4 Alternatives to the Pumpkin Spice Latte

I Secretly Love PSLs

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

I’ve held out for 14 years to drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Today I sipped my first one. Passport to Flavortown!

See how PSLs have altered the trajectory of my life. And while you’re at it, check out 4 alternatives to the Fall classic that will broaden your coffee horizons.

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Unexpected Sumo Matches, Judging Vacations & the Art of Meandering

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Katie from The Budget Backpack

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Meet Katie, the Guide behind “Boston to Cambridge: Parks, Brownstones and a Killer Skyline.” She opens up on why to cross bridges, the joys of solo travel, and best way to explore Boston.

 

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The Cronut of the Dumpling World

What's That?  |  Xiao Long Bao

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Like meat on a stick, the culinary concept of meat stuffed in a dough pocket is a fairly common one. There exist a multitude of dumpling variations from around the world: Italian ravioli, Japanese gyoza, Polish pierogi, Tibetan momo, Indian samosa, Latin American empanada, Korean mandu and dozens more.

On the vast plane of dumplings, there is one variation that stands above the rest: Xiao Long Bao - the Shanghainese soup dumpling. It does something that no other dumpling dares: it incorporates a warm broth inside of the dumpling.

Curious? We’ll explain what it is, where it came from, how to eat it, what separates the good from the bad, and where to find it.

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Yes We Cannoli

What's That?  |  Cannoli

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

We are pumped to announce that today we are unlocking Boston as a Sidewalk city! You can now explore the best of Boston and Cambridge with Sidewalk.

To celebrate this milestone, we honor Boston’s best-in-class pastry, the sweetened ricotta-filled pastry shells that dreams are made of — the cannoli. If you’ve experienced a Saturday night in the Hub’s cannoli capital, the North End, you’d know that the lines stretching out the doors of the Italian bakeries means one thing: they make some divine cannoli.

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Revolutionaries, Cobblestones & Ivy Leaguers In Boston

Sidewalk Unlocks Boston

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

We’re excited to announce that we are unlocking Boston as a Sidewalk city today. You can now search the collection of neighborhood Sidewalks to explore the best of Boston and Cambridge.

Whether you’re an inquisitive local or an out-of-towner, discover local perspectives and insider recommendations for places Bostonians know and love. Boston marks our sixth featured city, after debuting in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle and unlocking Washington DC this summer.

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5 Practical Tips to Improve Your Images As a Casual Photographer

Author: Ayash Basu, Founder & CEO of Loculars

A good photo is one that connects with its viewers and communicates a story. There is no checklist to tick off, no defined criterion to satisfy to capture a great picture. However, there are some guidelines that can help improve your images, and over a period of time, develop your photographic eye.

Here are 5 tips to become a better travel photographer.

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6 Reasons to Explore with Your Kids

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Do you ever scratch your head when thinking about what to get your kids for an upcoming birthday? Well, maybe a new Hatchimal isn’t your best bet. A recent survey revealed that 43% of kids prefer vacations to gifts. In addition, similar to adults, 46% of kids said that the best part about holidays was seeing new places and trying new things.  

Whether or not your family has a holiday on the horizon, here are 6 reasons to get out and explore with your kids in any neighborhood.

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Elevated Avocado Toast, Gut Health & Why Everyone Should Be a Solo Traveler

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Kara, The Travelling Dietitian

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

In each edition of “Word on the Street,” we interview a Guide to learn about their Sidewalk and some of their best travel stories.

Meet Kara, the Guide behind “Healthy Food Tour of Greenwich Village: Vegan Tex Mex, Coconut Froyo & Artisanal Coffee.” She dishes on corporate morning calisthenics, inspiration for new recipes and the rise of clean eating in New York City.

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Street Smarts About Street Food

5 Ways To Enjoy Your Street Food Without Getting Sick

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

The street food experience is one of the best parts of travel - food poisoning is one of the worst. I’ve made some of the most disastrous culinary decisions one could make while traveling and have lost weeks squatting on toilets, booting into hotel trashcans, and sweating through sheets.

Thankfully, I’ve also learned my lessons. Take my advice and you’ll enjoy the delights of street food without curling up on the bathroom floor, in a puddle of your own fluids, feeling like you’re moments away from death. Here are my 5 tips on how to eat on the street and live to tell to your story.

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The Sticky Story of the S’more

What's That? | S'mores

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Happy National S’mores Day! Today, we add a segment to the “What’s That” encyclopedia with an exploration of the treat’s mysterious origin, the scandalous history of its components, and a discussion about chocolate with our friends at Dandelion Chocolate.

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A Staring Contest in Washington DC, Chinese Explorers & Silk Worm Culinary Surprise

Word on the Street: 8 Questions with Gilbert

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

In each edition of “Word on the Street,” we interview a Guide and ask about their Sidewalk and some of their craziest travel stories.

Meet Gilbert, the Guide behind “Heroes of the Past: Tributes from the Washington Monument to the Lincoln Memorial.” He dishes on symbolic architecture in the Nation’s Capitol, Bhutanese monasteries, and 15th century seafarers.

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The Marina Date Walk

Taking the Work Out of the Date

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Whether it’s the girl you keep flirting with on Bumble or your better half, this walk from Pacific Heights through the Marina will put a smile on her face and keep a few extra dollars in your pocket. So, stop Yelping and Googling, just follow along, she’ll love this.

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3 Reasons to Take the Sidewalk

The Best Way to Explore? Walk!  

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Don’t take Uber. Don’t take Lyft. Go on foot and take the sidewalk.

Life can feel like a race sometimes. Sprint to beat the traffic. Dash to get to the restaurant. The chase is part of city living, but it doesn’t have to be. Next time you’re rushing in your hometown or traveling in a new city, take the slow approach to exploring. I’m a huge fan of relying on your two feet and ten toes to really see a place. Here are three reasons why walking is the way to go.

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Why We Travel

Maybe It's In The Genes

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

What gives some of us the urge to visit a place searching for a necessary level of discomfort, while others seek out the shores of the familiar? What if our lust to wander isn’t just an itch we have a subconscious urge to scratch? What if we are genetically predisposed to desire to see new things? What if our genes are the triggers of curiosities that only new experiences can satisfy. Is there a scientific explanation why some of us are self-diagnosed with the travel bug, while others are happiest in places they are already accustomed?

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6 Fortune Cookie Secrets They Don’t Want You to Know

What's That? | Fortune Cookies

Author: Jason Donahue, Co-Founder & CEO

Fortune cookies: the folded and bent crispy cookie with insightful prophecies, served at the end of the meal at Chinese restaurants. It is a dessert of Chinese mysticism and intrigue. Except it isn’t. A thrilling discovery is in your immediate future [. . . in bed.]

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A Beach Day in Bolinas

Author: Corey Wood, Product Lead - Growth & Lifecycle

Want a break from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco? Head up the coast to Bolinas, a place that doesn’t want to be found. Case in point: whenever the state tries to put road signs that lead into town, the locals tear them down! It’s one of the North Coast’s best kept secrets and the locals intend to keep it that way. Shhh, don’t tell them I sent you there.

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