Top 5 Dining Choices for Solo-Travelers

first_imgShare This!For the well-versed Disney traveler, it’s common knowledge that meals and snacks are also considered attractions by many Disneyphiles. In fact, one of the biggest part of the Disney vacation planning is determining when your 180 day window opens to start making dining reservations. Food is a big deal, and Walt Disney World has so many options, it’s difficult to choose!Dining at Walt Disney World can be tricky and usually involves making reservations six months in advance in order to secure a spot at your favorite restaurant. As a solo traveler this is less important since reservations for one are easier to come by. If you travel in peak times, however, you’ll still want to make a reservation at those popular dining locations.I like to be adventurous and take advantage of some great spots that offer a unique setting for those dining alone. Here are my top five dining options for solo-travelers:Jiko – The Cooking Place in Animal Kingdom LodgeJiko is a signature dining restaurant by Disney standards, which means dining here can cost you 2 table service credits if you’re using the Disney Dining Plan, and also means the menu prices might be a bit steeper than other general table service restaurants around the resort. Don’t let this deter you though, you can easily dine here on a budget. Focusing on the appetizers and creating your own tapas-style dining experience can really help you save some cash, if needed. Jiko features an inventive menu of African, Indian, and Mediterranean cuisine that offer a change a pace from traditional menus, but aren’t so spicy or bizarre to alienate a less adventurous palate. Jiko also boasts one of the most extensive wine provisions in Florida, so if you like a glass or two, this is the place for you!Besides the amazing food, one of the reasons I list Jiko as a top five dining experience for solo-travelers is the Cooking Place – the actual bar top where you can request to be seated to watch the chefs cook and prepare meals for your fellow diners. This is a great way to engage in conversation with some remarkable cast members and maybe even pick up a cooking tip or two!Enjoy this signature restaurant and conversations with the chefs.Hollywood Brown Derby in Disney’s Hollywood StudiosHollywood Brown Derby is, in my opinion, the best restaurant located in a theme park, even topping the contenders over in Epcot. This is my pick for solo-travelers looking for a bit more of classier lunch. Brown Derby has quickly earned a place in my heart and become one of my “must-dos” when at Hollywood Studios. It’s also a signature restaurant, which means that its menu, even for lunch, can add up. My no-brainer order is always the Margarita Flight, the entrée portion of the famous chopped Cobb Salad, and a slice of Grapefruit cake. A filling and decadent meal, that doesn’t dent the wallet too severely.Citricos in the Grand Floridian ResortCitricos is another of Disney’s signature dining options offering American fare with a Mediterranean flair. It has an open kitchen which is great to watch chefs as they slice, dice, flambé, and sauté, or plan ahead and make reservations for the Chef’s Domain. It’s so entertaining and engaging that you don’t need a dining partner to enjoy this atmosphere. The wait staff is also impeccable and knowledgeable, they are happy to make your dining dreams come true and offer recommendations. Besides the open kitchen and show provided by the chefs, one of the reasons I list Citrico’s as a top five for solo diners is that you never feel rushed. Sit, enjoy your meal, chat with your server, indulge in a dessert; it’s your vacation and you deserve to savor it.California Grill in the Contemporary ResortCalifornia Grill is another Disney signature restaurant that offers traditional food with a California twist. This usually results in fresh, vibrant plates filled with food that is both comforting and adventurous. California Grill has some of the best sushi plates I’ve tasted anywhere, and the flatbreads are creative and filling. A solo-traveler can easily make a meal of just these two items and leave California Grill feeling both full and satisfied without the sticker shock that sometimes comes with signature dining.One reason California Grill ranks among the top five for solo-travelers is the famous view, of course. While looking over the Magic Kingdom all aglow, it’s easy to dine alone and not feel awkward. You can also enjoy the observation deck during the Wishes fireworks display, or ask to sit closer to the bar area to watch the bartenders prepare exotic cocktails or chefs whip up culinary delights.LoungesMost signature restaurants offer an adjacent lounge. These locations offer a limited, but no less tasty menu of dining choices, some not even available in the main dining room. Since these locations also do not take advanced dining reservations, if you time things right, you can just walk-up and find a small table or a seat at the bar. Here are a few of my favorite lounges.Crew Cup Lounge – in the Yacht Club ResortTerritory Lounge – in the Wilderness Lodge Resort, next to Artist PointTune In Lounge – in Disney’s Hollywood Studios, next to the 50’s Prime Time CafeMizner’s Lounge – in the Grand Floridian ResortTrader Sam’s – in the Polynesian ResortTutto Gusto – in the Italy Pavilion at EpcotThese are my top fives for solo-travelers, what are some of your favorite dining spots when you travel to Walt Disney World on your own?last_img read more

Soweto to get a second state hospital

first_imgConstruction of Jabulani Hospital is back ontrack. MEC Faith Mazibuko said constructionwill be complete by December 2011. These men are hard at work in Jabulani.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Kabelo ThabetheMedia Liaison OfficerGauteng Department of InfrastructureDevelopment+27 11 429 3733 or +27 83 703 0529RELATED ARTICLES• SA first with HIV kidney transplant• New hope for the deaf in SA• New homes for Soweto residents• Healthcare in South AfricaBongani NkosiConstruction of Soweto’s second state hospital, Jabulani, is back on track after being stalled for more than two years.This is welcome news for South Africa’s biggest township, whose existing healthcare system is under heavy pressure.The project has been plagued by delays after a joint venture between construction companies collapsed in 2007, said Gauteng’s Department of Infrastructure Development.The leading firm at the time, Ilima, set out to continue on its own without its three initial partners, but the project was “still far from completion” when its contract expired in May 2008.Although Ilima was granted a second contract in August 2008, the agreement was terminated a month later after “poor performance”, the department said.Illima and the provincial department are now locked in a court battle over funding. “We will be recovering some of our money from the company for the work it didn’t do,” said MEC for infrastructure development, Faith Mazibuko, at media briefing at the hospital construction site on 19 August 2010.A new contractor, Maziya General Services, has recently taken over the project and the government is happy with its progress.The completion deadline has been set for December 2011, and the department is confident there will be no more delays.“Maziya is promising,” Mazibuko said. “The contractor is committed. They are working very hard.”The 2009 financial crunch also stalled the project, said Mazibuko. “The country and indeed the province experienced one of the worst economic meltdowns in recent memory. This led to a lack of funding for this project …”Relieving pressure at Baragwanath R536-million (US$73-million) is being spent on the three-storey Jabulani Hospital, named after the section of Soweto it’s being built in. It will be a state-of-the-art public facility with 300 beds and well-equipped to address healthcare needs in the highly populated area.Soweto, South Africa’s most famous township, is in south-west Johannesburg and home to between 2- and 3-million people. Most of its residents cannot afford private healthcare.It’s hoped the new facility will ease the bottleneck at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital – the only existing government hospital in Soweto. “It will assist us in alleviating the pressure at Baragwanath,” Mazibuko said.Baragwanath is the biggest hospital in the southern hemisphere. It’s situated in the section of Diepkloof, but has to accommodate patients from the township’s almost 30 districts.“Everyone believes that when they go to Baragwanath they get healed. You even find people travelling from Zola section,” Mazibuko said. “We want to alleviate that pressure so that Baragwanath remains an academic hospital.”Jabulani, also referred to as the Zola Gateway Hospital, is now 42% complete, according to Mazibuko. Supporting buildings, like the 32-body-capacity mortuary and the kitchen, are also almost complete.Clinic near the hospitalJabulani Hospital is connected to the Zola Gateway Clinic, whose name is likely to be changed as there’s an existing Zola Clinic.Zola Gateway Clinic, which visibly impressed journalists at the briefing, was completed in 2009. But the R13-million ($1.8-million) facility is yet to be used, as the provincial Department of Health has ordered minor structural changes and some additions.These involve increasing the number of consultation rooms, which currently stand at 11, and getting more equipment. Most of the furniture, including patient beds, has been moved in and is ready for use.But it won’t be long until the clinic opens: “We’re hoping the Department of Health will take occupation soon,” Mazibuko said.last_img read more

Youth Assistant Coach EOI Information – Girls 17’s

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Photo: Tennessee Fan Has An “EF BAMA” License Plate

first_imgEF Bama License PlateEF Bama License PlateGiven Tennessee’s longstanding rivalry with Alabama, most Volunteers fans don’t have too much love for the Crimson Tide or its supporters. The UT fan who owns the Toyota Tacoma below probably has a little less than the rest, however. Yep, someone out there actually has an “EF BAMA” license plate. Usually, you’d have to guess which team someone who owns such a plate would be a fan of – Auburn, Florida, Ole Miss, Tennessee, etc. But given the Vols logo on the back window, it’s obvious.[Clay Travis]last_img read more

Elton John Welcomes Heart To An Enduring Vision

first_imgSir Elton John will welcome the legendary band Heart as his special musical guests for the 12th annual An Enduring Vision gala to benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation.The event will take place on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.“I’m so thrilled that Ann and Nancy and their incredible band will be joining us for An Enduring Vision this year,” said Elton John. “They are amazing musicians, and I just know they will bring the house down.”Sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson first showed the world that women can rock when their band, Heart, stormed the charts in the ’70’s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” “Straight On,” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so.Music by Ann and Nancy Wilson and their band Heart has sold more than 35 million albums, sold out arenas worldwide, and found its way into the soundtrack of American life through radio, motion pictures, television, and associations with branded sponsors. Today, songs made famous by Heart are heard in every aspect of contemporary culture.2012 brought well-deserved lifetime honors to the Wilson sisters. In June, they were awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and in December, they learned that Heart had been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony was held at Nokia Live in Los Angeles on April 18, 2013 and broadcast on HBO in May.“Just when we thought our year couldn’t get any better, we got the invitation that made our eyes open wide. To be asked to provide music for Elton’s An Enduring Vision event is exciting and a double thrill because Elton will be joining us for a song!” said the Wilson sisters. “We are absolutely honored to accept the gig, as our love for Elton is long and legendary. Now the interesting part . . .what song? We won’t sleep for weeks!”For ticket information, please contact Andreas Schwarz at the Elton John AIDS Foundation, 212.219.0670 or [email protected]:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Airport authority takes off for the future with new CEO

first_imgA modernized airport that shows off everything Calgary has to offer — that’s the mission for the Calgary Airport Authority’s new CEO, who has a bold vision for the future.Bob Sartor comes in with a lengthy career in the business world, including with the Forzani Group and Big Rock Brewery, and detailed his plans at Calgary Chamber luncheon on Thursday afternoon.He hopes to harness that resume to innovate the experience at YYC Calgary International Airport.“We want to be the most technologically advanced airport in Canada, and we know we can get there. I think probably the largest piece of that is understanding that certain customers have grown up empowered by technology,” Sartor said, who adds they need to attract younger travellers more. “We need to reach out to you through social media, and through the social media mediums that you live in. If you’re on Facebook, we’ve got to be there for you. If you’re on Twitter, we’ve got to be there for you.”Some of this technology could take the shape of many things, most notably to help visitors get around the area.“You know, we’re looking at digitization. So when a flight is arriving from Beijing, guess what? They can be greeted in their own language because we can control those digital signs. When a flight is arriving from Mexico City, we can do the same thing,” he explained.Sartor got inspiration from numerous airports around the world, such as the hub in Helsinki, Finland, Singapore, and Hong Kong.He believes he can highlight what Calgary has to offer right inside the terminal, such as what it’s like at Vancouver International Airport.“Having that sense of place, having that reflection of Calgary and the surrounding area in the terminal. That’s something that we’re working on still,” Sartor said. “When they step off the plane, they look around and go ‘Wow, if this is what the city’s like, if this is what this area is like, I’ve got to spend more time here.’ That’s the feeling or the emotion that we’re looking for at the airport.”We can also expect the building to get even prettier, with improvements planned in the new terminal to make it easier to get around, and updates to the campus outside the terminal.Transportation is also an important feature, as Calgarians continue to clamour for a dedicated train line.“Well who wouldn’t,” Sartor adds. “That’d be great. I mean, if you look at the Canada Line and what it did for the Vancouver airport, it was quite large. That Canada Line enabled the development of their campus in a way they probably hadn’t conceived of before.”The Calgary International Airport is already one of the biggest economic drivers in the city, responsible for $8.28 billion in the GDP for 2015.A large portion of that money is from international travellers, but business traffic and freight continue to be a major piece of the puzzle.“We have amazing access that other cities our size in Canada and the US don’t get,” he said. “That means a lot to a company coming into this place. We also have extremely well-developed cargo operations and facilities. And guess what, it’s important not only to Amazon but just about anybody who needs airside service.”Air traffic is up as well, over three per cent from 2016, and Sartor expects this to continue to grow.But instead of being left in the dust while the rest of the world modernizes, Sartor hopes to make YYC the leader so that everyone can enjoy their time in the airport a little bit more.“We want to take the airport to the point where we really evoke emotive feelings from travelers, where they say this is a great place,” he said.last_img read more

Netflix to launch first radio comedy channel in US

first_imgSan Francisco: Moving beyond online video content, Netflix is ready to launch its first radio broadcast channel called “Netflix Is A Joke” in the US from Monday. The channel will be available exclusively at number 93 on US-based satellite radio SiriusXM. It will be a full-time comedy channel featuring bits from the streaming platform’s comedy specials, including performers like Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle among others, The Verge reported on Wednesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year “‘Netflix Is A Joke’ radio on SiriusXM will be an audio extension of our award-winning stand-up comedy on Netflix,” the report quoted Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer, Netflix as saying. “We are thrilled to feature some of the greatest and funniest performers in the world with highlights from Netflix shows as well as original programming that further celebrates the art of comedy,” he added. The company also plans to produce an original daily show, “featuring celebrity guests and comedians discussing pop culture and hot topics of the day” as part of its audio-only line-up. Details of the audio channel’s expansion outside the US remains unclear as of now. With over 139 million global subscribers, Netflix is now available and popular in more than 190 countries around the world.last_img read more

GST investigative arm finds Tata Starbucks guilty of profiteering

first_imgNew Delhi: The GST investigative arm has found Tata Starbucks guilty of profiteering to the tune of Rs 4.51 crore by not reducing prices of coffee despite a cut in the rate. Investigation by the Directorate General of Anti Profiteering (DGAP) has revealed that Tata Starbucks, the equal joint venture between the Tata and global coffee chain Starbucks, had hiked the base price of one its coffee variant after the GST Council cut tax rates on restaurants from 18 per cent to 5 per cent with effect from November 15, 2017. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThis kept the retail sale price of the product pre and post GST rate reduction intact. Sources said the DGAP has concluded its investigation in March and found that Starbucks profiteered Rs 4.51 crore. This case will be now heard by the National Anti-Profiteering Authority (NAA), which will pass the final order about the quantum of profiteering. When contacted, Tata Starbucks spokesperson said: “As a responsible organization, Tata Starbucks conducts its business ethically and complies with all the local laws and regulations”. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysThe company, since its entry in October 2012, operates around 140 outlets across Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Hyderabad, Chennai, Bengaluru, Chandigarh, Pune and Kolkata. GST rate on restaurants was slashed to 5 per cent without benefit of credit on inputs with effect from November 15, 2017. Before that the tax rate was 18 per cent with input tax credit (ITC). Following that, restaurants were supposed to adjust their base price after taking into account the unavailability of credit on input. However, there have been complaints from customers that restaurants have hiked their base price of the products in such a way that the final sale price remained the same both pre and post GST rate cut. “According to estimates the unavailability of ITC benefits can push up the cost of product by 10-12 per cent. However, in some cases we have seen that the base price has been increased by as much as 85 per cent,” one of the source said. After studying the books of accounts of a company, the DGAP gives its report to the NAA for further action. If the NAA finds a firm guilty of profiteering then the amount profiteered has to be refunded to consumers by the company. In case where the consumers cannot be identified, the amount has to be deposited into the consumer welfare fund of the Centre and states. In February, the NAA had found another restaurant chain Jubilant FoodWorks, the operator of Dominos Pizza in India, guilty of not passing on GST-cut benefit of Rs 41.42 crore on sale of some pizza products.last_img read more

England are capable of winning the World Cup Mourinho

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has said England have “a good group” capable of winning the World Cup in Russia.Gareth Southgate’s side begin their campaign against Tunisia on Monday, and Mourinho said his players had the ability and experience to exceed many people’s expectations.“They have a good group of young but experienced players,” the United boss told Sky Sports.“All of them play in the most competitive competition in the world, the Premier League, all of them play for the best teams with experience of playing in the Champions League which is a high level of football, obviously. Yes, I think they can do it.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…There are four of Mourinho’s players in Southgate’s squad and they are: Phil Jones, Jesse Lingard, Ashley Young and Marcus Rashford. But the United manager warned that heavily-tipped sides such as Brazil, Germany and France may not do as well as expected.“They have good squads, but good squads don’t always make good teams,” he added.“But I don’t think the underdogs will make a big surprise. In the end, the top teams in South America and Europe are the ones that will be fighting for the title.”last_img read more

Paul Merson slams Arsenals defence

first_imgSky Sports pundit Paul Merson says the Gunners have “one of the worst” defences in the league and believes they won’t go far with their current backline.Despite the summer arrival of Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Stephan Lichtsteiner, Arsenal have been shaky at the back and Merson has urged his former club to strengthen at the back or risk achieving nothing this season.Arsenal have conceded the same amount of goals as West Ham and Watford, having shipped in 32 goals in 22 Premier League matches.“Defensively they are one of the worst sides I’ve ever seen in the top six of the Premier League,” he told Sky Sports.“Even when they were on that unbeaten run, I wasn’t convinced and now they are showing their true colors.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“Until they sort out the defence, they won’t be able to achieve anything. Aaron Ramsey was Arsenal’s best player last weekend – he’s leaving on a free. I don’t know where the club is going.“Unai Emery will need a few windows to sort it out but the players they’ve purchased haven’t been great.”last_img read more