Five Great Coffee Houses and Cafes in Amsterdam – Part 2

Amsterdam is a fantastic, vibrant city and is also the capital of the Netherlands. While it has gained notoriety for its marijuana cafes and lax stance on prostitution, it is also one of the oldest cities in Europe and boasts a huge amount of culture. One of the best things you can do while there is head on down to one or two of the famous coffee houses for a hit of culture, great food and drink and people watching. Read on from Part One in this guide to the greatest cafes in the city…

Stone’s Corner

Choose from two locations in the Red Light District: the first is large and barlike, whereas the second is smaller and more stylish, rather like a lounge. This is another great spot for people watching, since it has huge glass windows facing out into a busy pedestrian street.

Homegrown Fantasy

With a bit of a modern art museum vibe, this is an unusual but charming place. While easy to miss if you don’t know where it is, inside it is roomy and comfortable. This is a fairly well-kept secret, located in a not particularly touristy street that is however easily accessible from either Centraal Station or Dam Square. One of a kind and well worth the visit!

Baba

A great little shop with lovely views out across the Warmeostraat in the Red Light District. They open at appoximately 8am and close at 1am each night. If you’re not a huge fan of trance or house music, maybe this won’t be your cup of tea, but for those who love it, it’s paradise.

Hill Street Blues

If Baba happens to be packed, no problem, because this place is only about 30 seconds down the road. It’s a great place to sit and relax, particularly as the back room has such lovely views over the Centraal Station harbour. If you feel like a game of pool, head down to the games room downstairs.

Tops Coffeeshop

A bit out of the way, but well worth it! The staff are usually very friendly and helpful, the sound system is good, food and drink are great and best of all, you have a fanstic view over the Prinsengracht. During summer the front doors open up and the outdoor seating imparts a glorious summery atmosphere.

Precious Moments Spent at Mom and Tina’s Cafe

Moments spent with my favorite people in the world are priceless. It feels great to bond with friends over yummy foods but nothing feels more celebrated and wonderful than to dine out and bond with your family. Since my Papa passed away last March, my sister and I made it a point to treat my mom out as often as we could.

For that one special date with my mom, we decided to try Mom and Tina’s Cafe. I’ve been hearing and reading a lot of yummy things about it that’s why I was so perked up to give this resto a try.

Immediately after I saw the fresh from the Christmas story book look of the resto’s facade, I fell in love with it. It was like I could feel that very moment that I’m going to enjoy my stay there. Off we went in. If from the outside, Mom and Tina’s looked like it was photographed from a Christmas story book, wait till you get inside. The place is very cozy and laid-back, like you are suddenly toted to the animated cosmos of Cafe World or perhaps, being carried inside the dainty Gingerbread House. Picture this: sunny Sunday mornings spent with your family; Dad is reading newspaper by the veranda, Mom is baking a delicious goodie in the kitchen, your brother and sister playing together in the sala, and you’re reading a feel-good book by the corner window.

I would love to sit in one of the printed stripes couches but they’re all occupied so we just settled on one of the corner tables. The cheerful waiter handed us the menu which I find cute since it’s printed on a Papemelroti stationery or some Earth-friendly paper which I find so novel. Mama ordered for meaty spaghetti (P125) which is kind of usual, but it’s her taste buds anyway. My sister got Chicken Alexander (P160) while I went for Chicken Spinach Lasagna (P150). Since all three of aren’t afraid of diabetes attack, we immediately ordered the bakeshop’s signature desserts and asked the waiter to serve it and the pasta all at once. We ordered Sanzrival (P50), Oreo Cheesecake (P125), andToblerone Walnut Torte (90).

When we got our orders, I was a bit dismayed when I saw the small serving. When I started indulging myself in the yummy goodness of my Chicken Spinach Lasagna, I realized you should not really judge a book by its cover-or in this case, a porridge cup. Really, I felt so full and bloated after I finished eating the Lasagna. I think at least 2-3 people could share in one serving of Mom and Tina’s pasta. It’s just too full and tasty that you will need a helping hand eating it:-) By the way, all pastas are served with garlic bread rolls which taste good, too:-)

It’s actually a different story with their desserts. I think I could eat the entire piece myself and there’s no way I would be needing a helping hand on that, especially with the Sanzrival. All three cakes we ordered were delightfully good but my taste bud voted for Sanzrival as the best. Some cakes come in regular or large orders but I suggest you go for the regular size if you want to try on their other cakes.

I am definitely coming back to Mom and Tina’s! I would love to try out their French Vinaigrette and the famous Shepherd’s Pie plus the Philly Cheesesteak Sandwich. And of course, I would definitely hold a DON’T MIND ABOUT DIABETES day when I go back there and order Caramel Profiterole, Mango Walnut Torte, White Toblerone Walnut Torte, Baked Oreo Cheesecake, and whatever sweets I’d love to gorge on at this bakeshop.

Australian Coastal Experience: Australia’s Best Beach Breaks

The Australian continent is also often described as the largest island in the world not just because it’s not connected to any other mainland, but because it’s surrounded by bodies of water, such as the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. It’s also rich in lakes, lagoons, rivers, and, of course, beaches, making every water aficionado’s holiday truly fun and satisfying.

Here are some of the best beach breaks in the country:

Fleurieu Peninsula

Just an hour’s drive away from Adelaide is the peaceful and naturally blessed peninsula known as Fleurieu. The types of activities you can do here are very varied. Some would just love to frolic on the beach, while others are brave enough to head into the headlands and be much closer to wildlife. For the adventurous souls, they can head to Sellicks Beach, where the waves are high and the winds strong. Take a stroll along the historical landmarks and streets of Golwa. Or you can just cruise along Victor Harbour.

Gold Coast

When one speaks of “surfing,” the first place that comes into mind is Gold Coast. This region in Queensland has more than 65 kilometers of coastlines. There are numerous patrolled beaches to choose from. This is also where you can find the famous Surfers Paradise, aptly called because of the huge surfing waves and excellent breaks. At daytime the patrolled beaches are filled with local and foreign beach bums. At night a lot of people gather around cafes and restaurants to listen to chill-out music and catch live performances. At certain times of the week, beach markets are being set up.

Byron Bay

Get in touch with the unique you when you go around Byron Bay. It’s very eclectic and eccentric all at the same time. It’s not surprising to see nude people sunbaking King’s Beach or to follow the tracks all around Cape Byron. Byron Bay has its own surfing school where you can definitely learn how to ride the waves in a matter of few hours. Moreover, while you’re tending to your child’s sandcastles or drinking a frap, you may have your free palm or aura reading from the so-called mystics.

Wineglass Bay

The island of Tasmania is a huge wilderness area. It is home to hundreds of Tasmanian devils, wallabies, and wombats, to name a few. The dense rainforests also hold thousands of plant species. Then you have the beaches of Wineglass Bay. What makes the beaches truly majestic is you can also catch a glimpse of the mountain pinks whose hues can change from gray to pink. Some of the most well-known activities in the area are diving, swimming, and kayaking.

Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Sydney, together with Manly. It is also the residence of the oldest lifesaving club in the country. In here the atmosphere is very relaxed. You can see people going barefoot or topless, women lounging in the sand, children scouring for great finds in arts and crafts shops, while the rest may be within restos and cafes.

Luxury Class Bangalore Hotels – Offering Fine Blend of Dining and Business Amenities

The crazy traffic and creaking infrastructure may bewilder all your previous imaginations at the first glimpse, however Bangalore slowly display its other facade to the visitors as they settle in its opulent hotels. One of the fastest growing metropolises in India, Bangalore flourished with the IT bloom and emerged as the Silicon Valley of the country which gave rise to the influx of travellers. The city today is dotted with numerous star category hotels; these hotels in Bangalore available in all categories especially master the art of culinary and believe in serving the guests with a platter full of nutrients and rich in flavour. Being the hub of software and IT technology the city witnesses’ great influx of students, professionals, bureaucrats and big names from the business world. In order to suffice the requirements of its business class clientele Bangalore hotels features an array of upgraded business amenities at affordable prices. The youthful city has an impressive dining, drinking and shopping scene regarded as one of the best in the country.

Some of the hotels comprising all the above mentioned features of Bangalore hotels include:

The Pride Hotel
One of the impressive four star hotels in Bangalore, The Pride Hotel is located in close proximity to the places of tourist interest and offers a classic blend of traditional hospitality and modern amenities. A set of 100 plush rooms are thrown at guest’s feet with all the creature comforts installed in them. Relish delectable cuisines at its Resto Bar serving signature Mediterranean cuisine along with your favourite spirits or choose to treat yourself at Cafe Treat.

Lemon Tree Hotel
Full- service and moderately priced hotel in Bangalore Lemon Tree Hotel boasts of its business amenities and contemporary accommodation. Smartly furnished rooms carefully designed to offer most comfortable settings for the weary travellers. Well connected with the fresh elevated Expressway and replete with abundance of business amenities the hotel is respected amongst finest of business category hotels. The hotel offers horde of business amenities such as Business Centre, Mini Office, laser printer, scanner, workstations and TFT screens and meeting rooms with Wi Fi Internet access, surround sound system, LCD projector, audio-visual aids and more.

The Capitol
A brand new charming property The Capitol has been successful at impressing its visitors with a collection of dramatically decked luxurious rooms offering best of contemporary design and updated amenities. For dining the hotel offer two restaurants serving a selection of elaborately planned themed buffets and la- carte cuisines.

Fortune Select Trinity
Another jewel in the hat of the city, Fortune Select Trinity has made its place firm in the list of most popular four star hotels in Bangalore for its sheer perfection. The sense of professionalism and zeal for innovation availed the hotel a respectable position amongst finest of the hotels in the city preferred choice for the discerning travellers. With four sprawling conference rooms and gamut of business services the hotel offer ideal base for business travellers.

These hotels in Bangalore are known mainly for their excellent services and affordability which makes them stand apart from the rest of their contemporaries.

Chandan Kumar Sinha is a traveler who likes to share his experiences. All the articles published by him will help you understand India better and answer all your holiday queries regarding North India Tour, Travel to Rajasthan including Bangalore Hotels etc. Find tourist info on travel destination, Holiday Packages, Hotels in India and much more.

Distinctive Australian Cafe Tables and Chairs

The kind of wood used to manufacture furniture holds a great value. In Australia, they are known for this. Their unique hand-made designs are implemented on a raw piece of wood. These woods are sure to be sturdy and strong. There longevity is out of the question. They’re designs also vary from rails to legs. They combine skill and knowledge to come up with a beautiful design.

Stand-out and show people the uniqueness of your restaurant. Select furniture only suited for you. Create a theme that differs. And lastly, amaze everybody with your distinctive furniture.

Unique furniture – Australian inspired:

1. Eugene Table by Anton Gerner

Its distinctive look came from Macassar Ebony. It is a variegated wood, with stripes of streaky brown and black. This timber has wide range of hues. It is designed for a contemporary inner design for restaurant and cafés. When varnished, it shows a beautiful maroon red color. A perfect furniture for a retro themed resto.

2. Natural Bark Edge – Redgum Hardwood Table

This has a truly magnificent design. This table is all natural. No legs or stands, just simple plain wood. Its bark edges are polished and smoothened with enhanced detailing. Its red gum hardwood produces a red fine stripped color.

It gives an excellent look at the center of a carpeted cozy restaurant. Surround it with a couch or sofa chairs. Use appropriate colors to suit each other.

3. Du Barry inspired dining table

A classic dining table designed by Fanuli Classic. He is a furniture designer from Italy and Australia. It is inspired by the lifestyle and beauty of the famous mistress of Louis XV. It is designed with square shapes and extensions at the end of the table. It also has hidden leaves stored internally and is painted with white hue. This will give a greater look for customers.

4. Husk Chair by Wilhelmina McCaroll.

It is fully upholstered with a unique design. It is surely new to the eyes of the customers. It has an outstanding presence in the interior design for a restaurant or café. It is comfortable because of its side arc design. It also comes in varieties of colors. This will give you a stunning modern look.

5. Eames Walnut Stools

Stools made of solid walnut designed by Charles and Ray Eames. They’ve called as an abstract chess pieces. By looking at it, it really looks like chess pieces because of the base design. These stools can be used in cafes, alone or in groups with beautiful versatile. It can also be use as a small coffee table. It is a multipurpose stool.

6. Snelling’s Dining Chair

Unique! That’s the first thing that will pop-up out of your mind. This design shows a natural yet different look. It is constructed with an Australian hardwood. This chair features a cotton webbing backs and seats. It is more comfortable than traditional chairs.

It is not hard to design. There are only simple rules to follow. Choose wisely and match your furniture properly. Do not be afraid in mixing and matching your furniture. Things will surely go your way and you’ll surely be attracting lots of people.

How To Travel and What To See In New York City

What better way to find out how to travel and what to see in New York City, then from a New York City TaxiDriver? My name is William and have been driving a taxi here since the summer of 1980. I was also a securities messenger in the wall street area briefly in the 1970’s.

Lets start off by explaining that New York City is comprised of 5 boroughs.
These are Brooklyn,Queens,Manhattan,Staten Island and The Bronx.
To those of you who dont know,Manhattan is an Island and is where a lot of the great sites and sounds of New York City can be experienced.For this article,we will focus on what to see and how to travel within the island of Manhattan.

Probably the most well renown site in the city is The Empire State Building which is located at 34th Street and 5th Avenue.For many years this building was the tallest structure in the world.

Another great site to see,especially in the fall,is the gigantic Christmas Tree lighting ceremony that takes place in the heart of Rockefeller Center.There’s also a beautiful ice skating rink thats open to the public. Rockefeller Center is located on 50th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.
Next is The United Nations which is located at 42nd-46th Street and 1st Avenue.

An area of amusement which is a must see is called The Chelsea Piers.
This is a huge complex that houses an indoor golf driving range,bowling alley,ice skating and roller skating rinks,an archery area,baseball batting cages,large gymnasium for basketball,and an olympic sized swimming pool among other things.
The Chelsea Piers is located at 23rd Street and 12th Avenue.

Next up is an awesome man made wonder that was constructed in the 19th century.
Streching from 59th Street to 110th Street,5th Avenue to Central Park West,is none other than Central Park. Events such as live concerts and gatherings are held here when the weather is nice. There is also a zoo,ice skating rink,lakes,baseball fields and a dining place called Tavern On The Green,all located within the park.

Two definite must see’s are The Museum Of Natural History(81st Street&Central Park West)
and The Museum Of Modern Art(82nd Street&5th Avenue) Very close by,within walking distance of the museum of natural history is The Hayden Planetarium.

Another museum of note is The Cloisters.Located at 155th Street and Broadway,close to the West Side Highway. This museum showcases all artifacts,photographs,paintings,carvings and history of The Native American Indian.

The New York Stock Exchange located at Wall Street and Broad Street

Battery Park located at the Southern tip of Manhattan. Ferries to The Statue Of Liberty and Ellis Island are found here.

The South Street Seaport located at Fulton Street and South Street. Plenty of great seafood here along with astounding sites to be seen.

For those of you who have never been here before,there are some terms that I should make you aware of.

East Side,Lower East Side,West Side,Upper East Side,Upper West Side,Chelsea,Tribeca,SoHo,The Village,The East Village,The West Village,Midtown,Gramercy Park,China Town,Little Italy.

Greenwich Village is known for there outdoor european style cafes..nice boutiques,art galleries,and antiques. You can always find things to do in The Village.

China Town is an area of about 6 blocks that showcases everything about the chinese culture.
Great restaurants,small shops,lots of history. A must see.

Little Italy is also an area of about 6-7 blocks with great italian restaurants and is very close to china town.

There are more restaurants per sqare block in Manhattan than anywhere in the world. So,finding a place to eat will not be a problem.

Now lets talk about The New York City Subway System which has more square miles of track than any city in the world. Here is an online map of the New York City Subway System. If your planning to visit New York City in the future,
this is a great tool to use.