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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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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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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Phoenix Spring Break Crawl: Baseball Spring Training and Beyond

by Elise Riley. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Spring Training baseball fans in Phoenix
Spring Training in Phoenix draws thousands of baseball fans each year. Photo: Greater Phoenix CVB
Spring isn't a season of rebirth in Phoenix -- it's the continuation of the party. Take in spring training games, head to a spa or golf the day away.
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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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Philadelphia Spring Break Crawl: Flower Show, Cheap Eats and More

by Natalie Pompilio. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Water Works crab cakes Philadelphia
Learn about water at Water Works, then dine at the restaurant next door, which overlooks the Schuylkill River. Photo: Water Works

Philadelphia may not have a proper beach but it's a great place to celebrate spring. Take in all the history you can handle, then enjoy one of these local favorites.
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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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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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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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