Perfect Way to Have Reliable Transportation

Looking for a limo service in Toronto can be a difficult thing, because they always seem to be booked up whenever you need one. I work for an IT based company and one of our major investors was coming in town and I needed to make sure I had a car service for him. He was going to be staying for the entire week and I needed to make sure he would have car service for everywhere he needed to go. The company is a small company but we wanted to have the best for our investor. We found a great hotel near the office so we wanted to match that with a great ride to the office.

My husband is the one that suggested I go online and look for a limo service for the week my investor would be in town. At first I was not happy with the websites that came up. They really didn’t offer what I was looking for at the price I needed. Since we are a relatively new company I wanted to save money where I could without looking like we were cheap. Continue reading “Perfect Way to Have

10 of the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam

Grey Area has a heroic selection of weed and celebrity friends

From hidden gems to Hollywood hangouts, Gavin Haines unearths the best coffeeshops in Amsterdam.

1) Green House Centrum

A garter’s toss from the red light district, serious smokers make a beeline for this canal-side coffeeshop, which serves up an award-winning selection of skunk. The recipient of numerous High Times gongs, this coffeeshop is very popular so getting a chair can be a tad tricky. As well as great weed, this venerable establishment serves drinks, snacks and a jolly ambiance.

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2) De Dampkring

Another High Times golden child, Da Dampkring had a cameo in the Hollywood film Ocean’s Eleven, which is why blurry pictures of Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Matt Damon adorn the walls – somehow they manage to fit in with the psychedelic, sixties décor. The warm colours, hackneyed bar and indoor plants conjure a laid-back living room vibe, which attracts a youthful crowd. The weed is top-drawer, particularly the hash.

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3) Amnesia

Overlooking Herengracht, Amnesia is a cool, contemporary coffeeshop with an Oriental vibe; the décor borrows heavily from modern

Going Dutch A new way to explore Amsterdam

Our chivalrous scribe road tests the Yellow Backie scheme

Having a backie with a local is the latest way of getting around Amsterdam. Gavin Haines goes for a hair-raising ride across the Dutch capital.

“So, do you have many accidents?” I ask Maaike, whilst inadvertently touching her bottom. “Sometimes, but mostly when I’m texting.” It’s not the response I was hoping for as we wobble through the streets of Amsterdam on her rickety bicycle, but I appreciate her honesty.

I also appreciate her generosity: despite the torrential rain and chilly breeze, Maaike has agreed to give me a lift across the city on the back of her bike. She did it with a smile, too, dismissing the grim weather as “typically Dutch”.

Maaike is one of a handful of Amsterdammers to sign up to a novel ride-sharing scheme called Yellow Backie, which offers a new way of getting around Amsterdam for tourists and promises to be a conduit for conversation between locals and visitors. The initiative is the brainchild of cycle hire company, Yellow Bike, which currently has 100 “ambassadors”, like Maaike, across the city.

“We wobble through Amsterdam.”

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Top 5 Cars Used for Minicab Services in London

Cars Used for Minicab Services in LondonThe minicab services in London are known all across the world. If you head over to London, you will see the famous minicabs and minicab drivers everywhere you go. Did you know, though, that there are different types of cars used for them? Yes, not all are same. While you might find a few popping up more than others do, there is a variety of vehicle types here. Below are the top 5. If you choose to order a taxi London has driving around, you will more than likely come across one of these 5 types of vehicles.

Citroën Berlingo

The Berlingo is perfect for travelling across London. It has a good look, it can fit several people, and it has more than enough room in the back for luggage or anything else the passenger needs to store. Its size and storage space make it an obvious choice, but there is more to it. It has a low MPG and it is safe. With its low price, it is certainly one

Miami is good for Key West ferry tour guide

There are many places that you should check on the island once you arrive. From 1 day is a short time to move the Key West tour guide, you will want to pack again definitely a minimum of a better vision for the region has to offer. a series of benchmarks, however, that in the day of Miami should not miss West Key information on guides are – Harry Truman White House, Duval Street, The Audubon House and Tropical Gardens, Study Guide Information Key West, Key West Forest and Botanical Garden, etc. if you visit Key West Butterfly and Nature Guide greenhouse Mel Fisher Maritime Museum, Key West Lighthouse and  Home and Museum Manager Quarters Museum  Ernest Hemingway  Mallory Square tower Dry Tortugas National Park South Florida  your trip will never be complete if Do not even the guide Florida Keys and Key West visit. Key West is an integral part of the Florida Keys and the southernmost point connected to the American continent. Miami to Key West  is a unique area, 160 kilometers from Miami and only 94 miles from Havana, Cuba.

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Callgirl Netherlands For Best Time Visiting Netherlands

Imagine that after you finish your meeting with your clients, else you need beautiful girl as your companion, you can have them without doing the chasing. Another, you have kind of fantasy to have someone beside to sightseeing the beauty of big cities or some others inside or outside Netherlands, there is nothing that can grand your wish but callgirl Netherlands. Netherland callgirl you can’t take them easy. Their beauty is not the only thing that makes them qualified as Netherlands callgirls. They are well-educated girls that you can’t get anywhere.

 

Say that you are a business traveler who look someone who can help you to have good impression toward your existence, Netherlands callgirl plays this role perfectly. They are trained, so then it is not a herculean task to bring

Best And Easy Recipe To Cook Beef

What it takes to cook delicious beef recipe? You don’t need to think that much, since it is not that difficult to cook beef with delicious taste. Okay, you may not believe it now, however, once you know beef recipes easy to cook beef, you will admit that to cook something delicious sometimes you no need such a lengthy time with complicated ingredient. Curious? You already have mushroom and beef, what’s else you need? Other things that you need to make recipe even more delicious are leek, garlic, onion, black pepper, butter, vegetable oil, soy sauce, salt, and Royco seasoning with beef flavor.

After you have the ingredients that you need to cook the beef and the mushroom, this is your time to process the ingredients. First thing’s first, you need to put your beef to a bowl that adequate enough to handle the beef. Vegetable oil next, and you need only about 1 tea spoon. Add as well Royco seasoning, garlic, and black pepper. Right after you put those ingredients, mix those aforesaid evenly. That said, the process is not stopping there. Take butter like 2 table spoon, then melt it onto the heated

Luxury Travel With Luxury Gear

Traveling abroad is not just for the backpackers and coach class passengers. As an owner of luxury items, you know that the world’s luxuries are at your fingertips.

 

Just as you can select from elite brands like Ashford, rather than visit the same old destinations everyone else visits, you can select from elite clubs and spas that other people do not even know exist.

 

If you are headed to a resort city like Cancun, there’s no need to stay in the town of Cancun. Most people make the most of their trip by staying in the crowded “Hotel Zone” and frequenting joints like Hooters and the Hard Rock Café. If you want a truly luxurious experience however, you should head south along the Riviera Maya. Here you’ll find gems like Playa del Carmen and Tulum. Travel a little further south and you will find the lake of seven colors at Bacalar.

 

If a resort destination is not your preference, visit one of the major metropolitan areas of Europe in a high-end fashion. You definitely do not need to deal with booking reservations at typical “high-end” stays. Find yourself

Available Paris Call Girls for You

Do you need any girl to escort you while you are in Paris? Then, visiting a Paris escort agency can be a great choice for you. Girls46 is one of the website which allows you to find or book Paris call girls to escort you spending your afternoon or night. On this site, you will be able to get the best call girls in Paris that can give you more intimate pleasure and satisfied. The girls available in this site are certainly dedicated to their job, so they will work professionally when you call them as escort girl.

They will different with other escort girls you have ever called. They are well above average, exciting and beautiful as well. One of the best point from this escort agency is you will meet the call girls you want to book after they check the Paris escort girls to know that they are highly skilled and are able to provide unforgettable moment for their clients. Of course, you will be comfortable around their call girls. They will prepare everything to show up their best service. Moreover, they are also fully prepared to take care of you when you are relaxing so

The Travel Pillow And 5 Various Travel Tips Which May Improve The Manner You Take A Trip

Visiting different places is certainly exciting especially if you’re going on a trip on your own or with your loved ones. The countless brand-new and interesting attractions and sounds that you may be encountering the first time certainly will be life altering. Then again, usually there are some factors that will bring about in making the ideal get-away into a nightmare.

To help with making your own travel experience even more of a fantasy and less of a bad dream, we will talk about some of the most fantastic travel cheats that you’ll truly wish you realized sooner. Just before that though, allow us to just simply talk about a brief yet handy strategy that can significantly influence your own comfort and relaxation.

A neck pillow might not exactly look much but this common tool can greatly make it easier to loosen up and maybe even go to sleep on your journey. A superb memory foam pillow can avoid or lessen neck, shoulder and also upper back problems to get a much more comfortable trip.

Should you decide to travel, we seriously recommend that you get yourself a high-quality memory pillow. A memory pillow is definitely better choice in comparison with inflatable or

Travel Safety with Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance

There are several different types of travel insurance that you can choose when you are looking to protect your travel investment. Two of the most well known travel insurance companies are Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance. If you are planning on traveling in the United States or abroad, it is a good idea to get travel insurance to cover the cost of your trip in case something goes wrong.

Both Access America and Travelsafe Travel Insurance offer travel insurance for someone who is traveling in a variety of different methods – by air, sea or train. Access America is more geared towards domestic travel, although it is also used by those who are traveling out of the country. Many of the people who get Access America travel are getting it because they are going on a cruise.

Cruising along with Access America and Travelsafe Travel

Cruises are the number one reason why people get travel insurance. Cruises are subject to many mishaps, especially when due to the weather. One of the best aspects about choosing Access America as your travel insurance is that they will insure a cruise. There are exclusions when it comes to insuring the cruise during hurricane season, but

One way travel

What do we mean by one way travel? This is taken to mean when someone has open ended travel plans and has not bought a return leg or, perhaps, if someone is emigrating and wants to have cover for the travel part of their itinerary. The advice here is to check the policy wording carefully. Some policies, mostly at the cheaper end of the market, will not have cover in place for one way travel and will require travellers to have purchased, or have proof of purchase, of a return ticket and insurers will ask to see this, if and when, a claim is made. Once you have found a travel insurance provider who will cover one way travel, you do need to remember that cover will only be provided for the period of their insurance or there could be a restriction on how long the cover is in place once you have arrived at your final destination. This could easily be overlooked. Likewise, don’t assume that your annual multi-trip insurance policy will cover you for the period you spend away, as most of these policies do have trip limits. So if your annual policy allows you to take individual

A comprehensive list of travel agents

However, there has been a sea change in the preparation scenario. Yes, gone are the days where you were required to make all your travel arrangements without adequate guidance.

 

Travel agents and efficient ones at that, are functioning across the globe. With many of them vying with each other to sign up a customer, there is a confusion that prevails among the travelers. Do I get the best deal? Am I dealing with a licensed travel agent? Will my tour be hassle free? These are some of the questions that are foremost in the minds of a traveler trying to book a travel agent.

 

All these questions will be satisfactorily resolved if you can get hold of a comprehensive travel agent guide. When you have comprehensive list of agents, you can check out each and everyone on the list by either calling them up or visiting their website to find out about the services rendered by them.

 

The World Wide Web is playing a very vital role in the life of every individual who has access to the internet. You can select a travel agent on the internet, check out their services, and book them online in a jiffy. And, interestingly you can

Dog Air Travel Tips Take your Dog Anywhere

Luckily for dog owners, these animals travel by air better than cats. If the dog is accustomed to car travel, then air travel shouldn’t be a problem at all. Use the following dog air travel tips for safe and pleasant airpline travel with your best furry friend.

Certify Your Dogs Health before Air Travel

Not only is dog air travel better for your dog if the dog is healthy, but it’s actually the law. Federal law requires that a dog has been certified within 10 days of the trip to be healthy, vaccinated, and free from contagious diseases. This is a very important for any pet travel, large or small.

Avoid Excessive Temperatures

Ensure the safety of your dog during air travel by never flying with your dog while temperatures are over 85 degrees or under 35 degrees, on either end of the flight. Many airliners put “heat embargos” and/or “cold embargos” on dog air travel during the summer and winter months respectively. This means that the airliners prohibit dog air travel during these times. This shouldn’t be seen as a problem, because the airlines do it to prevent disease or death, and guarantee a safe flight for your dog.

Overseas Dog Air Travel May

Las Vegas Girls Only Hot Spot

I can’t sing. But here I am at a karaoke bar in Las Vegas with my normally reserved sister-in-law and her sister, belting out “Sweet Caroline” as fellow patrons wince and my bride-to-be niece, Carrie, squirms in embarrassment.

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Those of us at the microphone don’t care. We’re in Vegas, baby! Even my sister-in-law’s 80-something mom is letting loose. Earlier that day, she’d bought all of us tacky necklaces with flashing lights. And when we hit the casinos to play blackjack and roulette, we had a hard time pulling her away from the slot machines. In fact, she was the one who inspired this multigenerational, all-women family trip to celebrate Carrie’s upcoming wedding.

The spa at our resort, the upscale Bellagio, which is famed for its dancing fountains, curtains off an area in its salon for women celebrating special occasions. (You can sip champagne

Peer to peer accommodation services change travel patterns in many ways

Have you ever used Airbnb or other peer-to-peer accommodation services when travelling? If yes, you are likely to travel more than you used to, you choose your destination from among a wider set of alternatives, and you are more active in your destination.

Peer-to-peer accommodation services such as Airbnb have changed travel patterns in many ways, according to a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland and Washington State University. The study provides new insight into how the availability and use of peer-to-peer accommodation services affect travel patterns. The findings were published in Journal of Travel Research.

The study found that tourists are interested in peer-to-peer accommodation services due to social and financial reasons. Users of peer-to-peer accommodation services are often in social interaction with their hosts, and peer-to-peer accommodation services are a cost-effective alternative to, for example, hotels.

Financial savings achieved by using peer-to-peer accommodation services make it possible to broaden the selection of destinations and the number of trips, while the social aspects inspire people to travel more in general and to stay in their destination for a longer period of time. Financial savings — together with tips from hosts — also increase tourists’ activeness in their

Traveling overseas come late November? Doesn’t mean you’ll miss a traditional turkey dinner. Thanksgiving has long been one of the most celebrated American holidays: marked by everything from turkey to pumpkin pie, from football to the Macy’s Day Parade, and from being thankful to being stuffed, there’s something for everyone. While the day’s festivities can be hard to replicate outside of the U.S., certain restaurants around the world have taken it upon themselves to try—and its something we’re thankful for. Read on for our ever-expanding list, or jump ahead to your city of interest: Beijing; Berlin; Cape Town; Copenhagen; London; Melbourne; Milan; Paris; Shanghai; Vancouver; Seoul; and Tokyo THanksgiving in Beijing at Brickyard Courtesy The Brickyard Beijing If you think traveling in China means missing Thanksgiving, think again. The large number of American expats living in Beijing ensures that a surprising number of turkey dinners and promotions pop up every November at restaurants, hotels, and breweries. Here are 10 places to celebrate Thanksgiving there this year. The Big Smoke Bistro This popular Xingfucun brasserie is pulling out all the stops, serving a honey agave-glazed turkey with red wine gravy. Turkey portions are available for small tables of two or three people all the way up to groups of 14. Sides, like the portobello and chorizo stuffing with pretzel crumble, and the jalapeño mac n’ cheese topped with garlic crumbs, cost extra ($5-$7) each and are suitable for sharing between two to three people. For dessert, there’s pumpkin empanada with salted caramel ice cream topped with peppercorn honey. Wash it all down with one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails, or a pint of Jing A craft beer (from$28 for a small turkey for two to three; Lee World Building, 57 Xingfucun Middle Rd., Chaoyang District; 86 10 6416 2683) FEAST by EAST Beijing If you’re planning to visit 798 Art District, FEAST’s Thanksgiving dinner would make the perfect end to the day. Located on the second floor of a stylish business hotel, the airy all-day restaurant is hosting a relatively restrained and reasonably priced affair, with pumpkin soup to start, roast turkey with chestnut and herbed bread stuffing for the main event, and pecan pie for dessert ($30 per person; 22 Jiuxianqiao N Rd., Chaoyang District; 86 10 8426 0888). Great Leap Brewing For the fifth year running, Great Leap is throwing a Thanksgiving bash “with socialist principles,” as put by founder Carl Setzer. The original Doujiao Hutong branch will be the scene of a potluck where the brewery supplies a deep-fried turkey and guests bring sides (free for anyone who brings a side to share; 6 Doujiao Hutong, Dongcheng District; 86 10 5717 1399). Jing A Craft brewery Jing A and the cheekily named “nonkosher delicatessen” Traitor Zhou’s are teaming up for Thanksgiving with a laid-back spread of fried chicken and Cajun-style side dishes. Guests can sit either inside the Jing A Taproom or in the 1949 Hidden City courtyard just outside the brewery. There will be two dinner services—one from 6 to 8 p.m. and another from 8 p.m. to late (from $126 per person;86 10 6501 8883) Capital M With sweeping views of Qianmen, the venerable Capital M will leave you in no doubt that you’re celebrating a quintessentially American holiday in China. Though pricing and menu were unconfirmed by publication time, dinner will be a special affair if last year’s three-course menu is anything to go by (call for price; 86 10 6702 2727). The Local Sanlitun’s The Local is one of the few places in the city to have both vegetarian and non-turkey options for Thankgiving. Though this year’s menu and prices haven’t been confirmed yet, owner and manager Kenn Bermel assured T+L it’s happening. Last year, there was a choice of turkey, roast prime rib or beef, or eggplant lasagna. The Westin Beijing Financial Street For Thanksgiving, the Westin is hosting a lavish Thanksgiving dinner with roast turkey, honey-glazed ham, chestnut and mushroom soup, beef tenderloin with cream cheese polenta, cinnamon pumpkin pie, and more ($61 per person) The Orchard Located in the sleepy village of Hegezhuang, The Orchard is far removed—both geographically and conceptually—from the other venues on this list. Much of the produce used in the restaurant’s popular Sunday brunches is grown on site. For this celebration, The Orchard will host a dinner buffet with roast turkey with all the trimmings and a variety of sides. After dinner, guests can walk it all off with a stroll around the koi pond ($55 per person; Hegezhuang Village, Chaoyang District; 86 10 6433 6270) Lily’s American Diner Ah, Lily’s. What would expats do without this cheap, reliable American-style diner? For the low price of $29, you get a plate of genuine imported U.S. turkey with gravy, sides (including mashed potatoes), dessert (apple pie, pumpkin pie, brownie, or cheesecake), and a glass of red or white wine. The Brickyard Last but not least, nothing says Thanksgiving in Beijing like a turkey dinner at the foot of the Great Wall. Stylish eco-retreat The Brickyard has two options: a standalone Thanksgiving dinner and a dine-and-stay package. Dinner highlights roast turkey with all the trimmings, a dessert buffet, live jazz, and a supervised kids’ playroom. A bus service will be available to dinner guests (from $61 per person) —Sijia Chen Want to know more about the above? Read the full scoop here. Berlin Midtown Grill Head to Berlin’s Midtown Grill, which specializes in steak, chops and seafood, but turns out a mean celebratory feast come November: think a buffet of crispy, buttery stuffed turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, green beans, gravy, and more. For $130, you can also take your gala to go and host your very own holiday—without all of the prep work. —Katharine LaGrave Cape Town Savoy Cabbage Enjoy a riff on classic holiday fare at the award-winning Savoy Cabbage, one of Cape Town’s most beautiful restaurants: once scheduled for demolition, the space today largely comprises exposed beams, large windows and bricks from three different centuries. For around $30, you’ll be treated to canapés, chowder, fudge, spiced pumpkin crème brulee, and have your pick of roasted turkey breast with sausage and stuffing or root vegetable risotto with cranberry sauce. —Katharine LaGrave Copenhagen MadMad Mad Bodega Break bread with strangers at Copenhagen’s MadMad Mad Bodega, whose Turkey Day festivities are not just a meal, but an event: learn about the history of Thanksgiving and its traditional foods, try arts and crafts by making an old-fashioned turkey hand, and give thanks, in a group, before digging in family-style to turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, pies and trimmings. With an emphasis on local, seasonal and organic products, a meal at MadMad Mad’s won’t make you feel as guilty about going back for more. —Katharine LaGrave Thanksgiving menus London Courtesy of Melt Room London Thanksgiving might be a U.S. holiday, but just as most things tend to travel across the pond, its celebrations have, too, with more and more London restaurants giving nod to this one with dedicated Thanksgiving menus full of all-American flavors. Come November 26, no Londoner will struggle to get a slice of pumpkin pie. Pleasing both expats and keen adopters of the holiday alike, we’ve rounded up a guide to the very best places to celebrate the holiday in London this year. Big Easy, Covent Garden Big Easy is somewhere you go hungry and leave stuffed. This Thanksgiving, it’s going to be doing itself proud. The relaxed venue is the perfect place to with a group, to indulge in what it’s calling “the ultimate Thanksgiving feast.” The $46 menu includes butternut squash soup, farm-to-table herb-roasted turkey with southern slow cooked gravy, Grandma Emma’s apple cranberry chutney, sweet potato mash, green bean casserole, and coleslaw. Save room for dessert though, for it’s the American favorite: key lime pie. The Blues Kitchen, Camden The Blues Kitchen feels admirably American at the best of times, with a menu full of Texan barbecue and a bourbon collection of size, but it’s really amping things up by hosting an all-singing, all-dancing Thanksgiving party. From 12 p.m. to 1 a.m., a traditional three-course meal with all the trimmings ($46) will be served, alongside free-flowing pumpkin ale and bourbon cocktails, and live rhythm ‘n’ blues that’ll have you on your feet all night. Hotel Chantelle, Marylebone It would be wrong for London’s newest New York import to let the holiday go by without a bang. Whilst the Marylebone restaurant is keeping its Thanksgiving offering under wraps for now, we know it will be family-style dining, where there’s sure to be turkey, yams, and of course, plenty of bourbon cocktails rolling right through to close at 3 a.m. Hubbard and Bell, Holborn Hubbard and Bell, the Brooklyn-esque diner in The Hoxton Holborn, will be serving family-style fare this year, with its shareable Bring Me Food menu. Starters include venison carpaccio and kale Caesar salad; mains feature smoked turkey with sprouts and pickled cranberry, and roast beef with baby beets. Come dessert, it’s all about the pumpkin and pecan pie (though proud Brits can show some love to their turf with a classic British cheese plate). Courtesy of Melt Room Melt Room, Soho Melt Room (pictured, above) is offering nostalgic New York expats a taste of home with a specially crafted Thanksgiving cheese melt. The gourmet sourdough sandwich packs a punch, with pulled turkey, roast sweet potato, stuffing, and Monterey jack cheese, and is served with a side of cranberry sauce. Mount Street Deli, Mayfair Serving up an array of American delights for those on-the-go, on November 26 Mount Street Deli will be getting in on the action. Swing by to pick up some creamy crab chowder, a turkey ballotine sandwich, or roasted Brussels sprout salad with sweet potato, green beans, cranberries, and a maple-pecan dressing. Similarly, home-baked pumpkin pie will be the perfect 4 p.m. refuel. The Narrow, Limehouse The Narrow (pictured, top), a restaurant that offers quintessential views of London’s Thames, is putting on a classic American spread. A $54 three-course menu features herb-stuffed turkey with honey roasted root vegetables, pigs in blankets, cornbread, and cranberry sauce. For dessert, it’s pecan pie, served with boozy bourbon vanilla ice cream. The Richmond, London Fields If you’re not planning on going all out for Thanksgiving but want to give a nod to the holiday, make that nod a slice of pumpkin pie at The Richmond. The oyster bar and restaurant is one of East London’s most stylish new eateries, and speaking from experience, we can say with confidence that its pumpkin pie is as good as its tuna tartare. Sea Containers at Mondrian London, South Bank Sea Containers at Mondrian London on the South Bank is dishing up a delight this with a $100 tasting menu, devised by New York chef Seamus Mullen. It features autumnal American flavors, with the likes of roasted celeriac soup with winter truffles, maple glazed ham, roasted norfolk turkey, and pumpkin pie cheesecake. Soak up the spirit while overlooking the beauty of the Thames. —Alice Tate Want to know more about the above? Read the full scoop here. HIX Mayfair Dine in London luxury at the HIX Mayfair, a restaurant from celebrated chef and restaurateur Mark Hix housed in Brown’s Hotel. Founded nearly 180 years ago by Lord Byron’s butler, Brown’s Hotel is the city’s oldest hotel: according to its history, it was here that Alexander Graham Bell made Britain’s first ever telephone call. Unsurprisingly, traditional Thanksgiving fare at HIX’s comes with an upscale twist: think Portland Crab and sweetcorn broth, free-range turkey with autumn greens and cranberry sauce, and pumpkin pie with Peruvian Gold chocolate. —Katharine LaGrave Melbourne In the southern hemisphere it can be difficult to find turkey, cranberry, and all the trimmings until you’ve reached Christmas Day. Thankfully, Misty Singer, a former Arizonan, has had the Thanksgiving holiday covered for the past 10 years. Misty’s Diner Her restaurant, Misty’s Diner, feels like it has been dropped straight out the 1950s into the suburb of Prahran, about four miles from Melbourne’s city center. This year, on November 26, at least 150 guests (about half of them expat Americans) will take a seat in the red and green booths, watched over by images of Elvis and Marilyn Monroe, and pay $36 for the all-you-can-eat buffet of turkey, smoked ham, green bean casserole, mac and cheese, mashed potato and gravy, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, cornbread, and all the other trimmings. “We also have all the pies you can imagine, including pumpkin and pecan, and everyone eats far too much,” Singer says. To provide the full, authentic Thanksgiving experience, the restaurant will also show the NFL on the big screen. There is one thing about Thanksgiving Misty can’t control, and that’s the weather: by the end of November, temperatures in Melbourne will have reached a sultry 78ºF. —Carrie Hutchinson Milan California Bakery Though turkey isn’t a standard offering on Italian menus, the country known for its cuisine and hospitality keeps visiting Americans in mind come fall. In Milan, the casual restaurant California Bakery will offer a special Thanksgiving dinner at three of its Milan locations on November 26, starting at 9 p.m. The set menu includes a radicchio salad with mushrooms and artichoke carpaccio; pumpkin and chestnut soup; turkey with prune stuffing, gravy, and cranberry sauce; sweet potatoes; sautéed spinach; and a choice of triple chocolate pumpkin pie or apple and frangipane pie. Water, a glass of prosecco, and a glass of wine are also included. There is a kids’ menu (hamburger, french fries, and a brownie) for $10, while the adult menu costs $61 for dining in, and or $44 for takeout. The dinner is available at the Viale Premuda, Corso Garibaldi, and Sant’Ambrogio locations. Reservations required. —Ken Pope best places to see Autumn at it’s best Getty Images Paris Breakfast in America Dig in at Paris’s Breakfast in America, which has been dishing out classic diner fare since it was first opened by Connecticut native Craig Carlson in 2003. Now with three outposts in the French capital, Breakfast in America has become as renowned for its blueberry pancakes as it has for its annual Thanksgiving dinner: For approximately $40, diners receive an aperitif, starter, turkey plate with gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, vegetables and cranberry sauce, and a choice of homemade apple, pumpkin or pecan pie. —Katharine LaGrave Shanghai Although Shanghai probably wouldn’t be the first destination springing to mind for most travelers when considering where to spend Thanksgiving, the city has a glut of restaurants offering traditional and contemporary festive meals that leave diners thankful for, well, America. Make sure to book in advance for one of these authentic Thanksgiving lunches or dinners. Bubba’s Bubba’s Texas-Style Barbeque & Salon is once again apple-wood smoking its delicious turkeys. Guests can dine at one of their two Shanghai locations for a dinner buffet that includes traditional sides such as corn chowder, cornbread stuffing, and pumpkin pie. Liquid Laundry The American gastropub Liquid Laundry is offering a four-course tasting menu. Highlights include foie gras with a chestnut sauce, deep fried turkey, and maple-candied yams with marshmallow. The bar has also brewed a special beer for the occasion, the Good Gourd Y’all, a dry Saison ABV with notes of seasonal spices. Boxing Cat Brewery Sister chain, Boxing Cat Brewery, has also created a special brew for the festive period, called Smashed Pumpkin, with pumpkin additions and pumpkin pie spices. All three restaurants in the BCB chain will be hosting buffet dinners with free flow on their craft beer and house pours. There will be two separate dinner sittings throughout the evening. Wishbone The popular French-style rotisserie joint Wishbone (888-3 Changde Road, near Changping Road. Tel: +86 021 6257 8511) will create their version of an American-style Thanksgiving. Sticking to what they do best, slow-roasted chicken, the restaurant takes an alternative twist to Thanksgiving with the addition of crunchy, deep-fried, pulled pork mac and cheese, smoked bacon gravy, and sweet potato Banoffee pie with hawthorn syrup and a shot of Jameson. The restaurant’s other classic sides, such as okra and cherry tomatoes with lemon parsley vinaigrette, roast pumpkin and tahini, and asparagus with slow poached egg and Parmesan, will also be on the set menu. Egg All-day-breakfast restaurant, Egg (12 Xiangyang Bei Road, near Julu Road), will let their guests eat turkey for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The cute coffee shop and eatery will be serving the bird with mashed potato waffles, gravy, and pickled cranberry relish. Grand Brasserie If looking for a traditional yet decadent Thanksgiving buffet, the warm and inviting setting of Grand Brasserie at Waldorf Astoria Shanghai on the Bund has the service and standards to live up to the highest of expectations. With a smart dress code, the traditional dinner buffet, with turkey, will be served to the delightfully smooth sounds of the resident Jazz band. Cachet Restaurant Thanksgiving buffet dinner at the chic and sophisticated Cachet Restaurant in The Langham Shanghai, Xintiandi will be a traditional affair. The buffet will naturally feature a roast turkey, roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts, pumpkin mash, and honey glazed carrots with gravy and cranberry sauce. The Brew Possibly the most family friendly option on the list, The Brew at the Kerry Hotel Pudong, Shanghai, will offer family-style lunches and dinners with a golden-roasted turkey main course, along with buffet appetizers and desserts—guaranteed to keep the kids, and the young at heart, entertained. —Nyima Pratten Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver celebrates Canadian Thanksgiving in October, but that doesn’t mean the city’s restaurants overlook the American rendition completely. This year, four elegant spots will lure American diners craving a traditional meal come November 26. We got the details on what they plan to serve. Ancora This lovely waterfront restaurant is just a few months old and features a view of Granville Island. Light and bright, it sports a raised ceiling of paneled glass looking over a sleek and uncluttered dining room. This year, their dinner menu will offer turkey two ways: brown butter-roasted breast and jus-glazed leg served with vegetables. Dessert will be the smooth, decadent Ancora chocolate bar ($45 per person). Bacchus The restaurant at the luxury Wedgewood Hotel & Spa has a tradition of offering an American Thanksgiving dinner every year. This November, the menu includes butternut squash soup made from local produce, and roasted, free-range turkey with cranberry compote, stuffing, and potatoes ($57 per person). Amid the lush dining room with intricately woven rugs, velvet-covered settees, and oversize oil pantings on the walls, it will feel like a true event. Rosewood Hotel Georgia The historic Rosewood Hotel Georgia will offer a turkey plate with the traditional trimmings at their 1927 Lobby Lounge. The Turkey Day dinner will also be available for in-room dining for those staying at the hotel (call for price). Yew Seafood + Bar Located inside the Four Seasons hotel, the expansive and contemporary Yew will offer a turkey duo of Fraser Valley turkey breast and leg confit, served with vegetables and stuffing. Things start off with a pumpkin soup, and there are seafood and beef options on the menu, too, but don’t forget to save room for the traditional pies ready for dessert ($45 per person). —Aileen Torres-Bennett Want to know more about the above? Read the full scoop here. Seoul Suji’s Take on the Thanksgiving buffet at Suji’s, a New York-style restaurant and deli celebrated year-round by expats in Seoul for its bagels, pastrami and roast beef. For roughly $50, you can gorge yourself on everything from the traditional (roast turkey, roast beef, mashed potatoes, herb stuffing) to the novel (seafood chowder, Spanish canapés, and nachos). With two seatings and a two-hour window, you’re bound to get your fill. —Katharine LaGrave Tokyo Beacon Try Tokyo’s take on the American holiday at Beacon, a sleek wood and glass space that delivers elegant interpretations of Turkey Day classics. Start with parsnip soup and homemade bacon, and smoked scallops and crispy prosciutto, farro, apple, mushroom salad before moving on to the main event: roast turkey with a stuffing of chorizo, dried cherries and pecans. Dessert is an ode to the pumpkin, with diners receiving both pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin gelato to finish off the meal

Traveling overseas come late November? Doesn’t mean you’ll miss a traditional turkey dinner.

Thanksgiving has long been one of the most celebrated American holidays: marked by everything from turkey to pumpkin pie, from football to the Macy’s Day Parade, and from being thankful to being stuffed, there’s something for everyone. While the day’s festivities can be hard to replicate outside of the U.S., certain restaurants around the world have taken it upon themselves to try—and its something we’re thankful for.

Read on for our ever-expanding list, or jump ahead to your city of interest: Beijing; Berlin; Cape Town; Copenhagen; London; Melbourne; Milan; Paris; Shanghai; Vancouver; Seoul; and Tokyo

 

Beijing

If you think traveling in China means missing Thanksgiving, think again. The large number of American expats living in Beijing ensures that a surprising number of turkey dinners and promotions pop up every November at restaurants, hotels, and breweries. Here are 10 places to celebrate Thanksgiving there this year.

The Big Smoke Bistro

This popular Xingfucun brasserie is pulling out all the stops, serving a honey agave-glazed turkey with red wine gravy. Turkey portions are available for small tables of two or three people all the way up to groups of 14. Sides, like the portobello

Beauty Treatments and Trends on the Costa Blanca

Fashionable fish pedicures, traditional Thai massages, ritual cleansing, colour therapies, ice treatments and moon baths are just some of the many spa treatments available in Alicante. Wellness is taken very seriously in this part of the world.

Ease away the stresses of modern life, switch off your smartphone and tune in to your inner self with a trip to the spa on the Costa Blanca. You can choose one or two treatments during your stay or enjoy a full-blown spa break in a luxury hotel.

You could also combine your stay with cosmetic surgery with leading medics in their field. You could have breast implants, liposuction, Botox or denistry work, for example.

One of the latest holiday trends  is wellness tourism which stresses the importance of prevention of ill-health and making lifestyle changes. This combines two of the world’s top industries – tourism and healthcare. It’s all part of a growing trend to make a holiday a worthwhile experience, like medical tourism, ecotourism, volunteering tourism or educational holidays.

Here is a sample of the luxury spa breaks and treatments available in the Alicante region.

Fishy spas

Those in the know have been enjoying a new kind of pedicure which is taking Europe and the USA by

Navigating Nepal now the dust has settled

Two months after catastrophic earthquakes devastated communities and brought sacred landmarks to the ground, Ruth-Ellen Davis looks at whether it’s time to go back to Nepal.

From the moment the plane descends enough to see the jagged Himalayas thundering skywards behind Kathmandu, Nepal has you transfixed.

Months after leaving, my head was still swept up in the tiny, mountainous country; the slightest wisp of cloud became a snowcapped peak imprinted on the East London horizon.

But more than glorious memories of rising temples, descending lush green rice terraces and strings of fluttering prayer flags illuminated by the sunrise, it was the unending kindness and gentle spirituality of the Nepalese people that made the news of the devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake on 25 April, and the subsequent 7.3 tremor on 12 May, so wholly difficult to bear.

There’s no two ways about it: Nepal needs its visitors back. Reports say tourism is down as much as 90%, and in a country where over half the population work in the industry, its hopes of recovery depend on some semblance of normal daily life returning.

Following the earthquake, is it safe to visit Nepal?
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Is it safe

10 of the best conservation holidays

From monitoring wolves in the Carpathian Mountains to rehabilitating big cats in the Amazon, options abound for benevolent travellers.

1) Monitoring wolves, Slovakia

Picking up wolf poo is just one of the highlights of this eco-expedition, which takes participants to the snow-capped Carpathian Mountains to monitor lynx, wolf and bear populations.

Based in a cosy chalet, volunteers will work with scientists to track the carnivores and may even be involved in capturing and radio-collaring them. It’s great fun and all for a worthy cause: the ultimate aim is to deepen our understanding of the creatures and create a sustainable future for them.

Cost: £1,290 (excluding flights)
Expedition length: 7 days
More information: www.biosphere-expeditions.org

Study these magnificent beasts in the Carpathian Mountains
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2) Conserving the Devonshire coast, UK

Working with North Devon’s hardy wildlife rangers, volunteers signing up to this expedition will find themselves helping out with all manner of tasks: from rounding up ponies to repairing coastal paths.

It’s not all work, though. As well as assisting local rangers, participants will also hit the waves with two gnarly surf lessons delivered by Devon’s finest board riders.

Cost: £295 (excluding travel)
Expedition length: 7 days
Further information:

Top 10 poetry pilgrimages

From Shakespeare’s Stratford to Borges’ Buenos Aires, we explore the destinations that inspired our greatest poets and examine the marks they left behind.

1) Shakespeare, Stratford-upon-Avon

Perhaps the biggest literary pilgrimage of all, Stratford-upon-Avon has become intertwined with England’s National Poet who was born, grew up, and eventually died in the picturesque town.

Sadly, few historical relics remain that showcase Shakespeare’s life in Stratford, and there is little to see aside from museums that swarm with visitors and costumed guides.

Instead, it is perhaps best to simply observe the city as Shakespeare would have seen it. Drink in the Garrick Pub (dating back to 1400) and stroll across the ancient Clopton Bridge. Visitors should also catch a play at the (not so historical) Royal Shakespeare Theatre.

What to read: The Complete Sonnets and Poems: The Oxford Shakespeare by William Shakespeare.

Don’t miss: The funerary monument at the Holy Trinity Church includes a demi-figure of the poet that’s one of only two lifelike depictions of the Bard accepted as an accurate physical portrayal. The church is also the site of Shakespeare’s grave, where an epitaph places a curse on any visitor who “moves my bones”.

Shakespeare’s restored first home is now a

Collected notes on a mind-altering drink

100 years ago, absinthe was banned across much of Europe. Daniel Fahey heads to its birthplace, Val-de-Travers in Switzerland, for a taste of its underground distillation scene.


Editor’s Note:

We sent Daniel Fahey to Val-de-Travers in Switzerland to expose its clandestine absinthe scene, but received only the following: an A4 envelope stuffed with notes, quotes and recorded ramblings. Now we have word that he is safe, we’ve assembled this story from his original work and Dictaphone recordings. It begins with an apology written on a bar bill.

The Editor


C,

The hour is long, the valley dark, and rational thought escapes me. I cannot sleep yet continue to dream. I fear for my eternity. This envelope contains my findings from the last 48 hours, my assignment in full. Sorry it’s not typed, nor ordered, but use what you can. Adjust payment accordingly, and send on to my mother. I wish to walk back to England.

D

Couvet is an average Swiss town with very little remarkable about it. Scattered on the sod of the Val-de-Travers valley, 15km (9 miles) from the French border, its chalets stand in silence. It has a butchers, a cinema and a couple of bars. Cheery locals