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Bags Inc. Services at the Westin Atlanta Airport

Remote Check-in Services at the Westin

Use Remote Airline Check-In and Bags VIP when staying at the Westin Atlanta Airport as an alternative to shipping bags.

Image courtesy Westin Atlanta Airport.

Bags Inc., in partnership with the Westin Atlanta Airport, is pleased to offer complimentary airline check-in services. Open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., guests flying Delta, AirTran or American Airlines can visit the Bags Airline Check-In desk in the hotel lobby, check their luggage, receive their boarding passes, and proceed to the airport luggage-free. Bags Inc. agents will safely and securely transfer guests’ luggage to the airport for screening and loading onto the plane. Don’t waste time standing in line at the airport or shipping bags.

Use Bags VIP as an Alternative to Shipping Bags

Use Remote Airline Check-In and Bags VIP when staying at the Westin Atlanta Airport as an alternative to shipping bags.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Image courtesy Flickr user Jim Larrison.

Remote airline check-in is just one example of how Bags Inc. continues to Make Travel Easier. Combined with our Bags VIP luggage delivery service, our vision of luggage-free travel is being realized across the country.

People are already talking about how much they love our services at the Westin Atlanta Airport.

What a pleasure to park at this location. The best part is checking your bags in for your flight from the hotel lobby and avoiding the check-in lines at the airport. Awesome! Super friendly staff!
~ Ginger G. – April 18, 2014

Since launching the program at the Westin Atlanta Airport six months ago, guests have been able to check into their flight and check their bags right from the Westin lobby…for free! Furthermore, many have been taking advantage of Bags VIP luggage delivery as an add-on, a great alternative to waiting at baggage claim or shipping bags. Less time at the airport means more time to enjoy all of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, even on the last day of your trip!

Pick 5: Top Eats at America’s Airports

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Tortas Frontera at Chicago O'hare International Airport.

Tortas Frontera at Chicago O’hare International Airport. Image courtesy Westfield (www.chicagoT5.com).

Arriving at the airport early or staying for a long layover can be a good thing, especially if you are at one of a growing number of airports offering delicious dining options. From fresh seafood to Texas-style barbecue, we pick five airport restaurants so good you won’t mind if your flight is delayed. No need for luggage shipping. We’ll handle your bags, leaving you hands-free to grab a great meal.

1. Tortas Frontera | Chicago O’Hare International Airport
Rick Bayless is a master of the Chicago dining scene. So people were excited when he opened casual, quick-serve restaurants at Chicago O’Hare International Airport’s Terminals 1, 3 and 5, and rightfully so. From the Pepito (beer-braised beef short ribs, pickled jalapenos, Chihuahua cheese, black beans, cilantro crema, and arugula)

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Tortas Frontera at Chicago O'hare International Airport.

Rave reviews for Tortas Frontera on Yelp.

to the Cochinita Pibil (pulled pork, black beans, pickled red onions, and roasted habanero salsa), their Mexican-style tortas are baked fresh on a griddle. Save room for the Guacamole Bar, which you can order “fully dressed” with bacon, pepitas, sun-dried tomatoes, roasted peppers and Cotija cheese. All ingredients are locally sourced from farms and businesses throughout the Chicagoland area.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Salt Lick Barbecue BBQ at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

The Salt Lick, Austin. Photo courtesy Flickr user Jessica Spengler.

2. The Salt Lick | Austin-Bergstrom International Airport
The Salt Lick has two freestanding locations in Austin and they are both incredibly popular. The smaller airport outpost has a less extensive, but equally delicious, menu. What’s your preference? Beef brisket? Sausage? Pork ribs? The Salt Lick does them all amazingly well, and serves them up alongside coleslaw, baked beans, potato salad, and more. Take  your meal to go and be the envy of every other person on your flight. Tip: try the peach cobbler!

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Salt Lick Barbecue BBQ at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.

Yelpers love The Salt Lick!

 

 

 

 

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Anthony's Fish-Bar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

Anthony’s Fish-Bar at SEA-TAC is a great spot for plane-spotting. Image courtesy Flickr user Cynthia.

3. Anthony’s Fish-Bar | Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
Anthony’s is known for its fresh Northwest seafood. This locally owned company traces its history to 1969 when the first restaurant opened in Bellevue, Washington. Their food is sourced from fisheries committed to sustainable practices. And their location at Sea-Tac, while not on the water like most of their restaurants, provides panoramic views of Concourse C, so there’s always something interesting to see. Guests rave about the crab mac and cheese and the clam chowder.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Anthony's Fish-Bar at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.

One Yelper’s rave review of Anthony’s at SEA-TAC.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Cafe Intermezzo at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Cafe Intermezzo is a popular layover stop at ATL.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy Cafe Intermezzo at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport.

Cafe Intermezzo at ATL is always a popular stop for travelers. Image courtesy Flickr user thetalentedfool.

4. Café Intermezzo | Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Café Intermezzo has been delighting Atlantans since 1979. The European-style coffeehouse looks like a page out of nineteenth-century Vienna and is a great stop for weary travelers at ATL’s Concourse B. They serve breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even late-night offerings. From an extensive coffee, wine and cocktail list to numerous pastry options, Café Intermezzo is a great spot to unwind between flights. Their Strawberry Spinach with Goat Cheese Medallions Salad is very popular – strawberries, mango, red onions, and candied walnuts tossed in a balsamic vinaigrette, then topped with fried goat cheese medallions.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy  Deep Blue Sushi at JFK International Airport's Terminal 5.

Deep Blue Sushi at JFK International’s Terminal 5. Image courtesy Flickr user Jesse Curreri.

5. Deep Blue Sushi | JFK International Airport
JFK’s hip Terminal 5 has no shortage of dining options; our pick is Deep Blue Sushi, helmed by acclaimed chef Michael Schulson. The menu features sushi, tempura, yakitori and entrees like Shiso Lamb Chop with braised daikon. Visitors praise the tempura lobster roll, dragon roll, and sashimi tacos. The cool atmosphere is fitting for T5, designed by Eero Saarinen in 1962 for TWA and reopened after extensive renovations in 2008 as JetBlue Airways’ New York hub.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy  Deep Blue Sushi at JFK International Airport's Terminal 5.

Sushi offerings at Deep Blue Sushi at JFK. Image courtesy Flickr user Jessica Mullen.

Skip luggage shipping and use our services instead, leaving you free to enjoy  Deep Blue Sushi at JFK International Airport's Terminal 5.

Deep Blue Sushi reviews on Yelp.

Which airport restaurants did we miss? Let us know your favorite dining spot!

Pick 5 | America’s Newest Ferris Wheels Soar

Everyone is crazy for Ferris wheels. Since the first one debuted at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, the world has been in love these observation wheels that allow riders to soar above the ground and seemingly touch the sky. It seems more and more destinations are getting wheels of their own. Here are five that recently opened or plan on opening this year. If you’re planning a trip to check one or more of them out, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Counse.

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Klaus Rathke.

SkyView | Atlanta, Georgia
Opened in 2013, SkyView is located in Centennial Olympic Park, which welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, and CNN’s world headquarters. The wheel is almost 20 stories high with 42 gondolas that hold up to six passengers. >> Go for a ride!

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Greg Kintz.

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Claire P.

SkyWheel | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
The SkyWheel stands out on Myrtle Beach, as it is taller than most of the buildings. It opened in 2011 and is located at the oceanfront boardwalk and promenade next to Jimmy Buffett’s LandShark Bar & Grill. The 187-foot-tall wheel has 42 gondolas, each of which hold six riders. >> Go for a ride!

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Johan Broberg.

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Image courtesy Flickr user Mike Grauer Jr.

Seattle Great Wheel | Seattle, Washington
The Seattle Great Wheel is the largest observation wheel on the west coast, standing 175 feet tall. Opened in 2012, the wheel has 42 fully-enclosed gondolas, each of which seats eight people. Riders will feel like they are soaring over Elliott Bay, and they are – the wheel extends nearly 40 feet beyond the end of Pier 57. >> Go for a ride!

If you're planning a trip to ride these Ferris wheels, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and start your vacation the moment you land.

Images courtesy Flickr user kennejima.

High Roller | Las Vegas, Nevada
The Singapore Flyer has held the record for the world’s tallest operational Ferris wheel since opening in 2008. Soon, however, the record holder will become The High Roller, scheduled to open this month on the Vegas Strip. The 550-foot tall wheel will stand just nine feet higher than its Singapore counterpart and will reward riders with unparalleled views of the Vegas skyline. Located at The Linq, a dining and entertainment district across from Caesar’s Palace, the wheel will be illuminated nightly by 2000 LED lights. Large spherical (and transparent) cars will hold up to 40 passengers. Update on 3.31.14: The High Roller is now open! >> Go for a ride!

Orlando Eye | Orlando, Florida
Though still under construction, the 425-foot-tall observation wheel will be located at the former Mercado, which closed in 2007. Scheduled to open in time for New Year’s Eve festivities later this year, the Eye will be surrounded by shops and restaurants and will dominate views along International Drive. The above video shows from-the-air views of the site under construction.

Have you been for a ride in Myrtle Beach, Seattle or Atlanta? Looking forward to Las Vegas or Orlando’s newest attractions? Don’t forget to skip the hassle of shipping luggage and use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service instead…enjoy the ride!

Pick 5 | Food Worth Traveling For: Burgers Edition

What do we grill on the most American of holidays? Burgers. They are the quintessential American food, often consumed in fast food fashion. But a really great hamburger should be savored, preferably with a side of fries or onion rings. We’ve picked five that are worth traveling to…and worth slowing down for. And if you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use our Bags VIP luggage delivery service and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

Holeman & Finch. Image courtesy T. Seng via Flickr.

1. Holeman & Finch Public House | Atlanta, GA
This Buckhead public house prepares 24 double patty cheeseburgers each day, and quickly serves them at 10:00 each evening to those who have reserved theirs during normal table service. A bullhorn announces, “It’s burger time!” and frenzy ensues. The patties are a mixture of grass-fed chuck and brisket and topped with American cheese, pickles, onions, and homemade ketchup served on a house-baked bun. Your best bet to nab one is to come to Holeman & Finch’s Sunday brunch, where the prized burgers are served in abundance. >> Visit their website

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

The Spotted Pig. Image courtesy Rasmus Knutsson via Flickr.

2. The Spotted Pig | New York City, NY
Locally sourced, seasonal British & Italian dishes are on the menu at this West Village gastropub. The Michelin-starred restaurant, owned by Jay-Z and Bono, among others, is manned by celebrity chef April Bloomfield. The star of the menu is the chargrilled burger with Roquefort cheese and shoestring fries. >> Visit their website

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

Father’s Office. Image courtesy LWYang via Flickr.

3. The Father’s Office | Los Angeles, CA
The Office Burger’s shape is different from a traditional hamburger – longer and flatter – and it’s served on a sub sandwich-type roll, with caramelized onions, bacon, arugula, an applewood-bacon compote, and both Gruyère and Maytag Blue cheeses. Ketchup lovers beware, however; the condiment is not welcome at The Father’s office. >> Visit their website

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

Perini Ranch Steakhouse. Image courtesy Dave77459 via Flickr.

4. Perini Ranch Steakhouse | Buffalo Gap, TX
Ten miles from Abilene, the Perini Ranch Steakhouse is located on Tom Perini’s family ranch. For more than thirty years, it has served as home to what many consider the best chuck wagon-style food in America. The steakhouse half-pound burger is topped with Cheddar or provolone cheese, grilled mushrooms, green chiles, and onions. >> Visit their website

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and head to a great restaurant the moment you land.

Ray’s to the Third. Image courtesy christaki via Flickr.

5. Ray’s to the Third | Alexandria, VA
Ray’s to the Third in Rosslyn serves steak cuts aged in-house, hand-trimmed, ground fresh all day, and loosely hand-formed. Clever, upscale toppings include seared foie gras, roasted bone marrow, and grilled onions and mushrooms sautéed in sherry and Cognac. Their Hell-Burgers (as they are known) are so famous that a pin-board near the front door asking, “Where in the world did you come from to get your Hell-Burger?” is crowded with pins from all over the world. >> Visit their website

What burger would you add to this list? Share your favorites below!

Pick 5 | Olympic Destinations You Should Visit

The XXII Olympic Winter Games are underway in Sochi, Russia! In honor of the festivities, we look back at five U.S. cities that have hosted the Games. A visit to each of these destinations is steeped in tradition. Follow the steps of the Olympians who made history here. If you’re planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage – use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

1. Lake Placid, New York
The legendary U.S. men’s hockey team defeated the Soviet Union on its way to winning the gold medal at the 1980 games in Lake Placid. Today, the Olympic Center hosts public ice skating. The Lake Placid Olympic Museum tells the story of how the sleepy mountain town came to host the Games in both 1932 and 1980. Whiteface Mountain offers 360-degree views of the Adirondacks and, beyond, the Montreal skyline when the skies are clear. Skiers flock here in the winter; in the summer, Whiteface Mountain offers gondola rides, hiking and biking.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Beautiful year-round, Lake Placid hosted the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics. {image courtesy Peter C in Toronto Canada via Flickr}

2. Los Angeles, California
The Los Angeles Coliseum plays host to the USC football team every fall. It hosted the Olympic Games twice, in 1932 and 1984, and is a National Historic Landmark. The Olympic Cauldron is still lit during the fourth quarter of USC games and for special occasions, such as during the Olympics. The Rose Bowl, used for cycling in 1932 and soccer in 1984, and also a landmark, is the home of the New Year’s Day game of the same name and the UCLA Bruins.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

The Los Angeles Coliseum {image courtesy jondoeforty1 via Flickr}

3. Atlanta, Georgia
Opened for the 1996 Games, Centennial Olympic Stadium hosted a variety of events, including the opening and closing ceremonies. The stadium was renamed Turner Field after the festivities and is now the home of the Atlanta Braves (at least through 2016 when the Braves will move out of downtown Atlanta). The 21-acre Centennial Olympic Park also opened in 1996 and welcomes millions of visitors a year because of its close proximity to the World of Coca-Cola museum, Georgia Aquarium, a children’s museum, CNN’s world headquarters, and SkyView Atlanta, a 200 foot Ferris Wheel. The park features an interactive fountain and children’s splash pad in the shape of the Olympic rings that move to synchronized jets and lights.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Centennial Olympic Park in Midtown Atlanta {image courtesy Roberty Neff via Flickr}

4. Olympic Valley, California
Located on the west side of Lake Tahoe, Squaw Valley was home to just two families when local residents bid on the 1960 Olympics. Today it welcomes more than 600,000 visitors each year who come to take on the KT-22, which has been called the best lift in America. It climbs 1800 vertical feet in the first six minutes and is not for the faint at heart.

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Sunset at Squaw Valley {image courtesy Steve Jurvetson via Flickr}

5. St. Louis, Missouri
The first U.S. city to host the Olympic Games was St. Louis back in 1904, in conjunction with the Louisiana Purchase Exposition. Francis Field opened just in time for the Games and is currently home to the Washington University in St. Louis track and field, soccer and football teams. Glen Echo County Club is the oldest 18-hole private golf course west of the Mississippi River. It was the second and final appearance of the sport at the Olympics (until they debut again at the 2016 Summer Games).

If you're planning a trip to one of these destinations, skip the hassle of shipping luggage - use Bags VIP luggage delivery and start the Olympic fun the moment you land.

Historic Glen Echo Country Club {image courtesy Bridgian via Wikimedia Commons}

Bags Inc. Partners with Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel to Offer Complimentary Airline Check-In

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There are many reasons to choose the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel: short, complimentary shuttle rides to the Atlanta Airport, proximity to many of Atlanta’s most popular attractions, and several amenities for a convenient and relaxing stay. Now, add airline check-in to the list.

Bags Inc., in partnership with the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, is pleased to offer complimentary airline check-in services. Guests can visit the Bags Airline Check-In desk in the hotel lobby, check their luggage, receive their boarding passes, and proceed to the airport luggage-free. Bags Inc. agents will safely and securely transport guests’ luggage to the airport for screening and loading onto the plane.

Remote airline check-in is another example of how Bags Inc. continues to Make Travel Easier. Combined with our Bags VIP luggage delivery service, our vision of luggage-free travel is being realized across the country.

Will airline check-in become the new standard in hotel services? Tell your favorite hotel you want the convenience of Bags Airline Check-In!

 

 

Pick 5 | Hot Dogs Across America

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Chicago’s Superdawg. Photo courtesy Flickr user LongitudeLatitude.

America is big. Its flavors are diverse. Why, even the quintessential American treat, the hot dog, is affected by geography. Regions are defined by their cuisine, as evidenced by their choice of hot dog toppings. Covered in chili? Detroit is for you! Adorned with onions? Head to New York! Here’s a look at what sets these hot dog destinations apart:

Chicago
Chicago-style hot dogs date back to the Great Depression and whether you prefer Vienna Beef or Red Hot Chicago franks, the toppings don’t change. Hot dogs are topped with yellow mustard, chopped white onions, sweet pickle relish, a dill pickle spear, tomato slices or wedges, pickled sport peppers, and a dash of celery salt on a poppy seed bun.

Try it: Superdawg | Chicago, IL
Superdawg’s iconic neon hot dogs, Maurie and Flaurie (named after the original owners, whose family runs it to this day), have stood atop the restaurant since it first opened in 1948. Order a Superdawg or Whoopskidawg (Polish sausage) and have it delivered to your window carhop-style.

Lafayette Coney Island coney dogs. Photo courtesy Flickr user Michael Sheehan.

Lafayette Coney Island coney dogs. Photo courtesy Flickr user Michael Sheehan.

Detroit
Coney Islands are restaurants that specialize in serving Coney Island hot dogs. These beef hot dogs, which originated in Michigan, not New York, are topped with all-meat, no-beans chili, diced onion and yellow mustard. But don’t confuse them with chili dogs – the onion and mustard sets these Detroit dogs apart.

Try it: American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island | Detroit, MI
American Coney Island and Lafayette Coney Island are located right next door to each other and have been competing for customers for almost a century! Most are loyal to one or the other; both are delicious.

Brandi's World Famous Hot Dogs. Photo courtesy AJC.

Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs. Photo courtesy AJC.

Atlanta
Coleslaw is a popular topping for hot dogs throughout the state of Georgia. Whether you prefer just the slaw or a hot dog combination of chili topped with slaw, it’s a unique flavor not readily found in other parts of the country.

Try it: Brandi’s World Famous Hot Dogs | Marietta, GA
Though it underwent a name change a decade ago, this hot dog spot has been satisfying locals for over 30 years. Brandi’s slaw dog is topped with their signature chili, mustard, onions and, of course, coleslaw.

Katz's Delicatessen. Image courtesy Flickr user Shinya Suzuki.

Katz’s Delicatessen. Image courtesy Flickr user Shinya Suzuki.

New York
New Yorkers love hot dogs and there are countless places to get them. There are also many ways to serve them up; one of the most popular is with mustard, sauerkraut and stewed onions (sweet onions in a tomato-based sauce).

Try it: Katz’s Delicatessen | New York, NY
Katz’s was founded in 1888 in New York’s Lower East Side. They specialize in pastrami, corned beef and natural casing all-beef hot dogs covered in chili or sauerkraut. The deli has been featured in countless movies, including When Harry Met Sally, when a Katz’s patron told her waiter, “I’ll have what she’s having.”

Sonoran hot dog. Image courtesy Flickr user Kate Hopkins.

Sonoran hot dog. Image courtesy Flickr user Kate Hopkins.

Arizona
Sonoran-style hot dogs found in Tucson and Phoenix actually originated in the State of Sonora in northwest Mexico. Hot dogs are wrapped in bacon and cooked on a comal, a cast iron griddle often used to prepare tortillas. They are topped with any combination of beans, onions (both fresh AND grilled), tomatoes, mayonnaise, salsa and mustard, and are usually served in a bolillo, a Mexican-style baguette baked in a stone oven.

Try it: BK Carne Asada | Tucson, AZ
BK Carne Asada has been serving up Sonoran-style hot dogs for twenty years. BK beat out neighboring El Güero Canelo for best Sonoran hot dog on Travel Channel’s Food Wars. While the majority of the menu items are cooked inside the restaurant in an actual kitchen, hot dogs are prepared at an outdoor food cart on their patio, a nod to the restaurant’s former incarnation as a humble taco stand.

Whatever your preference, one thing most of us agree on, is that ketchup does not belong on a hot dog. What are your favorite destinations and restaurants for hot dogs? What did we miss?

ketchup!A former Chicagoan, Jenny secretly, shamefully eats her hot dogs with just one condiment: ketchup.