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Traditional Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex

Are you a fan of celebrations involving food? If so, this blog post is for you! We recently watched Taco Chronicles on Netflix, which made us think. What is the difference between traditional Mexican food and Tex-Mex?

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Today is the fifth of May, which to many Americans and Mexicans, celebrates Cinco de Mayo. Just like Mexican food and Tex-Mex, this holiday has its own misconceptions. We are going to debunk myths about the celebrations surrounding this holiday. As well as the difference between the two delicious cuisines.

Cinco de Mayo: Why is it celebrated?

Cinco de Mayo is a United States holiday that celebrates Mexico’s Independence Day. However, this is a very famous misconception, as Mexico’s Independence Day is actually September 16, 1810. In Mexico, this day marks the “Battle of Puebla.” This battle was fought on May 5, 1862, between Mexico and France. The Mexicans unexpectedly defeated the French, thus they were able to keep the independence they already had.

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Why Cinco de Mayo is really a celebration of Mexican Food:

Two years after Mexico won the Battle of Puebla, the U.S. began celebrating Mexican culture on May 5th. Since then, millions of Americans celebrate this tradition every year. From festive parades and dancing in the streets to large tables of nachos and enchiladas, this celebration is all about food and fiesta.

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Food and drink consumption in the U.S. on Cinco de Mayo:

  • According to the cocktail market, about 126 million liters of tequila was consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2019. It is also the seventh-largest beer-drinking holiday.
  • The California Avocado Commission says that about 87 million avocados were consumed on Cinco de Mayo in 2017.
  • Fiesta Broadway is the largest celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It is held every year in Los Angeles, California.
  • Mole Poblano is the official holiday dish.
  • There are over 360 tortilla factories in the U.S. that contribute to the production of tortillas.

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Mexican Food vs. Tex-Mex: What’s the difference?

In order to truly celebrate Cinco de Mayo, you need to know the difference between Mexican food and Tex-Mex.

  • The term Tex-Mex is short for Texan and Mexican, a combination of both American and Mexican cuisines.
  • The most notable difference between the two cuisines is the ingredients. In almost all Tex-Mex dishes, cumin is the main ingredient, however, most traditional Mexican dishes don’t include it at all. Traditional Mexican plates use ingredients such as chile peppers,  oregano, cacao, cilantro, and more.
  • Tex-Mex taco shells are typically hard tortilla shells, while Mexican taco recipes call for soft corn tortillas.
  • If you find cheddar on your Mexican food, then it is a Tex-Mex dish. Mexicans always use white or yellow cheese.
  • Many typical Mexican dishes including enchiladas, tacos, and more belong to both Mexican and Tex-Mex cuisines. However, Tex-Mex prepares them with their own flavors and style.

 We hope you learned a thing or two, about Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy your feast, and don’t forget to let us know what you make at home.

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Guide to Traditional German Must-Eats

Bist du hungrig? In German, this phrase means “are you hungry?” We want to know! If you have ever visited Germany, you came across delicious pretzel stands, pints of beer in traditional beer steins, bratwurst the size of your forearm, and much more. With so many different flavors and dishes to try it’s hard to narrow down the list of what not to miss out on. We are sharing our favorite traditional German food to try on your next getaway to Deutschland.

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Our favorite traditional German foods:

  1. Laugenbrezel
  2. Bratwurst
  3. Kartoffelpuffer
  4. Spaetzle
  5. Pork Schnitzel
  6. Knodel
  7. And last but not least, Apfelstrudel

Learn more about each of these dishes here:

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Laugenbrezel – German Soft Pretzels

If you went to Germany and did not try a laugenbrezel, then you need to go back someday. Thick and soft with a browned exterior, German soft pretzels are simply irresistible. As well as quite famous not just in Germany, but around the world!

  • According to many popular legends, pretzels were first created by Christian monks.
  • Pretzels are considered a good luck symbol in Germany.
  • National Pretzel day is celebrated on April 26th in the U.S.
  • Pretzels were brought to the states in the 1800s by German immigrants.

While traditional German pretzels require a couple of special ingredients, you can make them like the pros, here


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Bratwurst

Bratwurst (Brat – finely chopped meat, wurst – sausage) is one of the most typical street foods in Germany. While you can find them all over the country, this meal is most commonly found in stands all over Berlin. Here are some other fun facts:

  • The bratwurst sausage originated in Germany in 1313.
  • It is commonly served both on a stick and in a bun, which makes it the perfect on-the-go meal.
  • Bratwurst is made from pork, beef, and veal.

Learn how to make the perfect bratwurst, on a stick or in a bun, here.


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Kartoffelpuffer – Potato Pancake

There isn’t a holiday or festival in Germany that doesn’t include Kartoffelpuffer, German potato pancakes. What’s not to love about a delicious treat?

  • Kartoffelpuffer is prepared differently than many other potato dishes as it is grated from raw potatoes, not boiled potatoes.
  • The most traditional way to eat these potato pancakes is with a side of applesauce, which adds sweetness to its savoriness.
  • In order regions of Germany, Katoffelpuffer is known as Reibekuchen and Kartoffelpfannkuchen.

Making this dish is simple and easy. Check out the recipe, here.


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Spaetzle – Egg Noodles

While the photo above may look like yummy scrambled eggs, it’s actually another type of food in the egg family — noodles. Interested in learning more?

  • If you don’t have a spaetzle maker handy, you can use a colander or cheese grader to make spaetzle at home.
  • Spaetzle is one of the most popular traditional dishes in Germany, as well as in Austria, Switzerland, and Hungary.
  • The dish is prepared very similar to macaroni and cheese.
  • It can be topped with anything you like, and it serves well as a side or the main course.

Make spaetzle at home with these easy steps, here.


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Pork Schnitzel – Pork Chops

Who doesn’t love making pork schnitzel? This German-style pork chop is juicy, incredible, and so easy to make. Here are some things you may not know about pork schnitzel:

  • Schnitzel is not actually the type of food, but the name for how the pork is prepared.
  • Another name for schnitzel is schweineschnitzel.
  • Hammers are used to thin the pork before coating it in breadcrumbs to make a crispier crust.

Serve pork schnitzel at your next virtual dinner party, and learn the recipe here.


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Knödel – Boiled Dumplings

Knödel is a staple side dish to many German meals. Making these dumplings is very easy! But did you know that they very different than any other dumpling? For starters, Germans make these dumplings by poaching or boiling them and then add egg and flour. Here are some more interesting facts:

  • Knödel does not require yeast, unlike many other doughy foods. This is what gives it its uniqueness.
  • The dumplings are traditionally quite large, and can even be as large as tennis balls.
  • Present-day, many Germans include plums and apricots in their dumplings for flavor.

Learn how to make the perfect knödel, here


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Apfelstrudel – German Apple Pie

This delicious dessert originated in the 18th century, during the Austro-Hungarian empire. However, Apfelstrudel is very much popular and traditional German food, today. Here are some other things you may not know about this apple dessert:

  • Traditionally Germany people eat Apfelstrudel warm as it contains a rich creamy apple filling. However, many people also eat this dessert cold. It all depends on your preference.
  • Apfelstrudel has its own English name which is apple strudel.
  • Apple strudel also has its own U.S. holiday on June 17th. Bakeries throughout the country love to celebrate this holiday with delicious pastries for everyone.
  • The term strudel is German for “whirl or swirl,” due to its form once baked.

Make the perfect apfelstrudel for dessert, here.


 Don’t forget to let us know what you are cooking up at home. Have you ever made any of these dishes? We can’t wait to experience them in Germany with you. Guten Apetit!

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Five Traditional Italian Dishes You Can Make at Home

Are you looking for the perfect meals to whip up this week? Look no further because we have prepared a menu of five traditional Italian dishes that are easy to make and will leave you wanting more. Before you start cooking and become the next master chef, it’s important to learn a thing or two about where traditional Italian dishes come from and why they are an integral piece of Italian culture. Let’s start with the origin and ingredients.

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Before we get cooking, let’s learn about traditional Italian dishes and cuisine:

Restaurants around the world have adapted certain plates and recipes to create their own version of Italian food. However, when it comes to traditional preparation, it’s important to know the correct methods and ingredients in order to make your Italian dishes just right. Or Perfetto come Italia, as the Italians say.

  1. Italians don’t use very much garlic.
    While you may find garlic bread at the top of most menus in Italian restaurants around the world, traditional Italian restaurants don’t serve garlic bread.  Rather, bread is typically served plain. Italians avoid overusing garlic in their dishes. They prefer to rely on flavorful and fresh ingredients.
  2. Spaghetti and meatballs is not an authentic Italian dish.
    Don’t worry, we’re not denying spaghetti and meatballs is delicious, however, it is not an authentic Italian dish. Italians actually rarely serve meat in their pasta.
  3. Pepperoni means “bell pepper” in Italian.
    If you have ever walked into a pizzeria in Italy and asked for a pepperoni pizza, you were probably surprised when a pizza with bell peppers was brought to your table.
  4. Naples (Napoli) is the most popular city in the world for its pizza.
    The word pizza was first documented in A.D. 997, with pizza as we know it originating in Naples, Italy.
  5. On average, an Italian eats about 51 pounds of pasta a year.
    You heard that right! In North America, a person eats around 15 1/2 pounds of pasta to compare. Yet, we think the more pasta, the better.

italian dishes caprese salad

A Traditional Starter: A Caprese Salad with Pesto Sauce.

Juicy and full of flavor, the Caprese salad topped with a pesto dressing, is a staple in any Italian meal. Originating from the Island of Capri in the 1950s, this salad is simple to prepare and requires only a few fresh ingredients. Fresh tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, salt and pepper, basil, and homemade pesto sauce to dress. Learn how to make the famous Caprese salad with pesto, here.

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A Hearty Pasta Dish: Spaghetti alla Carbonara.

If you have ever had pasta in Italy, you probably tried spaghetti alla carbonara. One simply hasn’t lived until you’ve had this meal. The real key to making traditional carbonara is making it with guanciale, not pancetta. This recipe requires only spaghetti, eggs, peppercorn cheese, guanciale, and pepper. However,  if you can’t find guanciale in your local market, pancetta is perfectly acceptable to use. Indulge in a plate of carbonara, here.

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A Classic: Pizza Margherita.

Learn how to make a classic Margherita pizza from professional Italian chefs in Napoli. You can turn your kitchen into a cheesy paradise in just under thirty minutes. All you need is flour, yeast, olive oil, mozzarella cheese, fresh tomatoes, and basil and a lot of love to make a pizza like the pros. Find an authentic recipe, here.

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A Delicious Main Course: Bistecca alla Fiorentina.

For all meat lovers, you will not want to miss having Fiorentina steaks at your Italian dinner. It’s a known fact that at least one person in every Tuscan home knows how to make this steak. With just a couple, easy steps, you can learn how to traditionally make Bistecca alla Fiorentina, too.

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A Must-Have Dessert: Tiramisù.

An Italian feast isn’t complete without an incredible dessert. Tiramisù is a classic. With no need to bake, and requiring just a few minutes to prepare, it’s the perfect dessert to any dinner. The coffee biscuit and mascarpone cream are simply irresistible. You’ll have to try it for yourself after learning the recipe, here.

Now that you know how to prepare these five traditional Italian dishes, enjoy and Buon Appetito!

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The Ultimate 2020 Bucket List Adventures

Is there something you have always dreamed of, but haven’t thought it was possible? A goal that appears too distant, a skill that seems too hard, or a place that is too far away? If there is one thing we have learned during this temporary travel break, it is that it is time to make our dreams become a reality. But where to start? We suggest you build a bucket list!

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The CuddlyNest team wants to help you start and finish your bucket list this year! We have put together our brains, our maps, our journals, and our guides together to create the most extensive list of bucket list items to cross off in 2020. And the best part of all? These real places, adventures, and goals are things our team at CN want to accomplish, too!

Find your inner wanderlust and be inspired by these one-of-a-kind bucket list experiences:

Tours and Attractions:

  • Visit the headquarters of Apple in Cupertino, California.
  • Attend a Broadway Musical.
  • Go to Disneyland Tokyo.
  • Visit Silicon Valley.

Cooking and Eats:

  • Take a cooking class in Italy. Buon Appetito!
  • Have a dining experience in a Michelin Star Restaurant.
  • Eat tacos in Mexico.
  • Eat pasta out of a wheel of cheese.
  • Take a wine tour in Hungary.

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Learn how to make pasta from an Italian professional.

Create and Learn:

  • Learn how hip-hop dance in NY.
  • Build a “tiny house.”
  • Learn Brazilian jiu-jitsu in São Paulo, Brazil.
  • Design an engine of a car.
  • Write a cookbook.
  • Learn Japanese in Kyoto.
  • Learn French during the summertime in France.
  • Pass my C1 in Spanish.
  • Learn how to make traditional pottery in Tamegroute, Morocco.

World Monuments: 

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Take a hot air balloon ride in Cappadocia, Turkey.

Travel: Bucket List Destinations to Explore

  • Visit North Korea.
  • Live in a van for a year and drive around South America.
  • Go on a week-long cruise.
  • Visit NYC and take a walk through Central Park.
  • Stay a week in Norway to see the Northern Lights.
  • Explore the Sahara Desert in Morocco.
  • Take a train tour through Southeast Asia.
  • Visit 10 countries in the next 3 years.
  • Go on a nomadic journey in the desert.

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Explore the Sahara Desert by taking a camel ride tour.

Adventure:

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Stand up tall next to the gigantic statues of Rapa Nui on Easter Island.

While staying home is its own adventure, we promise that we will all explore again soon. Tell us where you want to go, what you want to see, and what you want to do. Let’s rediscover the world together.

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How to Make the Perfect Coffee Around the World: Traditional Coffee Methods and Varieties (Around the World)

From watching baristas grounding coffee beans just before their café opens in the streets of Vienna, to visiting coffee plantations in Vietnam and Brazil, there is no doubt about coffee being one of the most loved and sought after drinks around the world.

The legend of coffee has different accounts. In Africa, Moroccan Sufi mystics observed birds of unusual vitality eating berries off of coffee trees, leading them to assume the healing powers of the bean. Another tale of the plant’s special properties is Omar, the Mecca priest who survived an exile, who then turned into a priest because of the “miracle drug”. Even Ethiopian hunters used to consume the beans for energy and hunger-quelling on day-long treks. 

Whether it’s the Islamic world praising the drink for the association with Muhammad’s birthday or Americans drinking 400 million cups of coffee for their caffeine hit, one can surely say that the drink has spread throughout the world.

How to Make the Perfect Type of Coffee

The best tips from around the world?

Morocco

Mix things up by adding spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg, and you’ll enjoy some new flavours in your daily morning drink!

Vietnam

Use a Vietnamese Phin instead of a French press or Italian espresso maker. The cold drip coffee will have a strong taste, even if you serve it with ice.

Ireland

Make it sweet! Instead of following the conventional white-sugar cube, add some brown sugar or use condensed milk as the Vietnamese do.

Brazil

Brazil’s billion-dollar speciality coffee is all about experiencing the popular drink in unconventional ways. The best tip? According to experts, when boiling water is gradually poured, the infusion drips into the jug not too quickly.

Portugal

If you are in a hurry and cannot dedicate enough time to brew the perfect cup of coffee from grounds (or beans), use the coffee ampules, especially when you want to keep it fresh.

 

If that is not enough, here is a tip from Jamie Foster, a mathematician from the University of Portsmouth:

“If you want a stronger cup of coffee, you should grind your coffee finer.”

Coffee Varieties from Around the World

Now that you know brewing methods from around the globe, here are coffee varieties you’ll find in any continent you visit.

Ethiopia

If you go to Africa, an Ethiopian coffee ceremony is a must-see (and must-taste!) In the origin country of Arabica beans, coffee is brewed in large coffee pots, but contradictory to a Japanese green tea ceremony, it is served in a hurry by only one host. The pot, called jebena, sits in hot coals and when served, sugar is added for an additional dose of energy.

Morocco

In Morocco, mint tea is more popular, yet coffee is occasionally served as well. You’ll find Arabic coffee beans roasted on charcoal fire and ground in a mortar. Take a break from the mint tea and experience Morocco by drinking some of the best coffee available in the region.

Poland

You will find Poland’s speciality coffee Robusta in every store you go – from Krakow’s coffee stores to Warsaw’s cat cafes.

Sweden

From Nestle and Lofbergs Lila to other widely known Quora coffee brands, Swedish coffee is mostly characterized by its differences in brewing water. In the South, the water is hard which has high mineral content and leaves plenty of calcium deposits. Whereas in the North, the water is softer which pulls a lot more essence and taste out of the coffee grounds. In the end, it all depends on the coffee brewing.   Regardless of where you are in Sweden, try the local coffee brand Zoegas or the famous Arvid Nordquist Classic.  

Japan

Japanese are known for their tea tradition, but in recent years, coffee is the king. Japan is now among the world’s largest importers of coffee! Their national brewing techniques of siphon and pour over (hand drip) are impacting the global modern coffee movement.

Italy

Apart from eating Pizza Ebraica and gelato, making an Italian caffe from a mokka pot is a must-do when visiting Italy. Originally used by Muslims in Kaffa (the Southeastern side of Ethiopia), the mokka pot was later distributed through Europe and eventually became a staple for Italy. You can easily find them from local vendors and coffee shops!

 

Indonesia

What makes Indonesian coffee unique? The answer is two-fold. Indonesian coffee cultivation began in the 17th century and has grown to be one of the largest producers of coffee in the world today. A cup of Indonesia’s premium coffee, Kopi Luwak, can cost as much as $100 a cup; it is considered the most expensive coffee in the world. The drink is made from coffee cherries digested by Asian palm civets that remove the fruit pulp. However, it is not the most animal-friendly or sustainable practice so we suggest going on a budget and animal-friendly when visiting Bali. There are plenty of delicious (and animal-friendly) coffee cafes and roasters in Bali!

Guatemala

Guatemala coffee is among the most well-known in the world, and rightly so. Currently producing more than 3 million bags of coffee beans a year, the mountainous and cloudy regions are perfect for producing  toffee-sweet and nutty coffee beans.

Jamaican Coffee

Jamaica is known for its Blue Mountain Coffee. It is the lack of bitterness that makes it so special. Growing in high altitudes on mountains, the coffee is bold in taste and specially farmed by the Jamaican government.  The coffee beans are a must-buy when shopping for souvenirs from Jamaica. 

Vietnam

Vietnamese coffee, or cà phê đá uses Vietnamese grown coffee with a metal drip filter. Grown in Trung Nguyen in Buon Ma Thout, Vietnamese coffee drinks can vary from simply ice-cold coffee with condensed milk, to  the traditional egg coffee.

Hawaii, Honolulu

Hawaiian Kona coffee is one of the best known in the world and compares well with Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee due to its full-bodied flavor. Coffee trees grow in rich volcanic soil, providing the special taste that Hawaiian coffee boasts.Hualalai and Mauna Loa Mountains are a place to go if you want to visit coffee plantations on the island.

Austria

In Vienna, coffee is made especially fluffy and is enjoyed as a dessert type of coffee. Made from two espresso shots and topped with a fluffy layer of heavy cream, you can’t go wrong with a coffee in Vienna.  Ask for Mellocino, Einspanner or even Kapuziner types when visiting Vienna.

Ireland

Thought as a serious rival of the Irish stout, the rich black coffee drink is flavored and full-bodied with a shot of whiskey. Also topped with heavy cream, the Irish coffee will not leave your sweet tooth unsatisfied.

While a caffe latte or an Americano may be your way to go around the world, people watch, work, or get warm during winter spell, there is much more to making a perfect cup of coffee. From Moroccan spiced coffee to the highest-quality Guatemalan bean, there is amazing coffee found everywhere in the world. Make new travel memories by attending a coffee ceremony and bring the coffee beans back home to share the deliciousness from around the world. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, or share our travel tips by pinning:

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Where You Should Go for Thai New Year: Pattaya vs Chiang Mai According to Your Personality

From travelling to Thailand to visit Chiang Mia temples to going crazy with Thai food, the exotic travel destination offers everything for everyone. But where should you go to celebrate Thai New Year? Songkran 2020 in Thailand will start on Monday, April 13 and end on Wednesday, April 15, so you can pack in an adventurous and traditional vacation before or after celebrating Thai new year – completely according to your personality tastes and Myers-Briggs type. Do not get scared by the fact that Chiang Mia is located on the Northern Part of the country, and therefore is more prone to cold weather. You will stay warm, though, by getting some Thai tea!

Thailand Destinations Travel Inspiration

From Tha tropical beaches to royal palaces, to even ancient ruins, Thailand has a lot to offer to anyone looking for a vacation in South East Asia. Ancient ruins and temples are not just reserved for those looking for a spiritual journey, just as Thai beaches are not all rainbows and resorts – you can find wild and abandoned islands and get lost in the woods! 

From those seeking to visit the most diverse types of Buddha figures, to those deriving inspiration from ultramodern city landscapes, or just to sip on Thai Cha Yen on the quite canalside in Wat Arun, Here we, however, look at what Thailand strikes the first-time visitors the most – its beautiful and wild beaches, all the way from Pattaya to Hua Hin. Are you fascinated with cities? Chiang Mai is only one of the potential choices. 

Pattaya Travel Ideas

Pattaya is a bustling seaside town stretching 15 kilometres along the coast. Located just 150 kilometres from Bangkok, where Thai New Year celebrations take the stage on April 13 to April 15, Pattaya is one of the most popular destinations for those looking for a swim in Thailand.

What to do in Pattaya? Depending on whether you like to visit ancient monuments, temples, or rather choose to catch some adrenaline while shopping for groceries at Pattaya floating market, or want to improve your knowledge about the ocean by visiting Dolphin World, there is something to do for anyone.

7 Experiences You Cannot Miss in Pattaya:

  1. Shop traditional crafts and produce at Pattaya Floating Market
  2. Visit Sanctuary of Truth from Ayutthaya period
  3. Look at the city from above at Pattaya View Point
  4. Look at Thailand’s famous ladyboys at the Alcazar Cabaret
  5. Lose yourself partying at Walking Street
  6. Get your Adrenaline booming at the Coral Island
  7. Immerse yourself in make-believe world at Tuxedo Illusion Hall

Chiang Mai Travel Ideas

Chiang Mai, on the other hand, is one of the most history-packed travel destinations you can possibly imagine when visiting South East Asia cities. Located in mountainous Northern Thailand, the city itself dates back over 800 years. Visiting the New City will expose you to traces left by since its earliest history of the Lan Na Kingdom ages, and later golden ages achieved by the proximity and importance of the Ping River trading route.

Today, Chiang Mai, enclosed by its Old City historical walls and moats, is bustling from both locals and tourists, who mingle to raise the spirits of Thai culture, cuisine and visit some of the most important temples, such as 14th century Wat Phra Singh and the later Wat Chedi Luang. However, temples and city history is just a part of what you can see in the destination. For those seeking adrenaline, there are options for kayaking or visiting caves, but those looking for a relaxing vacation to release stress and become more productive can opt for nuat phaen thai, a Thai massage including acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga.

7 Experiences You Cannot Miss in Chiang Mai:

  1. Taking a cooking class in Chiang Mai
  2. Eat kantoke dinner watching traditional Thai and Northern dances from a safe place at the dinner table
  3. Go whitewater rafting at Mafeteng River
  4. Eat the Khao Soi, a coconut and curry soup with yellow egg noodles. Sounds happy? 
  5. Get fancy fancy at the trendiest part ig Chiang Mai Nimmanhaemin Road
  6. Take a Green Tour to Sticky Waterfalls and Navigate Circuit like Spiderman
  7. Visit the granite grey Inthanon National Park with Shan Hills

Thailand Travel According to Your Myers-Briggs Personality Type

Precisely because each of us travels so differently, it is important to know exactly what are you expecting from your travel. From mingling with crowds and debate world issues with locals, to letting your senses go wild by trying all the exotic fruit cocktails in local markets, to quietly wander the streets and appreciate architectural wonders from past and present, there are millions of ways to discover a new destination every time you go on a vacation. CuddlyNest is all about giving people ideas – and today, we present Thai destinations, according to travel experiences you strive for.

The Inspector – ISTJ Personality

If you travel and seem to absorb each and every piece of information, placing it with your pre-developed logistician framework of world functioning, the history-packed excursion with a close friend will be just right for you.

INTJ in Pattaya: Visit Sanctuary of Truth from the Ayutthaya period, which was made entirely from wood Mai Daeng and teakwood. The unique design goes to Mr. Lek Viriyahphan. However, recent discoveries have shown the architecture being from Myanmar.

INTJ in Chiang Mai: Visit the ruins of Wat Chedi Luang, Temple of the Big Stupa. For those trying to get a glimpse of Thai culture and history, visiting the Emerald Buddha, the holiest religious object in all of Thailand is a must.

The Counselor – INFJ Personality

Certainly, travel is more than seeing the sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living. –Miriam Beard

Can you relate? Taking travel slowly, counsellors are inquisitive thinkers and will go long lengths to understand the historical arrangements related to their travel.

Just as logisticians, they seek to educate themselves while taking a vacation and visiting a new country. Far from being all about museums, counsellors will find joy visiting conferences or diving into antique book stores.

INFJ in Pattaya: Rubber Land – a museum all about rubber production, from harvesting to your childhood rubber ball machine 

INFJ in Chiang Mai: Visit Tribal Museum. Open on weekdays, the museum hosts a monthly handmade good market

The Mastermind – INTJ Personality

The masterminds or Architects will enjoy solitude. The most satisfied when on solo travel to some historical location, they will surely abide by learning and improving, and finding a  friend – mentor to source a new knowledge from.

INTJ Pattaya: Buddhist art museum  พิพิธภัณฑ์พุทธศิลปะ หนองปรือ

INTJ Chiang Mai: Museum of World Insects and Natural wonders

The Giver – ENFJ Personality

Protagonists or ENFJ givers are all about going offbeat places and taking their travel discovery seriously. People-focused and at the same time seeking new experiences, ideas and non-traditional approach, these travellers will strive in hostels and Couchsurfing gatherings when meeting locals on their solo trips and bars. After all, as Tim Cahill put it, ”A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” 

ENFJ Pattaya: Feel yourself a spider and hitchhike to the closest beach!

ENFJ Chiang Mai: Meet locals (and travelling musicians) at The North Gate Jazz Co-Op

The Craftsman – ISTP Personality

Craftsmen all about gaining hands-on cultural experience, these virtuosos will enjoy the experience given by opportunity to do and make, and cheer up others by their good-natured spirits.

ISTP Pattaya: Take a cooking class at Pattaya and learn to make Green Curry and Pad Thai

ISTP Chiang Mai: Visit Baan On-Tai Sustainable Village and Make Something Yourself

The Performer – ESFP Personality

Looking for a luxurious getaway? Make a great trip Thai resorts, and stay in the luxurious resort towns. Visit the best places in Thailand for beach holiday.

ESFP Pattaya: Relax at Sattahip District, Ravindra Beach 

ESFP Chiang Mai: Enjoy ayurvedic therapies at Dhara Dheva

The Champion – ENFP Personality

Mingle with crowds in the bustling city and joys of discovering other people.

ENFP Pattaya: play some bar games at Hot Tuna Bar

ENFP Chiang Mai: Visit Saturday Night Market Chiangmai

The Doer – ESTP Personality

Adrenaline, mountain climbing, adventure? You will get enough of when in Thailand.

ESTP Pattaya: Catch some sun while flyboarding in the river

ESTP Chiang Mai: Feel yourself like a Spiderman in red climbing up to the fluffy clouds for waterfall! You may also stick around for lunch and eat some 

The Provider – ESFJ Personality

The consul – or provider – the ESFJ is all about the picture-perfect travel. From the curiosity of living of locals, to knocking on doors and getting to know the differences of people, provider will strive for a picture-perfect destination.

ESFJ Pattaya: Get the perfect Instagram shot from the sea while canoeing along with the stalactite caves.

ESFJ Chiang Mai: The topmost photo-worthy, Instagrammable spots in the country- and indeed in Chiang Mai has the most beautiful temples you can imagine. Travel to White Temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai for a one-of-a-lifetime-experience.

The Idealist – INFP Personality

Mediators will look for the idealistic ad value a creative and inspiring getaway with couple of friends or family.

INFP Pattaya: Volunteer At Pattaya Orphanage

INFP Chiang Mai: Get creative at Bor Sang Village crafting an umbrella by yourself

The Supervisor – ESTJ Personality

A social city trip with a big group of friends, anybody?

ESTJ Pattaya: Club Insomnia must be on your list

ESTJ Chiang Mai: Enjoy one of the Japanese inspired localities of the city, and go for a shopping trip, like Maya Shopping Mall, and One Nimman!

The Commander – ENTJ Personality

Backpacking journeys, crazy places and late-night conversations to discover the other side of the city? Make sure to enjoy the best of the backpacker life with great sunsets and crazy backpacking trips to traditional neighbourhoods.

ENTJ Pattaya: Visit the Hard Rock Cafe – or, do not go that hard and Rock Around the Clock! 

ENTJ Chiang Mai: Cabbages and Condoms restaurant. Crazy name and wonderful sunsets, anyone?

The Thinker – INTP Personality

Logicians will find their best when travelling to a secluded nature retreat.

INTP Pattaya: Go to Jomtien Beach for a long beach and water sports and great food

INTP Chiang Mai: Go to Doi Suthep–Pui National Park and see Bhubing Palace, wildlife, waterfalls and everything else

The Nurturer – ISFJ Personality

Defender, go on an organized camping trip!

ISFJ Pattaya: Go on an organized  botanical garden visit to Asian Spicy Garden

ISFJ Chiang Mai: Go to Taboo Club on the main Walking Street

The Visionary – ENTP Personality

Debaters there – go on a lively city trip and chat with both locals and other travelers.

ENTP Pattaya: Go to The Marquee – Lambretta cafe (don’t worry, no French or Thai language skills needed) 

ENTP Chiang Mai: Chat with monks at Wat Dok Suthep temple on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 1pm-3pm to exchange views and discuss the religious and cultural practices

The Composer – ISFP Personality

Go on a road trip, and enjoy an adventure with friends!

ISFP Pattaya: Go Ziplining At Flight Of The Gibbon

ISFP Chiang Mai: Visit the Wat Phra Yai Temple features an 18m-tall golden Buddha

 

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All You Need to Know about Japanese Tea Traditions Before Travelling to Kyoto

Japanese Chanoyu, Sado or simply Ocha are important parts of Japanese traditional culture to understand the extraordinary culture of Japan. After all, Japanese is claimed to be one of the most intelligent nations, thus signalling the benefits of green tea.

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Japanese Green Tea

While India is widely known for its long run tea-growing tradition, from Darjeeling to Dirlgiji tea, in Japan the presence of tea was first documented only in the 9th century. The tea tradition is process-focused, as brewing and serving of the tea are the two main variables.  

However, the tea itself carries an important role here as well. Green tea contains not only caffeine but also an amino acid L-theanine, which makes it available to cross the blood-brain barrier, thus leading to healthy long-term development.

The key to a wholesome Japanese green tea flavour lies in its brewing. While you should definitely visit the Ippodo tea store in downtown Kyoto, we also recommend bringing some tea back home as a souvenir to your family and friends.

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Celebrate with Tea: Breaking the Seal and Celebrating Light

Japanese tea ceremonies, just like songs and religious music, are varying from season to season. While some traditional ceremonies are held no matter the season, some are specific to the occasion, or time of the day. Kuchikiri-o-chaji 口切の茶事  tea ceremony, just as 暁の茶事 celebrates the new beginnings.

Kuchikiri-no-chaji

The first celebration is held in November. Green tea leaves are usually harvested in spring, and then safely stored in a cool place until late autumn. The tradition of breaking the jar on the first week of November, Ro is used to indicating the start of the winter. In November, when the new tea is plucked again, there is a breaking of the seal of the tea jar, in Japanese Kuchikiri.

To be a part of the celebration in November, head to the Kyoto chastise tea rooms to experience the Japanese tradition considered the most formal of all. For where to participate in tea ceremonies, head here.
With the new season, tea rooms also replace paper on their sliding doors and do all other repair work in order to celebrate the new season.

Winter Tea Ceremony Akatsuki-no-chaji

The latter, Akatsuki-no-chaji, or dawn tea ceremony, is held in early winter, to enjoy a light rising after a cold winter night. Albeit not commonly held in public tea rooms, the dawn tea ceremony has magic on its own.

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Enjoy the Tea Ceremony in Kyoto

Since the day Buddhist monk Eichū brought green tea to Japan, and served sencha (underground Japanese green tea) to the emperor, tea has been one of the central traditions to Japanese nobles. 

Today, you can participate in tea ceremonies in Japanese temples, like Jotokuji temple, or in tea rooms or Kyoto hotels.

Camellia Tea House

Camellia tea ceremony is held in English. Just in between the Ninen-zaka steps and the famous Kiyomizu-Dera Temple, the place s an oasis for peace and quiet, away from tourist crowds. Cuddlynest tips: order Uji matcha tea and wagashi for a sweet treat here.

Ran Hotel Kyoto

Ran Hotel in Kyoto is one of the best places to enjoy the tea ceremony if you are looking for a tatami tea room. Taisho Period art decor will accompany the ceremony, but you can just simply sit back and enjoy a cup of coffee.

Chion-in Temple Tea Ceremony 

Traditional tea, anyone? Hop into a metro and go to the geisha and entertainment district of Gion in Kyoto. In Chion-in Temple, you will be served tea by English speaking waitresses in kimonos. The simplicity and sheer natural taste of the green tea will make your Kyoto trip much more enjoyable.

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Colorado where to best bars

The Best Bars You Need To Know About In Colorado Springs 2019

Colorado Bars 2019

Phantom Canyon Brewing Co: Selection of Draft Beers and Vegan Foods

Phantom Canyon Brewing Company is a casual, old-style bar on the first floor with reasonably priced food and drinks, mostly beer. While you may enjoy the special menu offerings if hungry, we do not recommend going to Phantom to savour your meals. Instead, go there for variety of beers, and casual atmosphere. You can chill outside on the street, but do not expect anything more than muchies. Draft beers, microbrews are available, and you can first taste samples, before making your choice for ordering beer, even a local one.

What makes the place special is the view at the Pikes peak and Cameron. For vegan options, in case you are hungry, go for vegan green chili and buffalo hummus, and vegan Sheperd’s pie. If you want a great amber beer, go for the Howitzer Amber.

Red Leg Brewing Company

What makes the place so different is the beer choice. The Red Leg has wide selection, and if you can’ t choose yourself, the standard flight offerin is six beers. Some safe choices are The Devil Dog Stout or  Howitzer Amber, and when ordering more you can make yourself feel better by reminding that this decades-old establishment also supports non-profits. Looking for something less traditional? Try coffee Porter.
Although the bar does not serve food, there is also a food truck at the garden, and you can safely count in for good grab.

The atmosphere is amazing, and you can safely bring your family and friends again and again – the Red Leg is just perfectly made for re-visits!

Loonees Comedy Corner

Although the place is one of the best ways to spend a night out in Colorado Springs – it is a comedy club of Colorado Springs – the show is good, and does not cost you  a fortune. The comedians range from Sam Butler to Tim Gaither, but you shall not expect the jokes to get political. The cost to visit the club is $10, and the best part is – you also have drinks and food in Comedy Club! Drinks are reasonably priced, about $7 for some of their specialty drinks, so you do not have to worry to go over the top when enjoying beer in a good company with laughter.

Pro tip – if you want to save on tickets to the comedy, go and book your show online and get 20% off the price!

Ohana Kava Bar

If you want to go local and really try out the taste of kava, you must try this one. Ranked as one of the best across the whole country, even in Hawaii and Ohana, this bar will serve you the real thing – and do not expect the drink not to taste nasty! The place has super friendly staff and patrons. We recommend to order the regular kraken with peppermint – you can then go and get stoned with savages, just as in  J. Maarten Troost’s book.

Colorado is not necessarily famous for bars, but it is no wonder that after a hike in the mountains you will long for a refreshing drink. Indeed, when you’re visiting Colorado, you may feel the need to kick back and relax at a nice bar. Come prepared with taking a look at some of Colorado’s finest bars list:

Thunder and Buttons

This bar is known for people to kick back and relax. Food is prepared fresh and daily, including daily specials of up to five specialty items and a soup of the day. Thunder and Buttons has a fantastic Happy Hour all day on Sundays and Karaoke on Wednesday – Saturday nights. This bar is so much fun that it was voted “Best of Westside and Karaoke Bar” 2012 – 2015. It was also rated as “Best Staff” and “Best Crowd”.

Back East Bar and Grill

If you’re looking for a bar that has craft beer, live music, special events such as pool tournaments, and one that is a sports bar all-in-one – You will love Back East Bar and Grill. Not to mention, if you visit around July 4th, you will be able to take advantage of their expansive balcony to view the fireworks! Looking for a good time with Happy Hour? Visit this car Monday through Friday 4 PM – 7 PM where you can choose select drafts, well drinks, and house wine – all on special!

Zodiac Venue

Located downtown in Colorado Springs, Zodiac Venue is the bar to be if you’re looking for premium craft cocktails. This place offers a laid back but fun atmosphere. There is an additional 400 ft. patio to smoke or bring your drink out to enjoy. This bar lays out their schedule a bit more in depth. Here are some exciting events for each day of the week:

  • Monday nights – Andrea Stone hosts Open Mic
  • Tuesday nights- Dance Worship and Goth Style
  • Wednesday Nights – Viva La VooDoo meetup & Ladies Night
  • Thursday Nights – Hazel Humdinger hosts Karaoke
  • Friday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Saturday Nights – Live Music, Burlesque, and Performance Art
  • Sunday Days – Opens at 2 PM with Happy Hour all day and night

*Additional Happy Hour Times: Monday – Saturday 2-7 PM

Legends Rock Bar

Looking for a place that has your favorites? Food, fun, and live music? You’re in for a good time if you visit Legends Rock Bar. Appetizer food is offered all day and night. Full menu food is available after 6 PM. Fun includes karaoke, which is Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – Additional fun includes darts, beer pong, pinball, pool, foosball, corn hole, and more. During your visit, enjoy some live music ranging from country to heavy metal with one of the best sound systems in Southern Colorado Springs.

Oscar Oyster Bar

If you’re in for some Cajun food and good drinks, Oscar’s Oyster Bar is where it’s at. There’s nothing like sitting back enjoying a good drink paired with some delicious food. Happy Hour is Monday – Friday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM, which includes $1 off drafts and wine wells. Other specials include:

  • Monday- Thursday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM: Oyster Happy Hour– Half price oysters in half shell.
  • Tuesday 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM – Fat Tuesdays – Two for one Cajun martinis, drafts, wells, and wine.
  • Tuesday & Wednesday 8:00 PM – Open Mic Nights
  • Thursday 9:00 PM – Karaoke
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music with no cover
  • Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Breakfast served
  • Saturday & Sunday after 9:00 PM – $4 Car Bombs

Copperhead Road Bar

If you’re going to venture out to Colorado Springs, why not go out for a night of fun? Head on down to Copperhead Road Bar. This bar always has something going on. Some of their specials include:

  • Ladies Night Thursdays – Ladies receive FREE drinks from 10 PM until midnight PLUS no cover all night.
  • Red Solo Cup Fridays – Come in at 9 and stay til Midnight to enjoy the $10 all you can drink special! Splurge with $15 and you can drink until 1 AM.
  • 18+ Saturdays – $20 cover for those under 21 years old. $5 cover for anyone over 21 years old.

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Swirl Restaurant and Wine Bar

Located in Manitou, Colorado, Swirl Restaurant and Wine bar has a lot to offer. You can enjoy some good food until 10 PM while sipping on your favorite alcoholic beverage. If you’re looking to host a private event, they have options. Swirl bar also has events for almost every day of the week:

  • Monday – I.N
  • Tuesday – Lasagna Night
  • Wednesday – Spirit & Cinema Night
  • Friday & Saturday – Live Music
  • Sunday – BOGO Mimosas and The Wine Blitz

*You can find an entire calendar with detailed events on their website here.

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Colorado where to best coffee shops

Best Coffee Shops in the Colorado Mountains to Visit in Fall 2019

Visiting Colorado in Fall 2019 and looking for a coffee shop to work at or meet your travel buddies for a relaxing end of the day? We have your back.

There’s nothing like a large cup of coffee to give you the boost of energy you need. Whether you are travelling full time and looking for a comfortable place to sit down and get your work done, or you simply want to that caffeine dose after long Saturday night out, knowing the best spots is a must.

What’s more than coffee shops with their unique atmosphere? You must taste Colorado coffee brands to get a feel of what Colorado taste for the famous drink is like! From sustainable travel solar-energy fuelled coffee shops for eco geeks to family-friendly laid-back spots, we will point you in the right direction. Read on to experience the best of Colorado coffee shop scene!

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Colorado Coffee Brand Novo Coffee

Colorado coffee scene saw the Novo Coffee for the first time in 2002, when Brodsky brothers founded the now popular coffee brand. When it comes to Colorado coffee brands, Novo Coffee goes all out, offering not only coffee blends to local restaurants and natural grocers, but also hosting public tasting every Friday as part of their coffee educational courses. If you have a minute and want to master the coffee, making, you can learn to make the best Colorado-style coffee in coffee brewing, milk steaming, or even drink building classes. Who knows when it comes handy, even if you are always relying on coffee takeout at one of the four Denver Novo Coffee shops!

Pablo’s Coffee

One of the oldest Colorado coffee brands, Pablo’s has been around for almost 25 years. Serving coffee in Denver and boasting green coffee from around the world , this coffee is truly a must-try. Together with the internet-free policy, you can step back from virtual word and take the moment, to breathe in the roasted bean aroma, deeply sense the taste and tune in with surrounding atmosphere while at one of the Denver’s coffee shops. The proposition of the founder Craig allows to immerse yourself into the coffee-lover community and connect with the Colorado crowd more easily.

Corvus Coffee Roasters

Corvus Coffee, recently marking their 10 years, has shaken up Denver with its crop-to-cup approach to coffee trading (and making!). The brand has established relationship with individua; Africa and Latin America coffee farmers and provides single-origin coffees from around the world. The transparency of the coffee making process from hand-picking beans to serving you a cup of coffee in their Denver speciality shop will not leave you indifferent.

Family Friendly Colorado Coffee Shops

Coming from what speciality coffee brands for coffee lovers, there are times when you want to go to coffee shop just for an easy afternoon. When  out on a family holiday, it’s unlikely you’re going to want to wander off without them. Thankfully, there are plenty of options to get your caffeine fix and still enjoy the company of your family.

R&R Coffee Cafe

R&R Coffee shop is not just a coffee shop; if you crave that Sunday brunch, you can also enjoy a home cooked meal.

Family Friendly Colorado: Cafe 225

Talk about an ideal place for the entire family – This cafe offers a kids play area, so you can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and enjoy a delicious sandwich. Additionally, this place has a designated reading room and even an event space for live acts. There are several options for this place to please anyone.

Family-friendly Café: Susie’s Westside Cafe

This is a small mom & pop type of coffee shop. In addition, they serve breakfast and lunch. Susie’s is the perfect spot to venture to with the whole family while on vacation. The kids can get their favorite pancake breakfast while mom and dad gain some energy with the assistance of a nice, hot cup of coffee.

Sustainable Coffee Shops

If you’re looking for some vegan options, you’re in luck. Colorado has a few options for you to choose from.

Solar-energy powered Solar Roast Coffee: New Café 2019

The newest addition to Colorado Springs’ coffee scene is the coffee shop that uses solar energy to roast its beams. Replacing Starbucks on the street corner near Acacia Park, the new café features local ingredients in many dishes, and will also serve you handmade pastries, sandwiches and other meals made with Pueblo childes.

Nemo’s Coffee

Nemo’s coffee is a great place to stop if you’re looking for high-quality coffee and teas. This place offers almond milk, soy milk, sugar-free, and other fat-conscious options. Additionally, Nemo’s Coffee is very health conscious and grinds their own wheat to craft delectable goods. They have gluten free and vegan options available.

Adam’s Mountain Cafe

This cafe is not only a place where you can enjoy some nice, quality coffee – but you can also order some vegan food to go along with your morning cup of coffee.

Natural Epicurean

This place is home to fresh, healthy, and organic dining. While you’re sipping on some coffee, you can flip through a menu that focuses on local, fresh, and sustainable ingredients. You can rely on quality food when you eat at this location as they use their own garden and partnerships with several Colorado ranchers and growers.

The Perk Downtown

This place believes that each customer deserves the best quality cafe. The Perk Downtown strives to make sure they are 100% local as possible. They try to get as close to 100% vegan as they can, and even include gluten-free items. They love good food, and they want their customers to have good food – but they also want you to enjoy it in a healthier version.

Fancy Fancy – Get Your Cup in Style

Some people want more of a fancier type of coffee shop, and that’s okay. Here are some options for those who are in love with everything “trendy”

Alpine Modern Cafe

The layout and decor of this coffee shop will make you feel rejuvenated while you sip your coffee. Their coffee is brewed with MiddleState Coffee beans and Huckleberry Roasters.

The Pop

The rave reviews say it all – This coffee shop is trendy and serves great-tasting coffee. Not to mention, if you’re in a hurry (which you most likely are during vacations) you can take advantage of their drive-thru.

Loyal Coffee

Not only can you enjoy a delicious cup of coffee here, but they also have irresistible food options. There’s no doubt your cravings will be fulfilled here.

Dog-friendly Café in Colorado

If you are bringing your dog with you on vacation, you are likely going to feel quite guilty leaving them behind when you go to certain places on your trip. Thankfully, when you go out to have some coffee, you can bring your furry friend along to the following places:

Bon Ton’s Cafe

Enjoy a nice, warm breakfast each morning with some coffee at Bon Ton’s. Their outdoor seating is dog-friendly.

Shuga’s

This place offers several inspired eats, as well as coffee. Enjoy a cup of coffee each morning before tackling the day during your vacation – Don’t forget your dog, though, as he is welcome in the outdoor seating area.

How do you like your coffee? If you don’t like coffee, what do you reach for instead? We are excited to hear!

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Ice Cream Month: Where to Celebrate in July

To celebrate the smooth, creamy, refreshing treat of the summer, the National Today announced July as “Ice Cream Month.” The best part about a holiday is being able to celebrate! Couldn’t get any better, right? On the 3rd Sunday of July, the whole world will enjoy this tasty treat. To many of us, ice cream is something we crave for on a hot summer day. It is a staple for any beach family vacation or a stroll around a city in search of the best Instagram spot. But did you know ice cream is very different all around the world? Let’s learn more. 

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How Ice Cream Came to Be:

Ice cream originally comes from China. In 618-97AD the King Tang of Shang had a good take on ice-cream. There were 94 ice men working to make buffalo milk, flour, and camphor into a tasty treat. Later, in 200 BC Chinese mixed milk and rice. Then, they packed the mixture in the snow to freeze, thus resembling the ice cream we know today.

Europe Takes Over:

When Roman Emperors discovered the refreshing dessert, they sent slaves high into the mountains to bring the ice back. Then Romans flavored the ice and served to the high blood families in Rome, Ephesus, Carthage, Alexandria, and elsewhere.

Marco Polo Brings the Recipe to Medieval Europe in the Golden Age:

At the end of the 13th century, Marco Polo brought the recipe back from his trips to China. In the far-away land, ice-cream was a popular dish. He introduced ice cream to Italy. It spread over the high castes of Europe fairly soon and later was brought to the Americas.

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Where to Go for the Best Ice Creams Around the World:

Ice Cream – Germany, The UK, and the US

Before we get into the many types of ice cream, let’s start with the original type we all know and love. The best places to find your everyday ice cream? In Germany, the UK, Netherlands, and the US. Standard, yet incredible ice cream, must have at least 10% milkfat, and the base must not increase in volume by over 100% in the churning process. In Germany walking the streets in Munich or around Lake Garda typically serve ice cream with whipped cream, jam, and strawberry sauce. The Germans really know how to perfect this dessert. 

Gelato – Italy

The magical cities of VeronaSicily, and more not only offer so much culture and history, but also delicious Italian gelato. Stroll down the streets where Romeo and Juliet wrote their letters to each other, or enjoy watching the famous glass crafts being made while enjoying your tasty treat. Made from custard base just as the regular as ice cream, it is higher in milk and lower in cream and eggs, sometimes having no eggs added at all. You cannot visit Italy without having gelato at least once a day. 

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Cream Anmitsu – Japan

A dessert bowl of mochi, fresh fruit, Anko, cubes of agar, and chestnuts, is a traditional Japanese treat. When topped with a scoop of ice cream, you can find it in the streets of Tokyo as Cream Anmitsu.

Dondurma – Turkey

Battered Ice Cream, also known as Maraş ice cream, is a type of mistic ice cream distinctive to the Middle East region. Close to Syrian booza dessert, it is made out of cream, whipped cream, salep, mastic, and sugar.

Sorbetes – Philipines

Distinct from sorbet, the Philippino frozen dessert is made from coconut or ordinary milk, peddled by street hawkers. It is served in a small wafer or a bread bun.

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Faloodeh – Iran

When tasting faloodeh (or paloodeh) for the first time, you will find it similar to a sorbet. It consists of thin starch noodles in a semi-frozen syrup containing sugar and rose water. When served, faloodeh is spritzed over with lime juice and sprinkled with ground pistachios.

I Tim Pad- Thailand

The thin rolled ice cream, also stir-fried ice cream, originates in South East Asia and is made on streets of Chiang Mai, Bangkok, and Phuket. The ingredient list consists of liquid base, usually cow’s or soy milk, and comes in generic flavors, such as vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and strawberry.

Ais Kacang – Malaysia

Traditionally made from only shaved ice and red beans, the frozen dessert now comes with different ingredients, like attap chee (palm seed), red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly, roasted peanuts, and cubes of agar.


Now that you know about the best places to try ice cream and its many similar types, be sure to let us know where you adventure to first. Never miss dessert. 

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