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The best places I always come back to

For the last decade, I’ve used all my free time to explore new places and cultures. Some people like spending money on clothes and cars, but I like investing in memories. I traveled a quite a good portion of the world, but some places stuck to my memory and made me come back again. After all, the purpose of the life is to explore, to taste, to embrace all challenges and to conquer them. Make your list of memories and go for them, but in the meantime, you can read mine.

Angra dos Reis, Brazil

Latin America, the land of exotic beauties, beautiful weather, great beaches and lovely people. Olympic games that were held in Brazil brought this county a lot of success. They modernized the entire infrastructure and attracted a new wave of tourists. Angra dos Reis is very popular among travelers, and if you want to escape the crowds, while enjoining in beach villas, then this place is perfect for you. I took a two-week vacation to visit Angra dos Reis and came back home as a new man.

Belfast, Northern Ireland

belfastI remember the first time I landed in Northern Ireland; I was so excited because I didn’t know what to expect. Some of my friends suggested me to visit this city, but I was still skeptical because, this was my first time in Europe and after all, European and American culture is entirely different. But, open – air bars, art venues and restaurants are at every corner. People are friendly and welcoming, and I am sure Belfast will soon become one of the most popular destinations. Whether you want to enjoy your afternoon in some café, or you want to experience a night life, this city offers you diverse possibilities to have a perfect time.

Bermuda, Belfast

After surviving a financial crisis, Bermuda is slowly finding its way towards recovery and attracting a new generation of travelers. If you are a fan of sun kissed beaches, white sand, and crystal-clear water, then this place will blow your mind away. The biggest happenings are around June, where international sailing race happens. You have the opportunity to explore many resorts, and since the government loosened the restriction on foreign investment, this has sparked the interest of many international investors. This place is like heaven on earth. I spend one day just lying on the beach and enjoying the view. It is expensive, but this experience is worth every dollar.

Cape Town, South Africa

I am aware that a lot of people are afraid of going to Africa due to a lot of controversies. But, Cape Town has a such a compelling art and design scene. To museums, luxury hotels, great night clubs, you can find almost anything here. The scenery is stunning, and the town is surrounded by mountains and beaches. You would be surprised, but they have one of the best restaurants in the world located here. It’s called Test Kitchen, and their food is delicious.

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Le Resto restaurant – the touch of old Paris

If you ever find yourself in Paris, make sure to visit a small restaurant called Le Resto. Paris is well known for the high-quality food and beverages, and here you can find some of the most expensive restaurants in the world. Personally, I’m not a fan of fancy restaurants, even though they can deliver great food. It’s better to use that money and explore the diversity of cuisine though small diners. But, from time to time, you can make an exception and visit some place that represents a symbol of state or city you are visiting.

Every time I went to Paris, I visited Le Resto restaurant. It is located near to the Pantheon (5th), and it has typical Old Paris settings, which got me hooked in the first place. Exposed beams and stonework provide warm and intimate atmosphere, whether you are dining alone or with someone. This entire establishment invites people to discover a variety of meals and every day new recipes are made. Patrons have a chance to choose between four entrees, four main dishes, and four desserts. Le Resto is kind of restaurant that wants to have regular guests, and they want to make you feel like at home. At least that was my experience.

pastaThe staff is very friendly and welcoming, ready to assist you with any requirements. Considering I don’t speak French, one of the waiters politely explained me the meaning of the dishes and helped me make my decision. This restaurant isn’t cheap, but it’s not overly expensive as well, it falls into a mid – range category. An average price for two – course meal is around $45. In Le Resto, you will have an opportunity to try a genuine French cuisine, so it would be a shame to waste it.

They accept all terms of payment, so don’t worry about their currency Euro. A great thing about this restaurant is that it’s pet-friendly, it’s English spoken, and you have a chance to use a free Wi-Fi. The maximum number of guest, one table can accept, is six, if you want to have a private setting.

Top three budget friendly restaurants in the U.S.

Ben’s Chili Bow – this restaurant is a true light of Washington, D.C. A neighborhood place, where patrons get the real sense of food and taste delicious meals. Ben’s was founded in 1958 and since then, it has attracted a lot of locals and celebrities with its famous dishes. The dish that made this restaurant famous was chili, so if you ever had a chance to try their chili, do pass out that opportunity. Take my word on it; it tastes like out of this world. The great thing about Ben’s is that it has food for everyone’s tastes buds.

Big Star – if you are a fan of tacos, then Big Star in Chicago will blow your mind away. If you are keen on visiting this restaurant, I would advise you to go early because you will likely to experience some waiting time, especially during summer months. Casual settings and friendly personnel will make this visit even better. The Chef Paul Kahan does wonders, and he won’t leave disappointed. Depending on your preferences, you can enjoy tacos, or have margaritas, which are so delicious but can make you seriously boozy. If you ever visit this restaurant, you will have a chance to try real and authentic Mexican food.

BollywoodBollywood Theater – we all know that Indian food is too spicy and sometimes bad for the stomach, but chef and owner of Bollywood Theater, Troy MacLarty, found a way to bypass that. This is one of the most visited and most popular restaurants in Portland. Considering the number of people visiting Bollywood Theater, you would expect the high prices of the meals, but you can have a lunch for less than $10.  The entire setting is adjusted to Indian culture, and you can see screen playing favorite movies from Bollywood production. This restaurant is a nice way to spend your time if you ever find yourself in Portland.

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Bococarte restaurant – review

France has always been my go – to country. Whether I am traveling the world, or I need a change of settings, France somehow finds its way to my schedule. I love tasting French food and drinking French wines. There is something about the way French people serve the food, every time I dig in; I feel sorry for disrupting the perfect harmony on the plate. This time I’ve decided to review another French restaurant that has become my favorite place to dine. It’s called Bococarte, and it’s a great place with a bit modern setting.

The owners are Vincent and Simon, who are raised in a traditional French culinary family. Their father thought them culinary skills and they now have one obsession, to make food which is healthy, but still tasty. For a short amount of time, they have managed to create a respectful establishment, with the help of greatest French chefs and pastry chefs. The great thing about this restaurant you don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful and enjoyable meal. It’s all about finding and recognizing the right place. The Bococarte restaurant has several branches across the Europe, you can find them in France, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxemburg, and Monaco.

salmonSo, let’s talk about food, which is the main reason why you should visit this restaurant. The meal prices are from four to nine euros, which is not that expensive. You get to choose the variety of ingredients, and all of them are prepared in a health – conscious manner. You have starters, main courses, and desserts. An average lunch can cost you between 20 and 25 euros, which is quite affordable for French cuisine. The only downside is that portions are bit smaller, but that’s a case with almost all French restaurants. French people are very health – conscious and their diet is rich in vegetables.

Bococarte also does home deliveries and covers all your important events. You can celebrate your birthdays here, have business lunches, and also have a private time with your friends and family. This restaurant will provide you a great time and delicious food.

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The best organic restaurant in the U.S.

Times have changed, long are the days where people who love to eat organic food had to make it by themselves. Now, you have a variety of options and organic restaurants have become very popular throughout the U.S. People started to put their health in the first place, and no matter which state you are you can enjoy healthy and delicious meals in organic food restaurants. I love to visit this type of establishments because they provide me the sense of security. I know the food I eat is healthy and toxins free. For this occasion, I’ve chosen to present you a trendy restaurant called Evos.

bioOf course, there are a lot of food options out there, but what differentiates this restaurant from others is the fact that provides a lot of food options, without any excessive fats and calories. They only use food which is humanely and naturally raised because they taste the better. Another great thing is that Evos doesn’t skimp on ingredients, whether it’s an organic milk or sugar, you will get a genuine product. The restaurant was founded in 1995, and they have several locations throughout the Florida. People can find them in Carrollwood, South Tampa, St. Petersburg and in Pinecrest. They are not only committed to making great food, but they are also committed to being a great people too. Even their packages are made of recycled materials, which tells us how much they are environmentally cautious.
If you are interested in trying real American food, then Evos is the right place for you. Burges, fries, and shakes are made of organic materials, and this is their way of repaying the customers who decide to try out their meals.
Considering the price range, you would have thought that organic food restaurant is expensive and that it would cost you a fortune to have a meal in such restaurant, but, that’s not the case with Evos. They have food for every pocket, and you can choose between a variety of meals. Evos even provides a menu for kids who are under 12 years old. This is a great thing to have a nice family time and not worry about the things your children are eating. If you prefer to dine at home, they also provide home delivery. For any particular occasions, birthdays and celebrations you can order catering.