Fodor’s 2023 GO and NO lists revealed, with Cornwall and the American West NOT recommended

With a world’s worth of options, settling on your next holiday destination can be tricky, but these top tips on where to go – and where to avoid – will help you prioritise those bucket list items.

The wanderlust-themed wisdom is courtesy of Fodor’s Travel and its newly released Go and No lists for 2023, as well as a rundown of the ‘most incredible hotels in the world’.

Holiday hotspots such as Cornwall in south-west England and popular states in the American West, including Arizona, Nevada and Utah, appear on the ‘No’ list, which flags destinations that travellers should reconsider visiting for ethical or environmental concerns. Meanwhile, Fodor’s ‘Go’ list gives the green light to travel to destinations such as Rye, England; Cairns, Australia, and Wilmington, North Carolina. When it comes to the unique hotels to check into around the world, Fodor’s recommends spending the night at Borealis Basecamp in Alaska and London’s The Twenty Two, among others. Scroll down for the lists in full…

Fodor’s No List 

Fodor’s Travel has released its Go and No lists for 2023, as well as a rundown of the ‘most incredible hotels in the world’. Cornwall appears on the ‘No’ list, falling into the category of ‘Suffering Cultural Hotspots’. Above is the county’s Polperro Harbour

A total of 10 places, divided across three categories, have made their way onto the ‘No’ list for 2023.

Cornwall falls into the category of ‘Suffering Cultural Hotspots’, as Fodor’s says that traffic ‘plagues residents’ of the county and that a housing crisis there is being ‘fuelled by short-term vacation rentals driving up the cost of living’.

Another destination to make its way into this category is Thailand. Fodor’s notes that on the island of Koh Tao, a tourist user fee came into effect this year partly because tourism activities have put a strain on the isle’s tropical marine environment.

Thailand sits in the 'Suffering Cultural Hotspots' category of the 'No' list. Above is the Thai island of Koh Tao, where tourism activities have put a strain on the marine environment

Thailand sits in the ‘Suffering Cultural Hotspots’ category of the ‘No’ list. Above is the Thai island of Koh Tao, where tourism activities have put a strain on the marine environment

The American West, meanwhile, goes in the

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Burgers, hot dogs plus a side of food nostalgia hit the spot in West Hollywood

Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Monday, July 25. I’m Andrew J. Campa, a metro reporter writing from the San Gabriel Valley (you know, the place where In-N-Out 🍔 was invented!).

It’s been a month of nostalgia dining in West Hollywood (WeHo, if you know), where warm memories and hot plates fed a crowd of salivating well-wishers.

Our Food Team documented a pair of returns in the iconic Westside enclave, leading with Irv’s Burgers.

The stand reopened July 1 after a four-year hiatus and has been celebrating a month of ceremonies, including a ribbon-cutting event ✂️.

Scores of crowds waited in long lines and shared recollections with our Stephanie Breijo, who documented the stand’s renaissance.

Among the fans were couple Dovie Mamikunian and Laurent Suchel, who lived in Paris until recently, and ventured to West Hollywood to and from Los Angeles International Airport.

“We … would have a hamburger before the plane,” Mamikunian said. “When we got off the airplane, first place we’d come is here.”

The duo visited Irv’s for 20 years at all three of its locations, including the newest version on Santa Monica Boulevard.

The burger stand has become a family tradition for Mamikunian, who grew up in Los Angeles. She discovered Irv’s with her brother, dined there with her husband, Laurent, and passed down the culinary custom with her daughter.

Like Mamikunian, regular diner James Evans was ecstatic to hear about the return of Irv’s. The location’s closing in 2018 brought about a sense of communal loss, said Evans.

“I was devastated — I felt so bad for them because they’re such a staple of the neighborhood,” he said.

On the first day back, Evans ordered his usual: a single cheeseburger, fries and a Coke. Mamikunian’s first trip back also heralded her familiar order of a patty melt.

The food was a welcome comfort for both. However, what made Irv’s stand out for Mamikunian, Evans and scores of others was the return of Sonia Hong, the restaurant’s former owner.

Hong ran and owned the locale from 2000

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Weekly Pop-Up Grocery Retailer Provides Contemporary Food items Solutions To West Garfield Park Right after Aldi Closure

WEST GARFIELD PARK — A weekly grocery retail outlet is coming to the West Aspect, supplying neighbors a spot to acquire fresh, cost-effective produce although nearby leaders function toward bringing a long-lasting supermarket to the place.

The Garfield Park Grocery Pop Up runs 2-6 p.m. Tuesdays at 4316 W. Madison St. The pop-up is effective as a full-support supermarket with above 30 types of clean fruits and veggies, as perfectly as meat, eggs, dry items and pantry staples.

The task is aimed at giving West Garfield Park residents a location to get wholesome groceries without having traveling to other neighborhoods, stated TJ Crawford, director of the Garfield Park Ceremony to Wellness Collaborative, a single of the associates powering the sector.

“This is representative of a community solution … where by men and women can get really economical and large-high quality produce inside walking distance in the community,” Crawford explained.

Inhabitants in the space have lengthy struggled to come across sites to invest in contemporary foodstuff, typically relying on gasoline stations and liquor outlets in its place of supermarkets. Like considerably of the West Facet, West Garfield Park is viewed as to be a neighborhood under foodstuff apartheid, given that historic disinvestment, segregation and racist procedures have resulted in a dire lack of grocery stores and restaurants in the place.

West Garfield Park residents’ average life expectancy is 16 decades shorter than persons residing Downtown, according to a 2015 Virginia Commonwealth College report. The disparity isn’t only due to shortcomings in clinical wellness treatment social ailments like the lack of fresh food are significant motorists of the so-referred to as “death gap,” the study discovered.

Disorders worsened right after Aldi, 3835 W. Madison St. abruptly shut previous fall. Just after that, there was only one grocery retail outlet still left in the total community: a Preserve A Good deal that also closed temporarily due to a rat infestation.

Community groups structured a series of crisis meals distributions to feed the people who after relied on the grocery retail outlet, significantly seniors. The foods giveaways have been vital to assist families, “but

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County suspends new trip rentals in West Marin

No new holiday rentals will be permitted in West Marin for up to two several years below unexpected emergency principles adopted Tuesday by the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

The moratorium, adopted in a unanimous vote by the board, aims to handle the scarcity of housing in the area. The guidelines took effect at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The rules prohibit the county from licensing any new short-phrase rentals — attributes rented out for fewer than 30 times — in the vicinity of the coastline. The move does not affect 551 rentals and purposes submitted in advance of the deadline Tuesday.

When county officials say holiday rentals are not the sole induce of the housing shortages and soaring housing price ranges by means of the years, some communities are looking at far more than 20% of their accessible housing remaining rented out to vacationers relatively than to the inhabitants who work there.

County team and supervisors system to use the pause to draft new polices for family vacation rentals. The laws could include things like a cap on the range of properties that can be rented out or a limit on the number of rental times per house.

“Shortage of lengthy-term housing, particularly on the coast, has achieved a critical stage,” reported Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, who represents most of West Marin. “More and additional doing work people are becoming displaced. Service staff, health care personnel, teachers, caregivers, firemen and other unexpected emergency responders simply cannot locate housing.”

“This, more than time, has brought about the hollowing out of our coastal villages, risking the ideal balance of customer-serving and local communities that make us the attraction that we are,” he claimed.

About 10% of the 5,250 residential attributes in the impacted West Marin communities are registered with the county as limited-term rentals. In Stinson Seaside and Marshall, about 20% and 22% of household homes, respectively, are limited-term rentals.

The moratorium applies to the bulk of the county, which includes common places these as Stinson Seaside, Bolinas, Marshall, Dillon Seaside, Level Reyes Station and Inverness.

Rules and caps on limited-time period rentals have

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Branford vegan restaurant G-Zen is closing to focus on West Hartford location

Ami Beach and Mark Shadle, who opened the upscale East Main Street eatery 11 years ago, said Monday that G-Zen will close its doors April 30. They’re evolving the brand, and will focus on a new fast-casual vegan concept in West Hartford, incorporating elements from both the restaurant and G-Monkey Mobile, the couple’s popular vegan food truck.

G-Monkey Plant-Fueled Fast Food will open later this year at 625 New Park Avenue, in the space most recently occupied by Citizen Chicken & Donuts and before that, Hartford Baking Company. Beach said Monday they’re aiming for a potential June 1 debut.

The G-Monkey brick-and-mortar concept will begin in West Hartford, but the intention is to open more locations, they said, including on the shoreline.

Chefs Mark Shadle and Ami Beach started G-Zen Restaurant, which features sustainable, plant-based cuisine, in October 2011.Photo courtesy of Jeff Skerik

“We are aiming to do this in a scalable way, which we could have never attained with G-Zen,” Beach said. “We see it being something we can replicate, and we do want to come back to the shoreline [with this concept.] We’ve never had a concept that we could really run with, and I feel like this is why we’re doing this, to make it more accessible and just normalizing vegan [food.]”

The new restaurant will offer many of the more casual items from the truck menu, which were also featured at G-Zen. G-Monkey will serve housemade plant-based dishes like soups, veggie burgers and bowls, chili fries, “raw” tacos, vegan versions of grilled cheese and Reuben sandwiches, burritos and raw desserts.

Beach said the West Hartford menu would feature several varieties of housemade vegan burgers, including one with grilled pineapple, sriracha and coconut bacon, inspired by the couple’s second home in Culebra, Puerto Rico. She also envisions “disco fries” with mushroom gravy and vegan cheese, and plant-based milkshakes made with oat milk. 

Chili cheese fries from GMonkey, which will open a brick-and-mortar vegan restaurant in West Hartford this summer.

Chili cheese fries from GMonkey, which will open a brick-and-mortar vegan restaurant in West Hartford this summer.

Courtesy of GMonkey

Shadle, who for years was the executive chef and co-owner of It’s Only

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