Starling Travel

September 29, 2008

M( ) Talks About Her Trip To Israel

Filed under: Site News — Laura Moncur @ 12:23 pm

Megan Wallent went to Israel and was nice enough to share her experience with us. She found the Hummos Nazi:

Hummos Nazi

He told us about his favorite local place. He described it as “The Hummos Nazi” – like the Soup Nazi in Seinfeld. I was more in than ever for this place! We set of on our hummos adventure for the Hummos Shack (my term, not his!) which was tucked in a small retail space in another office complex. (Its in the Ramat-Gan neighborhood)

She also ran into some extremely tight security at the airport.

There were no fewer than four more checkpoints to go through before going to the gate. I’ve written about the Bee Watcher Watchers in Paris, where there are multiple lines to go through, each with some perfunctory check. This is not the case here – every line had some purpose, and they were checking and rechecking to make sure that you were okey dokey. One thing I was surprised by though – at the xray machine, you do not need to pull out your small baggie of liquids or take off your shoes. They scan you, and your stuff, right there.

If you have been dreaming of visiting an exotic locale like Israel, click on over to Megan’s site and read about her adventures in Israel.

September 28, 2008

Cincinnati, Ohio: Photos from Blind Prophecy

Filed under: Ohio,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 8:53 am

Northside - Liberty Tire Mural by atp_tyreseus from Flickr

Jere Keys moved to Cincinnati recently and can see the city with the fresh eyes of a tourist. He shared his photos with us here:

After being left alone by his housemates, he decided to skip television for the night and take a walk:

I took a long walk down into the largely industrial neighborhood known as Camp Washington. Sure, there’s a lot of gritty, out-of-date reminders of a different time, abandoned buildings, even evidence of a homeless encampment, but I found it to be pretty (if you could ignore the smell of the giant aluminum casting factory).

Thanks for sharing your photos of your new home base, Jere!

September 24, 2008

San Francisco, CA: Mixt Greens

Filed under: California,Food,Places To Visit — Laura Moncur @ 1:54 pm

Nicole Lee took a trip to Mixt Greens.

mixt greens by Nicole Lee from Flickr

She called it a yuppie salad bar and then went on to specify that it was Yuppie with a capital Y!

Lettuce rock your world by Nicole Lee from Flickr

Their sign says, “Lettuce rock your world.” Yep, that’s the same slogan I used when I ran for 7th Grade Vice President. Still a knee slapper.

Salad toppings by Nicole Lee from Flickr

Her verdict that the place didn’t live up to its price tag. If you’re looking for more atmosphere than salad, then maybe Mixt Greens is for you. Otherwise, opt for the salad bar at Whole Foods.


Mixt Greens
120 Sansome Street San Francisco, CA
475 Sansome Street (on Commercial) San Francisco, CA
560 Mission Street San Francisco, CA

September 19, 2008

How To Cook Campfire Cakes

Filed under: Camping,Food — Laura Moncur @ 5:00 am

firecakes by land_camera_land_camera from Flickr

firecakes by land_camera_land_camera from Flickr

These delicious cakes were cooked within a campfire. You can find the recipe here:

They used a yellow cake mix and cooked them in the campfire after hollowing out the oranges. She enjoyed the camping, despite the cold:

I know it’s getting a little late in the season for camping (we froze our butts off!) but if you manage to get out, seriously- I don’t even think I have to tell you to try this.

There is still some good camping to be had, even this late in the season. Lake Mead, in southern Nevada, is beautiful at this time of year, so get out there and let yourself enjoy the outdoors.

Via: blog: HOW TO – Campfire Cakes

September 18, 2008

My Dream Trailer

Filed under: Camping,Teardrops & Tiny Trailers — Laura Moncur @ 8:04 am

Trailer by unwiredadventures from Flickr

Trailer by unwiredadventures from Flickr

I have an image in my mind of the perfect trailer I would like to travel the country with. Something small and compact, but more livable than VW Westfalia bus conversion. If the aqua stripes were replaced by maroon or red ones, this would be my dream trailer.

Thank you, unwiredadventures, for taking photos of my dream trailer.


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