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Meet Allan Law, The Sandwich Guy

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Allan Law’s earned the nickname, helping those in need in the Minneapolis area.

Allan Law, a 32-year veteran in the Minneapolis Public School system, founded Minneapolis Recreation Development in 1967. Law made the program with a focus to feed and provide emergency assistance to as many people in need as possible. Since then, he has volunteered more than 175,000 hours, and has personally spent almost $500,000 serving the poor and homeless in the Minneapolis area.

Event Profile: 2016 Travel Blog Exchange

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This past Memorial Day weekend, the Mall of America was abuzz when over 500 bloggers gathered for the Travel Blog Exchange (TBEX), the world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media travel industry professionals. Here, bloggers spent the weekend networking with one another, finding out how to keep their blogs relevant, and touring both the new and old gems of the Twin Cities.

Stadiums Provide a Winning Guest Experience

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Sport stadiums, those cavernous homes to professional teams and hot dogs, popcorn and beer, can also make outstanding meeting and event spaces. 

Stadiums often offer state-of-the-art amenities designed to impress clients and foster camaraderie. Especially in Michigan, where sports fandom runs rampant, just knowing a meeting or event is slated for a stadium can boost enthusiasm and attendance.

Here are five stadiums eager to host your next meeting or event. 

Chicagoland has a Timeline of Restaurants That Allow Patrons to Go Back in Time

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From 1920s speakeasies to 1950s supper clubs and 1980s game emporiums, Chicagoland has a whole timeline of spots that pair good food with a side dish of nostalgia.

Signature Drink: The Handsome Haymaker

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This singular cocktail, created by Chris Burmeister, lead bartender at Outpost (the restaurant at The Goodland hotel in Santa Barbara), was inspired by one its ingredients, Avua Amburana Cachaca—a distilled Brazilian spirit made from fresh sugarcane juice. The ageing of the amburana wood of the cachaça releases intoxicating notes of cinnamon and baking spice. Burmeister wanted to highlight those flavors. He decided to do a riff on a milk punch, using the masala chai syrup as a sweetener to complement the cachaça.

Room With a View: The Lobster

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The wraparound windows at The Lobster restaurant offer one of the most iconic views in all of Southern California: the Pacific Ocean and the historic Santa Monica Pier with its illuminated Ferris wheel. Now with a refurbished and contemporary redesign, the view from inside is pretty stellar, too. There are several options for group dining, from a private enclosed terrace that seats 50, an inside private dining room for up to 100, or a buyout of the entire restaurant, which accommodates 220 guests for a standing reception.

Bluesmart Suitcases Make High-Tech, High-End Holiday Gifts

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Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a VIP? A Bluesmart carry-on suitcase will surely impress. Created by and for tech-savvy travelers, these “smart bags” do everything but propel themselves down the airport concourse. Download the companion smartphone app to lock or unlock the bag via a remote Bluetooth connection (the lock is TSA approved, and you also get a physical key) and track its whereabouts in more than 100 countries via a GPS application.

Flashback: Huntington Beach

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At the turn of the 20th century, the oceanfront town of Pacific City, which sat along what would become the Pacific Coast highway, would have been the perfect setting for a western by director John Ford. This photo was taken in 1904, the year the first pier opened and the community renamed itself Huntington Beach in honor of Henry E. Huntington, who brought the Pacific Electric Railway to the coast. Today, Pacific City is the name of a new 191,000-square-foot retail, dining and entertainment destination.

Signature Drink: Lavender Collins

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Freedmen’s Bar in Austin is a laid-back lounge, beer garden, and smokehouse serving barbecue and retro-inspired cocktails in a historic Austin building. Bartenders often work in tangent with Pitmaster Evan LeRoy, using ingredients that are smoked alongside the restaurant’s awardwinning barbecue. 

INGREDIENTS:
—1.5 oz. Botanist Gin
—.75 oz. lavender syrup
—.75 oz. lemon juice

DIRECTIONS:
Muddle cucumber. Top with soda and stir. Garnish with edible flower

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