All You Can Eat Buffets Around the World

The term buffet originated from the French sideboard furniture where the food was served. It eventually became applied to a system of service. In the second half of the 20th century after the Swedes had popularized the “smorgasbord” in New York, “buffet” became popular in the English-speaking world. Nowadays, the word is fully accepted into the English language.

In a buffet, meals are served by placing the food in a public area where the diners serve themselves. Buffets are offered at various places including hotels, restaurants and many social events. Buffet restaurants normally offer all-you-can-eat food for a set price.

To give you a wider idea about buffet, we’ve gathered some of the best all-you-can-eat buffets in the world.

Imperium in Dubai, UAE

Imperium is a grand all-day dining buffet restaurant in hotel Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, UAE. It serves a wide range of an international cuisines for breakfast, dinner and weekend brunches in an elegant and opulent settings. The regular buffet breakfast and dinner  starts at AED 160 ($44). They also have themed nights offering a taste of different cuisines from around the world on Saturdays through Thursdays, starting at AED 250 ($68). The famous Elegant Friday Brunch offering French Braserrie starts at AED 330 ($90) with its Classic Brunch up to as high as AED 2500 ($681) with its Royale Brunch.


Sterling Brunch in Las Vegas Nevada, USA

Sterling Brunch is an extravagant buffet restaurant located in Bally’s Las Vegas Hotel and Casino. It has been serving Vegas visitors for 30 years. It is a weekend brunch buffet which is opened only on Sundays from 9:30am till 2:30pm. It is famous for serving endless pours of Perrier-Jouët Champagne and unlimited American Sturgeon Caviar. Price is $85 per head plus tax.

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Hechi World Kitchen in Belgium

The Hechi World Kitchen Restaurant is one of the best buffet restaurants in Europe when it comes to food, service, value and atmosphere. It is a unique all-in cuisine with live cooking located in the city of Antwerp in Belgium. It serves sushi and European and Asian dishes starting at €19.5 ($22) to as much as €30.5 ($34) for two hours of dining. Dining can be extended for a rate of €4 ($4.5) per person per hour.

Rodizio Rico in London, UK

Rodizio Rico is a Brazilian restaurant with branches in The O2, Birmingham and Islington in London, UK. It offers true churrascaria-style, offering eat-as-much-as-you-can for £26.50 ($34) a head, or £19.50 ($25) for vegetarians. Diners are given a card which is red on one side and green on the other side. Once ready for the meat service, just turn the card green side up and the Passadores will start carving you with succulent meats from their large skewers straight onto your plates. When you are already satisfied of need a break just flip the card to the red side.

Feast in Sydney, Australia

Feast is an award-winning signature buffet restaurant at Sheraton on the Park Sydney, Australia and by far, the best in the continent. It offers a contemporary dining concept with the renowned International Seafood Buffet. Price ranges from $79 up to $99 per head. Inside their kitchen are 20 different nationalities that make the diversity of flavors immense.


What to Wear on a Summer Safari

Safari is a Swahili word, originally from the Arabic “safar;” which means journey. The word is used for any type of journey, e.g. by bus from Nairobi to Mombasa or by ferry from Dar es Salaam to Unguja. Richard Francis Burton, a famous English explorer; made it possible for the word to enter the English language in 1850’s. In this modern day era, Safari refers to a journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation, especially in Africa.

A certain theme or style is associated with the word, which includes khaki clothing, belted bush jackets, pith helmets or slouch hats, and animal skin patterns. If you’re going on an African adventure, take note of the theme because it will help you decide on the proper attire for a safari.


If you are going on a summer safari, here are some helpful tips on what to wear:

  1. If you want to get close to the wildlife, the best way is to go neutral so you blend with the surroundings. Wear greens, browns and khakis so as to not attract unnecessary attention.
  2. It is also important to minimize noise when walking so wear light-weight, breathable fabrics.
  3. Light trail shoes or hybrid shoe/sandals are adequate on a summer Safari.
  4. Pack light by layering. Temperatures during a safari differs in the morning, in the afternoon and in the evening. Layers would be so much convenient as it allows you to remove clothing or wear it back, as temperatures fluctuate.
  5. Protect your arms and neck from the heat of the sun by wearing airy, long-sleeved shirts with a collar.
  6. Combat trousers are the perfect outfit. It has plenty of pockets to store your camera, sunscreen, binoculars and other important stuff during your journey.
  7.  For an extra layer of warmth, you may bring a light jacket or fleece. Fleece is great because it dries quickly too.
  8. To protect your head and face from the sun in an open-top safari vehicle, wear hats. They also reduce glare for better game viewing.
  9.  To block out harmful rays; sunglasses, polarized glasses if possible should be worn. It will cut through the glare so you won’t miss a thing.

The Indianapolis 500

The Indianapolis 500 is held annually at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Speedway, Indiana, USA. This automobile race event often shortened to “Indy 500” is held over Memorial Day weekend. The event, billed as The Greatest Spectacle in Racing, can gather roughly around up to 300,000 patrons each year.

The inaugural race took place in 1911 and was won by Ray Harroun, an American racecar driver from Pennsylvania. In 2011, Indy 500 celebrated its 100th anniversary. Last May 29, 2016; the 100th running was held wherein Takuma Sato, a Japanese professional racing driver from Tokyo, Japan became the champion.


 It was in 1909 when The Indianapolis Motor Speedway complex was built. It served as a gravel-and-tar track and hosted few small events, including ones for motorcycles. The first long distance event, was the 100-lap Prest-O-Lite Trophy in 1909.

The race name was originally known as the “International 500-Mile Sweepstakes Race” from 1911 to 1916. In 1919, the race was referred to as the “Liberty Sweepstakes” and from 1920 to 1980, the race officially reverted to the “International Sweepstakes” moniker.

In the 1981 race, the name “65th Indianapolis 500-Mile Race” was officially used, dropping “International Sweepstakes” moniker. In 2016 the race became known as the “Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil.”

The most successful drivers who have won four times:

Anthony Joseph “A. J.” Foyt, Jr. Was born on January 16, 1935 in Houston, Texas USA. His first Indy car race was in 1958 where he finished 16th. In 1960, he won his first Indy car race and in 1961, he won the Indianapolis 500. He won his third and fourth Indy cars championships in 1963 and in 1964.

Alfred “Al” Unser, an American automobile racing driver from New Mexico was born on May 29, 1939. His racing career started in 1957 until his last Indy race in 1993. He won the Indianapolis 500 in 1970, 1971, 1978 and 1987.

 Rick Ravon Mears, is an American race car driver. He was born on December 3, 1951 in Kansas, USA but was raised in California. He has been active for over 14 years with 179 races run. He won the Indianapolis 500 race in 1979, 1984, 1988 and 1991.

The U.S. Open

The 2017 United States Open Championship is scheduled on June 12 – 18 in Erin Hills in Erin, Wisconsin, northwest of Milwaukee. It will be the 117th U.S. Open and the first U.S. Open in Wisconsin, but the state’s fifth major championship.

US Open History

The United States Open Championship is more commonly known as the U.S. Open. This annual open national championship of golf in the United States is staged by the United States Golf Association (USGA).

The first U.S. Open was played on October 4, 1895, on a nine-hole course at the Newport Country Club in Newport, Rhode Island. It was a 36-hole competition played in a single day by ten professionals and one amateur. The winner was a 21-year-old Englishman named Horace Rawlins, who received $150 cash out of a prize fund of $335, plus a $50 gold medal.

The competition was dominated by experienced British players in the beginning. In 1911, John J. McDermott came to be the first native-born American winner.

Record Holder for the Most Victories 

William Law Anderson, born on October 21, 1879 was a Scottish immigrant to the United States who became the first golfer to win four U.S. Opens – 1901, 1903, 1904, and 1905. He is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame and he is still the only man to win three consecutive titles.

Robert Tyre “Bobby” Jones Jr., born on March 17, 1902 was an American amateur golfer, and a lawyer by profession. He co-founded the Masters Tournament and founded and helped design the Augusta National Golf Club,. He won the US Open in 1923, 1926, 1929 and 1930.

William Ben Hogan was an American professional golfer born on August 13, 1912 in Texas, USA. He is considered one of the greatest players in the history of the game winning four US Open tournaments – 1948, 1950, 1951, 1953. Being one of only five golfers to have won all four major championships currently open to professionals (the Masters Tournament, The Open, the U.S. Open, and the PGA Championship), he eventually retired at the age of 59.

From the Vault: Ben Hogan's 1948 #USOpen victory at Riviera.

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Jack William Nicklaus, born January 21, 1940 in Ohio, is a retired American professional golfer. Nicknamed “The Golden Bear,” and regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a record 18 career major championships much was accomplished over a span of 25 years. He won the US open in 1962, 1967, 1972, 1980 finished with 73 victories, third on the all-time list.

Thrifty Travel Tips

It’s everyone’s dream to travel. We would want to see the world around us. We would want to discover different foods and cuisines from other country. We would want to experience other culture and traditions. The only problem is we don’t have enough money to spend. But there are a lot of ways to save on your journey. Here are some thrifty travel tips to help you complete your travel bucket list with a limited budget, without sacrificing the fun.

  1.  Research before you travel. Look for the best places to go, affordable places to shop and dine and cheapest way of transportation in your dream destination. Almost everything can now be found over the web so do some research before heading out to the airport.
  2. Book with travel agencies that offer bundles – flight, food, attractions and accommodations in one – at no extra cost. You don’t only save money but you also save time and effort of looking for where to eat, to go and to rest.
  3. Travel off season. Airfare and accommodation expenses soar higher during peak seasons such as spring break, Christmas, New Year and Holy Week. Try to avoid those dates to save up to 50% or more on your spending.
  4. Roam without costly charges. We all need to go online while traveling. Before traveling to another country, have your phone unlocked. Buy local pay-as-you-go sim card as soon as you arrive in your destination.
  5. Avoid touristy restaurants. When eating out, look for local restaurants in the area. Most of them offer good food for less.
  6. Avoid hotel breakfast. While this is convenient, this is rarely of good value unless it is bundled in your room accommodation. Try to join local crowd at the corner café, you lower the price plus you get to meet new friends.
  7. Make the most of the local transport. It is not always a good idea to rent a car while traveling. The best way is to travel by bus or train. They are way cheaper than any other kinds of transportation plus you get to experience a scenic and more authentic journey around the place you are visiting.
  8. If you’re visiting museums and attractions, look for passes with multiple locations at a discount. You don’t only save money but it also lets you skip long lines. There are also museums and attractions that are free of charge. Check them out first.
  9. Try to haggle. When shopping for foods, daily needs, souvenirs, etc.; try bargaining. You may do so at markets and stalls.
  10. Plan ahead. Of course the success of any travel experience depends on how well it is planned. Plan early, maybe a year or 6 months before your chosen date so you can make adjustments easily if you need to.