5 Amazing Things to Do in the Middle East

5 Amazing Things to Do in the Middle East

Increasingly, people are starting to see the appeal of the Middle East as a travel destination. It is located right between the East and the West, the birthplace of the three great religions in the world. There are people who are wary about visiting, but they are unlikely familiar with what the region has to offer. There are plenty of fascinating places to explore and things to do in this region, though where exactly do you start? We have compiled a list of some excellent things to do while you are in the Middle East. Here are several activities you might want to include in your itinerary: Explore the Opulence of Dubai When you get to Dubai, you will immediately notice that this is a city that constantly moves toward innovation and improvement. It is trying to become more eco-friendly, and it is the land of superlatives and breaking records! It boasts of the tallest building, the only indoor ski facility, and the largest mall in the world. Of course, it is also one of the few cities to have reclaimed land from the sea. With a plethora of dining, shopping, and nightlife choices, you will have the time of your life on holiday in luxurious Dubai. With a huge international airport, you may find yourself having a layover here – this guide can help you decide what to see and do here during a short time. While in Dubai, one of the top things to do in Dubai is a Dubai Night Safari. Or, go shopping at the Dubai Gold Souk or the Dubai Spice Souk. Relax in...
Top Foods You Must Eat in China

Top Foods You Must Eat in China

Because we recently ate loads of tasty foods in Chengdu, I asked our friends Agnes and Cez, China experts, to share their recommendations for foods you must eat in China. Agnes and Cez are typical foodies who love to discover new flavors when traveling across the world. Living and teaching English in China on and off since 2011, they managed to try a great variety of traditional Chinese dishes. They share their culinary experiences on their travel (eTramping) and food (Run Agness Run) blogs. Check them out if you are looking for some food inspiration! >>Find the Best Sichuan Restaurant in Chengdu << Unique Flavors of Chinese Food There’s a reason why Chinese food is so popular among worldwide travelers and locals. Chinese cuisine is, above all, extremely tasty, aromatic and very colorful. It is also diverse as you can find extremely spicy meals in the Eastern part of the country, sweet in the South, salty in the North, and West is characterized by its sourness. In this way, everyone can find something for themselves when visiting different parts of China. Cez enjoying his jiaozi – traditional Chinese dumplings. Additionally, dining out in China is very affordable so you can eat more and pay less. Superior restaurants are much cheaper than you think, whereas the street food costs nearly nothing! Agness ready to try some fried pork with rice and veggies. Since we know that Chinese cuisine is worth tasting, let’s check out some of the top dishes you must eat in China when visiting the Land of Dragons. Top Foods You Must Eat in China Sweet and Sour Chicken in Batter This...
What Did You Eat Last Night – Charlie of JayWay Travel

What Did You Eat Last Night – Charlie of JayWay Travel

I am totally in love with asking the question What Did You Eat Last Night?  I started asking this question to folks on Facebook, and loved seeing what people share – different dishes from around the world, both home cooked and evenings out.  Everyone seems to be having their own Adventure in Food!  So, I asked Prague based foodie Charlie Neville of JayWay Travel: What Did You Eat Last Night?  Here is what Charlie shared.  Buckle up, this is quite a ride! It certainly makes me want to take a trip to Brno with Jayway Travel (no, I am not being paid to say this, I am just salivating). What Did You Eat Last Night? Last night I ate one of the best meals I’ve had in a long time, in a town that has surprised me in how much it has changed since my last visit 4 years ago.  Pavillon’s a la carte menu features plenty of delightful dishes but I’m a sucker for chef’s degustation menus with wine pairings and from start to finish this meal was faultless. Deep-fried veal sweetbreads How do you make sweetbreads any better? By deep-frying them of course! A perfect celeriac puree accompanied it. And this was just the first amuse! ‘Rum’-marinated salmon The Czechs make a drink that they used to call rum. Now they’re not allowed, due to EU rules that mean a liquor distilled from sugar beets can’t be called rum.  They now refer to it as Tuzemak (literally domestic) which is a shortened version of its old moniker, Tuzemsky Rum (domestic rum). In short, this is what the salmon was marinated in. And damn...
What Did You Eat Last Night – With the Cultural Xplorer

What Did You Eat Last Night – With the Cultural Xplorer

Welcome to the first in a series where I ask readers and friends What Did You Eat Last Night?  I started asking this question to folks on Facebook, and loved seeing what people share – different dishes from around the world, both home cooked and evenings out.  Everyone seems to be having their own Adventure in Food!  So, I asked New York based Chanel Brown of the Cultural Xplorer: What Did You Eat Last Night?  Here is what Chanel shared:  What Did You Eat Last Night?  Last night I ate some of the most delicious and mouthwatering sushi that I have had tried this side of the Pacific, at Blue Ribbon in New York City. I ordered a multi-flavored maki roll comprised of tuna fish, salmon, and avocado and it was delicious. Where Did You Eat This Tasty Sushi? I ordered this delicious sushi at the Hudson Eats location of Blue Ribbon Sushi.  Blue Ribbon is a very famous restaurant in New York City known for their sushi and they certainly do not disappoint! Hudson Eats is a new cafeteria-style food market with 16 restaurants located inside of Brookfield Place on the Hudson River at 200 Vesey Street in New York City. Directions: The trains closest to Brookfield are the E (World Trade Center), 2/3 (Park Place), A/C (Chambers Street), and the R (City Hall). What Do You Find Interesting About Sushi? When people think of sushi, they may not think about the different types of sushi that exist. There are actually over 100 different kinds of sushi in multiple categories! Fun fact: Sushi does not actually mean raw...
Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with 20 Years Hence

Where Did You Sleep Last Night – Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam with 20 Years Hence

Next, we ask Steph and Tony of 20 Years Hence, Where Did You Sleep Last Night?  We were lucky enough to meet Steph and Tony last year when they came through Ubud, where we spent most of the night talking about food.  They are also sharing what it is like to live in Vietnam, one of our favorite countries!  Who are you? I’m Steph, the writerly half of an early 30s married writer-photographer duo. Prior to launching our site and heading off on an indefinite travel adventure, my husband & I were living in Nashville, TN while I completed my PhD in Psychology. (So yes, I am technically a doctor and am just ballsy enough to check that box on airline reservation forms whenever available!) Tony & I often let our stomachs guide us on our travels, and our ambitious goal is to eventually eat our way through every country and still be able to fit into non-elasticized pants when we are done. We have been traveling full-time through Asia (with eventual plans to conquer the rest of the globe) and blogging about our adventures over at 20 Years Hence since August 2012. Our blog, 20YH, is all about sharing stories, forming deeper connections with the world and its people and food, and living life boldly, without regrets. Our site’s name comes from the Mark Twain quote, which pretty much sums up our entire trip philosophy: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch...
Driving a Motorbike in Bali

Driving a Motorbike in Bali

One of Eric’s New Year’s resolutions, when we started 2013, was to write a blog for With Husband In Tow.  Now, technically, he finished the blog on December 22, so, this was accomplished in 2013, but with my blog schedule…Finally, The Husband speaks out for the first time on the site.  If you want more from The Husband, follow @TheHusbandInTow on Twitter.  Now, in Eric’s own words: In sales, they say that the best way to learn is “trial by fire.” Hand the salesman a list with names and phone numbers and start calling. Sure you’ll be nervous and not present the product like it should, but you’re getting used to pitching your product, building confidence with each call.  The same can be said for operating a motorbike for the first time. When I picked up the motorbike in Ubud, Indonesia, from Ketut (it means third son in Balinese), I had no other option than to put in the key, turn the ignition and ride on back to our villa. I hadn’t the slightest idea how to start the motorbike. I assumed you just turned the key, much like a car, and away you go….wrong!  It turns out that you have to turn the key, engage the brakes, make sure the kickstand is up and push the starter button. It was a good thing that I put my pride aside for a moment and played dumb with Ketut (not a difficult thing for me) by saying that it had been awhile since I last rode a motorbike and could he “refresh” my memory on how to start it. I...