Sunday Stories for December 20th, 2015

Mango and sticky rice for dessert

It’s the countdown to Christmas and the end of 2015. I love this time of year – looking back, planning forward, and reveling in all the yummy food and drink floating around. I hope you’re enjoying this time of year as well!

Here’s some reading for this week:

Mango Hack! How to Cut A Mango In A Minute!

Cutting a mango never seemed that complicated to me, but perhaps it is for you. More importantly, after reading this, I got a craving for mango and sticky rice.

Cutting a mango doesn’t have to be difficult. Mangoes are one of the easiest fruits you can cut and require little to no knife skills. Don’t deprive yourself of this yummy, exotic treat and follow these easy steps on how to cut a mango in only one minute.

Read original article here: Mango Hack! How to Cut A Mango In A Minute!

What Makes An Image Memorable? This MIT AI Might Hold The Key

I don’t undertand the science behind it, but this matches up with some of my Instagram photos that have the most likes. Read through and then click through to the site and try some of your own photos.

With the help of a new neural network that learns to think like humans, researchers at MIT hope to figure out what makes the best photographs so memorable. The results could not only help up your Instagram likes, they could help graphic designers apply science to their work to make it more memorable.

Read original article here: What Makes An Image Memorable? This MIT AI Might Hold The Key

Capitol Building, Sacramento, California

Christmas in New York: NYC’s Spectacular Holiday Traditions

If there’s one person I’d trust for advice about NYC, it’s my friend Jeff. Not only is he a resident – he’s led tours there for years. Check out his holiday recommendations and advice.

New York City celebrates the holidays in a big way. From Thanksgiving to the New Year, the city is decked out in dazzling decorations, its department stores are bursting with shoppers, and there is a bounty of holiday events and performances.

Read original article here: Christmas in New York: NYC’s Spectacular Holiday Traditions

January is California Restaurant Month

If you’ll be traveling in California during January 2016, keep this info handy – it’s a list of all the cities and counties offering special Restaurant Month promotions. There are worse ways to pick a restaurant.

Food loving travelers to California can enjoy a little incentive to flex their food muscle as the state celebrates the 6th annual California Restaurant Month. It’s a month of traditional restaurant week promotions combined with a broad range of culinary happening that include behind-the-scenes tours, wine pairings, chef-led events, brewery and distillery tours, and more.

Read original article here: January is California Restaurant Month

Pomegranate Martini Recipe

The red coloring of this cocktail gives it a festive, holiday look. It sounds like it tastes yummy, too.

Move over Cosmopolitan… The Pomegranate Martini is all the rage. This sexy ruby cocktail is loaded with antioxidants and full of flavor thanks to the fresh pomegranate juice.

Read original article here: Pomegranate Martini Recipe

One Simple Trick to Get More Done

My workspace has gotten a bit out of control, too many bits and pieces of stuff. Getting it order, creating better filing systems, and clearing up some space is on my to-do list for the new year.

Is there something in your space that is dragging you down? Something as simple as straightening your work area can have a dramatic impact on your productivity. Make your home or workspace a place that inspires you.

Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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