Best Of Bilbao! ad hoc Cascanueces Restaurant

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Tomates de Lodosa.  ad hoc Cascanueces.  Bilbao, Spain.

 

Heros 21, 48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

http://adhocbilbao.com/cascanueces/

Less than a 10 minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, ad hoc Cascanueces consistently delivers one of most memorable dining experiences in Bilbao.

Chef Diego Valdivielso and sommelier Oscar Vila’s customer service and attentiveness is based in the belief that the best wine “is not necessarily the most expensive, but the one that is shared”.

Some of the better known dishes at ad hoc Cascanueces include Japanese pasta with lacquered bacon, octopus and spicy mayonnaise, scorpionfish with wild rice, and red tuna tatami.  The dessert known as Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert) is smash hit with diners.

ad hoc Cascanueces (Cascanueces = “Nutcracker” in English) is consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in Bilbao.

Travelers will find presentation of all dishes in fluent English when desired.

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Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert). ad hoc Cascanueces
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ad hoc Cascanueces. Bilbao, Spain.
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Tataki de atun rojo (tuna tataki).  ad hoc Cascanueces
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Picanha Brasilena.  ad hoc Cascanueces

Photo credit: ad hoc Cascanueces

 

 

Breathtaking Views in Bilbao, Spain! Gran Hotel Domine

 

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Only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum.  Gran Hotel Domine.

 

Mazarredo Zumarkalea, 61, 48009 Bilbo, Bizkaia, Spain

http://www.hoteldominebilbao.com

Gran Hotel Domine commands one of the best possible locations in Bilbao.  Just a 15 minute drive from the airport, guests will stay at the only hotel in Bilbao overlooking the Guggenheim Museum and the famous giant Puppy topiary.

Gran Hotel Domine is surrounded by world-class views, and its’ interior is designed to match.  From the street view, to its’ restaurants, rooms, and bars, Domine keeps aesthetics at a high level throughout.

The Gran Hotel Domine experience is also crafted to match, with widely-known excellent customer service, rooftop terrance breakfasts, and highest-tech gym equipment.

Guests can choose from Premier, Deluxe, and Superior rooms; all well-appointed.  Note that Gran Hotel Domine enjoyed a complete renovation in 2017, stepping up the already high-level experience.

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Atrium. Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao, Spain
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Deluxe Suite. Grand Hotel Domine
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Bathroom, Premier Guggenheim Suite.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Superior City View Room.  Grand Hotel Domine.
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Rooftop terrace overlooking the Guggenheim. Gran Hotel Domine.
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Dinner at Beltz the Black Restaurant at Gran Hotel Domine, Bilbao.
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Exercise with a view of the Guggenheim.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street level restaurant across from the Puppy topiary.  Le Cafe.  Gran Hotel Domine.
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Street View.  Gran Hotel Domine.

Photo credit: Gran Hotel Domine

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Relax and Rejuvenate: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Become part of a natural wonder: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

240 Grindavík, Iceland

http://www.bluelagoon.com

The rejuvenating, relaxing geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon, Iceland are among the top spa destinations in the world.  And the view here is amazing.

Waters at the Blue Lagoon stay around 100F, and naturally renew themselves every 40 hours.   The water is just 4.5 feet / 1.4 meters at the deepest point.

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Rejuvenation at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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Visit year-round: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Located 30 miles / 47 km southwest of Reyjavik, the Blue Lagoon is supported by an on-site spa, hotel, and restaurant to supplement the experience.

Upon arrival, visitors are equipped with a wristband, which works like a locker key and credit card.  Very handy for keeping track of your things, and buying drinks while in the water.

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Surrounding campus of Blue Lagoon, Iceland

There are a few things to keep in mind while visiting Blue Lagoon, such as staying hydrated, removing jewelry, and proper use of conditioner.  A video with the best tips can be found here: YouTube guide to visiting Blue Lagoon

Note that the staff supporting the Blue Lagoon are known for keeping an incredibly clean  facility.  Pre-booking is required.

 

Photo Credit: Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

 

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The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland

 

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Stay outdoors while being indoors.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Hrosshagi 2, Skalholt 801, Iceland

https://www.buubble.com

The 5 Million Star Hotel offers just that: a clear and amazing view of 5 million stars and the aurora borealis. Less than one hour drive east from Reykjavic, guests stay outdoors – and simultaneously indoors – inside one of five heated bubbles nestled in the forest.

Each bubble fits two adults, with a huge bed with an unbeatable view of the sky and forest.  A nearby, centrally located shared services area has the well-appointed shower and kitchen facilities.  Each bubble is equipped with electrical outlets so guest iPhones stay well-charged.

One of the most unique and rewarding experiences in Iceland – the 5 Million Star Hotel.

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Choose from five bubbles: Una, Asta, Thorunn, Valdis, or Maria.

 

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Unbeatable views of the sky and forest.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Photo Credit: 5 Million Star Hotel

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Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland

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Along the river Varma.  Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.

 

Hverhamar, 810 Hveragerði, Iceland

http://www.frostogfuni.is

Located 30 miles east from Reykjavic on Route 1/Ring Road, Frost and Fire Hotel is home base for Iceland experience seekers.

Guests can choose from salmon fishing (with fishing permits sold at reception), snorkeling in nearby clear waters, Icelandic horse riding, Jeep tours, and several different difficulty levels of mountain biking – all close by Frost and Fire.

Rooms range from $168 to $510 per night.  Guests can choose from single, double, and even family size rooms.

The on-site restaurant Varma specializes in the Iceland slow food concept (small scale local producers and farmers), with views overlooking the river.

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Nighttime views. Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.
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Guest room.  Frost and Fire Hotel, Iceland.

 

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Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

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Hnapavellir, 785 Öræfi, Iceland

http://www.fosshotel.is/hotels/fosshotel-in-the-south-east/fosshotel-glacier-lagoon/

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon is perfectly placed on the East coast of Iceland, with views of spectacular waterfalls, mountains, grazing sheep, and ocean.  This is picturesque Iceland,  and a great find for hikers.

Using Fosshotel as a home base, visitors can drive just 20 minutes to the west to Skaftafell wilderness area, and 20 minutes east to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Fosshotel offers standard, deluxe, and suite accommodations.  Meeting rooms are also available.  The on-site restaurant features modern Icelandic cuisine with ocean views, and the lounge bar fireplace invites all.

Free breakfast, parking, and wi-fi are included.

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Reception, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
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Patio View, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
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Lounge Bar, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
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Nearby Views: Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
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Suite, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
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Suite, Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

Photo Credit: Fosshotel Ebenezer Þórarinn Einarsson

 

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The Moose, Paris

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The Moose Bar and Grill. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.

The Moose Bar and Grill

16 rue des 4 Vents

75006 Paris

Metro Stop: Odéon, lines 4 and 10

Hours: 11:00 AM – 2:00 AM. Serving food 11:00 AM – 11:50 PM

www.mooseparis.com

The Moose Bar and Grill brings the American sports bar experience straight to the heart of Paris.

The Moose features live NFL, NBA and NHL programming, as well as American college sports.   European rugby matches also work well with the huge selection of beer here.

The Moose serves a generous selection of sports grill favorites: sandwiches, hamburgers, and even hot dogs.  Canadian poutines, the tailgate-like combo of french fries, cheese, and light gravy, are also a crowd favorite.

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A look down the bar at The Moose. Photo Courtesy: Claudia Cartes, The Moose.