Best River Cruises Guide from Consumer Affairs

river cruises

You’ve cruised the Caribbean and maybe the Mediterranean.  What’s next?  A river cruise?  But it is a fairly new itinerary and you don’t know where to start or how to plan.  I have found an answer.  Consumer Affairs has published a “Best River Cruises Guide”. The River Cruise industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom – up 11% from last year. …

How restaurants manipulate our eating and spending habits

By Neil Eisenberg, Graduated Psychology Degree UCLA The next time you dine out, take along a copy of this list and count how many of the following psychological ploys your favorite restaurant uses. 1. Restaurants utilize particularly imaginative language to make menu items more attractive and appealing. Descriptive labels will generally increase sales by as much as 27%, according to …

10 Michael Pollan Food Rules to Eat By

Rules to eat by: In 2007 Michael Pollan published a piece in The New York Times examining how over time, Western society’s approach to eating has changed as we’ve sought to find the answer to “what humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy”. Fast forward to today and the guidelines he wrote based on cultural findings still hold …

Airplane food tastes different. Why?

This article on the BBC website by Katia Moskvitch explains why airplane food and drink seems different in the air than on the ground. I’m in Las Vegas and quite disappointed in the meals I’ve ordered the last week or so. Now I understand how and why the desert has affected my tastebuds.  The first sign of the extreme dryness …