Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Stories About Places We Added In January

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Where are the most beautiful bookstores in the world?  Are crispy pig ears a food trend for 2013?  What are the 38 essential restaurants in San Diego?  And though I'm sure you've heard of SoHo, do you know where RiNo is?

These questions and more are answered in the 59 stories and 600 places we added to our Where's URL map in January.  Though January isn't thought of as a month with a theme, looking at our story list you could see three.

The first was libraries and bookstores, and the beautiful buildings that contain them, with the article "5 Amazing American Libraries" and the Flavorwire article "The 20 Most Beautiful Bookstores in the World".  Why are places to read popular in January?  Is reading a popular New Years resolution?

The second theme was the Presidential Inauguration, with the Budget Travel article "Affordable Hotels in Washington, D.C.", USA Today's "Top 10 Washington, D.C., hotels based on guest reviews" and "Eight restaurants where presidents have dined" articles.

And then there is the Superbowl in New Orleans.  The New York Times covered the budget aspect with "In New Orleans, a Trio of Thrifty Lures", and slipping a little into our February list USA Today covered the sports celebrity angle with "10 great places in Drew Brees' New Orleans", and the L.A. Times tried to go all out with "Super Nola: Insider's tour of New Orleans".

Will crispy pig ears be a trend in February?  Check back and see...