This week we’re talking about fresh veggies, a love of travel, and tech that tracks your workouts.
The travel picks come from guest curator @SandiMcKenna, co-host of “The Midlife Road Trip,” an unscripted, reality-based food, travel, and adventure series focusing on the experiences of Sandi and polar-opposite travel expert, Rick Griffin. While Rick has a thirst for adventure, Sandi leans towards the luxe side of life.
Sandi says travel comes with long layovers, lengthy flights, and restless jet-lagged nights, so having her favorite magazines on her tablet is not just convenient, it’s “a life saver.” See all 8 of her picks here.
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Next Issue Picks
Notes on a McComeback
Powdered eggs! Pink slime! Lard shakes! How a brilliant Canadian campaign squashed the rumors, embraced the feedback, and made people proud of their Big Macs again. Make sure to check out the bonus videos.
Inside Google X
For the first time, Google X opens its offices to reveal the experimental atmosphere and celebration of failure behind tech’s next great innovations, like space elevators, teleportation, hoverboards, and driverless cars.
“I’m not bossy. I’m the boss.” Beyoncé graces the cover and is first on the list of “Titans” in “TIME’s” annual “100 most influential people” issue. At 32, she juggles the sold-out Mrs. Carter Show World Tour with full-time parenting. Her tribute is written by “Lean In” author and Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg.
"People Don't Get Me, Mom"
“I’m going suicide,” confides her 13-year-old Asperger son to a classmate. Meanwhile, Jackie Mercurio carries a secret that will change the life of her brilliant, misfit boy. Don’t miss this magical trip, honored as the “Good Housekeeping” and “Shebooks Memoir” contest winner.
Guest Curator | Sandi McKenna
A Sip of Leelanau
I’ve never been to Michigan. But, after reading about the more than two-dozen vineyards on Leelanau Peninsula, I quickly added it to my Bucket List. Drive scenic rolling hills and vineyards, stay at guest inns, sip wine and spirits in tasting rooms, and dine on locally inspired meals.
The Last Place on Earth
I love discovering places I’ve never heard of before, especially when they are accompanied by photographs so detailed you can almost taste the salt air. The Faroe Islands are compared to Land of the Lost, where tourists go for the birds and an end-of-the-earth vibe.
Smoky Mountain High
Nothing conjures up more childhood memories than a summer road trip. This one, 295 miles from Greenville, South Carolina to Chattanooga, Tennessee, winds through the Appalachian foothills. This is a road-trip lover’s dream. Where to stay, what to do, and where to eat. Just gas up and hit the highway.
Best Spring Trips
Ski season may be over, but you don’t have to sit idle. Spring in Lake Tahoe has a plethora of activity. How about a full-moon snowshoe trek? Or, take a scenic drive on Old Route 40. Shop and gallery hop in historic Truckee. Sip and play bocce at Truckee River Winery. Or, my favorite, fly fish.
For years, great eating—like, really chowing down—meant one thing: meat on your plate. Now, inventive chefs are determined to move the vegetable from the side to the center of the plate. This is a fun story about the journey to the Vegetable Era.
Farmers' Market Fresh
Bring on the welcome sunlight and fresh vegetables. Everywhere you look at the farmers’ market, dinner inspiration awaits. Here, five quick and tasty meals that make the most of this season’s best.
Cobb. Caesar. Caprese. All of your favorite classics, but deliciously reinvented with fresh ingredients—and way less fat and calories.
Your backyard is as local as it gets. Use these tips and ideas to produce your own bumper crop of vegetables. Includes planting tips, watering advice, and harvesting hints for later.
Gear Up Your Workout
The latest crop of wearable tech gadgets can track your every move, the number of calories you burn, even the quality of your sleep. But are these devices the key to a fitter body, or are they a case of information overload? Get the verdict here.
From Terminator-style cycling shades to earphones that track every move. Wearable tech promises to change the way we train, but when will the reality live up to the hype?
It’s the world’s easiest way to slim down, with benefits way beyond clearing your head. See the apps you can take with you and the activity bracelets that bring a new sense of fun to tracking your steps.
Reviews: Samsung Gear Fit
Part smartwatch and part fitness tracker, here are the pros and cons of Samsung’s Gear Fit, in case you’re comparing it to the Pebble Steel.