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We had heard about this spot from friends, it seems a shame to eat Chinese food when you could eat South Indian food, but variety is the spice of life. We'd also heard that kids eat free (kids under 5 I believe). They have a regular menu and a set price "all you can eat" style stir fry station. We always opt for the DIY stir fry and a few appetizers from the regular menu, including tempura asparagus, spring rolls and chicken satay, all excellent. Try the "Chennai Pineapple Rasam" to drink, a martini infused with cardamom, vanilla vodka and fresh pineapple. Excellent service, excellent ambience, excellent food and drinks.
Searching for an exquisite steakhouse in NYC? Complete with an impressive selection of wine, and unique cocktail list? Look no further than STK. A very posh scene to soak in for an upscale dining experience. Start off with the aptly named, "Not Your Daddy's Manhattan," their unique twist on the typical Manhattan. For an appetizer, the tuna tartare. My friend who doesn't typically eat seafood loved it. Followed by the filet medallion with a side of twice baked potatoes. Perfectly cooked and aromatically very pleasing. For my birthday, everything went above and beyond my expectations. Unbeatably cozy atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and friendly service - all make STK ultra desirable. Definitely worth the price, especially for a true NYC dining experience, you will not be disappointed!
Chef Rima Olvera takes her 30 years experience in baking, Italian and French fine dining and dozens of international apprenticeships to a small and cozy experimental restaurant in Tel Aviv, showing off her understanding of international cuisines, fine taste, and creativity. A restaurant not to be missed if you visit Tel Aviv!
Perhaps one of the most interesting places in Berlin, InFarm is an experimental indoor farming project- aiming to teach the public about the benefits of indoor farming, while developing a structure that can go into any home. The workshop comes complete with a cafe in the back where chefs whip up dishes from the locally grown veggies and other unique creations.
Above Tel Aviv's first Slow Food Market sits Kitchen Market- a market fresh restaurant serving a blend of Mediterranean dishes with an international influence. All the seating in the restaurant overlooks the Mediterranean- a must stop when you visit Tel Aviv.
One of the most luxurious tented camps in all of Africa sits on an open plain within Singita Grumeti, a 350,000-acre private reserve that is an extension of the Serengeti National Park ecosystem through which vast herds of wildebeest and zebra migrate. Huge, ornate tents are throwbacks to 1920s expedition style, decorated with crystal port decanters, fresh-cut flowers, oriental carpets and kilims, four-poster beds, clawed bathtubs, and wood-and-leather campaign chairs. A personal assistant organizes game drives, horseback riding, and hot air ballooning. Leased by American hedge fund mogul Paul Tudor Jones, the private Singita Grumeti concession has off-road driving rights (unlike the adjacent central Serengeti National Park) and strategically placed manmade water holes that encourage resident wildlife to congregate for the camera lens. Opulence and colonial-era service don’t overwhelm the experience of immersion in nature; the tents’ mesh windows allow bush noises to come through at all hours, and zebra frequently dust bathe on the red-earth tennis court.
I stopped into fekete last week on my way somewhere else because it was just THERE and my veins were whining for a refill of energy that only a double espresso could quell. I've gone back every day since. The espresso is good, yes. Some of the best I've had outside of Sweden, actually. But what makes fekete different is that the miniature shop sort of wedged into a city block of establishments, between a gelateria and a McDonald's, is cozy and efficient. The staff literally stands in the back corner and makes everything to order. There's no countertop to hide any sort of uncondoned behavior. It's a very basic, minimalist setup. No frills, no ancillary luxuries. And yet, in this compact mini-kávéház that's hardly bigger than a closet, they've managed to fit a three-stool bar, and many types of coffees and accessories for sale on shelves on the walls. Then, of course, there's the service. Hungarians are a friendly people by nature, but I've noticed that some of the sunny disposition seems to go out with the brewed coffee grounds in high-traffic, service positions. This is definitely not the case at fekete. I'm always greeted with warmly and with a smile, even when my Hungarian pronunciation is laughably horrible. Come here for coffee, come here to buy a little bag of artisan beans, come here for the smiles and genuine light-hearted nature from the baristas.
The most contemporary of the five lodging options within the 350,000-acre Singita Grumeti game concession, Faru Faru Lodge sits amid dense woodland on the bank of the Grumeti River. Originally inspired by a mid-20th-century botanist’s camp, each wood-and-glass–enclosed suite comes with a private outdoor shower, comfy stuffed sofas, and an artist’s desk equipped with watercolors and colored pencils. General game viewing is excellent year-round; from June to early November, experienced riders can book eight-day mobile horseback safaris on the plains. Guests who want to be close to nature but prefer the security of solid walls between them and wild animals—including lions, elephants, and hippos—will prefer Faru Faru over its colonial-themed and more formal sister, Singita Sabora Tented Camp, where African buffalo might brush the canvas at night. During migration season, the wooded location of Faru Faru is also far more peaceful, being removed (though still within driving distance) from the vast herds of noisy, grunting wildebeest.
The Sine-Saloum Delta in Senegal offers a nice respite from the dusty streets of Dakar and the extreme heat of Saint-Louis. Consisting mostly of mangrove swamps, the delta encompasses 24,000 sq. kms. and has been dedicated as a UNESCO Heritage site for its wealth of wildlife and pristine waters. It's a great way to get out into nature and meet the indigenous Serer people who inhabit the area. One of my favorite spots is Toubakouta, a steamy, 6-hour slog from Dakar on mainly pothole-ridden streets. You can also get there by pirogue in 3 hours, which I did on my return trip. Once in town, you soon realize you are far away from any sense of city life. Time inches along and there's not much to do except walk and bike through town, watch boys play foosball and chat with the locals - probably my favorite thing to do. One afternoon, I was fortunate enough to witness a wrestling match, a favorite Senegalese pastime. I also ventured to nearby Sokone for market day, traveling by local bus, which is an experience in itself. Jam-packed in a rickety old van, the only white person aboard, the ride is the true way to experience local life. A true highlight was a 3-day trip to Keur Bamboung, an ecotourism spot that has been designed with local materials and functions on solar panels. I arrived via mule-driven cart and I slept under a mosquito net. My days were spent kayaking through the calm waters, learning about mangroves, eating oysters, and visiting the local Serer village.
This seasonal December-to-April tented camp is situated in a 20-mile-wide valley just outside the park boundary on the southern Loliondo Plains, backed by the Gol Mountains and studded with kopjes that overlook areas where wildebeest congregate. As such, its location is optimal for witnessing the wildebeest calving season on the southern, short-grass plains of Serengeti National Park. The camp also emphasizes cultural encounters with local Masai communities. In the immediate vicinity, Masai cattle herders still live a traditional lifestyle in balance with wild animals, and guests meet local people in authentic settings and situations. Under an agreement with local Masai leaders, no other safari operators have crossing rights through the concession; meanwhile Nduaro Loliondo guests have permission to drive off-road for up-close game viewing. The camp is also one of the rare places in the Serengeti ecosystem to offer guided walking safaris and night drives away from mainstream safari tourism infrastructure. Colored Masai beads, sheepskin throws, and leather furniture decorate the guest tents, which are all equipped with flush toilets and bucket showers. The vibe is laid-back, and, unlike many camps with pre-dawn wake-up calls, guests are not pressured to get up earlier than they want to for game drives or other activities.
We arrived by helicopter (total rock star stuff)....our pilot was amazing and took great pains to perform low "fly overs" as sea turtles surfaced and whales swam in the warm and incredibly clear waters. The resort is very small (8 villas) and provides the BEST service right along with it's legendary privacy. Another MUST DO for any traveler!
A breathtaking trip into ever-shifting sand dunes. Colors range from red to blue......we spent a few hours in late afternoon here....the contours and shadows make this area an ever-changing piece of art! A must see. We climbed this dune to discover the hidden forest on the other side. Be prepared for a workout! Home base was the stunning Sussusvlei Desert Lodge, an & Beyond resort.
20 feet is one of my favorite restaurants in dallas. just east of white rock lake and the arboretum, this laid-back bistro offers all of the classics (fish and chips, fried oyster po-boy) with a handful of daily specials that never disappoint (grilled salmon over soba noodles, for example). the restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere: order at the counter, bring your dog (yes!), bring your own booze (double yes!), and sit inside or out on the spacious patio.
main street in downtown dallas has it going on. let's start with the joule hotel, which is the heartbeat of the area, and specifically cbd provisions, the restaurant on the ground floor that is so much more than a hotel restaurant. everything here is delicious, but especially the craft cocktails (the dill maguey is a delight!), the shrimp and grits, and the kale salad. start your evening here before heading upstairs to the bar, and end your evening strolling down main, past the flagship neiman marcus windows and the main street gardens park.
Between the Cherohala Skyway and Tail of the Dragon stands 500 to 600 year old trees in a 3,800-acre old-growth hardwood forest named after journalist, poet and U.S. Army veteran Joyce Kilmer – author of the poem “Trees”. Many of these natural skyscrapers root as wide as fifteen feet wide or greater and tower 100 feet into the air. Mossy rocks, fallen specimens, a waterfall and an undulating loop trail welcomes all day-hikers – including leashed, four-legged companions - to experience the meditative, subterranean micro-climate. Tip: Naked Ground Trail - just off of Joyce Kilmer loop - leads into the Slickrock Wilderness for premiere, unspoiled backcountry hiking. Be advised, no overnight parking is permitted at the Memorial Forest.
The furthest of the three main regions of North Carolina, the mountains of southwestern North Carolina are home to Nantahala National Forest. This temperate rainforest’s name is derived from Cherokee Indians meaning “land of the noon day sun”. Better known for its dramatic and blazing fall colors of red, orange and yellow leaves, views at sunrise greet early-risers with gorgeous morning sun rays and fingers of cloudy “smoke” that weave through its peaks and valleys. Tip: Depending on your base camp, any one of the forest's three districts – Cheoah near Robbinsville, Tusquitee near Murphy and Nantahala near Franklin – provide spectacular scenery. Get ready for some some remarkable hiking, trail running, pedaling and/or paddling in and around this southeastern outdoor paradise!
Started in 2005, a community art project was realized into a culturally significant set of nineteen fiberglass sculptures that signifies the importance of bears in Cherokee culture. A symbol of strength and courage, each statue epitomizes various stories and legends of Cherokee culture. Six of the bears clockwise from top left depict: Eagle Dancer, Pottery, Harmony of Life, Bear on the Little Tennessee, Sequoyah and Patriot.
Beeswax lanterns, candles and ornaments are hand crafted in a design studio located in the Nantahala National Forest. Premium-grade beeswax is sustainably collected from bees – also known as nature’s 3D printer – and formed with dried, wild flora collected from around the North Carolina highlands resulting in large and small lanterns. After lighting the tea light in the center, these beeswax lanterns emit a stunning glow and subtle honey fragrance. Visitors to the studio will find individually crafted beeswax ornaments, pillar candles, cards and table lamps. Join in an insightful discussion about the life cycle of and science behind crafting with beeswax with Stecoah artisans Crim and Jeff Bassett. Take a stroll outside and soak up the architectural details on this AIGA award-winning masterpiece of the Lower Stecoah Valley. Tips: Bee Global ships handmade crafts worldwide.
This three mile round-trip trail in the Great Smoky Mountains Park meanders along the Oconaluftee River and is dotted with native flora. Take in Native American history, artifacts and mountain farm life at the LEED-certified visitor center located at the midpoint. It’s a peaceful trail to get in one last quick run before reluctantly returning to metropolis. Tip: Bring fly-fishing equipment and try your hand at catch and release along the river. Oconaluftee River Trail is pet-friendly.
On Flagler Ave. in downtown historic Stuart you will find the delightful Stuart Coffee Co. where you can have a coffee, breakfast, or some lunch while relaxing in an atmosphere of an old fashioned coffee house. You can have some artisan coffee. Perhaps a Latte, Cappuccino, Chai, Expresso, or even hot Chocolate. Want something cold? Have iced coffees. Frozen? Try Frappes or Smoothies. I have a difficult time choosing what I want because the choices are unlimited. Breakfast is fresh and there are muffins, bagels,or egg sandwiches. For lunch try soup of the day, wraps, salads, sandwiches, or a wrap. The shop is also a local art gallery displaying the works of local artists. You can enjoy looking or purchase something that you like. You can buy coffees to take home. Every 3rd Thursday of the month "Howls At The Moon" takes place. (Info: Serena at 561 222 5309). The staff is friendly and helpful. The relaxed atmosphere reminds me of a wonderful coffee house from years ago.
Perched above the waterfall and pool at the Hyatt Regency Resort on Maui is an exceptional sushi house in the middle of paradise. Japengo might look like just another cookie cutter resort restaurant parked inside a luxury compound. The setting is beautiful, style impeccable. So often the food from these in-house eateries can fall short of the restaurants that have to compete on the open landscape. Hotels tend to provide a steady stream of diners not interested in leaving the resort, leaving the kitchens resting on their laurels and losing their edge. Japengo, and all the other restaurants on this Hyatt property, refuse to let complacency creep onto the menu. The sushi at Japengo is superb. Exotically fresh and creatively prepared, the food leaps off the plate, visually, and explodes across your tastebuds in splendid sensations. Service is sharp and informed with a dash of island attitude. Cocktails are concocted in Hawaiian-style with fresh, sustainable ingredients. Local beers complement the offerings and pair nicely with the variety of rolls rolling out of the kitchen. The blackened ahi and tootsie rolls are the perfect opening round. Japengo is more than just sushi, with a stable of main dishes that cover meat lovers to vegetarians and everyone in-between. Late night is strikingly quiet under a canopy of stars. In the end, the food steals the show and everyone goes home happy.
At the beginning of summer my mom would take us down to Kino Sandals get a new pair of sandals. These would be our beach shoes, water shoes, biking-walking-skateboarding, everything shoes. If we were outside, they were on our feet. Our feet had were white where the sandals covered them. The only way we got a new pair is if our feet grew. We could not wear them out. Like so many things in my teenage years, the Kino’s were not cool enough to follow me to high school. Fast-forward 30 years. At my recent high school reunion, I heard so many of my classmates say, "I have to go by Kino’s before I leave and get my kids-wife-husband a pair of Kino’s." The 20 and 30 something’s in my office wear Kino’s on dress-down Friday. Hmm. if Kino’s are hip among the hip, then maybe its time for a new pair. Not much has changed about the shop. It is still run by the same family who fled from Cuba when Castro came to power in the 1960s. It still smells like glue and leather. It's still not air-conditioned. There are more styles and colors than in 1976 and the price has gone up. Now a pair will set you back $14. I splurged and got myself two.
The Hyatt brand is world renowned for its service and experience. Their Maui property checks all the boxes for creating the perfect island vacation. From the beautifully executed integration into the ocean environment, to the services and activities at your flip flopped feet, life's stresses give way to island time the moment you arrive. Close enough to Lahaina town to skip a car rental, yet buffered from the distractions of the world, it's a great balance in one location. The onsite restaurants are top notch, easily keeping your calorie intake therapeutic. The bars offer a wonderful mix of island cocktails to melt away any residual tension from your stand up paddle board lesson. The little bay on the south end of the resort is home to a healthy group of huge sea turtles, easy to paddle up to in a kayak or board. Walking everywhere is easy and entertaining. Whaler's Village is just a mile up the beach on a paved path the takes you through some of the other resorts in the neighborhood. Rooms are crisp, spacious and have some ocean views. The resort is medium-sized so you don't feel overwhelmed by the physical plant. Speaking of plants, there are hundreds of native flora dotting the grounds. Also wondering about are flocks of flamingos and penguins. The Hyatt is a first-class operation leaving you free to relax to your heart's content.
The Front Street hustle, while below low key, does produce a palpable buzz within the Lahaina vacation experience. That's when I like to retreat to the serenity of the sea in a place like Kimo's. The patio overhanging the harbor is a visual treat, accented with the food to enhance the experience. Staff are friendly and informed, making it easy to navigate the options on the menu. Getting you started with one of the handcrafted cocktails is the first step to a pleasant dining experience. Venture forth with a Tropical Itch or a Kimo's Grog, a potion made with the local Organic Ocean vodka. The macadamia nut crusted calamari pairs nicely with the island tonics. Treat yourself to the kalua pork lettuce wraps for an additional guiltless pleasure. Kimo's serves lunch and dinner with the latter providing spectacular sunset views from the deck. It's a family friendly environment with room from groups large and small. Their dinner menu matches local fresh catches with preparation styles to produce a great array of flavorful results. The Baked Kimo's and Coconut Crusted styles were both deliciously executed with Mahi Mahi and Ono. The iceberg wedge salad with bacon, avocado and blue cheese is robust. Folks do order off the lunch menu in the evening if you're looking for a burger and hand-cut fries. The Hula Pie will round out any meal and Kimo's has a couple of versions to consider. Being on Maui is fun and Kimo's is one more way to punch your fun ticket.
This harbor-front eatery is part of Mark Elman's restaurant portfolio on Maui and it's a delight. The outdoor tables provides some of the most dramatic sunset views in the islands. It's a busy scene with a laid-back vibe, firmly planted on a foundation of freshly squeezed cocktail specialties, not to be ignored. Try the Kama'aina Mai Tai or the Mala Rita to get the party started. The starters should include the seared ahi bruschetta with a side of the stir-fried Brussels sprouts. Don't forget the frites! On to the salads where the Surfing Goat Cheese is a local favorite you'll find in the Beet salad. For the main, check the fish specials. The Balinese stir fry with a fresh fish capitalizes on island grown goodness. You can also go real casual and order off the bar menu with options like the mac and cheese, ahi burger, steamers and fish sandwich. The frites are worth a spin with any order. There is a dessert waiting in the wings to extend your sunset culinary cruise - the Caramel Miranda. A house specialty, this kind of healthy mix of chocolate, caramel, grilled island fruits on a pile of vanilla macadamia nut ice cream will send you sailing into the warm Lahaina night.
Hotel Viura is located in Villabuena de Álava (Basque: Eskuernaga), a small, ancient town famous for its resident (300) to winery (48) quota. The hotel was designed by the Spanish firm Designhouses (http://designhouses.org/dh/) and opened in 2010. Its playful, cubist architecture provides a great contrast to its neighbor, an 17th century church, and of course the rest of the old town. The inside is as quirky as the outside, a real feast for the eyes. ____________________________ A warm thank you: My travels through the Basque Country were courtesy of Romo Tur (http://www.romotur.com/). The amazing folks at MedjetAssist (https://medjetassist.com) ensure that I take trips, not chances.
It’s a toss-up between what's more breathtaking here along the rim of Ngorongoro Crater: the sunrise views of the world’s deepest and largest volcanic caldera, haven for more than 25,000 wild animals (including the endangered black rhino); or the lodge’s contrast between the Masai-inspired mud-walled and banana frond–thatched architecture and the all the silk, velvet, and crystal of sumptuous, neo-Victorian boudoir furnishings. The romantic, glamorous guest suites—divided into three sub-camps—are supremely comfortable, and butlers strew thousands of locally grown rose petals in them each day. But the emphasis here is on 4WD game viewing on the 100-square-mile crater floor, and guests wake up early (5:30 a.m.) to beat the traffic jam of safari vehicles making the slow, 2,000-foot descent on the common access road. No off-road driving is permitted, to protect the crater’s unique Arthur Conan Doyle–lost world environment, which can lead to congregations of vehicles and travelers angling for shots of charismatic species. However, andBeyond’s eagle-eyed guides prove adept at tracking game and evading crowds. For travelers who really want to get away from it all, the lodge offers day trips for hikers into car-free Empakaai, a scenic four-mile-wide sister crater half covered by a lake.
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