Category Archives: Dining/food/wine

By @ 05/16/19 in Dining/food/wine, Event, Gay travel, Sonoma, Travel
Gay wine weekend Sonomoa 2019 and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazine
Called “One of the best events of the summer season,” Gay Wine Weekend takes over Sonoma Valley from July 18-21 for a 3+ day celebration of food and wine in Northern California’s Sonoma Valley!
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Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine Gay wine weekend Sonomoa 2019 and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineexcursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous wine destinations in the world.

VIP All Access Passes Available and/or individual event passes.

The hosts of this super fun event look forward to meeting you Out In The Vineyard of “our” Wine Country!

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By @ 09/22/18 in Dining/food/wine, Event, Gay tours, Gay travel, Travel
Bear naked chef cooking up a storm at la Cucina Sabina and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineTHE BEAR NAKED CHEF IS BACK!

Adrian De Berardinis, AKA “The Bear Naked Chef,” is a naked bear chef. What he lacks in clothing he more than makes up for with exquisite culinary skills. (Be sure to note though that while he’s cooking, he’s dressed!)

From November 11-17, 2018. our favorite bear is hosting a gay cooking week at a La Cucina Sabina, a luxurious Italian villa, in the tranquil foothills of the Monti Lucretelli mountains, just 30 minutes north of Rome.

Book by September 30, 2018 and receive a special Couple’s Spa Package — a $250 added value.

Chef Art Smith

This all-inclusive vacation trip includes a week at the luxurious villa; four hands-on cooking lessons, including The Bear-Naked Chef in action along with local Italian trained chefs. Adrian is bringing his friend Chef Art Smith to join for the week to add an additional dimension of fun in the kitchen.

Art Smith was previously Oprah’s personal chef and currently works with Lady Gaga, has a chain of successful restaurants, and provides private catering to the Hollywood set and music industry.

It’s much more than cooking; you’ll also experience exclusive guided excursions to medieval villages, vineyards, dinners in castles, a day in Rome and rooftop dinner, which all embraces authentic Italy, and so much more.

This post is brought to you via our partner, La Cucina Sabina.

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By @ 09/07/17 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, John Walker, Phuket, Thailand, Travel
Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineGay Phuket update: Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in Phuket, Thailand is a class act from start to finish. The sumptuous dining space, superb service by host Corry and the culinary distinction of Chef Marc are usually hallmarks of the finest European Michelin Star restaurants. Their exquisite home by day and restaurant by night, with only six tables, lavishly set with fine French napery, antique silver cutlery and elaborate glassware, could only be described as distinguished opulence.

On arrival we enjoyed the sultry sounds of famous French divas while sipping pre-dinner champagne cocktails in the tropical pool garden before being served an amuse bouche of mushroom cappuccino.

The menu varies throughout the year. An appetiser of large plump scallops fried in ginger and served in a rich pumpkin soup was delectable. The house speciality, Champignons á la Madeleine, features mushrooms stuffed with a secret recipe belonging to Marc’s aunt and they are seriously delicious.

Grandmother’s Pot-au-Feu (rabbit stew) in a white wine sauce with two mustards and tarragon was a wild French treat and the sauce was so good you could have bathed in it. Canadian Lobster and fried turbot filet in lobster bouillon sauce, with coconut milk from Marc’s own garden, was also sensational.

Restaurant Royale Nam Tok in gay Phuket, Thailand and in ManAboutWorld gay travel magazineSipping French Sauvignon Blanc from the Loire Valley we studied the á la carte dessert menu. What a dilemma, everything sounded so enticing. Marc suggested the surprise dessert medley to share. How could we go wrong with a master chef in the kitchen? Luscious petit fours served on top of an ornate glass bowl containing Siamese Fighting Fish was a touch of finesse to complete a perfect dinner.

Story and photos by John Walker & Gavin Patterson, ManAboutWorld correspondents who blog here and on They visited this restaurant in Phuket and found it wonderful and quite unique. It is owned by two lovely Belgian men who packed up their European restaurant and transported it to their new home in Thailand.

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

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

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

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By @ 06/09/14 in Correspondent, Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Thailand, Travel

travelshot2Hailing from the Lone Star state, Jacob Holder’s insatiable thirst for culture and travel has led him to travel the world, living extended periods. His expertise in marketing communications has had him posted in six different countries spanning four continents.

Jacob is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian; and is currently studying Thai in Bangkok where he co-founded Taste of Thailand Food Tours, a community-led effort to serve Thai culture and tradition through culinary experiences created for tourists and other visitors. Ranked as the city’s top food tour, Taste of Thailand has received rave reviews from top-tier travel blogs and publications, including Cosmopolitan Magazine.

His passions include exploring new neighborhoods and discovering culinary gems in the sprawling metropolis of Bangkok and sharing them with visitors and guests. Jacob resides with his partner in Thailand’s capital.

Follow Jacob on Twitter at @tasteofthaitour and connect with him on his website Taste of Thailand Food Tours.

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By @ 05/23/13 in Berlin, Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, Niazi Rubez, Travel


ManAboutWorld Global Correspondents Niazi Rubez and Marcio Chapman ate and sipped their way across Berlin. Here are their favorite restaurants.

Gustav heuriger

A typical grastropub: cozy, the atmosphere is relaxed. Patrons greet the waitress by her name. The menu is based on Austrian food. The wine selection is small, focused in Austria and Germany. Wines by the glass are a good and reliable option.

Motzstrasse 10-10777 – Schöneberg

Tel 030/21280140

Café des Artistes

Restaurant, winebar and art gallery. As the name suggests the focus is French cuisine. Tasteful decor, silverware, linen table ware give a certain air of refinement. The service is very friendly. The Wine Bar is perfect.

Fuggerstrasse 35-10777 – Schöneberg

Tel 030/23635249

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By @ 02/12/13 in Dining/food/wine, Gay travel, ManAboutWorld, Taipei, Travel

Homey’s Café is well named

Our new Taipei correspondent, Allister Chang, wishes you a happy Chinese New Year and an auspicious Year of the Snake.

This upcoming snake year, Taipei boasts an appropriately seductive and ostentatious line-up of events. From now until early March, the Taipei Expo Park will host the city’s Lantern Festival, a traditional celebration of light that dates as far back as the 6th century. In June, hundreds of teams will race in the annual Dragon Boat Festival. In October, Taipei will host its 11th Gay Pride, as the first and largest Gay Pride in Asia.

Whether you come in 2013 to experience the colors of the Year of the Snake, or just swing by for a business trip, take advantage of the recent explosion of trendy gay cafés. Life is best enjoyed with Wifi and a good latte.

Here are Allister’s picks for Taipei’s top 5 gay-popular cafés.

Homey’s (2F., No.36, Lane 236, Sec.1, Dunhua S Rd; 02-2711-1519)

You won’t find a better dressed crowd in the city, drinking wine at 2PM with a novel, or smoking on the porch chatting with friends.  The gay owner intended for this to be a space to be spread through word of mouth, and apparently beautiful people like to tell beautiful people.

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By @ 09/23/12 in Dining/food/wine, Europe, Gay travel, London, ManAboutWorld, New York, Travel

We think some the most delicious and affordable tacos we have had in New York City are at La Esquina. Here’s our write up from this past summer’s inaugural issue of ManAboutWorld, which included a definitive guide to the best of gay New York. Here’s what we wrote about it:

This secretive and chic Mexican brasserie is hidden beneath an ordinary deli on the corner of Kenmare. With your reservation (book three weeks out!) verified by the Men In Black standing guard at a door marked “Employees Only,” you’ll walk down a candle-lit stairway, through the kitchen and into a sexy, brick-walled dungeon. Worth it for the ambience alone, the tacos are affordable and delicious—a rare combination even above ground in NYC.

Now what to do when in London and you have the taco urge?  Our reader and contributor Tanya Scholl steers us to the best place to satisfy the urge for great Mexican cuisine across the pond.

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