The LG Weekly News Roundup: 2.25

Weekly Travel News — By on February 25, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

El Bulli: Now excluding everyone
¡Dios Mios! El Bulli, the Catalonian restaurant known for wild molecular gastronomy creations, is shutting its doors for 2012 and 2013. Widely considered the world’s best restaurant, with off-the-wall cooking methods and platings, the eatery is famously exclusive and basically impossible to get a reservation at. The chef’s reasoning: He just needs a break. Better get in line for those 2014 reservations.
Source: Times

Mis-performance fleece
Did April Fools move up a month? To deal with a cold snap, this new Holiday Inn campaign offers UK travelers the option of a human bed warmer. That is, a friendly staff member wearing a fleece suit will hop into bed before guests arrive to take that fresh-sheet chill off of the linens. Seriously. Space heaters, anyone?
Source: New York Times

Buddhism and beer: Nirvana
It looks like Japanese Buddhist monks are taking a cue from American mega-churches. Except, instead of bookstores and lattes, these monks are serving up beer and hip-hop in an effort to attract younger devotees. Hundreds of Buddhist temples shut down each year in Japan, and at Monk Bar teachers preach via hip-hop sermons. Cocktails: Optional.
Source: CNN

Amtrak says: Skip the TSA strip-tease
Love these ads: At O’Hare, Amtrak installed security tray ads ragging on TSA hassles. (e.g. suggesting we all wear mismatched socks, because no one on the train will ever know). After adding WiFi to some services and launching this cheeky campaign, we’re warming to the cross-country system a bit. But Jaunted does make a good point: Doesn’t this inadvertently remind us that Amtrak has no security? Eek.
Source: Jaunted

Thumbnail Credit: Jenny Downing on Flickr

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    1 Comment

  • Taru says:

    It is indeed the best restaurant in the world. Living just 40 minutes from it and planning to go there at least a couple of times before the closing period. Luckily we know the owner for reservations 🙂