What to Do on the Left Bank, Paris
Apr19
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The art of persuasion: 5 things you can say to get better service
Mar07

The art of persuasion: 5 things you can say to get better service

It isn’t the horse that makes the wagon go. It’s the carrot you put in front of his nose. That’s an old Russian proverb, and it reminds me how customer service people sometimes won’t go out of their way to help you unless you persuade them to. Sure, a true professional will always do the job as required. But don’t you want better service? Here are some time-tested phrases you can use to get it. “I come in peace” There have been summer...

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How to Eat Well in Athens – Choice Tables – NYTimes.com
Mar04

How to Eat Well in Athens – Choice Tables – NYTimes.com

Eirini Vourloumis for The New York Times OVERSHADOWED by those shameless epicurean showboats Paris, Barcelona and Rome, Athens sometimes overreacts, responding with an ambition so fervent it verges on the poignant. I know: I’ve been a victim of it. Athenian after Athenian has tugged me out to this or that sleekly designed room with boldly geometric plates upon which intricately stacked food teeters. And I have wondered where the...

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10 foods to try in Mexico – Matador Network
Feb19

10 foods to try in Mexico – Matador Network

Photo: Rob West Forget the murky blobs of refried beans, gooey overcooked cheeses, packaged flour tortillas, dull strips of chicken and flavorless tomatoes that pass for Mexican food in so many places. Here are 10 things you’ve gotta try to get a real taste. 1. Tacos   Photo: Alaskan Dude You may think you know the taco. You’ve met it in Chicago or even Beijing. But you do not know the taco until you are standing on the corner of a...

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Europe’s best beaches, according to TripAdvisor
Feb18

Europe’s best beaches, according to TripAdvisor

These are Europe’s 10 best beaches according to reviews left on TripAdvisor. 10. Playa de Bolonia, Tarifa, Spain 9. Eggremni Beach, Lefkada, Greece 8. Weymouth Beach, Dorset England 7. Cala Rossa, Favignana, Italy 6. Fig Tree Bay, Protaras, Cyprus 5. Iztuzu Beach, Dalyan, Turkey 4. Woolacombe Beach, Devon, England 3. Elafonissi Beach, Elafonissi, Greece 2. Playa de Ses Illetes, Formentera, Spain 1. Rabbit Beach, Lampedusa,...

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15 dead giveaways youre from New Jersey – Matador Network
Feb13

15 dead giveaways youre from New Jersey – Matador Network

1. You know why they call it the “Garden State.” It’s because they couldn’t fit the “Chemical and Petroleum Refineries and Toxic Waste State” on the license plates. New Jersey is one of the largest chemical producing states in the country, with probably the largest petroleum containment areas outside the Middle East. While New Jersey’s agricultural outputs do include vegetables, it’s better known for leading the nation in its share of...

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