The Visit California iPad app gives travelers everything they need to plan the ultimate California vacation with the following features:
- A “My Trip“ tool to create a personal itinerary based on recommendations from California’s travel experts, location-based information from Google Maps, and restaurant reviews from Yelp.
- A “Trip Journal“ to save notes and photos from the road. And the ability to share travel ideas and information on Facebook and Twitter.
- An enhanced version of the “California Official State Visitors Guide,” featuring videos, slideshows, and other unique content from the editors of Sunset magazine and Visit California.
Watch this video and then head for the iTunes App store and search for “Visit California.”
By Pavee Suvagondha
Thailand is famed for great cheap and tasty food. Most people might only think of getting Thai food from a local restaurant or getting some from a street vendor. However, the food court is a great way to explore local eats. There are many great food courts in Bangkok. Eating at a food court can be fun and you get to try many different things.They are also very reasonable. You can get a plate of food for about THB 60 ($2.00) to THB 90 ($3.00).
Finding food courts in Bangkok.
You can find many great, high quality, and reasonably priced food courts in Bangkok at most major department stores. Most vendors offer menus in English and photos of the food they are serving. Here are a few food courts I like in Bangkok.
- Siam Paragon Food Hall: It is located on the ground level of the mall outside the supermarket. Here you can find a variety of Thai and international cuisine from som tum (papaya salad) to pad Thai to Chinese noodles. Getting there by BTS (the sky train): you can walk into Siam Paragon directly from Siam station.
- CentralWorld Food Court: It is located on the 7th floor of the mall inside the main supermarket. You can enjoy a variety of food and drink from 19 different vendors. In the supermarket area, you will find more food vendors as well. Getting there by BTS: you can take either Siam or Chit Lom station and walk to CentralWorld. It is located between these two stations and there is an entrance from the elevated walkway.
- Amarin Plaza Food Court: It is located on the 4th floor of the mall. You will find more local folks eating here. Getting there by BTS: you can take either Siam or Chit Lom station and walk to Amarin. It is located between these two stations and there is an entrance from the elevated walkway.
- Emporium Food Court: It is located on the 5th floor of the mall.Emporium is the biggest shopping mall in the Sukhumvit area. Getting there by BTS: you can walk into the Emporium directly from Phrom Phong station.
by Katherine Goulart
It is no secret that Japan is an expensive place to live or travel. So what is a budget globetrotter to do? Before you faint from hunger, and before you spend that ¥1,000 (about $12.60) at McDonald’s (Ma-ku-Do-na-ru-do), enjoy cheap meals in Japan.
Chains like Yoshinoya are as widespread as Starbucks cafes in Yokohama and Tokyo. Look for large signs in bright orange or yellow.
These shops serve dozens of variations on the classic beef bowl: a plate of rice with sliced, stewed meat on top, and a little sauce. Insert a few hundred yen into the ticket machine by the door, push the button for whatever dish looks tasty (there are usually pictures), and have a seat. The server will help you through the rest.