Travel Like a Local: Mixed Martial Arts in Shanghai, Tap Water in NYC, Philly Cheesesteaks

Local Insight — By Amy Widdowson on April 16, 2010 at 5:00 am

Taxes are finished, the weekend’s here, and it’s time to check in with our fabulous international Local Experts! In case you didn’t hear, we were pretty excited to announce the creation of the Local Expert Blog Network yesterday, after weeks of teasing you with these excerpts every Friday! Once again, here’s what our Local Experts are talking about in their hometowns.

Abby in Philadelphia

“If it’s not greasy, it’s not a Philly cheesesteak.”
Anatomy of a Philly Cheesesteak

Lauren in Shanghai

“… a recent surge in student enrollment has caused him to knock down a neighboring wall in his studio so he could fit more students, as well as add a punching bag room and full boxing ring.”
Shanghai’s MMA Underbelly

Terrisa in Las Vegas

“…rent a cabana, have a massage, order bottle service, enjoy VIP services, listen to music, and eat and drink all afternoon.”
Pool Party Season in Las Vegas

Natasha in Vancouver

“… the air is crisp, the ground is perfectly uneven and the silence calms your soul, as you take in the lush green foliage and crashing blue water”
Lighthouse Park: West Vancouver’s Piece of Zen

Sarah in New York

“… dedicated bottled-water drinkers rated tap water higher than popular brands including Poland Spring and Evian”
– Bottled or Tap Water?

Melanie in Napa

“Most of [the participating wineries] are small family run boutique wineries that don’t have public tasting rooms, so this is a rare chance to taste their wines.”
Raise a Glass: Celebrate April in Carneros this Weekend!

Christine in Lake Tahoe

“I’m not a cowboy, but I wanna be a cowboy when I walk into Cabona’s Jackass Ridge store in Truckee.”
Bears, Boots, and Bagels… Oh My!

Erica in Rome

“I usually get thematic and plan packed days of running around the city for paintings and sculptures”
Update: Rome’s Free Cultural Week is Here

Kristen in Orlando

“Unleash your inner diva and allow yourself to be totally spoiled and pampered behind-the-scenes.”
VIP Orlando – Part One

Have a favorite post from around the Local Flavor Blog Network? Leave it in the comments!

Image: Kim Scarborough / Flickr

Tags: cheesteak, cowboys, culture, lake tahoe, mixed martial arts, mma, napa, New York, New York City, Orlando, philly, Rome, Shanghai, tap water, Vancouver, VIP

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