, July 28th, 2014
The New Hampshire Music Festival presents a series of intimate musical experiences performed by members of the Festival Orchestra. Don’t miss a delightful evening of Chamber Music http://www.glynnhouse.com/calendar/#august_2014.
Stay at the romanticGlynn House Inn during your New Hampshire winter getaway and experience elegant surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Don’t leave your four-footed canine pal at home. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. View the Glynn House www.glynnhouse.com/ website for additional information about the Inn and local activities.
, July 28th, 2014
No matter where you live, it’s worth visiting New York City at least once a year if only to be able to talk about the newest restaurants and hottest food trends from experience. It really makes no difference whether you long for New York street food or prefer to chase down Michelin stars. Though classic New York staples like bagels as big as your head and dollar-a-slice pizza are here to stay, much of the flavor of New York comes from the rotating cast of characters who are constantly reinventing the city’s cuisine. The choices here highlight some of the city’s most exciting and creative chefs, as well as the meticulously prepared dishes served by the world’s most venerable restaurateurs.
Beauty & Essex
The sign for Beauty & Essex hangs high above an entrance that blends better with the rough facades of mini-marts than those of the modern boutiques that surround it on the Lower East Side. Opening the door, I still wasn’t sure I was in the right place–instead of the restaurant I expected, I was standing in a vintage pawn shop. A few tentative steps forward, and the cashier waved me over to an unmarked door that opened into the lively bar and dining room of Beauty & Essex, an upscale lounge/restaurant/club with a growing reputation as a place to see and be seen.
Its rise in popularity might be partly due to this truth: Beauty & Essex is on a short list of places where you can confidently seek out both a superb dinner and a classy fling in the same, exquisite evening. The clientele is a celebratory bunch, a mix of trendy people in their late-20s to uptown sophisticates looking for the next big thing. Managers play matchmaker by encouraging patrons to mingle on the second-floor lounge for cocktails. Walking through the bar, the mood it set by dark decor and low lighting running down either side and into the dining room. High ceilings topped by a glass roof lend an air of infinity to a city so cramped. The aesthetic is smoothed by round wooden tables and curved leather booths.
By Amy Nordrum and Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport Magazine | New York Gay Travel Resources
, July 28th, 2014
Sacramento’s Theatre scene is so, so gay. And it’s not just because we have our very own gay theatre company. Many of the theatres in the area have put on gay-themed productions of late. And their non-LGBT stuff is usually pretty good too.
Here’s a rundown of the theatres you might want to check out when you’re in town.
The Closet Door Theatre Company
First there was the Lambda Players. When we moved to the Sacramento area in 2003, there was a gay theatre company called the Lambda Players. They put on a regular series of plays every year, and though they were sometimes a little amateur, we really loved having a gay theatre here. But after several location changes, the company closed down in 2011.
Our friend Rich stepped into the gap a couple years back and started up the Closet Door Theatre Company, and they now put on 3-4 shows a year. The company doesn’t yet have its own space – check their website for locations. Past productions include “The Normal Heart”, “The Little Dog Laughed”, and “The Last Sunday in June”. If you’re in town during their season, come support this great little gay theatre company.
We’ll also run down some of the other great independent theatres in the area, along with a brief explanation of why we think each one is a little light in the loafers.
B Street Theatre
2711 B Street
Hands-down one of the best local small theatres – B Street is planning to build a beautiful new facility much closer to the beating heart of midtown, breaking ground later this year after almost a decade of fundraising. They have three series, and their B3 series often features edgier plays with social commentary.
Why It’s Gay: They’ve done several gay-themed plays, including “The Little Dog Laughed”; handsome young actor Jason Kuykendall (sadly straight) has appeared sans clothing (or mostly so) in several productions, and regular Kurt Johnson lent his time to the local reading of “8″, the play.
2215 J Street
The Capital Stage is a great one-theatre venue on J. Street, not far from the gay bars at 20th and K. The theater often showcases plays with social commentary.
Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Maple and Vine”, the subversive tale of a mixed-race NYC couple who flees the Big Apple to lve in a town that is a throwback to the 50′s, or at least the period as reimagined with nostalgia. The play features a strong gay subplot.
New Helvetia Theatre
1028 R Street
Located on the stretch of R Street that’s been labeled “up-and-coming” as an artist colony with a fun and funky vibe, the New Helvetia boasts a recently renovated space and really good cookies.
Why It’s Gay: The theatre just wrapped a production of “Sings From an Unmade Bed”, a one-man show (with accompanying three-piece band) that consists solely of songs about gay love and loss. Actor Connor Mickiewicz played the role, at times brash and funny, at times breathtakingly vulnerable. We sat next to his grandfather at the play, and it was beautiful to see how proud the man was of his grandson.
Runaway Stage Productions
1075 W Capitol Ave, West Sacramento
2791 24th St, Sacramento
This theatre company just came to our attention this last week. They use two venues – one at Sierra 2 (an adult continuing education venue just south of Downtown), and one across the Tower Bridge in West Sacramento.
Why It’s Gay: The company is currently performing “Nunsense: A Men”, an all-male version of the popular play “Nunsense” (the original one). A bunch of men dressed up as nuns? How much gayer can you get? And funny, too!
So check out the thriving Sacramento theatre scene the next time you’re in town – chance are there will be something gay!
, July 26th, 2014
August 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!).
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
, July 26th, 2014
Another 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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, July 26th, 2014
Clearly, 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
, July 25th, 2014
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
, 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, devotees 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.
, July 25th, 2014
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:
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.
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.
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.
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 Vine
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.
1800 L Street
Tapa the World
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.
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.
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.”
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 Apothecary
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.
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.
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