A taste of home: The expat Singaporeans cooking up a storm to feed foreigners with authentic dishes

A taste of home: The expat Singaporeans cooking up a storm to feed foreigners with authentic dishes

SINGAPORE: For some Singaporeans living abroad, the thing they miss most isn’t family or friends.
It’s food.
Advertisement No matter how hard they look, they can’t find anywhere that serves chicken rice or char kway teow with the authentic, cooked-in-a-heartlands-coffee-shop Singapore taste.
For 52-year-old Jasni Zakaria, it started when he was frustrated with the food options available in Finland where he has been living for the last 23 years. He resides in Jyväskylä, about four hours away from Helsinki.
“In Finland, it’s very difficult to get Asian food and they sell Chinese and Indian food but it’s not original,” said Jasni.
According to him, fried rice would often be too oily and curries would come from pre-packaged jars. It is also not spicy enough for his Singaporean taste buds.
“I cannot get the real taste. … I don’t care about the price, I just want good food that I cannot get!” he added.
Jasni Zakaria taking part in Restaurant Day in Jyväskylä, Finland where anybody can set up a stall to sell their homemade food. Jasni sold mee goreng, chicken curry, spring rolls and curry puffs. (Photo: Jasni Zakaria) The self-professed foodie said that he has been searching all over Finland for authentic Asian food. There are only a handful of restaurants that have been able to give him what he is looking for in capital Helsinki and Oulu.
His desperation led him to cook for himself, and this eventually led him to start selling his offerings.
“I made curry puffs for my work friends to try. They liked it so I turned it into a business. I also made fried rice but it’s the Malay way; the fried rice that my father used to make,” said Jasni, whose full-time job is assembling hydraulic cylinders.
He sold them by standing outside hotels, pubs and outside football matches. Curry puffs usually go for between €1 (S$1.52) to €2.50 each, while a serving of his fried rice is priced at €3 to €5.
He has also sold his food at food festivals, and most of his customers are local Finns.
“One night, I can earn about €1,200 from selling fried rice. After paying for the ingredients and the place to cook, I still make about €1,000 a night,” Jasni said.
GERMANY
For Singaporean Angie Tan and German Fabian Böddecker, both 33, getting into the F&B industry was always a dream. Without culinary backgrounds, both of them would experiment with recipes and post them on their food blog called riceandbread.
After going to a supper club in Cuba in 2016, Angie and Fabian wanted to replicate the experience but with Southeast Asian food served communally. They started hosting private three-course dinners at their home in Düsseldorf last year.
“There also wasn’t any other place that offered Singaporean food. The closest we could find was Malaysian food but they were also under the disguise of a Chinese restaurant in Düsseldorf. We thought it would also be really interesting to see how people would react to Singaporean food as well,” Angie added.
Fabian Böddecker and Angie Tan runs riceandbread, and they sell Singaporean food at pop-up events all over Düsseldorf. (Photo: Angie Tan) From there, the couple started tackling food festivals and pop-up restaurants.
For two weeks at a pop-up restaurant in November last year, they served curry puffs, ngor hiang and otak-otak as snacks, as well as nasi lemak, lor bak, curry chicken and laksa as main dishes. There was even kueh salat for dessert.
“We didn’t have family recipes so I was basically collecting them from the Internet, testing it out and coming up with our own recipes. These are recipes that we’ve used to cook for our friends and supper clubs,” Angie said.
The response from their customers was “overwhelmingly positive” but some dishes sold better than others.
“What was a bit difficult was to get people to order something else other than curry.”
“For Germans, chicken curry is something they can process and understand what it is. But having them to order something else like laksa or nasi lemak is actually not as easy as we thought but the people who tried it liked it,” Fabian said.
Laksa sold by riceandbread. (Photo: Angie Tan)
But even so, Fabian and Angie have not tried to localise the dishes to suit the German taste buds. Dishes like their chicken curry or laksa are served spicy in general but when customers tell them that it’s too spicy, they will add a little coconut milk to make the dish more palatable.
To make these dishes, they have had to do significant research on where to source their ingredients. For example, laksa is a challenging dish to replicate in Germany because of the lack of availability of dried shrimps and the correct noodles.
“Dried shrimps are very, very difficult to come by. If you make laksa paste, you need dried shrimps for it. A hundred grams over here costs €8. So that makes cooking with it very expensive. What we struggled with too at the beginning was laksa noodles because the laksa noodles that we know is a Singaporean brand and there is only one place that we know that we can buy from in the Netherlands,” Fabian said.
The other ingredients are easily available in Düsseldorf because of its large Asian community.
Another German resident, Tang Pin-Ji, 33, sells kaya from her home in Berlin. Owing to an abundance of Asian supermarkets in Berlin, she is able to get fresh pandan leaves for her kaya.
Pin-Ji started making kaya to bring them to house parties and office parties to share a piece of home with her friends and colleagues 1.5 years ago.
Homemade kaya made in Berlin by Tang Pin-Ji. (Photo: Tang Pin-Ji) It was only late last year that she started getting her first paid orders, with those who have tried her kaya wanting to share it with their friends. Half of her customers are Singaporeans and Malaysians while the other half are Germans and other Europeans.
“They find it delicious and the feedback has been positive so far, although for very different reasons. For the Singaporeans and Malaysians, it’s a feeling of nostalgia. For the Germans and Europeans, it’s either a novelty or it’s because they’d tried it on holiday in Singapore or Malaysia,” Pin-Ji said.
“I generally feel that Singaporean food is severely underrepresented in a global city like Berlin and many locals can’t tell the differences between Asian cuisines. You could say that making kaya is my way of telling them this is where I’m from and this is what people back home love,” she added.
UNITED STATES
Faridah Zee Jusuf, 57, who goes by Zee, moved to the United States in 2002 and went into the food business in 2017 after retiring from the real estate industry. She started Zippy Zee Kitchen as she moved into semi-retirement and can be found at pop-up events or farmer’s markets all over Florida.
“Nasi Lemak sells because everybody here loves coconut. They like spicy food like buffalo wings. Coconut rice and chicken rendang always sells,” Zee said.
Faridah Zee Yusuf (in red) in front of her pop-up stall. (Photo: Faridah Zee Yusuf)
To make Singaporean food more accessible to Americans, she has even created her own version of a burrito – a rendang wrap – that is made with shredded beef rendang and roti prata as a wrap.
According to her, she is the only one selling Singaporean food in Florida. But wherever it is in the US, it is hard to find Singapore fare.
“Not even in Los Angeles. There are a lot of Malaysian places. It’s not so different from Singaporean food but I think our food is better than theirs,” Zee joked.
To make her food, she has to search high and low to find the right ingredients.
Zee returns to Singapore two times every year and on those trips, she packs over up to 70kg of ingredients to bring back to Florida. It includes kerisik, ikan bilis, and a frozen chilli paste that she makes in Singapore so that she can bring it through customs.
Zee’s pop-up stall Zippy Zee Kitchen moves all over Florida. (Photo: Faridah Zee Jusuf)
In the US, she also has her own garden where she grows herbs and spices like chilli, lemongrass, lime leaves and galangal used in her cooking.
For her food, Zee has been invited to participate in food events because they know her food is “different” and “unique”. “They didn’t know about Singaporean food and now they do,” she said.
When new customers visit, Zee takes the time to explain where Singapore is and shares her knowledge of Singapore’s history.
“I have changed a lot of my customers … Even those who have not travelled can appreciate Singapore food and know that it consists of Chinese, Indian, Malay, Eurasian cuisine and also flavours from the region.
“When I have time I will also tell them how it came to that, why it is multi-racial. Everybody contributes to the cuisine. Even Singaporean Chinese food has Malay influences and so on,” Zee said.
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Are Eggs Healthy For You — And For The Planet?

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by Ocean Robbins: Chicken eggs are controversial. Some people call them a superfood that is loaded with nutrients, while others say they contribute to disease…
Ovo-vegetarians consume them, but their vegan friends do not. Eggs aren’t flesh, and laying hens aren’t killed for their eggs. But there are still some pretty disturbing ethical issues in the poultry industry. So, what’s the truth about eggs? Are eggs healthy, ethical, or sustainable? And if you’re going to eat them, are there any best options?
In theory, eating eggs might not seem to raise ethical concerns.
Chickens that run around outside, peck in the dirt, eat weeds, slugs, snails, and compost, fertilize the soil with their manure, and aerate the earth with their claws and beaks could be a relatively nonviolent and healthy part of a sustainable farm.
And when farmers breed chickens to lay eggs, they will do so every day or two, at least for a few years, without the killing that’s an inherent part of meat consumption.
But life doesn’t exist in theory. And in the real world, the vast majority of our modern eggs come from animal factories that are nothing humans should feel terribly proud of. The Ethics of Eating Eggs (In the Real World) iStock.com/Krugloff
About 94% of the eggs produced commercially in the U.S. come from caged hens .
The average caged laying hen spends her entire life in an area smaller than a single sheet of paper. She is unable to lift a single wing or move more than a step or two.
Factory farms typically stack cages so that the feces and urine of the upper birds constantly fall on the heads of the ones below. To prevent hens from pecking and wounding each other in these conditions, egg producers will cut off their beaks with a hot blade.
Chickens often die in their cages, and are, sometimes, not even removed when they do. The birds who do survive only live to be around two years old (about a quarter of their natural lifespan). And then, they are killed due to their waning egg production.
This means that one hen is killed for about every 600 eggs . Because roosters do not lay eggs, the hatcheries kill all the male chicks right away. They often dispose of the chicks in horrific ways — like grinding them up alive. What About Cage-Free, Free-Range, and Organic Eggs?
If, for ethical reasons, you don’t want to support the factory farms that use battery cages to house their hens, can you be reassured by the labels “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “organic? ”
The short answer is no. These labels aren’t all they’re cracked up to be.
Organic eggs come from hens who are not given antibiotics. They also eat organically-grown feed that is free of GMOs and synthetic pesticides. But the organic certification tells you almost nothing about the actual conditions in which the birds live .
The “cage-free” and “free-range” labels mean that birds had at least a bit more space. But that doesn’t mean the farmers tucked them in at night and read them bedtime stories.
As I point out in 31-Day Food Revolution , labels on animal products can be misleading .
Cage-free birds typically have 1.5 square feet of space per bird, but the FDA doesn’t have clear-cut rules on the subject.
Free-range birds get at least two square feet, and must, technically, have access to the outdoors. But in practice, this often means that they have a door to a tiny outdoor patch of dirt. It also means birds still spend their entire lives cooped up in a giant barn with thousands of other birds.
Excretory ammonia typically chokes the air in cage-free, free-range, and organic operations alike. This affects the health of birds as well as humans.
And farmers can still confine “cage-free,” “free-range,” and “organic” birds with little or no access to the outdoors. They can still debeak them. And they can still live in such cramped conditions that they cannot spread their wings. Can Ethical Eaters Trust Any Egg Labels? iStock.com/Juanmonino
So do any labels have meaning? Are there any eggs that an ethically-minded egg-eater can trust?
Perhaps. The “pasture-raised” labels ensure that birds get at least 108 square feet per bird, though it isn’t necessarily monitored .
If the pasture-raised label is alongside the USDA Organic and Certified Humane labels or the Animal Welfare Approved label, you probably have a product that came from chickens who ran around, saw the sun, spread their wings, scratched in the dirt, and ate bugs. Eggs and Environmental Sustainability
Americans eat about 279 eggs per person per year , which comes to 90 billion eggs, give or take an omelet or two.
It takes about 326 million egg-laying chickens to produce all those eggs. That’s in addition to the approximately nine billion broiler hens — chickens raised for meat — that are killed every year.
And while a few chickens running around can be beneficial in a backyard farm, industrialized operations are quite another matter .
The huge amount of chicken manure produced in factory farms that house up to 20,000 chickens in a warehouse is a problem that has no good solution.
The chicken manure often winds up as runoff into streams, lakes, and other bodies of water. All these compounds in water lead to algae blooms , often resulting in massive fish kills . Pathogenic microbes in chicken waste also cause disease in land animals .
Workers in chicken warehouses who inhale the dust of chicken poop are at risk for a serious lung infection called histoplasmosis . Their contact with chickens also puts them at risk for salmonella and campylobacter. These are the same bacterial diseases that consumers of chickens and eggs may contract .
In backyard farms, chickens might eat compost, snails, or slugs. But in industrial operations, their diet is based around grains and legumes .
Any time you move up the food chain by feeding livestock, you get waste. It takes about four pounds of chicken feed and 636 gallons of water to produce a dozen eggs.
In a resource-depleted world, it’s almost always more efficient to eat food directly than to cycle it through animals. Are Eggs Healthy for Humans? iStock.com/agrobacter
Ethical and sustainability considerations aside… purely from a health perspective, what’s the skinny on eggs?
Are eggs healthy, or dangerous, or somewhere in the middle?
Before we look at the research, let’s put one thing in perspective. It matters how an egg was produced . When chickens are pasture-raised, their eggs contain less saturated fat, and more vitamin A, omega-3s, and vitamin E than industrially-farmed eggs. Not to mention salmonella contamination is less likely .
Because almost all the eggs produced and consumed today come from animal factories, studies that have assessed the health impact of eating eggs were done on people who, for the most part, ate eggs that came from these conditions . Therefore, we don’t know how the study of pasture-raised egg-eaters might (or might not) yield different results. With that as context… Egg Nutrition Facts
Whether raised in a pasture or in cages, chicken eggs are, essentially, potential chicken embryos. (This depends on if they’re fertilized and allowed to develop.) But they’re more than that because eggs also contain all the nutrients that the little possible bird-to-be (the yolk) would need to grow into a tiny chick.
Along with 187 mg of dietary cholesterol (a hotly debated substance that may not be as bad for you as was previously believed) and 1.6 grams of saturated fat, a typical hard-boiled egg contains a decent amount of folate, riboflavin, selenium, choline, vitamin B12, and fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, as well as lecithin. A hard-boiled egg also provides six grams of protein.
But you can obtain all the vitamins and minerals in eggs by eating plant foods — with a lot more fiber (there’s none in eggs) and without saturated fat . (The one exception is vitamin B12 — more about that here .) Eggs and Eye Health
Egg yolks are also touted as sources of the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin . These antioxidants find a home in the retina of the eye. And they protect the eye from the harmful ultraviolet rays in sunlight and from age-related conditions, such as macular degeneration and cataracts.
One study showed an increase in blood levels of lutein by up to 50% and of zeaxanthin by up to 142% when participants ate 1.3 egg yolks per day.
However, eggs aren’t the only sources of lutein or zeaxanthin .
In fact, lutein and zeaxanthin are both found abundantly in a number of plant foods: squashes, peas, dark leafy greens, yellow corn, pumpkin , asparagus, carrots, broccoli, kiwi, grapes, and many more. And the reason eggs have lutein and zeaxanthin is that chickens eat plants . Eggs and Protein
As for protein, there’s growing evidence that animal protein is inferior to plant protein and potentially carcinogenic .
Legumes (and other foods ) are rich in protein without the drawbacks of animal protein, such as increased levels of cancer-promoting insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) in the bloodstream.
And many of us may actually be getting too much protein for optimal health . Excess protein consumption has been linked to a number of health conditions , including dehydration, nausea, cardiovascular disease, kidney disorders, cancer , and more.
Egg proteins also are the cause of common and sometimes severe egg allergies: the immune system reacts to those proteins and releases histamine , triggering allergic symptoms in some people. Are Eggs Healthy? The USDA Says, “No”
Interestingly, the American Egg Board, a promotional entity funded by egg producers and administered by the USDA, spends 10 million dollars every year promoting egg consumption.
And yet, the USDA insists that any ads supported by the egg board conform to government regulations, which forbid false advertising.
Michael Greger, MD, used a Freedom of Information Action request to uncover that the USDA has specifically prohibited the Egg Board from describing eggs as “healthy,” “nutritious,” or “helpful with weight loss.” The USDA didn’t even allow the board to say that they “contribute nutritionally” or “contribute healthful components.”
Why? Because according to the USDA, those statements would be lies. What the USDA did finally allow the Egg Board to say, after much negotiation, was that eggs “reduce hunger.”
I don’t know about you, but I don’t find that to be an especially compelling health claim. I’d hope that a food would reduce hunger! And apparently, it’s about all that the Egg Board could come up with that met with USDA approval. Eggs Have Some Serious Drawbacks iStock.com/123ducu
In March 2019, researchers from four universities published the results of a massive study in the JAMA medical journal.
The researchers had been following 29,615 U.S. adults for an average of 17.5 years. They found that those participants who ate an average of two eggs per day had a 27% increased risk of developing heart disease .
Renowned cardiologist Dr. Joel Kahn, a Food Revolution Summit speaker, points to multiple studies linking egg consumption not only to increased risk of coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, and carotid artery disease — but also to prostate cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colon cancer, and last but not least, death .
And what about diabetes? Some health advocates point out that eggs contain no carbs and recommend them for people concerned about diabetes as a way to help balance blood sugar. But that advice may be ill-founded.
The Physicians’ Health Study tracked 21,327 participants over 20 years. It found that amongst those suffering from diabetes, those who ate the most eggs were twice as likely to die during the study, compared to those who ate the least.
And then, finally, there’s the fact that eggs bring a high risk of salmonella infection. In the year 2010, over 500 million eggs were recalled in the wake of salmonella outbreaks. Egg-cellent Ways To Go Egg-Free iStock.com/SergeyKlopotov
If you want to reduce your egg consumption, but you’re concerned about how doing so might impact your culinary life, here are a couple tips that might help you: Try a liquid egg replacer. If you’re looking for an easy way to recreate scrambled eggs (and you don’t mind incorporating some refined foods), JUST Egg offers a plant-based liquid egg replacer. Made from mung-bean protein, those who have tried it say it’s hard to tell the difference between scrambled JUST Eggs and scrambled chicken eggs. And Ener-G makes a powdered egg replacer that can be useful in baking. Make plant-based versions of traditional egg dishes. The following ingredients can make good substitutes for egg-based dishes: Organic tofu — Great for scrambles, “egg” salad, quiches, and frittatas. Chickpea Flour — Chickpea flour (or besan) is a flour made from ground chickpeas. While it’s popular in Indian cuisine, you can also use it to create soy-free scrambles and frittatas. Potatoes — Boiled red potatoes can make a worthy plant-based vessel for deviled “eggs.”
If you do want to eat eggs, the best option may be sourcing them from backyard chickens or small-scale operations you can visit yourself .
You can also look for pasture-raised eggs that are certified organic and humane . In this way, you’ll know that you aren’t contributing to the tremendous cruelty and the environmental disaster that comes from conventionally produced egg operations. To Egg Or Not to Egg
Whether you choose to eat eggs or not may be affected by your ethical sensibilities, health context, environment, beliefs, and a great many other factors.
Given what you know about chicken eggs… do you want to include them in your diet?

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How much a destination wedding in Goa costs? (Updated for 2019)

How much a destination wedding in Goa costs? (Updated for 2019) Jigar Devpura Apr 5 This is the most common question of couples wanting to get married in Goa, and it’s a tricky one to answer because it all depends on your preferences and wedding date!
The good news? Goa has wedding venues for all kinds of budgets. Here is the approximate cost of destination wedding at top 10 wedding venues in Goa , we will explore all these venues later in this article:
Alila Diwa  — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 70 lakhs for 80–120 guests Zuri White Sands  — Rs. 60 lakhs to Rs. 70 lakhs Zeebpob By The Sea — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 70 lakhs Caravela Beach Resort — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 60 lakhs The Lalit G olf & Spa Resort  — Rs.70 lakhs or more The Leela, Goa  — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 70 lakhs Cidade de Goa  — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 60 lakhs Park Hyatt, Goa  — Rs. 50 lakhs to Rs. 60 lakhs Goa Marriot resort & spa  — Rs. 70 lakhs to Rs. 80 lakhs Grand Hyatt, Goa  — Rs. 60 lakhs to Rs. 80 lakhs Getting married in Goa? Contact Magic Lights Wedding Planners for free Quote: s and consultation.
Top 10 Wedding venues in Goa
1. Alila Diwa —  Situated amidst paddy fields and surrounded by coconut palms, Alila Diwa combines luxury with Goa’s cultural richness. Besides gorgeous landscaped gardens, Alila Diwa has a traditional Goan courtyard, sprawling banquets and pool side venues which makes it ideal for a dream wedding.
Alila Diwa is a photographer’s dream venue. Located along Gonsua beach, this fabulous hotel is perfect for a memorable wedding with just the two of you or up to 120 people.
Wedding package for Alila Diwa
Alila Diwa — Goa 2. Zuri White Sands— This is a 5 star resort with 154 nicely decorated rooms. Beautiful gardens and it’s Portuguese inspired architecture makes it a dream wedding destination for you!
The resort houses exquisite suites built around gorgeous central courtyards, which come complete with a garden, patio and pergolas.
Wedding package for Zuri White Sands
Wedding at Zuri White Sands The Zuri White Sands resort is a 5 star property located on the Varca stretch. It has a huge pool that runs across the entire resort giving it a lagoon like look. Bridges across the pool, stone sculptures and cobbled pathways adds to the beauty of this fantastic 5 star property.
3. Zeebop By The Sea— Zeebop by The Sea is a popular venue based in Goa offering you spaces for your wedding. The views of Arabian sea from this property are spectacular, so if you love beach and seaside and have a dream to get married in Goa, then your search can end here.
Zeebop by The Sea offers you spaces for your pre-wedding functions like sangeet, haldi, mehendi, engagement and even reception. A beach wedding can also be organised here.
Facilities
Zeebop by The Sea provides you with two spaces that can accommodate small and large gathering respectively. It can easily gather 350 guests at a time. They have event spaces like lawn and beach facing venue to make your special day memorable.
Services
Bridal room Service staff Guest accommodations Prefabricated decor In-house catering services Wedding package for Zeebop By The Sea
4. Caravela Beach Resort, Cavelosim —  Caravela Beach Resort is known for it’s beautiful seaside location as much as it is for gourmet food and fantasy décor to create a wedding of your dreams.
Cuisines
Master chefs of this resort will surely seduce your tastebuds with cuisines like Benaras, Amritsar, Rajasthan or Bengal cuisine or food from Mediterranean station which offers food from Morocco, Spain, Italy, Greece, and Lebanon.
Facilities
Poolside pavilion  — Their poolside pavilion is the best place for Mehendi ceremony . This place can be decorated with theme of your choice New Lawns  — This is the best outdoor venue for Sangeet ceremony . Take the entire hotel you can have your sangeet in our dramatic cathedral style lobby with theatrical lighting Beach Lawns —  Beach lawns are perfect place for pheras and wedding ceremony. You may choose a traditional Indian or Mediterranean style decors theme. Caravela Beach Resort Caravela Beach Resort is a nice option for couples who want to have a beach wedding in India.
Wedding packages for Caravela Beach Resort
5. The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort, Goa —  The Lalit Golf & Spa Resort is a big resort with it’s own private beach, lush green gardens and world class service.
It is a perfect destination for a luxurious beach wedding.
Facilities
This all-suite resort is spread over 14,000 sq. ft Besides indoor venues, it has outdoor spaces like a private beachfront, poolside garden, and big lawns. Highly professional services staff to assist guests and expert catering staff for preparing sumptous food for your wedding. 6. The Leela, Goa— The Leela Goa features large lawns facing the sea and the smaller garden area near the Sal River. Both spaces offer stunning views of the sea and mesmerising river views depending on the venue.
Other functions like Sangeet, Mehendi and Haldi can be hosted at the beachside and poolside, depending on the season and guest count.
Facilities
— Floral décor
— Beauty treatments and other services, including hair and makeup
— Special body massages for the bride and groom,
— Arrangements for mehendi
— Transportation services to and from the airport and railway.
— The hotel even offers secured valet parking.
Wedding packages for The Leela , Goa
The Leela – Goa 7. Cidade de Goa —  Cidade de Goa embodies everything that is meant to be truly Goan. It is a place to celebrate the occasions of life with warmth and excitement
This property is situated between green hills and a secluded bay and is enveloped in an aura of romantic serenity. Whether you’re taking in the sunset on one of our lawns or admiring the monsoon showers from our sea-facing verandah, you will feel right at home at Cidade de Goa. In addition to the idyllic locale, we provide custom designed, elegant and distinctive services that allow you to commemorate your special occasions in style.
Be it a proposal, engagement, mehendi and sangeet, marriage ceremony, honeymoon or even a renewal of vows, Cidade de Goa gives an exquisite quality to every stage of your wedding.
Wedding package for Cidade de Goa
Wedding at Cidade de Goa 8. Park Hyatt, Goa — Park Hyatt Goa’s blend of colonial architecture, contemporary design and tropical landscape is sure to give your wedding the grandeur it deserves. We at MWP are certain that your family and friends will be left enchanted by this fascinating Indo-Portuguese village style luxury 5 star boutique resort. Nestled along the pristine sugar-sand Arossim beach and with many other attractions nearby having your celebration at Park Hyatt Goa will add a dimension of fantasy to the dream destination wedding you always wished for. Right from a great beach facing location to a beautiful ballroom boasting of stylish contemporary ambience, to the finest details of exquisite food as well as elegant set-ups, Park Hyatt has it all leaving you and your guests mesmerised by a truly magical wedding celebration. The resort is set within 45 acres of landscaped gardens, lush lawns, glimmering waterways and lagoons in which cobbled pathways and tiny bridges lead to Indo-Portuguese style Pousadas that comprise of 250 guest rooms including twelve suites.
Park Hyatt Goa is 17kms from Margao and 42kms from the Goa airport.
9. Goa Marriot Resort & Spa— Goa Marriott Resort & Spa continues the legacy. Its sprawling Grand Ballroom and Salon and Kulagar Banquet are spacious to host close to 500 guests while the Lawns and Miramar Beach front can host 1000! That’s all the space you will ever need to have the grandest wedding ever! They also have an in-house decor and catering team that is dedicated to making you feel all the luxury and feel extra special on your D-day.
10. Grand Hyatt, Goa —  If you wish to have a majestic and lavish wedding by the sea combined with a stylish and grand reception in a city hotel, Grand Hyatt Goa may be just what you’re looking for. We at MWP are certain that this 28 acre property with its 312 rooms, multiple dining options, grand spaces, manicured gardens and striking lawns will impress your guests from the moment they enter the property. As the name suggests, everything about the hotel is grand, opulent, extravagant and ultra luxe. The hotel is situated at Bambolim which is 25 kms from Dabolim International Airport and 7 kms from Panaji. From the moment you arrive at Grand Hyatt Goa, you will know you are somewhere special.
WEDDING VENUES
With over 30,000 sq ft of event space, Grand Hyatt Goa is set to take its place as Goa’s largest and most sophisticated luxury wedding hotel. The hotel’s exquisite waterfront location along with 19 acres of manicured gardens and lush lawns make it one of the most sought after venues for wedding receptions and garden ceremonies. Grand Hyatt Goa has various indoor and outdoor options for pre-functions like mehendi and sangeet ceremonies to suit your needs seamlessly.

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African food catering service owner Tolulope Adesoye finds success in P.E.I.

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By Abieyuwa Edegbe
March 27, 2019
Tolulope Adesoye never knew how to cook.
Her sister would come back home from school to no food. She always had a disappointing look on her face so Adesoye went on YouTube and started watching cooking tutorials.
Her first attempt at cooking was making a Nigerian snack called Meat-pie, popularly called Hand-pie in Canada.
Her sister tried it.
“Are you sure you didn’t buy it somewhere?” she said.
Adesoye watched more videos on YouTube and started learning how to cook other things. She called her mom to also ask about some more Nigerian recipes.
Adesoye started cooking for her friends. Eventually, people started asking her to cook for birthdays and other events.
She took some cooking classes on P.E.I. and eventually got her cooking licence and started her own catering business.
Adesoye was trying to come up with a name for her business with her mom and her best friend over the phone. They argued on a lot of different names and then her mom came up with the name, Ore’s Bukateria.
They searched the meaning of Bukateria on Google and it means ‘food is ready.’
“One of my names is Oreoluwa which means God’s gift. So Ore’s Bukateria basically means ‘Ore’s food is ready.’”
Adesoye specializes in African cuisine.
“Here on the Island, there’s Chinese food and Indian food but I’ve not seen anything Nigerian or Ghanaian so that’s what I’m really focusing on.”
Canadians don’t really like spicy food and are mostly not willing to try new things, Adesoye said.
“I try to give options. There’s a spicy option and then there’s a mild option and that helps people that don’t know how spicy the food is to try something that they could enjoy.”
Most of the spices are gotten from Nigeria or ordered online, Adesoye said.
“For local food, I shop a lot. I have a local butcher where I get my meat.”
Adesoye works full-time and so isn’t putting 100 per cent into the business.
“I work very hard with the business and my job but in two to three years, I see myself getting a space on the Island somewhere beside UPEI for students or maybe downtown where I can sell food.”
Putting your business out there is very important, she said.
“The worst that could happen is people would say no but at least, you tried.”
Adesoye cooked for the diversity festival in Charlottetown in 2017.
“It was amazing. We cooked for over 200 people and the food sold out in an hour.”
There have been different challenges, she said.
“Getting the licence was a problem but my food safety inspector was very helpful with explaining how to go about it.”
The 24-year-old majored in Economics and Sociology at UPEI and graduated in 2016.
Bookings for the catering service can be done by sending a message to the Ore’s Bukateria facebook or Instagram page as well as sending an email to oretng@yahoo.com. Advertisements

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Your guide to a perfect spring day in Downtown Bend – Visit Bend

Your guide to a perfect spring day in Downtown Bend April 4, 2019 Dining & Drinking Shopping & Dining Spring fun
When my sister-in-law visits from Seattle, she has a few requests: a trek around the Bend Ale Trail and a handful of the city’s best bars , then snow play or standup paddleboarding . Downtown Bend is a great spot to spend a day.
But her chief request is for one full, gloriously uninterrupted day to explore Downtown Bend . I can’t say I blame her, since I’ve never tired of Downtown meandering in 21+ years of living here.
If you’re new to the concept of devoting a full day to exploring this small but lively patch of our fair city, here’s a rundown on the best way to do Downtown Bend in a day. Start things off right
Downtown Bend is one of the most walkable areas in the city, so it’s smart to ditch your car as soon as possible. Swing by the Bend Visitor Center to snag brochures and get tips from a friendly volunteer.
Aim for the parking garage on Lava Road, which offers the first three hours for free or $10 for the whole day. You’ll find other parking lots and street parking scattered around the Downtown core, but you can avoid the parking hassle altogether by walking, biking, or using Uber or Lyft to get you here. Bonus: You skip the construction crud that makes driving trickier this time of year.
Even better, sleep right in the center of it all by booking a room Downtown . The Oxford Hotel , Doubletree by Hilton , the Bunk + Brew Hostel in the historic Lucas House, and Wall Street Suites are all terrific options in the Downtown core.
Once you’re settled, swing by the Bend Visitor Center on the corner of Lava and Oregon to pick up free maps and chat with the friendly Visit Bend team about the best way to maximize your time in Bend. The most important meal of the day
You’ve stashed your car and filled your brain with ideas, so now let’s fill your belly. Linguiça and chipotle hollandaise add a little zing to your breakfast at Café Sintra.
Downtown Bend offers tons of options for breakfast and brunch. The Lemon Tree specializes in clean, fresh, international fare like their jumbo lump crab cake benedict with citrus hollandaise (yum!) or Amaretto French Toast with slivered almonds and berry coulis.
For a little Portuguese flair, head for Café Sintra to try their twist on classic eggs Benedict. It features two poached eggs and sliced Roma tomatoes over sourdough bread, served with their famous Sintra potatoes and your choice of linguica, Bavarian ham, or Italian sausage topped with chipotle hollandaise.
If you dig breakfast you can sip on the go, head to Mother’s Juice Café for one of their mouthwatering smoothies, or pop across the street to Thump Coffee or Lone Pine Coffee to perk up your morning with a hot brewed beverage. Set out for a stroll
With a steaming mug of caffeinated goodness in hand, it’s time to do some strolling. Meander alleyways and side streets for a look at the public art that’s part of the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection . Further your art fix by popping into some of Downtown’s hottest art galleries . Stop to admire the outdoor art that’s part of the Tin Pan Alley Art Collection in Downtown Bend.
Now it’s time for souvenir shopping. Head for locally-owned boutiques like Clementine Urban Mercantile , Paper Jazz , and Navidi’s (their mini olive oils and balsamic vinegars make great gifts for folks back home!) Treat yourself to a new top at Hot Box Betty or a great new pair of jeans at Local Joe .
You can even splurge on a facial or massage at one of Downtown’s day spas like Face to Face , Zante , or Azura Studio .
Anyone else getting hungry? Time for lunch
Springtime in Bend brings unexpected bursts of sunshine along with construction season. While it would be distasteful of me to suggest you snag a seat outside to ogle the construction workers renovating the Mirror Pond parking lot, a good vantagepoint to do that would be Worthy Taps and Tacos . Opt for their taco trio, which lets you sample three different mouthwatering combinations, or head for Barrio just down the street for another twist on tasty tacos. Yummy Northern Thai food served family style at White Rose.
For even more international flare, head for the Indian buffet at Taj Palace or one of three Thai restaurants in Downtown Bend. Noi and Toomies specialize in Southern Thai dishes like Pad Thai and curries, while Wild Rose specializes in Northern Thai cuisine including sticky jasmine rice you dip in fresh chili paste and eat with your hands.
Since you’re on vacation, seize the chance to pair a beer with lunch while gathering a couple Bend Ale Trail passport stamps. Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company are both in the Downtown core, and boast lunch menus guaranteed to fill your belly with goodness. Head for the park
One of the nicest things about Downtown Bend is that it’s fringed by the crown jewel of Bend’s park system. Drake Park is just a few steps down from Mirror Pond Plaza near Crow’s Feet Commons , so cap off your lunch break with a leisurely stroll around this 13-acre waterfront paradise. Stroll through Drake Park to enjoy killer views of the Deschutes River.
Find a cozy bench to watch ducks and geese paddling around Mirror Pond, or venture across the footbridge into historic Pageant Park . If the weather’s warm, grab a scoop or four to enjoy from Bontá Artisan Gelato while you savor the sunshine sparkling on the mighty Deschutes.
History buffs will enjoy the historical plaques scattered around the parks as well as on Downtown landmarks like the Tower Theatre and Lone Crow Bungalow . Hop over to the Deschutes Historical Museum to really revel in local history, or even join a guided walking tour. The happiest hour of all
Fortified by fresh air and exercise, you can log another hour or two of shopping at Downtown boutiques like the Sunstone Store for some local bling or Cowgirl Cash where you can score a great pair of vintage boots. Sample scrumptious locally-crafted vodka, gin, and whiskey at the Crater Lake Sprits Downtown Tasting room.
Then it’s time for cocktail hour! (And by “hour” I mean treat yourself to a solid 180-minutes or so).
Kick things off in the tasting room at the Crater Lake Spirits Downtown Tasting Room where you can sample locally-produced vodka, gin, rye, whiskey, and more. Sip one of their housemade cocktails and make plans to visit their distillery later in your Bend vacay.
Now that you’ve gotten things started, head for one of Bend’s best happy hour hotspots. Dogwood Cocktail Cabin boasts some of the most creative cocktail offerings in town, including the Herban Cowboy (black pepper infused bourbon, Fernet Branca, pomegranate, molasses, black licorice, and orange peel) or the Bluebird (Aria, elderflower liqueur, blueberries, and cava on the rocks). An order of their dirty popcorn will put something in your belly to help slow your roll.
Astro Lounge is another local fave, with a happy hour that extends until 7 p.m. and specials like the Latin Lover (muddled basil, fresh lemon, pineapple juice, and Crater Lake vodka infused with habanero and basil) or the Grandpa Steens (Four Roses, fresh grapefruit, champagne, and a float of Peychauds and peach bitters). For nibbles, grab the pork belly wanton nachos and the sweet potato fries. Evening on the town
When dinnertime rolls around, you’ve got plenty of award-winning dining options to choose from. Try 900 Wall for an eclectic blend of Italian, French, and modern American influences. A beef carpaccio starter and a warm kale salad will pair well with any entrée you choose, and their creative veggie side dishes offer tasty ways to feel smug and superior about your healthy life choices. If the weather’s warm, you can even dine outside at 900 Wall.
Hit Drake for a creative, upscale twist on diner food (their shrimp and grits will leave you swooning) or Zydeco for Northwest cuisine with a Southern twist and oodles of great gluten-free choices (their blackened redfish is to die for).
After your meal, catch a show at the historic Tower Theatre or check the Visit Bend event calendar to see who’s got live music that night.
Not ready to turn in just yet? Both 10 Below and the Blacksmith boast late-night happy hours that’ll let you save a few bucks while grabbing one last nightcap and snack. BONUS! Win your own Downtown Bend outing
Feeling inspired to plan your own adventure in Downtown Bend? We’ve got a prize package that includes two full-day bike rentals from Crow’s Feet Commons and $50 to spend at 900 Wall . Enter to win by commenting on this post with at least three things you’d love to see and do while you’re in Bend. We’ll draw a winner on Thursday, April 11, 2019. 3 responses to “Your guide to a perfect spring day in Downtown Bend” Renee says:

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10 Delicious Vegan Restaurants In Ottawa

10 Delicious Vegan Restaurants In Ottawa By – April 8, 2019
When looking for a good place to go out to eat, it’s not just all about burgers and fries. Ottawa is a little city full of great places to eat, especially if you want to feel fresh while eating fresh. After a bit of digging through the streets of the city, we spotted the most delicious vegan restaurants in Ottawa, and here’s why you just need to make a trip out of it! 1. Pure Kitchen
From cauliflower wings to a full vegan-friendly menu as well as a juice bar that is to die for, Pure Kitchen has it all. With its several locations around the city, it has been named the 2nd best vegan restaurants in Ottawa, and we’re definitely not surprised. If you’re in search for a hub for a fresh healthy meal between classes, hit up Pure Kitchen on Elgin Street, just a few minutes walk from the uOttawa campus! 2. Fraser Cafe
If you’re looking for a nice place to eat out with friends for a special occasion, Fraser Cafe offers both vegetarian and vegan options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. With an elegant ambience, private dining, reservation options and a wide variety of fresh Canadian dishes, this vegan restaurant in Ottawa features some of the most delicious soups, smoothies and pastas. 3. The Green Door
Situated right on Main St. Ottawa lays The Green Door, a buffet style vegetarian and vegan-friendly restaurant full of delicious rice plates, cauliflower stir fry and more! All items are labeled if they contain any eggs or dairy, and this place even comes in style with a freshly squeezed juice bar, a salad bar, and a collection of beers and wines to top off your meal. What more can we ask for? 4. Aroma Meze
If international food is what you fancy, you’re definitely in for a treat at Aroma Meze. Featuring some of the most treasured foods from the Mediterranean, Greece, and several other parts of Europe, this restaurant brings together some of the most fascinating vegan options that are sure to spark your interest, whether that’s the sweet and sensational tiramisu for dessert or the savoury marinated olives on the side. 5. Cumberland Pizza
One of the greatest food inventions of all time has to be vegan pizza, and frankly, no one’s complaining about it. Located right next to the uOttawa campus is this beautiful little pizza place inspired by Italian and Greek cuisines. With both vegan and gluten free options, Cumberland Pizza is one of the few vegan restaurants in Ottawa that offer cauliflower crust pizzas for lunch, dinner or after hours. All I can say is that when in exam-stress and doubt, check Cumberland Pizza out! 6. Soul Stone Sushi Grill & Bar
Soul Stone Sushi is one of those vegan restaurants in Ottawa that welcome guests of all interests, and that includes our friendly vegan or vegetarian eaters. This Asian sushi bar is one of the most beloved gems of the city, featuring an intimate atmosphere, and serving a range of vegetarian and gluten free Chinese dishes, from vegan stir fry to avocado sushi plates and many more! 7. Feline Cafe
One of my favourite vegan restaurants in Ottawa is the Feline Cafe. It’s literally a coffee shop where you can dig into some fresh vegan snacks and drinks while playing with cats that are up for adoption! You tell me, what’s better than that? With its cozy look and feel, the Feline Cafe is the place to be at any time of day. 8. Little Jo Berry’s
If you’re a lover for all things sweet and savoury, this little vegan bakery on Wellington St. is a literal go-to. Serving delicious coffee with almond, soy and coconut milk options, along with the most mouth watering snacks, breakfast foods and lunch sandwiches, this place has to be one of the most to-die-for vegan restaurants in Ottawa. 9. Peace-Garden
I think it’s safe to say that is a vegan restaurant in Ottawa that truly sticks to its name. With a peaceful, “garden-like” atmosphere, the Peace-Garden serves a wide variety of vegan-friendly North American, Indian and other international cuisines. From an organic smoothie and juice bar, Indian style thali plates to burgers and even more, this fountain-side dining restaurant is perfect for a brunch out with friends or just a quick take-out on the go! 10. The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro
And finally, the burger and fries combo you’ve all be waiting for; The Works. One of the few restaurants in Ottawa that offer vegan burger options like black bean and mushroom burgers, with a side of crispy French fries and healthy lactose-free smoothies. On a mini get-together with some old friends, or just a take-out for your next class, The Works truly does the job! Which one of these vegan restaurants in Ottawa will you step into first? What’s your favourite vegan food? Tell us down in the comments! Featured Image Source: https://pin.it/mxebmrxnblvlug

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20 Things You Might Not Know About Birthday Boy Izzy Stradlin

On April 8th, 1962, Izzy Stradlin was born in Lafayette, Indiana. We all know he went on to become the original guitarist for Guns N’ Roses , but here are 20 things you might not know about the now 57-year-old rocker: 1. Izzy’s real name is actually Jeffrey Dean Isbell . In high school, he went by Izzy because of his last name. As far as where Stradlin came from, it’s rumored to be a sexual reference. 2. Izzy’s father was an engraver and his mother worked for a phone company. They divorced when Izzy was eight. 3. When asked about what he did growing up, Izzy said that because he lived in a small town, there wasn’t much to do, adding, “We rode bikes, smoked pot, got into trouble – it was pretty Beavis and But-Head actually.” 4. Izzy’s biggest musical influence was his dad’s mother, who played drums in a swing jazz band. 5. Izzy’s first instrument was not a guitar – it was drums. 6. Izzy formed his first band with his high school buddies, including William Bailey , who would later go by the name Axl Rose . They played cover songs in a garage. 7. Izzy graduated high school with a D average, but was the only original member of Guns N’ Roses get his high school diploma. 8. Stradlin moved to LA after high school and joined a punk band called Naughty Women . Their first show was a bad experience for Izzy – audience members jumped on stage and started attacking them. 9. Izzy’s next band was The Atoms , but while a part of that group, someone stole his drum kit from his car so he switched to bass. He then joined a heavy metal band called Shire and started playing rhythm guitar. 10. After Shire, Stradlin formed the GN’R precursor Hollywood Rose in 1983with Axl, who had also moved to LA. 11. During the peak of his drug use, Izzy famously was arrested in 1989 for urinating on the floor of an airplane, verbally abusing a flight attendant and smoking in the non-smoking section. He was sentenced to one-year probation and during that time, he sobered up. 12. Stradlin once explained that his sobriety had a lot to do with his leaving Guns N’ Roses in 1991 saying, “When you’re f***ed up, you’re more likely to put up with things you wouldn’t normally put up with.” 13. After leaving GN’R, Izzy went back to Lafayette, Indiana and formed Izzy Stradlin and the Ju Ju Hounds . They put out one album in 1992, which was self-titled. 14. In 1995, Izzy released his first-ever album not under a band name. It was called 117° and he followed it up in 1999 with Ride On . 15. Izzy was asked to join Velvet Revolver , which featured GN’R alumni like Slash , Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan . He helped with songwriting as the band formed but later bowed out because he didn’t want to deal with life on the road and he didn’t want to work with a lead singer. 16. Stradlin’s last few albums have been released through iTunes . His latest was 2010’s Wave of Heat . 17. Izzy did not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in 2012 when Guns N’ Roses was honored. 18. Izzy’s favorite actor is Malcolm McDowell 19. Izzy’s favorite food is Indian cuisine. 20. The first concert Izzy ever went to was David Cassidy , but the first band he was a big fan of was Three Dog Night . Happy birthday Izzy! Photo: Getty

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Slow-Carb Instant Pot Indian Recipe: Authentic Hyderabadi Haleem

April 8, 2019 By jason Leave a Comment Slow-Carb Instant Pot Indian Recipe: Authentic Hyderabadi Haleem
Today’s post comes to us from a reader from India! I personally love Indian food, and this looks super delicious. I haven’t made it yet, but when I do I’ll report on it. Note: I’ve made some modifications with the author’s permission from the original to make some ingredients more accessible in North America.
Most states in India have their own versions of Haleem. Some famous variants being Harees and Khichda. The key difference often lays in the consistency of the stew and the spice mix. The Hyderabadi Haleem in similar fashion has a unique blend of spices that set it apart from other not-so-celebrated variants of the dish.
Besides the delicious Hyderabadi biryani, the Indian state is also widely known for this nutrient-dense recipe called ‘Haleem’. Haleem is basically a rich stew composed of mutton (lamb), lentils and beans slow-cooked in ghee and a lot of spices.
This delicacy is especially enjoyed in the holy month of Ramadan all across the country. So much so, you’ll find Haleem stalls every ten feet on a busy Iftar street. A perfect blend of highly nutritious ingredients make it the right food after almost 15 hours of fasting.
Haleem is often viewed as a heavy meal owing to the generous amounts of ghee that goes into it. Although this modification reduces the creaminess of the dish, the flavours remain intact. Haleem turns out best when it is slow cooked in a pressure cooker for hours. Traditionally, it can take as long as 8 hours of cooking to give the stew that mushy consistency. But hey! Don’t leave yet, we’ve got enough appliances at our disposal to make things easier. So, unless you’re not chasing utmost perfection, you should be able to replicate the recipe in your kitchen just fine within an hour of cooking.
Slow-Carb Instant Pot Indian Recipe: Authentic Hyderabadi Haleem Author: Jason Cuisine: Indian Haleem is basically a rich stew composed of mutton, lentils and beans slow-cooked in ghee and a lot of spices. Ingredients 4 to 5 cashews 2 finely sliced onions 1 lb of mutton (boneless) – if lamb is out of reach, this can be done with beef or chicken as well 4 cups of water ¼ c chickpeas (Chana Dal) ¼ c red lentil (Masoor Dal) ¼ c split pigeon pea (Arhar Dal) ¼ c black lentil (Urad Dal) 1 heaping tablespoon ginger garlic paste 2 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon red chilli powder 2 teaspoon garam masala Lemon wedge Instructions Transfer all your lentils in a bowl and rinse thoroughly. Fill the bowl with water and leave the lentils to soak for about 5-6 hours. Turn on the Instant pot on Sauté mode and add ghee when the pot is hot. Add sliced onions and cashews into the ghee and fry them until they turn brown. 8 to 10 minutes are enough to get them crisp and caramelised. Set aside half the fried onions and all of the cashews for garnishing. To the remaining onions, add a heaping tablespoon of ginger and garlic paste. Stir until the raw pungent smell of the ginger goes away. To the pot, add the mutton and all soaked lentils alongside 4 cups of water, 2 tsp cumin powder, 2 tsp coriander powder, 1 tsp chilli powder, salt, turmeric and a tsp of garam masala powder. Stir everything well and set the instant pot on high pressure for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, let the instant pot sit pressurised for 10 minutes, then manually release the remaining pressure. Open the lid and check if the lentils are soft/mushy and the mutton is tender. If not, use a hand blender to mix everything up into a thick stew. Add another teaspoon of garam masala at this point and give it a stir. Serve hot with a tsp of ghee, a pinch of garam masala, julienned ginger, chopped green chilies, chopped cilantro and previously fried onions and cashews. Some lemon juice out of a wedge takes it to another level. Notes If you can’t get each of the identified legumes, you can use a collection of what you have available. The color might not match perfectly, but as long as you have 2 cups of legumes you’ll get the nutrition. The spices are really what make the flavor anyway.You can actively take measures to tenderize the mutton. One easy method of achieving this is to treat the mutton with raw papaya or papaya leaves. These contain an enzyme called papain that is known for breaking down connective tissue when kept in contact with raw meat. You can set aside the mutton with sliced raw papaya pieces for half an hour before starting the actual cooking. This will result in soft and tender pieces of meat in your Haleem. 3.5.3251
Meal planning is one of the best ways to make sure you are following your diet plan, but it can take time. If you’re interested, take a few minutes to check out my slow-carb meal planner ! Lots of people have had great success with it. Why not give it a shot for $2? Related Posts:

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WelcomHeritage opens new property in Jaisalmer – WH Kalyan Bhawan

WelcomHeritage opens new property in Jaisalmer – WH Kalyan Bhawan 08/04/2019
New Delhi, 3 April: WelcomHeritage (WH), India’s largest Heritage Hotel Chain has added one more property to its existing portfolio – WelcomHeritage Kalyan Bhawan in Jaisalmer.
WelcomHeritage Kalyan Bhawan was the former home of the Ruler of Jaisalmer – Maharawal Jawahir Singh ji and was called as ‘Kanwar Pada’, meaning Princes’ Residence in local parlance. It is a centrally located property amidst the walled city of Jaisalmer. The property features 22 exquisite rooms and has been refurbished in the original art deco style to meet the require-ments of the modern traveller and caters to both leisure and business travel-lers who want to enjoy the local flavors of town.
The former haveli was an old mansion which is now recreated so as to make the property contemporary to the present day times. Along with many recrea-tional services like Roof-Top Dining, traditional Massage Services and Swim-ming Pool available at the nearby WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace, the hotel offers three unique categories of rooms to choose from.
Talking about the new property, Mr. Sanjeev K Nayar, GM, WelcomHerit-age shared, “This is the 34th operational property of WelcomHeritage and we are extremely happy with the new addition. Out of 34 operational properties, we have now 12 in Rajasthan. This property has its own unique charm and ca-ters to both leisure and business travellers who want to stay within the walled city of Jaisalmer and enjoy the local flavours of the town. Very soon we will be adding few more properties in Rajasthan, South and North-east region. We are looking at adding around 3-4 more properties by the end of this financial year”.
For a sumptuous culinary experience, guests can choose to dine at nearby WelcomHeritage Mandir Palace’s Roof-Top Restaurant (which offers a pano-ramic view of the Jaisalmer Fort). The cuisine includes traditional Rajasthani, Indian, Chinese and Continental options. The Live Tandoor at the Roof-Top Restaurant has a special menu and guests can see and smell their order being cooked in the live furnace. Special arrangements like private dining, birthday
or anniversary dinners can be organised on request. Guests have a range of dishes to choose from its menu or interact directly with the chefs to custom-ize a special dish to suit their taste buds.
Apart from that, WelcomHeritage’s latest addition was WelcomHeritage Ayat-ana in Coorg, in May 2018 which is a part of the strategic expansion plan in South India.
About WelcomHeritage
WelcomHeritage is a joint venture between ITC Ltd and Jodhana Heritage. It represents some of the finest traditions of heritage hospitality and tourism in India. WelcomHeritage offers 37 exclusive properties, ranging from grand palaces to traditional havelis to magnificent forts and quiet nature resorts. WelcomHeritage Hotels have their presence in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Sikkim, Haryana, Punjab, Goa, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Delhi. Sitting in regal poise all over the country, all of these destinations are gateways to the finest of Indian legacy and culture. The intrinsic philosophy of WelcomHeritage ex-ists in identifying heritage properties in distant locations and helps to restore them. Every WelcomHeritage location embraces all the attributes for a mem-orable holiday, giving one an opportunity to carry away all that is extraordi-nary, while at the same time affordable, unique and without being over-priced or over-the-top. WelcomHeritage offers experiences which are exclusive, thus delivering extra value to guests. Each hotel has a secret to share, a story to tell and so will you. Related Posts Crowne Plaza Today New Delhi Okhla appoints Director of Food & Beverage – Mr. Sumit Sinha Fairfield by Marriott Pune Kharadi appoints Director of Sales – Ms. Vrushali Kummar The Leela Palace New Delhi appoints new head chef for Megu – Chef Shimomura

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Anaheim, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen Studio

Anaheim, CA Indian Wedding by Peter Nguyen with the grand finale of Chandni and Jay’s nuptials, Maharanis! Their glam bash was held at the Sheraton Park Hotel at The Anaheim Resort . T he already amazing venue space comes alive with a simple yet sophisticated decor by Kumba Events that included lots of blush pink and white floral centerpieces on the tables and a unique sweetheart stage that displayed a wide screen that played the couple’s best moments filmed by Russell John Films ! As for the entertainment, the highly talented 3D Sounds played the perfect high energy songs to keep every guest on the dancefloor while Razan (A Toi Events) created the dazzling cake! Taj of India feasted the guests with their delicious cuisine, meanwhile, Peter Nguyen Photography snapped the most spectacular pictures of all the details and our Indian bride . Wearing a turquoise floral lehenga with an exquisite peach dupatta tied by Bridal By Nisha and flaunting a side-swept curly hair by Dolled up by Lulu , our Maharani Chandni couldn’t have looked more beautiful! To see everything, visit the full gallery How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was “the one”? Chandni and Jay first met at one of their mutual friend’s apartment in Irvine. Towards the end of the night Jay was looking for a new beer pong partner and Chandni had volunteered to join his team. After running the table for the rest of the night the two of them starting becoming good friends. After a few hangouts, the two realized that this friendship was turning into something more. A month after the couple had met, Chandni had graduated from college and moved back home to San Fernando Valley. The couple remained friends and kept in touch through texting and phone calls. Jay always tried to get Chandni to come to hang out with him (he is very persistent) after she moved back home but the timing never seemed to work and it was hard when Chandni lived in the boonies. After 6 months of being friends and staying in touch, Jay decided to ask Chandni out on their first official date, April 6th, 2013. After their trip to Peru, is when Chandni knew Jay was “the one.” Share the scoop on your Proposal Story! The day Jay finally popped the question. Jay planned this day out to every single detail. He planned and designed a scavenger hunt with the use of a scavenger app called Klikaklu. He led Chandni to believe that they were just going out on a late anniversary date that involved an app telling us where to go all day. Jay asked a bunch of ordinary questions as if he was filling out a survey of things the couple enjoyed to do, their shoe size, favorite color, etc. Little did she know that Jay was actually gathering all this information to plan out the whole proposal 😉 The date started off by opening the app on their phone that had a countdown of when they could start the scavenger hunt. The concept of the app was to guide you to different locations and to match the picture in which the app would give you to reveal the next clue. The first clue lead the couple to a shopping center where they had to match an image on one of the windows of the shopping strip. Once the couple matched the picture the app revealed that they had unlocked a free reservation for a cooking class (which Chandni and Jay attended on their first anniversary). After the class was complete the couple then opened the app again to receive clue #2. This clue took them to the Oaks mall, where both Jay and Chandni had to find and match a specific directory location. Once the couple matched the picture, the app asked for them to look under the directory for an envelope. The couple opened the envelope and inside was a free coupon for Chandni to get a touch up at Sephora and a drink coupon for Jay to indulge at the local Lazy Dog restaurant. Clue #3 was a QR code printed on the bottom of the coupon code that they had to unlock which asked the couples to go to the fitting rooms at the Nordstroms located in the mall. Jay with the help of Chandni’s closest friends purchased an entire outfit for the proposal and that outfit was waiting for her inside the dressing room. Once they changed into their new attire the couple then opened the last and final clue. Clue #4 the last stop on the list was Westlake Village. The clue told Chandni and Jay to follow the red balloons to their final destination where Chandni would have to type in a 8-digit code. At the final balloon, there was a table with flowers scattered all over and an iPad. Once Chandni inputted the code to unlock the iPad, a video montage started playing that Jay had created (similar to how he asked Chandni to be his girlfriend 4 years back). Once the video ended, Jay took Chandni’s hand and started to express his love for her. Chandni, overwhelmed with joy, did not really remember what Jay had said because she was already in tears but recalls just saying “YES”. After the proposal all of Jay and Chandni’s close family and friends came out to celebrate with the couple. Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details. I had my dad, Raj Patel, be my wedding planner. He organized and planned the entire wedding. I would research online and send my dad excel sheets of vendors, ideas, and pictures and he would contact multiple people and just make sure each one was executed successfully. How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind? I knew that I wanted a velvet outfit but the color was undecided. I went to India, and my first day of shopping I did not want to buy anything. I wanted to try on different styles and different colors to get an idea of the perfect outfit that I wanted. I did my research before going to India and had a style in mind. After trying on different styles and colors, I ended up creating a custom wedding lengha. I decided to go with a traditional red with a pastel pink dupatta. What was the most enjoyable part of the planning process, and why? Getting to pick out every little detail of the decor. This was one aspect of the wedding that I got to have full control over and discuss with our vendor (Kumba Events). What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding? The ENTERTAINMENT! There were a lot of performances and a lot of music and dancing. Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind? The entire wedding was like a dream come true. My dad (who was my wedding planner) did an amazing job to make sure that the entire weekend went smoothly. I wish I could replay the entire weekend over and over. For events other than your ceremony, please tell us as much as you would like about the decor, style, dances, and all the special details. I wanted to do something different for my henna night, so I had a Mediterranean themed henna party. We had Mediterranean food and decor! Additionally, for my garba night, I wanted it to look and feel like a village in India. We had food stalls ( just like the food stalls on the streets of India), decor (decorative umbrellas, matkas, bike riksha, swing, etc.) and the traditional Gujarati street food. I surprised the groom at the garba with a fusion dance and the groom surprised me at the reception with a cute “Chandni” dance (since my name is Chandni) and a bhangra dance. We had families and friends all perform both nights, which was exciting for all of the guests. Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be? Enjoy every minute of all of the events. Do not get stressed out if you see something missing or if plans change, because there is nothing you can do about it at that moment. This is your wedding day and you will cherish these moments forever. Maharanis, we’ll see you all early tomorrow morning! STYLE

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