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Airports celebrate National Doughnut Day


The first Friday in June is National Doughnut Day and it’s a good bet you’ll be able to find fee donut offers and lots of interesting donut delights at airports across the nation.

For example, many – but not all – airport branches of Dunkin’ Donuts will be participating in the chain’s offer of a free donut with any beverage purchase today.

If you’re at an airport and find a free donut offer, please let us know!!

Slurpees, Big Gulps now available LAX 7-Eleven

Collage of LAX 7-Eleven images. Courtesy of the airport

If you’ve been craving a Big Gulp or a Slurpee at Los Angeles International Airport, your troubles are over.

The first 7-Eleven in a U.S. airport opened has opened at LAX – in the pre-security/arrivals area of the Tom Bradley International Terminal.

Open from 6 a.m. to midnight and designed to serve departing and arriving passengers as well as airport employees and all the people who come to the airport to meet and greet passengers, the 950-square-foot shop is stocked with magazines and newspapers, travel-size personal care products and a variety of over-the-counter medicines for motion sickness and other ailments.

This is the first in-terminal location for 7-Eleven in the U.S., but the company currently has three stores in airport plazas on U.S. airport properties near JFK, Newark Liberty and Southwest International Airport in Fort Myers, Florida.

A 7-Eleven is also scheduled to open post-security in Terminal A at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport this fall, with another in DFW Terminal E sometime in the future.

59 7-Eleven stores already operate in airports in 12 other countries, including Canada, where the world’s first airport 7-Eleven opened at Vancouver International Airport in 2001 and offers a full-service post office, a lottery outlet and a noodle stand.

The Vancouver Airport 7-Eleven participates in 7-Eleven Day each year – when customers receives complimentary small size Slurpees – but the LAX airport 7-Eleven will not be participating that very popular program.

Slurpees at LAX 7-Eleven

(Photos courtesy LAX; my story about the 7-Eleven at LAX first appeared in a slightly different version on USA TODAY)

Free coffee at airports for military members

Hudson Counter Card


Hudson Group has brought back its free coffee program for uniformed members of the US and Canadian Armed Forces.

From now through July 4, (including Memorial Day weekend, Victoria Day, Canada Day and July 4) Hudson cafes in airports and transit terminals across North America will be offering uniformed service members a complimentary cup of joe, courtesy of the company’s president and CEO, Joe DiDomizio, who created the program after an appearance on the Undercover Boss TV show.

The summertime free coffee offer is in addition to the regular 20 percent discount that Hudson Group offers to all active North American service men and women year-round.

The free coffee will be available in 52 Hudson-operated Food & Beverage locations, including Euro Café, Dunkin’ Donuts, Aeromart, Alki Bakery (Seattle), Jason’s Deli and TexPress Gourmet (Dallas Love Field), Carpe Diem (Mobile) and Cups (Jackson, MS).

Freebies on Nat’l Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

Today, Friday  May 15, is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day

(Why? Who cares? It’s a cookie holiday!)

To celebrate the day, DoubleTree by Hilton, a brand known for serving arriving guests a warm chocolate chip cookie, will be handing out cookie galore in their hotels and beyond.

If you’re checking in to any of the 415 Doubletree by Hilton properties around the world today you will, of course, receive a free cookie.

But today anyone who stops by – reservation or not – can get a free cookie too.

Virgin Atlantic passengers will find free chocolate-chip cookies today at check-in counters at San Francisco International Airport, Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and London’s Gatwick and Heathrow Airports.

There will also be free chocolate-chip cookies at Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental counters in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Denver International Airport, Orlando International Airport, Los Angeles International Airport and Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.

Virgin Australia lounges in Sydney, Melbourne and Darwin Airports will be serving free cookies as well.

Not enough cookies? DoubleTree is also kicking off a “Cookie Bag Vote,” for a packaging design for its cookies. Vote on which new look you like (here) and be entered for a chance to win prizes ranging from cookie tins to hotel stays.


Report: Singapore World Street Food Congress

01_World Street Food Congress

Visitors to the recent World Street Food Congress in Singapore were urged to celebrate heritage dishes and street food culture worldwide and dine on “food that you can’t even pronounce.”

With dishes like gudeg, sisig, apom and hoy tord on some menus and close to two dozen carefully selected stalls representing specialties from Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and nine other countries, that wasn’t at all hard to do.

Hungry? Here are some dishes spotted at the international street food fest.

02_Singapore_White Carrot Cake_

Bearing no resemblance to the moist, dark, carrot-flecked cake covered in cream cheese frosting you might find in a U.S. coffee shop, the white carrot cake popular in Singapore looks more like a potato pancake. This one, by Chey Sua Carrot Cake, is made with rice flour and white radish (called white carrot) that is first steamed and then fried with garlic and eggs.


Known for its Chili Crab (made with spices and thick gravy) and a dish called Moonlight Hor Fun, Singapore’s Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) dished up a seafood sampler platter with soft shell crab, calamari, eggplant and a trio of tasty dipping sauces.


The traditional Javanese breakfast dish, gudeg, is a sweet stew made from unripe jackfruits and cooked – for up to 3 days – with a variety of spices. At its stall, Gudeg Yu Nap, from Indonesia, served the stew with greens, crispy cow skin crackers and grilled chicken.

5__Phillipines_Truffle Lechon Diva_Pork with Truffle Rice

In the Philippines, the much-heralded private dining venue known as Pepita’s Kitchen is famous for the special twist a stuffing of white truffle oil paella gives to the popular street food fare, lechon, a roast suckling pig dish. At the World Street Food Congress, a plate of Pepita’s Truffle Lechon Diva included roasted pork slices and crispy pork skin pieces on a bed of that flavorful rice.


In addition to authentic German bratwurst – a chunky pork sausage – Singapore-based Bratworks served up Germany’s national street food: currywurst sausage blended with masala and covered with Heinz curry tomato ketchup.

07_New York_Deep Fried Anchovy

Street food from the United States was represented with churros sundaes by Portland, Oregon’s Churros Locos, two Asian-inspired dishes from Austin’s East Side King and a Jersey-style deep fried anchovies dish by Bon Chovie, from New York City.

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