One of The Best Chefs in the World Lands…

Legendary Spanish chef Jordi Roca brings three-star Michelin elegance to the metro area

It’s rare to meet someone who is universally acknowledged to be one of the best in the world at their chosen profession. It’s surprising when that person is as kind, down to earth, and funny as Chef Jordi Roca. He is one of three brothers, along with Joan and Josep, who are the creative masterminds behind El Celler de Can Roca, a legendary three-star Michelin restaurant located in Girona, Spain. Known for gastronomically expanding the minds of even the most jaded connoisseur, the three brothers are revered for approaching food with a level of playfulness and creativity that is almost unrivaled in the culinary world. Restaurant Magazine has named El Celler de Can Roca“The Best Restaurant in the World”, and awarded Chef Jordi with the designation of the “World’s Best Pastry Chef.”

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TripAdvisor CEO Stephen Kaufer Walks Back Statements on Preferencing…

Speaking at the Phocuswright Conference in Los Angeles on Thursday, TripAdvisor President and CEO Stephen Kaufer appeared to walk back earlier comments by TripAdvisor Experiences President Dermot Halpin. Kaufer said the company will not preference tour and activity operators that use Bokun – the reservation system provider it acquired earlier this year – over those that do not.

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Social Media Brownie Points

We need to have a conversation about the endless political/social commentary petitions that fill our social media feeds. Enough is enough. We get it. You care deeply about [insert social cause here], but the problem is that subjecting the rest of us to your thoughts about said issue is becoming rather tedious. Climate Change. Obama. Trump. Gun Control. Racism. We get it. The world is a complicated, dangerous place, and instantaneous news allows us to witness the chaos in real-time, with live video feeds from around the world. However, these are incredibly complex issues that, sadly, you will usually not be able to fix with a 140-character Tweet or that clever statement you just posted on Facebook. Read more “Social Media Brownie Points”


Operators React to TRIP’s Sponsored Listings for Bokun Users

TripAdvisor this week announced a significant new effort in its quest to bring more Tour, Activity & Attraction operators into its ecosystem. It’s called Sponsored Placements, and it replicates what TripAdvisor has already been selling to hotels and restaurants: a way to get promoted above the usual TripAdvisor sort ranking. But, in a twist unique to its Experiences listings, it comes with a catch. Operators who wish to participate must use the Bokun reservation platform, which TripAdvisor acquired in early 2018.

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Dan Carlin Talks Hardcore History

The podcast has forever disrupted traditional radio and how people get information in general. Perusing iTunes leads one to the conclusion that there is a podcast for every conceivable genre, interest, or hobby. From knitting to the Austrian School Of Economics, you can find a podcast to explore any subject you’re interested in, and some of the top ones routinely bring in millions of listeners every month. With Hardcore History, Dan Carlin constructs massive, meticulously researched, 25+ hour opuses about topics in history from WWI to Genghis Khan. His podcasts provide a deep dive into a variety of fascinating topics from history. Read more “Dan Carlin Talks Hardcore History”


Mike Rowe Tells it how it is

I&T Today: How did the Podcast come about? Also, why did you decide to go with a much shorter format compared to other podcasts?

Mike Rowe: Like a lot of people, I remember the late great Paul Harvey and “The Rest of the Story” with great fondness. His short mysteries were ideally suited for the curious mind with a short attention span, and let’s face it – attention spans have never been shorter than today, so I thought the time might be right to revisit Harvey’s unique brand of story-telling. Obviously, I have no hope of filling his shoes, but I’m honored to follow in his footsteps.

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Is the EmDrive the Future of Space Travel?

A secret NASA project was recently revealed, and it is rocking our very understanding of physics. It may alter the trajectory of the entire human race. The project? It’s called the EmDrive (short for “electromagnetic drive”), and it is about as controversial as anything in physics today.

One of the fundamental limitations of manned space travel is the ability to carry enough fuel for a round trip. Our ships are too slow and require too much fuel to get to the next solar system, never mind the next galaxy. For instance, it would take approximately seven months just to get to Mars. The EmDrive may change all of this. Read more “Is the EmDrive the Future of Space Travel?”


Made For TV: Carrie Baird of “Top Chef”

Executive Chef Carrie Baird of Bar Dough represents Denver on Bravo’s reality competition series “Top Chef”

Executive Chef Carrie Baird of Bar Dough is one busy lady. After stints at rioja and Euclid Hall, Baird made time to join the season 15 cast of “Top Chef.” DiningOut chatted with Baird about her experience on the show and where Denver is heading as a food destination.

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Exclusive Interview with Jon Spaihts, the Writer of Prometheus…

I sat down with Jon Spaihts, the writer of hit films Prometheusthe Marvel movie Dr. Strange, and his new sci-fi epic Passengersstarring Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt. He told me about the struggle of getting the film made, the challenge of writing movies that are part of a larger cinematic universe and the sci-fi writers who influenced him. Read more “Exclusive Interview with Jon Spaihts, the Writer of Prometheus and Passengers”


Ryanair Makes a Play For Event Ticketing

Purchasing a ticket to cheer for your favorite team may be getting easier. Ryanair, one of Europe’s largest airlines, announced last week a strategic partnership with Coras, a Dublin-based online ticketing platform. The partnership will allow Ryanair to sell football tickets directly to their customers, as they are booking their trip. Initially, La Liga games featuring, Atlético Madrid, Espanyol, and Málaga as well as Toulouse FC in France’s Ligue 1, will be available for sale with more teams to follow.

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Girls, Science, and Nerdy Talk Conversation with Cara Santa…

Cara Santa Maria is a rock star in the scientific community and has dedicated her life to advancing scientific knowledge for the public. She holds an M.S. in neurobiology from the University of Texas, and has published research on topics ranging from the neuropsychology of blindness to computational neurophysiology. She has been on a guest on CNN, Fox News, BBC America and the Travel Channel, among others. Cara was also the senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post and is a regular contributor to “Tech Know” on Al Jazeera America.

We caught up with Cara to talk about her new podcast “Talk Nerdy”, getting girls more excited about science, and why she’s optimistic about the future. Read more “Girls, Science, and Nerdy Talk Conversation with Cara Santa Maria”


Tesla Electrifies the Road

Elon Musk and Tesla have taken a leap forward in driving the auto industry towards a more sustainable, electric future. On March 21st, 2016 the new Tesla 3 was unveiled to an astounding amount of hype and fanfare in Los Angeles. It is the third model from the Palo Alto based electric vehicle company, following the Model X and Model S, however, it is poised to radically alter the car industry around the world in ways that its predecessors where unable to. Read more “Tesla Electrifies the Road”


More Funding for Attractions Tech

GlobalTix, a Singapore-headquartered software startup for attractions ticketing and distribution, fo has raised $9 million in series A funding from Tin Men Capital.

The funding is the latest in a series of investments into startups providing distribution and ticketing technology specifically for attractions and events. In November Tiqets and Festicket both announced new venture rounds, while Australia’s Roller Software raised $7 million this past summer.

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Josh Brolin Talks Firefighting, Marvel, and The Goonies


Josh Brolin has been a Hollywood staple since his big screen debut in The Goonies. While that film’s long-awaited sequel is stalled in the pipeline, Brolin is keeping busy. The actor plays real-life elite firefighter Eric Marsh in the October 2017 release Only The Brave, which tells the story of the Yarnell Hill wildfire tragedy in Prescott, Arizona that claimed the lives of 19 crew members. He’s also returning to the role of Matt Graver in another story based on true events, Soldado, the sequel to the 2015 film Sicario that focuses on the drug war on the U.S.-Mexico border. And he reteamed with directors Joel and Ethan Coen for the October 2017 movie Suburbicon, a 1950s dark comedy that focuses on home invasion gone wrong. Read more “Josh Brolin Talks Firefighting, Marvel, and The Goonies”


Marcella’s Dishes Out Old-School Italian Favorites in LoHi

Giant meatballs for the win

Located in a large space that evokes the best of Italian-American cuisine, Marcella’s {1801 Central Street, Denver; 720.484.5484} is now open in Lo-Hi. Cameron Mitchell Restaurants, an Ohio based group behind concepts such as Ocean Prime and Rusty Bucket, have tapped their Italian-side, presenting a bustling cafe featuring classic staples. Executive Chef Jacob Glowacki has crafted a menu of family-friendly portions that is definitely worth several visits.

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Dubai Plans Tech Platform to Link All Attractions

  • The goal will be to provide a common guest experience through Dubai for all tourists and a common platform to link resellers and streamline distribution
  • This could potentially provide more leverage with attractions and operators by negotiating with resellers together, negotiating better terms as a single entity.
  • If this works, this could provide a model for other destinations and their attractions to look at in the future. No doubt other destinations and major attractions will be watching closely.
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STK Brings Sexy Back To Thursday Nights

Champagne on a Thursday

It goes without saying that STK {1550 Market Street, Denver; 720.597.8010} is not your father’s steakhouse. It exudes a level of chic sophistication and coolness that in many ways is unique to Denver. The music is loud and the service attentive, and if you’re dogmatic in your belief that steakhouses have to be wood-paneled and smell faintly of cigars then, well quite frankly, it might not be the place for you. But if you’re looking for something that’s fun and is as much an experience as a delicious meal (and STK certainly delivers on the food, more on that), it’s a restaurant that’s perfect for your next date night, dinner meeting or even just to grab a cocktail at their gorgeous bar.

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