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May 22, 2017
The Chubby Vegetarian: 100 Inspired Vegetable Recipes for the Modern Table is a creative, veggie-inspired cookbook from award-winning authors

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Exploring Jewish Berlin – dark history and revival


Memorial to Holocaust victims at cemetery in Berlin's Jewish Quarter
You can’t visit Berlin without considering the horror of the Holocaust--the six million European Jews (600,000 of them German-born) who perished. Countless others had their lives uprooted, among them millions of children. Germany’s capital city confronts the horror head-on at places large and small. more
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Taking a family-style river cruise to explore the German Christmas Markets


Candied almonds at the Christmas Market in Frankfurt
Frankfurt has one of Germany’s 2500 Christmas Markets and one of the country’s oldest, locals claim, dating back to 1393, though those in Nuremberg dispute that. more
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History comes alive in Berlin – at Checkpoint Charlie and the Spy Museum


Sign at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
The idiosyncratic Mauer Museum at Check Point Charlie that is at the original border crossing between the Cold War American and Soviet sectors of Berlin. The location is no accident. more
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Westin Gets it Right for Families in Berlin


Gendarmenmarkt Christmas Market near the Westin Grand Hotel in central Berlin
Westin and Le Meridien Hotels have just introduced new family programs, they say, in response to a changing global demand for family travel. Rather than focusing on a kids club, this idea stresses that playing “knows no borders or language barriers but rather inspires kids to explore learn and build relationships." more
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Taking the Kids to a galaxy far, far away … with Disney


Eileen and Darth Vader
I’m speechless. You would be too with a menacing Darth Vader haranguing you behind his black helmet and costume. But then I laugh and we pose for a picture. This is Disneyland, after all, at its immersive best. more
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A Journalist and a Fan finds the LA Clippers are a Nation


Getting Pumped Up for Tip Off
What was a room I have only seen on television was a standard NBA Press Conference room. It was open seating, so I sat in a comfortable second row to await for LA Clippers Head Coach Doc Rivers. Journalists were not shy asking about the tough questions. more
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The Season of Force Awakens at Disneyland


Darth Vader costume display
I walked into the entrance of Star Tours--The Adventures Continue. That was the first ride of the day, yet I wondered, “What galactic troubles can I get into next...?” more
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Taking the kids to where holiday lights build family traditions


GingerBread Lane, New York Hall of Science
For many families, sharing holiday displays, whether at a theme park, a hotel or a nearby neighborhood is an annual tradition that gets everyone away from pre-holiday chores and stress. It’s just these days, you’ll find Santa, elves and millions of lights at the ready long before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. more
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Volunteering on Vacation: Memorable Adventures from Family Trips


Enkereri students
When the two Whitaker teens talk about their holiday trip to Tanzania two Christmases ago, it’s not the animals they saw on safari that proved the most memorable, as amazing as the elephants and giraffes were. It’s how they helped a small unofficial orphanage. more
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The Disneyland Hotel celebrates 60 years of putting families first


Memorabilia at Disneyland Hotel
At a time when hotels catered to businessmen, not families, Walt Disney thought there should be a place where families could continue the fun they had in Disneyland. On the same day. more
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