If you are a food and wine lover, and enjoy travelling, than Out In The Vineyard is for you. Founded in 2008, Out In The Vineyard is a tour and event company located in Northern California’s majestic Sonoma Wine Country.
Surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards, Sonoma is the perfect getaway to relax and enjoy great food and wine in one of the most luxurious places in the country.
Every July Out In The Vineyard throws a 3-day party for the LGBTQ community called Gay Wine Weekend. “It is a celebration of food, wine and the Wine Country for our community” says Owner Gary Saperstein. What started as a one day event with the Twilight T-Dance quickly grew into a 3-day event as guests starting to ask where they should stay in the Valley and where they should go wine tasting, etc…Gay Wine Weekend makes it easy as all of that is taken care of for you.
From Winemaker Dinners to Winery Tours, After Parties, A Drag Queen Brunch (new this year) to the closing Pool Soiree at a private estate, and the signature event of the weekend, the Twilight T-Dance featuring DJ Ryan Kenney spinning at one of the most majestic and iconic wineries in Sonoma Valley, Chateau St. Jean. “We literally lay a dance floor out amongst the vineyards, raise a disco ball and dance the night away in the Valley of the moon.”
People come from all around the country to attend Gay Wine Weekend. Most importantly, the weekend is also a fundraiser for Face to Face, Sonoma Counties HIV/AIDS Network. Giving back to the community is an integral part of Out In The Vineyard and their events.
When he accepted the 2009 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Milk, Dustin Lance Black (www.dustinlanceblack.com) made a bold promise to LGBT youth that, “very soon, you will have equal rights across this great nation of ours.” Black would do his part to make that happen as a member of The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER), which helped overturn California’s Proposition 8 and caused a domino effect that ultimately led to federal marriage equality.
Black, 44, also brought LGBTQ lives, struggles, and representation to screens with the 2017 TV miniseries When We Rise, the 2011 J. Edgar Hoover biopic J. Edgar and that same year’s 8, the play about the Perry v. Schwarzenegger Proposition 8 court case, a 2008 Pedro Zamora biopic, and other projects. His most deeply personal work to date, however, would have to be his new book, Mama’s Boy, which recounts the life of his strong-willed mother, Roseanna, who relied on crutches due to polio, which she contracted as a child, but went on to raise three kids and make a career in hospital laboratory work, and their loving relationship despite her firmly held religious and conservative political beliefs.
Raised in a San Antonio, Texas Mormon household, Black would funnel his religious background into the HBO series, Big Love. In 2014, he and UK-born World Champion diver Tom Daley went public about their relationship and were married in 2017. In late June 2018, the pair became fathers to a baby (born via surrogate), Robbie Ray Black-Daley, and made another first a few months later as the first same sex family to be enlisted as Pampers brand ambassadors.
Currently based in London, Black is preparing a couple of new TV and film projects, which he discussed, along with his book, mother (who passed away in 2014), and life with Daley, in the VIP Lounge.
Did writing this book serve as a catharsis and epiphany? You revisit conservative places where you grew up in order to repair broken relationships with family and members of your former faith.
Yes. That’s the design of the book. It was a process. As I was writing it I had to challenge myself to do what my mother did for me. Although she was conservative and held homophobic beliefs, she showed the courage and curiosity to fly to California and meet and talk with my LGBT friends, and I saw how that changed her perception and created understanding. If I was going to be true to her spirit, I had to do the same. It’s not a one-way street. I’d say the big epiphany was how much easier it was to find that common ground [with conservatives] than I ever imagined and how much less scary, and enjoyable, it was to sit across from someone in person and share stories while you look them in the eye.
Are you and Tom thinking about having more kids? And how many do you want?
Of course. Eleven. The size of what we call in the USA a soccer team. Let’s see if we can form our own.
Sounds like a reality series to me. Have you guys been approached about doing one?
I think Tom has, but there’s no time for that. To do what he does at the level he does, he’s practicing six hours a day six hours a week and when he’s not practicing he’s in active recovery, which is stretching or doctor’s visits, and I’m hard at work not only being father to our son when he’s away, but now that we’ve won marriage equality I’m back in the movie business doing a series for FX.
And what can you tell us about the FX series?
It’s called Under The Banner of Heaven, which is an adaptation of Jon Krakauer’s book that does a deep dive into domestic religious fundamentalism, namely the Mormon Church I hail from. A true story, ten-hour miniseries.
You also did a podcast in December, “Surrogacy: A Family Frontier,” for the BBC, which is available for free through Apple.
That was just nominated for a British podcast award!
What else is in the works now that you’re ramping up TV and film projects again?
One that I’ve been fighting tooth and nail to get to screen for years is the Bayard Rustin story. He was one of my early, most fervent inspirations and great heroes. He stands at the intersection of so many things I care about. I come from a very working class home and he fought for the workers, for the peace movement, for civil rights and organized the 1963 March on Washington, and he was an openly gay man long before Stonewall. I find his story incredibly inspirational and necessary right now, because he gets us to step outside what I call the ‘Discrimination Olympics’ these days, where I think so many are racing to define themselves as the most discriminated against, as if that somehow wins you a prize. I do believe in examining our differences, and how we’re treated unfairly is important work, but the prize is building a coalition and creating a connection and alliance with another group being treated differently under the law. Maybe not as badly as you are, but you can both draw strength from an alliance and Bayard was a master at that. So I would love to bring his story to screen. We’re working on it.
Can you drop any names you have in mind for that?
We have a handful of tremendous openly gay African American actors who can play a role like that, and unlike when we made Milk, agents and managers aren’t trying to closet them anymore. We went on such a search for openly gay actors who could play all these parts, and it was almost impossible outside the theater world to find an agent or manager who would admit they had a gay client. Things have changed in a positive fashion. That’s as specific as I can get, but it’s far along. Just a final push we have to make to get it made.
What’s a secret Tom Daley fitness tip that he taught you at home?
’Don’t eat that.’ Yeah. I hear that a lot. Particularly ‘don’t eat that in the middle of the night when you wake up.’
What have you eaten while traveling that is delicious enough to completely ignore him?
In Montreal, I was there for a day and a half to see him compete in the FINA World Series, I had what they called an almond croissant. Let me tell you, I know almond croissants, I’m not shy about my love for almond croissants, but this had been sliced in half, with a layer of custard, roasted, and a layer of powdered sugar. What the devil? I ate the crap out of that!
What has Tom taught you about being a good tourist in the UK?
He’s taught me which direction to look when crossing the street, which is truly lifesaving.
What are your tips for gay parents?
The best parenting advice we got was not to listen to anyone’s parenting advice! The best manual you get will come wrapped in a little blanket, and he or she will tell you what they need and when they need it. So don’t pay too much attention to too many parent’s advice because they have different kids than you do.
What do you play music-wise to entertain Robbie Ray?
Jazz. Tom gives him his first bottle in the morning, then goes off to practice, and Robbie Ray seems to like hanging out with me and a good jazz playlist. We boogie down to it, and more often I miss deadlines because we’re dancing around the office.
Is there a most underrated city you think we should visit?
So many! I think Americans have misconceptions about China, and Shanghai is a worthy visit. It’s a fascinating place. If looking for a good time, don’t forget about Budapest. It’s a fun city. It’s filled with history, but they’ve turned these spaces where so many heartbreaks in history took place into festive, colorful, vibrant spaces to eat and drink and be merry well into the evening. It’s always lovely to me when you can turn tragedy into magic, and I think that’s what Budapest does.
Finally, who would you most love to have high tea with?
Well, the Queen of course! I don’t think small. She’s fabulous. I was always a little skeptical of what this UK monarchy was, as an American we’re taught to question such things. But then you get to know the Queen and a bit of her personality when living there and she just seems fabulous.
Curtain Up: Your Ultimate Pride Guide to NYC Culture
Are you headed to New York City for the epic trifecta of WorldPride, NYC Pride and Stonewall50? June promises to be an action-packed month, but if there is one experience to add to your rainbow agenda, it’s catching a Broadway show or other cultural happening. Check out our must-see list:
Ain’t Too Proud introduces the “Classic Five” members (and a few more), delivering their character traits, trials and tribulations in flashy Broadway bites. Their rise to success — from the segregated South to Detroit’s burgeoning metropolis to a worldwide phenomenon — came with a price. The exceptional performances, supported by an ensemble that collectively exudes scintillating swagger through Sergio Trujillo’s palpitating choreography, are nothing short of electric.
For six straight decades, only one unstoppable force has flat-out dominated popular culture — breaking down barriers, pushing boundaries, and letting nothing and no one stand in her way. The Cher Show is her story, and it’s packed with so much Cher that it takes three women to play her: the kid starting out, the glam pop star, and the icon.
The Cher Show is 35 smash hits, six decades of stardom, two rock-star husbands, a Grammy®, an Oscar®, an Emmy®, and enough Bob Mackie gowns to cause a sequins shortage in New York City, all in one unabashedly fabulous new musical.
This gut-punching musical mash-up of Orpheus and Eurydice, and King Hades and his wife Persephone, gorgeously sets the Greek myths in Industrial Era saloon that fractures into Hade’s Underworld. The all-star cast features Eva Noblezada, Patrick Page, and Broadway veteran André de Shields. Transcending its Greek origins, Hadestown accessibly references timeless societal issues and is as thoughtful as it is beautiful.
Walter Kerr Theatre
219 West 48th Street
British playwright Jez Butterworth’s enthralling play, set in 1981 and dramatizing an Irish family’s involvement with the I.R.A., is packed with enough incident and characters to fill a half-dozen plays. With a cast of 22 actors, its three-hour and 15-minute running time flies by as black comedy mixes with darker tragedy, familial bonds clash with unrequited desires, and music, dance, confessional sanctity, and brutality intrude into a mashup of politics, poetry, profanity, and prophecy.
All of the salaciousness of a famed Parisian haunt are hiding in plain sight in Company XIV’s outer borough Bushwick warehouse theatre. Here you’ll find an adult take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, gorgeously choreographed by Austin McCormick and featuring a kaleidoscope of visual treats. Expect a neo-baroque extravaganza with plenty of burlesque and cirque acts to add folly to your trip down the rabbit hole. Queen of Hearts
383 Troutman Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn
Perhaps the biggest-hearted musical of the season, The Prom follows a quartet of middle-aged New York actors as they head to the Midwest for a publicity stunt to resurrect their careers after a scathing review. They attempt to help a teen wanting to take her girlfriend to prom, and in the process, get schooled. The Prom teaches lessons of tolerance and acceptance through laughter, and the troupe’s narcissism eventually gives way to empathy with the help of the story’s unassuming heroine. The high-energy action is directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw.
Queen Of THE RIDE
Queen of THE RIDE is a 1-hour adult-themed ride cruising Manhattan with live drag street performances! On our interactive Friday night experience, you’ll hop aboard THE RIDE, our luxury motorcoach with stadium-style seating, high-quality audio/visual technology and 3,000 LED lights. Blurring the boundaries between what’s really happening outside and what’s part of the show, your hilarious drag queen host will guide you through wild performances right on the streets of New York City!
Queen of THE RIDE is available on the Third Friday of every month through June 2019!
Celebrate PRIDE on our very own party bus for Queen of THE RIDE!
Friday, June 21st at 8:00PM & 9:30PM & Friday June, 28th at 8:00PM & 9:30PM.
Complimentary drink included before and after the show at Ritz Bar & Lounge (Queen of THE RIDE’s boarding location).
Director Daniel Fish’s “jarringly atmospheric” reimagining takes this classic musical and jolts it with vital energy, along with new orchestrations and arrangements, which unearth psychologically complex relationships among this band of settlers in turn-of-the-century “Indian Territory.” Live video feed, a contemporary interpretation of the dream ballet, and chili and cornbread at intermission and to the immersive experience.
This year’s Pride festivities are packed with more than 50 events, including terrific cultural offerings that celebrate the LGBTQ community. The male repertory dance company 10 Hairy Legs presents its seventh New York season, including a world premiere work by Larry Keigwin and Adam Barruch. A special benefit on June 29 benefits the company’s New Works Fund and offers a chance to meet the artists at a post-performance champagne reception.
Nominated for this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Drama, playwright-actor Heidi Schreck isn’t only expanding our definition of America’s seminal document; she’s also redefining what a play can be. Schreck outlines her upbringing and the legion hall debates about the Constitution (which she continually won) that would fund her college education and chart her political perspective. Evaluating this famed document’s lack of protection toward women and minority groups, Schreck engagingly explains how current political affairs are a reflection of age-old doctrines.
WICKED, the Broadway sensation now celebrating its 15th year, looks at what happened in the Land of Oz…but from a different angle. Long before Dorothy arrives, there is another young woman, born with emerald-green skin—smart, fiery, misunderstood, and possessing an extraordinary talent. When she meets a bubbly blonde who is exceptionally popular, their initial rivalry turns into the unlikeliest of friendships…until the world decides to call one “good,” and the other one “wicked.”
With a thrilling score that includes the hits “Defying Gravity,” “Popular” and “For Good,” WICKED has been hailed by The New York Times as “the defining musical of the decade.” Time Magazine cheers, “if every musical had the brain, the heart, and the courage of WICKED, Broadway really would be a magical place.”
The Gershwin Theatre on 50th Street and Broadway is that magical place. From the first electrifying note to the final breathtaking moment, WICKED—the untold true story of the Witches of Oz—transfixes audiences with its wildly inventive story.
“It has something Broadway musicals have largely given up on: a story that adults can take seriously.” –Time Magazine
Based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, WICKED has music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. The production is directed by Tony Award winner Joe Mantello with musical staging by Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento.
Winner of over 100 international awards including the Grammy Award and three Tony Awards, WICKED has been performed in over 100 cities in 14 countries around the world and has been seen by over 55 million people worldwide.
For more information about WICKED, please visit www.WickedTheMusical.com.
SWISS is marking the tenth anniversary of its collaboration with Hiltl of Zurich, the oldest vegetarian restaurant in the world. To honor the occasion, SWISS will be offering an exclusively vegetarian three-course Hiltl meal option to Economy Class travelers on selected long-haul flights. Hiltl has been providing creative meatless meals for travelers in all seating classes on SWISS long-haul services from Switzerland since 2009.
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) is celebrating the tenth anniversary of its culinary collaboration with Hiltl this May. The long-standing partnership began in 2009, when Hiltl vegetarian meals were first offered aboard SWISS flights as part of the airline’s award-winning “SWISS Taste of Switzerland” inflight foodservice program. Following this, SWISS decided to expand its range of vegetarian offerings on board. And with the Hiltl company, SWISS selected a strong Swiss partner to provide this additional inflight fare.
Three Courses for Economy
SWISS is marking the tenth anniversary of its Hiltl collaboration this May by providing special vegetarian meals in all classes of travel on selected long-haul flights. The anniversary offering in Economy Class extends to three courses: a starter of a spicy beetroot tabbouleh, a main course choice of penne with vegetarian bolognaise or a massaman curry and a vegan mango mousse for dessert. Travelers who do not wish to forgo their meat during the month of May, however, will still be able to order any of six à la carte meals via swiss.com in advance of their flight.
First and Business Class travelers will also be offered special Hiltl anniversary meals in the month of May. SWISS First customers will have the additional option for their main course of a vegetarian Tofu Mirsang, while SWISS Business travelers can opt for potato gnocchi in a saffron sauce.
A Growing Option
“Hiltl is a byword for varied high-quality vegetarian cuisine,” says Jan Trachsel, SWISS’s Manager Inflight Culinary Development Intercontinental. “And as a premium airline, we greatly appreciate being able to count on our collaboration with them to offer our guests such tasty vegetarian meals.”
Since 2016 Hiltl has also been providing special vegetarian meals for SWISS, such as for vegan travellers or those with certain food allergies or intolerances. And last year saw the collaboration further extended with the addition of an exclusive Hiltl meal to the pre-bookable quality à la carte selection that is available for SWISS long-haul flights.
For 27 years Eaton Fine Art has been a full-service art consultancy firm specializing in creative project design and art curation for hospitality clients across the globe. The man behind its success is the President and Chief Curator, Terry Eaton. His creativity and passion for art is an integral part of every project. Some of his most notable endeavors include The Phoenician in Scottsdale, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and, most recently, Holston House in Nashville.
As a prominent member of the LGBTQ community, Terry is an enthusiastic supporter of charities that make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people. He and his husband, Robert, make this happen through the work that Eaton Fine Art does. This includes donating all of the framed art that is displayed at Project Transitions, an Austin-based nonprofit serving those with HIV, for their Doug’s House Hospice. Additionally, they have donated the framed art at the AIDS Services of Austin and their Moody Medical Clinic, the Jack Samson Dental clinic, and the Springdale Campus. Eaton Fine Art has been granted a Minority Business Enterprise certification by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, which is of great significance both to Eaton Fine Art and all the people they collaborate with on a daily basis.
Terry Eaton Fine Art Selection at The Cosmopolitan
Why did you found Eaton Fine Art?
I’ve always had a love for art and all kinds of creative endeavors. At the time the company was founded (27 years ago), I had done a good amount of research and realized that there was a void in a creative way of looking at art for hotels, and so Eaton Fine Art was born!
When did you know that art curating was what you wanted to do in life?
I like to think of it as one of those moments when life comes full circle. When I was a teenager, I used to sell my own art on the streets of San Antonio, and I had my own business cards as a freelance artist. Now, instead of selling my own art, we curate art from other artists across the globe. From my perspective, doing what I do is a joy. The Eaton Fine Art team epitomizes the old cliché that if you love what you do, it really isn’t work. We are very passionate about curating art programs that bring a smile to those who are using the space.
What do you look for when searching for art and how do you select the artists for your projects?
We always keep our minds and eyes open. The idea of what art is has certainly changed since Eaton Fine Art was founded, and that is part of what keeps our job so exciting—art can be so many different things to so many different people. When looking for pieces, what we look for is something that is ultimately going to embody and fulfill the creativenarrative for the project. When selecting the artists, we want to make sure they are able to do that. Many times, we will work with artists that are local to the project, but sometimes we will source artists nationally and internationally. That aspect really depends on the client. What’s most important to us across the board is that when bringing people on to a project we aren’t working with them, we are collaborating with them. That is the ethos of Eaton Fine Art.
What inspires you when you work?
I am inspired by many different things, because of the broad definition of what creativity is. When I travel, I always make the effort to go to museums, and I meet with artists whenever I have the time. I am inspired by everything I see every day, from the colors of the beautiful houses along the highway in Mexico City to the color of the poppies on my drive to work. When you look at the world through a creative lens, there is so much beauty and creativity that surrounds us every day.
What has been one of your favorite projects to date?
Our favorite projects are those in which our clients are true collaborators and allow us to be as creative as we can be. Some recent examples that come to mind are the Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, the Hilton West Palm Beach, and the upcoming Hyatt House/Hyatt Place Indianapolis.
Terry Eaton Fine Art Selections at the Cosmopolitan
What has been the most challenging project you have done to date?
When we had a client who needed something in four weeks that would normally take four months. We got it done in four weeks!
What would be your dream project?
Our dream project is the next project with any client who brings us to the table and immediately collaborates with us in an open box mentality.
What does receiving the Minority Business Enterprise certification by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce mean for you and your business?
Receiving this honor is a medal of pride for us, both in the LGBT sense and in the minority enterprise sense at large. So many corporations nationally and internationally really value minority businesses and look to bring them onto their projects and into their diversity programs. On our side, we have made an effort to evaluate what minority vendors we are already collaborating with, as well as what new ones we can bring on and start collaborating with at Eaton Fine Art.
Solaris Sculpture at The Phoenician
How did you first get involved with Project Transitions?
My husband Robert and I had just moved to Austin, and the director called us and asked if we would donate a couple of pieces of art to their new hospice house. As I was out of town, Robert, who has a heart of gold, ended up taking the lead, and as he was naturally very moved by their mission, we ended up donating their entire art program. We have now been involved with the organization for the past sixteen years. Every year Project Transitions does an event called “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” where different households or groups will host people at their home for a fundraising dinner. Robert and I are fortunate enough to count the owners of one of the top restaurants in town amongst our friends, and they have allowed us to collaborate with them for this event for many years. It is a real joy for all of us involved!
How did you first get involved with the AIDS Services of Austin?
We first became aware of the AIDS Services of Austin (ASA) by going to different charity events they hosted. We started to become more familiar with the organization, and when they were renovating their main campus office they asked if Eaton Fine Art would donate a couple of pieces. Again, we ended up donating art to the entire office, and subsequently their Jack Sansing Dental Clinic, the Moody Medical Clinic, and their Springdale Office. Our whole partnership with the ASA has been incredibly rewarding and exciting.
What should people consider when decorating their walls with art?
When Robert and I look to decorate our walls, we want something that inspires us and makes us smile. We have a very diverse and eclectic collection that ranges from antique toys, a couple of Chihulys, Miro, and artists we collaborated with as well.
Canyon Suite at The Phoenician
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start investing in art?
Buy something that moves you, whatever that is. If you like street art, find an amazing street artist and invest in them.
Keith Haring started as a street artist! Whether you choose to invest in the blue bloods of the art world or in emerging artists, you should always be moved by what you are investing in.
What projects are you currently working on?
Eaton Fine Art currently has projects all over, from California to Florida and from the Caribbean to New York. We are working on projects that range from city hotels to beach resorts, small and large. It’s a very exciting time for us!
Key West has long been hailed as one of America’s most beautiful locations, as well as one of this country’s most gay-friendly cities. So it should come as no surprise that Key West holds one of the best pride festivals of the year! This year, Key West Pride is being held from June 5-9 and includes special guests such as the legendary and hilarious Bruce Vilanch, and recording artists Debby Holiday. With beautiful palm trees, the hot Florida summer, and then even hotter Pride patrons, this is a festival not to be missed.
The official kick-off is Wednesday, June 5th. But if you want to make a week of it and arrive early, be sure to check out the Pride Follies on Sunday, June 1st. Here you can take in a night of music, dancing, and comedy.
Photo courtesy of Key West Pride
Wed. Jun. 5 On the official opening day of Pride, highlights include the Key West Pride and Key West Stoli Classic Championship Kickoff Celebration – in which free cocktails will be provided. And after you enjoy free drinks and a beautiful sunset, be sure to take in the annual Miss Pride contest where you can check out one of the best drag cabarets of the season.
Thurs. Jun. 6 From 8am-Noon, be sure to check out the PRIDE breakfast at the HardRock Cafe (although, during Pride maybe it should be called the RockHard Cafe) If you go and mention “Pride,” you get a Buy-1-Get-1-Free breakfast deal! On top of the free meals, there will be mimosas and bloody mary’s galore! The breakfast deal atHardRock goes on each morning through the 10th.
Throughout the afternoon, a variety of exciting events give your Thursday a ‘choose your own adventure’ quality. Shall you feast your eyes on some of the hottest…”swimwear” of the summer at the Pride Pool Party? Or perhaps elegance is your style, and you want to enjoy the Free Wine Tasting? Whatever you choose, be sure to attend the screening of The Lavender Scare – A documentary about the gay rights movement – at 8pm. It’s our duty as LGBT people to remember and honor those who fought for us. After doing your good dead, hit up the Stoli Classic After Party and enjoy the beautiful summer night with a drink in hand!
Fri. Jun. 7 Friday is turning up the heat and the party really starts with the Singles, Couples, and Thruples NAKED Pool Party! After a debaucherous day at the pool, take in a performance of The Laramie Project, a play about the aftermath of infamous murder of Matthew Shepard, at the Waterfront Playhouse. It’s a heartbreaking play that has gained fame for good reason – It’s absolutely powerful.
As the sun sets, the party continues with both the Fetish Ball and the Ultimate Mangoes Neon Party sure to attract big crowds!
Sat. Jun. 8 Saturday is party day down in Key West. With the Key West Pride Street Fair, Pride Pool Party, BAM and KAT’s R U WET Pool Party, Pride Block Party, 50 Shades of Pride, Purgatory Party, and even the Cosplay Party all taking place. Saturday is sure to be one of your trip’s main highlights!
Sun. Jun. 9 The final day of pride holds the famous Pride Parade happening at 5 pm. In the morning there will be also be Pride Services taking place for the devoted among us, as we all as BINGO and a trolly tour. Oh, and don’t forget to take part in the HOT Naked Pool Party (because you can never have too many naked pool parties!)
Questions? Need Help? Contact Key West Pride here.
Things to remember about PRIDE: You go because there is power in seeing how large and strong the community is.
You go to show the world that we won’t back down.
You go to make new friends and see old ones.
You go to celebrate our freedom to be ourselves.
You go to make lifelong memories.
And most importantly, you go to show the next generation that this is who we are and it’s ok to have pride!
When I mentioned that my partner and I were off to Siem Reap, Cambodia for vacation, a surprising number of our friends wondered “Where?” “Angkor Wat,” I’d reply not quite accurately, at which point some would say “Aah!” and nod in recognition. The intricately designed towers of that celebrated temple, resembling pine cones carved in stone, are to Cambodia what the domes and minarets of the Taj Mahal are to India: architectural symbols of national pride. In a country that has struggled its way through colonialism and brutal civil war, Angkor Wat, which dates back to the 1100s, serves as a symbol of the Cambodian people’s resilience over the centuries. But while Angkor Wat, along with dozens of other magnificent and mysterious Khmer ruins, is what lures most travelers to Siem Reap, the town deserves to be celebrated for much more than its headline attractions.
By day, geckos are a common sight all over Siem Reap. At night, they’ve been known to make like moths, attracted to the warmth of hanging lanterns.
Buddhist monks are ever-present in Siem Reap, not just at temples and monastery grounds, but shopping in the marketplaces and traveling by motorcycle-pulled tuk-tuks, the preferred mode of public transit.
We spent six busy days and nights in this low-slung city along the banks of the river that shares its name. On our first evening, we took in the colored lights of a night market reflecting on the water, as vendors gathered along pathways and footbridges selling snacks and handicrafts. Enormous iron pans sizzled as as lort cha (a traditional dish of short, chubby rice noodles, beef and chives) was stir-fried to order, then served up with a tangy red chili sauce with more sweet than heat. Fried egg on top? Yes, please!
Street food not your speed? Hop on a brightly colored, threewheeled tuk-tuk for a ride to the Khmer Grill. On a busy corner
with a patio perfect for people watching, wisecracking Englishspeaking servers dish-up some of the city’s best amok, a fragrant fish soup made with coconut milk, garlic, and a fistful of fresh herbs. You’ll spend less than $10 for dinner, and you’ll spend it in US dollars, which are the preferred currency throughout Cambodia, and are even dispensed by ATMs, making Siem Reap all the easier for American travelers to navigate.
The freshwater fish in our amok surely was caught early that morning in nearby Tonlé Sap Lake where, one day, we took a
boat ride through a village of houses built on stilts to avoid the seasonal rise of the water. Acres of flooded land on the lake’s banks are dense with trees with submerged trunks. In a dugout canoe rowed by a local, we glided beneath the canopy, dappled with sunlight. At a makeshift visitor center on an elevated pier, we gazed out over the treetops, then watched queasily as whole chickens were tied to long poles, then suspended over a pen of hungry, snapping crocodiles
Along the shore of Tonlé Sap Lake, the houses of small fishing villages float on pontoon-like foundations or stand atop high wooden stilts. Deliveries are made and errands run via dugout canoe.
One of the only temples around Siem Reap commissioned by a private citizen rather than royalty, Banteay Srei which dates back to the first century AD, has elaborate carvings on virtually every one of its pink stone surfaces.
Lining the road back to town, dozens of straw-hatted women sell hollow lengths of bamboo that have been filled with sweetened, salted sticky rice flecked with black beans, then roasted over a fire. Peel back a strip of the woody bamboo and dig a finger in to sample this utterly rustic snack.
Samouern, our government-certified driver guide, was a former Buddhist monk, who shared stories about his childhood near the Cambodia-Laos border and tales of his father’s harrowing experiences during the reign of Pol Pot’s Khmer Rouge. For $40 a day, he escorted us to crumbling off-the-beaten-track temples nearly engulfed by jungle trees, a waterfall-fed swimming hole, and a giant reclining Buddha carved on the top of a two-story-high boulder that we climbed wooden gangways to reach. (Guides can easily be hired through hotel desks, online, or tourist-information sites in town.)
At small streetside markets, fresh meat and produce are available for purchase. Pre-cooked dishes are also available to take away and eat at home.
The riverside Wat Preah Prom Rath Pagoda is a 20th century temple complex in central Siem Reap town. Among its garden statuary is this depiction of a traditional Tibetan Buddhist sky burial, in which the bodies of the dead are offered to sacred vultures.
At night, we meandered down the town center’s famous pub street, a two-block stretch of lively bars, restaurants, and clubs. It’s touristy, but relatively few of the tourists are American, and we enjoyed the opportunity to chat with friendly Asian and Australian visitors over beers. Tucked a couple alleys away was Miss Wong’s, a swanky gay-owned retro-Shanghai speakeasy Siem Reap even has two cheerful gay bars—Heaven and Barcode—both of which feature kitschy drag shows. (Homosexuality is legal in Cambodia and LGBT issues are part of the national public school curriculum.)
For more unique and creative entertainment, we spent our last evening at Phare, Siem Reap’s famous Cambodian rock-and-roll circus show, with great live music, stunning male acrobats, and a female archer who stood on her hands and worked bow and arrows with her feet.
Truly, Angkor Wat is just the beginning of Siem Reap’s eclectic treasures and attractions, some of which we captured in the
photographs featured here.
Giant stone heads line the approach to the south gate of Angkor Thom, the last capital of the Khmer Empire. On one side of the walkway, grimacing faces represent demons; while on the other, placid determination characterizes the faces of the gods.
This cheerful representation of the Hindu god Ganesh stands among the temples and shrines atop Phnom Kulen, a holy mountain an hour from Siem Reap. The nearby waterfall was featured in the Tomb Raider movie.
A kitschy, homoerotic spin on Mao-era China defines the art on display at Miss Wong’s, a speakeasy-style cocktail lounge on a quiet alley in Siem Reap town owned by Dean Williams, a gay New Zealander.
Plan your Summer Trip to Japan with ANA’s Japan Travel Planner
In addition to their world-renown in-flight service and amenities, ANA always strives to do more for their guests. That’s why ANA created the Japan Travel Planner, a guide to help both novice and experienced travelers plan their itinerary in one of the most exciting destinations in the world. Not sure where to start? Neither were we when we first visited this amazing city of art, culture, technology, and culinary wonders. Check out some of our favorite things to do in Tokyo!
The Toyosu Market consists of three blocks of different fresh foods. Along with seasonal vegetables, it offers tourist-friendly options like a glass-paneled observation deck with open space overlooking the tuna auction rooms. Make sure to plan now, because visitors must enter a lottery one month prior to their intended visit in order to view the tuna auctions. The Toyosu Market is open daily from 5 A.M. to 5 P.M., every day except Sundays and public holidays.
Digital Art Museum
Digital Art Museum
With images of flowers towering more than 10 feet above your head, and other immersive imagery created with 3D mapping, the Mori Building Digital Art Museum is a must-see! The dreamlike landscape stems from 520 computers and 470 high-tech projectors, along with approximately 60 interactive displays that defy the rules of traditional art viewing. While there is no dress code, you may want to wear light colors so your clothes capture the dancing patterns, along with flat shoes to interact freely with the built landscape. teamLab believes digital technology can expand art and that digital art can create new relationships between people
Mario Kart Tour
Go-Karting in Tokyo!
Things keep getting better and better in Tokyo. Do you remember playing Mario Kart against your siblings? Fighting over the control, and your dad asking whose turn it is to play? There’s none of that here. Tokyo takes our childhood dreams and turns them into reality. Zoom by Shibuya Street, famous for its cameo in the Universal Pictures blockbuster, The Fast & the Furious: Tokyo Drift. Drive past the Tokyo Skytree or immerse yourself in the city lights all while in your very own Mario Kart! And the best part is, you get to wear a costume. Mario Kart is available throughout many areas in Tokyo. You can see more or less depending on which tour you decide to take. Rentals typically include a face-guard mask, sunglasses, a helmet, and your choice of costume. Which character will you be?
Hanabi in Japan
‘Hanabi’, the Japanese term for ‘fireworks’, was originally used to accommodate spiritual beliefs. Today it is celebrated throughout the country, and during the summer months there are Japanese fireworks festivals practically every weekend. These are called Hanabi festivals. Want to catch a show? The best time to join the celebration is in July and August, and one of the popular festivals is located in the Niigata prefecture. Meanwhile, the Nagaoka Festival holds one of the biggest fireworks festivals in Japan every year. Over 20,000 fireworks are set off, including the giant 2,132 foot sanshakudama fireworks. The finale of the show covers a mile and a half of the Shinano River, making it the widest span of fireworks in the world!
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While the exact figures are hard to know, the LGBTQ dollar predominates in the US travel and tourism economy. In 2016, Dutch-based consulting firm Out Now valued LGBTQ consumer travel spending in the US at $60.8 billion or nearly one third of the $211 billion global total. With an estimated $917 billion in discretionary income, it’s a safe bet that LGBTQ travelers hyper-fuel the tourism economy. The community also powers the business side. In January 2017, the Washington, D.C. based National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) released “America’s LGBT Economy,” the first-ever report on LGBTQ-driven economic impact in the US Taking annual revenue estimates from roughly half of its 909 officially certified LGBTQ Business Enterprises, the NGLCC projected that these businesses, representing various industries in 37 states, contribute some $1.15 billion to the US economy. Factoring in America’s estimated 1.4 million LGBTQ-owned businesses, that estimate exceeds $1.7 trillion. Anchored by the creative and intellectual capitals of New York City and Boston, the Northeastern US market sings with such success stories. To highlight the positive impact these businesses, and the individuals who run them, have on society, we decided to profile three distinctive business ownership and leadership examples.
From the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, tiny Roxbury was a summer escape for well-to-do New Yorkers. Famed for producing two 19th-century titans, railroad tycoon Jay Gould and literary naturalist John Burroughs, this Delaware County hamlet offered upscale villas and cottages, rather than the large-scale resorts of its regional counterparts. Tourism was reportedly a consistent but modest trade, outweighed by traditional mainstays including dairy farming, manufacturing, and retail.
Greg Henderson & Joe Massa, All that Jazz
While fading economically after WWII, Roxbury, dating to 1790, retained distinct architectural charm from its money years. In 2003, the Roxbury Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, followed by designation in 2004 as a “Preserve America Community.” Those distinctions aside, the past was about all Roxbury had.
“It was a shadow of its former self,” recalls Glenn Nealis, director of the Delaware County Department of Economic Development. “Targeting tourism, local leaders sought a new identity for Roxbury to attract visitors and rejuvenate the economy. There was little success moving that idea forward, though.”
Roxbury Motel’s The Wizard Emeralds Room
That was until Gregory Henderson and Joseph Massa relocated to the area, and Roxbury has only looked forward since. In 2004, the couple unveiled The Roxbury (www.theroxburymotel.com), their revival of a demised local roadside motel. It was no ordinary makeover. Coming from the NYC theater scene, the talented pair transformed the flophouse into fantasy. Billed as “Contemporary Catskill Lodging,” their tribute to the mid-century modern travel era featured ten groovy guest rooms fashioned after TV and movie classics including The Jetsons, Gilligan’s Island, The Wizard of Oz, and Star Trek. Boldly going where few hoteliers had gone before, they added a second wing in 2007, followed by a new nine-room, two-level building with spa in 2010, and private Indiana Jones-inspired “Archaeologist’s Digs” cottage in 2012.
If you love touring, and you love food, what could be a better way to explore a new destination than a food tour? These guided gourmet expeditions are attracting a devoted core of fans (when one of my groups was asked whether it was their first food tour, not one person in the six-member group responded “yes”). I’ve chosen four food tours in the Western US because I love the inventiveness and diversity that seem to be hallmarks of this region, but you can find great culinary excursions in just about any city you visit. Most tours rotate a variety of establishments, so the places I’ve visited might be slightly different from the ones you actually encounter, but these people know their stuff, and I guarantee a great (and filling) afternoon or evening!
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON CHOCOLATE INDULGENCE TOUR
by Savor Seattle
You can pretend that you’re on the Chocolate Indulgence Tour to learn chocolate facts and history, but we all know why we’re really there: to eat some great chocolate. Of course, as it turns out, you do learn quite a few chocolate facts, and it just makes the tasting experiences that much more appealing.
We meet in Cupcake Royale as our guide Will introduces us to the world of chocolate: with a chocolate cupcake, chocolate ice cream, and some words to live by: “There’s no better way to get to know chocolate than to get to that point
where you think you can’t do any more. Then you take the hand of your trusty guide, and go over the cliff…” Okay, I think, we’re going to eat a lot of chocolate on this tour (no argument here)! As we head toward Dahlia Bakery, one of several
establishments of well-known Seattle chef Tom Douglas, Will tells us that the Mayans, who drank chocolate as a spicy beverage, considered the cacao tree “the bridge between heaven and earth.” No argument there either! At Dahlia, we sample the coconut cream pie, arguably Seattle’s most famous dessert, appropriate for our tour because it’s covered in white chocolate shavings.
In historic Pike Place Market, we stop in Indi Chocolate. Will tells us about the work they’re doing with chocolates of various origins as we watch through the window as the staff is busy refining and conching the chocolate. We sample a roasted bean, which is deep and rich without the sweetness of the finished product, then a bite-sized bit of Nicaraguan chocolate, full-bodied and just sweet enough, and a chocolate-covered cherry, made with a dried Washington State cherry, that’s pure heaven. Also in the market: Confectional, where the chocolate cheesecake has chunks of chocolate spread throughout, and the little cup of Colombian drinking chocolate is pure heaven (remember those Mayans?). Our final treat here, two pieces of Holy Crack, made from pistachios, crushed Oreos, peanuts, fleur de sel, and chocolate, is a crunchy delight.
We still have one stop to make, at Fran’s, the pioneer of the Seattle chocolate scene. We walk past cases full of the most amazing truffles in flavors like espresso, oolong, raspberry, and whiskey. Will brings us squares of 64% chocolate, elegant in their simplicity, then a truffle where the ganache is made from the same 64% chocolate, swathed in Peruvian chocolate. Finally, one of Fran’s salted caramels, a favorite of President Obama. Back outside, we take a deep breath. We haven’t gone, in Will’s words, completely over the cliff, but we have gone right up to the edge and perhaps dangled a foot into the void. I can’t think of a (pardon the pun) sweeter way to spend a couple of hours. www.savorseattle.com
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA DOWNTOWN LAS VEGAS VEGAN FOOD TOUR
by Vegans, Baby
Las Vegas, The world capital of overindulgence, might be the last place you’d expect to find a vegan tour, but this one, under the guidance of the incomparable Diana Edelman of Vegans, Baby teaches you that the words “vegan” and “indulgence” are not mutually exclusive. We concentrate on the Fremont East area of the city, which is a great discovery if you’ve been mainly on the Strip. Note: Diana is now also doing a vegan tour downtown that’s specifically based around pizza, and is hoping to initiate one later this year that takes place on the Strip.)
We meet outside Donut Bar (more on that later), and after a brief stop to say hello to the proprietor, we begin our feast at nearby Boom Tacos, whose vegan selection includes a wonderful taco with crimini and button mushrooms spiced up
with garlic, cilantro, chilis, and toasted cumin, and another with battered cauliflower and ground sesame seeds that’s
rich, complex, and delicious. From here it’s on to Turmeric Flavors of India, where among several samples (they have
many choices for vegans), my favorite is the Beet Bomba, an amazing little patty with beets, potatoes, ginger, and herbs.
Well, maybe my favorite is Gobi Manchurian—battered cauliflower florets in a soy/garlic sauce. Or maybe the grilled eggplant with a sesame-peanut crust?
Simply Pure, our next stop, is a totally vegan café, and chef/owner Stacey Dougan is doing amazing things like the Mama Mia Lasagna, so rich and flavorful you’d never dream there’s no meat or dairy involved in it. Doubtful? Take a bite: it’s some of the best lasagna I’ve ever had. When they add the plate of nachos grande, I begin to think about just how much food we’ve eaten, and how much is still to come. There’s a lot more waiting for us as we head into PublicUs, a coffeehouse that as much as any venue has heralded this up-and-coming neighborhood. It’s a beautiful place, hip but comfy and satisfying: a
good description of Fremont East as a whole. And such food they give us! Hummus, tabouli, a “lentil sloppy Joe”…there’s much here on offer for the non-carnivores, from hearty soup to filling baked goods, and it seems like we sample all of it! It’s a good thing we are doing some walking, because we are definitely doing some serious eating!
There’s one more stop, and it’s a fitting end to this vegan tour: Vegenation, a great vegan restaurant, totally packed in the late afternoon when we visit. Here, we enjoy a beet carpaccio followed by a mushroom risotto, my favorite dish I’ve had on this tour full of favorite dishes. To end it off, we hark back to the beginning—remember that brief visit to Donut Bar? Well, at the end of the tour Vegenation has taken one of their vegan donuts, scooped ice cream into it, and mounded whipped cream on top (both vegan, of course), and the whole thing slathered in chocolate sauce. Who said vegans can’t indulge with the best of them? www.vegansbaby.com
Dessert at Vegenation
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA A TASTE OF OLD TOWN SCOTTSDALE LUNCH TOUR
by Arizona Food Tours
Our little group meets with Zach Egedy, tour guide par excellence, outside the Old Adobe Mission Church, a harbinger of things to come as we combine Scottsdale history with some amazing eats. We introduce ourselves and head into The Mission—not the historic building but a fabulous Modern Latin restaurant that’s our first stop on the tour. Here, we start the afternoon in style beneath the beamed ceilings and adobe–style walls (and all but me supplement their samplings with the restaurant’s famous margaritas). Throughout the tour, local history is thrown in with gourmet pleasures, from a stop in front of a statue of Scottsdale’s founder Winfield Scott to such establishments as Sterling Drug Store (1921). Down a wooden passageway, we find Nonna Urban Eatery, a place I must have passed a million times, but my sampling of pasta with salmon, asparagus, and lemon cream makes me determined to go back!
From modern Latin to an Italian chef raised in Venezuela with a work background in Monaco, Scottsdale’s food scene is in many ways the very definition of “global.” This is reinforced at our next stop, Malee’s Thai Bistro that has been open for over 30 years. Here we combine their specialty, a rich and tangy tom ka ga soup and some spring rolls, both are hearty and
pleasing, but light enough that we can continue pampering ourselves guilt-free. They also offer a couple of locally brewed beers that offset the Thai food nicely and give us a taste of what’s going on in the area with microbrewing. Even less expected than a great Thai place in Scottsdale is the Brathaüs, open since 2012 in a beautiful courtyard, with tables under large canvas umbrellas. Here, we enjoy a custom presentation from housemade fries, pretzels with Bavarian-style cheese sauce, and traditional bratwurst (with wonderful housemade falafel for vegetarians), served up with an assortment of mustards by a server whose T-shirt proclaims “Pork-a-tarian.”
Our final stop is at Shakes and Cones, a wonderful soft-serve ice cream place where everything is organic, small batch, and made with love at this family operation. It’s the perfect end to a tour that’s been relaxed but enlightening, just a small sampling of Scottsdale’s 600-plus restaurants. Want to experience more? Arizona Food Tours does not only a progressive dinner tour, but happy hour tours of Scottsdale and nearby Tempe that I guarantee will fulfill the promise of the word
A Taste of Old Town Scottsdale Tour
HEALDSBURG, CALIFORNIA GOURMET HEALDSBURG
by Savor Healdsburg Food Tours
Healdsburg is all about food and wine (not surprising given its location in Sonoma County’s wine country), so naturally both of these things are going to make an appearance in our Gourmet Healdsburg Tour— along with a few other surprises. As we walk past the galleries of this tony town, our guide Tammy tells us some of the local history, from the town’s founding by Harmon Heald to the construction of such edifices as the Sam Meyer building (1884). First and foremost, however, is the great food here, which doesn’t get any better than the tapas we sample in Bravas, from a cold salmorejo soup that’s stunningly garlicky to patatas bravas with a smoky tomato sauce, and these incredible eggplant chips, redolent with truffle honey and rosemary, and possibly the best tapa on earth. Around the corner, we experience a food and wine pairing at Portalupi. Their wines, from a crisp and beautiful Sauvignon Blanc/Chardonnay/Vermentino blend to a bold 2016 Barbera to their popular Vaso di Marina, are offset beautifully by such small bites as apricot-ginger crackers with
chevre, house-made smoked salmon, and Italian sausage with caramelized onion: Healdsburg’s food and wine delights in a nutshell!
Not all Healdsburg establishments are devoted to the alcoholic variety of beverages, though, and next door, we sample the wares (and get a fascinating lesson in the art) at The Taste of Tea, moving from a Japanese green tea to a perfect oolong to herbal brew. To finish it off, we sample one of their “Mar-Tea-Nis” called a Tiger’s Eye, made of a honeybush tisane with ginger syrup and a rose-sugar rim. We end our tour in great style at Moustache Baked Goods, one of my favorite Healdsburg destinations, where the cupcakes feature lots of local products and come in such offbeat varieties as The Outlaw
(chocolate/caramel/sea salt), Pioneer Jane (vanilla/strawberry/ rhubarb), The Southern Miss (brown butter/local peaches), and The Beekeeper (meyer lemon/honey/lavender).
When I finish the tour, I vow to signup for one of their Tastemakers Tours, an in-town gourmet excursion or a farm-based expedition to the producers around the area, both designed to introduce you not only to the culinary riches but the culinary geniuses behind these riches. After the samplings of Gourmet Healdsburg, I want to know more! www.savorhealdsburg.com