Lost in Translation in Hangzhou – Keep Calm and Wander

Author: , November 16th, 2018

Lost in Translation in Hangzhou

“Welcome to the back!” proclaimed an English sign at the front door of a small Chinese restaurant in Hangzhou, a city in China, known for its West Lake. It was here where Marco Polo once sailed, mesmerized by its stunning beauty and declared the place in ancient times as “the most beautiful place in the world.”

Six exhausted backpackers from four countries and I, who all met in a hostel, froze for a moment in silence, as if trying to decipher one of China’s ancient, decrepit signboard. We exchanged quick glances, hoping one had a clue to share. We were pretty sure we were standing at the entrance, not the back, of the restaurant. Almost in unison, we quickly realized what the sign meant was, “Welcome back.” It’s one of those rampant translations gone wrong in Chinglish, a blend of Chinese and English.

With hunger excruciatingly creeping into our stomachs, we gave up looking for another restaurant. We’d been walking all day and we were so hungry we could eat a barrel of dumplings sans chopsticks.

Two ladies behind the reception desk smiled when we came in. One disappeared quickly to call someone from the kitchen. When we were all seated, the other waitress came with a kettle of tea and a vacuum flask of hot water. She carefully poured the hot water and tea alternately with impeccable skill. When she was done, she said something in Chinese and our jaws dropped. We understood not a single word. She looked at each one of our tired faces, hoping a single one of us could make sense of what she just said. Meeting our uncomprehending looks, she smiled sheepishly and left embarrassed.

By Alain – Full Story at Keep Calm and Wander

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Lafayette Inn – Stanardsville, Virginia Gay Friendly Inn

Author: , March 12th, 2018

Lafayette Inn Gay Friendly Inn in Stanardsville, VA

The Lafayette Inn & Restaurant is centrally located between historical sites (Monticello , Ash lawn, Michie Tavern, Montpellier and others), antique clusters, entrance to Skyline Drive (hiking trails, picnic areas & picturesque pull overs) and certainly Virginia’s wine country are among our most common attractions from our guests.

The local Vietnam Museum is very impressive, and river tubing, balloon rides and even skydiving rank among recent guest experiences.

Seeking yet another excuse to get away and visit Central Virginia? Four County Players (12 miles), a local theater group, always provides a wonderful and intimate experience.

Centrally located near countless activities during the day, and offering a relaxing, small town experience by night. A historical stage coach stop built in 1840 provides the setting for your stay.

We offer six independently-appointed rooms, each with private entrances and bathrooms. We also offer TV and free Wi-Fi access and of course, en-suite Keurig coffee makers!

Come and go as you please, relax in our courtyard Gazebo rocking chairs, or take a short walk to the nearby Noon Whistle Pottery and Artisan Shops. Full breakfast provided for our guests daily (Dinner available upon request).

Our guests can enjoy the benefit of eating and drinking after a fun day in the surrounding area, but skip the commute to a remote location. Dine in our award winning restaurant (Open Table “Best Overall”, TripAdvisor “Travelers Choice”) and simply walk to your suite for your evenings relaxation. While best known for our 10 Course Chef Tasting wine paired dinner- our full dinner and wine list are available for our guests at all times. (Reservations strongly suggested).

Want to get away from your crazy life? Come stay with us at the Lafayette Inn!

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Horse and Hound Inn – New Hampshire Gay Bed & Breakfast

Author: , December 28th, 2017

Horse and Hound Inn - New Hampshire Gay Bed & Breakfast

The Horse and Hound Inn, located in the rugged White Mountains of New Hampshire in Franconia, opened in 1946 as a tasteful inn, tavern and restaurant. With three fireplaces, warm pine paneling and an expansive lawn and gardens, the inn welcomed everyone from Hollywood stars to local outdoor enthusiasts and quickly established a reputation for great food, elegant lodging, and warm hospitality.

Now fully restored, the Horse & Hound again welcomes you for lodging and dining. Sited on a quiet country road and surrounded by eight private acres bordered by Tucker Brook, the cheerful Tavern, gracious Dining Room, elegant Lobby, handsome Library, and eight restful guest rooms invite you to relax and unwind after an active day in the Great Outdoors.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to welcoming you.

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TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD – Melvyn’s Restaurant, Palm Springs

Author: , June 17th, 2016

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When we travel from coast to coast we usually do not know where to dine to have a memorable dining experience. Once we find a fabulous place, we go back again and again and again. We have been traveling to Palm Springs, California for 15 years and from the first time we went there we found one of our favorite restaurants in the entire country. Melvyn’s Restaurant which is located in the Ingleside Inn in downtown Palm Springs. We first heard about the restaurant on the television program, “Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous”.

melvyns to use interiorWe knew that we had to try it out which we did 15 years ago and since then we have been back dozens of times. Mel Haber, the owner is a tremendously good looking gentleman and has owned the restaurant for 41 years. The decor and menu has not changed in all those years. If something is perfect, then why change it? It is like stepping back in 1950 and 1960’s Hollywood ! Large photos of Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor and all of the glorious Movie stars from the past are on the walls. Usually while we are dining there, we always see a celebrity or two.

Brian Ellis, the Maitre d’ has been there since day one. He has won numerous awards as being one of the finest Maitre d’s in the country. He knows how to do things right and to make every guest have a most memorable dining experience. He has made friends with many of his thousands of diners including us. Travelers to Palm Springs always return again and again to Melvyn’s.

Owner Mel Haber is one of the nicest gentleman that we have ever met. He has contributed back to the community in so many ways. He has written two books on his personal experiences in operating his Inn and restaurant. He is a celebrity in his own right and has a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

mel haberMelvyn’s Restaurant is located in the Ingleside Inn which Mel has also owned for 41 years. Over the years, the Inn has become a magnet for Hollywood’s elite, U.S. Presidents, royalty, aristocrats, captains of industry and celebrities visiting Palm Springs. According to Wikipedia, his guests have included Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Marlon Brando, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Marie Shriver, Sylvester Stallone, Liza Minnelli, Liberace, Jerry Lewis, Barry Manilow, Kurt Russell, Goldie Hawn, Rita Hayworth, Pat Boone, Debbie Reynolds, Larry King, John Travolta, Sidney Sheldon, David Hasselhoff, President Gerald Ford, George Hamilton and celebrity travel columnists, Donald Pile and Ray Williams and dozens and dozens of other celebrities.

Check out Melvyn’s Restaurant at www.inglesideinn.com. They are located at 200 West Ramon Road. Their phone number is 800-772-6655 and the direct number to the restaurant is 760-325.2323.

For those readers who have never been to Palm Springs or are not going to be there in the immediate future, Mel Haber has given us one of his favorite recipes to share with our readers that he has on the menu.

VEAL INGLESIDE
– for Two people-

3 ounces of veal cutlet pounded until thin. Put in pan 2 ounces of peanut oil until hot. Flip both sides of veal into flour until lightly dusted. Whip one egg in a bowl, dip veal into egg batter, saute veal on each side 20 seconds until light brown.

Remove veal from pan and throw oil out. Put veal back into the same pan. Use 2 ounces of sherry wine. Reduce for 1 minute. Add 2 ounces of demi-glaze.

Cut 1/4 of an avocado fanned and put on top of veal. Cover with 2 ounces of mousseline sauce. Mousseline sauce is made with 8 ounces of heavy whipped cream combined with 4 ounces of hollandaise sauce (all whipped together). Preparation time: 6 minutes.
ENJOY !

Don and RayAlways remember to have fun when traveling, meet new people and talk to everyone!

TRAVELING IN OUR FABULOUS GAY WORLD is written by Donald Pile and Ray Williams, Award-winning, Celebrity travel columnists who write for gay publications from coast to coast (And now legally married).

Proud members of the IGLTA. You can email them at gaytravelers@aol.com and visit their website at http://gaytravelersataol.blogspot.com/

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Parkland Village Inn, Alma, New Brunswick, Canada

Author: , June 11th, 2015

Parkland Village Inn

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

The Parkland Village Inn on the Bay of Fundy and adjacent to Fundy National Park has been serving visitors since 1949. The Parkland offers a complete restaurant service, a cosy bar and great atmosphere. Some rooms are 2 room suites, most offer outstanding views of the Bay.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Laughing Horse Lodge, Swan Lake, Montana

Author: , May 29th, 2015

Laughing Horse Lodge

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

Cozy log cabin style mountain getaway with intimate gourmet restaurant and pub. Spectacular scenery, hiking, fishing, kayaking. Non-smoking dogs welcome.

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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.

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Eating Out Singapore: Esquina Tapas Bar

Author: , May 29th, 2014

Esquina SingaporeI would say, one of my favorite casual restaurants in Singapore, and one of the best tapas restaurants I have tried in a long time, not to mentioned the fantastic creamy Sangrias yummy. ESQUINA, provides visitors to the culturally-rich Chinatown with an added choice of European cuisine to the ethnic enclave.

Open from Mondays to Saturdays, Esquina serves mainly modern Spanish tapas in a unique location that is surrounded by post-war colonial buildings, hip coffee joints and ‘old school’ home style restaurants. Leading the culinary direction for Esquina is Michelin star Chef Jason Atherton, the protege of celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Taking after its namesake (translated from Spanish as “the corner”), Esquina is tucked away at the corner of Jiak Chuan Road and is approximately sized at 500sqf. Exuding an underground charm, ESQUINA is designed by Singapore-based Columbian architect Antonio Eraso and boasts a design concept of an old yet modern charm that is strongly reflected through Esquina’s interior.

Featuring a long open communal bar and kitchen, ESQUINA aims to recreate chic European urban canteens that will be the go-to for social gatherings. Unique to Esquina as well, are specially designed stools created by a group of artists from the UK that are composed with many different parts from machines and door knobs.

Some of our options of the night were: Marinated olives, sherry, rosemary, citrus, paprika (SG 9). Salt-baked beetroot, whipped burrata, truffle honey, raspberry & pine nut crumble (SG 20). White asparagus, citrus butter sauce, samphire (SG 21). Raw hamachi, house-cured duck, shaved walnuts, soya caramel (SG 24). Scallop Vietnamese, avocado wasabi, red radish, sesame (SG 22).

Are you convinced now?

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog

Cafeteria Mallorca in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Author: , April 25th, 2014

Cafeteria Mallorca, Old San Juan, Puerto RicoYes I own it. !!! I am guilty by pleasure. On my last morning in Puerto Rico, before heading back to New York, I could not helped it stopping by the traditional old-fashioned, 1950s-style diner, Cafeteria Mallorca, to have my own Mallorca experience.

Located right in the heart of Old San Juan, over Calle San Francisco, across Plaza Salvador Brau. Mallorcas are sweet pastries, buttered, grilled, and then sprinkled with powdered sugar. You may have it with ham and cheese.

I found this cafeteria very charming and iconic, with a mix of locals and tourists. But if you are willing to try something more modern, then perhaps you should try Caficultura across Plaza Colon.

Both bars located only steps away from my hotel La Terraza de San Juan.

By Carlos Melia – Carlos Melia Blog | Puerto Rico Gay Travel Resources

Visiting Gay Seattle: Terra Plata, Our Top Restaurant Pick

Author: , September 22nd, 2013

Terra Plata Restaurant - Seattle

Terra Plata Restaurant - SeattleLast year, we came to Terra Plata for drinks and dessert. It’s a beautiful restaurant nestled between Pike and Pine about two blocks east of the 5. This year we came back for dinner – and it’s now our favorite Seattle restaurant.

Owned by lesbian couple Linda (the host) & Tamara (the chef), this place has a really great, cool, comfortable atmosphere.

Terra Plata Restaurant - Seattle

Photo courtesy of my cousin, Diana

One of our favorite things about Terra Plata is the rooftop bar – opened just last summer. We followed our host up the stairs at the back, and emerged onto a charming rooftop scene – a long, narrow triangle-shaped space with a fireplace at the pointy end, an urban herb garden along the edges, and an outdoor grill where chef and co-owner Tamara sometimes prepares food for the upstairs crowd.

The evening was beautiful – clear and warm, but there are overhead heaters to keep you comfortable even on cool nights. And they plan to install a plexiglass roof for the winter time to open the deck on clear days.

On top of all that, the food here was divine.

Terra Plata Restaurant - SeattleWe started with garbanzo beans, cooked in their pods like edamame – you’ve never had garbonzos like this before. They were absolutely delicious.

Following the garbonzos, we enjoyed to appetizers – the first was an eggplant with a touch of lemon on top of a tahini sauce.

Terra Plata Restaurant - SeattleThe second – a plate of purple organic carrots from a local root farm – roasted with shallots, citrus, ras en handout, and a touch of honey – OMG, they were to die for. I don’t even like cooked carrots, and I couldn’t get enough of them.

The chanterelle mushroom risotto was also fantastic, and as were the churros we had for desert, dipped in fresh whipped cream, with a spicy chocolate and caramel sauce.

Terra Plata Restaurant - SeattleBut my absolute favorite of the night was the chocolate mint soda – it has no actual chocolate, but they use fresh mint leaves grown on-site that have a chocolate flavor to them. I had two.

The host, Linda, came over and spent a few minutes welcoming us back and talking to us – she and Tamara were very active in the marriage equality campaign here last year.

There was a large LGBT presence in the place, and some very cute waiters.

This place is a must-try for anyone visiting Seattle.

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