explorernews.com on Facebook
- Video Gallery
- Special Sections
(Family Features) For small businesses and restaurants, savvy marketing can make a major difference in overall performance, especially when it comes to promoting products and services to loyal and prospective customers.
(Family Features) Whether you’re traveling solo, with friends, or with the entire family, there are ways to get where you’re going and enjoy your time there without spending your life savings. One of the easiest ways to save on summer travel is to take advantage of free websites and mobile apps that do the deal finding for you.
(BPT) - Following what was known as the “Polar Vortex” for millions of Americans, the summer travel season is finally here. This year will be the second highest traveled year since 2000, with the vast majority of people – more than 80 percent – traveling by car, according to research by AAA.
(NAPSI)—Most people know the basic necessities to pack, but what about ways to enhance the travel experience, not just make it happen?
(NAPSI)—Good news for travelers: As more and more families are discovering, vacation rentals can offer twice the space at half the price of a hotel room and are easier to book now than ever. That may be one reason, according to the global travel market firm PhoCusWright, online bookings of vacation rentals increased from 12 percent in 2007 to 24 percent in 2012.
(BPT) - By now you’ve abandoned your plan to eat a healthier breakfast and spend an hour at the gym every day. Across the country, self-improvement resolutions have fallen by the wayside. Instead of succumbing to guilt and frustration over what you might not do this year, why not focus your energy on a goal that’s achievable at any time of year – financial fitness?
(NewsUSA) - Is it finally time to sell your house?
In the first quarter of the 2013-2014 fiscal year, town officials said revenue is up during a presentation to the Marana Town Council on Dec. 3.
With Thanksgiving coming so late this year, the holiday shopping season has been cut short, meaning some consumers took advantage of stores opening early.
Emigrating from Taiwan in 2000, Lynn Lin and her husband Willy Yang made their way to the U.S. in hopes of pursuing new opportunities. Within three years, the couple found their niche in the food industry and opened their first restaurant in Sierra Vista.
Tohono Chul Garden Bistro highlights the natural beauty of the southwest while offering exceptional cuisine. Located on the grounds of Tohono Chul Park, at 7366 N. Paseo del Norte, this restaurant is positioned in the center of a mystical desert environment, creating a delightful atmosphere for incoming guests.
Finding a bargain while eating out can sometimes be a challenge for diners. However, one restaurant that makes this obstacle easier to overcome is Tavolino Ristorante Italino. By allowing you to entertain your palate without inflicting damage to your budget, this eatery is a must try.
In a recent interview with BBC, Hollywood icon Johnny Depp set the entertainment world ablaze when he publicly mulled over his own retirement in exchange for what he referred to as “quieter things”.
Without breaking the budget, Tavolino Ristorante is the place to go.
I haven’t seen the original Despicable Me film, but even though I’m a newbie to the super-villainous animated franchise, and was just a little lost with the initial set-up for this sequel, Despicable Me 2 is fiendishly funny and a fantastic film for the whole family. I enjoyed this movie so much that I’m definitely going to be seeking out the first one on video and I’m also already looking forward to next year’s prequel, Minions (which is currently slated for December, 2014.)
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
1. AFGHAN FORCES TAKE OVER SECURITY LEAD FROM NATO
The latest cinematic satirical look at the apocalypse, This is the End, comes from the narcissistic angle of Hollywood stars playing themselves, or at least caricatures of themselves, as they deal with the end of the world by getting high and exuding childish humor as if it were just another day on the playground. Some of this is funny, but it’s mostly just pretentious and inane.
The new film The Kings of Summer offers a fairly run-of-the-mill ‘coming of age’ plot, but its intelligent, witty dialogue and eccentric characters make it a very enjoyable summertime movie experience; especially if you are looking for cinema entertainment beyond the current crop of superheroes and car crashes.
Chef Gordon Ramsay is known in many households as an ornery man with a sharp tongue and a quick temper, poking and prodding at every instance of dissatisfaction he can find in a kitchen. Ramsay is best known for his shows, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. Hell's Kitchen places contestants in a team based competition in which the greatest chefs rise to the top while the cooks fall by the wayside. Kitchen Nightmares places Chef Ramsay, who has an astonishing fifteen Michelin Stars, in failing restaurants with the mission to turn the establishments around. Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares have been runaway successes in both The United States and The U.K.
Late desert evenings carry with them a certain mysticism; quiet, yet full of life, possessing warmness and camaraderie in the most unexpected places. The dark alleyways of Tucson’s Church Avenue and Washington street ooze with this mysticism. Bouts of distant laughter cut the stillness of the air, and a closer look through the rustic wooden gates of La Cocina reveals a cozy conglomerate of friends huddled together in an old adobe building, drinks in hand, as they watch local Tucson band Ex-Cowboy serenade those in attendance. There are smiles all around, and everyone is basking in the celebration of Tucson’s local solidarity. From an outsider’s perspective this is a special moment in time, but for La Cocina’s friendly staff, this is Thursday. This magic occurs every night at the local eatery, bar, and music venue. And with additional local and national musicians pouring in to grace La Cocina’s stage, there is no doubt that the enchantment will continue to flourish for some time.
In a recent survey conducted by the Investor Protection Trust (IPT) and Investor Protection Institute (IPI) it was determined that older Americans are “very vulnerable” to investment fraud or financial exploitation. Accordingly, the top three financial scams are 1) “theft or diversion of funds or property by family members,” 2) “theft or diversion of funds or property by caregivers,” and 3) “financial scams” perpetrated by strangers.” So, how well prepared are older adults to find someone to advise them on their finances? Survey says, not very well!
“The Five-Year Engagement” had a surprisingly poor opening over the weekend, grossing only $11.1 million and placing fourth at the box office. “Think Like a Man” maintained first place for the second week in a row, grossing $18 million, and somehow, someway, maybe by some misalignment of Jupiter’s moons with Venus, even “The Lucky One” (those who read my review last week know how I feel about this movie) managed to top “The Five-Year Engagement” over the weekend.
Oro Valley’s Harvest Restaurant fell under new ownership in October, and after nearly six months of Reza and Lisa Shapouri setting the menu for both lunch and dinner, it was time to test the food.