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Saigon Dalat Hotel

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Saigon Dalat Hotel

Centrally located in the city, Saigon Dalat Hotel features 4 restaurants, 3 bars, a heated indoor pool, a tennis court and a fitness center. Including a 24-hour front desk, it provides complimentary parking and free Wi-Fi access throughout the property.

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The Location

The hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Da Lat Market and Da Lat Flower Gardens. Bao Dai’s Summer Palace is a 15-minute walk away, and the popular Valley of Love is accessible within a 20-minute drive of the hotel. Lien Khuong Airport is 19 miles away.

Inside the Rooms

Elegantly furnished, the air-conditioned rooms feature parquet floors, a personal safe, minibar, a flat-screen satellite TV and a sitting area. The private marble bathrooms have a bathtub or a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.

A room in Saigon Dalat Hotel
A room in Saigon Dalat Hotel

Property Highlights

Saigon Dalat Hotel provides a business center, as well as rental of the meeting rooms or the conference hall. Ticketing and sightseeing arrangements can be made at the tour desk, and luggage storage, currency exchange and a laundry service are additional available conveniences.

Food & Drink

Both Orchid Restaurant and the Tulip Restaurant serve a variety of Western dishes, and Le Moulin Rouge features tasty Asian cuisine, along with views of Hoang Van Thu Street. A range of snacks, wines and cocktails are served at Moonlight Bar, as well as at Camellia Bar & Café.

Camellia Bar & Café
Camellia Bar & Café

This is our guests’ favorite part of Da Lat, according to independent reviews.

This property is also rated for the best value in Da Lat! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

Hotel Rooms: 160

Empire Palace Hotel in Rome

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Empire Palace Hotel in Rome

Empire Palace Hotel is a refined, Venetian-style building in the heart of Rome, a 5 minute walk from the exclusive Via Veneto.

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Inside the Rooms

The elegant building of the Empire Palace was once the Roman home of a noble Venetian family and preserves its architectural features. Despite the period atmosphere, Empire Palace Hotel offers modern, functional rooms in classic style, with Wi-Fi internet connection. All the rooms feature cherry wood furniture and carpeted floors, and also offer a reading area.

The guestroom of Empire Palace Hotel
The guestroom of Empire Palace Hotel

Property Highlights

The public areas in the Empire Palace are warm and welcoming. You can relax at the piano bar, work out in the fitness center, or use the internet point and meeting rooms. Valet parking to a nearby indoor facility is also available.

Food & Drink

The Aureliano Restaurant is open to the public and offers local and international dishes. The restaurant is open for lunch between 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm and for dinner between 7:30 pm and 10 pm.

Aureliano Restaurant
Aureliano Restaurant

The Location

The Repubblica Metro Station (line A) is just 1700 ft from the Empire Palace Hotel.

Via Veneto is a great choice for travelers interested in shopping, food andsightseeing.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Rome, according to independent reviews.

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Hotel Rooms: 110

The Grand Daddy in Cape Town

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The Grand Daddy in Cape Town

The Grand Daddy offers 4-star rooms, suites and luxury, roof-top caravans in Cape Town city center. It is on the popular Long Street, a 15 minute walk from the V&A Waterfront. Wi-Fi is free.

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Inside the Rooms

The elegant accommodation at The Grand Daddy includes a flat-screen TV and air conditioning. Guests can also enjoy the unique experience of staying in individually designed caravans that share a common roof-top patio area.

A guestroom in The Grand Daddy
A guestroom in The Grand Daddy

Food & Drink

L’Apero restaurant serves fresh dishes inspired by the Mediterranean cuisine, while the Daddy Cool Bar and the Sky Bar offer a variety of cocktails and local wines.

Property Highlights

The friendly staff creates an inviting atmosphere for guests, provides 24-hour assistance and can offer tips on what to do and see in the area. The rooftop Pink Flamingo Outdoor Cinema often hosts movie premiers, while live music and salsa can be enjoyed during the summer evenings.

Pink Flamingo Outdoor Cinema
Pink Flamingo Outdoor Cinema

City Bowl is a great choice for travelers interested in sightseeing, nature and shopping.

Hotel Rooms: 33

Features

Internet access

  • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms
  • Wi-Fi in public areas

Getting around

  • Airport transfer
  • Car park
  • Shuttle service

Things to do, ways to relax

  • Hiking
  • Massage(s)
  • Tours

Dining, drinking, and snacking

  • Bar
  • Coffee shop
  • Restaurant(s)
  • Room service

Services and conveniences

  • Concierge
  • Laundry service
  • Safety deposit boxes
  • Shop(s)
  • Smoking area

For the kids

  • Babysitting service
  • Family room

Access

  • Elevator

Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort in Abu Dhabi

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Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort in Abu Dhabi

This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. This 5-star hotel – Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort in Abu Dhabi city centre is located on a private lagoon within walking distance of business and shopping districts. This hotel has outdoor pools, a gym and 12 food outlets.

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Inside the Rooms

The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort offers luxurious guest rooms. Each room has a marble bathroom and a private balcony with views over the city or the Gulf.

The room of Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort
The room of Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort

Food & Drink

The Abu Dhabi Hotel serves a range of cuisine prepared with fresh ingredients, including Italian, Mexican, Spanish and local seafood. Meals are served both indoors and al fresco, overlooking the ocean.

Property Highlights

Guests can relax at the outdoor pools, which are surrounded by palm trees. There is also a sauna, a steam room and hot tub for relaxation. The well-equipped gym features modern cardiovascular equipment and weights.

The Location

The Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort is within walking distance of the newly developed Corniche Park, and provides easy access to Sheikh Zayed Tunnel.

Corniche Park
Corniche Park

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Hotel Rooms: 272, Hotel Chain: Sheraton

Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa in Cabo San Lucas

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Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

This property is 3 minutes walk from the beach. This Cabo San Lucas resort offers a central downtown, waterfront location and is walking distance to Medano Beach. It features a full-service spa, outdoor pool and spacious suites with private balcony.

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Inside the Rooms

Each suite at Marina Fiesta Resort & SPA Dine Out overlooks the pool or marina and offers traditional Mexican décor and architecture. A kitchenette with stove top and refrigerator and a seating area are included.

A room in Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa
A room in Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa

Property Highlights

Marina Fiesta Resort & SPA Dine Out offers a variety of European treatments as well as the fully equipped Sky Gym. Guests have access to the business centre and the concierge desk.

Food & Drink

The complex includes fine dining at the waterfront Baja Lobster Co and authentic Italian and international cuisine, sushi delights and Mexican food. There is also a swim-up bar and poolside restaurant.

The Location

Marina Fiesta Resort & SPA Dine Out is located next to Puerto Paraiso and Luxury Avenue, a designer boutique mall. El Medano Beach is a 10-minutes’ walk from the hotel.

El Medano Beach
El Medano Beach

This is our guests’ favorite part of Cabo San Lucas, according to independent reviews.

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Marina Fiesta Resort & Spa has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Sept 7, 2010
Hotel Rooms: 155

Park Hotel Argento in Levanto

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Park Hotel Argento in Levanto
Park Hotel Argento in Levanto

This property is a 10-minute walk from the beach. Offering a free wellness centre, and a panoramic terrace with large, outdoor hydromassage pool, Park Hotel Argento is 800 metres from Levanto Train Station. The Cinque Terre are just 1 stop away.

Levanto Train Station
Levanto Train Station

Inside the Rooms

Rooms are bright and minimalist, and equipped with cool tiled floors and simple furnishings. Each room comes with air conditioning, a satellite TV, and free internet access. Some have a private balcony.

The guestroom of Park Hotel Argento
The guestroom of Park Hotel Argento

Food & Drink

The restaurant with terrace serves a varied buffet at both breakfast and dinner. The menu includes Ligurian specialities. Argento Park Hotel also features a bar.

Property Highlights

The wellness centre is complete with sauna, Turkish bath, and a relaxation area. Massages are also available.

The Location

The hotel offers free outdoor parking. The beach is a 10-minute walk away, down the hill.

This is our guests’ favorite part of Levanto, according to independent reviews.

This property is also rated for the best value in Levanto! Guests are getting more for their money when compared to other properties in this city.

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Park Hotel Argento has been welcoming Booking.com guests since Nov 30, 2009
Hotel Rooms: 40

Mexican Chocolate

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Mexican Chocolate
Mexican Chocolate

Mexican chocolate is made from dark, bitter chocolate mixed with sugar, cinnamon, and sometimes nuts. The end result is a “grainy” less smooth product. Chocolate is frequently purchased in “disks” although it is also available in bars and syrups.

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History And Lore

The botanical name for chocolate is Theobroma, which means “food of the gods”. The name is appropriate for the importance of chocolate in the Mexican culture. Chocolate is among the many things the Spaniards acquired from the Aztecs. The native Aztec people made a variety of drinks made of chocolate combined with honey, nuts, seeds, and spices. The drink was used in rituals by priests as well as nobleman. While many historic references are made to the Aztecs and chocolate, the Aztecs actually adopted the use of chocolate from the earlier Mayan Culture.

Traditional Uses For Mexican Chocolate

Hot Drinks – The most traditional use for chocolate was for hot beverages such as Atole, Champurrado and Mexican Hot Chocolate.

Atole is frequently served with tamales. Champurrado is also served as a dessert with Churros or a sweet bread call Pan Dulce. These drinks are whipped up using a wooden whisk called a molinillo (moh-lin-nyee-oh) (or a blender). The whisk is held between the palms of your hands. Then using a back and forth motion the whisk moves back and forth in the mixture until it is aerated and frothy.

Atole
Atole

Tejate – A Oaxaca specialty. An interesting cold drink is made of dark chocolate, corn masa, cocoa flowers, then marinated and frothed. (See photograph on left).

Mole (moh-Lay) – A sauce that varies in content depending on the region. The traditional red mole contains chilies, garlic, nuts, tomato, spices and chocolate. It is important to note that the amount of chocolate is very small and enhances but does not overpower the sauce. The sauce is served with turkey or chicken. Mole does not use the Mexican flavored chocolate but instead a dark bitter, unspiced version.

The Molinillo (Chocolate Stirrer)

The molinillo
The molinillo

The molinillo was actually an invention of the Spaniards. The tool was used to froth chocolate which in the early days was not processed and defatted and tended to clump.

Pad Thai – Thailand’s National Dishes

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Pad Thai

Pad Thai, Phat Thai or Phad Thai is a stir-fried rice noodle dish commonly served as a street food and at casual local eateries in Thailand.

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Ingredients

It is made with soaked dried rice noodles, which are stir-fried with eggs and chopped firm tofu, and flavored with tamarind pulp, fish sauce , dried shrimp, garlic or shallots, red chili pepper and palm sugar, and served with lime wedges and often chopped roast peanuts. It may also contain other vegetables like bean sprouts, garlic chives, coriander leaves, pickled radishes or turnips, and raw banana flowers. It may also contain fresh shrimp, crab, squid, chicken or other proteins. Vegetarian versions may substitute soy sauce for the fish sauce and omit the shrimp.

Pad Thai ingredients
Pad Thai ingredients

History

A dish of stir-fried rice noodles is thought by some to have been introduced to Ayutthaya during the time of the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Viet traders, and subsequently altered to reflect Thai flavor profiles. Others believe that the dish is of Chinese origin, and the etymology of the dish’s name suggests it.

Plaek Phibunsongkhram promoted pad Thai in his campaign to establish Thai nationalism. Thailand was a main exporter of rice, and the government hoped to increase the amount available for export. As prime minister of Thailand between 1938 to 1944 and from 1948 to 1957, Phibun hoped to Westernize the country. In 1939, he supported the change of name of the country from Siam to Thailand. At the time, wheat noodles were very popular in Thailand, but Plaek Phibunsongkhram sought to eliminate Chinese influence. His government promoted rice noodles and helped to establish the identity of Thailand. As a result, a new noodle named sen chan was created.

Pad Thai was made popular in Thailand during World War II
Pad Thai was made popular in Thailand during World War II

Pad Thai was made popular in Thailand during World War II. Pad Thai has since become one of Thailand’s national dishes. Today, some food vendors add pork-chops to enhance the taste (although the original recipe did not contain pork because of the government perception that pork was a Chinese meat). Some food vendors still use the original recipe. It is a fast, delicious and nutritious dish, and has become popular in many countries around the world.

Canadian Bacon

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Canadian Bacon
Canadian Bacon

What is Canadian bacon?

Canadian bacon is a pork product. The foods described by the term “Canadian bacon” are very different, depending on where in the world the consumer is. This can sometimes lead to confusion, especially for travelers. In the United States, “Canadian bacon” is a salted and cured meat much like conventional bacon. In much of Canada and Great Britain, however, “Canadian bacon” is an entirely different food, cured and treated in a different way before sale. Availability of the two different types of bacon varies, depending on one’s location.

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In flavor, appearance, and texture, Canadian bacon is closer to ham than it is to bacon. The meat is lean, slightly sweet, and juicy. Unlike regular bacon, Canadian bacon does not crisp up in its own fat while it is being cooked. The meat is meant to be served in a soft, juicy stage of cooking, and it will be dry and tasteless if it is allowed to crisp up. It is also usually served in thicker wedges than those used for conventional bacon.

Back bacon

Back bacon
Back bacon

The cured pork product which Americans know as Canadian bacon is usually called back bacon in other parts of the world. It is made from the loin cut, which is in the center of the pig’s back. As a result, the bacon is much leaner than conventional bacon. Back bacon is prepared in the same way as conventional bacon, with a salting and smoking process intended to cure the meat. Slightly more sugar is usually used, lending a sweet quality to Canadian bacon.

This type of Canadian bacon is a popular pizza topping in the United States, especially on Hawaiian pizza with pineapple. It also appears in breakfast foods like omelets, and is sometimes eaten by health conscious consumers who want the flavor of bacon without the heavy fat content. When available, it is usually found with other cured meat products, and is usually sold in chunks which are cut up by the consumer as needed.

Peameal bacon

Peameal bacon
Peameal bacon

Another type of Canadian bacon is also known as peameal bacon. It is also made from the loin, but it is cured in a sweet pickle and it has a crust made from yellow cornmeal or peas. Peameal bacon is sweet and slightly salty. It is usually sold in both cooked and parbaked forms. Make sure to read the label carefully to determine whether or not peameal bacon needs to be cooked before serving. Peameal bacon is eaten with numerous breakfast foods in Canada and parts of the United Kingdom.

Vietnamese iced coffee

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Vietnamese iced coffee
Vietnamese iced coffee

The development of coffee is undeniable and non-stop. And in Vietnam–the world’s second largest coffee producer and exporter, this development is even more incredible and rapidly raising.

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What is Vietnam’s iced coffee?

As a long-term coffee cultivating country, the coffee drinking culture of Vietnamese people has been existed for hundred years. Even though there were plenty of new coffee brewing methods and new coffee drinks immigrating into the country, the traditional way of making coffee and the iced coffee is never out of fashion in this country. It is always the most popular and the best coffee drink of Vietnamese people.

The coffee drinking culture of Vietnamese people has been existed for hundred years
The coffee drinking culture of Vietnamese people has been existed for hundred years

Vietnam’s best iced coffee is also named ca phe sua da.

Vietnamese iced coffee with condensed milk (cà phê sữa đá or ca phe sua da in Vietnamese) is a coffee beverage used Vietnamese coffee ground and brewed in a special small metal French drip filter (called “Phin” in Vietnamese). The local people usually called this coffee as “ca phe phin”. The method to brew Vietnamese iced coffee is quite simple, using the one of the simplest coffee machinein the world. However, its flavor is extremely amazing and unforgettable.

Metal French drip filter
Metal French drip filter