Nomadic Boys – Recipe for Vietnamese Cao Lau

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Cao Lau - Nomadic BoysCao Lau was our favourite Vietnamese dish. It is a noodles based dish with slowly cooked sliced pork, bean sprouts and herbs served in a rich broth and topped with deep fried wonton crackers.

Cao Lau originates from the Central Vietnamese city of Hoi An. The noodles have a chewiness to them and are darker then normal white noodles. The colour is apparently due to the noodles being soaked in ash water from a particular tree on Cham island near Hoi An.

Japanese soba noodles are a good alternative, which have the similar texture. We had many yummy Cao Laus when we visited Hoi An and took a cooking class with the Golden Lotus Cooking school.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Vietnam Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls – The Philippines in Pictures

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Philippines - Dany at Globetrotter Travel

This is my very last post about the Philippines – at least for now. My next trip to this gorgeous country is already in the works, and I can’t wait to visit all the places I didn’t make it to the first time around.

Whenever people ask me about my favorite places in South East Asia, I can’t stop gushing over the picture-perfect beaches I visited, the lush green islands with their scenic rice fields and softly swaying palm trees, a stark contrast to the urban sprawl of Manila which is rapidly turning into a modern, advanced city; rivaling Singapore and Bangkok with the number of skyscrapers and shopping malls that continue to emerge in the ever growing capital.

When I sat in one of Manila’s third-wave coffee shops, located in one of the shiny fancy malls, after returning from Palawan, I couldn’t believe that a day earlier, I had shared the road with ox carts and that I didn’t even have cell phone reception in El Nido – now I was surrounded by people who were all glued to their smartphones again.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Philippines Gay Travel Resources

Five Things to See in Cambodia and Laos

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Cambodia - google mapsThis weekly travel column is brought to you by ManAboutWorld, an immersive digital gay travel magazine for iOS and Android devices from Billy Kolber, Ed Salvato, Kenny Porpora, and nearly 75 Global Correspondents.

Cambodia and Laos sit between Thailand and Vietnam and are among the least developed countries in Southeast Asia. Tourism is a bright spot in both countries, and based on our short exploration, it is easy to see why. Despite the difficult history and circumstances, people greet visitors with enormous smiles and warmth. Cambodia’s magnificent Angkor Wat complex, rediscovered in the 1850s, is a bucket list draw for world travelers.

It has brought about tourism infrastructure development, and some of the same free-wheeling tourist economy trappings — good and bad — seen in more developed tourist economies. By comparison, Laos is most notable for its relative lack of development, but here too, the power of tourist spending is changing the landscape — literally and quickly.

We visited the three most accessible destinations in the area: Siem Reap and Phnom Penh in Cambodia, and Luang Prabang in Laos. All three are easily reached, with accommodations for luxury travelers, backpackers, and everything in between.

By Ed Salvato – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Cambodia Gay Travel Resources | Laos Gay Travel Resources

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Featured Gay Accommodations: Arden Forest Inn, Ashland, Oregon

Author: , May 22nd, 2015

Arden Forest Inn

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Ashland’s best kept secret! Come see why our guests say, “the best keeps getting better.” Upon your arrival, you’ll discover a unique and eclectic environment dominated by a collection of original art, curiosities, and an extensive library – all housed in an historic Ashland home. The folk Victorian farmhouse with adjoining carriage house, were both built in 1890 by one of Ashland’s founding families.

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Globetrotter Girls – The Ultimate European Vacation: Europe By Rail

Author: , May 21st, 2015

Dany at Globetrotter Girls

For me, there is no more relaxing way to travel than riding the train. Sitting by the window, a cup of coffee in one hand, my camera in the other hand, and watching the world go by, the landscapes change, while listening to the smooth and steady rattling sound of the train gliding down the tracks is the perfect way for me to see a country. I have taken trains in Thailand, the U.S., Spain, Portugal, Panama, India, Italy, Sri Lanka (I have an article about that amazing experience coming up), from England to France, all over the UK, and all over Germany.

I believe that my love for trains was planted at a very early age, when my grandma would take me as a 3-year old on train rides across the country, simply because as a train driver’s wife, she was entitled to free train travel, and nothing was more delightful to her than spending a few hours on a train.

For her, it was all about the journey, never about the destination, and her giddiness and excitement whenever we got on a train was infectious. I was recently able to plant the seed for another train travel lover when I took my 3-year old niece on her first train trip, and the sparkle in her eyes as the train rolled down the tracks me fall in love with train travel all over again. Her first train trip was within Germany, but I am hoping to introduce her to more of Europe soon – more on that below.

By Dany – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls

What’s New in Gay and Chicago

Author: , May 21st, 2015

ChicagoThe stools at Dove’s Luncheonette (1545 N Damen Ave. Tel: 773-645-4060. www.doveschicago.com) in Wicker Park are crafted of a shiny, rich brown vinyl and gleam with newness. On a bustling weekday afternoon each one will be flattened by Midwestern butts–which are arguably more voluminous during the winter months. Dee Dee Warwick’s “A Fool for Love” is playing on a record player, not on the vintage Select-O-Matic 100 jukebox hiding in the corner, which works only about half of the time.

Meanwhile, gratuitous wood paneled walls give the whole place a kind of 70s dive bar vibe and provides the requisite cue that we are deep in the heart of hipster country. But the real draw at this newly opened throwback diner from superstar chef Paul Kahan (Big Star, the Publican) is the menu whose Tex-Mex inspired standouts include smoked brisket with avocado, pico de gallo, chicarones and green chile vinaigrette rolled into a large flour tortilla, or chicken fried chicken drenched in chorizo verde gravy and topped with sweat peas and pearl onions. It is joints like this that remind the world why Chicago is everyone’s kind of town.

There is much to be excited about in Chicago these days. Yes, it’s still cold December through March (and sometimes November and April), yes the crime rate is higher than residents would like it to be (although way down overall when measured against previous decades), and yes the Cubs still suck (but does anybody really honestly care?). On the other hand, a spate of enchanting new public parks are slated for 2015 arrival (two of which are profiled below), neighborhoods like the West Loop, Fulton Market, Pilsen, and Logan Square that were quiet a mere decade ago are now chockablock with bars, restaurants, shops, and art galleries, and the city’s queer scene has gotten so big that Boystown on weekend summer nights rivals places like the French Quarter and Ybor City in terms of exuberant revelry.

By Jason A. Heidemann – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Illinois Gay Travel Resources

Gay Travel: Turin Like a Local

Author: , May 21st, 2015

Giovanni MinerbaThe Turin (Torino) Gay & Lesbian Film Festival director on his impossibly chic hometown, from alpine vistas to charming pizzarias

I’ve lived here since…
…1972, after having done military service here [before this Giovanni lived in Lecce in the south of Italy]. Therefore, I’ve been here for 43 years – I was 21 so I can say that I grew up in Turin!

I’ve stayed because…
…I met many of my best friends and above all Ottavio Mai, my life partner who passed away. Together we founded the ‘From Sodom to Hollywood’ Festival, now known as the Torino Gay & Lesbian Film Festival [which celebrated its 30th birthday this past weekend]. It has become the third most important film festival about LGBT themes in the world.

By Giovanni Minerba – Full Story at Gay Star News | Piedmont Gay Travel Resources

Nomadic Boys: Recipe for Vietnamese Savory pancakes

Author: , May 20th, 2015

Nomadic BoysBanh Xeo are Vietnamese pancakes, which have been deep fried and cooked with pork, shrimp and bean sprouts.

They are served with a yummy sweet, fish, chilli, garlic based sauce for dipping.

We took an excellent cooking class in Hoi An with the Golden Lotus Cooking school where Sebastien learnt this recipe for these finger licking Vietnamese savoury pancakes.

Full Story at the Nomadic Boys | Vietnam Gay Travel Resources

Five Things You Can’t Miss in Berlin

Author: , May 20th, 2015

Berlin - Apple MapsBerlin’s been on the receiving end of some backlash as of late. Having been the reigning king of cool for so long, it’s now even trendier to lash out against it, to claim Berlin is ‘over’ and to declare a dozen or so burgeoning the cities “the new Berlin!” But these headlines are mostly unfounded, and while we suspect travelers have grown bored and weary with media’s constant and sometimes hyperbolic praise of Berlin, they’ve not yet grown tired of the city itself. Step one foot in Berlin and it’s still every bit abuzz and edgy as it ever was. And we have a couple reasons why it might be time to check it out.

The first is Berlin Gay Pride (known locally as Christopher Street Day) takes place June 21-27, with festivities and events spread over the week.

The other is a bit more hardcore: Folsom Europe the world’s biggest leather party (September 12-13). This two-day celebration of kink and fetishistic debauchery, where anything goes and nothing shocks, is a crowded, sweaty, festival of whips and chains, furries and slaves, collars and ball-gags, daddies and maids. And if that weren’t enough, it’s being held for the 12th year in Berlin, full of Germans who always manage to make any sexual act that much dirtier. So break out the nipple clamps and Gun Oil, because things are about to get messy.

By Ed Salvato, Man About World – Full Story at Towleroad.com | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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White Mountains Triathlon

Author: , May 20th, 2015

The White Mountains Triathlon http://glynnhouse.com/events/ takes Glynn House Evening-cplace in and throughout Franconia Notch State Park and the White Mountain National Forest. A more magnificent and awe-inspiring venue for a race cannot be found!! Swim in the crystalline waters of the Notch’s Echo Lake, ride among the fields and forests of the valley region, and along the rocky path of the Wild Ammonusuc River, through the majesty of the woods of the White Mountain National Forest. Our infamous “King of the Mountain” cash and coveted polka dot jersey awards will be made once again for the best climbers among men and women on a 1 mile section of the half course ascent to Kinsman Notch and the beauty of Beaver Pond at the mile 21 turnaround. For 2015, the Oly bike course will be expanded from 20.8 mi to 24 mi and will utilize the “big loop” of the half course. If you’re an athlete, or supporter, don’t miss the White Mountains Triathlon on June 6.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s White Mountains and Lakes Region – offers guests and exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your four-footed canine pal on holiday and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and enjoy antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, skiing, snowmobiling, ‘tax free’ shopping and scenic drives along tranquil country roads. Visit the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities.