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Phil Rosenthal is best known as the creator and producer of the Emmy-winning mega hit, “Everybody Loves Raymond,” which ran on CBS for nearly a decade. Ever since the show wrapped up in 2005, Rosenthal has been applying his brand of G-rated, self-deprecating humor to another passion: culinary travel.
First, he traversed some of the world’s biggest food cities, including Tokyo, Paris and Los Angeles, in the six-episode PBS show “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having,” which earned Rosenthal a James Beard award and established him not as a snob or expert, but as an everyday guy who loves to meet new people and “support the culinary arts,” meaning he’s an investor in several of Southern California’s hottest restaurants.
Now, he’s continuing the gastronomic adventures in a new Netflix show, “Somebody Feed Phil,” which finds Rosenthal in a synagogue-themed hummus shop in Tel Aviv, harvesting lotus stems at dawn in Saigon, and peddling al pastor at a taco stand in Mexico City because it’s that good.
And that’s the thing about Rosenthal. He really is that wide-eyed and sweet. On the road, he Skypes with his tech-challenged parents — Helen, 85, and Max, 92 — who’ve become regulars on the show, and he just wants to encourage travel skeptics to get out and see the world, already. Save for an unpleasant bite of beef udders, he’s rarely even critical about what he eats.
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“Somebody Feed Phil” returns to Netflix on July 6 with six new cities, including off-the-gastronomic-map locations, like Dublin and Cape Town. Recently, we caught up with Rosenthal by phone to discuss food, family and his favorite Bay Area restaurants.
Q: First, how are your parents? We adore them.
A: Everyone does. You know the parents in “Everybody Loves Raymond” are based on them. People keep asking to see more of them on the show, so I’ve put up a site called Phil Rosenthal World and am running some of the interviews with them on there. There’s the one where they don’t realize we can see their bedroom on Skype and another where they try to find Netflix on their TV.
Q: How’d you get the idea for a food and travel show?
A: At the end of our first season of “Everybody Loves Raymond,” I asked Ray Romano where he was going on hiatus and if he’d ever been to Europe. And he said, “No, I’m not really interested in traveling or other cultures.” So I decided to do something about it.
It took a while to get the budget but in Season 5, we send the family over to Rome for a two-part episode and I saw both the character and my friend transform and open his eyes to a whole new world and culture. I saw him fall in love with the experience and I thought, ‘What if I could do this for other people?’
Q: What’s the difference between your PBS show and “Somebody Feed Phil”?
A: I’m in ultra high definition now. It’s not really different. You know two-thirds of people in the United States don’t have passports and are missing out on what I think is the greatest experience ever. I figure maybe they’ll see a putz like me going to these places and think, “Hey, I can do that too.”
Q: What kind of food did you grow up with?
It wasn’t very good. My mother was not a fantastic cook. Our joke in the house was, “Mom had a setting on the oven for shoe.” She once made matzoh lasagna. I’m not kidding. Instead of sheets of pasta, it was sheets of matzoh.
Q: What are your favorite dishes to cook?
A: I would love to cook, if I had any patience or talent. My wife and I love meeting with friends and eating out. Neither of us are really good cooks. We also love hiring (private chef) Josh Rosenstein once a week to cook for us. It’s the greatest luxury on earth. My kitchen is my favorite place to eat in the world. He’s a genius.
Q: Capetown isn’t widely known for its food scene. Best thing you ate there?
A: The very first place we go — they specialize in wild game.
Q: What did you think of the food in Dublin?
A: Ireland was never known for its food, but I think that’s changing. The episode is really an exploration of the indigenous food of Ireland. For instance, I had no idea how big a role seaweed plays in their food. They consume more seaweed than Japan.
Q: What are your favorite places to eat in the Bay Area?
I was there recently and we went up to Sausalito to a waterside shack called Fish. I also love State Bird Provisions, and when I was in Palo Alto, we grabbed lunch at Wursthall. The Bay Area is an incredible place to eat.
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Who doesn’t love a long weekend? Packing can be stressful, but luckily, Kourtney is sharing her top weekend-away must-haves!
Kourtney Kardashian, 39, is living her best life. The mom of three recently traveled to Punta Mita, Mexico and Turks & Caicos, and now, she’s revealing the beauty items she brings on her fabulous vacations! She wrote on her blog on May 16 that these are the “travel-size products I like to bring whenever I’m going on a weekend trip.” Of course, there are some natural products, like a gluten- and paraben-free toothpaste (which I’ve also tried and I love) and what vacation would be complete without a sunscreen?
Kourtney also has some “self care” items, like under eye gels and nail polish remover. A long weekend trip is the perfect occasion to take some time to do a face mask, or paint your nails. Indulge in some relaxing self-care to unwind and recharge! See Kourtney’s full list of vacation beauty must-haves below. Her picks start at just $4.
Skyn Iceland Cool Firming Eye Gels, $15
Côte Acetone-Free Polish Remover, $14
La Mer Mini Genaissance Eye Cream, $390
Dr. Bronner Mini Soap Travel Set, $9
Dr. Bronner Mini Organic Hand Sanitizer, $5
Tatcha Mini Luminous Dewy Skin Mist, $20
EltaMD UV Clear Mini Sunscreen, $23
Molton Brown Mini Bath & Body Travel Set, $35
Jason Mini Toothpaste, $4
Tatcha Aburatori Blotting Papers, $12.”
I also recommend a CC cream that can work for day or night. The Erborian CC Crème High Definition Radiance Face Cream Skin Perfector gives you a hint of coverage, a gorgeous glow, and it provides a broad spectrum SPF 25. It’s so easy to apply every morning so you can look and feel your best!
Sometimes your period can make a surprise appearance. We’ve all experienced it: a rogue period shows up out of nowhere to mess up a big day, a major event, or put a huge damper on a backing packing trip up to Machu Picchu. In fact travel, in itself, can also affect your period, throwing everything for a loop. Even the most predictable of periods can, for a variety of reasons, suddenly become unpredictable. Stress, alone, is definitely one of those factors.
“Normal fluctuations in hormones during the menstrual cycle alter neurotransmitters that are responsible for a variety of functions, including mood, libido, appetite, anxiety, emotion, pain, and pleasure,” Sara Twogood, MD, FACOG, tells Bustle. “The changes and relative levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone throughout the menstrual cycle, including during the period itself, are also responsible for many of the changes women notice (such as breakouts, breast tenderness, etc).”
But you shouldn’t let something like your period ruin your big vacation. So to avoid the potential menstrual cramps, pain, headaches or any other symptoms you may have, here are seven travel hacks, according to a doctor, to help you deal when your period decides to join your party in the Maldives.
If You’re On Birth Control Pills, Try To Avoid Having Your Period On Vacation
As Dr. Loanzon points out, and is something I’ve experienced first hand a few countries in Southeast Asia, there are certain cultures in which menstruating women aren’t allowed in sacred areas. They even have signs stating this in multiple languages. It’s something worth considering — although, it’s ultimately your choice.
“Check with your health care provider if your specific birth control pill can be used for this,” Dr. Loanzon says, “or if you can take a progesterone based medication to avoid your cycle while traveling.”
Opt For The Menstrual Cup
In the past few years, the menstrual cup has become really popular. It’s not just environmentally-friendly, because they’re reusable, but you end up spending pretty much nothing on feminine hygiene products every month because of this reusable factor.
“While you still have to heed the recommended length of time for use of a menstrual cup, these are wonderful options to not have to deal with changing tampons or pads,” Dr. Loanzon says. “Make sure to try out this method before your trip so you feel comfortable during your vacation, and also make sure research whether you’ll be able to cleanse the cup for sanitation appropriately while on your trip.”
Even if your vacation is supposed to be all about you sitting on the beach doing nothing, exercising while you have your period is a great, if not, fantastic idea.
“There has been evidence that exercise can reduce menstrual symptoms,” Dr. Loanzon says. “Yoga … may be helpful, but make sure to speak to check with your yoga instructor about which positions to avoid (for instance, it’s generally recommended to avoid inversions).”
So maybe it’s worth packing that yoga mat too.
Have Sex Or Masturbate
According to Dr. Loanzon, sexual activity may also be helpful when it comes to reducing period-related symptoms. When we orgasm during our period we get two major benefits: a natural painkiller and the ability to shorten our period due to the internal contractions that come with an orgasm that tend to push out more blood than if there wasn’t an orgasm being had.
Basically, whether you’re traveling alone or with a partner, feel free to bring your favorite sex toy.
Make Sure You Bring Your Own Pain Relief Pills
“Use of NSAIDS (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) such as Ibuprofen can aid with painful menstrual cramps,” Dr. Loanzon says. “Uterine cramps are caused by a release of prostaglandins and medications like Ibuprofen help to present the prostaglandin release.”
In addition to always having your own painkillers that you’re familiar with, Dr. Loanzon says you should take those pills before your period starts — that is, if your period is fairly regular and you know when it’s about to begin.
“Taking a medication like this the day before your cycle starts can also help decrease blood flow when your period does arrive,” she says.
Bring Herbal Supplements
If you’re someone who doesn’t like to take medication like Ibuprofren, then herbal supplements are your next best bet. Especially if you’re traveling to countries where Ibuprofren might not be available.
“Use of a natural herbal supplement like Black Cohosh or the equivalent of a natural menopausal supplement,” Dr. Loanzon says. “These are sold over the counter in pill form and can be a natural plant based way to treat cramps without debilitating your travel excursions.”
However, as Dr. Loanzon points out, you should definitely talk to your doctor about these meds before taking them. Just because they’re herbal, doesn’t mean they can’t have an adverse effect on other medications or increase risk for other medical conditions.
Always Pack Something Along The Lines Of A Heat Pack
“Heat has been shown to be as effective for relief of painful periods compared to Ibuprofen (Advil) and Acetaminophen (Tylenol),” Dr. Loanzon says. “You could bring along some instant heat packs or those bladders that can be filled with hot water.”
While a hot bath can also do the trick, sometimes, when traveling, we either end up in a room that only has a shower or in a hostel where, well, just forget about the bath all together.
“While traveling with these items may be cumbersome to lug around as they take up a lot of room in a suitcase, on the plus side they’re effective and don’t pose any side effects,” Dr. Loanzon says.
Your period, no matter how inconvenient, should never stand in the way of you wanting to do what you want to do. With these seven hacks, your next vacation, should your period show up, will still be a blast.
TurnKey Vacation Rentals Again Recognized as Top Company in Travel Industry by Travel Weekly
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AUSTIN, Texas, /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — For the second year in a row, TurnKey Vacation Rentals, Inc. has been honored with a 2018 Travel Weekly Magellan Award for Hospitality-Overall in the Vacation Rentals/Villas/Time Share category. The nation’s third-largest vacation rental management company, with more than 3,700 vacation rental homes in over 55 markets, TurnKey also won this award in 2017, proving it is redefining vacation rental hospitality by integrating technology with local, personal service to consistently provide exceptional experiences for guests and owners alike – like secure entry for each new guest, scheduling house cleaning and repairs, and even monitoring for noise levels.
“We launched TurnKey in 2013 because we realized the vacation rental industry was missing what most travelers value: the fine hotel experience of reliable customer service, cleanliness and quality, while still maintaining what makes staying in a home a unique and exciting way to travel,” said TurnKey co-founder and CEO, T.J. Clark. “We’re thrilled that travellers and vacation rental owners recognize that TurnKey is setting new standards for what to expect from vacation rental companies.”
The Travel Weekly Magellan Award recognizes the best companies across a broad range of travel industry segments, including Hotels and Resorts, Travel Destinations, Cruise Lines, Online Travel Services, Airlines and Airports, Travel Agents and Agencies, Tour Operators and Car Rental Companies. The panel of judges includes top travel industry professionals who seek to recognize companies that represent the highest standards of excellence in their categories.
Established in 2012 by travel, hospitality and e-commerce industry veterans, TurnKey is building the nation’s first hospitality brand for vacation rentals, providing guests with consistent, hotel-like experiences while retaining the authenticity of one-of-a-kind vacation homes.
About TurnKey Vacation Rentals
TurnKey Vacation Rentals is a full-service vacation rental property management company for premier vacation rental homes in top U.S. travel destinations. As a leading vacation rental hospitality brand, TurnKey provides guests with the consistency and quality of a fine hotel experience, while optimizing the management, marketing and return on investment for vacation rental homeowners. Our proprietary smart home technology – digital smart locks, FieldSync housekeeping scheduler, HomeDroid tablet, noise decibel monitors and more – integrates with local, in-market teams to ensure extraordinary vacation rental experiences for every home, every stay, every time. TurnKey is based in Austin, Texas, and venture-backed by Adams Street Partners, Silverton Partners, Altos Ventures and institutional and angel investors. To learn more, visit TurnKey Vacation Rentals.
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