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Enjoy a Fantastic Time in Majorca

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

MajorcaMajorca is a small Spanish island (one of the Balearics) in the Mediterranean sea. It’s a hugely popular holiday destination, with just over 6 million visitors every year. Because Majorca is a relatively small island of just 100 km from east to west and 75 km from north to south, it’s possible to explore all this fascinating island has to offer in the space of a relatively short two week vacation. No doubt because of its huge tourist and ex pat population, Majorca (particularly the capital of Palma de Majorca) is an incredibly gay-friendly resort, offering a host of gay clubs and bars and an annual gay pride event held in June every year. It’s also home to a surprisingly large number of historic artifacts and sights of interest, bearing in mind its relatively small size. Whatever you’re looking for from your annual summer break, you’ll find something to enjoy if you head to Majorca.

Things to Do

One of the most popular things to do in Majorca is simply to relax on the many miles of beaches and soak up the sun. That’s why you’ll find the beaches are always busy with tourists. Whilst on the coast you could try your hand at wind surfing or sailing, or even hire a pedalo and paddle close to the shore line. If you’re looking for more strenuous activities then you could try renting a road or mountain bike. Majorca has two mountainous regions that are popular with mountain bikers and hikers and walkers alike. The Tramuntana Mountain range to the west of the island is the larger of the two mountain ranges on the island, and the Serra de Llevant mountains in the east are significantly more modest: if you’re new to mountain biking or hiking then start with a more gentle trail, rather than throwing yourself in at the deep end.

For those with an interest in local history, a visit to Pollensa is a must. In this small Majorcan town you will still find Roman ruins, a beautiful sixteenth century church, and Dionis Bennassar Museum, which is dedicated to the painter’s work. Café culture is still the order of the day, so the pace of life is slow. Why not relax and enjoy a coffee, or visit on a Sunday and join the locals as they shop from pretty market stalls during the weekly Sunday market, which operates every week between 8.30 am and 1 pm..

Where to Stay?

There are many different options for places to stay when you’re in Majorca. If you prefer to enjoy a home away from home atmosphere where you can come and go as you please then you could rent a villa or even opt to purchase your own slice of paradise on the island. The benefits of this are having plenty of space, being able to really make yourself at home and many villas on the island even have their own pool. Alternatively there are a host of gay-friendly hotels on the island, especially in the capital of Palma de Majorca. You’ll find many of these situated conveniently close to the El Trenc beach and a host of bars, clubs, and restaurants. Finally if you’re looking for a cozier and more affordable option then why not consider a B&B? Bed and Breakfasts are an increasingly popular option across Majorca and are a great way to travel in comfort, and with a warm welcome, without breaking the bank. No matter what kind of accommodation you’re looking for (be it a luxury villa, a 5* hotel or even a budget campsite) you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for in Majorca.

It’s Time to Eat!

With the increase in tourism, more food is having to be imported to Majorca from the mainland. However during the quieter seasons you’ll find that much of what you are eating (from your avocados to your tomatoes) have been grown on the island mere miles from where you are dining. You’ll find food from many cuisines and cultures catered for in Majorca, but why not embrace the local culture and eat food that is as locally sourced as possible? The tapas is highly recommended, as are the local mushroom dishes and seasonal fruits.

If you visit Majorca then be sure to post a review of your experience after your trip.

Gay Skiathos

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

The gods must have been smiling when they created Skiathos, gifting it with a dazzling number of beaches vastly out of proportion with its modest size. The island’s sheltered turquoise waters and abundant stretches of golden sand attract a large number of tourists each year, taking advantage of the hot, dry summer weather and opportunities for sunbathing, watersports, socialising and all-round relaxation.

Skiathos Island is one of the most gay friendly Greek islands, and this is obvious to anyone who visits. Last year the association of hotels and businesses arranged the 1st International Gay Culture Festival in order to officially open its ”doors” to the gay community and break with taboos. Next year the event is taking place  from 19-21 July as the Skiathos Seduction Festival.

When you visit Skiathos  you will find that a great part of the islands’s tourism is foreign with a large number coming from the U.K., Scandinavia, Cyprus, Italy and Germany. When arrive on the island of Skiathos come with an open mind, for this spectacular green island surpasses all descriptions.

Skiathos is the most cosmopolitan island in the Sporades. It has its own airport with international and local flights. With constant arrivals of domestic and international celebrities Skiathos Island has become one of the most loved destinations in Greece. The sense of hospitality (as well as in most Greek islands) is characteristic. The island is well- organized, clean and with all amenities and accommodations at very reasonable prices.

The main center of the island, also called Skiathos, is located on the eastern side of the island. The city is surrounded by the port which is the center of tourism throughout the summer. Here you will find many taverns, bars, restaurants, cafes and the shops which are open till late. The main street of Papadiamantis is famous for its strolling shoppers, and is a hub for tourists from all over the world.  The city center has many pictuersque narrow streets with photo opportunities round every corner! Coffee and ouzo can be enjoyed at one of of the many cafes or taverns, along with incredible harbor views. This island will certainly make you feel at home.

Skiathos is well served with roads but some transportation will be necessary if you want to enjoy the best of the island. Cars and bikes can be rented everywhere.  For  lovers of local cuisine, there are many picturesque taverns & restaurants even for the most demanding palates … In the Old or new port of the town, you will find the so-called ‘Bar Street’ where you will spend unforgettable moments  - guaranteed! Skiathos has some of the best clubs and bars in Europe, and many are British owned.  Whatever  your taste, you are likely to find it here. The island boasts some of the most beautiful and cleanest beaches in the Aegean and in fact, seven of them have been awarded Blue Flags.  The “Little Banana” is a famous nudist and gay beach, and was recongnised as being one of the most  popular beaches in Greece by travelers in 2012.

If you visit Skiathos, be sure to post a review of your experience after your trip.

New York’s First Gay Hotel Opens for Business

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The eagerly anticipated Out NYC Urban Resort opened its doors to guests on March 1, 2012.

This straight-friendly urban resort is poised to become a travel and entertainment destination for New Yorkers and visitors alike. The complex, situated on 42nd Street between 10th and 11th Avenues,  encompasses a 105-room boutique hotel, the 14,000 square foot XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge by John Blair, Beto Sutter, and FV Events, a late-night restaurant called Kitchin, three courtyards, a business/conference center, function space, and a wellness center.

 

The first phase of the project was completed on January 26, 2012 with the opening of XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge. XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the newest project by noted gay nightlife impresarios John Blair and Beto Sutter, and the wunderkind party promoters Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio of FV Events. Blair and Sutter, famous for the legendary Saturday night party at The Roxy, helped create this new venue from the ground up. Open seven nights a week, XL Nightclub, Cabaret & Lounge is the first nightly gay dance club to open in New York City in 15 years. The space features an LED wall, two dance floors, and a full stage.

 

The boutique hotel features 105 rooms with an upscale, chic décor and a starting rate of approximately $250. The hotel’s restaurant, Kitchin is operated by the team behind the already-successful Hell’s Kitchen favorite, Eatery Restaurant. It offers the same style of upscale comfort food for which Eatery Restaurant is known. THE OUT NYC will host various types of function space to accommodate everything from intimate private dinners to large events and weddings. The building is centered on three courtyards and a 5,000 square foot wellness center, creating an oasis from the city just outside its doors.

 

“This is an idea whose time has come.  What makes THE OUT NYC a desirable hotel is the comfort level and tailored amenities for both the gay and straight communities,” said Ian Reisner, Managing Partner, Parkview Developers. “THE OUT NYC will become a ‘can’t-miss’ for gay tourists as well as the epicenter of gay life for LGBT New Yorkers. With New York’s recent legislation, we look forward not only to hosting countless gay couples, but marrying them as well.”

Pink Choice would like to congratulate the Out NYC on its recent opening, and looks forward to receiving reviews from its guests.

New levels of guest service at Casa Cupula

Friday, April 1st, 2011

Casa Cupula, one of Puerto Vallarta’s premier gay resorts recently announced that Chef Oscar Rito has signed on as the Restaurant’s new Executive Chef.  This award winning Chef brings his extensive training and experience in Mexico and Europe to Casa Cupula’s new restaurant, ‘Taste’.  He plans to complement Taste’s current menu of four regional cuisines (US, Mexican, Asian and South American) each available in “Taste” portions, with Spanish dishes.  New gourmet dessert flights will bring new levels of taste sensations to exceed diner’s expectations.

“The basis of many schools of cooking is from Spain, before Nouvelle cuisine, and my teaching is from masters of Spanish cooking,” said Chef Rito. “Taste will express every sense of the palate with these fundamentals, as I create combinations that will reach the peak of pleasure for our clients with every bite.”  Rito will be offering new Spanish dishes for the next several weeks to determine new favorites for the menu.

In Europe, Rito served in several Michelin 3 Star restaurants including what is considered by many as the world’s best restaurant “El Bulli” under Chef Ferran Adria in Catalonia Spain, as well as in Amsterdam, and San Sebastian Spain.  He graduated from the Culinary Institute of Mexico in Puebla in 2001, where he won several awards in international competition.

Before coming to Puerto Vallarta, Chef Rito was Executive Sous Chef at the Fiesta Americana Grand in Los Cabos, and at NH Hotels in Puebla and Mexico City. He is Chief Instructor at the Instituto de Gastronomia FrancoMexicana, and founded theculinaryprojects.com doing catering and events in Puerto Vallarta. His new residence at Taste is a great fit:  international boutique tastes in an international luxury boutique hotel.

“As one of Puerto Vallarta’s greatest boutique hotels, Casa Cupula has inspired my imagination to try new textures and colors” reported Rito. “Like Casa Cupula, nothing conventional or boring, and a great challenge in my career to explore in the palate of each guest, with respect for every taste.”

One of Chef Oscar Rito’s greatest pleasures is in the creation of desserts.  He describes his as “creative but with rules for execution.  Sweet, but with respect for the flavors.  Dessert is a key part of a great meal.”  Instead of one large dessert, Rito plans to offer several flights with different tastes in each.

Taste is open for dinner from 6pm-11pm Monday to Saturday.  A gourmet breakfast and lunch menu are available from 9am-5pm under the continuing direction of Executive Chef Jose Luis Ponce. And, for the first time, Casa Cupula’s legendary Sunday Mimosa brunch is open to the public from 10am to 2pm. Enjoy a mellow brunch inside, or work on your tan poolside and stay for an afternoon pool party.

Hours: Monday-Saturday Breakfast 9am-noon

Lunch 12-5, Dinner 6-11

Sunday brunch 10am-2pm, Sunday Pool Party 2-6pm

Visit Taste on the web at www.casacupula.com/taste for more information and online reservations.

If you have stayed at Casa Cupula, Pink Choice would love to hear about your experience. It sounds as though it might be mouthwatering!

Toscana Saporita Cooking School for very gay-friendly cooking classes

Sunday, November 7th, 2010

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School

We recently had the privilege of spending a week with Sandra Lotti and her team at the Toscana Saporita Cooking School in Tuscany, just north of Pisa, and very close to the mediaeval town of Lucca. We spent each morning for a week producing some of the dishes that have made Tuscan cuisine famous. Under the guidance and exuberance of Sandra, her assistant Anthony, and son Alessio we were guided through the creation of fresh pasta, including multicolored ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta cheese, stuffed turkey breast, tiramisu, open apple tarts, gnocchi, creme brulee, and a whole host of other goodies, including the preparation of squid and octopus dishes. After a morning of cooking, what better than to sit down and eat everything we had prepared, washed down with local wines, in the company of our fellow classmates!

Sandra Lotti in one of her cooking classes

Afternoons were spent on guided tours to local places of interested, all included in the week’s fee for the course, and then it was back for a three course dinner, with more local wine and a lot of great conversation and laughter.

The school runs weekly classes, catering for up to 16 people each week from May through October. The week we went we were the only gay couple in the group, but it was not an issue, and Sandra let us know that she favored gay groups as they were more fun!

The Toscana Saporita Cooking School would definitely win a Pink Choice Award if we had a category for cooking!

Provincetown Restaurant and Eatery Recommendations

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

The gay and lesbian paradise of Provincetown on the very tip of Cape Cod is a perennial favorite of the LGBT community, and is one of the most welcoming destinations in the world. It opens its arms to thousands of visitors each year, so it is little wonder  that the town offers a myriad of eating options, ranging from cafes and sandwich shops to restaurants providing world class cuisine.

Pink Choice has the town’s accommodation options well covered on its Provincetown destination page, and has now put together its list of favorite Provincetown eateries based on personal experience and guest surveys:

The Red Inn restaurant, Provincetown

The Red Inn's dining room

The Red Inn offers one of the best dining experiences in Provincetown. Situated on the bay in the west end of town, the restaurant boasts amazing views of Provincetown Harbor, Long Point Lighthouse and Cape Cod Bay. Executive chef, Philip Mossy has created a menu that does justice to the Red Inn’s location. Our personal favorites are the fried bacon wrapped oysters, the pan roasted local cod and the rack of lamb with the chef’s secret spice rub.

Victor's Restaurant Provincetown

Victor's Restaurant

Victor’s is now into its 3rd season, and has established itself as a firm favorite with Provincetown locals and visitors alike. Also situated in the west end of town it offers a unique upscale dining experience, serving small plates specially prepared for sharing with friends at the table. Chef Michael Mishkin serves some of the most innovative food in town, along with the best French fries we have ever tasted!

Ross’ Grill is located on the second floor of Whaler’s Wharf, just steps from Commercial Street in the center of town. With its European Bistro style atmosphere it serves dishes freshly prepared from local produce, complimented with over 75 different wines served by the glass. Our favorite is to eat at the bar with the attentive service of Cesar, the bartender, and chat with fellow diners.

The Mews Restaurant and Cafe is loved by Provincetown residents and visitor alike, especially as it is one of the few restaurants in town that remains open year round. Offering casual dining upstairs, and a more formal atmosphere in the lower beach level restaurant, both spaces offer exceptional cuisine with a subtle but unobtrusive Asian influence. The Mews is also known for its mind-boggling choice of different vodkas.

Fanizzi’s is another of Provincetown’s year round favorite restaurants, located in the East End of town overlooking the bay. Owner, Paul Fanizzi and chef, Michael Dean offer an eclectic menu, ranging from Cape seafood classics and burgers, to fresh salads, to elegant international entrées.

Saki Sushi Restaurant Provincetown

Saki is the place for Sushi in Provincetown

Saki is one of Provincetown’s newer restaurants serving the freshest sushi in a restored Methodist church in the center of town. This might sound odd, but the space is open, vibrant and bustling

Front Street has long been one of the restaurants where one must eat on a trip to Provincetown. Chef owners, Donna and Kathy offer two extensive menus which they refer to as “Mediterranean-American Fusion”. The restaurant is tucked away downstairs in a centrally located Victorian building. With low ceilings, carved wooden tables and exposed brick walls, the atmosphere is both romantic and intimate, despite the bustling energy that is part of this very successful restaurant.

Relish Provincetown

Mouth watering cupcakes from Relish

Relish has been providing locals and visitors with mouthwatering sandwiches and baked goods since 2001. Located on Commercial Street in the west end of town it’s conveniently placed to pick up a delectable lunch to eat on the beach. Owner, Frank Vasello bakes amazing cup cakes, and is in high demand for his innovative wedding cakes.

Joe Coffee & Cafe, Provincetown

Outdoor patio at Joe Coffee &Cafe, Provincetown

Joe Coffee & Cafe moved to new tailor-made premises in May 2010, and is now located on the corner of Winthrop and Commercial Street. With plenty of outdoor seating, this is the place to relax and read the paper, or just people-watch.

Perry's Wine & Liquors

Some of the offerings at Perry's Wine & Liquors, Provincetown

Perry’s Wine & Liquors on the corner of Tremont and Franklin Street in the West End of town, has been the neighborhood’s liquor store for many years, but the current owners, Tom and Scott have taken it to a new level of excellence. In addition to being two of the friendliest guys in town, their knowledge of wine is unsurpassed. To compliment their extensive inventory they also offer delicious artisanal cheese, breads and cocktail provisions.