Why You Should Have Winter Tires on Your Car

by Paul Riegler

If the blizzard-like conditions in many parts of the country over the past few weeks didn’t convince you that winter is upon us, perhaps the fact that it snowed in Hawaii might have changed your mind.
The advent of winter in many countries signals drivers to switch from summer to winter tires, an all but forgotten practice in the United States. This is, in part, because so many vehicles come standard …

Review: Taking the ‘T’ Downtown from Boston Logan Airport

by Paul Riegler

While many cities offer dedicated train service to and from airports – the Heathrow Express in London and the Leonardo Express in Rome come to mind – it’s nonetheless possible to take the train to and from the airport in a straightforward manner in other cities as well.
One such city is Boston, where the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority offers several such options.
Indeed, one possibility is actually free: the Silver Line, …

Lobby Bar – February 8: To Hell with Brexiters, Shiny Object Syndrome, and ‘I’ll Take Mockingbirds for $100, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: You Can’t Beat the Feeling
The Shining. Following the news of the planned demolition of the Grand Hyatt New York, Donald Trump’s first project in Manhattan, news leaked about the planned renovation of the White House exterior, to make up for the loss of the Hyatt.  Just as he told the architects working on the 1980 renovation “I want shiny,” with respect to the original granite exterior, the White House …

Brexit Update: EU Leader Says There’s a ‘Special Place in Hell’ for Brexiters without a Plan

by Anna Breuer

European Council President Donald Tusk said there would be “a special place in hell” for politicians who promoted Brexit without any plan as to how it would be delivered.
The comment serves to indicate just how strained Brexit negotiations had become.
In a tweet, Tusk said: “I’ve been wondering what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted #Brexit, without even a sketch of a plan how to carry …

Hotel Review: Dos Casas Hotel & Spa, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico

by Henry Feintuch

The remote city of San Miguel de Allende, 170 miles (274 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City, was founded in 1542 by San Miguel El Grande, a San Franciscan monk. The city was a focal point of the Mexican war for independence from Spain. It was renamed after Ignacio Allende, a hero of the independence movement. Today, the region is home to more than 72,000 residents including a large U.S. and …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Kia Forte EX

by Paul Riegler

Known as the K3 in its home market of South Korea and the Forte K3 in China, the Kia Forte made its debut at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show after a concept in coupe form appeared at the New York International Auto Show the previous year.
The Forte is an inexpensive (base price $17,790) vehicle whose looks belie the low price tag.  A rather striking Currant Red Forte EX arrived at …

Review: ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ at Shubert Theater

by Jonathan Spira

Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize winning and controversial 1960 novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird” – a book that tackles the difficult topic of race in America as well as class, courage, and values – has largely withstood the test of time and book bans over almost seven decades.
To bring “Mockingbird” to the Broadway stage of the late 2010s, however, somewhat of a renovation was required: a reworking significant enough that the …