By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com
What is the deal with airport food? If only some standup comedian would tackle this vexing and universal subject: Airport food is stereotypically lackluster and sold for jacked-up prices by vendors capitalizing on a cranky and imprisoned audience.
Still, that perception is beginning to change as eateries pop up in airports considered destinations unto themselves.
To find some of the most praised restaurants, TripAdvisor looked at the busiest U.S. airports, according to the most recent information from the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. They then ran down the airports' most recently available list of eateries to determine the eateries with the highest Popularity Index rating based on user-generated reviews on TripAdvisor.com.
The resulting list of 10 airport restaurants is not exhaustive, but it does reflect the tastes and preferences of the general flying public. This is especially handy knowledge now that food service on flights is rare.
Blog Posts by CNBC
By Colleen Kane, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Best Airport Restaurants
- CNBC | Shine Food – Mon, Apr 16, 2012 2:30 PM EDT
By Ellen Lee, CNBC.comRead More »from Cheap Eats at Warehouse Stores Keep Them Coming Back
Even when Marian Pulliam is in Hawaii, away from her Northern California home, she doesn't have to miss one of her favorite meals: pizza and a swirled vanilla and chocolate yogurt from Costco Wholesale.
Costco Food Court Plus, in Hawaii, the Costco food court is outside, and one of the island's hot spots for cheap eats.
"I love it," said Pulliam, who is 75 and retired. "It's better than most pizza places and it's cheap. It's just really good."
McDonald's and other fast-food chains have some stiff competition when it comes to drawing hungry, budget-conscious people on the go. Big box destinations such as Costco, Ikea, and Home Depot are making it easy for customers not just to pick up a new couch, but also grab a bite to eat in the process. Shoppers navigating the crowded parking lot and enormous warehouse, after all, can work up an appetite.
Costco operates a food court at all but six of its 592 warehouses around the globe. They're generally located just outside the checkout
By Regina Hing, CNBC.comRead More »from 15 Green Celebrities
For all the criticism lobbed at Hollywood over "greenwashing," there are a few true champions of nature among the rich and famous - and these 15 exemplify that.
We trawled through celebrity track records to see how involved they have been in eco causes in recent years, and weeded out ones who have not actively participated in the movement lately. We looked for people who weren't happy just donating time or money to environmental charities, but those whose work (and name) had as profound an impact on the drafting of a bill or the success of a project. We singled out celebrities who were honest about their limitations and consistent in their actions (Harrison Ford may have been the vice chair of Conservation International, but he also reportedly owns seven private aircraft).
What these stars have done is used their fame and wealth to raise awareness about the various conservation issues of their choosing-and, more importantly, set an example-such that thanks
By Lisa Flam, CNBC.comRead More »from Warehouse Weddings that Take the Cake
Rachel and Brad Kerstetter at their May 2011 wedding.Sweethearts since high school, Rachel and Brad Kerstetter tied the knot just two weeks after graduating from college. Before the big day, friends had the same question on their minds: Will there be an open bar?
The couple, both 22 when they married in May 2011, wanted to offer sophisticated drinks and a full bar, but beer was the only alcoholic beverage included in their catering package.
They were, however, allowed to bring liquor into their reception hall, and after a trip to a BJ's Wholesale Club, they stocked their bar with premixed cocktails like pomegranate martinis, Champagne and wine, all without breaking their budget.
"As a young couple paying for most of the wedding by ourselves, it helped us get what we wanted," says Rachel Kerstetter, of Louisville, Ohio. "It was nice to say, 'Yes, we are having an open bar.'"
[Related: Does it Pay to Be A Warehouse Member?]
Though the wine came from boxes, none of their 150 guests was the wiser. "It was really
By Paul O'Donnell, CNBC.comRead More »from Luxury Apps Pamper High-End Shoppers
Luxury retailers inhabit an elegantly lit world of richly paneled walls, sleek stone floors and plush goods. For them and their upscale customers, digital commerce is a foreign land, full of flashing offers prompting consumers to download a - gasp! - printable coupon.
High-end merchants are adapting to the new virtual shopping scene. Slowly, however, high-end merchants like Neiman-Marcus and luxury brands like Burberry and Stella McCartney are adapting to the new virtual shopping scene, incorporating mobile apps, "augmented reality" and iPad link-ups that extend, rather than sully, the plush experience of their stores.
Last month Neiman-Marcus introduced a pilot program called NM Service, an app that lets shoppers know which of their favorite clerks are on the floor when they arrive. The app can also be used to make appointments remotely with salespeople or pick out the items that interest them before they get to the store.
Neiman's new mobile strategy, which imitates a system long available at Apple stores, is being
- CNBC | Parenting – Thu, Apr 12, 2012 10:39 AM EDT
By Darren Booth, CNBC.comRead More »from Unruly Children Seated Nearby? Not If Malaysia Airlines Can Help It
If there is an airplane built for creating a zone where you won't find children, it's the double- decker Airbus A380. Malaysia Airlines begins flying this whale of an aircraft July 1 and is attempting to restrict families traveling with children to the all-economy lower deck.
So far no U.S. airlines enforce children-only seating sections. The airline was the first last year to attempt an outright ban of children under the age of two from flying in first class aboard their Boeing 747 fleet by removing bassinets. Now it's further looking to create a serene area for its higher-yield business class passengers on the A380.
Malaysia Airlines executive vice president of customer experience Dato' Mohd Salleh told Terminal U that babies and children would still be allowed in business and first on the A380, but the airline will steer families traveling in economy to sit downstairs.
"Where there is overwhelming demand for seats in economy class from families with children and infants, resulting in a full load in the main deck, we
By Heesun Wee, CNBC.comRead More »from 9 "Post-Bubble" Home Improvement Rules
The housing market remains shaky, even if the broader economy is improving. And after years of price declines and slow sales, homeowners have changed their priorities in home improvement.
Duo Dickinson, a home remodeling architect for more than 30 years, has seen his share of ups and downs in real estate. But this time it is different, he says.
Instead of waiting for the return of the good old days, homeowners are scrapping second-home dreams and fancy remodeling projects. They're focusing on staying put and value-focused home renovations.
Jacuzzi bathtubs and high ceiling "great rooms" that no one uses are out. In vogue are smaller bedrooms and insulated water heaters that cut utility bills.
Dickinson documented this shift toward frugality into a book, "Staying Put: Remodel Your House to Get the Home You Want."
Says Dickinson: "People aren't coping as if there's light at the end of the tunnel, [they are] changing their expectations."
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Brands that Made a Comeback
Popular brands don't always stay popular. Many fight to stay at the top of the heap, and it's not uncommon for brands to spend their commercial lives persevering through bankruptcies, restructurings and plain obsolescence.
It's also not unheard of for a brand to fall out of favor with consumers, get left for dead, but still return to the marketplace later on. Sometimes these brands have even managed to come back in better positions than they held before being written off. It's rare, but it happens.
What follows is a list of 10 brands that faded away and then made a comeback. Some lord over the global marketplace today, and some are still just barely hanging on. Whatever the case, these brands beat the odds and defeated death - even if only temporarily.
Read ahead to see 10 brands that defied conventional wisdom and came back, long after everyone had counted them out.
See the slideshow: 10 Brands That Made a Comeback
Dr. MartensDr. Martens
Dr. Martens is a brand
By Bianca Schlotterbeck, CNBC.comRead More »from 11 Beautiful British Castle Homes
They say that an Englishman's home is his castle. The phrase might not have literal meaning for most Britons, but buying a castle is not as unusual as you might think. For history buffs or buyers with a romantic imagination, a range of castles are on the market in Britain with the majority in Scotland. A lot of these castles also come with substantial grounds containing parkland, forests or rivers full of fish.
The following castle homes are for sale or rent in Britain and are presented in order of the least to most expensive. Many of the castles have ancient foundations and all of them are steeped in history once belonging to knights, royalty, aristocracy or the occasional rock star.
See the slideshow: 11 Beautiful British Castles Homes
The West Wing, Houston House, ScotlandThe West Wing, Houston House, Scotland Price: £699,000 (USD $1.12 million)
Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4
Square Footage: 3185.7 Grounds: 6 acres
Houston House was a castle originally built by Sir Hugh de Paduinan
- CNBC | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 3, 2012 2:21 PM EDT
By Katie Little, CNBC.comRead More »from Wedding Insurance: Protecting Against 'I Do' Mishaps
Irene Rios-Knauf and her husband spent a year planning their August nuptials, but they didn't expect one raucous wedding crasher - Hurricane Irene.
Nervous brides and grooms are turning to wedding insurance to protect themselves against vendor or venue bankruptcies and unpredictable weather. Purchasing wedding insurance was also absent from the West Haven, Ct., couple's checklist.
"At no point did we even think about getting insurance," David Knauf said. "We figured, 'We have a building. We're going to have a wedding.' When in fact we had to cancel, we were thinking, 'Oh my gosh, what are we going to do?' We did a lot of scrambling."
Wedding insurance has become an increasingly popular option after several high-profile instances of severe weather disrupted bridal plans last year. A shaky economic climate has also fueled interest in the policies.
The average price of a wedding climbed last year to hit $27,021, according to the Real Weddings Survey, and in some regions, it can cost more than double that price. The escalating costs are prompting many couples to turn to wedding insurance to protect