GayFest! Comes to Philadelphia in August

Author: , July 26th, 2014

You Know My NameAugust is looking very gay in Philadelphia with the fourth annual GayFest! – a festival of LGBT theater presented by Quince Productions. This year’s festival, August 5-23 at various theaters in Philadelphia, is bigger than ever: you can check out three special events, four mainstage plays, and five one-night stands (of the theatrical variety, that is!).

Special Events

GayFest! opens with a two-night performance (August 5-6) of Head Over Heels. New York-based dance company The Bang Group returns to open GayFest! after their triumphant appearance at GayFest! 2012 with “Misters and Sisters.” Their new show, in typically hilarious Bang Group fashion, presents an amalgam of influences from gay culture and street dance to MGM musicals.

Week 2 sees a special one-night only benefit for GayFest! and Equality PA: Standing On Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays a series of short plays by famous playwrights on the subject of same-sex marriage.

Week 3′s special event is the international hit show Confessions of a Mormon Boy Steven Fales’ one-man, which has wowed audiences from off-Broadway to London, Dublin, and Edinburgh. Before The Book of Mormon there was a Mormon Boy!

By Joseph pedro – Full Story at Passport | Philadelphia Gay Travel Resources | Other Gay Travel Events

Photo: You Know My Name

Munich Gay Pride Draws Thousands

Author: , July 26th, 2014

Munich, Germany - Apple MapsAnother German city celebrated Gay Pride with gusto this weekend. Munich’s 34th Pride celebration, Christopher Street Day (CSD), took place from 12-20 July, finishing with the main pride march held last Saturday.

Munich CDS is the third largest in Germany after Berlin and Cologne, with an average attendance between 8-10,000.

The first celebration of CDS in Munich took place on 28 June 1980.

Full Story at Pink News | Germany Gay Travel Resources

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Disney World

Author: , July 26th, 2014

Epcot CenterClearly, Disney World offers a travel experience that you can’t exactly replicate anywhere else. From its signature rides to its extravagant parades and fireworks, no other amusement park does it quite like Disney. Its unique offerings go well beyond that, however. Here are some unique things that you never thought you’d find at an amusement park.

1. Central Florida’s only AAA Five-Diamond restaurant

Believe it or not, you can dine at a AAA Five-Diamond restaurant in the middle of a theme park resort. A huge departure from the usual theme park restaurant, the super upscale Victoria & Albert’s offers a rotating menu and a posh chef’s table, from which you can observe the inner workings of the kitchen. Of course, all the fanciness comes at a price. A prix fixe dinner starts at $135 per guest.

2. A ride with motion sickness bags

Can your stomach handle going to infinity and beyond? The sensation of being weightless during Epcot’s Mission: SPACE has caused some unlucky passengers to experience a bit of queasiness during their trek to “Mars.” This resulted in the addition of motion-sickness bags to the ride, making it the first ever attraction to do so. There are also two versions of the ride: the orange is the more intense experience, and the green is a bit tamer.

By Christine Dayao – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Central Florida Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Santiago de Cuba

Author: , July 25th, 2014

Santiago de Cuba - Alain

My fabulous, Cuban landlords had warned me not to go to Santiago de Cuba — and I should have listened. Well, I actually did. I scrapped it off my list of places to visit before flying to Havana. Instead of going to Santiago, I changed my itinerary to Vinales. However, as I started my way from Havana to Cienfuegos to Trinidad and to Santa Clara, I changed my plan in a fickle of mind. I thought, Santiago de Cuba was nearer to go from Camaguey than going back to Havana and then to Vinales. I’d have lost a day if I had done it.

My arrival at the bus station in Santiago didn’t start as planned. I arrived at midnight and I expected that the owner of the casa where I’d be staying would be there when I disembarked. I waited for 30 minutes and, unfortunately, nobody came to meet me.

I finally surrendered myself to one of the five touts whose job is to convince tourists to stay in the casa that gives them a commission. But, before I got into the hired taxi, I negotiated the price first ($20/night) and never budged whenever they tried to go higher than that. And maybe, because of my stubbornness, they brought me to a terrible casa. Oh well, so much for budget backpacking.

By Alain – Full Story at The Sojourner | Cuba Gay Travel Resources

Gay Pride Infographic

Author: , July 25th, 2014

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57th Annual NH Antiques Show: Aug 7- 9

Author: , July 25th, 2014

To many collectors of antiques, it seems that the whole cult began in the state of New Hampshire. For more than 150 years, NH Antiquesdevotees of the history of American culture have been heading to the Granite State to load their wagons with treasured artifacts of times past. The notion of the little shop tucked away on a country lane, with mountains in the distance and the coffee pot on the wood stove, triggers the heart of the collector to hit the road.Although the artifacts have become scarcer, the quest continues, and the state prides itself on the many active antiques dealers who make their homes here. The Annual NH Antiques Show http://glynnhouse.com/events brings together a superb collection of dealers

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘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.

Gay Sacramento: Where to Eat

Author: , July 25th, 2014

Mayahuel

Sacramento has a great foodie scene – it’s one of the pioneers in the Farm to Fork movement, emphasizing local ingredients being used wherever possible.

We’ve lived her for 11 years now, and some of our favorites have come and gone (miss you, Masque!) but there are still many great restaurants in the Sacramento area.

Here are our current favorites:

ZocaloZocalo
http://zocalosacramento.com
1801 Capitol Ave

Until recently, we only had one favorite Mexican restaurant in town, and on the balance, it’s still our favorite. it’s called Zocalo, and specializes in a modern Mexican cuisine – authentic dishes done very well, with a modern twist. zocalo is in the heart of Midtown, at capital and 18th streets.

The building was an old car dealership, and then a garage. The architecture is been redone, but still has its historic roots, with floor-to-ceiling windows that let intensive light, and a beautiful Mexican themed decor. zocalo is also one of the most gay friendly restaurants in Sacramento, regularly supporting the pride parade and festival.

Chef Ryan Rose, although not gay, is also very friendly, and has some great, innovative dishes. one of our favorites is the enchiladas going to want though – chicken enchiladas with a comment your green sauce.Surprisingly, the French toast here at brunch is also amazing. Put this restaurant on your must-eat list next time you’re in Sacramento.

MayahuelMayahuel
http://tequilamuseo.com
1200 K Street

Our other, new favorite Mexican place is Mayahuel, on K Street and 12th. It’s a little smaller than Zocalo, but it’s gorgeous inside.

Its theme is tequila – in fact, its official name is Mayahuel Restaurant and Tequila Museum – and there are even tequila lockers you can rent on an ongoing basis to have a bottle of your favorite brand held for you.

The Mexican food here is also elevated – they have a creamy poblano pepper soup that’s to die for. And Mayahuel is also gay friendly – they host a monthly mixer for gay men in their event room next door to the restaurant.

Pizza RockPizza Rock
http://pizzarocksacramento.com
1020 K Street

In the mood for a great pizza? Pizza Rock, the brainchild of award winning chef Tony Gemignani (he’s an American chef who won the World Pizza Cup Championship for his pizza in Naples!) offers pizza four ways – Italian, American, Sicilian and Calzone.

The decor is awesome, within an homage to Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel painting on the ceiling – except instead of touching fingers, God is handing electric guitar to Adam.

The baked brie here is amazing, there’s an fantastic salads, and you can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas. The place is a bit loud though, so don’t come here planning have a conversation, unless you ask to be seated outside on a nice evening.

PorchThe Porch
http://www.theporchrestaurantandbar.com
1815 K St Sacramento

The Porch is a new find for us – this cozy midtown restaurant specializes in comfort food. Pulled pork sandwiches, french fries, hamburgers, and more – but with a gourmet twist.

As the name suggests, the restaurant has a large porch along the front, where you can sit outside and watch the people go by as you enjoy your lunch or dinner.

The baked brie here comes with a different homemade jam each time, and all have been delicious. This one is also a great place for conversations – there’s a TV on the bar side but the volume is turned off. Porch has a great hang-out vibe.

Downtown and VineDowntown and Vine
http://downtownandvine.com
1200 K Street

Just down the block from Mayahuel is another new find. Downtown and Vine specializes in pairing wine with some amazing edibles. And while the focus here is clearly on the wine, the food was surprisingly good.

For a light lunch, we had their cheese and meat plate and a side of humus that came with five different veggies piled around the dish.

The food is simple but top-notch, and the restaurant, though small, is quiet and low key, the perfect place to hang out, cool down on a hot summer day, eat, drink, and be Mary. :P

Aioli
http://aiolibodega.com
1800 L Street

Tapa the World
http://www.tapatheworld.com
2115 J. Street

There are a couple good tapas places in midtown – Aioli, just a block up 18th Street from Zocalo, and Tapa the World, at J. Street and 21st.

Both have a great selection of tapas plates – small plates you can order together ane eat family-style – of the two, Tapa the World has a wide variety of cuisines, while Aioli sticks mostly to Spanish dishes.

Cafeteria 15LCafeteria 15L
http://www.cafeteria15l.com
1116 15th St.

As the name suggests, 15L is at the corder of 15th and L streets. They have a gorgeous open dining room – almost a dining hall – and an outdoor patio too, as well as outdoor seating along the street. But it’s not a cafeteria per se: you order at the table, and food is brought to you.

The cuisine is gourmet American – burgers, tater tots, sliders, chicken strips, and much more – like Porch, comfort food, but done well.

It’s also just around the corner from the convention center and Community Center theatre.

Hock Farm
http://www.paragarys.com/sacramento-restaurants/hock-farm/
1415 L Street

Just a block west of 15L on L street, Hock Farm is the only one of the Paragary restaurants on our list. Randy Paragary is the restaurant king in sacramento, with at least 13 restaurants in the greater Sacramento area.

Hock Farm has a nice earthy feel, and specializes in farm to For dishes, with an emphasis on locally-sourced food.

It’s named after John Sutter’s Hock Farm, originally established in the area in 1841. It’s a great place for a tasty local meal, and the food is gourmet but not “fancy.”

Cafe Vinoteca
http://cafevinoteca.com
3535 Fair Oaks Blvd #C

Although it’s not in the downtown core, it’s only ten minutes away by car on Highway 50. Caffe Vinoteca is an old-school Italian restaurant – cute and casual – and a neighborhood gem.

The food is surprisingly good. This is one of those places the locals go, and it’s not uncommon to have an actual Italian speaking waiter here too, for that extra touch of authenticity.

The restaurant has been around for years and years, but they upped their game this last year or two, and the food wend from decent to terrific.

Andy's Candy ApothecaryAndy’s Candy Apothecary
http://andyscandystore.com
1012 9th St.

Want a little something sweet after dinner? Andy’s Candy Apothecary won a contest last year for one new business to get start-u capital and a year’s rent in a downtown location.

The owner’s concept was chosen, and now he runs a great little candy shop not far from the Capitol, and more importantly, just two blocks from the location of the new Kings basketball arena, to open in 2016.

He sells prepackaged candy (the lemon cream almonds are amazing) and individual gourmet candies – perfect for a little sweetness after a heavy dinner.

Devine GelateriaDevine Gelateria
http://devinegelateria.com
1221 19th St.

We’re suckers for a good gelato, and Devine never disappoints. They’re a locally owned shop, and usually display between twenty and thirty flavors at once – more on the weekends.

They also have a cute little patio in the back and seating that spills out in the front onto the sidewalk.

It’s ideal for a hot spring or summer day.

We hope you enjoy some of our choices – there are so many more places here to explore too. Check out Eat the Grid for more ideas.

Sacramento Gay Travel Resources

Jefferson Starship – Aug 1

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Jefferson Starship http://glynnhouse.com/events/ descended from Jefferson Airplane—who performed at Monterey and flying-monkeyWoodstock, at Altamont with the Rolling Stones, and shared the bill countless times with Grateful Dead & Janis Joplin, and whose music helped define a generation focused on civil rights, environmental awareness and anti-war activism—is set to perform their 2,000th concert since they first soared in 1974 … following the 1972 dissolution of Jefferson Airplane. The band continues to perform their iconic repertoire of hits spanning all eras of their existence, including “Jane,” “Somebody To Love,” “Miracles,” “White Rabbit,” “Volunteers,” “Count On Me” and many more.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘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.

 

Attic Treasures Roadshow at the Castle: Aug 3

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Join other collectors for Attic Treasures Roadshow http://glynnhouse.com/events in the Winnipesaukee Room. Appraiser Castle of the CloudsBruce Buxton of Portland, ME will discuss and evaluate your family heirlooms and flea market finds. Please limit 2 items per person.

The romantic Glynn House Inn – situated in the heart of New Hampshire’s spectacular lakes and mountains – offers guests an exceptional experience. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal on holiday too and reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Venture away from the Inn and antiquing, art galleries, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, ‘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.

Eating Filipino Food in Berlin

Author: , July 24th, 2014

Pan Restaurant - BerlinYou know that feeling when you’re traveling and you get cravings for food from home? You just can’t ingest another plate of schnitzel or curry wurst anymore? I sometimes have that. I want to pig out on adobo lechon kare-kare sinigang na ulo ng bangus tinolang manok longganisa shet pati dinuguan pinakbet ginataang alimango ok tama na. Nagutom ako bigla.

But it’s always difficult to find a Filipino restaurant in Europe even in the big cities eh so I always end up going Vietnamese or Thai just to satisfy my cravings, you know? Naging conyo bigla haha.

Imagine my excitement when my Fil-Am friend Anne told me that there is a Filipino restaurant in Berlin and asked if I wanna go check it out with her. I said YES without batting an eyelash.

By DJ Yabis – Full Story at SOURCE | Germany Gay Travel Resources