The Best Sushi in Tokyo – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 18th, 2016

Sushi in Tokyo

When you first think of Japanese cuisine, sushi is probably the first thing that comes to mind. Tokyo is one of the best places in the world for an intense sushi #foodporn experience, mainly as a result of having the world’s largest fish market. We set out to discover some of the places to enjoy the best sushi in Tokyo and also stumbled on a few more obscure discoveries.

WHAT IS SUSHI?

Sushi is raw fish, sliced into small pieces and served on cooked vinegared rice. When it’s served without the rice it’s called sashimi. Sushi literally means, sour tasting in Japanese and comes from the old tradition of preserving raw fish by fermenting it by wrapping it in soured fermenting rice. The fish proteins are then broken down via the fermentation.

WHERE TO EAT THE BEST SUSHI IN TOKYO? – THE TSUKIJI FISH MARKET!

Tsukiji is famous for being the largest fish market in the world. Daily auctions start from 4am, drawing huge crowds. This is serious fish business. The most expensive fish (222kg of bluefin tuna) was sold here for $1.8m (155.4 million yen) on 5 January 2013.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Windwardside Main House – Gay US Virgin Islands Vacation Rental

Author: , July 17th, 2016

Windwardside Main House - US Virgin Islands

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

Welcome to the Windwardside Main House, an elegant retreat with lovely furnishings, a beautiful view and lush tropical gardens. It is the most intimate and traditional of all of our homes in Coral Bay.

The design is reminiscent of a bygone era in the caribbean but the amenities are modern and designed for comfort.

My husband (a retired builder on the island) and I designed this home. We have years of experience of offering visitors to the island an unusual experience that brings them outside of their day to day life but is a comfortable and welcoming home away from home. Recent renovations to the house have added much to its beauty and charm.

Sunday to Sunday rental. Internet throughout villa.

See the Windwardside Main House Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the US Virgin Islands

Slurping Noodles in Japan – Nomadic Boys

Author: , July 17th, 2016

Stefan Arestis - Nomadic Boys

Japan is the place to come for some of the tastiest food on the planet, particularly noodles. Whether it’s the rich dreamy broth based ramen or the juicy thick yummy udon, Japanese noodles are sure to rock your world.

But when it comes to eating said noodles, what better way to show your appreciation then with several beautifully timed, loud SLURPS!? You read right. In Japan, slurping is considered good manners and a sign you’re enjoying your meal. Just take care of the splash back on your clothes…!

So, should I slurp my noodles in Japan? Absolutely – and with plenty of gusto and pride.

By Stefan Arestis – Full Story at the Nomadic Boys

Morocco’s Hassan II Mosque at Night

Author: , July 17th, 2016

Hassan II Mosque

The Hassan II Mosque by night looks like it is surrounded by glowing embers of shining gold. It looks more tantalizing to our sense of sight than it is during the day. The pulsating rhythm of the rising tides that smash the seawall blends well with the call of prayer that comes out from the mosque.

As you can see, the pinnacle of the minaret is topped with a laser light which is directed towards Mecca, islam’s holiest city.

I came here late in the afternoon and left ’till it got dark. Hassan II Mosque is the world’s third largest mosque but its minaret is the tallest in the world.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

Morocco Gay Travel Resources

Gay Sailing With Saltyboys – The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Author: , July 16th, 2016

Today we’re launching a partnership with The Scruffy Italian Traveler – Sergio Scardia – with this post from his blog. Welcome Sergio!

Scruffy Italian Traveler

I have partnered with Saltyboys, specialists in Gay Sailing worldwide, to enjoy a beautiful Sailing cruise Au Naturel (yes, it means Naked!) in in the Saronic Gulf, in Greece, in August (20-27th August). Do you want to join me? Click here and book now! There are only a few places still left!

I have been to Greece a few times in the past, in Mykonos (I hear you saying: obviously!), Athens, Paros, but I have not visited yet the Saronic Gulf, so I am really curious to discover the beauty of the area! We will visit the idyllic harbour villages of Hydra, Poros, Aegina and Epidavros with its ancient amphitheater! Oh well… who am I lying to? The idea of spending 1 full week naked on the sea with other like-minded guys from all over the world, aged roughly 25-45, is very appealing too!

No matter if you have ever sailed or not (I have never been myself on a sailing boat for a 1-week cruise for example): Saltyboys welcomes both first-timers and more experienced sailors on board. And, by the end of the cruise, everyone will be a sailor anyway!

The yachts are modern with plenty of space to relax, comfortable cabins, a fully equipped galley and several bathrooms. Also, it doesn’t matter if you are a solo traveller, like me! As long as you feel comfortable being naked around other like minded international gay guys, you can still join the fun of the boat cruise, and become a nude Saltyboy as well! On the first evening, after getting to meet each other during the first shopping and some sun-downers, a cabin division will be made: you will be teamed up with someone you have clicked with! Of course, if you come with a friend or your partner, you can share the cabin with that person.

By Sergio Scardia – Full Story at The Scruffy Italian Traveler

Events: Israel Potter – American Patriot

Author: , July 15th, 2016

Event: Israel Potter – American Patriot – a rollicking romp through the American evening smallRevolution http://glynnhouse.com/events/! This highly imaginative and fast-paced adventure is the somewhat true tale of a New England farmer-turned soldier-turned Revolutionary War hero!  Join Israel as he leaves the Berkshires and his beloved fiancee to fight for America’s freedom.  However, his few-month expedition to Europe turns into a rollicking 50-year journey as his many misadventures turn him into spy, sailor, captive, pauper, and patriot! Plan on a delightful evening of theatre August 3 – 13.

Book your Winnipesaukee Theatre accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Are you looking for other activities during your visit to New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions? Venture away from the Inn and enjoy art galleries, ATV Rides, boating, fine dining, fishing, golf, hiking, historic sites, horseback riding, zip line and tax free shopping. Or, simply experience the delightful New Hampshire countryside. Inn guests enjoy savings on many activities too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn, special offers  and local activities. Book Your ‘Israel Potter: American Patriot’ Accommodation Now http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.

Sago Cottage – Gay Friendly US Virgin Islands Vacation Rental

Author: , July 13th, 2016

Sago Cottage

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

Our charming home Sago Cottage is nestled into the hillside over Coral Bay on St. John. It is a traditional West Indian cottage- brightly painted with lots of shutters, very open and airy. A true tropical retreat with great views and no nearby neighbors. Our covered decks overlook the Caribbean sea and have beautiful sunrises and moonrises. It is the perfect spot for a romantic holiday for two- with cooling breezes and a captivating view you may never want to leave this idyllic hideaway.

This Cottage is perfect honeymoon destination. Many of our guests have gotten married on island. We can offer suggestions for an LGBT friendly officiant if you decide to tie the knot on St. John.

The covered porches were designed and furnished with comfort in mind. They hold a small dining table, reading chairs and a porch swing to while away the rare rainy afternoon.

The view to the south and east is of the eastern end of St. John, the neighboring British Islands and the Caribbean Sea. The cozy interior of Sago Cottage has a distinctly quaint feel without sacrificing modern conveniences. There is a fully equipped kitchen, a full size dining room and a small but comfortable living room. The bedroom features a queen sized four poster mahogany bed, hand made on St. John and is a perfect place to wake up to a day in the islands. The colorful louvered shutters serve to filter the light as well as frame the ocean views throughout the cottage.

Location: Coral Bay, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. Windwardside Guest Cottage is located in quiet seclusion with mesmerizing views of Coral Bay, nearby islands and the Caribbean Sea. The house is situated two thirds of a mile up a little used road in Coral Bay. Surrounded by tropical plantings and marvelous vistas, you are still just a short drive to a cool splash in Salt Pond Bay or other equally inviting white sand beaches.

Restaurants, shops and watersports are all available within two miles in Coral Bay. The main town on the island, Cruz Bay, is located 8 miles away. The airport is in St. Thomas which is reached via a twenty minute ferry ride. (Ferries leave every hour on the hour and cost $7 each way).

See the Sago Cottage Expanded Listing on Purple Roofs Here

Gay Friendly Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals in the US Virgin Islands

In Love With Iceland

Author: , July 13th, 2016

Iceland

I’ve fallen for this island nation, and I’ve fallen hard. My first visit in 2009 has resulted in two subsequent visits, and I can’t help but dream about a return. I am not the only one. Iceland’s charms have long bewitched travelers. From the first Norse explorers who settled upon the land in the North Atlantic and built a society to the Americans who were stationed here during World War II and never returned back to America, the island beckons. An Off-Broadway play by Drew Larimore titled Out of Iceland, which starred openly lesbian singer/comedienne Lea DeLaria, also noted this magical draw Iceland has on visitors. The protagonists find themselves both mysteriously pulled to Iceland’s center. Larimore explains the island’s magnetism with Iceland’s colorful folklore including the people’s wide-spread belief in hidden people, trolls, and elves–some can’t help but think that maybe there is something bigger than us that attracts us to the land of fire and ice.

It’s not just magical hidden people that bring visitors to Iceland, the men and women here have been known to hold special powers as well, or more likely overpowering charisma. A visit reveals ex-pats living all over Reykjavik. Manny S. originally visited from Chicago, but ultimately stayed for an attractive job and an equally attractive man. “I was first interested in Iceland because of the music scene. Many of my favorite bands came from this tiny country, so I decided to come for the Iceland Airwaves music festival. I loved everything about Iceland on my first trip here!” he says. “In the following year, I returned to Iceland twice to drive around the country and meet more people.” Sitting next to him, his partner Pall grabs his leg to get his attention. “Little did I know that I would soon meet the man who would become my husband and am still happily living in Reykjavik after eight years,” the two smile at one another. They aren’t the only ones; it’s easy to see mixed-national couples all over. Just look for the couples speaking English. It’s easier for the Icelandic partner to just speak English as Icelandic is notoriously hard to learn and converse in (though Manny has picked it up after eight years).

What was once a not-so-easy-to-get-to destination, the country is now embracing its mid-Atlantic location by attracting large numbers of tourists from both North America and Europe. IcelandAir has increased its service from the United States and Canada, and last year opened up a new direct service from Denver.

By Joseph Pedro – Full Story at Passport

Iceland Gay Travel Resources

Girl’s Weekend in Savannah, Georgia

Author: , July 13th, 2016

Photo courtesy of VisitHistoricSavannah.com

Photo courtesy of VisitHistoricSavannah.com

What would you do if you had less than 48 hours in a city you’ve never visited before? Oh, and 28 of those hours are dedicated to an organization you adore. If you’re like me, you vow to give your best at the meetings, soak in as much as you can when you’re free – and save sleeping for the flight home.

A weekend trip to Savannah with girlfriends proved there’s a whole lot to do in this sweet southern belle of a city. Thankfully, the ladies I travel with live by my philosophy and we packed in a lot of fun during our short time together. If you’re considering a trip to Savannah, feel free to follow our 7-step plan to discovering Savannah.

Step 1

Leave home as early as possible so you’ll arrive in time to enjoy lunch on River Street in the Historic District. While it may mean dragging yourself out of bed at the crack of stupid, you’ll be thankful to have a full day ahead of you when you land.

By Julia Rosien – Full Story at Go Girlfriend

Georgia Gay Travel Resources

James Taylor!

Author: , July 13th, 2016

James Taylor! http://glynnhouse.com/events/ James Taylor is a master at evening smalldescribing specific, even autobiographical situations in a way which resonates with people everywhere. For more than forty years, Taylor has been a compass for his fans. His warm baritone is among the most recognized voices in popular music today. Taylor’s distinctive guitar-playing style has been enormously influential. James Taylor has sold over 100 million albums. He is a constant in the ever-changing world of his first generation fans and their children. James is sure to treat you to a night of feel good, sing-along songs featuring fan favorite hits. Don’t miss a terrific concert August 1.

Book your Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion accommodation at the romantic Glynn House Inn. Guests enjoy gracious surroundings, delicious food, uncompromising service and genuine hospitality. A multi-course gourmet breakfast is served at separate tables in the Victorian dining room. A full gluten free breakfast menu is always available. Afternoon refreshments and early evening wine and cheese are offered daily. Bring your favorite four-footed canine pal. Reserve one of five pet friendly rooms. Pamper yourself and book an in-room massage. Available in most guest rooms.

Venture away from the Inn. Experience the delights of New Hampshire’s spectacular White Mountains and Lakes Regions. Art galleries, antiques and ‘tax free’ shopping options will entice the most discerning shopper. Cultural activities include concerts reflecting every genre and four professional theaters. Vineyards and micro breweries offer complimentary tastings and exceptional products. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience lakes and mountains, outdoor adventure plus endless hiking trails. Inn guests are eligible for some terrific local activity discounts too. Everyone can enjoy scenic drives along New Hampshire’s tranquil country roads. Great local dining options will satisfy your palette too. View the Glynn House website http://www.glynnhouse.com for additional information about the Inn and local activities. Book Your ‘James Taylor’ Concert Accommodation Now! http://ao4.availabilityonline.com/availability_search.php?un=glynnhse or call (603) 968 3775.