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#TravelTuesday: Bathe like a Viking in Iceland’s Sky Lagoon

Most of Iceland’s hot springs take hours to get to but tucked away just south of Reykjavik is Sky Lagoon. You may have heard of Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which is a touristy man-made hot spring. Sky Lagoon is a lesser known geothermal hot spring just a short taxi drive away from the city. It’s one of the quickest to get to and, in my opinion, one of the best. Sky Lagoon is essentially a spa. After walking through the windiest and coldest of days in Iceland, Sky Lagoon is a graceful juxtaposition

Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, It’s Hiking We Will Go

Hiking is an enjoyable experience that also offers a whole-body workout with both physical and mental benefits. This time of year is perfect for hiking and checking out the fall foliage. The parks and trails listed below are family-friendly with absolutely gorgeous outdoor views. So put on your hiking boots and go exploring this weekend. This park offers all outdoor activities for you and your family. Even though it’s on Lake Buchanan, they have more to do than just water sports. You can play m

5 Celebrities Feeding More People With a Plant-Based Diet

BOSTON, Massachusetts — Many celebrities shift toward a plant-based diet due to health, environmental and moral reasons. Although each person has their own reason for making the switch, they are helping the world more than they know. Here is how five celebrities are helping transform the agricultural industry by making a change in their life. Efron, a former High School Musical star, transitioned to a plant-based diet in 2018 for his overall health and exercise routine. He said that he metaboli

Vegan soul food restaurant with a mission opens in Armory Square

A Syracuse entrepreneur with a mission is bringing vegan soul food to the heart of Armory Square. Rev. Curtis Levy entered the Syracuse food scene in 2016 with a mobile Italian ice cart that was an instant hit on downtown street corners and at area festivals. The Razzle Dazzle Italian ices moved to Destiny USA in September 2018, and expanded to a neighboring storefront following year with Our Neighborhood Chefs, which offers vegan tacos, paninis and wraps along with desserts from Syracuse-area

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New concert venue to open in a Central NY village this summer

James VanDeuson and his partner Rebecca Girouard searched far and wide for a place to see live music on the weekends. Over the past five years the duo built their lives around music as they trekked across the country on tour with their indie/folk band, The Rollin’ Rust. But when it came to living in Manlius, the two couldn’t find a nearby venue. So when an office space opened up below their apartment five months ago, The Rollin’ Rust Room was born.

EIGHT Elite Light Lager: New Beer Coming in Clutch

is a beer modeled for go-getters who want to enjoy a drink with friends but still get up early to start their day the next morning. Co-founded by Ruchi Desai Doug Campbell Dallas Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman , EIGHT can be found in half of the grocery stores in Texas. We recently spoke with co-founders Desai and Campbell about what makes this new beer so unique. Who is EIGHT marketed to? Campbell: So this beer is built for people that we refer to as “early risers”, and I would say those of

2023 Glimmerglass Festival to feature works by Puccini, Bernstein and Shakespeare

The lineup for the 2023 Glimmerglass Festival is out. From July 7 until Aug. 20 the Alice Busch Opera Theater in Cooperstown is hosting operas, musical theater and full orchestras without sound amplification. This marks Rob Ainsley’s first year as the artistic and general director. The festival is reviving old classics and new arrivals with a world premiere. The festival opens with Giacomo Puccini’s “La bohème” and Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide.” There will be 13 performances of “La bohème,” an

On Running's Cyclon Running Shoe Subscription Makes Shoes 100% Recyclable

On Running is a Swiss brand that focuses on sustainable running. Running shoes usually wear fast. On average, runners need a new pair of shoes every 300-500 miles – which isn’t a lot for avid runners. Meanwhile, a nice running shoe can cost around $100-$200 (or more these days). This leads to a vicious cycle of spending money and wasting resources just to run. Cyclon is a subscription-based program from On that they compare to subscribing to music. After subscribing to Cyclon, the company will

Seven Races In Seven Days: The World Marathon Challenge Begins On January 31st

Once the clock starts in Antarctica on January 31st, the World Marathon Challenge begins: it marks the first of seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Competitors from around the world fly on a charter plane to every continent. They will run 183 miles over seven days and will spend around 68 hours in the air. The World Marathon Challenge starts in Novo, Antarctica. The second marathon starts on February 1st in Cape Town, Africa. The following days take place in Australia, Dubai, Sp

Sha'Carri Richardson Removed From American Airlines Flight

On Saturday, January 21st, track star Sha’Carri Richardson was removed from an American Airlines flight after an argument with a flight attendant. Richardson recorded her experience with two videos posted on her Instagram. Not much can be heard from the first video but Richardson, 22, claims she was threatened by a flight attendant. “In the beginning of the video you can hear a Caucasian male state that he doesn’t give a f as a man that male attendant is intimidating woman,” Richardson said on

Emily Sisson Breaks The Women’s American Half Marathon Record In Houston

Current American women’s marathon record holder and Olympian Emily Sisson now holds the newest American women’s half marathon record time (66:52). Emily Sisson, 31, set the new American half marathon record in Houston on January 15th. She set the previous American half marathon record last May in Indianapolis with a time of 67:11. She shaved off 19 seconds with her new record this week. She finished with a time of 66:52 and landed in second place at the Chevron Houston Half Marathon. She avera

Eliud Kipchoge’s World Record Marathon Ratified

The double Olympic champion surpassed his previous world record by 30 seconds in Berlin’s 2022 Marathon and officially holds the world record, according to World Athletics. Eliud Kipchoge’s marathon time of 2 hours 01 minute and 09 seconds was officially recognized by World Athletics on January 15, 2023. The then 37-year-old Kenyan returned to Berlin for the Berlin Marathon on September 25th and beat his previous world record held in the same city four years ago. He beat his previous world rec

Five Minutes with Actress Gabrielle Ruiz

starred on Broadway. She is known as ‘Valencia Perez’ on the CW’s Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning, critically-acclaimed musical comedy series “ ” (now available on Netflix). As a Rio Grande Valley native, she developed her dancing and singing skills in Texas. Now she’s taken her craft across the country and What were you doing in Texas recently? I was at a benefit fundraiser for Impact Arts. Flint & Stone is the company that is raising a collaboration with Impact Arts, and Flint & Stone an

#TravelTuesday: Bathe like a Viking in Iceland’s Sky Lagoon

Most of Iceland’s hot springs take hours to get to but tucked away just south of Reykjavik is Sky Lagoon. You may have heard of Blue Lagoon in Iceland, which is a touristy man-made hot spring. Sky Lagoon is a lesser known geothermal hot spring just a short taxi drive away from the city. It’s one of the quickest to get to and, in my opinion, one of the best. Sky Lagoon is essentially a spa. After walking through the windiest and coldest of days in Iceland, Sky Lagoon is a graceful juxtaposition

Five Minutes with Katie Beal Brown, founder of Lone River Ranch Water

was founded in 2019 by Texan native Katie Beal Brown. She showed the country one of Texas’ favorite cocktails rooted in the high desert of Far West Texas. If you haven’t seen it in stores already, Ranch Water is a hard seltzer with the taste of agave nectar and lime. It is available in Original, Spicy, Rio Red Grapefruit and Prickly Pear flavors along with the Lone River Ranch Rita Margarita. How did you come up with the cocktail? My family has been out in West Texas for over 100 years, and my

Five minutes with Award-Winning Designer Chris Evans of Rottet Studio

) is an international firm known for their unique architecture and interior design. They partnered with the Houston-based on the Court Hotel projects found throughout Texas. We recently spoke with , Design Director and Associate Principal of Rottet Studio, about his work on these hotels and the inspiration behind their design elements. How did you get started working with Valencia Group? Rottet Studio was initially introduced to the new brand with Lone Star Court in Austin. We were contracted

Cute Gifts to Fill Stockings This Year

Stuff everyone’s stocking with these small gifts which fit for the whole fam. Check out gifts for her, him and the kids. Choose from an actual writing pencil or make-up pencils — plant the pencil once you are done with it! Pot your pencil and it will grow into beautiful wildflowers! These come in 10 different seeds from vegetables to trees! This is perfect for kids, teens (make-up), teachers and moms! $10-15 These dots get rid of any breakouts overnight! The black dots are charcoal which detox

Holiday Wine Gift Guide 2022

We’re big on gifting consumable items! Do we really need more stuff? We found some tasty vino for you to buy as a gift, feature on your holiday table or pluck away for that special 2023 occasion. Everything IS bigger and better in Texas! Augusta Vin is one of our favorite Texas wines (and their tasting room in Fredericksburg is spectacular!) Their varietals are made completely from Texas grapes. Their best seller is The Brisk White which is made from trebbiano, an Italian grape. You also can ne

Hearth + Home Gift Guide 2022

If home is where the heart is, then show some extra love this holiday season by gifting one of the amazing gifts below. These gifts are sure to bring a warm glow to hearth and home. Imagine having every weight on hand without the rack, the best trainers in your living room and an elite-level load without a spotter…meet the Vitruvian Trainer+ – the in-home strength and personal training platform. Vitruvian features cutting-edge adaptive weight technology that is tailored to the individual during

Sparkling Seasonal Lights that Sleigh this Holiday

It’s the season of giving, that’s why we’re giving you the best holiday lights around Texas. These decorations will instantly put you in the holiday spirit with their amazing light shows, music and performances. You can’t miss these spots during the winter season. Now – Jan. 1, 2023, on select nights Houston Botanic Garden, One Botanic Lane, Houston, 77017 15-minute intervals: $28 for adults and $18 for children This is the second year for the internationally acclaimed lights and music eve

Dining with dietary restrictions: A closer look on Marshall Street

With finals around the corner, it can be difficult to find time to make your own food. However, our friends with dietary restrictions are not so lucky when it comes to options near campus. While everyone raves about Varsity Pizza and Five Guys, let’s give some attention to our vegetarian, lactose-intolerant, gluten-free, and vegan options on Marshall. Chipotle is safe for dietary restrictions, as long as your restrictions allow for other food to be close to your food. Vegans, vegetarians, and t

Environmental experts concerned I-81 plan could affect endangered bat species

To support student journalism and the content you love, become a member of The Daily Orange today. At Clark Reservation State Park, wildlife sensitive to sound pollution — like the endangered Indiana bat — are able to survive on the reservation despite the light hum of the highway. But experts say that construction during the I-81 Viaduct Project could uproot the reservation’s function as a sanctuary for Indiana bats and other wildlife sensitive to noise. A state judge ruled to halt the projec

Advocates aim to reinvent area around Shoppingtown Mall into sustainable space

To support student journalism and the content you love, become a member of The Daily Orange today. Dennis Payne remembers long lines in every store during Christmas time at the Shoppingtown Mall. But as the years went on, Payne, chair of the DeWitt Advisory Conservation Commission, watched the local hotspot eventually crumble to a barren building surrounded by bare concrete and parking spots. In early October, three companies — Redev CNY, Hueber-Breuer and Dalpos — held a public hearing to r
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