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Forum: Trip Reports
Jul 9, 18, 10:55 am
Replies: 33
Views: 10,228
Posted By GatoAndaluz

The Azores are a truly beautiful part of the...

The Azores are a truly beautiful part of the world. I bought a Groupon package to Sao Miguel on a whim in 2013, with no idea what to expect. The greenness of the island was stunning, and I loved the...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 5, 15, 7:49 am
Replies: 107
Views: 23,162
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I don't have much basis for comparison - the only...

I don't have much basis for comparison - the only Nando's I've ever had outside the US was in Dubai.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 4, 15, 7:33 am
Replies: 107
Views: 23,162
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Here in DC, I have Nando's occasionally, and...

Here in DC, I have Nando's occasionally, and there's a Pret-a-Manger downstairs from the office. Vapiano also has at least a couple of outlets (also one in Mexico City), but I've never been. Mexico...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 4, 15, 7:23 am
Replies: 44
Views: 11,674
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Pad thai in Thailand almost always uses tamarind...

Pad thai in Thailand almost always uses tamarind paste for sweetness, whereas many renditions served in the US use sugar instead. Restaurants that use a more traditional recipe tend to have spice...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Aug 4, 15, 7:12 am
Replies: 625
Views: 228,333
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I almost had a personal disaster on a flight last...

I almost had a personal disaster on a flight last year, that would have been the deepest moment of ignominy of my life. Before an early-morning flight from HYD to BOM on IndiGo, I had a breakfast of...
Forum: Argentina
Aug 3, 15, 2:33 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 1,975
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I'd go with Montevideo ... actually, I did go...

I'd go with Montevideo ... actually, I did go with Montevideo for a semester of grad school. Not sure how easily distracted you are, but Buenos Aires has a lot to distract a person from studying. ...
Aug 1, 15, 9:21 am
Replies: 9
Views: 7,745
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Ask about membership specials at NYSC. I'm a WSC...

Ask about membership specials at NYSC. I'm a WSC member with a package that gives me access to their gyms in Philadelphia, NYC, and Boston for $60/month. Managers will usually waive joiner fees if...
Aug 1, 15, 8:59 am
Replies: 20
Views: 5,869
Posted By GatoAndaluz

But, it happened to Morrissey. As much as I like...

But, it happened to Morrissey. As much as I like The Smiths, I can't get too worked up about anything unpleasant happening to Morrissey.
Forum: Brazil
Aug 1, 15, 8:48 am
Replies: 23
Views: 2,211
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Wow, this is a superhero-style itinerary,...

Wow, this is a superhero-style itinerary, especially with two kids. If you have decided on the Falls over Rio, as it appears you have, a couple of things.

The Argentine side of the park is the...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 1, 15, 8:34 am
Replies: 93
Views: 14,022
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Sushi places are different - there you are...

Sushi places are different - there you are communicating directly with the people preparing your food. Ownership typically limits this kind of interaction to employees that are trusted, which...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Aug 1, 15, 8:26 am
Replies: 23
Views: 5,546
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Percentage-wise, yes, but not in absolute terms. ...

Percentage-wise, yes, but not in absolute terms. A $2.00 soda probably costs the bar $0.05 in syrup and labor, for a markup of $1.95. A $5.00 tap beer probably costs the bar $1.00 total, for a...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 30, 15, 11:45 am
Replies: 23
Views: 5,546
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Absolutely. No one is going to begrudge you for...

Absolutely. No one is going to begrudge you for drinking a soda water. If you order it with a lime wedge, people will just think you're sipping a gin-tonic or a vodka-soda anyway. You'll often...
Forum: CommunityBuzz
Jul 30, 15, 6:39 am
Replies: 3,333
Views: 878,628
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I'm based in Washington DC, although travel very...

I'm based in Washington DC, although travel very frequently for work (visas for the US and banking compliance - boring). This year, it's been mostly Mexico City. Last year, it was India, UAE, and...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 30, 15, 6:26 am
Replies: 171
Views: 24,544
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I didn't make it south of Coyoacan very often,...

I didn't make it south of Coyoacan very often, unless I was on my way to Cuernavaca. Will have to check out this place next time I'm in DF.
Jul 30, 15, 6:19 am
Replies: 12
Views: 14,035
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I'm a big fan of Panama City - it's the only big...

I'm a big fan of Panama City - it's the only big city worth hanging out in all of Central America. Calle Uruguay is a good strip for nightlife, and there are some cool bars in Casco Viejo. Relic...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic
Jul 29, 15, 4:01 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 2,743
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Also, late arrivals to BWI come in after the last...

Also, late arrivals to BWI come in after the last MARC to DC. There will still be Amtrak options, but you should avoid the Acela, which is ridiculously expensive for a trip that's a few minutes...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 3:18 pm
Replies: 84
Views: 13,112
Posted By GatoAndaluz

-Street tacos and huaraches, especially birria...

-Street tacos and huaraches, especially birria tacos, in Mexico City
-Frites met in Brussels or Antwerp
-Currywurst in Germany
-Odeng, kimbap triangles, fried chicken, random sea monsters in South...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 3:07 pm
Replies: 93
Views: 14,022
Posted By GatoAndaluz

As someone who worked in restaurants and bars for...

As someone who worked in restaurants and bars for a decade, NO. Unless your server is very familiar with your tastes and knows you as an individual, do not depend on his or her recommendation. If...
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 2:24 pm
Replies: 171
Views: 24,544
Posted By GatoAndaluz

El Cardenal in Mexico City? I used to work a...

El Cardenal in Mexico City? I used to work a couple of blocks from the one on Alameda Central in the Hilton - ordered the escamoles there once.
Forum: DiningBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 2:22 pm
Replies: 51
Views: 6,859
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I eat out way too often. Breakfast is the only...

I eat out way too often. Breakfast is the only meal I usually eat at home. Monday through Friday I always eat lunch somewhere near work. Dinner, when I'm in DC my girlfriend and I cook at home...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 2:09 pm
Replies: 149
Views: 36,115
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I had a bunch of dental work done in Mexico City...

I had a bunch of dental work done in Mexico City this May, including extraction of all four of my wisdom teeth, at KEMM Clinic in Polanco (123 Platon). My dentist was trained at University of...
Jul 29, 15, 2:02 pm
Replies: 12
Views: 2,127
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Are you interested in scuba diving? You can get...

Are you interested in scuba diving? You can get certified very cheaply ($250 or so with equipment and classroom time included for PADI cert, usually including six dives) on Utila and Roatan, both of...
Forum: TravelBuzz
Jul 29, 15, 1:49 pm
Replies: 135
Views: 22,691
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Most people claiming to be Canadians are really...

Most people claiming to be Canadians are really Americans.

Only budget travelers surviving on two groats and a fistful of bellybutton lint daily can really understand local culture.
Forum: India
Jul 29, 15, 9:29 am
Replies: 20
Views: 7,331
Posted By GatoAndaluz

I used Uber quite frequently in Hyderabad,...

I used Uber quite frequently in Hyderabad, Mumbai, and Bangalore last year. Drivers are almost always prompt, polite, and efficient. The only recurring issue was with addresses, which are very...
Jul 29, 15, 9:11 am
Replies: 10
Views: 4,107
Posted By GatoAndaluz

Ambergris Caye is more developed and has a wider...

Ambergris Caye is more developed and has a wider range of accommodations than Caye Caulker. There's no good reason to spend a night in Belize City, unless you like to smoke crack. The really...
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