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Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel’s globe-trotting culinary show “Bizarre Foods” recently made a list of his top ten best foods from around the world.

Chile– Zimmern stated Santiago is the place to go if you want to experience the freshest seafood, beef, and smoothly aged wines.

Spain – Barcelona is undergoing a culinary evolution and some of the most cutting-edge cooking advances are happening there.

United States– Los Angeles is one of Zimmern’s fave places to seek out diverse cuisine from Korean to an all-American steak dinner.

Italy – When visiting Italy, Zimmern recommends seeking out Sicily for their unique Italian meals with influences from the Normans, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Spanish, and French.

Mexico – Zimmern called Mexico City one of the most diverse places to eat.

France – We couldn’t leave Paris out of this list. Zimmern stated the chefs there raise food to an art form through careful choices of top quality ingredients and classic preparations.

Thailand-Zimmern praised Bangkok’s street food and said few meals had come close to the excellent food he had at the Khlong Toey market.

China– The night markets in Beijing are the places to find the best street eats, with Donghuamen being the best of the best according to Zimmern.

Japan – Zimmern praised the elegant fine dining in Tokyo, but added the cheap noodle shops are not to be discounted as a place to grab a great meal.

Last but not least, one of Zimmern’s best-loved places to find a great meal? New York City. He especially loves the mobile food culture that is available there.

Now you know where Andrew has found the best food, what about the worst food encounters on his adventures with “Bizarre Foods”? No one that saw the South Korea adventure will forget his encounter with their fermented foods that went a little beyond Kim Chee.  Another food he tried in Sweden, is a favorite food named Surströmming. It’s Baltic Sea herring that is fermented and is considered one of the worst smelling foods on Earth.

Here is a video of the crew from Buzz Feed trying Surströmming

business-people

What’s the first thing you think of when you hear the term: passport expediting service?

You might immediately think of people that need their passports last minute because they did not notice the passport was expired, or maybe they waited until the last minute to apply.

Most likely neither situation applies. It’s probably someone that knows they can avoid a lot of hassle by simply outsourcing the task to a third party agency like us. They get the necessary documents and sign them, we do the rest. Our regular time service is still faster than the U.S. Passport Agency’s rush service.

Did you know service can benefit businesses? If you have a company that has frequent international travel, consider outsourcing the acquisition of travel documents, and here’s why:

Instead of paying an internal employee, you can outsource the task and save on state and federal employment taxes, as well as not needing to cover sick or vacation days.  Plus it is convenient to outsource the passport processing and obtaining of travel visas for your employees that travel internationally.

We do the legwork necessary and also get documents necessary certified and translated when the occasion arises. Need the passport or visa processed on a rush? No problem.

There isn’t a one size fits all plan for all companies.
Talk to us today at (713) 874-1420 about creating a personalized quote for your business and outsource the obtaining of travel documents to us.

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We can help you get your passport and Ghana visa in order for entry to the country. Once you’re there, it’s good to know some of the places to hit up for a great meal. The following are a collection of reviews for good restaurants in Ghana gathered from other travelers.

Le Must - Restaurants in Labone, Accra.clipularLe Must
This restaurant got rave reviews for their atmosphere and decor. This upscale French eatery has been host to both Will Smith and Stevie Wonder. Their gelatos got great praise as did the food overall, including their signature dish :Lobster Thermador.  Having a large selection of wine was also a frequent talking point among reviewers.

Urban Grill - Restaurants in Airport City, Accra.clipularUrban Grill
Want to know where to get the best Nebraska-fed beef in Ghana? Hit up the Urban Grill! The menu is a fusion of Nuevo Latino and local ingredients on a menu designed by celebrated New York chef, Andrew DiCataldo. Another unique item found in this restaurant will be found in the bar. Look for their deconstructed Bloody Mary, it is definitely a must-try when you’re visiting Accra.

Cafe Kwae - Bars and pubs in Airport City, Accra.clipular (1)Cafe Kwae
Yvette Nana Ama Ansah loves two things: good food and travel. She brought her love of both things back to Accra and opened the all-day coffee house and bar: Cafe Kwae.  She serves up coffee and juices in the morning, light lunches, and dinner with locally sourced wines.

Coco Lounge - Restaurants in Accra, Accra.clipularCoco Lounge
This is the place to go if you want a great meal at a budget-friendly price. There is a pizza oven that is designed to look like an old Italian truck. This is where they make their signature breakfast pizza made with scrambled eggs, smoked ham, cheddar cheese, and spring onions. Other faves include burgers, salads and fish and chips.

That’s just four of the great places to go in Accra for a great dining experience.  Accra travelers, what’s your favorite place to eat there?

 

travel with your dog

Once you’ve got your passport and visa (if you need it for entry) in hand, you’re set to travel to the country of your choice. But what if you want to bring your canine best friend along? Most dogs are great travel buddies, however many countries can make it tough to travel. Here’s how to find out if you can bring your dog along for an international trip and what to do if you can.

Know the requirements for your destination before you leave
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all for traveling internationally with your pooch. The airline is only responsible for meeting their requirements for safe travel for your dog. Make sure you investigate the actual regulations in your country of destination, as customs laws can vary on a vast scale from country to country. Some countries have few requirements and others will not allow entrance of foreign dogs under any circumstances.

There might be a quarantine period
Many Western countries will allow dogs if you can show proof they are current on their rabies vaccination. Others may require a quarantine separating you from your dog for a period of time.

There may be a limit to the number of dogs you can travel with
Some countries have regulations for the number of dogs you can bring in with you, again don’t rely on the airlines to give you 100% up-to-date information for traveling with your pet. Pet Travel has a great list of pet travel regulations for over 240 countries they keep current.

Plan for after you land
You will need to confirm that any transportation you use is pet-friendly. Also call ahead and confirm with your hotel, or where you are staying is dog-friendly.

Go for comfort in your choice of dog carrier
When you’re buying a dog carrier, first make sure it meets the requirements of the airline (most have the criteria on their websites) and secondly, make sure it’s going to be comfortable for your dog. She is going to spend hours in the carrier and it should be roomy enough for your dog. If your dog hasn’t spent time in a carrier before, let him sniff it and investigate it. Then give him a treat once he enters it so he associates the carrier with good things. Remember you want travel to be enjoyable for your dog.

Special treatment for brachycephalic or short-nosed dogs
In July 2010, the U.S. Department of Transportation released statistics that showed short-nosed breeds of dogs—such as pugs, Boston Terriers, boxers, some mastiffs, Pekingese, Lhasa Apsos, Shih tzus and bulldogs—are more likely to die on airplanes than dogs with normal-length muzzles. The American Veterinary Medical Association recommends the following tips:

  • Keep your pet healthy and at a normal weight.
  • Reduce stress by getting your dog used to his crate.
  • Don’t put heavy blankets in the crate – your dog can bury his face in it and wind up in respiratory distress. A thin blanket or newspaper is best.
  • If your dog is small enough, ask to have her with you under your seat instead of cargo.
  • Pick your flight times carefully, during warmer times of the year try to fly in the early morning or at night. In the winter, try to fly at the warmer times of the day.

Those are just a few tips to make it easier to travel with your favorite furry buddy, what do you do to make flying with your dog easier?

life-quotes-travel-is-the-only-thing-you-buy-that-makes-you-richer We work on the business end of making the travel plans for our clients as seamless as possible. We expedite passport, visit the consulates, get travel visas in order, translate documents, and obtain the birth certificates or international driving permits as needed. With that in mind, how many of these travel quotes have you heard?

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” By Saint Augustine.

If you were traveling and your trip took an unexpected turn, this quote might resonate with you: “All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” By Martin Buber.

The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.” By Marcel Proust

Ernest Hemmingway had it right about choosing a travel buddy, “Never go on trips with anyone you do not love.” By Ernest Hemingway.  Helen Hayes felt a similar sentiment, “When traveling with someone, take large does of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.”

Singing the praises of traveling alone: “When the traveler goes alone he gets acquainted with himself.” By Liberty Hyde Bailey. Another quotable about traveling alone comes from Rudyard Kipling: “He travels the fastest who travels alone.”

Christopher Hitchens had a very unusual way of choosing a destination: “I still make sure to go, at least once every year, to a country where things cannot be taken for granted, and where there is either too much law and order or too little.

We’ll end this little list with a good one from Confucious: “Wherever you go, go with all your heart.