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Check Out Lucas In This Month’s TimeOut New York Kids!

TimeOut New York KidsAlmost two years back I wrote how TimeOut was opening a huge food hall in NYC.

Soon after sharing news of the upcoming new market, we visited TimeOut Market in Lisbon, Portugal. We were really impressed by the food options and looked forward to the NY version.

TimeOut Market NY opened in Brooklyn before last summer and I’d say it’s decent but overall, disappointing. I had high hopes for classic NY restaurants to be featured just like in Portugal. There are some good food options with Pat LaFrieda’s stalls being the best in my opinion however it’s lacking the amazing vibe that we experienced in Portugal.

While at the market a few months back, we picked up a copy of TimeOut New York Kids. Continue reading Check Out Lucas In This Month’s TimeOut New York Kids!

McD’s Online Shop Now Has Quarter Pounder Fan Club Gear

Quarter PounderWhen it comes to McDonald’s food, my kids are fans, mainly due to the Happy Meal toys and chicken nuggets. I’m only really interested in McD’s when we’re traveling since I love checking out what’s on their international menus.

In early December I wrote about how McDonald’s now had a permanent online shop selling various items.

The shop hasn’t really offered anything new until now. Continue reading McD’s Online Shop Now Has Quarter Pounder Fan Club Gear

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