Vienna - Cafe Mozart
They have one of the most delicious coffee and drink selections in vienna. Classic cafe, but worth the waiting line.
Moroccan tajines are already quite popular outside Morocco and I've enjoyed their cuisine since I was a teen. So of course, on our trip to Morocco I wanted to discover something completely new. The answer to this came courtesy of our riad's manager. When prompted for a recommendation for date night he talked of a restaurant that would have the usual romantic setting (i.e. pretty shadows cast by lamps seen on this photo, romantic view, belly dancers) but unique in that they serve a traditional dish called tanjia. He explained that the tanjia is actually a simple dish of seasoned meat that is then stored in a clay vessel called tanjia and cooked all day at the furnaces of the local hammam. This was enough to make us decided to head there for dinner. The restaurant is lovely and you'll want to make reservations for a table on the terrace around sunset. The entertainment starts around 9pm but until then it is quite intimate. And the tanjia, oh my! As soon as it is taken out of the clay pot into a serving dish the aromas will entice everyone around you. The succulent meat is full of flavor and the rich gravy is delicious. Occasionally your tongue will catch a taste of the pickled lemon and you simply won't be able to stop eating. It is one of the best things I've eaten this year so far!
Sandhammeren is arguably southern Sweden's most beautiful beach. Pack a picnic and a hat and enjoy the fine white sand beach contrasted by the bluest waters. It was relatively quiet when we visited. I'd recommend accessing the beach through the Hagestad nature preserve. There are 3 areas to park as you drive in and from each spot you can hike into the beach (or not at all if you park at the last one). This is a nice way to access the beach if you're not traveling with a lot of stuff. A great way to spend the day, especially if you're traveling with kids.
Once the seat of the Asaf Jahi dynasty, the Chowmahalla Palace is a jewel in Hyderabad. The complex, a replica of the Shah's palace in Tehran, features multiple courtyards, fountains, gardens, and the grand Khilwat (Durbar Hall). Chowmahalla was the official residence of the Nizams of Hyderabad and is now used for private events and weddings. It is also a popular filming location for Bollywood, Hollywood, and Tollywood movies. After exploring the grounds, check out nearby Laad Bazaar for bangles and Aggarwal's for a refreshing lassi. Photo by Prashant Ram/Flickr.
Ales Stenar is a rock formation (in the shape of a ship, roughly) that sits atop a ridge on the coast of southern Sweden. There have been many comparisons to Stonehenge but there are no other connections other than they both have standing stones in a circle/oval. They've posted a few theories about why they exist which are worth a read. The short hike to the top of the ridge is easy enough and the views from the top provide sweeping views of the coast. Kids can clamber over the stones.
The Esplanade Riel is a walking bridge in Winnipeg that is named in honor of Louis Riel, the father and founder of Manitoba. The bridge is a cabled bridge which spans over the Red River and connects the downtown area with St. Boniface, a residential area of the city. The bridge is the only bridge in North America to house a restaurant. While I was in Winnipeg, I attended the Table for 1200, a diner en blanc or White dinner event which was the finale for the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's Festival of Architecture. It couldn't have been a better venue for the incredible event.
Torvehallerne is a definite must in Copenhagen (we actually used some spare time at the airport to train back in for another visit). The new market houses several different vendors selling produce, chocolates, coffee, etc. It also has several food stalls where you can eat. Our favorite was Hallernes Smorrebrod. They sell Copenhagen's traditional open-faced sandwiches and they are delicious. They have a wide variety including herring and tartare. Dotted with fresh red onion or bacon, they are a a very satisfying way to eat. Paired with a Mikkeller beer, you can't go wrong. Kid tip: Our kids weren't into the smorrebrod but there is an organic pizza place right next door (Gorm's). They have pizza worth it's own visit -- chewy, slightly charred crust with a salty tomato sauce.
Kicked off my birthday with a chi chi at the Peppermill Fireside Lounge in Las Vegas. For me, the new Vegas is great for work trips, but the old Vegas is what I like for my personal trips. The Peppermill has the 1970's adult cocktail feel that I appreciate and the over-the top mirrored decor and blue-flamed step-down fireplace make it memorable. Keep an eye on your wallet as you can meet all sorts of colorful Vegas characters in this joint.
In India, cricket is more than a sport. It is a religion, a passion, and a fellowship. Check out the enthusiasm live at Rajiv Gandhi Stadium, located in the Uppal suburb outside Hyderabad. With a capacity of 55,000 spectators, it is a great way to mingle with the locals and feel the national spirit. Photo by Pulkit Sinha/Flickr.
For fresh seafood, there's nothing better than eating on a fishing boat—or a raft. After taking a taxi to the Hongsha docks, a fisherman will give you a ride to the raft in his speedboat. The raft is a bit ramshackle, with wooden boards set up so you can walk over the big nets holding local seafood. Walk around at your leisure and simply point to anything tasty. They'll weigh it and steam it with ginger. Take bus No.17 to the last stop, and walk 20 meters to the dock to take any boat to your restaurant on the sea. Photo by i a walsh/Flickr.
After the long drive from Baltimore to Solomon’s Island, Maryland Stony’s Restaurant was a welcome sight. Sitting on the large wooden deck, in the warm afternoon sun, snacking on the seafood dip, with generous pieces of shrimp blanketed in a warm crab and cheese sauce, watching a blue sailboat pass leisurely by, I am thinking nothing could be better. Then the shrimp tacos arrived. Large, lightly spiced grilled shrimp, stretched across a bed of creamy coleslaw, enveloped in a warm tortilla. All enhanced by the cold draft beer and the attentive serving staff. Stopping at Stony’s made for the perfect afternoon.
The stretch East to West from the Bowery to the West Side highway is an art lovers dream, especially someone who loves to discover new things. At 243 Bowery find Salon 94 a gallery known for its gutsy program and cutting edge style. Up to Bowery and Broome Street a stretch of notable galleries: Nicelle Beauchene, Jack Hanley, CANADA and Marlborough Gallery are all side-by-side on this creative block. Each gallery more daring than the next. There's sure to be something that catches your eye. As you head west down Broome to Broadway make a right and find Clifton Benvenuto at 515 Broadway. This super avant-garde gallery is full of surprises and satisfying artwork. Head back to Broome and walk to Wooster to find the inimitable Team Gallery at #47. Artists Suzanne McClelland and Ryan McGinley are among my favorites who show here. Keep on heading West to Van Dam Street, about a 7 minute walk, to Kate Werble Gallery. Kate is a young, ambitious dealer with a great eye and a penchant for conceptual art. She recently expanded her space, so her exhibitions will be even more ambitious. Just north up on Greenwich Street you will find Gavin Brown's Enterprise, known for its ahead of the curve exhibitions and cult followings. Next door at 630 Greenwich is Maccarone. Opened in 2001 by the fearless Michelle Maccarone who comfortably exhibits contemporary and historic work.
I feel incredibly lucky to live in New York City and work in the art world. Since my days of sitting at the front desk at Matthew Marks Gallery in Chelsea and now as Curator at Park Hyatt New York, the art scene has expanded across the city, and into the boroughs. While there is still ALOT to see in Chelsea, the Upper East Side is a great destination. Just a few blocks from the art filled Park Hyatt NY, the Los Angeles gallery Blum and Poe set up space in a refined townhouse. With artists like Yoshitomo Nara, Murakami, Dave Muller and Mark Grotjohn, it is worth a visit (19 East 66th Street). Hauser & Wirth at 39 East 69th is always brimming with great art. At 909 Madison (73 & Madison) you will find Galerie Perrotin. A former bank building transformed by architect Francis D'Haene into a pleasing gallery space. Just upstairs at 909 find Dominique Levy, a dealer known for her great eye, refined taste and historic exhibitions. Park @ 75th is just on the corner of Park and 75th and features experimental work by artists like Urs Fischer and Harmony Korine. Pop over to 980 Madison at 77th from there to see Gagosian's uptown location. Also at 980 you will find Venus Over Manhattan which has been putting on incredible museum worthy shows. Across Madison, up a narrow staircase is the quirky Half Gallery. Next door see blue-chip artists at Mnuchin (45 East 78th). End your art tour at Skarstedt Fine Art, 20 East 79th, a charming townhouse with sophisticated, urbane art always on view.
An amazing gem just a few feet from all the hustle of Niagara Falls. The rooms decor is chic: hardwood floors, stem showers, wet bar, fireplace, and more! Breakfast was an experience! Stay in this boutique hotel and you'll want to come back!
Germany's largest car-sharing network is a service of Deutsche Bahn, the national rail carrier. For travelers on the Deutsche Bahn network, Flinkster provides an option for rail-and-drive or pickup in more 140 cities around the country. Car-sharers must register (it's free), and provide a driver's license and ID along with credit card information. Cars can then be located and booked by computer or SmartPhone app (in German language). Note that, in most cases, a Flinkster car must be returned to the pickup station. Flinkster is optimum for city dwellers and for frequent travelers on the DB rail network. The combination of rail travel and car-sharing can also work well for travelers looking to vary their transport and explore the back roads of this beautiful country. Vehicles on offer through the program include electric vehicles, as well as larger models. Our Flinkster car awaited us in the entrance to an atmospheric courtyard of an old factory in Berlin's trendy Mitte!
Waiting for our City Nightliner departure from Berlin turned out to be every bit as comfortable as the ride itself. We connected to the internet via a T-Mobile Hot Spot, and enjoyed a complimentary drink and a sandwich served at our seats. Coffee and tea, wine, beer and other beverages, are all available. With newspapers and friendly staff to provide updated travel information and departure times, the lounge is an oasis in the bustling station. The comfy first class waiting room at Berlin's Hauptbahnhof is just one of the new DB Lounges recently implemented (the others are in Hamburg, Munich, Cologne and Frankfurt/Main). The lounges are open to passengers with valid DB 1st class rail tickets, as well as members of Deutsche Bahn's loyalty program, 'bahn.bonus.comfort'. A sign at the entrance of the Berlin station also offered the possibility to use the lounge for a nominal fee. The DB Lounge is a great way to begin or break a long-distance train journey through Berlin!
Nowhere is Prussia's Baroque heritage more dazzling, lush and romantic than in the park of Sanssouci in Potsdam, Germany. In summer every year, for one glorious evening, the Potsdamer Schlössernacht turns the landscape into a magnificent evocation of 18th century luxury and leisure pursuits. From the Orangery to the Chinese House, from the Roman Baths to the Church of Peace, costumed Schlössernacht players add to the atmosphere as they greet visitors. Actors and dancers perform onstage at the New Palace, and in smaller venues scattered around the magnificent landscape designed by Peter Lenné. Food stands provide a wide range of culinary offerings. The festival closes with a fireworks display at midnight. This spacious setting easily accommodates the 33,000 attendees allowed into the park. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales goes to continued reconstruction of Prussian palaces and gardens. The former summer paradise of the Prussian kings--a UNESCO World Heritage Site--is just an hour away from Berlin, and easily accessible by road or rail. Local transport services are beefed up for the event, with extra staff on hand to guide visitors traveling by train, bus and tram. Potsdamer Schlössernacht is brilliant, especially as twilight falls and paths and fountains are lit by small electric torches. It's astonishing to think of the effort that goes into creating such an unforgettable mood for just one night each year!
The famed Goorin Brothers Hat Shop (since 1895!) opened their 31st nationwide branch in downtown Boulder in August, 2014, filling a much needed niche in the city's style department. Hundreds of hand-crafted hats, all made in the USA, greet shoppers as they enter this classy little store on West Pearl Street. Prohibition-era hertiage hats, pork pie hats, Panama hats, duckbill hats, ladies' hats, and more grace the walls and displays; potential customers mill around, trying new hats on for the mirror (and for selfies), and speaking to the knowledgeable clerks to find the perfect style and fit. Prices range from $20 to nearly $180 for these fine lids and the shop opens daily at 11 a.m.
There’s a dining catch-22 about Los Angeles: The more you’re surrounded by health-conscious eats, the more you tend to use words like “indulge” and “cheat” to describe the foods you do crave. Thankfully, Scratch Bar is a solution to this problem. Everything on its 20-item menu is made from scratch, and nothing feels like an indulgence worth a second of stress. Go in with a group of friends to try the multiple-course tasting menu, which ranges from your choice of four main courses (before 4 p.m.) to chef Phillip Frankland Lee’s choice of 14 courses. Memorize the three-part motion suggested for eating the spicy green mussel and sea urchin sake shooter, and keep the adventurous momentum going by picking up the pork belly and raw oyster with your fingers. After, be sure to order the roasted yet raw prawns – a delicious oxymoron that involves an ice bath and a torch – which are topped with pistachios and cabbage. Move down the menu to the entrees, and taste the dry-aged hanger steak or the crispy-skin pacific salmon. Lastly, finish with a scoop of vanilla ice cream in a sugar cone. The sprinkles make this seem like a definite contender for a “cheat” dessert, but they’re made from carrots, beets, spinach, corn, and chia. As it turns out, “healthy” can be used to describe the foods you’ll crave.
Don’t let the eerie name fool you. Namibia’s Hoanib Skeleton Coast, a 310-mile stretch of sand scattered with animal bones and shipwrecks, is home to plenty of life: the Himba bushmen, fur seals, and desert-adapted flora whose sole water source is the morning fog that rolls in off the Atlantic. Getting here, however, is tricky. The shoreline, which is a national park, fringes the Namib Desert—where some of the world’s tallest dunes can be found—and is accessible only by tiny plane. Willing to wing it? Stay at Wilderness Safaris’ new eight-tent camp where, when not relaxing on your own deck, you can take to the sky for a tour of the coast. From $565. Photo by Flickr user Jries. This appeared in the October 2014 issue.
Irani chai was introduced to Hyderabad by Persian settlers via the port of Mumbai. The steaming beverage once defined the Hyderabad cafe culture, but since the introduction of national coffee chains, it has unfortunately become less popular. One place that continues to cherish and serve Irani chai is Garden Cafe, with loyal followers lining up in the mornings for a cup of liquid heaven. As opposed to traditional Indian chai, where the tea leaves and milk are boiled together, Irani chai boils the tea and milk in separate containers. While serving, the milk is poured first, followed by the leafy blend. Drink like a local and enjoy your cup with an Osmania biscuit. Photo by Connie Ma/Flickr.
When you visit Morocco skip the usual hotel chains and stay at a traditional riad. Our stay at Riad Al Badia was an outstanding experience. We were blown away by the hospitality of the staff as they took care of our every need for the duration of the stay. It's located in the Berrima District of the medina and a short walk to Jemaa El Fna. Breakfast is included and served on the rooftop as can be seen on this photo.
Shree Jewellers is a definite stop for those with a passion for exquisite jewels. Awarded as "Best Single Jewelry Store in South India" by GJF, the exclusive items include pearls, silver, gold, diamonds, and precious stones. Be sure to peruse the Kundan Collection, a traditional Indian jewelry with gold foil set between the stones. The newest location is in Jubliee Hills near HiTech City. Image courtesy of Shree Jewellers.
You can try rose, white and red wines; hints of fruit and watermelons, aromas of peaches and deep after tastes are accompanied by home-made sun-dried tomato pesto on Maltese bread, smoked Maltese sausages and sheep’s cheese.
Located in the Radisson Blu Hotel of Banjara Hills, Movida (Spanish for "movement" and Cuban for "party") was the first tapas bar in Hyderabad. The bar/lounge features cocktails, world music, and innovative Italian, Mediterranean, Spanish and Cuban cuisine. Locals flock here for their specialty, the watermelon rose martini. Reservations recommended. Photo by Ines Hegedus-Garcia/Flickr.
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