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How to Travel the World Without Leaving Manhattan

How to Travel the World Without Leaving Manhattan

New York: The world’s melting pot. Past, present, and future immigrant haven, New York City illuminates everything American represents. From Ellis Island to the Statue of Liberty’s shining torch to Canal, Mulberry, and everything in between, New York shows you its history and let’s you explore any country in the world in the matter of blocks.

How long does it take to go from China to Italy about 5,000 miles? Here, it’s a simple as crossing a street.

Come and travel the world without ever leaving this island.

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    Shark Cage Diving
    Shark Cage Diving

    Snappa Charters

    Aussie sun, beaches, and shrimp on the barbie. All the while, Great Whites linger just off shore. Australia averages the highest number of dangerous sharks and the most shark attack fatalities per year. Needless to say, you don’t mess with Aussie sharks. But, here in New York, you can be dropped in a cage, acting as bait for these sharp-toothed beasts. This is the only time you’ll ever hear, “OMG, it’s a shark. Let’s touch it.”

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    Sushi Making
    Sushi Making

    SOY NYC

    This worldly tour continues in Japan, the land of the rising sun, where food’s astonishingly healthful and everybody watches anime. Or not. If you’re traveling to Japan, sushi’s definitely on the “to eat” menu. Although sushi’s readily available at any grocer, few people take the time to roll it. Here, you’ll channel your inner sushi samurai and create your own rolls: California, tuna, and how about an Americanized roll of Macaroni Tempura.

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    Muay Thai - Trial Class -- vendor requested to be taken down (MCK, 5/26/15)
    Muay Thai - Trial Class -- vendor requested to be taken down (MCK, 5/26/15)

    Five Points Academy

    Undertaking the combative element of Thailand, you’ll enter the ring against the “Art of Eight Limbs.” Is this fighting a giant octopus? Using kicks, punches, elbows, and knee strikes, you’ll be ready to fight the ancient Thai King Rama V...or, well, any street attacker. With these techniques, you’ll take on Thai culture and roundhouse as well as Chucky Norris.

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    Chinatown Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)
    Chinatown Food Tour -- poor UX, removing from platform (MCK 7/20/15)

    New York Food Tours

    Seems as if you’re already in China, right?

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    Couples Kosher Cooking Competition - Manhattan- vendor wants to remove all of their Date Night activities (12/23/14)
    Couples Kosher Cooking Competition - Manhattan- vendor wants to remove all of their Date Night activities (12/23/14)

    The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts

    Venturing further West, we arrive in the Holy land. Fit for Hebrews, fit for your belly. Keep the meal Kosher as you and your partner take the stage in a market style cooking competition. Should you make brisket or soup? How’s the lamb? Is it kosher? You’ll test your culinary chops as you make pork chops...or keep dinner fit for Jewish observers and taste-testers.

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    Fresh Pasta Making for Beginners
    Fresh Pasta Making for Beginners

    Rustico Cooking

    Other than a mustached man singing on a gondola, is there anything more Italian? Mamma Mia, it’s good.

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    Croissant Class
    Croissant Class

    Mille-Feuille Bakery

    Vive la France! Romance, fashion, and delicious flaky croissants. Seriously, what’s better than a buttery croissant? The answer: A flack, buttery croissant you made yourself! Tackling this classic French pastry at a vintage French bakery with a perfect Parisian baker, you’ll be on your way to the most delectable dish of your week, month, or year. Sip a fine Burgundy and let your hair grow as you embrace French tradition.

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    Intro to Cigars 101: Cut & Light - Vendor closed for business (FMC 12/21/15)
    Intro to Cigars 101: Cut & Light - Vendor closed for business (FMC 12/21/15)

    MARAYA

    Crossing the Atlantic to the Caribbean island, we arrive, like Columbus, in the Indies. Cuba, sigh. Tastes so good. Presented to Columbus when he discovered the “New World,” he took it back to Spain, and the cigar addiction began. Dominican, Cuban, or Kramer’s smuggling scheme, they all deserve a quick cut and light. Whew. Whether you’re celebrating a birth, golfing, or relaxing after a night out, nothing satisfies the tastes buds like a fine cigar. Inhale once more.

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    Capoeira - Trial Class
    Capoeira - Trial Class

    Nago Academy

    Last on the tour, we head to South America! What do you get when you combine Ultimate Street Fighter with Dancing with the Stars? Ultimate Dancing in the Street Fighter a.k.a. Capoeira. Embracing Afro-Brazilian culture such as dance, music, and combat, you’ll simultaneously illustrate the strength and beauty of dance. Dancing your way to self-defense, it’ll seem as if you entered the world of West Side Story. How’s that for Brazil?

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