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Finding The Best Restaurants While Visiting NYC

*Collaborative post.

When you go out for a meal with family and friends you want to pick somewhere which will offer you more than something which is merely tasty. You should make the most of the experience and seek to try new foods and different cultures. After all, if you prepare a certain dish in your home, then why eat it when you leave the house? If you are visiting one of the many restaurants in NYC, then it undoubtedly means that you are going to be spending your money, and so you want to be spending it on something which is worthwhile; something memorable and enjoyable – something which you will be telling people about at work the next day.

 

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First and foremost, why not try food from a different country and experience a different culture? A lot of people shy away from trying something new because they automatically assume that they won’t like it. For instance, when it comes to Indian food, people assume that everything is spicy and suited to those who have a taste for all things hot. However, there are some fantastic dishes for those who like something milder, such as korma and pasanda. And these milder dishes aren’t just related to the main course, there are the likes of poppadoms and the cool fresh cucumber dip raita as well. After all, a restaurant’s menu will be suited to encompass dishes for all different taste buds and thus you are bound to find something you like. 

 

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Dine in a fine restaurant

It goes without saying that when you visit a restaurant the main component you need to have a memorable night is succulent food. However, it is not the only factor that goes into creating a great culinary experience in one of the restaurants in NYC. Imagine if you had a delicious meal, but were sitting in a boring, uninspiring and dirty restaurant with rude staff – your evening would be memorable for all the wrong reasons. Therefore, to really ensure you pick somewhere which will make for an exciting evening, you need to consider the restaurant’s atmosphere. Read reviews on the internet and get a feel for what people have said about the restaurant and whether the experience was a pleasant one.

The atmosphere is something which again links to trying food from different cultures and countries. This is because the restaurant is bound to incorporate traditional styles and adornments. Therefore the evening is intriguing and interesting as you get to experience something new in excess of the food. This is why it is advisable to seek family run businesses as well, rather than big mass chains which use generic design settings. Also, take the time to look for special offers and menus. Some restaurants offer theater menus for those last minute Broadway tickets. You can easily hunt down deals and discounts online.  

All in all, when visiting one of the many restaurants in NYC you need to seek somewhere new, delicious and atmospheric in order to make it a night to remember.

 

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Our stay at Hampton by Hilton Blackpool

We just got back from our holiday. We spent our half term week in Blackpool and it was a lot of fun. It was our first time visiting Blackpool. We have heard a lot about the lovely place and have been dying to visit. It took us a little over an hour to get to Blackpool from Cheshire, and we enjoyed the short road trip. We have stayed in Hilton Hotels before, it is usually our preferred hotel chain so we kind of knew what to expect with Hampton by Hilton Blackpool.

 

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Check in and first impression

We got to the hotel for 3pm, which is peak time for check ins, so we had a short delay. There were 2 people at the check in desk so it took a bit to get the check in done. When we finally got the room keys, we headed to our room. We were on the first floor, so we didn’t have to go to far up, which was great.

 

What we liked

We got a room on the first floor with a great view. The view was amazing and we enjoyed it. I really liked the shower cubicle. It is a lot bigger than your average shower cubicle. We also liked the room size. There was plenty space for our luggage, shoes and all the extra baggage. It didn’t feel cramped like some other hotel rooms we have stayed in.

I also found a particular staff member extremely helpful. She was in the restaurant and she went above and beyond at dinner time and while we were having breakfast as well. I have forgotten her name now, but she made our stay very pleasant and I hope she gets the recognition she deserves for her amazing customer service.

 

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What we didn’t like

We found the room quite dusty. My husband complained about this and asked for the room to be properly cleaned on the next day but this didn’t happen. The room was still very dusty especially the curtain area and my husband ended up with a cold thanks to the dust.

The room didn’t have a fridge and there was no room service. This made our stay very uncomfortable as we had to go down for everything. I like having a fridge when holidaying especially with the kids. There is always a snack or a drink left unfinished we may want to store in the fridge. Also, room service is a hotel essential for me, as we usually prefer eating our dinner in the room.

There were hardly any toiletries left in our room. The bath wash was never topped up, but thankfully we had ours with us. There was also no shower cap, which was a pain, and only 1 toilet roll was left for a family of 4 to share on our last day. The towels were not white, they were cream and I didn’t really like that.

We also found it a little tricky to find a parking space as Hampton by Hilton Blackpool parking space is really small. But we found a good spot in the end.

 

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Overall, our stay was good. We enjoyed exploring Blackpool. I will be sharing a post on all what we got up to soon. We visited Pleasure Beach and Nickelodeon Park. So look out for my next travel blog post.

Have you ever stayed in Hampton by Hilton Blackpool?

Half Term in Portugal Part 2

I wrote about our time in Portugal for the half term week yesterday and it has been well received. So I decided to publish the part 2 of our half term in Portugal post today. Portugal is a lovely country. We were in Algarve and also visited Lagos. Our trip was fun. We were in Portugal for 3 nights and the kiddies had a fantastic time exploring the beach, swimming pools and the Realito Kids Club.

 

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Realito Kids Club

The kiddies had a great time at the Reality Kids Club. The workers were warm and pleasant to be around. They also engaged with the kids and kept them busy which was good. My daughter enjoyed colouring, playing with Lego and watching the staff dance to dance videos. My son was more interested in the toys and the outdoor slides. They both loved the kids club and it comes highly recommended by us. If your kids are over 3 years, you have the option of leaving if you wish which is handy for when you need some child-free time. We visited the Realito Kids Club twice and although we didn’t leave the kids, we saw many parents do.

There is also a table tennis section to keep the parents occupied. I saw a couple of parents doing that.

 

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The Beach

We had a lovely time exploring the beautiful beach. The weather was great and beach was a sight to behold. My kids love playing at the beach. Building sand castles and dipping their legs into the water is their favourite thing to do. They also enjoy posing for photos, which I am always happy to take. I guess that is why I have so many photos from our trip. But there is never a thing like too many photos, especially when it comes to holidays.

 

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The Swimming Pools

We had the opportunity to dip into the swimming pools. I spotted about 4 different outdoor pools in the entire hotel –  Grande Real Santa Eulalia Resort & Hotel. And they were indoor pools available as well. We even had a private pool for our side of the resort which was usually not busy. I have never seen a hotel with these many swimming pools until I visited this one.

We had a blast swimming in warm afternoons. It was a great way to unwind, relax and bond as a family.

 

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I still have quite a lot of photos to share. My plan is to write-up another post so I can include the rest of the photos on there. The photos serve as a reminder of our Portugal trip and I would love to have them all on Fashion and Style Police. For the next post, I will be sharing photos from our visit to Lagos Portugal, and other bits. The next travel post should be up in the next few days so watch this space.

 

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Is Portugal on your list of countries to visit? Do sound off in the comments section below. Thanks for stopping by as always.

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