Globetrotter Girls: Swimming With Sea Turtles in the Philippines

Author: , March 31st, 2015

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‘You can swim with turtles there.’ That sentence was all I needed to hear in order to change my travel plans once again and to include a detour to Apo Island in my Philippines island hopping trip.

A short conversation with a girl from Canada who I had met on Siquijor Island had just returned from Apo Island, and was telling me all about her amazing snorkeling excursion.

I might not get the chance to swim with whale sharks on this trip, but how I could I turn down the chance to snorkel with turtles, especially since I was ‘right there’, just a short 45-minute ferry ride from Dumaguete from where you could do the snorkeling trip as a day excursion.

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

Laotian Recipies from The Nomadic Boys

Author: , March 31st, 2015

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Our traveling friends the Nomadic Boys just published a few of their favorite Laotian recipes:

Laotian coconut sticky rice desert recipe

Laotian coconut sticky rice is a delicious desert usually made from purple sticky rice and coconut milk. Purple (or black rice) is a healthier grain of glutinous rice and more commonly used in Laos in deserts. The purple rice is not essential and normal white glutinous rice can be used, but the purple variant looks cooler.

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Laotian sticky rice recipe

Sticky rice is the staple food of any Laotian meal. It is called “khao niaow” and made from glutinous rice. It contains a higher sugar level than normal rice, which gives it its stickiness. Despite the name (glutinous rice), Laotian sticky rice is gluten free and therefore great for people with celiac.

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Recipe for Laotian buffalo laap

Laap is the national dish of Laos. It is a minced meat (or fish) salad, served with large amounts of fresh vegetables and herbs. Like the recipe for Peruvian ceviche, the meat in a laap is traditionally raw and “cooks” in the large amount of lime juice used. A more farang (foreigner) friendly version involves the meat being cooked first.

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Recipe for Laotian aubergine jeow spicy dip

Jeow is a spicy dipping sauce served as an accompaniment to Lao meals, like laap (minced meat salad). Like sticky rice, a jeow dish is a staple of a traditional Laotian meal. Jeow can be made from cooked meat, grounded to a paste mixed with various ingredients.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Highlands Resort, Guerneville, California

Author: , March 30th, 2015

Highlands Resort

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

Highlands Resort offers a relaxing and peaceful gay and lesbian (straight-friendly) retreat – a jewel under the redwoods! Situated in the Russian River Wine Country just a short walk to the town of Guerneville, and just an hour and a half from San Francisco and the Bay Area, the Highlands offers private cabins, many with fireplaces, nestled in amongst the flowers and trees.

See the Highlands Resort Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in Sonoma County

Godspell

Author: , March 29th, 2015

Godspell! The lessons and teachings of Jesus Christ are performed through various musical parables from the Gospel According to Matthew. Godspell Palace Theatreties in a variety of music including rock ‘n roll, pop, R&B, ragtime, rap, and many more! Godspell http://glynnhouse.com/events will have you laughing with its modernized references to current events and pop culture. Enjoy this terrific musical April 9 – 11.

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 too. 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.

Puerto Vallarta Mexico for foodies!

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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Looking to experience a fantastic gay friendly culinary destination? Check out Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The very successful, multi-million dollar “Live It To Believe It” campaign launched by Mexico’s tourism department (SECTUR) for 2014 has an exciting, second phase for 2015. Unveiled November 2014 in London at the World Travel Market, the new promotion showcases Puerto Vallarta as an exciting, modern, and sophisticated gay friendly culinary destination.

Puerto Vallarta is on top. Six of the ten, 2014 Trip Advisor’s “Best Fine Dining Restaurants in Mexico” are located in Puerto Vallarta and all are gay-friendly: Cafe Des Artistes, Vista Grill, Ocean Grill, Bistro Teresa, Trio, and Le Kliff. Great dining is very important to the LGBT market. Like the world famous gay nightlife in Puerto Vallarta, this destination boasts hundreds of some of the best chef- inspired restaurants and culinary events in Mexico.  Barcelona Tapas, Vitae, Daiquiri Dicks, Si Senor, The Swedes, Taste and Archie’s Wok.  The list is endless. Many of these fabulous restaurants are gay-owned and operated but all are super gay friendly. Here is the list of the great restaurants in Puerto Vallarta.

Book your trip for Vallarta Gay Pride in May 2015 and take advantage of Restaurant Week 2015. It is an annual food event held the last two weeks of May. Take advantage of over 50 of the best restaurants in Puerto Vallarta some discounted 50% from the regular menu. Discover for yourself how beyond gay friendly Puerto Vallarta can be.

 

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Around the World With Eliad Cohen

Author: , March 29th, 2015

Eliad CohenGay icon and clubbing legend Eliad Cohen on keeping fit whilst travelling the world and why Spain and Brazil are his top party countries.

PAPA Party is notoriously known as one of the biggest and best gay clubbing parties to have ever graced international shores, taking its creator Eliad Cohen around the world spreading PAPA realness.

We caught up with the now gay icon (who takes the hottest selfies known to man!) to talk all things Eliad – from his on-the-go workout regime to why Thailand is his idea of heaven.

You travel the world for the PAPA WORLD TOUR. Where’s your favorite place to party?

I’d have to say that my two favorite countries to party are Spain and Brazil. The energy and the vibe in both, while very different, can be magical. They’re amazing.

By Dan Beeson – Full Story at Gay Star News

Six Affordable Things to Do in Glasgow

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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Not long ago, Glasgow resembled Detroit — once proud city in the midst of a depression that was characterized by liquor, drugs, and crime. Today, Glasgow is possibly the trendiest city in the UK, catering a booming arts scene and a musical surge reminiscent of Motown in Detroit. Despite the Scottish hotspot’s growing popularity (and the all-mighty pound), there are still lots of free or nearly free ways to enjoy all the culture to be found here. These are some of our favorites.

Glasgow School of Art

The magnum opus of Glasgow School of Art, designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, is among the most stunning creations in the industrial-driven city. You can see his touch in each carefully etched each detail of the building, from the grandiose library to the individual high-backed chairs (more fit for an NBA all-star than the average person). Architecture students give hour-long tours of the building for #10 (just under $15), but visiting is completely free.

By Tommy Burson – Full Story at Shermans Travel | Southern Scotland Gay Travel Resources

Globetrotter Girls – Lazy Beach Day in Cambodia

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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I spent the majority of the past week on the beaches of Cambodia. After enduring the relentless heat that takes over Cambodia in March (and even increases in April), it was time to finally hit the coast. And it was the perfect way to enjoy the last few days in one of my favorite countries in the world as my time in Cambodia was coming to an end already.

During my whirlwind tour of Cambodia, I was happy to discover that the people were still just as friendly as I had remembered them, the food was still as delicious, and the beaches were just as gorgeous as I recalled them. Otres Beach remains my favorite, and I didn’t spend much time in Sihanoukville (I did spend long enough there to check out Shoka Beach, pictured above), and rented a bungalow in Otres, about five kilometers outside of town.

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

Waikiki Welcomes LGBT Tourism

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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The epicenter of gay life here is near the intersection of Kalakaua and Kapahulu Streets–about a minute walk away from Waikiki Beach, in the second-story, open-air, scenic spot known as Hula’s Bar & Lei Stand.

Located inside the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Hula’s is a national treasure of the gay community, not just a local stop for mai tais, $6 pitchers of beer, live musical acts, a dance floor and a bevy of 20-something, physically-fit male bartenders and servers.

After all, how many gay bars anywhere have celebrated 40 years of existence, as Hula’s did this past July? Sidetrack, by comparison, will have its 33rd anniversary in 2015. And Hula’s marketing crew is already brainstorming ideas for its 41st celebration during the summer of 2015–something charming, catchy, creative and, no doubt, sexy and celebratory will be the theme of the festivities.

By Ross Forman – Full Story at the Windy City Times | Oahu Gay Travel Resources

Featured Gay Wedding Vendor: Ardmor House, Edinburgh, Scotland

Author: , March 29th, 2015

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Periodically we’ll feature one of our vendors here to let our readers know about some great people who can help you plan the perfect wedding.

Thank you for visiting and considering Ardmor House for your trip to Edinburgh! Our house is the perfect base to explore the city, whether you’re visiting for business or pleasure.

See the Ardmor House Expanded Listing on Purple Unions Here

Gay Friendly Wedding Vendors in Scotland