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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Boston Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Harbor

by Maggie Burdge. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Boston St Patricks Parade
The South Boston St. Patrick's Day Parade is a popular spring family activity. Photo: AP
If the "Girls Gone Wild," party-till-the-break-of-dawn Miami spring break isn't your style, Boston offers its own ways to escape the monotony of the winter months.
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