The sandwich: so simple, so delicious, so diverse. Travel the world, and you’ll discover that two pieces of bread can encompass an incredible variety of tastes, from crispy fried shrimp in a traditional N’awlins po’boy to steak with mozzarella, egg and bacon in Uruguay’s national dish, the chivito. We’ve tasted our way around the globe to choose the world’s best sandwiches (it’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it!). The pride of New Orleans, the po’boy sandwich dates back to the late 1920s, when a couple of restaurant owners supported striking streetcar workers by providing these “poor boys” with free sandwiches. The secret to a classic po’boy is the French bread, crusty on the outside, light and airy on the inside. The two most popular fillings are roast beef with gravy, and fried shrimp. Some restaurants add French fries to the sandwich too. It’s difficult to get through a trip to Demark without eating … [Read more...] about The World’s Best Sandwiches
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Peacefood Cafe in New York City Peacefood Café may have been founded by two vegans, but it's a spot that even non-vegetarians enjoy. With locations in both in Uptown and Downtown Manhattan, Peacefood offers a variety of options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Start your morning with an energizing juice like the Green Lemonade—it's made with mixed greens, apple, lemon and ginger root. For lunch or dinner, find an array of vegetarian salads and sandwiches, and vegetable bowls with fixings like Japanese pumpkin, roasted eggplant, Brussels sprouts and sauteed kale. If you're in the mood for pizza, try the buckwheat, sweet potato, and flaxseed crusted pizza topped with fresh veggies. Craving a snack or sweet? Try a side of chickpea fries, baked soy nuggets with vegan mayo, or homemade desserts like the grasshopper cookie sandwich, macaroons, or banana bread, which contain no dairy, egg, or refined sugar. Search for: Vacation Packages | Hotels | Flights RELATED: Cookies Worth … [Read more...] about Our Favorite Vegetarian Restaurants Around the World
As the global community becomes more and more aware of the benefits of a healthy lifestyle (and what can contribute to an unhealthy lifestyle), businesses all over the world are stepping up to the plate and catering their selections to meet the growing demand for alternative menu options. At Oyster.com, staffers have all sorts of different dietary requirements, so they understand the amount of research that can go into making sure you know where you can eat when you’re traveling. That’s why they’ve gathered up a list of the most accommodating cities for special-diet readers. Whether you avoid gluten, abide by vegan guidelines—you name it—these are the seven best cities in the world to visit! Portland, Oregon Portlandia fans are probably already familiar with the now-famous local chicken skit in which a Portland couple asks seemingly one million questions about the specific chicken they’re about to order, which turned out to be named Colin—or … [Read more...] about The 7 Best Cities in the World for Alternative Diets
Earth.org (earth.org) is the new open travel guide. Whether your passion for traveling takes you to the other side of the earth or simply to the outskirts of your village, Earth.org encourages you to share your experiences with others. This way we all create a reliable travel guide written by you and like-minded travelers from all over the world.Earth.org works just like Wikipedia, but focused specifically on traveling.“You just add your favorite restaurant in your hometown or some info about your traveling experiences. You share your knowledge - and if we all do this, a new way of traveling can emerge. You suddenly have free and reliable travel information on the Internet, just like you have it now with Wikipedia for the world of encyclopedia” Valentin Yeo, product developer at Earth.org.Free from corporate profitsThe Earth.org’s Ambassadors, a network of travel writersA dedicated team – working remotely all over the world … [Read more...] about Earth.org helps you travel the world
Bird flu, rising sea levels or alien invasions, Road Junky tells you where to goAny sane, self-respecting paranoiac knows the end of the world is coming and the paranoid road junky is in a privileged position to know where to go when it happens. Indeed, all those plane tickets and visas might have been the best investment you ever made when the shit hits the fan (has anyone ever seen that happen?) and it’s time to head for the hills.Whether the future is a Mad Max medieval age, a Bladerunner Chinatown or a Matrix cyber-regime, road Junky has the ultimate take on 21st century survivalism. 1. 2012 – the end of the Mayan CalendarAsk any hippie who knows their Mayan prophecies and, after they’ve told you that you’re a Red Cosmic Firefox and that they’re a White Intergalactic Masturbator, they’ll let you know with utter assurance that the world as we know it is due to end towards the last days of 2012. The ancient Mayans ended their calendar on that date … [Read more...] about Where do Road Junkies Go When the World Ends?
BalticMiles surprised a lot of people this past April when the loyalty program for airBaltic took home two Freddie Awards. The chief executive officer, Gabi Kool, plays a large part in the program’s success. He says the aim of the company is to create the most successful loyalty management company in Northern and Eastern Europe, supporting leading airlines, retailers and financial institutions.Prior to Mr. Kool’s current position, he spent 15 years in finance, loyalty marketing and general management, focusing on the aviation, retail and hospitality industry. He worked with Carlson Marketing and successfully launched and managed VOILA Hotel Rewards, the first global loyalty program for independent hotels.BalticMiles currently has 500,000 members but Kool says that they have, “the ambition to grow to three million members by 2015.” We recently caught up with Kool via email to ask a few questions.InsideFlyer Congratulations on your recent Freddie Award … [Read more...] about Travel Talk
"Here be dragons" read the ancient maps wherever a blank corner seemed big enough to hold the fabled creatures. And for most of us, the dragons still roar. Sure, we know all about the incredible shrinking world. We know that there are only 6 degrees of separation between a Tibetan yak herder and Kevin Bacon, that the one can call the other on a cell phone. We read National Geographic monthly, Time weekly, and watch the world news nightly. Sitting there in the living room with a glass of wine in hand, we feel we know the world-until we actually consider packing the bags and hiking from Zanskar to Ladakh. Then butterflies flutter in our stomachs and dragons roar in our brains. Yes, the world is bigger than our favorite section of the Appalachian Trail. When we strike off for lands we've never seen, things take us by surprise. But that's the way it should be because those surprises breed a fascination that lasts a lifetime. To help you on your journey, we asked seven well-traveled … [Read more...] about International Hikes: The World Awaits
We are hiking an hour outside of Hokitika, on New Zealand’s famed West Coast, when the vertical jungle slams me on my ass. A cloud of ferns closes in around my knees, obscuring the “trail” beneath. I misjudge a step, slip on a wet root, and my feet shoot forward, friction-free and fast. I thud backward, dislodging an extra rain shower from the dripping foliage and a whiff of something like rotten cabbage. As I stand, I scan my body. Bum ankle? Fine. Knee? Stable and strong. Pride? Deteriorating fast. Behind me, my companions—an ultrafit pair of American adventure photographers and a sharp-faced Kiwi acting as our unofficial guide—deliver the requisite encouragement. “You’ve got this!” says Agnes Hage, 31, one of the photogs. “Happens to the best of us,” agrees her husband Matt, 41. Andrew Buglass just nods. Easy for you to say now, I think. We’ll see what you’re saying when it’s dark and I’m still … [Read more...] about Hike to the Best Backcountry Hut in the World
Beach camping: Canada “Set up anywhere near Tofino, on Vancouver Island. The temperate sandy beaches (and the surfing) make it unlike anywhere else in the world.” –Kate Reid, director of adventure travel company Call of the WildCar rentals: United Kingdom “One of the priciest things about European adventure travel is renting a car. Carhire3000 (carhire3000.com) and other UK car sites are subcontractors of companies like Avis, and they offer great deals.” –Joe Kinder, professional climber Free camping: Costa Rica “You can camp—for free and free of hassles—two miles south of Cahuita, in the Puerto Vargas Sector. It’s close to one of the most amazing national parks on the Caribbean coast.” –Jeremy Collins, professional artist and travelerHostel: Nepal “The Kathmandu Clubhouse is safe, centrally located, and costs $15/day, which includes breakfast and dinner, wi-fi, and even a free pickup from the … [Read more...] about Travel Like a Pro: The World’s Best Budget Finds…
About 800 students gather under sparse trees for an assembly at Eshihaka, a primary-through-middle school in rural western Kenya. There isn’t enough shade for everyone and many are standing in the sun. It’s hot, more than 90°F, and as a guest I’m given a chair in the shade. I sit down and reflexively take a swig from my water bottle. It’s automatic, a simple act I’ve done countless times. Today it makes me self-conscious. The students standing in the heat don’t have bottles of cool, filtered water. Far from it. The drinking water at Eshihaka, as with many other schools in the area, comes straight from a well on school grounds—untreated, unfiltered. On any given day, the well water could be contaminated with cholera, typhoid, dysentery, or other disease-causing microorganisms. Drinking it is like playing Russian roulette.“Students get sick and don’t come to school,” says Wilfred Litlema Mungoni, the head teacher. … [Read more...] about What Has Your Gear Done for the World Lately?