10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Penang (2019 Guide)

10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Penang (2019 Guide)

10 Best Vegetarian Restaurants In Penang (2019 Guide) Vegetable March! Wan Qi Teoh 10 hours ago 4 minutes read
Have you ever thought of becoming a vegetarian but at the same time refusing to give up the myriad choices of dishes that are non-vegetarian? I bet you know this already, adopting a vegetarian diet can be the perfect way to keep your body healthy and mind afresh. Some of the benefits of adopting a vegetarian diet are lower cholesterol levels, lesser risks of stroke and obesity and also an improvement in your metabolism rate. Why not you try out our 10 Restaurants That Will Change Your Thoughts About Vegetarian Food ? Nothing looks as good as healthy feels! 10 Restaurants That Will Change Your Thoughts About Vegetarian Food 1. Woodlands Vegetarian Restaurant Photo: @jennylimin (Instagram)
Woodlands is one of the few Penang’s pure vegetarian Indian eateries, you would know that it’s the real deal when you try it yourself. The food over there is freshly cooked and tasty with crispy papadums. If you have the time to drop by, do order their Woodlands Special Thali which is a dish of rice with nine sides of gravies, dhals and vegetables. Super worth every penny you’re paying!
Nestled in heart of Georgetown is The Leaf Healthy House Café, well-praised by veggie lovers and regulars. They have been given much credit for their organic food that not only delicious and flavourful but satisfying as well. Photo: @angweizer (Instagram)
📍 60, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 8.30AM-10PM (Daily) 2. Mama Vege Gurney Plaza Photo: @jezzingtonbear (Instagram)
Since long ago, Mama Vege has built up a notable reputation for themselves for serving one of the best Chinese vegetarians food. Not only their price is super reasonable, but you’re also spoilt for choices when it comes to the menu! Their vegetarian steamboat is simply something you can’t miss out on! Great selection of mock meat will make your eyes sparkle in joy! Photo: @jzhiiying (Instagram)
📍 Gurney Plaza, Level 3, 10250 George Town, Penang. 🕒 10AM-10PM (Daily) 3. Pǐnxīn Vegan Cuisine Photo: @nadiehpaas (Instagram)
We have never seen a place serving vegan food as aesthetically pleasing as this one right here! Worry not about the taste, the food is as good as it looks like. Sticking faithfully to their values, they aim to create healthy, cruelty-free and enjoyable food for the people. You must try their Sweet & Sour Hericium Mushroom Rice, extra nutritious with hericium mushrooms, zucchini, bok choy and baby corns! Photo: Pinxin Vegan Cuisine (Facebook) Photo: Pinxin Vegan Cuisine (Facebook)
📍 38, Lebuh Tye Sin, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 11AM-10PM (Daily) 4. Luk Yea Yan Vegetarian Restaurant Photo: @radhyaong (Instagram)
Attracting lots of locals, this place serves the best vegetarian assam laksa in town! Do not belittle the flavour and the taste of the assam laksa, it’d be sure to give you an unexpected kick but in a good way of course! Other special dishes that they have are ba kut teh and nasi lemak. Besides that, over 30 vegetarian dishes are available for takeaway (economy rice style) or just for dining in! Photo: @joyce_anglh (Instagram)
📍 33, Lorong Madras, 10400 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 7.30AM-3.30PM, 5.30PM-9.30PM (Closed on Wednesday) 5. Ee Beng Vegetarian Food Photo: @sarahdeborre (Instagram)
A large selection of yummy and authentic vegetarian dishes to choose from their economic rice buffet, but no need to wreck your head thinking of what you should get because everything they have on display is good! Drop by for a quick and hearty lunch today! Hey, your eating habit has a great effect on your mood and work performance! Every meal is important so why not give them a chance to treat you to something good! Photo: @spiritofdiyana (Instagram)
📍 20, Lebuh Dickens, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 7AM-8PM (Closed on Sunday) 6. Evergreen Vegetarian House Photo: @slimmingworldtraveller (Instagram)
Nestled in the heart of Georgetown, straight down the road of Penang Street is The Leaf Healthy House Café, well-praised by many veggie lovers and regulars. Their organic food is not only delicious and flavourful but also just plain rewarding. All their spaghetti are noteworthy and very fulfilling. Take your time in choosing between – carbonara and pesto flavour that is both tasty to the tummy! Photo: @thomson_chng (Instagram)
📍 5, Lebuh Penang, George Town, 10200 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 11.30AM-3PM, 5.30PM-10PM (Daily) 7. Sushi Kitchen Gurney Plaza Photo: @isabella_wee (Instagram)
Are you craving for some Japanese cuisine yet refusing to ruin your vegetarian diet? Sushi Kitchen is the perfect solution for you! No other place is doing it like them, serving Japanese cuisine from sushi roll to udon. It is clear that detailed care goes into every minute- from serving the guests to the preparation of each dish. Enjoy their fresh and natural food today! Photo: @yelinpooh (Instagram)
📍 Gurney Plaza, 03-82, 170, 10250 George Town, Penang. 🕒 10AM-10PM (Daily) 8. Evergreen Vegetarian House Photo: @thom.tomm (Instagram)
Over 30 delicious and cheap dishes consisting of veggie curries, mock meats, steam-stuffed bread and noodle soups, also not forgetting their popular ba kut teh in the restaurant. Well, it’s not an everyday occurrence you see a vegetarian restaurant that serves ba kut teh. We hope you go crazy and have a blast! Photo: @sillywesimon (Instagram)
📍 39 A, Jalan Cantonment, 10250 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 7.30AM-8PM (Closed on Wednesday) 9. JanXden Greenlife 简单绿意 Photo: @ahyee10 (Instagram)
We should just let the pictures do the talking, right? Just looking at that Creamy Cheese Bake Rice is enough to make us drool, what about you? We definitely recommend JanXden for vegetarians who want a place that offers a variety of western and Asian food options at average café food prices. Seeking for comfort after a long day of work? Try their heart-warming soups and porridges today! Photo: @elyne0223 (Instagram)
📍 50, Jalan Chow Thye, George Town, 10050 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 11.30AM-9.30PM (Closed on Wednesday) 10. Wholey Wonder Photo: @ashleyiswelleats (Instagram)
Saving the best for last, right now we present you, Wholey Wonder! Though their choices are on the limited side, they give their best in serving you the fews that they offer. Their pizza is an all-kill that will surprise you with how delicious it tastes! Their food and staff members will never fail to put a smile on your face! Photo: @fooddiaryxcai (Instagram)
📍 61, Jalan Gurdwara, George Town, 10300 George Town, Pulau Pinang. 🕒 12PM-9PM (Closed on Monday)
Are you convinced already about why you should check out these 10 Restaurants That Will Change Your Thoughts About Vegetarian Food ? Juices of fruits and vegetables are pure gifts from Mother Nature and the most natural way to heal your body and make yourself whole again. Strive to be healthier today!
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Kuala Lumpur: A taste of Malaysia’s capital

Kuala Lumpur: A taste of Malaysia’s capital By Deutsche Welle 2019/03/07 00:02
Koala what? That’s what some people asked when I told them I was moving from Berlin to Kuala Lumpur. The capital of Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures, and that makes its cuisine distinctive.
Jalan Alor is the Asian city’s food street, and that’s where my new co-workers take me on my first evening. When darkness falls, the hustle and bustle begin. It’s still 30 degrees Celsius, it smells of curry, grilled meat and other tasty treats. The crowds push us from one stall to the next. It’s the start of a culinary adventure.
Our table is full of seafood, chicken satay and plenty of rice. I decide on a green curry, so hot it makes me break out in sweat, but it’s delicious. Whether Thai, Chinese or Indian, this street in the Bukit Bintang district is a cross-section of the food you find on every corner. In Kuala Lumpur — KL for short — eating goes on all the time. Six small meals a day are quite common. A taste of China in the middle of Kuala Lumpur
A few days later I explore the city and go to Chinatown. Jalan Petaling, Petaling Street, was once the center of the Chinese business district. Now, in addition to counterfeit watches and designer bags, it has one thing above all: the best Chinese food in the city.
Red paper lanterns dangle over the street. There are plenty of open-air snack bars and small restaurants, some of which have been here for decades. Fried rice, noodles, wontons, and satay, various kinds of meat on skewers — as far as the eye can see.
A Chinese co-worker has recommended Kim Lian Kee Restaurant to me. It’s already been here for more than 100 years and its noodles are said to be fantastic. I order a portion. From the shaky table, I watch an elderly man tossing vegetables in a wok. In the middle of Kuala Lumpur I feel as if the Great Wall of China were just around the corner. A little later, my food comes, freshly prepared and truly delicious. Food is good and affordable
Just a few kilometers away you can plunge into a completely different culinary world: Little India. In the lively Brickfields neighborhood, next to textile and jewelry shops, there are plenty of small restaurants that serve dhal, curry and lots of other Indian dishes on banana leaves. I pay the equivalent of €3.80 ($4.30), including a watermelon shake as accompaniment. The temple of indulgence
I plan a trip to the famous Pertonas Towers. A neighbor who is a local gives me a tip on the way. Instead of eating in one of the huge malls there, I should make a side trip to the Buddhist temple around the corner. The Dharma Realm Guan Yin Sagely monastery runs a canteen open to the public. But I have to get there early. After 1 p.m., most of the food is gone.
The temple is really beautiful and its canteen is heaven on earth — especially for vegetarians and vegans like me. The buffet is filled with a wide variety of vegetables. Even the tofu is tasty here: spicy and not as bland as what I’m used to in Germany. Nasi lemak, the Malaysian national dish
You can find the national dish of this multi-ethnic country both in the many mobile snack bars in the city and in good restaurants. It consists of rice cooked with coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with cucumber, roast peanuts, egg, dried anchovies and chili paste. If you want to take it to go, this treat often comes wrapped in banana leaves. Most locals eat nasi lemak for breakfast. The forbidden fruit
Everyone here really agrees: nothing beats food — except when it comes to durian. You either hate durian or love it. I’m one of the latter. It’s been called the world’s smelliest fruit. There are often anti-durian signs in hotels and public buildings.
The stink resembles a mixture of onions, cheese and goodness knows what. That’s why people here meet at small open-air stalls to enjoy their durian. Everyone gets a pair of plastic gloves before the adventure begins.
The taste also takes getting used to, especially for Europeans. The durian is native to Malaysia and is considered a delicacy by locals. On Borneo, an island part of which belongs to Malaysia, I find out on a week-end trip that a woman there feels flattered if a man invites her on a date to eat durian. Here in Germany, it probably be the end of the love of one’s life. Something for every taste
There’s a bit more mass appeal when it comes to confectionery. I’m entertaining visitors from Germany. We take a trip to the Batu Caves: a huge golden statue and many colorful steps that lead into a cave in which people pray and tourists take pictures. The 272 steps finish me off.
But after this torture I can certainly treat myself to a few of the multicolored sweets and many cookies and biscuits at one of the stalls in front of the temple. A vendor calls my attention to his cookies made from chickpea flour and nuts. He’s already pushed one into my hand. I travel home with a giant plastic container full of cookies. Admittedly, the mega-package doesn’t last long in the end.
After my first months in Kuala Lumpur it becomes clear to me why my new apartment, like many others here, has no oven. People eat away from home, preferably with friends. And on every corner of this Malaysian metropolis there’s another culinary treat that shows how diverse this city is. KL or Kuala Lumpur: whatever you call it, it’s an amazing place to eat. So enjoy — or, better said, “menikmati makanan anda.”

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Arizona Indian Festival collaborates with Scottsdale Western Week

Contact Us Arizona Indian Festival collaborates with Scottsdale Western Week Tribal royalty line up for a morning welcome and introductions during the Arizona Indian Festival Feb. 9 at the Scottsdale Civic Plaza. (Photo/Geri Hongeva-Camarillo) Geri Hongeva-Camarillo, Special to the Navajo-Hopi Observer Originally Published: March 12, 2019 10:58 a.m. Tweet
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) partners with the city of Scottsdale by adding the Arizona Indian Festival to the city’s Western Week celebration.
In celebrating the spirit of the West, events included: the 66th annual Scottsdale Parada del sol Parade, Trail’s End Festival, Western Spirit Gold Palette ArtWalk, Hashknife Pony Express, Arizona Indian Festival and Arizona Native Experience.
AAITA board of directors and members plan for six months to showcase a cultural experience for all visitors, with a combination of traditional arts & crafts, traditional dancing and singing from all Arizona tribes and sharing their unique travel and tourism destinations throughout Native communities in Arizona
Founded in 1994, the current board of directors for AAITA includes:Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez, Donovan Hanley, Steve Geiogamah, Amanda June, Dorothy Denetsosie Gishie, Geri Hongeva-Camarillo, Raphael Bear, Roann Carmelo and Carrie Nelson. Each board member is elected but first they must be a member of AAITA.
A new addition to this year’s Western Week, also coordinated by AAITA was the Arizona Native Experience on February 8th to kick start the Arizona Indian Festival at the Saguaro Hotel in Scottsdale. The Native cuisine experience featured Native chefs like, Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache), Mario Renneto Etsitty (Navajo), Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Xicana/Tewa) and Freddie Bitsoie (Navajo). Black Mountain Bird Singers from the Colorado River Indian Tribe sing at the Arizona Indian Festival Feb. 9. (Photo/Geri Hongeva-Camarillo)
A special appearance by Gabrial Ayala, guitarist from Pascua Yaqui tribe and Ed Kabotie, musician and artist from Hopi, both played songs to create festive ambience as guests enjoyed the variety of native cuisine and silent auction.
Artisans from Art of the People shared their talents as they painted at the event. Special guests included the mayor of Scottsdale, Jim Lane, as well as Becky Blaine, deputy director of Arizona Office of Tourism.
AAITA President Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez expressed her gratitude to all those involved and their dedication, “Thank you all so very much for making this festival such a success and celebrating Arizona Indian Country with pride.”
The two day Arizona Indian Festival on Feb. 9-10, brought hundreds of people together, some new attendees and many making it an annual event as part of the Western Week activities. It was a time for families to be together, dance, sing, laugh with one another and create new friendships. The festival combines Native food and art. It is a time to buy genuine Native arts and crafts and eat some Native cuisine such as the famous frybread.
The main stage entertainment included traditional dancing from Gila River, Sekakuku family from Hopi, Black Mountain Bird Singers from Colorado River community, Zuni, Pascua Yaqui Deer Dancers, Martin Sisters from Navajo, Apache crown dancers, Salt River Pima Bird Singing and Dancing group, Hualapai Bird Dancing Group, Ak-Chin Ba’ban Keina Dancers and Guardians of the Grand Canyon Ram dancers from Havasupai.
On Feb. 9, it was very cloudy and cold for some, but it did not stop the crowd as they layered with blankets and jackets and waited for the last show, a comedy act by James and Ernie. The duo had not performed in the Phoenix area for nearly five years and with no admission, it was a sold-out free show.
Steve Geiogamah, AAITA board member expressed his appreciation to all the members and volunteers, “we had a very successful festival, we had over 7,000 attendees over the two day event and many provided great feedback.”
With twenty-two tribes in the state of Arizona and a lot of tourism traffic throughout the state. Travel destinations for visitors normally involve Native communities, the AAITA board works on promoting and marketing the beautiful places to visit to support tribal economic development and revenue.
More information about Arizona American Indian Tourism Association and Arizona Indian Festival is available at www.ArizonaIndianTourism.org.

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Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019: Show Preview

Home » Events » Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019: Show Preview Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019: Show Preview Posted on 13th March 2019 in Events Tweet
Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019 Show Preview, including Jason Atherton in Bruntwood NRB Debate, Mark Birchall in Chef Live, announcement of Kuits NRB Top Fifty and national cocktail competition final.
Northern Restaurant & Bar 2019 is the place for leading operators, suppliers and industry figures to meet, speak and do business. From Liverpool to Leeds, the North East to North West and the Lake District to the Peak District, NRB19 brings the cream of the hospitality industry to Manchester Central on 19 & 20 March.
NRB19 is sponsored by Korubu on stand E41. Connecting people with smarter hospitality technology to enhance, grow and improve business operations. Create more possibilities with hospitality driven IT infrastructure, Smart Energy and Guest WiFi software.
65 Inspiring Food & Drink Demos
65 live demonstrations across four specially built theatres give visitors the chance to watch twelve critically acclaimed chefs cook their signature dishes in Chef Live. This year see:
Alisdair Brooke-Taylor, The Moorcock, West Yorkshire
Anton Piotrowski, Röski, Liverpool
Michael Wignall, Angel Inn at Hetton North Yorkshire
Mary-Ellen McTague, The Creameries, Manchester
Mark Birchall, Moor Hall, Lancashire
Shaun Rankin, Grantley Hall, North Yorkshire
Adam Reid, Adam Reid at The French, Manchester
Tom Parker, The White Swan at Fence, Lancashire
Stosie Madi, Parkers Arms, Lancashire
Simon Wood, WOOD, Manchester
Josh Overington, Le Cochon Aveugle, York
Essential Cuisine NW Young Chef Demonstration
For skills and technical masterclasses the Market Kitchen theatre will feature a range of demos from experts in their craft. Demonstrations include patisserie & bread-making, fish preparation and street food.
Highlights include:
Not just a full English, James Taylor, Beastro
Taking Good Care of your Bone, Peter Kinsella, Lunya
The Hungry Vegan, Luke Mills, Filmore & Union
Plant Based Fine Dining, Adam Leavy, Allotment Vegan
South Indian Streetfood, Aarti Ormsby, Chaat Cart
Over on the drinks side of the hall the Grape & Grain theatre will see two days of wine and beer tutored tastings led by industry professionals, class-leading operators and sommeliers. Drinks Live, the centre of the spirits area, is set to host leading experts and ambassadors from international brands and indie producers.
To close the show the annual NRB Cocktail Competition, sponsored by Ms Betters Bitters, will take centre stage as the finalists compete for the opportunity to travel to Canada with guest shifts in Montreal and Vancouver on Wednesday 20 March.
The Alchemist VIP Bar
NRB is delighted to announce that the 2019 VIP Bar is hosted by The Alchemist Bar & Restaurants with The Alchemistress. Enjoy a flaming atmosphere and creative cocktails that’s become The Alchemist’s trademark – Theatre Served.
The Hub
The place for industry events, meetings and networking in the centre of the show, the Hub hosts the Kuits NRB Top Fifty Awards, R Noone’s Buyers Breakfast, CityCo’s F&B Network, Ladies of Restaurants, The Female Hospitality Network and other dedicated hospitality gatherings.
Highlights include: CityCo Manchester F&B Network: Tony Naylor in Conversation with Lyndon B Higginson, The Liars Club – Tony will chat to Lyndon about his beginnings, where he gets his inventive ideas and what’s next Join the House of Food Tech at NRB! – Nadia El Hadery, Founder & CEO, YFood held in association with Bruntwood
280 Unique Suppliers
NRB19, the North’s hospitality exhibition, will be home to 280 exhibitors supplying everything a hospitality operator needs and three specialist areas for craft beer, spirits and fine food. View the exhibitors here: www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk/exhibitor-list and check out the latest products here: www.northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk/productspotlight
Craft Beer Quarter is home to twelve brewers coming from across the country including Bearstone Brewery, Heathwick World Craft Beers and Donkeystone Brewing.
The Market Kitchen is the place for small-scale, artisan producers such as Manchester Smokehouse, Ginger Bakers, Ancoats Coffee Co and The Straw Co. The Spirit Room, surrounding Drinks Live and curated by Dave Marsland, (aka Drinks Enthusiast), gives bartenders the chance to sample from the likes of Beeble, Kuro Gin, Coyaba Rum and Daffy’s Gin.
Official NRB Fringe
Throughout the week of NRB19, there are a series of official fringe events taking place under the umbrella of the exhibition including Kuits NRB Top Fifty Awards, Action Against Hunger’s Too Many Critics Dinner at Dishoom, trade-only after parties at some of the city’s coolest bars and special food & drink offers only available with an NRB badge.
NRB19 After Show Parties
MOJO is once again hosting the official late night after-party on Tues 19 March, collaborating with Jameson Irish Whiskey to create a special drinks menu for all NRB19 guests. On Wed 20 March, bar owners Max & Noel Venning from CLASS Magazine Bar of the Year, Three Sheets, will be joining the team at Science + Industry for an evening of cocktails, celebrating the industry and its people.
Special Offers NRB19 visitors can take advantage of a whole host of special offers at some of Manchester’s top restaurants and coolest bars, only available with an NRB visitor badge. Offers include 50% off at Hawksmoor & WOOD, 50% of drinks at NQ64 arcade bar and three courses and a cocktail for £35 at Adam Reid at The French.
Bruntwood NRB Debate
Tues 19 March 2019
Sheffield born Jason Atherton is one of the UK’s most successful global restaurateurs and will headline this year’s Bruntwood NRB Debate at Northern Restaurant & Bar on Tuesday 19 March 2019. Jason, who was head chef at Manchester’s legendary Mash & Air in the ‘90s, has built a global restaurant empire that now includes sixteen restaurants, four of which have Michelin stars, across three continents, seven countries and eight cities.
Jason Atherton started out working alongside great chefs including Pierre Koffmann, Marco Pierre White, Nico Ladenis and Ferran Adria at el Bulli, before joining the Gordon Ramsay Group in 2001. After launching ‘Maze’ Jason left to launch his own flagship restaurant ‘Pollen Street Social’, which was awarded a coveted Michelin star within just six months of opening. Host Thom Hetherington will explore what fired this Northern chef to global success and about his role as principal patron for Hospitality Action. Panel Debate: Food is truly analogue but how we experience it is increasingly digital
Chaired by Lucy Noone-Blake, the panel will discuss how brands and businesses build brand loyalty and ensure their share of the marketplace, how to bridge the gap between their online presence and driving actual footfall and whether social media really is the be all and end all. Panel speakers include Libby Andrews, Marketing Director, Pho Restaurants; Russell Danks, Marketing & Strategy Director, Punch Taverns; Oisin Rogers, Landlord, The Guinea Grill and Andy Windsor, Head of Marketing, Mission Mars
Bruntwood NRB Debate tickets are priced £55 +VAT Book online at nrbdebate.co.uk
Free NRB19 tickets are available now at northernrestaurantandbar.co.uk
Northern Restaurant & Bar is a strictly trade only event and is for industry professionals only.

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Chicken curry dish rooted in Vietnam

By Chris Ross, San Diego Union-Tribune Today at 5:00 a.m.
Andrea Nguyen came to the United States from Vietnam with her family at age 6. Based now in San Francisco, she describes herself as a “bank examiner gone astray,” and is a food writer, teacher and consultant. She has written six cookbooks about Asian cuisine, one of which — “The Pho Cookbook” — won the 2018 James Beard Award for best single-subject book.
Her new cookbook is “Vietnamese Food Any Day,” which uses ingredients that can be found in regular supermarkets to create Vietnamese dishes at home. She says the book’s approach is based on the Vietnamese term khéo, which means “smart” or “adroit” but in the cooking sense means the recipes are “skillfully prepared with intention and a grounding in the fundamentals.”
“In the spirit of khéo, the recipes are streamlined but not dumbed down,” she writes in the book’s introduction. “They capture the essence of Vietnamese foodways while demystifying and decoding the cuisine for home cooks.”
She says this curry dish, which can be made in about 45 minutes, is one she grew up eating. It’s served with a baguette for dipping or with rice. CHICKEN, LEMONGRASS AND SWEET POTATO CURRY
Though Thailand, with its variety of curry pastes, is next door, Vietnamese cooks prefer curry featuring Indian spice blends. Bone-in chicken is typically used, but the curry cooks faster with boneless, skinless thighs.
Serves 4 to 6
½ cup coarsely chopped lemongrass (from 2 medium stalks)
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped peeled ginger
1 medium yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Madras-style curry powder (preferably Sun brand)
½ teaspoon recently ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
One 13½ ounce can full-fat, unsweetened coconut milk, unshaken
2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil or neutral oil, such as canola
4 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 1 3/4 pounds total), each cut into 3 pieces (see notes)
Fine sea salt
1¼ pounds sweet potatoes (white or orange flesh), peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (see notes)
3 to 5 fresh cilantro sprigs, coarsely chopped
In a food processor, whirl the lemongrass into a fine texture, about 3 minutes, pausing occasionally to scrape down the bowl. Add the ginger and pulse to finely chop. Add the onion and pulse again to chop. Add the curry powder, black pepper, and cayenne (if using) and whirl until you have a fragrant yellow paste.
Remove ⅓ cup of the thick cream at the top of the coconut milk, stir the remaining lighter milk, and set both aside.
In a 3- to 4-quart pot over medium-high heat, melt the coconut oil. Add the lemongrass paste and cook for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until fragrant and no longer raw and harsh smelling. Lower the heat, as needed, to avoid scorching. Add the chicken and ½ teaspoon salt, stir to combine, and cook for 1 minute to meld the flavors. Add the coconut milk and a little water to cover the chicken. Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, cover, and adjust the heat to gently simmer for 15 minutes; stirring occasionally.
Uncover the pot, add the sweet potatoes, and return the curry to a simmer. Continue cooking, uncovered, for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are tender. Turn off the heat, add the coconut cream, stirring it into the sauce, and let rest on the burner’s receding heat for 10 minutes, uncovered, to blend and mature flavors. Taste and season with salt (unsalted curry powder may require an additional teaspoon) and splash in water if the flavors are too strong.
Serve immediately, garnished with the cilantro.
Pair the bold curry with a mild vegetable side, such as sautéed chard. If the curry is too hot, squirt on some lime juice to cut the heat.
Notes: To divide each chicken thigh into three equal pieces, cut the flat side as one piece, then halve the thicker portion. If large thighs are unavailable, use smaller ones and cut each into two pieces.
Orange sweet potatoes used in this recipe can easily become mushy, so monitor the pot if you use them. For a more savory result, choose a potato suitable for boiling or roasting, such as red, white or Yukon gold.
Reprinted with permission from “Vietnamese Food Any Day: Simple Recipes for True, Fresh Flavors” by Andrea Nguyen. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Additional Articles Recommended by Duluth News Tribune

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Mar 12, Florida Cracker Restaurants. Good Southern Cooking

FLORIDA CRACKER RESTAURANTS
Okay, maybe there’s really no such thing as a Florida Cracker Restaurant.
But there is good old genuine Southern cooking, and long before there was a Cracker Barrel at almost every interstate exit, there were Florida restaurants where southern fare was common.
In the years since World War Two, and continuing to today, millions of new people have moved to the state. They come from just about everywhere in the world.
The good news is they have brought with them all kinds of new food choices to Florida: Italian, German, Thai, Korean, Turkish, Lebanese, Indian, Brazilian, Colombian, and on and on and on.
And we can’t forget New York or Chicago style pizza, Philly Cheesteak, or Reuben Sandwiches. I’m getting hungry just thinking about the many choices.
The bad news is that it’s getting harder to find the old Florida restaurants that used to specialize in Southern cooking. A Southern Meal Somewhere in Florida
Southern cooking enjoyed by the early Florida Crackers was influenced by African, English, Scottish, Irish, French, Spanish, and Native American cuisines.
Some of the foods used in Southern cooking are squash, corn (including grits), black eyed peas, okra, rice, eggplant, sesame, sorghum, and melons.
The Florida Cracker’s love of a full breakfast comes from the English culture. Bacon and sausage, grits, biscuits, and fried eggs are just right.
A good Cracker meal could include pan-fried chicken, peas, greens (collard, mustard, turnip, or poke salad), mashed potatoes, cornbread, corn pone, and country ham. Buffet at Steph’s Southern Soul, Dade City
Don’t forget hushpuppies, fried catfish, pit cooked barbecue. fried green tomatoes, okra, and sweet potatoes.
There are still some restaurants in Florida that serve some or all of the above.
These restaurants are what this page is all about, and you are invited to submit one you know about or comment on one that’s already listed.
ANNIE’S CAFE, Cedar Key. She specializes in good old fashioned cooking that takes you back to the simpler times in Old Florida. They have grits and greens, biscuits and gravy, and whatever the fresh fish of the day might be. It goes without saying that they have great hushpuppies. A favorite is their grouper sandwich, and they often have soft shell crab and if you’re lucky, they are one of the few places around that still serves mullet when they are available.
AUNT CATFISH’S, Port Orange . This charming southern style restaurant is at the mainland foot of the bridge that crosses the Halifax River to the South Daytona Beach area. It has wonderful river views from both inside and outside seating area. I have only eaten there during their famous Sunday buffets, and have never been disappointed in anything I’ve eaten at Aunt Catfish’s.
APALACHEE RESTAURANT, Bristol. Although you can order from the menu, the buffet is usually a treat too. North Florida is Southern in culture, and the food in this small restaurant confirms it. Among the offerings are Southern Fried Chicken, Barbecue Beef Brisket, catfish, turnip greens (just called greens down here), corn bread and corn bread dressing, white acre peas, biscuits, and other Southern staples.
BLACKWATER INN, Astor . Blackwater Inn has an Old Florida Menu that includes full entrees as well as soups and sandwiches. Fried oysters are a specialty, along with fish sandwiches, clam chowder, shrimp, catfish and scallops along with other fish specials of the day. You can even get frog legs, chicken wings and crab legs. One of the house specialties is grilled quail. My favorite is the Florida Cracker Platter for $17.99 with 3 oz. of gator tail, 3 oz. of frog legs, 6 oz. of fingerling catfish, all breaded and deep-fried.
DIXIE CROSSROADS, Titusville. Dixie Crossroads is a very large restaurant that features an equally large menu with something for everyone. Its primary focus is on shrimp and seafood from nearby Port Canaveral. It also has an extensive selection of steaks, barbecue ribs, chicken, and gator bites. Southern fried cooking is used here, and they also have a large selection of favorite vegetables.
GOODRICH’S, Oak Hill. I love mullet and wanted to have it as my main meal. The waitress told me they usually have it but for some reason they were out right now. There were plenty of other things on the menu, so I didn’t whine. Entrees include fried seafood baskets, crab cakes, clam strips, shrimp, fish, and oysters. Lots of oysters. I don’t like oysters but would like to attend one of their oyster roasts anyway. That’s how they got to be famous locally. They have oyster roast parties on the deck for groups of twenty or more.
O’NEALS COUNTRY BUFFET, Madison. The restaurant features a country buffet with many favorite Southern favorites. They serve smoked chicken, for example, smoked on their own property. It’s an “all you can eat” venture, so it’s best to come in hungry and leave well filled. Fried chicken, fried catfish, green beans. butterbeans, are among the daily vegetables, always fresh. On some nights they have seafood offerings like large shrimp prepared various ways. The menu changes daily.
ROBIN’S COUNTRY KITCHEN, Floral City. I went here with breakfast on my mind, but saw various other items on the small menu and daily special board: chicken salad sandwich, hamburger, french fries, Italian sausage soup, house salad, bacon and cheese omelet, coleslaw, grilled ham and cheese, corn beef hash, grits and various desserts including coconut cream pie. I had three eggs over easy, sausage patties, tater tots and silver dollar pancakes with plenty of butter and syrup, washed down with good coffee.
STEPH’S SOUTHERN SOUL, Dade City. Steph’s is a buffet style restaurant that features several options. If you are really hungry, you can order Herold’s Plate that consists of 1 1/2 meats, 2 side dishes, and bread. That plate is $9.99 and the sizes and prices step down from there. The meat selections typically include fried fish, meat loaf, baked chicken, fried chicken, smoked BBQ ribs, liver & onions, pork chops and the meat of the day. Side orders usually available are collard greens, green beans, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, okra & tomatoes, cabbage, rice, sweet potato souffle, rutabaga, beans, and squash.
THE CATFISH PLACE, St. Cloud . I’ve been visiting The Catfish Place since it opened in 1973. You won’t be surprised to learn that this restaurant features seafood, and especially catfish. Their catfish is reportedly delivered fresh daily from Lake Okeechobee to the south. It certainly tastes fresh, and I’ve never been disappointed in the quality or quantity of their meals. You will find plenty of Southern favorites such as hushpuppies and country vegetables. There “all you can eat” catfish dinners bring in people from miles around. The interior decor is Florida country.
YEARLING, Cross Creek. The Yearling has been a Florida dining legend since 1952. Just don’t be expecting a fancy literary boutique style cafe; this is a southern restaurant, and it’s in the middle of rural cracker country. The weathered old restaurant building is not impressive from the outside, but don’t let that stop you from going inside. And once inside, don’t be expecting gourmet food with fancy trappings and trimmings. This is the place for good ole Florida vittles. SOME MORE THINGS ABOUT FLORIDA CRACKER CULTURE

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Amritsar: A trip to remember!

Life is short and the world is wide, isn’t it? And don’t you think you should explore other wider parts of the world too? Yeah, I do, and since I had covered many places with family and friends so, this time I decided to take a U-turn and explore something new, so my thirst for exploration led me to experience solo travelling of the city “Amritsar”.
Since childhood I have the craving of going to Amritsar and see the beautiful golden temple and here’s is the chance for me to explore the city.
How to reach Amritsar?
One can take train , bus or flight to reach the city. As this city provides you all the motor connectivity from anywhere in the world, All you need to do is pack your bags and rush towards nearest railhead or bushead to reach the destination
Solo Trip: Scary , exciting ,Adventurous, Thrilling and what not!
I started my journey on 1 st Feb’19 from Delhi to Amritsar via bus, Reached Amritsar on 2 nd Feb ’19 early morning around 6 AM. So, decided to first go and check-in to the hotel, I took a local auto from the bus stand and asked him to take to the hotel (INR 50-100[Use your bargaining skills here]). I asked one of the local to guide the exact location but unfortunately he misbehaved with me and hell! Yeah I was scared at very first place but grabbed all the courage and said “Thanks” and ask him to leave. This was the start of my first solo trip, as soon as I reached the hotel (Safely :P) I decided to take a power nap for around an hour but woke up around 9:30 and left the hotel around 10:30, I booked the hotel at walking distance to golden temple and as I have decided to spend hole day at “ The exquisite Golden Temple” (formally known as Sri Harmandir Sahib, “The Abode of God” ), So thought of having mini lunch at the “brothers dhaba” near the temple , Ordered “Amritsari kulcha” which was then accompanied by some foreigners, as the dhaba was almost full so one of the servant asked me if they can sit with me as I was sitting alone, I agreed to that and had a meal with them(We talked about almost everything in that hour), After having the delicious food full of Punjabi flavors (Food was really YUMMM!) I headed towards golden temple.
Golden Temple : The most beautiful scared place!
Reached golden temple around 12 in the noon, decided to visit the temple first so joined the queue and waited for about 2 hours in the queue listening to ardaas (Prayers) I can still witness the sacred music in my ears “Kirpa karo deen ke daate” (Have mercy on me , O generous giver lord ) Once I reached inside temple saw Special rituals are performed at dawn, when the Guru Granth Sahib (holy book) is read there. The scripture is treated as a living person, or guru, out of respect. I prayed there and moving a bit outside there’s stairs, I went upstairs and sat there for about 2 hours (This place filled my heart with peace and serenity), The insides have to be seen to be believed. Photography isn’t permitted inside. You have to store in your memory the beauty that accosts you. It is two floors of sheer brilliance. Probably even more beautiful than the Taj Mahal !
I took all my time to soak in the art around me, the music reverberating inside. It was the time where I was able to feel – Beauty , nature, peace and me! Best combination I can ever imagine for. Another great attraction of golden temple is its community kitchen, Around 50,000 people come and have their food here daily. And after coming out of the temple area I went to “lunguar” Community kitchen to volunteer there. You can contribute in community kitchen and do some “seva” which will give you internal happiness (Atleast it did for me), People were chopping vegetables there. I sat there and chopped carrot for about 2 hour until my hands denied holding the knife anymore.
Heritage street : A walk to remember!
I decided to go out and explore the city, Once you will leave the temple premises is a street full of local shops for phulkari duppattas, dhabas and local street food! The street is crowded in the evening as locals come here just to chill at this place; it is happening and full of life all the time! If you are foodie and want to have local street food – This is the place for you. You can also do shopping from here, there’s also a wholesale market nearby from where you can do local shopping in lower prices (Disclaimer: Don’t trust auto drivers, they will only take you to the place where they will get margin for anything you will buy and shopkeeper will cost you way too high for the same. so, try to go by yourself if you want to do any kind of shopping and bargain as much as possible.)
It was around 6:30 so I came back to the hotel, changed and again went to the gurudwara to see the beautiful view of the temple at night. The temple looks particularly arresting at night when it’s beautifully lit up, with its imposing pure gold dome illuminated. I was there for around 12 midnight enjoying the view all around, people were volunteering for everything around and I felt like I can spent my whole night here to see such a eye gazing scared place but then I can’t deny the fact that I’m alone so I decided to head back to my hotel (Though it is very safe to stay there but the roads are empty at night)
Jalliawala Bagh : A horrifying tragedy!
Around, 10 AM I checked out from my hotel, Went to jalliawala bagh, We all know the tregedy happened on 13 April 1919. Jalliawala bagh is a public garden and people were gathered here to celebrate the main sikh festival “Baisakhi” but the troops of british indian army under the command of Colonel reginald dyer fired rifles into a crowd of punjabis, who had gathered in jallianwala Bagh to celebrate their festival. The horrifying history can still be seen on the walls of the gardens, bullets marks are there to prove for the inhumanity of general dyer and his team, The martyr’s well where thousands of people jumped to save themselves from firing, Around 120 dead bodies are pulled out of the well. There’s also “Amar Jyoti” in the garden premisses which burns throughout the day and night to pay respect to the many people who lost their lives in the massacre.
On the left side of the garden is a Museum which showcase the exact tragedy happened during the time. Many evidences and exact history can be seen of the tragedy and many freedom fighters history and struggle they faced during that period can also be seen in the museum. You can actually feel the real pain and struggle our freedom fighters in the museum.
Partition Museum: An eye opener!
Around 11:30 I was free and again was on the heritage street, Since I have to go to wagha border for flag hosting ceremony, So I booked the local auto which will start from the same lane around 2:30, So basically I have 3 hour, So I had my mini lunch in the “sudh dhaba” on the heritage street and then went to partition museum. Partition museum is situated on Heritage Street and entry fee is INR 10 per person, once you enter partition museum you will get to see all the real footage and people who struggled during India-Pakistan Partition. Here you can see the videos and listen to the audio of the freedom fighter and their contribution to nation, honestly this is the best museums I have seen so far. As photography is strictly prohabitate in the premisses due to a good cause so was not able to capture photos there. Each single detail of the partition of India – Pakistan is available in the museum and I must say this museum is the must visit place when you visit Amritsar next time. Around 2:15, I left the place but honestly I wanted to explore more things in the museum but as I have to see flag hosting ceremony so just left the place with a positive energy within.
Wagha Border: Flag hosting ceremony!
The Auto can easily be found on the heritage street for INR 100 (Both sides), As I have Already booked the Auto so just started at 2:30 sharp and luckily all the passengers were from delhi , We talked a bit and reached wagha around 3:45 PM. The Flag hosting ceremony takes place at 4:30 in winters and 5:30 in summers. As the place was very crowded and you have to rush towards the stadium to find the seat from where you can see the ceremony clearly. I found the place but lost my fellow passengers in the crowd. But I was lucky enough to find a punjabi group who was equally excited as I was. I went to the parade ground and dance, hooting and excitement was at the peak. Clearly, I can simply sum up energy at both the ends were High! It’s just like: “How’s the Josh?” “HIGH SIR” actually very high. People at both the sides were excited and enjoying the flag hosting ceremony. Here I got to know two stories about the flag hosting there 1 st is “In the Flag hosting ceremony who will open the flag and fold the flag first will be the winner” and 2 nd is “Highest kicker at the parade will be the winner” and luckily India won both the challenges (Don’t know whether it is true or not, still I was enjoying the energy there). Also referred to as the beating retreat border ceremony, the highly choreographed ritual involves music, coordinated movements, and lots of pomp and circumstance. The ceremony takes place every evening before sunset and lasts about 45 minutes. Around 5:30 the flag hosting ceremony was completed and now you can move back to your respective Autos.
Food: Authentic Spices with blend of love!
Food from Punjab is the most well known cuisine across the world. And Amritsar is brimming with “ dhabas “. These are small, traditional eateries run by the same family fro generations. I went to two of the oldest such dhabas , named “brothers Dhaba” and “sudh dhaba” The establishment is over years in the maze-like markets of old Amritsar and is famous for cooking all their food items in “ghee” (Indian equivalent of butter). “Amritsari kulchas, parathas, makke-de-roti, sarso-da-saas” named few food items which I tasted and are must try food when you are in punjab. They are rich, tasty and devoid of preservatives.
If you are foodie then street food is for you in amritsar along with some lassi. No matter where you go in India you’re likely to find some pretty amazing food, but each state and even city or town have their own delicacies. In the case of Amritsar, one of the delicious things they’re famous for are their kulchas (butter-soaked bread baked in a tandoor and often stuffed with potatoes). Try one out (and then probably get a few more)
End to a beautiful journey: Lots of experiences and memories!
From Wagha border it will take around 2 Hours to reach the city, As I reached the city around 7 in the evening. I still have 3 hours to take the bus back to my destination. So I thought why not to have my dinner in “Community kitchen”(lunguar) , I went to Gurudwara shahib and had my dinner at lunguar. I sat there for about an hour in the gurudwara premisses and then left the place around 8:30, Took the local auto to bus station from where I had my bus to delhi. Reached the bus stop around. And yeah the beautiful journey is over with load of memories, Happiness and yeah I introduced a new self of mine here, travelling solo !
Do’s :
Book your hotel near golden temple. Show some bargaining skills Do some “Seva” in temple premises and have your meal at community kitchen. Don’t :
Don’t trust anyone(Specially local auto wala’s and salesman) Don’t carry much stuff along with you.
Hope this blog will help you!
See you next time, until than keep travelling and keep yourself happy!
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Mumbai: The Ultimate A to Z Guide

In this series of city guides, we highlight the top spots in each destination, from the most iconic landmarks to the least-known hidden gems, with a sprinkling of survival tips from A to Z.
Mumbai, the City of Dreams, is at once the most liberal, progressive city in India, as well as a heritage-rich destination with more than a millennium worth of history within its borders. A place where ancient cave temples and contemporary edifices, slums and celebrity houses exist not too far away from each other, it’s a colourful hodgepodge of a city every first-time visitor to India should start at.
Arts Society
The Bombay Arts Society might be the quickest, most alien-like building you’ll ever in the city. Instead of following a fixed form, the experimental venue breaks every rule, its appearance mimicking the result of putting random shapes together. Designed by Sanjay Puri Architects, it is a mixed-use building that caters to all things creative.
Banganga Tank
Found within the Walkeshwar Temple complex is Banganga Tank, a water tank that allegedly carries water from the Ganges River. According to legend, the wooden post with an orange flag that stands at the heart of the pool is an arrow shot by Hindu deity Rama, thus allowing water to spill from the ground.
Cave carvings
Situated in the outskirts of Mumbai, the 19 ancient black basalt caves that make up the Mahakali Caves offer an extraordinary look at the remnants of the city’s past. Inside are jaw-droppingly intricate carvings that are believed to date as far back as the 1st century, used as sanctuaries for Buddhist monks in meditation.
Devour Mumbai-famous dishes
Start with an Akuri on toast for breakfast, a Bombay sandwich for lunch, and a butter garlic crab for dinner, while stuffing a bhel puri and a cup of falooda in between as pre-meal snacks to get a day’s worth of Mumbai cuisine samples.
Elephanta Caves
Mosey over to the Elephanta Island, a forested expanse that carries a sparse population of 1,200 and houses the Elephanta Caves—a pit stop you can’t miss. Travellers are strictly not allowed to stay on the island overnight, so make the most of your visit into these 5th century caves, of which five are Hindu and two are Buddhist.
Fire Temples
Mumbai is home to the largest group of Parsi fire temples (used solely by Zoroastrian worshippers), and the largest population of Parsis in the country, such that the art and culture of the city bear influences from the distinct community. Drop by the Seth Banaji Limji Agiary, the oldest surviving fire temple, and watch the ancient religion in action.
Gilbert Hill
It’s impossible to get around West Mumbai (or more specifically, the Andheri neighbourhood) without noticing a mammoth rock formation in the middle of the buzzing streets. Formed during the spread of volcanic lava in the Mesozoic era, it makes this 60m black basalt column more than 66 million years old.
Hipster district
Formerly part of Portuguese India until 1739, the Versova neighbourhood in the northwest of the city is more than its tranquil beach. Hit up the funky Versova Social, a bar and grill that looks more like a hipster hangout, and chill with creatives at Aamad, a studio where you can teach self-defence classes to underprivileged girls and catch an evening gig.
Into the woods
The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is the world’s biggest national park that’s located within the borders of a modern city, making it a must-visit for two million travellers each year for a reason. Thanks to this expansive forest, the air pollution in Mumbai is always kept in check. Known for its resident tigers, lions, hyenas, reptiles and 172 species of butterflies, the park also contains the Kanheri caves, which consist of 109 temples from the 1st century.
Jokes galore
Head to the Canvas Laugh Club, located at the Palladium Mall, and prepare to laugh your lungs out when veteran jokers and emerging comedians alike take the stage. Whether you’re into slapstick sketches or improv stand-up sets, this comedy club has it all.
Kala Ghoda Arts Festival
This nine days long arts festival, which happens every year in February in South Mumbai, celebrates and presents the best of the city’s art and culture. It showcases highly lauded artists, music, dance and theatre productions on a larger-than-life scale, promising an unforgettable blowout in each instalment.
Lil Flea
Where the coolest cats gather to mingle and get a taste of the creative community’s newest offerings, Lil Flea is a contemporary flea market for the hipsters-at-heart. Instagrammable snacks, open-air film screenings, indie music performances and artisanal brands are what you’ll find in this trendy enclave.
Most expensive house in the world
Valued at between $1 and $2 billion, Antilia claims the title of the most expensive house in the globe, beating out the Buckingham Palace in London. Owned by business mogul Mukesh Ambani and designed by architecture firm Perkins and Will, the 27-storey, 400,000sqft contemporary luxury tower is so huge it needs a staff of 600 to maintain.
Nightlife paradise
From the chic rooftop bar at Four Seasons, to upscale celebrity club Blue Frog, to The Daily Bar And Kitchen (a speakeasy specialising in molecular cocktails), this Indian city is brimming with bars, pubs and clubs with top-notch tipples and electric ambience.
Oldest museum in Mumbai
Opened in 1855 under British rule, the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum is the oldest museum in Mumbai, which carries a repository of contemporary art and artefacts that traces the long history of the metropolis. Not to mention, it’s a sight for sore eyes, with grandiose, gilded interiors.
Parsi food
A melange of Persian and Indian cuisines, Parsi food has its distinct flavours, some shaped by the British during the colonial rule. While it remains an obscure cuisine in other parts of the world, it’s a mainstay in Mumbai. Chicken farcha is the go-to dish for the locals, who flock regularly to renowned restaurant Jimmy Boy for a bite.
Queen’s Necklace
This is what the locals call Marine Drive, a road that curves and stretches from Nariman Point to Malabar Hills. Take a drive in the evening to experience the romance of the seaside location, its waters glistening like a diamond necklace.
Recreate Bollywood scenes
As the hub of Bollywood, Mumbai is where the majority of Indian blockbusters are filmed, offering a plethora of opportunities to revisit old sets and iconic spots. It’s also the largest congregation of Bollywood celebrities and directors, so if you hang around long enough, you might catch the likes of Priyanka Chopra and Sushmita Sen.
Shahid Bhagat Singh Road
Also known as the Colaba Causeway, this is the place to be if you’re looking to experience the multi-colours of Mumbai. Jam-packed with roadside stalls selling jewellery, clothes and other accessories, the market on this stretch of road is a paradise for budget shoppers—the perfect place to flex your haggling muscle.
Taj Mahal Palace
Not to be confused with Agra’s ivory Taj Mahal, this historic landmark in Mumbai is a hotel that was built in 1903 by a Parsi industrialist—the first one in India to hire women. The second-most photographed monument in the country, the sprawling estate also holds its own with its blend of Islamic and Renaissance-style architecture.
Urban underbelly
When you’ve had enough of the glitzy side of Mumbai, step into Dharavi, the world’s third largest slum settlement, to get a more complete picture of the city. While it’s not the most glamorous of sites, it’s also where masses of pottery, textile and leather goods are made and exported to the US and Europe.
Victoria Terminus
Officially opened in 1888, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, previously named the Victoria Terminus, is a staggering sight. Its palatial façade, a Gothic marvel featuring a medley of Victorian, Hindu and Islamic details, makes it one of the grandest train stations in the world. The work of Frederick Stevens, this UNESCO World Heritage Site boasts stained glass windows, spires and protruding gargoyles in stone.
Watch the flocks of flamingos
Every year from the end of October to May, thousands of flamingos migrate to Mumbai, turning the Sewri mudflats into a sea of pink. The spectacular annual event spawned the BNHS Flamingo Festival, where you’ll find all sorts of family-friendly activities based on the flamboyant winged creature.
X-treme sports at night
Parasailing is an activity that you can participate in almost any country you visit. But what about parasailing at night? In Mumbai, this unique option is available. Treat yourself to a relaxing ride as you float above the city and take in the dazzling skyline.
Yoga House
Come by The Yoga House, an urban sanctuary, for a Hatha Vinyasa class—a rejuvenating treat for the senses as well as the physical body. The studio also includes a cafe that serves both western and Indian fare with vegetarian options.
Zip through the city in a dabbawala tour
An exceptional feature of Mumbai is its unorthodox lunch box delivery service, where dabbawalas (or lunch bucket men) push giant trolleys filled with homemade lunch boxes all over town and deliver them to people working in offices. Dubbed by media outlets as “the world’s best food delivery system”, it’s even attracted the attention of researchers who visit the city just to study these men.

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Two new restaurants for Solihull – this is when Asha’s and Jamaya will open

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It’s a top eatery in Birmingham and now Asha’s Indian Restaurant & Bar has finally confirmed it will launch in Touchwood, Solihull on March 27.
Boasting a tasty menu of modern Indian cuisine and famed for its show-stopping cocktails, Asha’s can be found on the second floor of the mall.
The award-winning chain, created by Indian singer and actor Asha Bhosle, is already a firm favourite in Birmingham city centre.
Pawan Kenth, a director of Asha’s, said: “We have been looking for a location in Solihull and south Birmingham for a while.
“Our customers, many of whom have lived in the West Midlands all their lives, have always complained there hasn’t been a high-end Indian restaurant in the south of Birmingham for decades so have been asking us for quite a few years to open up.
“When we were approached by Touchwood to open in the centre, we believed our independent offering would be a great addition to the centre and the wider area.” The President’s Platter is just one of the tasty dishes on the menu at Asha’s in Touchwood
In the same month Jamaya, a Jamaican jerk chicken restaurant , throws open its doors on March 18 although there will be soft launch openings from Monday, March 11.
Expect charcoal grilled jerk and Jamaican fried chicken as well as burgers with a range of sauces from mild to roof-tingling hot. Read More This is where to enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in Solihull
Jamaya uses the traditional Caribbean slow-smoke method to impart a spicy-sweet flavour and a tender texture in its marination process
Managing Director, Byron Carnegie is the force behind the concept. He said they were ‘very excited to launch our brand in one of the region’s leading retail destinations.’ There are tasty dishes on the menu at Jamaya in Solihull
He previously said: “The whole team behind Jamaya has worked passionately to get the concept off the ground and we are excited that Solihull will be home to our first bricks and mortar site.”
“My grandparents have always done a lot of authentic Jamaican cooking which has been a big influence on my own cooking style and love for Irie food. Take a look at the menu at Jamaya
“The flavours of our jerk chicken are amazing but I’d also really recommend the really tasty ‘festival’s which are like dumplings but sweeter.” Read More

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