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2 Christmas pop-up bars will open in downtown Phoenix despite COVID-19


Each year, holiday lights, cocktails, decorations, music and ugly sweaters take over bars across the country at Miracle Bar and Sippin’ Santa pop-up events. The holiday pop-ups started in New York City in 2014. Since then, the concept has exploded and Miracle Bars can be found in cities around the world.

This year the ongoing coronavirus pandemic has resulted in restrictions and regulations on restaurants and bars that put the viability of the pop-up events in question.

But fans of drinks like Jingle Balls Nog, the Fruitcake Flip and Christmapolitan may be happy to hear that despite the challenges of 2020, Miracle Bar and Sippin’ Santa are happening.

In metro Phoenix, two downtown Phoenix bars will host Christmas-themed pop up events for the 2020 holiday season.

The Hilton Garden Inn’s rooftop bar Floor 13 will shine bright this holiday season and Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour, which recently

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  • November 18, 2020

hotels recovering, but bars, restaurants suffering


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Corpus Christi’s tourism industry is still hurting because of the pandemic, but it has started to recover. 

Hotel occupancy rates hit the single digits and averaged lower than 20% around Easter weekend in April. Now the rate is roughly 55%, said Brett Oetting, Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau’s CEO/ president. 

Oetting started in his position shortly after the pandemic took off in mid-March. 

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A National Park Ranger places a closed sign below the Padre Island National Seashore sign on Park Road 22 on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Nueces County Judge Barbara Canales ordered the vehicle access to parks and beaches closed over the Easter weekend. (Photo: Courtney Sacco/Caller-Times)

Since then, he has worked strenuously to keep the leisure industry afloat, while also keeping the threat of

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  • September 30, 2020

Cocktail recipes from hotel bars around the world to make at home

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  • Although domestic travel is picking back up and some restaurants are reopening following shutdowns due to the novel coronavirus, many places still aren’t allowing indoor dining and nobody wants to pack into a bar just yet, which makes enjoying a favorite cocktail at your local watering hole difficult. 
  • If you’re one of many turning to a home bar cart to whip up a drink, take inspiration from swanky hotel bars revered for next-level cocktails that instantly activate vacation mode.
  • Hotels around the world have revealed once-secret recipes for margaritas with a twist, breezy spritzes, fruity island punches, and more. Here’s how to make them, and everything you’ll need.
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Due to the novel coronavirus, most people still aren’t gathering in groups,

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  • September 29, 2020

‘Normal living’ will come months after vaccine, Fauci says; Florida bars to re-open at half-capacity

On the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack, Americans are struggling with feelings of safety once again as another American is diagnosed with the coronavirus every 2.45 seconds.

While a race to a vaccine is widely considered the only path back to a pre-pandemic way of life, Dr. Anthony Fauci cautioned that a safe and effective vaccine will not immediately bring back normalcy.

A return to “normal living” — life without masks and physical distancing, where people can go to a movie or a large gathering without fear of becoming infected with COVID-19 — won’t come until “several months” after a vaccine first arrives, Fauci, said on CNN.

The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said infection rates need to drop dramatically, something expected after the months-long logistical nightmare of manufacturing hundreds of millions of vaccines and distributing them.

Meanwhile, most state case counts

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  • September 12, 2020

Best plastic-free and zero-waste toiletries, including toothpaste, deodorant and soap bars

Whether you’re fully embracing Plastic Free July or are looking at a longer term change, there are a wealth of plastic alternatives out there to make your bathroom that bit greener and more sustainable. While it used to be tricky to find good and effective switches, brands big and small have been upping their game.

And there’s good reason too: it’s estimated there are over 150 million tonnes of plastic in the world’s oceans and that it is set to treble by 2025. Every year one million birds and more than 100,000 sea mammals die from eating and getting tangled up in plastic waste.

From solid toothpaste and mouthwash tablets to biodegradable body sponges, old school safety razors and refillable deodorant, the range of eco-conscious and plastic free toiletries is constantly growing.

For Beth Noy, founder of online sustainability shop Plastic Freedom, the best place to start is by looking

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California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide

The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 570,000 people worldwide.

Over 12.9 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.

The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 3.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 135,400 deaths.

California closing all bars, indoor restaurants statewide Arizona’s ICUs 90% full Hong Kong Disneyland to temporarily close

Here is how the news is developing today. All times Eastern.

As the pandemic intensifies in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Monday he is closing all bars and all indoor restaurants statewide.

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Walmart Just Released a Brand-New Line of Dessert Bars for Your Next Picnic

Was this the strangest Fourth of July ever? Yes, at least for those of us who are used to gargantuan family gatherings. With COVID-19, we all had to celebrate a little differently. Thankfully, many of us were still able to hold small get-togethers with family and friends.

In that spirit, we’ve already started thinking about our next socially distanced picnic. And apparently, so has Walmart, because they’re making a line of bakery treats that’ll add some serious sweetness to your backyard barbecue.

Cakes, Bars and Brownies—Oh My!

Walmart has gone all out on this release for their Marketside line, and we’re extremely grateful. They’ve given us NINE different types of treats. There’s peanut butter, triple chocolate and turtle brownies; lemon, raspberry oat and “ooey gooey butter” bars; and iced lemon, marble and banana nut cakes.

If you’re curious as to what this much sugary goodness looks like, @dadbodsnacks on Insta

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