Think you and your children don’t share the same taste in food? Think again. Even the pickiest eaters enjoy the guilty pleasures we adults crave from time to time — mac n’ cheese, ice cream, grilled cheese, chocolate pudding. So where in the world can you find the best gourmet, adult-friendly versions of your kids’ favorites? Here are just a few worth trying.
This well-recognized San Francisco spot serves up macaroni and cheese that earned its own cult following. The special ingredient? Goat cheese from Spain, cured in red wine for two months. Other items giving this dish its unmistakable flavor include cheddar, hot sauce, nutmeg, mustard and bread crumbs from a local bakery.
Serendipity 3 in New York City is known for its extravagant desserts, and you have more than a few to choose from, depending on your price range. Parents and kids alike will love the Frrrozen Hot Chocolate. You can also order a non-frozen variety, topped with whipped cream, orange zest, cinnamon and French chocolate. Other favorites include the various sundaes, like the Strawberry Fields Sundae (cheesecake, strawberry ice cream, strawberry topping and whipped cream) and the Can’t Say No Sundae (peanut butter pie, ice cream, banana, hot fudge and whipped cream). If you really want to go all out, though, call 48 hours in advance and reserve your Golden Opulence Sundae, for $1,000. The record-breaking dessert includes Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream, the most expensive chocolate in the world, 24-karat edible gold and dessert caviar.
This Parisian-style restaurant serves up a high-end version of a grilled cheese, named the “croque magret.” A pressed sandwich made of confit, gruyere and mustard perfectly toasted between two rustic slices of bread, it’s a mouthwatering concoction that will have you wondering just where it’s been all your life.
Any kid can recognize the red of a Chef Boyardee can, even if no one can recognize the contents. Introduce their palates and your own to a more upscale version of the beloved pasta dish at Chicago’s Piccolo Sogno, where the signature dish goes by the same name — Ravioli Piccolo Sogno (which means “little dream” in Italian). The four-cheese ravioli also includes pine nuts and butter in a Marsala glaze with Parmesan curls.
Halloween is right around the corner, which means its time to start making plans for spooky and scary stops for having fun with the family this fall. New York’s Cayuga County is always a fun visit for family travelers, but if you plan on being in the area this October, you will definitely want to explore its haunted history with some choice spots along New York’s Haunted History Trail. This curated list of haunted and spooky stops throughout New York features incredible locations showcasing the perfect combination of the state’s beautiful charm and fascinating history.
United Airlines is in the midst of a major initiative to modernize its fleet over the next several years. After first announcing the plan in 2021, planes fitted with United’s signature interior are finally beginning to appear across the airline’s narrowbody fleet of Boeing and Airbus planes. United flyers are sure to notice these enhancements from the moment they step on board: Each new or updated plane sports remodeled seats, seatback entertainment screens for everyone, Bluetooth connectivity and more, all adding up to a better experience on every journey.
The next two seasons see Franklin, Tennessee, come alive with festive events, fun pop-ups and colorful lights. Family travelers planning a trip to Tennessee this fall or winter must make time for Franklin, a city just south of Nashville with plenty of history and festivities awaiting.
As the only major U.S. airline to own a flight school, United Airlines already hit a major milestone, and now the carrier celebrates another important — and historic — step as the inaugural class of United Aviate Academy pilots graduates, leading the next generation of aviators. The 51 students in the graduating class were majority, at 80 percent, women and people of color — another stride toward United’s goal of training 5,000 new pilots by 2030 with half women or POC.
Mysterious glowing seas? Yes, actually! Through October, Florida’s Space Coast waters within Mosquito Lagoon, Banana River and Indian River Lagoon glow with blue-green bioluminescence — a phenomenon resulting from the presence of comb jellies and dinoflagellates (tiny, single-celled marine plankton that exist in some freshwater locations).