thevagus said:
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thevagus said:
There is nothing as popular as indian and chinese cuisine. reason is giant population of both nation. and no one hates their home cuisine. I don’t think japanese cuisine is as popular mexican cuisine only japanese and american people may like it but mexican food is everywhere just with italian.

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thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
There is nothing as popular as indian and chinese cuisine. reason is giant population of both nation. and no one hates their home cuisine. I don’t think japanese cuisine is as popular mexican cuisine only japanese and american people may like it but mexican food is everywhere just with italian.

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Answers to the Strategist quiz 604 News

1. About 250,000 tons of this commodity is produced in India. Ancient Egyptians used it in their cosmetics and food. It is also used as an incense in temples, churches & mosques. It contains a versatile steroid used by pharma companies to manufacture oral contraceptives and sex hormones.
Its plant and seeds are very much a part of our Indian cuisine. Name it. Fenugreek or methi 2. Starting this women’s day which is the first airline in India that will be providing free sanitary pads to women inflight free of cost? Vistara 3. Connect Katherine Johnson the famous Nasa …
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Traditional Irish Recipes To Try This St. Patrick’s Day

Traditional Irish Recipes To Try This St. Patrick’s Day
Irish cuisine has more to offer than just corned beef and cabbage. Award-winning Irish Chef and food writer Darina Allen shared a few of her favorite recipes.
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thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
There is nothing as popular as indian and chinese cuisine. reason is giant population of both nation. and no one hates their home cuisine. I don’t think japanese cuisine is as popular mexican cuisine only japanese and american people may like it but mexican food is everywhere just with italian.

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Pricing madness hits Victoria Falls

4 hours 13 minutes ago 1 View Comments NZALA Milimo was born in Victoria Falls in 1974 and did her primary and secondary education at public schools in the resort town’s ghetto townships.
But unlike the thousands of well-heeled foreign visitors who flock to the world famous Victoria Falls — a famous “honeymoon” destination and a place where international elites have vacationed and conferenced for decades round the year — she cannot tell you what a “Flight of Angels” feels like.
The 12 to 13-minute scenic helicopter flight above the Victoria Falls costs a staggering US$150, excluding national parks, government fees and fuel surcharge fees.
The longer 25-minute flight, dubbed “Zambezi Spectacular”, will set you back US$284, a top-line ripple for most Zimbabweans.
The Flight of Angels is indisputably Victoria Falls’ most popular activity.
The best way to view the falls, they say, is from the air.
The flight takes you on an unforgettable journey over the magnificent Victoria Falls, putting into glorious perspective the full breadth and height of the falls and the beautiful surroundings.
The finest 13-minute ride gives unrivalled viewing, photographic and filming opportunities.
Milimo has never enjoyed the helicopter ride, neither has she bungee-jumped off the famous Victoria Falls Bridge, a must-experience 111 meters of free-fall and four seconds of pure adrenalin as you plummet towards the rapids of the mighty Zambezi River strapped with well-harnessed ropes.
Despite living here for 44 years, these adventure activities that power the town’s booming tourism industry, have always been beyond reach, walled off by the financial constraints of indigent locals living on a shoestring budget.
“I have never done it; I will never be able to raise that kind of money. They want US dollars,” she told the Daily News on Sunday, adding only high-end tourists who flock to this town, can afford.
Victoria Falls is a small town situated in the north-west corner of Zimbabwe and rests comfortably in the Zambezi Valley just a few hundred meters from the south bank of one of Southern Africa’s great rivers, the Zambezi which meanders through Mozambique right into the Indian Ocean.
At this point of the river are the mighty, world famous Victoria Falls, on the Zimbabwe-Zambia border.
The Victoria Falls or Mosi-Oa-Tunya — the smoke that thunders — is where the mighty Zambezi River suddenly plunges into a narrow gorge of over 100 meters deep, forming one of the world’s largest and most beautiful waterfalls with millions of gallons of water plunging over a 1,7 km-wide cliff.
Milimo proudly says she has toured the “beautiful” falls several times.
It’s the cheapest thing to do here.
It costs only RTGS$7 to get into the falls as long as you have a national ID or passport.
But just inside the entrance gate to Victoria Falls’ national park, however, is this excellent cafe that does hearty breakfasts, real Zimbabwean coffee, fresh juices, burgers, toasted sandwiches and pizzas.
It’s called the Rainforest Cafe.
Here a 300ml bottle of a soft drink — the cheapest thing you could buy in this eatery — costs a cool US$2 or RTGS$6.
At the elite confectionary Haefelis in town, a soft drink costs RTGS$7 or US$2.
In the ghettos such as Chinotimba or Mkhosana, there is price differentiation.
Imported soft drinks, mainly energy drinks such as Red Bull, Monster Energy, Lucozade, and everything purchased outside the country, are sold in US dollars.
Local drinks are sold in RTGS dollars, but at almost twice the regulated price.
A 500ml of Dragon energy caffeine drink costs US$2. There is no RTGS price.
The US dollar pricing is perhaps a way by indigenous-run local businesses to sustain the imports from neighbouring Zambia and Botswana.
With a night in a three-star hotel averaging US$94 and a 5-star averaging US$202, Milimo laughs in disbelief at the idea of spending a night in the Kingdom Hotel, a luxurious, Omani-style family hotel built around a man-made lake which is within walking distance of the Victoria Falls.
“Their prices are just unaffordable for someone like me,” she said, explaining that her meagre salary could never allow her such luxuries.
“It’s too much, maybe if it was RTGS dollars,” she said, referring to Zimbabwe’s latest currency, made up of bond notes, bond coins and electronic money.
The single mother of two, who lives with her mother and aunt in the working class suburb of Chinotimba, said all her earnings are expended on food and taxi to get to work at a restaurant along the Zambezi River, where she sells Pizza to tourists.
Business is comparatively low right now after a boom during the festive season.
“In December, it was very, very busy. With what I earn, I can only afford food for the family and taxi into town. When I get to town, I then jump into the (staff) bus to work.
“The change from my salary, I usually buy some clothing. I could never afford to go to places like the Boma,” she said, referring to the famous dinner and drum show, located on the Vic Falls safari lodge estate.
It is a legendary and must-do experience in Vic Falls, featuring dining and entertainment experience that offers an unforgettable fusion of mouth-watering local cuisine, energetic dance performances, interactive drumming and traditional storytelling.
The Boma, over the years, has firmly established itself as a Vic Falls highlight, featuring a sumptuous four-course meal including a delicious platter of starters, soup from the campfire, a barbeque buffet, where no plate is complete without the famous warthog “pumba steak”, followed by a wide selection of deserts.
“I would really love to go there if I find someone willing to take me, but it’s an unbelievable US$45 for that,” the vivacious Milimo said ruefully.
The US$45 does not include drinks.
As a prime holiday destination, Vic Falls also hosts a great choice of nightlife entertainment options.
The undisputed ground zero of nightlife in Vic Falls is of course Shoestrings Cafe, with a crowd almost always, for sure, ultra-white females and Rastafarians.
It’s a place with the coolest revellers, largely white females, featuring a fantastic lounge club, naughty bar, pool tables, and a banging disco.
It is definitely the place to have fun at night.
Shoestrings does come alive with music, the food is lovely, and delicious, but the prices, like everywhere else here, are ridiculous.
Taxi driver Mike, who is from Harare and is “gold digging” in Vic Falls, told the Daily News on Sunday he makes good money ferrying tourists.
During the day, he picks up tourists from the Victoria Falls International Airport and transports them into town. And he charges a cool US$30 per trip.
“It’s good money wangu (my friend),” he told the Daily News on Sunday as he drove through the good roads in the town, with a durable surface material laid down.
“I don’t waste money on those adventure activities, I have an extended family. It really ticks me off that I have to pay tourist prices for our own attractions.”
Foreign arrivals into Zimbabwe as an aggregate has significantly picked up since the November 2017 coup.
Key to the uplift in tourist arrivals is the new Victoria Falls International Airport, which is already playing a major role in the tourist town, with new airlines, new routes and increased flight capacity from existing carriers all adding to the growing momentum that is so clearly evident across the destination.
The airport was refurbished at a cost of $150 million.
The airport’s expansion began in February 2013 and was carried out by a Chinese firm China Jiangsu International Group through a concessionary loan by the China Export and Import Bank.
It was commissioned in November 2016.
It had been expected to smoothly handle around 1,5 million passengers annually up from 500 000, but is now struggling to contain the huge volumes of traffic.
This comes after BAComair is now operating larger aircraft on the Joburg-Vic Falls route, and over the coming months will be offering double daily flights on several days of the week.
The BAComair daily schedule is operated by a B737-800 aircraft, which accommodates 162 passengers in a business and economy configuration.
The airline is also licensed to operate these three additional services per week year-round as required, should there be demand.
South African Airways is operating an Airbus A330-200 with 222 seats, which is 88 seats more than their previous aircraft capacity.
In addition, Victoria Falls has new airlines servicing the destination, namely Ethiopian Airways and Kenya Airways, linking Victoria Falls to North and East Africa.
Both airlines have their own hubs and networks for better connections and packaging.
Kenya Airways fly-on from Victoria Falls to Cape Town, creating a much-needed route linking the three iconic African destinations of Cape Town, Victoria Falls and Kilimanjaro.
The latest arrivals into Victoria Falls Airport are SA Airlink, offering the Cape Town to Victoria Falls route six days a week, and Fastjet, which has now added Johannesburg to Victoria Falls three times a week to their schedule.
In the domestic air space, Air Zimbabwe and Fastjet are now both operating seven days a week, which has been a boost for domestic tourism.
New businesses are opening across the industry in the region, with new lodges, hotel rooms, restaurants, bars, and new activities, all of which combine to enhance the draw of the destination, which is a hub for Hwange, Matobo Hills, the rest of Zimbabwe and the Kaza (Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area) region.
Kaza, which is made up of five Southern African countries — Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, and Zimbabwe — boasts some of the most pristine and diverse wildlife areas left on the planet.
Mike said he drives tourists to all the local “premium locations” that he, personally, cannot afford.
The chatty taxi driver said things like the Zambezi Sunset Cruise, costing US$40 — that allows one to take in the beauty and grandeur of the mighty Zambezi River as you spot an assortment of game, including hippo, elephant and crocodile; elephant back safaris costing US$275, lion walk that allows a side-by-side walk with the king of the jungle costing a cool US$210 — have mostly become exclusive spots for foreigners.
“Mudhara, most Zimbos can’t afford these prices. Even if you do mukando, forget, king. It’s sad that these are our things, but we can’t afford them,” he said, taking a long sip from a bottle of fruit juice he had just bought from the country’s largest grocery chain, OK Zimbabwe, to quench his appetite in the scorching sun.
OK Zimbabwe’s local stores and its rival TM Supermarkets, in which South Africa’s Pick n Pay owns 49 percent are the only places where locals can buy groceries at prices obtaining countrywide.
“Hazvizi bho king (It’s not right),” added the streetwise taxi driver, shaking his head.
Tourism and Hospitality Industry minister Priscah Mupfumira — who last year surpassed a tourism target of $1bn in earnings — agrees that tourist resorts are priced out of local residents’ means, but said she was moving to address the problem.
She said government will concentrate on creating products for local tourists.
“A lot of our people don’t enjoy our nature, our God-given experiences. There is the issue of pricing which we will be working on, especially our national parks,” she said, adding focus will also be on promoting cultural tourism and cultural villages.
The Zimbabwe Tourism Authority predicts the tourism sector will grow by 20 percent this year amid an improvement in sentiment.
Zimbabwean officials have stated that the tourism sector has grown from a $200 million sector in 2009 to an over $1 billion industry now, but have also acknowledged that the country’s economic challenges have led to the sector underperforming.
This comes as the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) last year announced a $15 million revolving support facility intended for the tourism sector.
Funding has been a real issue in recent years — the absence of adequate long-term project financing has left the country’s tourism industry with inadequate marketing infrastructure. However, like most of the country’s key industries, insufficient funding has not been the tourism sector’s only challenge.
Liquidity shortages since mid-2016 have beset the tourism industry. Ordinary citizens as well as international tourists are impacted.
While major tourism facilities and service providers are able to facilitate electronic payments, small curio and arts vendors remain among those most affected by the liquidity crunch, although recent monetary reforms are expected to buoy the sector.

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Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
Anushura said:
thevagus said:
There is nothing as popular as indian and chinese cuisine. reason is giant population of both nation. and no one hates their home cuisine. I don’t think japanese cuisine is as popular mexican cuisine only japanese and american people may like it but mexican food is everywhere just with italian.

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Peanut Chicken with Soba Noodles // @2souschefs

Peanut Chicken with Soba Noodles // @2souschefs March 15, 2019 by Lucindervention
“ Growing up in Vermont, the local restaurant scene was limited. We had a single pizzeria run by a local Greek family, a single Chinese restaurant, and a handful of locally owned moderately priced Americana restaurants. Classing it up meant driving for just over an hour to the nearest Olive Garden. Because of the lack of dining options, I have vivid memories of trying all the different types of cuisines of which I did not have previous access. I can tell you that the first meal I had at an Indian restaurant was a rich goat curry with my first taste of a mango lassi in the heart Fresno, California. The first time I had pad Thai was we had traveled to San Diego’s Gaslamp District. We were just interns living in Vero Beach, Florida the first time I had an authentic Cubano. One of our favorite things to do is take a dish and put a spin on it. Adding an ingredient to dish that evokes a memory of a specific time in our lives or of a location we once lived is a game we play. This dish of peanut chicken with soba noodles is a mash up of different cultures, but it brings us back to the time we spent in the foothills of the Sierras. The green vegetables add a complexity to the dish and the lime juice lightens it against the peanut butter’s richness. What you plate your food with is just about as important as what you put into the dish itself. Our cupboards are filled with all sorts of shapes and sizes of plates, bowls, and serving platters collected over a lifetime of traveling and eating. Coupes bowls and plates are not only beautiful but exceptionally functional. They force your attention to the center of the plate and focus on the food. ”– Joe
Ingredients 0.5 head Napa cabbage – sliced thin 1 medium crown of broccoli – florets removed and stem chopped 1 medium zucchini – cut in half and sliced 0.5 yellow onion – sliced thin 1 pound skinless chicken breast – fat trimmed off and sliced 1 bundle sobas noodles

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Nice location and some great service.

We stayed at The Claridges twice during our 15 day tour of India. Our check in process at 3:30am was efficient and courteous. The hotel location is in the central district and has a nice garden at the front where you can take drinks and snacks although on our first visit the service was a little slow and we had to rectify our bill but it is a welcome area to relax after a busy day! Having said that the rooms and lounge areas are well appointed clean and comfortable and the unheated swimming pool is excellent. There was a large Wedding going on at the hotel for one of our nights and a Conference on our 2nd stay. On our second visit we were kindly upgraded to a higher grade room near the swimming pool which was most appreciated. We loved the Sevilla Tapas restaurant and the Chinese Jade restaurant as a change from Indian cuisine. Both offer outstanding food and ambience at International prices. The wines in particular were very expensive which was disappointing so stick to The local Sula wines which are excellent especially the “bubbles”! nWe wish to give due recognition to 2 staff in particular for their outstanding service and knowledge. Firstly Mahinder who served us several times at Breakfast and in the garden lawn area. Thank you also Mahinder for your advice and knowledge of India and your wonderful recommendation of the Dosa’s and black tea with cardamon and ginger which we loved. We shall remember your “energy bombs” that kept us going after some long travel days! Thank you also to Atif in Jade restaurant where your service was excellent.

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Crazy Rich Asians – book trilogy review

by Daze
After watching and enjoying the movie I wanted to read the book by Kevin Kwan to see how it compared. I quickly found out there were three books comprising a trilogy. I wondered to myself if I really wanted to commit myself to that many books with each being over 500 pages long. Eventually I ended up buying a box set of the three books anyway.
The first book (Crazy Rich Asians) is more interesting than the movie that’s based on it. If you liked the movie I think you’ll like the book because there is, of course, more detail, especially in regards to all the social/cultural aspects of the super wealthy in Singapore and side characters. The first book mainly focuses on Nick’s side of the family but there is also more on Rachel’s background near the end of the first book that sets up the second book (China Rich Girlfriend), which is pretty much mostly about Rachel’s side of the family. The third book (Rich People Problems) returns the focus back to Nick’s side of the family when his grandma’s health becomes an issue.
There are footnotes throughout all three books written by the author. It might seem odd for this to be one of the first things I talk about but they do come up a fair bit and in my opinion are one of the highlights of the book.
You’ll get footnotes for anything that may be unfamiliar to the English reader without knowledge of Singaporean culture. Basically any non-English words spoken will have a footnote with its translation. Different characters will use expressions in hokkien, mandarin, cantonese, malay and singlish, which really adds to the authenticity of the story and helps distinguish the different backgrounds of these characters. Any food whose name has no real English equivalent will also get a footnote. This can definitely be fun for those who are into food to discover new things to try. Personally I find Southeast Asian food to be very interesting because not only do they have unique dishes of their own but they also have ones that combines East-Indian, and Chinese cuisines. Certain landmarks, fashions, etc also usually get some footnote. They are often educational but many are also quite funny with snarky or tongue in cheek commentary.
These books definitely give off the impression that they are light reads and not meant be considered some serious literary works. There’s definitely a lot of descriptive passages of dresses, jewelry, food, scenic locations, etc and I quickly tired of these descriptions, especially the fashion related ones and all the brand name dropping because of my lack of knowledge in these fields. I couldn’t visualize any of it. These descriptive passages and footnotes due to serve to give the story’s setting both cultural and social specificity that is seemingly based on real life. That also extends to the behavior and beliefs of the characters.
What drove me to keep reading was definitely the characters or at least the main ones. Singapore is culturally diverse and so are the characters in this book. While many non-Asians still see Asians outside of the Asian countries as a singular race of identical robots, this book really shows the diversity that actually exists, including the ugly racism and elitism between different Asian races. There’s so much conflict between almost everyone. Everyone has such big families and so there are a lot of characters mentioned. I didn’t bother trying to keep track of most of them.
The books definitely poke fun at all the snobby, super rich characters who complain about things that middle income and poor people could never imagine. So many characters look down on not only race but place of birth and whether they’re “old rich” or “new rich”. Mixed in with all that mess is the clash of young vs old and west vs east. Despite everybody being super rich, it’s not hard to relate to the cross-generational conflicts.
In the movie, I was surprised to find that Astrid was the most interesting character to me and the same thing happened in the books. In fact, I felt the Charlie and Astrid plot was what kept me intrigued the most throughout all three books even though they are secondary characters. The character of Kitty also gets a surprising amount of coverage throughout the books. Nick and Rachel don’t really change after the first book. Their main conflict happens in the first book and is mostly resolved there. Nothing of interest happens with Nick in the second book since it’s all about Rachel. Likewise, Rachel takes a backseat in the third book. But even Nick doesn’t really play much of an active role until closer to the end. Generally, the third book is more about Nick’s family history and the infighting.
Overall, I enjoyed the books. I’m not sure I would necessarily read them again but I was definitely hooked, particularly with the second and third books. In retrospect, the second book is the least important to the overall plot although the revelations in that book and especially in the last several chapters of the second book are perhaps the most ludicrous in the trilogy. It may be the easiest book out of the three to follow since there are less characters in it. The third book overloads on the characters again but it’s kind of expected given its story. It also delves into a little history, which gives a bit of seriousness to all the extravagance that preceded it before. Everything is wrapped up, maybe a bit too nicely and conveniently for the main characters. But it does it’s job in that there are no real loose ends.
The movie makes significant changes to key decisions made by Astrid and Eleanor and doesn’t quite go as far as the first book does in regards to Rachel’s background. Avoiding going deeper into Rachel’s background was a good decision and it makes sense to keep that for a second movie and then continue it with content from the second book. However, because of changes made in the first movie, the movie sequel’s setup will have to be a bit different from the second book. The reason being that by the end of the first movie / first book the state of Rachel and Nick’s relationships with their respective parents is different between the two mediums. Similarly, the Astrid, Michael, Charlie plot will need a different setup and I’m intrigued how much the movie will adhere or diverge from the books. I see there being a lot of leeway for divergence in the second movie since most of what happens in the second book has little impact on the events in the third book. The third movie will very likely cover the third book in regards to Nick’s family and his grandmother. Advertisements

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