on a San Diego beachside, Hodad's offers some of the West Coast's
biggest hamburgers. According to Forbes Traveler, the most popular menu item, the double, weighs in
at well over half a pound and is piled with lettuce, tomato, onion,
pickle, mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup. Hodad's famously messy
burgers come wrapped in wax paper, which owner Mike Hardin
half-jokingly calls a "burger trough." Do as the locals do
and order a double bacon cheeseburger with fries and a shake. Lesser
appetites can order an "unburger"--all of the toppings,
none of the burger.
April 2009, CNN named Hodad's one of the "five tasty burger
joints worth visiting" and Hodad's has also been featured on the
Food Network, appearing on Guy Fieri's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
in August 2008 and on The Best Thing I Ever Ate - Bacon in June 2009.
have a burger where they make a bacon patty that goes on top of the
burger that is just ridiculous," said Fieri. It's his belief that
all ingredients in a burger must co-exist and compliment one another
for a great experience.
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of having your food stolen by sticky-fingered coworkers or roommates?
Bullies taking your kid's lunch? Well, worry no more . . . Anti-Theft
Lunch Bags designed by innovative designer Sherwood Forlee are
sandwich bags that have green splotches printed on both sides, making
your freshly prepared lunch look spoiled. Don't suffer the injustice
of having your sandwich stolen again! Protect your lunch with
Anti-Theft Lunch Bags. The
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$10 for 26,
Ray says: "Use a
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crooks. The exterior is marked with fake moldy splotches."
travelers seeking casual retreats for sand and surf, this uncrowded
and unpretentious spot in Florida makes an ideal and
cult-fave town of Boca Grande is a throwback, an Old Florida time
warp with such whimsically named streets as Damnificare and no chain
stores or ye-olde theme restaurants. This idyllic and Edenic escape
on the Gulf of Mexica features a much-photographed lighthouse
watching over Gasparilla Island State Park and long, quiet beaches
touched by gentle surf. Boca Grande is a wonderland, a place that
defies the clichés of Florida beach towns - all the sloppy,
party-hearty aspects - while embodying the best of what the state has
In the free and easy days of summer, the quest for a great American beach town like Boca Grande is a national passion. Beach towns are a mainstay of the hot months, a beacon for countless citizens looking for a reprieve from the daily grind.
+ Leisure recommends staying at The Gasparilla Inn, a member of the
Historic Hotels of America and the National Trust for Historic
Preservation. The Gasparilla Inn is the classic resort and comes
complete with a golf course.
Of note, however, is the the Inn is closed during the hottest months so the best alternative is its sister property, the Innlet, which features a waterside restaurant and a relaxed vibe.
eating in Boca Grande, Travel + Leisure featured Temptation Restaurant, a funky
Florida spot with character - think murals of leaping tarpon and a
neon martini sign. The Temptation serves local grouper, pompano, and
more information on places to stay, where to eat and what to do,
visit the Boca Grande Chamber of Commerce website.
Glamour's 2009 Fashion Week, two of the most wearable trends that
emerged were the one-shoulder dress and the edgy little black dress (LBD).
The times are changing, and the LBD is changing with them. Designers
looked toward the future with seriously severe shapes, sleek cutouts
and body-hugging silhouettes that brought these black dresses a very
next-century feel. The one-shoulder dress is full of drama and
asymmetry that make it instantly intriguing and draws attention to
the shoulder and the face.
Hathaway recently donned a Sophia Kokosalaki mini-dress that embodied
the edgy little black dress and one-shoulder dress all in one.
unexpected cutouts of the Twinkle sculpture dress make a luxe frock
Lepore's Athena dress is a button-down style transformed into a
sexy frock with a side bow, puff cap sleeves and a spread collar.
In Style, Glamour
Antique Roadshow has television shows in both the U.S. and in England. In
the new season, which starts January 2010 on PBS, the first $1
million appraisal will be featured.
woman brought four pieces of carved Chinese Jade that she inherited
to a Roadshow event in Raleigh, North Carolina. The pieces of carved
jade and celadon dated from the Chien Lung Dynasty (1736-1795) and
included a large bowl crafted for the Emperor. Asian arts appraiser
James Callahan said that a mark on the bottom of the bowl indicated
it was created for an imperial order. The pieces were given a
conservative auction estimate of up to $1.07 million. This is far and
away the biggest appraisal in the show's 13-year run, the previous
record was a 1937 painting by Clyfford Still which was estimated at
around $500,000. The excitement generated by this appraisal will
doubtlessly send many people scrambling to the attic to revisit the
treasures they've inherited. A word of caution though, an appraisal
is no guarantee of a final sale price.