Check out Seafood in Seattle to instantly find the closest seafood restaurant to you.

 

4 Easy Tips To Take Great Photos

Great photos don’t happen by accident. Photographers spend decades perfecting their craft.

But maybe you don’t have decades to spare.

If you want to instantly improve your photos, follow these four easy tips:

1. Get in close

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.” Photographer Robert Capa captured the essence of photography almost 100 years ago, but it still holds true today.

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A rainbow of macarons at Vanille Patisserie in Chicago. Photo by Brian W

Whether you’re snapping people, places, or things, try taking a step or two closer. See how it changes the shot.

Your subject fills the whole frame, and the image is emotionally charged. It feels more authentic. It grabs the viewer, and all of a sudden, you’ve got a powerful photo.

2. Shoot every day

The best way to get better? Practice. You’ll get more familiar with your own camera, and understand how to make it do what you want.

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Capturing a live concert via smartphone at Denny Middle School, Seattle. Photo by BP

Practice will also get your creative brain stimulated: you’ll think of new ways to handle the same shot. (Black and white? From above or below?)

3. Look at the light

Light is a huge, invisible part of photography. From its simplest level (is your subject bright enough to be seen?) to creating atmospheric details, light helps create the mood for every shot.

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Reclining cyclists pedal past Haystack Rock in Cannon Beach, Oregon. Photo by Quintin Doroquez

However, light alone doesn’t tell the story. It’s up to the photographer to use the light. Look at it like a tool, and make it work for you.

4. Compose Yourself

Your photos don’t just happen. Your brain is the biggest and best tool you have. How do you want the photo to feel?

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The off-centered framing makes this emu appear sassy and humorous. Photo at Fossil Rim Wildlife Center in Texas by Texas Traveler Today

And while “composure” includes many things, its basics come down to just two: placement and background.

Placement: Off-centered subjects tend to be more visually interesting. A dead-center framing looks very traditional.

Background: Although you’re not focusing on it, the background still packs a powerful punch. Make sure it is something you want to see!

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Hungry for more? Check out these guides for more great tips and tricks on improving your photography:

How to Take Better Pictures With Your Smartphone’s Camera (Lifehacker)

40 Tips to Take Better Photos (PetaPixel)

Why You Should Go to Burning Man 2014

Every year on the last Monday of August, tens of thousands of people journey to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert and set up camp for an entire week.

Why? Burning Man.

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“The man burns!” Photo by Chasing Amber

Taking its name from the ritual burning of a gigantic wooden effigy at the event itself, Burning Man is an annual convention that celebrates radical self-expression, creativity, and self-reliance.

But what does that even mean? 

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The Homouroboros: hand-powered monkey zoetrope. Photo by Chasing Amber

Well, those who have attended Burning Man say that trying to explain the event is like ‘trying to explain what a particular color looks like to someone who is blind.’

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“Crazy tilted church with a functioning organ.” Photo by Rich Barton

Basically, they’re saying: “you just had to be there.”

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“Believe,” a Big Word sculpture by Laura Kimpton. Photo by Rich Barton

So naturally, the only way to fully enjoy and understand the complete experience of this colossal event is to purchase a ticket, pack your bags, and prepare for a week of desert living. It’s a brilliant excuse to travel.

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“Truth is Beauty” by Marco Cochrane. Photo by Rich Barton

Still not convinced? Have the burning desire to see more?

Fuel your unbridled, larger-than-life creative energy with “Black Rock City – Home of Burning Man” on Trover.

And as they say at the gate, “Welcome home.”