The Top 20 Coffee Cities in the U.S.

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The City That Never Sleeps owes its nickname in part to the massive amounts of caffeine that fuel its citizenry. That’s right—New York City is the top coffee city in America, according to a new breakdown by WalletHub. The city has 17.4 times more coffee shops per capita than Laredo, Texas—the city with the fewest number of cafes.

In celebration of National Coffee Day this Saturday, September 29, the site used 14 criteria to assess the “coffee culture” in the country’s 100 largest cities. A few of these metrics include the number of coffee shops and cafes per capita, the average cost of a pack of coffee, the average price of a cappuccino, and the share of households that own coffee makers.

The fact that the top two spots are claimed by New York and Seattle probably won’t come as a shock to anyone. A few other cities on the top 20 list are less obvious, though. Miami, Florida, has the fourth lowest percentage of households that own coffee makers, but the city made up for it in other categories and came in at number eight on the list of best coffee cities overall.

Check out the full list below, and be sure to visit WalletHub’s website for a more detailed breakdown of which cities fared best (or worst) in each individual category.

1. New York, NY
2. Seattle, WA
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Portland, OR
5. Los Angeles, CA
6. Washington, DC
7. Chicago, IL
8. Miami, FL
9. Boston, MA
10. San Diego, CA
11. Denver, CO
12. Las Vegas, NV
13. Minneapolis, MN
14. Philadelphia, PA
15. Orlando, FL
16. Atlanta, GA
17. Austin, TX
18. Pittsburgh, PA
19. Oakland, CA
20. Fremont, CA

This Amazing Travel Wallet Can Hold Your Passport and Keep You Organized on the Go

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Amazon

Traveling is the ultimate test of one’s organizational skills. There’s a lot to keep track of—including your passport, driver’s license, boarding passes, credit cards, and possibly several types of currency—and it helps to have a wallet that can handle it all.

That’s where the Zoppen travel passport wallet comes in. As Travel + Leisure points out, this $14 wallet on Amazon’s Most Wished For list has more than 1800 five-star reviews, making it one of the best travel wallets you can get on a budget. There’s a compartment for just about everything, including your phone, passport, pen, oversized travel documents, and those tiny SIM cards (for prepaid phone plans) that are so easy to lose.

Plus, it may provide some peace of mind if you own any contactless credit cards with RFID chips (the cards often have a radio wave symbol on them). The wallet contains RFID-blocking technology, which means your credit card information will be safe from “skimmers.” (Though most U.S. credit cards have EMV chips, those in other countries are more likely to have RFID chips, according to NPR.)

The wallet is made from artificial leather and comes in 33 different colors (though some colors have a slightly higher price). And if extra space for your plastic is important to you, you can shell out an extra dollar for the Version 5 wallet, which has four additional credit card slots.

Want more tips on how to get organized for your next big trip? Check out our guides to crafting the perfect itinerary and packing like a pro.

[h/t Travel + Leisure]

Harry Potter Fans Can Have Dinner at Hogwarts This Christmas

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Fans who have ever dreamed of a Hogwarts Christmas now simply need to make their way to London to experience it. Through January 27, 2019, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London is hosting a festive "Hogwarts in the Snow" event, where visitors can recreate some of the Wizarding World's most memorable moments.

According to the Warner Bros. Studio website:

"The festive transformation will begin in the Great Hall, where the stage will again be decorated as it was for the iconic Yule Ball. As seen in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, the celebration of the Triwizard Tournament saw every detail of the Great Hall covered in shimmering silver, dripping icicles and sparkling snow. You will get a taste of this incredible set dress as the top section of the Great Hall will be transformed with snow-covered Christmas trees, icicles, and an orchestra of magical instruments that have been painted by the Prop-Making Department to match the silver of the Yule Ball."

Though it may not be exactly like attending the Yule Ball that was thrown at Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire with Harry and the gang, the studio's epic holiday party will make it feel pretty close. An orchestra will play as attendees feast on a grand two-course dinner in the Great Hall and drink Butterbeer, and you'll gain exclusive entry to the Studio Tour.

After dinner, dessert and drinks will be served as guests travel through the sets from the Harry Potter film series, including the Gryffindor common room, Diagon Alley and Platform 9 ¾.

Though The Weird Sisters will not be in attendance, we can pretty much guarantee you'll have a better night than Harry, Hermione, and Ron did at the Yule Ball.

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