Marriott Will Stop Using Plastic Straws in all of its Hotels by 2019

Marriott hotel sign in a downtown building, in Toronto, Canada.

Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.

The world’s largest hotel company said Wednesday that the move will eliminate approximately 1 billion straws and 250 million stirrers by July 2019.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott says the year-long timeframe will let hotels deplete their existing supplies and identify alternatives to plastic straws. Customers will be given alternatives upon request.

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Gilroy Garlic Festival 2018: Your guide to the food, the celebs and more

That sweetly pungent smell wafting up from the south can mean only one thing: the Gilroy Garlic Festival. This one is a biggie — the 40th annual — and will be held, as always, on the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the month (July 27-29) at the city’s Christmas Hill Park, with garlicky food, cooking competitions, recipe demos, live music and vendors.

Iron Chef Michael Symon will host the Garlic Showdown at the 2018 Gilroy Garlic Festival. (Photo courtesy of William Morris Agency)
Here’s what’s new this year, plus a refresher on tickets, transportation and more:

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Here Are Three Top Ways That Restaurants Have Changed Since The Great Recession

You might think restaurants are struggling, given the number of famous and franchised places that have closed lately. In fact, the industry itself has fared well since the Great Recession.

But, some key things are different, according to the trade publication Restaurant Business. Jonathan Maze, RB’s executive editor, looked at 10 ways restaurants have changed since the economy tanked in 2008 and 2009.

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Where to travel for your summer food favorites

The Point Crab House and Grill in Arnold,

As locavores preach, food tastes better when eaten as close as possible to its place of origin. Fried clams are guaranteed to be fresh in Ipswich. Blue crabs taste sweetest on the Chesapeake Bay. Plan a summer weekend trip to one of the following destinations to enjoy the local culinary specialty along with the scenery.

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This $1500 ice cream is the most expensive in America — here’s what you get

This $1,500 ice cream is the most expensive in America

People love their ice cream — the average American eats about 23 pounds of ice cream every year, in fact.

But there’s one ice cream sundae found in New York City that’s far from typical. The “Bear Extraordinaire,” which debuted Wednesday at Baccarat Hotel New York in Manhattan, is the country’s most expensive sundae, and it will set you back a cool $1,500.

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