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Planning a Vacation? Here’s How to Pack Lighter and More Efficiently!

September 24, 2014 11:02 am

You want to be prepared for everything from a fancy dinner to an afternoon of snorkeling on your upcoming vacation, but so many different activities on your itinerary may make packing your suitcase seem very daunting. Here are four simple ways to pack your suitcase a bit lighter on your next big trip.

  1. Become familiar with the laundry service. Sure, no one wants to do laundry on a vacation, but it’s much more enjoyable than breaking your back from lugging around an impossibly heavy suitcase or backpack. Look up your hotel or hostel’s laundry amenities beforehand, and if there are none, check for the closest laundromat.
  2. Take full advantage of the carry-on. Many travelers are intimidated by the carry-on because of airlines’ strict weight limits, but this smaller bag is a very underutilized space for extra clothes. Just weigh your bag as you pack to avoid paying extra baggage fees.
  3. Mix and match. By packing clothes in neutral shades that can easily coordinate with one another, you cut down on the need to pack separate outfits for each day.
  4. Cut down on shoes. Shoes obviously take up the most space in your suitcase, so be sure to only pack ones that you really need. After all, do you really need stiletto heels on a backpacking trip?

Packing Smart and Traveling Light [Rick Steves]
The Carry-On Challenge: How to Pack Light Every Time [Independent Traveler]
How to Pack Light: 9 Tips to Lighten Your Load [Huffington Post]

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Check Out These Fun Facts About Flax Seeds

September 18, 2014 12:02 pm

Flax seeds have been buzzed about quite a bit lately among healthy eating communities, but most people don’t know much about these tiny superfoods.

Here are a few interesting facts about flax seeds if you're considering adding them to your diet:

  1. Flax seeds are full of beneficial nutrients. They're loaded with a laundry list of good-for-you nutrients, including healthy fats, fiber, protein, and omega 3s. They’re also full of vitamins, magnesium, potassium, and lignans, which can help to prevent against cancer.
  2. You may notice that your grocery store carries both golden and brown flax seeds, but both contain the same nutritional benefits. Which type you choose depends on your own taste.
  3. Like many other foods in Mediterranean diets, flax seeds may help to prevent against many chronic diseases. They may reduce the risk of heart disease, as well as the risk of hormone-dependent cancers.
  4. There are many ways to eat flax seeds. Whether you add ground flax seeds to your baked goods, sprinkle them on your salads or use them to top your yogurts, you can incorporate them into your diet without much effort.

Frequently Asked About Flax [Ameriflax]
What's New and Beneficial About Flaxseeds [The World’s Healthiest Foods]
Flaxseeds [Vegetarian Times]
Cooking with Flax [Flax Council of Canada]

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Sakagura: A Famed Sake Bar in New York City

September 17, 2014 11:03 am

Sake lovers from around the country make a pilgrimage to New York’s famed Sakagura, often cited as one of the top sake bars. This Japanese restaurant boasts over 200 different bottles to try.

For the dedicated diners that manage to find Sakagura’s hidden location in the basement of a non-descript building, the experience is rewarding. In addition to sake, it’s known for offering unique small plates. Try the signature dish, Buta Kakuni, pork belly in a savory broth. Other favorites include the fluke carpaccio with plum paste and salmon roe and the eggplant three ways. Don’t overlook dessert, as Sakagura has several subtly sweet endings. The black sesame creme brulee is a customer favorite.

If you'd like help navigating the menu, the knowledgeable staff are happy to help and make a recommendation. Visit Sakagura's website to learn more about this Manhattan restaurant!

211 E. 43rd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 953-7253

CC-BY-2.0/Flickr/Jouko Karvonen

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