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Whether parading down Bourbon Street in a cacophony of color during Mardi Gras or boating through the stillness of a cypress-lined bayou, it’s easy to get lost in the moment in Louisiana. Both in instances of celebration and instances of stillness, Louisianans know how to laissez les bons temps rouler , or "let the good times roll.” One day, you could be strolling beneath delicate Spanish moss in an antebellum garden; the next, savoring a bowl of gumbo perfected over hundreds of years. From historic architecture to sumptuous cuisine to wildly beautiful terrain, here are ten reasons to make Louisiana your next travel destination. 1) Explore the birthplace of jazz, Cajun, zydeco and a bunch of genres that have yet to be named
Louisiana is a music genre incubator . It is the birthplace of jazz, Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop and also home to dozens of other musical varieties including rock ‘n’ roll, rockabilly, country, blues, hip-hop, gospel and brass hop. There is no better showcase for Louisiana’s musical roots and range than the celebrated New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, which takes place from late April to early May. If this festival has been on your bucket list, this is the year to go. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this spring, producers have added an extra day of signature events and headliners including The Rolling Stones, Dave Mathews Band, Katy Perry, Jimmy Buffett, Chris Stapleton, Diana Ross, Pitbull, Santana, Van Morrison and John Fogerty. See a legend on the big stage, or discover tomorrow’s stars at one of the smaller stages showcasing local talent.
Today’s emerging talent is strumming in the shadows of musical greatness. From the 1940s through 1960s, a radio-broadcast series recorded at the Municipal Auditorium in downtown Shreveport known as The Louisiana Hayride helped launch the careers of Elvis Presley, Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Kitty Wells. While Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry was known for hosting established acts, The Louisiana Hayride claimed the title “Cradle of the Stars,” helping future big names first hit the airwaves. The Hayride blasted new tunes and new artists to 28 states over KWKH’s 50,000-watt-station, and in 1953 was picked up by the CBS radio network, expanding the show’s reach nationwide. Today, visitors can still catch a show at the theater, where the famous phrase "Elvis has left the building" was first uttered or take a behind-the-scenes tour and marvel at unique memorabilia from the greats who once took center stage. 2) Take your taste buds on whirlwind tour
Crawfish étouffée, gumbo, jambalaya, chargrilled oysters, king cake and pralines – these are just a few of the hundreds of Cajun and Creole-influenced delicacies that await your palate in Louisiana. With roots in French, Spanish, African, Sicilian, Caribbean, Irish, German and American Indian cuisines, Louisiana dishes marry the world’s best flavors, and the state's eight culinary trails make sampling them a breeze.
Bite into juicy po’boys and sugar-dusted beignets in New Orleans on the Creole Crescent Trail , learn to make crawfish bread on the coastal Bayou Bounty Trail or sample spicy boudin balls on the Prairie Home Cooking Trail in St. Landry Parish. Across Louisiana, award-winning restaurants, farm stays, farmers markets and cooking schools offer daily adventures for food lovers. 3) Venture back in time Nottoway Plantation in White Castle is the South's largest existing antebellum mansion.
As with the region’s cuisine, Louisiana’s diverse influences resulted in unique architectural styles that have landed more sites on the National Register of Historic Places than any other state. New Orleans’ French Quarter is one of the most historically well-preserved neighborhoods of its age anywhere in the U.S., and though its name tips a hat to the French, the architectural style is predominantly Spanish thanks to the area’s Spanish colonial rule at the end of the 1700s. Stucco townhouses, many with shops on the ground floor and homes above, line the streets, hiding interior courtyards. Stroll through the heart of the French Quarter to Jackson Square to marvel at the Renaissance and Spanish Colonial St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the U.S., and look up at the nearby Upper Pontalba Apartments, the oldest continuously occupied apartments in America. Through mid-October, head to the Louisiana State Museum to catch a rare exhibit on the infamous father-daughter duo responsible for much of Old New Orleans' architectural look and feel. In the countryside, tour magnificent homes and gardens , many of which offer overnight accommodations. Walk through the storied live oak archways of Oak Alley Plantation in the community of Vacherie on the Mississippi River, or experience the architectural splendor of the Nottoway Plantation in White Castle. As the South's largest antebellum mansion, Nottoway consists features 64 rooms, 22 exterior columns and 12 fireplaces made of hand-carved Italian marble. Don't miss the African House, among the earliest examples of Congo-influenced architecture in the U.S., on the grounds of Melrose Plantation, which is 15 miles outside of Natchitoches. 4) There are more festivals than days in the calendar year Bite into sweet strawberries at the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival.
You read that right—Louisiana hosts over 400 festivals each year. If you can grow it from the ground, harvest it from the Gulf of Mexico, shoot it from the sky, fish it from the bayou, or dance to it, there is a festival for it. In addition to the New Orleans Jazz Fest, spring’s most anticipated festivals include the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival, Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival and Louisiana Peach Festival.
The Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival celebrates the sumptuous berry in all its glory over the course of three days in April. Attendees can sample every strawberry dish under the sun, from strawberry shortcake to strawberries fried in beignet batter and flavored with cinnamon, and watch strawberry eating contests as live music floats through the air.
A tradition since 1960, the three-day Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival is a hybrid celebration of seafood and music. Crawfish races—in which crawfish are pitted against each other to prove their speed—and crawfish cook-offs fuse with performances from world-renowned Cajun, zydeco and swamp pop musicians in May.
Come June, the town of Ruston in northern Louisiana, which is surrounded by peach orchards, puts on a two-day peach festival celebrating the end of the harvest season. Signature events include a peach-themed pageant, rodeo, antique car show and peach cooking contest. 5) You can mingle with ghosts Guests at Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville have reported sightings of a ghost on the premises.
From mysterious deaths to unexplained disappearances, there is no shortage of the uncanny in Louisiana. What’s more, many historic sites claim to have some ghost or presence lingering on the property. One of the most notable is Myrtles Plantation in St. Francisville where a slave named Chloe, after being punished by her owners, enacted her revenge and served them poisoned cake. Later owners were also plagued by murder and unexplained deaths. Both daytime visitors and overnight guests report having seen the ghost of Chloe roaming the premises. The Old State Capitol in Baton Rouge is another rumored haunt. Guards have noted unexplained footprints as well as motion detectors going off, suggesting it could be the spirit of Legislator Pierre Couvillon who suffered a heart attack on the Senate floor following a passionate anti-corruption speech.
For a glimpse into the world of the occult, look no further than New Orleans’ Voodoo Spiritual Temple, run by Priestess Miriam since 1990. Surrounded by talismans, human skulls and live snakes, she offers readings and consultations with spirits and is always generous with her knowledge of New Orleans’ voodoo history. 6) New Orleans is just the beginning Jackson Square, New Orleans
One of the most culturally diverse and vibrant cities in the U.S., New Orleans is synonymous with jazz, Creole cuisine and, of course, Mardi Gras. Discover the historic architecture, good eats and festive vibes of the French Quarter, take a paddlewheel boat dinner cruise on the Mississippi River or tour the thought-provoking National World War II Museum in the Central Business District. These spots are popular for a reason, and not to be missed, but they offer just a taste of what New Orleans and the city’s surrounding districts have to offer.
Just minutes outside New Orleans is the Chalmette Battlefield , the site of the 1815 Battle of New Orleans, which was one of the final major battles of the War of 1812. Rangers lead tours of the park daily and hold regular living history events where visitors can see the firing of historic weapons.
South of the city along the coast, the towns of Lafitte, Kenner, Metairie, Gretna and Harahan make up the Jefferson Parish Oyster Trail . Three-foot-tall oyster sculptures mark must-try restaurants where visitors can enjoy some of Louisiana’s best oyster dishes, from oyster soup to oyster pizza. 7) Discover the southern wilds An airboat tour cruises through the Atchafalaya Basin.
With 21 state parks, 4,000 miles of navigable waterways and countless hiking, biking and birding trails, it is easy to see how Louisiana earned the nickname “ The Sportsman’s Paradise .” Fishermen can angle for bass in North Toledo Bend Reservoir, twice named the best bass fishing lake in the U.S. by Bassmaster, or head out into the Gulf of Mexico’s deep blue waters in search of prized Bull Redfish.
Coastal wetlands shelter hundreds of species of birds, particularly during the spring and fall when thousands of migrating flocks pass through. Stretching along the Gulf Coast, the America’s Wetland Birding Trail features 115 bird watching sites linked across 22 parishes, and the Audubon State Historic Site, located near St. Francisville, is where John James Audubon painted many of his famous Birds of America works.
Explorers can also venture into the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, the largest river swamp in the country stretching 140 miles from Baton Rouge to the coast. As a federally designated NHA, it encompasses more than a million acres of ecologically significant lakes, bayous and bottomland hardwood forests. Paddle through cypress groves with branches draped in Spanish moss or rent a houseboat and spend the night adrift in a different world. 8) Learn Cajun phrases
When in Louisiana, it’s not uncommon to hear Cajun words like cher (sweetheart) and ça c'est bon (that's good) enter the conversation, or to see chevrette and cocodril on menus in place of shrimp and alligator. A product of the rural area known as Acadiana in southern Louisiana, the Cajun dialect is a dynamic blend of French, Spanish, German, African, Irish and Native American languages that has permeated Louisiana's culture. By the end of your trip, you might just be saying “I have an envie (hankering) for shrimp gumbo” and wishing you could head out after dinner for a fais do-do (dance party) to laissez les bons temps rouler (let the good times roll) instead of preparing to head to work in the morning. 9) Louisiana libations come with a splash of tradition
Back in 1838, a New Orleans apothecary owner by the name of Antoine Peychaud began serving Sazerac brandy to friends combined with a secret family recipe he dubbed “Peychaud’s Bitters.” Served in a vessel known as a coquetier , his concoction became America’s first cocktail: the Sazerac. Today, Louisiana embraces this legacy of using local ingredients to create uniquely Louisianan flavor profiles across beer, wine and liquor . In Shreveport, Great Raft Company brews its flagship dry-hopped pilsner with rice from the town of Crowley in Cajun Country, and Rank Wildcat Spirits near Lafayette produces rum using hand-collected, raw Louisiana sugar. North of New Orleans, Pontchartrain Vineyards nods to Louisiana’s terroir with labels such as “Port of New Orleans” and “Beau Soleil” (French for “beautiful sun”). Most breweries, distilleries and vineyards offer tours and tastings. For one of Louisiana’s best Sazeracs, made with rye and Herbsaint, head to The Sazerac Bar located in New Orleans’ Roosevelt Hotel, and be sure to visit the brand new Sazerac House opening in fall 2019. Located on the edge of the French Quarter, the Sazerac House will offer an interactive cocktail experience that includes the opportunity to make Peychaud's Bitters by hand. 10) Take home one-of-a-kind souvenirs
Souvenirs are reason enough to make a trip to Louisiana and an exceptional way to remember time spent in the Bayou State. Louisiana’s eclectic gift shops, whether or not you purchase something to take home, are worth a visit—you're almost guaranteed to stumble upon something can’t find anywhere else.
World famous TABASCO® hot sauce is a popular memento. For five generations, the sauce has been produced solely in Louisiana using tabasco peppers grown on the wildly beautiful salt dome of Avery Island and aged in oak barrels. Pick up a bottle after touring the factory or in grocery stores across the state. There is something about buying the sauce on home soil that gives it an extra kick. For a taste of Louisiana at home, enjoy sprinkled over oysters on the half shell or mixed in a Bloody Mary.
Whether or not you subscribe to voodoo rituals, Voodoo Authentica offers a fascinating glimpse into one of Louisiana’s most fabled spiritual practices. The shop sells everything from handmade voodoo dolls to gris gris bags to potion oils used to ward off evil spirits and draw positive influences into an owner’s life.
And of course, nothing says Louisiana like Mardi Gras beads and carnival masks. Pick up a string of the colorful beads – or two or three – in gift shops year-round. To browse a dizzying array of carnival masks from around the world, stop in to the New Orleans Mask Shop near Jackson Square. If don't find what you're looking for, the store can fulfill custom orders with a month’s notice. * * *
Whether you're a foodie, history buff or music lover, there is no shortage of things to do in Louisiana. Get to know Louisiana's cultural hotspots, scenic parks and historic hideaways, and see what makes this state so unique.
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Taxi is available from airport and railway stations. Self-drive cars: not only self-drive cars as well as self-drive bike are also available .best and economical way to take a tour .just submit an id proof and set off the trip. Things you should not forget to pack… Cotton clothes which are light in weight and give strong sunblock Caps and sunglasses are must Swimming and beach gear Shoes are optional Overall Goa has more than you thought to make you fall in love with the place. you may also visit my blog for more information https:/…
Small town cuisine shines in New Zealand restaurant awards
Home Fresh Food News Small town cuisine shines in New Zealand restaurant awards Small town cuisine shines in New Zealand restaurant awards March 13, 2019 0
Online food delivery service Menulog NZ has revealed New Zealand’s most popular restaurants in its biannual Restaurant Awards.
The spread of winners in the summer round of the awards highlights the continued popularity of traditional takeaways such as Indian and pizza, with restaurants in small towns taking top honours.
The India Restaurant & Bar in the northern Waikato town of Tuakau took out top spot, winning the overall National Award.
The restaurant has developed an outstanding reputation with locals and visitors alike for its delicious curries, including signature dish, The India – a Lamb Special Curry , and fantastic service.
More than 900 restaurants on the Menulog platform are judged based on performance, popularity, and order numbers over the past six months for the Summer Restaurant Awards.
Other small-town restaurants to win awards included Castle 91 in Otorohanga (Waikato region winner), Gisborne’s Bollywood Stars Tandoori Restaurant (East Coast winner), and Lake Pizza in Pegasus (north of Christchurch) was one of the top Canterbury restaurants.
Menulog’s Commercial Director, Rory Murphy, says this summer’s awards lists showcases how great food is available across New Zealand.
“The Menulog Restaurant Awards are designed to recognise and reward the hard work of our restaurant partners, particularly those that deliver an exceptional customer experience.
“The India Restaurant & Bar was up against more than 900 other restaurants, many of them based in the main centres, and it took out the top prize because of its all-round excellence – from their food and customer service, right through to the important part they play in the Tuakau community and its local economy.”
Owner Mukesh Sharma says building a good reputation for your food and service is vital in a small community.
“It’s also an honour to share our passion for authentic Indian food with the people of the greater Tuakau area. We love the food we cook, and we like to think that comes through in every dish we make.”
He says their formula to guarantee loyalty from their customers is to serve delicious food, but also to keep customers updated on what stage their order is at and to ensure food is piping hot when it is delivered.
“Menulog has completely changed our business with 40% of our orders coming from online orders which has helped us to build a better relationship with our customers with reviews about what they enjoy from our restaurant.
“A delivery platform like Menulog also works especially well during the winter months and quieter times of the year because they send out emails and alerts to customers with special offers and that sort of thing helps drive orders.”
Murphy says restaurants and eateries in more remote areas are rivalling restaurants in city centres in terms of order numbers and service.
“Restaurants from smaller NZ communities benefit hugely from our online ordering and delivery platform, making them more discoverable and easily accessible to a variety of customers.”
As part of the awards series, Menulog recognises restaurants in four categories. In addition to the National Winner, Menulog awards cuisine category winners as well as regional winners.
The winners in the best cuisine categories for this season are: · Best Seafood – Ming Du Chinese Takeaways, Wellington. Dish: Battered fish · Best Vegetarian – Beach Pizza, Beachlands. Dish: Vegetable Super Pizza · Best use of Kumara – Taste of Tandoor, Dunedin. Dish: Kumara Madras · Best Lamb – Bolliwood Xpress, Blockhouse Bay. Dish: Butter Lamb · Best Dumplings – East Noodle Bar, Ponsonby. Dish: Dim Sum
For the full list of winners, including all local wins, visit restaurantawards.menulog.co.nz
Indian Food/cuisine and Takeaway and Order online in Ilam, Christchurch. (Riccarton, Christchurch 8041 )
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Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine reopening Thursday
Home Newsletters Daily Report AM Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine reopening Thursday Tuesday, March 12, 2019 Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine reopening Thursday By Print
After a three-month temporary closure for renovations, popular Indian restaurant Bay Leaf Indian Cuisine will hold its grand reopening Thursday.
The restaurant, which serves authentic north and south Indian cuisine, has long been part of the Baton Rouge food scene, first opening in 2008 on Sherwood Forest Boulevard, says general manager Frank Presad.
During the three-month renovation hiatus, Bay Leaf owners have overhauled the restaurant space, including new furniture.
“So many people have been asking (when will we reopen),” Presad says. “I talk to five to 10 people a day.”
While the restaurant renovations will be new, everything else, including the staff and the food, will remain the same, Persad adds.
Bay Leaf offers a daily lunch buffet , serving traditional Indian dishes, such as tandoori chicken. The restaurant also provides private rooms for corporate events, says Persad, able to accommodate 50 people.
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* To begin with, always start putting your make-up on a fresh and clean canvas. This means that you should always wash your face, and clear out any residue with a good cleansing lotion or cleansing water to start right. The same step is mandatory before you retire for the day. This helps to avoid clogging of pores and ensures healthy skin.
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* For your lips, it is essential to apply a clear lip tint or a lip balm at least 10 minutes prior to using your lipstick. A better alternative to this would be a lip primer. This helps in the smooth application of lipstick and makes it last longer.
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5 Ways Parsi Cuisine Evolved In India | Joh Bawa
5 Ways Parsi Cuisine Evolved In India 34 March 13, 2019
From Malvani and Gujarati to English, find these influences in Parsi food<
The Parsis of India are people from the Zoroastrian community that migrated from Persia (now Iran) in the 7th century and made the west coast of India their home. As the community moved from its place of origin and integrated with the local communities in their new-found land, the changes reflected in Parsi cuisine as well. A popular story goes that when the Parsis first came to Gujarat, they promised the then ruler Jadi Rana that the community would mix with the local people like sugar mixes in milk. This is true of the culinary influences as well.
Kurush Dalal, a food anthropologist and historian, who runs Katy’s Kitchen, a Parsi catering service, says, “It’s not so much that new things were added to the Parsi cuisine but that the Parsis adapted their cuisine as they moved.” Over the years, several local delicacies have found their way into Parsi cuisine, but with a Parsi touch. Dalal gives a lowdown on the top five influences that migration has had on Parsi cuisine.
Coconut Curry Considering coconut does not grow in the Gulf, it’s an ingredient that entered Parsi cuisine only after migrating to India. However, the Parsis didn’t make an entirely new dish with this ingredient. Instead, they made their own version of the typical red coconut curry that is found along the west coast of India. “As opposed to the thinner Malvani curry, Parsis make their curry much thicker by adding lots of coconuts,” says Dalal and adds, “The souring agent is usually tamarind and not kokum .”
Local Seafood The most famous Parsi dish outside the community, apart from dhansak , is patra ni machchi . In this Parsi dish, marinated fish is covered in chutney and steamed. The steamed fish preparation existed in Parsi cuisine before the community journeyed to India, but the fish type changed after moving. “In Iran, the most popular fish comes from the Caspian Sea which is a landlocked sea with low salinity. The use of seawater fish in Parsi cuisine happened after moving to India,” explains Dalal. It’s here that the Parsis took a liking to Pomfret and added local ingredients to their steamed fish preparation. “Even the use of banana leaves , coconut chutney, coriander, green chillies and lime happened after moving to India. These were completely alien to Iran,” says Dalal.
Hotter Food “Parsi food became hotter after moving to India,” says Dalal, “but not necessarily spicier.” While the spice trade existed at all times, it’s the chillies that the Portuguese brought to India that made Parsi food hotter. “Before that, the Parsis would have used pepper in large amounts but after chillies were introduced, they were automatically using pepper in smaller amounts,” explains Dalal and adds, “Chillies were introduced to the Parsis after they had been in India for hundreds of years.”
English Custard Lagan Nu Custard is the most popular dessert from Parsi cuisine but this sweet dish made an appearance in Parsi cookbooks thanks to the British. While desserts like kheer and halwa existed in Parsi cuisine, “there was nothing like the custard before the English influence,” says Dalal. “The Parsi Lagan Nu Custard is a typical English custard but with an Indian twist,” says Dalal. He explains that the Parsi custard is no different from the English custard in that it is essentially made of reduced milk to which eggs are added and then it is baked. “To this, the Parsis added nutmeg and cardamom,” says Dalal. In fact, one can find many British influences in Parsi cuisine. “The culture of having evening tea is another English influence,” says Dalal. Parsis don’t have the readymade chai that is usually found in India. Instead, Parsis like their tea in a teapot, with the milk and sugar served separately. “The entire tea ceremony is something that Parsis took from the British,” says Dalal, “but they made a lot of Parsi snacks to go with it.”
Vegetarian Fare It’s often assumed that Parsi cuisine is heavily non-vegetarian but this isn’t true. Parsi cuisine makes use of a variety of vegetables, as it adopted Indian culinary influences. “In Iran, vegetables were few and limited to a short growing period,” explains Dalal. “This is why the Parsis ate dals (lentils) and beans which could be dried and preserved through the year.” After moving to Gujarat, “a huge amount of fresh vegetables became available to Parsis,” says Dalal.
Great savings on 9 luxury holidays from British Airways
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From Mexico’s Mayan riviera to the Czech charm of Prague, book now to secure some great deals Wednesday 13 March 2019 10:36 Click to followThe Independent Travel
Relaxing in the lounge before the flight and champagne on board; holidays should start at the airport and continue in the air. And with the latest limited time deals from British Airways, you can be sure this’ll be the case.
Starting at £299 per person, these luxury breaks all include British Airways Club Europe or Club World flights from London airports, so you’ll get serious legroom, delicious meals and up to two 32kg bags in baggage allowance.
If it’s a long-haul flight, you’ll also have a flat bed with White Company bedlinen. These breaks all include four-star and five-star hotel accommodation in some of the world’s most exciting cities, including Venice, New York and Cape Town, or beach breaks in glorious Mauritius and Cancún. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.
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But to book your chance to take it easy, you need to hurry – book by midnight Tuesday 19 March.
These British Airways Holidays offers are limited-time deals, meaning you get the best available prices on some of the most popular destinations. All include all the usual British Airways benefits to make your journey more enjoyable. Where will your next journey take you? Explore Prague’s unique Czech charms
Spring is Prague’s best time to explore the medieval Hradčany district, with narrow streets leading to St Vitus Cathedral and Prague Castle. Below, on the banks of the Charles River, you’ll find elegant, historic cafes such as the Slavia, but also the chance to explore the haunting buildings of the city’s ghetto.
Three nights, bed and breakfast at the four-star Duo hotel, from £349 per person, travelling between 1-30 July 2019 inclusive. Includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow Try something different in Dubai
The most accessible part of the Middle East, Dubai is packed with things to do. Highly cosmopolitan, it has a genie-like ability to conjure up new experiences for its visitors. You can both snowboard and sandboard here, explore both malls and museums, while evenings bring the nightly fountain show and top-flight restaurants.
Seven nights, room-only at the four-star Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates, from £1,709 per person, travelling between 1-31 August 2019 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow Enjoy Venice at your own pace
After Carnival in early March, Venice is at its most atmospheric, with a touch of mist in the morning and – with luck – sunshine by the afternoon. Without the summer crowds, you’ll be able to wander through St Mark’s Square or visit the ancient market at the Rialto without jostling hordes, while restaurants, including the acclaimed but tiny Il Ridotto, have space for bookings.
Three nights, room-only at the four-star Hotel Admiral, from £299 per person, travelling between 1-27 May 2019 inclusive. Includes Club Europe return flights from London Gatwick Get a new view of Cape Town
Just two hours ahead of the UK, Cape Town’s attractions come jet lag-free. This city mixes stunning scenery with a fascinating history and a vivid presence; you can go from Robben Island to paragliding off Table Mountain. And in the evening you can bar-hop at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront.
Seven nights, room-only at the five-star Hilton Cape Town City Centre, from £2,489 per person, travelling between 1-30 June 2019 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow Cancun and the beach beyond
On Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula, the Mayan Riviera, stretching south from the lively city of Cancun, has some of the world’s most staggering beaches, bands of silky soft sand facing the Caribbean Sea. There’s plenty to keep you in your resort, but also places to explore, from ancient Mayan ruins to the resort of Playa del Carmen. (Getty Images/ iStockphoto )
Seven nights, all-inclusive at the four-star Allegro Playacar, from £1,839 per person, travelling between 1- 30 September 2019 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick Family fun and much more in Orlando
Orlando now offers luxury alongside theme parks that take in everything from family-based nostalgia to cutting-edge special effects and hair-raising rides. Disney World, Universal Studios and the Kennedy Space Center are must-sees, but you’ll also find botanical gardens, art museums and a growing restaurant culture.
Seven nights, room-only at the four-star Blue Heron Beach Resort, from £1,799 per person, travelling between 3 November-12 December 2019 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick New discoveries in New York
There’s no crucible quite like New York; a constantly changing scene for food, art, fashion and theatre. A trip to the Big Apple never disappoints and this year sees the opening of Hudson Yards, a new restaurant and entertainment district in Midtown, plus a major outlet shopping centre opening on Staten Island.
Four nights, room-only at the four-star DoubleTree by Hilton, from £1,399 per person, travelling between 3-31 January 2020 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow Mix culture with cuisine in Miami
With glorious beaches and some of America’s most famous hotels, Miami has always been a city devoted to pleasure. Now there’s a significant cultural scene as well, with the art district Wynwood awash with street art and landmark museums such as the Perez, alongside some of the city’s best restaurants. Nearby, Little Havana brings a Cuban vibe with bars and street food.
Five nights, room-only at the four-star Tradewinds Apartment Hotel Miami Beach, from £1,699 per person, travelling between 9-31 January 2020. Includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow Exotic, exquisite Mauritius
The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is truly bewitching, a mixture of white sand beaches, rainforest and small towns and villages. Dotted with sugar and tea plantations, a legacy of French occupation has left it with a sophisticated food culture, but you’ll also find giant tortoises and golf courses.
Seven nights, half-board at the four-star Le Meridien lle Maurice, from £2,599 per person, travelling between 1-30 June 2019 inclusive. Includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick
Discover more about luxurious holidays with British Airways here ; or find deals to Europe and worldwide
Terms & Conditions: Availability may be extremely limited, particularly during peak periods. All holiday prices where stated are “from” and are in GBP per person based on 2 adults sharing (unless otherwise stated) inclusive of all airport taxes, fees and charges, this is the “Holiday Price”. Additional resort/hotel fees, taxes and service charges may apply. Holiday Prices include (i) one return flight in business class (Club World for long haul flights or Club Europe for short haul flights) per person, unless otherwise stated, from either London Heathrow, London Gatwick or London City to selected destinations as stated below – “Flights”; and either (ii) a minimum of one nights’ four-star accommodation – “Hotel” and/or (iii) a minimum of Mini category of car – “Car”. The Flight and the Hotel/Car are collectively referred to as the “Holiday Package(s)”. The Holiday Price is inclusive of airport taxes, fees, carrier charges correct as of 6 March 2019, and any unavoidable surcharges. Additional resort/hotel fees, taxes and service charges may apply. Flight and car Holiday Packages stated based on drivers aged 30-70 years. Prices are subject to change. Prices are discounted from the lowest price available in the 14 days before 6 March 2019. If you pay the Holiday Package using a corporate credit card billed in the UK, you will be charged a fee of 1% (up to a maximum of £20 per person, per transaction). Holiday Packages must be booked between 00:01 BST 7 March 2019 and 23:59 BST 19 March 2019 inclusive for travel on selected dates as stated below.
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ii. Miami holidays – advertised price includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and a minimum of five nights at the four-star Tradewinds Apartment Hotel Miami Beach accommodation, travelling between 9-31 January 2020.
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iii. Venice holidays – advertised price includes Club Europe return flights from London Gatwick and a minimum of three nights at the four-star Hotel Admiral accommodation, travelling between 1-27 May 2019.
iv. Prague holidays – advertised price includes Club Europe return flights from London Heathrow and a minimum of three nights at the four-star Duo accommodation with breakfast, travelling between 1-30 July 2019.
e. Africa holidays
i. Cape Town holidays – advertised price includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and a minimum of seven nights at the five-star Hilton Cape Town City Center accommodation, travelling between 1-30 June 2019.
f. Far flung beach holidays
iii. Cancun holidays – advertised price includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick and a minimum of seven nights at the four-star Allegro Playacar accommodation with All Inclusive board basis, travelling between 1-30 September 2019.
iv. Mauritius holidays – advertised price includes Club World return flights from London Gatwick and a minimum of seven nights at the four-star Le Meridien lle Maurice- Mauritius accommodation with Half Board board basis, travelling between 1-30 June 2019.
h. Middle East & India holidays
i. Dubai holidays – advertised price includes Club World return flights from London Heathrow and a minimum of seven nights at the four-star Hilton Garden Inn Mall of the Emirates accommodation, travelling between 1-31 August 2019.
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Waiter/Waitress – The Montagu Kitchen
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An excellent opportunity has become available for a driven Waiter/Waitress to join our Montagu Restaurant team. About us: We are an international 5* hotel nestled on the picturesque gardens of Portman Square, just 100 meters north of Marble Arch and Oxford Street. Our aim is to create energizing experiences that connect our guests to who and what matters to them most. About the role: The daily tasks and main responsibilities of the position include:
the ability to demonstrate knowledge of all food and beverage items on the menu monitoring operating supplies and reduce spoilage and wastage assisting guests during their stay and handling guest complaints maximizing revenue opportunities through up selling providing all required information about the Hotel, available services and facilities to our guests.
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THIS INDIAN STREET FOOD NIGHT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE WEEKEND
THIS INDIAN STREET FOOD NIGHT IS THE PERFECT WAY TO START THE WEEKEND Indian Street Food Night takes place every Thursday at Palace Downtown.
We just sorted out your Thursday evening plans with friends. If you are in the mood to enjoy some delicious food in an upbeat setting then look no further. Ewaan at Palace Downtown has just launched Indian Street Food Night every Thursday evening.
A celebration of the various street food delicacies from around the cities of India, Thursday evening’s at Ewaan, will embrace the spirit and taste of India, recreated with unique street style carts, lamps and art work while staying true to the vivid taste of every cuisine.
You must go ready to embark on a serious food journey across India as the Chef has curated an impressive line-up of street fare featuring over 50 delicious dishes (yes, you read that right!).
Your taste buds are in for a serious treat of the finest street delicacies packed with exotic spices, aromas and flavors.
You can begin with a light Indian soup and then go straight for the savory dishes. We must admit we needed a few rounds to really shortlist the items we were going to eat. The first thing that caught our attention was the different assortment of parathas and naans-do try a few of those-especially the paneer paratha.
Although we were tempted to try a bite of everything-it was impossible. Highlights include the irresistible pav bhaji corner where the bun is heated and topped with the vegetables and other garnish. Don’t miss out on the butter chicken perfect with hot naan or the classic daal and the chicken biryani.
If you are a fan of seafood, then the Goan prawns are a must-try.
Those with a penchant for Indian sweets will be excited to find a wide variety of the chef’s ‘mithai’ sweet corner. The warm gulab jamun are the most delightful way to end the meal.
Indian Street Food Night at Ewaan Palace Hotel Downtown Dubai
Time:7pm to 11.30pm
Price:AED 240 per person including soft beverages, AED 295 per person including soft beverages and Indian hops. Children up to the age of 5 years – complimentary dining. Children between the age of 6 years and 11 years – 50% off dining.