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March 20, 2013

Las Vegas Hosts Food University

There’s still room at Las Vegas’ first Food University, to be held at Caesars Palace on March 27-29. The event, which was co-founded by Food Network cofounder Robin Leach, is designed to teach average cooks how to be exceptional home chefs in just 72 hours. Some of the participating chef/instructors include: Chef Francois Payard, Claudine Pepin, Robin Leach, and Duff Goodman. For more information, go to

KLM Redesigns Business Class

Dutch Airline KLM unveiled a new design for its business class on Tuesday at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport. Created by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, the new interiors include fabrics inspired by the Milky Way and carpets made from recycled uniforms.

Jongerius said she and her team of designers created a palette of blue, purple, grey, brown, and white for the design after bringing colors onboard flights to see how they would look in different light. “The light condition above the clouds and the light temperature makes all colors very red,” she told Dezeen magazine at the launch. “We had to really work in that sense so that the red goes out of the color palette and so we chose these colors that have a bit of green in them.”

Jongerius’ work can now be seen in KLM’s 747-700 business-class cabins and will soon be introduced in the airline’s other long-haul aircraft—including its economy cabins. See pictures of her designs here.

March 15, 2013

Win Some Fun in the Sun


How about a little fun in the sun? In celebration of the launch of its "Hello Sunny" campaign, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors and Conventions Bureau is giving away a three-night stay at the men’s resort Grand Resort & Spa (including roundtrip airfare for two to Fort Lauderdale). 

Sure it sounds like a blast—you’ll be only steps away from all of Fort Lauderdale’s beaches and nightlife—but you need to enter now. Click here for more information and the entry form.


March 14, 2013

Hawaiian Airlines Takes off for New Zealand

Hawaiian Airlines on Wednesday became the only U.S. carrier to fly to Auckland, New Zealand, with nonstop service from Honolulu to Auckland

“We have been delighted by the interest in our new service, both here at home and in New Zealand,” Hawaiian president and CEO Mark Dunkerley said. “The deep cultural connections between our islands and the islands of Aotearoa make New Zealand a natural destination for Hawaiian and for our singular brand of authentic Hawaiian hospitality.”

JetBlue Flies Two Men to the Wedding Chapel

While flight attendants are usually asking passengers to keep the aisle clear, one JetBlue employee is getting some love for helping a gay couple walk down the aisle. To get married, that is. After she learned that two men on a flight she was working from Burbank to New York were planning to get married in Manhattan, JetBlue flight attendant Virginia offered to be a legal witness to the men’s wedding.

In a letter published this week on the JetBlue blog BlueTales, new husbands Rick and Liam explain that when the crew on a Dec. 10, 2012 JetBlue flight learned that were about to get married, the flight attendants prepared a basket of congratulatory goodies and then the pilot announced the good news to the whole plane. “Love was in the air—literally and figuratively,” the men wrote.

The love didn’t stop there. When the men realized they needed—-but didn’t have--a witness to get married, flight attendant Virginia offered to fill the bill. So on December 12, Virginia’s day off, she got on her bike, picked up a wedding cake, and then pedaled down to City Hall to witness Rick and Liam’s wedding. “We were simply overjoyed,” the men wrote to JetBlue. “No words could ever express our gratitude for the love we received from her. Virginia was not only our flight attendant and the witness of our marriage, she has become our friend for life.”

Talk about the gay-friendly skies! See the men’s full letter and pictures from their trip to New York City here.

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