Originally Posted by BustaCapp probably tastes like it too
1) Poutine is cheese curds on fried potatoes. Hmmm… what a sophisticated and amazing concoction. 2 ingredients LMFAO!!
2) That American ‘cheese’ is in an aerosol, so please don’t talk smack about canned food you unwashed pleb.
3) Stay lit.
1) And what’s canned baked beans and toast?? lmfao, poutine is three ingredients, gravy, cheese curds and potatoes, which can be topped off with anything. Not to mention looks 10x better than your poverty prison food you enjoy. Just lmao bruhhh
2) American cheese in an aerosol isn’t a staple food retard, canned baked beans and toast is, cope harder lmao
3) You hella mad
4) British cuisine is being cucked/replaced with Indian/Pakistani cuisine just lmfao, lol @ Indians teaching the Brits how to cook and use spices
5) Enjoy your spotted dick phaggot lmaoooo, not surprising it is a UK dish with mouthbreathing phaggots like yourself
Thanks for posting a pic of a wonderful British classic.
LMFA !!!! Yeah, I think we’ve all gathered that he is pretty clueless, fukn lol @ sticking poverty, low quality whole sardines in a pie
Simon Hughes goes on the trail of cricketing legend in Antigua
Simon Hughes goes on the trail of cricketing legend in Antigua Simon Hughes Cricket at its simplest form – on a Caribbean beach – getty More It was like the old days last weekend. An England cricket team annihilated by the West Indies in Barbados with a day to spare, the players looking a little shell-shocked, the thousands of English fans with an extra day to down their sorrows at Mullins Bar on Gibbes beach or on the Jolly Roger cruising up and down the west coast, the “pirates” forcing selected landlubbers who spilt their rum punch on deck to walk the plank… And just as it used to in the Eighties, the tour has moved on to Antigua . Every Caribbean island has a different feel. If Barbados is the most glitzy and posturing with its fancy hotels and celebrity-owned homes and people claiming to be related to Rihanna, Trinidad is edgier (until you escape to Tobago anyway) and Grenada more chilled. The style of play on the field was roughly in keeping. Back then, Antigua was unique on the cricket circuit. It was the party island. It looked unprepossessing as you flew in to land between abandoned quarries on the rather unkempt north coast. But you’d soon pass a rustic-looking rum shack with a few locals sitting outside playing dominoes. They’d slap the pieces down on the rickety wooden table with extravagant vigour, drain their drink and order another. It was two o’clock in the afternoon. They’d be still there when you passed by again at dusk, joined by a few others, gassing about the prospects for the Test match. “Richards’ gonna give you some licks!” they’d say when they heard your accent. In Antigua you could party all day at the cricket match, and continue all night. The old Test match ground in St Johns thrummed to the sounds of Chickie’s famous disco, blasting out calypso tunes between overs as Gravy, the cross-dressing cricket fan, adopted all manner of hilarious poses on a raised platform. There was also the “iron band” parading around the ground playing all manner of “instruments” – metal pipes, cymbals, cow bells, drums, whistles, even car hub caps – in syncopated rhythm. It created a fantastic atmosphere and the players bought into it, swaying or jigging to the beat. It seemed to energise their game, too. It was a real celebration of cricket, which often went on long into the night at the ground itself or at various bars and night spots nearby. The major drawback was it was all so much fun you barely ever saw a boat or a beach – except on a skinny-dip dare late at night – and you needed another holiday to recover from it all. The island has changed. It has grown up, leaving its teenage self behind. It is not a place to get plastered on rum punch after the cricket and soak it all up with a swordfish burger and chips, before staggering back to your modest hotel – glorified boarding house would actually be more accurate – feeling bloated and ill. Now there is still the fun side, but there are more restorative pursuits available too. Antigua was cricket’s party island Credit: AFP More The drive to the south coast from the new Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in a Seventies Chevrolet (Antiguan taxis are a Hawaii Five-O throwback) took me along a narrow, winding road through sleepy Swetes village. I passed the house outside which the great fast bowler Sir Curtly Ambrose’s mother Millie used to ring a bell every time her son took a wicket for the West Indies (she had to ring it 630 times). I was hoping to find an impromptu match on one of the slightly unkempt club grounds, but no luck. Instead I hopped along the undulating Old Road, where the vegetation becomes noticeably lusher and dwellings more rudimentary. Story continues I stopped at the Antigua Rainforest, a slightly elaborate name for a copse of tropical trees in a gorge. Nevertheless it’s a lively two-hour distraction, taking six zip wires and two suspension bridges, with spectacular glimpses of the coast from the wires stretched across the canopy. Then I went to Carlisle Bay hotel for lunch and beach cricket. Carlisle Bay is like a chic holiday village built in homestead style, spaciously laid out around a secluded cove. It’s a world away from the bling of Barbados establishments or the old Antiguan tat. The beach is quiet, just a solitary Hobie Cat bobbing on the water. But the sand is too soft for cricket (you need the hard stuff covered with the gossamer of a receding wave to skim the ball across.) Instead I found a grassy area behind the Indigo restaurant to play on, the wicket a mature palm tree. A couple of gardeners on lunch break joined in and it was quite a focus of interest until the ball was accidentally hit under a table of guests lunching on octopus ceviche. I took my new team-mates next door to the exclusive Curtain Bluff resort, where I was staying. It boasts beaches on two sides – one for surfing, one for swimming – as the hotel straddles a small peninsula. There’s a small sunbathing platform 98ft (30m) out to sea and we used that as a springboard for a display of diving catches (with an explosive wet finish) before sampling the buffet lunch in the beach restaurant enlivened by a live band. Curtain Bluff is an old-school sort of place, frequented largely by wealthy Americans, many of whom had been returning annually for two decades and some of whom admitted they came for their regular fortnight and never left the premises. Given the range of sports and free activities on offer – especially the daily snorkelling and diving trips on the hotel’s own boat to a nearby reef stocked with tropical fish and the odd stingray – you could understand why. Many guests seem to know each other, which gives the place an especially sociable feel. It’s a big mistake not to explore this quarter of the island, though. After taking off in a hotel kayak and finding the water beyond the bay a bit choppy, I retired to dry land and borrowed a hotel bike. A short ride along the coast connects you with the Antigua Beach Bar Trail (there’s a handy map at visitantiguabarbuda.com ) and I started at Tranquility Bay with OJ’s, a ramshackle, two-tiered joint perched just above the water and stashed with the flotsam the waves washed up. Cocktails are good here, but the food is rather basic. Antigua away from the bat and ball Credit: getty More Just along at Love Beach is Jacqui O’s – a beach bar with slightly more sophisticated cuisine (the England team doctor was eating there so it must have been OK), but it doesn’t take itself too seriously. Well they tolerated me stumbling in straight from the sea, anyway. I sat barefoot at a table and wolfed down a superb and beautifully presented crab salad and lobster ravioli, and then dozed off in one of their cabanas on the beach. Of course everyone wants to know where Antigua’s most famous son, Sir Vivian Richards – nominated as one of the five greatest cricketers of the 20th century – hangs out. That’s BeachLimerz on the north-west coast close to the forgettable main town of St John’s. It was in a small playground behind the Richards’ modest home in the town where the “Master Blaster” learnt his signature leg side shots. “If I hit the [tennis] ball over the wall to the right – the offside – it was six and out,” he said. “There was a grumpy fisherman living there and he never threw the ball back from outta his back yard. But if I hit the ball over the fence to the left it hit the side of that building and bounced back. So it was six and still in!” Viv was busy for lunch so I headed off to BeachLimerz with his brother Mervyn. BeachLimerz is a low-slung bar set at the edge of a scruffy beach road near the port. Barry and Gail, the couple who own it, welcomed Mervyn as family: cocktails were on the house. They were prepared to rustle up any drink I could think of (I recommend the Dark ’n’ Stormy) and after giving us a taste of the daily special – redbean pigtail soup – they produced a towering quadruple-decker burger (they should call it an Ambrose special) which took us most of the afternoon to devour. As the sun began to set I was hoping the locals would turn out for a beach game. Viv Richards in his heyday Credit: getty More “No, they rarely cricket here any more,” Mervyn said. “People are more interested in just liming.” Liming is the Caribbean expression for hanging about chatting, and BeachLimerz is a great spot to do so as the sun sets to the strains of a steel band. The Test cricket ground, named after Richards, is the island’s one disappointment. It is in a fairly inaccessible, windswept area, mainly open plan, with what looks like an airport terminal at each end. No wonder the Antiguan public don’t come. The cricket-themed party has shifted to Shirley Heights, a former military lookout on a cliff above English harbour in the south. It’s a bar and live music venue where, if you time it right, you can see Spirited perform. This band features the great Ambrose on bass and former West Indies captain (now match referee) Sir Richie Richardson on rhythm guitar. It’s compelling to watch someone of 6ft 8in making a bass guitar look like a ukulele. Spirited play a mixture of reggae, soca, calypso and R’n’B – and have a habit of beckoning people up on stage for dancing competitions. The sad reality is, of course, that even if we English generally compete better than we used to with West Indians on the cricket field, the one thing we will never beat them at is dancing. The essentials Simon Hughes is editor of The Cricketer magazine and commentates for BBC. He was a guest at Curtain Bluff (0800 051 8956; curtainbluff.com ), Antigua, which has double Deluxe rooms from £689, all-inclusive.
Minnesota, from North to the South
A Guide to Minnesota, USA, for a first-time visitor
By Oscar Davis Minnesota was once called “minisota” by the Dakota Indians, who settled in this land over three centuries ago. The name was a representation of the numerous lakes the land has and meant “land of sky-tinted or cloudy water.” Canoeing across the cold and massive Lake Superior near Duluth, Minnesota. Though Minnesota is often promoted as the land of 10,000 lakes, today, the state has 11,842 lakes in total. Located on the shore of Lake Superior – the largest of the Great Lakes, Minnesota is where the Mississippi – the third-largest river of the world, begins. Apart from its sparkling blue lakes, Minnesota is famous for its splendid forests and magnificent scenery. The state has a lot to offer its visitors and striking everything off their list could be a tough task for first-time visitors. MY LATEST VIDEOS The Hermann Heights Monument is a statue erected in New Ulm, Minnesota. So, instead of trying to fit it all in your limited vacation period, you should plan your itinerary to set a date with these must-visit places on your first visit to Minnesota. The Minneapolis-St. Paul area This diverse region has something for everyone. Whether you love local craft beers, are an art enthusiast, love to shop or prefer spending life outdoors in the company of nature, the region has an activity to meet your interests and budget. With dozens of trails, parks, and green space which include the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area with a 72-mile riverfront corridor for the public, you can soak in Minnesota’s scenic beauty to your heart’s content. If you love outdoor activities, you can head to the Minnesota Valley SRA (State Recreation Area) that offers 35 miles of trail to enjoy hiking, snowmobiling (Chaska to Belle Plaine), horseback riding, and mountain biking, in addition to a 6-mile long paved bike track (Shakopee to Chaska). If you want to camp nearby, you can head to the family campground of Minneapolis SW KOA/Shakopee/Jordan. Those looking for a luxurious stay can opt for Nicolin Mansion Bed & Breakfast. Fetching directions Print directions
Mall of America During your visit to the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, make sure to enjoy tax-free shopping at Mall of America – the nation’s largest enclosed entertainment and shopping complex. With 520 stores along with 14 movie theaters, 50 restaurants, Nickelodeon Universe Amusement Park, SEALIFE Aquarium, as well as live concerts and events (that are free to attend), this gigantic mall will satisfy your needs. Don’t miss the theaters, galleries, and museums – especially the Weisman Art Center , and the Walker Art Center , which have converted the Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington area into an arts haven. The music scene in the Twin Cities is legendary- thanks to the native superstars like Prince and Bob Dylan, to Atmosphere, The Replacements, and more. Duluth, Minnesota skyline, on Lake Superior.
You can visit some local favorites like The Amsterdam, First Avenue, Palace Theatre, Icehouse, Turf Club, Triple Rock Club, and the Cabooze to enjoy live music. If you are a Jazz fan, don’t miss visiting downtown Minneapolis’ The Dakota Jazz Club or Saint Paul’s Vieux Carré. For world music, you should head straight to The Cedar Cultural Center, while The Fine Line Music Cafe is the place to be if you want eclectic lineups featuring both international and local acts. To satisfy your palate, you can visit: Ping’s Szechuan Bar & Grill that serves award-winning Asian cuisine including Cantonese, Szechuan, Hunan, and Mandarin dishes, along with specialty drinks like Ping’s Mai Tai, Ping’s Pleasure, and Bootsy’s Best Martini Fireside Social House that serves American Cuisine and has a full bar Emily’s Lebanese that serves delectable Middle Eastern dishes During your sojourn in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, you can pay a visit to Brainerd (which will take a little over 2 hours via road) to take in the lakefront view (and perhaps, rent one of the houses overlooking the Brainerd Lakes to ensure some lakeside fun) and enjoy the fresh air having a pine scent – thanks to the surrounding pine trees. Northeast Minnesota RELATED Detroit: Fueling up on Car Culture in the Motor City From the splendid Lake Superior to the BWCAW (Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness) to Voyageurs National Park (freshwater-based park spread across 218054 acres where over one-third of that acreage consists of water), this land plays host to several special places. Whether you want a luxurious stay at a lakeside lodge or camp in the unscathed backcountry, you can get it all in this region. Some places to stay in this region are Pier B Resort Hotel (Duluth), North Star Lake Resort (Marcell), Cove Point Lodge (Beaver Bay), and Sugar Lake Lodge (Cohasset). Thanks to the waters and woods in this region, you won’t have any dearth of outdoor recreation. From boating, fishing, and canoeing to camping, biking, and hiking, you can enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities here. And when it comes to food, you will get to taste local farm-to-table fare and international cuisine along with a variety of Minnesota wines as well as craft beer and spirits. You can check the fare on offer at Scenic Pines Bar and Grill (Bigfork), Zeitgeist Arts Café (Duluth), Papa Charlie’s Restaurant & Tavern (Lutsen), and Grandma’s Saloon & Grill (Duluth). Duluth is a big draw in this region and you should visit it to soak up its seaport flavor. Don’t miss a glimpse of the early 20th-century architecture and life at the Glensheen Mansion in Duluth. You may even plan to visit the smaller towns in this region that house art galleries and museums, which give you a peek into northeast Minnesota’s rich ethnic tapestry. Here is what Barbara Pelton wrote in a GoNOMAD article about Duluth. “Taking a coffee to go and then walking down to the “big” dock or the “extra walk” of the lighthouse to see these the huge freighters come through. I have seen this hundreds of times and it always amazes me as this wall of steel passes by and the men wave as it passes through.” She recommends Little Angies for lake-side Margaritas and Amazing Grace , for coffee and breakfast.
Read about Northern Minnesota’s Mining Towns Minneapolis. For instance, a trip to the Grand Rapids will let you enjoy the Forest History Center, Judy Garland Museum, Children’s Discovery Museum, MacRostie Art Center, and Reif Performing Arts Center. Southern Minnesota Apart from the mighty Mississippi and Minnesota rivers crossing the land, this area also boasts of some quiet, small streams that flow through the scenic valleys surrounded by towering, wooded cliffs. Whether you are looking for historic architecture, fishing lakes, bike trails, trout streams, or underground caves, you will get them all here. Some of the top attractions in this region are: The National Eagle Center, Wabasha, MN (for a close encounter with the majestic eagles) The Minnesota River Valley Scenic Byway (that passes by 6 state parks as well as museums telling Minnesota’s history) Pipestone National Monument, which was built in 1937 with the aim of protecting the local pipestone quarries Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona, MN A tour of the Niagara Cave and Mystery Cave to see underground stalagmites, stalactites, pools and waterfalls, Harmony MN The Commonweal Theatre, Lanesboro MN Salt Lake in Lac qui Parle County, which is the state’s solitary alkaline lake a birding hotspot . Preston-based National Trout Center Odessa’s Big Stone National Wildlife Refuge In addition to these, don’t miss the in New Ulm), and walking a bit in the largest boot of this world boasting of size 638-D and weighing 1 ton – the Red Wing Shoe (which is in downtown Red Wing).
Hermann Monument RELATED Feasting and Sightseeing in the Land of D’Artagnan Some accommodation options in Southern Minnesota are Kiesler’s Campground & RV Resort (Waseca), Red Carpet Inn (Windom), Contented Cottage (Northfield), and Archibald Inn B&B (Dundas). To satiate your palate, you can head to Salute! Wine Bar & More (Rochester), Signatures Restaurant (Winona), Old Barn Resort Restaurant (Preston), and Bub’s Brewing Co. (Winona). Other Regions in Minnesota If you are a golf enthusiast and still have some time left on your hands, you can head to the heart of central Minnesota that plays host to over 70 picturesque golf courses. You can even enjoy waterskiing, fishing, boat, ng and mountain biking (on the region’s top-notch mountain bike trails). Setting a date with the historic sites dedicated to Charles Lindbergh – the celebrated aviator, and Sinclair Lewis – the famous novelist, are other activities you can indulge in. Don’t forget to pick some knick-knacks from the region’s gift shops and antique stores. Northwest Minnesota is another region worth a visit. Apart from playing host to the headwaters of the Mississippi River and the largest lakes of the state, this region has a picturesque setting where the north woods meet the prairie. From bird-watching and golfing to biking (on beautiful paved trails), and hiking (in state parks), you will have a lot to do and enjoy here. Tips for international travelers Before traveling to Minnesota, USA, find if your country is covered by the VWP (Visa Waiver Program). If you are wondering “ what is Visa Waiver Program? ” it enables nationals or citizens of38participating countries toenter USA (for business or tourism) for a maximum of 90 days or less without getting a VISA. However, to travel to Minnesota, USA on the VWP (without a visa), you must have authorization through the ESTA before you board a sea carrier or flight scheduled to reach the US. This makes it important for you to check your ESTA status by using your ESTA Application number to retrieve the details. In case you don’t have the application number, you can check the status by using other details like your passport number, its issuance and expiry dates, country of citizenship, and date of birth.
Lavasa Things to do in Lavasa city – Vacations Adventurous
Temperature: (Summer 36°C) & (Winter 6 °C)
Languages Spoken: Marathi, English & Hindi
Lavasa is one of the most unique hilltop towns in Maharashtra India surrounded via mountains having scenic lake, waterfalls and a tremendous landscape. It is a private town evolved and maintained by way of Hindustan Construction Company. The most appealing part of this metropolis is the Promenade which has a very picturesque backdrop of pastel-colored homes. These buildings have residential residences as well as resort motels. There are many enjoyable activities in Lavasa which includes journey water sports activities, cycling or take a walk at the promenade playing the fascinating environment.
While you’re to your manner to Lavasa, you will locate many places where you may get down of your vehicle or motorcycles, do little appropriate pictures with the hills beautifully blanketed with lots of greenery and waterfalls. The monsoon season gives in reality pleased and pleasant vibes to this town.
Best Time to Visit Lavasa City :
The most endorsed time to visit Lavasa is for the duration of monsoons that occur from June till August. This hill metropolis is fantastically blanketed with clouds and greenery supplying you with a completely blissful feeling. You will supply water sports activities a pass over all through this season because of the rainfalls.
You also can go to Lavasa during winters that are an excellent season similar to for touring any hill station as you can revel in the water sports activities in addition to the very high-quality environment this town has to offer.
Where to Stay in Lavasa City :
Anywhere you propose to live in Lavasa will offer you remarkable and breathe taking views from across the metropolis. The city is beautifully surrounded by way of the Dasve lake and hills. Just consider waking up to such perspectives on a few days of excursion. I genuinely want I ought to have stayed there for longer.
Alternatively, you may also plan an afternoon experience to Lavasa from Pune or Mumbai and tour back to the cities by the evening.
Things to do in Lavasa City :
Stroll throughout the Promenade:
The Promenade located simply beside the Dasve lake is the highlight of Lavasa. The promo begins with a completely lovable bridge build over a waterfall leading you to the super backdrop of the residential apartments, resorts, Dasve lake and hills. While you’re taking walks thru the Promenade, you may have snacks, tea and take a seat on the benches to loosen up and experience the view.
If you revel in cycling, then I might propose you to lease bicycle from there and take a tour across the hills. The bicycles are to be had on the condo prices beginning from INR 100. Cycling is the maximum exciting way to explore the beauty of Lavasa. Alternatively, you can also lease a Segway which can be to be had at condominium quotes beginning from INR 400.
If you are looking for some journey while taking part in the exceptional perspectives, then you may pass for water game activities along with jet skiing, kayaking, zip lining, and boating. These activities aren’t accessible at some stage in monsoons due to the heavy rains. The timing for the water sports is from 10 AM to 5 PM.
Xthrill Adventure Academy:
Xthrill Adventure Academy gives luxurious camping in air-conditioned tents. You can also choose sports together with mountaineering, rappelling, valley crossing, jungle treks and much greater.
Enjoy the Food:
Lavasa has few restaurants presenting numerous cuisines together with Indian, Italian, Chinese and Mexican at the Portofino Street that’s the waterfront from Dasve lake. You can attempt out joints along with Food Stop, Happy Sandwich, Chor Bizzare, Tabakh (Lebanese Restaurant), etc. We would recommend you to strive the delicious pizza and paneer wraps from Happy Sandwich. You also can strive out vada pav and slicing chai at this type of eating places while taking a walk on the prom.
So, if you are searching out some journey that takes you to a nature-led enjoy, plan an afternoon journey or a weekend stay at this stunning hill town named Lavasa.
How to Reach Lavasa City :
We traveled to Lavasa from Pune city in Maharashtra from in which it’s far placed at a distance of 65 kms. We commenced our experience through the bike and it took us about 2 hours to reach Lavasa. Since it’s a hilltop destination, the street toward Lavasa is curvy, so I would recommend you to devour mild and convey some drug treatments to avoid any motion sickness. The roads are surrounded via very enchanting views of mountains and mini waterfalls making the journey more memorable and profitable.
The routes to reach Lavasa from Pune :- Pune – Chandani Chowk – Paud Road Toll – Pirangut – Take a left at Ghotawade Phata – Temghar Lavasa Road – Temghar Dam – Lavasa Ghat road – Lavasa entrance Gate – Lavasa town.
There is any other way to keep away from Pirangut village is take a left flip just before descending Pirangut ghat. As we haven’t attempted that route so I can’t comment something about it.
Lavasa can also be reached from Mumbai from in which it’s miles positioned at a distance of a hundred ninety kms.
Once you attain at the access gate to Lavasa, there’s a parking fee that’s Rs. 200 for 2-wheeler cars and Rs. 500 for 4-wheeled vehicles.
Nearest Airports: Pune is the closest airport 49km from Lavasa.
Main Railway Station: Pune railway station 37km from Lavasa.
Main Bus Station or Road: The Watunde Bus Stand of Lavasa has placed at a distance of around 20 km from the metropolis center and can be reached by way of taking a bus or a vehicle-rickshaw.
The distance of some Major Towns from Lavasa :
Pune – 65km, Mumbai- 186km.
Places of Tourist Interest:
It is the leader enchantment inside the area which is situated at the banks of the Mose River. The Mose River is the main supply of water to the whole metropolis of Pune. This river is likewise appropriate for various water sports. The Varasgaon Dam is also referred to as the Veer Pasalkar Dam. The dam is a famous picnic spot alongside the close by Panshet Dam.
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Getting across the Destination:
Bus, Rickshaw, and Taxi facilities are supplied to get across the destination in Lavasa. One can take their private automobile to head around.
Christmas, and New Year Celebrations take place. Diwali Mela is held. But the maximum important characteristic is the Car Rally Held in February.
Near Places to visit Mahabalehswar , Devkund Waterfalls .
Trip to Lavasa City
After our trip to Harishchandragad Fort, this time we determined to go to Lavasa for a full day force. This becomes our 2nd visit to Lavasa and 1st became on our friends birthday party. Monsoon is the fine time to visit Lavasa city (India’s first deliberate hill station) which gives you a pleasing climate that lets in the exploration of nature and waterfalls mounted in the place.
Journey to Lavasa City
We began our journey via 09:00 AM in the morning on the bike. We have observed that rush begins in Lavasa after 2 PM with the intention to experience nature journey, we left domestic apiece early. Our entire power turned into memorable. Showers of rain welcomed us whilst we reached near Temghar Dam and then faced continuous heavy however excellent rain. Hills, which have been absolutely blanketed by using clouds, become giving us an amazing view. We took numerous pit stops for photography. The street takes you towards Temghar Dam after descending the Mutha Ghat. It is one of the famous spots to take a bit wreck and revel in the view of the Temghar Dam wall and then the actual Temghar Dam after using few kms.
After passing Temghar Dam, very curvy road welcomed us. By this time, we have been too hungry and we had a tasty Vada-Pav and SweetCorn (Bhutta). A complete cloudy climate with heavy rain, cool breeze, Temghar backwater view & a cup of tea & warm served Vada-Pav (well-known snack which absolutely everyone loves to devour with tea) along with your friends is only a memorable enjoy. There are too many corn stalls from Temghar Dam region until Lavasa entrance gate. The same road takes you in the direction of Lavasa Main Gate and beyond. This complete road is a laugh to trip. I changed into now not capable of touch 60-70 velocity due to every day turns and rain. The sharp turns inside the Ghats were fun. But the experience coupled with the scenic splendor was outstanding. Greenfields on aspects at the side of waterfalls, then the Temghar backwaters and then the Dasave Lake at Lavasa. We did our bit of images on this road bcos of heavy rainfall. If your found of waterfalls and hills, one can go to of toy train- Matheran
There changed into right security at Lavasa front gate and the safety personnel noting the car numbers and a reason for the visit. After crossing the primary gate, we should see Dasave village i.e. Lavasa Phase 1. It is about 7 – 8km from this factor. There were few roadside small gardens and they furnished parking area & from this factor, you could have a birds-eye view of Lavasa.
Lake/Dam backwater is at center and Lavasa is surrounding it with the huge avenue. Along the street are the Residential Villas, Convention Center, Hotels, Water Sports Center and Lavasa Information Center and so forth. There are ample signal-boards to guide you to the places in Lavasa. To have a walk on strolling plaza gives you experience like you are in the European USA. There are plenty of eating places to be had to consist of The All American Diner, Zodiac eating place (4-celebrity), 24 hrs. Coffee shop, Granma’s Homemade Patisserie, Tabakh (Lebanese), Oriental Octopus (South East Asian), Past Times English pub, Chor Bizarre (North Indian delicacies), Sub-way, Pizzawala, Brewberry’s – Coffee bar and speedy food outlet, Natural Ice cream and many others. We had our Lunch at Potato twist, Sub-Way & then pastries at Granma’s Homemade Patisserie.
There are some watersports activities in Dasave dam from 10 am to 5 pm (Depending upon weather situation in monsoon max time in monsoon its closed because of heavy rains). It is little high priced, but they’ve all system’s in a precise condition like Jet Ski scooters, paddle boats, Kayak, inflatables, Bumper boats (dashing boats in a confined area), cruise and so on. Fee variety from INR a 100/- to 500/-. We have been a bit unfortunate because it was raining heavily. You also can have the ride of Lavasa in a minibus with a huge window or in a toy teach (wheel vehicle converted in toy educate) which runs on the street. After Hanging for some time round Lavasa, all of us went for a trip far away from Dasave village. This direction changed into parallel with the backwater of Dasave dam.
Exploring places in pune for adventure – Many Places can be seen in pune
By 5 we decided to transport again home. Again with a few pit stops for nature pictures we reached domestic by 07.00 pm competently. All in all, it was a fantastic long journey experience that all of us buddies desired in Monsoon.
Bike Petrol: INR 500-600/ depends on bike – (approx. 7 lit: INR 75/lit)
A toll on Paud-Pirangut Road: INR 30/ for car – (Return toll) and for bike its free.
Corn: INR 20/- according to piece
Vada-Pav: INR 10-15/- consistent with the piece
Potato twist: INR 90/- in step with a piece
Sub-Way: Rates almost equal as other subway branches
Pastries at Granma’s Homemade Patisserie: Range INR 65/- to INR a 135/- as in step with flavor.
Maldives 3 Ways: Which Four Seasons Property Is Right For you?
There’s something absolutely magical about the Maldives. First and foremost, you’re truly away from it all surrounded by the azure water of the Indian Ocean. The weather is always warm and you’ll easily forget whatever polar vortex was bothering back home you once you arrive. On top of that, the aquatic activities are next-level and the food is great. So if you want to plan a trip there, where should you go? The Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts are famous the world over for their top-notch hospitality and luxe accommodations. They also happen to have three outstanding properties in the Maldives of which each one has its own distinct vibe and activities. Here’s a breakdown to help guide your decision.
Aerial View of Kuda Huraa Johann Khairi
1. Kuda Huraa
After you arrive here by speedboat from Malé airport you’ll check in while sitting in the property’s open-air lobby. Even just in those first few minutes, you’ll instantly be blown away. This property is quiet and luxurious, the ideal place to unplug or have a romantic vacation with your significant other.
There are 96 beach and overwater villas here, and each encompasses the dreamy island vibe of the Maldives. Their overwater villas are all relatively new, in particular their two- and three-bedroom villas which are less than two years old. The lagoon in front of you becomes nice and shallow during the day allowing you to explore various sandbanks and of course, take a dip.
Do you have a need for speed when it comes to water sports? The property has on-site jetskiing and seabobs which will satiate your need for adrenaline. If you’ve always wanted to float on water, book an X-Blades session to hover over the ocean. It’s really fun and quite manageable once you get the hang of it.
Four Seasons Maldives at Kuda Huraa has four restaurants and two bars. Their breakfast buffet is the perfect cross-section of cultures and flavors; here you can find chapati with tuna (a Maldivian breakfast), Chinese noodle soup, fluffy pain au chocolats that rival ones you eat in France, and all-American bacon and eggs. There’s also an outstanding Indian restaurant on site, Baraabaru which with its colorful interiors and flavorful dishes is a feast for the eyes and your palate.
Beach Villa with Pool – Aerial Johann Khairi
2. Landaa Giravaru
When you land here you feel like you’ve landed in a verdant stretch of jungle — a jungle filled with five-star accommodations, of course. While Kuda Huraa has a more serene vibe, this property is livelier and more social. It has a lot of recurring guests and families that come here at least once a year.
There are 103 thatched bungalows, beach and overwater villas. The overwater villas are fabulous, with ladders leading you down to the water where you can go snorkel with mantas. If you’re traveling with a group the villas are where it’s at. The three-bedroom Landaa Estate is a vast private playground for you and eight of your friends to lounge poolside living your best life.
There are lots of aquatic activities to choose from at Landaa Giravaru, but one truly stands out from the rest. You can go on a once in a lifetime sub-aquatic adventure when you embark on the DeepFlight Super Falcon 3S which is stationed near the property. This groundbreaking yet eco-friendly (it’s battery-charged) submarine allows you to explore the protected Baa Atoll through individual viewing domes that provide stunning 360-degree views of the underwater world.
Craving the rich flavors of the Middle East? You’ve come to the right place. Head to Al Barakat to enjoy Lebanese, Moroccan and Armenian cuisine. The restaurant is named after a North African scholar who made the Baa Atoll his home in the 12th century. If you’re in the mood for something really special, tell the hotel you want to do the mid-ocean table for two. You’ll sail from Landaa’s Fuego shore out to a floating platform for a candlelit dinner served by boat in the middle of the lagoon.
Four Seasons Private Island – Aerial (1) Johann Khairi
Let’s be honest here, not everyone can afford to book a private island in the Maldives. If you happen to one of those lucky people then Four Seasons Voavah is calling your name. Enjoy this two-acre private fleck of land which you can book with 21 of your closest friends, or if you’re trying to have a super exclusive romantic vacation, just one other person.
There are seven bedrooms including a three-bedroom beach villa, two-bedroom water villa and two mezzanine suites. If you’re craving complete privacy, you’ll never want to leave — there’s 24-hour onsite security and patrols with CCTV and night vision cameras.
With a private island comes a private yacht, obviously. Let them know when you want to set sail to swim with reef sharks, float with mantas or just frolic in the pristine water of the Baa Atoll.
As you might have guessed the dining is specifically tailored to you while you’re on your private island. Select from personal cooking, a private chef or Four Seasons catering.
Chef Vineet Bhatia taste of Indya to Dubai
Chef Vineet Bhatia Image Credit: Supplied They call him the Godfather of modern Indian cuisine with his culinary talents having earned him an audience with Queen Elizabeth, a couple of Michelin stars and a restaurant empire that continues to blaze a trail across Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Chef Vineet Bhatia dared to reimagine the Indian food culture in the UAE back in 2005 when he introduced our over-spiced Indian palettes to Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai. With its modern progressive Indian cuisine, going beyond the much-abused Baltis, Indego shook up the dynamic for future ventures in gastronomy.Bhatia’s new restaurant,
Bhatia’s new restaurant, Indya by Vineet, in Dubai. Image Credit: Supplied
The 51-year-old’s most recent brainchild — the short-lived Ashiana by Vineet notwithstanding — is one that has the purists most excited. Indya by Vineet, located at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, is positioning itself as the flag-bearer of homestyle cooking. Simply put: this is food minus the theatrics.
“At Indya by Vineet, we aim to stand clear of these theatrics and embrace the cuisine in a more traditional sense — we try to let the food speak for itself,” said the chef in an interview with Gulf News tabloid!.
Theatrics, according to him, are best limited to the reality TV shows, a genre that most recently saw Bhatia step into the limelight for the Netflix show, The Final Table.
A week into the opening of his new Dubai restaurant, we picked his brains to discover the recipe for his success, his take on the UAE food scene and how much reality is there really on those celebrity-driven cooking shows.
Q. Tell us about your new restaurant and what does it bring to the UAE?
A. Our idea behind Indya by Vineet was to showcase traditional methods of cooking and various cuisines found around India. We attempted to bring regional delicacies and home-styled food into a restaurant scenario. For example, we offer the Charcoal Sev Papdi Dahi Chaat, which is our interpretation of the papdi (crispy flatbread) and has been made with an activated charcoal (which is completely edible).
Q. Indian food today provides more bang for the buck in a literal sense with molecular gastronomy and other theatrics creating an almost spectacle of the meal experience. What are your thoughts on this?
A. It’s sad to see that Indian food is still reliant on these theatrics and dramatisations in the presentation and taste. Sadly, many places prepare it without understanding the basics and foundations. I find that most restaurants that utilise theatrics in their dishes don’t have an understanding of Indian cooking. Dry ice, gels, and smoke are all used to enhance a dish, but if the foundation and basic elements aren’t right, there is no point. I prefer to focus on the core product and the flavours of a dish in order to drive our sales, not the dramatisations.
Corn koftas in spinach saag.
Q. In an industry that is cut-throat and competitive, what must one do to survive?
A. This industry is certainly competitive, but what I believe makes one survive and succeed is definitely the product. What I mean by product is the taste and quality of the ingredients that are used in a dish. Two things that have helped me come this far is always ensuring that my ingredients are as fresh as possible and the end result of any dish represents a part of me.
Q. I remember reading in your downtime you often sketch out your recipes. Is this the method to the madness (in a manner of speaking)?
A. There is no set way that we tend to function, but sketching is a big part in the evolution of our food. To clarify, before any of our dishes are cooked and plated, it is always sketched out beforehand. We [wife Rashima and I] tend to sketch out independently and sometimes we come up with the same visuals, other times we don’t. When we don’t align with our visual sketches, we each plate up our vision and either collaborate, or choose the one that is more visually appealing.
Q. Name the one problem with Indian cuisine you would like to address?
A. Generally, what we would like to address and what I have always addressed since the day I stepped foot in the kitchen, is the excessive use of oil, fats and spices. It’s not to say that it’s not there in India, but it’s not necessary, as it masks the product. I have largely focused on removing the excess oils and fats in my food, along with the overuse of spices, masala rubs, etc so I can let the actual flavours of the ingredients shine through.
Seekh Kabab Tawa, Ajwain Paratha.
Q. What are you most passionate about cooking?
A. I’m most passionate about retaining the core nutritional values, while at the same time imparting different textures and flavours to the food. I’m quite a traditionalist, so it still has to look visually appealing but at the same time it has to be cooked in a very traditional way with traditional flavours. I absolutely love using Indian spices on local produce across the globe. For example, in the UK I would use Scottish salmon and give it Indian flavours, by smoking it with charcoal and cardamom — keeping it traditional with a local twist!
Q. Are you a traditionalist at heart with your dishes or do you like to experiment?
A. I’m definitely a traditionalist that likes to experiment. I was brought up learning all about Indian cuisine, so I use the flavours and techniques as a foundation to experiment. I like to play around with ingredients, but continue to use the traditional techniques, skills and flavours. Let me tell you — there have been some interesting dishes that have immerged through this process!
Q. What’s the one dish that needs to be on the menu in any of your restaurants?
A. That’s a difficult question to answer because I’d like to think I have a signature approach towards my food and represent Indian cuisine, so it’s difficult to point out one dish.
The one dish that does end up being in all my restaurants is butter chicken. I think our take on butter chicken is quite different — it is still done in a traditional way, but it is not very sweet and is quite creamy. We also usually have lamb chops of some variation and chocolate samosas.
Vineet Bhatia is granted an audience with Queen Elizabeth.
Q. What does the Michelin star signify for you?
A. The Michelin star is not the be-all [and] end-all, however it is a pinnacle. It makes it easy for another person to understand your calibre as a chef. In my case, it became increasingly difficult to constantly scream at the top of my lungs that I was different. When I received a Michelin star, my explanations about my authenticity and uniqueness automatically ceased. A Michelin star has its own strict, ridged guidelines, which are still in some way understood and appreciated by the audience and the world. It gave me a platform to explain what I was doing and what I had been trying to achieve through my cooking.
Q. Tell us about your experience on ‘The Final Table’ and what prompted you to say yes to the show?
A. What prompted me to say yes to the show was the selection of the chefs and chef judges that they had put together. At first, I was a bit sad because I thought they wanted me to be one of the participants. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but at this point in my life, I wasn’t ready to participate and be judged all over again — I feel like I’ve paid my dues. When it came across that I was going to be a judge, I was extremely happy and honoured to share the space with such a strong selection of Chef’s which of course prompted me to say yes.
Bhatia’s new restaurant, Indya by Vineet, in Dubai.
Q. What are your thoughts on reality cooking shows such as ‘The Final Table’ and ‘MasterChef’?
A. My thoughts here mainly stress on the use of the words ‘reality’ and ‘MasterChef’, because to me they are quite contrary. Based on my audition that I had for ‘MasterChef’ in India, there was nothing real about it.
It was strange receiving commands and dictations in your earpiece, telling you what to do and why — I strongly disagree with this. My contention here is how real are these types of shows? While the platform is great exposure for individuals, with remarkable culinary talents, it’s just not authentic.
Q. If there’s one person you owe your success to who would it be and why?
A. I would pick my wife, Rashima. If I were to have a partner who did not strongly believe what I was doing, or foresee my vision and make it our vision, I don’t think I would be where I am today. There have been many instances where I think I have done enough and want to stop, but she’s the one that pushes me and reminds me that we’ve got more to show the world.
Q. Which chef do you look up to professionally?
A. It’s hard for me to say that there is one particular chef that I look up to professionally, because each one of the chefs I’ve had the pleasure to work with throughout my career has taught me something.
If I had to pick one though, I would have to pick Chef Alain Ducasse. While Alain didn’t know it at the time, he indirectly passed on the knowledge that I could be in more than one place at a time — that I could translate my thoughts and my being through my different dishes and restaurants.
Q. If you could host a dinner with any three people of your choice, who would it be and why?
A. I would host Barack and Michelle Obama (I count them as one), because of what they have accomplished — their trajectory from what they have come up from. I think highly of Barack as a leader, because I believe that he stood for the right reasons. I look up to Michelle for her resilient force.
Secondly, I would like to host Amitabh Bachchan — besides being my childhood hero, he has been one person I look up to. He has evolved so beautifully through every key stage of his life.
The third person I would like to host is Sachin Tendulkar — the Indian Cricketer. Sachin has come from such humble surroundings and I can understand what he must have gone through. His family believed in him and the process in which he had to go against all societal norms in India of becoming a doctor, accountant, or a lawyer, because all he wanted to do is play cricket. But to succeed to the extent that he has, I respect and look up to him.
Where does Chef Vineet Bhatia dine in Dubai? We tend to go to places that are not your high-end fine dining restaurants in the UAE, but more casual places such as Ding Tai Fung for their dim sums, Raju Omlet for eggs and 3 fils.
The evolution of Chef Vineet Bhatia The Michelin-star chef, TV personality and published author spearheads a restaurant empire with brands including Rasoi, Vineet Bhatia London, Maharaja in Saudi Arabia, along with Indego and Indya in the UAE.
The former Mumbai resident started earning a name in the late ‘80s by putting his talent to the test for The Oberoi hotel group in India. However, the restrains to revolutionise Indian cuisine on his home soil took Bhatia to London in 1993 where he gave free rein to his creative talents and ultimately earned his first Michelin star in 2001 (the same year as Indian chef Atul Kochhar).
Three years later, Bhatia would go on to open Rasoi, his signature restaurant set up in a 100-year-old Chelsea town house, which would later morph into Vineet Bhatia London and earn him another Michelin star, yet strangely shut shop a week later for a “fresh new start”, according to the chef.
Over the years, Bhatia has racked up a portfolio through his restaurant consultancies, while going on to become a published author with his 2010 cookbook, Rasoi: New Indian Kitchen, followed by My Sweet Kitchen. Bhatia was also one of the handpicked chefs to appear on the Netflix reality show, The Final Table.
He is married to Rashima who helps him run his business empire.
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Heat up the winter blues with international fare
By Hilary Berg
As winter lumbers on and the barrels outside collect rain and moss, my mind tends to wander to warmer, drier climes.
I’ve never been to L.A.; yet lately, the thought of palm tree-lined boulevards and warm breezes — plus the chance to run into an occasional celeb, here or there — has me seriously California Dreamin’. That’s the truth. Editor’s Note Hilary Berg has been the editor of OWP since 2006. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s in journalism. She and her husband own a seven-acre vineyard and winery called Roots .
Now, I realize as the editor of an Oregon-focused magazine, I should write strictly about my adopted home, but this need for sunshine is genuine.
Or, maybe I don’t need to travel south. Perhaps I could just plant myself in the kitchen and explore the pantry for spices and ingredients that will transport my palate and lighten my mood. I need something with a serious kick, some heat.
Mexican, Thai, Korean, Chinese, Indian … these cuisines are known for warming you from the inside out with flavors distinct and delicious.
Most of the time, I leave it to the chefs to perfect these traditional recipes. I mean, I can make a decent baked potato, but a bowl of fragrant pho or a steaming plate of chicken biryani is best ordered from a restaurant, at least for me.
We all have our favorites, our “regulars,” when it comes to selections, but what if you chose a dish from a “foreign” section of the menu? It might be the adventure you didn’t know you craved.
Or go with your “usual.” There’s nothing wrong with comfort food, as long as it gives you joy and some warmth, especially on these cool, gray, drippy days.
Who’s ready for spring?
Holiday cocktails at Prohibition, Farmer’s Table emerges in Little Italy
By Frank Sabatini Jr.
Look for a March-April opening of Eggies , a walk-up window on the East Village property of Breakfast Republic that will sell coffee drinks, English muffin sandwiches, and various noshes layered in small Mason jars such as French toast, potato hash and frittatas.
Conceived by the locally based Rise and Shine Restaurant Group , which currently operates seven locations of Breakfast Republic within San Diego County, the Eggies concept will also spring up in Pacific Beach ( 4465 Mission Blvd .) around the same time. Both will operate out of large shipping containers. 707 G St., 619-501-8280 , breakfastrepublic.com .
A third location of Farmer’s Table has emerged — this time in Little Italy. Conceived by Sicilian-born restaurateurs Alberto Morreale and his cousin, Vincenzo LoVerso, their latest opening precedes those in La Mesa and Bay Park. All three restaurants offer whimsical farmhouse décor, including red tractors in the dining rooms and American-Mediterranean cuisine constructed largely with locally sourced ingredients. Their menu includes Neapolitan-style pizzas, duck gnocchi, artichoke ravioli and more. Breakfast and lunch are also served daily. 550 W. Date St., 619-255-0958, myfarmerstable.com . A farm-inspired restaurant run by two Italian cousins has opened on Date Street. (Courtesy of Alternative Strategies)
Downtown businesses and event organizers that have employed Waters Fine Foods & Catering for their special events now have access to many of the recipes owner Mary Kay Waters has used over the 30 years she’s been in business. Her new 240-page hardcover cookbook, “Waters Fine Foods — Stories and Recipes from our Kitchen,” is hot off the press and available for $28 at various outlets. They include Specialty Produce ( 1929 Hancock St. ), Warwick’s ( 7912 Girard Ave. ), and Waters Fine Catering Cafe ( 1125 W. Morena Blvd. )
Replete with color photography, the book features chapters on breakfast, salads, soups, sandwiches, entrees, desserts and more. It is also available on the website: waterscatering.com . San Diego gourmand Mary Kay Waters has released a cookbook of prized recipes from her culinary ventures. (Courtesy of Waters Fine Foods & Catering)
Parakeet Cafe in La Jolla has branched into Little Italy with a plethora of trend foods such as avocado toast, cacao waffles, organic quinoa bowls, kale-hemp salads, and a broccoli-based “green soup” also containing lentils and mung beans.
From the beverage list we find “adaptogenic” drinks blending mushrooms with various additives like honey, turmeric, collagen, and ashwagandha, an Indian root herb touted for its medicinal powers. The cafe operates from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1680 India St., 619-255-1442, parakeetcafe.com . Swooped up avocado toast at Parakeet Cafe in Little Italy (Facebook)
Chinese native Faye Xie is introducing several new items to her menu since opening Made in Kitchen in December. The fast-casual eatery specializes in Chinese-Japanese dishes, and is anchored in the East Village condominium building, Pinnacle on Park . Xie’s latest additions include cashew shrimp, house salads and a poke bowl stocked with salmon, ahi and veggies. 1460 J St., 619-255-5335 , sdmadeinkitchen.com . A new Asian-fusion eatery in the East Village recently introduced colorful poke bowls. (Courtesy of Made in Kitchen)
We’re normally unfazed by unofficial “observance holidays” commemorated by certain foods and drinks. But the one being celebrated Feb. 13 at Prohibition ( 548 Fifth Ave., 619-501-1919 , prohibitionsd.com ) and The Morning After ( 531 F St., 619-542-9664, themorningaftersd.com ) is too salacious to ignore.
In celebration of national Mistress Day, which throws a spotlight on straying men and their female lovers, the underground Prohibition will offer cocktails tailored after three American presidents’ well-known mistresses: Marilyn Monroe, Monica Lewinsky and Stormy Daniels.
Concocted by beverage director Ryan Andrews, the $13 cocktails pay respective homage to those particular women with rye whiskey, gin and tequila. We’ll leave the remaining ingredients in each drink an alluring mystery.
Nearby at The Morning After — a new breakfast-brunch spot featuring a full bar — you can score short stacks of “side cakes” for $9, a fruity rum-based cocktail named “affair-y tale” for $11, and other related items.
—Frank Sabatini Jr can be reached at .
Biryani in a wrap: Refashioned Mughal dish raises a storm in Britain
Search Biryani in a wrap: Refashioned Mughal dish raises a storm in Britain Foodies and connoisseurs may shudder at the thought of confining biryani inside a roti, but a prominent food retailer in Britain has done just that — offering biryani in a wrap. world Updated: Jan 30, 2019 20:15 IST Prasun Sonwalkar Hindustan Times, London Foodies and connoisseurs may shudder at the thought of confining biryani inside a roti, but a prominent food retailer in Britain has done just that — offering biryani in a wrap. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Would you relish the tingling flavours of a biryani wrapped in a roti?
Foodies and connoisseurs may shudder at the thought of confining biryani inside a roti, but a prominent food retailer in Britain has done just that, raising a welter of protest as well as some delight at the experiment.
The long history of Indian food in the UK has seen versions of original dishes that may or may not exist back home. For example, the ‘chicken tikka masala’ is a British invention, now elevated to the status of the country’s national dish.
But retail major M&S has taken it further by referring to the Mughal era dish and offering what it calls ‘sweet potato biriyani wrap’, described as “fragrant sweet potato, basmati rice and buckwheat with a fresh kachumber salad and mango chutney, in a wholemeal roti wrap”.
It hit the headlines when food writer Maunika Gowardhan tweeted its image, and said: “Thanks but I like my biryani with rice in a bowl not a wrap. Seriously M&S!?” Some took issue with the spelling (‘biryani’), while others alleged there is “no frigging rice in there”. Thanks but I like my Biryani with rice in a bowl not a wrap. Seriously M&S!? pic.twitter.com/XAqNfoUsN9 — Maunika Gowardhan (@cookinacurry) January 24, 2019
Gowardhan told The Times: “I was trying to pick up something for my lunch on the go and came across a label that said biryani. I thought it was genuinely a biryani. I was a little confused. It was wrapped in a bread. I have never seen a biryani wrapped in a bread”.
“A biryani is a labour-intensive method of cooking. You layer everything. There’s saffron, there’s cardamom, some regions have rosewater, garam masala. This is a complete misrepresentation of what the dish is. All you are doing is using the name, not the dish. Biryani is not a flavour, biryani is a dish.”
But the retailer said: “M&S is famous for its food innovation and our developers use a fusion of different flavours and ingredients to create an exciting range of products to appeal to customers’ tastes.”
As more tucked into the row, celebrity chef Vivek Singh called for a relaxed approach, questioning rigidity and lack of experimentation in cuisines: “I don’t think there is a holy grail of what a biryani should be…People in Britain love biryani as much as most of us from the sub-continent.”
“I don’t have a very rigid view of what authenticity is. I have spent a good part of my cooking life trying to challenge perceptions and push boundaries. I don’t think even my food is authentic,” he told the daily.
It was former foreign secretary Robin Cook, who famously elevated ‘chicken tikka masala’ to the status of a national dish, widely available in restaurants as well as in the form of ready-meals in supermarkets.
According to Cook, it is a national dish “not only because it is the most popular, but because it is a perfect illustration of the way Britain absorbs and adapts external influences. Chicken tikka is an Indian dish. The masala sauce was added to satisfy the desire of British customers.”
First Published: Jan 30, 2019 17:32 IST
What Wikipedia Can’t Tell You About Suraj Kund Mela 2019 – Light Travel Action
Surajkund Mela 2019 Dates
1st to 17th February, 2019 are the dates for the 33rd Surajkund Mela 2019.
At least 20 countries and all the 27 Indian states would be participating in the Mela. The Surajkund Mela 2019 is open to visitors from 10:30 AM to 8.30 PM.
Which country is the partner country at the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019?
Thailand is the Partner Country for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019. Incidentally Thailand was also the focus nation in the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 2012.
Travel Tip: Traditional Thai art and craft ranges from paintings and musical instruments to beautiful silk wear, wood, stone, and soap carvings, pottery, puppets, Khon masks, and much more.
It was for the first time in the 23rd Surajkund Crafts Mela 2009 that Egypt was invited as the focus nation.
Since 2012 the concept of inviting one country as the Focus nation has been introduced.
Partner Nations over the years 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela 2012 – Thailand was introduced as the first Focus Nation during the 26th Surajkund Crafts Mela-2012. 27th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2013 – A group of African Nations were in focus. 28th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2014 – Sri Lanka was chosen as the Focus Nation. 29th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2015 – Lebanon was chosen as the Focus Nation. 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2016 – China and Japan were chosen as the Focus Nations. 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017 – Egypt was the nation in Focus. 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 – Kyrgyzstan was chosen as partner Nation. pin now visit later Which state will be the theme state for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Fair?
Each year, one of the Indian states gets the honour to occupy the position of the Theme State at the Mela. Maharashtra is the theme State for the 33rd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019.
The art, craft and cuisine of Maharashtra would be in focus this year. Maharashtra is dotted with natural beauty like secluded beaches , mesmerising hill stations, caves, and man made forts .
Travel Tip: Don’t forget to visit the replica of Raigarh Fort at the Surajkund International Crafts Mela. Built in the 14th century the original Raigarh Fort is situated in Raigad in the taluka of Mahad in Maharashtra. It was the capital of the Marathas under Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj .
Previous states in Focus: 30th Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2016 – Telangana was the state in Focus. 31st Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2017 – Jharkhand was the state in Focus. 32nd Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2018 – Uttar Pradesh was the Theme State. An entire list of theme states over the years can be found here. layout Map of SURAJKUND INTERNATIONAL CRAFTS MELA 2019 surajkund mela ticket price
The Tickets for Surajkund Mela 2019 can be bought on the spot as well as online.
Weekdays: INR 120/- per person Weekends: INR 180/- per person
Differently-abled people, senior citizens, serving soldiers, and war widows and their dependents – get a 50% rebate on the entry tickets.
Students Discount: Students get a discount of 50% on their entry tickets on weekdays provided they produce valid ID cards at the time of purchasing the Surajkund Mela tickets. Online ticket booking facility for Surajkund International Crafts Mela-2019
You can sit at home and book the mela tickets much in advance through Haryana Tourism s official website www.haryanatourism.gov.in .
Keeping pace with the Digital India initiative, the Mela entry tickets are also available through online ticketing portal bookmyshow. Surak Kund Mela entry tickets at Metro Stations
The Mela entry tickets would be made available for sale at 30 Delhi Metro stations at strategic locations, including major stations, terminal stations and interchange stations.
These stations include Dilshad Garden, Inderlok, Rithala, Samaypur Badli, Jahangir Puri, GTB Nagar, Kashmere Gate, Rajiv Chowk, Central Secretariat, Saket, Sikanderpur, HUDA City Centre, Noida City Centre, Botanical Garden, Karol Bagh, Kirti Nagar, Uttam Nagar East, Dwarka Sector 21, Vaishali, Laxmi Nagar, Mundka, ITO, Mandi House-6, Lajpat Nagar, Govindpuri, Sarita Vihar, Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Neelam Chowk Ajronda and Escorts Mujesar. Features of the Surajkund International Crafts Mela 2019 :
The mela is divided into six zones. Each zone has a special ambience and feel created for it. I would recommend the following for a better experience :- 1. Cultural Performances:
For National and International flavour of cultural performances head to the open air ‘Chaupal’ within the Mela ground where artists perform traditional & folk songs and dances.
You can witness distinguished singers, musicians and poets perform daily at Chaupal from 6.00 pm onwards during the Mela fortnight. 2. Competitions for Students.
The Mela will also conduct competitions for school and college students. 3. Amusement and Adventure Activities
Traveling with children? Don’t worry!! There is a separate section earmarked especially for amusement and adventure activities.
Giant wheels, twister rides, bungee jumping and such other rides and activities ensure that their is something for all age groups. 4. Kabhi aao hamari ‘Haveli’– The Food Court!
Food kiosks selling authentic food from different parts of India are set up in the Food Court called ‘Haveli’.
If you you have a sweet tooth don’t miss these awesome Jaliebis.
Kulhad wali chai anyone? The unique earthen flavor & smell that these pots infuse in the tea will energize you for further shopping! 5. The security arrangements
The security arrangements have been beefed up with CCTV Cameras installed in the Mela ground along with the Night Vision Cameras.
A large number of security personnel are deployed within the Mela premises. 6. Toilets
There are traditional as well as Environment friendly e-toilets within the Mela premises. 7. No Plastic Zone
A complete ban has been imposed on the plastic/polythene bags within the Mela premises. Weather of Surajkund Mela, Fardiabad
Faridabad during the first two weeks of February has an average temperature of 23°/8°
Travel Tip: Given my past experience, I would suggest you wear a jacket over full sleeves Cotton T-shirt. Early in the morning it can get windy. However, as the day progresses it starts getting warm. If your clothing is layered you will it easier to adjust as per the changing weather. How to reach Surajkund Mela 2019
Suraj Kund is in Faridabad city of Haryana. Visitors staying in Delhi (NCR) can reach the venue by road. If you self drive, Parking details are given below.
By Bus Bus Route and Time Table for Mela.
By Metro The nearest metro station to Surajkund Mela is Tuglakabad Metro Station . Tughlakabad Station is on the Violet Line of the Delhi Metro. It is located between Mohan Estate and Badarpur station.
By Air The nearest airport is at Delhi. Surajkund is 25 km away from the Indira Gandhi International airport and it takes around 1 hour and 10 minutes to travel the distance.
Delhi is the nearest railway junction. Faridabad and Gurgaon are both linked to Delhi via railway lines. From each of these stations, one can travel to Surajkund by car/cab or tourist coach.
Surajkund is well-connected to Delhi, Gurgaon and Faridabad by metalled road approachable by one’s own or hired conveyance. Is there space available for car parking at Surajkund Mela 2019?
Proper Parking arrangements are made near 3 gates of Surajkund Mela.
Separate entry and exits have been provided so as to ensure smooth and unhindered flow of traffic.
Battery Operated Rickshaws and golf carts are available on request, for facilitating the movement of senior citizens and differently-abled persons. Details of Parking Points at Surjakund Mela 2019 Gate No.