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First Harry Potter Flagship Store Opening This Summer In New York City

Harry Potter
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Harry Potter books and movies are some of the most popular of all time.

Universal Studios Hollywood  has The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter which draws huge crowds and long waits.

In the summer of 2020, New York City will be getting their own Harry Potter destination-worthy shop. Continue reading First Harry Potter Flagship Store Opening This Summer In New York City

McDonald’s Now Has A Permanent Online Shop But…

McDonaldsMy kids are big fans of McDonalds, primarily for the Happy Meal toys and chicken nuggets. I’m also a big fan of McD’s but I’m only really excited about visiting while in an international destination.

McDonalds offers a taste of home while traveling but even more importantly, I love seeing what local menu items are available in other countries.

I’ve written reviews of many international McDonald’s restaurants. Continue reading McDonald’s Now Has A Permanent Online Shop But…

This McDonalds In Baltimore Offers An Odd Item For Sale

McDonaldsWhen traveling internationally, I love visiting McDonalds to see what interesting, local menu items might be available.

At most McDonalds in the U.S., the menu tends to typically be the same. I have heard that a lobster roll might be available in New England. I’ve never seen it on a menu. From what I recall, it’s a seasonal item… Continue reading This McDonalds In Baltimore Offers An Odd Item For Sale

Toys R Us Makes Its Return With Opening Of 1st Store

toys r usIt was a sad day back in mid- June 2018 when we visited Toys R Us for the last time before the company closed all of their stores.

As a kid I loved visits to Toys R Us, as an adult not so much. However, during visits to the store with Lucas it brought back good memories. I always tried hard not allow my feelings of nostalgia to lead to big purchases! Continue reading Toys R Us Makes Its Return With Opening Of 1st Store

DC Museum Closing, Won’t Give Part Of World Trade Center To 9/11 Museum

World Trade CenterSince the tragedy of September 11 took place over 18 years back, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has donated various items from the WTC to be displayed in public spaces around the country.

Currently, “the top section of the antenna from the North Tower of the World Trade Center which had been on display at a Washington D.C. museum is being put in storage“, according to Gothamist. Continue reading DC Museum Closing, Won’t Give Part Of World Trade Center To 9/11 Museum

The Very Important Question I Asked NYC’s Mayor De Blasio At The NY Pizza Festival

Mayor De BlasioLast weekend the Michael W Travels family attended the 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival in the Bronx’s Little Italy. (Check out my review of last year’s festival here.)

Towards the end of the event, we saw a huge crowd forming by one of the stands so I went over for a closer look. To my surprise, I saw NYC’s Mayor De Blasio making pizza! Continue reading The Very Important Question I Asked NYC’s Mayor De Blasio At The NY Pizza Festival

Over 200 Of Anthony Bourdain’s Items Will Be Auctioned Off

Anthony Bourdain
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Chef, author and globetrotting TV star Anthony Bourdain tragically died a little over a year back. Since then, his NYC apartment was put up for sale.

A couple of days back, Kim sent me an article stating that some of Anthony Bourdain’s possessions would soon be auctioned off. Continue reading Over 200 Of Anthony Bourdain’s Items Will Be Auctioned Off

Anthony Bourdain Scholarship Being Started By Culinary Institute of America

Anthony Bourdain
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In less than a week (June 25th) it will be Anthony Bourdain Day (#BourdainDay).

The day was created by Bourdain’s friends (world-famous chefs Eric Ripert and Jose Andres) as a way to memorialize his life. Continue reading Anthony Bourdain Scholarship Being Started By Culinary Institute of America