The best thing about PDC is the range of food obtions, theres a choice for people who have a small budget, families as well as more discerning diners, you just have to do your research. If staying in a hotel usually reception can help if you have a particular cuisine in mind. Calle Teide has some exceptional choice such as My Kitchen Julius, nearby Emma’s Cantina, The Island Bistro. Little Elm and up a little further Sorrento di Italia to name a few. Himalaya and Everest for Indian food, Enjoy for Chinese. This is a holiday destination where people want to kick back and relax, if you want a true Spanish vibe with culture thrown in then Sevilla or Granada on the mainland would suit but that isn’t everyones idea of a holiday!

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Smoky Mixed Dal Tarka

If you’ve ever been to an Indian restaurant in North America, there’s a very good chance that you’ve seen “tarka dal” on the menu. There’s a good reason for this apart from the ease of preparation and cooking — a good tarka dal is probably the ultimate Indian comfort food for vegetarians. A good creamy tarka dal is one of my own favorites and a great meal solution when I am pressed for time.
But a tarka dal is only a generic term for yellow or red lentils cooked with turmeric and tempered with a final addition of seeds and spices fried in hot oil or ghee — the tarka — to give it a simple but elegant finish. Toor dal (split pigeon peas), chana dal (split black chickpeas) and masoor dal (red lentils) are the most commonly used and all are cooked until creamy before the tempering. The variations of seeds and spices in the tarka or the additions of other ingredients like chilies, onion and ginger mean that there are countless ways of preparing a tarka dal.
This tarka dal uses all three of the dals that can typically be found in this dish, and features a delicious assortment of both hot and aromatic seeds and spices. What makes this tarka dal different than many is the use of a small piece of burning charcoal added for a few minutes in a bowl that is placed in the pot where the dals are cooking. This technique adds a fragrant and tantalizing smokiness to the dish that enhances all of the other flavors and will leave your diners craving more.
You can skip the smoking technique and you’ll still have a fine tarka dal to serve along with some Indian flat breads or hot fesh cooked rice. Although it won’t have that unique smokiness that only the charcoal touch provides, there will still be some smoky flavor from the ghee and the final addition of the fried tarka at the end of the cooking time.
Smoky Mixed Dal Tarka Recipe by Lisa Turner
Cuisine: Indian
Published on May 14, 2019
Spicy split pea and lentil curry with an intense smoky ghee flavor
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Ingredients:
1 cup toor dal (split pigeon peas) 1/2 cup chana dal (split chickpeas) 1/2 cup red lentils 3 tablespoons ghee 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 black cardamon pods, crushed 4 whole cloves 1 small onion, diced 1 clove garlic, minced or crushed 1-inch fresh ginger, minced or grated 1 to 2 fresh red or green chilies, seeded and minced 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 1 teaspoon chili powder 1 large tomato, finely chopped 5 cups water 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste 1/2 teaspoon black salt (optional) juice from 1 lime (2 tablespoons) fresh chopped cilantro for garnish (optional)
1 small piece of charcoal
Tarka (tempering):
1 tablespoon ghee 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 2 dried whole red chilies small handful of dried curry leaves Instructions:
Rinse the dals and lentils and soak for 6 hours or overnight in enough water to cover. Drain, rinse again, and set aside.
Heat 2 tablespoons of the ghee over medium heat in a large saucepan. When hot, add the cumin seeds, cardamon pods and cloves, and stir for a few minutes until the cumin seeds darken a few shades. Add the onion and sauté for a few minutes to soften. Toss in the garlic, ginger and chilies, and stir for another few minutes. Add the turmeric, ground cumin, coriander, paprika and chili powder, and stir for a minute until the spices are fragrant.
Add the tomatoes and simmer, stirring often, for 5 minutes until somewhat thickened. Pour in the water and the dals and lentils. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the dals are soft and tender — about 50 minutes. Add more water to achieve your desired consistency (the dal should be soupy but not too thin). Season with salt and stir in the lime juice. Turn off the heat.
Using tongs and a lighter, bring a small piece of charcoal to flame. When it is burning hot, place the charcoal in a heat-safe bowl or cup, place the cup into the cooked dal, and drop 1 tablespoon of ghee onto the burning charcoal. Immediately cover the pot and leave it to smoke for a few minutes.
For the final step, prepare the tarka. Heat the ghee in a small saucepan over high heat. When hot, add the cumin seeds, chilies and curry leaves, and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the bowl or cup with the charcoal from the dal and pour in the hot tarka. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
Taste for seasoning and serve hot, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro if desired.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Other dal recipes to try from Lisa’s Kitchen:
Creamy Mung Dal Curry
Simple Lemon Dal
Indian-Style Yellow Split Pea Curry (Matar Dal)
Mixed Lentil Dal
Urad Dal with Spices
Audio accompaniment: Purl – Stillpoint
This is my contribution to My Legume Love Affair , a popular monthly event featuring the goodness of legumes, started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook, administered by me since 2013, and kindly hosted each month by different bloggers. A special thanks to Renu for hosting the May edition. For details and to participate, you can see her announcement post here . © Copyright 2007—2013 Lisa’s Kitchen. For personal use only.
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Lays Jini Dosa – Bombay Picture

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Lays jini dosa Your diet is a bank account and good food choices are good investment. Dosa is the only south Indian cuisine which is the most versatile dish as it can be club with any other dish to make a tempting combination. So here everyone’s favorite lays is now in a dosa!! Bombay dosa in lower parel is offering you such 100 varieties of dosa with a unique taste and flavor into each one of it. Come satisfy your craving from 7th May onwards.
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The best festivals & fairs in London

The best festivals & fairs in London by Roisin McAuley | Updated May 15, 2019
As one of the world’s great capitals of entertainment, it is little surprise that London plays host to a huge and diverse number of festivals and fairs throughout the year. A vibrant cultural landscape combined with a cosmopolitan outlook draws hundreds and thousands of visitors, while a population of over 8.5 million, including a large number of students and youngsters, means there are plenty of creative minds to help conceive of such events. A scene from Vault, London’s first annual festival dedicated to comedy and immersive theatre (Photo: Vault Festival)
Artists, scientists, musicians, filmmakers and many more will showcase their work and ideas this year in London; a city that is renowned for hosting festivals and fairs that rival anywhere else in the world. We’ve put together our selection of the very best set to take place from January to December 2019 – hopefully you’ll get a chance to attend at least some of them. And if you can’t make them this year, remember to check the dates for the 2020 editions on the festival websites, too.
Re:Solutions
London is known for its hectic lifestyle and long working hours, so this health and wellness festival is a much needed escape for the community. The aim is to rest and rejuvenate for the year ahead, emphasising the relaxation process and refocusing on the mind and body. Re:Solutions has such a variety of classes that there’s something to appeal to most people, whether you relax more with yoga or by channeling your energy into dance classes. Speakers and wellness coaches are part of the programme, alongside workshops and evenings filled with live music.
LOCATION Juju’s at The Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street DATES 2-31 January 2019
London Short Film Festival
Now in its 16th year, the London Short Film Festival has established itself as one of the best UK and International film festivals. From documentaries and fiction to experimental moving image art, the creative, cross disciplinary programming runs alongside industry events to make LSFF top of both filmmakers’ and film lovers’ schedules.
LOCATION Various Venues DATES 11-20 January 2019 A still from a London Short Film Festival screening (Photo: London Short Film Festival)
London Art Fair
The 31st Anniversary of the London Art Fair brings together over 100 galleries exhibiting modern and contemporary art from across the globe. The main fair will be accompanied by two additional exhibitions: Photo50 dedicating its walls to contemporary photography practices, and Art Projects, which focuses on diversity by providing a platform for international galleries.
LOCATION Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street DATES 16-20 January 2019 A visitor gazes at an exhibit at London Art Fair (Photo: London Art Fair)
Chinese New Year 2019
The London Chinatown Chinese Association brings in the year of the pig with this annual event, offering London a taste of Chinese culture. This is the largest parade outside of Asia with over 30 teams designing floats for the day’s celebrations. Trafalgar square hosts the main stage with performances from midday and other activities include calligraphy, Chinese music, martial arts performances and dressing up in traditional outfits.
LOCATION Trafalgar Square & Chinatown DATES 5 February 2019
Imagine Children’s Festival
A great half term event for those with younger children, Imagine Children’s Festival has over 12 days of fun-filed, action-packed activities, theatre shows and authors to entertain and inspire the next generation of creatives. The multi-arts programme is created for children from 0 – 12 with both free and ticketed events covering performance, illustration and talks.
LOCATION Southbank Centre DATES 13-24 February 2019 Knitted items at Imagine Children’s Festival (Photo: Southbank Centre)
Flamenco Festival
With a season dedicated to celebrating flamenco dance and music, this two-week festival injects the passion of the culture into London. The programme includes numerous unique shows exhibiting film, dance and music by some of the world’s best flamenco talent. A true celebration of the history and future of flamenco, the gala explores its gitano roots and showcases emerging talent who will continue the traditions of the culture. Tickets are sold for individual performances with different prices dependent on seating choices.
LOCATION Sadler’s Wells Theatre DATES 14-25 February 2018
Gin Festival
The Gin Festival brings gin from across the world to London, including selected rare or limited edition bottles. Masterclasses are spread across four days, with distillers in attendance, so enjoy the great atmosphere and live music by heading to the cocktail bar for your favourite gin based drink. Any gin enthusiast would not want to miss this and tickets are very limited so book in advance! The event has both evening and day sessions.
LOCATION Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, St Katharine’s & Wapping DATES 16-18 February 2019 Gin Festival is the original, biggest and best UK festival dedicated to the famous liquor (Photo: Gin Festival)
Craft Beer Rising
Last year, the UK’s biggest craft beer festival sold over 25,000 pints and this year it looks like the event will be even better than before. The 175 breweries attending offer a selection of craft beers, ales and ciders, and a variety of food stalls and BBQs keep craft beer enthusiasts fuelled all day. The incredible beers, complimenting international tastes and live music combine to make this event unmissable. Tickets can be bought in advance.
LOCATION The Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane DATES 21-23 February 2019
Orchid Festival
One of the nation’s most-loved plants celebrates its Thai origins and culture at Kew Gardens’ Orchid Festival. Escape from the busy streets of London into what seems like another world with its serenity and exoticness. Floral displays, embellished arches and authentic Thai ephemera decorate the gardens; pleasing more than just the eye with tours, talks and activities that share insights into the endangered flower and its use across Thai cuisine, medicine and culture.
LOCATION Kew Gardens DATES 10 February-11 March 2019 Delicate displays and authentic Thai ephemera feature at the Orchid Festival in Kew Gardens (Photo: Jeff Eden, RBG Kew)
Women of the World Festival
Celebrating the power of women and girls across the world, the WOW- Women of the World Festival aims to highlight equal rights and discuss a complex question: why is gender equality taking so long to achieve? Off the back of a year where the #metoo campaign reached almost every industry, the WOW festival is well positioned to debate contemporary problems and celebrate women’s successes. Speakers include female artists, writers, politicians and activists who have been selected for a programme of talks, concerts, art installations, performances, workshops and much more.
LOCATION Southbank Centre DATES 7-11 March 2019 A panel discussion at a previous edition of Women of the World Festival (Photo: Southbank Centre)
Vault Festival
Interested in comedy? Or dance? Maybe theatre or film are more your thing? Whatever you enjoy, Vault Festival has curated a programme that presents artists across disciplines showcasing new ideas. Over eight weeks displays, diverse in both genre and themes, appear in bars and venues across Waterloo, making this London’s biggest arts and comedy festival. The comedy shows will feature some this year’s most highly-anticipated acts with Edinburgh Comedy Award Winners, stand-up heavyweights and TV panel show stars all showcasing new material.
LOCATION Various Venues, Waterloo DATES 24 January-18 March 2019 Chivaree Circus presents Becoming Shades at Vault Festival (Photo: Vault Festival)
St Patrick’s Day Festival
London’s annual St Patrick’s Day Festival runs for three days, bringing the best of Irish food, music, dance, art and culture to the capital. A one-day parade is at the heart of the festival, with activities for all ages including family treasure trails and partner community fairs. Experience both old and new film, poetry and music, where the atmosphere always promises to be fantastic. Best of all, no tickets are required to enjoy any of the weekend’s events, so everyone is free to join in.
LOCATION Trafalgar Square DATES 16-18 March 2019
Head of the River Race
Join spectators on the banks of the Thames to cheer on over 400 national and international rowing crews over two separate weekends in March. The Thames Championship Course is a 4.25 mile section of the river from Mortlake to Putney, but you don’t need to be rowing to enjoy the race. This is usually a popular event, so arrive in plenty of time to pick your spot or head to one of the many riverside pubs to see who will win 2019’s fiercely competitive boat races.
LOCATION Thames between Mortlake and Putney DATES 16-17 & 30-31 March 2019 Head to the banks of the Thames and hope for sunshine to enjoy this year’s boat race (Photo: The Head of the River Race)
London Coffee Festival
Masters of the coffee industry host a festival that combines coffee and creativity for a weekend, inviting attendees to sample enough coffee to power them through to next year’s exhibition. Open to everyone from industry professionals to individuals who simply love coffee: live music, DJs, exhibitions and coffee based cocktails feature throughout the weekend. Highlights include the bottomless tastings of fresh coffee, world class baristas and specialists, live latte art and labs demonstrating everything you will ever need to know about the caffeinated pick-me-up.
LOCATION The Old Truman Brewery, 15 Hanbury Street DATES 28-31 March 2019 Barbour & Parlour are one of many specialists exhibiting at the London Coffee Festival (Photo: Hope & Glory PR)
Sonica
It’s difficult to sum up what you’ll experience at Sonica; exhibitions showcase diverse and boundary pushing ideas experimenting with sound based art. Sonica launched in Glasgow in 2012 and since then has toured across the world becoming a permanent biennial event in both its native city and London. Prepare for all your senses to be stimulated, as emerging and established international artists produce multimedia performances combing music, sonic and visual art.
LOCATION Kings Place, 90 York Way, Kings Cross DATES 20-21 April 2019 Cyril Leclerc and Elizabeth Saint-Jalmes’ Slow Pixel at Cryptic’s Sonica (Photo: Courtesy of the Artists)
London International Ska Festival
Ska’s origins date back to Jamaican Independence in the early 1960s and since that time the genre’s influence has spanned every corner of the world. This 4-day festival celebrates all things ska – not to mention its progenies such as rocksteady, reggae, dub, 2Tone and skapunk – with some of the world’s most acclaimed performers drawn here by Londoners’ enduring passion for ska music. Among the line-up for 2019 include rhythm & blues legend Georgie Fame, Misty In Roots, 2 Tone Records 40th anniversary Thames cruise and rocksteady stars Keith & Tex and Rudy Mills.
LOCATION O2 Academy Islington & Dixie Queen paddle steamer DATES 18-21 April 2019 Crowds gather round the man with the mic at London International Ska Festival (Photo: Peggy Golec)
London Marathon
Whether participating in the race or cheering from the sidelines, the London Marathon draws thousands of people to the streets of London every year. Previous years have seen over a quarter of a million people from the UK apply to race, with many raising money for charity or achieving personal fitness goals. For those not running, the city transforms into a 26.2 mile street party. Head to the pub, enjoy a drink and maybe a bite to eat- the party or run, depending which criteria you fit, will go on all day.
LOCATION Greenwich – Buckingham Palace DATES 28 April 2019
London Burlesque Festival
The burlesque, cabaret and variety show returns for another year. Bold and memorable performances make up a programme that is recognised as one of the most prestigious of its kind internationally. Since its debut in 2007, the festival has built on its reputation every year continuing to attract international audiences of burlesque fans and intrigued newcomers to the genre. Whatever your knowledge, the festival is choreographed to astound, entice and entrance; pushing the boundaries of burlesque and the expectations of the audience.
LOCATION Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Road, Kings Cross DATES April-June 2019
Alchemy
Now in its 10th year, Alchemy returns to the Southbank Centre celebrating South Asia and its cultural connections to the UK. Over 11 days, the largest festival of South Asian culture outside of the subcontinent will feature the thought provoking work and ideas of both British and international artists. Themes of art, politics and society are explored through its multidisciplinary programme comprised of dance, music, theatre, visual art, comedy and literature.
LOCATION Southbank Centre DATES May 2019
London Craft Week
A relatively young arts festival, Craft Week creeps into hidden studios and even the House of Lords to showcase the craft and artistry of hundreds of independent makers worldwide. Marvel at demonstrations and attend workshops, talks and tours to discover both new practices and innovative ideas on traditional craft. London Craft Week is a not-for-profit event so anyone can attend to access new techniques and learn practices themselves.
LOCATION Venues across London DATES 8-12 May 2019 Eleanor Lakelin at Cockpit Arts during London Craft Week (Photo: Alun Callender Photography)
PhotoLondon
With world renowned photo festivals taking place across Europe, London decided to host its own to cement its cultural capital status. Now in its third year, the fair gives opportunities to both established artists and galleries and emerging photographers, through the Discovery section and talks programme. Somerset House welcomes an audience of photographers, curators, art dealers and exhibitors, as well as the public to enjoy and celebrate the contemporary photographic medium and its past.
LOCATION Somerset House DATES 16-19 May 2019
MCM Comic Con
For three action-filled days, pop culture enthusiasts from around the world gather at the MCM Comic Con, attending fascinating panel sessions, meeting special guests and plenty more. This extravaganza will see some of the most creative costumes and dedicated fans immerse themselves in everything to do with comics, movies, gaming, anime, television and gadgets.
LOCATION ExCeL London DATES May 2019 Crowds at MCM Comic Con (Photo: MCM Expo Group)
All Points East
All Points East is a ten day celebration of music and entertainment, encompassing a three day music festival, a community focused programme and three additional headline shows. Opening the festival will be The Chemical Brothers, who will top a lineup that also includes Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualized, Little Dragon and Danny Brown. Meanwhile on closing duties will be Bon Iver.
LOCATION Victoria Park DATES 24 May 25 – 2 June 2019
Field Day
This year Field Day Festival will debut at a new location; moving away from its home of 11 years in East London. Known as one of London’s best music events, the festival also hosts street food stalls and local brewers within its fields so festival goers are spoilt for choice in terms of drink, food, music and activities. The line up has yet to be announced, but with its popularity building and headliners only getting better year-on-year, invest in a ticket now to be sure you don’t miss out.
LOCATION To be announced DATES June 1-3, 2018 Aphex Twin played The Barn at the 2017 edition of Field Day (Photo: Max Miechowski via Fanatic Live)
Mighty Hoopla
Returning to a yet to be announced location in London, this one day festival has a reputation for staging extravagant shows with the best pop and guilty pleasure acts from across the world. Each stage is curated by different clubs and many are returning off the back of a brilliant festival last year. Promising to be a show-stopping day out, the energy of the audience is almost as unmissable as the music; the atmosphere an unfettered celebration of freedom and diversity.
LOCATION To be confirmed DATES 8 June 2019 One day festival Mighty Hoopla returns (Photo: Luke Dyson)
Open Garden Squares Weekend
Rooftop conservatories and city centre plantations open their gates for one weekend this June. Across the entire city find little rural paradises and hidden natural gems, flowering in London’s summer weather. Larger public gardens that participate in the event also host guided walks, family activities, entertainment and food and drinks stalls for guests to enjoy, making this the perfect day out in the city.
LOCATION Venues across London DATES 8-9 June 2019 Roof Garden Canary Wharf © Nunzio Prenna (Photo: Open Garden Squares)
Stone Free Festival
Stone Free Festival is an all day celebration of classic rock, which has previously dedicated its stage to legends Alice Cooper, Rick Wakeman and the Darkness, not to mention German rockers Scorpions. Taking place over two 12-hour days, much of the lineup for this relatively new festival is still to be announced but, with high profile musicians regularly joining the bill, rock fans are advised not to wait too long to buy their tickets.
LOCATION 02 Arena DATES 16-17 June 2019
Taste of London
A lineup of London’s most exciting restaurants and world class chefs unite for the summer edition of Taste. For five days, a foodie paradise will evolve in Regent’s Park where attendees will get the opportunity to craft their own cocktails, follow live cooking demonstrations and shop at over 200 food and drinks stalls. So, whether you decide to attend a lunch or dinner session, your picnic in the park might just reach new levels of sophistication and flavour.
LOCATION Regent’s Park DATES 19-23 June 2019 (Photo: Taste of London)
Great Exhibition Road Festival
Imperial College brings its annual Festival out onto Exhibition Road for a weekend of art and science. Collaborations with 20 neighbours across the so-called ‘Albertopolis’, including some of the world’s most iconic museum’s and institutions, will create a unique festival fusing art, science, technology and curiosity, invoking the spirit of the first Great Exhibition in 1851.
LOCATION Exhibition Road, South Kensington DATES 29-30 June 2019
Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival
The world’s largest annual flower show returns to the historic surroundings of Hampton Court Palace in southwest London this July. Visitors can explore innovative show gardens, peruse stunning flower displays, and watch demonstrations by celebrity gardeners and chefs around the showgrounds. You can also pick up gardening tips and shop around for materials that can turn your garden into your very own private oasis.
LOCATION Hampton Court Palace DATES 1-7 July 2019 Flowers in bloom at Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival (Photo: Karen Roe via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
British Summertime Hyde Park
Some of the world’s most famous performers descend on London’s beautiful green expanse of Hyde Park for two weekends of live open-air music this July. This year’s event will see headline shows from legendary musical names including Florence + the Machine, Robbie Williams, Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, and more. There are also plenty of food and drinks vendors to keep revellers energised.
LOCATION Hyde Park DATES 1-14 July 2019
Parallax Art Fair
Attracting both established and emerging artists, the Parallax Art Fair showcases up to 3,000 pieces, making it one of the most diverse and varied art shows in London or anywhere else. The 2019 edition at Chelsea Town Hall will follow the same pattern as previous editions – namely subverting traditional art fairs and their tendency to explain everything to visitors through tours and lectures. Instead, Parallax leaves you to interpret the art for yourself. It’s a novel approach – and a hugely successful one. As an added bonus, attendance is free of charge.
LOCATION Kensington Town Hall DATES 7 July 2019 Visitors peruse exhibits at Parallax Art Fair (Photo: Parallax Art Fair)
Cocktails In The City
Now into its sixth year, regular attendees at this annual event will enjoy a novel new location for 2019 in the shape of the subterranean labyrinth of atmospheric railway arches and secret passageways that are The Vaults in Waterloo. It is here where 25 of London’s finest mixologists will be on hand to serve up an array of exotic cocktails. Also new for this year are a secret garden overflowing with plants and botanicals, a relaxation room with champagne and sumptuous furnishings, and an award-winning bar all the way from Florence.
LOCATION Bedford Square Gardens DATES 12-13 July 2019
Mezcal Week Agave Tasting Festival
Part of London Mezcal Week, the 3rd annual edition of this boozy festival is once again promising a full-scale takeover of bustling Kingsland Road in London’s achingly hip Shoreditch district. Over 50 agave spirits – liquor that is native to Mexico – will be available to sample and purchase at the TT Liquor store, and there’ll also be various other events including talks and seminars by some of the spirit industry’s leading experts, parties, pop up mezcalerias, cocktail classes and plenty more throughout the week.
LOCATION Kingsland Road, Shoreditch DATES 19-20 July 2019 Crowds gathered in a bar during the London Mezcal Week Agave Tasting Festival (Photo: Mezcal Week Agave Tasting Festival)
London Film & Comic Con
Film fan boys and comic connoisseurs will be licking their lips in anticipation ahead of the latest edition of London Film & Comic Con, which returns to Olympia this July. With nearly 100,000 visitors likely to attend, there can be no doubt that the power of popular culture remains alive and well. The event offers a broad programme, but the main attraction is the chance to meet your TV, film and comic heroes in the flesh. There’s also a host of other activities including photo shoots, panels, autograph sessions and hundreds of stalls packed full of TV and film memorabilia.
LOCATION Olympia London DATES 26 July 2019
RideLondon
This annual festival of cycling takes place over a full weekend, with a 100-mile mass-participation cycle ride on the Sunday being the main highlight. More than 125,000 riders have crossed the famous finish line on The Mall since the event began in 2013, raising tens of millions of pounds for charity on the way, and this year’s event promises to add significantly to those impressive numbers. The exact route to be traversed will be confirmed closer to the time.
LOCATION Routes across London DATES 1-4 August 2019 Cyclists pass by with St Paul’s Cathedral in the background during RideLondon (Photo: Matt Brown via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
Great British Beer Festival
This live beer experience invites lovers of the amber nectar to choose from over 1,000 British and international beers, ciders and perries, alongside a fabulous wine and gin bar (new for 2019). The 2019 edition of the festival promises to take revellers on a memorable journey from the smallest seed to the perfect pint, offering them the chance to come and experience the natural magic of grain to glass, while enjoying live music, delicious street food and an incredible selection of only the finest beers available.
LOCATION Olympia London DATES 6-10 August 2019 A festival-goer reaches across an impressive line-up of beer pumps to grab his pint (Photo: Great British Beer Festival)
DragWorld
Europe’s largest celebration of drag returns for 2019, once again featuring dozens of revered drag artists from around the world. Visitors can look forward to a whole host of special appearances, including BBC’s The Greatest Dancer stars The Globe Girls. There’ll also be the chance to peruse a drag market, watch talks and performances, and participate in workshops. Meanwhile brand new for 2019 is a photobooth where visitors can get snaps of themselves in their drag wear to take away as souvenirs.
LOCATION Olympia London DATES 17-18 August 2019
The Gin and Rum Festival
Gin lovers can sample over 60 different gins and rums at this popular annual festival, where knowledgeable staff are on hand to advise you on picking out your preferred type of tipple. On arrival, you’ll receive a branded Copa glass, guide and glass satchel, which are all yours to take home. There are also talks and master classes from renowned gin and rum producers, and live entertainment in the shape of an award-winning resident DJ and a dancing area.
LOCATION The Oval DATES 23-25 August 2019
Notting Hill Carnival
A yearly celebration of London’s Caribbean communities, their culture and traditions, this world famous carnival has been taking place in the capital since 1966. The event takes places over two days and features a parade and live music, including reggae, dub and salsa, all pumped out from dozens of static sound systems. Throughout the carnival you’ll also find plenty of vendors selling mouth-watering Caribbean street food.
LOCATION Notting Hill DATES 24-26 August 2019 Extravagantly dresses participants at Notting Hill Carnival (Photo: S Pakhrin via Flickr)
Jerk Festival
If you didn’t quite get your fill of Caribbean food at Notting Hill, then following on it from it the very next weekend will be this one-day Caribbean cuisine, music and culture extravaganza. Taking place in a pretty canal side setting, visitors can tuck into an array of Jerk-style food, including jerk chicken, vegan Jerk, Jerk prawn, Jerk pork, Jerk wings, and Jerk dogs. Other highlights include a Hot Wing Challenge, Patty Eating Competition, cooking demos, face painting, live talks, a record stall and a raffle.
LOCATION Brick Lane DATES 1 September 2019
Totally Thames
The River Thames has played a crucial role in London’s trade and commerce down the ages – and continues to do so to this day. This month-long event is designed to celebrate and showcase the majestic, meandering waterway with events and activities taking place along its full 42-mile expanse. There are large-scale art installations, free exhibitions and live performances, plus boats of all shapes and sizes navigating the waters for the occasion.
LOCATION Various venues along the River Thames DATES 1-30 September 2019 A hotly contested river race during Totally Thames (Photo: Gabor Gergely)
Soultown Festival
The green expanse of Croydon Road Recreation Ground in south London is the stage for a full-on garden party featuring an impressive line-up of musical talent for a day of motown and soul. Notable names to perform at the 2019 edition will include Jocelyn Brown, Evelyn Champagne King, James D Train Williams, Joyce Simms and many more. Earlybird tickets and VIP tickets are both available.
LOCATION Croydon Road Recreation Ground DATES 7 September 2019
London Design Festival
London’s reputation as a global epicentre of innovation in the field of design continues to stand strong, and this week-long annual festival offers further endorsement of this status. With the hub of the action taking place at the prestigious V&A Museum, the festival offers a platform for designers, architects, artists and retailers to showcase their talents. Visitors can check out installations, exhibitions and events at museums and studio spaces both large and small across the capital, as well as join tours and workshops.
LOCATION Venues across London DATES 14-22 September 2019 An eye-catching exhibit made of hardwood at the London Design Festival (Photo: U.S. Embassy London via Flickr / CC BY-ND 2.0)
Frieze London
The London edition of this globally renowned art fair that also has shows in New York and Los Angeles returns to the capital for 5-days of showcasing world-class contemporary art from some of the world’s best international galleries. The event is also held in parallel with Frieze Masters, which specialises in art from the past, from the ancient era to the late 20th century.
LOCATION Regent’s Park DATES 2-6 October 2019 Art enthusiasts reflected in an exhibit at Frieze London (Photo: Nicolas de Camaret via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
Regent Street Motor Show
Car loving adults and kids with a penchant for all things on four wheels are in for a treat in London this November thanks to the largest free motor show of its kind in the UK. For one day each year, the prestigious London shopping street of Regents Street is taken over by a dazzling array of classic and futuristic vehicles. The event showcases over a century of motoring history, with classic automobiles dating back to the early 20th century on display.
LOCATION Regent Street DATES 2 November 2019
Diwali on Trafalgar Square
The Hindu, Sikh and Jain festival of lights sees the multi-cultural make-up of London at its most colourful and diverse. Taking place at iconic Trafalgar Square, the event features live stage music and dance performances, cultural activities, family-friendly craft activities, community stalls and delicious food hailing from the Indian sub-continent.
LOCATION Trafalgar Square DATES 3 November 2019 Dancers on stage at Diwali on Trafalgar Square (Photo: S Pakhrin via Flickr / CC BY 2.0)
Lord Mayor’s Show
An elaborate parade, dancers, horses and military marching bands are just some of what to expect at this 800-year-old tradition. More than 500,000 people line the streets to watch the colourful parade, as around 140 floats, 7,000 performers, the Lord Mayor’s Coach and two giant wicker figures navigate the three-mile long route from the City of London to Westminster.
LOCATION From Guildhall to the Royal Courts of Justice DATES 9 November 2019
London Jazz Festival
London has a rich jazz heritage and each year the capital plays host to an acclaimed jazz festival. Bringing together both established and emerging talents from the world of jazz, the event plays host to concerts, events and performances at venues across the city. Among the distinguished jazz names to have performed at previous editions of the festival include Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra, the Gipsy Kings and Wayne Shorter.
LOCATION Venues across London DATES 15-24 November 2019 Musicians performing at the London Jazz Festival (Photo: Andy Newcombe / CC BY 2.0)
The Peter Pan Cup
The waters of the Serpentine Lake in Hyde Park normally only attract more than a sprinkling of swimmers during the hottest of summer days, but the Peter Pan Cup provided a notable exception. An annual Christmas Day ritual, the event sees intrepid members of the Serpentine Swimming Club swim the traditional 91 metres across the lake – which is usually below 4C degrees at this time of year. Participation is open only to club members who have qualified during the season. Spectators are welcome.
LOCATION Serpentine Lake, Hyde Park DATES 25 December 2019 Latest Videos

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Take an uber to tooting (near to Brixton) for Indian/Sri lankan food. There’s a large Asian community there and some great places. We always take my NYC family there when they come over and beg for Indian food.
Within Brixton itself there’s pop Brixton and Brixton market which are nice. Food stalls/cafes/restaurants with lots of different cuisines.

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Palm Springs

For our ten year anniversary, I wanted a special trip that involved lots of warmth, lots of sunshine, little humidity, and few allergens. In April, options are limited, so I decided on Palm Springs, California. I knew enough not to go during the Coachella music festivale, but what I didn’t know is that just past Coachella is yet another music festival (a country music festival), which I discovered *after* purchasing non-refundable plane tickets. Ha! So what we saved in airfare was spent on the hotel, but it ended up being very worth it. So here are some highlights from our trip.
Palm Springs airport Outdoor concourse at the Palm Springs airport Palm Springs airport We had an early flight (on a Saturday) to take full advantage of our short time. We flew directly into Palm Springs, which has an amazing airport designed by famed architect Donald Wexler. The architecture was definitely a draw for us, so it was a treat to be greeted with this lovely, airy structure.
After getting a car, we headed straight for lunch at Native Foods Cafe . California vegan cuisine was a great start to our trip. I had the sesame kale macro bowl; Mr. Eats had the Bangkok curry bowl. Both were delicious.
Native Foods Cafe Afterward, we checked into The Wesley Hotel , which is actually a building of short-term rental units. It’s in a fantastic location on Riverside drive in the lovely Deepwell Estates neighborhood. We frequently took advantage of the complimentary bikes to explore the area’s beautiful mid-century homes. One reason I chose this hotel is that the set-up is classic mid-century hotel court: the units are in a low-slung building that surround a pool and hot tub that has views of the mountains. It also had a mini-kitchen that allowed us to have breakfast at the hotel each morning and save lunch leftovers for dinner around the pool each night.
Wesley Hotel pool Though on our first night, we headed out to Joshua Tree National Park to catch the sunset over the Coachella Valley. It was about a 45 minute drive up to the Joshua Tree northwest entrance. We drove Park Boulevard to Keys View, which offers a spectacular view of the valley across Palm Springs and even to the Salton Sea. It was a bit smoggy as the westerly winds came in from Los Angeles, though. On the way back, we stopped at Del Taco (which we love); the 8 layer burrito for me and two Beyond Meat tacos for Mr. Eats (who hasn’t eaten beef for several years now, so it was quite a treat for him). Note: if you want to see the sunset from Keys View, get there a bit early because it gets crowded.
Joshua Tree Vista from Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park. Looks over the Coachella Valley toward the Salton Sea. The crowd at Keys View On Sunday, we met friends from the LA area who drove in to have brunch with us at Lulu California Bistro , which is a bit of a Palm Springs institution (their recommendation, a good one!). The restaurant is lively and fun and the menu is classic California cuisine. After brunch, we drove around the northern area of old Palm Springs to enjoy some of the famous architecture. For fun, we also stopped in to see an open house in the area. We were very clear to the agent that we were *not* in the market for a $3M home, but he was happy to let us poke around. Everyone we encountered in the area was so nice.
LuLu California Bistro gorgeous mid-century home (not the $3M house for sale, though) Kaufman Desert House (across the street from the $3M house) Later, we stopped at Tonga Hut for tiki drinks and pineapple fried rice. We also got a special tour through a secret passage to back rooms decorated in vintage tiki bar decor salvaged from tiki bars that have closed down over the years.
Pineapple fried rice at Tonga Hut Monday, we bicycled around the neighborhood and then headed to Palm Canyon Drive to check out the vintage shops and art galleries. We had an early lunch of vegetarian nachos and a sangria flight at TacQuila followed by more exploring. Later, we had an early dinner at another Palm Springs institution, El Mirasol , though we chose the newer location in the Los Arboles hotel, which has a lovely outdoor dining area lined with tropical fruit trees such as mangos and loquats. The guacamole salad was fantastic. As was the mango margarita! In the evening, we drove down to the south end of Palm Springs to see Bob Hope’s house, but it’s gated off, so we stopped briefly (while the guard yelled at us) to enjoy the vista.
Vegetarian nachos at TacQuila Entrance to El Mirasol at Los Arboles Hotel El Mirasol patio View from Southridge Drive looking north Ship of the Desert On Tuesday, we drove to Indian Canyons to enjoy some more of the natural architecture. We did the easy Andreas Canyon hike (Andreas Loop) that follows a beautiful creek that is lined with gorgeous fan palms and other flora. It’s a really cool contrast to the surrounding desert. Further along the road, there’s a short trail from the Trading Post to the West Fork Falls.
View from Andreas Loop trail in Indian Canyon Indian Canyon along Andreas Loop West Fork Falls Indian Canyon looking north toward Palm Springs Afterward, we had late lunch at Sherman’s Deli , which has an amazing selection of pastries and cakes. We ended our meal with a slice of San Jacinto cake that was so huge, that we could not finish it. But you know we took it with us. Later, more driving around and admiring of the mid-century “atomic ranches” and homes of the stars. And like every evening, we ended the night relaxing in the pool and hot tub.
Sherman’s Deli Cakes at Sherman’s Deli lovely home in Deepwell Estates neighborhood with San Jacinto mountains to the west Another home in Deepwell Estates I scheduled a late flight out so we could enjoy our last day, so we had brunch at Elmer’s after just a bit more bicycling around the neighborhood. Elmer’s was a request of Mr. Eats, so I didn’t look it up; turns out, it’s like a western Shoney’s–ha! But he enjoyed it and it had a great patio with a spectacular view. It was a nice way to end our trip.
View southward from Elmer’s patio (includes the end of Ocotillo Lodge) Elmer’s restaurant with Ocotillo Lodge in the background A few additional notes:
We got a few recommendations to visit some places we didn’t get time to squeeze in. Tropicale got several recommendations as did the High Bar at the top of the Kimpton Hotel. It’s also a “thing” to have a date shake since the Coachella Valley is the date capital. We didn’t know this and opted for a Dole Whip instead. Oops.
We opted for the Dole Whip instead of the date shake. Oops. We didn’t take a guided tour of celebrity/interesting homes, but we did stop by the visitors center and purchased a map for $5 to guide us. Many of the homes are difficult to see from the street (and guided tours don’t provide special access except during Modernism Week), so I don’t think we missed out.
We rented a car, which was nice to have to get to Joshua Tree as well as Indian Canyons and just for driving around town through various neighborhoods. There’s lots of free parking on Palm Canyon Drive and Belardo Rd so you can park and walk around. Gas is expensive (of course), but otherwise, food and drinks were surprisingly reasonable (cheaper than Nashville, really) and it was easy to get in everywhere we went (April is the end of the season for the winter residents since it heats up during the month).
If you’re interested in partaking in California’s, um, newly-legal pastime (let’s say), the place to visit is California Safe Access, which has been in business since the time that only medicinal use was legal. It’s a great place for people who have lots of questions and are new to all the different products offered. It’s like a high-end cosmetics store.
It was a short but relaxing trip with lots of scheduled downtime and I’m already ready to go back. And I wish I had $3M to buy that fab house on Vista Chino Drive! If you want to see (and read about) more homes, check out this piece on Palm Springs architecture . I took a lot of the same, exact photos as the author–even of houses that weren’t noted on maps (just really cool).

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Authenticity is Overrated: How Asian-Americans Use Food to Explore Their Identities

A post shared by Priya Krishna (@pkgourmet) on Sep 1, 2018 at 5:48pm PDT “It seems like an instinct for immigrants to seek flavors that are familiar, but to use the ingredients they have on hand,” Krishna says. “My mom’s recipes are really unique but what she did is not.” So would she consider this food, to use a term gourmands like to bandy about, “authentic”? “I think it’s kind of an empty word,” she says. “Roti pizza may not be authentic to every single Indian, but it’s authentic to me.” Authenticity — and who gets to wield it — is becoming a sticking point in the food world, especially when it comes to Asian cuisine. British restaurateur and TV personality Gordon Ramsay originally billed his new Lucky Cat restaurant as an “authentic Asian eating house,” inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo, and led by a white chef named Ben Orpwood whose bonafides consist of traveling “back and forth to South Asia for many months” (it should go without clarifying that Japan is not in South Asia). One of its signature drinks is the “White Geisha,” which features foam art of a woman dressed in a traditional Japanese kimono. At a launch party in London, it served a wagyu pastrami slider with “Asian” chili jam . Advertisement Lucky Cat is just one of a handful of white-led “Lucky” Asian restaurants that have been accused of cultural appropriation, trafficking in hoary Orientalist stereotypes — think potted bamboo, paper lanterns, and Buddha heads — and white savior-ism. Lucky Lee’s in New York City drew instant outrage when when it touted “clean” Chinese food that didn’t make you feel “bloated or icky,” as did Bizarre Foods’ Andrew Zimmern for opening Lucky Cricket outside Minneapolis to “save the souls” of people dining in “horseshit restaurants masquerading as Chinese food.” (Both ignored the history of scapegoating Chinese food in America .) Some of these establishments treat different Asian characteristics as fungible and interchangeable — say, by serving Japanese miso soup in a “Chinese” restaurant. — Lucky Cat (@LuckyCatGR) March 22, 2019 “Asia is a whole damn continent and quite a large one at that,” Fegan says. “We’re not a monolithic group. People from the Indian subcontinent, from East Asia, from Southeast Asia all have different lived experiences.” For the children of immigrants, negotiating those distinctions — or lack thereof — can be a fraught process. “Asian-American” as an identifier didn’t even exist until 1968, when a pair of Berkeley students, who were inspired by the Black Power movement, formed the Asian American Political Alliance to rally Chinese, Japanese, and Filipino students under a shared banner. Today, the 20 million Americans who identify as Asian can trace their ancestry to nearly two dozen countries. Perhaps because “Asian-American” is almost painfully reductive, nearly two-thirds of Asian-Americans identify with their specific ethnicity and not with this broader label, according to AAPI Data . Advertisement Yet in many ways, the grievances Asian-Americans can be generalized to the diaspora, says Cathy Erway, a New York-based food writer who wrote the The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island as homage to her Taiwanese roots. There’s an almost universal experience of shame, of apostasy, and then, finally, of rapprochement. “People who’ve grown up in this country have been othered, and so carry that sense of being picked on,” she says. “They were maybe stigmatized or their lunches were stigmatized, and they carry this trauma associated with being Asian, or a sort of guilt that they’re maybe not Asian enough.” To be Chinese-American, Pakistani-American, Laotian-American, or any kind of hyphenated American is to be caught between two worlds and feeling like you don’t belong to either — essentially, the human equivalent of “Diana’s special” or roti pizza. Dale Talde, a veteran of restaurants like Vong in Chicago and Buddakan in New York, knows what it’s like to be perpetually disoriented as a “third culture” kid. “My house could have been in Manilla,” he says of growing up in a Filipino household. “But then when I walked outside, it was suburban Chicago.”

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10 DELICIOUS Snacks And Small Bites To Go With Your Favourite DRINKS For Your Next Night Out In Singapore

Calendar Directory Home » 10 DELICIOUS Snacks And Small Bites To Go With Your Favourite DRINKS For Your Next Night Out In Singapore 10 DELICIOUS Snacks And Small Bites To Go With Your Favourite DRINKS For Your Next Night Out In Singapore Try these perfect pairings! 15 May 2019 Indulge in some of these addictive snacks that are perfect with that artisanal cocktail or chilled glass of wine.
There are times when you just have a craving for something fried or satisfyingly crispy to go with a refreshing hand-crafted cocktail or a delicious glass of wine . After all, nothing is better than nibbling on something while you’re having a heart-to-heart with your gal pals. Here are the best places for some of our favourite bites ( vegetarian -friendly options included) which you can pair with a revitalising drink or two. Previous 1. Kushikatsu at Kushikatsu Tanaka Photo: Kushikatsu Tanaka
If you love fried food breaded with panko, then Kushikatsu Tanaka is the place for you. Boasting over 165 outlets in Japan, Kushikatsu Tanaka is renowned for its famous Osaka-style fried skewers (from $1 per skewer) and signature special dipping sauce. Everything can be skewered, breaded with finely-ground panko crumbs and deep-fried here. This includes the usual prawns, chicken, and plump oysters to more unique items such as fork-tender braised pork belly, and gooey and chewy Oreo cookies, all encased with a thin, crispy golden crust. Do also look out for seasonal items (yes, deep-fried too), such as mentaiko and sweet and soft white leeks. The secret to these delicious skewers lie in their unique oil blend, which includes beef fat, and also their signature sweet-savoury-tangy dipping sauce (please take care not to double dip in the sauce bowl). The boisterous restaurant also offers a large range of Jim Beam highballs (over 15 varieties) including the Triple Berry Highball, Triple Citrus Highball and Aomori Ringo Highball, all from $6.80.
Kushikatsu Tanaka is located at 3A River Valley Road, Merchants’ Court Clarke Quay Block A #01-01B, 179020; tel: 6258 3789.
2. Bunon Karaage at RVLT Photo: Xie Huiqun
For natural wines and great food, look no further than RVLT. Founded by veteran sommeliers Alvin Gho and Ian Lim, the fuss-free wine bar comes alive after 5.30pm and fills up rather quickly, so do try to grab a seat as early as possible. The food menu here changes rather frequently, but a few classics remain and we have our eyes set on their awesome Bunon karaage ($12) — this “secret” recipe is courtesy of Chef Shigeru Nakaminato from the famous wine bar Bunon in Tokyo. The well-seasoned (we know sake and Japanese soy sauce are involved) chunks of fried chicken are lightly dusted with starch and deep-fried to a golden brown and served simply with a wedge of lemon. Give the lemon a good squeeze and enjoy the lightly crispy chicken that is at the same time oh so tender and juicy. This dish definitely calls for drinks, and we like it with a crisp white wine or bubbly. Feel free to ask for recommendations. Other must-tries include their signature Patty Melt ($26) made with Westholme Wagyu patty and melted cheese, sauce gribiche (a mayonnaise-like sauce made with cooked egg yolks, capers, cornichons and herbs) and ketchup, between thick slices of toasted milk bread. Good for sharing, but you might change your mind.
RVLT is located at 38 Carpenter Street, 059917; tel: 9679 5166.
3. Har Jeong Frog Legs and Spam Fries at Relish Photo: Xie Huiqun
Following the closure of mod-sin restaurant Wild Rocket, local chef Willin Low has opened a second branch of Relish (the first branch at Cluny Court is best known for their classic and locally-inspired burgers) at Frasers Tower on Cecil Street on November 2018. Expect familiar favourites such as his signature Laksa Pesto Linguine ($17.80) and delightfully spicy Hae Bee Hiam Spaghettini ($17.80). Fried must-tries here include the moreish Har Jeong Frog Legs ($10) made with fresh frog legs. They are deep-fried in a prawn paste marinade batter until they are crispy on the outside, but the meat still retains good texture (please check with the staff for availability). Best washed down with Asashi beer on tap (from $5 for half pint all day till 8pm) or a lip-smacking Relish Lychee Mojito ($12.50) made with Havana rum, lime, mint leaves, lychee and a touch of sugar. And most certainly try the sinful Spam Fries ($8), which are fried without any batter or flour to achieve the perfect crust with a soft mushy meatiness inside, served with kaffir mayonnaise. Still one of the best ever spam fries in our books.
Relish @ Frasers Tower is located at #02-12/13 Oasis of Frasers Tower, 182 Cecil Street, 069546; tel: 6904 5458. 4. Crispy Golden Cauliflower at Manhattan Bar Photo: Regent Singapore
While artisanal handcrafted cocktails rule at Manhattan Bar at The Regent – they were named #3 in World’s 50 Best Bars and #1 in Asia’s 50 Best Bars for 2018 – their tempting bar bites, such as the Boston Lobster Tacos with Yuzu Kosho Mayonnaise and Flying Fish Roe ($28), also have a strong following. We particularly enjoy the vegetarian-friendly Crispy Golden Cauliflower ($14). The cauliflower is first parboiled with water and apple cider vinegar, then separated into florets, coated with tempura batter (made Manhattan’s house draught beer Knickerbocker lager) and deep-fried to a glorious golden brown at 195 degrees Celsius. Served with salty, earthy Gorgonzola, fruity bits of pomegranate seeds, and a smooth blend of cauliflower stem, tahini, sour cream and Japanese mayonnaise, this is one addictive snack. Pairs well with their Solera-aged Negroni or a glass of bubbly Champagne.
Manhattan Bar is located at Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Road, 249715; tel: 6725 3377. 5. Fried Shishito Peppers at LeVeL33 Photo: Xie Huiqun
At LeVeL33, the world’s highest urban brewery, you can nibble on bites from their Beer Dining menu from 2.30pm to 11.45pm. In addition to the usual deep fried snacks such as Southern fried chicken ($22) with lager pickled daikon and garlic dip and sweet potato fries ($13) with Cajun spices and wasabi aioli, why not try the vegetarian-friendly fried shishito peppers ($10)? Japanese shishito peppers are deep-fried until tender and sprinkled with salt that has been infused with the bitter yet floral aromas of the hops (used to brew the house beers), and a powder made from espelette peppers (the only French spice to be classified under the AOC certification). These slightly crunchy sweet-savoury peppers make great nibbles and go well with an aromatic, hoppy, malty and slightly bitter Indian Pale Ale ($9.33 for 330ml from opening to 8pm, $12.33 after 8pm).
LeVeL33 is located at #33-01 Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1, 8 Marina Boulevard, 018981; tel: 6834 3133. 6. Fried Sage Leaves at Bar Cicheti Photo: Bar Cicheti
At this chic wine and pasta bar, you can enjoy your favourite pastas and Italian antipasti with a selection of wines curated by beverage director Ronald Kamiyama, who is happy to help with pairing suggestions. To start, a simple dish of Fried Sage Leaves ($8), salvia fritta in Italian, comes recommended for bites. Fresh sage leaves—only the largest—are washed and dried, coated in a carbonated batter of rice, corn and wheat flour, and individually fried to a beautiful golden brown and finished with a sprinkling of Maldon salt. When done well, each delicate golden batter-gilded leaf is savoury, crispy and almost melt-in-the-mouth (think: guilt-free chips). Kamiyama would pair this with white wines such as a light, refreshing New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from Hermit Ram or a Prà Monte Grande Soave Classico from Italy with good acidity to cleanse the palate. Do follow up with outstanding dishes such as beef brisket meatballs ($15) with a robust tomato paprika sauce and Parmesan cheese and al dente Rigatoni with a lightly tangy and spicy arrabbiata sauce topped with creamy stracciatella cheese (from $20 for small) for a charming night out.
Bar Cicheti is located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, 089264; tel: 6789 9801. 7. Edible Charcoal at Le Binchotan Photo: daphotographer
This may look like lumps of charcoal, but we assure you it is far more delicious then what it seems. In short, it is pulled beef wrapped in popiah skin ($23), rolled in powdered bamboo charcoal and deep-fried, then further rolled in shichimi togarashi (a Japanese spice mixture). In full, it is tedious to prepare. The beef filling is prepared with Angus short ribs, braised for 16 hours in saikyo miso (sweet mild miso) and port wine jus until uber tender, then pulled apart. It’s served with a garlic yoghurt – the chefs confit garlic for some three hours and then mash it into plain Greek yoghurt. Each crunchy bite gives way to tender and full-bodied braised beef; gets us hungry just thinking about it. This dish is rather rich, so do pair it with their Ume cocktail ($22) made with gin, rum, fermented plum and sansho, which has good acidity and citrus to help cut through the richness.
Le Binchotan is located at 115 Amoy St #01-04, 069935; tel: 6224 1045. Entrance via Gemmill Lane. 8. Crispy Pig’s Ears and Intestines at Eliza Photo: Eliza
Eliza, a modern Asian bar and cocktail club, is the latest concept by the good people behind Sum Yi Tai and Mona Lounge at Boon Tat Street. Patrons can expect curated cocktails, Shanghai cuisine, live playful rearrangements of music from the 2000’s and also DJ sets filled with House Anthems, Acid Jazz, Disco and Nu-disco. Besides the potent cocktails, food here is another draw. For fried bar bites, go for the crispy spiced pig’s ears ($10) and fried pig intestines ($12). Both the ears and intestines are first braised, sliced and then deep-fried. The crunchy pig’s ears and crispy-on-the-outside-and-tender-on-the-inside pig’s intestines are pretty addictive. Perfect with drinks, especially whisky and beer. If you need something more substantial, go for their Shanghai Red-Braised Pork Belly ($16) and Noodles with Ebi and Spring Onion Oil ($12).
Eliza is located at 113 Telok Ayer Street, 068582; tel: 6781-4708. 9. Avocado Fries at Idlewild Photo: Xie Huiqun
Inspired by the decadence and romance of air travel’s resplendent years, Idlewild, the new bar at InterContinental, takes guests on a journey through popular travel destinations along the transatlantic route. Drinks here, conceptualised by Head of Operations and Creative, Andy Griffiths, are based on 10 cities along the popular Transatlantic Route – Dublin, Rome, Lima, Lisbon, New York, Casablanca, London, Paris, Mexico City and Havana – and they have 20 signature cocktails (from $20 each). Each location is also represented with a tapas-style bar snack (from S$15), which brings us to the highly unusual Avocado Fries ($15) that pays homage to Mexico City. Thick slices of avocado are coated in a layer of chopped almonds and deep-fried to a crisp. Definitely one of those love-it-or-hate-it creations (avocado fans rejoice). Go on, dip one into the lemon mayonnaise; the crunchy almonds gives way almost immediately to the creamy, mushy avocado. On its own, we think it needs a tad more salt. But when paired with the refreshing Sugarloaf ($24) made with Plantation pineapple rum, 1840 Cognac, spiced tepache (a fermented pineapple beverage), tamarind and lime, it plays well. Other bites to look out for include the Cubano ($18), or Cuban sandwich, which has marinated roast pork loin, Virginia ham, gherkins and yellow mustard, and the Hazelnut and Cheese Tortellini ($15). Think: blue cheese, roasted hazelnut and bechamel sauce and brown butter. Yum.
Idlewild is located at 80 Middle Road, Lobby Level, InterContinental Singapore, 188966; tel: 6825 1045. 10. Crispy Pork Jowl and Crispy Brinjal at New Ubin Zhongshan Park Photo: Joy Fang You don’t usually go to a cze char eatery for small bites, but this is no ordinary cze char spot. Known for its hearty and comforting yet innovative local dishes, New Ubin is perhaps best remembered for their tender USDA Black Angus Rib-eye cubes served with ‘Heart Attack’ Fried Rice. But for something light, go for their Grilled Crispy Pork Jowl ($14++ for 125g). The pork jowl is grilled over coals in a Spanish MIBRASA oven, leaving behind a crispy exterior wrapped around the succulent meat. Served with a specially concocted miso gula Melaka sauce which adds a nice sweetness to the dish, we love how every bite gives a satisfying crunch as the flavourful juices of the meat floods into the mouth. Pair the dish with another addictive offering — their Brinjal Delight (from $15). Thin slices of brinjal are caramelised and deep fried, then fried together with dried chilli, creating a crispy mouth-feel that is accompanied by a sweet, spicy and tangy flavour. Best of all, you get to enjoy all these snacks in a tranquil hotel atmosphere. Best paired with a crisp sauvignon blanc or an aromatic pinot noir. New Ubin Seafood Zhongshan Park is located at Ramada by Wyndham Singapore at Zhongshan Park, 16 Ah Hood Road, 329982. For reservations, call 9740 6870 or email makan@newubinseafood.com Next
By Xie Huiqun and Joy Fang, March 2019 / Updated by Muneerah Bee, May 2019
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Your curry tastes of toothpaste!

For some time I have had the privilege to work in a very wonderful Michlin starred Indian restaurant. Part of the deal is that I get a take-away meal at the end of the evening, I love (and have been to) India many times so have tasted authentic Indian cuisine, the food from this restaurant is much, much better than good.
The gig is always nice, the people appreciate the music, the tips are good and I have had plenty of spin off gigs (including my Wednesday night wine bar residency which was given to me by one of the restaurant’s customers).
So it’s not really accurate to say I work there as up until my last outing there every evening there has been without incident and purely delightful.
I was about to start my first set when a group of 5 arrived, and elderly couple, with an east Asian middle aged woman and a couple of kids. The elderly man chose the table for his group and it was the table closest to me. As they sat the elderly man said, “I wish I had known there was music here tonight”. His wife relied ” why have you forgotten your hearing aids again” to which the elderly man looked directly at me and said “no I have my hearing aids but I should have brought ear-plugs he is going to be terrible”. I politely smiled, he scowled then looked away.
As the evening progressed the women and the children appeared to enjoy the music (they were tapping their feet and singing along to some of the songs), the elderly guy had no reaction what so ever. When they finished they had to walk past me to get to the door and the Asian woman said to me “thank you so much for the music it was lovely” I replied “I am pleased you enjoyed it, I am here every Monday please come back”. The elderly man chipped in “well you weren’t as bad as I thought you were going to be, but the food here is rubbish, your curry tastes of toothpaste”.
I wonder if he really believed that in between songs I was the chef?

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The Executive Talk: Central Plaza Hotel PCL (SET:CENTEL)

BANGKOK, May 14, 2019 – (ACN Newswire) – Central Plaza Hotel PCL (SET:CENTEL) Senior Vice President of Finance, Khun Ronnachit Mahattanapreut discusses the company’s strategy and outlook in The Executive Talk (TET) by ShareInvestor.com.TET: Given the challenging environment of 2018, how was CENTEL’s performance?CENTEL: Our group has two businesses, the hotel and the food business. Within the hotel business, we own 17 hotels and manage 22 hotels for a total of 39 hotels. For the Food business, we have 11 brands, 5 of which are Japanese with 956 outlets as of the end of 2018 and we plan to be above 1,000 outlets in 2019. During challenging events such as the statement of emergency in the Maldives during the first quarter of 2018, the hotels in the Maldives suffered however because within the hotel portfolio we have assets in Thailand which performed very well to offset this until July 2018. When there was the accident in Phuket and Chinese tourists visits to Thailand declined from July to November 2018, the Thai hotel portfolio did weaken and this weakness in the tourism market continued until the Thai Government announced the incentive scheme to waive the visa on arrival.The recovery came after three months due to the nature of Asian tourists. Thus, the second half of 2018 was indeed challenging plus globally there was the issues between the US and China impacted global growth however our marketing team was very proactive during this period. We refocused our attention on the Indian, Australia, ASEAN, Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong markets to attract customers to our hotels and this is why we did not decline as our peers had and the hotel group achieved a new record for profits and revenues. Last year the hotel group occupancy rate, excluding two new hotels, maintained at 83% the same as in 2017 and the overall REVPAR was change -0.1% year on year. A success point was the MICE market which allowed Centara Grand Centralworld to achieve a record high since its opening in 2007. For the Food business, like the hotel business, there was uncertainty in 2018 as a result of the confusion regarding the election date and the discontinuation of the tax incentive at the end of the year which had been in place in previous years. This resulted in Same Store Sales Growth (SSSG) at only +0.1% but an improvement from 2017 where it was -0.9%. Within the Food business we had interesting developments such as with KFC where a new marketing team was working on menus during the first half of 2018 creating new and innovative menus to attract customers and from July onwards the SSSG been continuously positive. Also, with Mister Donut there was a change regarding trans-fats and even though we announced from August 2018 onwards there were no items with trans-fats, the news and the competition within the industry led to a weaker performance. But when looking at the food business as a whole the total systems sales growth was better than the hotel with +9.2% revenue growth, while profit was +5.7% growth.TET: CENTEL has expanded impressively over the past decade, how does management effectively and/or efficiently manage its hotels and F&B’s?CENTEL: The development of CENTEL as a business did not happen in one day, this was a process over the past two decades. With the first hotel at Ladprao, we had international hotel chain’s managing our properties we learned and understood the requirements, processes to manage a hotel group and when we listed on the Stock Exchange we were able to utilize the capital to continue expanding further. We have to complement our Chairman K. Suthikiati as he was able to draw the best talents and combine the cultures of both the East and the West combining the service-minded culture with the systems-based culture. Furthermore, we received investment support from the IFC who were looking to develop the second tier and provide income to the domestic populations, and they assisted in financing two projects in Thailand as well as became a 10% shareholder in CENTEL. Thus, with these two initial steps of the management and the financing, we continued to expand until today where we have 17 hotels with THB 20 billion in assets, achieving a record profit of over THB 2 billion in 2018. To efficiently manage this, we have to be aware that there are constant disruptions for both businesses and that management has to remain flexible and trust in the ability of all our team members executing. For example, during the SARS crisis, the political protest periods, occupancies in our hotels dropped to 30% then 10% some days it only had 10 rooms and in order to be diversified, we expanded into management contracts where we now have 22 hotels and by 2022 we target other 24 hotels in the pipeline. Another example of disruption is technology, we have opened our own digital marketing department focused purely on the online business which has now grown from 0% to 9% of revenue for the hotel group and we set our KPI for double-digit growth from our own websites. Finally, we launched a loyalty program, C1, which combines with Central Card’s T1 which has more than 10 million members who may utilize their points between the hotels and shopping malls. TET: The CAPEX guidance for 2019 to 2021 are 4x the CAPEX of 2018, what are the plans and why the decision to expand heavily in the coming 3 years?CENTEL: In the past we launched the Centara Grand Centralworld, Centara Mirage Pattaya and Centara Phuket Beach Resort, these three properties cost THB 10 billion, and we did not increase capital, therefore, there was no dilution to shareholders, and once we have seen the success of these projects combined with a balance sheet that is effectively debt free presented us with the opportunity to expand. Our philosophy is quite conservative and less aggressive than our peers but when we execute a project, we have a high probability of success. Now we are planning to invest THB 26 billion over three years which includes renovation and enhancements for the hotels, major renovations of three hotels specifically Centara Grand Central World, Centara Grand Samui, and Centara Grand Hua Hin, and investments and expansion of new hotels, food brands, and food outlet expansions. When we look at our existing hotel portfolio, the net contribution from Bangkok is 30%, outside of Bangkok 50% and 20% overseas, specifically the Maldives. We will still focus on Thailand because of resilient tourism but more outside of Bangkok and overseas.We recently joined with Nakheel Group with a 40% stake for us for a 4-star Hotel in Dubai and we’ll also look to expand further in the Maldives, Middle East, ASEAN especially Vietnam and Japan. In addition to this, we will look at expanding our management contracts at a faster pace compared to the hotel investments due to its asset-light nature. We foresee that in the next four years 68 hotels in our portfolio and a doubling of revenue from THB 10 bn to THB 20 bn. For the Food business, the aim is also to double over the next four years from THB 12 billion to THB 24 billion. This year we will be launching a new brand, Aroi Dee, which is a scalable Thai cuisine restaurant that was developed by the team that manages Terrace. We’ve already launched three outlets at Silom 32, in the PTT Sai Mai station, and at Thai Watsadu Bangna and they are performing very well. An interesting development that we have noted is that at the Silom branch, 60% of business is delivery and for Sai Mai 40% is delivery. This is a developing trend within Thailand with changes in lifestyle and urbanization and allows our food brands distribution to no longer being limited to just the outlet.TET: What differentiates CENTEL versus its domestic and international competitors?CENTEL: When we began managing the first hotel in the Maldives the local investor chose us because we treated them as a partner assisting with the entire process of development, financing, projections and so forth. Because we ourselves are a hotel owner and therefore understand the needs and requirements of partners, having gone through the cycles in the past. Another differentiating factor is that we are from Thailand the culture is very important with the service mindset that comes naturally and in my opinion, only Thailand and Japan currently have this high level of service quality. TET: What are the biggest risks facing your business and what may investors misunderstand about your business?CENTEL: When we first became a listed company, investor relations was a weak point for us but as the company has grown we have ensured that our strategy, our performance, and our long term goals are well understood by our current shareholders and potential future shareholders. However, the main risks for us are uncontrollable factors whether they be natural disasters, political risks and so forth. TET: Where do you see in CENTEL in five years from now?CENTEL: We have spent time building the foundation of CENTEL over the past two decades to ensure that we will continue to grow in a sustainable manner, delivering high-quality hospitality of Thai origin to customers globally. As a business, we focus on the long term and target to double both our food and hotel businesses within the next four years. About The Executive Q&A SeriesThe Executive Q&A Series is presented by ShareInvestor, Asia’s leading financial internet media and technology company and the largest investor relations network in the region. The interview was conducted by Pon Van Compernolle. For more information, email . Website: www.ShareInvestorThailand.com Source: Central Plaza Hotel PCLCopyright 2019 ACN Newswire . All rights reserved. Published May 14, 2019 Copyright © 2019 SYS-CON Media, Inc. — All Rights Reserved. Syndicated stories and blog feeds, all rights reserved by the author.

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