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SSoP Podcast Episode 41 — Turkey: It's Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night
SSoP Podcast Episode 41 — Turkey: It's Turkish Delight on a Moonlit Night
It's been said that the best way to embark on a trip through Turkey is to arrive by sea in Istanbul. We believe it! Give us all the Bosphorous sunsets, baklava, the strong Turkish coffee, and bustling Grand Bazaar.
Montenegro, Wedding Thrillers, New Orient Express, Cussing History & More: Endnotes 12 August
Montenegro, Wedding Thrillers, New Orient Express, Cussing History & More: Endnotes 12 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a 20-year book club, the history of amusement parks, best US bookstores, national park restaurants, travel posters, and more.
Hawaiian Spam Musubi Inspired by Michael Crichton's Adventure-Thriller 'Micro'
Hawaiian Spam Musubi Inspired by Michael Crichton's Adventure-Thriller 'Micro'
The star of a Hawaiian luau is kalua pork, and that is 100% justified. But when you're heading to the beach or feeling peckish, you need Spam musubi, a portable snack that's salty-sweet-crispy-chewy and irresistible.
Rio, Gothic Heroines, London Breakfast, Library Poems, Bio Comics & More: Endnotes 05 August
Rio, Gothic Heroines, London Breakfast, Library Poems, Bio Comics & More: Endnotes 05 August
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an over-the-top reading journal, underrated European cities, the romance of Elinor Glyn, uncanny Daphne du Maurier, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 40 — Hawaii: Bring a Bottle of Gin for Pele
SSoP Podcast Episode 40 — Hawaii: Bring a Bottle of Gin for Pele
There's a lot to love about the 50th state. You can start with palm trees galore, soft sand beaches (more than 100!), lush hiking trails, and volcanoes you can climb. Plus dreamy island music and luau-worthy cuisine.
Lake Bled, Street Grammar, Hopepunk, Iconic Meals, Bookwallet & More: Endnotes 29 July
Lake Bled, Street Grammar, Hopepunk, Iconic Meals, Bookwallet & More: Endnotes 29 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got playful European travel maps, the Egg Mayo Protection Association, an emergency champagne phone, awesome book lists, and more.
The Best Art and Design Newsletters to Deliver Beauty and Smarts to Your Inbox
The Best Art and Design Newsletters to Deliver Beauty and Smarts to Your Inbox
There's no denying that seeing original artworks with your own eyes is a powerful experience. But there are so many amazing things to see! We're grateful for these sites that bring inspiring art to our desktops.
11 Delightful Books Set in Museums That Take you Behind the Scenes
11 Delightful Books Set in Museums That Take you Behind the Scenes
From majestic (Michelangelo's David) to silly (a can of SPAM) and everything in between (taxidermy! historical costumes!), museums are a fantastic place to get curious. These books do the same, no travel required.
SSoP Podcast Episode 39 — Museums: A Gathering of Muses, A Clutch of Curators
SSoP Podcast Episode 39 — Museums: A Gathering of Muses, A Clutch of Curators
Humans have been collecting precious stuff to show their friends for millennia. In this episode, we discuss the first museum, explore Renaissance Wunderkammers, and celebrate all that makes museums so very awesome.
Fizzy Lemonade, Fictional Bars, Roadside Poems, Brunch in Lisbon & More: Endnotes 15 July
Fizzy Lemonade, Fictional Bars, Roadside Poems, Brunch in Lisbon & More: Endnotes 15 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the history of rainbows, authentic Mongolian food, inspiring stuff left in library books, new novels in translation, and more.
South African Chakalaka Inspired by Damon Galgut's Novel 'The Promise'
South African Chakalaka Inspired by Damon Galgut's Novel 'The Promise'
The application of flames to meat is one of humanity's greatest inventions. In South Africa, the barbecue tradition known as braai is a celebration of multicultural flavors and the delicious power of a wood fire.
14 Colorful, Delicious, Outdoorsy Reasons to Take a Holiday in South Africa
14 Colorful, Delicious, Outdoorsy Reasons to Take a Holiday in South Africa
There are so many reasons to visit South Africa! You could start with safari animals (elephants, lions, leopards, and more), but don't forget the beaches and mountains and irresistible fusion food. Hello, melktert!
Constanta Casino, Future Library, Leaf Sheep, Reading Gargoyles & More: Endnotes 08 July
Constanta Casino, Future Library, Leaf Sheep, Reading Gargoyles & More: Endnotes 08 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got an Italian town that treasures personal diaries, AIGA 50 Covers competition, unlikable characters, The Statesider, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 38 — South Africa: Nelson Mandela, the Big Five, and Sweet Melktert
SSoP Podcast Episode 38 — South Africa: Nelson Mandela, the Big Five, and Sweet Melktert
If South Africa inspires images of a safari, you're not wrong. It's also a fantastic place to take a hike, splash in the surf (maybe with penguins), or enjoy an outdoor braai. (That's a barbecue, and it's delicious.)
Big Sur, Vintage Travel Photos, Updating the OED, Chorizo Lore & More: Endnotes 01 July
Big Sur, Vintage Travel Photos, Updating the OED, Chorizo Lore & More: Endnotes 01 July
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got a sonnet about Anne Frank, the train from Marseille to Berlin, travelogue cookbooks, a love letter to bookshelves, and more.
Sweet and Savory Banana Pudding Inspired by the 'She Walks These Hills'
Sweet and Savory Banana Pudding Inspired by the 'She Walks These Hills'
Creamy, sweet, and cold from the fridge, banana pudding is just the thing to sweeten an already happy occasion or smooth the edges when life's sorrows come calling. This recipe makes the old favorite even better.
Wolf Romance, Destination Foods, Bookish Newsletters, a Poetry Game & More: Endnotes 24 June
Wolf Romance, Destination Foods, Bookish Newsletters, a Poetry Game & More: Endnotes 24 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got famous authors annotating their novels, climate change info via comics, Hilary Mantel's fave books, a summery essay, and more.
SSoP Podcast Episode 37 — Appalachia: Buttermilk Biscuits, Bluegrass, and a Big Blue Moon
SSoP Podcast Episode 37 — Appalachia: Buttermilk Biscuits, Bluegrass, and a Big Blue Moon
If you're into the idea of tall tales whispered around the fireplace, hiking among leafy trees and fields of wildflowers, and eating fresh-from-the-cob corn cooked in bacon fat and cream, this is the episode for you.
Bibliothèque, Treehouses, Gothic Library, Great Vacation Reads & More: Endnotes 17 June
Bibliothèque, Treehouses, Gothic Library, Great Vacation Reads & More: Endnotes 17 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got the meaning of food in Cyrano de Bergerac, Lay's around the world, a very unusual book, a Library of Congress visit, and more.
14 Irresistible Reasons You Should Visit the Island of Tasmania Immediately
14 Irresistible Reasons You Should Visit the Island of Tasmania Immediately
There are so many reasons to visit Tasmania — rugged and sandy beaches, majestic hiking trails, world-class cuisine, and fascinating history. But if we're 100% honest, we want to go for the cute-and-cuddly wombats.
South Korea, Book Canvassers, Chocolate Hotels, Reading on Holiday & More: Endnotes 10 June
South Korea, Book Canvassers, Chocolate Hotels, Reading on Holiday & More: Endnotes 10 June
Every Friday, we share our favorite book- and travel-related links. This week, we've got magical novels by women, indulgent breakfasts, the glory of Taschen books, Harlem Renaissance, confusing words quiz, and more.
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