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New Chocolate Factory To Open At Universal CityWalk

Apr 30, 2016
The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium at Universal CityWalk is set to open later this year.

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Hotels restaurants increasingly focusing on local food and healthy choices


Eggs in hell at Sazerac
It is Friday night in Seattle. But what’s interesting is the Sazerac with its distinctive chandeliers and hip-but-casual vibe and food best described as modern South meets Northwest is in Kimpton’s Monaco Hotel. more
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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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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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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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Visiting a traditional Japanese Ryokan — not your ordinary hotel


Akemi Nishimura at her Hiiragiya Ryokan in Kyoto
Welcome to the traditional Japanese Riokan. There are these hotels all around Japan, some in the mountains, which offer the chance to try the Japanese hot springs baths called onseng more
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Touring Kyoto with locals and on bikes: seeing more than temples


Wacky scarecrows guard a rice paddy in Kyoto
Kyoto is famous for its Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples. This morning, we’re cycling a 14-mile loop with Kyoto Cycling Tour Project with stops at the Golden Pavilion and Ryoanji Temple with its world-famous rock garden – two of the city’s and Japan’s top tourist attractions. more
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Cruise follies, foibles, TMI, TLI and unexpected discoveries


A squid greets us in Hakodate, Japan
All in all it was a great cruise on the Diamond Princess, stopping in ports we had never heard of in northern Japan and even in Russia, thanks to somebody named Jones (more on that later). But no cruise is complete without its follies and unexpected discoveries. more
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Kids have a different take on cultural exchanges aboard cruises


The captain of the Diamond Princess and his family
Listen up parents -- if you thought the educational part of cruising was only seeing historic and cultural sites, you were wrong. It seems much more cultural exchange happens right on board at the kids’ and teen club, kids say. more
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