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Believe it or not, Paris got its start as a Roman outpost. This was around 52 BC when Rome was flexing its empire and was looking to set up a base of operations to keep the Gallic upstarts in check. They settled on a place along the banks of the Seine that was home a local tribe who had already built a fort there. The Roman legions swooped in, conquered, and kept the city hopping through 486 A.D. After Rome fell, the Parisians were ready to pack up and move on, but were persuaded by St. Genevieve to stick around. Thank goodness they did, for what a great city it’s become. Today, Paris is often referred to as the City of Love and the City of Lights. A destination for artists, lovers, history buffs, and foodies alike, here’s where you should go when visiting Paris:
In academic circles, there have been debates about exactly who can be attributed to inventing pasta. One story has Marco Polo bringing it back from China. Another has Arabs sharing it with Sicilians in the ninth century. Regardless of who takes credit, all roads do lead to Rome with regard to the best uses of pasta. Amazing culinary dishes aren’t the only things we can thank Romans for inventing. They also perfected the aqueduct which delivered water to the city, roads that delivered everything else, and concrete, thanks to which so much of Ancient Rome is still standing. At the top of my travel bucket list is a trip to Italy. I imagine renting a car and roaming the countryside in search of everything. But before discovering the rest of Italy, iPoll explores some highlights of it’s greatest city.
As global cities go, London ranks at the top for culture, history, entertainment, and commerce. It’s the city where a majority of international flights touchdown to refuel. If you make the pond crossing and don’t make a stop in London, then you may be missing out on a wonderful experience. As a first time traveler to London, a crash course of idioms can be helpful. Crisps are potato chips, chips are French fries, and biscuits are cookies. If you need a bathroom break, ask for the nearest loo. You’ll “fancy” something as opposed to “want” it. You’ll take the “tube” instead of the subway. If you need a break from the fun, just tell folks you’re “knackered.” And maybe most important: if you refer to “pants”, you’re discussing underwear. “Trousers” is what you should keep in mind when talking about clothing items. There will be plenty more to pick up on as you make your way around this amazing town.
Once upon a time, if you wanted to get a message from one end of the country to the other, you would have to write it down and give it to some guy on a horse. The process took weeks. Then came the telegraph, which required you to be within striking distance of a telegraph office. Next up was the phone, but you were still tethered to a line. In fact, you were tethered to an operator who had to place every call. When wireless radio transmission came along, folks thought, “Well, that’s it then. All our communication problems are solved.” Not so fast! Things got better. Way better. In fact, today we can place a call from our cell to anywhere in the world, and it will go through in a flash. Then there are all the Smartphone perks. We’re talking apps. Specifically, the iPoll app. This is an app you can literally use anywhere on the planet, 24/7/365. Translation: you can earn money 24/7/365.
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? That’s one of those “which comes first, the chicken or the egg?” kind of questions. You can land on either side and you’d be right. One thing is for sure: to review the list of Best Picture films is to review a slice of Americana. Consider any one of these winning films and you can probably remember where you were when you watched it and the effect it had on your life. Isn’t that what the movies do best? Shake us up a little. Let us forget our troubles. Perhaps inspire us to achieve more. At least, that’s how I approach the cinema.
Do you consider yourself a culinary Indiana Jones of sorts? Will you go anywhere to try something exotic? When dining at your favorite restaurant, do you ever veer away from your “go-to” meal to sample a new dish? When was the last time you ate something really different? There is a vast array of culinary adventures to embark on. All you need to bring is your palate and a willingness to try the “un-tasted.” What’s the worst that can happen? Sure you may taste something you don’t like. Treat those indents like the Christmas Fruitcake Scenario: you’ll get over it. To help aid you in your quest for new cuisine, we proudly present a foodie bucket list. Some of these items are site specific. Others require you to step out of your comfort zone and into a world of epicurean delights. (Sidebar: Apologies in advance if it seems like this is a cheese-centric list. That’s just how I roll). Get your appetites ready:
If there is one thing this past Valentine’s Day taught me, it’s that I’m a pretty decent chef. Yes, I tied on an apron to fix a meal for my sweetie. This might not seem like a big deal for most people, but trust me… it was a huge deal for me. Even though I watch a lot of cooking shows, I’ve haven’t quite mastered a lot of culinary skills quite yet. However, thanks to the Food Network website (and taking some of my own advice about date night); I managed to cobble together a fairly decent chicken parmigiana. Of course, I left the dessert to the professionals at Cheesecake Factory. What this experience unlocked for me is a desire for more. Not just more cheesecake, but more culinary skills. Where could one get help in this quest, I pondered. And then it hit me: why, iPoll, of course.
By the time you read this post, there will be many newly engaged couples out there. Valentine’s Day is a popular day for marriage proposals. Last year, it was estimated that 6 million couples got engaged on Valentine’s Day, up from 4 million in 2012. Ninety-eight percent of marriage proposals come from men. How many potential grooms will drop to one knee this year? Just because it is Valentine’s Day, you don’t have to feel compelled to get engaged. Instead, take your time to work out how it’s going to go down. Creativity can make this momentous occasion even more memorable. Let’s explore some fun ways to pop the question.
Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and many people are still scrambling for ideas on what to do for their sweetie-pies. Here are some Valentine’s Day facts: Each year we spend over $13 billion on this day of love. That breaks down to around $130 per person who has been struck by Cupid’s arrow. Of that spending, 47% is candy related, while 34% goes towards roses. In fact, 224 million roses are grown just for February 14th! There are over 145 million Valentine’s Day cards purchased.
I’m sure candy, cards, and flowers would all be appreciated by your significant other. However, when it comes to planning a date on V-Day you might want to opt for something a bit more unique. Anyone can go out for a romantic dinner any night of the year. Why face the crowds or battle for a reservation like every other couple will be doing? Instead, consider these awesome Valentine’s Day date ideas:
Head Into The Kitchen
This one is for the guys (mostly). If you’re the one who does more of the eating as opposed to the cooking in your relationship, then it’s time to switch things up. You might not rank up there with Emeril or Mario, but you can still pull together a decent dinner. Start with a visit to Food Network, where you’ll find simple recipes and handy tips. Make sure you put out the good china and time the meal perfectly. You’ll be amazed at how much your effort will be rewarded. And have a back up plan: keep a good restaurant that delivers on speed dial. If the meal goes south, you can still order up dinner and get an “A” for effort.
As the clock ticks down to V-Day, you’re probably focused on where to buy roses (at the last minute?!) and which Hallmark card will say everything you need it to say to your significant other. Valentine’s Day falls into the same category as anniversaries and birthdays: “Forget this day at your peril.” As part of your prep work, you might want to stock up on some vital Valentine’s Day facts. Specifically, we’re talking about the saint who started it all, St. Valentine. Yes, there really was a St. Valentine, and his exploits are the stuff of legend or myths. It just depends on who you talk to.