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A Dubai-based expat who has been to 76 countries shares what it's like to travel the world for work

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Jeff Working in Dubai

When television producer Jeff Johns first moved to Dubai in 2014, he didn't know what to expect. 

Johns, who is originally from Washington, DC, had been living in Thailand when he was approached for a job opportunity that would bring him to the United Arab Emirates. 

The city's central location and his flexible job as a full-time freelance producer has enabled him to travel to some of the world's most breathtaking destinations. Johns has already been to 76 different destinations and is planning 10 trips for this year alone.

Last year, he and his girlfriend, Anne Mugnier, started documenting their travels on their blog "What Doesn’t Suck?The blog has opened up incredible travel opportunities for the duo, allowing them to see everywhere from Lebanon to Iceland. 

We spoke to Johns to find out what it's like to have a career that allows you to travel the world. 

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"Dubai is at the center of the world when it comes to places you can travel to ... we can visit some insane places on the weekends without having to take extended time out of work," Johns said. Over 60% of the world's population lives within an eight-hour fight of the UAE, which means that impromptu trips around the world are common. Here's the happy couple on a recent weekend trip to Dushanbe, Tajikistan.



When Johns and Mugnier first met, he promised they would take a trip to Thailand together. Two months later, they were eating scorpions in Bangkok.



"Sometimes life in Dubai can feel stale with work and a conservative culture, so being able to jump on a plane and [end up] in the middle of a wild beach party is a breath of fresh air," Johns said.



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What I learned after taking over my 13-year-old sister's Snapchat for two weeks

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teens selfie red carpetTeenagers are serious about their Snapchat game.

Since the launch of the Snapchat “streaks” feature in 2015, a competitive flavor has entered the app. The feature keeps track of how many consecutive days two people have been snapchatting, displaying the number of days on the right side of the friend's name. While many of us might not care about our streaks, some teens strive to get the highest numbers possible.

But these serious snapchatters have one huge problem during the summer: sleepaway camp (most of which do not allow everyday cell phone usage if any at all). Camp-bound snapchatters knew that their most valued streaks would be in jeopardy. So what do they do? Have someone else maintain their streaks for them. And that’s how I got the gig.

My 13-year-old sister was headed to camp for two weeks. In fear that she would not be able to get on Snapchat everyday, she enlisted both my other sister and me to take over her account (asking both of us to do it increased the chance that we won’t forget).

After two weeks and losing one of her major streaks (205 days) this is what I learned about the scary world of teenage snapchatters.

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They often have multiple unopened snapchats: With so many snapchats coming in and out, it's hard to keep up. It's easier just to let them pile up and go through them all at once.



One of my sister's friends was responsible for 8 other Snapchat accounts

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"I thought it would be fun to go on everyone's accounts, but it's almost the end of the summer and I'm so happy because it was so annoying," said my sister's friend, Anna. "I did it because I wanted [my friends] to be happy when they came home [from camp] with bigger streaks with the people they care about."



The longer the streak, the more you love someone

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This might not be true in all cases, but streaks become a measure of how much you like someone. When my sister's 16-year-old friend was interested in a boy from school, she told me that he must be interested too since they had well over a 100-day Snapchat streak. 



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These swanky extended-stay apartments near Wall Street are a favorite with celebrities and business travelers

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AKA hotels

Hotels and Airbnb rentals don't have to be your only accommodation options when traveling for work or for play. 

AKA offers luxurious extended-stay accommodations that are well suited for business travelers, combining the hospitality you'd expect in a hotel with the privacy and comfort you'd get in a luxury condo. Guests can choose from nightly, weekly, or monthly rates, as well as more extended options. AKA has a total of 11 properties across New York City; Beverly Hills; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; and London, in addition to a new location it recently opened near Wall Street.

At this location, room rates start at $428 a night for a 362-square-foot suite and go up to $3,500 a night for a 1,103-square-foot suite. 

"We got excited about what was happening downtown with Brookfield Place and all these restaurants, so we knew it was an up-and-coming neighborhood and we wanted to be part of recreating its urban downtown," Larry Korman, AKA's founder and president, said to Business Insider. 

AKA is the product of four generations of the Korman family, including Korman's father, who began building flexible-lease apartments in Philadelphia in the '60s. Since then, AKA, which is run by Korman Communities, has become a go-to accommodation for celebrities, business travelers, and creative types.

We visited the new Wall Street location to check out its chic rooms and swanky features. 

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AKA Wall Street, which is located on William Street and Maiden Lane in Manhattan's Financial District, features crisp and clean details. While none of the AKA properties are the same in their design, they each offer a contemporary ambience.



When guests arrive, they'll find a 24/7 front desk, where they can make restaurant reservations, book a car, request laundry or dry-cleaning services, and ask for local recommendations. AKA also has its "Live It!" program, which offers everything from professional photography sessions to art classes.



Since AKA offers longer-stay options, most residents tend to be going through some sort of transition period, whether this means going on location for a job or moving to a new city. The brand has made it a goal to provide calmness through details like low lighting, soft music, a simple layout, and essential oils.



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This is the best kind of wine to pair with steak, according to a steak master

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We can all agree that wine pairs nicely with steak. The question is: which wine should you choose?

If you're ordering a fatty cut of meat, like a ribeye or New York strip, there's only one way to go.

"Ask any steakhouse in America, and they'll tell you that a Napa Valley Cabernet is king," chef Wade Wiestling of Mastro's Steakhouse in New York told Business Insider.

Wiestling describes the two as a "classic combo" and explains that "you really can't go wrong with it."

"If you like [your steak] charred, like I like it charred, then those Napa Valley Cabs are great," Wiestling said. 

Of course, Wiestling's pairing recommendations vary based on the steak's cut, aging, and sauce.

"Leaner cuts like tenderloin or filet mignon don't have a whole lot of fat in them, so they can pair quite well with some of the lighter reds, like a Sangiovese or pinot noir," he said.

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If your steak is seasoned with sweet spices or dried chilis, Wiestling recommends a Zinfandel. 

"Those Zinfandels have some spice in them and they're really rich, so obviously they cut through and complement that steak flavor," he said.

Wiestling adds that in the end, your steak and wine pairing is "really a matter of taste." 

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If you think the TSA is bad, this is how much worse airport security is around the world

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An article in The New York Times asked if additional security measures at airports made us safer. We decided to take a closer look at how countries around the globe operate airport security compared to the United States. Some have additional checkpoints and increased security stops while others begin the screening process miles away from the airport.  

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Here are 25 habits that psychologists have linked with happiness

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It's the little things.

Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.

Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of psychological research to suggest that certain activities can help improve your mood and your health.

Here are a few simple practices that seem to have the ability to boost your mood and keep it high.

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#25. Write down 3 things you're grateful for.

Keeping tabs on the things you feel lucky to have in your life is a great way to boost your mood.

In a recent study from psychologists at UC Davis, researchers had 3 groups of volunteers keep weekly journals focused on a single topic. While one group wrote about major events that had happened that week, the second group wrote about hassles they'd experienced, and the last group wrote about things they were grateful for.

Ten weeks later, those in the gratitude-journal group reported feeling more optimistic and more satisfied with their lives than those in any of the other groups and reported fewer physical symptoms of discomfort, from runny noses to headaches.



#24. Go on a hike or gaze up at the stars on a clear night.

Awe is a powerful — even awesome, you might say — human emotion. And a handful of recent studies have found a link between experiencing a sense of awe — that feeling you get when you look up at a starry sky or out across a wide open valley — with feeling less stressed and more satisfied.

People who've recently had an awe-inspiring experience are also more likely to say they feel more curious about the world around them and to act more generously toward others.



#23. Move to Switzerland.

Ok, moving to Switzerland might not make you happy, but people who live there are some of the happiest in the world, according to the 2015 World Happiness Report, a ranking compiled by an international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians to measure global well-being.

One of the report's key findings, based on decades of neuroscientific and psychological research, suggests that keeping the brain happy relies on 4 main factors, which include staying positive, recovering from negative feelings, spending time with loved ones, and being mindful.

"These findings highlight the view that happiness and well-being are best regarded as skills that can be enhanced through training," the researchers write in their report.



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Turns out Trump or Clinton could win the election with just 22% of the popular vote

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Not all votes are equal when it comes to electing the president of the United States. Because of the electoral college system, votes cast in smaller states weigh more heavily than those cast in larger states. The difference is so significant that it's possible to win the election with a surprisingly low percentage of the popular vote.

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18 teens who are dominating Instagram

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Kylie Jenner

Instagram is an extremely popular tool for sharing photos.

Some accounts have more followers than others — tens of thousands more.  

We've compiled a list of 18 teens that have massive followings on Instagram.

Some are celebrities, some are models, some are simply social-media stars, but all of them know how to add the perfect filter and have captured the attention of the internet.

These stars are easy to spot with their stunning selfies and thousands of likes. 

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Alexis Ren (@alexisren)

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Age: 19

Approximate number of followers: 6 million

Why she's Insta-famous: Ren began her modeling career on Tumblr, according to Cosmopolitan, where she connected with her boyfriend, Jay Alvarrez. The two continue to share photos of their travels and together have gained huge followings.



Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner)

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Age: 18

Approximate number of followers: 70 million

Why she's Insta-famous: Jenner is arguably the queen of Instagram. She may be the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner squad, but her presence on social media is comparable to her big sisters'. You'll see lots of perfectly pouted posts on her Instagram promoting her insanely popular lip kit.  



Bretman Rock (@bretmanrock)

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Age: 18

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Why he's Insta-famous: The Hawaii native shares his makeup skills and sharp-witted humor on Instagram. The majority of his posts are videos, and you'll frequently see him discussing highlight powder and "on fleek" eyebrows.



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3 things rich people who love their jobs have in common, and the psychology behind them

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Angelina Jolie

So you want to do what you love.

... and you want to make money.

A handful of people have the privilege to do both. Not surprisingly, these folks tend to have a few things in common, as Cornell University economist Robert H. Frank lays out in a recent story for the New York Times' Upshot blog.

But what we wanted to know was this: Among these high earners who adore their gigs, are there any psychological commonalities that the rest of us might be able to incorporate into our own lives?

Turns out, the answer is yes. According to the latest psychological research, people who make a lot of money and adore their jobs tend to share three key traits.

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#1: They're experts in their field.

Dozens of studies belonging to a field known as positive psychology suggest that the happiest people are those who identify their unique skills — or "signature strengths" — and find a way to incorporate these into their daily life.

A team of British psychologists who recently studied hundreds of college students for two months found that, compared with students who reported rarely or never using their signature strengths, those who reported regularly using these skills tended to report better progress in reaching the personal goals that they'd been asked to identify at the beginning of the study. Those students also tended to report being happier (according to their scores on a widely used psychological measure of satisfaction) over the same time period.

Plus, experts tend to make more money than non-experts. As economists Philip Cook and Robert Frank argue in their book "The Winner-Take-All Society," those who become highly skilled at their jobs are capturing a much larger share of total income in almost every field.

"Moral: Become an expert at something!" Frank wrote in the Times.



#2: They feel good about what they do.

Sure, you might feel okay with what you do at work each day, but how do you feel about what your employer does for the rest of the world? In his book "What Price the Moral High Ground?", Frank says feeling good about your employer's broader mission is one of the most important aspects of occupational satisfaction.

"When most people leave work each evening, they feel better if they have made the world better in some way, or at least haven’t made it worse," Frank writes in the Times

And, not surprisingly, research suggests happy employees are better for the company in the long-run. A Harvard Business Review survey of 12,000 electronic journal entries from 238 professionals across seven different companies suggested that employees were far more likely to have new ideas on days when they felt happier. Win-win.



#3: They regularly find themselves blissfully submerged in their work.

When was the last time you were so immersed in something that the world around you seemed to fade away? Research from the Hungarian psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi suggests that this state of consciousness, which he and other researchers have called "flow," also happens to be the time when we feel the most joyful, creative, and at-peace.

Fortunately, further research suggests that this positive, flow-state is under our control: Finding a job or a hobby that encourages us to enter our flow state can help us feel happy and satisfied.

Plus, if you've found a job that regularly gets you in your "flow," chances are you'll be more likely to devote a lot of time doing it. Dozens of psychological studies suggest that this time spent practicing can add up and increase your odds of becoming an expert in your field. Again, experts tend to make more money than non-experts.



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Fireworks, ancient ruins, and celebrities: Inside Larry Page and Sergey Brin's exclusive conference in Italy (GOOG, GOOGL)

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The Camp

This wasn't your average summer camp. 

Earlier this week, Google cofounders Larry Page and Sergey Brin hosted an exclusive gathering in Sicily, with a star-speckled guest list that included Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, George Lucas, and Pharrell.

The Camp, in its third year, is a three-day conference full of schmoozing that's been dubbed "Davos on the sea" for bringing together VIPs across tech, music, and fashion.

This year's festivities included intellectual discussions, relaxation, and sumptuous meals, including a dinner among the ruins at the "Valle dei Templi" or "Valley of the Temples."

Here's supermodel Karlie Kloss posing with Malala Yousafzai, who spoke in front of attendees about education and female rights, and Alicia Keys, who performed five songs after dinner on Monday:

I couldn't have wished for a more brilliant group of powerful and passionate women to celebrate with yesterday. ❤️

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Kloss celebrated her 24th birthday at the conference. Here she is sitting next to designer Diane von Furstenberg at one the group's lunches:

Happy birthday dear Karlie ! @karliekloss Love Diane

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The Italian swing and jazz band Four On Six played for about two hours that night too. 

Bandmate Fausto Savetteri tells Business Insider that other guests he spotted included Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, CEO of Fiat Automobiles, Lapo Elkann, and Queen Rania of Jordan. 

"Everything was beautiful and of course top secret until the end," he says. 

Guests stayed at the luxurious Verdura Resort. Here's Palm's Bruce Bozzi posing with TV exec Brian Grazer and his wife Veronica, who is in marketing:

Love you both to the moon & back! @briangrazer @smiley1128 We will always have Sicily 😎🇮🇹😎 #acuriousmind Ciao Italia

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And YouTube star Lilly Singh posing with South African actress Charlize Theron:

We're going to change the world. @charlizeafrica #GenEndIt #GirlLove

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 This young developer managed to get some pretty epic selfies, including with Alphabet CEO Larry Page:

#google #founder #googlecamp #sciacca #dinner #perfect #night #larrypage @larrypageofficial

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 And the leader of Alphabet's cash cow — Google's Sundar Pichai:

Finally my dream came true !! #sciacca #googlecamp #ceo #google #dinner #sundarpichai @sundar.pichai

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 If only he had snagged a shot with Sergey Brin to complete the trifecta!

Though he did track down Pharrell:

#dinner #night #googlecamp #pharrellwilliams #because #im #happy #respect @pharrell

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 As well as Alicia Keys:

Thank you for hosting me at your table ! Love you ! #aliciakeys #sciacca #googlecamp #perfect #night #dinner #loveyou @aliciakeys

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Here's George Lucas, looking suave: 

#starwars #instamood #instalike #instagram #instagood #georgelucas #film #cinema #noi #party #googlecamp #smile #sciacca

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On the second day of the conference guests flocked to the central square of the fishing town Sciacca, to walk among the traditional carnival floats:

#googlecamp #googlecamp2016 #googlecampsciacca #instacool #nofilter #picoftheday #vip #event #googleevent #siciliabedda #sicily

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 The conference also featured wine tastings:

Testing per il Google camp #verduraresort #googlecamp #google #winetesting #etna #etnawines #vini #degustazione

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Cheese tastings:

Tasting some of the most beautiful fermented things Sicily has to offer #sicily #cheese #winetasting

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Homemade pasta:

The pasta!!! Thank you these two beautiful Italian women!!!!! Home made pasta!!!!!! 🇮🇹🍝🇮🇹🍝🇮🇹🍝🇮🇹🍝🇮🇹 8/2/16

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Fireworks:

And more live music:

This was Google's third annual event. 

Right after, Page and Brin flew to Singapore.  

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We went to the NYC restaurant that serves grasshoppers and they're delicious

Restaurant chains need to stop adding this disgusting ingredient to menu items

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Dave and BustersMac n' cheese is great. But, what about mac n' cheese in a burger? Or on a pizza?

America is facing an overwhelming trend of mac n' cheese being added to foods that simply do not need macaroni and cheese.

On Thursday, Red Robin announced it had added mac n' cheese to the chain's tavern burger.

"Begin drooling now!" the burger chain ordered on Twitter.

The new menu item comes less than a week after Dave & Buster's short rib and cheese mac stack was named one of the least healthy menu items in America, clocking in at 1,910 calories.

The buzziest mac n' cheese item of the summer, however, has to be Burger King's mac n' Cheetos, a polarizing item that debuted in June.

"My mouth is so confused and I'm so concerned as to how much I think I like these," one Business Insider tester said of the mac n' Cheetos. "I ate gourmet French cuisine yesterday and I am deriving nearly the same amount of satisfaction now."

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Others disagreed.

"These are bad. Very bad," another Business Insider tester said. "There is no flavor, no crispiness, just a mushy center that vaguely resembles mac and cheese that's been run through a blender coated in something that looks like Cheetos and has also run through a blender."

Restaurants seem to be drawing inspiration for these controversial mac n' cheese mashup dishes from the plethora of over-the-top culinary creations found online.

Mac And Cheese Breadsticks Serves 8 INGREDIENTS 1 frozen macaroni and cheese dinner 1 tube of premade pizza dough Olive oil Parmesan cheese Italian seasoning PREPARATION 1.Preheat oven to 400°F/200˚C. 2.Grease a foil-lined baking sheet with cooking spray. 3.Remove macaroni and cheese (still frozen) from the packaging. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut into 8 equal-sized sticks. 4.Unroll pizza dough. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 8 strips. 5.Working quickly, wrap each mac and cheese stick with pizza dough, making sure not to leave any parts uncovered, and place onto greased baking sheet. 6.Brush each with olive oil, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning 7.Bake in preheated oven for 18-20 minutes, or until dough is cooked and golden brown. 8.Remove from oven, allow to cool slightly. 9.Enjoy!

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Dude Foods has published recipes for creations such as a bacon weave taco stuffed with mac n' cheese and a mac n' cheese crust pizza. BuzzFeed has debuted a recipe for breadsticks filled with mac n' cheese. A simple Google search of "mac n' cheese pizza" turns up seemingly endless results.

Instagram is filled with increasingly absurd takes on mac n' cheese mashups. We have deep-fried:

Deep Fried Mac & Cheese Sandwich!!! 😲😜🍞🧀🧀🧀 #foodyfetish #macandcheese #sandwichporn vc: @tymbussanich Snapchat 👻: foodyfetish

A video posted by We Do It For The Foodies (@foodyfetish) on Aug 4, 2016 at 8:55am PDT on

Mac n Cheese bites are honestly the only meal I need in life 🧀 Credit: @hungrytwins

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In a grilled cheese:

just a light evening snack: mac and cheese stuffed grilled cheese 🧀

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Yes, that's MAC N CHEESE stuffed into a GRILLED CHEESE! Coming soon to a @brotherjimmys #Brunchboys

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On fries:

Mac'n'cheese with chips - because sometimes only carb-on-carb violence will do 💁🏼 Pic by @marcel_n83

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Because when you make your own epic stack of fries, mac n cheese is always an appropriate condiment. 🙌🏼 #spoonfeed #cheese 📷: @toms_big_eats

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Again, on pizza:

Even on waffles:

Mac n Cheese Waffles at Bombay Waffle Co. #cheesy #macncheese #tastiest #pasta #waffle #savoury #foodiegram #foodlove #mumbaifoodlovers #mumbaifoodie

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I'm sure some of these dishes are delicious, but enough is enough.

Mac n' cheese is great. Whether Kraft's distinctive flavor or a creamy homemade version, it's a fantastic and usually fattening dish that makes any meal better.

But adding it to a recipe that does not require it doesn't make every dish better. Your burger is fine without the mac n' cheese. So is your pizza.

Adding unnecessary ingredients to make your dish more photogenic is a scourge of the restaurant industry. Stick with your side of mac n' cheese, and stop trying to cram it into every item on the menu for Instagram likes. Please.

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Toyota's hydrogen-powered car wants to be the alternative to plug-ins, but there's one major drawback

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Mirai

Right now, if you want an alternative-fuel vehicle, you have to pick from offerings that either require gasoline or an electrical outlet. The gas-electric hybrid and the battery-powered car — your Toyota Priuses, Chevy Volts, and Teslas — are staples in this space. There are drawbacks for drivers of both types.

You still have to buy gas for your hybrid and you have to plug in your Tesla — sometimes under less than favorable conditions — lest you be stranded someplace far away from a suitable plug. Beyond that, automakers have been out to find the next viable energy source. Plug-in vehicles are more or less proven to be the answer, but Toyota and a handful of other carmakers are investigating hydrogen.

That's where the Toyota Mirai comes in. It's an ambitious project for Toyota because the fueling infrastructure for this car is minimal. There are only 29 public hydrogen-filling stations in the US, according to the US Department of Energy. Twenty-six of those stations are in California, and there's one each in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and South Carolina.

If you include public and private hydrogen stations, then the total climbs to 54 — nationwide. Compare that to the nearly 14,000 electric-charging stations and the 168,000 retail gas stations in the US, and you can see the obvious drawback of hydrogen-powered cars. Despite this, the Mirai is an interesting project, if for no other reason than the fact that it's different.

We spent three days with the Mirai in San Francisco. Here's how it went:

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We took delivery of a nautical blue metallic Mirai at a local gas station that also had a hydrogen pump on site.



Here's a walk-around of the car. The deep blue really pops under the afternoon sun.

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The Mirai looks just like a traditional sedan. It doesn't scream "I'm different!" like the latest Prius.



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An Uber passenger raised over $8,000 to send her driver to Rio to watch his son compete in the Olympics

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Thanks to the efforts of an Uber passenger, an Olympian's father is now heading to Rio to watch his son compete. 

Uber driver Ellis Hill was driving passenger Liz Willock on an hour-long trip in Philadelphia when Hill revealed that his son would be competing in the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, according to People. When Hill said he couldn't afford to go to the games, Willock wanted to help.

Here's what she told People: 

"It was devastating to hear that. Here's this wonderful man who has a close relationship with his son and I know any parent would want to see their son or daughter compete at the Olympics, but it was very understandable how that could be out of reach."

Willock knew several people in the travel industry, since she works for a concierge service that helps people who are seeking clinical trials find travel and accommodations, according to People. She immediately created a GoFundMe, asking for $7,500 to help Hill see his son Darrell compete in shot put at the Olympics.

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The fund raised $8,200 in just a week and now Hill is headed to Rio. 

Uber itself even got involved in the fundraising. According to NBC Philadelphia, Uber is providing Ellis with a $250 gift certificate to a restaurant in Rio and $1,000 in Uber credits to use while he's in Brazil. 

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Experts say these are the 20 best beers in the world

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In honor of International Beer Day on August 5, the beer-rating and -review site RateBeer.com has curated a list of the top beers in the world.

The 20 beers were selected from the RateBeer Best 2016, the site's annual awards show and world beer festival, and from a list of likely candidates for RateBeer Best 2017.

From a barrel-aged brew made with raspberries to a strong Russian imperial stout served just one day each year, keep scrolling to find out which beers made the cut.

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20. Stigbergets Gbg Beer Week 2016 (Stigbergets Bryggeri)

This IPA from Stigbergets Bryggeri out of Göteborg, Sweden, is fruity and fresh with citrus aromas and juicy hops to taste, with a balanced bitter finish.



19. Thicket (Side Project)

Thicket is Side Project's blended Missouri Wild Ale made of amber and blond wild beers aged on blackberries grown in Oregon and Missouri. The sour ale is intensely fruity and dark purple in color.



18. Prairie Bomb! - Barrel Aged (Prairie Artisan Ales)

Oklahoma-based Prairie Artisan Ales' imperial stout is aged in whiskey barrels with chocolate, vanilla beans, cocoa nibs, and chili peppers, creating a unique balance between sweet and spicy.



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Meet the famous residents and jaw-dropping properties inside San Francisco's own 'leaning tower'

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Before it garnered additional fame for sinking and tilting at an alarmingly fast rate, San Francisco's Millennium Tower was renowned for its A-list residents, incredible luxury properties, and sky-high prices. 

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the building has sunk 16 inches into the ground and tilted two inches to the northwest since its completion in 2008.

But even with the current scandal that's enveloping the building and causing serious concern among city officials and homeowners alike, the tower remains iconic.

Here's an inside look into some of the notable names that have called the formidable 58-floor skyscraper home, as well as the stunning properties that have given the place its standout reputation. 

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Completed in 2008, the Millennium Tower features top-notch amenities like a fitness center, wine cellar and tasting room, terraces, pool, a children's playroom, a movie theater, and a four-star restaurant under the direction of top chef Michael Mina.

Source: SF Gate



Entry-level prices for properties hover around $1.6 million, though the more exclusive properties have sold for upwards of $10 million.

Source: The San Francisco Chronicle



The building is also known for a five-star staff who cater to residents' every want and need ...



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I spent 10 days riding a motorbike through the mountains of Vietnam, and it was the greatest adventure of my life

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Back in 2008, I spent a summer abroad in China as part of my grad school studies. When my studies concluded, I had the chance to travel around Southeast Asia, visiting Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

And while the entire summer was amazing, nothing was quite like the motorbike trip I took over my last 10 days in Asia. Here's what it's like to experience Offroad Vietnam

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The trip began in Hanoi, Vietnam's capital, and spanned the mountainous Northwest region of the country. The estimated location of the trip is highlighted by the red square on the map.



I had never been on a motorcycle before, and had just one hour to learn the day before we left. Having never driven manual transmission before, I ended up with this scooter. It was less powerful so I struggled climbing mountains, but was faster on the straightaways.



We arrived at the the Offroad Vietnam office at about 7am to load up the bikes. When we finally left, it was rush hour in Hanoi. This picture doesn't even show how crazy and chaotic the streets are. There are motorbikes everywhere.



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How an entrepreneur went from flipping burgers at McDonald's to opening some of the most famous beach clubs in the world

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Today, Nikki Beach is famous for its luxurious ambience, lavish beach parties, and celebrity clientele. But before the beach club's founder Jack Penrod became a successful entrepreneur, he was flipping burgers as a McDonald's line cook.

Using clever marketing tactics, Penrod worked his way up the ranks of McDonald's before eventually leaving to start his own luxury brand. He became famous in the '80s for opening up Penrod's Beach Club, reviving Miami Beach and turning it into a trendy spot for young travelers and spring breakers.  

In 1998, Penrod introduced the first Nikki Beach club, combining music and dining with fashion, film, and art. Today, Nikki Beach has expanded to include its beach clubs, hotels, a charity, and even an entire lifestyle division. 

We spoke to Penrod to learn about his fascinating rise to success, from the difficulties he faced to his triumphs. 

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Nikki Beach is famous for its themed parties, international cuisine, all-white decor, and the top DJs it draws in. The beach clubs were created to honor and celebrate the life of Penrod's daughter Nicole, who passed away in a car crash at the age of 18. The company fulfills its philosophy of "Celebrate Life!" through its many events.



Penrod began working at the age of 9, doing everything from carrying newspapers to cleaning bakery pans to get by. In 1961, he was working at the Greenbrier Hotel in West Virginia when he heard about a new chain — McDonald's — opening up. He thought the idea had a lot of promise, so he left and went to Tallahassee, Florida, to start working as a line cook for 85 cents an hour.



Thanks to his enthusiasm, he was promoted to manager within a few days. Penrod, who was 21 at the time, asked his boss if he could get a share of the gross profit if he was able to make their location the most successful McDonald's of its time. His boss said yes, so he started using some interesting marketing tactics: creating free lunches for schools, delivering burgers to Miss Florida parties, and starting a birthday club at McDonald's.



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Go inside the stunning $39 million home made famous by its appearance in 'Miami Vice'

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A tropically-styled mansion with a copper roof is on the market for a whopping $39 million. You'll find it in one of the most exclusive hamlets of the Miami area, Key Biscayne.

The home is more than just a mansion set on a perfect piece of land, however.

Given the parcel's unique location, the owners frequently receive requests from film crews to shoot there. They turn most offers down, but they did rent out the mansion for the filming of the 2006 movie "Miami Vice." Most of the furniture was moved out, and the owners lived in a hotel for a week, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Jorge Uribe of One Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing for this movie-famous home.

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Key Biscayne is one of the most luxurious and exclusive neighborhoods in the Miami area.



An island accessible only by boat and a small bridge, it remains relatively secluded with around 10,000 residents.



A home on the island just listed for $39 million.



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