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BON APPÉTIT — The assorted fish are spread out on the cutting board like a deck of cards.

Uhu, kumu, opakapaka, shutome, onaga and sashimi-grade, bigeye ahi…French chef George Mavrothalassitis, who goes by Mavro, calls each by their Hawaiian name, and prepares to demonstrate how to bring out the best in each. Read more

Written By Deston Nokes • Photographed By Dylan + Jeni


BON APPÉTIT — It was 7:30 a.m. and I was munching on steak and eggs when I heard a voice purr, “Whatcha doin’?” A curly-haired woman wearing only a plaid skirt was crawling catlike toward me on the bar. When she realized my Unknownattention was focused on reviewing the breakfast, and not her, she politely slinked away—and over to a grinning newcomer who’d just bellied up. So it goes at the Acropolis Steakhouse, a well-known strip club in Portland, Oregon.

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9/11 Museum’s Expansive Look at an American Tragedy

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posted by Deston S. Nokes in New York on July 18th, 2014

How does a nation come to grips with one of the most horrific events in its history? Since the 9/11 Museum opened on May 21, more than 430,000 people have visited the expansive underground site to witness the stories and artifacts from the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Attendance has exceeded expectations of museum officials, even with the $24 adult entry fee. Read more

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CITY TRAVELER — Your kids are wiggling and giggling, the sun is shining this summer, and there isn’t anything going to stand in your way of enjoying an awesome family vacation in Seattle. Read more

CityPASS — Whether this is your first visit, or you go every year, there’s nothing quite as invigorating as a trip to New York City. And now that we’re smack dab in the middle of spring, New York locals and visitors are putting the arduous winter behind them, and bounding outside to have some fun. Read more

CityPASS — While there’s nothing particularly ugly or untoward about Treasure Island or Angel Island, they suffer the same fate as one who poses next to a glamorous movie star. Next to San Francisco and all of its great attractions, they just don’t get noticed very much.

But for those willing to get away from the asphalt and the crowded wharf of downtown San Francisco, and who wish to experience something new and different, these islands offer memorable views of the city, relaxation, recreation, wines, picnics and a perfect natural getaway.

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New York CityPASS — For all its concrete, bright lights, honking cars and nightlife, New York City is a wonderful town for kids. From the gigantic, green oasis of Central Park and Broadway’s memorable musicals, to the classic waterfront amusements on Coney Island, there’s frankly too much to do to fit into one trip. Read more

San Francisco CityPASS — There’s a reason San Francisco often appears on the list of most expensive cities in the nation. It’s because so many people want to be there.

San Francisco has some of the world’s best chefs, city parks, sports teams, iconic views and landmarks, shopping districts, and waterfronts. It has a modern transportation system and old-school, world-famous cable cars. Plus, SF residents have a live-and-let-live attitude about quirky interests, alternative lifestyles and unabashed eccentricities. In other words, it’s just a fun city to be in. Read more

Chicago CityPASS — Sure, Chicago winters are cold, but hearty locals try not to let that get in the way of work and play.

“I’m a Windy City baby, so I just prepare myself,” said Edna Hackman, 51, to a Chicago Tribune reporter. “I’m used to it.” Read more