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New Cookbook Perfect for Foodies

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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Innovation on display at Seattle’s Museum of History and Industry

Bill Boeing's first mail plane at Seattle MOHAI
Seattle has always been a center of innovation and it's on display at the Bezos Center of Innovation at the Museum of History and Industry. Did you know the Native Americans and traders invented a whole new language? more
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Get away from electronics to a fall festival or pumpkin patch

Corn maze at Richardson Adventure Farm near Chicago
Take advantage of the glorious fall weather wherever you live to get them away from electronics — you too — for a day or a weekend and head to a fall festival, an apple orchard or a pumpkin patch. more
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A haunting visit to an elementary school in Hiroshima

The first day of school ends at Honkawa Elementary School in Hiroshima
I’ve got chills as Amber Whaley, 12, and her friend Miko Uno, 11, lead us into their elementary school’s basement. This was all that was all that remained of the Honkawa Elementary School when the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima 70 years ago this past August 6. more
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Mexico in the fall – special insights into culture and heritage

A view of Puerto Vallarta's Central area
Visit Mexico during an annual festival and you will have special insight into the country’s cultural traditions and heritage. Mexico, of course, is a lot more than the sum of its beaches, as wonderful as they are. more
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Getting out of the car at Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Summer Family Hikes
Are you a windshield tourist? That’s what they call the many visitors to Great Smoky Mountains National Park who simply traverse the park’s famous 30-plus mile Newfound Gap Road through the park and don’t get out of the car much, if at all. more
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Shopping in Tokyo’s ‘Kitchentown’ and other delights to wrap up a great trip

Kitchentown in Tokyo
There’s shop after shop of kitchen wares—ceramic sake cups, wooden bowls for miso soup, colorful bowls for rice, all varieties of chop sticks and of course hand-made Japanese knives that will be engraved on the spot with your name in Japanese. And everything is a bargain! more
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What for dinner in Tokyo? How about 14 courses, small but delicious?

Chef Kenichiro Ooe of Park Hyatt Tokyo
If you think a 14-course dinner might be a little much to handle, come sample Chef Kenichiro Ooe’s fare at Kozue on the 40th floor of the Park Hyatt Tokyo with stellar views of the city. more
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School in heart of Hiroshima is a memorial and a symbol of peace

Miko and Amber at the Honkawa Elementary School museum in Hiroshima
The Honkawa Elementary School is in the heart of Hiroshima and when the Atomic Bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945, all but one of the 420 students and teachers perished. Today is a again a bustling school and a memorial to those who died. more
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Finding real books and bookstores on your family trips

Daunt books, London
I know a lot of kids don’t even read “real” books anymore. Everyone is all about interactive books kids can read on tablets with all sorts of fun features. But there’s still something to be said for stopping in at a local bookstore — or a national park visitor center — and browsing their collection of children’s books. more
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Exploring Japanese pop culture at the International Manga Museum in Kyoto

Kids designing manga on computers
These aren’t just any comics. These are the enormously popular and traditional Manga, the basis for Anime, at the Kyoto International Manga Museum which is run by Kyoto Seika University and the Kyoto City Government. The University teaches aspiring Manga artists and writers in its design and fine arts department. more
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