Travel News Quiz: Test Your Knowledge of the Past Month’s Headlines

by Jesse Sokolow

Are you fully up-to-date with your travel news? Take our travel news quiz and you could win a piece of airline history including items from Pan Am and TWA.
In last month’s quiz, the question about which airline (Delta, it turns out) was introducing welcome drinks and a choice of appetizers in coach, with 92.6%, but only 29% knew the correct answer about which hotelier was introducing a “Treehouse” brand of …

Great Moments in Travel History – August 2019

by Jesse Sokolow

August is the month of the year in both the Juliana and Gregorian calendars, and is named after Augustus, a Roman statesman who was the first emperor of the Roman Empire. It was originally named Sextilis because it was the sixth month of the ten-month Roman calendar. The month was chosen by Augustus because several of his greatest triumphs including the conquest of Egypt took place in this month.
August is …

Restaurant Review: McDonald’s Worldwide Favorites Menu

by Anna Breuer

It was bound to happen, although I didn’t see this one coming: my editor assigned me to review McDonald’s.
He wasn’t having a Big Mac attack nor telling me to review a Quarter Pounder; rather, he asked me to check out the new Worldwide Favorites Menu, which features four items from McDonald’s restaurants around the world, namely in Australia, Canada, Spain, and the Netherlands.
There are many menu items from McDonald’s outside …

3 Important Tips to Minimize ATM ‘Skimming’ Fraud

by Anna Breuer

ATM skimming – which involves the theft of debit or credit card numbers when thieves put a card-reading device on an automated teller machine or gas pump – is on the rise but there are multiple steps travelers can take to virtually ensure they are not victimized.
Criminals use so-called skimmers in tandem with hidden cameras that record personal identification numbers, or PINs, that are entered on the keypad. They then …

Theater Review: ‘Road Show’ at Encores Off-Center at City Center

by Jonathan Spira

The third and final musical in the Encores Off Center Series at City Center, Stephen Sondheim’s “Road Show,” completes the trilogy of shows for the 2019 season that started with a highly introspective “Working: A Musical” based on Studs Terkel’s highly acclaimed book of interviews of the working man and woman and followed by “Promenade,” a revival of the thrilling 1960s musical.
“Road Show,” which was called “Wise Guys” at its …

Review: ‘Legally Blonde’ at Argyle Theatre, Babylon, N.Y.

by Jonathan Spira

Anyone producing “Legally Blonde – The Musical” is up against one big challenge: How will the lead stack up to Reese Witherspoon’s 2001 portrayal of Elle Woods in the movie that inspired the Broadway show. Witherspoon’s presence on the silver screen makes it clear why – be it at the sorority house or in a courtroom – the Elle Woods character will command attention. Not so much in the musical …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE

by Paul Riegler

The Toyota Corolla’s reputation is that of a solid, reliable, economical, and boring sedan since its launch in the 1970s. Back then, Toyota called its hatch a Liftback but, with the launch of the aggressively styled 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback SE, the “h” word is in.
Our Oxide Bronze Metallic hatch arrived on a warm spring afternoon and quickly became the center of attention, thanks to its rakishly good looks.
It soon …