Exploring America Through The Prism Of Airbnb, Uber And The Funnel Cake!

Exploring America Through The Prism Of Airbnb, Uber And The Funnel Cake!

 

Feeling inspired! Just back from a long weekend in Atlanta and also in the middle of Brad Stone’s brilliant new book, The Upstarts about tech startups that have changed how we live, work and play in this country.

My goal is to experience firsthand what it’s like to live in different cities throughout America at this particular point in time.

  • How are people navigating change.
  • What trends are they noticing?
  • What’s the day-to-day of their lives look like?
  • Where do they shop, work, what do they do for fun?
  • Culturally – and socially – what’s happening in cities in America?

Besides Atlanta, I’ve recently been to Philadelphia, Washington DC and Savannah. I’ll be heading to Milwaukee in August and Los Angeles in September. I’ll be hitting up a few State and County Fairs along the way. Send me recommendations and tips for other cities!!

And maybe I’ll even run into Mark Zuckerberg along the way. He has made traveling America (all 50 States) his goal this year. He too wants to connect with more Americans to understand how they are thinking about the future.

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HEALTH ADVICE: Stay Active, Connect With People, EAT LESS

HEALTH ADVICE: Stay Active, Connect With People, EAT LESS

 

Three things popped out at me in reviewing recent health data:

  • We’re getting fatter (66% of us are now overweight or obese)
  • We’re giving up on trying to lose weight (only 49% trying vs. 56% previously)
  • We’re having way less sex (could that be connected to points 1 and 2?)

And since I know I am not alone with my arthritis, here’s an update on the latest medical findings (and note how weight factors in!):

  • Arthritis is hitting younger generations – at earlier ages – due to rising obesity rates
  • Severely obese people are 2.5 times more likely to report arthritis than people with normal (BMI)
  • Non-smokers are less likely to get arthritis
  • High-fat, high-carb diets are among the leading causes of osteoarthritis (Source: Eureka Alert)
  • Saturated fat is a key factor in the onset of osteoarthritis:  it changes the composition of cartilage, particularly in the weight-bearing joints of the hip and knee.

Read on below for 6 more trends including mindful exercise.

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WEDDING TRENDS: More Authentic,Techie and Fun

WEDDING TRENDS: More Authentic,Techie and Fun

 

Weddings provide tremendous insight into cultural shifts and serve as great barometers of what’s trending in hospitality, ambiance, and design.

Two of my best trend sources are Etsy and Pinterest. The latter is getting a particularly bad rap these days from wedding planners who are put off by ALL the ideas that brides and grooms are finding on the site.

Weddings are clearly becoming more relaxed and less bound by tradition – although, fascinating to see that footwashing is coming back as a hot trend for Christian couples.

Read on below for the 7 wedding trends I’ve been tracking for 2017 weddings.

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Life Has To Have A Purpose: Dream F**king Big – Thank You Barbara Lynch, I Will

Life Has To Have A Purpose: Dream F**king Big – Thank You Barbara Lynch, I Will

 

Incredibly inspiring interview with chef and restaurateur extraordinaire, Barbara Lynch at last weekend’s Cherry Bombe Jubilee.

This woman has balls – and a potty mouth to match! And that’s why we all worship her!

She has also just written her memoir which she described as being a totally therapeutic and cathartic experience. PLUS, it raised a lot of questions about what it means to be unapologetically yourself.

Here are just a few of the things (verbatim) that 53-year old Barbara Lynch shared:

  • Life has to have a purpose
  • I’m never going to be done working, but I’m ready for the next stage
  • I thought to myself, how many more times can I cook another……
  • This is my jumping off point
  • I need to grow, I can’t worry about the restaurants
  • It’s going to be a big learning curve for me
  • You’ve got to dream fucking big…you can always scale back

Importantly, she made me realize how many people were onboarding for this next stage – whatever “it” is and no matter their age, whether they’re in their 50’s or 60’s! One thing I am 100% sure of, after listening to Barbara, it’s shaping up to be a huge trend and it’s going to be exciting!

And when it comes to trends, I am a big believer in the power of 3 i.e. if I see something new 3 times, in 3 different contexts, over a short period of time, I need to pay attention. Listening to Barbara provided an aha moment for me in thinking about aging and moving thru different lifestages. When she said “how many more times can I cook this….” that resonated so strongly with me because that’s exactly what I went through with Zandl Group and I knew I needed to find something new so that I could keep growing.

Read on below for 3 recent examples of how the concept of aging/lifestage is being redefined for today’s times. There are a lot of boomers out there and, by and large, they feel most brands and media don’t “get” them.

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VISITING DC: Hitting Up All The Cool Spots, Like A Local

VISITING DC: Hitting Up All The Cool Spots, Like A Local

 

Had an amazing time in DC last weekend. I’ve been there many times before so no interest in checking out the tourist attractions (although seeing the Capital as we walked here and there, was awesome).

Here are my top five recommendations:

1. The Shaw Neighborhood

All – and I mean ALL – of my favorite bars and restaurants are in Shaw (and Derek Brown seems to be the man who is almost single-handedly putting the area on the map in terms of bars and nightlife).

Many people consider it the most interesting, hip and up-and-coming neighborhood in DC. Most of the action is around 7th Street and the U Street corridor.

It’s a 20 minute walk from Logan Circle.

Read on below for more about Shaw as well as my other recommendations including the sites I found most useful in planning my visit.

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PHILADELPHIA: 5 Awesome Things To Do For A Perfect Weekend

PHILADELPHIA: 5 Awesome Things To Do For A Perfect Weekend

Fantastic couple of days in Philadelphia exploring the scene with Mindy Elgart of Bespoke Scout.

It’s an especially cool city to reconnoiter on foot. Beautiful historic buildings, interesting architecture, great restaurants and a vibrant street art scene.

Here are my top 5 recommendations:

1. Fishtown/Kensington Area

This is totally my vibe – very Brooklyn-esque (more Bushwick than Cobble Hill).

Three main streets to explore: Frankford Avenue, N. American Street and Front Street

Just on those 3 streets you’ll run into lots of cool restaurants and bars, street art/sculpture and 2 of the most amazing interior décor stores (more on those below):

  • Wm. Mulherin’s Sons (1355 N. Front Street)
  • La Colombe Torrefaction (1335 Frankford Ave)
  • Cake Life Bake Shop (1306 Frankford Ave)
  • Kensington Quarters (1310 Frankford Ave)
  • Snap Kitchen (1325 Frankford Ave)
  • Bahdeebahdu (1522 N. American St)
  • Provenance (1801 N. American St)

Read on below for recommendations 2-5.

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Health Apps from J&J: Amazing Digital Innovation In Health Care

Health Apps from J&J: Amazing Digital Innovation In Health Care

 

Johnson & Johnson is working on 4 different apps that are so on the money when it comes to health issues from allergies to knee replacements. The pollen count app, in particular, sounds amazing.

The AllergyCast App

  • This app provides the pollen count each day for your zip code, along with an “allergy impact number.” Thanks to a proprietary algorithm, the app uses multiple factors—such as weather and social media mentions of allergies in your zip code—to give you an idea of how likely you are to have symptoms each day and helps you identify the optimal time to take your allergy medication before the onset of symptoms.

Read on for more below on apps for arthritis, glucose levels and knee surgeries.

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TRAVEL TRENDS: Luxury On The Mind, Next Nat Geo Trip Coming Up

TRAVEL TRENDS: Luxury On The Mind, Next Nat Geo Trip Coming Up

 

Great study from Bain & Company on luxury consumers and how they are largely redirecting their spending towards personalized high end travel experiences:

Higher caliber private jet jaunts

  • This trend I know about firsthand – I’m leaving on my next NatGeo on a private jet trip on June 1st. Twenty-two days around the world. There is no better way to travel!
  • And I am not alone in loving this. People are growing accustomed to personalized experiences, and private planes are par for the course.
  • These elevated private jet trips are adding interesting integrations e.g. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts offers gastro-driven Culinary Discoveries Private Jet Journeys.

Small group cultural immersions

  • Luxury travelers want exclusive, regionally-authentic itineraries that cater to small groups – some tour operators are seeing bookings up 50%.
  • This “connoisseurs of local culture” trend will boom in 2017 with an emphasis on rural communities and travelers interested in private guides that teach them about the traditional ways of life.
  • Food tourism has evolved with over a third of tourism spending devoted to food. Three fourths of both millennials and boomers are “food & cuisine driven travelers.”

Private villa travel surpassing leading resorts

  • According to luxury travel agent Sandy Webb who books elite vacations all over the world “private villa residences offering first class, one-of-a-kind services are ushering in an entirely new era of bespoke hospitality around the globe.”

Read on below for the cool ways you can use Google Maps to plan trips and for a recent study on how millennials are driving the growth of camping.

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