San Diego is a multicultural, ethnically diverse metropolis, which means that the food is as unique as the people who make it. This sunny city by the sea offers a delicious sampling of everything, but there are a few signature dishes that embody “San Diego food.” Here are the three best San Diego signature dishes and where to find them:
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Looking for a place to stay means evaluating your needs and preferences. It can also mean sacrificing comfort and convenience, for the sake of having a reasonable place to stay that meets your needs at a specific time. You’ve worked to make sure your home is perfectly suited for you in style, layout, furnishings, comfort, and more. That’s why there’s no place like home.
Having to find a place to stay for business, relocation, or vacation purposes that meets your immediate needs doesn’t mean having to forego comfort and convenience. It is possible to get the convenience of a hotel stay with the comfort and independence of your home.
You’ve tasted the coffee of Seattle-born Starbucks, which can now be found on practically every street corner in the U.S. But next time you’re in Seattle, a bona fide coffee-lover’s paradise, try a taste of lesser-known caffeinated splendor — you won’t regret it. And we’ll make it easy for you; here’s a list of the best coffee houses in Seattle:
As the birthplace of what are known as “Hipsters” (move over Williamsburg), Portland has a hip restaurant scene to match its population. From carefully curated tasting menus to classic steakhouses to street food that will blow you away, Portland is full of fantastic restaurants to explore on your next business trip or vacation. Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry, we do. In no particular order, here are the 7 best restaurants in Portland you should try next time you are in Stumptown.
As the holidays and Super Bowl Sunday have taught us all time and time again, eating healthy is hard. It’s especially difficult when you’re on the road. Working and vacationing in a different city makes it even harder to make healthy choices. You’re probably craving fries and a shake instead of the salad bar. And that McDonald’s drive-thru is calling your name at night. But let’s not give up our idea of ditching healthy eating just yet. With a few small changes and meal planning, you can enjoy lighter fare and learn how to eat healthy on a trip.
Portland, Oregon, is known for many things. Famed Voodoo Doughnuts calls this city home. As does Stumptown Coffee, Woodblock Chocolate and many fine craft beer breweries. But aside from the food and drink scene, stunning scenery and vibrant downtown, Portland is also home to some top-notch public art. You’ve just got to know where to find it. The artistic city has so much art that iPhone users can even use this handy app to find it throughout the city. Public Art PDX pinpoints your location and then shows where the nearest art is. Don’t own an iPhone? No problem. The local Regional Arts & Culture Council even has the handy map where you can track it down. Read on to discover more public art highlights of Portland. (more…)
Darren Booth (@FrequentlyFlyin) offers travelers a first-hand tour of Virgin Australia’s Domestic Lounge at Sydney Kingsford Smith Airport in his latest post over at Frequently Flying. Swanky, modern and showcasing one of the most unattractive hot dogs we’ve ever seen, Booth walks you through the full experience from start to finish. Good on ya’ mate!
Atlas Van Lines has held the title of longest running survey regarding corporate relocation in the industry for, well, as long as they’ve been in the industry and putting out this survey. They have recently released their 2012 edition, and the results are a mixed bag of inspiring and sobering. Despite all talk (truthful and hopeful) that the economy is on its way back up and overall spending will increase, the reports from the survey indicate that both sides are technically correct.
In general, most firms reported that overall spending and budgets related to relocation increase and faith in the future of the housing market has grown as well.
“most firms, regardless of size, expect their overall financial performances to improve.While nearly half of all firms expect the U.S. economy to improve, mid-size firms are the most optimistic – over half (53%) expect the U.S. economy to improve, far more than respondents at small and large firms (40% and 37%). Expectations for the U.S. real estate market are similar across firms of all sizes: more than half expect stability compared to 2011, and about a third or more expect improvement”
Despite this positive outlook, however, most firms are reporting cautionary strategies when it comes to investing in moving employee’s around the country. Due primarily to wariness about the future, American companies have taken on “smarter spending” strategy that has seen a decrease in relocating spending across all levels of employment (new hires, middle management, senior management). Basically, people are moving, but not as many and not as lavishly as in pre-downturn years.
“The continued decrease is being driven by far fewer mid-size and large firms decreasing relocations among entry level/new hires (15% vs. 28%, 21% vs. 40%) and fewer firms of every size decreasing middle management relocations compared to 2010 (20% vs. 28%, 18% vs. 26%, 12% vs. 35%), with the biggest drop occurring at large firms.”
While the report delves much deeper into other external and internal factors that play a role in corporate budgeting in the future, we here at PC Housing are equal parts excited and optimistic about a positive upswing in the corporate housing industry. Providing furnished apartments to business travelers and casual travelers alike is a pleasure for us and while wild and lavish spending budgets aren’t exactly in the cards, we’re happy to report that America is slowly getting back on track.
According to our stats, smartphones and tablets are slowly placing themselves in between water and food as top necessities for business travelers. It makes sense. Being on the road is simply made easier and more manageable by these tools that allow us to stay connected but are these mobile devices taking up too much of our time?
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We’ve covered some pretty swanky digs in the past, but BloombergBusinessweek recently released a list of some of the best “everything’s” for business travelers the world over. From passports to hotel pools, they’ve collected a list of some of the “best for business travelers” and we thought our dutiful readers might enjoy a few of the more choice luxuries! Read on!
The Best Airline Food Court Winner: San Francisco International
“The first U.S. terminal to earn LEED Gold status—a measure of energy efficiency—features public art installations referencing the Bay Area (the airport is an accredited museum), as well as a “slow food” court with a range of regional favorites. Pack a picnic-to-go at Napa Farms Market, hosting artisanal vendors such as Cowgirl Creamery, Acme Bread, and Vino Volo wines.”
The Best First Class Seat Winner: Emirates Airlines
“The Emirates first-class seat is less a seat than a tiny flying hotel room—complete with mini-bar, wardrobe, mirror, touchscreen TV, and a sliding door between you and the rest of the world.”
The Best Hotel Stationary: Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles
The home of the rich and famous, from moguls to rock stars, the Chateau Marmont in LA is notorious for the lecherous and luxurious alike. If it was good enough for Led Zeppelin, its good enough for you! One thing they may not be so well known for is their hotel stationary. “Each room comes with its own letterhead. Beneath an etching of the distinctive Sunset Boulevard hotel, your name appears, along with the words “In Residence.” ” Swanky, indeed!
The Best Hotel Mini Bar: The Stanford White Building in New York
While a mini bar can be sometimes be both a gift and a curse, more often than not they’re good for little more than $13 bags of macadamian nuts and $19 shots of Jack Daniels. The Stanford White Building takes it to the next level, “filled with everything from candy cigarettes to a portable poker table to “Chatwal No. 44″–scented Krigler candles to a copy of The Great Gatsby and a vintage cocktail shaker. In-room bar service is also an option.”
The Best Airport Club: Sydney Quantas First Lounge
Flight delayed? Yes, and thank you! “Upon entering, you’re greeted by a “vertical garden” created by tropical botanist Patrick Blanc that uses indigenous greenery. Native son Marc Newsom is behind every aspect of the club’s design: the leather lounge chairs and sofas in the private wireless-equipped work suites and mobile-free library; the tables, cutlery, and wall of windows at the seasonally inspired restaurant from fellow Australian chef Neil Perry; the site-specific, large-scale sculptures throughout. The ivy-covered spa, which features complimentary Payot facials and massages, is surely among the best spots to unwind before taking off.”
These are only a few of the highlights from the list which you can go ahead and read here. PC Housing may not have personalized stationary in our furnished apartments, and our corporate housing suites may not allow you to blow off some steam with the classic American novel, but hey, they’re still pretty awesome.