The Weird Restaurants of the World

Forget comfort eating- for your next holiday visit one of the strangest restaurants in the world…

These days, more and more people are being drawn to unusual or alternative getaways. This is quite understandable. After all, why stay in a house when you can stay in a castle? Similarly, people may wish to find a more exciting dining experience…and luckily all around the world there are bizarre and wondrous establishments offering that very thing. Here are five examples…

The Ice Bar, Snow Village, Ylläsjärvi, Finland- the snow village in Finland is rebuilt every year in late November. Created in a slightly different shape from the year before it, the ‘village’ always includes a bar, hotel rooms and suites, impressive sculptures, and two restaurants; the Log Restaurant and the Ice Bar. For the purposes of this particular blog, the Ice Bar is one to visit. Furnished completely in ice, beautifully illuminated with colourful lights and candles and with a delicious menu of local cuisine, the Ice Bar is your chance to eat in an igloo; and how often do you get to say you’ve done that?

Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, Auckland, New Zealand– holding thirty guests, the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant in Auckland is a magical woodland dining retreat. Imagine taking an illuminate walk across a bridge in the midst of a forest, leading to a golden pod like wooden structure where you can enjoy a meal…finding it a bit tricky? If it strikes you as the stuff of dreams, perhaps you should visit this beautiful country and experience the magic for yourself.

Opaque, Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, California. Opaque provides you with your chance to do something you’ve always wanted to do; that’s right- eat in the dark. With images of prodding the person next to you with a fork in a desperate attempt to find your risotto, this may sound strange…but give it a chance. Arguably, if you can’t see what you’re eating, all your other senses are open to a greater experience. With a delicious set menu and well trained blind staff, you will not be left in the dark- well, you will, but you know what I mean.

‘S Baggers, Nuremberg, Germany– S’ Baggers provides the diner with an odd automated restaurants system. You put your order in on a computer and wait for it to be delivered a few minutes later by strange rail and conveyer belt system. Perhaps not everyone’s cup of tea, but a bit of fun, and you can pretend you live in the ‘future’ or ‘outer space’ for an hour or two- great for small and big kids alike.

Alux Caverna Restaurant Lounge, mexico- Perhaps the opposite of the Yellow Treehouse Restaurant, the Alux Lounge in Mexico takes you for a dining expedition underground. Explore the beautiful, cavernous interior of Alux, built into a naturally made cavern. Allowing you to explore nature unlike before, Alux offers a wide menu of both Mexican and international cuisine. So, if you’re planning to visit Mexico, don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a meal amongst the stalactites.

All of these restaurants promise to provide you with more than a meal- they promise an unforgettable experience. So for your next holiday getaway, consider a once in a lifetime experience and have dinner in a cave, or a tree, or be fed by robots…the opportunities are endless.

Finding Cheap Hotels – A Simple Guide

Rapid growth in economy has affected the hospitality industry and a short stay in Dallas can be quite expensive. The best way to save your hard earned money is by doing a research before you visit Dallas. If you want to stay there for short span opt for a cheap, convenient and affordable hotel which is also easy on your pocket.

The best way to cope up with this is to already have a booking and this can be done easily by booking a hotel online. If you are booking online you will get hotel accommodation at a cheaper and discounted rate. This means you will enjoy the best service by paying the least. There are many agencies that provide online reservation facility at discounted rates. The hotels provide substantial discounts to the agencies and the agencies make block booking for the hotels.

Always make a point to explore different areas of the city as this will give you a brief idea of the surroundings. There are many Cheap Hotels in downtown Dallas offering luxury stay at discounted rates. When you want to stay in hotels find out the area of Dallas where you will be staying. Dallas is divided into downtown Dallas hotels, uptown hotels, Park Central, North Dallas hotels, and Market Center.

Make sure that you figure out your budget as it is very important while managing finances while you are on a move. One of the facts is that Dallas imposes a total of around twelve percent taxes in hotels, keep this in mind while managing finances and stay in cheap hotels of your choice. Also be aware of all the extra charges that many hotels might impose without warning like valet surcharges.

As mentioned earlier in this article it is always good to book your hotel stay online and if possible also find a hotel price broker for you. There are many sites offering online hotel bookings in Dallas. Sometimes you may get a four star hotel booking only for $75.00. Look at the hotel’s rating and service reviews.

It is not mandatory to always make a stay in a five star hotel as there are many services which you will not need during your stay. Five star hotels are quite expensive than others, so book for such a hotel which provide all the basic services. This way you will get a luxury stay at a cheaper rate in Dallas.

Guidelines for Obtaining Long Term Food Storage

After creating a three-month supply of food, and storing a two-week supply of water for each person in your household, it is time to start working on long-term food storage.

The goal with long-term food storage is to get a one year supply of food items with a long shelf life. This food supply should begin with basic items that will sustain life in an emergency in case there is nothing else to eat. Items stored should be capable of having a shelf life of 25 to 30 years or more.

The following basic items might be considered for storage. Indicated with the item is the approximate amount of each needed to sustain an average person for one year in an emergency.

  • 300 lbs. of Grains (Wheat, rice, or other cereals)
  • 100 lbs. of Powdered Milk (non-fat)
  • 100 lbs. of Sugar or Honey
  • 150 lbs. of Beans and Legumes
  • 100 lbs. of Flour
  • 2 Gal. of Cooking Oil or Shortening
  • 5 lbs. of Salt
  • 1 lb. of Baking Powder

These items provide a diet that supplies approximately 2,300 calories per day. The above suggested items may be proportionately reduced as other foods are added. Those frequently chosen to be added to the above list are dried legumes (peas, beans, peanuts, and lentils) which are high in protein and store well. Vegetable oils, dried fruits and vegetables, and canned meats and fish would also make great additions.

As you can see from the above mentioned long-term food items, meals made from these ingredients would be very basic and probably wouldn’t do much more than sustain life. I know, however, that there are many recipe books that show how to make great tasting meals out of these ingredients.

Ready-made freeze-dried and dehydrated foods may be included in your long-term food storage preparations. These tend to be slightly more expensive, but can be great tasting, easy to prepare, and tend to retain their vitamin content better. Ready-made freeze-dried and dehydrated foods will take your food supply beyond just sustaining life in an emergency to providing variety, good nutrition, and great taste during times of emergency.

When storing long-term food storage items the following items need to be considered:

  1. Buy quality products. Obtain top grade whenever possible and store it away from other products that may affect the flavor of the food.
  2. Use proper containers. Usually metal storage cans or heavy plastic containers with air-tight lids are the best.
  3. Use easily accessible storage facilities.
  4. Foods should be stored at cool temperatures (between 40 to 60 deg. F.).
  5. Regularly rotate food storage items to prevent spoilage. Date food items when you purchase them and use the oldest items first.
  6. Foods should be stored in a well-ventilated, cool, dry, dark, and clean area.
  7. Do not place food storage containers on or against cement or dirt floors and walls. Place pieces of wood under and between the storage containers to provide ventilation and to protect from moisture.
  8. Don’t go into debt to obtain long-term food storage. Acquire food storage items gradually.

Hopefully these guidelines will give you some good ideas on how to get started on long-term food storage so that you are prepared in case there is some sort of emergency.