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3 Favorite Chicago-Born Food Chains

World Travel - Amanda - June 30, 2016


The Windy City is home to extensive variety of foodie top picks and neighborhood claims to fame like the Italian meat sandwich, Chicago dog or obviously the ever exhibit profound dish pizza. Chicago was responsible for starting these most loved nourishments on their adventure to fame keeping in mind this city was before the main spot you could discover such claims to fame, Chicago has been a hatchery for various chains who’ve stretched out around the nation. The accompanying chains all started in Chi-town however can now be found in different urban areas around the nation, spreading the great word (and the great taste) of these nearby Chicago strengths.

Garrett Popcorn

Presently a global chain, Garret Popcorn is and dependably will be-in the hearts of the individuals who are from the city, a Chicago organization. Their sweet caramel parts have warmed numerous a Chicago winter. Garret pops an extensive variety of flavors that work off the essential cheddar, plain and caramel layouts, with mixes from Macadamia CaramelCrisp to Cashew CaramelCrisp. Delivered in tin gallons as universal as the popcorn, Garret’s popcorn can be delighted in either in-store or at home. Its lead store opened in 1949 on Madison Street in the heart of the city’s downtown and is currently flanked by some of the city’s most smoking vacation destinations. Garrett’s is an impeccable nibble to battle the sharp, blustery winters and a finger-licking treat to compliment the sticky city summers.


Harold’s Chicken Shack

Harold’s Chicken may be the main natural pecking order on this rundown to be name checked by performers, most quite, Chicago-conceived rapper Kanye West. Different rappers from the range have likewise specified the adored seared chicken chain in their tunes. With areas spotted around the city’s South Side, Harold’s sprung up in 1950 as a youthful business person, Harold Pierce, tried to serve inhabitants of African-American people group that were being overlooked at the time. Harold’s wings, bosoms and drumsticks are southern style as requests are being put. That implies somewhat more hold up times than different spots, however it additionally implies an all the more crisp, scrumptious bit of chicken. Just somewhat less renowned than the chicken itself, is Harold’s gentle sauce, which is tart and zesty and a flawless supplement to a succulent chomp of chicken.



On the off chance that Chicago is known as a foodie city, then one of its staples is the Chicago-style frank. In spite of the fact that it has following extended to serving urban communities past Chicago, Portillo’s, which opened its first store in the Chicago range in 1963, is the spot for Chicago’s best puppy. Established by Dick Portillo, the chain that bears his name serves an assortment of scrumptious charge: bean stew cheddar mutts, burgers, chicken sandwiches, pasta dishes, and in what may be the menu’s highlight: Portillo’s well known chocolate cake. What started as Mr. Portillo’s pet venture then known as “The Dog House”- has extended to 33 areas around Chicago and a modest bunch of others in Arizona, California and Indiana? For a genuine Chicago encounter, a hell of a frank and divine chocolate cake to finish it off, Portillo’s is the spot to be.


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Why Cirebon Indonesia Should Be Your Next Travel Spot

Best Destinations - Amanda - June 24, 2016

catergoryThere are probably more than a couple of destinations on your must visit list. You know, the usual spots. Like Orlando, Paris, Tokyo, and New York City. To name just a few. Well guess what? There is one more destination to add to your list. It is Cirebon, Indonesia. This diverse city has an awful lot going for it. Which is why so many travel lovers have fallen head over heels in love with the area. Want to find out why? Then keep reading. Here are just a few of the reasons why Cirebon should be your next travel spot.

The Accommodations Are Some Of The Best. When it comes to travel…. one of the most important things to consider are the accommodations. You want to stay somewhere comfortable but also luxurious. After all, you are on vacation! You want a taste of the good life. Luckily, there are a number of incredible places to stay in Cirebon. The Grage Hotel Cirebon is a wonderful example of this. To find the perfect hotel for your stay? Look online for reviews (they will give you a better idea of what you can expect) and do your research. If you want a hotel that has a pool or nearby shops, look around. Then visit Traveloka to reserve your room. Nothing could be simpler.


There Are Many Different Ways to Get Around The City. Don’t you hate when you have no clue how to navigate a new city? This is something you do not have to worry about in Cirebon. There are a number of different ways to get from point A to point B. It all depends on what you want – and how much in city travelling you plan on doing. Visitors can use the rickshaw service for smaller distances, get on an angkot (or public van) for longer distances, or you can even rent your own vehicle (this gives you the added convenience of going where you want to go when you want to go there). With so many ways to get around Cirebon…. you can explore the area with ease.

Shopaholics Will Love Checking Out The Local Stores. Everyone loves a good travel souvenir. Some people prefer to pick up locally crafted goods, others enjoy generic travel mementos, and a special few are full blown shopaholics. It doesn’t matter where you fall on the spectrum. What really matters is that you can buy whatever you like! There are many places to get your shop on in Cirebon. That includes the popular Toserba YOGYA Grand Centre. This can be found in the centre of Cirebon. The reason it is so popular? There are four floors! That includes goods like shoes, purses, clothing, and even groceries. There is even a restaurant inside. So be sure to drop by and find something special for your loved ones. Just don’t forget to treat yourself while you’re at it!


Are you convinced? Good. There is no doubt about it: Cirebon is a fantastic place to visit. There is an endless amount of things to do, see, and discover.

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Best Beaches in Goa

Best Destinations - Amanda - June 17, 2016

Goa stays one of India’s most adored holiday destinations. With tourists rushing to this West Coast paradise for more than 50 years, India’s smallest state is without a doubt the nation’s otherworldly centre and a biodiversity hotspot in its own particular right. However, for some it is Goa’s unbelievably picturesque shorelines, from the sunbathing isolation of Patnem to the lively nightlife of Calangute that has put this astounding some portion of India on the world guide.

Anjuna Beach

When home to the hipster development of the swinging sixties, Anjuna Beach is one of Goa’s most shocking common relics. Ignored by a portion of the best traditional diners, and facilitating a brilliant cluster of profound pioneers, soul searchers and artists, Anjuna Beach is the serene yet different music hub of Goa.

Benaulim Beach

Benaulim Beach, only a short drive south of Colva Beach, is as laid-back as you can get in Goa. You won’t locate any wild gatherings or rebellious ex-flower children on this Goa shoreline; simply wave after flood of gem blue surf gradually rising up the brilliant sands. Benaulim Beach’s greatest draw is without a doubt the marine life, with units of dolphins often cooperating with touring water crafts. On account of this Benaulim gets somewhat swarmed amid top season, however only a 20 minute walk south down the shoreline uncovers an enchanting stretch of workmanship exhibitions, welcoming spots to eat and above all, quietness.


Colva Beach

Favoured by residential Indian tourists, Colva Beach is a definitive day trip to Goa’s coastline, humming with local people amid the weekends. In spite of the fact that not as created as Baga or Arambol Beach, there is no shoreline or more extensive Goan scene more normal than Colva, with sightseers and natural life alike sharing the limitless stretch of delicate sand and striking nightfall’s.

Patnem Beach

Patnem Beach, unobtrusively settled between two cliffs only a short separation from Palolem, was before Goa’s best kept mystery; little, enchanting and easily staggering. With private cottages scantily specked between the trees, and conventional eateries opening out onto the emerald waters, Patnem is serene and calm – yet sufficiently close to Palolem’s nightlife to warrant some night investigation.

Arambol Beach

Situated on Goa’s northern stretch of eminent coastline, Arambol Beach is the new flower child sanctuary only 50 kilometres from Panaji, the state capital. Truly an angling town, Arambol is currently frequented by those hoping to encounter the option treatments of yoga, reiki and jujitsu, and in addition water games and dolphin spotting. These sands offer aggregate peace and protection, with a casual, East-meets-West nightlife ideal for couples.

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Places to Visit in New Jersey

Best Destinations - Amanda - June 7, 2016

Check out the following places and have a wonderful trip.


Wildwood, likewise situated in Cape May County, is essentially an occasion town whose populace swells in the late spring months with holidaymakers coming fundamentally from New York and Philadelphia. From shorelines to promenades to event congregations with thrill ride and Ferris wheel rides, Wildwood offers numerous things to accomplish for guests of all ages. While these exercises take into account more youthful guests, the more established era may appreciate remembering the 1950s as The Doo Wop Preservation League Museum.


Princeton is best known for Princeton University, a school that was set up in 1756, But there’s something else entirely to this town of 29,000 individuals than that. The town serves as the senator’s authentic home, Drumthwacket, despite the fact that the state capital is in Trenton. Home to a few Fortune 500 organizations, Princeton offers various vacation destinations, including the house where Albert Einstein lived and the Washington Oak, so named in light of the fact that the tree was alive in 1787 when the U.S. Constitution was agreed upon. Hoagie fans will need to visit Hoagie Heaven, a prominent Princeton diner renowned for its sub sandwiches.


Delaware Water Gap

For a genuinely outside ordeal far from the hurrying around of urban life, head to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. This is a 40-mile (65 km) stretch of the Delaware River going through New Jersey and Pennsylvania. This area of the stream is a Wild and Scenic River, with a horde of exercises, from trekking the Appalachian Trail and angling to paddling, climbing and horseback riding. It’s an incredible spot to crosscountry ski in the winter. The territory is controlled by the National Park Service.

Ocean City

Sea City is a mainstream family resort in southern New Jersey’s Cape May. It’s so famous, truth be told, that this city of under 12,000 individuals pulls in more than a million guests a year. The footpath, at 2.5 miles (1.5 km) long, is home to two or three carnivals offering exciting thrill ride rides. Sea City has eight miles of perfect shorelines that are viewed as a portion of the best in New Jersey; guests need shoreline labels to get to the shorelines in the mid year months.

Atlantic City

The most prevalent spot to visit in New Jersey, Atlantic City is referred to for its betting club and as the home of the Miss America exhibition. Top waterfront attractions in the city incorporate the well known wood-board Boardwalk and Gardner’s Basin. This region offers waterfront eating, shopping, angling, dolphin locating travels and the Atlantic City Aquarium; best of all, stopping is free here. New Jersey’s tallest beacon, Absecon, is situated at Pacific and Rhode Island boulevards.

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A Traveller’s Guide to Reno

Best Destinations, Stories and Travel Info - Amanda - June 2, 2016

The state of Nevada is now known as the gambling capital of the world, and Reno is where it all started (legally) in the 1920s. The bright neon lights of Reno’s many casinos have beckoned keen gamers for many decades, with the Eldorado being one of the most popular places for guests to challenge Ol’ Lady Luck.

Yet there is a lot more to see and do in Reno than visit its famous gaming houses. Here’s our guide to The Biggest Little City…

Getting to Reno

A traveller’s guide to Reno

If you want to come to Reno via Las Vegas don’t be fooled by the fact that they’re both known for their casinos and neon lights, as well as the fact they’re both in Nevada. In fact, Reno is about an eight-hour drive away!

If you’re travelling from Las Vegas in a car, take the US-95 and drive north to Fallon, then go west on the US-50 to Fernley, and keep going west on I-80 West until you reach Reno. If like the desert, then you may find the long drive fun. If you’re a passenger and you have no interest in landscapes, then you can always play Red Flush casino games to win some extra spending money and to get yourself ready for the famous felt-green tables.

If you want to travel by plane, then you’re in luck as most major airlines serve Reno-Tahoe International Airport. You will find non-stop flights to and from Chicago, Phoenix, Denver, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Portland and Seattle.

For the lowest fares, we recommend avoiding flights into Reno on Friday, and out of the city on Sunday.

To get directly to and from the airport, you have a choice of rental cars, taxis, buses and more. All of these ably serve most gambling, shopping, and dining needs.

Things to do in Reno

Besides casinos, there are many things to keep you busy and happy during your stay in Reno. For a touch of culture and history, there’s the Nevada Museum of Art. The current building opened in 2003 and was designed by Will Bruder Architects; a company renowned for their modern ideas and beautiful buildings.

If you’d like a nice stroll, then Idlewild Park is the place to go. While there, you can take in Reno’s Municipal Park Garden, a driving range, and various walking trails. For the kids, there’s a seasonal adventure playground and a skate park.

Casinos and restaurants

The most popular casinos include the Atlantis, Eldorado, and the Silver Legacy and these have great reviews on TripAdvisor. The tropical-themed Atlantis offers a wide range of dining options. These include a great value (only $13!), a steakhouse, and a pizza restaurant, equipped with a real Italian pizza oven.

Peg’s Glorified Ham n Eggs also comes highly recommended by both locals and visitors, as does Pirate’s Pizza.

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