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Universal Orlando

City Walk expands, adding 8 eateries

Universal Orlando will expand City Walk in 2014, adding eight restaurants to the 30-acre dining and entertainment complex that fronts the resort’s two theme parks.

The restaurants are a mix of new and old brands and some Universal-only creations. The first, Red Oven Pizza Bakery, has already opened. The others are scheduled to open at intervals throughout 2014.

The original concept restaurants are: Red Oven; Antojitos Authentic Mexican Food, tapas-style street fare; Pranzo Modern Italian; and Bread Box sandwiches.

Others are the Hot Dog Hall of Fame, featuring dogs from ballparks; The CowFish, a North Carolina eatery serving "burgushi," a fusion of sushi and hamburgers; Cold Stone Creamery; and Menchies frozen yogurt.

Travel etiquette

What we hate

about flying

The results of the 2013 Airplane Etiquette Study are in, and “Inattentive Parents” (41 percent) and “Rear Seat Kickers” (38 percent) ranked first and second on the list of “Most Annoying / Offensive Airplane Etiquette Violators.” Northstar surveyed 1,001 adult Americans to rank and respond to a range of in-flight behaviors, from seat-reclining and seat-swapping to drinking, eating and canoodling.

The “Aromatic Passenger” ranked third on the list of violators at 28 percent, edging “The Boozer” (26 percent) and “Chatty Cathy” (23 percent).

… and while we’re on the subject

Most people quickly learn the rules that govern using the London Underground — the orders are barked out by station staff through a loudspeaker system.

Parisians also have rules for their underground system, but these have been distributed with a little more sophistication — via an online “politeness” manual released by the Paris transport authority to ensure civility prevails at all times.

Called the Manuel du savoir-vivre à l’usage du voyageur moderne (politeness manual for the modern traveler), it lists 12 “commandments” for Parisians to abide by and comes complete with quaint sketches to illustrate the points.

The rules insist that Parisians must offer help to tourists “in Bermuda shorts with a metro map in one hand and the other hand in their hair,” hold the door open for passengers behind them — and greet the driver.

Travelers should also understand, the guide states, that “the huge crossed out cigarette on the platform is not a work of art but a ban on smoking.”

The guide is also as mischievous as it is sarcastic: “It’s worth losing two minutes of your time for a good cause if only to hear the [foreign] passenger struggle to pronounce [the metro stops] Trinité d'Estienne d'Orves or La Motte Piquet-Grenelle, it says.

Airlines

New Service

JetBlue has begun twice daily service between Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International and Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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wire services

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    Reigning rain wrap

    Sometimes a raincoat is too bulky to schlep; a plastic poncho too tacky. That may be just the time for a RainRap. This softer, classier water-repellant polyester wrapping poncho has a double-sided button closure and a built-in hood. And it’s reversible, with a range of bright and/or muted color combinations, from black/grey to hot pink/orange, and a black/leopard print. The RainRap has a cape-like flow and drapes to about 26 inches in length at the back. A longer version, the SpiritRap is 35 inches long, and comes in a variety of team color combinations for wet days at the stadium. The fast-drying light-weight (8 ounces) cover-up is one-size-fits-all and stashes in an included travel pouch, which in turn stashes unobtrusively in a purse or knapsack until needed.

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