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Mexico: Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Premiers Tonight

January 5th, 2009 · 12 Comments

If you’re new here, you may want to subscribe to my RSS feed. Thanks for visiting!Just a reminder to all you No Reservation fans, Anthony Bourdain enjoys the delights of Mexico tonight on the Travel Channel. I’m hoping he spends some time in one of my favorite vacation locations, The Yucatan, and visits my dear [...]

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Tags: Mexico · Pop Culture

Four Years Makes A World Of Difference

November 10th, 2008 · 9 Comments

Last time our country had a presidential election, Travel Boyfriend and I were on our way to Southeast Asia. I remember getting ready to board our plane in South Korea for Cambodia when I saw that my home state of Ohio had officially made Bush president for a second term. Tears sprang to my eyes [...]

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Tags: Pop Culture

Spain: The Latest Episode Of No Reservations Doesn’t Disappoint

August 18th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Another week, another gazing over at Travel Boyfriend through blurry tears to see a similar reflection staring back. Yes, yes, I know, get over Anthony Bourdain, Travel Betty. Well, it’s hard. He started his television career off so irascibly, but has mellowed through the past three seasons like a fine cheese. There’s depth to him. [...]

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Tags: Egypt · Food and Drink · Pop Culture

Anthony Bourdain In Saudi Arabia Tonight

July 21st, 2008 · 2 Comments

Remember last season when the Travel Channel kept asking for No Reservation fans to send in their videotapes to convince Tony to travel to their favorite locales? Well, probably like you, I considered doing it, but slacked out. Luckily, this chick didn’t and now Tony’s off to Saudi Arabia! Until women are allowed to drive [...]

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Tags: Pop Culture

SmartyPig Gift Card Winner!

July 19th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Congratulations to JoLynn from The Fit Shack!!! She’s the winner of the $50 gift card from SmartyPig. All of the postcards comments were awesome and made me feel like I was traveling the world in style. I just couldn’t choose “the best” so instead I turned to the good old democratic process and picked randomly. [...]

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Tags: Pop Culture

Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations Returns Monday July 7th

July 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Frequent readers of Travel Betty don’t need reminding how much I love No Reservations and its cantankerous host, Anthony Bourdain. Heck, even people who just read this post and the last one I posted will kind of get the gist.  But why? Well, Anthony isn’t your typical perky bland travel host pointing out obvious choices [...]

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Tags: Food and Drink · Pop Culture

Travel Betty’s 30-Second Vacation: Making Fortune Cookies In Chinatown

December 9th, 2007 · 4 Comments

In a tiny Chinatown shop in San Francisco, no bigger than a one-car garage, in an alley barely wider than an airplane aisle, there lives a very special cookie company, The Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Company. Every day they pump out bags and bags of your favorite post-kung-pao-chicken treat. Some are even flavored with chocolate. [...]

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Tags: 30-Second Vacations · California · Food and Drink · Northern California · Pop Culture · Shopping · USA

Travel Betty Makes Universal Discovery In Los Angeles

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments

Unless you are blind, or Corey Hart, wearing sunglasses while dining in a restaurant in the evening does not make you cool. It makes you a total douchebag.

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Tags: Food and Drink · Pop Culture · Southern California · Travel Insights · USA

Good Beach Reading. Impeach! Reason: Treason.

September 24th, 2007 · No Comments

A few years ago I read an article about a progressive-minded taxi driver from San Francisco named Brad Newsham. His quest was simple. Through an organization that he founded called Backpack Nation, he desired “To transform the West’s 2-3 million independent travelers into an army of global ambassadors, emissaries of peace, a roving force for [...]

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Tags: California · Northern California · Pop Culture · USA

Why Is Alaska Airlines So In Love With Reggae Sensation, Bob Marley?

September 5th, 2007 · 2 Comments

You know when sometimes you just don’t spend time to think things through? You just take it all at face value? I mean, am I the only one who just automatically accepted that Alaska Airlines had painted Bob Marley on the tails of their planes? Seriously, one day I finally stopped for a moment and [...]

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Tags: Air Travel · Pop Culture