1 Apr (Mon): Slept almost uninterrupted till almost 5.00am and then got up, leaving the house for my morning exercise routine. Returned before 7.00am and breakfasted, just as D1 (on flexi-hour) drove off for work. Then, prepped my lunch of noodle+pork slice/veges galore soup before readying blends for O3 who left in the early afternoon. Rest of the day – post online viewing of my current (fave) drama serials – was spent chilling in front of the tv and then bathed (feeling heady afterwards) while awaiting D1’s return from work. Fortunately, by the time, I settled down for my early night – the lightheadiness dissipated – and was soon in La La Land well before 10.00pm.
2 Apr (Tue): Continuing my good sleep pattern, woke up around 4.00am – garnering at least 5hrs’ shut-eye – and lolled in bed for about an hour before getting out to leave the house. Accompanied by AM , adjourned to the padang for my (hall) warm-up prior to walkabout, returning before 7.00am for breakfast. Then, readied D1’s bento of chicken chunks, assam -flavoured veges and rehashed onions/tomato soup. Next, prepped my lunch of basmati rice+minced meat et al and black date+poached egg herbal soup. Afterwards, bathed and loaded the laundry into the washer (which worked well), hanging the clothes out to dry before cooking & partaking my mid-day meal. In the afternoon, no sooner had I collected the dry clothes (thanks to the morning sun) when the skies poured. It was the ‘mother of all storms’ which knocked out our power (I had to reset the fusebox) and dissipated into steady drizzle upon D1’s return from work. Despite the wet weather, had to sleep with the aircon on, drifting into Dreamland after 9.30pm.
3 Apr (Wed): Waking up around 5.00am, lolled & read in bed till almost 6.00am before leaving the house for my padang walkabout prior to yoga workout. Following a sweaty session, returned to light breakfast and then prepped my lunch of noodles+salmon stew and kai choy+ cloud fungi soup. It rained heavily again (less severe than previous day) in the afternoon post my on-line session and stopped just as D1 drove home. That night, dozed off quite easily well before 10.00pm (with aircon switched off before bedtime) cooled by slow fan.
4 Apr (Thu): Was awake around the same time as past mornings and left the house before 5.30am, for the padang , AM in-tow. Adjourned to the hall for my eye-mindrobics before walkabout, returning before 7.00am for breakfast. Readied D1’s bento of tempeh + dried mushrooms/pumpkins et al +egg tofu /spring onion soup before prepping my lunch of curry noodles+carrot/ kai choy/lobak soup. It did not rain in the afternoon despite a slight drizzle which stopped allowing the sun to shine till 7.00pm upon D1 returning home. The rest of the day was same ole as we retired to our respective rooms – with me in La La Land by 10.00pm.
5 Apr (Fri): Got out of bed at 5.00am and then realising that it was yoga day, read till almost 6.00am before leaving the house. Following my warm-up and walkabout, adjourned for my workout which ended slightly earlier than usual. Returned to lite breakfast and then slowly but surely dressed to leave the house, going online in the meantime. After 11.00am, left the house boarding a bus which then dropped me near the coffee shop where I savoured the much-hyped (handmade) fishball noodles plus a bowl of pork entrails/meat et al. Thereafter, adjourned for a matinee show, followed by a buying spree at the supermart before having my BP read (a low 115/76/69) before proceeding to the hypermart to wait for D1. Upon our gal’s arrival in a steady rain before 6.00pm, we went to our former BKT haunt and ordered our fave dishes (incl its steamed gingery fishhead which ended up ‘on the house’!). It was around 7.30pm when we arrived home laden with groceries and ta – pau s.
6 Apr (Sat): Highlight of the day was our Chuah Clan Qingming session . Was up by 6.00am for my weekend limberings and then breakfasted before slowly but surely getting ready to leave. After 7.30am, D1 drove the two of us to the LRT station where took the train to where we were picked up by bro+sis. Arriving at the memorial park, we soon set up the prayers’ stuff and settled down while bonding among the seven of us comprising baby-boomers and millennials. Our Qingming session ended with brunch, picnic-style as we packed up to leave around 11.30am. Following a couple of (typical!) mis-turns, bro deposited D1 & I at the nearby mall where we browsed (with our gal in retail therapy) and then indulged in hi-tea of ice-cream waffles as well as assam -flavoured snacks. Managed to have my BP read again (a more satisfying 121/78/80) at the local pharmacy. Then, topping up with some grocery items, we proceeded to take the homeward bound train, reaching the house around 7.00pm and in bed after 9.00pm, finally dozing off well past 10.00pm.
7 Apr (Sun): Woke up a couple of times for toilet (diarrhea-type!) visits and finally got out of bed after 7.00am – managing about 7hrs’ (restive) sleep. After breakfast, prepped our twosome lunch of basmati rice with tomyam -flavoured fishhead curry, blanched red spinach and stirfried taukwa +cloud fungi+shredded mushrooms+green pepper with chicken bone in herbal soup. Meanwhile, was relieved that my diarrhea seemed to subside towards noon as I finished posting the past days’ pics. Otherwise, just another weekend during which D1 cleaned the house while I chilled before settling down for the night – with pre-bedtime tv viewing with D1. Retiring to our respective rooms, I drifted slowly but surely into Dreamland around 10.00pm.
8 Apr (Mon): Slept almost uninterrupted till past 4.00am and lolled before getting out of bed before 5.00am. Leaving the house half an hour later, stopped by to chat with AM (who was too tired to go for her exercise) and then proceeded to the hall for my warm-out prior to walkabout. Returned just after 6.30am for early breakfast before prepping my lunch of ta – pau s (courtesy of bro) et al and lobak +veg stem fried taukwa soup. It rained briefly in the afternoon with the sun coming out by the time D1 returned home, encouraging her to cycle. That night, called it a day after 8.30pm and was soon in La La Land within an hour.
9 Apr (Tue): Was awake around 3.00am but managed to resume (restive) sleep in between lollings, finally getting up at 5.00am, just as it began to drizzle. However, left the house half an hour later, dropping by AM ‘s before adjourning to the padang (sans our lady as it started to rain again enroute). Proceeding to the hall, I did my warm-up followed by walkabout which was interrupted by rain. Returning to the house at 6.30am, met D1 just as she drove off to work. Breakfasted and then readied my gal’s bento of crabmeat+assam-flavoured veges; cauliflower+deepfried chicken skin bits and melon soup+egg tofu +spring onions galore. Next, prepped my lunch of mee sua in bak-kut-teh soup. For once, it did not rain in the afternoon and our gal was encouraged to go cycling while I (post-bathing) watched tv. Another similar night scenario with me in bed after 8.30pm and dozing off well before 10.00pm,
10 Apr (Wed): Waking up after 2.00am, lolled and snatched some sleep till the alarm went off after 5.30am. Leaving the house past 6.00am, warmed up prior to my padang walkabout before our yoga session. Following a sweaty workout, returned after 8.30pm for breakfast before prepping my lunch of panfried potatoes+pork lard to go with kidney+liver soup and blanched red spinach. Yet another hot, hot afternoon till the late evening during which D1 went cycling upon her return. Meanwhile, O3 dropped by briefly around 3.00pm before leaving for his official function, returning later to collect his stuff. It was a same ole pre-bedtime as we viewed a recorded talent show before adjourning to our respective rooms after 9.00pm – with me falling asleep half an hour later.
11 Apr (Thu): It was a repeat scenario in the morning as I awoke briefly around 2.00am but managed to resume sleep till 5.00am upon the alarm going off. Left the house around 5.30am and joined by AM, proceeded to the padang where I adjourned to the hall for my warm-up. After my walkabout, returned to breakfast and then readied D1’s bento of chicken chunks+blanched veges; cucumber salads & egg-kut-teh . Next, prepped my lunch of mee sua +pork liver soup with veges galore. That evening, our gal returned, feeling feverish but managed to join me in our pre-bedtime viewing before we retired to our respective rooms past 9.00pm and I was soon in Snoozeland by 10.00m.
12 Apr (Fri): Went for my yoga workout post padang walkabout as usual and returned from a sweaty session to lite breakfast. Then, bathed and got ready, going online while awaiting D1 to dress for her clinic visit prior to our weekly date. Leaving the house around 10.00am, we stopped for our gal’s consultation before proceeding to the travel agency where I made my (balance) payment. Then, we had lunch at the adjacent newly-opened eatery where both the food and ambience was up to our expectations. Next, we dropped by the nearby hypermart for grocery top-ups, settling down for desserts before heading home in the early afternoon. The rest of the day was spent viewing my current (fave) drama serials online before bathing and settling down for pre-bedtime tv-thon with D1.
13 Apr (Sat): Waking up briefly around 3.00am, managed to resume sleep till almost 6.00am before lolling in bed and getting up for my weekend limberings. Breakfasted around 7.30am and then prepped our twosome lunch of self-concocted assam laksa beehoon. After partaking our simple meal around noon, went online while D1 left for her gal gathering under a gloomy sky. Then, it started to pour in the late afternoon as I pondered over our gal’s (unusual) ‘silence’ over FB. Nevertheless, managed to contact her and she returned around 7.00pm when the rain had stopped. That night, fell asleep within minutes of settling down on my bed after 9.30pm, post our tv-viewing.
14 Apr (Sun): Like the previous morning, woke up briefly but continued sleeping until past 6.00am. After my limberings, went down for breakfast before 7.30am and then prepped our twosome lunch of blue-tinged brown rice; curry chicken+potatoes; blanched taugeh +carrots & sweet potato leaves plus bittergourd+chicken bones soup. Otherwise, it was just another warm weekend afternoon during which D1 (nursing a ‘stomach-ache’) cleaned the house while I chilled before slowly but surely settling down for the night. Meanwhile, O3/ M returned early (as in past weeks) after their numerous day outings as our gal & I were having our pre-bedtime tv viewings. Calling it a day after 9.00pm, both of us retired to our respective rooms – with me in La La Land around 9.30pm.
15 Apr (Mon): Yet again, was awake briefly but managed to resume sleep until 5.00am and then left the house half an hour later, checking on D1. As AM did not join me for the padang , was able to complete my warm-up plus walkabout by 6.30am, stopping by our lady’s house enroute home. Breakfasted around 7.00am before prepping my lunch of beehoon +pig’s heart et al soup. In the evening, D1 returned home, sullen (due to subordinates’ non-cooperation) and I tried to encourage her with pep talk. Otherwise, just another warm day (albeit it drizzled briefly) as we settled down for the night, calling it a day after 8.30pm as I drifted slowly but surely into Dreamland before 10.00pm.
16 Apr (Tue): Slept almost uninterrupted till past 4.00am and lolled for about an hour before getting up to leave for my padang walkabout, AM in tow. Then, adjourned to the hall for my warm-up prior to walkabout before returning to early breakfast. Next, readied D1’s bento of carb-less proteins & salads with assam -flavoured soup. Yet another warm afternoon as I went thru my usual routine and D1 returned after 6.00pm – in better mood than the day before plus washed her car. That night, despite retiring to bed around the same time as past days, did not fall asleep easily (esp viewing some ‘sensational’ postings) and only slept well past 10.00pm.
17 Apr (Wed): Woke up around 3.00am and barely able to resume much sleep before getting out of bed at 6.00am. Following my yoga workout post padang walkabout, returned to lite breakfast after 8.30am. Then, prepped my solo lunch of suhun stirfried with minced pig liver et al and sweet potato leaves plus lala soup. Next, bathed and loaded the laundry into the washer (which worked well), hanging them out to dry before partaking my mid-day meal. The rest of the day was same ole same ole as I cleared my chores before bathing and watching tv while awaiting D1 to return. Despite the heat, managed to have my pre-bedtime tv-thon, retiring upstairs after 8.30pm and dozing off (in my pre-airconned room) within an hour or so.
18 Apr (Thu): Resumed sleep until 5.00am upon waking up briefly after 2.00am and then left the house, half an hour later, for the padang , AM in tow. Following a sweaty walkabout, returned well before 7.00am for breakfast and then prepped my lunch of mee sua +pig’s heart et al +greens galore. Otherwise, just another same ole day and night.
19 Apr (Fri): Highlight of the day was my outing with D1 on Good Friday Following my yoga session returned to breakfast and then bathed, getting ready to leave the house with D1. Our first stop was the clinic where she had her blood/urine taken before we proceeded for our respective banking errands. Thereafter, we settled down for dim sum brunch and then adjourned to the nearby hypermart for some grocery top-ups. Next, we stopped by the travel agency where I signed the agreement form for change of our ETD. Then, we headed to the cinema for a matinee followed by fruit-buyings and Hi-Tea before proceeding for final grocery shopping at our regular hypermart. It was around 7.00pm when we reached home and settled down for the night after putting away all the stuff from the car. Was in bed after 9.30pm and in La La Land by 10.00pm.
20 Apr (Sat): Waking up around 4.00am, resumed some sleep till almost 6.00am and then lolled in bed for about an hour before getting up for my weekend limberings. To my dismay, was unable to have my usual morning (smooth) pre-b’fast bowel clearance. Somehow, though my appetite was not affected, I felt sluggish and unable to do much cooking, resorting to a simple lunch of brown-rice putu beehoon with curry fish and eggy bittergourd soup and blanched taugeh+ Romaine +broccoli. Meanwhile, learnt that D2 was hospitalised for ‘anxiety’ (in UK) and back in AD. Later, in the afternoon, finally got thru to my 2nd gal (following KL ‘s call & much waiting) and engaged in a lengthy session about her mental health which ended with me stressing on her need to have enough rest/sleep above everything. It rained heavily in the late afternoon after which I chilled in the porch with my papers. However, towards evening, the weather turned wet again (albeit briefly) upon Jr+ M ‘s return (having to wait for the rain to subside before coming in while lamenting D1’s car parked within the compound). Otherwise, it was just same ole evening routine with my pre-bedtime tv viewing and retiring to bed after 8.30pm.
21 Apr (Sun): Similar pre-dawn scenario before getting out of bed at 7.00am for my limberings. Fortunately, was able to clear my bowels pre-breakfast and thus relieved, prepped our twosome lunch of reheated brown rice, claypot salmon in assam -flavoured stew, blanched veges and steamed tofu custard with herbal chicken soup. Yet another routine weekend day with D1 cleaning the house in the late afternoon while I chilled and did my usual chores before bathing. By 9.00pm, I was in my bedroom and soon drifting into Dreamland within an hour or so.
22 Apr (Mon): Opened my eyes around 3.00am but managed to resume sleep till the alarm went off at 5.00am. Left the house for my padang – with AM (in garrulous mode), adjourning for my warm-up at the hall. Following a sweaty walkabout, returned to breakfast before 7.00am and then bathed/washed my hair, getting ready for my outing with D1. Settled down to my PC while awaiting our gal to wake up. Leaving the house around 11.00am, we proceeded to the popular YTF place – only to find it closed – and had to settle for an ‘unsatisfying’ lunch at the nearby coffee shop. Next, we adjourned to the nearby hypermart for some grocery top-ups before going over to the government clinic. Soon, our respective dental checks were over and enroute home, we dropped by our neighborhood mall for retail therapy (away from the sweltering heat). Meanwhile, managed to have my BP checked (a historic low 88/46/65!) and had more rounds of reading later (when D1 picked up her health results at the clinic) – baffling her doc as well. It was around 6.30pm when we reached the house and soon settled down for the night after putting aware our purchases. Slept like a log upon retiring to bed and in Snoozeland well before 9.00pm – waking up briefly at midnight..
23 Apr (Tue): Slept almost uninterrupted till 5.00am and then left for my morning exercise half an hour later. Returned from my padang walkabout before 7.00am to breakfast and then readied D1’s bento of beef steaks, tofu soup & chicken+ assam -flavoured greens. Next, prepped my lunch of stirfried suhun +salmon slices with veges soup before bathing and loading the laundry into the washer. Then, hung the washing to dry before partaking my mid-day meal and then going online, as usual. Yet another early night with me dozing off around 9.30pm and awakened – briefly – by heavy rain afterwards.
24 Apr (Wed): Woke up around 2.00am and barely able to resume sleep till almost 5.00am before being awakened by the alarm about half an hour later. Following my padang walkabout, adjourned for our yoga session, returning – past 8.30am – after a sweaty workout to breakfast. Did some culinary chores (frying) before prepping my lunch of blue-tinged brown rice+baby potatoes and stirfried chicken innards, blanched sweet potato leaves & egg-in-soup. In the afternoon, managed to (finally!) complete viewing the (70-episode) drama series. Othewise, it was just same ole with me settling down (after my chores) to watching tv while awaiting D1 to return. Our gal returned before 6.30pm (earlier than expected) and then went on her cycling round. That night, fell asleep almost as soon as my head touched the pillows – around 9.30pm.
25 Apr (Thu): Waking up briefly around 2.00am – like the previous morning – snatching some (restive) sleep after 4.00am and then got up upon the alarm going off at 5.00am. Leaving the house before 5.30am, dropped by AM’s and proceeded to the padang where we were ‘greeted’ by a group of boisterous (Indian) boys, much to the ladies’ trepidation. However, I soon proceeded to the hall for my warm-up prior to walkabout, returning (sweaty) to breakfast around 7.00am. Next, readied D1’s bento of fried tempe et al , blanched veges & carrot/corn/ lobak +chicken chunks soup. Post mid-day meal, I started (my trip) packing by cleaning out the luggage bag while also calling up the hotel for my M-day session. It rained heavily around 4.00pm and I had to help shelter D1 upon her return around 6.30pm. Despite the wet weather, it was still warm in the late evening but I could switch off the aircon, leaving the fan on as I dozed off well within an hour of retiring to bed at 8.30pm.
26 Apr (Fri): Slept for almost 8hrs (yes!) – getting out of bed before 6.00am and then leaving for my morning exercise. Following a sweaty (yoga) session post my padang walkabout, returned to lite breakfast after 8.30am. Then, bathed and settled down to watching tv while awaiting for the delivery of (D1’s) meds which arrived around 10.00am. Then, slowly but surely prepared for our outing today, washing my hair and going online before getting dressed. Left the house around 12.30pm, heading towards the adjacent neighborhood where I had my late lunch of Hakka-themed dishes. (To my dismay, only discovered that I have left my wallet at home during payment time! Luckily, I had some Rm100 notes tucked in the compartment of my bag, a handy habit). Afterwards, browsed in the vicinity as the gloomy skies poured with me ‘marooned’ at the bus-stop for some miserable minutes before the bus arrived. Adjourned to the hypermart complex where I spent time browsing and reading (old newpapers) while awaiting for D1 from work. Following our lite dinner at the lo jiew phai eatery, we shopped for groceries before heading home, reaching the house well past 7.30pm.
27 Apr (Sat): Was awakened by sound of heavy rain around 4.00am but managed to resume (restive) sleep for about two hours before getting up for my weekend limberings. Next, breakfasted before prepping our twosome lunch of spaghetti stirfried with beef slices; blanched Romaines+ stirfried ching loong + taugeh as well as shitake mushrooms et al and fishmaw soup. After partaking our mid-day meal at noon, went online to post our latest pics. Meanwhile, O3/ M left the house around 10.00am and his sis woke up an hour later to do her washing. Otherwise. it was just another weekend day with D1 cleaning the house (upstairs) post her nap-a-thon while I chilled with my papers and then bathed after 5.00pm, settling down for my pre-bedtime tv viewings, calling it a day around 9.00pm – drifting into Dreamland well before 10.00pm.
28 Apr (Sun): Woke up briefly around 2.00am – following a dreamful sleep – only managing to resume restive shut-eye after 3.00am and then finally got out of bed after 6.30am. Following my limberings and bathroom rituals, breakfasted past 7.00am, bathed, slowly getting ready for our family outing, going online while awaiting my millennials to rise from their slumber. We left the house before 10.00am and soon participated in the (usual) prayer sessions which ended around noon. Next, we proceeded to lunch on (yet another of O3’s fave) ‘hot’ China cuisine. However, this time, the spiciness (+ oiliness) got to me (with my skin red & peeling). [ To make matters worse, suffered stomachache that night, unable to sleep easily and had to clear my bowels a couple of times], finally, dozing off around 11.00pm ( methinks ). Meanwhile, returned D2’s missed call, receiving her reply later in the evening and her ‘unassuring’ response added to my ‘insomnia’.
29 Apr (Mon): To my dismay, was awakened by rain around 2.00am and barely able to resume sleep, lolling in bed till time to get up. As it was still raining after 4.00am, opted to skip my padang walkabout for my indoor limberings. Breakfasted around 7.00am and then prepped my lunch of rehashed ‘ ta – pau ‘s and broccoli stem soup+ taukwa (courtesy of s-i-l). Later, upon D1’s okay, readied her bento using the post-prayer’s stuff. Meanwhile, O3 left the house later than usual – around 5.00pm – after taking the blends (that I made) and collecting the (hsehld) bills payment from me. Otherwise, it was just another hot afternoon as I bathed and settled down to watch tv while awaiting D1 to return. That night, slept easily (thanks to my airconned room), drifting into Dreamland around 9.30pm.
30 Apr (Tue): Slept uninterrupted till past 4.00am – garnering almost 7hrs (yes!) shut-eye and then read till it was time to get up at 5.00am. However, did not feel refreshed – with a slight headache – but managed to go through my pre-dawn routine: chit-chatting with AM ; doing my warm-up prior to walkabout, returning to breakfast around 7.00am. It started to rain as I prepped my lunch of (dry, vegetarian) curry spaghetti with lobak + enoki mushroom soup. After bathing, assembled my travel wardrobe plus attend to some sewing during the rainy morning. Just before cooking and partaking my mid-day meal, loaded the laundry into the washer. Then-after, hung the clothes out to dry just as the sky cleared before going online. Meanwhile, prepared some plant concoction (using weeds+hot water) for cleansing my ‘sensitive’ skin. D1 returned around 6.30pm looking all serious & stressed but accompanied me in my pre-bedtime tv viewings. Both of us retired to our respective rooms after 9.00pm – with me in La La Land well before 10.00pm.
Mint Indian Bistro on Durango [2,] Las Vegas NV
Mint Indian Bistro on Durango [2,] Las Vegas NV
Mint Indian Bistro
Sev Puri – Chickpea Crackers, Potatoes, Onions, Chutney
Papadum – Black Gram Flour, Mint Chutney, Tamarind Chutney
Organic Samosa – Spiced Potatoes, Ground Lamb, Green Peas, Spiced Chickpeas, Coconut Chutney
Pani Puri – Puffed Puri, Mango Powder, Chickpeas, Chutney
Masala Dosa – Fermented Rice and Lentil Crepe, Butter, Spiced Potatoes, Onions, Coconut Chutney, Tomato Chutney, Chutney Pudi, Sambhar
Malai Tikka – Chicken Breast, Yogurt, Red Chili, Ginger, Garlic, Lemon
Lamb Korma – Lamb, Garlic, Ginger, Onions, Cumin, Coriander
Vegan Tikka Masala – Soy Protein, Yogurt, Cream, Tomato, Onion, Garlic, Ginger, Chili Pepper, Coconut
Vegetable Andhra Curry – Broccoli, Peas, Potatoes, Red Chili, Cashew, Poppy Seed, Curry, Garam Masala
Butter Chicken – Chicken, Butter, Yogurt, Curry, Green Chilies, Coriander
Shrimp Vindaloo – Shrimp, Onions, Potatoes, Curry Paste, Turmeric, Red Pepper, Ginger, Coriander
Cauliflower Mango Masala – Mango, Garlic, Pepper, Onion, Fennel Seed
Dal Makhani – Black Lentils, Red Kidney Beans, Butter, Cream, Yogurt
Garlic Cheese Naan
Ras Malai – Paneer, Cream, Sugar, Semolina / Gulab Jamun – Khoya, Rose-Cardamom Syrup / Churan – Rose Jelly, Fennel
Although points east of Las Vegas Boulevard lack not for Indian Restaurants, those inhabiting the West side will find their options more limited, a situation that Mint Indian Bistro attempted to rectify when it opened a second location in the plaza at 4246 South Durango Drive late 2016.
Marketed heavily early-on for its “Inferno Challenge,” a menu built on the Scoville Scale and those brave or foolish enough to sign a waiver, it is more recently that Chef Tarun Kapoor has taken over the kitchen to focus on quality, his training in-line with some of the city’s more notable names and the menu’s diversity attesting to a man with good understanding of his people’s Cuisine.
Visited once prior for the lunch buffet, a so-so experience prior to Chef Kapoor’s tenure, it was this time for dinner that the Restaurant was found sparsely populated on Wednesday night, though a projector showing cricket followed by the NBA playoffs plus music played at modest volume kept the attractively decorated space lively for those in attendance.
Deferring the order to another Indian Chef and Tarun, a focus on variety and items less commonly seen in Las Vegas the goal, it was with Mango Lassi and Water poured that Appetizers were presented, the first featuring Chickpeas in several textures from creamy to crisp followed by fresh Papadum with a subtle peppery taste even prior to dipping.
Proudly making everything on-site, even the Chutneys and blended Spices, it was next that Samosa found traditional filling upgraded by Lamb atop a bed of Chickpeas, each two-bite morsel quickly consumed to make way for the Street Food titled Pani Puri which requests diners shatter the puffed Potato shell and fill it with contrasting textures plus flavors that start brightly acidic before dissipating sweet.
Moving from Appetizers to Entrees by way of creamy cubes of Malai Tikka plus Dosa, the Masala-style but one of many mastered by Chef Kapoor and his staff, fans of the crispy Pancake will be happy to know Mint’s version arrives oversized and picture-perfect for just $9.99, the fermented edge sharply contrasting with an interior of Potatoes and Onions meant to be scooped and devoured with or without spicy Lentils or one of three Chutneys including Chutney Pudi, AKA Gunpowder.
Unable to settle on just one Curry or Stew, indecision or a desire to taste a bit of everything one of the best reasons to visit Mint’s 11:00am to 3:00pm daily Buffet, it was on request that seven different selections arrived in grand fashion, the ability to customize Proteins (or lack thereof) plus spice level yielding Butter Chicken more memorable than most thanks to residual smoke from the tandoor plus Vegan Tikka Masala indistguishable from Poultry and soul-warming Lamb Korma.
Less sold on Dal Makhani, the Lentils seemingly overcooked and flavors flatter than the alternatives, it was focusing instead on the complexities of Andhra Curry that mouthfuls were scooped with warm Naan while Shrimp Vindaloo bright with Turmeric took a backseat to Mint’s signature Mango Masala that walks a fine line between sweet and savory with pronounced creaminess occasionally punctuated by the unmistakable taste of Fennel Seed.
At this point packing up at least another meal’s worth of leftovers, Mint’s value for the dollar unquestionable whether at Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner, it was fortunate that Dessert consisted of just three small items, freshly made Gulab Jamun expectedly better than those found on Buffets across town while labor-intensive Ras Malai that eats somewhere between Cheesecake and Semifreddo and a digestive called Churan were also enjoyable.
FOUR AND A HALF STARS: A little underwhelmed by Lunch in early 2018, both variety and execution falling short of other local Indian Buffets, Dinner from the kitchen of Chef Tarun Kapoor bested expectations tremendously, both the diversity of flavors and high degree of customization making Mint Indian Bistro a great choice for American-born novices as well as immigrants searching for a taste of home.
RECOMMENDED: Organic Samosa, Pani Puri, Masala Dosa, Malai Tikka, Lamb Korma, Butter Chicken, Mango Masala, Gulab Jamun, Ras Malai.
AVOID: Cheese Naan tasted a bit too much like Garlic Bread and Dal Makhani seemed dull in comparison to the rest.
TIP: Mint also offers office catering, banquet space and meal prep services. Look online, call 702-247-4610 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire.
WHAT THE STARS MEAN: 5 World Class, 4 Excellent, 3 Good, 2 Fair, 1 Poor.
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Here at Londonist, we cover one city: London. Don’t act surprised, it’s in our name. But every now and again even ardent London lovers like ourselves feel the need to get away and explore the rest of the country. Especially as London’s so sprawling — at times the Big Smoke feels overwhelming.
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You’ve just arrived in Leeds via train and want to dive head-first into some awesome culture. Head to the south exit of the station to catch a brilliantly yellow water taxi to the Royal Armouries , the national collection of all things war-related that is free to visit. If you like swords, this is your Mecca, as there are countless versions of them from throughout earth’s history, and fictional timelines too — there’s a gallery dedicated to props from the Lord of the Rings films.
To get the best look at Leeds’ past, take a trip to Armley Mills Industrial Museum . It’s a pleasant 30 minute walk from the station, along a canal. This was once one of the largest wool mills in the world, and now offers a chance to find out how that industry, along with steam engine production and printing, moulded Leeds into what it is today.
If you’re a determined walker, head even further along the canal to Abbey House Museum and the ruined Kirktsall Abbey . Words can’t do the Abbey justice, so gawp at the picture below instead. Kirkstall Abbey. Photo: Michael Beckwith
If you’re more of an art expert than a history buff, Leeds still has you covered. The Henry Moore Institute is a key tenant of the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle, and has exhibitions from some of the world’s best sculptors. Right next door is Leeds Art Gallery , for everything else and sometimes more sculptures . A guide to food (or ‘scran’, as Yorkshire locals call it)
Kirkgate Market is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe, a veritable smorgasbord of mouth watering food. It holds plenty of history, as a certain shop that everyone in the country is familiar with had its genesis here: Marks & Spencer. You can still see Michael Marks’ original penny bazaar today. However, Kirkgate Market isn’t stuck in the past — it’s also home to plenty of cutting edge cuisine, with new stallholders always welcome to apply for space.
Choosing just one place to eat in Kirkgate is nigh on impossible, but if you’ve really only got time for one, then head for Owt . The weekly menu uses ingredients sourced from other stalls within the market, and is extremely vegan-friendly. View this post on Instagram A post shared by OWT (@owt.leeds) on Apr 15, 2019 at 10:20am PDT
Just outside Kirkgate you’ll find Eat Your Greens , an excellently named restaurant-cum-bar-cum-grocery store. As the moniker suggests, this isn’t one for picky eaters, but if you’re willing to experiment we heartily recommend the spicy fish bone broth. Another excellent shout is Bundobust , which serves Indian street food galore at reasonable prices and is just a stone’s throw away from Leeds Station. Where to get a drink in Leeds The Domino. Photo: Laura Reynolds
One of Britain’s fastest-growing craft beer brands is Northern Monk , which has not one, but two breweries in the industrial Holbeck area. Obviously you’re best off heading to the one with a taproom. Before you start quaffing pale ale, take a tour of the brewery itself — you’ll need to book ahead , and tickets cost £10.
Moving back to the heart of the city, Wapentake is a delightful spot. It describes itself as a cafe and bar hybrid, although we think it’s got a good enough beer selection on tap — and enough old school charm — to throw ‘pub’ into the mix too.
If you’re after a spot that has that magical ‘secret’ air about it, then head to The Domino , beneath one of the city’s fancy arcades (don’t worry, we’re getting to those). It’s a jazz bar accessed through what appears to be a functioning barber shop. Don’t worry though, this isn’t like London’s overprices speakeasies — it’s one of Leeds’ cheapest rounds.
Finally, for the more old school among you, we present Whitelocks . Built in 1715, it’s the oldest public house in the city, and serves up a cavalcade of Yorkshire’s best ales. The tiled interior lends the place bags of character and was a favourite haunt among poetic greats, like T. S. Eliot and John Betjeman. Where to go shopping in Leeds Inside Leeds Corn Exchange. Photo: Luke Ellis
If there’s one department that Leeds totally outdoes London on, it’s shopping arcade. We love London’s brilliant Burlington Arcade, but it rather pales into insignificance against Leeds’ plentiful collection.
Each arcade has its own character. Head to Victoria Quarter — which dates back to 1900 — for impressive marble, mosaic flooring and intricate ironwork. However, unless you’ve come to Leeds with a particularly big budget, it doesn’t have the shops for you — think Harvey Nicholls, Louis Vuitton and Vivienne Westwood. For something a bit more affordable, allow us to point you in the direction of The Corn Exchange .
Okay, so it’s not technically an arcade, but it’s from the same architectural period and is an absolute beaut. The jaw-dropping Grade I* listed Victorian structure could sit happily in either the food or drink sections of this article — we see you Humpit and Little Leeds Beerhouse — but it’s the shops that are the star attraction. Our favourite stores include a vintage camera store , a nautically themed gift shop and a shop proclaiming the greatness of Yorkshire . Add to that a bounty of excellent independent fashion retailers and you’ve got a perfect day of retail therapy.
If you find the idea of so many shops in one place a bit daunting, allow us to whittle it all down to one perfect independent: Colours May Vary . Sitting close to Kirkgate Market, this independent focuses on carefully crafted art and design, and the shop itself is just as pretty as the works it sells. How to get there The Azuma in King’s Cross, ready to head up to Leeds
Getting to Leeds has never been simpler, it’s just two hours and 16 minutes from King’s Cross. And it’s about to get a significant upgrade too, with the introduction of the new Azuma trains from London North Eastern Railway ( LNER ). These state-of-the-art beasts take their name from the Japanese word for east, as they’ll be heading up Britain’s east coast. The Azuma launches on Wednesday 15 May 2019.
LNER’s fleet is increasing in size, from 45 trains to 65 — which means an extra 6,000 seats are available between London and the north daily. And with each of those seats comes a power socket, along with an extra 7cm of leg room, more overhead and under seat luggage space, and improved wifi. In total, 31 LNER trains will travel between London and Leeds on weekdays.
The best part of all this? LNER is giving away a pair of free first class return tickets to Leeds. Just enter your details below for a chance to win. First Name
Here’s Why You Should Visit the Dazzling City of Doha
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Centuries ago, traders from around the world packed their wares and set off for the Middle East. Two things were certain: Conditions for traveling across the desert would be harsh and arriving always came with a warm welcome and generous hospitality from the locals.
After all, the tradition of welcoming strangers from foreign lands as if they were family is deeply ingrained in Middle Eastern culture—a characteristic that has endured centuries of history in Thailand, a land known for welcoming foreign guests with warm smiles and gracious hospitality.
That spirit of hospitality is very much alive in today’s modern Middle East and the travel experience is luxurious, contemporary, and comfortable. A prime example is Qatar and its dynamic capital Doha . The city is the region’s emerging business center and already a world-class host city for high-profile sporting events, including the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This is the reason why Centara Hotels & Resorts chose the ambitious city to be the home for their second hotel in the Middle East, the newly opened Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha. The new Centara West Bay Residences & Suites Doha rises high above the Arabian Gulf in the heart of the Qatari capital.
West Bay, the commercial district situated right in the heart of Doha, is the ideal place to stay when visiting the dynamic city, whether for business or pleasure. Just 25 minutes’ drive from the airport and a short walk from the edge of the Arabian Gulf, the property offers a stunning backdrop of aquamarine blues and greens. The myriad of shopping, dining, and entertainment venues near the hotel, including the Doha Corniche and the Doha Exhibition and Conference Center, ensures travelers will be kept happily occupied. Spacious layouts and modern comforts are perfect for family trips and extended stays.
Family-friendly meets luxury
Between a visit to the sand dunes and camel rides at Khor Al Udeid Beach, Doha is also a prime destination for family holidays. Centara West Bay Residences and Suites boasts spacious rooms offered in studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Along with a children’s playroom, the hotel offers dedicated indoor swimming pools for adults, families, and the little ones.
Those with an appetite for luxury will be well taken care of in one of the spectacular, individually-designed penthouses located on the top two floors. Each offers 365 square meters of bright living space with high ceilings, refined ornaments, and stunning views, along wiith four en suite bedrooms and a Jacuzzi. The apartments are an ideal choice for extended stays, thanks to spacious layouts that provide separate living and dining areas, a fully-equipped kitchen, as well as a washing machine and tumble dryer. The iconic Doha Corniche near West Bay offers entertainment and shopping, made even better with a walk along the Corniche Street promenade.
Thriving in the past and present
While thriving in the 21st century, Doha continues to celebrate its rich history throughout the city’s world-class museums, where thousands of artifacts, some older than 1,000 years, reveal the heritage and culture of Qatar and the region beyond. Many of the most impressive treasures are displayed in museums within 15 minutes of the new Centara — including the must-see National Museum of Qatar and the Museum of Islamic Art.
Doha is also one of the region’s emerging business centers and business guests will appreciate the convenience of the hotel’s central location, as well as its flexible meeting space at the Sapphire Room, a 225-square-meter venue for business meetings and events. Doha’s thriving food culture, home to world-class chefs and some of the region’s freshest local and international ingredients.
Satiate your appetites
Foodies ought to make a beeline for the hotel’s four dining outlets, which beautifully showcases Thai and Qatari cuisine. Dalchini, Centara West Bay Residences and Suites’ signature Indian restaurant, is led by chef Alfred Prasad of Tamarind Collection, who also helms Michelin-starred Tamarind Restaurant in London. Here, guests can look forward to progressive regional Indian plates served in a space that stylishly combines bright hues of green, pinks, and yellows.
Alternatively, all-day dining outlet Caprice offers a lively spot to get your Thai or international fare fix in an equally as lively space. Finally, nothing satiates quite as well as a fruit-packed smoothie at the Pool Bar or an iced tea from the Lobby Lounge after an active day on the town.
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If you want to live in Belize and actually LIKE Belize there are several posters who will only tell you that it is not a good idea, and that they left.
My Take on the areas mentionedBY the poster who should surely now be SusanMexico.
Don’t know Coroazal enough to advise but sounds like it is a bit dull to me. Orange walk is a busy area with a few eateries and some better private medical facilities.
Ladyville the area the Airport is in has expanded enormously in the last 20 years offering places to eat and drink and there is a shrimp fishery there where you can go and buy your seafood wholesale, just remember to put ice in your coolbox before you go.
There are several decent restaurants, including the best Sushi place in the whole of Belize, in Belize City but there are only a few good areas to live within the city, and going through the “wrong” parts of town after dark is pretty dodgy.
Moving west, You will pass through Hattieville home of the countries Prison, but the prison has a great little gift shop open daily.
Driving west from the airport we tend to stop at Cheers, just past the worlds curtest Zoo, in the same area here are a couple of similar establishments within a mile or so, all do basic food but also all have really clean Loos, pretty important to know where to find same.
Belmopan the capital has a few decent eateries but save the good indian place (the Everest) and a good west Indian place( Scotchies), not huge variety from the usual American and Belize cuisine. This is the area I live in and I am able to keep from boredom most of the time, so then I bake and fill the freezer. My ‘Loca’l is a place on the Highway called Rancho has a lovely swimming pool and serve good Belize/mexican fare, at prices aimed at the Belize population not just expats as a couple of places in the city while serving good food the price it too high.
Moving along the western highway pssing through quaintly named villages, to the twin towns of Santa Elena and San ignacio. Bustling vibrant area plenty of eating and drinking establishments but again not huge Variety of cuisine. There are many non farming expat businesses in the area and access to the Pine ridge wild life and naturally Beautiful areas, along with Mayan sites of Xunantunich and Carocol.
Return along the western highway with plenty of road side places all the way back to Belmopan to go south down the Hummingbird Highway. A really beautiful drive ( not always the best road conditions and they are doing some major road works along the way about 20 miles south of Belmopan) shortly Before the turn off for Dangriga (another town I do not know well) you can take a tour of the Marie sharp Hot sauce factory,
Staying on the road it becomes the southern Highway, Not far down the southern highway you can divert to Hopkins Village a pretty place with plenty of Mayan cultural information and restaurants available, several places to overnight or vacation. They have recently put in a most awful one way system which resulted with my driving the wrong way down it for about a mile, but I was not alone.
Back to the southern Highway continue south through more pretty scenery and farm lands, Silk grass a little village has a couple of places we often break a journey at for drinks and a simple meal. Continue south to the Placencea Peninsula. The 17 mile GOOD road goes through banana plantations and the towns/villages of Maya Beach and Siene Bieght a Garifuna village with eating places and bars along the route. Into Placencia village itself there are a few nice dining places and lots of popular bars. A very nice beach and the ‘Famous’ side walk. Yes sand flies are a big problem for some, but oddly others are little affected, Have heard some people find them a problem in Corazal also. All the usual tourist and beach activities available.
I have to finish the tour here as I have only gone further south into the toledo district a couple of times with friends, or once on a tour to Monkey river, so cannot offer any personal knowledge of the area save to say where I went was beautiful.
Saving that most expats tend to do similar things in Belize as they did before, if you have a hobby plenty of time to enjoy it. If you like to garden Belize is great for that.
Other than that you are retired do what ever you like.
Goa Diaries: Margao Photowalk
Email Other Apps In terms of size and population Margao is the second largest city of Goa. We had started our Goa trip from Margao. And Margao functioned as the junction connecting the two opposite ends every time we went to north Goa from Canacona. Margaon is a busy town; yet if you seek you will be amazed to discover quaint nooks and crannies carrying signs of its Portuguese heritage. Beautifully painted row houses, old churches will take you back to the time when Goa was a different place altogether. Don’t miss the city municipal building and the post office. Margao is the best place to try out authentic Goan cuisine. The restaurants mostly cater to the local crowds and hence very less probability of bumping into tourists. Goan cuisine is a crossover between Maharashtrian and South Indian gastronomy. So there’s plenty of coconut, kokum and fish can be found on the menu. We visited two restaurants in Margao. Coincidentally, both were railway station themed. The first one was called Margao Central; located right behind the actual Margao station. The restaurant looked like a train waiting to leave the platform any time. Food was simple and good. The second restaurant was The Station. It was located in an old Portuguese house where the interior was decorated with everything train related, ranging from pictures to vintage engine parts. Surprisingly enough, our waiter was a very nice Nepali boy who hailed from Nepal as well as Darjeeling. Before leaving he gifted us five rupees Nepal currency notes each.
How siblings culinary fad birthed food empire of 2K, Sebankyaye and Feedrite
Free: The Observer Mobile App – Exclusive Content and Services How siblings’ culinary fad birthed food empire of 2K, Sebankyaye and Feedrite April 30, 2019 Written by David Lumu One of the dishes served at Feedrite restaurant
In Kampala, the mere craving for traditional Ganda dishes and pilao draws attention to the mighty restaurants of 2K, Sebankyaye and Feedrite. These restaurants are spread all over the city and command a big clientele ranging from CEOs to the corporate and anyone who can afford to spend big on local food.
What’s more, they are all connected through three brothers, Yusuf Mukiibi, Juma Kinene and Abdul Wahab Sebankyaye. HASSAN BADRU ZZIWA tracks down their origin and what makes these restaurants special.
G ive me all the pizzas and frittatas you want, but few meals taste better than our traditional foods, especially when served with steamed stews, or luwombo, a cuisine mainly associated with the Kiganda culture. Related Stories 2019-04-25 – Three is a crowd: Where is the man I married?
In that field, 2K Restaurant in Bukesa and near the Old Taxi Park, Feedrite Restaurant on Kanjokya street, Bukoto, and Sebankyaye Restaurant behind the Wandegeya main market stand out.
And if you were wondering why the food tastes almost similar, despite the different restaurant names and addresses, it is because the recipes are the same and shared, despite ownership being different. Hajji Abdul Wahab Sebankyaye
Their mastery is a result of decades of experience, as well as the business-oriented innovations that have seen them stand out from the rest. And in an era when more and more people are conscious about health, many Ugandans are running away from junk food to local dishes. But as way back as 1947, a youthful Yusuf Mukiibi had foreseen this.
Mukiibi is the surviving patriarch of this food empire and family. I met him at his home in Makindye, where he narrated the humble beginnings of what was Sanyu restaurant, before it expanded to create other units.
Back in the 1940s, Mukiibi says, the most common way of preparing food in Kampala restaurants was through frying.
“I had just come to Kampala from Butambala but I had learnt the basics of cooking during village get-togethers,” says Mukiibi, who is in his nineties now. “White-collar Ugandans working in offices loved to taste European and Indian cuisines and several top restaurants in Kampala suburbs mostly prepared exotic foods.”
“I didn’t want to go with the bandwagon and I thought of a need to innovate with our traditional dishes.”
Mukiibi’s first venture was Sanyu restaurant in Kisenyi along Musajjalumbwa road.
“It was a busy place; a hub for trading and was not a slum as it is today. So, we specialized in local food with luwombo (sauce steamed in fire-treated banana leaves) and on average a plate cost one shilling,” he recalls. “My clientele was mostly people around the area and some workers at the Kabaka’s palace. It is strange, but traders from Kenya and India greatly loved to taste our traditional food because it was unique.”
When business picked up, he went back home to Kibibi for backup. He failed in the quest to convince his elder brother Juma Kinene to tag along, but somehow managed to persuade the younger brother, Abdul Sebankyaye, to join him in Kampala as a cashier.
“He was still in school but I didn’t trust the way my workers handled the money,” a jolly Mukiibi says.
Sebankyaye Restaurant is born
Sebankyaye’s arrival as a cashier greatly relieved Mukiibi, who expanded his business acumen by joining cross-border trading, leaving Sebankyaye to run the restaurant show. By the early 1960s, Sebankyaye had mastered the basics of managing a restaurant and left Sanyu to start his own, Sebankyaye restaurant.
“We had become too big and he needed his big break. He established his first restaurant in the Kisenyi neighbourhood, but later moved it to Katwe and later Bwaise,” says Mukiibi.
In a surprise twist, Sanyu restaurant would later close when the state incarcerated Mukiibi in Luzira prison at the height of the 1966 Buganda crisis. But upon release in 1971 when Idi Amin took power, Mukiibi did not resume his restaurant business and instead left the shine to Sebankyaye.
“A lot had changed in Kisenyi and the businesses there didn’t suit my restaurant,” he says.
Sebankyaye restaurant at Wandegeya
As Mukiibi went into full-time trade, Sebankyaye expanded to Wandegeya. I first got to know about Sebankyaye restaurant in the 1980s when it operated on Bombo road near the former Makerere High School. The good food aside, what made it stand out then was that Sebankyaye inculcated values of food business into his children, who often worked as waiters and waitresses.
This won over the hearts of the Makerere University community with relatively cheap but tasty food.
“Restaurants normally served food at lunch time and would close by 7pm, but Sebankyaye’s operated like a 24-hour restaurant that ensured ready food at any time of the day,” Mukiibi says. “It wasn’t easy because Wandegeya was already a hub for fast-food restaurants that university students frequented.”
The fall of Amin forced Mukiibi to abandon business in Uganda and flee to exile in Kenya. Stranded due to limited movement, he decided to reignite the food business when he created Lucky restaurant in the heart of Nairobi along River road. It was a popular place for Ugandan exiles in Kenya.
“I picked up from scratch but business flourished almost immediately. I remember serving many top NRM leaders such as Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Kirunda Kivejinja, Amama Mbabazi, Abu Mayanja (RIP), Sam Njuba (RIP) and Besweri Mulondo (RIP),” he says. “I had to rent the whole building and add accommodation facilities.”
In 1986, Mukiibi returned home, but he says he no longer had the zeal to engage in the food business.
“I had aged and wanted to retire,” he says. “I was satisfied because I had mentored many people into the food business.”
He left the Kenyan restaurant in the hands of one of his sons. Meanwhile, Sebankyaye’s stock in the food business was rising higher and higher and in the 1990s, he bought a prime piece of land in the heart of Wandegeya, where construction of a new restaurant kicked off.
Like Mukiibi before, Sebankyaye too passed on his culinary formulae to elder brother Kinene, who had just retired from teaching at Kabasanda primary school and finally was considering earning from the family’s God-given talent.
In 1997, Kinene joined the food business along with his wife Hajat Safina Nakku Kinene. Sebankyaye guided the couple in their humble beginnings when they opened their first restaurant, with a big breakthrough coming when they won a deal to supply food for support staff of former Greenland bank.
The Kinenes too got their children firmly involved in the business, right from preparation of food to serving it, giving them a hands-on experience that would pay dividends in the future.
2K is born
However, the closure of Greenland bank in 1999 left the couple at a crossroads and in 2000 they had to restart from scratch after getting a new location in Bakuli, right after the current traffic lights along Hoima road.
They named it 2K restaurant to coincide with the start of the millennium and within weeks, it was attracting several former workers of Greenland bank, who brought along their friends.
According to Engineer Rashid Katende, one of Kinene’s children, it was a tough start after relocating to Bakuli.
“It wasn’t easy to get our clients from the city centre to move to Bakuli, but we got some public figures to eat at our new place for free in order to attract others,” he says.
By now, Hajjati Kinene had taken the lead at the restaurant, which quickly became popular with socialites and top businessmen in town. She was a trademark fixture at the Bakuli restaurant, whose popularity was huge.
When it picked up, business expanded to include outside catering services but the space was getting smaller and smaller as their tasty chapattis, pilao, luwombo dishes and big glasses of fresh juice drew clients in droves. Finding parking space was a nightmare. In 2006, Sebankyaye passed on, leaving management of his franchise in the hands of his children.
In 2010, the Kinenes bought land at the nearby Bukesa opposite Club Ambiance to build their new home, but before they could finish the structure, Kinene, whose health had deteriorated, died in November 2014.
The demise of Sebankyaye and Kinene, however, did not deter the families from continuing with the food business. But whereas some of the late Sebankyaye’s sons later broke off to start independent restaurants under the same name, the Kinenes have stuck together and all the children are shareholders in 2K.
In fact, the Kinenes managed to complete a three-storied structure, which they launched in September 2015. Kinene’s son Twaha Serunjogi, who runs the restaurant, led me on a guided tour of the facility, which houses the restaurant, offices, a conference hall and accommodation for staff. There is even a mosque.
In 2017, 2K opened a branch at Shell Ben Kiwanuka road to cater for downtown customers and Katende admits they are contemplating starting another branch in the upmarket Kololo soon.
In 2014, Katende’s wife Fauzia had just left university when Hajjati Kinene convinced her to avoid job-hunting and start her own venture in the food business in Kamwokya called Feedrite.
“I was really not interested in food, but seeing how successful 2K was, she convinced me to give it a try,” says Fauzia. “It wasn’t easy getting clients and rent was high, but Hajjat Kinene mentored me to persevere.”
After overcoming initial challenges like having few customers, in April 2018, Feedrite moved to a bigger place just next door, a strategic location on both Kanjokya street and Prince Charles drive.
No escaping them
In December 2018, Feedrite opened its first branch on Bukoto-Kisasi road and also included other businesses such as a washing bay and laundry services. According to Hajat Fauzia, she targets opening more branches around Kampala.
For now, what Mukiibi started decades ago in Kisenyi has fed a lifestyle for Kampala’s food lovers. Among them, these descendants of three brothers from Butambala have ensured that all classes of Kampalans have a taste of their unique recipe.
While Sebankyaye restaurant remains true to its roots of feeding the humbler university environs of Wandegeya, Mulago and Makerere at relatively affordable prices, Feedrite restaurant throws in some fanciness to the plating, presentation and location, charging a little higher than what you would otherwise pay in Wandegeya, where Sebankyaye’s food popularity makes a scramble for parking space very real.
But for the foodie that also likes to sit in fancier spaces when tearing apart their luwombo lwa semutundu, that is where 2K restaurant comes in. The efficiency, furnishing and even an executive dining option all add up to a more expensive dish.
Make no mistake, none of the three restaurants ever sits vacant, and they are proof that true entrepreneurship is about passion for what one is doing.
Queens Night Market Opens To The Public With 50+ Food Vendors |
community corner Shared from Flushing-Murray Hill, NY Queens Night Market Opens To The Public With 50+ Food Vendors The Queens Night Market opens to the general public on May 4, following two weekends of “sneak previews” open to ticket-holders. 30, 2019 11:22 am ET | Updated Apr 30, 2019 11:28 am The Queens Night Market has officially returned for its fifth season. (Courtesy of Sharon Medina-Chavez) FLUSHING, QUEENS — The Queens International Night Market has returned to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for its fifth season.
The market opens to the public this Saturday, May 4, after two weekends of ” sneak previews ” open only to ticket-holders. Admission is free, and food options cost up to $6.
“We’ve now featured 90 countries through the food at the Queens Night Market, and the event seems to become more popular and more diverse each year,” founder John Wang said. “I never could have imagined how much NYC and Queens would embrace the project.”
The 2019 market debuts several changes. The market will start an hour earlier than in years past, operating from 5 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays. In past years, attendees over 21 could only consume alcohol in a barricaded beer-and-wine garden; now, they will be able to drink alcohol throughout the market.
Vendor fees are also lower to make the market more accessible to food business owners, according to Wang. The $6 price cap for food is meant to make the market affordable for all attendees.
The Saturday market’s first two weekends — April 20 and 27 — were only open to those who purchased $5 tickets, with a portion of proceeds going to The New York Immigration Coalition and City Harvest. The market donated $10,000 to the nonprofits, according to a Facebook post .
Since the Queens Night Market started in 2015, it has featured cuisine from over 80 countries and attracted nearly one million attendees, according to Wang.
Here is the updated list of 2019 food vendors:
American Pharaohs – Egyptian Hawawshi & Shawarmas Anda Café – Bubble Tea & Shaved Ice Arepalicious – Colombian Arepas Balkan Bites – Balkan Bureks Berg’s Pastrami – Smoked Pastrami La Brasa – Roasted Corn & Skewers Bohemian Trade – Czech-style Langosh Bstro – Taiwanese Popcorn Chicken Burmese Bites – Burmese Palatas C Bao – Asian Duck and Pork Buns La Carnada – Mexican Huaraches Caribbean Street Eats – Trinidadian Shark Sandwiches ChefBoyarNetty – Southern Fried Chicken Chinese Sugar Painting Cilantro & Mint – Indian Kachori, Masala Noodles & Phulka Cocotazo – Puerto Rican Pastelles & Rellenos de Papa De Rangoon – Burmese Tea Leaf Salad Delicacy Brigadeiros Craft – Brazilian Pão de Queijo & Brigadeiros Dottie’s Norwegian Kitchen – Norwegian Fårikål and Fiskegrot DiLena’s Dolcini – Cannoli and Boozy Gummy Bears Don Ceviche – Peruvian Ceviche and Jalea Elements Truffles – Ayurvedic Chocolate Em – Vietnamese Noodles & Rolls Grilla in Manila – Filipino Choribuger, Dinuguan & Balut HoneyGramz – Local Queens Honey Hong Kong Street Food K’s European Jams Kini – Korean Dakgangjeong & Ganjang Chicken Jaa Dijo Dom – South African Voetkoek, Bunny Chow & Kota Janie’s – Pie-Crust Cookies Jessie Foodie – Japanese Oyaki Jibarito Shack – Puerto Rican Jibaritos Joey Bats Café – Portuguese Pasteis de Nata & Stuffed Bica Joon – Persian Crispy Rice Kanin NYC – Filipino Lugaw & Halo-Halo Karl’s Balls – Japanese Takoyaki Kini – Korean Dakgangjeong & Ganjang Chicken Lapu Lapu Foods – Filipino Peanuts & Chicken Adobo Lion City Coffee – Singaporean Mee Pok & Chai Tow Kway The Malaysian Project – Malaysian “Ramly” Burgers and Kaya Toast Mama Food – Squid Skewers Moffle Bar – Mochi Waffles Moon Man – Indonesian Kue Pancong Native Noodles – Singaporean Hae Mee & Laksa Odin’s Might Musubi – Hawaiian Spam Musubi Oy Benne! – Chopped Liver & Matzo Brei Parantha Alley – Indian Parantha Pereybeurre – Mauritian Biryani & Dhal Puri Primos Variedades –Tacos al Pastor & Tacos de Canasta Qoyas – Peruvian Quinoa Chaufa & Pan con Chicharron Sam’s Fried Ice Cream San Antonio’s Wood Fired Pizza Seoul Pancake – Korean Pancakes Sunflower Kitchen – Austrian Wiener Rindsgulasch, Paprikahendl & Sachertorte Sweet & Salty – Colombian Empanadas Tanabel Table – Syrian Lamb Kibbeh Tania’s Kitchen – Haitian Diri ak Djon Djon & Pikliz Taste of Ukraine – Ukrainian Blintzes, Chebureki & Borscht Treat Yourself Jerk Chicken T-swirl Crepes – Sweet Rice Flour Crepes Twisted Potato – Fried Potato Twists Twistercake – Romanian/Hungarian Chimney Cakes Viva Natural Foods – Brazilian Steak Sandwiches Warung Jancook – Indonesian Sate, Tahu Pong & Ote Ote Wembie – Moldovan Waffle Rolls & Bashkir Farm Cheese Donuts Here is the full list of merchandise and craft vendors:
Amuse Pooch – All-Natural Dog Treats Arte & Manualidades – Ecuadorian Textiles Arty Bean – Felted Crafts & Artwork The August Tree – Novelty Gifts & Pusheen Merchandise Beyond the Lens – Travel Photography Candlez for a Cause – Soy Candles Corazon Handcrafts – Mexican Handcrafts Esencia En Hilo – Mexican Textiles Eternal Flowers – Preserved Flowers in Glass Eyes Fuel the Mind – K-pop Swag Henry the Balloon Twister Irish Gypsy – Handcrafted Puzzle Boxes Joyería Angélica – Handmade Jewelry Kevin Stanton Woodworking – Custom Woodworks Lapu Lapu – Bags & Accessories Limited Toys – Toys & Action Figures Mel’s Handmade – Crochet Toys Pastry Plug – Fruit- & Pastry-themed Accessories Polite Hostility – Witty Tshirts Queens Thread – Queens-themed Apparel S Designs – Ethiopian Leather Goods Sabrina’s Henna Sandra Smith – Personalized Bags Silent Forest Mobiles – Unique Natural Mobiles Thai Orchids Theobucket Vintage – Vintage Brooches & Ads Third Eye Throwbacks – Vintage Clothing Treelights4me – Light-up Art Treestar – Small Batch Soaps Unicorn of Doom – Hats For more information, visit queensnightmarket.com .
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3/4 Star in reality however amazing facilites, location and gardens
The decor was abit dated in the bedrooms (dark wood laminated desks etc). The main atrium you walk into in our hotel (the family one) was also abit disappointing in terms of grandeur, the other two hotels (for couples and business use had much better entrances), for 5 star and Shangri-la I expect abit more ‘wow!’. When you pay for food (full or half-board), I think it should include all the food choices, not just buffet. In other hotels of similar quality, you can usually choose to eat any of the food options. Some sites say this is a 5 star hotel, I would say it was more 3/4 for this reason and also…. We stayed for 4 nights for the first part of our holiday and when we arrived there was a bowl of mixed fruit in our bedroom. We ate the fruit, however the next 3 days we didn’t have a new bowl of fruit. There was no pen and postcards of the hotel in the drawer on our second visit which we’d found useful on our first. These are small things but it’s continuity and quality of service that I believe that makes a 5 star hotel and this one missed out on this for those reasons. We tried to have a late check-out on both our leaving dates (we stayed twice) and both times they coudn’t help. I understand when things are busy it’s hard but I think in a 5 star hotel, a bigger effort could be made, at least once, especially when we had a very long day wait ahead of us with 2 children before our flight home and the gym which we were told we could use, however lovely, was far away and the lockers too small for anything other than a change of clothes, to keep going and changing at. Perhaps large lockers and showers in the main building of the hotel would help alleviate this problem.
The food was plentiful and delicious. We only had the buffet food as we were half-board and there was such a large array of choices that there was something for everyone, vegans, vegetarians and meat or fish eaters. The food was inspired by Indian and Asian cuisine which was perfect for us, very flavourful. It’s worth being adventurous as the locally inspired food was the best. The facilities were excellent and it felt very relaxing being here, especially on the beach in the evenings with cocktails. The staff were always friendly, efficient and nothing was too much trouble.
Stayed in April 2019