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Review: Does Bronx Bagels Really Have New York Bagels in Georgia?

As someone who was born and raised in New York, I often miss some of the food with which I grew up during my formative years — whether it is in the form of Kosher delicatessen or pizza…

…and bialys and bagels are no exception to the foods which I miss ever since I moved to Georgia years ago — so when I heard about an establishment located in Alpharetta which purports to create and sell bagels reminiscent of those in New York, I wanted to try them and put them to a taste test.


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Easter Island is Not Only Statues: Ana Te Pora Lava Tunnel

Easter Island is best known for the unique ancient Moai statues which grace the entire island; but the remote place — which is also known as Rapa Nui in Polynesian and Isla de Pascua in Spanish — has other not-so-secret surprises in store for visitors.

One of those surprises is the picturesque scenery of a cliff along the northwest coast of Easter Island, where the deep blue color of the Pacific Ocean is in harmony with the wispy and puffy clouds which dance across the azure sky — as well as the browns and greens of the gently rolling landscape…

…and within that vicinity is another surprise known as Ana te Pora, which…

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How Donating Blood Has Changed During the Pandemic of 2019 Novel Coronavirus

I have been donating platelets on a regular basis over the years with a process known as apheresis or pheresis; but I could not help but notice how the process changed during the last time I donated platelets recently.

When I walked through the door of the entrance of the donor center facility, I was immediately greeted with a number of warning notices with at least four STOP signs.

One of the warning notices instructs people just beyond the entrance to…

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Trying My First Cincinnati Chili — and the Verdict Is…

I found myself in Cincinnati a few months ago, and since I had heard the city is known for its chili, I decided to try it for myself. Out of the several chains in the area that serve chili, I decided to eat at Skyline Chili after seeing slightly better reviews than my other consideration, Gold Star Chili.

Shortly after I ordered, the server brought my chili to the table — and the verdict is…

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Tasting the New Oreo Shamrock McFlurry: 50 Years of Shamrock Shakes — and The Verdict Is…

As I have not had a Shamrock Shake in greater than three years, I thought I would try the new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry dessert offering from McDonald’s in honor of the celebration of 50 years of Shamrock Shakes.

The new Oreo Shamrock McFlurry is described as creamy vanilla soft serve with mint flavoring and Oreo cookie pieces blended throughout for a delicious minty-chocolaty dessert.

When I ordered mine, I…

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Could 12foot5 Have Been an Alternate Solution to 11foot8?

The clearance of the bridge which used to be known as the notorious 11Foot8 — as it was named after the height of its span being eleven feet and eight inches of clearance suspended off of the surface of the street — in Durham under which trucks, buses, recreational vehicles and other tall conveyances have either their tops peeled like a can in a can opener or have much of the vehicle annihilated altogether has recently been raised to 12foot4.

During a recent visit to…

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One Major Issue With the Holiday Inn Andorra Which I Had Was…

I drove approximately 214 kilometers for two hours and 45 minutes from the international airport which serves Barcelona to be in Andorra — about which I eventually intend to write an article pertaining to my experience — and decided to stay at the Holiday Inn Andorra hotel property for one night back in 2018.

After checking in at the front desk…

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Visiting the Ruins of the Abandoned Town of Brooklyn — in West Virginia

“A rugged, whitewater river flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. The park encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River, is rich in cultural and natural history, and offers an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.”

The text you just read is from the official Internet web site of…

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What is Wrong With This Photograph? Part 16

At the time I took this photograph of something I found wrong on a poster when I dined at a location of Outback Steakhouse, which — despite its name — is a chain of casual restaurants based in the United States and not Australia…

…I realized something else which seemed incorrect, as shown in the photograph above.

For this…

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The Space Capsule Shower Stall, The Silo, and The Lie-Flat Seat — No, Not Aboard an Airplane: My First Time Staying at a Sleep Inn

During a recent road trip, I needed to stop off somewhere near Beckley in West Virginia for the night — and I decided on the Sleep Inn Beaver – Beckley hotel property due to its location near where I wanted to go the next morning; and also the less expensive room rates when compared to similar hotel properties within the region.

I have never stayed at a Sleep Inn hotel property before and…

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