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4 Ways to Be a Good Traveler in the Age of Overtourism

In Paris, the Louvre Museum closed for a day this week because workers said the crowds were too big to handle. In the Himalayas, climbers at Mount Everest are concerned that the peak has gotten too crowded, contributing to the highest death toll in years. In cities and destinations around the world, from Barcelona to Bali, "overtourism" has become a year-round problem.
U.S. News & World Report Link to Story

48 Hours in Bangkok: Your Next Vacation Spot

Despite the city’s image, nights out in Bangkok don’t have to look like an endless replay of “Hangover 2.” Link to Story

Fresh From Bangkok: 4 Herb & Spice-Filled Cocktail Recipes

Lemongrass, ginger, holy basil, mango, ground fresh chili: Thai dinner menus inspire great drinks. Link to Story

ASK A DESIGNER: Metallics for the holidays and all winter

Holiday decor is all about cheer and sparkle, a task made easier by the popularity of all things metallic.
The Washington Post Link to Story

What Are Adaptogens, and Can They Help You Live Healthier?

Adaptogens: Research is growing into these herbs' stress-protective and energy-giving properties. Link to Story

The only U.S. city on NatGeo's 2019 Cool List?

Yup. It's you, Pittsburgh.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

For wedding favors, personalize, localize, do it yourself

Once, the little gifts couples gave out to wedding guests were elegantly predictable. No more.
The Associated Press Link to Story

The Uneasy Partnership of Motherhood and Wine

Late last Friday night, as my key hovered just short of the lock, I stopped, checking myself. Link to Story

Summer Kitchens: Grilling is Just the Beginning

Elaborate outdoor kitchens are popping up in backyards nationwide. Is your house next?
Pittsburgh Magazine Link to Story

BBC names Pittsburgh 2019's top U.S. dining destination

“Need an alternative East Coast city break? ,” BBC Good Food asked its readers this week.
NEXTpittsburgh Link to Story

Thanks to Salty Pork Bits, you can have Justin Severino’s cured meats delivered to your doorstep

Chef Justin Severino of Cure and Morcilla is now selling his award-winning charcuterie nationwide. Link to Story

Bought by Kiva Han, Crazy Mocha plans expansion, new coffee roasting and more

Kiva Han Coffee, a distributor and wholesaler located in Cranberry, has bought the local coffee chain Crazy Mocha. What does that mean for Pittsburgh coffee drinkers? Potentially a lot of good things. The chain’s founder, Ken Zeff, will continue as head of retail and director of operations and Crazy Mocha’s 29 current locations (nearly all in the Pittsburgh area) will remain open. Link to Story



For nearly two decades, Melissa Rayworth has been exploring the building blocks of modern life -- the ways we design and organize our homes, how we interact with entertainment and pop culture in our marketing-saturated society, parenting, relationships and marriage, and much more -- as a writer for regional, national and global media outlets. She's also an experienced managing editor for print and online magazines.

That work continues, and has grown to include the launch of a private storytelling service called Breadcrumbs, which Melissa has created alongside her husband, writer Ted Anthony. (Visit to learn more.)

After three years living and working in southeast Asia, Melissa currently splits her time between Pittsburgh and New York.