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Awesome activities to do on holiday in Las Vegas

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About to go on holiday in Las Vegas? As fun as clubbing and hitting the casino floor can be, there is so much more that one can do for activities in the adult entertainment capital of the world.

In this article, we will share a few alternative suggestions that will make your trip to Vegas one of the greatest getaways you’ve done in a long while.

1) Go on a helicopter tour

As fabulous as Las Vegas can be from The Strip, it is even more awe-inspiring from thousands of feet above it.

There are many outfits that will take you on a tour above this city’s glittering lights via helicopter – be sure to go close to dusk, as the sky near sunset will provide an unforgettable backdrop, and the encroaching darkness allows the ambitious displays to truly stand out from the emptiness of the surrounding desert.

There are also helicopter tours that will allow you see one of America’s most amazing natural treasures from the most amazing vantage point possible.

When you opt to see the Grand Canyon from the air, not only will you get views that will stay with you for a lifetime, but you’ll skip out on the arduous bus tours that spend half the day just getting there and back to Vegas.

2) Hike or climb in Red Rock Canyon

If you are an active person and you want to work off the excess calories that you’ll inevitably consume at the buffets, know that Red Rock Canyon is situated a mere 15 miles from downtown Las Vegas.

Containing the rusty red sandstone cliffs and bluffs that the American Southwest is known for, it is a gorgeous place to go for a hike and get some fresh air.

Avid rock climbers will want to join the locals at some of the best natural walls for hundreds of miles around. Some routes rise for hundreds of feet, giving hardcore scramblers plenty of challenges to take on.

Just be sure to bring plenty of water, as heat is a concern for a decent chunk of the year, and dry air predominates in this arid corner of the United States.

3) See a live show

Apart from gaming, live stage shows are the biggest form of entertainment that Vegas has to offer its visitors.

From the Blue Man Group to Celine Dion, Cirque de Soleil to Penn & Teller, the options for the shows you can witness can be overwhelming.

Performance art, legendary singers, magicians and mentalists: whatever you choose, prepare to be blown away by the talent that you will be about to witness.

Chow down in these culinary capitals of Mexico

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Which spots south of the border can rightfully be considered to be the culinary capitals of Mexico? Below, we identify four places that are leading candidates, along with dishes that you should try while you are visiting these amazing places…

Mexico City – Tacos el Pastor

Being a massive city of 20 million people (not just the biggest city in the Americas, but the one of the largest in the world), Mexico City is home to a melange of foods from all over the globe.

It was due to immigration from the Middle East of all places that has given Mexico City (and by extension, the entire country) one of its most beloved types of taco.

The El Pastor taco, made from marinated pork roasted on a doner kebab style spit and topped with onions and pineapple, was introduced to Mexico by Lebanese migrants in the early 20th century.

With crowds gathering around these stalls come lunch time, you best queue up quickly yourself, lest you find yourself with less desirable cuts of meat in your tortilla.

Guanajuato – Miner’s Enchilada

In the silver mining city of Guanajuato, hard work has built up a fabulous city over the years in a high mountain valley surrounded by little else than pasture land and scrubby semi-arid wilderness.

When the workers got off a long shift in the dangerous underground labyrinth where they eked out their daily living, they came home with a massive appetite.

A dish that often worked to quell the beast within were Enchiladas Mineras, or Miner’s Enchiladas. Consisting of potatoes and carrots in tightly wrapped tortillas, and covered in Cotija cheese, it contains all the carbs they needed to refuel after a long punishing day deep within the earth.

Look for them in the food court portion of Guanajuato’s daily market.

Guadalajara – Pozole

An old folk favorite dating back to the days of the Aztecs, many regions in Central Mexico have their own version of Pozole, but the bowls found in Guadalajara, the capital of Jalisco State, have found a special place in our hearts.

Made from a corn base, but using chilies, garlic, onions, and tons of pork or chicken makes it a hearty soup that will fill you up and gratify your taste buds without making you feel like you’ve done your diet a grave disservice.

Oaxaca – Enchiladas de Mole Negro

Don’t think chocolate and dinner go together at all? You’ll be changing your mind in a hurry once you’ve sampled Enchiladas de Mole Negro, which is considered to be one of Oaxaca City’s signature dishes.

Cocoa is one of the main ingredients in the black mole sauce that drowns the chicken and cheese stuffed enchiladas in a smothering embrace, which is one that you won’t be able to get enough of when you try it for the first time.

Discovering the best coffee in Charlotte, North Carolina

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Spending some time in North Carolina soon, and afraid you won’t be able to find some quality caffeine while there? Not to worry, as this post will help you in your quest to discover the best coffee in Charlotte, the biggest city in the state.

Let’s get into the thick of it below…

1) Not Just Coffee

Found within the 7th Street Market, Not Just Coffee is a java joint that will have you crawling back for more once you’ve had a taste of their creations.

One of these that regulars swear by is the caramel latte, which a concoction so good that folks from out of town have remarked that a big reason they look forward to visiting Charlotte again is the fact that they would get to sample this coffee during their time here.

All of their coffee beans are also from single origin distributors, a fact that will make socially aware customers happy as they sip back some of the best quality java in the city of Charlotte.

2) Smelly Cat Coffee

Creatively named after Phoebe’s favorite song from the TV sitcom Friends, Smelly Cat Coffee is well known for its excellent outdoor patio, as well as its signature drink, the soy dirty chai.

Inside, the seating arrangement favors socializing, as well as laptop toting digital nomads, with the latter group being well catered for with abundant electrical outlets and privacy screens.

The clientele trends towards the hipster side of things, but if that doesn’t put you off, this place shouldn’t be missed.

3) Central Coffee Company

Looking for a cafe in Charlotte that can nail latte art like no other? If this is an important factor to you when it comes to coffee shops, then the Central Coffee Company will be your best option when visiting North Carolina’s biggest city.

While its lattes are as quality as the brilliantly arranged foam that tops it, make sure you have one of their quiches if you’re here around lunch time. Between meals, the zucchini bread is great to gnaw on if you need something to tide you over until lunch or dinner.

4) The Daily Press

If you’re looking for a space that is great for relaxing in day and night, The Daily Press is a wonderful place to situate yourself. Located in the same place as the Evening Muse, an arty nightspot, you can work away the afternoon in a trendy spot, and then seamlessly transition into socializing after the sun sets. Be sure to try the spiced Butterbeer cappuccino!