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    Hey Bub’s? Ugly Never Looked So Good

    Just off of Main Street in Old Town Carmel, Indiana, you will find possibly one of the best tasting and largest hamburgers you will ever encounter at Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream Shop.

    Opened in 2003, Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream Shop is known for its legendary Bub’s Big Ugly burger, which starts off at a whopping 22 ounces of hand-pattied, fresh ground chuck…

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    The Waterfront Beach Resort by Hilton

    Since early 2000, I estimate I have stayed nearly 1,000 nights at hotels for business and personal travel. I am a member of multiple hotel loyalty programs, but as of late I have been staying a fair amount at various Hilton Hotels’ properties. The iconic Hilton Hotels’ brands include such notable hotels as DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, Waldorf Astoria and recently launched both its…

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    Pieology Pizzeria Will Please Ya

    Today I had the opportunity to visit Pieology Pizzeria in St. Paul Minnesota’s Highland Park neighborhood. This location opened on October 28th and is owned by Minnesota Vikings player Matt Kalil.

    According to PizzaMarketPlace.com, Kalil owns all of the Minnesota franchise rights and is expecting to open approximately 15 locations in the next several years. It makes total sense the first location was in Mankato…

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    8 new Twitter photo filters rolled out

    As I was just about to tweet out my latest picture of my Jimmy John’s awesome lunch, I noticed that in Twitter’s iOS application, it has replaced its photo filters with eight new filters.

    Gone are filters such as Warm, Cool, 1963 and Vignette (my fav), instead we now have Radiant, Positive, Warm, Breeze, Glow, Golden, Fame and Stark. Interestingly enough, a sepia filter (that…

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    What is #GivingTuesday? A day “Tue” give back.

    Many of my on-line friends only know the day of the week based upon a particular hashtag. Last Friday it was #BlackFriday for in-store shopping. Then yesterday it was #CyberMonday for on-line shopping. Well today it is December 2, 2014 and it is #GivingTuesday, where we each have the opportunity to give back “Tue” someone or “Tue-do” something for someone else.

    There are many…

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    Afrah + Shawarma = Pure Bliss

    When I travel around the United States, I resort to looking up new and exciting restaurants that I wouldn’t otherwise find. My trusty sidekick is my eldest lad who is quite the foodie, but more importantly, he is quite the restaurant picker for great eats and unusually treats.

    Normally he would consult the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives or Man versus Food websites to see if…

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    What’s an Upsie? It’s the new way to warranty.

    So I recently came across a new company called Upsie. So what the heck is an Upsie? The only time I ever have even heard of this term was when I would lift up my lads over my head saying, “Upsy-daisy.” And according to dictionary.com, the definition of upsy-daisy is “used, as for reassurance, at the moment of lifting a baby up.”

    But this…

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    Need a vacation? You should know Barceló.

    Over the December holidays, I’ll be heading back to Maya Riviera in Mexico for a third consecutive year. I’ve become a real pro at knowing what to eat, what to drink and more importantly, where to stay.

    Sadly I won’t be returning to the Barceló Maya Beach Resort, as I was overruled (note: in my household democracy, the votes are weighted); however, if you…

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    Do you love cheesecake? Muddy Paws can’t be beat.

    Each and everyone us has a “go-to” dessert when it comes to satisfying our sweet tooth. Some of use sneak pieces of candy during the day (note: this is not an admission), whereas others wait to splurge on a splendid treat such as cheesecake. If cheesecake is your guilty pleasure, then you should really know about Muddy Paws Cheesecake.

    Simply put, Muddy Paws Cheesecake…

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    My Review of The Burger King Loo

    loo – (n). a bathroom or toilet.

    How many times have you walked into a restaurant and you really need to use the facilities (fancy word for toilet or bathroom)? For me, it is usually NOT a result of the food I’m about to eat, but as a result of the amount of water and other liquids I drink throughout the day. Often…

Just off of Main Street in Old Town Carmel, Indiana, you will find possibly one of the best tasting and largest hamburgers you will ever encounter at Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream Shop.

Opened in 2003, Bub’s Burgers & Ice Cream Shop is known for its legendary Bub’s Big Ugly burger, which starts off at a whopping 22 ounces of hand-pattied, fresh ground chuck beef. When cooked to order, the Big Ugly results in a one-pound burger that is so large it simply oozes over the edges of the freshly baked and buttered hamburger bun.

At first I was simply terrified to even contemplate ordering the Big Ugly, but the whole reason why we were even here was because we came across this gem of a restaurant through the Man versus Food television show. I had to try at least one burger, right? Read More

Since early 2000, I estimate I have stayed nearly 1,000 nights at hotels for business and personal travel. I am a member of multiple hotel loyalty programs, but as of late I have been staying a fair amount at various Hilton Hotels‘ properties. The iconic Hilton Hotels’ brands include such notable hotels as DoubleTree, Embassy Suites, Hampton Inns, Waldorf Astoria and recently launched both its Canopy by Hilton and Curio by Hilton brands.

Although I never ask for a “deal,” I utilize social media a fair amount in order to ask different questions of brands that I follow. Sometimes it is for a lunch suggestion, but often times it is simply easier for me to tweet to a brand to ask them a specific question, especially as it relates to a location of a hotel. Though my interactions with Hilton on Twitter (hint – follow them here), I was able to find a location near my business meeting and was able to stay at The Waterfront Beach Resort by Hilton (fun fact: tweet to Hilton Suggests here if are looking for dinner reservations while traveling, they are an excellent source for localized suggestions).

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to travel to Surf City, USA, also known as Huntington Beach, California. So I sent out this tweet to try to get a sense of where to stay:

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Today I had the opportunity to visit Pieology Pizzeria in St. Paul Minnesota’s Highland Park neighborhood. This location opened on October 28th and is owned by Minnesota Vikings player Matt Kalil.

According to PizzaMarketPlace.com, Kalil owns all of the Minnesota franchise rights and is expecting to open approximately 15 locations in the next several years. It makes total sense the first location was in Mankato, home of the Minnesota Vikings training camp. Along with this Highland Park location, a Maple Grove location is coming soon.

Pieology Pizzeria has approximately 60 current or planned locations, mainly located in California, Oregon and Arizona, but has recently expanded to Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and a few other states. There are franchising rights still available in the Mountain, Central and Northeast regions of the United States. Read More

As I was just about to tweet out my latest picture of my Jimmy John’s awesome lunch, I noticed that in Twitter‘s iOS application, it has replaced its photo filters with eight new filters.

Gone are filters such as Warm, Cool, 1963 and Vignette (my fav), instead we now have Radiant, Positive, Warm, Breeze, Glow, Golden, Fame and Stark. Interestingly enough, a sepia filter (that cool looking brown tone) is missing from the new collection of photo filters.

Now I mainly shoot all of my photos with the Hipstamic application, so Twitter photo filters are not all that imperative to me, but where I mainly use the Twitter photo filter is as a secondary filter before posting on Twitter.

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Many of my on-line friends only know the day of the week based upon a particular hashtag. Last Friday it was #BlackFriday for in-store shopping. Then yesterday it was #CyberMonday for on-line shopping. Well today it is December 2, 2014 and it is #GivingTuesday, where we each have the opportunity to give back “Tue” someone or “Tue-do” something for someone else.

There are many great causes that each one of us can support today, but it isn’t just about giving money to a particular charitable cause, it’s about feeling inspired to do an unselfish act on behalf of someone else. You could simply buy a cup of coffee for the person behind you in the coffee shop. You could tell one of your co-workers how much you appreciate all of their hard work.

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