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  • WINE, BEER, & BOOZE PAIRINGS FOR EVERY THANKSGIVING DISH [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Everybody knows to pair with the main dish, but if you’re looking to maximize your alcohol intake, why not try pairing with every dish? It may seem daunting to come up with the best wine, beer, and liquor to imbibe with all the different foods at Thanksgiving, but fear not, for the boozehounds at Vinepair have done all the work. Protip: If you want to try each paring, be sure to just take a sip of your drink or you will most certainly be dead before you can get that sweet deal on McAfee Antivirus at Walmart on Friday.

  • Quantum of the Seas Isn’t Your Grandma’s Cruise Ship [10 Photos]

    If you’re looking to impress a bunch of blue-hairs with your shuffleboard skills or overindulge on all you can eat crab legs, the Quantum of the Seas is no the cruise ship for you. But if you’re not a billion years old, Royal Caribbean’s new ship may just what you’re looking for in a cruise. Quantum is the third largest cruise ship ever built, with 16 public decks and room for 5,000 passengers. But most importantly, it is home to the first gastropub at sea, Michael’s Genuine Pub. Whereas most cruise ships only offer big name offerings from Budweiser or Heineken or the like, Michael’s will stock popular microbrews such as Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Dogfish Head 90 Minute IPA, and Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale. Also, Michael’s Genuine Home Brew, served up at the pub’s sister location Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink in Miami, will also be available. The gastropub isn’t your only option when it comes to libations. There’s also a bar where robots make and serve your drinks in addition to plenty of more traditional bar and restaurant options. For more info (and lots of pictures) check out Usa Today’s coverage of Quantum of the Seas.

  • ‘The Millennial Rebuttal’ Shows The Selfless Side of Being a Millennial

    Online charity driving service, Welzoo recently released a video that tags all the negative stigmas surrounding millennials and turned them on it’s head. The millennial generation has been dubbed as apathetic and self indulgent, obsessed with only themselves and social media. So in collaboration with Column Five , Welzoo created a feel-good video in the format of a Facebook feed scrolling through heart warming stories surrounding millennials, putting self-absorbed accusations to rest. The video is meant to not only evoke emotion, but to motivate the young people of the world to help change it for the better. Titled ‘The Millennial Rebuttal’, the video is part of a campaign to make charitable giving accessible to all.

  • The Lowdown On Hops [Infographic]

    For the most part, beer is made up of water, malt, hops, and yeast. Water, malt, and yeast are used for plenty of other things, too, so we’re all pretty familiar with them. But what exactly are hops? Why and how are they so important to making delicious brews? Let Scottish brewery BrewDog teach you all about the flavorful flowers with this informative infographic.

  • Burger King Japan Offers Bizarre Holiday Options

    Are you all alone on Thanksgiving or Christmas with no family to prepare a home cooked meal for you? And are you also in Japan? Well if you don’t find yourself in the Land of the Rising Sun, you’re going to have a pathetic holiday season. But if you do, you can at least enjoy some bizarre twists on holiday food at Burger King Japan. To celebrate “Berry Kristmush,” the fast food giant is offering two new sandwiches. The disgustingly named Mush’N’Cheese burger features a black pepper beef patty topped with chopped mushrooms, a four-cheese sauce, and parmesan on a sesame seed bun and is available for $4.15. The Premium Berry burger is topped with bacon, lettuce, tomato, and a berry sauce made with with raspberries, cranberries, blueberries, and red wine. And just for added berry bliss, some whole blueberries are added atop the burger, which costs about $5.10. But if you’re looking for something a bit more traditional, Burger King is also offering Turkey Legs. Somehow that seems more odd than something called a Mush burger.

  • Win Thanksgiving with These Toasted Marshmellow Shots

    Move over cookies & milk shots, there’s a new shot-sheriff in town. Food blogger, Cheri Alberts from The Watering Mouth, is about to blow your tastebuds right out of your mouth. Alberts gives step by step directions on how to toast marshmellows to absolute perfection then fill them with a boozey accent of your choice. Go. Go to the grocery store right now and pick up regular-sized marshmallows, two forks, your preferred booze. Then make fire. Stove, electric grill, garbage can fire, whatever works for you. The brilliant trick in all of this is using the forks to burn the sides of the mellows causing a natural implosion. Take a look at how Alberts perfects her craft below or check out a step-by-step guide here.

  • 8 Ways To Sustain A Herculean Workweek

    When I was in college, I learned that I liked being busy rather than idle. Laziness, once a treat, felt wrong with the inference that I was paying for it (tuition’s not cheap). Through necessity, I put my time to more productive means, and in doing so, I realized I felt much better about myself over all. As mentioned in my article on workaholics, being a productive person actual makes you a better person. But working 60+ hours a week is not easy. So how does one sustain it? Here are a few techniques:

  • Take A Virtual Ride On The World’s Tallest Roller Coaster [Video]

    When it opens in Orlando in 2017, the Skyscraper at Skyplex will be the world’s tallest roller coaster. As someone who lived in Orlando for ten years and was eventually bored to tears by Walt Disney World and Universal Studios, let me get this out of the way now…damn. Damn. Damn. Damn. The Skyscraper will feature 5,200 feet of track with seven inversions including zero-g rolls and raven turns. In addition to being the tallest at 500 feet, the roller coaster will also feature the world’s highest inversion and steepest drop at 123 degrees. And with all-day ride passes at Skyplex expected to cost about $20, it will easily be Orlando’s cheapest roller coaster option. So…who wants to plan a 2017 Orlando trip?

  • The First-Timers Guide to Roasting a Turkey [Infographic]

    There will come a time in your life, where you’ll have to step up and endure the pain and anguish of preparing a Thanksgiving feast. It’s not all about kicking back in your recliner and watching football while the elders prepare dinner anymore, you’re older now and must carry on the tradition. But where do you start, Google? Paula Deen? Charlie Brown? How do you even begin to fathom cooking a full turkey? We got you covered. From portioning, defrosting, prepping and roasting, anyone can figure out how to produce the best possible product this Thanksgiving, even if they’re a first-timer. Column Five created this Thanksgiving-novice-proof infographic for roasting your first turkey, turkey. Yeah, I just called you a turkey.

  • Le Meridien in Bora Bora Might Be The Finest Resort on Earth [27 HQ Photos]

    Bora Bora is a small island thick with coconut forests and colorful villages and surrounded by miles of fine, white sandy beaches and crystal clear, turquoise water as far as the eye can see. Welcome and “Ia Orana” to Le Méridien Bora Bora which won the 2013 Certificate of Excellence by TripAdvisor, which basically means it’s the nicest hotel in the world. It’s overwater Bungalows feature a large glass floor with amazing views of the lagoon and its marine life. And by “marine life we mean sea turtles! The Bora Bora Turtle Center at Le Méridien Bora Bora, is home to numerous marine turtles which means you’ll see them floating by your room nearly 24/7/.

  • How To Recreate Buffalo Wild Wings Sauces At Home [Infographic]

    What’s better than greasy meat smothered in a delicious sauce? That’s a tough one. After all, there’s a reason that restaurants such as Buffalo Wild Wings rake in the business. Of course, if you find yourself besieged by a craving for chicken wings and spicy garlic dip, in all likelihood you’re going to have to shell out some cash in order to find satisfaction, and chances are you’re going to have to do it amid a crowd of people. On the other hand, you can save money and hassle by cooking up your own wings at home. And what about the sauces? Well, we’ve got you covered there as well. Take a look at this handy infographic, and get ready to enjoy some wild wings, without needing to go to the restaurant to do it.

  • Timelapse Video Shows Buffalo Getting Pounded By Lake-Effect Snow

    Parts of New York state were battered by lake-effect snow on Tuesday, with areas just south of Buffalo expected to rack up of 70 inches of the white stuff by Wednesday evening. The extremely cold air blowing over the relatively mild waters of Lake Erie also created enough instability to bring thundersnow to the area. Bands of snow are seen moving into south Buffalo in this stunning time-lapse footage from Tuesday. Via Mashable

  • Inside Medium’s Ivory Tower San Fransisco Office

    Popular story telling website, Medium, is at the forefront of  premium writing on the internet and has recently raised $25 million in investment money. Their San Francisco offices set inside a beautiful ivory brick building, reminiscent of Manhattan’s Flatiron building. Located in San Francisco’s Financial District, the spacious, exposed ceilings and ping pong tables make it a mind freeing atmosphere to work in. Photographer Darren Hull captured these shots of the space.

  • Watch This New Video of Flight Patterns Across the UK

    London is the hub for the eastern and western hemispheres to reach one another. Each year over 2 million flights travel in and out of their airports spreading out in every direction from the island. Every single one of these flights is logged and mapped out through data, and now we can visualize these patterns thanks to NATS. Taking radar data from over 7,000 flights, the clip shows a standard day of aviation in the UK, beginning with an aeronautical invasion from the US between midnight and 5am before the islands light up with activity. Both Europe 24 and North Atlantic Skies were designed to give an overview of the daily complexity and volumes of air traffic across the UK and Europe and to do so in a way that was cinematic and exciting to watch.   UK 24 from NATS on Vimeo.

  • A One Of A Kind Whisky Collection For $1.5 Million

    Harrods, the London-based luxury retailer of such reasonably-priced goods as a $6000 stuffed lion toy, has the perfect Christmas gift for any whisky lover on your list—The Dalmore Paterson Collection. The collection is made up of 12 whiskies from Richard Paterson, Master Distiller of The Dalmore. Each whisky comes bottled in its own crystal decanter adorned with a sterling silver collar and stag. The collection is then housed in a handcrafted bespoke cabinet and accompanied with Paterson’s handwritten ledger detailing each unique whisky. The Paterson Collection will set you back £987,500, or about $1.5 million and can only be purchased at The Wine Shop at Harrods, but you can gawk at it online all you want. Is it worth it? That’s up to you—after all, you can buy 60,000 bottles of Cutty Sark for the same price!

  • The Largest and Most Expensive Digital Billboard in Times Square Will Light Up On Tuesday Night

    In an era when digital screens large and small proliferate but attention is increasingly scarce, some marketers are making a huge bet that one of the biggest displays in the world will captivate audiences. Their gamble: the largest and most expensive digital billboard in Times Square, which will light up on Tuesday night. The new screen stands eight stories tall and is nearly as long as a football field, spanning the entire block from 45th Street to 46th Street on Broadway — the center of the Times Square “bow tie.” Nearly 24 million LED pixels, each containing tiny red, blue and green lights, make up the display, giving it higher resolution than even the best of today’s top-of-the-line television sets. At a going rate of more than $2.5 million for four weeks, the megascreen ranks as one of the most expensive pieces of outdoor ad real estate on the market, according to marketing executives. A digital art exhibition by the critically acclaimed Universal Everything studio collective will animate the screen from Tuesday night until Nov. 24, when Google will take over as the exclusive, debut advertiser with a campaign that runs through the New Year. Read the whole story on more »

  • Tall And Skinny: The 2018 NYC Skyline

    In just the last few months, the New York City skyline has been transformed with the addition of One World Trade Center and the supertall and super-skinny 432 Park Avenue. And these projects are just the beginning of Manhattan’s skyscraper boom, a race to erect characterless glass behemoths. It appears as though architects were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should. In an effort to showcase 53W53, which will house the Museum of Modern Art, a 100-room hotel, and 120 high-end condos, CityRealty released these renderings of the future of Manhattan’s skyline. And if you’re a fan of iconic New York landmarks such as the Woolworth Building or the Flatiron Building, you are in for quite a disappointment. Midtown will become the future home of many of these gargantuan reflectors, ensuring a boom to purveyors of sunglasses around Times Square, but downtown will also see some super-skinny erections. Near the newly-opened One WTC, a couple of equally tall apartment buildings are set to house the most ostentatious of the financial sector. As rents increase and more and more of the city is bought up by millionaires who collect the properties more »

  • America’s Most Popular Burger, Pizza & Coffee Chains Visualized [infographic]

    Flowing Data has created a series of popular burger, Pizza and Coffee joints across the U.S. Using AggData, the map above shows the nearest burger chain out of the selected seven. I chugged along every twenty miles, checked within a 10-mile radius, and then colored each dot accordingly. In their original data they used 29 burger chains, but cut the number down to show the most popular 7. With Pizza FD used 9 chains at a 5 mile radius and with Coffee they used every 10 miles. Pizza Hut absolutely dominates the country in the Pizza category, while Coffee is a bit more complicated. Starbucks is spread throughout the country evenly, more so in the major cities, but Dunkin Donuts has a stronghold on the entire East Coast. Take a look at the three graphs below.

  • Inside Facebook’s New-New York City Digs

    Facebook is officially moved in to their new Greenwich Village engineers offices. The social network has been moving teams in little by little since February, while construction has been on going. The office includes a library, full wall art pieces and the standard office ping-pong table. “Taking a moment to look back, when we first moved into this building in February it was an open construction site, and it’s been really rewarding to have all our employees together as we watch it take shape around us,” site director Serkan Piantino writes. “We’ve seen a dozen pieces of artwork created, filled a library with our favorite books, opened a coffee bar for business, enjoyed the views looking down Broadway and daily sunsets over Greenwich Village, and, most recently, cut the ribbon on Desimone’s café with really quite incredible cuisine from our executive chef Nate Eckhaus.”

  • A UK Pub Has A Double Doughnut Burger Because You Have To Die Of Something

    Legend has it, the original doughnut burger was created in a bar in Decatur, Georgia called Mulligan’s. It was called the Luther Burger in honor of singer Luther Vandross, who was said to enjoy the deliciously unhealthy sandwich (and who also died form a heart attack at the age of 54). But like so many disgustingly American staples, someone overseas has upped the ante and challenged our proud heritage of gluttony. The aptly named UK family pub chain Hungry Horse has unveiled the 1,996-calorie Double Donut Burger. Consisting of two beef patties, cheese, four pieces of bacon and barbecue sauce between two glazed doughnuts, the monster sandwich is horrible and we are so jealous that we can’t get one on this side of the Atlantic. Advertised with the tagline “So wrong, it’s right,” just the thought of the Double Donut Burger has been giving nutrition experts coronaries. Sure, the 53 grams of saturated fat probably aren’t good for you, but good news, gym rats—there’s also 75 grams of protein! UK folks might want to get one before health nuts ruin the fun for everyone. And please, send one to RSVLTS HQ.

  • 886,246 Poppies Planted At The Tower On London

    In honor of British and Colonial military lives lost during World War I, the Tower of London’s long-dry moat is being filled with ceramic poppies. 886,246 of them, to be exact. Volunteers began planting the flowers, created by artist Paul Cummins, a few weeks back, with the first poppy being put in the ground by Crawford Butler, the longest serving Yeoman Warder. The last flower will be installed on November 11th, in salute to Armistice Day. Copy via CNN

  • This Smart Shaker Will Transform The Way You Make Cocktails

    Step into any hip bar these days and everyone will be sipping on cocktails such as a Rob Roy, a Tom Collins, or even a Joe Cucci (Sambuca and Godiva White Chocolate Liqueur), but unless you’re that dude who mentored Tom Cruise in “Cocktail,” (you’re not, because—spoiler alert—he dies) when you try to recreate those drinks at home, you invariably fail. Don’t fret! Instead of drowning your sorrows in a poorly mixed concoction, get your hands on a B4RM4N and make perfect drinks every time. The B4RM4N is a smart shaker that communicates with an iOS or Android app and ensures you’re following over 100 cocktail recipes every step of the way. From the amount of each ingredient to the type of ice needed (crushed or cubed) to the time you spend shaking, everything is monitored via the shaker and app. And if you don’t know what cocktail to make, just put in what ingredients you have on hand and the B4RM4N app will offer you suggestions. How can you get your hands on one? The B4RM4N is currently raising money on Kickstarter, but with over $40,000 of the $100,000 goal raised, funding shouldn’t be an issue. And early backers more »

  • Sriracha Sauce, Pretzel Crust, “Skinny” Slices, and More: Your First Look At Pizza Hut’s Major Rebrand

    Pizza Hut has been a favorite during parties at RSVLTS HQ for a long time, just check out our buddy Matt in the photo above crushing some Pizza Hut at our office warming party back in April. But even though we’ve been ordering our fair share of delivery, Pizza Hut has been struggling for two years as consumers are becoming more interested in exotic flavors and personalized options. One look at Tony Boloney’s menu will show you where the market is headed. To combat slumping sales the world’s largest pizza chain on Monday announced a drastic plan to turn upside down almost every facet of its identity with all new branding, the doubling of its available ingredients, including sriracha, curry and buffalo, a 250 calorie “Skinny Pizza” and the largest ad campaign in it’s history, as reported by USA Today.

  • RSVLTS Take Off: Nashville

    The majority of your time spent in Nashville should always be the music, it’s wide variety of country music, music heritage and history is enough to build a trip out of in itself, but the Music City also has a great food and beverage scene as well. With a handful of new industrial-chic restaurants opening up on a monthly basis and plenty of honky-tonk bars to hop around, you’ll have your hands full trying to make a checklist to stop in for a drink at each one. In this edition of RSVLTS Take Off, we’ll be showing you an abridged version of Nashville that will make you want to pack your boots and hit the road. Honky-tonks on Lower Broadway. The district is famous for the numerous country music entertainment establishments. Photo via: Sean Pavone / Shutterstock.com Downtown Nashville Downtown Nashville cityscape in the evening Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo Honkey Tonk Central Bar Photo via: Shutterstock/f11photo ___ Eats Pinewood Social Pinewood Social is a space that is based on the idea of creating a social gathering place that can accommodate your needs morning, noon and night. Offering up a bar, bowling alley, dining area, “living room” and even an outdoor space, more »

  • Dennis Rodman’s Basketball Diplomacy Proves Effective After All

    Like most of the world, we questioned just what the hell Dennis Rodman was thinking when he traveled to North Korea with other retired NBA players for a basketball game. Had he finally lost what little sanity he still had? Was it all a publicity stunt for his Bad Ass Premium Vodka? Wrong! At least according to Dennis Rodman. With news that North Korea was freeing American prisoner Kenneth Bae, Rodman, ever the modest fellow, went to TMZ with proof that it was all his doing. Apparently, while the rest of the world looked at “the worm” with disgust for his support of a nation rife with human rights abuses, he was actually orchestrating Bae’s freedom via a kind thank you card to despot Kim Jong Un. In the letter, Rodman thanks the North Korean dictator for the hospitality shown to him and his fellow NBA stars and commends the leader on all the great things he’s doing for his country, such as building a water park. Then in the powerful final paragraph, he urges Kim Jong Un to free Bae to show the US how “loving and compassionate” he can be. Rodman admits he never received a reply from more »

 
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