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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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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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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San Francisco Spring Break Crawl: Cheap Eats and Family Vacation Ideas

by Jill K. Robinson. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Academy of Sciences San Francisco
The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has an extensive collection of aquariums and marine creatures. Photo: Will Love
For a city relatively small in size (49 square miles), San Francisco is chock-full of green space for spring celebrating -- from Golden Gate Park to the Presidio to small neighborhood stomping grounds. Weave a park visit into your spring break enjoyment, and it'll be hard to remember winter.
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New York City Spring Break Crawl: Cheap Eats and Tropical Drinks in NYC

by Jess Moss. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Luke's Lobster New York
Luke's Lobster sells lobster rolls and other beachy bites at multiple locations around New York. Photo: Luke's Lobster
Spring weather in New York may still be a month or two away, but after a winter this rough it's time to infuse some warm-weather fun into city life. Here are our favorite "spring break" experiences in NYC -- that you can even enjoy during another snow day.
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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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Orlando Spring Break Crawl: Disney World and Beyond

by Terry Ward. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Typhoon Lagoon Orlando
Orlando isn't on the ocean, but Disney's Typhoon Lagoon provides plenty of water activities. Photo: Typhoon Lagoon
There's no ocean in Orlando, but the city lures spring breakers all the same for its heady mix of thrill rides, water parks, and nightlife.
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Seattle Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Regardless of the Weather

by Pam Mandel. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Marination Ma Kai Seattle
At the West Seattle water taxi pier, Marination Ma Kai has a beachy menu and a city view. Photo: Marination Ma Kai
Seattleites won't wear flip flops until July, but we refuse to let the weather get in the way of a spring break state of mind.
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Myrtle Beach Spring Break Crawl: Vacation Ideas for the Boardwalk and Beyond

by Melissa Byers. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
The Original Benjamin's Calabash SeafoodThe buffet at the Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood has more than 170 things to eat, including lots of seafood. Photo: The Original Benjamin's Calabash Seafood
With everything from early bird specials to hot nightlife available, Myrtle Beach attracts spring break visitors of all ages.
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