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In today's Media Mix, Mexican higher-ups get shamed for power-tripping, plus a McDonald's worker was told to 'not act gay'

The Daily Meal brings you the biggest news from the food world.

Daughter of Higher-Up Shuts Down Restaurant: After being denied a table, the daughter of Mexico's former attorney general complained to the Mexican consumer watchdog, who then shut the restaurant down. [AFP]

Police-Themed Restaurant: A new police-themed restaurant and bar, opened by a former NYPD employee, will feature a 1968 squad car, a mug shot of Lindsay Lohan, and "faux missing person packets as souvenirs." "I want to bring up nostalgic, creative memories, and not the day you got arrested," the owner says. [Grub Street]

McDonald's Worker Told to "Not Act Gay": A New Zealand McDonald's worker who joined a protest outside McDonald's says not only is he fighting for living wages and better work conditions, but also against homophobia, after he was told to "not act gay" while working at a Mickey D's. [ONE News]

Beer-Infused Coffee: A brewery is looking to make a good stout or porter with some elements of coffee, which we hope means we'll have some caffeinated beers in the future. Those brews sure do make us sleepy. [Medford Mail Tribune]

Vandals Spill Wine: A winery has lost over 6,000 liters of merlot after vandals opened a tank valve and left it to drain, costing the winery some $165,000. [The New Zealand Herald]


Amazing Things You Never Realized You Could Use Salt For

Most of us always have salt in the cupboard to use in our cooking, but this mineral has so many other uses. Here are just some of them!

We get salt from salt mines and through the evaporation of seawater, and it’s thought that we’re unlikely to run out any time soon. The ocean itself is believed to have around 35 grams of solid salt per liter of seawater. When you consider how vast the ocean is, it’s safe to assume this is no scarce resource! We’ve been using it for thousands of years, too. Some of the earliest evidence that we processed salt hails all the way back to 6,000 BCE… While many of us use it for food, there are so many other incredible uses for salt.


8 Students Arrested in Theft of Sign

Police arrested eight San Marino High School students late Saturday night as they apparently tried to steal a Chinese business sign that had been stolen five times in the last three months.

The sign is one of three in the city with Chinese characters, and some city officials and Chinese residents have become increasingly concerned that its theft has been racially motivated.

The students told police that they had nothing to do with previous thefts of the sign and only wanted to steal it as part of a club initiation.

One student, Ronald C. Steffey, apologized Monday to the owner of the real estate firm, saying he had no idea of the controversy surrounding the sign when he pried it off the building and would have never touched it if he had known.

“I know I’ve done wrong,” Steffey said in an interview at his home. “It was just such a stupid thing to do, but it had nothing to do with race.”

But Caesar Wu, owner of Golden Acres Realty, said he remains unsure if the students are telling the truth and if their motives were as innocent as they say.

“Do you think they’re really going to admit anything?” Wu said. “I hope this is the end, but I really don’t know.”

Wu said he will wait for the police to complete their investigation before deciding what action he will take.

San Marino Police Cmdr. Paul Butler said the eight students were arrested about 11:30 p.m. after an officer noticed a car stopping behind the building at 2549 Huntington Drive.

One passenger left the car and used a ladder on the side of the building to climb up to the roof, Butler said.

Police arrested seven students in the car on charges of vandalism and theft. None of the seven were identified because they are juveniles.

Steffey, 18, was found on the roof near a plastic Chinese character that had been pried off the wall. He was also arrested on charges of vandalism and theft.

San Marino Police Chief Jack Yeske said the charges are misdemeanors. Steffey faces a fine of $500 or up to six months in County Jail. The juveniles will be turned over to Juvenile Court, which carries no specific penalties.

Steffey said it was a coincidence that they decided to steal Wu’s sign. He said they had been driving around the area on a scavenger hunt, part of an annual initiation rite for an informal social club made up of students from San Marino High School.

Don Banderas, the school’s principal, said the club is not officially sanctioned but is well-known to most students and draws members from all ethnic groups.

Steffey said there were about 50 students, split between six or seven cars, involved in the hunt. They were looking for a grab-bag of items, from a colored condom to an orange freeway cone.

“On the list was to get a sign . . . any sign,” Steffey said. “It was a coincidence we picked that one.”

The day after he was arrested, he found out about the history of Wu’s troubles. “Then it made me feel bad,” he said. “For the last few days I’ve been asking myself, ‘Why that sign?’ ”

The Golden Acres Realty sign has been a source of controversy in San Marino since it appeared last November even though it is not the first business to use foreign words in the city.

Just down the street, the Shanghai Palace restaurant has had a sign with blazing red and yellow Chinese characters for 14 years, and the East-West Federal Bank also has a sign that uses Chinese characters in its company’s logo.

Neither sign has ever been vandalized or stolen.

Under a city ordinance requiring that 80% of a sign be in English, Wu was legally allowed to mount 10 Chinese characters on the building above the company’s English name.

But at the city’s prodding, he reduced the number to four and then finally just two one-foot-high, blue plastic characters to make the sign as unobtrusive as possible.

As soon as the sign went up, anonymous callers began complaining to Wu, police and City Hall that the two characters had no place in San Marino. The callers said the characters were opening the door for more Chinese signs to appear on Huntington Drive.

Within a few days, the sign was stolen.

Mayor Paul Crowley tried to calm the situation with a letter in the San Marino Tribune, explaining that Wu’s sign was legal and was no threat to the city.

But the letter and increased police patrols did not stop the vandals from striking again.

The police have just begun their investigation into Saturday’s theft and plan to interview the students again this week. Butler said the department will continue watching the sign.

Wu said he hoped the eight arrests will scare off others from vandalizing his sign and put an end to the controversy.

But he said he is far from relieved.

“Every time this happens I start to think maybe people are right, that there is some racism here,” he said. “I’ll always have some worry about that.”

Ashley Dunn is the weekend editor at the Los Angeles Times. He previously served as assistant managing editor in charge of California news. Dunn joined The Times in 1986 as a suburban reporter in the San Gabriel Valley and later moved to the Metro section, where he participated in coverage of the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake and the 1992 Los Angeles riots. After a stint at the New York Times, Dunn returned to Los Angeles in 1998 as a reporter and then editor in The Times’ Business section. He later was named to run science coverage. He worked as deputy national editor from 2007 to 2011 and played a central role in the coverage of some of the biggest national stories of recent years, including the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and the 2008 election of President Obama. Prior to his career at The Times, Dunn worked at the South China Morning Post in Hong Kong, the Danbury News-Times in Connecticut and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Dunn is a California native who has worked as a dishwasher in Sacramento, a printer in San Francisco and a bicycle repairman in Walnut Creek. He has lived along the levees of the Sacramento Delta, the Powell-Hyde Street cable car line and the shaded streets of Pasadena. He is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a degree in English.

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Another Carthage invasion: Tourists

CARTHAGE, Tunisia — in tne near ly 3,000 years since the arrival of the Phoenicians from the east ern end of the Mediterranean, Carthage has been the cynosure of a succession of civilizations — European, Asian, African. Now the tourists are flocking in.

“Every visitor in Tunisia makes a call here,” a horse‐and‐carriage driver at the Carthage railroad station said the other day, his voice tinged with awe. That means an ever‐greater number of visitors for Carthage, because tourism In Tunisia has been growing mightily since the country's independence from the French in 1956.

“We started from zero after the Re public of Tunisia was proclaimed on July 25, 1957,” says Tahar Fourati, a hotelman.

Great Prospects

Until Tunisia became a republic, there were only 1,253 hotel beds in the entire country. They were used primarily by commercial travelers. Today, there are 28,000 beds. Since 1966, a total of 5,000 beds have been added annually. Dur ing the next four‐year period, the hotel industry plans to add 10,000 beds a year.

After all these many centuries, the setting of Carthage remains the kind that inspires poets and beguiles tour ists. The city, with its 6,000 residents, is chistered among small hills that rumple the western shore of the 3‐shaped Gulf of Tunis sandy beaches reach into the blue water everywhere. Tunisia's capi tal city, Tunis, lies 10 miles inland at the end of the gulf.

A half‐dozen miles across the water from Carthage, spurs of the Atlas Mountains block out a section of the skyline along Cape Bon, an angular finger of land that forms the eastern, and longer shore of the Gulf of Tunis.

After Carthage was rebuilt as part of the Roman Empire, following its subju gation by the legions of Rome in 146 B.C., its influence spread across the Mediterranean and it became the first western city after Rome. Today, it is cramped into an area that extends two miles along the coast and, more or less, the same distance inland.

“Carthage is a calm city, very calm, indeed,” a resident remarked as he ad mired an immense poinsettia shrub at the gateway to his villa. The plant tow ered above his head, and the slender branches, with their petal‐type red leaves, bobbed gently in a sea breeze— like the heads of camels plodding through the sand of the Cape Bon shore line.

Fruit and Flower

Palm, pine and olive trees, citrus groves and a variety of bright flowers accent the tranquility of Carthage. Crates of oranges and lemons are left at front gateways for pick‐up by the wagons or trucks of citrus dealers. Orange blossoms and jasmine flowers are pressed for the making of oriental perfumes, and even the air of Carthage seems to be faintly scented.

Carthage is Tunisia's most chic resi dential area. Everybody from the Presi dent and Prime Minister of the republic to the heads of most of the diplomatic missions live here.

The city consists almost exclusively of villas. There are only a handful of shops. The villas are roomy dwellings, rarely more than two stories high, and are set in gardens. All are painted white.

Architectural styles of some homes reflect Italian influences of recent cen turies. Small mounds rising from some roofs are a reminder that Tunisia was part of Turkey's Ottoman Empire from 1574 until it became a French protec torate in 1881. Tunisia's brief 40‐year domination by the Spaniards in the 16th century is remembered in the way many vijlas are built around a centrally‐situ ated patio.

Hidden Home

The residence of President Habib Bnurguiba is on a hilly plot of land that slopes into the sea and flanks the Baths of Antonin, the largest of the Roman ruins in Carthage. A hillock keeps all but a tiny section of the President's low lying home out of sight of visitors walk ing through the Roman ruins.

The mail, streets of most or the cities In Tunisia are named for Mr. Bourguiba. Carthage's tree‐lined central street is rue John F. Kennedy it extends to Der mech, the city's westernmost section.

In their invasion in the eighth cen tury, Arabs brought the Arabic lan guage to Tunisia. Later, when the French came, Tunisia added French as its sec ond language. Now English is spoken, too.

“We learn Arabic and French in school,” a youngster explained, “and English from the English tourists.”

“American tourists are still rare here,” a guide told a visitor arriving at the railroad station, “but Americans are not strangers to us. Many were here in the second World War. About 2,000 of them are buried in the American Cemetery.”

The American Cemetery lies a mile and one‐half from the Carthage railroad station. English‐speaking guides are there to show visitors around. At least one guide seems to know many of the graves by name.

There is a French military cemetery, too it is situated several miles north east of Carthage.

“Not much happens in Carthage,” a waiter said in answer to a visitor's question. “One of the big events oc curred in 1968, when our new cinema was opened. It is very deluxe. It has a big screen and nice seats like the kind they have in the villas here. shows American, French and English films in their original language. There was a big, ceremony for the opening.”

Hannibal Kudo

Another major event was the renam ing of the railroad station. Known pre viously only as “Carthage,” the station was rechristened “Carthage‐Hannibal.” This is an honor for a native son, the Carthaginian general who set out from here with elephants and troops in the third century B.C. Hannibal not only succeeded in crossing the Mediterranean,, but also crossed the Alps in a vain ef fort to defeat Rome.

Electric trains run between Tunis and the Carthage‐Hannibal station. They op erate on a 20‐minute headway, and the journey takes less than a half‐hour. The round‐trip fare is 40 cents in first class and 25 cents in second class.

Official guides, armed with identi fication cards and a map showing the location of the Roman ruins, meet the trains from Tunis. Unofficial guides, such as taxi drivers, also join in the welcome.

Transportation is inexpensive. For a dinar (equal to $1.90) or even less, a visitor can make an extensive tour of Carthage by taxi or horse‐drawn ca leche. Guide fees are 2 dinars for a half day and 3 dinars for a full day. How ever, most of Carthage's sights are with in walking distance of the station.

The French‐built St. Louis Cathedral is a mile from the station. It has a mu seum that honors the saint‐king, who was stricken with the plague and died in Carthage shortly after he and his Crusaders had arrived from France. That all happened some 700 years ago.

Except for the Vandals, who succeed ed the Romans in the fifth century A.D. and remained almost 100 years, Car thage's various civilizations are repre sented in the ruins scattered around the city. For example, the side of a hill below the St. Louis Cathedral is laced with stones from Byzantine structures of the sixth century A.D.

Most of Carthage's ruins are from the Roman Empire epoch. The most impressive are the Baths of Antonin, a massive open‐air museum more than 300 yards long and at least 100 yards wide. The proximity of this antiquity to the open “sea adds a dramatic note that is missing in the landlocked Foro Romano in Rome. The admission fee is 100 mil limes (20 cents):

“There were two floors of baths,” a guide told a recent group of visitors. “We assume one floor was for the men, and the other for women.”

A middle‐aged man from the States was skeptical. “Maybe the men and women bathed together, but one floor was first class and the other second class.”

After the laughter subsided, the guide went on to tell how water for the baths was brought by aqueducts from a source more than 60 miles away, and that the stones came from a location even more distant. But his listeners seemed distracted.

In some parts of the site, columns re maining from sumptuous villas stand in the sun as imperturbably as palm trees on a breezeless day. There are places where the visitor can see the stone ca nals that channeled water to and from the baths. Sections of stone structures, wall‐less and open to the air, look like parts of an imaginative architectural ex hibit.

Both main roads and secondary ones criss‐crossed the general area occupied by the baths, and at many points their outlines are clearly evident. Like the shiny backs of a herd of half‐submerged whales, the great slabs that formed the ancient Roman roads rise above the sun‐bleached earth.

One corner of the site contains un derground chambers which, the guide said, are Carthaginian remains. The group of visitors lost interest when he mentioned that they were funeral tombs. But the guide recaptured attention by promising to show “something Berber.”

“The early Romans,” he observed pleasantly, “referred to the nomadic people they met here as Numidians. Later, the Christians called them Ber bers.”

He pointed to a stone‐rimmed open area below the general ground level. “That was a Berber bordello,” he said.

The group of tourists gaped. But one woman turned to her husband and re marked: “It looks like that Carthaginian tomb we just saw.”

Another place well worth a visit is Sidi Bou Said, two miles east of Carth age. It is named for a Moslem holy man of the 13th century who taught and prayed there. The Barbary Coast pirates venerated him as their patron saint, calling him “Master of the Seas.”

A Tunisian Government brochure de scribes Sidi Bou Said as a “typical Arab village.”’ This Is something of an over statement, because some villages not far from Tunis itself are dusty and drab. Sidi Bou Said, on the other hand, is extremely attractive, and has a light hearted personality.

It sits astride a tower of rock that rises from the sea. The 2,000 people living there, and many visitors, know Sidi Bou Said as “the blue‐and‐white village”—the buildings are white with blue window frames.

To the young people from the fashion able villas in Carthage and from upper bourgeois and military.families in Tunis, the cafes and discotheques of Sidi Bou Said make it the St. Tropez of Tunisia.

In Carthage, the general ambiance Western: In Sidi Bou Said, the visitor encounters the classic and the contem porary in dress, divertisement and mood.

Polygamy was abolished and women were given full rights when Tunisia be came a republic. A university student explains the change this way: “Before the republic, women could show only their eyes and their feet. Now they can show their knees.”

High and Low

Girls in miniskirts and women envel oped in white wraps pass one another on the hilly, narrow streets of Sidi Bou Said. The sheet‐like wraps are often so sheer that it is evident the women are wearing regular knee‐length dresses un derneath.

Most men dress in western style. Some still prefer the national dress, the jeba, which is worn in non‐urban areas and by workers in the olive and citrus groves and vineyards. It is a knee‐length white chemise, Tourists, both men and women, like to slip into a jeba on a cool summer evening as they stroll through Sidi Bou Said.

Male tourists have adopted the tur ban‐like chechia it is traditionally red, but Tunisians are now offering them for sale in black, yellow and other colors.

In winter, men wear a burnoose over their clothing. It is a long cloak with an attached hood, like a friar's cowl. As soon as the winter sun begins to set, the men slip another burnoose over the one they are already wearing.

An American man, observing clothing fashions on Sidi Bou Said's main street, remarked to his wife:

“I can understand why women like to show their knees, and wear as little as possible. What I don't get is the way the men dress. They cover themselves with clothes that reach just below the knee, and wear ankle‐length socks. They leave their shins exposed. I don't un derstand them.”

“Men everywhere are hard to under stand,” his wife replied.

In the coffee houses, some Tunisians, after a cup of Turkish coffee, rush off to pursue their respective businesses. Others, with a snap of the fingers, sum mon a waiter to bring a chicha, a water pipe.

For an hour or more, the chicha smokers sit on the cafe terrace, puffing on the bulky, bubbling apparatus. It consists basically of glass jars and long hose, and the tobacco is said to be mild. It is not unusual to see young people smoking a chicha a smoke costs about 60 cents.

Young people, however, generally pre fer to sip the au pignon, a tea made from nuts, at the Sidi Chebane Cafe. The cafe, which occupies a series of cliffside grottoes several hundred feet above the sea, is known as a cool place on a summer evening, and its young patrons are “cool,” too. They dress and look just like the young people on the northern shore of the Mediterranean they dance the same dances and sing pop‐rock songs with fine English ac cents.

Starting in the late spring and con tinuing through the summer, the cafe turns over one of its open‐air balconies to an orchestra that specializes in mal ouf, a haunting music that echoes the melodies and memories of Moorish times in Andalusia.

Prices in Tunisian cafes and restau rants are low, as compared to those in most of Europe, and the quality is high.

A cup of Turkish coffee or a glass of mint tea can cost as little as a dime in a characteristic cafe, and does not increase too much in price at more fashionable places. A liter‐bottle of Tu nisian wine in a restaurant will be as little as $1, and a complete meal in an excellent restaurant can be as low as $5, or even less.

Two places to visit in Tunis are the Bardo Museum and the medina.

The Bardo, one of Africa's finest mu seums, contains relics of civilization's from Punic to Arabic, and its collection of Roman mosaics is said to be the greatest in the world. Framed mosaics of the second century A.D. hang on walls, like exquisite tapestries one im mense mosaic pictures a robust Roman chariot driver and a team of prancing horses.

The museum is housed in part of the former royal palace (Parliament uses the remaining part). The Arab section of the museum happens to be in what had been the harem area of the palace. Guides never fail to point this out.

The guides are solemn and scholarly as they escort visitors throughout the Punic, Roman and Byzantine sections of the museum, but they wax humorous on reaching the Arab section.

“In the 19th century, King Moham med Sadok had a hobby of collecting wives,” one guide told a spellbound group of visitors. “He collected 1,200 of them. He reigned for four years—so he had a wife for every day. He was a bad king, but a good man.”

When a tourist remarked at the tent like size of some of the women's gar ments in the display cases, the guide said:

“Nowadays, everyone is worrying about calories, but in those days fatness was a sign of wealth. A month before a woman's marriage, her family would lock her in a room and feed her a half‐dozen times a day.”

The medina, the name for the Old City of Tunis, is a warren of teeming shooping streets. Each street is named for its specialty — perfumes, shoes, brassware and so forth. For instance, hats are sold in the street called Grand Souk de Chechias. A map at the en trance to the medina outlines several suggested tourist itineraries.

Tunisian hotels are generally of a high order in comparison to European ac commodations. Prices range from $3 to $14 a day. Young people who hold Youth Hostel cards can use the Vacation Center in the Salumbo quarter of Carth age with meals it is about $2 a day.


Vandals blamed for crossing malfunction

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The Dunedin Railway Station is one of New Zealand's most photographed buildings and otherwise frustrated motorists may have been pleased to discover yesterday that an invisible train is another big attraction.

The ghostly train apparently made its presence felt after the red lights flashed, warning bells rang and barrier arms came down at the St Andrew St railway level crossing, just north of the station, before 1pm.

Two large trucks were stranded, one either side of the barrier arms, for at least 10 minutes before being able to move off, and several cars managed to reverse or otherwise turn away from the Anzac Ave side of the crossing to continue their travel.

But, on this occasion, despite the longer-than-expected wait, the usual predictably visible train never arrived.

A KiwiRail spokeswoman said the signalling equipment that activated the barrier arms, lights and bells at St Andrew St had been ''vandalised''.

''As a result, the barrier arms, lights and bells activated automatically to ensure the safety of crossing users.

''KiwiRail's signalling team attended and repaired the damage within 10 minutes of being made aware of the vandalism.''

It was ''unfortunate'' that motorists had been inconvenienced and and Kiwi Rail would like to hear from anyone who saw any suspicious behaviour in the area yesterday, the spokeswoman said.


Create an ant barrier

For ants, salt is their kryptonite – and they’ll do anything to avoid it! If you’ve found yourself in the middle of an ant warpath, then you can win the battle just by sprinkling salt. All you need to do is sprinkle the salt directly on their path or create a barrier that diverts their route.

You can also sprinkle the salt along door frames and skirting boards if you find that they’re trying to get into your home. They’ll take one look at the salt and instantly change course, meaning that you don’t have to spend the whole of summer building ant barricades to try and keep them out.


The Best Picnic Spot in Every State

Tired of being cooped up in the house and ready to get outside? Maybe it’s time to pack a lunch and head for the closest picnic area, stat. Being outside is still OK during the pandemic (just do your best to practice social distancing from anyone who’s not in your household!), and it can do wonders for your mental health. Here’s the best picnic spot in every state so you can plan a day outdoors.

And if you don’t want to pack your food, here’s The Best Outdoor Restaurant in Every State.

Just a few hundred yards from the DeSoto State Park parking lot, visitors can enjoy grills and picnic tables. Be sure to take the 50 steps down to the park’s waterfall overlook to view the 107-foot waterfall. There is also a small boat ramp and availability of fishing, swimming, and boating.

Denali Viewpoint South offers ADA-accessible bathrooms and facilities for a panoramic view for everyone. The incredible view of the mountain’s craggy top, sometimes circled by clouds, is one of the best available of America’s highest peak. Alaska’s weather can be severe, so the best time to visit this park is between May and October.

In the middle of the city of Phoenix lies Encanto Park, a lush oasis of green that was built in 1935 by altruistic millionaire William G. Hartranft, head of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. The construction included tennis courts, a golf course, playground, archery facilities, and a bandshell. The picnic areas flank nature trails for some fresh desert air.

Close to the town of Little Rock, Pinnacle Mountain State Park not only has a picnic area, but it also has a pavilion and a scenic overlook that can be rented for short times. The site offers access to 15 miles of trails to explore and the Arkansas Arboretum with a 6-mile, barrier-free trail showcasing the flora and fauna of the region.

When you think of California, you probably think about the beaches. Where would it be better in the state to have a picnic than at a beach named Picnic Beach? There are picnic tables and plenty of grass to spread out a blanket if you don’t want to picnic on the sand. When it’s low tide, small pools dot the area, giving visitors time to view the creatures that are trapped until the water comes in again.

The stone garden at John Denver Sanctuary has engraved lyrics from the late singer, and a single spruce tree is planted in the middle of the garden to memorialize him. But the sanctuary is far from a melancholy place. It’s functional in all of its incredible beauty, serving as a stormwater filtering system before it returns to the Roaring Forks River. A beautiful tribute to an environmentalist and lover of Colorado, the gardens make a gorgeous spot to eat and meditate.

While the museum inside of the historic lighthouse is closed, visitors to the Stonington Lighthouse Museum can still enjoy picnics on the grassy grounds overlooking the Little Narragansett Bay. The lighthouse is expected to open later this month, allowing people to get a bird’s eye view of three states.

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Lums Pond State Park is a great place for camping and fishing, but it’s also the perfect spot for a picnic in the summer or fall. Just look at that foliage!

Bahia Honda State Park is a breath of the tropics without leaving the United States. There are sheltered picnic areas right by the white-sand beach, complete with charcoal grills. Make some burgers and then take time to snorkel and view the fish and wildlife in the seaweed.

One of the most idyllic spots in the historic city of Savannah, Forsyth Park, is graced by a beautiful white fountain, one of the most photographed places in the city. The expansive green lawn offers many spots to picnic in the sun or under the shade of live oaks. There is a fragrant garden for the blind, a playground and amphitheater for live music, and a restaurant if you don’t bring enough food. Look for special events like yoga in the park or festivals.

Nestled inside Haleakala National Park, these seven waterfalls spill down into the North Pacific ocean, giving visitors a chance to see one of nature’s most beautiful water features. Take the Pipiwai Trail for an easy hike through the bamboo forest for a chance, weather permitting, to swim in the lower pools. The shores offer some of the most idyllic picnic spots in the United States.

Located on the shores of Redfish Lake, there are plenty of picnic facilities available right by the water with a view of the Sawtooth Mountains. When you’re finished eating, fish for rainbow trout and Kokanee salmon, or take a swim in the cool water.

With covered picnic facilities, hiking, walking, and skiing trails, there’s plenty to do at Schiller Woods. The best picnic spot is by Schiller Woods Pond. Spread a blanket to enjoy the tree cover and see the whitetail deer roaming through the woods. Relaxing and beautiful, this preserve offers a gorgeous spot for a meal.

Besides having tons of attractions, White River State Park has beautiful, peaceful green spaces for an enjoyable picnic. There are lawns, pavilions, amphitheaters, mazes, and even a waterfront. There’s a little of everything to choose between in this urban oasis.

If art is your thing, then you’ll love Pappajohn Sculpture Park, which is filled with work from more than 20 of the world’s most famous sculptures. There is plenty of information available online to help visitors learn and interact with the pieces. A picnic among the art may be just the thing to get the creative juices flowing!

How about a picnic and a movie? Kansas City is home to the world’s first 4k drive-in. Throw a blanket on the ground or even on the tailgate or hood of your car and enjoy all kinds of blockbuster entertainment.

There are eight overlooks at Kingdom Come State Park, making the most of the views of Pine Mountain. The picnic shelters in the park have restrooms and stone fireplace grills and can be reserved through the website. Several unique rock formations make lovely picnic places as well.

Proof positive that music is everywhere in NOLA, Big Lake has the “singing oak,” a tree strung with pentatonic wind chimes. One of the chimes is 14 feet long! Around the lake, there’s wildlife, peaceful green space, and even a sculptural garden.

On the rugged coastline, the short walk to the Giant’s Stairs is challenging but worth the view. Picnickers can find a spot within sight of the crashing waves or directly on the rocky beach. Parking is limited, so it’s best to get there early for a sunrise view.

There are wild horses on the beaches of Assateague Island, as described by Marguerite Henry in Misty of Chincoteague. What could be a better view for nature lovers while they enjoy a picnic on the sand? To add to the beach, there are areas of forest and salt marsh. Be sure to plan enough time to see the wild horse herd in their natural splendor.

Cape Cod Lavender Farm is set in the middle of 75 acres of conservation land, making it a peaceful, stress-relieving paradise for a picnic. The best time to visit this family farm is from June to mid-July when the lavender is at the peak of its harvest. There is also an enchanted garden with hidden faerie houses and a miniature replica of a castle to explore.

Belle Isle Park is 982 acres and is worthy of its nickname, the “jewel of Detroit.” The island was designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, known as the founder of American landscape architecture. There are plenty of naturally beautiful places for a picnic, making this a must-see place in Motor City.

A picnic in an apple orchard sounds like a great idea. It is, especially if you can pick apples and taste wine from a neighboring artisan vineyard. The grapes used to produce wine for the Saint Croix Vineyard are planted among the apples. There is plenty of room to find a spot to eat, with 50 acres available to explore and over 6000 apple trees.

Jeff Busby Park has plentiful picnic tables, but the 1.6-mile trail on the top of Little Mountain has the best views. When the weather cooperates, visitors can see for about 20 miles after walking through the wildflowers.


Part of the Eastern Ozark Mountains, Hawn State Park has wild azaleas and tall pines with picnic facilities tucked underneath the tree canopy. You can bring your furry friends, but they have to be on a leash. The site has fire pits and picnic areas, too.

At Palisade Falls, an easy trail leads to an 80-foot waterfall, well worth the small hike. In the winter, if you can picnic in the cold, the falls are frozen into cascading icicles. Spread a blanket out on the rocks at the base of the falls, or use the picnic tables at the beginning of the trail.

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Smith Falls State Park, where you can find Nebraska’s highest waterfall, is a local’s choice for a meal outside. In the summer, people tube down the Niobrara River. While hiking to the falls is limited, there are picnic sites and a pavilion.

Plan a picnic among the ancient trees in Great Basin National Park. The park is the site of Great Basin Bristlecone pines, growing twisted and gnarled from the high altitude. If you crave subterranean adventure, there are cave tours in the park’s labyrinth, the Lehman Caves.

The sandy beach at Wellington State Park makes a perfect soft landing for a meal out in the sun and fun of the public park, but you can use the picnic tables right by the clear water. There are grills, bathrooms, and facilities for boats. From the shoreline, you can walk up into the mountains, a little bit of everyone’s favorite nature experience.

Overlooking the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Liberty State Park has some of the best views for a picnic. There’s also a pathway, the Liberty Trail, that winds two miles through the park and allows visitors to see the Hudson River and Manhattan. There are also plenty of picnic tables and activities like fishing, crabbing, hiking, and nature walks to entertain you on a summer afternoon.

There are so many incredible natural places to spread out and picnic in New Mexico. One favorite of visitors and locals is the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. This canyon was carved 800 feet deep into the volcanic rock where the Rio Grande and the Red River come together, making spectacular river views. Wildlife is plentiful—you can even catch a glimpse of deer, red-tailed hawks, and prairie dogs. The park also has access to picnic tables, grills, water, and restrooms.

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This small, four-acre paradise is sometimes referred to as New York’s “Secret Garden.” Closed to the public in 1934 because of its difficulty of access, Hallett Nature Sanctuary was reopened for all visitors in 2001. To find your best spot, walk through the Forbidden Gate, a structure made from trees salvaged around Central Park, and see if you can find slivers of the Upper East Side and Central Park South peeking through the trees.

You can picnic up in the clouds in North Carolina. The Blue Ridge Parkway, a scenic route that runs from the Shenandoah National Park in Virginia to the Great Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, offers some of the most lovely panoramic vistas in the United States. This particular area of Crabtree Falls has access to a beautiful set of waterfalls, as well as picnic tables at a prime place to enjoy the mountain beauty.

Medora’s largest city park, Chimney Park, was once a bustling processing plant. The facility burned in 1907, leaving the clay chimney. It was converted to a park with picnicking spots available next to the structure with views of a Chimney Butte in the distance.

You’ll have to bring a blanket to get a prime picnic spot in this Ohio park. There aren’t any picnic tables, but there are plenty of places to relax next to waterfalls, as well as a gorge carved into sandstone by the creek and caves. Old Man’s Cave is very popular with visitors, named for a hermit who took up residence there in the 1700s.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens have Monarch Waystations installed to help with butterfly migration, attracting the insect to this natural paradise. The grounds have fountains, green spaces, a reflection garden, and a dog park.

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One of the most-visited places in Oregon, Arcadia Beach, is also a fantastic choice for a picnic. It’s best to plan to visit at low tide, allowing you to climb down onto the beach and check out the tide pools for interesting marine life. It’s also the site of Haystack Rock, a huge sea stack that was in The Goonies. Arcadia Beach has picnic tables, grills, and a playground.

With so many picnicking places, how do you choose just one? In the middle of Blue Knob State Park is a spot that offers lush, moss-covered ground and a green tree canopy above next to a mountain stream. Not too shabby!

Pick one of the Beavertail State Park overlooks from the highway for your picnic, or climb down the rocky landscape to the beach. Make sure to stop to get a look at the historic lighthouse, a working structure that was built in 1856.

Walking along the Charleston Battery, you can see some of the most beautiful antebellum houses in the U.S. The park is an excellent place to have a picnic, with views of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, Fort Sumter, Castle Pinckney, and the Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse.

You can see four states from the top of Bear Butte, a geological land formation that plays a spiritual role in many of America’s indigenous tribes. It’s considered a sacred place, and visitors may see tokens and pouches left behind that represent prayers.

When spring comes to the Great Smoky Mountains, Greenbrier is covered with a carpet of wildflowers, making this an excellent place for a meal outside. There are picnic tables available, and this park isn’t busy. You can also find charcoal grills and even a stone fireplace for roasting marshmallows.

Mount Bonnell is the highest point in Austin, offering hikers a view overlooking the Colorado River and the city below. There are 102 steps to reach the top, where a pavilion offers a place of rest after the climb. If you prefer to sit rather than throw a blanket on the ground, there are a few picnic tables scattered around the area, but they’re first-come, first-serve, so plan for both options.

An easy trail leads to the falls, where many picnic spots can be found. It’s mostly paved and not too long. The beginning of the walk has green grass and picnic tables, grills, and a view of the Provo River.

Hike up the mountain, and then sit back with your picnic lunch and enjoy the view. Keep an eye out for animals like porcupines and hawks.

This covered bridge has been in operation since 1842, despite having been burned by vandals at one point in the 1970s. There are picnic tables below the wooden structure, set on the banks of the river with a view of the trees.

Typically open in July until the first snowfall sometime in late September or early October, this trail leads to an expansive view of the North Cascades. There are a variety of walking trails that lead past wonderful places to sit and picnic.

After hiking in the park, treat yourself to a picnic with views of the green landscape of Greenbrier Valley. This 5,100-acre park has plenty of room to picnic with friends or family. Numerous tables are available, and there are two shelters available for reservation. There are also accessible picnic sites and shelters as well.

Mirror Lake State Park has a reputation for great fishing, offering chances to catch rainbow trout and large-mouth bass. If fishing isn’t your hobby, you can spread a picnic on the sandstone bluffs surrounding the lake or find the formal picnic areas offered on the 2100-acre spread.

You can see Yellowstone Lake while watching steam escape from the geysers at Steamboat Point. The picnic tables are on the shore, and the wildlife is plentiful.

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One of the most idyllic spots in the historic city of Savannah, Forsyth Park, is graced by a beautiful white fountain, one of the most photographed places in the city. The expansive green lawn offers many spots to picnic in the sun or under the shade of live oaks. There is a fragrant garden for the blind, a playground and amphitheater for live music, and a restaurant if you don't bring enough food. Look for special events like yoga in the park or festivals.


Butterfly Smart Mixer Grinder, 750W, 4 Jars

It is a 750W mixer grinder that is made up of stainless steel. It offers a revolution of 18500 with a cord of 180 centimeters. It has 3-speed options for better blending and mixing. Also, it has an LED light to indicate power on status and knob. It is suitable for wet grinding, chutney grinding, grating, mincing, and dry grinding. It has a special rubber shoe for extra firm grip and an auto switch-off feature as well.


Distillery

The Jack Daniel Distillery in Lynchburg is situated in and around a hollow known as "Stillhouse Hollow" or "Jack Daniel's Hollow", where a spring flows from a cave at the base of a limestone cliff. The limestone removes iron from the water, making it ideal for distilling whiskey (water heavy in iron gives whiskey a bad taste). ⎗] The spring feeds into nearby East Fork Mulberry Creek, which is part of the Elk River watershed. Some 1.9 million barrels containing the aging whiskey are stored in several dozen barrel houses, some of which adorn the adjacent hilltops and are visible throughout Lynchburg. ⎲]

The distillery is a major tourist attraction, drawing more than a quarter of a million visitors annually. ⎲] The visitor center, dedicated in June 2000, contains memorabilia related to the distillery and a gift shop. Paid tours of the distillery are conducted several times per day and a premium sampling tour is also offered. ⏒] ⏓]

In February 2016, a $140 million expansion was announced for the distillery. The company will be expanding the visitors center and adding two new barrel houses. ⏔]