The Best Things about the New York Restaurant Week

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New York City knows how to eat and what to eat. The small city has more restaurants per square foot than any other place in the world. With a few dollars in your pocket, you simply cannot starve in New York City. And the most delicious and cheapest food in New York City has to be one you can get during the New York restaurant week.

The New York restaurant week is actually two weeks a year when around 300 restaurants in New York City lower their prices to feed New Yorkers and tourists until they can’t get up from their chairs. We love pretty much everything there is to love about the New York restaurant week, from the places, to the amazing food, to the vibe the city has that week. Today, we’re going to have a little countdown of the best things about New York restaurant week.

New York Restaurant Week Happens Twice a Year

Wondering when is the next New York restaurant week going to take place? Well, this winter, from February 16 to March 6, 2015, around 300 restaurants in New York City are going to open their door to gourmands. If you want, you can start making reservations, to make sure you’re going to have a table at some of the best restaurants in the city. This is another great thing about the New York City restaurant week, that you know about it in advance and you can make all the preparations you want.

If this winter’s session leaves you unsatisfied, then you should wait until July, for the summer dates, when the next NYC restaurant week commences with amazing deals on 3-course meals in fantastic locations.

New York Restaurant Week Is Becoming More and More Popular

This is simply great news, because the more popular New York Restaurant Week becomes, the more restaurants are going to take part in it. More restaurants mean more food and that’s something everybody loves. The New York City restaurant week first happened as a lunch-only promotional event in 1992. It was in 2013 that the event started gaining more popularity and in 2014 it was a massive success. In 2015, it is estimated that the number of people who will take part in the New York Restaurant week is going to increase by 20%.

The Diverse Menu

Basically, this is the best thing about the week! There is a little something for everybody during the New York Restaurant Week. If you’re a vegan or a vegetarian, there are plenty of no-meat/no animal product restaurants that take part in the New York restaurant week. If you want Buffalo wings, then you’re sure to find some at great prices. If an a la carte menu is the thing you’re searching for, then the New York Restaurant Week will deliver!

New York City Restaurant Week Recommendations

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, there are 300 restaurants in New York that take part in restaurant week. Today, we’ve only got three recommendations for you. The first place we urge you to try during New York restaurant week is Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (five of their locations are participating in Restaurant Week). These guys make the best steaks and the best cheesecake you will ever taste.

Our second recommendation is an Indian restaurant, the only Indian restaurant in the United States with a Michelin star, Devi. Located on 8 East 18th Street, Devi becomes a steal during New York restaurant week. At Devi you will eat the best Indian food in the U.S., not just New York City.

And our third and final recommendation for a great restaurant during the New York Restaurant Week is Il Mulino. It is lunch only, but you’ll be having lunch where Obama and Clinton had dined during their visit to New York in 2009. We suggest the hand-cut pasta, it’s worth every penny!

If you’ve got any recommendations for our readers about where to go and eat this winter for New York restaurant week, we suggest you leave your comment in the section below and share with others your culinary discoveries.

How to Find a Good Accident Avoidance Course

Despite passing your driver’s license test and being the proud owner of your license, you probably have only a vague idea on what to do in a potentially dangerous driving situation and how to maximize your chances of avoiding an accident. Too often difficult situations in traffic find many of us blank out and at a loss for proper reactions.  It doesn’t matter if you have your license for decades, or if you have just earned it, there are courses, both theoretical and hands-on, that teach you just that. For the sake of our safety and others, it can be a good idea to seek out the available courses, and even take a quick test and verify the right answers. You will probably want to start out by looking for an accident avoidance course in your own area, but, to give you a better idea of what to look for, here are 4 courses for accident avoidance that you can check out online.

1.     Army Learning Management System –

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By far the most popular and prestigious accident avoidance courses, the Army Accident Avoidance Course ( and certificate) offered by the Army Learning Management System (ALMS) is considered a standard in the field and many other institutions simply direct users towards the army’s website for their needs. Unfortunately, at the time of the writing of this article, a huge overhaul of the ALMS is in full swing, with the being under maintenance between 14th of November and the 24th of November, in order to “update its technology and to support and maintain emerging Army training strategies”. But after the maintenance work is done, the new and improved ALMS 4 promises to bring many new features, including an upgraded user interface, better course navigation, advanced social media integration and revised terminology.

2.     BSR –

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The accident avoidance course provided by driving training veterans BSR is teaches “already-licensed drivers, with six months driving experience, how to handle highway emergencies.” The company claims that after following their courses, graduates will have the opportunity to respond instantaneously and more positively to any driving emergency.  The courses take place on four training circuits, that contrast strongly with the parking lots and public roads typically utilized in traditional drivers education and strive for a level of realism that will make the graduate feel as familiar with real high-speed emergency situations as possible. BSR’s courses include “swerve to avoid” manoeuvres at high speed, ocular driving techniques, skid control and recovery practice, the better understanding of vehicle dynamics and off-road recovery among other techniques and methods that one that might just save your life.

3.     Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics –

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Tony Scotti’s Vehicle Dynamics Institute overs a large range of driving specialization courses, from protective driving for security experts, to surveillance detection tactics and techniques, as well as a course of accident avoidance. The intensive full day program aims to equip drivers of all ages with skills that are needed to recognize and avoid situations that have the potential to be life-threatening. Marketed towards “young drivers, family members and other non-professional drivers”, the course boasts the use of exercises that are specifically designed to help drivers better understand their own limitations and how to safely operate a vehicle in a wide range of situations and conditions.

4.     Accident Avoidance Workshops –

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The Accident Avoidance Workshops is a company specialized in this very field and advertises their accident avoidance course as being a dynamic one, which is constantly evolving, based on their research of crash statistics, thus making sure that the program continues to stay relevant in today’s driving environment. Knowing that drivers only control two dynamics of the vehicle, speed and direction, the course tries to equip the graduate with the sort of skills that will give them “the best chance of surviving a potentially fatal Emergency Driving Condition, by maximizing on the braking and manoeuvrability of their vehicle without losing control of it. In an attempt to make the courses directly and immediately relevant, the student will make use of their own vehicle during the program, to better apply the learned methods to their specific car. The main areas of knowledge that the program insists on are wheels overcorrection, positioning inside the vehicle, lane positioning, distracted driving, parking space navigation, maximizing on manoeuvrability and following distance determination.

5 Tips For Growing Carnivorous Plants Indoor

One of our colleagues here at ThisBlogRules bought a carnivorous plant recently, a Dionaea Muscipula or a Venus Flytrap. He got it in a pot and planted the little seeds himself. The Venus flytrap carnivorous plants are not very difficult to grow as an apartment plant but it has its special demands. If you take good care of them you will get to see them catch their live prey with their little trap leaves. It’s fascinating to watch them eat. Carnivorous plants are one of nature’s freaks and we want to share with you some tips on growing carnivorous plants indoor.

1. Keep them Watered All the Time

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Carnivorous plants need to be watered often and have their soil damp all the time. In order to do this you need to use the tray method. Put the pots in a saucer or a tray and keep it with water all the time. Some carnivorous plants like pitcher plants love their soil soggy and you can keep the water in the tray as deep as ½ of the pot. Most carnivorous plants want damp to wet soil so you can keep the water at ¼ inch and make sure you refill it when it’s almost gone. The plants suck the water whenever they need it. Some say that it’s even better to put water in the tray rather than directly on the plant because this way you avoid scaring the flytraps with false alarms. Whenever you water them (when they’re fully grown and the traps are developed) they will think it’s an insect and they will lose energy trying to catch it. So bottom line is that the number one tip for growing carnivorous plants indoor is to give them plenty of water.

2. What Is the Best Water for Carnivorous Plants?

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Another important tip for growing carnivorous plants indoor is to know what water to use when watering them. Make sure to always use mineral free water, such as distilled water or rainwater. You must avoid bottled water and never use tap water. There are too many minerals in it and carnivorous plants are used to nutrient poor soils. All the minerals from the above mentioned types of water can kill the plants.

3. The Proper Soil for Carnivorous Plants?

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Carnivorous plants grow in nutrient poor soil naturally so you must try to imitate that by getting a soil rich in peat and sand. Try mixing sphagnum peat moss and horticultural clean sand. Avoid mineral rich sand from contractors. Never use lime stone sand or beach sand because it contains too much sand and it will harm your plants.

4. Carnivorous Plants Love Their Light

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In their natural habitat carnivorous plants get plenty of sunlight. If you want to grow one in your apartment you must give them light, as a general rule. You need to put them in a spot where they get sun light. Try putting them on a windowsill.

5. Dormancy Period

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Another tip for growing carnivorous plants indoor is to respect their dormancy period. Carnivorous plants live in a temperate climate and need their winter sleep. It’s their way of protecting against the harshness of winter. Some plants, like the Venus Flytrap form winter leaves and other shed their leaves during the cold season. You need to allow them to rest, otherwise they will get exhausted and die. During the dormancy period you need to water them less, leaving the soil only slightly damp. Reduce the amount of daylight and keep them in a cooler place for 3 to 6 months. You can put them in a basement where it’s not freezing and it’s pretty dark.

These were some of the most important tips for growing carnivorous plants indoor. Do you have a carnivorous plant in your apartment? Any advice you could give us and our readers?







9 Amazing Facts About the Moon

9 Amazing Facts About the Moon

We see it every night. It lightens our way through the dark and it adds up some romanticism and depth to our nocturnal walks and conversations. It’s been with us for as long as we can remember and we are pretty aware of the fact that it influences our mood, our healing processes and the growth of our hair, just to mention a few. Yes, I’m talking about our dear old Moon. But how much do we actually know about it? Here are 9 amazing facts about the Moon that will probably blow your mind, or at least make you look at it from a different perspective.

1. The Moon is the only surface in our Solar System that has been physically stepped on by humans, besides the Earth, of course.

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2. The Moon formed out of the Earth

It appears that an object as big as planet Mars hit the Earth some 4.5 billion years ago. The collision was so large that a huge spray of material was ejected into space. This is how the Moon was born. The proof for this belief relies on the fact that the Moon seems to be much less dense than the Earth and lacks a lot of iron in its core. Scientists think that the Moon is made up of the upper crust material, which has mostly lower density, than the composition of the Earth.

3. The Moon isn’t round

It’s actually shaped like an egg, and looks spherical from Earth because of the fact that one of the smaller ends that has a circular silhouette, is the one facing us.

4. The moon is moving away from Earth

As it spins and orbits our planet, the moon is slowly drifting away from us with about 1.5 inches per year. Today, the moon is about 280,000 miles from Earth, but when it first formed, researchers estimate that it was just 14,000 miles away from Earth.

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5. The Moon only shows one face to the Earth

Despite the fact that the Moon used to rotate in the sky compared to our point of view, it has been slowing down for billions of years. It’s the Earth’s gravity that holds the Moon in orbit, but it pulls differently at various parts of the Moon. Over a long period of time, gravity slowed down the Moon’s rotation so that it finally stopped it, and that’s why the Moon always displays one face to the Earth. The side that we never see is referred to as “the dark side of the Moon,” despite the fact that it receives just as much sunlight as the visible side.

6. The Moon appears terrifying to some people

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This phobia is called Selenophobia and sufferers have frequent panick attacks, start trembling and sweating whenever they see or even think about the Moon.

7. Gravity on the Moon is only 17% of the Earth

Since the pull of gravity on the Moon is only 17% the pull of gravity on the Earth, you’ll feel much lighter. For instance if you weighed 100 lbs. on Earth, you would feel like you only weighed 17 on the Moon. You could take up circus acts in a blink of an eye.

8. It gets extremely hot and extremely cold out there on the Moon

When the sun is shining on the moon, temperatures climb to 260 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s hotter than the boiling point of water at 212 degrees. On the dark, far side of the moon, things get frosty, dipping to -280 degrees Fahrenheit. So it’s unbearable for any human who plans on running away and building a life out there.

9. There’s a lot of trash on the Moon as well

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Over time, the astronauts who visited the Moon managed to leave quite a bit of trash behind. It is estimated that there’s about 400,000 lbs. of man-made materials lying around the Moon. This trash includes astronaut poop containers as well, along with debris from various experiments, space probes and lunar rovers.

6 of the Most Impressive Subway Stations in the World

We spend an unimaginably long time travelling by subway. If you come to think of it, it’s a rather strange behaviour we humans have, but the advantages defy any discussions related to this odd mean of conveyance. We use it, and it helps us a lot to get from point A to point B, all across town. But there are a few places on Earth who have subway stations that stand for real museums, and tourists come from everywhere just to visit them. So therefore oddity is transformed in art in its strictest sense. Here are 6 of the most impressive subway stations in the world.

# 1. Moscow’s Central Ring

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Moscow has its central subway route like a ring around city center, marked by impressive stops. The thing is that the Russians have kept all their post Communist pride inside these subway stations, which are absolutely stunning. With huge statues representing the workers and their leaders, fancy lamps and mosaics representing glorious phases from the history of Russia, they are worth every stop. In case you don’t have time for all of them, at least go visit the Kievskaya and the Komsomolskaya stations.

# 2. Stockholm’s subway

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In Stockholm, the Tunnelbana is often considered the longest art exhibition in the world. The word actually stands for “underground” in Swedish. The station we’re talking about here is also referred to as the T-Centralen station, which is the core of the Stockholm Metro. Back in the 1950s, artists Vera Nilsson and Siri Derkert proposed that art should be part of the new subway system. The Tub3 section of the station is where the Blue Line runs, thus the blue and white artwork, which dates back to the 1970s. Inspired by the two, there are now more than 140 artists represented in 90 of Stockholm’s subway stations, including both permanent and temporary exhibitions.

Also check out Kungstradgarden Station, inspired by the Makalos Palace.

# 3. Shanghai’s Bund Sightseeing Tunnel

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Actually the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel is not a subway stop. As the name “sightseeing tunnel” suggests, it is a touristic tunnel, running below the Huangpu River. It was originally planned to be a moving walkway to shuttle visitors from the Bund to Pudong, but this concept proved to be much more thrilling with flashing colored lights and exciting surprises.

# 4. Lisbon’s Olaias Station

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The purpose of the Olaias station was to link the inner city with the Expo ’98 area. Portuguese architect Tomás Taveira and a team of Portuguese artists, including Pedro Cabrita Reis, Graça Pereira Coutinho, Pedro Calapez and Rui Sanchez, designed it. Like many others in Portugal, it has a contemporary interior design, including dramatic coloring and exquisitely crafted tiles.

# 5. Kaohsiung’s Formosa Boulevard Station

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Formosa Boulevard is one of the busiest stations in Kaohsiung city, is also the location of the Dome of Light that’s located on the upper part of the station and is known as the biggest public art installation all over the globe. Artist Narcissus Quagliata is to be thanked for putting together the dome in a little less than four years, which included shipping pieces of colored glass directly from Germany.

# 6. Dubai Metro Stations

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Dubai’s railway stations were designed by Aedas of Birmingham to combine both traditional and modern architectural elements. All trains and stations are air conditioned with platform edge doors. For instance the Khalid Bin Al Waleed station has interiors inspired by the four elements: water, air, earth and fire, along with oversized chandelier lamps in the shape of jellyfish.

So now you’ve got a good reason to plan your trips accordingly, and have no excuse to go back to your hotel when your feet are a bit tired of all the sightseeing. Get a ticket and enjoy the subways!