5 breakfast spots in Jaipur that’ll make you set an alarm on a weekend!

5 breakfast spots in Jaipur that’ll make you set an alarm on a weekend!

06 Jun, 2019 at 10:19 AM
Bored with having the same ol’ breakfast at home? We understand because we are bored as well and honestly, we’re too lazy to explore our cooking abilities right in the morning, that too on a weekend! I mean, of course it is a task to drag ourselves out early of our beds but if it involves food, you can count us in!
So we’ve figured out 5 breakfast spots in Jaipur where you can begin your day with a kick-ass breakfast and you can thank us later for making your weekend better! Curious Life Coffee Roasters
Located in the posh area of C-Scheme, the place offers wholesome breakfast options like eggs, porridge, waffles, sandwiches, salads, tea, juices and shakes to name a few. Famous for its coffee, it is the best place for you to start your morning- coffee aficionados!
Location: C 54 A, Sarojini Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur
Timings: 8am – 10pm
Cost: ₹600 for two people (approx.) Peacock Rooftop
This restaurant is set on the background of Hathroi fort and has an utterly relaxed ambience which makes it a perfect spot for a quiet Sunday morning breakfast. With specialty in Indian breakfast, the restaurant offers tender melt-in-the-mouth parathas served with fresh dahi and mixed achaar which makes it our breakfast hub, when we’re craving some desi tummy love!
Location: Hotel Pearl Palace, 51, Hari Kishan Somani Marg, Near Vidayakpuri Police Station, Gopalbari, Jaipur
Timings: 7:30am – 11pm
Cost: ₹900 for two people (approx.) Home Cafe by Mr. Beans
Located in C-scheme, this cafe has a homely ambience and the Italian and Mexican cuisines here are to die for! If you want to wolf down some hearty breakfast, start your day with fresh cut fruits and juices and then move on to their pizzas and salads. They have something for everyone- be it for a fitness freak or a for someone looking to eat their way through Sunday morning!
Location: E-141 A, Sardar Patel Marg, C Scheme, Jaipur
Timings: 9:30am – 11:30pm
Cost: ₹1,000 for two people (approx.) Thadi
Set amidst the streets of Raja Park, Thadi is a rooftop cafe which offers you a desi breakfast! But that’s not all- Thadi lets you choose your favorite chai among the 37 different types of flavours that they serve. Start your day with a steaming cup of cutting chai and order a plate of upma to go along with it!
Location: 3rd Floor 402C/3 Lane 3, Near Axis Bank, Raja Park, Jaipur
Timings: 10am – 10:30pm
Cost: ₹650 for two people (approx.) Anokhi Cafe
This is another prominent eatery located in C-Scheme where almost everything is made using organic produce grown on their own farms. This place comes as a relief after a week of junk binge and while here for breakfast, try out the bagels, cheesecakes and pizzettas!
Location: KK Square, C-11, 2nd Floor, C Scheme, Jaipur, Rajasthan
Timings: 10am – 7:30pm
Cost: ₹500 for two people (approx.)
So move your lazy tashreef on a weekend and head over to these breakfast spots to start your day on a wholesome note.

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I will proceed to list the best restaurants in Perth for each type of cuisine. Pay close attention.

These restaurants are judged solely on the quality and authenticity of the food they serve, not their prices.
Indian – New Shalimar , Wembley, and Punjab Sweets and Curry House , Maylands
Chinese – Authentic Bites Dumpling House , Northbridge
Asian Fusion – Lucky Chan’s , Northbridge
Japanese – Ichirin , Leeming
Ramen – Keisuke Tonkotsu King , Perth
Pizza – Pizza Lounge , Swanbourne
Italian – Galileo , Shenton Park, Spritz Spizzicheria , Mount Hawthorn and Lalla Rookh , Perth
Steaks – Squire’s Loft , Subiaco
Burgers – Varsity Bar , Various locations, Short Order Burger Co. , Perth, and Meet & Bun , Various locations
Mexican – La Cholita , Northbridge. Unfortunately, That Little Mexican Place in North Perth closed a while back
Pies – Peter’s Bakery , Claremont
Middle Eastern – Hummus Club , Northbridge
Bakery – Mary Street Bakery , Various locations
Continental Rolls – The Re-Store , Leederville, Perth
Fried Chicken – Chimek , Various locations, and Gami , Perth
Tapas – Pinchos , Leederville
Ice Cream – Gusto , Leederville, Elizabeth Quay
Vegetarian – The Prophet , Victoria Park
Vietnamese – Three Sisters , Leederville and Bunn Mee , Leederville
Pub Food – Mayfair Lane , West Perth
I haven’t found African food that comes anywhere near what I have had in places like Ethiopia and Sudan – if anyone could recommend some, that would be great.
Thank you for listening
EDIT: Added some that slipped my mind.

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Indian food bloggers’ recipe for success

June 07, 2019 13:19 IST Updated: June 07, 2019 13:19 IST more-in They burst onto the food blogging scene when it was still unheard of. Three bloggers tell us how they manage to stay relevant despite the changing face of the Internet
They began blogging before it was cool, and stepped into Instagram when it was still fairly unexplored territory.
Over more than a decade, India’s food bloggers have been raking up followings on fresh platforms, while still staying true to their original, traditional platforms. Needless to say, the earlier crop has seen a lot change with time — from popular cuisines to fads, trends and movements. And they have a lot to say about it.
Nandita Iyer, for instance, began her vegetarian blog Saffron Trail in 2006. As did Sia Krishna, with her blog Monsoon Spice on Blogspot. Both are still going strong, the latter with a steady monthly traffic of over 1,00,000. “I started Monsoon Spice when blogging was a fairly new phenomenon and there were just a handful of Indian food blogs dedicated to vegetarian and vegan recipes,” says Sia, “I began cooking out of necessity when I moved to the UK. Initially, my sole purpose for writing a food blog was to create an online cooking journal of sorts, for family recipes that have been orally passed on from one generation to another.”
Bengaluru-based Nandita’s motivation was similar. “I started off in March 2006, just to keep track of my intuitive cooking via a digital diary of sorts on Blogger, the blogging platform. The blog and its readers fuelled my interest in cooking and leading a healthy lifestyle via good wholesome food; that has kept me passionate about my blog so far,” she says, “Now I am on self-hosted WordPress. I also share my food photos and recipes on Twitter and Instagram.”
That’s one way of putting it. Saffron Trail has 53,900 followers on Instagram, 47,500 on Twitter, over 24,000 on Facebook and 15,000 on Pinterest, all of them flocking towards her home-style, vegetarian salads, curries and rice preparations. But Nandita says that now it’s not just about the recipes any more.
Image matters
“The main emphasis has become photography — the text and recipes are secondary. Food blogging has become more or less a showcase for food photos,” says Nandita, adding, “Also, video content has become huge, with the penetration of Internet all around India and 4G being so affordable. People are focussing more on video content for Instagram, Facebook, YouTube etc.”
Jeyashri Suresh, a Singapore-based blogger, whose Facebook page Jeyashri’s Kitchen has a following of a whopping 3,80,000, agrees, saying, “People prefer to watch quick one-minute videos instead of watching a detailed one on YouTube. Posting on Instagram helps in gaining readership. Hence, bloggers these days post recipes and step-wise pictures on Instagram itself.”
But the blogger with a 32,000-strong Instagram following isn’t complaining, and credits the photo-sharing platform for its user-friendly interface. “It serves as a good platform for those who don’t really have the time to start a blog or do not know the technical aspects of running and maintaining a blog,” she says, while admitting that it does affect blog traffic to a certain extent. A minuscule extent in her case, since her blog Jeyashri’s Kitchen still manages a monthly traffic of over a million hits.
For her, it’s still all about the recipes, even though she recognises that content has shifted to other points of focus in the world of food blogging. “These days, people are more interested in learning the basics of cooking. Apart from this, vlogs based on daily cooking routines or meal planning are equally popular. Food product reviews have also gained popularity and many brands approach reputed food bloggers for reviews,” she says.
Bloggers today wield some power, thanks to the sheer scale of their followers. According to Jeyashri, influencer-based promotions will remain one of the biggest food industry trends in India this year, next to vlogs on meal planning and cooking routines. “Influencer marketing is gaining momentum in the blogging world. Many food brands approach bloggers to market their products,” she states.
But the picture isn’t all that rosy: Instagram influencers are coming in for plenty of crtiticism, particularly in terms of the actual impact they have on users. A number of factors form part of the concern shown by consumers, chefs and others in the food industry: like clarifying which posts feature sponsored content, maintaining the quality of writing, fact-checking and crediting the right person for shared images and ideas. In fact, ‘micro influencers’ (people who have between 1,000 and 1,00,000 followers) is the new buzzword in town: the idea being that smaller, more intimate followings mean more answerability and a more focussed, impactful influence.
Learning curve
So, keeping their presence consistent for over a decade has not been easy. Nandita clarifies, “I do not use advertising on my blog, but there are a few sponsored posts. I keep them to a bare minimum, and make sure that whatever is the sponsored brand being spoken about is completely relevant to my audience.”
Besides that, new skills have had to be picked up time and again, and the bloggers are happy to do so. As Sia puts it, “My experience of food blogging has helped me grow as a food writer, a recipe developer, food stylist and also as a food photographer.”
Other learnings, like Nandita’s, were a bit more technical: “Aggressive SEO to drive traffic to the blog has become a no-brainer if you want the blog to succeed. In my early blogging days, I did not even know the existence of the term SEO.”
As each platform gets more and more interactive, there are an increasing number of Ps, Qs and legalities to keep in mind. This is where the fraternity spirit plays a role. “Although we don’t meet other bloggers, we build a good rapport through social media. We also have common platforms where we guide each other, solve queries and other technical issues we may face, such as copyright claims,” says Jeyashri.
The community helps one another in other ways, too. “The best thing I like about the community is a reliable source of regional recipes and cooking that are otherwise difficult to find in books or at restaurants,” explains Nandita.
In the end, it all boils down to food. Sia sums it up well: “Personally, food blogging has always been my creative outlet for not just sharing tried-and-tested recipes with photographs, but also to share plates of delectable meals woven around colourful stories of the past, present and future. Over time, it has become a competitive market and many blogs are run like businesses, emphasising on gaining followers. There is nothing wrong with it, especially if you want to turn your passion into a career. Food blogging can be your ticket to scaling new heights, as long as you are committed to blogging even when you feel like no one is interested.” SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Submit

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Netflix Australia’s best TV series: over 60 great shows to stream in 2019

Netflix Australia’s best TV series: over 60 great shows to stream in 2019 June 6, 2019 By DPM Leave a Comment
UPDATE: The dystopian black comedy Black Mirror, which offers Twilight Zone-style cautionary tales about the misuse of technology, is back for its fifth season– find out more about it below!
Since its arrival on Australian shores, we’ve enjoyed unfettered access to all of Netflix’s critically-lauded original shows. Not only that, users also have access to a wealth of other licensed material.
If you’re like us, you spend a good deal of your time Netflixing. Sure, Netflix also streams movies, but its television output is perhaps the reason most people have signed up for an account. There’s nothing quite like firing up Netflix and binge-watching a series at your own pace. Getting instant access to entire seasons of Stranger Things from day one is half the appeal.
This is why we’ve created the TechRadar guide to the best shows on Netflix Australia right now (in no particular order). We’ll keep this best TV show list constantly updated with the latest television shows that you should be watching on Netflix in Australia and also tell you why. Which Netflix plan is for you? The best new TV series on Netflix Australia
Of course, the list includes Netflix Australia classics like Stranger Things, House of Cards, Making a Murderer, Black Mirror, Narcos and BoJack Horseman, but there’s so much more to binge on the service than the well-known titles.
We’ve selected more than 60 great series worth watching over the following pages, but if you’ve watched ’em all already you can also find out what’s new on Netflix this month right here , or cut to the chase with our quick picks for the top trending shows on Netflix right now.
The following list charts the best shows that are currently trending right now on Netflix Australia. For our complete list of shows, which has been separated into genre, continue on to the next page or select your preferred genre from the drop-down list above! 1. Black Mirror
As far as dystopian fiction goes, Black Mirror is up there with the very best. Penned by Charlie Brooker, who before this was disassembling and decimating the news in his show NewsWipe, Black Mirror consists of a handful of caustic tales about the perils of technology, shady governments and human nature as a whole.
Not only has Netflix nabbed the original seven episodes of the show to stream, comprising two series and a Christmas special, but it also funded three additional seasons. Each standalone episode holds a mirror up to our society in extreme satire, with themes that are not too far from issues facing us all today: social media highs and embarrassing lows, technology going awry and new games that start to feel all-too real. Pitch-black comedy at its absolute darkest, Black Mirror is a must for tech-heads with a wicked sense of humour.
Now in its fifth season, Black Mirror has returned to Netflix three brand new episodes. Expect some seriously dark and dystopian tales with an undercurrent of pitch black comedy.
Details: 5 seasons (plus one interactive special), 3-6 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode 2. Dead to Me
In Netflix’s pitch black comedy Dead to Me, Christina Applegate (Anchorman, Married… with Children) plays Jen, a recently widowed woman who sets out to find the truth about her husband’s death by hit and run. Of course, Jen has her own way of grieving and the outpouring of sympathy from those around her to be utterly insufferable. However, by a twist of fate, Jen starts to loosen up when she meets and befriends Judy (Linda Cardellini), a free-spirited woman who also lost someone. A dark and acerbic comedy from the makers of 2 Broke Girls and Hot in Cleveland, Dead to Me may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it is destined to find a devoted audience who are willing to go to some uncomfortable places.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 30 minutes per episode 3. Chambers
In the creepy Netflix Original thriller Chambers, a young woman named Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose ) receives a heart transplant from the recently deceased girl Becky (Lilliya Scarlett Reid) and immediately senses that something is not right. After meeting with Becky’s mother, Nancy (Uma Thurman), Sasha begins seeing things that were witnessed by her heart’s previous owner, leading her to believe that she’s being haunted by Becky. To make matters worse, it quickly becomes apparent that Becky’s mum and dad are up to something seriously sinister. Guaranteed to send shivers up your spine, Chambers is heart-pounding despite its deliberate pace.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 38-50 minutes per episode 4. Lucifer
Unceremoniously cancelled on broadcast television, the devilishly-funny series Lucifer has found a new home on Netflix where it’s received a brand new fourth season! From mega-producer Jerry Bruckheimer (Top Gun, Armageddon, Pirates of the Caribbean) and based on the Vertigo comic of the same name (the comic series was a spin-off of Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman), the series follows Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis) as he abandons Hell to open a nightclub in Los Angeles and work as a consultant for the LAPD. If you haven’t watched Lucifer before, fear not — the first three seasons are also available to stream on Netflix.
Details: 4 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 43 minutes per episode 5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Forget the ’90s TV series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, because aside from sharing character names, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is an entirely different beast. Darker and scarier than that family-friendly take, Netflix’s version of the classic Archie Comics character owes a lot more to creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s recent comic series of the same name. Dealing head on with Satanism, demons and other dark subject matter, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina makes for a perfect companion to Riverdale (also from Aguirre-Sacasa), which tends to dabble in death and mystery, too. Of course, the show is quite fun, too, with a terrific performances from Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men) as Sabrina, Lucy Davis (Wonder Woman) as Aunt Hilda and Australia’s own Miranda Otto (Return of the King) as Aunt Zelda. Spooky and clever, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina positively ghoulish fun.
Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season (plus one holiday special), 60 minutes per episode 6. Love, Death & Robots
From the twisted minds of David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club) and Tim Miller (Deadpool) comes Love, Death & Robots – a violence and sex-filled animated anthology series that’s strictly for adults. For years, the two visionaries attempted to bring a new adaptation of the classic Heavy Metal comics to screens, only to eventually leave the project behind due to lack of interest from all the major studios. Now, the project has been resuscitated in a new form thanks to Netflix, allowing the filmmakers to produce 18 self-contained short films, many of which are adapted from classic sci-fi and fantasy stories from authors such as Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, John Scalzi and more. If you’re into genre fiction involving robots, monsters and heady sci-fi themes, you’re going to adore Love, Death & Robots.
Details: 1 collection, 18 episodes, 6-17 minutes per episode 7. Queer Eye
Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there’s a reason these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you’ll cry at least once per episode. Season 3 sees the crew relocate to Kansas City, and you can expect an even more diverse group of makeover recipients this time around.
Details: 3 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode 8. Russian Doll
With its Groundhog Day-esque premise, Russian Doll sees Nadia (Natasha Lyonne) forced to relive her 36th birthday party over and over again. Though she’s killed repeatedly, there’s seemingly no end in sight for Nadia’s inescapable night, leading her to question her own sanity as she tries to find a way out. Funny and fast-paced, Russian Doll is ideal for viewers looking for something short and sweet to watch, with each episode leaving you wanting more.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode 9. Dirty John
Based on the hit podcast series of the same name, Dirty John tells the unnerving true story of a man who infiltrates the life of lonely single mother Debra (Connie Britton), despite extreme disapproval from her daughters. While John (Eric Bana) initially convinces Debra that he’s a dreamboat doctor who’ll make her life wonderful, things soon turn dark, with his lies and psychological manipulation eventually leading to some truly devastating consequences for the family. While the show may have a slight ‘Hallmark Channel’ vibe, Bana and Connie are exceptional in their roles. Fans of the podcast and disturbing true crime stories are sure to enjoy Dirty John.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode 10. Riverdale
Set aside any pre-conceived notions that you might have about a ‘sexy Archie’ series and get ready for one of the most addictive new shows of the moment with Riverdale. First things first — this ain’t your grandpappy’s Archie show. A modern day re-imagining of the beloved comics franchise that has spanned almost eight decades, this Twin Peaks-inspired version of Riverdale is fraught with murder, deception and small town scandal. Famous characters like Jughead, Veronica, Betty and even Josie and the Pussycats are all present and accounted for, only with a decidedly millennial twist. The first season followed the murder of star quarterback (and most popular kid in school) Jason Blossom, and the mystery surrounding it. This was followed by the arrival of a Zodiac-style serial killer who terrorised Riverdale from behind a black hood. In the third season, the gang must contend with a forbidden role-playing game called Griffons and Gargoyles that’s causing people in town to die, as well as a cult-like community called The Farm that’s putting everyone under its spell.With new episodes fast-tracked from the US every Thursday, your only problem will the seven day wait in-between.
Details: 3 seasons, 13-22 episodes per season, 42 minutes per episode
Want to know more about Netflix’s take on binging? Watch our very own Jon Porter live on the couch discussing his time at Netflix HQ! Wanting to watch from abroad? Then you need the best Netflix VPN BoJack Horseman
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The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won’t be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you’ll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob’s Burgers (only with a lot more depth). Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up ’90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside his perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack’s memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner. Now back for its fifth season, BoJack finds himself leading a terrible new cop show for a television channel that shouldn’t exist. Meanwhile, Diane finds herself on a spiritual journey after her break up with Mr. Peanutbutter.
Details: 5 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode GLOW
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From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes GLOW, a show based on a real-life all-women wrestling league that existed in the ’80s. Why’s it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that’s why! The show stars Alison Brie (Community) as an aspiring actress who auditions for the wrestling gig after being fed up with the lack of meaty female roles in Hollywood. Here, she can be a fierce warrior, one who is in charge of her own destiny and gets to play opposite other strong women. Like Orange is the New Black, GLOW is a show that masterfully balances comedy and drama. In its second season, we follow the ladies as they try to keep the show on the air — we can only hope that Netflix’s GLOW gets as many seasons as its real-life counterpart.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Someone escaping from a Domesday cult shouldn’t be a recipe for comedy but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt manages to squeeze the funny out of this premise. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, the show sparkles with wit and lands on the right side of kooky. Best of all, the first half of the show’s 4th (and unfortunately final) season has just landed and is fizzing with the same energy of the three seasons (we especially love the ‘Making a Murderer’ parody episode). If you’re a fan of shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Santa Clarita Diet
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Like a cross between Modern Family and The Walking Dead (with a spattering of Dexter thrown in for good measure), Santa Clarita Diet is a hilariously gory Netflix Original series that sees suburban mum Sheila (Drew Barrymore) suddenly acquire an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Though shocked at first, Sheila’s loyal husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are determined to keep this family together, even if it means covering up a number of murders…
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
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Rising to prominence with the hilarious clip show The Soup before hitting it big as an actor on Community, Joel McHale has returned to the green screen once again to offer his unique brand of biting, sarcastic commentary on the ridiculous world of reality television. Featuring plenty of celebrity guest stars and more one liners than any reasonable person could possibly keep track of, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is the perfect way to cap off the week. Originally presented as a weekly series (unusual for a proper Netflix Original), The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is returning shortly with a whole batch of binge-worthy episodes. We can’t wait!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Everything Sucks!
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Don’t be put off by its twee trailers and the 1990s nostalgia-bait that lies therein — Everything Sucks! is actually a very endearing series that follows a group of young high schoolers (and their parents) as they struggle with new found feelings of love. It’s the first day of high school for Luke (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) and his geeky friends, and the boys immediately meet Kate (Peyton Kennedy), the principal’s daughter, in AV Club. Luke falls for her right away, but there’s one problem — Kate is starting to realise that she actually likes girls. Meanwhile, Kate’s widower dad (Patch Darragh) and Luke’s single mother (Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako) have started a secret relationship, and it’s only a matter of time before everything blows up in their faces. Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, Everything Sucks! is much more than a ’90s-set Freaks and Geeks clone.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The End of the F***ing World
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This eight-part British series feels like a cross between Thelma and Louise and True Romance, with its two young protagonists on the lam after running away from home and accidentally killing someone. James (Alex Lawther) is a prospective teenage psychopath looking for his first person to kill. Enter Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a girl from his class who wants out of her horrible home life. With the two now a couple and on the run, will James satisfy his bloodlust by killing his new girlfriend? Or will she warm his black heart? Pitch-black in its humour and surprisingly sweet, The End of the F***ing World is one for those who like their entertainment with an edge.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Good Place
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A hilarious and refreshing comedy series, The Good Place sees Eleanor (Kristen Bell) arrive in a Heaven-like afterlife only to be greeted by Michael (Ted Danson), architect of what is known as ‘The Good Place’. This beautiful neighbourhood is meant to be a reward for living an upstanding life. The problem is, she totally doesn’t belong there, and now Eleanor must hide her wrongdoings, lest she be sent to The Bad Place instead. Witty and full of terrific one-liners, The Good Place is a delightful show with some unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
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Reviled on initial release and then rediscovered as a cult classic, the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer is the kind of satirical comedy that leaves most people scratching their heads. Those in the know, however, see it as an absolutely pitch-perfect, gobsmackingly hilarious spoof of the summer camp movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Many of the actors in the original film went on to become huge stars (Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler), so it should be considered a minor miracle that all of these people were wrangled back almost 15 years later to star in a prequel series for Netflix. If you haven’t seen the original movie, you might want to stream it on Netflix before watching the show, but if you have seen it and love it like we do, you’ll be over the moon with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
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If you’ve seen and are a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter’s hilarious film Wet Hot American Summer (WHAS), then you’ve surely watched its Netflix Original prequel series, WHAS: First Day of Camp (also on our list of the best shows on Netflix Australia). Hilariously taking place during the same summer of 1981 (despite a cast that’s obviously aged by 15 years), the series hit every comedic note that made the film a cult favourite. Now, a sequel series has been made that sees our beloved characters return to Camp Firewood ten years after the events of the film and first series. Set in 1991, the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of its new era, and sees most of its original cast return in some form or another (Bradley Cooper is unfortunately absent, though Adam Scott does a good job of filling his shoes). If you’ve ever wondered what these ridiculous characters might be like as adults, this is a series you must watch.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Ever spent an evening with friends watching bad movies and cracking jokes at their expense? If that’s you, you’re going to love Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Based on a flimsy premise involving a scientific experiment by Gizmonic Institute, the show’s lovably homemade sci-fi angle is just an excuse to have comedian Jonah Ray hang out with a bunch of wise-cracking robots named Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow as they relentlessly mock utterly terrible movies. The new Netflix version is actually a remake of an American cult favourite from the ’80s and ’90s and each episode will actually give you an entire movie to cringe and laugh through. A second season has now arrived on the service, dubbed The Gauntlet, which challenges viewers to sit through six more terrible movies in one sitting! Charming, funny and endlessly entertaining, MST3K is bound to capture a whole new generation of fans.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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One of the funniest shows to hit TV in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as an immature goofball who also happens to also be a brilliant NYPD detective. The show revolves around the many cases (and shenanigans) that Samberg and his equally hilarious co-stars get wrapped up in under the watchful eye of their stern Captain. Quick-witted and full of heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new comedy classic.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Master of None
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One of the freshest and most enjoyable shows Netflix has put out to date, the semi-autobiographical Master of None sees comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) play Dev, a character much like himself who is trying to navigate his family, friends, acting career and love life in New York City. Hilarious and thoughtful, Master of None gives Dev the opportunity to reflect on difficult subjects like like racism and misogyny in a way that’s warm, funny and eye-opening – no easy feat! Master of None also has an amazing soundtrack, and some wonderful supporting turns from Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu and Ansari’s own scene-stealing parents, Shoukath and Fatima.
Seasons available on Netflix: 2 Toast of London
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One of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, Matt Berry (The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box) is back with another pompous blowhard character that’s entirely in his much-perfected wheelhouse. In Toast of London, Berry plays Steven Toast, an eccentric, washed-up actor whose antics off the stage are almost as insufferable as the ones on it (when he can actually find a worthwhile gig, that is). To make matters worse, Toast is surrounded by a number of comically-named characters who are just as aberrant as he is. Will Toast ever catch a break? A single episode of the show will probably be enough to answer that one…
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Before he was a global superstar, Will Smith was the frontman for the late ’80s/early ’90s hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. With a winning sense of personality and infectious hits like ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’, Smith took his performing talents and turned to acting by starring in the family sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, Smith moves in with his stuffy high society Aunt and Uncle’s family in the posh suburb of Bel-Air. Before long, his crazy persona turns the entire family’s dynamic on its head, bringing a sense of much needed humour into their lives. A classic series with one of the best and most memorable theme songs of all time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is as fresh and funny now as it was 20-odd years ago. Now, sing it with us: “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…”
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Tidying Up with Marie Kondo
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A global sensation, the new Netflix Original series Tidying Up with Marie Kondo is inspiring people from all walks of life to de-clutter their home environments. Each episode, Japanese ‘tidy guru’ Mari Kondo is invites home owners to go through all of their belongings, keeping only those which “spark joy” within them. Kondo then teaches everyone in the home how to more efficiently store their clothes and possessions, drastically reducing the amount of space they take up in the process. If you fear that you’re becoming a bit of a hoarder, this show should steer you back on track.
Details: 1 season, 8 episodes per season, 35-44 minutes per episode The Innocent Man
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Based on John Grisham’s book ‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town’, Netflix’s latest Original docu-series is sure to become a new obsession for true crime aficionados. The Innocent Man tells the gripping (and baffling) story of Ron Williamson, a man who has been imprisoned since 1988 and has sat on Oklahoma’s death row for 11 years for a heinous murder that experts believe he couldn’t possibly have committed. The problem is, his taped confession is impossible to ignore. Has Williamson been thrown under the bus by dodgy police and prosecutors?
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode Queer Eye
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Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there’s a reason these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you’ll cry at least once per episode.
Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode Making a Murderer
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True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO’s The Jinx. Netflix’s original series Making A Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over the first season’s 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach’s murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Years later, as Avery and Dassey continue to sit in prison, the appeals process continues in Making A Murderer: Part 2, which covers each attempt to free the pair in great detail. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won’t be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you’ve started.
Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode Dark Tourist
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While there’s no shortage of traditional travel shows on television these days, the Netflix Original series Dark Tourist takes an entirely different approach by setting its sights on unconventional destinations and frightening, morally-questionable itinerary activities. NZ journalist and documentarian Daniel Farrier embarks a journey across the globe, exploring the world’s most confronting tourist spots and larks. From a narco tourism experience that sees him travel around Colombia with Pablo Escobar’s number one hitman, to a tour through radioactive Fukushima, Farrier visits the world’s most ill-advised tourist attractions so that you don’t have to.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 American Vandal
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A note-perfect spoof of the ‘true crime docu-series’ model that’s become all the rage following the success of Making a Murderer and Serial, American Vandal follows the investigation of a fictional crime in which an underachieving high school student is accused of spray painting dicks on every car in his high school’s faculty car park. In its second season, which looks to be just as good as the first, the teen-aged documentarians find themselves on a new case, investigating a school-wide pooping-spree masterminded by someone who goes by the name ‘The Turd Burglar’. Like any good true crime investigation series, American Vandal is filled with conflicting testimonies, unreliable witnesses, compelling evidence, huge revelations and, of course, moody cinematography. Hilarious and constantly surprising, American Vandal is a must-see for any true crime aficionado.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Car Masters: Rust to Riches
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If you love classic cars, particularly of the American muscle variety, you’re going to love the Netflix Original series Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Join the loveable misfits of the Temecula-based auto shop Gotham Garage as they recover rusted-out car bodies from junkyards all over California and restore them way beyond their former glory — with some additional Gotham-style, to boot. From post-apocalyptic Kombi vans to beautifully restored concept cars (like the never officially released Lincoln Futura), the team at Gotham Garage will blow your mind with what they’re able to accomplish. As an added twist to the car restoration format, each restored vehicle is eventually traded upwards in an attempt to land a huge six-figure payday that can split amongst the Gotham crew. One episode and you’ll be hooked!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
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Following his sudden and tragic death, now might be the perfect time to watch Anthony Bourdain’s most recent series, Parts Unknown, which has been recently added to Australian Netflix. They say that chefs are like the new rock stars of our time, and if that’s the case, the lovably-outspoken celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was the culinary equivalent of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins rolled into one charming yet thoughtful dish. In his show Parts Unknown, Bourdain travelled further than ever before, exploring cultures and cuisines that are underrepresented on Television. Unlike most other travel/food programs, Bourdain spends an equal amount of time exploring communities and meeting the locals in an effort to understand their cultures and political landscapes. Witty, eye-opening and extremely thought-provoking, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is the most accomplished series the late writer and celebrity chef ever made.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Wild Wild Country
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This six-part documentary series tells the almost-unbelievable story of a utopian cult that was founded by a charismatic Indian guru and went on to build its own city in the Oregon desert. Told using news stories and archival footage from the city’s heyday in combination with present-day interviews with those who were there, the slowly-escalating series jumps from free love to stoushes between cult members and local Oregonians and culminates in attempted assassinations, legal battles, bombings and mass poisonings. It’ll leave you wondering who’s really in the right — and pondering what rules people are willing to break as they attempt to hold on to power. Wild Wild Country is one wild, wild ride.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Stay Here
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A renovation series with a twist, Netflix’s Stay Here sees underwhelming Airbnb and short-stay vacation properties transformed by a team of professionals in an effort to maximise their potential and profitability. Over the course of each half hour episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter help turn each lacklustre property into a five star experience. Eye opening and addictive, you’ll like blow through Stay Here’s whole eight episode season in a single weekend.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Defiant Ones
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Charting the rise of one of the world’s most successful business partnerships, The Defiant Ones delves into the lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — two men who not only conquered the music industry, but whose famous Beats Electronics brand went on to become a $ 3 billion player in the tech world with its sale to Apple in 2014. Featuring a huge number of candid interviews from major music industry titans, including Bono, Eminem, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springstein, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more, this three-part documentary series (which is considered a Netflix Original in Australia despite being made by HBO) is a must-watch for music lovers and people fascinated by those who display an incredible business acumen.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Rapture
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Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check out Rapture, the new Netflix Original documentary series which spends each episode with a different major player in the rap game, kicking off with Logic and featuring T.I., Just Blaze, 2 Chainz and more over the course of its entire run. in Rapture, the artists themselves are tasked with describing their careers, how they got to where they are, and what kind of cultural legacy they think they’ll leave behind. Candid interviews with the artists and the people around them provide an eye-opening insight into a world that’s not quite as it seems on the surface.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Ugly Delicious
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A documentary series that simultaneously celebrates food while asking why we like it in the first place, Ugly Delicious is a must-watch for any food lover. World-renowned chef David Chang takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the foods we cherish, from pizza to barbecue and everything in between. Rather than just show us the best forms of each dish, Chang’s approach is entirely different, looking back at the history and ethnography of each meal and asking us to do away with our food elitism. It’s only then that we can open our minds up to the endless possibilities of what food can actually be.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Flint Town
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Shot over a two-year period, this gripping Netflix Original documentary series follows police in Flint, Michigan, shining a light on a town that has been crippled by dwindling resources, crumbling infrastructure, violence and a contaminated water supply. A harrowing look at an American city that’s been failed by its government, Flint Town shows that many of the issues plaguing communities, and the law enforcement departments tasked with serving and protecting them, aren’t as cut-and-dried as they appear on the surface. Flint Town is an eye-opening series that’s bound to change the way you look at police and impoverished communities who can’t find a way out of their struggles.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Toys That Made Us
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For people of a certain age, the toys they grew up with would come to define their childhoods. In this 8-part documentary series (only 4 eps are currently available), we get to see how our favourite toys came to be, while also meeting the people responsible for them. Kicking off with Star Wars toys, the show them gives us a glimpse at the surprising origins of Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, the second season has arrived, bring new 1-hour episodes about Transformers, Star Trek, Lego and Hello Kitty toys. It’s hard to imagine anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s not getting a massive kick out of this.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Staircase
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A harrowing true crime series that’s as binge-worthy as Making A Murderer (but was actually released long before it), The Staircase follows the real-life murder trial of noted author Michael Peterson for the mysterious death of his second wife Kathleen, who violently lost her life at the bottom of the family home’s staircase. While the accused vehemently protests his innocence and (most of) his family stands by him, it isn’t the first staircase-based death of a loved one that’s taken place in his orbit. Though it appears to be an open and shut case at first, various factors surrounding this second death seem to defy explanation. Was it an accident or was it murder? We promise that your opinion on the matter will flip frequently throughout the original eight-part series, and will continue to do so in the three brand new episodes accompanying it on Netflix.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Hip Hop Evolution
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An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City’s South Bronx area during the tumultuous early ’70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late ’80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you’re ever likely to see. Once you’re finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix’s other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Chef’s Table
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From the makers of the incredible documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes this Netflix Original series that takes us into the lives (and kitchens) of six of the world’s most celebrated chefs each season. Get an inside look at the artistry behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking dishes imaginable, and then start to wish you had the unlimited resources required to travel around the world, visiting each of these incredible restaurants. Mouth-watering and awe-inspiring.
Seasons on Netflix: 3 Skin Wars
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Did you know that competitive body painting was a thing? Well, if you didn’t, Skin Wars is here to show you what you’ve been missing out on! Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring RuPaul Charles, Skin Wars pits the world’s best body painters against each other for a chance to win a grand prize of $ 100,000. Contestants are given weekly tasks that involve painting naked models. Need more convincing? Well, the tasks will put their skills for painting and storytelling to the test, with a panel of judges handing out verdicts at the end of each episode. The person who presents the least skin-tillating artwork will be sent packing. Brutal, but hey, war is Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Haunting of Hill House
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Loosely based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows seven members of the Crain family who are forever traumatised by their brief time living at an old mansion in 1992. From the show’s title, you’ve probably surmised that the house is haunted, however, these particular ghosts will continue to haunt the Crain children well into adulthood – no matter where they live. Regularly flicking back and forth between the present and past, The Haunting of Hill House gets under your skin slowly, gradually revealing the escalation of horror that led the family to be as fractured as it is today. As chilling as The Haunting of Hill House is, it’s the family drama aspect that resonates most. That said, you’ll probably want to sleep with the lights on after binging this is one. If you’re a fan of films like The Conjuring, It and Hereditary, you’re going to love this.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode Maniac
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From director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) comes Maniac, a sci-fi dramedy that’s almost impossible to describe (we’ll try our best, though). Set it a retro-futuristic version of New York City (think ‘Big Apple’ by way of Blade Runner), Maniac follows two troubled individuals (played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) who sign up for a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that promises to improve their lives exponentially. Placed in a series of dream-like states, the pair somehow find themselves repeatedly drawn to each other in their shared delusion. Do the two characters share a destiny, or is this just a side-effect of the trial? Featuring beautiful visuals and incredible performances, Maniac is the kind of mind-bending miniseries that deserves your time.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 26-47 minutes per episode Lost in Space
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Based on the classic 1960s television series (and rather forgettable 1990s film) of the same name, Lost in Space is the latest show to get its own Netflix makeover. The space colonist family Robinson has found itself stranded on a mysterious planet once again, and it’s up to them to find a way off that rock and back on course to its actual destination. Darker and more serious in tone than the original series, the new Lost in Space still offers the same sense of wonder, albeit with a new emphasis on survival in a harsh new realm. Visually spectacular.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Altered Carbon
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Based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon explores a futuristic world where death has become an inconvenience rather than a permanent state. A human’s entire life can be backed up onto a chip in their neck, so when they die, they can move onto to a different body and continue on in another form. But when a wealthy man’s chip is destroyed by a would-be assassin (lucky he’s rich enough to have a 24-hour satellite backup), he brings Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) out of digital prison after 250 years to solve his murder. Kovacs is the last remaining Envoy, a super soldier who is now tasked with working for the very people he fought a war against. With an epic scope and a visual style influenced by the cyberpunk classic Blade Runner, Altered Carbon is the most epic show that Netflix has produced to date.
Seasons of Netflix: 1 Stranger Things
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Following up its instant-classic first season, Stranger Things season 2 is now streaming on Netflix. Playing like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the ’80s. In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, young boy Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears in the middle of the night without a trace. The very next day, a young girl in a hospital gown appears in town, scared and unable to speak. In true Goonies/Stand By Me-fashion, the girl joins up with Will’s buddies in an attempt to track down their missing friend. Also embroiled in the mystery is the young boy’s mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) – a woman who must confront terrifying forces if she has any hope of seeing her son again. Without spoiling the first season for newcomers, Stranger Things 2 picks up a year later and not only introduces some new characters, but also an even bigger and more terrifying threat that must be stopped at all costs!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Star Trek: Discovery
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It may take an episode or so to truly get off the ground, but the newest Star Trek TV series delivers all the intergalactic adventuring we could possibly hope for. There’s no shortage of action or spectacular visuals here, though the show’s creators have balanced it with the series’ trademark smarts to provide a truly compelling new entry in the Star Trek canon. The cast, which is led by Sonequa Martin-Green and features the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs, is extraordinary. We can’t wait to see where Star Trek: Discovery takes us in the future.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Scream
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Many scoffed when it was announced that MTV would be making its own Scream show based on the hit Wes Craven-directed film series of the same name, but that initial cynicism bleeds away once the show sinks its hooks into you. Inspired by the films but in no way connected to them, the show maintains the meta-commentary and slashing action that the Scream name is known for while creating a whole new mythos of its own. Featuring a (mostly) likeable cast, buckets of blood and a central mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, fans will definitely get a kick out of Scream’s small-screen slashing mayhem. The first iteration of the show is done and dusted after two seasons, however, a brand new story will kick off later this year that follows a completely different group of characters. It’s also been promised that the classic Ghostface mask will return!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Expanse
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Fans of brainy, politically-minded science fiction, like the incredible Battlestar Galactica reboot series, would do well to check out The Expanse, a futuristic series that sees our Solar System colonised by humans. Initially presented in the guise of a cop procedural about a missing person, The Expanse’s stakes are quickly raised when a vast political conspiracy becomes apparent that threatens the fate of our galaxy. Starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse is a show that takes a little while to warm up to, but once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to look away.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Firefly
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After he had produced the perfect female lead in Buffy and before he was Hulk smashing with The Avengers, Joss Whedon created a short-run sci-fi series that has spawned not only a massive cult following but, quite astonishingly, a movie. The reason it was such an underground success was because Firefly takes the Star Wars framework of making space messy, where everything is a little rough around the edges – including the crew. It even has its own Han Solo in the form of Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds. Whedon’s witty words permeate the whole of Firefly, which is not so much a space opera but a space rock opera.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Marvel’s Daredevil
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When Marvel revealed that it would be creating several Netflix shows tied directly into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fanboys (like me) were over the moon. The fact that it would start by bringing Daredevil back to life (Evanescence pun completely intentional) after the much-maligned Ben Affleck film was more than we could have ever hoped for. This isn’t some low-level player – Daredevil is a genuine fan favourite. And if you ask us, ‘The Man Without Fear’ is probably better suited to being the star of a series rather than another movie – especially as he’ll eventually team up with Netflix’s other Marvel heroes Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage in the Netflix miniseries, The Defenders. Though the series kicked off with a bang in the first season, Marvel matched it with its second season, which also included The Punisher and Elektra. In season 3, Matt Murdock has gone back to basics, returning to his old black costume and devoting himself entirely to being Daredevil. He’ll have to take on Kingpin once again, as well as his comic arch-nemesis, Bullseye.
Details: 3 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 50 minutes per episode Marvel’s Iron FIst
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While many Marvel fans found the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist underwhelming, steps have been taken to address the show’s issues (the fight scenes, the lead character’s personality), leading to a vastly superior second season overall. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), heir to the Rand Industries fortune, returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. During that time, Danny was being trained by monks, earning himself the title of the Immortal Iron Fist — protector of the mystical (and eternal) hidden city of K’un-Lun. Upon his return, Danny discovers that his company is secretly being controlled by The Hand, an order that has been at war with K’un-Lun for centuries. With the help of martial arts teacher Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Danny must use his extremely powerful glowing fist to take down The Hand once and for all. In season 2, must taken down an old compatriot from K’un-Lun who embarks on a murderous rampage across New York.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Marvel’s Luke Cage
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Netflix has been killing it with its Marvel shows so far, having already launched a number of top-tier shows including Daredevil and Jessica Jones. With Luke Cage, we got a new kind of hero — one who’s proud to use to his powers in an effort to represent and protect his community. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, you’ll already be familiar with this literally unbreakable character, as he played a pivotal role in that show’s first season. HIs own series, however, picks up some time after that, with Cage relocating from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, and finding himself coming to blows with local gangsters. And, now that Luke Cage’s second season has arrived on Netflix, it’s time for Harlem’s hero to once again re-enter our list of trending shows. Expect plenty of intense action with a real hip-hop flair. Unfortunately, Netflix has since cancelled the series after season 2, meaning fans will have to hope for more Luke Cage appearances in Netflix’s other Marvel shows.
Series on Netflix: 2 Marvel’s Jessica Jones
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In retrospect, it would seem impossible for Marvel to surpass its first Netflix Original series, Daredevil, with a show about a hard drinking ex-superhero that’s little known outside of comic book circles, but that’s pretty much what it’s done with Jessica Jones. Though the show doesn’t quite reach the action heights of Daredevil, Jessica Jones manages to be even more compelling in terms of story and character. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, the first season of the show sees private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bar owner Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and celebrity Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) do battle with a mind-controlling creep named Kilgrave (David Tennant), whose incredible obsession with Jessica is causing everyone around her to die. The second season follows on from the events of Marvel’s The Defenders, and finds Jones delving into her past in order to make sense of her latest case. Dark, violent and quite sexual for a Marvel show, Jessica Jones is required viewing for fans of the MCU.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Black Lightning
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Tackling issues of race, crime and violence in his community, the DC Comics character Black Lightning makes an electrifying debut on television. Unlike most other superhero vigilantes, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is a school principal and family man during the day, juggling a rocky marriage and two free-spirited daughters in the process. In this TV version, Black Lightning returns to the streets to fight crime after a forced retirement period. Using stories ripped from the headlines, Black Lightning feels more current than every other television show in DC’s Arrowverse. While Arrow, Flash and Supergirl won’t be making an appearance in the first season of Black Lightning, we can certainly expect a team-up somewhere down the line. Black Lightning is also considered a Netflix Original in Australia, so you can expected new episodes to be fast-tracked as they’re aired in the States.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Marvel’s The Punisher
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After a polarising first season, The Punisher is back his second (and possibly final) outing. Having already killed everyone involved in his family’s death, Frank’s attempts to lay low in season one are interrupted when he is dragged into a military conspiracy that he may or may not have been involved in. For season two, Frank is set to deal his own brand of justice in an all new adventure. Unfortunately, it appears the ghost of last season’s big villain is back to haunt him. Though it can be slow-paced at times (please Netflix/Marvel, look up the phrase ‘cut to the chase’), it is nonetheless a powerful and violent show that isn’t afraid to deal with some heavy topics. As a study on the effects of PTSD, The Punisher is surprisingly poignant. It may not hit the heights of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but The Punisher still makes for a welcome addition to Marvel’s television landscape.
Details: 2 seasons, 13 episodes per season, 55 minutes per episode Arrow
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Though the show has had its ups and downs over the years, Arrow has probably remained the most consistently-watchable of all the DC Arrowverse shows to date. Missing for five years and presumed dead, rich-kid Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to find his beloved Starling City overrun by crime and corruption. In an effort to fulfil a promise made to his dying father, Queen dons a hood, grabs a bow and arrow and becomes a deadly vigilante with one mission — to save his city. Of course, he can’t do it alone, which is why Oliver recruits a team that includes John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) among others. Feeling a bit more like Batman than the Green Arrow comics it’s based on, Arrow is nevertheless an action-packed superhero series worth watching.
Seasons on Netflix: 5 Marvel’s The Defenders
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Everything has been leading to this – Marvel’s insanely popular Netflix shows, each set in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, are finally colliding in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all the lead heroes of their own respective shows, must now come together to stop a threat that aims to watch New York City fall. Think of them like the television equivalent of The Avengers, only more street-level. Will they be able to put aside their differences to fight as a team? Or will The Hand, the shadowy, ancient criminal organisation that featured in both Daredevil and Iron Fist, take one more step towards global domination? You’ll have to binge-through this 8-episode special event to find out!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Bodyguard
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War veteran David Budd (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) works for the London’s Metropolitan Police. While travelling on a train with his kids, Budd is forced to lead police negotiations with a suicide bomber. He then gets assigned as the principal protection officer to UK’s Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) and the twists and turns in this six-part series begin to unfurl. Each minute keeps you at the edge of your seat – every time you think you’ve figured something out, you’re proven wrong. Not only is the show gripping, it portrays today’s tense times extremely well. The Brits do police procedurals better than most, and this drama is no exception – in fact we think it’s the best BBC production in a while. The script shines through in the cast’s perfectly restraint acting, and the plot is full of intrigue and suspense that will probably make your brain hurt – a must-watch in our books.
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 60-75 minutes per episode Orange is the New Black
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Back for its sixth season, Orange is the New Black is showing no signs of slowing down, with the women of Litchfield now experiencing some new problems after having been moved into a maximum security prison following last season’s riot. It may have never reached the heady heights of House Of Cards, but Orange Is The New Black is another show that proves Netflix is now up there with HBO when it comes to offering decent programming. As per its prison setting, Orange doesn’t shirk the big issues of violence and rape but manages to mix these with a heady dose of black humour and some occasional romance. If you haven’t gotten onboard the OITNB train, now’s the time to start your binge! For those who are up to date, check out the trailer for season 6 below.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 The Alienist
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Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Alienist finds New York City gripped by the heinous serial murders of young male prostitutes. With the city in a panic, police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) appoints a team to track and apprehend the killer. This includes the unorthodox criminal psychologist, Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), New York Times illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and aspiring detective Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). A harrowing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat, The Alienist is a grisly crime thriller in the vein of Mindhunter and From Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Sons of Anarchy
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From the makers of the gritty award-winning series The Shield comes Sons of Anarchy, a crime drama that follows a bikie gang as its wreaks havoc across the small (and fictional) Californian town of Charming. Led by Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam in his star-making role), the Sons must deal with cops, rival gangs and drug cartels, as well as inner turmoil from within the motorcycle club itself. Adding fuel to the fire is Jax’s devious mother, Gemma (Katey Segal), who has a way of manipulating everyone around her — including her own son. With betrayals, bullets and bloodshed being a daily occurrence in Charming, there’s never a dull moment across Sons of Anarchy’s seven seasons. Be warned, the show can get extremely violent and occasionally deals with some very heavy subjects — if you’re easily offended, you may want to steer your bike far away from this one.
Seasons on Netflix: 7 Manhunt: Unabomber
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With true crime stories being all the rage these days, the creative people in TV land have turned their attentions to story of the US domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, better known to most as the Unabomber. This dramatic retelling of the real-life events stars Paul Bettany as the Unabomber and Australia’s own Sam Worthington as the FBI profiler who helped track him down. A gripping and sometimes harrowing series, Manhunt: Unabomber is consistent in its high level of quality throughout its entire run.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Godless
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Need a badass western series to tide you over until Westworld returns next year? Well, saddle up pardner, because Netflix’s new limited series Godless should keep your spurs from jingling and jangling. From Scott Frank, director of The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones, comes Godless, a show that sees an outlaw chase his ex-partner into a New Mexico town populated entirely by women. Starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scott McNairy, Godless is a gripping western that will shock and surprise you.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Sinner
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What causes a seemingly normal woman to violently murder a random person while out at the beach with her husband and newborn child? That is the premise behind The Sinner, a show which sees Jessica Biel take on a darker character than she ever has before. Bull Pullman also stars as an investigator who becomes obsessed with finding out where these violent fits of rage come from. Is there something hidden deep in her past that even she doesn’t know about? Thrillingly told and terrifically acted, The Sinner is compelling viewing.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mindhunter
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From David Fincher, director of such serial killer classics as Se7en and Zodiac, comes Mindhunter – a Netflix Original series that details how the FBI’s profiling practices came into fruition. Academic and detail-oriented, the series sees its agents stare deep into the heart of darkness in order to better understand this new breed of demented killer that they’ve been tasked with chasing. Based on autobiographical accounts by FBI Agent John Douglas, who inspired the fictional character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ seminal Hannibal books, Mindhunter is a gripping series that applies an analytical approach to a well-worn subject.
Seasons on Netflix : 1 Narcos
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With its latest season, Netflix’s hit series Narcos has left Colombia behind and spun off into a different story exploring the Mexican drug trade. While it occasionally crosses over into the world of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel, Narcos: Mexico is its own story, following the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna). Meanwhile, American DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena (Michael Peña) relocates his family to the city in order to track the cartel, expecting to investigate a bunch of disorganised traffickers. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for with Gallardo, whose ambition sees him build an unrivalled Mexican drug empire. Once again based on a true story, Narco: Mexico is just as riveting as the show’s previous seasons, only with an entirely different Mexican flavour. Also, you don’t need to have seen the previous seasons to enjoy this one. Check out the trailer below.
Details: 4 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode Ozark
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Though Netflix’s new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it’s revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty’s entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty’s only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that’s owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
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True crime fans, get ready for your newest obsession. The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recounts the 1994-1995 murder trial involving all-star NFL legend O.J. Simpson, in which he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. The first in a series of one-off stories, American Crime Story season one is an engrossing and terrifically-acted retelling of the infamous trial told from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defence. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a fantastic performance as O.J., while Sarah Paulson (as Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) provide exceptional support.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mad Men
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Arguably one of the finest shows ever made, Mad Men is a brilliant time capsule that takes us on a journey through the ever-changing landscape that was 1960s America. Over the years, we get to see the country evolve through the eyes of the people who work at a swanky New York advertising agency – most notably our lead character Don Draper (John Hamm), a damaged individual with a hidden past and a drinking problem who is constantly engaging in infidelity. Through the show, we get some insight into the slow rise of power for women in the workplace while facing overt sexism, race relations and the evolution of the American family during the most tumultuous period in American history. Truly an outstanding, must-watch show.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Suits
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You’ve never seen a lawyer show like this before. Suits mostly avoids the ‘courtroom drama’ angle that law shows usually take, and instead focuses on the dealings behind the scenes. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant man with a photographic memory who is wasting his life away as a petty drug dealer, until lawyer-extraordinaire Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him to work at the most prestigious law firm in New York. Let’s hope no one finds out about his lack of a law degree. Absolutely addictive.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 House of Cards
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Funded completely by Netflix, House of Cards is an addictive series that sees a terrible man and his equally duplicitous wife manipulate their way into the Oval Office. It also boasts a visual style crafted by director David Fincher and immense acting by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. With allegations about Spacey coming to light recently, Netflix has dropped the actor from the show entirely, opting instead to put Wright front and centre for the show’s final season. With five seasons currently available, Netflix’s Card trick is still impressive and shows just how far Netflix has come, bringing the service worldwide critical acclaim and awards attention. With the world as focused on US politics as it is now, House of Cards is downright therapeutic entertainment. We can’t wait to see how show fares without its former star.
Seasons on Netflix: 5 The Get Down
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Reportedly Netflix’s most expensive show ever, The Get Down is an absolutely dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s. The show effortlessly blends real life footage from the period with scenes from the show, mixing them together like a good DJ. Created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), The Get Down is bursting with style, drama, colourful characters and fantastic music. If you have even the slightest interest in hip hop music, consider The Get Down required viewing. Unfortunately, the show was too big for Netflix to handle, which is why we only have a single two-part season to enjoy. Though we wish we could’ve followed these characters further, we’re glad we got to spend time with them regardless.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Ultraman
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Ultraman is back! The beloved Japanese superhero may have left Earth decades ago, but now, his son Shinjiro (voiced by Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games franchise) must rise up and become the new Ultraman in order to protect Earth from alien invaders. Featuring gorgeous CG animation, this modern anime series is packed with drama and intense battles – you won’t find any goofy rubber monsters in this show! If you love Netflix’s Godzilla anime series, or the classic Guyver anime films, you owe it to yourself to check out Ultraman.
Details: 1 season, 13 episodes per season, 23-25 minutes per episode Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Sure, It’s easy to disregard Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s a Star Wars kids show set during the prequel trilogy (you know, the trilogy that everyone hates), so obviously it doesn’t seem like something any self-respecting adult would want to watch. How wrong you would be to assume that, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best the series has been since the original trilogy. Each episode is like an epic mini-movie, with immense scope, fantastic production values, brilliant art design and tight direction. The entire series is available in HD on the service, including a Netflix-exclusive 13 episode season entitled ‘The Lost Missions’.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Castlevania
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Inspired by the beloved video game franchise of the same name and modelled after Japanese anime, the Netflix Original series Castlevania isn’t shy about packing its short four-episode season with as much blood and guts as possible. Produced by noted geek Adi Shankar (Dredd) with animation by the renowned Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), Castlevania sees Dracula (Graham McTavish) wage war on mankind after the senseless killing of the one human he loved. Now, it’s up to whip-cracking hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) to stop him. With comparisons to Game of Thrones, Castlevania is definitely a series made with adults in mind. If you like brutal medieval stories that are willing to explore some seriously dark territory, you’re going to love Castlevania.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Voltron 84
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Finished watching Netflix’s new Voltron reboot series and crave even more intergalactic action? Well, you’re in luck – Netflix has seen fit to drop a whole bunch of classic Voltron episodes from the original series on its service! Rather than just posting them in the order they were released, the episodes have been handpicked by members of the creative team behind the new series. Not only that, each episode is prefaced by a short introduction from the person who picked it detailing why it’s important to them. A must-watch for Voltron fans who want to take a stroll down memory lane.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
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One of the greatest cartoons of the ’80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has finally made its way to Netflix Australia! Set on the magical world of Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam, a young man who becomes the superhero He-Man whenever he holds aloft his magic sword and speaks the words: “by the power of Greyskull!” Together with his friends, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Battlecat and Orco, He-Man regularly faces off against the dastardly (and deliciously campy) villain known as Skeletor, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to take over the realm. If you’re after a mad rush of nostalgia, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe should do the trick!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 She-Ra: Princess of Power
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A spin-off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power was originally aimed at girls but works well for just about everyone. She-Ra, or Princess Adora, is He-Man/Prince Adam’s sister, and is tasked with protecting the realm of Etheria from the evil tyrant Hordak. With the help of her talking steed, Swift Wind, who turns into a winged unicorn named Spirit, She-Ra leads a rebellion to take back Etheria once and for all. A terrific cartoon with amazing ’80s visuals, She-Ra: Princess of Power is as powerful a blast of nostalgia as He-Man before it.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Rick and Morty
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Playing like a hilariously twisted version of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a whiny high schooler and his alcoholic scientist grandfather as they set out on crazy adventures across the Universe. From Dan Harmon, creator of Community, and Justin Roiland, who voices both the titular characters, Rick and Morty is an endlessly clever show that never ceases to come up with mind-blowing stories to tell. This isn’t just the best animated sci-fi comedy since Futurama – it’s even better. So, grab your Plumbus and strap in, because the second season of Rick and Morty is now available to stream on Netflix Australia!
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Crown
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A truly opulent historical epic, The Crown is a majestic Netflix Original series that deals with Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her rise to the throne, starting in the 1940s and moving on to modern times. With a reported budget of £100 million, Netflix and Left Bank Pictures spared no expense to tell this story of royalty with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. Though it might seem like a stuffy costume drama, the brilliant photography and incredibly sense of scale will leave you flabbergasted. Featuring terrific acting and wonderful direction from Peter Morgan (who directed the Oscar winning film, The Queen), The Crown is the perfect show for Downton Abbey fans who are looking for their next big fix.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Peaky Blinders
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This British gangster epic is set almost a century ago and charts the rise of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his gang in Birmingham. ‘Peaky Blinders’ refers to the gang’s tendency to sew razor blades into the into the peaks of their caps — not exactly the warmest of welcomes, if you ask us. With incredible production value, acting, writing, costumes, sets and cinematography, Peaky Blinders is the kind of show that screams quality from every angle. To make the show even more of a ‘must-watch’, Tom Hardy lends his star power by playing the villain in the show’s second season. Well c’mon then guv’nor, start watching!
Seasons on Netflix: 3 Spartacus
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Before he was the showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there’s so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It’s like Game of Thrones times ten.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Vikings
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Praise Odin! We finally have a brutal and (mostly) historically-accurate show about Norse culture that would make Thor proud. Vikings takes us on a journey through Scandinavian/European history as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a man who may or may not be a direct descendent of Odin himself, rises up the viking ranks and searches for new civilisations alongside his band of viking brothers. Best watched with a pint of mead in your hand.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Marco Polo
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Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, Marco Polo is the most epic and expensive Netflix original series to date. With a budget of $ US90 million for the first season alone, the show is packed with big scale battles, thousands of extras, incredible locations and lavish sets. Set during Marco Polo’s time in Mongolia under Kublai Khan, the series follows the famed Venetian’s adventures as he navigates through Khan’s Imperial City. You can guarantee that there will be blood, betrayal, intrigue and heaping helpings of sex and nudity. Hey, we told you it was like Game of Thrones!
Seasons on Netflix: 2

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Idly-Vada @ 45 miles

Sunday, June 2, 2019 Idly-Vada @ 45 miles Exactly a decade back, with all the excitement in the world I stepped on to the soil of Atlanta for my first ever on-site assignment in life. Accommodation was arranged in a beautiful duplex house where I had a studio flat for myself! Considering the bare-minimum-living experience till that date, I couldn’t ask for more. It was sheer luxury! Soon I started getting adjusted to the American way of life which was the case to be for the next three months. As days passed, deep down in me I could feel a craving building up. There was one thing missing among all the glory, our very own Indian food! I had enough of all the junk I was having day-in day-out. Soon I realised that a few members in my team shared the same feeling. We all have been longing to taste the delicacies from the good old cuisines of India. Somehow we figured out the presence of Saravana Bhavan, a well-known restaurant famous for South Indian specialities. The GPS in the car warned us about a long ride of 45 miles. We were determined. Soon enough we parked next to what looked like heaven to all of us. The aroma of idly and dosa filled the air. Never in our lives have we noticed eyes sparkling with the sight of tiny bowls of chutney and sambar. We all ate to our hearts’ content and returned home as a bunch of happiest young minds. The 90 miles journey that day, was worth every moment though till then I never imagined that one day I’ll travel a distance such as this to savour one of the simplest of the dishes in India’s wide range of cuisines. Looking back, the trip that we did years back reminded me of a valuable lesson in life. As cliché as it may sound, a pair of idly and vada taught us that there is no challenge in life that we can’t overcome if we are ready to push ourselves that extra mile. How many times in our lives we might have given up on something stating it is too difficult a task? How many fights we would’ve had with our loved ones saying it is not possible? How many opportunities would we’ve let go saying it is too far-fetched for me? All these are the moments which if we stretched ourselves a little more would’ve helped us relish the fruits of our labour. I recollect a recent conversation at a social gathering by a friend who said you could be happy and write all these as long as you don’t have to face issues in life. All what I wanted to tell that friend is, God has not placed us on an altar preventing all the challenges from reaching us. Instead, we’ve our fair share of issues that we faced in the past and we continue to face challenges every other day. It is a combination of prayers, love and care that guides us forward, especially during trying times. Happiness is not a constant natural state of mind. It is the result of our efforts we put in, just the way we drove 45 miles to get idly and vada. It is important that we consciously take an effort every day in our life and for sure it will return us the investment in the form of happiness. No one other than us can continue to create the magic of happiness in our life. Many a times these extra efforts we put in is more like a long term financial investment. We may not see an immediate result but for sure will see the result soon if we are patient enough. When it comes to investing in relationships, at least we can clearly be happy that our waiting time won’t be that long as the usual market funds. Remember this always, when the going gets tough there is always a plate of happiness waiting for you at a distance. You just need to reach out for it and experience the bliss though it may seem an impossible thing to achieve. God bless!

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10 Best Spots to Eat at in the Entertainment District

10 Best Spots to Eat at in the Entertainment District June 4, 2019 Pin 4 13 Shares This post may contain affiliate links, which at no cost to you, Diary of a Toronto Girl earns a commission from if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for choosing to support Diary of a Toronto Girl!
Toronto’s Entertainment District is a tourist hotspot, but it’s also a great place for locals to wander around. It’s actually one of my favourite neighbourhoods to explore! Because it’s such a popular area, there are tons of awesome spots to eat in the Entertainment District.
Also, with the expansion of Union Station and their annual Summer Market, there are more and more awesome Toronto food spots popping up in the neighbourhood.
Whether you’re watching sports games at the Scotiabank Arena or attending a convention show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, here are some of the best spots to eat in the Entertainment District!
READ ALSO: The Best Toronto Taco Spots 1. Pai
Pai is my absolute favourite Thai restaurant in all of Toronto. They serve Northern Thai cuisine, and their Khao Soi is divine! It gets insanely busy during peak lunch and dinner hours, so try to go earlier or later.
LOCATION: 18 Duncan St. | Website 2. General Assembly Pizza
From teal walls, to yellow chairs, to green plants, General Assembly is the definition of Instagram-worthy. This aesthetically pleasing spot serves up delicious wood-fired pizzas. The Lamb Borghini (Middle Eastern-inspired) and Acapulco Gold (v spicy) are both amazing.
LOCATION: 331 Adelaide St. W | Website 3. La Carnita
Craving Mexican street food? La Carnita serves up delicious tacos and cocktails. I love their fish tacos and their street corn! Afterwards, you can grab some ice cream for dessert next door at their sister company Sweet Jesus .
LOCATION: 106 John St. | Website 4. Rec Room Toronto
Satisfy all your pub food cravings at the Three10 Restaurant inside the Rec Room Toronto . They’ve got a huge menu filled with delicious options, including this amazing buffalo cauliflower dish. Feeling brunch? They’ve got that as well!
If you’ve got time, be sure to play some games or even try out The Void’s VR experience. There are tons of fun things to do at the Rec Room Toronto!
LOCATION: 255 Bremner Blvd. | Website 5. Momofuku Noodle Bar
This NYC-based restaurant chain serves up delicious ramen right in the middle of the Entertainment District. They’ve got a fancier restaurant upstairs called Kōjin, which is pretty good but definitely worth visiting during Summerlicious or Winterlicious instead. Don’t forget to have some of their unique soft serve at their milk bar afterwards!
LOCATION: 190 University Ave. | Website 6. Little India
Little India has been around for as long as I’ve been around (since 1995 y’all), and I’ve been going here for at least 10 years. They’re one of my favourite Indian restaurants in the city, and they serve a mean butter chicken. Oh, and you can’t forget their awesome mango lassi and gulab jamun. I could go on and on about their dishes!
LOCATION: 255 Queen St. West | Website 7. Craft Beer Market
Craft has over 100 different beers on tap, and they’ve also got the largest selection of draft beer in Canada! We went during a casual weekday and their massive space was packed. No surprise, because their apps are delicious.
LOCATION: 1 Adelaide St. East | Website 8. Fresh on Spadina
I’m not the biggest eater of vegan food, but Fresh is one place I’m actively willing to eat at. You know when you go to a vegan restaurant and their food tastes vegan? Yeah, Fresh is nothing like that. Their burgers and quinoa onion rings are awesome!
LOCATION: 147 Spadina Ave. | Website 9. Niuda Noodles
In the mood for noods? Niuda Noodles serves up Chinese hand-pulled noodles in Japanese-inspired soups. The Dan Dan Noodles are the best, and their beef dumplings are worth a try as well!
LOCATION: 204 Queen St. West | Website 10. Assembly Chef’s Hall
Assembly Chef’s Hall is an upscale food court filled with some of Toronto’s most popular restaurants. It’s great because you have a diverse set of cuisines at your fingertips, and you can even get different dishes at different restaurants.
DaiLo is one of my all-time favourite Toronto restaurants, and their Assembly Chef’s Hall location offers their delicious dishes for a little cheaper than their actual restaurant. Ramen Isshin is another great restaurant there!
LOCATION: 111 Richmond St. West | Website
There are tons of awesome spots to eat in the Entertainment District, but these were just several of my favourites.
Have you visited any of these Toronto restaurants? What are some of your favourite spots to eat in the Entertainment District? I’d love to know in the comments!

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Capella Bangkok Delves Into the Culinary Heritage of the Riverside Community

Capella Bangkok Delves Into the Culinary Heritage of the Riverside Community Capella Bangkok Delves Into the Culinary Heritage of the Riverside Community
Bangkok (Thailand) – June 3, 2019 ( travelindex.com ) – Capella Bangkok, the luxurious new boutique retreat nestled on the east bank of the legendary “River of Kings”, the Chao Phraya, will introduce guests to the rich cultural and culinary heritage of Charoenkrung, its charming and rapidly re-emerging riverside neighbourhood.
Charoenkrung was one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares up until the early 20th Century, when trade and traffic still depended on the river. For centuries, new settlers docked on the shores of the Chao Phraya, bringing with them not only new thoughts and beliefs, but also fresh hopes and dreams. Charoenkrung became a bubbling melting pot of race, religion and cuisine, and it retains this vibrant character to this day.
Capella Bangkok’s head Thai chef, Wichian Trirattanavatin, was born in Charoenkrung, which makes him the perfect person to showcase the gastronomy of this diverse district. Chef Lek, as he is better known, has a lifelong connection with the neighbourhood; as a child he toured the area’s bustling markets and “hole in the wall” restaurants with his father, who worked as a chef in the area for 40 years. Many of the street food stalls and shophouse restaurants he frequented as a boy are still here today – often run by the same people – and he still pays them regular visits on his trusty scooter.
“It’s the sights, the sounds, the smells and above all the moments that make this place truly special,” Chef Lek says. “There’s so much food here; so much variety. And each dish, every recipe, tells its own story. Charoenkrung is part of my soul, so it is a great honour to introduce the cuisine of my home to international guests. Charoenkrung has always welcomed the world and Capella Bangkok will continue this proud legacy.”
Guests can discover a wide variety of street food snacks and authentic dishes on the streets of Charoenkrung, many of which have their roots in other countries and cultures. Chinese noodles, Southeast Asian satay and Indian curry puffs are all handmade for hungry locals, alongside classic Thai snacks such as moo ping (grilled pork skewers) and sai oua (Thai sausages). Many of the family-run stalls can trace their roots back multiple generations.
Around every corner hidden treasures await; countless reminders of the traditions of Chaorenkrung and the Chao Phraya, just waiting to be rediscovered.
Capella Bangkok will deliver exceptional and authentic dining experiences that are woven into the fabric of their destination. Following in his father’s footsteps, Chef Lek will combine time-honoured recipes and fresh ingredients with contemporary cooking techniques to elevate local cuisine to the highest levels of global gastronomy, delivering delectable and beautifully presented dishes in an exquisite riverfront setting.
John Blanco, General Manager of Capella Bangkok, comments: “At Capella Bangkok, we are focused on creating luxurious and highly authentic experiences that echo the traditions of our destination. Whether it is through art, entertainment or cuisine, we strive to showcase the rich culture of the Charoenkrung district. Our cuisine will reflect the re-awakening of this captivating Charoenkrung neighbourhood.”
The Capella Personal Assistants will help guests at Capella Bangkok craft their own local experiences, providing first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspiring them to create and share their own memories about the city’s most intriguing enclave: Charoenkrung.
About Capella Bangkok Capella Bangkok offers 101 suites and the city’s first riverfront villas located within the highly-anticipated Chao Phraya Estate, a more-than-14-acre prime waterfront land development that boasts unprecedented accessibility and 350 metres of riverfront real estate. Designed to evoke the feeling of a personal pied-à-terre with unobstructed views of the river from every room, the luxury property features a signature restaurant curated by celebrated Michelin-starred chef Mauro Colagreco, Auriga Wellness with an extensive list of carefully curated Asian therapies, Living Room – a light-filled, river-facing lounge that will host local artisans, music and culinary delights to reflect the neighbourhood’s passion for food, wellness and culture. Crafted local experiences, provided by the Capella Personal Assistant, will offer guests first-hand encounters with resident luminaries and inspire them to create and share their own memories about the city’s most intriguing enclave.
About Capella Hotel Group Capella Hotel Group, headquartered in Singapore with offices in China, Europe and USA, offers global hospitality management services through two distinct brands. Capella Hotels and Resorts is an ultra-luxury hotel, resort and residential concept designed for the most discerning travellers and offering personalized attention with locations in Düsseldorf, Shanghai, Singapore, Sanya and Ubud as well as hotels planned for Bangkok, Maldives and Sydney.
About Chao Phraya Estate The Chao Phraya Estate enjoys a prime waterfront location in Bangkok’s heritage quarter on an unprecedented 14.2 acres of land. The project is valued at approximately USD 1 billion and development features 3 unique properties – Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Capella Hotel Bangkok. Construction started in Q3 2014 with expected completion in Q4 2018. The masterplan and design is by Hamiltons International with architecture by Dhevanand Architects Co., Ltd. and interior design by BAMO Inc. and PIA Interior Co., Ltd. The Landscape Designer is P Landscape Co., Ltd.
About Country Group Development Country Group Development (CGD) is the Thailand-based, international real estate development and investment arm of Country Group. With a proven track record of delivering bold and complex asset transformations including Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok and Capella Hotel Bangkok; the company is a unique player in the market with a competitive edge from its diversified real estate strategy and ability to leverage from the Country Group affiliate network of companies. June 5, 2019

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Foodies your Ramadan-Iftar travel paradise is right here in India

Published: 12:59 AM, 03 June 2019 Foodies, your Ramadan-Iftar travel paradise is right here in India! Arpita Kala Ramadan is in full swing across the world and while social media is rife with posts of random acts of kindness by strangers to people fasting, let’s dig into the foodie aspect of the sacred month. The month-long Ramadan fast is observed by Muslims across the world, interspersed with meals consumed pre-dawn (Sehri) and nightly feats at midnight (Iftar). During these meal times, exquisite delicacies are served that are much in demand. And it should come as no surprise that India has some of the most vibrant traditions of food, delicacies and caring around this time.Just like the rest of Indian festivals, no Ramadan is the same for us. Every city has its own unique traditions as well as cuisines. We got travel-buff Aurvind Lama, who’s also the co-founder of online ticketing platform Travelyaari, to share a few top Indian destinations that should definitely feature in your foodie bucket list: Srinagar The Ramadan atmosphere of Srinagar starts with the human alarm clock, aka the Sehar Khan going around the city, while beating his drum to remind Muslims to wake up for the Sehri. “The gorgeous city of Srinagar has a lot to offer to the foodies. Right from the Babribyol tresh (Basil seed drink), Qateer (a drink of tragacanth) to the Gaev Tchot (traditional bread made in desi ghee) as well as a host of chicken and mutton dishes, feasting in the Valley is undoubtedly a joyful experience”, says Lama. Delhi The capital is the place to be for meat-lovers – especially during Ramadan. The usual haunt for such delicacies has always been Old Delhi. Lama suggests, “The Ramadan checkpoint is Old Delhi. Be it the Shami Kebab or the Chicken Jehangiri (a sweet-and-sour chicken curry), you will never run out of options here.” Lucknow And how can we omit the City of Nawabs from the list? Though the majority of Lucknow remains comparatively quiet, the streets come alive during the fast-breaking session. “You could roam around and catch a glimpse of the humongous Bara Imambara as the city begins to come alive in the evening. I would advise the foodies to visit the Akbari Gate for the delectable Lucknowi Dhoodh Phirni. Your trip will remain incomplete without kebabs. So, do sample the popular Tunday Kebabsfrom the Aminabad Market,” he says. Ajmer The Ramadan in Ajmer is a little different from the rest of the country, courtesy the cannon shots fired at Tara Hill to mark the beginning and the end of the fast. Apart from that, snack preparation by Madar Shah Akhada for the fasting is a great tradition of communal harmony. Lama says, “No one goes hungry in Ajmer during this month courtesy the homely Iftarparties – so make sure to experience one. A trip to the heavenly Dargah Hazrat Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti should definitely be on your checklist especially during Iftar.” Hyderabad The city of pearls and biryani is well known for hosting extravagant Iftar treats too. During the Ramadan month, the large Muslim communities in the city go all out with decorations and the streets, mosques and lanes are brightly lit with sparkling lights. Not only the city’s signature biryani, you must also try out Haleem (a dish made of lentils and meat) as well as falooda dotted with basil seeds – after the mandatory visit to the Charminar, of course!The writer is an Assistant Editor, DailyO. Ex-Features Editor, My Nation. The article appeared in daily O. Leave Your Comments

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Westernization in Present Day: Globalisation in Singapore

Westernization in Present Day Globalisation in capital of SingaporeGlobalization can be described as an ongoing process where resources, believes, ideas and technology from different cultures are integrated to each other and promote new ways of thinking and practices among the society. As a continuing progression, ball-shapedization aroused from the influences of other cultures, which has been adapted with the local cultural conditions and modified to fit in the context of social behaviour. The external influences testament directly overrule some local particularities, and the culture itself will be altered, or maybe damaged, or even enhanced, according to the perspective of society life. Therefore, the expression of culture itself will be interpreted and analysed in different way which encouraged the people to think, act, and learn the new disciplines in every aspect of life.These processes, hence, give an outcome of a cultural diversity, in which introducing the local values in global culture. In other words, it offered a global and local linkage of social changes that happened in the nation. face through the contemporary social life, globalization has drop dead a major issue all over the world. Many countries have developed new approaches in most of the living aspects, and transformed peoples lifestyle in order to follow the major flow that happened globally. In todays modern days, globalization can act as a tool to open the opportunities of influence by other countries, and expand the cross-cultural interaction that may embodiment up the cohesion among the nation.Globalization, however, implies to westernization in apply days. The nature of western countries seems to appear as a science based tradition and the world is highly developed towards that tradition, as a sense of control. These global forces appear to superficially standardized and homogenized cultures, and equivalent to westernization. Majority of cultures are converging to the western standards, local identities have been replaced with global culture, and western values have become significant trends in this modern world.Looking at Singapore, a cosmopolitan city, where variety of cultures merges together, is one of a good example of a coarse that embraces globalization. Besides accepting the westernization, Singapore has been spanning borders through other cultures, such as Malay, Chinese, Indian, and Caucasian. These four interwoven cultures has created a genuine blending of traditions, believes, and ideas. A fusion of cultures in which Singapore brought in, has created a multi-disciplinary nonions and practices, rooted in many cultural traditions. This synthesis has altered and transforms the peoples way of life according to the local context.On the other hand, not only western value that the world, including Singapore, has been developing on, but also majority of the countries have welcoming influences from Asian culture. Japan has brought a significant shif t in the worlds globalization. Beside westernization, it has been become a popular culture among the world. Japanese culture has generated a different approach in global trends. Its tradition does not rest on science based technology and for them technology is a choice, not a necessity. Japan has greatly developed their long standing traditions towards something that instinctive rather than rationalistic way of thinking, like what the western do. Japan has its own original characteristic, which has a capacity to adapt and integrate new forms and function. Hence, there is no doubt that Japanese influence has an impact on the worlds culture, such as, in space, design, architecture, style, and even provender culture.There is no large city in the world in which a Japanese restaurant cannot be found. Far from being a passing fad, Japanese cuisine is an establishment item in restaurants all over the world. The popularity of Japanese food is in part due to its reputation as a healthy alte rnative and also the curiosity and willingness to constantly introducing new tastes in their day-by-day meals.Japanese way of dining, since the olden days, has put emphasized on food arrangement as a piece of art. For the Japanese, food must be enjoyed visually and pleasing to the eyes. They have developed the aesthetic sense to design exquisite harmony between colours, texture and shape throughout the food arrangement. This visual pleasure is an essential prelude and accompaniment to the savoury pleasure that follow.The influence of Japanese cuisine has been successfully creating a new air in Singapore food culture. It is proven that Singapore people accepted the taste and ambience of Japanese food by looking to the increasing number of sushi chain restaurant, such as Sushi Tei, Sakae Sushi numerous traditional and contemporary Japanese restaurant, and also Japanese themed food court such as Ishimura and Manpuku.The diversity of food which has been influenced by Japanese cuisine , has become an inspiration for the designers to introduce innovative and exciting solutions to design dining spaces, through the essential aspect of Japanese dining and design in new ways that suit todays restaurant-goers.Recognizing the context of social behaviour in Singapore, innovation is the key elements for Singaporean. In terms of food culture, people like an excitement and it is a gainsay for them to try something fresh and different, both in food and also ambience of dining space. Experience is another strong point, another extra ordinary atmosphere can attract people to get in and try a new restaurant.Besides the tendency to look for new things, the image of Singapore as a fast paced country gave an impact to the society. The m-oriented and multi-tasking people have built a busy working environment and hectic lifestyle in this capital city. Consequently, they are likely dont have time to have the luxury of enjoying social fellowship during the weekdays. This could be w hy it seems that forms of entertainment in Singapore tend to be designed to fit peoples activity on weekends. The big leisure activity that Singapore offers is shopping. There are numerous numbers of malls and shopping centres have been build or even renovated to drag people in the shopping as an attraction. Other than shopping casinos, theme parks, nature reserves, are the other forms of leisure that Singapore provided.Despite the fact that all those type of facilities can serve as a very relaxing and stress relieving activity, people need to spend their time on weekend to do these activities.

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LivED It: I Tried Prawn Cocktail At The Oldest Fine Dining Restaurant In Kolkata

LivED It: I Tried Prawn Cocktail At The Oldest Fine Dining Restaurant In Kolkata The food was amazing, and so was the atmosphere! By – June 4, 2019
Food is an inextricable part of the human system. Some eat to live, while others live to eat. I happen to identify with the latter category whenever I find myself in the City of Joy, where food, like joy, is available in abundance.
One such experience that I believe worth recounting was at Mocambo, a restaurant that has stood longer than you and I, in the heart of Kolkata.
Established in 1956, Mocambo is situated in the upscale region of Park Street in Central Calcutta.
It isn’t simply a restaurant, it is a statement on the city’s culinary heritage.
Its prominence is punctuated by its extensive waitlists, but I was fortunate enough to be seated immediately due to my visiting it in the noon hours of Monday.
With dim pendant-lights hanging atop every table and vinyl banquettes, its interiors, designed by notable German Architect Herr Messerschmidt, are reminiscent of a diner from the nineties.
After browsing through their vast menu, which accommodates various cuisines from continental to sea food , moghlai to tandoor , and sizzlers to dessert , I decided upon their Heritage Prawn Cocktail, Chilli Cheese Poppers, Chicken Garlic Steak in Sizzlers and on the home turf, Naan and Paneer .
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Their heritage prawn cocktail was served in a regal metallic jar fit for the royals. Its thick and creamy consistency introduced a burst of flavor to my taste palate. I had to scoop the prawns out with a spoon, though. It is a must-try for those looking to experiment with uncustomary culinary blends.
Then came the chilli cheese poppers which were cooked to perfection with just the right amount of chilli and cheese – not too much, not too little.
Do you relate to the feeling of being full only after the round of appetizers? Me neither.
We moved on to the main course with the chicken garlic steak arranged tastefully on a wooden serving platter with grilled veggies, boiled potatoes and beans. It was meaty and filling, but my only gripe with it was that it was slightly undercooked.
By the time the Indian dishes were served, we found ourselves full so we had to pack up a portion of it. I was mildly disappointed with the served quantity of paneer.
The food is reasonably priced taking into account its historical legacy. Some people have expressed their displeasure with the staff inefficiency on busy days.
The servers swarmed my table at the end of our meal while I was leaving a tip, which was quite discomforting.
Barring that, I had a positive experience.
It’s a classic – one that cannot be missed.
It serves as an ideal spot to revel in the charm of the Indo-British era. Calcutta is undoubtedly one of the few cities in which the effects of the colonial hangover are still apparent.
Final verdict? Mocambo khush hua.
Head over to Mocambo to get a taste of food, culture and history all at once when you’re in the City of Joy.
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