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  • December 7, 2009

    Travel to Beverly Hills to See World’s Oldest Cheese for Sale

    Filed under: Destinations,Food — anne @ 3:09 pm
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    Whipping up a batch (opening up a box) of macaroni and cheese for the kiddies? Need to top off some chili? Well, here’s news you can use!

    Just get yourself down to Beverly Hills (swimmin’ pools, movie stars) later this week, and you too can grab a hunk of a 15 year old cheddar cheese, born and raised in Wisconsin. Cost: $50 a pound.

    But it’s worth it, they say: the 1,200 pound cheese, produced by Julie and Tony Hook of Mineral Point, Wis., was placed “in airtight plastic at 38 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 years”, and checked on regularly.

    It first went on sale at Larry’s Market in Brown Deer, Wisconsin – a place I’d visit for the name alone – and later this week will appear at The Cheese Store at 419 N. Beverly Drive in B.H. I’d call ahead – you don’t want to arrive too early and go home cheeseless.

    By the way, getting there is easy – just use Farecompare’s “Where-to-Go” Flight Finder, and head for LAX or Burbank.

    October 20, 2009

    Stylish Handbag Collection Keeps Food Tasty & Cool

    Filed under: Food,Women — anne @ 11:35 am
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    Designer Amber Pollard has launched “Lunch a la Mode” which is described as a contemporary handbag line combining fashion and function – which means it has a detachable insulated compartment for your lunch, and it’ll keep that lunch cool.

    The bags are those big ones that are fashionable these days – they really do look good and would be handy to have on a plane instead of buying food on board.

    Irony Alert: the press release mentions how “watching one’s budget” is one of the main concerns of busy women – and the solution offered by “Lunch a la Mode” is, make your own lunch for work or travel, and put it in these bags that cost – oh, anywhere from $270 to $588.

    Well – the bags do come in tasty colors: buttercream, anise, oyster, caramello, and rum raisin. More details here.

    September 8, 2009

    Too Fat to Fly? Or Too Angry to Fly?

    Filed under: Food,Frustration,Passengers,Seats — anne @ 1:07 pm
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    Saw this on Channel 2 out of Chicago…

    A 6 foot, 350 pound man is not happy with Southwest Airlines. Apparently the airline allowed Emery Orto to fly from Midway to Las Vegas, no problem, but stopped him as he was boarding the flight home and asked, “Can you put the armrests down when seated?”

    He said he could, but Southwest ultimately grounded him anyway. Orto called this “humiliating” (but apparently it was not so humiliating that he passed up a chance to go on TV).

    His main complaint: Southwest never “tested” him on the “putting-the-armrests-down” trick, but there’s more to the “passenger of size” rule at Southwest and other airlines – a policy that’s been around for years. Orto seemed to suggest that he wasn’t familiar with it – and in his defense, he was allowed to fly to Las Vegas.

    Southwest told Ch. 2 that was a “mistake”. But they also said, the real issue with Orto was “anger” – that he was arguing with an “elevated voice” in a belligerent tone, and that other passengers weren’t comfortable flying with Orto after watching him lose his temper.

    Orto meanwhile is talking about his “pain and suffering” and we all know where that’s going. Meanwhile, maybe the airlines better just suck it up and come out with specific height/weight/size charts – and no more guessing games.

    June 30, 2009

    Find a Diner, Drive-in, or Dive – No Matter Where You Travel!

    Filed under: Celebrities,Food — anne @ 2:52 pm
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    Who doesn’t love Guy Fieri? He’s always so – so happy.

    But I guess I would be too if I could travel the country for the Food Network and eat things like Krazy Jim’s Blimpy Burger or Sweetie Pie’s Mac and Cheese.

    Well, next time you’re on the road (or smashed between two sumo wrestlers in that comfy middle seat), check out this handy site – to find one of Guy’s Diners, Drive-ins or Dives – near you!

    And here’s a tip for you Road Warriors out there – next time you have to take the CEO out to dinner, ditch the faux-French bistro in favor of one of these joints. You’ll be flying in the company jet in no time.

    Thanks, Gadling – for once again showing the way.

    April 24, 2009

    Get Cheap Airfare to Spain and Throw Tomatoes at People

    Filed under: Destinations,Food,Weird — anne @ 12:48 pm
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    Feel the squish.

    You will if you join the La Tomatina – the annual festival where people throw tomatoes at eachother.

    Nobody knows why they do it, but they do – and judging from the pictures, it’s a ton of messy, decadent fun – and you can join the melee this August.

    Read all about it here on our Deals Blog — which also tells you how to find cheap airfare to the festival.

    Don’t worry, Mom: according to the official website, La Tomatina has?rules (rules? for a tomato fight??). One rule is, “Tomatoes must be crushed before throwing so that they don’t hurt anybody.”


    March 20, 2009

    Visit Obamaland II

    Filed under: Celebrities,Destinations,Food,Hawaii,Politics — anne @ 4:50 pm
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    We already told you about Obamaland I – it’s Hawaii – or more specifically, the parts of Hawaii that used to be the stomping grounds of our 44th president (who was born in the 50th state).

    Tourism officials there are making a big deal out of Pres. Obama to lure in visitors — and it’s inspired the folks in D.C. to do something similar.

    Our nation’s capital – Obamaland II? Why not? In fact, a group called Destination D.C. is already planning a tour that may well include the inaugural route, the White House and more.

    We’d prefer to tour the places Pres. Obama has gone to eat – including Ben’s Chili Bowl and the Equinox.

    And – Obamaland III? Gotta be Chicago. Stay tuned.

    February 10, 2009

    The Ideal Valentine Date – oh, my

    Filed under: Food,Holiday Travel,Romance,Sex — anne @ 10:16 am
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    A travel site called GeckoGo has done a survey about travel and Valentine’s Day and hooking up.

    And here’s what we’ve learned:

    1. The ideal Valentine’s Day date is a weekend getaway
    2. Least popular date is a home-cooked meal
    3. 51% of travelers have “hooked up” while traveling

    I can just picture this coming Saturday now – there I’ll be: home, unhooked, and making meatloaf. Hmmm.

    January 28, 2009

    UPDATE: Virgin Complaint Letter Nets Job Offer (no hamsters, please)

    Filed under: Food,Pets,Virgin — anne @ 5:29 pm
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    I’ll bet you’ve heard about the complaint letter of the year by now – if not, read all about it here on brother-blog

    It was written by some guy who thought the food on a recent Virgin flight was really, really bad.

    Well sometimes, it pays to complain: Virgin now says they want him to help select the food on future Virgin flights! But, as of this writing, it’s unclear if he’ll accept Richard Branson’s kind offer.

    Among the things this guy hated about the food was the way it looked – which was a nasty surprise, he said, since it looked like…well, let’s let him tell it:

    “Imagine being a 12-year-old boy Richard,” our complainer wrote. “Now imagine it’s Christmas morning and you’re sat there with your final present to open. It’s a big one, and you know what it is. It’s that [stereo set] you picked out of the catalogue and wrote to Santa about. Only you open the present and it’s not in there. It’s your hamster, Richard. It’s your hamster in the box and it’s not breathing. That’s how I felt when I peeled back the foil.”

    Hope the new food doesn’t taste like rodent.

    December 17, 2008

    Do-Gooders Do Good (I’m talking about YOU, Alaska Airlines)

    Filed under: Alaska,Food — anne @ 11:44 am
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    Alaska Airlines has donated more than 40-tons of food to Seattle and Portland area food banks this year.

    Don’t laugh — the food is unused airline food.

    Why not? This stuff, according to the Portland Business Journal, consists of “unopened bags of dried fruit, salami, cheese spread, crackers, cookies and other items that were initially offered to first-class passengers.”

    It won’t end poverty, or even hunger — but it’s a step. A step.

    May 28, 2008

    US Airways Says Goodbye to Pretzels

    Filed under: Airlines,Food,US Airways — mike @ 12:02 pm
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    Pretzels are the latest casualty of rising fuel prices. US Airways, battling escalating costs and shrinking profits has decided to do away with pretzels in coach. Sure, you fancy first class passengers can still enjoy a snack, but the majority of fliers will have to go without.

    As reported by Travel Weekly (subscription required):

    Beginning June 1, US Airways will no longer serve free snacks to coach passengers on domestic flights. The airline said high fuel prices prompted the change. Passengers will still receive complimentary beverages.

    Alas, the perks just keep disappearing. Hey, at least we don’t have to pay for checking bags…oh, right.

    January 29, 2008

    Mobil’s 5-Star Hotels and Restaurants…but even better…OUR PICKS

    Filed under: Food,Hotels,Luxury Travel — anne @ 12:11 pm
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    Mike: “So who made Mobil’s 5-star hotel list?”

    Anne: “Well, anything with ‘Ritz’ or ‘Seasons’ in its name. Nothing with ‘Motel’ or ’6′ made it.”

    Mike: “Restaurants? Names?”

    Anne: “Very exciting names: ‘The Dining Room’. ‘The French Laundry’.”

    Mike: “Ah. Would you like the bearnaise with that, or the starch?”

    Anne: “And don’t get me started on ‘per se’. I had enough of e.e. cummings in junior high.”

    Mike: “We’re starting to sound like total rubes.”

    Anne: “Whatever happened to places with names like ‘Killer Shrimp’ or ‘Aunt Kizzy’s Back Porch’?”

    Mike: “Nothing. Still there. “

    Anne: “Why ‘Roscoe’s House of Chicken ‘n Waffles’ didn’t make the list, I’ll never understand.”

    January 15, 2008

    New Travel Route: LAX to In-N-Out Burger

    Filed under: Airport,Food — mike @ 11:48 am
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    No matter how much time I have on my hands when I travel to Los Angeles or Las Vegas, getting to In-N-Out Burger always tops my list of priorities. Sadly, the times I’ve had layovers at LAX, I’ve been unable to sate my hunger for those delicious burgers.

    Thankfully, the good people at Gadling have made sure that will never happen again. They’ve laid out a surefire way to get from LAX to In-N-Out for free in a very short period of time. It involves a shuttle and maybe a little bit of subterfuge, but if you’re willing (and you know you are), you can get your hands on a delicious burger and be back in time to catch your flight.

    Read Gadling’s Free LAX shuttle to In-N-Out Burgers to get all the details.

    December 20, 2007

    The BEST/WORST List…of FareCompare’s Grumpy Santa’s travels

    Filed under: Flight Attendant,Food,Grumpy Santa,Leg Room — anne @ 11:17 am
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    Grumpy Santa sheds new light on the best and worst of commercial aviation: you know, important stuff like, which airline’s flight attendants shamelessly coddled him the most, or where he got food you wouldn’t serve a dog.

    Stuff like that. See it here. Consider it an early Christmas gift from the fine folks at Standard Upright Position.

    December 19, 2007

    Does BA Stand for British Airways? Or, “Bakery Authority”?

    Filed under: Airlines,Flight Attendant,Food — anne @ 4:10 pm
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    British Airways (BA) recently suspended one of their cabin crew stewards.

    Did he get drunk? Molest a passenger? Pose for naked pictures?

    Nah. According this this article, he was punished for “eating a muffin that was discarded on a passenger’s meal tray.”

    Ask any cop: that’s always the very first step to a life of crime.

    December 12, 2007

    BREAKING NEWS: Grumpy Santa on Hash-Brown Potatoes

    Filed under: Food,Grumpy Santa — anne @ 4:06 pm
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    (Editor’s Note: this is the latest communique from Grumpy Santa)

    “I have been to many airports early in the morning over the last several days, and I have come to notice something a little alarming. Hash-browns on the breakfast-combos are getting out of control.

    I might be wrong, but in my mind, McDonald’s established a pretty solid standard for fast-food hash-browns; slightly oval-shaped, crispy-brown, and delicious.

    But now, there are new versions. Round hash-browns that are no more than tater-tots without that cool “tot” shape, and the Arby’s giant triangle hash-brown that is unwieldy and a bit off-putting.

    Go ahead, say I fear change, but when eating breakfast at airports, I still say the classic hash-brown is definitely the way to go.”