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Is this a viable business idea?
2023.06.06 03:11 DangerMagnetic Is this a viable business idea?
I live in an area with a thriving small business scene, unfortunately some of those small businesses don't have the right "vibe" or aesthetic. For example, a delicious new Mexican restaurant opened recently and besides a few strands of papel picado, they don't have much decor. And their menu is just a printed word document. I feel that many of these small restaurants or shops could benefit from someone with vision pointing them in the right direction. As someone who has redecorated an apartment on a budget, I'd be very aware of what they can do with their resources.
So my question is, especially to restauranteurs and brick and mortar shop owners, is this something you'd be interested in? Is this a viable business idea? It wouldn't just be interior design, I'd help them find their voice, so to speak. I'd be a "vibes" consultant, in a way.
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2023.06.06 00:47 Agentsas117 Denver's Queso Game is Terrible. But...
Where do yall go to get good queso??
Long story short, Denver's queso game is weak compared to other cities. For some reason there is more of an emphasis on queso fundido, which is not the same and I'm not a fan. Also, there is a craze for putting green chilis in and on everything, I like green chilis but holy crap are they over played. I have been on a journey to find the best queso in town and more often than not I am let down.
Also, I am not
looking for something outrageous or fancy. Specifically, I am looking for that white drippy queso. You'd think this would be the easiest to come by but I am constantly surprised that a lot Mexican Restaurants do not have queso and some do not even queso fundido on their menu. Which is an outright travesty.
BUT! Last night that all changed. Last night I went to Chakas Mexican Restaurant off Evans and was happy to find that their queso was exactly what I was looking for. Their queso checked all the boxes and was delicious. It had the drip, It had jalapenos instead of green chilis, and over all was really good. Also the people that were working there were really nice too!! https://www.chakasmexicanrestaurant.com/
With that being said, I am going to keep searching. The quest is not over just because I found a good one. Where do you go to get your queso fix?
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2023.06.05 18:03 hnqn1611 The Top Safety Tips for a Mexico Vacation (2023)
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During our vacation this year in Mexico, I experienced a strong sense of safety, and I have gathered valuable tips that can help ensure your security as well. Despite concerns, we decided not to cancel our trip and opted to share our insights. I have gathered safety tips from both the Mexican Government and the United States State Department, in addition to some common-sense measures you can take while on your vacation.
To begin, the Mexican government recommends downloading the "Guest Assist" app if you are flying to popular destinations such as Cancun, Cozumel, Playa Del Carmen, Tulum, or other areas in Quintana Roo State. It's advisable to save an emergency contact number in your phone if you're traveling to Mexico.
Moreover, I have some newly discovered safety tips that came to mind after getting a haircut recently. Throughout this video, I'll be sharing these valuable insights. Staying alert is crucial when traveling anywhere, especially in four locations: the airport, during transportation, in your hotel lobby, and in restaurants. At the airport, while searching for your transportation company, it's important to remain vigilant and keep a close eye on your belongings, including your documents, valuables, and phone. Consider carrying printed information rather than solely relying on your phone to minimize the risk of it being stolen.
Distributing your cash in different locations and not carrying all of it on your person is a recommended safety measure. I can provide a video that offers anti-theft tips, including clever ways to stash your cash in various compartments within your carry-on bags, some of which are hidden in plain sight.
While it's advised to avoid areas known for illicit activities, it's important to use common sense and take preventive measures to ensure your safety. Unfortunately, there are no signs warning about potential dangers in specific places, so it's essential to be cautious and do your best to avoid problems.
Inside the airport, as well as during transportation, I felt secure by following a few key practices. Booking transportation in advance is highly recommended. In our case, we used a company called TAG, also known as Mexico Travel Solutions (MTS). When looking for our transportation, I was instructed to locate a sign with my name and either "TAG" or "MTS." However, it's worth noting that the abbreviation "MTS" was used instead of the full company name or "TAG."
Utilizing WhatsApp proved to be beneficial, as the transportation company texted me a picture of the airport map, guiding me to the correct and safe transportation company after my flight to Mexico. Moreover, since it was daytime, I felt secure both inside and outside the Cancun Airport, which was bustling with people. Knowing where I was going, appearing confident, and remaining observant contributed to my sense of safety. I made sure to print out essential documents and emails from the transportation company to avoid relying solely on my phone, which could encounter connectivity issues.
Upon arrival in Mexico, it's crucial not to forget to book your return transportation to the airport and have sufficient cash for tipping the van drivers. We suggest carrying fifty dollars in one-dollar bills, along with a few five-dollar bills for tipping purposes. Sometimes, ATMs may only dispense larger bills, which can be challenging to break into smaller denominations at all-inclusive resorts.
If you plan to go on excursions in Mexico, remember to have dollar bills for tipping the van drivers and tour guides. Often, tour guides depend on tourism dollars and may not receive proper compensation if not tipped adequately. Additionally, consider carrying cash for the bartenders at your resort.
To enhance safety, it's advisable to stay within the confines of a resort location, as they typically have security guards on the premises. If you are not staying at an all-inclusive resort, there are several safety tips to consider while selecting a hotel. Research nearby restaurants to diversify your dining experiences, noting the distance between the hotel and these establishments. Evaluate the hotel's security measures and the transportation options they provide for off-site travel. Furthermore, it's recommended to travel in groups and avoid going out alone. As a solo traveler, you may consider joining a ladies' tour for added security.
As a general safety precaution, avoid venturing out after dark. It's essential to think like a responsible teenager, adhering to common-sense safety measures. Always keep a watchful eye on your drink to prevent anyone from tampering with it.
When booking excursions, we found it beneficial to utilize the services offered by our all-inclusive resort. Initially, I was skeptical about the quality and pricing of resort-organized excursions, but they prioritize maintaining a good reputation with the resort. During our trip, we went on a Cenote tour, where we felt safe and secure throughout. It's advisable to research tours using platforms like Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube, and TripAdvisor, paying attention to user comments for a well-rounded understanding of the experiences offered.
We appreciated the convenience of having our transportation arranged by the resort. We entrusted our passports to the hotel safe and employed a simple travel hack by taping them underneath the desk or bathroom counter. However, it's crucial not to forget them when checking out. Using washi tape or blue painter's tape makes it easy to pack them securely.
Our resort had staff members checking the license plates of arriving transportation within a gated area. Furthermore, when accessing the beach from the resort, an officer would inquire about our name and room number for monitoring purposes. Although there were peddlers on the beach, they did not bother us and respected our refusal to engage with them.
Allow me to introduce myself; my name is Laurie, and I have been traveling to Mexico extensively for over 20 years. Since my husband is an airline pilot based in Houston, he frequently flies to Mexico. We have acquired various tips over the years, and one that he suggested is ensuring your phone connects to a cell tower promptly upon landing. Typically, it takes approximately 10 minutes after turning on your phone or disabling airplane mode for it to establish a connection. Therefore, it's advisable to connect to a cell tower as soon as possible upon arrival at your vacation destination.
For additional resources and emergency contact information, I recommend exploring the State Department's STEP program, which provides alerts and updates regarding safety conditions in countries like Mexico. You can sign up for the program and receive informative emails before and during your trip. Furthermore, your airline would typically inform you about any significant updates or changes to your travel plans.
If you're heading to Cancun Airport, I highly recommend trying the Margaritaville Jimmy Buffett restaurant, where we had fantastic nachos. Despite the restaurant being crowded, the service was prompt. I will attempt to find the name of another impressive restaurant and include it in the description below.
Here's a useful tip for saving websites or importing phone numbers while traveling abroad: utilize the notes section of your phone. Open a new note, press down on the screen until the camera icon appears, and click on it to insert a picture or paste a website link, text, or contact phone number. It's also wise to have a printed copy of this information for easy access.
Feel free to share any safety tips you have come across or learned in the comments section, as this will contribute to an up-to-date collection of traveling advice for Mexico. Thank you for your time.
2023.06.05 02:12 Accomplished_Dot9025 Asking for help to make menus
Hello everyone, im really stressing out on making our menu for our Mexican restaurant, I need a lot of ideas to find pictures of food from top view, pngs, backgrounds, im mainly stressing out about the front cover.
We had already owned one, and I was actually making the menu for the old Mexican restaurant we had, but my dad passed away, I never finished the menus, at the time I had so many resources, pictures, ideas, websites saved, but since we closed It was not easy so I deleted everything.. all of my apps, because I never imagined we’d open a restaurant again. I’m trying to get back up there and design like I used to.. please any ideas will help and mean so much to me.
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2023.06.05 01:34 funnymanpoe Abelardo’s
Does anyone know if the Abelardo’s (Mexican drive-thru restaurant) on Page is open for business yet? They finally have a drive-thru menu up but not sure if they’ve officially opened
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2023.06.04 19:42 agirlnamedlola Food review!
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Okay so I wanted to give my thoughts on the food and drink I had when I was at Disney a few weekends ago. Growing up we were never allowed to spend our money on park food, we would always pack our own sandwiches, snacks, etc. So this time I saved up hard to spoil my whole family and it was awesome! submitted by agirlnamedlola to Disneyland [link] [comments]
Cafe Orleans Best food ever! We got the burrata salad, ahi tuna, monte cristo, and the short rib. The burrata was great, I just wish it had come with some crusty bread. The tuna was fine, but to me nothing to really brag about. Of course the Monte cristo and the pomme frites were awesome! I couldn’t finish mine so I took the leftovers home and they definitely tasted great in the hotel the next day. The short ribs WERE AMAZING. 10/10 recommend that as an entree. We also tried the mint julep, which was too sweet for me but my dad loved it. I will be going here for future trips instead of Blue Bayou.
Cocina Cucamonga (DCA) Potato tacos and the quesabirria. So the potato tacos were nice for a little crunch texture but the filling was kind of bland, so if I were to do it again I would pass and just get more of the quesabirria because that SLAPPED. I know everyone here raves about it and for good reason. I live in a region of US with fantastic Mexican food and this was on par with some great options here. Get them!
Red Wagon Corn Dog Yes the corn dogs are great, however my brother and I both got one from here (different times) and we noticed they weren’t really cooked fully. They seemed inconsistent too. Still tasted good but there is another corn dog place in Disney that I recommend
Stage Door Cafe Corn Dog Cooked perfectlyyyyy. Go here for a corn dog, it’s in Frontierland.
Paradise Garden Grill (DCA) I got the carne asada burrito. PASS. It was fine but nothing special and for the price point, go for something else.
Lamplight Lounge (DCA) We went here for the lobster nachos and drinks. The nachos were honestly okay in my opinion. I think they are a bit overhyped. I was expecting more flavor but it was kind of bland? Also they came out kind of luke warm. I was underwhelmed. As far as beverage goes, I got something off the menu that our server recommended. It was some kind of pina colada with 99 bananas in it (I think). It was really good and fun! I never have silly indulgent drinks like that so it was fun.
Carthay Circle Lounge (DCA) This was the second time here and I was not very impressed. I will preface this with - my dad has celiac so we have to do gluten free whenever we share meals with him. We tried the Malai Kofta Potato, which had no alterations because it is already gluten free. In my opinion - awful. The “curry” tasted like tomato soup, and the kofta had no flavor. I didn’t even one to eat more than the first bite. We also tried the Strozzapreti Pasta with GF pasta. Also terrible. I would be curious to try it with regular pasta, but my assumption is it would still be bad. The sauce was so flavorless! I’m so bummed the food was bad. As far as drinks, I had an Espresso Martini and my brother an Old Fashion. My martini was nothing special, and the old fashion was pretty standard. Honestly I’m so sad this experience wasn’t positive as I love the art deco vibe of the restaurant but will not return next trip.
Ronto Roaster Ok the Ronto Wrap is everything people say it is - absolutely delicious. I actually returned the following day and got another one. It’s spicy and sweet and the naan bread goes perfectly with it.
Docking Bay 7 Black Caf - fun for the ‘gram. While it was decent, I probably won’t get it again. It wasn’t bad, though.
Red Rose Tavern Grey Stuff - Omg I did not have high expectations because I’m not huge on frosting but this cake was amazing. I am going to get this on every future trip I ever take! The raspberry filling made it SO GOOD
We also of course had a bunch of churros, which are better in Disneyland than DCA.
That’s all I remember. It was fun to spend my money on silly overpriced food.
2023.06.04 16:32 ChubbaDucky My favorite places
Heya! I'm usually in the Kansai region, but I wanted to let people know about the amazing restaurants/cafes I came across during my stay in Nagasaki.
Hopefully you will bump into the cool people I met there! 🧇BILL&BEN:
I came across this small waffle place on my way to the peace park. It's facing the main road, but it's kind of hard to tell that it's a waffle cafe. The owner Ose-san is such a friendly guy! He uses rice flour for the waffles & oatmilk as the default milk. (I'm not vegan, but I am lactose intolerant) ☕Kariomons Coffee:
The baristas here are lovely. They gave me advices that probably couldn't be found on guidebooks/travel websites. It's also a nice place to chill & to get some work done. 🌮El Dorado Bar & Restaurant:
A hidden Mexican place ran by a Mexican guy & his wife. The menu was kinda small, but I was so happy to see Tajin!!! I met a fellow foreigner who has been living in Nagasaki for a while. They have free karaoke also.
I'll definitely be back again soon!
Feel free to share your favorite spots :)
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2023.06.04 03:44 SLO_Citizen Food Review - Luna Llena Deli - Morro Bay - 2023.06.03
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Luna Llena Deli - 859 Main St., Morro Bay, CA 93442
$9.00 - El Lechon Mojado sandwich - Roast Pork with tomato drenched in guacamole
$10.00 - Juana La Cubana - Smoked ham, sliced pork, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard
$2.50 - Cucumber and orange agua fresca
$6.00 - Strawberry Tres Leches del Lula
$3.00 - Mango and Chamoy Paleta
Full menu pics are included in this post at the bottom.
I met up with some friends in Morro Bay to have lunch at this newish spot open on Main Street in Morro Bay. We got there around 12:30pm and it was actually kind of wild there weren’t more people in the downtown area. My friends who live in Northern Morro Bay pointed out that most tourists stick around the Embarcadero area, leaving the quite charming downtown to the locals for the most part. It’s been awhile since I have been in this part of Morro Bay and it’s quite charming with several restaurants and bars within stones throwing distance I need to go check out.
From what I read in the Tribune, the restaurant was started by a father and son team - one of which or both, worked at different restaurants in Morro Bay before opening Luna Llena.
The place is really incredible, it’s like a joint you’d find in some big city, a small shop with limited menu and a family running the whole thing. There are a few tables inside and a few outside. Not fancy, not fussy, just right down to business.
My friends had the Lechon Mojado before, so I definitely was getting that and in the interest of going big on Saturday, I got enough other food to make it a meal for later too.
Cucumber and orange agua fresca
There were a couple people ahead of us, but we got all our food within 10 minutes as we sipped on our Agua Frescas. The cucumbeorange version I got was pleasantly cucumber forward and refreshing. Good, yes, but alas Frutiland in Arroyo Grande is still #1 for me and my experience around here. Needless to say, I drank it all greedily and it went well with the two sandwiches I ordered.
El Lechon Mojado Sandwich
The Lechon Mojado is served on a soft bun that has been slightly toasted and perhaps could have used a little more toasting - which I am sure you can ask for if you want. The sandwich was ordered spicy and as I bit into this luscious bit of pork heaven, I got a nice zing of heat along with the tell tale soft bite of long roasted pork. The guacamole was like a sauce with the tomatoes and pork, but it wasn’t too liquid - it all was just a perfect amount of everything. Honestly, I could have thrown down 3 of these and regretted it later. I ate half and then popped open the Cubana.
Juana La Cubana Sandwich
I didn’t ask about all the contents of each sandwich, but I am assuming they use slices of the pork they roast for the Cubana and it all was layered beautifully with just the right proportions of each item - smoked ham, sliced pork, swiss cheese and pickles. I am sure there are people who will see this and cry that it’s a not a true Cubano, but I really don’t care. It was a well made, super tasty sandwich with great textures from the 4 different layers. I chowed down half and although I liked it a lot, the Lechon sandwich was definitely the winner between the two of these.
Mango and Chamoy paleta
I packed away the two halves I didn’t eat for dinner and then stared at the fridge with all the varieties of paletas that they make in house and tried to decide what to get. I LOVE LOVE LOVE paletas and the mango/chamoy one I got was so incredibly delicious! I wish I had sprinkled some tajin on it to give it an extra special kick, but it really didn’t need it. Honestly, the restaurant would be worth it solely to go try all the flavor varieties they have. Just amazing!
Strawberry Tres Leches cake
I got a strawberry tres leches cake to go and ate it when I got home a few hours later. A great balance of sweetness, creaminess, strawberry and I think a bit of lemon zest which gave a nice bit of bitter counterpoint to the delectable container of goodness. As much as it was good, the paleta was two times better.
This is just such a cool little restaurant and you can tell that the father and son are preparing all these dishes with a tremendous amount of love and skill. It’s definitely a destination spot for Morro Bay and I hope they will be around for awhile because there are a bunch more things that I want to try when I go back again!
2023.06.03 21:24 Sea-Truck7284 Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez Redesign
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Grand Prix Circuit (F1 style map)
ePrix Circuit (Not shown in airview)
Airview (RL circuit)
Airview (Redesigned circuit)
Good morning/afternoon/evening everybody! This is my redesign of the Autodromo Hermanos Rodríguez at Mexico City. I'm sure the redesign by u/ kr24_ is way better than mine, not just on the layout but also on the presentation, but I wanted to post this one anyway.
What was changed?
Grand Prix Circuit:
- The main straight is actually a straight. I understand why it is the way it is on real life, but it feels out of place to me.
- The Esses Moisés Solana were changed to be more rounded-off. Tilke tightened them to create a better overtaking zone, but it's too squared-off to me, so I changed them to alliviate the 1st lap carnage whilst remaining a good area to battle for position. I considered making a simple corner for this section, but problems with the DRS detection point were the main cause to abandon the idea.
- Ese del Lago reprofiled. Oh Ese del Lago, what has Tilke done to you? The 1st part is ok, but the 2nd turn is horrible and ruins this section. My plan was simple: Reduce the angle of both corners to improve flow. Hopefully it is more flowing.
- Horquilla was renamed after Hector Rebaque and rounded-off. I never understood why it is a double-apex hairpin when it never needed to be, so I did what I had to.
- The final 2 corners of the Esses Sergio Pérez (I've named this section after him for obvious reasons) were eased out to allow drivers to carry more speed into Recta del Ovalo and make the braking zone into T12 harder and longer to promote overtaking.
- The section on the Foro Sol stadium was changed to have a similar profile to what it used to be in 2002 in order to improve flow.
- T1 was pushed forward to create a longer braking zone and increase the time drivers can spend getting a slipstream down the main straight.
- The section that leads away from the oval was reprofiled to be more rounded-off.
- The Attack Mode Activation Zone was put between T5 and T6 because I believe the time cost will be more significant. However, I'm not 100% sure about it, so if that's not the case, let's assume it's because it feels more natural.
- The chicane at Recta del Ovalo was removed to create a better overtaking spot at the entry to Foro Sol
- The section at Foro Sol was reprofiled to be a bit more technical
- New kerbing on the colors of the Mexican flag
- More gravel traps added
- Minimum track width increased to 15 meters
What are my goals?
To put it simple, improve the flow and promote better racing while keeping costs low and making the work relatively simple;
What were my limitations?
Firstly, I couldn't go out of the circuit's boundaries because of Mexico City itself; Secondly, I had to keep it viable on the logistic side of things (Not getting in the way of the paddock, ways of access, etc.)
Feedback will be appreciated!
2023.06.03 01:03 Ok_Lion_5272 Babies for scale 🌯
2023.06.03 00:56 goodwithsalt I can see this on the Sweetums Menu, and get the Ron Swanson seal of approval
2023.06.02 22:28 Solo-me Turist trap
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Ci risiamo. Apparentemente il menu ha dei prezzi però il conto è più salato del previsto. Ecco il link per l articolo Travellers warned to stay away from 'tourist trap' restaurant in Rome https://mol.im/a/12147635
2023.06.02 21:44 prestigeandvillage Estepona, Málaga
https://prestigeandvilla.com/property/estepona-malaga-22/ Turnkey project of a luxurious brand-new villa conveniently located in the peaceful and safe environment in the exclusive El Campanario residential area between Estepona and Marbella, just a short drive from Puerto Banús, Marbella, Benahavis and Estepona. Completion of the villa is expected between June and September 2023. Top quality and comfort The villa is designed by a renowned local architect and is built to the highest quality standards with maximum guarantees. The modern open plan, created with an eye for detail and the careful use of materials, natural colors and an abundance of light offers the perfect combination of luxury and comfort. Distributed over three floors including the basement, the villa is boasting a unique contemporary design. When entering the gate, a private driveway leads you up to the front door. Upon entering an elegant entrance hall leads you to an airy and bright main living area comprising of an open-plan fully equipped designer kitchen integrated into a spacious living-dining room. Additionally, there is a guest toilet on this floor. The living area leads directly to the generously-sized covered terrace for al-fresco dining by the pool placed on a beautifully landscaped garden. The upper level hosts three double bedrooms. The large master suite features a walk-in dressing room, a fully fitted en-suite bathroom and a private terrace enjoying stunning open views. The other 2 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and fitted wardrobes each, and access to their own private terraces with views as well. The basement level comprises of a fourth bedroom, a toilet, a store room, a laundry and a technical room. The roof terrace includes a jacuzzi and offers additional outdoor space for entertaining or sunbathing, where one can benefit from the Spanish outdoor lifestyle all year-round enjoying amazing sea views. The best thing about this property is the high ceilings and full-size windows, allowing a lot of natural light to come inside. The villa features underfloor heating on the ground and first floor, air conditioning and a garage for two cars. Area The property is set in an exclusive and quiet location in El Campanario on the New Golden Mile of Estepona. The local area hosts many bars, restaurants and leisure activities. The Campanario Golf & Country Club is within walking distance offering amazing facilities for the whole family such as a sauna, swimming pool, tennis and paddle courts, bar and restaurant. The property is minutes away from the best golfing on the Costa del Sol, as well as from the sandy beaches and beach clubs. Puerto Banús, Marbella, Benahavis and Estepona are close by offering a surprising variety of restaurants, bars, shops and a wide range of services to suit most tastes. The services can be reached quickly due to the excellent infrastructure. Furthermore, there is easy access to the highway and it takes just a 30-minute drive from the International Airport of Malaga.
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2023.06.02 15:46 chop_your_cock_off First trip to Italy - recap report
Just finished my first trip to Italy and what a great experience. Wanted to share my experience here for other first time travelers and some things I would have done differently. The trip was broken up into 3 legs and spread across 12 days - Tuscany (5), Rome (2), and Amalfi (5). I'll include some details of itinerary and travel.
Apologies for a long post, but hopefully someone will get some good info out of this!
To prep for the trip, I used the Duolingo app for about 3 months to try and make sure I knew enough Italian to get by. Of course, the moment my plan touched down all that studying I did flew out of my head and I basically forgot it all! In the end I was able to get by with just greetings, ordering food/drink/cafe and simple hi, how are you type phrases. For reference, my wife did no studying and picked it up right away. Only shock to her was that there was no such thing as iced coffee.
We flew into Milan and rented a car at the airport. Would definitely recommend this because once you are into Tuscany it is hard/expensive to find drivers and Uber is basically non-existent.
Stayed at the Como Castello del Nero hotel. The hotel was beautiful and had everything you could want. Rolling and picturesque hills from every vantage point, a great pool, good fitness facilities and a nice spa. The staff at the hotel were world class as well. The restaurants on property were very nice however quite expensive. We did eat on the property a few times, but I think i preferred my meals off property and in the smallelocal restaurants more. I would have planned more dinners off property if I had to do anything differently here. Favorite meal was at La Capanna del Gallo, a smaller restaurant which was a short drive from our hotel.
For activities we visited a few wineries/vineyards as well as did a bit of hiking. We were a little jet lagged and did spend a bit of time just relaxing and drinking wine by the pool. The winery that absolutely blew me away was the Antinori Vineyard in Bargino . We did the CRU tour which included an in-depth tour of the facilities, tasting of several vintages and then a lunch with wine pairing. Would highly recommend visiting here. One of the mom-and-pop vineyards that we visited and i would also recommend is Il Palagio di Palazzo. Did the CRU tour here as well and was very pleased.
Used the rental car to travel from Tuscany to Rome, then returned the car near our hotel in Rome.
Stayed at the Baglioni Hotel Regina. Nice enough hotel, but the rooms were a little dated. Technically classified as a 5 star hotel but I probably would have classified it as a 4 star. Still, decent enough stay and staff. Plus for the location as well. We booked this hotel because it was purely in a good location and more of a 'utilitarian' choice - we knew that we weren't going to be spending a lot of time here so the hotel didn't matter all that much.
As we were only in Rome for two days, we really tried to pack in as much as we could. On the day we arrived we spent the afternoon walking around and just taking in the city. We had dinner in the Testaccio neighborhood, which i would highly recommend. We ate at Felice, which was a bit touristy but i think still worth it for some excellent cacio e peppe.
Trevi Fountain - its whatever - cool i guess but absolutely mobbed.
Colosseum - very cool. Did an early morning guided tour which was booked on Viator.
Vatican Museum - Also very cool but a bit long for our taste. Did a 4 hour private/guided tour booked through Context Travel. We were able to get 'behind the ropes' in a lot of places to look at things away from general public which was nice, but its very crowded in the main areas.
If we had to do something different in Rome it would for sure be spacing out activities or just booking a day or two more. All in all, we went to Rome knowing that we would be very busy and very 'touristy' but I think slowing it down a bit would have made this portion of the trip a little nicer. Still, Rome is great and would love to get back.
Took the train from Roma Termini to Naples. Our hotel arranged for a transfer from Naples to the hotel.
Stayed at Borgo Santandrea just outside of Amalfi town. Hands down nicest hotel I have ever even stepped foot inside. Seriously 5 star all the way through with no detail overlooked. One detail I loved is that it smelled amazing in throughout the hotel which actually was a really nice touch. The hotel had an amazing pool and is the only hotel in Amalfi that his its own beach club. The staff were top notch and I think there was a staff-to-guest ratio of like 3:1. The hotel also had a free shuttle that would drop-off/pickup from Amalfi town whenever you needed which was a real life saver in terms of time and money.
For activities we visited Ravello, Amalfi and Positano (sort of) then utilized our hotel's beach club for a few lazy days. Ravello was my favorite of the cities to visit. There were tourists yes, but much fewer than all the other cities. We visited Villa Cimbrone which has a spectacular garden and amazing views. You should go here for a nice cocktail or glass of wine. We went out in Amalfi town for dinner several times and never had a bad meal. We tried to branch off the main square and into some alleyways to find hidden gems, but all in all I would say most of the restaurants were comparable at the $$$ price range on google maps. Finally, we planned to visit Positano but scrapped it at the literal last minute - we rented a boat to take us from our hotel's dock to Positano but as we approached Positano it just appeared overrun by people. Instead we had our boat driver just cruise us around the coast. This ended up being one of my favorite days. The cost was $100/hour so actually pretty reasonable. Beach club at Borgo Santandrea was also a highlight - not crowded at all and the service is great. You can visit the beach club even if you don't stay at the hotel, so I would say its worth it even just for a nice lunch and cocktails. The pizza at the beach club is really good, although a little pricey at roughly 30 euros for a basic pizza.
I don't think I would really change anything about the Amalfi portion of my trip other than trying to extend it!
Just to give everyone an idea on budget, I think we spent roughly $25,000-$30,000 for two people during the trip of a lifetime.
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2023.06.02 11:56 new22003 AluaSoul Costa Malaga Review
I don’t write a lot of reviews but there isn’t much info on the Alua properties which Hyatt bought last year and rolled into WOH early this year. So hopefully, my impressions will be of use to someone.
I just got back from staying at the AluaSoul Costa Malaga in Torremolinos, Spain. I spent about a week there in a Junior Suite. I am a WOH Globalist. I had a “Half Board” rate which included breakfast and dinner. I also had access to the “My Favorite Club” which serves refreshments all day (more on that later). Rates were incredibly affordable, around €80 per night for the junior suite. A regular room was just a few euros cheaper so I booked the higher category, I didn’t want to chance the lack of an upgrade given this is the start of the busy season. (the hotel was pretty full) I did not book a club room but was automatically upgraded to one. Points redemption was 12,000-15,00 per night for a standard double room so paying the rate was preferable.
Location: The hotel could not be better located for nightlife and food. You are in the center of town and surrounded by literally hundreds of restaurants and bars. You are also a 5-minute walk from Torremolinos’ main train station which connects directly to the airport, Plaza Mayor (large mall), and Malaga City. The airport is about 15 minutes via train, and Malaga is about 30. The walk from the train station to the hotel is an easy one with a wheeled suitcase. Escalator and smooth sidewalk. The hotel is also right next to the LGBTQ+ area, which is huge in Torremolinos. Lots of entertainment options and trendy places there as well. It is a walk down a cliff to the beach, but I found it very pleasant. There are 2-3 ways to take to the beach, and I found none of them boring. The town also offers an elevator to the beach at a rate of €0.50 each way, but I never thought to use it. An Uber from the airport to the hotel costs around €15-18 euros. There is a mini-mart 2 doors down, and another 5 doors down and there is a medium-sized supermarket a 3 minute walk away. There is a pharmacy next to the supermarket.
Check-in: The lobby is clean and modern, nicely decorated in a 4-star Spain way. Front desk staff were quick and efficient but the man who checked me in didn’t explain things so well, but I arrived VERY late. The female desk clerks the next day were far more helpful. Upon check-in, I was upgraded to a My Favorite Club room, and I was on the 10th floor (the hotel only has 11 floors).
Room: Room was ok. Fairly large but not a true suite. There is a sitting area with a couch long enough for a grown person to sleep on and a double bed that was 2 singles pushed together as you often find in Europe. The beds were not attached together, and the floors were smooth laminate, so they had a tendency to move, creating a gap in the middle. The bathroom was notably small, featuring just a sink, toilet, and shower. It's enough for 2 people, but just. There was also a small balcony with an ocean view, although also with many buildings. There were 2 large glass bottles of water on the table and the refrigerator was stocked with a few types of beer, a bottle of cava, and some sodas. There was a Nespresso machine and capsules and a boilekettle with tea supplies. This was complimentary. The room, and bathroom, were very clean but everything was about 10 years out of date. The TV was large, but didn’t feature any smart features and the HDMI cables were a bit hard to get to as it was firmly mounted on the wall. BBC News was the only English language channel (no regular BBC, and the guide showed CNN but it was not available) but they had several German and French channels as well as any Spanish of course. WiFi was good enough to stream and do video calls. The A/C worked great, shower pressure was good as was the hot water.
Club: My Favorite Club is basically their version of a Regency Club, except that it runs all day and is stocked with alcohol at all times. They had coffee/tea/soda, 3 types of beer, 6 types of wine, 8 spirits, and bottled mixers as well as 3 juices and milk. They also always had 4-6 types of tapas and they were refreshed often with different types. The spread was quite impressive and not many people had club access even though the hotel was full. That is good because the club literally only has 8 seats! I was actually amazed at how little the lounge was used given the hotel was busy.
Food: Meh. During my stay, I only ate breakfast 3 times and dinner 2 times even though it was included. That is mainly due to the fact that the food in Spain (outside of the hotel) is amazing and affordable. If you have to pay much extra for food options I wouldn’t. When weighing half board or all-inclusive places in Spain, Portugal, or Greece, consider the fact that local restaurants are incredible and usually cheap. The wine was €2-2.50 a glass for a generous pour at a restaurant. There were literally hundreds of places within walking distance. You could be better off getting a hotel with a nice pool, a great location, and perhaps a breakfast-only option. Even breakfast could be a waste as you often stay out late in Spain and would have to rush to shower and get ready just to eat some eggs, cold cuts, and a croissant to save €5.
Pool: Very nice pool with some shade and some sunny areas. Not huge but clean and relaxing. They feature live music at night, but end at about 11:00 pm to avoid disturbing guests. One night I had to go back to my room which was 10 floors above the pool, and the music was quite loud. Something to consider if you sleep early or get a low floor. People in club rooms also get a reserved area by the swimming pool with loungers, etc. This means a better chance of snagging a good chair. Poll was quite busy. Guests are a mixture of ages and nationalities. I heard Dutch, German, French, UK English, American English, Russian, and of course Spanish. There were college kids to retirees.
Edit: They were working on a rooftop bar when I was there, it looked nice, but it was not yet open. They were actively constructing it, so I suspect it will open in a few weeks. It will have basically the same view as my room.
Globalist recognition/benefits: As I mentioned above, my late arrival didn’t help. There was no verbal recognition upon arrival and check-in but I was upgraded to the club room.
Overall, I would say it’s a 3.5-star room, 4.5-star location, 4-star staff, 3-star food, 4.5-star club. The value is 4.5 stars, though. I would stay again based on the price for quality and the excellent location (for someone who likes local culture and food more than the beach).
Hotel site https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/costa-del-sol/costa-malaga-adults-recommended/ascma
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2023.06.02 06:27 gigitee Use ChatGpt to start travel planning vs asking city based subreddits.
I like helping people but the posts where people ask for travel advice without giving much in the way of budget, activities, or interests are not very productive. Happens a lot in /LosAngeles
Normally, I just ignore them but figured I would post this tip. I Here is a sample of how ChatGpt can help you get started. You can easily iterate on things like restaurants as well. User
provide an itinerary for a 10 day trip to los angeles. I want to stay in no more than two hotels and want to be less than 30 miles from Disneyland and malibu beach. My hotel budget is $250 per night and the hotels should be in lower crime areas. ChatGPT
Sure! Here's a sample itinerary for a 10-day trip to Los Angeles, considering your preferences for hotel location, budget, and proximity to Disneyland and Malibu Beach:
Day 1: Arrival in Los Angeles
Check into your first hotel located in a lower crime area within 30 miles of Disneyland. Rest and relax after your journey. Day 2: Disneyland
Spend the day exploring Disneyland Park and/or Disney California Adventure Park. Enjoy various rides, attractions, shows, and meet Disney characters. Day 3: Los Angeles City Exploration
Visit popular tourist spots in Los Angeles, such as the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Griffith Observatory, and the Getty Center. Explore the vibrant neighborhoods of Hollywood and Beverly Hills. Day 4: Universal Studios
Spend the day at Universal Studios Hollywood, enjoying thrilling rides and attractions based on popular movies. Explore the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and experience the studio tour. Day 5: Santa Monica and Malibu Beach
Check out of your first hotel and move to a hotel in a lower crime area within 30 miles of Malibu Beach. Visit Santa Monica Pier and enjoy the beach, amusement park rides, and lively atmosphere. In the afternoon, head to Malibu Beach and relax by the ocean. Day 6: Malibu Exploration
Explore Malibu further by visiting the Getty Villa, which houses an extensive collection of ancient art. Enjoy the scenic beauty and tranquility of Point Dume State Beach and Preserve. Indulge in delicious seafood at one of Malibu's renowned restaurants. Day 7: Griffith Park and Observatory
Visit Griffith Park and hike up to the Griffith Observatory for panoramic views of the city. Explore the observatory's exhibits and enjoy the planetarium shows. Take a leisurely stroll through the park and enjoy the outdoor activities. Day 8: Downtown Los Angeles
Spend the day in downtown Los Angeles, visiting attractions like The Broad (contemporary art museum), Grand Central Market (food hall), and Olvera Street (historic Mexican marketplace). Enjoy the vibrant nightlife and dining options in downtown LA. Day 9: Beach Day in Venice and Manhattan Beach
Spend the morning exploring the colorful Venice Beach boardwalk, with its street performers and unique shops. In the afternoon, head to Manhattan Beach for some sun, sand, and beach activities. Enjoy a beachfront dinner at one of the restaurants overlooking the ocean. Day 10: Departure
Check out of your hotel and depart from Los Angeles, concluding your trip. Please note that this itinerary is just a suggestion, and you can customize it based on your specific interests and preferences. Additionally, it's recommended to check the current status and operating hours of attractions and plan accordingly. User
recommend hotels for this stay that are a member of the hilton hotel chain ChatGPT
Certainly! Here are two Hilton hotels that meet your criteria for a 10-day trip to Los Angeles, with proximity to both Disneyland and Malibu Beach, within a lower crime area, and a budget of $250 per night:
Hilton Anaheim Located approximately 13 miles from Disneyland. Offers comfortable rooms, on-site dining options, a pool, and a fitness center. It is situated in a safe area and provides convenient access to Disneyland Resort. The hotel is within your budget range. Hilton Woodland Hills/Los Angeles Situated approximately 24 miles from Malibu Beach. Features spacious rooms, a pool, fitness center, and on-site dining options. Located in Woodland Hills, which is considered a safe area. It offers a comfortable stay within your budget. Please note that hotel rates can vary based on the time of year and availability, so it's recommended to check the current rates and availability for your specific travel dates. User
change the location of the second hotel to something closer to hollywood ChatGPT
Certainly! Here's an alternative Hilton hotel option closer to Hollywood:
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Located approximately 6 miles from Hollywood. Offers comfortable rooms, on-site dining options, a pool, and a fitness center. Situated in a safe area and provides convenient access to Universal Studios Hollywood and other Hollywood attractions. The hotel is within your budget range. This hotel is closer to Hollywood, allowing for easier exploration of Hollywood's attractions, such as the Walk of Fame, TCL Chinese Theatre, and Hollywood Boulevard.
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2023.06.01 23:49 AnotherCrazyChick Appreciation post: Tex Mex and Tex Food
Let’s get this sub going. I grew up in Texas and moved away over a decade ago. I still visit and what I miss most is the food. I moved to Oregon and lived there for 10 years. I asked the locals where I could find good Tex Mex. I was referred to a restaurant that only had mango salsa and mango or pineapple in the majority of dishes. You know, because the west coast is the closest to Hawaii, so they integrated that into their cuisine. It’s not Tex Mex in any form or fashion. There was no queso dip outside of Chipotle once they started advertising it and it was not sufficient and it’s not the same. The Mexican restaurants that offered queso were more Mexican focused and the “queso” was mostly cheese and not dip. A solid piece of melted cheese that was fried. Growing up in DFW, Taco Casa was the best. In my hometown, the high school was next door to a Taco Casa, so I ate there for lunch regularly. Back when we had off campus eating. And also Whataburger. Did you know Whataburger has chicken fajita wraps? They aren’t always on the menu, but they still have them and I love them. Also Braum’s ice cream. There was no drive thru ice cream in Oregon. There are multiples here in NY, but it’s not Braum’s. All places have limited options of flavors and it’s mostly soft serve yogurt. While I do recommend Texan’s try Oregon Tillamook cheese and ice cream, I still miss Braum’s.
Thank you for reading my rant and reminiscence.
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2023.06.01 22:24 FoodieLoverForver What are the best Indian restaurants in the Bay Area?
The Bay Area is home to a vibrant and diverse Indian food scene, with numerous restaurants offering authentic and delicious Indian cuisine. While it's challenging to pinpoint the absolute best Indian restaurant in the region, here are some highly regarded establishments known for their exceptional Indian food:
Dosa : Dosa is a popular restaurant with locations in San Francisco and Oakland. They specialize in South Indian cuisine and are known for their flavorful dosas (rice and lentil crepes), as well as other traditional South Indian dishes.
Amber India: Amber India has multiple locations in the Bay Area, including San Francisco and Mountain View. They offer a contemporary twist on Indian cuisine, with a menu featuring a wide range of dishes from various regions of India.
Udupi Palace: Udupi Palace is a vegetarian Indian restaurant located in Berkeley. They specialize in South Indian vegetarian cuisine, serving dishes like dosas, uttapams, curries, and thalis.
Vik's Chaat Corner: Located in Berkeley, Vik's Chaat Corner is a popular spot for Indian street food and chaat. They offer a variety of flavorful snacks and street-style dishes, including samosas, bhel puri, and various chaat items.
Curry Up Now:Curry Up Now is a fast-casual Indian restaurant with multiple locations in the Bay Area. They serve a fusion of Indian and Mexican flavors, offering items like burritos filled with Indian-inspired ingredients, as well as traditional Indian dishes.
These are just a few examples of highly regarded Indian restaurants in the Bay Area. The region is known for its diverse and high-quality Indian food offerings, so exploring different neighborhoods and trying out various restaurants will provide you with a wide range of culinary experiences.
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