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

 

Pattaya or Chiang Mai New Year, anyone?
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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.

Japan Tea Houses 2020

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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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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Brunch en Barcelona #LQQCQ

¿Sabéis lo que es un Brunch? Primero de todo, nos gustaría explicaros el concepto. La palabra Brunch es una mezcla de Breakfast (desayuno) y Lunch (comida) y consiste en una comida que se da generalmente luego del desayuno y antes del almuerzo, aunque también entre el almuerzo y la merienda. Es decir, una comida entre comidas en la que casi todo está permitido.

Es por eso que este sábado mandamos a Jennifer Garcia (nuestra embajadora en Barcelona), a uno de los cafés más emblemáticos de la ciudad condal: Alsur Café. Este café con diferentes locales en la ciudad está poniendo de moda otro concepto: #LQQCQ, es decir, lo que quieras cuando quieras. Porqué, ¿quién no ha soñado con unos churronuts para comer?


¿Y que son los churronuts? Pues como su nombre indica, una mezcla entre donuts y churros, y es que en Alsur Café no dejan de innovar. Con su propio obrador en la ciudad y con un reputado equipo de cocina, estos maestros del brunch no descansan para encontrar la mezcla ideal capaz de deleitar a sus comensales diariamente. Y es que no es fácil ser una de las tendencias en una ciudad como Barcelona. Por eso mandamos a nuestra embajadora CuddlyNest para que experimentara en primera persona el concepto #LQQCQ y os hiciera llegar a todos ese sabor único de los platos preparados con amor.

Por eso, si estáis en Barcelona disfrutando de una de nuestra #CuddlyStay hacerla aún más memorable (si se puede), con una experiencia gastronómica apta para todos los bolsillos y los paladares más exquisitos del mundo. Porque en Cuddlynest intentamos que todo el mundo se sienta como en casa en cualquier lugar, porque queremos que vuestras estancias sean únicas y a medida. Porque lo importante es saber que estés dónde estés hay alguien que se preocupa por tu bienestar.

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5 Foods to Try when Visiting Croatia

If you are like us, some of your all-time travel highlights associate with amazing foods you have tried on trips. Be it a flavourful Italian pizza, a traditional rye bread soup in Baltics or the very best homemade Spanish mimosa your host offered whilst in Valencia, you name it. Our taste buds are oftentimes the best travel guides when it comes to new and exciting experiences. Read on and see what Croatian cuisine has to offer – and do not forget to scribble down your own favorites to try on your upcoming trip!

Croatian Cuisine – The Mix of the Best

Visiting Croatia, you will soon realize that the cuisine in mainland Croatia and that in coastal regions is very different in both food preparation and main ingredients. The mainland cuisine brings more Slavic tradition, and shares some traditional dishes and desserts, such as stuffed bell peppers and poppy seed strudel, with it’s neighboring countries – Hungary and even Turkey. The coastal regions, on the other hand, are known for their likeliness with Italian cuisine. If you enjoy salads, fresh fish and other seafood, then Split, amongst other Adriatic sea resorts is a place to go this holiday. However, we advise you to go for diversity – if there is a chance to spend several days in Croatia, go for it! The foodie in you will not regret a second.

Croatia Food – Travel and Experience the Traditional Cuisine

As previously said, one must go around Croatia to get a sense of its diversity – both in culture, folklore and traditional arts and crafts, as well as traditional Croatian cuisine. Therefore, we are guiding you through all regions of Croatia starting from coastal historical regions of Istria and Dalmatia to inland Slavonija. Let’s dive into the taste of Croatia! We have it all for you, whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free.

1. Croatia for Vegans – Poppy Seed and Almond Strudel

If you think Strudel is for Austrians, think again. Croatian poppy seed-filled strudels that come straight from the oven and fill the air with warm, sweet poppy seed smell, are one of the best we have tried. The slightly crunchy top, sprinkled with snow-white sugar, and the rich taste of poppy seeds make the strudel a perfect start of the day. Coupled with a milky soya cappuccino from freshly ground coffee beans, there is almost nothing that can beat the duo for your breakfast. Our favorite place in Zagreb is Dubravica pekarnica – just make sure to be early enough to get some of the best pastries in town!

2. Vegetarian Croatia Holiday Food – Pag Cheese

If you are into ecological, free range and extremely tasty food, Croatian Pan cheese is a  must. Derived from sheep on Pan island, it is hard, salty and dry, and more so with aging. For cheese lovers, it may remind Italian pecorino. One of the peculiarities if this cheese is the strong and distinct taste resulting from the sheep freely grazing the natural herbs, like rosemary and others. Paški sir, as it is referred to in Croatian, can be tasted also in food tours, so do not forget to check those out before going to Croatia.

3. Korčula White Wine

Croatia weather and climate is especially good for winemaking, and traditional wineries offer one of the best white wine varieties in the region. In Croatia, Korčula island is well known for its winemaking tradition. The island is not only proud of its white sand beaches but also carries the tradition of winemaking. Apart from the dry white grp, which is produced exclusively in Croatia, Korčula’s forests hide two wine villages Čara and Smokvica, where pošip grapes are grown. Both wines go well together with seafood, lamb and even traditional Peka stews. You can also taste the prošek, a dessert wine, to accompany the dessert fruits.

4. Octopus Salad – the Speciality you Have to Try

If there is one reason Croatian cuisine is told to be similar to Venetian traditional cuisine, it is the abundance of seafood in it. When in coastal regions of Croatia, you are officially allowed to order only seafood – otherwise we foresee some serious regrets. While the best Croatian restaurants, such as Konoba Lambik on Hvar island, offer a wide variety of seafood: lobsters, mussels, octopus, even black ink fish foods and others, one of the best and most distinct Croatian specialties is the Octopus salad. Hacked octopus, grilled and served with fresh leafy greens, is the perfect lunch on a hot summer day. Some restaurants (as in the picture, Hvar) add potatoes and capers, whilst some go for cherry tomatoes. You may want to order a glass of grp to go along – and experience the gourmet Croatian cuisine in full!

5. Peka – the Hearty Dish of Dalmatia

With the winter season coming, stews and hearty vegetable and meat dishes take over Croatian cuisine. One of the specialties and must-tries in case you visit Croatia in the cold(er) months of the year is Peka. Traditionally sauteed in a metal pot, this food can include any kind of meat together with root vegetables. Its taste and the fullness of flavor comes from hours of spices, vegetables and meat simmering over the outdoor open flame – and it is worth it. Be sure to include Peka on your dinner or lunch menu to get warm and going.

Taste Croatia Your Own Way

Although reading must-do must-visit Croatia activities, tours and guides may be pleasing, do not forget to enjoy the moment. There is nothing better than tasting the Croatian wine in wineries even without pre-booked tours and enjoying the unexpected activities on the spot. Go to a restaurant, be spontaneous, and keep in mind that every experience counts – you may remember that moonlight swim and a simple beach picnic with grp and pastries much longer than months-ahead booked gourmet dining at the top restaurant.

Enjoy your trip and share your favorite dishes and Croatian recipes in the comments below!

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Basque country: food culture and beautiful locations

A bit of history: The Basque Country or Basque Autonomous Community was granted the status of nationality within Spain, attributed by the Spanish Constitution of 1978. The autonomous community is based on the Statute of Autonomy of the Basque Country, a foundational legal document providing the framework for the development of the Basque people on Spanish soil, although the territory of Navarra was left out and made into a separate autonomous community.

Essential stops

Navarra: Pamplona

The Basque Country is known worldwide for its wines and its gastronomy. If you travel to this part of Spain it is essential that you stop by its bars and restaurants. Here you can find the famous Tapas that are part of the Spanish culture. There is immensity of restaurants and locations where you can taste these magnificent culinary works.

If you pass through Pamplona, take a walk around San Nicolás and Estafeta (famous street for being the route of the bulls during the San Fermines). A must stop is the Asador Katuzarra. Also, if you want to have a coffee with splendid views of the city, go up to the Meson Caballo Blanco. Going out to taste wines on the street is part of the culture of Navarra, its streets are always full of people and good energy (especially on a Saturday night).

 

Guipuzcoa: Zumaia and San Sebastián 

Obligatory stop: Zumaia, a town that will leave you breathless. On the way to San Sebastian, stop for lunch at the Idoia Ardotegia restaurant. Do not leave without tasting the famous and the Tapas they have at the bar. The best thing is that the kitchen does not close. To drop off the food, go to the beach of Zumaia, 5 minutes walk, one of the locations of the famous series of Game of Thrones.

Probably San Sebastián is the best known for its beauty and the Comb of the Wind created by the famous sculptor Chillida. A place where the whole family can enjoy and have a good time even if the weather is not on your side. Recommendation: bring change clothes for the children (or grown children), it is easy to get soaked.

Vizcaya: Bilbao, Mundaka, and San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

Another essential stop of the Basque geography: Bilbao. Stroll through The Seven Streets and go for Tapas in Plaza Nueva. Try the croquetas, the chuletones and do not forget to taste the spectacular pinchos de fua accompanied by a glass of Ramón Bilbao. Obviously, you can not miss the obligatory visit to the Guggenheim Museum.

Mundaka, widely known by surf lovers. In this town the famous left is born, a long wave that has made the Basque Country worldwide popular. If you want to see it with your own eyes, consult the forecasts before, since the ideal conditions are not always available to see it. A perfect spot to watch it is the Hotel El Puerto, with a terrace located to the best views, while you enjoy some jamón serrano and a glass of wine.

A stop that has become even more famous than San Sebastian is San Juan de Gaztelugatxe. The explanation is simple, it is the scene of the meeting between Daenerys Targaryen and Jon Snow in the Seventh Season of Game of Thrones. Who does not remember that conversation going down the steps of Dragonstone?

 

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