FRENCH CREPES IN WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND ...
Wellington, New Zealand, is known for its cultural diversity -- and this includes the cuisine. You can find just about any type of food imaginable in Wellington (including Mexican, which is rare Down Under). But if it's French food you're craving, skip the French cafes and bistros on Cuba Street, and head down to Manners Mall. There, in a tiny yellow stall squashed between two shops, will be a French fellow making fresh crepes at Crepes A Go Go. Choose from a sweet or savory menu, and walk away with a delicious hot snack for under $10.
Submitted by: Amanda Williams Twitter: @DangerousBiz Website: http://www.dangerous-business.com
EAT IN VIETNAM AND SIGHTSEE IN SLOVANIA ...
Try the Green Tangerine restaurant in Hanoi. Tasty, artfully-prepared meals served in a lovely courtyard just steps from one of old Hanoi's busiest market streets. For $10 or $15, you'll get a meal that would probably cost $50 or more in a large North American city. Address: 48, H�ng B�, Q.Ho�n Ki?m, Vietnam
And, If you're looking for a country, I'd say Slovenia. "With a coastline wedged between Italy and Croatia, mountains that tower up against the Austrian Alps, rolling countryside with wineries and spas and a capital, Ljubljana, that feels like a mini-Salzburg, it's one of the best deals in Europe."
Submitted by: Jim Byers, Travel Editor, Toronto Star. Twitter: @JByers11 Website: http://thestar.blogs.com/travel/
TREASURES ON THE GREEK ISLAND OF POROS ...
The family-owned Hotel Manessi on Poros Island's waterfront (an hour from Pireaus by fast ferry) provided stunning scenes of yachts and sailboats gliding through the channel that separated us from the Peloponnese. In fall 2010 a waterfront room with wide deck was 50E -58E. It is walking distance from the ferry dock. I also highly recommend the Poros waterfront Apagio Taverna run by Liz and Spyros Papadopoulou. Here you'll eat home-made food and they are so welcoming you'll feel like you'd done so for years. Don't be surprised if Spyros, fisherman-chef, sings a few Greek songs and does a little toe-tapping. The taverna is located a few blocks from Manessi.
Submitted by: Jackie Smith Twitter: @travelnwrite Website: www.travelnwrite.com
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TRAVEL DOLLARS ...
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- Is that hotel photo real or photo-shopped? Before you book, check out: www.oyster.com/hotels/photo-fakeouts/
- Make your Switzerland trip affordable. A handy Swiss Rail Pass offers unlimited travel on the Swiss trains, postal buses, and lake steamers, as well as admission to over 400 museums!
SUBMITTED BY: Ann Lombardi Twitter: @thetripchicks Website: http://www.thetripchicks.blogspot.com
FOOD WRITER TURNED RESTAURANTEUR IN BANGKOK...
I'd like to recommend a terrific restaurant in Bangkok, full of smoky and rustic flavours and fun twists on classic Thai dishes. It's called Soul Food Mahanakorn and it's run by Jarrett Wrisley, a former food writer turned restauranteur. Each day, specials are posted to the chalk board, accenting the already rich flavours in Soul Food's standing menu. From delicious yam makrua yao, a roasted eggplant salad served with boiled duck eggs, mint, coriander & bacon to banana heart salad with pork to delicious samosas and Burmese curries, the menu doesn't disappoint. And best of all, the food is reasonable in price, the cocktails strong and the ambiance inviting. Soul Food's dishes are all made without MSG and the restaurant makes its own curry pastes from scratch. Jarrett often tweets about his daily specials and whatever fun vegetable or meat he picked up at the local markets, and a dinner there never fails to impress. Address: 56/10 Sukhumvit Soi 55 (Thong Lor) Public transport: Take the BTS to Thong Lo station
Submitted by: Jodi Ettenberg Twitter: @legalnomads Website: http://www.legalnomads.com
TRUE FOODS IN SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA ...
I'd like your readers to know about the restaurant, True Foods. It's located in the Scottsdale Quarter, a new, hot district in the city of Scottsdale, Arizona. It was created by the famous Fox Restaurant group that has over twelve really popular restaurants in town. My favorite thing to eat at True Foods is the Edamame Dumplings that are served with Daikon Radish and White Truffle Oil. Main meal favorite is the Fish Tacos that have Avacado, Cotija Cheese, Tomatillo Salsa, Sour Cream and Picked Onion. There are some unique healthy drinks and my favorite is the Medicine Man (Antioxidant Blast) which is made of Olivello Juice (magic secret stuff flown in from Italy), Pomegraniate Juice, Cranberry Juice, Black Tea, Soda Water and Blueberries. True Foods is healthy, extremely delicious and the service is exceptional. Sit at the bar for the best people watching. The Scottsdale Quarter also boasts concept shopping including an Apple Store, Nike, Lululemon and many private boutiques. It's easy to spend the day here, even for a gal like me that would rather be hiking than shopping.
Submitted by: Stephanie Spence Twitter: @Stephanieyogini
Bonus safety tip...
Thieves and pickpockets come in many shapes and sizes. It might be that cute little kid who sits beside you at the train station, tugs on your sleeve and begins to cry. Perhaps it's the smartly dressed, middle-aged businessman who asks for the time or directions. Your first instinct should be to become more vigilant. To read much more about techniques pickpocketing teams use, see the Journeywoman article, 'Down With Thieves'. Click here:
Evelyn Hannon Twitter: @journeywoman
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