#1 Eat like Anthony Bourdain
Where: New Jersey, United States
What: A New Jersey politician has proposed a food trail in honour of beloved chef, TV personality and travel show host Anthony Bourdain, who died on 8 June 2018. The bill calls for the tourism department to make it an official feature, but you can easily go on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail yourself. It would include the New Jersey restaurants that Anthony made during an episode of Parts Unknown: Kubel’s, Hiram’s Roadstand, Knife and Fork Inn, Dock’s Oyster House, Tony’s Baltimore Grill, Tony & Ruth Steaks, Donkey’s Place, Lucille’s Country Cooking, Frank’s Deli, and James’ Salt Water Taffy. It makes a bittersweet foodie trip, for sure.
#2 Whip out the Kleenex, this is incredibly touching
Where: On an Alaska Airlines flight from Boston to Los Angeles
What: Our faith in humanity has been restored by a 15-year-old girl named Clara Daly. The kindhearted teenager volunteered to help when flight attendants asked if anyone knew sign language to assist another passenger, Tim Cook, who is blind and deaf. Signing letters in American Sign Language into Tim’s hand, Clara was able to have a few conversations with him and also make sure that he had what he needed during the flight. Clara told CNN: “I hope this helps other people realise that in the world we are living in, it is everyone’s duty to help each other out, no matter what.” We’re not crying; you are.
#3 Want a lower cost of living? Work here instead
Where: Tashkent, Uzbekistan
What: A new cost of living survey by Mercer has revealed the world’s cheapest cities for expatriates. Topping the list is Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, which is the most populated city in Central Asia. The cities that succeed it on the list are Tunis (Tunisia), Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), Banjul (Gambia) and Karachi (Pakistan). And surprise, surprise, on the other end of the list, Hong Kong is the most expensive city to live and work in, followed by – also zero surprises here – Tokyo, Zurich, Singapore, and Seoul.
#4 Be a duchess or give up garlic?
Where: On any official British royal visits
What: Today’s impossible decision stems from an unofficial travel policy that Queen Elizabeth II reportedly practices during royal visits: no garlic on the menu. The reason is obvious – you wouldn’t want a meet-and-greet with people whose breath reek of the pungent ingredient. Meghan, the newlywed Duchess of Sussex, has had to adjust to this rule as well, despite being known to love garlic. The Queen herself doesn’t fancy garlic at all, according to chef Darren McGrady, who worked in the Buckingham Palace kitchen for 11 years. The ban only applies to public appearances, of course, so consumption of garlic outside official engagements is permitted, unless you’re dining with the Queen. Would you give up garlic for Queen and country?
New on The Luxe Nomad
Where: Bali, Indonesia and Hakuba, Japan
What: This week, our latest luxury stays take you from ski to sea. In Hakuba, Japan’s winter sports hub, we’ve got a cosy little chalet and a spacious apartment that are great for families with children, or small groups of ski-crazy friends. In Bali, we’re swooning over villas nestled in greenery and swanky suites. The common denomination? Knee-weakening views. Read about them here.