01 Jul 2014

High-Low: Pittsburgh – Westways Magazine

Pittsburgh may be nicknamed the Steel City, but nowadays, it runs clean and green on education, medicine, and high-tech industries. World-class cultural institutions, ethnic dining, and natural and architectural beauty create additional surprises for visitors.

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Worth It: The Andy Warhol Museum offers seven floors of exploration into the life and cutting-edge art of Pittsburgh’s favorite son, from Warhol’s humble beginnings to his vastly more than 15 minutes of fame. Admission, $10–$20. (412) 237-8300. The Mattress Factory has ever-changing, ever-challenging art installations, such as the room of mirrors, mannequins, and hot-red polka dots by Yayoi Kusama. $10–$15. (412) 231-3169.

On the Cheap: For $2.50 each way, the funicular Duquesne Incline, built in 1877, whisks passengers 400 feet up Mount Washington in about 180 …

01 Oct 2010

Savory City Strolls – Westways Magazine

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“You look like you’re on safari,” said Mike Albanese, tour guide for Melting Pot Food Tours. Admittedly, my decision to wear a wide-brimmed canvas hat for a Sunday stroll through Old Pasadena may have been overkill, but Mike was right about one thing. I was on an urban safari—in search of new (or new-for-me) eateries.

I’ve taken food tours in places from Boston to Sydney, and I’ve always been amazed at the lack of culinary tours in Los Angeles, one of the world’s great gastronomic cities. But in recent years, food tours have been popping up all over Southern California. Over a period of a few months, I took in four tours. All of them were terrific. Here’s a rundown of what I saw and learned—and, more important, what I ate.

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05 May 2010

Big City on a Budget – Tokyo – Westways Magazine

Sumida River Cruise

by Andrew Bender

Equal parts Old Japan and hyperfuture, Tokyo is a traveler’s dream. Though the city has $700-a-night (and up) hotel rooms, it can also be a bargain. Many of the best sights are free.

Read more at: http://www.calif.aaa.com/westways/2010-may/Pages/out-and-about.aspx

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01 Nov 2004

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Good Morning, Sunshine – Westways