On the day of its launch, I got mine from the McDonald’s outlet at Lucky Chinatown Point. One mediocre queue later, I was back in the office, enjoying nuggets, McWings, and curry sauce together with my fellow intrepid Rice intern, Belle.
At $5.50 per bottle, the curry sauce bottles are available for purchase only if you order nuggets off the menu—McDonald’s knows where your money is and they’re not afraid to ask for it.
I’ll be frank, the curry sauce looks like a muddy sludge of dubious origins at a surface glance, and it does have the exquisite consistency of diarrhoea (there’s no escaping that). I was not looking forward to eating everything with it.
I’m a bona fide spice man, the sort of person who would happily eat for three hours at a Mala hotpot buffet with friends or dive into a bowl of Mala Xiang Guo. It’s truly a joy to relish the numbing torture of Sichuan Peppercorns and chilli incinerating your mouth and guts.
The McDonald’s curry sauce, however, is far from being even remotely spicy. The flavour profile is instead just mostly sweet, with a mild hint of an unknown spice mix.
Why the McDonald’s curry sauce tastes the way it does has a lot to do with the history of curry itself. Rather than referring specifically to a dish, the contemporary use of ‘curry’ has come to denote dishes with an Indian Subcontinent origin that use blends of spices or herbs.
It’s suspect that the creation of the McDonald’s curry sauce mirrors the creation of curry powder. The precise origins of curry powder are unclear, with contesting claims stating variously that it was Chinese cooks trying to imitate Indian cuisine for a British audience plump from the occupation of India, or that it’s a Western interpretation of Indian food driven by Capitalism.

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PREVIEW: Seaham Food Festival

PREVIEW: Seaham Food Festival Posted on June 3rd 2019 by Whats on Northeast
The new Seaham Food Festival will be coming to the coast on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 June 2019.
Set in the lively harbour town, the festival will bring a host of culinary delights to Durham’s heritage coast, with top chefs, fabulous traders and producers, and tasty demonstrations to get the taste buds tingling.
A truly tempting treat awaits with live music and attractions, plus lots to see and do for the kids.
Make sure you save the date and don’t miss a world of fantastic foods and cuisines.
There will be a host of local traders with delicious food to take home along with street food, cocktails, bars and treats to enjoy while you soak up the seaside atmosphere
Top TV chefs John Torode and Phil Vickery are set to head the line-up at this brand-new summer free food festival.
John Torode co-host and judge of Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef and Junior Masterchef, and Phil Vickery from TVs This Morning and Ready Steady Cook, will be taking centre stage to deliver some tasty, fun and informative cookery demonstrations.
Featuring regional produce and tempting treats from around the world, food lovers can look forward to barbecues, seafood, ice cream, cocktails and alfresco dining by the sea.
The tasty ‘Demo Kitchen’ featuring The Crabstock Boys and Rachel Green also will inspire home chefs of all abilities, while live music and children’s activities Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Follow Us whatsonnortheast.com 13:23, 02 Jun The West End Bhangra Musical, an Indian musical like no other which will combine live music, stage production and d… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… whatsonnortheast.com 13:37, 01 Jun As part of a countywide celebration, the centenary of Norman Cornish’s birth is being marked by a special exhibitio… twitter.com/i/web/status/1… Whats On Facebook whatsonnortheast.com is feeling happy. 7 hours ago From Wed 5 June-Sat 20 July 2019, artists from across the North East are taking part in a special exhibition focusing on all things floral in the Bloom Exhibition @ No. 42 . For more information, visit aucklandproject.org …

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Upcoming at Sudbury Senior Center

Upcoming at Sudbury Senior Center Monday Jun 3, 2019 at 5:29 PM Jun 3, 2019 at 5:29 PM
The Sudbury Senior Center is located at 40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury. Director: Debra Galloway. Phone: 978-443-3055. Email: senior@sudbury.ma.us. Hours: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.
Stop by or call the Sudbury Senior Center to sign up or for more detailed information on the following:
Lunch and Learn: All About India!: Learn “All about India” on Thursday, June 20 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM at the Sudbury Senior Center
Aruna and Kala will prepare a traditional homemade Indian lunch followed by a presentation on Indian culture. Also, enjoy beautiful violin music while dancers demonstrate traditional Indian dance. This event is limited to the first 25 people that sign up. There is a suggested $3.00 donation. With support from the Friends of Sudbury seniors.
Making Memories Café: Join us for a new Making Memories Café at the Sudbury Senior Center sponsored by Bridges by Epoch of Sudbury on Thursday, June 13, 2019 from 12:00-1:30 PM. This café welcomes caregivers and their loved ones with memory challenges to enjoy a light lunch and some upbeat entertainment. Please contact Ana Cristina Oliveira, at 978-443-3055 or oliveiraa@sudbury.ma.us to sign up.
Trips meeting with Collette Tours: The Sudbury Senior Trips meeting will be at the Sudbury Senior Center on Monday, June 10, 2019, at 1:00 PM. All are welcome! There will be a presentation by Vinnie Brown of Collette Tours to discuss “Spotlight on the French Riviera”, featuring Nice’s Carnival – February 15-23, 2020. Please call the Senior Center at 978-443-3055 to lets us know you plan on attending.
Classic Consignments/Jewelry & Sterling Silver Appraisals Only: Do you have any vintage jewelry or a sterling silver item that you want to know how much it’s worth? Helene and David from Classic Consignments will be at the Sudbury Senior Center on Tuesday, June 11 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM to give free appraisals. Since 1997, Classic Consignments has been in Sudbury assisting clients in marketing items they no longer want or need. They help consignors sell their quality pre-owned furnishings and accessories- antique or contemporary. Classic Consignments specializes in glass, china, and jewelry. You must sign up in advance, 1 item per person. Sign up by calling Sharon K. Wilkes at 978-443-3055 or email wilkess@sudbury.ma.us. Space is limited.
Turn the Page – Book Group: Join “Turn the Page” book group on the second Wednesday of every month from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. Listed below are the books we will review: On June 12, “The Shoemaker’s Wife” by Adrianna Tregiani,
On July 17 (new date), “Educated: A Memoir” by Tara Westouer and on August 14, “Nine Perfect Strangers” by Liane Morearty. Please call the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055 with questions, or just drop in even if you have not read the book
Pickleball: An independent group is offering recreational pickleball on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM on the Raymond Road tennis courts. All are welcome, come with your paddle and water and enjoy one of the fastest growing sports in the world. If you have any questions or need further information, please email Michael Sobol at msobol99@gmail.com.
Sudbury Shuttle: The Sudbury Shuttle is up and running! The shuttle runs from Stephen Anthony’s restaurant at the Wayside Country Store, along Route 20, with bus stops along the way, with a turnaround at the Wayland Stop & Shop. The shuttle will run Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, from 8:35 AM – 3:30 PM. Bus stops includes Longfellow Glen, Whole Foods, Shaw’s, Sudbury Farms, Musketahquid Village, Coolidge at Sudbury apartments, Panera Bread and Stop & Shop. You can also request a stop at Goodnow Library and The Food Pantry. This pilot project is funded by Older American’s Act funds, and awarded as a grant by BayPath Elder Services of Marlborough and is targeted to serve people 60 and over, as well as younger persons with a disability. Riders may make a voluntary, confidential suggested donation of $1.00 per ride, though donations will not influence your ability to get a ride. Envelopes for donations will be available on the van. Questions? Please call the Sudbury Senior Center and speak with Ana Cristina Oliveira, Outreach Information Specialist.
Makes Someone’s Day: Volunteers are needed to be back-up Meals on Wheels drivers. These volunteers receive a call either well in advance or sometimes the day before or day of, to which they can accept or simply say they are not available to help out. If the person is able to help out, we would need him/her from 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM, picking up the meals at the Senior Center kitchen and then delivering them to the clients on the set route. It is an extremely rewarding experience. If interested, please contact Janet Lipkin, Volunteer Program Coordinator, at 978-639-3223 or email LipkinJ@sudbury.ma.us .
Upcoming Sudbury Senior Trips
NEWPORT PLAYHOUSE – FUNNY MONEY: July 10. Lobster Fest and Cabaret Show in Newport RI. Make check payable to Royal Tours LLC. Cost is $95
due now!
DIAMOND’S & PEARLS/CASH & KINGS ULTIMATE TRIBUTE SHOW: Aug. 27. Experience some of the greatest hits from some of the greatest performers of all time. The renowned shipboard duo, Jose and Patti, will wow you with their tribute to Neil Diamond along with some Janis Joplin, Carole King and Johnny Cash mixed in. It is no wonder that they were voted Musicians of the Year by Norwegian
Cruise Line. Price includes transportation and lunch. Make checks payable to Best of Times. Cost is $93
Payment due: July 1, 2019
LAKE GEORGE BALLOON FESTIVAL 2019: Sept. 20-22. This 3-Day trip is a perfect time to enjoy the spectacular Balloon Festival while enjoying a stop at the Norman Rockwell Museum, a dinner cruise on Lake George and 3 opportunities to see the balloons lift
off to the skies. Make checks payable to Best of Times. Cost is $449 pp double. Payment due: August 20, 2019
CANYON COUNTRY WITH COLLETTE TOURS: Oct. 18-25. Travel to Sedona, the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Zion National Park, and more. See the wonders of the southwest on one of Collette’s most popular trips. Make checks to Collette Tours. Cost is $2999 pp double
Payment due: now.
THE FRENCH RIVIERA: Feb. 15-23, 2020. Nice, a coastal pearl of the Mediterranean known for its legendary opulence and balmy beaches. With an average of 300 sunny days per year, Nice is a seaside paradise. There will be choices on the tour to visit different art museums, and there will be food featuring delightful French cuisine. Travel to St. Tropez, Monaco, Monte Carlo, Cannes and other famous destinations. Celebrate the end of your trip in the most unforgettable way by attending one of the world’s oldest and most famous Carnivals. Cost is $2999 pp double. Contact Joe Bausk 978-443-8963 or Joanne Bennett 978-443-9600 if you are interested in a trip or have any questions.
Flashback Band – Evening Concert: On Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM come to the Sudbury Senior Center to listen to some live music! Light refreshments will begin at 6:00 PM and the concert will begin at 6:30 PM. The Flashback band has been playing together for 12 years. They are a four-piece band from Marlboro, MA playing rock`n roll music from the 50`s to the 70`s, Motown and Country. For the last four years, they have been playing at Fenway Park on Yawkee Way before the Red Sox games. There is a suggested $5.00 drop in donation at the door. Call us at 978-443-3055 or email senior@sudbury.ma.us. Thank you to The Friends of Sudbury Seniors who generously sponsored this event.
SHINE: The Sudbury Senior center’s trained SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) volunteers offer free, confidential counseling on all aspects of heath insurance to anyone on Medicare. To schedule a SHINE appointment, call Ana Cristina Oliveira at 978-443-3055 or email oliveiraa@sudbury.ma.us.
Foxwoods Trip: Bus Leaves at 7:15 AM. The next Foxwoods trip is on August 5, 2019. Volunteers Deanna Sklenak and Ron Ragno organize and promote these fun trips. Please sign up early, so that we can be sure to have enough participants. The cost of the trip is $30.00. This includes, transportation, $10.00 coupon for slot play and a $10.00 food OR Buffett coupon. The bus boards at 7:00 AM and leaves the Sudbury Senior Center promptly at 7:15 AM. Stop by the Sudbury Senior Center to pay and sign up. Make checks payable to “Sudbury Senior Trips”.
Part-Time Van Drivers Wanted: Join the team! The Sudbury Senior Center seeks part-time Van Drivers to transport Sudbury residents in handicapped accessible vans. Our van drivers have a lot of fun with our riders! Hours will be variable, a few to several hours/week some daytime, some evening hours available. Drivers must be, or willing to be, certified in CPR and first aid and willing to participate in required annual driver trainings. Pre-employment drug and alcohol testing is required. Experience with older adults and persons with disabilities is preferred. Being flexible, kind and compassionate is essential. Must pass CORI check and have a good driving record. Rate of pay is $15.00/hour. Please find an application at the Town of Sudbury website,. Mail completed application and resume to Debra Galloway, Director, Sudbury Senior Center, 40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury MA 01776 or email to gallowayd@sudbury.ma.us. Positions will be open until filled. EOE.
Comfort Food Caring Café: The next Comfort Food Caring Café will be held on Monday, June 24 from 12:00 – 2:00 PM. This Café welcomes caregivers and their loved ones with memory challenges for a light meal and some lovely entertainment. The Café is sponsored by; Pleasantries Adult Day & Consulting Services, Orchard Hill Assisted Living, Right at Home Senior Care and Sudbury Farms. Please contact Ana Cristina Oliveira, at 978-443-3055 or oliveiraa@sudbury.ma.us to sign up.
Pizza and a Movie: Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 12:30 PM –“Breathe” – 2017 PG-13 – 1h 57min. This spirit-lifting biodrama tells the story of Robin Cavendish, whose charmed and colorful life suddenly darkens when he’s paralyzed by polio. Rather than become imprisoned by his disability, however, Robin and his wife decide to tour the world. Staring Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy. Please sign up to order your pizza by 10:00 AM on the day of the movie, by contacting the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055 or email us at senior@sudbury.ma.us. Pizza is $1.50 a slice, please bring exact change.
Hearing Clinic: The Sudbury Senior Center will have a Hearing Clinic on the second Friday of the month from 9:30 AM-11:00 AM. Michael Drennan of Rogers Hearing Solutions will offer complimentary wax and hearing screenings. Mr. Drennan is a Board-Certified Hearing Instrument Specialist serving the Marlborough area since 2000. Please schedule your appointment by calling the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055.
Friday Movies: Friday, June 28, 2019 at 12:30 PM – The Good Lie – 2014 PG13 – 2 hours. In this fact-based drama, a young Sudanese War refugee wins a lottery that allows him to start life anew in the United States. But adapting to his new home presents challenges — both for the “lost boy” and for the American woman who’s helping him. Staring Reese Witherspoon.
Low Vision Support Group: The low vision support group is canceled for July.
Sudbury Caregivers Support Group: The Sudbury Caregivers Support group is a monthly support group for caregivers that usually meets on the 3rd Monday of every month from 1:00 – 2:30 PM at the Sudbury Senior Center. The next meeting will be held on Monday, June 17, 2019. This support group is to help people who are caring for their loved one living with dementia, who want to educate themselves with current information that will help improve the quality of life for both themselves and their loved one. Ana Cristina Oliveira, Outreach/Information Specialist at the Sudbury Senior Center will be leading the group. To sign up call Ana Cristina at 978-639-3268 or email oliveiraa@sudbury.ma.us. This group was formally called Sudbury Dementia Family Network.
FISH Volunteers needed: FISH (Friends in Services Helping) is a volunteer program that provides transportation for Sudbury residents to medical appointments, when their family and friends are not available. Volunteers drive residents to appointments when it fits into their schedule. There is no monthly or weekly requirement. F.I.S.H. is a great way to help your neighbors in need. If you would like to apply to become a volunteer driver, please call Janet Lipkin at the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-639-3223.
Help the Town and Earn a Tax Abatement: Applications are now available for the Sudbury Senior and Veteran Tax Work-off Programs at the Sudbury Senior Center. Eligible Sudbury seniors or veterans may be able to work in a Town Department and “earn” a tax abatement for the following year. Veterans should submit a copy of their discharge papers along with their application. All applications should be delivered to Sudbury Senior Center, Tax Work-off Program, 40 Fairbank Road, Sudbury, MA 01776. Should you have a question about the program, please call the Sudbury Senior Center at (978) 443-3055 or email at senior@sudbury.ma.us. Josephine King
Current Events: The Sudbury Senior Center Current Events group meets at the Senior Center every Thursday from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Please feel free to join the group at any meeting. For more information, please call the Sudbury Senior Center at (978) 443-3055.
Play Canasta: Join our Canasta group on Mondays from 1:00 – 3:30 PM. Looking for additional foursome and players to fill in for absences. Please call the Sudbury Senior Center at 978-443-3055, leave your name, and contact info.
Legal Clinic: Schedule a consultation with an Elder Law Attorney. Our Volunteer Elder Law Attorneys provide free 20-minute appointments focusing on: estate planning, financial issues, Medicaid/Mass Health legal questions, etc. Call the Sudbury Senior Center at 978 443-3055 to make your appointment or email senior@sudbury.ma.us.
Monthly Newsletter Information: The Sudbury Senior Center newsletter is both available online, and via email, as well as paper mailing. Due to the cost and time put into the paper mailing, we encourage those who are able to either sign up for the email version of the newsletter, look at it online at our website (www.sudburyseniorcenter.org) or pick up a paper copy at the Senior Center. Should you choose to receive it via email, please sign up at the Town of Sudbury website (www.sudbury.ma.us) by using the “Subscribe” button in the upper right corner of the homepage. Then email the senior center at senior@sudbury.ma.us and we will remove you from the paper mailing list. Sign up for weekly e-mails

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FOOD PARTNER!!!

One team, One dream – CRICKET !!! FOOD PARTNER!!! by MUKESH NAMBIAR We are really happy to introduce CURRY LEAVES INDIAN CUISINE as our FOOD PARTNER for the season. Curry leaves is really a go-to place for good Dum Biriyani and other Malabar – Kerala Foods. Teams participating in EKCL v.2.0 can taste delicious Malabar Dum Biriyani at our venue, Please contact us for price and more details. Share this: FACEBOOK Upcoming Events ELEVENS KERALA vs LEGENDS KERALA June 7, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm L’Amoreaux Cricket Centre, 1785 McNicoll Ave, Scarborough, ON M1V 3S8, Canada EKCL v.2.0 June 8, 2019 at 7:00 am – 11:00 pm Go Green Cricket and Sports Field, Flemingdon Park, Toronto, ON M3C 1B2, Canada EKCL v.2.0 – Day 2 June 9, 2019 at 7:00 am – 11:00 pm Go Green Cricket and Sports Field, Flemingdon Park, Toronto, ON M3C 1B2, Canada This is an event reminder ELEVENS KERALA VS SCARBOROUGH STRIKERS June 15, 2019 at 8:30 am – 12:00 pm Thackeray Park Cricket Ground, 2955 Kipling Ave, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada This is an event reminder ELEVENS KERALA vs UNITED TITANS (Home Game) June 21, 2019 at 5:30 pm – 9:00 pm Ashtonbee Reservoir Park, 10 Ashtonbee Rd, Scarborough, ON M1L 3K9, Canada SCAS HOME GAME

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200 hour yoga teacher training in dharamshala

Date: Mon, 3 Jun 2019
Price: $1,200.00
Login to Contact User Dharamsala and Yoga The ravishing beauty and heavenly air of Dharamsala invites you to choose this divine destination for a superb holiday combined with yoga practice and a 200 hour yoga teacher training course . You will simple love the vibes emitted by this place when you arrive here. The lush greenery of the hearty Himalayan mountains and the simplistic lifestyle of the people around this region favour the ideal atmosphere essential to yogic practice and spirituality. 200 hour yoga teacher training at Himalayan Yoga Association in Dharamsala Being the number one yoga school in India, Himalayan Yoga Association has carved its niche on an international level spreading the teachings of traditional Ashtanga Yoga / Hatha Yoga & Vinyasa flow (Multi-style) yoga teachings throughout the world in its original form enabling everyone to grasp the secrets of living healthy & blissful yogic life-style. In addition to the 200 hour yoga teacher training in Dharamsala, we currently lead in Multi-Style in 100 hour yoga teacher training in Dharamsala, 300 hour yoga teacher training in Dharamsala, 500 hour yoga teacher training course in Dharamsala. All our courses are affiliated by yoga alliance USA, Yoga alliance UK, Yoga alliance inter-national. We take pride in establishing ourselves as the most searched yoga training school in India that has acknowledged and followed the standard practices as set by Yoga Alliance. For whom the course is meant: The 200 hour yoga teacher training has been created to meet the needs of beginners and intermediate level yoga practitioners. Our RYT certified yoga teachers encourage students to approach their goals without difficulty. Food and accommodation: At Himalayan Yoga Association in Dharamsala, we realise the comfort of our students during their stay here at our premises during their teacher training course. Keeping this in mind, we have comfortable rooms with the latest facilities such as Wi-fi, attached bathrooms etc. We also offer optional facilities of shared accommodation for 28 nights and private accommodation (at extra charges) . As a yoga practitioner, one needs to have a physically fit body as well as a balanced mind. To achieve this, we believe that a healthy balanced diet should be incorporated as a part of the yogic lifestyle. Our expert chefs in our yoga school adept in the art of cooking with Indian spices and herbs prepare healthy and nutritious vegetarian meals with utmost love and dedication, thus serving food that satiates the taste buds as well as the mind. Environment of Dharamsala: Besides, the serenity of Dharamsala along with the blessings of Tibetan Monks inspire all present here. Wake up in the morning with the divinity of Buddhist chants and Mantras , the cool breeze and peaceful air surrounding you and inviting you to delve deep in yourself while getting some ‘me time’. Experience delicious Tibetan Cuisine and discover the magnificence of the monasteries of Dharamsala- a soother to the eyes and a treat indeed for travelling yogis, yoga enthusiasts, nature lovers and Photography fanatics. So take your next step today towards your journey to becoming a certified 200 hour yoga teacher to transform your life and the life of others as well.

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Czar of Indian Cuisine & pioneer food columnist Jiggs Kalra passes away

By DB POST Digital // June 4, 2019 Jiggs Kalra, the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’ and a prominent food columnist, is no more. He was in his early seventies.
Padma Shri recipient Kalra was instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to the international audience in a career spanning close to five decades and had cooked for Prince Charles and Princess Diana, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Bill Clinton among many luminaries.
He has also authored over 11 titles on Indian cuisine.
Food columnist and journalist Vir Sanghvi tweeted, “Goodbye old friend. The great Jiggs Kalra who did so much to rediscover the lost secrets of Indian food and who gave chefs their rightful place in the sun goes off to that great kitchen in the sky to ensure that the gods eat his wonderful food. There will never be another Jiggs.”
Jiggs has been wheelchair bound for a while now and his son Zorawar, owns and manages Massive Restaurants Pvt Ltd, which runs three restaurants – Masala Library, a fine dine brand; Made in Punjab, a casual-dining chain and Farzi Cafe, an Indian bistro serving molecular gastronomy from the world.

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Vajra

-Grubbing in Chicago New to the ‘Scene’
There’s little doubt that 2019 will go down as the year of Indian food when it comes to picking the years trendiest cuisine. The food of India has waited a long time to join the spotlight but better late than never. Indian food is some of the most complex as far as spices and flavors and also super regional which makes for all sorts of fun stuff to be shown off. 2019 will also go down as a great year for chef driven restaurant openings. There’s been some great spots to have opened up and Vajra is not to be forgotten. Vajra opened at the beginning of 2019 and many other spots have opened since then so while it hasn’t exactly been forgotten about it’s no doubt got some company among the years best openings and as we all know whatever is the newest is usually the hottest. But Vajra is still blazing.
Newly Opened in West Town
Vajra filled a space that had been home to a couple of crowd pleasers. Those two previous tenants were seemingly popular but couldn’t make it in this spot. Well I’ve been to Vajra twice and both times it was packed so I’m hoping they can make this space work. The menu here is a modern ode to both Nepalese and Indian cooking. You’ll find many of the classics when it comes to both cuisines. On the Nepalese side there’s nothing more classic than Momo dumplings. These are South Asia’s gift to the well traveled dumpling family tree. At Vajra they use goat in a few of their dishes and the momo is one of them. Minced goat is spiced up with the traditional flavors of momo which include Nepalese spicing like cumin as well as a mixture of herbs. These were one of my favorite bites of the year thus far. They were extremely juicy, aggressively seasoned, and both the tomato and house special avocado chutney sauces were terrific. The avocado version tasting much like the addictive DF style Avo-Salsa.
Momo Dumplings at Vajra
Elsewhere on the menu you’ll find a classic rendition of butter chicken. If you’re ordering anything saucy don’t forget to pair their perfectly made garlic naan up with it. Actually my only minor complaint thus far is I wish they didn’t fill up the curried dishes with as much meat and veggies as they do. The naan is so good I could go there and be totally happy with it and a bunch of sauces such as their terrific madras curry. The coconut based curry will take you straight to the palm trees and sandy beaches of it’s native land. If you’re big on skewered meats like me the goat seekh kebab is also a classic. Canteen chicken is another a good way to go. Nothing here has been bad. We needed a little boom of Indian food in Chicago and Vajra is doing a good job of helping to lead the way. It’s honest Indian cooking with respect given to the ingredients many of which are secured locally. I’m a big fan of what they’re doing. Right now it’s my go-to spot when the bold flavors of India and Nepal come calling.
Dinner Spread at Vajra
Vajra
1329 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 929-4990
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2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival Unveils Lineup of 121 Feature Films + Tribute to Agnes Varda

2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival Unveils Lineup of 121 Feature Films + Tribute to Agnes Varda June 3, 2019 Alice Englert and Walton Goggins in Them That Follow by Britt Poulton and Daniel Savage | photo by Julius Chiu
The 2019 Edinburgh International Film Festival, taking place June 19th to 30th, will screen around 121 new features, including 18 feature film World Premieres, alongside a tribute to French filmmaker Agnes Varda.
Bookended by the Boyz in the Wood and the World Premiere of Mrs Lowry & Son , the Festival will screen UglyDolls as this year’s Family Gala, and the People’s Gala screening of Jamie Adams’ Balance, Not Symmetry.
Other highlights include In Person events, with guests including Danny Boyle, award-winning actor and producer Jack Lowden, British documentary filmmaker Nick Broomfield and Scottish writer, director and actor Pollyanna McIntosh, who also brings her latest film, Darlin’ to this year’s EIFF. There will also be a very special In Person featuring award-winning film producer Rebecca O’Brien in conversation with acclaimed director, actor, writer and producer Icíar Bollaín. Bittersweet Symphony
This year’s BEST OF BRITISH strand includes exclusive World Premieres of Bittersweet Symphony starring Suki Waterhouse as a woman whose Hollywood dreams are on the verge of becoming a reality; a love letter to Europe in The Black Forest from writer-director Ruth Platt; coming-of-age supernatural love story Carmilla from director Emily Harris; new British drama by first-time feature director, poet, actor and publisher Greta Bellamacina, Hurt by Paradise; Masters of Love, a smart and wry take on the classic British rom-com from debut feature film-maker Matt Roberts; Schemers, based on writer-producer David McLean’s early years in the music business and the atmospheric noir thriller Strange But True starring Blythe Danner, Brian Cox and Greg Kinnear.
Additionally, there is a clash of old and new worlds seen through the eyes of a Cornish fisherman in Mark Jenkin’s Bait ; the directorial debut of Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, real-life story, Farming ; William McGregor’s debut feature, the magnificent, moody and mysterious Gothic tale Gwen ; Joanna Hogg’s autobiographical feature The Souvenir and fun and frothy modern day rom-com, Love Type D. Audiences can also look forward to a screening of Danny Boyle’s Yesterday featuring an all-star cast including Himesh Patel, Lily James, Ed Sheeran and Kate McKinnon.
Films in consideration for the prestigious Michael Powell Award will be selected from the BEST OF BRITISH and GALA sections. THE DEAD DON’T DIE
This year the AMERICAN DREAMS strand will offer an audiences an exciting, challenging and provocative group of films from across the pond featuring some of the brightest and best global talent. The strand will include: the World Premiere of Liberté: A Call to Spy, a fascinating story of a real life sisterhood of spies and the International Premieres of the clever and deviously dark mystery I See You starring Helen Hunt; Andrew Patterson’s sci-fi mystery feature debut The Vast of Night ; indie film Justine , which explores the role of a single mother working as a caregiver to a girl with spina bifida and the previously announced comedy drama Go Back to China directed by Emily Ting. Them That Follow , staring Olivia Colman, about an Appalachian sect will receive its European Premiere at the Festival as will Ode to Joy , an unusual rom-com about a man who avoids joy starring Martin Freeman and The Sound of Silence starring Peter Sarsgaard and Rashida Jones. Skin , based on the true story of neo-Nazi Bryon Widner starring Jamie Bell will screen alongside the Cannes 2019 opener, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die ; comedy drama Driven , about the car designer John DeLorean and Jessie Jeffrey Dunn Rovinelli’s quietly radical film, So Pretty . A Girl from Mogadishu
The EUROPEAN PERSPECTIVES strand celebrates the rich cultural impact and importance of European cinema. Notable features include: Elfar Adalsteins’ End of Sentence where a bickering father and son from America take a road trip in Ireland; the International Premieres of writer-director Mary McGuckian’s powerful new film A Girl from Mogadishu that tells the inspiring true story of Ifrah Ahmed, a Somalian refugee and She’s Missing from Irish writer-director Alexandra McGuinness. The Emperor of Paris starring Vincent Cassel will receive its UK Premiere at the Festival alongside Rudolph Herzog’s hilariously funny How to Fake a War starring Katherine Parkinson and Aniara , an epic science-fiction drama about a passenger spaceship lost in the void, as well as titles including Barbara Vekarić’s Aleksi from Croatia; Susanne Heinrich’s Aren’t You Happy? from Germany and Swiss psychological drama Cronofobia. Audiences can also look forward to the return of France’s favorite Gaul in Asterix: The Secret of the Magic Potion.
This year’s WORLD PERSPECTIVES strand offers audiences an exciting and challenging array of new works by talented filmmakers from around the world. Highlights include: the World Premieres of Astronaut, starring Richard Dreyfuss as a lonely widower who dreams of a trip to space and Rodrigo Guerrero’s Venezia. Australian cinema features prominently this year with the acclaimed Acute Misfortune, a striking, brilliant and unconventional portrait of one of Australia’s most acclaimed and idiosyncratic painters, Adam Cullen; The Flip Side, a breezy rom-com about a budding chef and a British actor starring Eddie Izzard; Undertow, a tense and moving female-led drama from director Miranda Nation and Top End Wedding, a rom-com about family ties and contrasting cultures. Other highlights include two South Korean action-adventure masterclasses in the form of Unstoppable and box office smash Extreme Job. Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love
This year’s DOCUMENTARIES program reflects the ability of documentary film to amaze, inspire, challenge, provoke and fascinate audiences, offering them the unique chance to travel the world and see strange and unusual sights. Strand highlights include: Memory: The Origins of Alien, a fascinating documentary about the making of Alien from the very beginning; This Changes Everything which examines the problems faced by women filmmakers and features interviews with Hollywood greats including Geena Davis, Meryl Streep, Natalie Portman, Taraji P. Henson, Reese Witherspoon and Cate Blanchett; Loopers: The Caddie’s Long Walk narrated by former caddie Bill Murray and Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love, from Nick Broomfield, giving audiences an insight into Leonard Cohen’s love affair with Marianne Ihlen.
In addition this year, the Scottish Documentary Institute will celebrate the art of documentary filmmaking through the lens of international female directors in a strand entitled PHENOMENAL WOMEN. They include work from Camille Budin, Maja Borg, Elizabeth Mirzaei, Gulistan Mirzaei and Sara Isha. Two shorts programs will also screen entitled Celebrating 15 years of Bridging the Gap and Syrian Stories, Female Voices.
Ranging from bloodthirsty gore through to ecozombies, this year’s NIGHT MOVES strand serves up a wide variety of pulse-pounding genre titles sure to delight audiences. This year, women take the front seat with a double bill of Pollyanna McIntosh in The Woman and Darlin’; The Furies, a gripping modern take on the 1980s slasher film, full of gore; Roxanne Benjamin’s Body at Brighton Rock; Carolina Hellsgård’s Ever After and Emma Tammi’s The Wind, a breathtakingly beautiful and haunting moody tale. Cages directed by Nicolás Pacheco
This year’s retrospective strand entitled ONCE UPON A TIME IN SPAIN, will explore Spain’s rich cinematic history through three strands: A Retrospective Celebration of Modern Spanish Cinema; A Retrospective Selection of Cult Spanish Cinema and an in-depth celebration of the work of legendary Spanish writer, actor and filmmaker, Icíar Bollaín. Designed to begin where the retrospective ends, FOCUS ON SPAIN features a selection of brand new Spanish cinema by some of the country’s most promising directors. Highlights include: Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles from Salvador Simó, an accomplished and fitting homage to the great master of surrealist cinema; Cages the directorial debut from Nicolás Pacheco, and gripping sci-fi thriller h0us3 from Manolo Munguía, inspired by the mysterious ‘insurance files’ famously employed by Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. Two Spanish shorts programs will also feature as part of the strand: Shorts from Galicia and Spotlight on Contemporary Spanish Short Films, a thematically diverse range of films that filter their narratives through cultural and societal lenses.
EIFF will this year present its inaugural strand of special culinary screenings and events, bridging the gap between food and film in CINECUISINE: a celebration of Scottish cuisine and the connections with our friends in Spain. The strand features fascinating documentaries spanning the culture and heritage of Scotland’s most well-known export, whisky, in The Amber Light and an exploration of Scotland’s cuisine by Spain’s Michelin starred chefs the Roca brothers in Chef’s Diaries: Scotland. Varda by Agnès
The Festival will screen a number of films by the late great Agnès Varda across a retrospective strand entitled THE FEATURES OF AGNÈS, as well as Varda by Agnès , her final film which will be introduced by Honorary Patron Mark Cousins.
The world of experimental film is once again uncovered in the Festival’s ever-popular BLACK BOX strand which presents a selection of short and feature-length experimental and artists’ films from around the world. Films in the strand include: Philip Hoffman’s Vulture, an observational study of farm life and Home in E Major, a deeply personal and quietly poetic documentary about displacement, friendship and the importance of home as well as a number of shorts program including Politics of Place, which explore the relationship between humans, nature and technology.
This year’s SHORTS section will offer a thrilling showcase of the finest brand-new short films from across the globe including Haunting the Image, which will explore the medium of film as a conductor through which to capture and evoke episodes of ritual and transfiguration; Film Is Resistance, which suggests that film can be an act of potent political resistance, offering ideological provocations and Image Is Memory, which explores the moving image as a powerful marker of memory. EIFF Youth Shorts: Exploring Boundaries will also return with seven stories from around the globe which explore the fascinating world of human relationships. Imogen Poots (left) as “Anna” and Jesse Eisenberg (right) as “Casey” in writer/director Riley Stearn’s THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE, a Bleecker Street release. Credit: Bleecker Street
The Festival’s EIFF Youth strand will offer an array of cutting-edge film screenings, special events, talks and masterclasses for young audiences at this year’s Festival. Films include: the opening night film Boyz in the Wood; The Art of Self-Defense, starring Jesse Eisenberg as a mild-mannered accountant who learns karate and Bulbul Can Sing, an adolescent girl’s coming-of-age story in a small Indian village. Related Post

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International treasure at Nepali Kitchen

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I am usually the one in my friend group to try all the new things, especially food. I will try anything twice. This is how I maintain my beach body, if the beach has an all-you-can-eat buffet. No matter where I go, I will go out of my way to find the local eatery that does NOT cater to the usual tourist if need be. Friends warn me that this is how you get robbed, but so far the worst that has happened is that I got indigestion from fermented soy beans. I usually just get a quick lesson in the local language or a fun game of charades as I try to match a Kanji character with the model food displayed in the window of a noodle shop. The cost of traveling is a bit steep, though. So imagine my joy when I found out I don’t have to go to all the way Nepal to try Nepali cuisine; I can just head to West Henrietta Road.
Bhutanese native Jagat Gurung brought his family to the United States six years ago, after they spent about 23 years in a Nepal refugee camp. Since living stateside, he worked hard to get the capital to open his restaurant, and in March, Nepali Kitchen opened its doors. The whole family helps him run the shop, including extended family. His son Parmin says they plan to expand to the space adjacent to the restaurant, to open a Nepali market as well. Rochester’s growing Bhutanese-Nepali community will likely appreciate his growth and success. click to enlarge PHOTO BY JACOB WALSH Aloo paratha (near) is a flatbread stuffed with seasoned potatoes, on the menu at Nepali Kitchen.
I know little about Nepal and Bhutan beyond their locations in the Himalayas, the fact that Mt. Everest is there, and that Nepal has the most uniquely shaped national flag. Food-wise, I wondered what they would have to offer. Since Nepal is sandwiched between China to the north and India to the south, would there be any influence of either regions? With Bangladesh on its eastern border, would I get a little bit of extra spice in my meal? Would it have its own style, dense and hearty, given its location in such a cold region of the world?
The answer to all of these questions is yes. Nepali Kitchen’s food is rich and filling. It marries cooking styles of China with flavor portfolios from India, and vice versa. Despite the hints of other regions I could detect, all the food stood out on its own to make this a unique dining experience.
Many restaurants have so much packed into their menus that it’s overwhelming to run through it. If I wanted to read a novel before my meal, I would go to the Cheesecake Factory. The menu at Nepali Kitchen is two pages, yet still full of a myriad of options that reflect the culinary staples of the region.
The first thing that jumped out at me was the momo ($7), which are vegetable, pork, or chicken dumplings. I’ve had a version of them in Indian and Chinese restaurants, and this style was just as delicious. The vegetable momo have a balanced, sweet-savory taste. The Aloo paratha ($5), which is flatbread stuffed with seasoned potatoes, was a new dish for me, but it combines two things I love, and is like a pocket of joy.
And the Sel roti ($5) is a lightly sweet, rice flour fried dough ring, kind of like a large doughnut, but not as heavy. The ring is served with sabji, a dipping sauce full of onions, chickpeas, and spices. It is hard to put them down once picked up, but I did need to save some space for the main course.
At the top of the menu are Nepali Thali sets. A Thali set is a traditionally Indian manner of serving food: A large, round platter is filled with a series small dishes, each with a specific food item in it. Unless you’re ravenous, this is a sharing dish. Nepali Kitchen offers all-vegetable ($10.99), chicken ($11.99), and mutton ($12.99) versions of the Thali Sets. They are all served with white rice and an assortment of stewed, steamed, and fried vegetables. Alternately, the dhindo set ($10.99) includes all of the components of the Thali set, except instead of rice you get dhindo, a Nepali dish made by bringing water to a boil and constantly mixing in the flours of maize and other grains until it is a smooth, thick consistency. click to enlarge PHOTO BY JACOB WALSH Nepali Kitchen’s dining room, on West Henrietta Road.
No matter what you get at Nepali Kitchen, be sure you bring a friend or two. Just as the restaurant is successful thanks to the help of the whole family, you will have a much more enjoyable experience bringing friends to share in this culinary experience. The price is right, too; $25 kept my party of three full for hours.

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Because I’m bored at work I decided to do them all!
Least favorite vegetable? B. sprouts
Least favorite fruit? Avocado? Is that considered a fruit? I love all fruits!
Least favorite cuisine? Indian food.
Least favorite alcoholic drink? Tequila and Beer
Least favorite season? Spring
Least favorite type of weather? South Florida hot and sticky, no need to do your hair or make up because you’re gonna sweat anyway weather.
Least favorite TV/movie genre? Novelas
Least favorite music genre? Asian music
Least favorite saying/platitude? I HATE HATE HATE when people say IRregardless…. It’s just REGARDLESS!!!
Least favorite habit someone close to you has (SO, parent, BFF, etc.)? My FIL sucks food out of his teeth after he eats…. No tooth pic, doesn’t go brush. Makes this annoying ass sucking noise and an ugly face.
Least favorite household chore? Cleaning the bathrooms
Least favorite mode of communication (phone, text, email, etc.)? Email.

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