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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Miami Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do in South Beach and Beyond

by Shayne Benowitz. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Miami Seaquarium dolphins
The Miami Seaquarium has a new dolphin show to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the show Flipper. Photo: Miami Seaquarium
An international melting pot where cosmopolitan chic meets the subtropical beach, Miami offers a pastiche of sights, sounds and flavors to explore on a spring break getaway.
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Atlanta Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Aquarium

by Jennifer Bradley Franklin. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Atlanta Food Trucks
Atlanta Food Truck Park has more than a dozen trucks to eat at, plus picnic tables and live music. Photo: Jimmy Johnston
As home to the world's busiest airport, Atlanta is a connection on many spring break vacations. Rather than passing through, stay a while and experience the city's famously warm temperatures, verdant parks and blossoming BeltLine trail.
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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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Washington DC Spring Break Crawl: Cherry Blossoms, Drag Queen Brunch and More

by Zach Everson. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Washington DC Cherry Blossoms
The National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC draws thousands of visitors to see the pink flowering trees every spring. Photo: National Cherry Blossom Festival

If Washington, DC weren't a top U.S. spring break destination, do you think Congress would have set up here? Don't worry though, there are plenty of family-friendly options among these recommendations.
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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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Las Vegas Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Casinos

by Jack Houston. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Frankie's Tiki Room Las Vegas
Tropical drinks are poured strong at Frankie's Tiki Room, which is open 24 hours. Photo: Wes Isbutt Studio West Photography

Las Vegas is the canvas upon which the rest of the world paints its wildest desires, so spring break is pretty much a year-round concept here.
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Houston Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do at the Rodeo and Beyond

by Holly Beretto. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
The Grove rooftop Houston
The roofdeck at The Grove in Discovery Green Park has outdoor dining with a view of the Houston skyline. Photo: The Grove
Spring break in the country's fourth-largest city can be summed up in a single word: diverse. Want spicy Asian cuisine. Houston's got that. Canoeing down a bayou? Got it. World-class wine? Haute couture shopping? Soccer stars? Check, check and check. Oh, and we've got mutton bustin', too.
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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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