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With equal parts innovative eats and alluring ambiance, the cityâ€™s restaurant renaissance adds chef-driven concepts, inventive food halls and artisanal neighborhood eateries to its Chesapeake specialties.
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When I first began cooking for Baltimoreans over 25 years ago I was pleasantly surprised by their enthusiasm for homey, freshly made foods, based on tradition but with a twist.”
Chef Donna Crivello Cosima
From great brewery taprooms to unique bars and restaurants that are pairing amazing food with amazing beer, it’s all here.” Kevin Blodger Union Craft Brewing
Five-Time Medal Winner, Great American Beer Festival
Eater.com’s Hottest New Restaurants in Baltimore 2017
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One of Baltimore magazine’s Best Al Fresco Dining
Voted Maryland’s Sexiest Brewer six years in a row
Baltimore’s black culinary scene is so alive right now. With deep historical roots, Black chefs are bringing Baltimore’s traditions alive with food.”
Cole B and Aisha Pew Dovecote Cafe
Featured in Food & Wine magazine, October 2017 Best of Baltimore award-winner for “Best Cafe”, 2016
The diversity of ingredients and bounty of the Chesapeake makes Baltimore an amazing place to cook.” Chef Andrew Carmellini Rye Street Tavern, Rec Pier Chop House
James Beard award-winning chef One of Baltimore magazine’s Best new restaurants, 2018 Author of two cookbooks
Baltimore’s culinary scene is rooted in heritage and history. Through food I can share this narrative, celebrating and honoring a cuisine that is often overlooked.” Chef David Thomas Ida B’s Table
Named one of Baltimore’s Visionaries by Baltimore magazine One of Baltimore magazine’s Best New Restaurants, 2018 Youth Mentor
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Soft pretzels, fruit cups, tater tots—the options for snacking are endless. We narrowed down our favorite regional bites into one mouthwatering collection. plus Try out three healthy recipes.
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Steve Almond can set his watch by “popcorn o’clock,” the magical snacking hour that’s become a meaningful ritual for his daughter.
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CONTENTS July 2018
12 Garyâ€™s Greeting 14 Saludos de Gary 18 Our Star 20 The A-List 22 Spotlight 24 Community Outreach 26 You Made Our Day 32 From the Editor
39 Begin a beautiful friendship, give your mimosa a makeover, and shop goods made in Memphis.
49 Explore Boston, establish a morning routine, and learn an endangered language.
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July 2018 EDITORIAL editorial director Jay Heinrichs creative director Kevin de Miranda executive editor Mark Shimabukuro editors Tommie Ethington Melissa Flandreau designers Desiree Espada Natalie Perez Kim Thwaits editorial assistant Kiley Faulkner art intern Allen Khazen contributors Steve Almond, Sarah Baird, Susan B. Barnes, Joshua Blackwell, Michael W. Brough, Nick Cabrera, Stephen DeVries, Adam Erace, Page Grossman, Hal HoldenBache, Andrew Joyce, Jennifer Justus, Tracy Marsh, Rebecca Flint Marx, Jeff Ruby, Naomi Tomky, Holly Wales web development, pace interactive Jason Dalton, Carolyn Eckstein, Chad Hayton EDITORIAL INQUIRIES Write to Southwest: The Magazine 2811 McKinney Ave., Suite 360, Dallas, TX 75204, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. SOUTHWEST INQUIRIES For comments or questions directed at Southwest Airlines that don’t pertain to the magazine, write to Southwest Airlines Customer Relations P.O. Box 36647, Dallas, TX 75235-1647, or visit the “Contact Us” page at Southwest.com.
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Still Low Fares When Southwest first took to the skies in 1971, only 15 percent of the U.S. population had flown on a commercial flight. Today, more than 85 percent of the U.S. population has taken a commercial flight. The reason for the change is simple—low costs equate to low fares, making flying more affordable and accessible. Southwest sparked a low-fare revolution that’s alive and well today. There are a number of ways we keep costs low: We fly one aircraft type (the Boeing 737), we have an open-seating policy that helps us board and turn flights faster, we have high aircraft utilization, and our Employees are highly productive. Another less
obvious way is that we make our fares available only on Southwest.com, as opposed to other travel websites. By providing our fares only on our site, we establish a direct relationship with our Customers, allowing us to provide transparent pricing with no fees and enabling Customers to act as their own travel agent. This includes not being charged for itinerary changes or for the first two checked bags; finding the lowest available fare in a city-pair on any given day, week, or month; applying unused travel credit; and understanding the benefits of our three fare classes. As a result of our approach, the vast majority of
our Customers purchase their tickets on Southwest.com. By marketing and selling our fares directly to consumers, we avoid paying commissions and advertising fees to intermediaries, including global distribution systems and online travel agencies. We also avoid using third-party websites because they tend to favor airlines that charge fees, making it difficult for consumers to make true apples-to-apples price comparisons. As you know, a base fare on Southwest comes with a lot more than a base fare on some other airlines. Ultimately, our cost-effective and Customer-friendly approach allows us to pass savings along to you in the form of low fares. Believe it or not, there is an effort by global distribution systems and online travel agencies to have the government force all airlines to share proprietary booking and pricing data so they can profit from selling our seats. But we will keep fighting the good fight, just as we have for 47 years. And we’re going to keep offering low fares only at Southwest.com. We’re happy to have you onboard today!
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Gary Kelly Chairman and CEO Southwest Airlines
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Aún ofrecemos tarifas bajas Cuando Southwest comenzó a volar en 1971, solo 15 por ciento de la población de los Estados Unidos había tomado un vuelo comercial; hoy, más de 85 por ciento ha tomado uno. El motivo del cambio es simple: volar se ha vuelto más asequible y accesible gracias a los bajos costos, que a su vez equivalen a tarifas bajas. Southwest desencadenó una revolución de tarifas bajas que hoy día sigue viva y en perfectas condiciones. Mantenemos nuestros costos bajos de varias maneras: volamos un solo tipo de avión (el Boeing 737); tenemos una política de asientos abiertos que nos permite abordar y despachar los vuelos más rápido; poseemos un alto índice de utilización de aviones, y nuestros Empleados son
extremadamente productivos, solo por nombrar algunos ejemplos. Otra forma, menos obvia, es que nuestras tarifas están disponibles solo en Southwest.com. Al hacer disponibles nuestras tarifas solo a través de Southwest.com, establecemos una relación directa con nuestros Clientes, lo que nos permite ofrecer precios transparentes sin tarifas molestas, y permitir a los Clientes ser sus propios agentes de viajes. Esto incluye no cobrar por cambios de itinerario o por las dos primeras maletas documentadas; encontrar la tarifa más baja disponible en un par de ciudades en un día, semana o mes determinado; aplicar un crédito de viaje no utilizado y comprender los beneficios de nuestras tres clases de tarifas. Como
resultado de nuestro enfoque, la gran mayoría de nuestros Clientes compran sus boletos en Southwest.com. Al comercializar y vender nuestras tarifas directamente a los consumidores, evitamos pagar comisiones y tarifas de publicidad a los intermediarios, incluidos los sistemas de distribución global y las agencias de viajes en línea. También evitamos el uso de sitios web de terceros porque tienden a favorecer a las aerolíneas que realizan otros cargos. Como usted sabe, una tarifa base en Southwest viene con mucho más que una tarifa base en algunas otras aerolíneas. Nuestro enfoque rentable y amigable con el Cliente nos permite transferirle a usted los ahorros en forma de tarifas bajas. Por extraño que parezca, hay un esfuerzo en curso por parte de los sistemas de distribución global y las agencias de viajes en línea para que el gobierno obligue a Southwest y a todas las aerolíneas a compartir datos privados de reservas y fijación de precios para que puedan beneficiarse vendiendo nuestros asientos. No obstante, seguiremos con esta lucha justa, tal como lo hemos hecho durante 47 años, y seguiremos ofreciendo tarifas bajas solo en Southwest.com. ¡Estamos felices de tenerle a bordo hoy!
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“I love coming to work every day and being myself.” —STEPHANIE SUMIDA , FLIGHT ATTENDANT
Since becoming a Flight Attendant in 2013, Stephanie Sumida has welcomed Customers onto planes with open arms. She enjoys amusing Customers by playing bingo mid-flight and donning elaborate accessories during the holidays. An avid runner and outdoor enthusiast, Stephanie carries her zest for life from the aircraft to the Rocky Mountains. She recently soloed her first 14er—a mountain that tops 14,000 feet. Stephanie also has a heart of gold: One year, she clipped coupons and used them to purchase supplies that she then donated to local charities. If she’s not out for a run, climbing mountains, or bargain hunting, Stephanie is providing the highest level of Hospitality to Customers. —Cindy Hermosillo, Communications & Outreach
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LOTS OF LAUGHS “I’m so fortunate to be able to spread the love to everyone I meet at work. Every flight, I use a pair of Groucho glasses to make Customers laugh—the kiddos get a real kick out of them.” ON THE MOVE “I may start off my day in sunny San Diego and end up in breezy Amarillo—I’m in constant motion.”
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“I love picking any seat I want!” —AYDEN BICHSEL , AGE 6
How many flights have you been on in the last six years? Chances are Ayden Bichsel has you beat. This young jetsetter started flying Southwest when he was just 3 weeks old, and he hasn’t stopped since. After celebrating his sixth birthday last month, Ayden hopped on a plane with his dad, Brad, to visit his grandparents in New York City. After a connection in Baltimore, the second leg of their journey to Long Island marked Ayden’s 300th career flight. As you can imagine, a passion for travel runs in the family. Ayden’s parents, a traveling music duo known as Brad + Rebekah, are A-List Customers, too. Dad even has a Companion Pass. Congrats on reaching an exciting milestone, Ayden. We’re looking forward to 300 more! —Adam Hernandez, Communications & Outreach FAVORITE THINGS “Wherever Daddy goes for coffee, I love to get a cookie and hot chocolate. I also like ninjas and superheroes.”
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Southwest helps celebrate Shark Week’s 30th anniversary. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and Southwest is joining in on the fun by proudly partnering with the iconic television event. After three decades and hundreds of shows, Shark Week 2018 will celebrate the 30-year milestone with new, jaw-dropping shark stories and groundbreaking insight into some of the world’s most unique shark species in the world. From July 22–29, viewers will enjoy episodes filmed all over the globe, from California to South Africa, and learn about different species of sharks, from great whites to makos. This summer, as part of Southwest’s free live television offerings, Customers onboard Southwest flights can enjoy exclusive content through the
Shark Week on-demand channel via the entertainment portal. Customers can even watch the prepremiere episode of “Great White Abyss” before it airs during Shark Week—in the episode, an expedition goes to Mexico’s Guadalupe Island, a hot spot for great white sharks. Viewers can also get their Shark Week fix by checking out previously aired episodes, including fan favorites like “Shark Trek,” “Nuclear Sharks,” and “Sharks and the City: LA.” Want to experience sharks up close and personal? Southwest Airlines and Discovery Channel are sending a winner and a guest on a fintastic San Diego vacation. The winner and their guest will receive a five-day, all-inclusive great white shark cage dive trip, which will take them from San Diego to Guadalupe Island aboard Islander Charters. Enter the Dare to Dive sweepstakes at Southwest.com/ sharkweek. It wouldn’t be a true Shark Week celebration without some additional surprises along the way. Be sure to follow the hashtag #SharksTakeFlight to see this partnership reach new heights. —Michelle Agnew, Communications & Outreach
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for top-notch customer service. Southwest Airlines and VisitDallas, the city’s convention and visitors bureau, partnered to host their first customer service master class: It’s Hospitality, Y’all. Held in March, the free, one-day, immersive experience for hospitality workers featured sessions led by some of the best in the business in North Texas. Linda Rutherford, Southwest’s Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, said, “This class was about how we make people feel—getting back to basics and leaving an impression on visitors that will keep them coming back.” The program was built upon best practices that everyone in the hospitality industry can use to enhance the customer experience for visitors to Dallas. Phillip Jones, the president and CEO of VisitDallas, said, “Attractions may get people to Dallas, but our hospitality brings them back.” Here’s how you, too, can deliver great hospitality:
Every negative customer experience is an opportunity to flip the script. Shep Hyken, the “chief amazement officer” of Shepard Presentations, explained how to turn a Moment of Misery™ into a Moment of Magic®. Start by providing internal hospitality. Steve Goldberg, Southwest’s Senior Vice President of Operations and Hospitality, talked about creating an environment where employees feel welcome and appreciated, and then empowering employees to create that same environment for customers. Give customers what they want again and again. That’s how Carl Sewell recommends creating customers for life. Sewell, leader of Sewell Automotive Companies and author of Customers for Life, received the inaugural VisitDallas Legends Award for his focus on customer service. Throw in “surprise and delight” moments. The master class attendees weren’t expecting a high-energy welcome featuring a drum line. The participant celebrating a birthday likely didn’t anticipate a cake and a serenade from his newest friends in the hospitality industry. Go a step beyond customer expectations by creating memorable interactions. Learn more about Dallas’ outstanding hospitality at visitdallas.com. —Emily Samuels, Communications & Outreach
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In February, my flight was snowed-in a bit in Pittsburgh, delaying departure of the boarded plane. Then the captain announced that the crew was being removed to staff a more pressing flight. The passengers collectively groaned with the news. Then I noticed a seated passenger in a leather jacket, First Officer Timothy Baker, hopping up to join the flight attendants in the rear of the plane, and quickly passing out refreshments
and reassuring comments to the passengers. When he rejoined the flight attendants, I heard a bit of the conversation, which sounded like a caring family. It was very much like what I read in Gary Kelly’s article in that month’s magazine about employees treating each other like family, and treating passengers like guests. Timothy obviously believed passing out peanuts off-duty was just as much in his job description as flying an airplane on-duty. —Andy Ambrose
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My fiancé, Ric, and I have a silly game of hiding a small rubber duck. On a recent trip, I gave flight attendant Sheila Knutson the duck and asked her to give it to Ric sometime during the trip. She made the whole “duck” experience a flight to remember. While Ric was suspicious that I had given the duck to the flight attendant, Sheila did a great job of playing clueless. Not only did she “quack” over the speakers, but she also offered him “quackers.” Numerous times she asked me questions about the history of the duck and our hiding game—even the captain made a personal announcement to Ric about the duck. We’ll always have a special memory of this flight. It’s flight attendants like Sheila who reflect the culture of Southwest Airlines and make flying enjoyable. —Donna Vaughan A WALK FOR KORBIN
Customer service supervisor Cam Lozano recently came to my rescue. I am a quadriplegic and travel with my service dog, Korbin, from Canine Companions for Independence. I was trying to begin my vacation a day early to avoid the incoming Hurricane Irma, but the airport was jammed with people. Needing to board first, I always arrive at the gate far in advance. Between the prolonged wait and crowds of people, I realized that Korbin was in need of a toilet break, but the nearest pet relief area was one concourse over. I was beginning to panic when Cam approached me and offered to take Korbin to the pet relief area in the adjacent concourse. I was so relieved and appreciative. When they didn’t return for some time, I began to get nervous. When I saw them sauntering through the concourse, I let out a sigh of relief. Cam apologized for taking so long. He took Korbin to the pet relief area, where he said he just walked around. He took this as a sign Korbin didn’t “approve” of the accommodations, so he took him to an actual grass area where he went happily! He took a tense situation and turned it into an experience I’ll never forget. I boarded with a smile. —Luke McGregor
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DAT I N G C O N N E C T I O N S
IT'S JUST LUNCH CLIENTS
RICK SWANSON Technology Partner EDUC: MS, VA Tech INTERESTS: Cooking, travel, tech
KRISTINA KERN Founder, Stella*s PopKern EDUC: BBA, UKY INTERESTS: Travel, skiing, food
CLICK, TAP, SWIPE, REPEAT. IT’S ALL SO… IMPERSONAL. ONLINE DATING WAS SUPPOSED TO MAKE FINDING SOMEONE EASIER, SO WHY DOES IT FEEL LIKE SUCH A CHORE? With a career that took up a lot of
Today, Rick credits It’s Just Lunch
research and found it to be the right
his time and energy, online dat-
with introducing him to the love of
“match” for me.
ing had begun to feel like Rick
his life, Kristina.
Swanson’s second job. He spent hours filtering through online dating profiles and arranged multiple dates on his own—but time after time, the spark just wasn’t there. There had to be a better way. That’s when Rick saw an ad for It’s Just Lunch (IJL) in an airline magazine and decided to give matchmaking a try.
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Life before It’s Just Lunch?
What was working with a matchmaker like?
Kristina: My dating life was to-
Rick: The interview process was
tally scattered and unfulfilling. I had just started Stella*s PopKern and, as a single mother, I just found the whole online dating thing completely
daunting. I wanted someone who knew me to “fix me up” and when a friend suggested IJL, I did some
really valuable. Sandra, my matchmaker, was genuinely interested in learning about me. She really wanted to understand what I was looking for in a woman, what I found attractive, what I found interesting, what intrigued me. We talked about my work, my outside interests, etc.
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When someone is leading you through the process, it makes you think. Sandra got me to reflect honestly on what I was looking for.
Best part of the IJL experience? K: It was super easy because IJL arranged the dates. All I had to do was get ready and meet at the restaurant. And unlike online dating, I felt that my dates were interested in meeting quality people, not one-night stands. Your matchmaker calls you up with a match and then gives you the details of the date. All you have to do is show up and have fun!
How has your life changed since? to be is back again. Having somebody to share life with, who is even more passionate than you are is special. I’m a radically happier person than I was.
quently impersonal world. Having a real person on your side, helping to find
on creating high quality matches in low pressure situations. In 26 years, dates.
MORE THAN ONE HOUR
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800-858-6526 or itsjustlunch.com.
After swapping phone numbers with someone you are attracted
we get to know you and your relationship goals.
to, do you text or call? Percent of singles who text by age:
2. Your match is hand-selected and
at ease with anyone else.
your date arranged. We’ll even make the restaurant reservations.
3. Meet your date face to face over lunch or drinks after work.
4. Call us with feedback after your
I mean, who else could take some-
thing as commonplace as popcorn and
5. Put your membership on hold if
IT'S JUST LUNCH MATCHMAKERS
special a priority. Get in touch at
just be who I am, and I’ve never felt so
they’ve set up millions of first
that I am confident! I can
5 MIN OR LESS
The success of It’s Just Lunch is built
own skin. He loves the fact
turn it into a food group? It’s totally
the right partner is a huge plus.
1. Through a series of conversations,
things she enjoys, the passion she has…
“first date” again?
fast paced, always connected, and fre-
K: He’s comfortable in his
smart. The way she ‘geeks out’ on the
decide if you want to see a
R: Dating is a real challenge in our
IJL SIGNATURE MATCHMAKING PROCESS:
ity; she’s self-confident and brilliantly
How long does it take you to
Advice for singles considering IJL?
What makes you two a great match?
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R: It’s like a piece of me that had ceased
sparks flew! (No sparks? No problem. We’ll get to work on your next match.)
You receive a text from guy / girl you just had a good first date with. Thoughts?
79% LOVE IT MELISSA BROWN
"Dating shouldn’t feel
“ The best way to get to
“Dating is such an
like a job. Finding a
know someone is face to
important part of your
match takes a lot of
face. You can only feel
life and shouldn’t be left
work – but let it be my
“chemistry” if you are
to chance. You’ve got to
job. Then you can go
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have the fun."
into their eyes.”
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Wait, you say. Don’t most of these treats count as desserts? Not if you think about that word. How can it be dessert if you didn’t deserve it? A piece of shoofly pie—a pie crust with sticky molasses filling—is not a dessert if Mrs. Mattern presents it to you with a glass of milk absent a single penitential vegetable. No, this is a snack. Mrs. Mattern taught me that a snack is something more than some food unconsciously stuffed into the mouth while driving or staring at a screen. Whether it’s a packet of goodies laid on my seat tray, a cookie baked by my talented daughter, or one of the many delights you can find in this issue, the best snack is an un-dessert. An extra. Or, if you want, a blessing.
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Savor an international palette of restaurants during your stay in Pearland. With over 140 dining choices including the widely acclaimed Killen’s Steakhouse voted #6 on the top 20 list of steakhouses in the country by Daily Meal and Killen’s Barbecue noted for its smoked meat offerings. Also adding a bit of local flavor to the mix is King’s Biergarten serving authentic German/Austrian cuisine and Central Texas Style BBQ for over 40 years.
Snack is one of those words that sound like what they are. I don’t mean onomatopoeias like bam or whoosh or flick, which just imitate sounds. I mean a word that captures an essence. Take moist, the moistest of words. And dry, which sounds completely lacking in humidity. And joy—try to say that without your mood lifting a little. (Mood, on the other hand, sounds kind of moody to the ear.) And snack. A morsel of a word. When I hear it, I think of Mrs. Mattern, who lived next door to us when I was a kid in suburban Philadelphia. Born in the early 1900s to an Amish family, Mrs. Mattern concocted molasses-forward snacks that were the pride of the neighborhood. Any kid showing up at her door would be guaranteed a delight unknown to most ’60s-era children: sweet brown bread with a schmear of crab-apple sauce. A piece of shoofly pie. Half an apple smothered in peanut butter. And, my favorite, rice pudding.
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According to a study conducted by University of Kansas professor Jeffrey Hall and published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, you can forget about fast friends. The path to becoming BFFs requires time—and not just any hours will do. “For working adults, more time at work was associated with less closeness in friendship,” Hall says. “Instead, time spent in leisure, at home, or at play really mattered.” In all, you’ll have to dedicate 50 hours to graduate from acquaintance to “casual friend,” 90 hours to jump to “friend,” and 200-plus hours to claim “close friend” status. The good news? That gives you plenty of time to finish making those friendship bracelets.
QUALIT Y TIME The study, which focused on KU students, found that undergrads spend nearly a third of their waking hours with one close friend.
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MAKE IT ↙ Add 1 ounce Deep Eddy Ruby Red Vodka, 1 ounce fresh orange juice, ¾ ounce banana liqueur, and ¼ ounce simple syrup to an ice-filled cocktail shaker. Shake to combine, and then strain into a coupe glass. Top with ½ ounce prosecco, and garnish with an orange twist.
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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, what happens if you try an orange, a grapefruit, and a banana? The folks at AMK Kitchen Bar in Chicago aimed to find out. (Well, sort of.) The gastropub in the Windy City’s Bucktown neighborhood rewrote the mimosa playbook, packing in different fruits along the way. Deep Eddy’s grapefruit-infused Ruby Red Vodka provides the base, and a quick pour of banana liqueur rounds out the bracing acidity that typically comes with the brunch staple. (The usual OJ and prosecco complete the prescription.) Try one and call us in the morning.
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EYE ↘ A mini library, an air-purifying plant, and antique nightstands contribute to each room’s distinctive vibe.
NOSH → Book ahead for A Rake’s Progress, the farm-to-table favorite helmed by James Beard Award–winning chef Spike Gjerde.
TUNE IN ← Full Service Radio, a community podcast network, broadcasts from the lobby. Shows explore everything from globalization to home brewing.
WORK OUT ↓ Run alongside locals, join a yoga class, or connect with a trainer via Urban Athletic Club, the hotel’s fitness partner.
A lot changed when a 110-year-old neoclassical church was transformed into an eclectic 220-room hotel in Washington, D.C.’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. Wooden pews were doused in colorful hues, organ pipes were hung from the ceiling as an abstract chandelier, and Sunday sermons were replaced by brunch service. But one thing stayed the same: It’s still a community gathering place. Spend time in the lobby and you might encounter a gallery owner waiting to be interviewed at the in-house radio station or glimpse guests mingling over drinks under stained-glass windows. Pull up a seat and join in; this kind of communion is hard to beat. From $268
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To make the most of your a.m. hours, author Benjamin Spall suggests starting each day the same way. Why is it important to have a morning routine? “It allows you to begin each day with intention and bring small wins with you the rest of the day. In my research, I found that almost none of the world’s best and brightest leave their mornings to chance.” From preparing coffee a certain way to meditating, everyone’s routine is different. Are there any underlying principles? “Your morning routine will and should be adjusted throughout the seasons of your life, and these changes should be deliberate and in accordance to your deepest values and changing priorities.”
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After returning home, how can you transition back to your everyday routine? “First, it’s a good idea to write down your routine, so you’ll remember what you’re getting back to. Second, don’t beat yourself up if you fall out of your routine while traveling. Many people see one missed day or item in their routine as complete failure, and then they’ll come home and fall into unhealthy habits for weeks at a time because of that failure. As humans, we like continuality, and we like to see crosses on a calendar after we do something, but you’ve got to recognize that conditions aren’t perfect when you’re traveling.”
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Forget Einstein’s theory of relativity. The world’s greatest, most comprehensive equation is this: snacks = happiness. It’s that simple (and legend has it that it was discovered after devouring an entire bag of Cheetos). Inspired by that ultimate food pairing, we set out to tell you about irresistible salty, sweet, crunchy, creamy nibbles across the country that are worth their weight in glee. What’s not simple? Starting with a list of possibilities that numbers, roughly, infinity. So we applied some criteria. We focused on snacks that are freshly made, not mass-produced. (For the record, though, Ho Hos rule.) We left out items that could
be thought of as a full meal. (Appetizers? In. Pizza? Sadly, out.) And we favored food you could eat with your hands. (Sorry, pies.) More than anything, though, we wanted our picks to reflect another undeniable truth: that when we travel, snacks are truly special when they speak to the flavors or traditions of their region, evoking a sense of place. That led us to sublime seafood in the Northeast, greasy goodness in the South, and nachos you could only get in New Mexico. Did we miss some sweet spots? Did we ever. Join the conversation via our #SouthwestSnacks Sweepstakes. (See page 4.) In the meantime, happy munching.
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boudin balls / New Orleans
Cajun perfection? Look no further than these beloved fried orbs of pork sausage, onions, and rice. Grab a few at Toups’ Meatery in New Orleans.
chicken wings / Nashville, Tennessee At Lockeland Table, General Hal’s wings fall off the bone in one saucy bite that marries sweet and heat. But get there early: Chef Hal Holden-Bache’s take on General Tso’s chicken is available only 4–6 p.m., Monday to Saturday.
hushpuppies / Chapel Hill, North Carolina Chef Bill Smith makes this Southern classic shine at Crook’s Corner, where his jalapeno-cheddar version comes with a kick and homemade cocktail sauce.
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/ Albuquerque, New Mexico Red or green? At Nexus Brewery, the nachos arrive smothered with your choice of chile and are served with ground beef, chicken, or pulled pork. Pro tip: If you can’t pick a type of chile, spring for “Christmas style”— a mix of both.
cactus fries / Sedona, Arizona The plant that’s synonymous with the Southwest is also a
staple in desert cuisine. At Sedona’s Cowboy Club, the spiky shrub is sliced, flash-fried, and served with a fuchsia prickly pear dipping sauce.
fruit cup / San Antonio After exploring the historic San Antonio missions, head to Fruteria La Mission. At the walk-up window, order a mix of freshly cut favorites—from mango and pineapple to coconut and cucumber—and then douse
them with chile salt, lime juice, or chamoy, a sweet and spicy condiment made from pickled fruit.
chicharróns / El Paso, Texas Cracklins, pork rinds, chicharróns. Whatever you call them, deep-fried pig skins are a must in the South. For three generations, the folks at Martinez Brand Cracklings have been selling the crunchy treat, as well as carnitas and a fiery salsa, at their shop north of the Rio Grande.
It’s the texture that freaks some people out. But to understand—and ultimately love—the boiled peanut, divorce yourself from the crumbly favorite at baseball games and embrace it as a soft legume, caressed by wood-fired flame and educated with salt and time. Jason Clemmon is the owner of Sunrise Grocery, a general store in the North Georgia mountains that’s been around since the 1920s. He keeps a cauldron of boiled peanuts over a fire out front. The nuts cook in brine an entire day. This can’t be rushed. At Nashville’s Black Rabbit, chef Trey Cioccia serves a swankier version, cooked with a fermented variation of his grandfather’s barbecue sauce, and you can pop the entire thing in your mouth, soft shell and all. Both methods evoke a slower place and time, when I can practically hear the crunch of gravel under tires as my dad and I pull over for a bag, drawn by aromas of fire, earth, and fresh mountain air. —Jennifer Justus
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/ Guilford, Connecticut
Located in the once-industrial Fort Point district, Row 34 adds color to its fried oysters by serving them on lettuce cups with pickled veggies. After breaking for bivalves, make the 10-minute walk to Fan Pier Park—the water views are waiting.
Once you’re done picking your own apples, treat yourself to one (or, let’s be realistic, a few) of Bishop’s Orchards’ doughnuts, made with cider from the orchards. Don’t fret if picking season is over; the market is open year-round.
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/ Portland, Maine
Knots, twists, sticks, rolls— in all their forms, pretzels have been delighting diners since 600 A.D.—or so the story goes. In the City of Brotherly Love, Strangelove’s adds toasted anise seed and brown butter to its soft bites, and then pairs them with house-made mustard.
Raw bar Eventide forgoes tradition in favor of a more innovative approach—warm lobster meat is dressed in a lemony brown butter vinaigrette and served atop an Asian-style steamed bun. An added bonus: The smallerthan-usual size makes it ideal to enjoy between meals.
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All ice is water, not all water is ice, and neither one is water ice, the weirdly named treat indigenous to greater Philadelphia. Water ice is a cousin to Italian ice, but while both originated with early 20th-century Italian immigrants, water ice’s semi-frozen consistency sets it apart. Too slushy to hold a scoop and too solid to drink with a straw, it’s served in waxed cups with spoons (though locals cut out the middleman by creasing their cup like a milk carton). Many a Philly kid, careless with a black cherry or chocolate, has ruined a pair of fresh Reebok Classics this way. Get it at independent stands like 73-year-old John’s, O.G. and maker of a superior pineapple, and Bucks County’s Yardley Ice House. Every Philadelphian has their favorite stand. Mine is inside L. Mancuso & Son cheese shop, where owner Phil Mancuso shovels bittersweet lemon from a seasonal sidewalk window, same as when I was a kid. —Adam Erace
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/ Milwaukee, Wisconsin By adding caviar, a dollop of sour cream, and a handful of chives, Snack Boys has engineered an elevated take on tots. You can order them with a fried bologna slider.
toasted ravioli / St. Louis Don’t let the name fool you: These tasty squares, which date as far back as the 1930s, are fried, not toasted. Salt + Smoke takes them to the next level, stuffing the crispy “ravs” with burnt ends—flavorful pieces of brisket.
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Located in Columbus’ historic German Village, Schmidt’s Fudge Haus has been a neighborhood staple since 1960. To make its signature buckeye candy, this confectionery hand-dips creamy peanut butter balls in Belgian chocolate.
pasties / Detroit First brought to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula by Cornish miners, the pasty (pronounced PASS-tee) served as easy-to-carry sustenance on the job. The hearty treat—a pocket of meat, potatoes, and veggies wrapped in a flaky pastry crust—made it down to Detroit by way of food truck, thanks to Motor City Pasty Company.
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deviled eggs / San Francisco No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The
deviled eggs at Biergarten really are hot pink—and they’re as flavorful as they are colorful. This pickled take on the hardboiled bites is best enjoyed with a Bavarian beer on the spacious patio.
mixed nuts / Seattle Canon lures in patrons with its worldclass selection of spirits—the collection currently tops 4,000 labels—but the whiskey bar’s food menu is just as impressive in its own
right. The Angostura-bourbon nuts include cashews, pretzels, and caramel corn, which combine for an enviable mix of sweet and salty.
jerky / Denver Thanks to its shelf life and light weight, jerky has long held a special place in the rough-and-tumble American West. Located in the city’s trendy River North Art District, Rebel Restaurant sells its homemade jerky by the ounce.
Ask a Wisconsinite about cheese curds and you’ll get an earful, if not a mouthful. Everyone’s got a story, a tradition, or an almost religious preference. Fresh cheese curds—solid pieces of curdled milk— are small, salty, and chewy, so texturally satisfying that, while your teeth are still working, your hand instinctively reaches for another. In a state that produces more than 3 billion pounds of cheese annually, the choices on how to consume cheese curds never end. Some dip them in marinara at roadside drive-ins. Others get a bag at a farmers market or munch samples at cheese factories. You’ll find them at restaurants, fairs, cookouts. But the fried variation marries two great traditions: agriculture and deep frying. “The real Wisconsin play,” one friend told me, “is to get a burger and, in lieu of fries, get cheese curds.” And really, what could be more American than that? —Jeff Ruby
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From kitchen experts, here are three easy recipes for healthier snacking.
black-eyed pea hummus A Southern staple reinvents this spread, lending it a heartier texture and earthier flavor.
4 cups cooked black-eyed peas 4 tablespoons chopped garlic ¼ cup tahini 1 tablespoon cumin 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper Juice of 1 lime 1½ cups olive oil directions: Place all ingredients, except oil, in a food processor. While adding the oil, pulse until the oil combines with other ingredients. Serve with carrots, sliced cucumbers, and pita chips. —Hal Holden-Bache, executive chef, Lockeland Table, Nashville, Tennessee
seasoned fruit The sweetness of basil plays against the acidity of these fruits, while chile powder adds a subtle warmth. ½ cup sugar 1 cup basil leaves 1 big pinch salt 1 small pinch chile powder Juice of 1 lime 8 -12 cups of sliced fruit (1 pineapple, 1 watermelon, 4-6 peaches or mangoes) directions: In a food processor, pulse the basil, sugar, salt, and chile powder until the mix takes on a green tint. Set aside. Toss the fruit in a bowl with the lime juice. Scatter mixture over top to taste. —Adam Erace, food writer and recipe developer
frozen yogurt fruit pops Summer should be all about economizing your time, not fussing around in a hot kitchen. This treat is as quick as it is delicious. The color will vary depending on the fruit you use.
4 cups unsweetened fullfat vanilla yogurt 2 cups fresh or frozen fruit 3 tablespoons honey
directions: Place all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until smooth (or chunky for fruit pieces in pops). Pour equally into molds or small paper cups. Place craft stick in center and freeze until solid. —Joshua Blackwell, executive chef, Sweet Jon’s Cafe, Birmingham, Alabama
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These simple fruit pops are sure to brighten your break time.
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/ Long Beach, California Ordering Padre’s guac? Add the grasshoppers, a frequent feature in Oaxacan cuisine.
/ Portland, Oregon At Kachka, this Balkan pepper and eggplant blend is served with lavash crisps.
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/ Baltimore Koco’s Pub turns lump crab meat into a tasty, herb-filled spread. We won’t judge if a spoon’s your vessel of choice.
/ Charleston, South Carolina This Southern favorite stands out at Smoke BBQ, where it comes with rye toast and house pickles.
/ Washington, D.C. Cava Mezze’s Greek meze stars whipped salmon roe, lemon, and bread crumbs.
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Every day, my popcorn-loving daughter shows me just how meaningful a snack can be.
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f you walked into our little home outside Boston between the hours of 2 and 4 p.m. on virtually any day of the year, you would find a tall, brown-eyed girl seated at the dining room table next to a giant bowl of popcorn. The girl would have her nose buried in a book, and would thus have to reach for the bowl haphazardly, touching at the kernels, selecting the most promising ones by some mysterious process and feeding them into her mouth. This would be my oldest child, 11-yearold Josie, enacting a snacking ritual that has become such an integral part of our lives that it has an official name. It’s called “popcorn o’clock.” As in, “Is it popcorn o’clock yet?” And, “We need to go home right now, Papa! I
don’t want to miss popcorn o’clock.” Josie is not the only person who participates in popcorn o’clock. Other members of the family are allowed to dip into her supply, though none of us would be so foolish as to remove the bowl from her immediate reach. Because, around our house, popcorn o’clock isn’t just a designated grazing period. It’s an event that’s become central to the psychic health of our entire family. If Josie doesn’t get her popcorn fix each afternoon, she transforms from a sweet and sensitive older sister into a dark cloud of discord. And as any parent of multiple siblings will tell you, the difference between a happy eldest child and an unhappy one is the difference between a house full of laughter and one full of tears. july 2018 southwest 65
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I CAN IMAGINE there are some of you out there shaking your heads at this point, wondering how a daily dose of buttery carbs could possibly matter so much. This question fits right in with our popular conception of snacks, which is that they’re a silly indulgence meant to quell our cravings, not feed our souls. As a culture, we tend to put snacks in the Trivial Box, the land of empty calories and spoiled brats.
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IT’S A RITUAL we instituted just a few months later, when Josie enrolled in kindergarten. She would return home from school in a good mood most days. But by dinnertime, she was almost inevitably in a foul mood, one exacerbated by the shame and frustration of having to come to a table laden with foods she often didn’t like. We realized that Josie needed some downtime after school, a chance to unwind from the new social and mental pressures. And so, one blessed day, my wife made her a big bowl of popcorn, covered with melted vegan butter and sprinkled with salt. Almost instantly, we could feel the internal climate of our daughter shift. She sat down at the dining room table with a book and went into a kind of meditative trance. She would respond to questions or comments. But for the most part, she wanted to be left alone to read her book and eat her popcorn. It was a state I recognized intuitively from my own childhood, when I would settle down with my designated snack: a mug of cold milk, into which I would dunk two
anxiety around food, and always has. To her, what she eats isn’t just sustenance. It’s safety versus fear, control versus chaos. Example: Years ago, we walked with Josie to our local movie theater to watch an animated comedy about prehistoric man, mostly poop jokes with a few scary moments. On the way home, Josie spotted a display of cupcakes in the window of a bakery and began begging us to buy her one. When we refused, our otherwise cheerful 5-year-old had a complete meltdown, right there on the sidewalk. Only later did we realize that Josie had been frightened by the movie, and that she’d been looking to that cupcake for comfort. Which brings us back to popcorn o’clock.
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graham crackers, mixing them into a sweet grainy mush that I nursed for an hour or more. What Josie needed was what I’d needed long ago: a dependable pleasure around which she could anchor her emotional life. Popcorn o’clock became a ritual associated with our home. But it proved even more important on the road. Whenever we traveled to see relatives or for a vacation, we made sure to build popcorn o’clock into the schedule. It became our way of reassuring Josie that we see her, that her needs won’t go unmet, even and especially during periods of transition. This has become even more important as she’s had to adapt to the presence of needy younger siblings who are often much more forceful in demanding our attention. Josie has grown into an exemplary big sister, the kind who is fiercely protective of her little brother and sister. But part of the reason she’s able to show this kind of generosity is because she knows we’re looking out for her. The proof, I would argue, is in the popcorn. A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, I encountered the power of this truth during a vacation in Florida. I had gone to the hotel pool to swim with Josie. A bunch of other kids were already in the pool, including a girl, about Josie’s age, who was quite aggressive in seeking my attention. By this I mean that she began climbing all over me. After a few minutes, I looked around for Josie and saw that she was glaring at me from the edge of the pool. I hurried over to play with her. But she was teary-eyed with rage. When I tried to apologize, Josie walked away. Pretty soon, everyone at the pool was watching this sad drama unfold. Dad pleading for forgiveness and daughter yelling, “Get away from me!” Soon after, it dawned on me why she was so mad. The point of our
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Instructions: is exercise can be done anywhere that people congregate (airports, malls, parks, beaches, etc.). It should be done on strangers, unobtrusively, from some distance. Try to do all ﬁve steps on the same person. Expected result: a personal sense of peace. Step 1 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself, “Just like me, this person is seeking some happiness for his/her life.” Step 2 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself, “Just like me, this person is trying to avoid suﬀering in his/her life.” Step 3 With attention on the person, repeat to yourself, “Just like me, this person has known sadness, loneliness and despair.”
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excursion to the pool was to get some one-on-one time, a rare commodity with three kids. By playing with this other girl, I’d betrayed her, and done so publicly. She was returning the favor. Before long, Josie had left the pool area altogether. I had no idea what to do. I called my wife, who was back in the room. She had no idea what to do either. And then, suddenly, I checked my watch. It was 2:45 p.m., the heart of popcorn o’clock. I dashed to the front desk of the hotel, explained the situation to the woman there as best as I could, and asked if it might be possible for her to pop up some microwave popcorn. My desperation must have registered, because she popped two bags and poured the popcorn into a fancy pink bowl (actually, it was a giant flower vase), and gave me another half-dozen bags of microwave popcorn, just to make sure. My wife called to deliver some intel: Josie had retreated to our room. I rushed over with the vase held before me like an offering. It was the smell of popcorn that brought my daughter out of hiding, and that allowed me to look her in the eye and apologize for betraying her. I suppose from a certain angle this might register as a case of snack-related bribery. But what was happening in that room felt to me much more like a genuine reconciliation. Josie needed something more than words—a deeper proof of my devotion, a reminder that the love that nourishes us doesn’t just reside in ardent apologies or heart-to-heart talks or even hugs. Sometimes, it takes a double batch of buttered popcorn, shared with your dad, on a hotel bed.
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“Gwen Stefani: Just a Girl,” the residency featuring the singer’s most popular songs, debuted in June at Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, and the three-time Grammy Award winner couldn’t be more pleased. “To be able to put on a show that is full of hits that people will know and will represent all these different moments in my life, I think that’s really powerful and nostalgic,” Stefani says. “I’m excited that people get to come along on this journey with me.” In collaboration with Live Nation Las Vegas and Caesars Entertainment, Stefani plans to support the Cure 4 The Kids Foundation by giving one dollar from every ticket sold to the local nonprofit, which serves children facing life-threatening diseases. “I’ve been blessed enough
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that I have an opportunity to make a difference, and by the time I’m done with the show, we will have raised a ton of money for these kids,” Stefani says. “Vegas is doing something for me, so I wanted to do something for them.” The standout performer and songwriter has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide with her former band No Doubt and as a solo artist. Her third solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 in 2016. With so much material to draw on, Stefani says fans are in for a good time. “I’ve thought about all of the little moments—lights, costumes, dancers—and put the show together in a way that I think is really fun.” Performances are scheduled through July, with additional dates in December 2018, and February and March 2019. When Stefani isn’t on stage at the Zappos Theater, pop and R&B master Lionel Richie will headline “Lionel Richie: All the Hits” in August and October. The multiplatinum-selling artist, fourtime Grammy Award winner, and American Idol judge has performed his mega-hits for fans during the two year-residency. Also at the Zappos Theater this summer, the Backstreet Boys are back by popular demand with their “Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life” july 2018 southwest 71
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Jewels,” a rocking 10-date collaboration between the legendary British band Queen and American Idol alum Adam Lambert. Together, they have played more than 150 shows worldwide, and with this engagement, Queen lead guitarist Brian May says, “We’re ready to take on the ultimate challenge … to dazzle Vegas!”
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After eight years away, Barry Manilow has returned to the International Theater at Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino for his second residency, “Manilow Las Vegas: The Hits Come Home!” With more than 85 million albums sold worldwide, Manilow is one of the best-selling recording artists in history, with 50 Top 40 singles and 12 No. 1 hits. He has received a Grammy, a Tony, two Emmys, and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002. If there’s a secret to Manilow’s success, it seems to lie in one simple musical principle. “I like a melody,” he says. “I like a song that has a lyric you remember and a melody you can’t forget. That’s always been my mantra whenever I’m composing anything.” Manilow’s Las Vegas reign con-
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For more than 40 years, Station Casinos has been welcoming guests to the thrills of Las Vegas. The company’s portfolio includes 10 affordable hotel and casino properties with more than 4,000 hotel rooms just off the world-famous Strip. Palace Station, where Station Casinos’ story began, is finishing up a nearly $200 million renovation. Returning guests and newcomers alike will delight in the midcentury modern stylings of the guest rooms and suites, as well as a nine-screen luxury movie theater and a resortstyle pool with cabanas and, on the
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Housed downtown in a former courthouse, The Mob Museum tells the story of organized crime at home and abroad. In addition to displays on infamous mob bosses, the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre, and the history of the FBI, you’ll find three new permanent exhibits: Organized Crime Today, Crime Lab Experience, and Use of Force Training Experience. A self-guided tour of Organized Crime Today takes visitors through the story of 21st-century organized crime rackets that span the globe, and the latter exhibits employ handson activities and live role-playing to teach visitors about the forensic science techniques used to prosecute criminals. Need a break from detective work? Head to The Underground, the museum’s basement-level prohibition exhibit, which features a working
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If you’ve always dreamed of being part of the Avengers, it’s as easy as hopping on a complimentary shuttle bus and zooming to the immersive Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. at Treasure Island Las Vegas. Upon arrival, meet the field agent who will guide you through training to become an agent yourself. In addition to having access to an array of intelligence files, classified studies, and experiments that explore the history and scientific origins of your favorite Avengers characters, you’ll have the chance to see Avengers equipment, such as Captain America’s uniform and shield, Bruce Banner’s laboratory, and Hawkeye’s and Black Widow’s weapons. For a truly super experience, gather your team in the new, cus-
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Having a good time isn’t hard when you’re in Las Vegas, but going home can be. So why not stay awhile? William Lyon Homes recently opened Ovation at Mountain Falls, a 55-plus active lifestyle community. Set on a beautiful golf
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FINANCING A FRANCHISE 101
KNOW THE COSTS
Before investing in a franchise, find out how much it will cost to break into your particular industry. Barbara Schuh, vice president of franchise operations for Home Care Assistance, a company that provides long-term, in-home care for the elderly, says the initial investment includes not only the franchise fee and start-up marketing, but also operating costs for the first nine to 12 months, as well as storefront transformation, licensing, and other
expenses that are required before opening the doors. “When it comes to starting a business, you don’t want to go in undercapitalized,” Schuh says. “Whatever that initial investment range is, I recommend aiming for the top amount.” Schuh says it’s also important to be realistic about your personal finances. “You need to plan upfront for covering your personal expenses while your franchise grows because when you start a franchise, you’re not buying a job, you’re buying a business,”
she says. That means the endeavor needs to become profitable before the owner begins to take a salary. “Expect to reinvest heavily, and don’t count on taking a salary for yourself the entire first year.” Another key thing to consider? Location. “Location is particularly important for Home Care Assistance,” Schuh says. “Finding a good retail space near where people shop, live, and go to school really sets our franchisees up for success.”
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WEIGH YOUR OPTIONS
Alex Samios is vice president of franchise development for Dogtopia, the fastest growing franchise in the $70 billion pet industry. He agrees that business owners should combine their decisions about financing with a strategic vision for growth. “Consider the long play,” he says. “You’ll take out a loan and lose money in the beginning as you scale your business. Then once profitable you will have an asset that will continue to produce profits…and, hopefully, one you can sell at a nice valuation when you exit.” Dogtopia franchisees typically use Small Business Administration financing (more on this in a minute) and borrow 3070 percent over a 10-year term, but many will pay off the loan sooner. The majority of Dogtopia franchisees use SBA loans—loans that are issued by a lender but partially guaranteed by the U.S. government. With government backing, the idea is that there will be a decreased risk for the lender and terms will remain reasonable for borrowers. Samios says SBA loans generally provide about 70 percent of financing for a Dogtopia franchisee’s total required investment.
“We expect our franchisees to bring equity in, too, and they’re typically responsible for the other 30 percent,” Samios says Franchisees have various ways of making up the other 30 percent of funding. In addition to home equity or stocks, Samios says you could consider leveraging resources from 401(k) accounts or other retirement funds. Some franchisees use rollovers as business startups, or ROBS, which allow them to use their existing retirement funds to fund a new business by purchasing stock in it. If you do decide to move forward with a loan, many franchises have established relationships with preferred lenders, thus making the process easier for franchisees.
“Our preferred lenders know our business. They love us and love our concept,” Samios says. “Through our relationships with our lending partners, there’s $100 million earmarked for SBA loans to Dogtopia franchisees.” One common frustration of SBA financing is the complicated process. Dogtopia’s relationships help with that, too. The lending partner can guide a franchisee through the steps, from prequalification and underwriting through shopping for the best rates and terms. Remember, because these are complicated transactions, the key for all kinds of funding is to carefully investigate your options and seek expert financial guidance.
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BET ON YOURSELF
“Although 90 percent of our clients use some form of financing, they all end up having teeth in the game financially,” Jack Johnson says. And he should know. He and his wife, Jill, co-founded The Franchise Insiders, which specializes in connecting future franchise owners with opportunities best suited to them. When it comes to investing their personal savings or retirement accounts in a new business venture, Johnson asks his clients an important question:
“What do you feel better betting on—the stock market or yourself?” An important first step is to determine the liquid assets you have and can readily invest. “Some potential franchisees know that number down to the dollar, and some don’t even know their credit score,” Johnson says. The Franchise Insiders can help potential franchisees on their way to business ownership. “Because of our experience and volume, we can quickly interview potential franchisees and recommend the best directions for them to explore,” he says. That includes not just financing methods, but also the most suitable franchises and insur-
ance for each client. Johnson is also a proponent of SBA loans and has seen the process change since founding The Franchise Insiders 10 years ago. “It has really improved,” Johnson says. While SBA loans were once notoriously slow, SBA Express loans can now provide funds relatively quickly. In fact, the SBA promises to respond to applications within 36 hours. “On average,” Johnson says, “SBA Express funds are available to borrowers within four weeks.”
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Nicky Lecher and Peter Lane
LOOK FOR GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES
For Peter Lane, quick growth of his franchise business was a goal from the beginning. Lane and business partner Nicky Lecher opened their first location of LunchboxWax, a body waxing services franchise, in July 2015. They now operate six locations in California’s Bay Area, including the three locations they opened last year. “We knew we wanted to get to five
or six ASAP, because that’s when you really start reaping the rewards,” Lane says. It’s at that point that Lane says he could put in an organizational structure that would allow him to hire an area director. “We’re pretty decentralized,” he says, “but she visits our locations on a daily basis and works directly with the waxologists and managers.” Just as important, that’s also the point where he expected to change his method of financing. He and Lecher leveraged savings and home equity to open their first locations.
“Now that we’ve got six, we’ll reinvest our profits from those into new LunchboxWax salons,” Lane says. He predicts steady earnings from their established stores will allow them to expand to three more new locations within a year. For Lane, location is a primary consideration, and he lets the availability of the right space drive expansion. “I’ll keep my eye on the right piece of real estate, and then strike when it comes available,” he says. Although the right conditions vary by industry, he warns against growth for growth’s sake. Instead, be patient for the right circumstances, and then act. Although they have avoided external financing so far, Lane doesn’t rule it out in the future. That approach could be a good option for them if more than one attractive location opens up simultaneously. For Lane and Lecher, aggressive growth relies on a solid game plan.
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A MODERN-DAY CULTURE CLUB FOUNDER & CEO DEBI LANE TALKS ABOUT THE VIBE BEHIND THE BODY-WAXING BRAND, THE EXPLOSIVE GROWTH AND THE KINDS OF PEOPLE CHOSEN TO JOIN THE CULTUREDRIVEN FRANCHISE.
When LunchboxWax CEO Debi Lane selects new franchisees for the chic-and-cheeky body-waxing concept she launched in 2010 and franchised in 2013, there’s a question she asks herself each time: Could I spend a fulfilling and enjoyable week on a sailboat with this person?
The thought behind the sailboat theory, she said, is that people can come together to achieve a goal (or reach a destination), but if the focus isn’t on collaboration and purpose, it’s not success at all. You have to wonder, does this progressive, goodhearted approach work? During the first year of franchising, six salons opened nationwide to welcome women and men who are mindful about people and places they choose for personal services. Since then, the company has near-doubled in size each year and earned a ranking in Entrepreneur Magazine’s 2017 top 100 new franchises. Ed Sheridan, who operates LunchboxWax salons in the Northeast with his son Patrick, says the attention to detail and commitment to culture is central to the growth.
As 2018 gets underway, Lane continues to grow this modernday culture club by awarding franchises to a diverse mix of curious, driven professionals — people who want the independence afforded by business ownership and the support of a dedicated team in an industry poised for growth (no pun intended). She says, “Behind our expertly trained waxologists, thoughtfully designed salons and specially formulated products is a knowledgeable, energetic team that guides each LunchboxWax franchisee every step of the way.” Learn more about becoming a LunchboxWax franchisee at lunchboxfranchise.com.
“Walk into any LunchboxWax, and the competence, and kindness is palpable,” said Sheridan. “The energy resonates and tells this great story. It’s natural to want to be a part of it.”
Of course it’s not the only requirement, she admits, but it speaks volumes to the company’s culture and the people who create it. “We’re redefining what success means in business by placing priority on fostering each person’s EQ, or emotional intelligence, as well as their ability to run and grow a business,” Lane said. “We are a culture of heart-driven, headstrong people who are as equally interested in taking care of themselves as we are contributing to a greater whole.” This is not an offer to sell or solicitation of an offer to buy. Offers are only made in states where we have complied with applicable law and an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy a franchise shall be made solely by a Franchise Disclosure Document. All financial information is as shown in Section 19 of the FDD to be disclosed to potential franchisees during the awarding process.
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RECOGNIZE EACH BUSINESS IS DIFFERENT
As a mom of two young children, business owner Katie Moore sought an opportunity that aligned with her passion for helping children learn. She chose Kiddie Academy, a franchise focused on child development and early education. But before taking the plunge, she and her husband did the math to make sure their investment would pay off. “Kiddie Academy provided us a pro forma spreadsheet to help us estimate the return on our investment,” Moore says. The tool was helpful, and she recommends something like it for others who are getting into a franchise. “It helped us project a breakeven point based on the costs and revenues we expected for our market.” For Moore, the calculations for each of her two locations were quite different. She’s been leasing her first location in Bolingbrook, Illinois, for more than six years. In 2017, she built a second location in nearby Darien, Illinois. Financing-wise, the two looked different, too. For the first, she used an SBA loan. Purchasing the second location involved refinancing her
first and rolling over her husband’s IRA as the cash injection. In both cases, her pro forma projections showed she would break even within 11 months—and she beat both of them.
WORK DIRECTLY WITH THE FRANCHISE
The franchise you buy can determine the ease of external financing, if you need it. From a lender’s perspective, well-established franchises can seem less risky than those without a proven track record, and that can mean a smoother path toward funding. As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of pavement sealer and sealcoat, SealMaster is a good example. Because the company has more than 100 pavement sealer manufacturing plants and distribution centers in the U.S., a SealMaster franchise is widely considered a solid investment. “With large, protected territories —some are entire states—our franchisees have the opportunity to capitalize on all the market share the industry has to bear in their territory,” says SealMaster’s communications director Debbie Petok Hufford.
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“The earning potential is staggering.” In addition, franchisees that aim to use the financing mostly for capital assets may experience a smoother process. The upfront cost of a SealMaster manufacturing franchise, for instance, includes substantial amounts of equipment for day-today use in manufacturing. Lenders may look more favorably on the purchase of capital assets that can be resold, compared to expenditures that can’t be recovered. Some franchises, including SealMaster, may fund all or part of the business startup costs. This option can prove easier than dealing with a bank, and working with
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the franchise for both the loan and other aspects of the business can streamline matters in the early days of ownership. Franchisor financing is typically structured like a conventional loan, with a balloon payment after a specified period of time.
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Check out these reminders to enjoy a stress-free travel experience. SAY CHEESE!
Please be respectful of Employees and Customers when capturing photos or videos onboard.
Secure a position in the A1-A15 boarding group with upgraded boarding. Ask a Customer Service Agent at the gate or ticket counter.*
We serve complimentary snacks,** but feel free to bring your own food onboard— you just can’t bring your own alcohol to consume onboard.
SMOKE-FREE E-cigarettes are not allowed to be used in the cabin.
Permitted Pueden usarse dentro del avión Small portable electronic devices (PEDs) such as tablets, e-readers, and smartphones weighing less than 2 pounds may be used in AIRPLANE mode at all times on domestic flights, unless a Crew Member indicates otherwise. A small PED may be held in hand, attached to a person, or placed in clothing or a seatback pocket. Devices and accessories may not block access to the aisle. Large PEDs such as laptops weighing 2 pounds or more must be stowed under the seat or in an overhead bin for taxi, takeoff, and landing. It is recommended that laptops be placed in a case when stowed under the seat. On international flights, all PEDs must be turned off during taxi, takeoff, and landing at airports outside the U.S. and its territories. Please use headphones for all audio and video. Siempre puedes usar dispositivos electrónicos portátiles y pequeños (PEDs) tales como tabletas, lectores electrónicos y teléfonos inteligentes que pesen menos de 2 libras en modo AVIÓN en los vuelos domésticos,
excepto si un Miembro de la Tripulación indica lo contrario. Puedes tener un PED pequeño en la mano, llevarlo encima, en la ropa o en un bolsillo en el respaldo del asiento. Los dispositivos y accesorios no pueden bloquear el acceso al pasillo. Los PEDs grandes como computadoras portátiles que pesen 2 libras o más deben de ser guardados debajo del asiento o en los compartimentos superiores mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje. Se recomienda que las computadoras portátiles se guarden en un estuche debajo del asiento. En los vuelos internacionales, todos los PEDs deben permanecer apagados mientras el avión avanza por la pista, durante el despegue y el aterrizaje en aeropuertos fuera de los EE. UU. y sus territorios. Por favor usa auriculares para cualquier sonido o video.
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Digital Cameras Cámaras digitales GPS Receivers GPS Hand-Held Electronic Games Juegos electrónicos portátiles Satellite Radio Radio por satélite Video Camcorders Videocámaras Bluetooth Devices Dispositivos Bluetooth
Pueden usarse en ocasiones dentro del avión We understand you may want to document your travel on Southwest Airlines. Want to photograph and/or record Southwest Airlines Customers or Employees? Let them know first! The use of cameras and mobile devices is permitted onboard to capture personal events but can never interfere with the safety of a flight and should always respect others’ privacy. Entendemos que es posible que desees documentar tu viaje en Southwest Airlines. ¿Quieres fotografiar y / o grabar Clientes o Empleados de Southwest Airlines? ¡Hazles saber primero! El uso de cámaras y dispositivos móviles se permite a bordo para capturar eventos personales, pero nunca debe interferir con la seguridad de un vuelo y siempre debe respetar la privacidad de los demás.
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Electronic nerve stimulators and other implanted medical devices are also permitted. Dispositivos de estimulación electrónica de los nervios y otros aparatos médicos
CREW INTERFERENCE Federal law prohibits any Passenger from assaulting, threatening, or intimidating a Crew Member or interfering with a Crew Member’s duties. La ley federal prohíbe que los pasajeros ataquen, amenacen o intimiden a los Miembros de la Tripulación o que interfieran con los deberes de un Miembro de la Tripulación.
implantados también son permitidos.
Electronic Watches Relojes electrónicos
Noise-Canceling Headphones Auriculares que aislan el ruido
Hearing Aids Aparatos para sordos Electric Shavers Rastrillo eléctrico
DISABILITY ASSISTANCE Southwest Airlines offers assistance to Customers with disabilities upon request. Southwest Airlines siempre ofrece asistencia para sus Clientes con discapacidades que así lo soliciten. ELECTRONIC DEVICES Cellphones and pagers may be used at the gate and after landing. Los teléfonos y localizadores pueden ser usados en la puerta y después de aterrizar.
CARRYON BAGGAGE Customers are limited to one (1) bag per person, plus one (1) additional personal item. El límite es de una (1) maleta por persona y un (1) artículo personal. LOST AN ITEM ONBOARD A FLIGHT? Visit the Customer Service page on Southwest.com to report a lost item. Visita la página de Servicio al Cliente en Southwest.com para reportar un objeto perdido.
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Two-Way Radios (WalkieTalkies) or Scanners Radios emisores/receptores (walkie-talkies)
Remote-Controlled Toys Juguetes de control remoto
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PETS All pets must stay inside their carriers and under the seat for the duration of the flight. Todas las mascotas deben permanecer dentro de sus jaulas y debajo del asiento durante todo el vuelo.
to anyone under the age of 21. We reserve the right to refuse the sale of alcoholic beverages to anyone. Se prohíbe que los Clientes consuman bebidas alcohólicas si no fueron compradas a bordo. No serviremos bebidas alcohólicas a las personas menores de 21 años de edad. Nos reservamos el derecho de negar la venta de bebidas alcohólicas a cualquier persona.
PERSONAL DEVICES Unapproved personal devices (e.g., Knee Defender, infant slings) may not be attached to any part of the aircraft. Dispositivos personales no aprobados (coo por ejemplo “defensores de rodillas” o mantas portabebés) no pueden sujetarse a ninguna parte de la aeronave.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages not purchased onboard. Alcoholic beverages will not be served
Television or AM/FM Radio Receivers Televisión o radios de AM/FM
Electronic Cigarettes and Smoking Devices not allowed for use in the cabin. No se permite el uso de Cigarrillos Electrónicos y Dispositivos para fumar adentro de la cabina.
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Our entertainment portal is filled with exciting inflight options— from free live TV* to exclusive content—for you to enjoy.
Whether you want to catch your favorite TV show or need a restaurant recommendation, our portal has got you covered. HOW TO CONNECT: SOUTHWESTWIFI.COM**
Tap the Settings icon, and then choose the WiFi icon. Turn WiFi On with On/Off button.
Tap SouthwestWiFi in the list of WiFi networks and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.
Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.
Select your entertainment option and enjoy.
Click the WiFi icon.
Select SouthwestWiFi from the list of WiFi networks by clicking on it and confirm connection. Open your internet browser.
Our entertainment portal should load automatically. If not, click the address bar and type in Southwestwifi.com.
Select your entertainment option and enjoy.
* Limited time. Where available. Compliments of Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards® Credit Card. ** WiFi available only on WiFi-enabled aircraft.
• Content and services are offered on WiFi-enabled aircraft only. We cannot guarantee that connecting flights will be WiFi-enabled. • Service on flights to/from destinations outside the contiguous
U.S. may not currently be available for the entire flight. • Movies and select TV content require download of the free AirTime Player app. • Pricing information can be found on the Inflight
Entertainment Portal. • In order to provide top-notch web browsing capabilities to all Customers using WiFi, we limit access to the following online activities due to high bandwidth consumption: telephony
applications (VoIP), device/ system/software updates, and certain video/audio streaming subscription services, applications, and websites.
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THIS ONE’S ON US
Business Select Customers receive a free premium drink† on the day of travel.
Canada Dry Lemon Lime Sparkling Water
IN 1904, PHARMACIST John J. McLaughlin
launched Canada Dry Pale Ginger Ale and watched its popularity soar during Prohibition—the ginger ale was used to hide the taste of home-brewed alcohol. Today, Canada Dry also offers a line of refreshing sparkling seltzer waters—including the lemon-lime option, available on Southwest flights. COMPLIMENTARY BEVERAGES
• Coca-Cola® • Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar • Diet Coke® • Canada Dry® Lemon Lime Sparkling Water • 7UP® • Dr Pepper® • Diet Dr Pepper® • Seagram’s® Ginger Ale • Seagram’s® Tonic Water • Seagram’s® Seltzer Water • Mr & Mrs T® Bloody Mary Mix • Mr & Mrs T® Margarita Mix
• Mott’s® Tomato Juice • Minute Maid® Cranberry Apple Cocktail • Minute Maid® Orange Juice • Minute Maid® Apple Juice • Community® coffee* • Community® decaf instant coffee* • Community® tea • Hot Chocolate • Noncarbonated Purified Drinking Water
* Regular creamer available.
• Miller Lite® ($6) • Dos Equis® Special Lager ($6) • Leinenkugel’s® Summer Shandy® ($7) • Lagunitas® 12th of Never Ale ($7) • Blue Moon® Belgian White Ale ($7)
• • • • • •
Dewar’s® Scotch Jack Daniel’s® Wild Turkey® Tanqueray® Gin Bacardi® Rum Baileys® Irish Cream
• Carmenet Cabernet Sauvignon • Cruset Sparkling Wine • Whistling Thorn Chenin BlancChardonnay
• Deep Eddy Vodka • Deep Eddy Ruby Red Grapefruit Vodka • Sauza® Gold Tequila
† You must be 21 years or older to drink alcoholic beverages. According to the U.S. Surgeon General, women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not drink alcoholic beverages because of the risk of birth defects. Images of the alcoholic beverage product do not reflect how it is actually served. Customer will not receive a beverage with a cap. In accordance with FAA regulations, Customers are prohibited from consuming alcoholic beverages onboard that are not served by Southwest Airlines.
Valid Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards drink coupons, as shown here, are printed with expiration dates and the Member’s (or issuing group’s) name. Business Select® drink coupons are valid for same-day use only. Valid Rapid Rewards and Business Select drink coupons will be accepted onboard for beer, wine, and liquor. Expires Dec 31, 2018
We’re happy to take care of any recyclable items, including plastic bottles, coffee cups, newspapers, and food containers. RECEIPTS
Customers can retrieve drink receipts at Southwest.com/ beveragereceipts.
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Hey, Frequent Flyers!
Earning Rapid Rewards points is easy—and so is redeeming them.
Southwest makes it easy to redeem your points for any seat, any day, any time. But the benefits don’t stop there. The More Rewards site is now open to all Rapid Rewards members. Visit Southwest.com/MoreRewards to learn more. ENROLL NOW! Not a Rapid Rewards Member? Sign up at Southwest.com/enroll.
All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/rrterms.
Earn 50,000 Points and Enjoy These Exclusive Credit Card Benefits: • Earn 50,000 points after you spend $2,000 on purchases in the first three months of opening your account • 2X points on Southwest® purchases and Rapid Rewards® hotel and car rental partner purchases • 1X points on all other purchases • 3,000 bonus points after your Cardmember anniversary • Unlimited rewards seats and no blackout dates
Paint the town red, then turn in at your favorite hotel and earn up to 10,000 Rapid Rewards points per night.† Book now at Southwesthotels.com in partnership with Booking.com.
Visit our Inflight Entertainment Portal at Southwestwifi.com to apply. Accounts subject to credit approval. Restrictions and limitations apply. Southwest Rapid Rewards® Credit Cards are issued by Chase Bank USA, N.A. Offer subject to change. See Southwestwifi.com and click the Southwest Rapid Rewards credit card link for offer details. All Southwest Rapid Rewards® program rules and regulations apply; please visit Southwest.com/rrterms.
Earn from 1,000 to 10,000 points per night for every hotel stay booked through Rocketmiles. Visit rocketmiles.com/southwest to book now.
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Rapid Rewards Tiers and Companion Pass A-LIST Along with priority boarding, A-List Members receive a 25 percent point-earning bonus, Fly By® priority check-in and security lane access (where available)†, a dedicated phone line to answer any questions, and more. Southwest. com/ALstatus
A-LIST PREFERRED Want even more perks? As an A-List Preferred Member, you not only get all the perks of being an A-Lister, you also get free inflight WiFi (where available) and a 100 percent point-earning bonus. Southwest.com/ALPstatus
COMPANION PASS Every time you purchase a flight or redeem points for a flight, Companion Pass†† lets you choose one person to fly free of airline charges (does not include taxes and fees for $5.60 one-way) with you for an entire calendar year. Southwest.com/companion † For a complete list of available Fly By locations, visit Southwest.com/flyby. †† Visit Southwest.com/rrterms for a complete list of Companion Pass rules.
Speed up the earning with your next car rental. Earn 600 points per qualifying rental.† Visit Southwest.com/car-rentals to book now.
†Hotels and Rental Cars: Potential to earn additional points depending on applicable promotion. Partners are subject to change. All Rapid Rewards rules and regulations apply and can be found at Southwest.com/ rrterms. ©2018 Southwest Airlines Co.
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From haute couture to haute cuisine, you can earn hundreds of Rapid Rewards points with every dollar you spend.
Earn 3 points per $1 spent. Join Rapid Rewards Dining® for free today at rapidrewardsdining.com.
Rapid Rewards Members can earn 1,000 points on an order of $29.99 or more. Visit 1800flowers.com/rapidrewards.
Earn Rapid Rewards points for shopping at hundreds of your favorite online retailers. Visit rrshopping.southwest. com to learn more.
Earn 2,000 Rapid Rewards bonus points when you join the 4 Seasons wine club—plus 3 complimentary bottles. Learn more at laithwaiteswine.com/ southwest.
Make your points go further. Close to a reward flight but need a few more points? You can buy points for yourself, give them as a gift, or transfer points from your Rapid Rewards account to another Member—all from one location. Visit Southwest. com/pointscenter to get started.
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Enjoy a getaway at the all-inclusive, adults-only Hotel Riu Palace Antillas.
Insider’s Aruba Southwest serves 14 international destinations, including Aruba.
SOUTHWEST VACATIONS® SWEEPSTAKES Visit Southwest vacations.com/winaua and enter for your chance to win round trip air travel for two on Southwest Airlines to Queen Beatrix International Airport (does not include taxes and fees starting from $5.60 one-way); four-night double accommodations at Hotel Riu Palace Antillas; and round trip airport/hotel transfers.* Boarding, Customs, and Immigration 1
This Space For Offical Use Only
2. Free of duty imports: passengers entering the country by sea or by air may import goods of duty, additional to their personal baggage, as long as they prove their value with an invoice or receipt and such amount does not exceed 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency or 75 US dollars when the entry is by land. Alcoholic beverages, shredded tobacco or automobile fuel cannot be imported as part of the duty free exemption.
FORM APPROVED OMB NO. 1651-0009
19 CFR 122.27, 148.12, 148.13, 148.110,148.111, 1498; 31 CFR 5316
Each arriving traveler or responsible family member must provide the following information (only ONE written declaration per family is required). The term “family” is defined as “members of a family residing in the same household who are related by blood, marriage, domestic relationship, or adoption.” 1 Family Name
First (Given) 2 Birth date
3 Number of Family members traveling with you 4 (a) U.S. Street Address (hotel name/destination
During the vacation periods of Holy week, summer and winter, Mexican Nationals entering the country by land may import, under duty exemption, items of up to 300 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency provided that such people do not live along the border strip or border region. The starting and ending dates of such periods can be consulted directly with customs personnel or at www. aduanas.gob.mx.
6 Passport number 7 Country of Residence
trip prior to U.S. arrival
11 I am (We are) bringing
(a) fruits, vegetables, plants, seeds, food, insects: (b) meats, animals, animal/wildlife products: (c) disease agents, cell cultures, snails: (d) soil or have been on a farm/ranch/pasture: 12 I have (We have) been in close proximity of livestock:
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No No No No No
(such as touching or handling)
13 I am (We are) carrying currency or monetary instruments
over $10,000 U.S. or foreign equivalent:
(see definition of monetary instruments on reverse)
14 I have (We have) commercial merchandise:
(articles for sale, samples used for soliciting orders, or goods that are not considered personal effects)
15 RESIDENTS—the total value of all goods, including commercial merchandise
I/we have purchased or acquired abroad, (including gifts for someone else, but not items mailed to the U.S.) and am/are bringing to the U.S. is: $ VISITORS—the total value of all articles that will remain in the U.S., including commercial merchandise is: $
Read the instructions on the back of this form. Space is provided to list all the items you must declare.
CBP Form 6059B (04/14)
1 Last name(s) Nationality
Mexican laws establish among others the following penalties and sanctions related to the importation of goods into the country: • Omission to declare whether coming in or out of the Mexico´s customs amounts of cash, in domestic or foreign checks, payment orders or any other documents receivable in an aggregate amount exceeding the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency, which action will be punishable with a fine of 20 to 40% of the exceeding amount and the corresponding criminal penalties will be applied. • Introduction into or extraction of goods from Mexico, using deceitful methods to hide items, when their imports or exports is prohibited, restricted or because foreign trade duties must be paid, will be punishable with fines ranging, to 70 or 100%, of the commercial value of merchandise. • Omission of the total or partial payment of foreign trade duties. When failure consist of only a duty omission and the goods do not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent In domestic or foreign currency, the penalty will consist of up to 116% of the commercial value of the items. Once the duties have been paid, the Customs Authority will make the items available to the passenger. • If the corresponding documentation required by the Customs Law prove that the merchandise was properly submitted for proper customs procedures in order to enter the country, is not exhibited, a precautionary seizure of the non declared goods as well as the corresponding vehicle, in case the passengers entered the country by land, will proceed. • For non declared items which do not comply with regulations and restrictions other than duties, abandonment can be declared once the corresponding fine is paid.
Issue on 2013. Please look up for changes in this information when you are visiting us again at customs desk or at www.aduanas.gob.mx Date (month/day/year)
Welcome to Mexico
I HAVE READ THE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS FORM AND HAVE MADE A TRUTHFUL DECLARATION.
for passengers coming from abroad
Passengers may import items to their personal baggage without requiring the services of a customs agent by paying a global rate of 16%, provided that the total amount, excluding the duty free exemption, does not exceed 3,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency as long as an invoice, proof of payment or any other document that proves the commercial value of the items is provided.
INFRACTIONS AND SANCTIONS
9 Airline/Flight No. or Vessel Name 10 The primary purpose of this trip is business:
Please read the instructions prior to filling this form: Every passenger or head of household must provide the following information.
PAYMENT OF DUTIES
• Duties can be paid using the form “Pago de contribuciones al comercio exterior” (Foreign trade tax payment). • The total value of computer equipment, added to the rest of the items above cannot exceed 4,000 US dollars or its equivalent in domestic or foreign currency. • Items subject to compliance, regulations other than payment of duties (permits, certificates, and notifications) cannot be imported. • In order to determine the tax basis, the duty free exemptions mentioned in number 2 could be deducted from the value of the items.
5 Passport issued by (country)
8 Countries visited on this
Date of birth
VISITORS T Number of days you will stay in Mexico RESIDENTS OF MEXICO Number of days you stayed abroad
Number of family members traveling with you Number of luggage pieces (bags and packages) you bring with you Missing luggage or luggage to be imported by cargo (pieces) (See Notification 1 of this form)
4 MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION Mark with an X the means of transportation Maritime Vessel No.
Ground Transport No.
Air Flight No.
5 Carrying money in cash, receivables or a combination of both is legal; however, not declaring the total amount when more than the equivalent of 10,000 US dollars is carried may be subject to administrative or criminal penalties. Are you carrying amounts in cash, documents receivable (checks, promissory notes, payment orders, etc.) or a combination of them, the combined total of which exceeds 10,000 US dollars or their equivalent in national or foreign currency?
No If you have answered Yes, please declare the total amount in US dollars
If you answer Yes, you must also fill out the “Declaración de internación o extracción de cantidades en efectivo y/o documento por cobrar” (Customs Declaration for the import/export of cash, receivables or equivalent documents), which you can request from the customs personnel in charge at the entry ports to Mexico or download it from the Customs Internet Site: www.aduanas.gob.mx
U.S. CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM*
Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) bound for the U.S. How to complete this form: • Complete before arrival in the U.S. • Write in English, in capital letters. • Be sure to include the street name and number, city, and
state of your address in the U.S. • If you are transiting through the U.S., you may write TRANSIT and your final destination country. • Lines 5 and 6 may be left blank if not using a passport. • On Line 9, enter WN for Southwest, followed by your specific flight number. • Please read both sides of the declaration. • Sign at the “X.”
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Rent a kayak and enjoy the crystalclear waters. If snorkeling is more your speed, Malmok Beach is also an ideal spot to break out the fins.
HORSEBACK RIDING See sites like Wariruri Beach Cove and Bushiribana Gold Mill Ruins on horseback by booking a tour with Rancho La Ponderosa.
PHOTOGRAPHY COURTESY OF ARUBA TOURISM AUTHORITY (JEEPS, KAYAKS, AND HORSES)
DE PALM TOURS Go offroad with De Palm Tours and explore island sites like the Natural Pool, Arikok National Park, and Blackstone Beach. Along with Jeep and UTV tours, the company also offers sailing and snorkeling excursions.
MEXICAN CUSTOMS DECLARATION FORM
Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (or one Passenger per family with the same address) on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–6. • Once completed, sign and date the form.
MEXICAN IMMIGRATION FORM
Who must complete this form: • All Passengers (including children) who are not citizens of Mexico, on flights bound for Mexico. How to complete this form: • Complete sections 1–14 on the top portion of the form and sections 1–10 on the bottom portion of the form. • Once completed, sign and date the top portion of the form.
• Sections on the form titled “USO OFICIAL” are for use by Mexican Immigration officials and should not be filled out by Passengers. What to do with this form: • The form will be separated as Passengers proceed through Mexican Customs. • Make sure to retain the bottom portion of the form, which serves as your visa while in Mexico. It must be surrendered
at time of check-in for your return flight. Passengers unable to present this form at time of departure will be fined by Mexican Immigration. * Go to cbp.gov to download, fill out, and print this form before your next international flight.
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Your Destination Awaits
Planning your next getaway? It’s a snap at Southwest.com. PACIFIC TIME MOUNTAIN TIME
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LAS VEGAS WICHITA BURBANK LOS ANGELES (LAX) LONG BEACH
YOU’RE ON YOUR WAY You can get to a number of other cities via Southwest destinations. Travel to Santa Fe via Albuquerque, Palm Springs via Ontario/ LA, Galveston via Houston (Hobby), and more. Service between some cities/airports is not offered.
OKLAHOMA CITY PHOENIX
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PENSACOLA NEW ORLEANS
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HARLINGEN/SOUTH PADRE ISLAND
CABO SAN LUCAS/LOS CABOS
CANCU CANC UN PUERTO VALLARTA
There’s plenty to explore at Union Station, including Science City, which touts a test kitchen, the Dino Lab, and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium.
MEXICO CITY BELIZE CITY
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MOVIE ON 7/3
Swing by Marcus B&P for the Sunday jazz brunch, where the food is just as good as the music.
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LONG ISLAND/ISLIP NEW YORK (LAGUARDIA)
NEW YORK (NEWARK)
BOSTON LOGAN PROVIDENCE HARTFORD/SPRINGFIELD
WASHINGTON, D.C. (DULLES) WASHINGTON, D.C. (REAGAN NATIONAL) RICHMOND
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PANAMA CITY BEACH
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FT. MYERS/ NAPLES
WEST PALM BEACH FT. LAUDERDALE (MIAMI AREA)
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PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIZ CLAYMAN (MARCUS B&P), KENT AUF DER HEIDE (UNION STATION)
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Songwriters. I started writing with my older brother, Eric. Then I got to collaborate with other writers like Pharrell Williams, who is a huge inspiration because he doesn’t have insecurities when he writes. He just lets it come out of him. Songwriting can make you quite insecure because it’s not like you can press a button and it happens. I’ve had writer’s block through the years, but I don’t feel like I’m at that place right now, and that comes from working with the right people. When you’re around talent, it brings your talent out. See Gwen during her residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
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