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Traffic Tacos and the World's Cheapest Michelin-Starred Restaurant

by Matt Hershberger Mar 1, 2017

There’s never been a better time to be a foodie. Need proof:

A taco truck just saved the day in Seattle.
A massive propane tanker overturned on a Seattle highway, shutting down both lanes of traffic and causing massive gridlock for the entire city. It was, by all accounts, a nightmare. But fortunately for people caught in the 8-hour gridlock, one of the vehicles caught in the jam was the Tacos El Tajin food truck, which decided to open up and serve tacos to the stranded commuters.

Taco trucks: literally (or, you know, figuratively) saving lives. [Atlas Obscura]

Spend $2. Get a Michelin-starred meal. Normally, getting a Michelin-starred meal comes with a huge price tag. It’s maybe the most prestigious honor that can be given to a restaurant, and you have to be insanely good to get one. That type of talent usually comes with a premium. But in Singapore, you can spend 2 bucks and get a Michelin-starred meal. The restaurant is called Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle, and it’s a street vendor in the city’s Chinatown. Singapore has astonishingly good street food — Anthony Bourdain can’t shut up about it — and this little restaurant is apparently the best. The crazy thing? The chef didn’t even know what a Michelin star was. [CNN Travel]

Social justice

Ethical travel practices can be applied to the non-traveling parts of your life, too. Who knew? One of the refrains I constantly hear from veteran travelers is to treat time in your hometown or any place you might normally think of as boring the same way you’d treat travel. Turns out, that same principle can be applied to living a more ethical life. Kacey Bradley over at Ethical Traveler recently broke down how budget travel techniques can help you cut the excess out of your life and decrease your footprint on the world. Who would’ve thought travel could change the world? [Ethical Traveler]

Hawaii may get serious about fighting homelessness in the most obvious way possible. Hawaii is often simplistically portrayed as an island paradise, but the US state has some tough social problems. One of these problems is homelessness. In 2015, in an attempt to crack down on the state’s homelessness problem, police started enforcing draconian anti-homeless laws. But now they’re starting to rethink their approach: What if you just… you know… solved homelessness by giving the homeless homes? This approach has already been taken by the state of Utah, and it’s turned out to be a pretty incredible success, actually saving the state a huge amount of money in medical bills, which outweigh the cost of housing. If the bill passes, Hawaii might’ve just cut the most obvious Gordian knot in policy history. [Global Citizen]

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