Underrated Cities to Visit in the US for a Weekend Getaway – Thrillist

Underrated Cities to Visit in the US for a Weekend Getaway – Thrillist

Terrace szn, baby! | The Wisconsin Union Madison, Wisconsin This down-to-earth state capital has everything from lakefront views and countless nature trails to beloved cult beers and dedicated farm-to-table food scene Why go: When it comes to pleasant weekenders with a wealth of things to do, Madison comes out on top. When you add in its walkability, it’s the hands-down winner. There are two ways to do this trip, or combine both options for a trip that has it all. Stay as close to the Capitol building as possible (there are plenty of both hotel and Airbnb options). All the action is right here in the heart of the city, from streets of shops radiating outward from the square — the Fromagination fine cheese shop and Earthbound Trading Co. are worth a visit — to Comedy on State , which draws comedy acts from across the nation. Grab a Madison B-cycle in the summer and take a spin around the lake, or plan a trip during the free Frozen Assets winter festival, featuring bike races and kid friendly activities on the lake itself. Must eat/drink: New Glarus Brewing Company ’s current Thumbprint Series brew. Meanwhile, restaurants like Heritage Tavern boast locally sourced — almost too easy in these farm-filled parts — and craftily prepared fare, while bars like Camp Trippalindee and Paul’s Club deliver tasty cocktails with a side order of kitsch. Finish up with brunch at Sardine , where French classics — recent offerings included duck confit with a warm bacon lardon vinaigrette and decadently rich baked creamed eggs — are lovingly treated and the lakefront views are superb. Weekend highlights: Camp at New Glarus State Park , which, like all Wisconsin state parks, allows alcohol on-site — major plus. It’s also a convenient walk from New Glarus Brewing Company, where one of the country’s largest craft breweries produces perfectly balanced beers like Spotted Cow and Two Women, all sold exclusively in Wisconsin. Don’t leave without: Visiting the Chazen Museum of Art , the University of Wisconsin’s free art museum. Pieces like the worn, canyon-wrinkled “Ethel Long,” by American painter Arthur Byron Phillips, and an appropriately eerie David Lynch work leave lasting impressions, while string quartets and other music acts fill the galleries on Sunday afternoons. Temporary exhibitions like Southern Rites , a gripping portrait series of Georgia teens attending segregated proms in the 2000s, often highlight the works of university alumni and uphold the reputation of collegiates as forward-thinking provocateurs. Neat! | Toledo Museum of Art Toledo, Ohio Family-friendly activities within arms reach of fun-having neighborhoods Why go: Downtown Toledo is in the midst of a bit of a renaissance, with Adams Street looking to make itself known as a cultural corridor. House of Dow vintage shop and Handmade Toledo are overflowing with quirky, colorful finds, but it’s also a good spot to spend a night out — particularly since it was designated open to public drinking, in full Bourbon Street style. Start off at Carlos’ Poco Loco for Cuban staples like succulent ropa vieja and massive (decidedly not Cuban) margaritas, then meander to nearby watering holes like The Attic on Adams . Must eat/drink: The craveable, Hungarian-style hot dog from Tony Packo’s , Toledo’s signature dish. No restaurant is as admired in Toledo as the long-established Lebanese-Italian Byblos , where you’ll find pungent chicken shawarma and lamb-stuffed grape leaves served alongside pizza and spaghetti studded with steak. The Byblos family’s next generation runs the small-plates gem Poco Piatti , which is opening a new downtown location this spring. Weekend highlights: The Toledo Mud Hens have been a point of pride for the Glass City — named for its early history as a blue-collar town of glassmakers — for over a century (just ask Sgt. Maxwell Q. Klinger of M*A*S*H* ), and the Minor League team’s downtown ballpark has become the epicenter of Toledo’s entertainment district. Dubbed Hensville , the area around the ballpark offers a summer concert series ( catch Diana Ross in July ) and great sports bars like Ye Olde Durty Bird and Fleetwood’s Tap Room . Don’t leave without: A free visit to the Toledo Museum of Art , voted “America’s Favorite Art Museum” by art enthusiasts and acclaimed for its stunning Glass Pavilion. Glimpse familiar sights like Monet’s water lilies alongside modern artists like Chuck Close, while keeping your eyes peeled for temporary exhibits from renowned artists like Kehinde Wiley and Mel Chin. Or cap off your weekend (when the weather is nice) with stop by the Toledo Zoo, a past winner of the Best Zoo in America award, which boasts 10,000 animals in one scenic, sprawling go. A cool hang. | Surly Brewing Company Minneapolis, Minnesota World-class food scene, artsy jaunts and one heckuva signature burger Why go: Yes, it’s the farthest north we’ll send you, but oh, is it worth it. Besides its vibrant arts scene, the City of Lakes’ community of chefs tempt both the James Beard crowd and locals alike, making for a cozy getaway. Must eat/drink: Pick up something (anything) sweet from Rose Street Patisserie , home to one of the world’s top pastry chefs, John Kraus. New Nordic cuisine has blossomed in this Scandinavian-leaning metropolis (early settlers are rumored to have found it quite warm), with the American Swedish Institute ’s FIKA Cafe and, on the upscale end, Spoon and Stable . The massive Surly Brewing is home to a beer hall serving up creative charcuterie boards and tempting dishes like mole short-rib chili, a dog-friendly seasonal beer garden and a New Haven-style pizzeria. Of course, you ought to try the city’s best-known delicacy, the Juicy (or Jucy) Lucy cheese-stuffed hamburger , but there are two major competitors for the title of creator: Matt’s Bar and the 5-8 Club . Just to be safe, better sample both. Weekend highlights: Walk off your food baby with a visit to the enchanting Minnehaha Falls — deemed the state’s most photographed spot — and the surrounding park, or visit the thriving Northeast Minneapolis Arts District , where hundreds of artists and galleries open their studios to visitors eager for a glimpse. When you’re ready to hit the town, check out First Avenue for up-and-coming music acts, or go get your culture on at the Guthrie Theater . Don’t leave without: Checking out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden , a sprawling collection of endless curiosities, from an iconic Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture to a Theaster Gates concept piece titled Black Vessel for a Saint . Quad lawn of University of Illinois | Leigh Trail/shutterstock Urbana-Champaign, Illinois College-town vibes with plenty of chill hangs Why go: The quaintest of Big 10 cities, Urbana-Champaign (or Champaign-Urbana) is a college-town anchored by the hyphenated cities, with enough going on to satisfy a student body of 50,000. Case in point: swing by Exile on Main Street and the adjoining Daisies Vintage for the type of eclectic records and old-school cool threads you could only find in such an idyllic college town. Must eat/drink: Don’t skip the Diner Stack — a mound of hash browns topped with cheese, sausage patties and eggs and smothered in gravy, is found at Merry Ann’s Diner , a classic old-school cool diner that never closes. Black Dog Smoke & Ale House , a spacious and tasty barbecue joint, has locations in both of the twin cities, while Jupiter’s Pizza provides not only delicious pies, but also some very chill pool tables for a two-for-one casual date night. Weekend highlights: A walk through the University of Illinois campus quad is the perfect way to relive the glory days — make your way to the Japan House and its gardens for tranquil scenery and public tea ceremonies, while concerts at Foellinger Auditorium — past performers range from Father John Misty to Janelle Monáe — are a chance to actually enjoy sitting for hours in a college lecture hall. If you care to relive some of those, ahem, fuzzier college memories, there’s a decent college bar scene, but those keeping it classy will have plenty to enjoy, too. Don’t leave without: Bibliophiles should expect to spend a few hours at Jane Addams Book Shop , which has amassed a collection of 70,000 (very reasonably priced) titles in its 35-year history as an independent bookstore. Wander through three floors of shelf after shelf stuffed to the gills with historical tomes, children’s books, fiction and every other imaginable genre. A scrumptious Reuben. | Zingerman’s Ann Arbor, Michigan A buzzy Main Street and robust campus life offers a trove of art and culture Why go: Downtown Ann Arbor, with all its Main Street USA charm, is a perfect place to start your visit. Wander from hip chains like Fjallraven to local shops like Literati Bookstore and Himalayan Bazaar . Keep heading west until you reach the University of Michigan campus, which is surrounded by blocks of retail, casual eateries and two historic theaters, The State and Michigan Theater. Both are hosts to new movie releases, concerts (Jeffy Tweedy hits up Michigan Theater April 1) and other special events. Must eat/drink: Everyone will tell you this, but only because it’s true: You must eat at Zingerman’s . The Ann Arbor institution boasts dozens and dozens of massive, irresistible subs — a personal favorite is the Aubrey’s Milk & Honey, featuring hot sopressata and Zingerman-made goat cheese drizzled with honey and served on rustic Italian bread. An adjoining bakery and artisanal delicatessen store offer an epicurean treasure trove of kitchen goodies. Weekend highlights: Half the fun of Ann Arbor is found in the nooks and crannies, exhibited by both Nickels Arcade and Kerrytown Market & Shops , where you’ll find spice merchants, Fustini’s Oils & Vinegars and vintage finds. Enjoy a delicious meld of Indian and French cuisine at Dessous , featuring seasonal samosas and mashups like avocado naan and green chile chicken with French-baked rice. It’s perfect for a fancy night out, which could then continue at The Last Word , a lovely cocktail bar with thoughtfully reimagined Prohibition-era sippers. Don’t leave without: A walk through the University of Michigan Museum of Art , where a spotlight on underrecognized genres like Inuit art and the African diaspora amplifies the museum’s permanent multicultural collections. Keith Bowman leads the Young Cats of Jazz w/ Keith Bowman Quartet. | The Dark Room St. Louis, Missouri Go for the renowned blues scene, stay for the curious squeaky cheese Why go: If there are two things St. Louis is known for on a national level, it’s the Gateway Arch and Budweiser. But its flourishing dining and culture scenes are reason enough for a visit to this rivertown metropolis. The buzziest restaurant in town is the vegetable-centric Vicia , opened by two expats of the acclaimed Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York, but other great picks include Bosnian favorite Lemmons by Grbic (St. Louis has the largest population of Bosnians outside of their home country) and food truck graduate Guerrilla Street Food . Must eat/drink: Local favorite Melo’s Pizzeria offers wood oven-fired classics, but its unique specialty pies are where the real fun begins. Keep your eyes peeled for the Sloppy Louie, a take on St. Louis-style pizza, appropriately topped with sausage, pepperoni and the city’s signature Provel cheese, a curious, melty fusion of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar. And hey, while you’re here, might as well drink some beer, right? For a taste of history, Square One Brewery is housed in a century-old former Anheuser-Busch tavern, while Bridge Tap House and Wine Bar provides a thorough introduction to the local scene with 55 beers on tap out of more than 200 total brews to sample. Weekend highlights: Forest Park, one of the largest urban parks nationwide clocks in at almost twice the size of Central Park, and it’s a scenic, lagoon-dotted eden and also home to many of the city’s best cultural attractions. Here, you’ll find the free Saint Louis Art Museum , renowned for its modern collection and pre-Columbian art, and the Saint Louis Zoo , where a pack of eight cheetah cubs recently turned one year old. Wrap up your night with a visit to the snazzy, jazzy club The Dark Room at The Grandel or the laidback BB’s Jazz, Blues and Soups . Don’t leave without: Strolling down Cherokee Street, a vibrant district anchored by antique shops like The Purple Cow and Mesa Home , art galleries and Latinx-owned bakeries. The largest Oktoberfest in the United States. | Oktoberfest Zinzinnati Cincinnati, Ohio Welcoming neighborhoods entice visitors with grade-A nosh, beer and funtivities Why go: Straddling the Ohio River that separates the Buckeye State from Kentucky, this German-settled river city boasts the largest Oktoberfest in the United States, three major sports franchises and a thriving music scene. In some sense, Cincinnati proves to be a choose-your-own-adventure getaway: partake in the 12-stop Donut Trail or the winding Kentucky Bourbon Trail , or spend a day stopping by the many breweries. As a city of neighborhoods, Cincinnati also provides dense pockets of retail and dining options that are fun to explore. O’Bryonsville, Hyde Park and Oakley are top candidates for an afternoon out (absolutely do not miss out on the luxuriant double-chip opera cake, adorned with buttercream rosettes and a smooth chocolate glaze, at The BonBonerie ), while Mt. Adams is tailor-made for a night out (start off at Blind Lemon for delicious cocktails on the verdant, romantic patio, where live music often elevates the experience.) Must eat/drink: Black raspberry chocolate chip ice cream at Graeter’s , the French Pot-frozen treat (it’s a thing ) that’s been a staple in Cincinnati since 1868. Rhinegeist is a local favorite for craft beer fans, Sam Adams recently unveiled a spacious new taproom, and Fifty West Brewing Company also offers kayaking and volleyball to really kick the day into high gear. Of course, no visit is complete without a taste of Cincinnati-style chili , a beanless, cinnamon-tinged version traditionally found atop spaghetti or coney dogs. Skyline Chili is the standard bearer, but Cincinnatians in the know will point you to Camp Washington Chili for a less corporatized take. Weekend highlights: The main stretch of Over-the-Rhine has become a hipster mecca of trendy eateries and cool bars like Longfellow (check out its tiny Other Room for the state’s largest selection of rum) and Rosedale , while Fountain Square anchors downtown and offers summertime programming and a winter ice rink. Don’t leave without: Taking a walk along the Ohio River. The city’s new Smale Riverfront Park features a carousel with a hand-carved menagerie and a playground area complete with a rock-climbing canyon, racing slides and log climbers. Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, get Next Flight Out for more travel coverage, and subscribe here for our YouTube channel to get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun. Ariel Cheung is a senior editor for Modern Luxury Chicago , where she covers the city’s dining scene. She resides in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, where she is currently resisting the urge to adopt every stray cat that crosses her path.

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Must-Eat Local Cuisine in the Seychelles

Must-Eat Local Cuisine in the Seychelles
Just imagine – palm trees, white sandy beaches, endless summers and delicious Seychelles cuisine. The Seychelles Islands are known for its rich and exotic culture, influenced by the harmonious mixtures of people who have settled there over many years.
The Seychelles is a true paradise for gourmet travelers who love to experience new flavors. You can’t leave Seychelles without trying local cuisine. It is a fusion of European and Asian acquaints with traditions of the Seychellois – native residents of the islands. Let`s have a look at the top Seychelles dishes, that all the travelers fall in love with. » Looking for a tropical paradise? Top 10 Tropical Islands for an Exotic Beach Vacation Fish and Meat
You can hardly find anywhere else such a variety of fish and seafood dishes as in Seychelles. And you can be sure of its freshness – the Seychellois go fishing twice a day. Most often, fish is cooked to a minimum by adding spices such as garlic, ginger and chili and left on the grill.
Fish variety is complemented by seafood – octopus, lobster, trululu crabs, mussels and shrimp. Be sure to try one of the delicacies – spicy octopus curry, zesty crabs or lobster in lemon juice. And don`t forget about Tec Tec – small shellfish cooked with pumpkin for soup.
An essential component of Creole cuisine is rice. Most of the meals don`t go without it. It is a must to all curries that creates bright yellow color and spicy flavors. A creative interpretation of the rice with fish is “pvason ek diri”– salted fish with rice. The tradition to eat salted fish came from the times when it was necessary to preserve the freshness of the product without a refrigerator. Spices and various ingredients – vegetables and fruits – gives it a unique taste to the dish.
During the colonial period, Seychellois used to eat loads of bats – and it can be easily explained. If you look up at the trees early evening, you`ll see them everywhere! Of course, now bat meat is replaced with more familiar chicken or fish. If you are brave enough, you can still try bat curry at certain restaurants. The dish is called “Rousettes”. It is made of the meat of the fruit bats, also known as Flying Foxes. It can be compared with venison, but it has many small bones. Be careful!
Those who are not ready for “Rousettes” should try popular Seychelles sausages – “Sausages Rougay”. It is reasonably salty sausage made with local pork with a creamy tomato sauce with onion and garlic. Fruits and Vegetables
If you are vegetarian, don`t think that Seychelles cuisine has nothing to offer you. Seychelles is a paradise for vegetarians! There is such a variety of local fruits and vegetables that it will take you a couple of weeks to taste all of them. Here are just a few of them:
A unique variety of eggplant, called “Bringle” grows on the Island. It is fried in oil with anis, turmeric and pepper and served purely as a vegetarian dish or a side dish for meat.
Lentils are often used as a side dish. Traditionally, red lentils are boiled with garlic, ginger, onions and spices. Because of this, it becomes a saturated yellow color and in this form served on the table. Yes, it may not look delicious, but it’s worth a try!
Are you used to eating bananas? In Seychelles, there are more than 20 types of bananas of different sizes and tastes and are eaten often fried or stewed. They are fried with coconut milk and sweet potatoes to make a Ladob dessert. It tastes like warm caramel.
Seychelles – the motherland of the famous breadfruit. The breadfruit looks like a big potato and forms part of many dishes and desserts.
There is even a saying in Seychelles: “The one who has tried the breadfruit will come back here again”. So, if you want to come back to Seychelles, you know what to do.
By the way, snacks and chips are sold here at any supermarket and at an affordable price. Favorite Seychelles snacks include banana chips, breadfruit chips and molouk. Banana chips have a salty taste, and molouk is fried bread dough.
The Satini salad is finely chopped ingredients. These can be unripe fruits, such as papaya, onions, and many spices. Therefore, this salad has a consistently spicy taste. Sometimes it is cooked with shark meat or chopped coconut. Where to Buy and Eat Authentic Seychelles Cuisine
Literally everywhere! Small tents with shacks are set up at every corner, especially located on the famous Seychelles beach – Beau Vallon . Here you can taste grilled fish, octopus salad, fried bananas and other simple but delicious foods. Besides, it`s a great chance to feel 100% local!
The freshest fruits and vegetables, fish and spices you`ll find of course at local markets. People come here not only for food but for the exotic atmosphere and experience the local colors of Seychelles. Sellers in bright clothes will be pleased to tell you about their best goods and will help you to make the right choice.
You can find whatever you like: starfruit, jackfruit, mango, papaya, coconuts, bananas of different varieties – it`s a tropical paradise indeed! Fish stands will impress you with unseen deep-sea inhabitants – stingray, barracuda, angelfish, parrotfish and sharks. And don`t forget the spices! Its huge aromas will remind you of that special time spent in magical Seychelles.
Evidently, the most extensive choice of Seychelles cuisine dishes is in numerous Island restaurants. Restaurants offer International menus and traditional Creole dishes. Most of the restaurants belong to hotels, which is a big advantage for guests, who have an excellent opportunity to enjoy a variety of meals without leaving a resort.
For example, the Coral Strand Hotel located on Mahe Island has 4 restaurants and bars on site. Here you can enjoy a theme buffet dinner at Island Trader or try the tastiest curry on the island at “Mahek” or savor the right Seychelles beer at the Ocean Deck Bar. And of course, each restaurant offers you the local Seychelles cuisine. Another advantage of the Coral Strand Hotel, nestled directly on Beau Vallon beach – fabulous views on the Indian Ocean, which you can admire during the course of your meal. CONCLUSION
As you can see, Seychelles cuisine has much to offer, with truly exciting dishes and flavors. When you visit the Seychelles, don’t forget that half the experience is in the food! Have you tried Seychelles cuisine before? Tell us about your experience. Like this post? Why not share it on your Pinterest board!
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East Bristol Brewery Trail

East Bristol Brewery Trail 01 May 2019 For beer lovers, this is the perfect opportunity to get the drinks in, writes Keri Beckingham The legendary East Bristol Brewery Trail returns to BS2 and BS5 over the early May bank holiday weekend. Running for the seventh time, Bristol breweries Moor Beer Co, Good Chemistry, Left Handed Giant Brewing Co, Arbor Ales and Dawkins will be opening their doors to the public for a big party on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 May between 12pm and 8pm. The locations of each of the five breweries are as follows: Arbor Ales (181 Easton Road BS5 0HQ) Dawkins Ales (Unit 2 Lawnwood Road BS5 0EF) Good Chemistry Brewing (William Street BS2 0RG) Left Handed Giant Brewing Co. (Wadehurst Industrial Park, St Philips Road BS2 0JE) Moor Beer Co. (Days Road BS2 0QS, open 12pm–6pm on Sunday) For beer lovers, this free event is your chance to celebrate Bristol’s renowned beer scene, drink brewery-fresh hoppy delights and eat delicious street food from Pepenero’s pizza van, Pickled Brisket and more. Attendees are encouraged to pick up a trail map at their first brewery, and if you visit all five then you could be in with a chance of winning some great prizes, including a selection of East Bristol breweries beers, T-shirts and tickets to Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2019. Some of the breweries take card payments, and cash machines are also available on Old Market and Easton Road. With just a short walk between each brewery, it’s a chance to meet the brewers and learn how each beer is brought to life, explore the area and sample some great local ales while enjoying music and (hopefully) some fantastic sunshine! The Brewery Trail is centred around the start of the Bristol & Bath cycle path, near Lawrence Hill station and is only 10 minutes from Temple Meads. To find out more about the East Bristol Brewery Trail, visit: www.facebook.com/events/582161835599666/ Share this Post: Sweet as a nut 01 May 2019 Rebecca Paddick samples diverse Indian cuisine in the heart of Clifton Village, thanks to Nutmeg’s Menu 29 24 Apr 2019 Stacey Black heads to the waterfront to get stuck into the freshly launched menu from Spoke & Stringer Kanpai! 17 Apr 2019 The newest member of the Woky Ko family offers izakaya-style dining in Bristol’s food-centred hotspot, writes Sammy Milton

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MORE THAN A STOPOVER: Dig a little deeper and stay a little longer in Singapore

01 May 2019 Singapore will captivate your soul no matter what category of holidaymaker you are…
Being the perfect mid-way point for any overseas travels, Singapore often gets left behind as travellers head on to their final destination. With so much to offer why not make Singapore your final destination?
Singapore is much more than the sum of its numerous attractions. It’s constantly evolving, reinventing, and re-imagining itself, with people who are passionate about creating new possibilities. It’s where foodies, explorers, collectors, action seekers, culture shapers, and socialisers meet and new experiences are created every day.
Turn your Singapore adventure into a One-of-a-kind of experience.
A Foodie Paradise
Singapore has a variety of delicious cuisines which are bound to tantalise your taste buds.
The country is obsessed with food (Singaporeans eat five meals a day!) with a mixture of Malay, Thai, Indian, Chinese and other fusion dishes, Singaporean food takes on many aromas and flavours. It’s also culturally appropriate to have curry for breakfast – it’s a win-win.
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With so many things to see and do in Singapore, sometimes having no plans is the best plan and this city is a haven for the unexpected.
For $2.50SGD visitors can catch a boat to Pulau Ubin, a small, little-developed isle off Singapore’s main island that gives a hint of life here pre-independence: It’s populated with jungle and wildlife and a handful of residents in tin-roof homes, no running water and virtually no electricity; an undiluted immersion into nature. I liken it to time travel – who would have thought?!
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Thrill Seeking Adventures
Challenge yourself into trying out some extreme sports and adventurous activities for an exciting trip that you will never forget.
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Singapore is a country where surprises await you when you know where to look. Due to Singapore’s unique environment, culture and history it offers visitors an experience that you will not find anywhere else in the world. Book your next trip now, it will be worth it.
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Your best bet for getting used to the change would be to get into cooking international cuisine. The Western diet (and several of its variations) incorporate a ton of animal products due to the processes brought about by the industrial and economic boom after WW2. A ton of international food doesn’t use much meat/egg/dairy products in comparison to what you likely grew up with. Cooking it yourself will teach you a ton, and you can make big batches and store them for later, which will save you even more money than the initial drop of all animal products will do to your grocery bill.
Asian dishes need the least alterations in my experience. You can whip up a stir fry, dumplings, sushi and fried rice, etc very easily and pack them full of good veggies. Remove the fish sauce and the egg and you can even make pad Thai.
Mexican/Latin American is pretty easy, too. Just sub the meat for beans (refried can be tricky as some include lard), and avoid the milk/cheese. You can find an alternative shred if you want the melting properties for nachos, etc (just keep in mind that a number of dairy free cheeses – especially the sliced ones – melt best at lower temperatures; the shreds work way better for quick/high heat purposes).
Middle Eastern and Indian fare will need a few substitutions here and there. In cooking, I find that the canned coconut milk goes well when making a curry, etc. If you don’t like tofu, you can always sub in chickpeas or lentils instead, which will pack quite a lot of good nutrition into the dish.
If you want more diversity for sweet stuff – make sure you keep the chickpea juice (it can be used to make meringues/pavlova/etc), I’ve heard it’s an excellent egg-replacer.
Also, have fun trying out all the various plant-milk brands and types available – the list keeps growing every year.
One thing you’ll have to remember is to watch out for labels. Vegan has become quite the buzzword and there are a bunch of companies out there that don’t fully understand what the term entails when it comes to food. They sneak milk into everything, as well as beef broth, so you’ll need to keep an eye out.
When it comes to finding new meal ideas, you can always google the dish with “vegan” somewhere in the keyword phrasing. I’ve found a few of my favorite recipes that way, and still have a long list of stuff I haven’t tried cooking yet. There’s also r/veganrecipes and r/EatCheapAndVegan , which could also help you get started. If you google vegan junk food or vegan brands, you might find a guide to pre-made food where some of the entries may surprise you – there’s a ton of accidentally vegan stuff out there.
You’ll also need to study up a bit on your nutritional needs. Omega-3, and vitamins B12 and D are incredibly important and you need to make sure you don’t become deficient. There are a few apps available to track your progress like Daily Dozen and Chronometer to guide you.
This response turned out to be way longer than I initially intended, but I hope this helps.

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Maldives Honeymoon packages are most sought after

Maldives is an Asian country which is located in the Indian Ocean. It lies in the South West of India and Sri Lanka. It is also one of the smallest countries in Asia in terms of population and area. People think there is not much to do anything in the coral islands other than sipping cocktails and busking under the sun. But the fact is that there is much for indulgence. Even newlyweds consider the place worth a visit and thus enquire about Maldives Honeymoon Packages from the travel agents.
There are various agents who have hired experts. These experts are well-travelled and have knowledge of the varied parts of the world. Thus, they are also trained, experienced, and proficient in the designing of the tour packages which turns out to be quite interesting and cost-effective for them. There is much more to do in Maldives than one may possible think.
Here is a list of activities for indulgence in Maldives which the tourists can consider:
Diving and Scuba Diving is one of the most popular indulgences for the people. There are several dive centres which are affordable, and the divers need not be certified to indulge. Whales and sea turtles are the attraction in the blue waters. Snorkelling is another very interesting indulgence for the tourists. Colourful fishes flock together and float with the tides. Maldives Specialists also suggest the tourists to undertake such activities to spend quality time in the area. Island Hopping is adventurous for the tourists. The tour operator will be the best guide as they are aware of the area well and thus can provide an excellent package to the clients. Mule is the capital and one of the best places to be. Maldives is a world class destination for Surfing. Cinnamon Dhonveli is one of the best islands in Maldives which attracts pro surfers from around the world. Balinese massage is great indulgences for the couples. A stressful and tiring long day can be relaxed with the masseur’s techniques and expertise in the related field. Fine dining and sea food in the country is very popular. The fresh food and cuisine in the country speaks volumes about the rich culture of the place. There are various resorts also in the country which have found much popularity in the world. Maldives Packages are offered by some of the most committed travel agents as they want to cover the entire world in their list of services. Maldives is definitely a wannabe destination for the people who want to go holidaying for fun and entertainment. Even adventure quotient is available in full swing in the country. Moreover, the scenic beauty can be easily visible through the flight as well.
The budget can be a constraint for the agencies, but they do have experts who can design cost-effective packages for their clients. Thus, the man aim of the travel specialists is to offer complete comfort to the clients and make them feel happy about undertaking the journey.

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It’s a shame if one does not go for different kinds of world cuisines in Chiang Mai . There’re so many great Indian, Middle Eastern, Italian and French restaurants. Local food is fine but there is no meaning in “authentic Thai” food in Chiang Mai. First, traditional Chiang Mai food is rustic and not what most people think of as “authentic Thai.” Second, 80% of “authentic Thai” food is Chinese food or adaptations of Chinese food.

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Relationships Between Value and Design Elements in Watercolor

Composition and Design
People can create or compose in many ways:
Painting Music Dance Writing Papers or Speeches Floral pieces Architectural Buildings Scenes on Stage or in Film A Plate of Food Clothing/Fashion
It occurred to me awhile back that in every Painting I desire to use elements and colors which accentuate and support the Center of Interest.
A Center of Interest is like the Protagonist in a book, Key Points in a Speech, the Melody Line in Music, or the Lead Actor in a play, or Lead Dancer in a dance routine.
Each leading role also has supporting elements. For a painting, these are colors and values which do not dominate or overtake those of the Center of Interest.
These value and color changes must be distinct enough from other elements to create a separation, but also similar enough to create Harmony.
In Painting, you use value and color tone to bring elements forward or backward, to the eye.
I tell my students that each painting, needs at least six different tonal values when completed. These different value changes create a strong painting which has depth . You can walk into the scene.
The painting progression in this blog shows how I slowly layered many different transparent washes over another below it, to create the mountains, trees and lake, leaving the sailboat as the lightest object, so that it stands out.
This was my second attempt at this same scene, I needed to repaint it slightly smaller, in order to fit the painting into the frame. I enjoyed the process of painting it a second time!
I noticed again as I painted how there are real relationships in paintings, between layers and colors. This is due to watercolor’s transparent and translucent nature. Each wash is influenced by the previous one.
You can’t see this aspect as much with oil and acrylic because they are opaque medias – and the artist can totally COVER paint that has been put down previously, if desired.
With Watercolor, you can see your “history”. Each layer has meaning and purpose.
Relationships in Life
As usual, I applied what I was seeing in my painting to Life.
I know the myriad decisions I make on a daily basis are often colored by past decisions, thoughts and actions.
My relationships with people around me is often supportive, but not always. Sometimes I focus on my own projects, sometimes on helping others. There is a balance to it.
I notice how when I change direction or make new decisions in life, others often either react or need to respond differently to me, just as when I paint I have to adjust values around what I’ve just put down.
There are times when my relationships with others seem stagnant, lacking vibrancy and growth. Other times there is connection and communication that is electric! Perhaps this is like “painting with complementary colors.”
Sometimes just small changes in attitude or vocal pattern can cause another to “move” and change for the better. I see this with my little nieces. They need to be cajoled, to some degree.
Building Good Character as you Paint
Watercolor requires applying Boldness, to paint when it’s scary. To try again if a wash isn’t dark enough.
Yet also Sensitivity, Gentleness and Attention to detail.
Determination is also needed. I nearly stopped before gaining just the right values at the end of this painting, “Luminous Sails II”.
The Artist’s job is to help the “Center of Interest” shine!
I desired to make the sailboat sails (my “center of interest”) stand out from the sky and lake. This meant continuing to add thin layers to the sky with a soft brush.
Correspondingly in life, we are not the “Center of Interest” – this is the role of our Creator. Our lives were masterfully designed to focus on loving, worshiping and praising His glory. We are His Body, His Bride and His Loved Children. As such, we support the Head, which is Christ the LORD, the Bridegroom, and our Father in heaven.
How can I live to make Christ and His truth shine? How does my life and lips, actions and attitudes give Him glory?
Using Color Effectively
In visual art you can accomplish this accentuation using clear and grayed tones of color. For example, the sailboat in this piece is the lightest value. It is also a clear color.
Grayed tones recede while clear tones come forward. Purple recedes while yellow comes forward. Grayed purple recedes even more with clear yellow tones coming forward.
I choose a color palette at the beginning of a painting, and then I stick to using those colors.
I used the same red in the sky color as I did in the lake color. This helps add harmony. If I were to suddenly stick in a new color in ONE place in the painting, it would stand out and not look like it belonged.
There are a few times I’ve used this knowledge to make something especially stand out, but generally, it’s best to mix the same color pigment everywhere you can, even if only slightly and faintly!
Using Value Effectively
You can paint a value study using only ONE color. It’s actually quite a good exercise. You can add a second color, and then a third. I’ve painted entire paintings with just three pigment colors. Sometimes I use ten pigments. It depends on what I’m going for.
Too many competing flavors tend to ruin a dish of food. While Indian cuisine masterfully combines things which taste sweet, salty, sour, bitter and pungent at every meal to great affect, sometimes eliminating and finding Simplicity in a painting is helpful, too!
Trying to paint the darkest dark and the lightest light in the area of the Center of Interest is helpful to remember. It draws the eye to this place in the piece.
Usually what is far away is lighter in value. What is closer is darker in value. This happens in nature due to atmospheric conditions. There are probably some exceptions to this “rule” but it’s good to remember.
Maintaining Focus Until the End
Many years ago, my mother learned during her natural childbirth classes that the brain can only focus on ONE strong stimuli at a time.
She would repeat this to me and my siblings, and I have seen this is true in painting.
While working recently on an acrylic piece, I was SO intent on gaining just the right color mix that I couldn’t seem to do or think of anything else!
Perhaps it was because I was tired, a bit cold, and had been at work for several hours.
I’d been painting outside at an easel for hours on a cold Spring day and began to feel my nose dripping. I knew it needed to be wiped, but was too intent on my colors to wipe it! It was a strange sensation of need but also not wanting to be distracted from my color mixing!
Sometimes I paint while listening to people teaching or talking – sermons and podcasts. Recently, I’ve painted while listening to beautiful music. Just the right music helps. When I’m tired, very quick pieces don’t help. But when I get to the end of a painting, and it’s going well, I begin to dance and rejoice with my brush!
With every painting, with every year of life, there is usually a time when all seems lost. It’s darkest before the dawn. Don’t give up, learn the lesson the piece was meant to teach you, and move on! Keep painting. Keep in healthy relationship with others. Try again.
“ Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” ~ Hebrews 12:2
Even when it’s not the painting that goes south – it may be the varnish, there is always something new to learn and take on to another day of relationships with people and paint.
Our Father makes good endings of His Designs. He makes no mistakes in the details. So we can trust Him, the Master Potter.
Your painting-friend,
Elise
Luminous Sails II by Elise, 14×24 watercolor, 2019
Give unto the Lord, O ye mighty, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. The voice of the Lord is upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the Lord is upon many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars; yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Lebanon. He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. The voice of the Lord divideth the flames of fire. The voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness; the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.
~ Psalm 29
Nay but, O man, who art thou that repliest against God?
Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it,
Why hast thou made me thus?
~ Romans 9:20
And I will give thee the treasures of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places, that thou mayest know that I, the Lord, which call thee by thy name, am the God of Israel. For Jacob my servant’s sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me. I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me: I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none else. I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the Lord do all these things. Drop down, ye heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness: let the earth open, and let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together; I the Lord have created it.
Woe unto him that striveth with his Maker! Let the potsherd strive with the potsherds of the earth. Shall the clay say to him that fashioneth it, What makest thou? or thy work, He hath no hands? Woe unto him that saith unto his father, What begettest thou? or to the woman, What hast thou brought forth?
Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, Ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded. I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.
~ Isaiah 45:3-13

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Desi Brunch at Mundo- Jumeirah Emirates Towers

April 29, 2019
Fridays in Dubai are incomplete without brunches. So this Friday we visited Mundo located in the Lobby Level of Jumeirah Emirates Towers to try their newly launched Desi Brunch , an Indian-inspired brunch.
Mundo is a global restaurant that offers Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Indian and Asian cuisine in a modern and elegant setting. The restaurant is spacious with the view of the swimming pool.
For the Desi Brunch, Mundo had an Indian festive and colorful vibe. We felt like we were transported to vibrant streets of India. There was Indian music playing in the background and the live entertainment included a magician.
The Desi Brunch happens every Friday from afternoon 1pm-4pm . They offer 3 packages- AED 125 per person(food and water), AED 145 per person( food and soft beverages) and AED 275 (food and house beverages).
Drinks
Their brunch offers traditional beverages as well as creative cocktails. From their cocktail trolley, we tried Bombay Creek and Mango Spice . Both the cocktails were perfectly handcrafted. We also tried our favorite Indian beer- Kingfisher .
Food
Desi Brunch at Mundo features a massive buffet with live cooking stations. You can expect authentic Indian street food as well as classic and traditional Indian dishes. It was a sumptuous spread and we were spoilt for choice.
We tried a little bit of everything and some of our favorites were Chaats, Indian Salads, Dosa Station, Pav Bhaji, Biryani and Coconut Burfi .
Ended our brunch with their freshly brewed Coffee .
The variety, quality, taste and flavor of the food was really good. The atmosphere and hospitality complemented the food and the drinks. The pricing is reasonable and affordable. A brunch worth trying for all the Indian food lovers.
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