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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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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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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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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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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Nashville Spring Break Crawl: Things to Do Beyond the Grand Ole Opry

by Erin Murray. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Cheekwood Nashville
The tulip displays at Cheekwood in Bloom feature more than 100,000 flowers. Photo: Cheekwood
A sure sign of spring in Nashville is the arrival of short skirts and cowboy boots at the honky tonks of Lower Broadway. Pack your appreciation for good tunes and come on down for spring break in the heart of Tennessee.
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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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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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Charleston Spring Break Crawl: Beaches and BBQ in South Carolina

by Kinsey Gidick. Posted Feb 28th 2014 08:00 PM
Cypress Gardens Charleston
Look for wildlife, including alligators and birds, at Charleston's Cypress Gardens. Photo: Cypress Gardens
With five (that's right, five) nearby beach towns -- Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Kiawah, Seabrook and Sullivan's islands -- internationally-acclaimed cuisine, world-class golf courses and enough historic sites to create its own textbook, Charleston is an obvious choice for spring break.
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