Food & Drink

IHOP's National Pancake Day Is Today, But Check Out These Bigger Pancakes

by Anna Brones. Posted Mar 4th 2014 09:45 AM
three generations enjoying IHOP National Pancake Day
Shutterstock/AuremarToday is IHOP's National Pancake Day.
National Pancake Day is today, Shrove Tuesday, according to IHOP. (And its not to be confused with the other National Pancake Day on Sept. 26. Regardless, if there's one quintessential American breakfast food, it's pancakes (a sentiment that might explain the dual days of observance).

Granted, pancakes exist in other countries (the Swedes, for example, do an excellent version), but not in the same form as the classic American take. While IHOP's serving complimentary short stacks of buttermilks pancakes today from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., there's a time and a place for flapjacks that are a little bigger. So check out these seven non-IHOP spots, where you can be sure to get pancakes the size of your head.
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Mardi Gras: Top 9 Cities Not Named New Orleans to Celebrate Fat Tuesday

by Diana Lambdin Meyer. Posted Mar 3rd 2014 10:30 AM
Feb. 18, 2012 - Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S - Patrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their cost
AlamyPatrons take time out of their celebration for a quick photo showing off their costumes during the 2012 Mardi Gras parade and festival at the Soulard District in St. Louis, Missouri.
It's Mardi Gras season -- time to blow some steam and overindulge before the Christian season of Lent begins. Think New Orleans is the only place to throw some beads? You need to get out a bit more.
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Los Angeles Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond Hollywood

by Eli Ellison. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Manhattan Beach Pier
Manhattan Beach is a prime spot for surfing, volleyball and sunsets. Photo: szeke, via Flickr
While Old Man Winter still has much of the country in his chilly grip, barely-there bikinis materialize on the sunny beaches of SoCal. So slather on the SPF 30 and soak up a spring break that's uniquely L.A.
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Fort Myers, Sanibel and Captiva Spring Break Crawl: Eat and Drink on Florida's Gulf Coast

by Terry Ward. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Cayo Costa Fort Meyers
Spring break in Fort Myers and the Florida Gulf Coast islands nearby is all about the beach. Photo: The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel
With more than 50 miles of some of the finest beaches in the world, Fort Myers offers some old-fashioned spring break fun.
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Lahaina Spring Break Crawl: Hawaii Vacation Ideas on Maui

by Dave Seminara. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Lehua Lounge Maui
The mai tais at the Maui Andaz's Lehua Lounge may be the best you've ever had. Photo: Dave Seminara
Where can you enjoy a tropical drink at an oceanfront tiki bar, feast on a freshly slaughtered pig at a luau, and watch sunset on a volcano? Maui is a seductive spring break destination where it's easy to lose your inhibitions. Lahaina, once the capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii, is a lively town where you can get your bearings – and good food as you can explore the entire island.
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St. Louis Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Arch

by Matt Sorrell. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Silver Dollar City St Louis
Silver Dollar City offers theme park thrills a short drive from St. Louis. Photo: Silver Dollar City
The folks up north might still be digging out of the latest snowstorm, but here in the heart of the Midwest, it's time to get out and do something about that raging case of spring fever (though a jacket is probably still a good idea).
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Honolulu Spring Break: A Hawaii Vacation Beyond Waikiki Beach

by Catherine Toth. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Kids Luau at Hawaii's Polynesian Cultural Center
The Alii Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center includes a dinner feast and entertainment, like the hula. Photo: Polynesian Cultural Center
Honolulu is on perpetual spring break, with its year-round summery weather and miles of golden sand beaches. So if you're unfortunately stuck in paradise this March -- cue the violins -- here are a few things you can do to pass the time:
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Key West Spring Break Crawl: Sunsets and Sailing in Florida

by Shayne Benowitz. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Key West Sunset gathering
Key West crowds gather in Mallory Square to watch the sunset every night. Photo: Shayne Benowitz
With its unique position at the southernmost point in the Continental United States, Key West has an anything goes attitude and a subtropical climate, making it an ideal spring break destination.
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Denver Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Colorado Ski Resorts

by Daliah Singer. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Denver Festival of Balloons
At the Denver Festival of Balloons, kids can watch balloon artists at work. Photo: Pioneer Balloon Company
In Denver, people don't wait for springtime to get outside. Why would you when there's an abundance of sunny days, almost 6,000 acres of park space within city limits, more than two dozen breweries -- and exponentially more patios to sip those brews on. Here's how to spring break, Mile High City-style.
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New Orleans Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the French Quarter

by Adam Karlin. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Barataria New Orleans
Kids love looking for alligators and other wildlife at the Barataria Preserve south of New Orleans. Photo: Adam Karlin
Spring break and hedonistic New Orleans go together well, but to really enjoy this town, treat it like a fine meal rather than a drunken buffet.
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