Author Archives: Ken Porpora

By @ 11/06/14 in Gay travel, Greece, Mykonos, Travel

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Bill & Coo’s is a Small Luxury Hotels property in Mykonos and for the most part a real gem of a hotel — modern, peaceful and sophisticated. The service is friendly, the beautiful pool inviting and the breakfasts tasty. Whether you stay or not, it’s a lovely spot for a sunset cocktail. The rooms are great with the best ones in terms of views on the side of the hotel closest to town (behind the bar). These views are not obstructed by the electrical wires, which is a surprising and odd feature throughout the island. The trip out to the hotel can be a little stressful with tourists and taxis driving crazily along the curvy streets along dark roads.

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By @ 11/05/14 in Gay travel, Hong Kong, ManAboutWorld, Travel

private kitchensOur friend and author Amy Tan recently visited Hong Kong and shared with us her experience dining in private kitchens. Private kitchens, she says, doesn’t mean you’re dining in a private first-class establishment. You do not need to be famous and incognito. But it does mean the kitchens can have memberships (but not always) and have avoided certain permit requirements that commercial restaurants would need. This allows freedom and creativity and has caused a new movement in Hong Kong — some of the city’s best restaurants are now private kitchens. They usually can be found in residential blocks, studios, or in Tan’s case, “a little hole-in-the-wall place on the 10th floor of a non-descript building in Causeway Bay.” To snag a table at this particular speakeasy-like restaurant, all you had to do was make a reservation.

“Its Chinese name meant, “Four Sisters Sichuan,” and the owners were four sisters from Chongqing, Sichuan, who once cooked and sold food from a street stall. The food was authentic and made them well known enough to enable them to open a private kitchen. They now run two, and one or two more are opening soon.”

Check out our insider coverage of the upcoming Hong Kong Food + Wine festival in our October 2014 issue.

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By @ 11/03/14 in David DiGiacomo, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Miami, Travel

miamiwhitepartyOur correspondent David DiGiacomo has big plans to attend the 30h anniversary of White Party Week in Miami.

Come the end of November, White Party Week — the Care Resource HIV/AIDS fundraising extravaganza and the largest of its kind — hits its “Diamond Jubilee” landmark with a big bash at the new Perez Art Museum in Miami. From November 26 through December 1, more than 20,000 people from all over the world are expected to attend. The museum’s Biscayne Bay and skyline views are tremendous, and the hosts are anticipating the most glamourous white party yet with performances from DJ David Knapp and the White Party Symphony.

We covered Miami and all of South Florida in our January/February 2013 guide. Click here to subscribe and receive all of our insider tips!

 

 

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By @ 10/31/14 in Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, New Orleans, New York, San Francisco, Travel

halloweenThis year, the usual suspects go to bat with some of the biggest Halloween parties of the year.

Tonight, West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard is hosting the largest street party in the world. Half a million (yes, you heard that right!) of gays will descend onto the block for the most insane costume party we’ve scene. Check out the official site for a listing of bars hosting events.

In San Francisco, the seventh annual GhostShip Asylum party will erupt tonight and November 1, from 9pm-4am, a small-slice of Burning Man-esque costumes, installations, dancing, and craziness for one of the biggest parties of the year. Located at Pier 70, Building 12 at 22nd Street and Illinois, the event is not yet sold out and tickets run from $50 to $120.

In New York, Whoopi Goldberg will be the host of tonight’s 41st annual Village Halloween party. Expect the village to shut down while thousands of ghouls and ghosts (and probably a few slutty nurses!) take over. The theme this year, “The Garden of Earthly Deaths,” will run along Sixth Avenue beginning at 7pm.

For you southern boys, NOLA may just be the granddaddy of all Halloween parties, with Voodoo parades, boozefests along Frenchmen Street and even a cool “Boo at the Zoo” exhibit inside Audobon Zoo.

 

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By @ 10/28/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

raminA note from our correspondent Rich Martino:

If you’re traveling to NYC and planning to see a Broadway show, the choices can be overwhelming. But if you’re a fan of the classic musicals, then you shouldn’t miss the critically acclaimed revival of “Les Miserables”.   The icing on the cake is the Iranian born lead Ramin Karimloo, who proves that beauty and talent can live in the same body.

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By @ 10/24/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

smaIn San Miguel de Allende, a small artist colony in Guanajuato, Mexico, the locals celebrate Halloween a little differently. You won’t find any slutty nurses around here. Instead, the Dia de los Muertos is a majestic ode to the dead, an ancient ritual where the pastel-colored town of old churches becomes lush with flowers, art, and costumes to celebrate Halloween. On November 1, locals will share food and visit cemeteries to get in touch with lost souls.

It’s one of the world’s great cities at their creative peak, and one of the best windows into a peaceful region of modern day Mexico.

 

 

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By @ 10/22/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

 

 

acropolis museumOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato recently returned from Athens beaming from his visit to the Acropolis Museum. The beautiful space is only about five years old and already beloved by Athenians and tourists. And for good reason; we found tons of cool tidbits (for example, the interior replica of the parthenon has the exact foot print and orientation as the actual!) and the exhibits are easy to follow and well curated, some even showing a side-by-side comparison of statue beside an imaged portrait of what it might look like 2,000 years prior. A major surprise and one of Europe’s best museums!

Check out all of our insider-y Greek coverage coming in our upcoming issue and guide by subscribing here!

 

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By @ 10/20/14 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

darkharborOur correspondent Dennis Hensley is back with another hilarious story, this time chronicling his adventures getting lost inside a maze aboard a creepy old boat.

As amusement park Halloween scare-fests go, Dark Harbor at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California, has something that its competitors don’t: one really old, seriously creepy boat.  Two of the attraction’s new-this-year mazes actually happen on the famed luxury and the historic and by all accounts haunted atmosphere just adds to the frightful fun.



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By @ 10/18/14 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, New York, Thailand, Travel

paetrioA recent New York Times article about a new, authentic Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, Queens – Paet Rio–  seemed to both harken back to ManAboutWorld’s ‘Dine Around The World’ feature we published in our New York Takeover guide this past Spring, and look ahead to our upcoming Thailand guide. Our idea was to showcase the culinary diversity throughout New York’s five boroughs – the Poles of Greenpoint, the Russians of Brighton Beach, the Koreans of Jackson Heights, and so on – but the news of Elmhurst bursting onto the scene as NYC’s new Thai Town is welcomed news to us.

You can read all about how to Dine Around The World in New York by subscribing here! And keep an eye out for our Thailand guide, coming soon!

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By @ 10/13/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

FullSizeRenderIn a town known as Jaco in the center of Costa Rica, way up high in the rain forests, I leapt from a bamboo platform and flew high above the bushes and leaves, the trees and butterflies, connected to the thick chord above me by only a small metal clasp. The rain was drizzling down as it did for most of the week I was there, causing the steel chord to be slick and so even faster I sped. When I reached the end, my guide, Camillo, smiled broadly.

“How was that?” he asked.

“Amazing and scary,” I told him.

He laughed.

“You have nine more!”

We’ll be writing all about our ziplining experiences in gorgeous Costa Rica coming up in our November issue. Click here to subscribe to get an all access pass to our insider tips.

 

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By @ 10/06/14 in Ed Salvato, Gay travel, Greece, ManAboutWorld, Travel

thessalonikiOur Editor-in-Chief Ed Salvato explores Thessaloniki, an incredible Greek port city oft overlooked by tourists who opt instead to visit the more popular Greek Isles. But Thessaloniki is vibrant, bustling, and teeming with hot gay guys.

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By @ 10/02/14 in Andy Keown, Gay travel, LA/West Hollywood, ManAboutWorld, Travel

moetTo celebrate the launch of our West Hollywood guide, ManAboutWorld (along with VisitWeHo and Moet Ice) took over the Andaz on the Sunset Strip. It was a night of old friends, new colleagues, and a whole lots of gay men making #moetmoments. The guide is the first digital-native city sponsored guide of its kind, propelling West Hollywood to be the leader in this new, exciting space.



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By @ 09/30/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

shydelShydel James is a writer, sometime actor and frequent foodie living in northern New Jersey, who has written travel, food, lifestyle and entertainment stories for Uptown, Upscale, VIBE, JET, King, Black Enterprise and The Daily Meal. His travels have taken him everywhere from Cabo to Cape Town. But his favorite place to hang out is stateside in the Lowcountry, where the grits are creamy and the living is easy.

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By @ 09/23/14 in CheckOut, Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel, Vienna

Sans Souci Wien_Superior_3Top/Bottom Line:

Relatively new on the scene, the Hotel Sans Souci Wien combines modern sophistication with a refreshing touch of whimsy, from the yoo Studio-designed furnishings in shades of cream and purple to the clever, oversized Vienna-set selfies by Austrian skier-turned-art photographer Hubertus von Hohenlohe that adorn the lobby and many rooms. This 63-room boutique hotel serves up some serious swank without taking itself too seriously.



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By @ 09/18/14 in Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Rome, Travel

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ManAboutWorld Global Correspondent Dennis Hensley experienced a classic Rome dessert spot and a classic American hook-up app in the same day. Take it away, Dennis…



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By @ 09/16/14 in Budapest, Dennis Hensley, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

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Our correspondent Dennis Hensley let us in on this amazing little bike tour in Budapest:

Want to get to know Budapest and burn off last night’s goulash at the same time? Then check out the 4.5-hour Wheels & Meals Bike Tour from Budapest Bike Breeze tours. As Euro capitals go, Budapest is very bike-friendly and the route on this tour is just challenging enough to keep you on your toes, without feeling like you’re in a video game trying not to get killed. There’s one major hill to climb but when you get to the top, you’re rewarded with spectacular views and a phallic-shaped fountain to quench your thirst. Along the way, you’ll learn lots of fun facts about the city, like why Hungarian students rub a horse’s balls every spring and what is the significance of the shoes left along the Danube. A tasty outdoor Hungarian lunch is also included in the 22 Euro fee but what really made our tour special was the guide, a beautiful brown-eyed spitfire named Suzie. Her pride in her city, coupled with a wicked sense of humor made every tale she spun sound like an episode of Scandal. We were on the edge of our bicycle seats.

We recently covered Budapest in May 2014. Click here to subscribe and receive ALL of our coverage, past and present, full of insider tips for the best destinations on Earth!

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By @ 09/15/14 in Chicago, Film festival, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

Chicago Theater FacadeThe Chicago-based Reeling Film Festival – the second oldest LGBT film festival in the world – opens on Thursday, September 18th at the wonderful Music Box Theatre with the screening of ‘Boy Meets Girl’. Director Eric Schaeffer along with transgender actress Michelle Hendley will be in attendance. On Saturday, September 20th, the festival will take over Landmark Century Centre Cinema with screenings of Love Squared, Queens & Cowboys: A Straight Year On The Gay Rodeo, Anatomy of a Love Seen, Club King and The 10 Year Pla

Tickets are available in here.

We covered Chicago last month and let all of our secrets spill in an in-depth article full of hidden gems and gay ways to explore a great American city. Click here to subscribe.

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By @ 09/12/14 in Gay travel, Louis Boshoff, ManAboutWorld, Travel

veniceOur correspondent Louis Boshoff got lost in Venice. He highly recommends it.

Getting lost in Venice is not only an inevitability, it is obligatory. With it’s many small alleys and and twisting canals, it is easy to see why one can spend hours finding your hotel, restaurant or even your way back. Urban travelling in this city falls strictly into two categories: cheap and expensive, nothing in-between. The public Vaporetto and on foot is probably the most cost effective but for that bond like classy commuting experience you may like to put yourself out for a worthwhile bit more. In this famously time-warped city the Consorzio Motoscafi Venezia has now embraced the modern age and offer 24-hour and online booking service for transfers or excursions with the all the elegant luxury in which one would expect to be dropped off at your palazzo on the Grand Canal. The only downside to this celebrity style transport? Not getting lost of course…

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By @ 09/09/14 in Chicago, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Travel

ManAboutWorld 2.0 comes at you with a new look and a new attitude, rededicating ourselves to our mantra of inspiration and information! Inside, you’ll find our Editor’s Choice awards, awarding revolutionary, industry-leading hotels, restaurants, airlines, events, and more in more the 100 cities worldwide1 You’ll find our insider tips on Chicago; new sections such as NEXT, our forward thinking trip-planning thoughts on cities with fabulous events coming up in the next few months; Personify, a new section that singles out one trailblazing local in one of our favorite cities.

Not a subscriber? You can change that in a few easy clicks here to get all our newest issue and all of our back issue full of insider tips from the world’s gay travel experts.

 

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By @ 09/09/14 in Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Philadelphia, Travel

philadelphiaFor three days in late September, the nation’s first showcase of LGBT jazz composers, performers and arrangers will delight the crowds at Philadelphia’s OutBeat Jazz Festival, featuring performances, panel discussions, and master classes. More than a dozen concerts take place at venues throughout Philadelphia, and the festival concludes with an all-day jam at Union Transfer. The event runs from September 19 until the 21st.

We covered Philadelphia in our inaugural issue and you can read all of our insider tips by subscribing here!

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