Asian Millionaire 2019: Reasons to travel shift from status to personal growth

Asian Millionaire 2019: Reasons to travel shift from status to personal growth

Asian Millionaire 2019: Reasons to travel shift from status to personal growth May 27, 2019 by PressEditor
Adding further weight to several pieces of research commissioned by ILTM Asia Pacific and presented during its annual event in Singapore this week, the behaviour of the Asian millionaire traveler; their motivations, media channels, brand preferences and consumption patterns were the focus of a seminar presentation to both exhibitors and buyers.
Having interviewed 903 millionaires across China, India, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, Agility Research & Strategy defined millionaires as those whose HNW was $US1m+. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Key takeaways from the study include:
– 2019 will be another year of strong growth for the luxury travel segment. Particularly encouraging is the willingness to travel manifested by Chinese and Indian millionaires, given the large number of HNW individuals residing in these two countries. Japanese millionaires, on the other hand, remain reluctant to travel internationally, a trend that persists despite a stabilizing economy and increased inbound touristic flows.
– The research indicates that millionaires’ reasons to travel are shifting from status and recognition to personal growth and better quality of life. Increasingly, business trips become a mix of business and leisure, and millionaires plan their trips with the whole family, to spend quality time with children, and to share the experiences together.
– There is increased awareness that luxury travel is more than luxury accommodation and transportation. Experience seeking has become the true motivation to travel. Food experiences remain high on the millionaires travel bucket-list, starting from a varied breakfast at the hotel, continuing with a local, authentic and safe lunch to sample the local cuisine, and ending with fine dining at a Michelin-rated restaurant. The need for authenticity drives the choice of where to travel: Japan remains a very attractive destination for Asian millionaires because it is seen as safe, diversified and authentic. possible to reach millions worldwide Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, 200+ publications
– Shopping, which until a few years ago was cited as the top reason to travel across all 6 markets covered by the study, is becoming less relevant. Asian millionaires’ interests are becoming more sophisticated: city tours, diving, beach, food, amusement parks, spas and hot springs are some of the most mentioned reasons to travel. We expect to see in the next few years an increase of interest in art & cultural travel, on the tail of the opening of major museums and cultural institutions throughout the region.
– Online and digital is gaining traction both as a channel to search for information and as way to research and book travel. At the same time, traditional channels such as recommendation from friends and family, TV and magazines are still very relevant in shaping and influencing millionaires travel decisions.
– Over 85% of millionaires surveyed in China consider a hotel’s eco-friendliness important.
“ The presentations we lined up for ILTM Asia Pacific have focused on three key subject matters, and this one analyses the upcoming trends of the luxury traveler in the region. With more than 6m millionaires in the APAC region (a double digit growth in 2018) this is a powerhouse market which continues to grow with sustained optimism. However at the same time we also can see that their travel habits are changing. As a leader in the luxury travel sector, we will continue to support every one of our events with information, trends and facts from thought leaders in this sector to help all our participants with obtaining the knowledge that will drive their business objectives through the next decade.” Said Alison Gilmore, Portfolio Director ILTM & Lifestyle Portfolios.”
The full report is available on view.iltm.com
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Grubhub charges draw new scrutiny from restaurants

Grubhub charges draw new scrutiny from restaurants Lawsuit claims Grubhub takes cut even when customers don’t order Gloria Dawson | May 28, 2019
It’s no secret that restaurants have an uneasy relationship with delivery services like Grubhub and Seamless. Restaurant operators have frequently taken issue with cut such services take on each order.
But a class action lawsuit and reports of operator complaints are bringing new scrutiny to GrubHub’s fee structure, claiming that the company, which is part of the same company as Seamless, is charging restaurants for phone calls made to restaurants through Grubhub’s app — even when those calls don’t result in an order. The calls in question could be a customer inquiring about a particular dish or making a reservation to dine in.
The lawsuit was filed in Pennsylvania by Tiffin Indian Cuisine, a chain in Philadelphia and New Jersey. The suit, filed in December by Munish Narula, founder and president of Narula Restaurant Group, claims that GrubHub charges commissions “without verifying whether the calls generated actual food orders and has instead relied solely on the length of the call to justify its withholding of revenues and profits that belong to the restaurants ― not GrubHub.”
Narula could not be reached for comment on the suit.
A GrubHub spokesperson, in a statement to NRN, said: “We believe the Tiffin case is without merit and dispute the claims. We are exploring all avenues of response,” a Grubhub spokesperson wrote in a statement to NRN.
Restaurants in New York City have made similar complaints, according to a report by the New York Post .
While the National Restaurant Association declined to comment on the matter, the New York State chapter emailed its members with instructions on how to find out if a restaurant had been charged accurately for a call made through GrubHub.
1. Go to your tablet/desktop scroll down to financials open Transaction details
2. Pick the Prior month with calendar button on the top write
3. Scroll down until you see Phone Order click on it and a recorded conversation should pull up
4. Listen to the conversation if the customer is not placing an order and is just simply making a reservation or a non order you should not be charged commission
5. Write down the I.D # email or call your seamless support and you should get refunded on the account.
The issue was first brought to the New York chapter by Marco Chirico, who owns the Brooklyn restaurant Enoteca.
In the email to members, the chapter president, Melissa Autilio Fleischut, asks members to share if they’ve been incorrectly charged and notes that another member has reached out to the organization regarding inaccurate charges. The Post found three New York-based restaurants who allege that Grubhub has inaccurately charged them for calls that did not result in orders.
“We are currently still gathering information from our members on how frequently this occurred before deciding on next steps,” a spokesperson for the New York state chapter told NRN.
In a statement to NRN, Grubhub’s outlined how restaurants can dispute charges:
“Restaurants have the ability to review and audit recordings of phone calls through their dedicated portal and can easily dispute any charges by providing context details via email at [email protected] or phone at 877-799-0790. Not only are phone orders addressed in our restaurant contracts, but we give restaurants full disclosure into these orders in their monthly statements with a separate, dedicated line item.
We value our more than 115,000 restaurant partners, and one of the ways we help restaurants drive more orders is through a phone number diners can use to place orders over the phone. We consider a number of factors to identify orders driven by our marketplace that are placed through a restaurant’s phone number, including the duration of the call and the number of times a diner has called.”
Contact Gloria Dawson at [email protected]
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Things to Do: Upcoming Food and Drink Events in Houston This Week

EXPAND Get $5 kids burgers at Hungry’s for the rest of May. Photo by Becca Wright This Week in Houston Food Events: Burgers, Brunch and How to Drink Like a Lady Brooke Viggiano | May 27, 2019 | 4:00am Here’s a look at this week’s hottest culinary happenings:
All month long (May)
National Burger Month at Hungry’s In honor of National Burger Month, Hungry’s , 2356 Rice, 14714 Memorial, is dishing out $5 kids’ burgers for the remainder of May. Celebrate the last few weeks of school with a juicy cheeseburger and hand-cut fries on its expansive patio.
Monday, May 27
Memorial Day Specials at Dessert Gallery Dessert Gallery , 3600 Kirby, will be honoring service members by offering 50-perfect off dine-in orders to those in uniform or carrying a military I.D. this Memorial Day.
Monday Brunch at Dish Society To recognize the national holiday, all Dish Society locations will run a special Monday brunch (counter service) on Memorial Day, from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., followed by the usual social hour and dinner offerings with table service until 10 p.m. Enjoy Gulf shrimp and smoke gouda grits or free-range chicken and buttermilk biscuits with frozen mimosas and more.
Memorial Day Brunch at a’Bouzy a’Bouzy , 2300 Westheimer, is extending its weekend brunch with a special Monday Memorial Day brunch from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pop Champagne and dig into brunch favorites from duck fat pommes frites and eggs to strawberry butter chicken and waffles. Call 713-722-6899 for reservations.
Jam & Toast Brunch at The Rustic
In honor of Memorial Day,
The Rustic , 1836 Polk, will be hosting a special Monday edition of its classic family-style brunch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Memorial Day Brunch at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations Enjoy a fun, boozy brunch at Bosscat Kitchen & Libations , 4310 Westheimer, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“Martinis & Mules Monday” at Upstairs Bar & Lounge/ NextDoor Bar & Lounge (Memorial) Upstairs Bar & Lounge , 2356 Rice, and NextDoor Bar & Lounge , 14714 Memorial, will be featuring “Martinis & Mules Monday” on Memorial Day. All martinis and mules will be $7 from 3 p.m. to close.
Brunch for Lunch at Hungry’s (Rice Village and Memorial) Guests can enjoy half prices mimosa carafes during lunch on at Hungry’s in Rice Village, 2356 Rice, and Memorial, 14714 Memorial. The restaurants will be serving “Brunch for Lunch” menus as well.
Tuesday through Saturday
Teas & Toddies at Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant Verandah Progressive Indian Restaurant , 3300 Kirby, will be offering a special bar menu of light Indian fare along with reduced-price beverages, available Tuesday through Saturday beginning this week. Among the beverages of beer, wine and cocktails (all $8 or less) is a menu of eight house-blended teas, plus smaller bites including housemade spiced onion rings, crispy-fried baby corn, masala peanuts and kulcha , Indian flat bread stuffed with things like goat cheese and smoked salmon. Teas & Toddies is available from 5 to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 28
National Burger Day at Revolve Kitchen + Bar Revolve Kitchen + Bar , 2525 West Loop South, is celebrating National Burger Day by offering its Best Damn Bacon Jam Burger for just $10 (it’s normally $19). The eight-ounce burger comes loaded down with smoked bleu cheese, fried egg, bacon onion jam and truffle arugula salad, all packed beneath a toasted brioche bun.
Thursday, May 30
CityPlace Sips at Springwoods Village CityPlace
CityPlace , 1250 Lake Plaza, will host a
CityPlace Sips distiller and brewer showcase from 4 until 7 p.m. This special edition offers $5 craft beers from local favorite Buffalo Bayou Brewing Co. and tropical sounds from Trinidad and Tobago native and steel pan artist Sean Richards, with Pita Bitesfood truck offering Mediterranean dishes.
Learn How to Drink Like a Lady (Most of the Time) at Decatur Bar and Pop-Up Factory Decatur Bar and Pop-Up Factory , 2310 Decatur, will host a “Learn How to Drink Like a Lady (Most of the Time)” evening of cocktails with bar manager Leslie Ross 7 to 9 p.m. RSVP for free online .
Friday, May 31
Mixers & Elixirs at the Houston Museum of Natural Science Head to HMNS, 5555 Hermann Park, as it kicks off summer with its first Mixers & Elixirs , from 7 to 10 p.m. The museum will open its doors for an evening of drinks, dancing, music and food trucks — including Foreign Policy , Good Dog , Refill Station , dlish Curbside and Dipped . Tickets are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.
Saturday, June 1
Champagne & Yoga Pride Party at Cottonwood Celebrate the LGBTQ community with champagne and yoga at Cottonwood , 3422 North Shepherd, from 10 a.m. to noon. Guests are invited to bring their pups and their yoga mats for a one-hour yoga session followed by a Champagne social. Tickets are $5 to $20 and all proceeds will go to a charity supporting the LGBTQ community at Bunnies on the Bayou.
One-Year Anniversary at Pokeworks Montrose Pokéworks Montrose , 2055 Westheimer, will celebrate its first birthday with BOGO free poke bowls, burritos and salads all day long (11 a.m. to 10 p.m.). A portion of the day’s proceeds will be donated to The Ocean Cleanup project.
Peli Peli will be participating in this year’s Uptown Dine Around. Photo by Troy Fields Saturday and Sunday
Uptown Dine Around
The second annual
Uptown Dine Around kicks off on Saturday, June 1, running through Sunday, June 30 and showcasing the area’s culinary diversity. Guests can get limited-time, prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at 19+ Uptown eateries, including
Bloom & Bee ,
Etoile Cuisine et Bar ,
La Table ,
Moxies Grill and Bar ,
Peli Peli ,
Songkran Thai Kitchen ,
Yauatcha

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America’s Fresh Coast: What to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay in Traverse City, Michigan

/ America’s Fresh Coast: What to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay in Traverse City, Michigan America’s Fresh Coast: What to Do, Eat, and Where to Stay in Traverse City, Michigan 28 May
Thank you to Grand Traverse Resort for sponsoring this post and our stay. All opinions and recommendations remain my own.
Summer is finally here and with it, I’m starting a new blog series called America’s Fresh Coast, where I’ll be featuring Michigan’s best beach towns. I’ll show you where to stay, what to do, and where to eat in each destination! Those who have been know that there is nothing quite like a Michigan summer and I can’t wait to show you around my home state’s best kept secrets! From favorite weekend getaways, romantic weekends, and family destinations sure to turn into tradition, there’s truly something for everyone!
Michigan is home to the longest freshwater coastline in the United States, so grab a Faygo and your friends, and let’s head “Up North” to one of my favorite weekend getaway destinations: Traverse City!
Traverse City is arguably one of the best and biggest getaways along the water, and sunsets along Grand Traverse Bay are hard to beat. There’s a lively downtown area with tons of cute shops, restaurants, and breweries. It’s a bustling area for hiking, biking, birding, and water sports, and also a great place for wine and beer tasting, trips to the casino, and more.
WHAT TO DO:
1. Take a walk along the beach and playground of Grand Traverse Bay. Easily walkable just a block away from downtown.
2. Explore State Theatre on main street. Great for rainy days!
3. Go Wine Tasting! I’ve previously written a guide to my favorite wineries up north , but this time we tried a few new ones to add to the list! We tried out Chateau Chantal , which has an incredible outdoor patio and views of both bays! Chateau Grand Traverse is one of the oldest wineries on Old Mission Peninsula and we loved the pinot noir rose. We also stopped in to Black Star Farms for a private tasting, history of the property, and loved the dry riesling that recently won best wine of the year in Canberra, Australia! Wine tasting is very approachable in Traverse City and you’ll find that each winery is not only incredible passionate, but also eager to answer questions and teach you more. Many of the wineries have wine clubs, dinners, and wine events making any time of year a great time to visit and taste!
4. If you’re more into Beer or Cider tastings, Traverse City has that covered too! Rare Bird, Taproot, Monkey Fist, 7Monks, North Peak, and The Filling Station are all located right downtown.
5. Shopping downtown
6. Explore the Village at Grand Traverse Commons – the old asylum hospital has been renovated into unique shops and restaurants.
7. Take a Hike
8. Bike the nearby M-22 trail.
WHAT TO EAT: TC is home to some amazing restaurants!
1. Little Fleet -we love it here! This food truck park is casual and cool, complete with indian cuisine, tacos, barbecue, sandwiches, smoothies, and a full bar. If you’re coming during the week, get here by 11:30 a.m. to beat the business crowd lunch break(especially for the taco truck). On nights and weekends, enjoy the fire and live music. Pets welcome!
2. For a fancy dinner and the perfect view of the sunset, you can’t beat Aerie at Grand Traverse Resort. It’s the perfect place for a romantic dinner or celebration and the charcuterie board is one of my favorites!
3. Apache Grill . This one is great for dinner but get here early or get ready to wait, because it gets packed! Its right on the water, but you can enjoy a drink outside along with yard games while you wait. This is a great option for groups or families.
4. Patisserie Amie . If you’re going to breakfast, this is the place to come! For savory, the chorizo crepe.
5. Low Bar . If you’re looking for a fun option for late night drinks after dinner or the breweries/wineries, head to low bar. They have a killer happy hour with amazing prices, but are also a great option for fancy late night cocktails on a romantic weekend or bachelorette party.
WHERE TO STAY: When you’re ready to head in for the night, there is no better place to stay than Grand Traverse Resort & Spa! We had an amazing view of the property’s pool and golf courses from our room as well as sweeping views of the bay from a bird’s eye view. It was incredible! I can imagine how gorgeous it is in the fall while the leaves are changing as well. We loved watching the sunset over the bay from the top floor as we enjoyed an amazing dinner from Aerie.
Unlike any other property in Traverse City, the resort is perfect for families, a girls weekend, or a romantic getaway. There are tons of fun shops to check out off the lobby like North Face, Dylan’s Candy Bar, and MudPie.
There’s also a large indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, and outdoor seasonal pool.
You can indulge in a relaxing treatment at the spa after a round of golf at any of the three courses on the property as well! Canan played the Bear one morning and played one of the best rounds of his life!
Have you been to Traverse City? I’d love to hear about your favorite places to eat and do while Up North! Leave a comment to nominate where we should head next in our series of America’s Fresh Coast! Share this:

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8 Eid Al Fitr holiday ideas for UAE residents

A tourist in Seychelles. Image Credit: Getty Images It’s that time of the year again when UAE residents make those last-minute travel plans to jet off for the Eid Al Fitr holidays.
Gulf News tabloid! has shortlisted holiday destinations for the discerning traveller, along with Eid week flight plans and deals to be had.
For the quick getaway Azerbaijan View of Baku by the Caspian Sea – Azerbaijan Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Often called the Pearl of the Caucasus, Azerbaijan is a country rich in culture, history and luxury.
The capital city of Baku will give you major feels of Dubai, with its towering skyline and its pristine beaches cradling the waters of the Caspian Sea. Unwind and breathe fresh air as you stroll across Baku Boulevard. Within it, you will find a small Venetian dream made up of a myriad of islands with gondolas sailing through the canals and restaurants dotted across the shore.
While in Azerbaijan, check out the primitive petroglyphs of Gobustan situated 60km from the capital city of Baku. Rising out of the semi-desert, Gobustan is a Unesco World Heritage site, known for its 6,000 rock engravings, which go back 40,000 years.
A 4.5 hour drive from Baku is the Sheki Khan Palace, a place paying tribute Azerbaijani craftsmen famed for their ‘Shebeke’ — a mosaic of coloured glass set in wooden latticework and assembled without nails or glue.
Must try : Do indulge in the crunchy sweetness of pakhlava, a local desert coated with flakes of golden skin and stuffed with crunchy nuts and filo pastry doused in a delicate sugar syrup. Also, do not miss out on a chance to get messy by spending the day soaking in a crude oil bath. The treatment is used to heal various ailments.
Details : Flydubai and Air Arabia from Sharjah fly direct to Baku. Flight time to Azerbaijan is just shy of two hours, while return averages four hours. Eid ticket prices on Air Arabia star at Dh2,260, while Flydubai costs Dh4,020. Four Seasons Baku is also offering an Eid package, located along the waterfront in the heart of central Baku, where you get a complimentary fourth night. Rates start from $200 per night.
Seychelles A tourist in Seychelles.
Sun, surf and an island getaway, it really doesn’t get better than Seychelles. Spread out over 115 islands, the island nation is a slice of paradise located just off the east coast of Kenya. Bursting with pristine beaches, marine sanctuaries and Unesco heritage sites, one could get lost in exploring nature in all its glory.
All flights will land in Mahe, the main island where British and French influence is still readily visible in the colonial architecture and the cuisine. Capital city Victoria and its surroundings are filled with old world charm, with beautiful artisan boutiques tucked away in the bylanes to get lost in.
For those looking for some private, quality time, the islands of Praslin and La Digue are a short boat ride away offering access to some of the best beaches and a chance to swim with turtles as well.
Must try : Seychelles is a paradise for lovers of seafood with its Creole influenced cuisine adding that dash of spice to the palette. Victoria market is perhaps the best place to try local grilled fish, with hawkers ready to BBQ it to perfection.
Details : Emirates flies direct to Seychelles, with Eid fare averaging Dh3,625 with a flight time of four hours and 40 minutes. Over Eid, the H Resort Beau Vallon Beach is offering a special rate with 10 per cent off the best available room rate to 15 per cent discount at the resort’s exceptional restaurants and spa. All room bookings during this period are inclusive of a buffet breakfast as well as early check in and late check out, subject to availability.
For the family affair Portugal The image shows a beautiful place in Azenhas do mar, in Sintra, near Lisbon on a great sunset with a natural pool. Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
From exceptional cuisine to towering castles, Portugal is the perfect Eid destination, especially before the summer onslaught of tourists commence.
One could get lost in Lisbon alone, exploring the city on foot or riding the yellow and white trams that form the backbone of the city. The Alfama neighbourhood gives you a snapshot into Portugal’s Moorish history, with cobblestone streets leading up to hilltop fortifications of Castelo de Sao Jorge.
If you have the time, rent a car or book yourself on a day trip to Sintra, a royal sanctuary and a Unesco World Heritage site, to visit the majestic Sintra National Palace, a Moorish castle and the hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace. Just 30 minutes from Lisbon, you won’t be disappointed.
Must try : If time permits, drive down to the municipality of Faro and visit Cabo de Santa Maria, which stands as the southernmost point of continental Portugal. Once you’ve had your Insta moment, head back up to the cliffs to take in one of the most majestic sunsets you will ever see.
Details : Tap Portugal flies from Abu Dhabi, with a single stop for Dh3,285, while Emirates flies non-stop averaging Dh4,375 with flight time of eight hours. Tivoli Hotels and Resorts is offering special rates for GCC travellers for its hotels in Lisbon, Sintra and The Algarve. The property is also facilitating tours, including an exploration of Lisbon in a tuk tuk and a tour of the city’s street art.
Uganda A beautiful baby gorilla in bwindi impenetrable national park Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
Nestled in Eastern Africa, Uganda’s tourism push has finally opened up its natural wonders for the world to see, from the majestic Murchison Falls to encountering gorillas in the mist.
The capital city of Kampala, which borders Lake Victoria, is a treasure trove of cultural wonders, with the National Gadhafi Mosque, the Kasubi Tombs (a Unesco World Heritage site), along with various temples and craft markets.
Gorilla trekking at Mgahinga Park and Afro-Montane Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have undoubtedly put Uganda on the tourism map, but the chimpanzee treks in the Kibale Forest National Park should not be overlooked if time permits.
With its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, beautiful lakes and vast savannahs, it’s not hard to see why Winston Churchill described Uganda as ‘The Pearl of Africa’.
Must try : The most popular local dish in the central region is matooke (bananas of the plantain type) which is served with peanut sauce, fresh fish, meat and chicken, but each Ugandan tribe has its own unique dishes.
Details : Emirates and code-share partner flydubai offer a double-daily service and Etihad Airways also serves the destination from Abu Dhabi. Over Eid, flydubai is offering return flights for Dh1,720, inclusive of luggage, while Emirates is priced at Dh1,995.
For the couples Maldives Panorama view of Maldives island centara le grand Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
What more can we say about Maldives that has not been said before? It is the ultimate beach getaway for couples, which is also the reason why there’s an annual mass exodus of honeymooners here. Spend the days basking in the sunshine, or take a dip in the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean.
Most resorts offer a number of water activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, kayaking and so on.
Must try : While January to April used be the best time sight dolphins and whales in and around the waters of Maldives, due to the changes in the weather patterns, you now get a chance to see the playful mammals well into summer months.
Details : Emirates flies direct to Male, with round-trip airfares costing Dh2,845 during Eid week. Many resorts are offering Eid deals, with the Coco Bodu Hithi giving a 25 per cent discount on room rates for a minimum of three nights, while Sun Siyam Resorts is also offering discounts across The Sun Siyam Iru Fushi and the Olhuveli Beach & Spa Maldives. Other properties with Eid deals include the Velaa Private Island and The Westin Maldives Miriandhoo Resorts.
Ireland Kylemore Abbey in Connemara mountains, Ireland Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
The rolling greens and the lush landscape of the Emerald Isle are simply made for romance. Starting out with the capital city Dublin that serves up cultural experiences such as River Dancing. There are a variety of museums, markets and dining destinations to stop by check out making Dublin a trip for the books.
Venturing further from Dublin will bring you to the oldest city in Ireland, Waterford, founded by Vikings in 914AD, which calls for travellers to visit its greenway and the Mount Congreve House and Gardens.
Kilkenny located south of Dublin, forms the heart of Ireland’s ancient east, and offers the perfect family getaway. Known for its magical myths and legends, the county is home to the Medieval Mile Museum, where travellers can acquaint themselves with the years of intriguing heritage that stand behind its current appeal. Alternatively, the more adventurous visitors can go deep into Dunmore caves, try their hand at fishing, experience the thrill of the zip line in Castlecomer or visit the charming Nore Valley Farm.
Must try : Even if the final season of Game of Thrones is behind us, you can still experience the Northern Ireland tours into the world of Westeros. The ever prevalent Kingsroad awaits, whereby visitors can follow in the footsteps of their favourite characters and drink in the impressive sight of County Antrim’s Dark Hedges.
Details : Emirates flies direct to Dublin with Eid week return flights priced at Dh3,095. Flight time is 7.5 hours.
For old-world charm St Petersburg, Russia Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg and Griboedov canal, Russia Image Credit: Getty Images
The sheer grandeur of St Petersburg never fails to mesmerise, with its opulent history, breathtaking architecture and old world charm.
The most Instagrammed monument is perhaps the grandiose Winter Palace, offering up riches of the Russian imperial family.
Also on the must-see list is the Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg’s equivalent to Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, along with St Isaac’s Cathedral and the Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood.
However, those who plan on travelling over Eid will also witness the White Nights phenomenon, which continues until July. Because the city is positioned at such a high latitude, the sun never really descends below the horizon for it to become dark. This, of course, is cue for the locals to party by night with festivals and concerts taking place all through the period.
Must try : Bustling with life, the city’s rivers and canals are a perfect way to discover the magic of St Petersburg. Take the hydrofoil as you sail down the Neva, tucked into a heady meal as live jazz soothes the soul.
Details : Emirates flies direct to St Petersburg, with the Eid week airfare averaging Dh3,305. Meanwhile, an Air Serbia code-share with Emirates is priced at Dh2,525 with a stopover in Moscow.
North and Central Vietnam Dreamy sunset among the rocks of Halong Bay, Vietnam Image Credit: Getty Images/iStockphoto
With its vast wonders spanning the country, Vietnam is not a place that can or should be explored on a single trip alone, which is why we have picked the culturally rich North and Central Vietnam as the ideal Eid getaway for those looking to step back into the pages of history.
One of favourite places is the ancient city of Hoi An, nestled amid a plethora of canals amid the French Colonial and Chinese architecture. Days spent exploring its rich history is only coupled with evenings spent wandering through its busy riverside food market. If you have time, rent a bike and cycle down country roads to experience the simple life.
Vietnam’s capital Hanoi is another great city bursting with a cultural cocktail of Chinese, French and Southeast Asian influences. From the chaos of the Old Quarter to the Dong Xuan Market, it’s a city to get lost in.
Must Try: Hanoi is also the starting point for the Halong Bay tour. If time permits, do book yourself into a cruise aboard a Vietnamese junk. Although, we prefer the Bai Tu Long Bay cruise, which takes you further afield into the Unesco Heritage Park, with days spent kayaking in the pristine waters and evenings spent dining in hidden caves lit up by a thousand candles.
Details : Over Eid week, Emirates, which flies direct to Hanoi, is priced at Dh2,595.
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40 hours in London

by engagingwithjess After saying goodbye and ending the European Coastal Cruise, Kedric and I did not waste any time on exploring the metropolis of London. The cruise in high fashion organized a process to help us get to our hotel, the Intercontinental Hotel on Park Lane, which was in the heart of Westminster and a few blocks from Buckingham Palace. We dropped off our luggage and set off to explore this beautiful city. Buckingham Palace OMG! I am really here. I have seen it on t.v but I am here in the flesh. It is as grand as it is on t.v and there were tons of people waiting outside of the gates. Not sure if the crowd was waiting for something special to happen, we did see men on horses in what appeared to be royal attire. We did not stay around to see what would unfold we only had a few hours and much to see. Next stop Westminster Abbey This is the place where the queen was crowned and many of the royal family members got married. We did not take a tour inside, because the lines were crazy long but we did take fabulous pictures and visited the gift shop. I had to get my mummy something….she is a total princess Diana fan and she always keeps me up to date on the royals. Next Harry Potter Platform 9 3/4 at King’s Crossing So y’all I have thee best husband. He knows I am a Harry Potter fan…. it helped me get through my dissertation. So he mapped out the hour tube ride to the spot where I could take a photo like Harry did. It was so great, I was smiling from ear to ear. Fish and Chips Please We finally found a pub and had some fish and chips it was really good. Check that off the list… √ fish and chips in London Of course Kedric would know where to find the best of the best… he’s just that kind of person. So we ended up at Harrods, the world’s most famous department store. Our trip to Harrods was to specifically check out the perfumes and colognes. It has become a tradition of Kedric’s when we travel internationally we check out the high end colognes, that you would never find in Kansas. Watching Ked in the perfumery hall was like watching a kid in a candy store. After a few hours in Harrods….we decided we would come back tomorrow before our flight🤣. Indian Food in London For years I heard that Indian food was delicious in London and I always told myself if I had a chance to visit I would check it out. I am so glad I did. While in London Kedric and I met up with a former exchange student who attended K-State, Thalie. Thalie was so kind she met up with us after she got off work and took us to the Shoreditch area for some Indian cuisine. Thalie took us to this spot called Aladin. She did her research and found a great spot! For dinner we ordered poppadoms, samosas, coconut rice, chicken tikka masala, lamb vindaloo, lamb biriyani, garlic naan and mango lassi.Our eyes were bigger than our stomachs, we were still on cruise eating mode. After some special time with Thalie, we stopped in a cocoa house and then said our goodbyes and headed back to the hotel. Whew, we did that! Our final morning in London was greeted with a great night sleep and a trip back to Harrods. This time around we had the rare experience to visit a Louis XIII boutique one of only two in the world. The other one is in Beijing! All I can say is WOW and what kind of people indulge in this luxurious experience. Well, we must bid farewell to London. We will definitely be back again. We are thankful for the two rare sunny days in London. Wheels up and back to the United States of America, this trip will definitely get added to our blessed book of travel journeys. I hope you enjoyed this journey with me. I am writing a little bonus content of my reflections on interacting and engaging with a class of people I would have never envisioned spending over a week and a half with and what I learned. Until next time.

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Wild Food Lessons By The Temuan Orang Asli Tribe

Wild Food Lessons By The Temuan Orang Asli Tribe Wild Food Lessons By The Temuan Orang Asli Tribe Image credit: Shutterstock / Edible Jungle Plants The vans and its passengers are weary from the road thanks to 408km of highway and byway and jungle track. We have been rolling across half the waistline of Peninsula Malaysia, where bugs are sacrificed to the grille and windshield. The sun is just about to rise, and the jungle monkeys are peering at this entourage pulled together by the University of Nottingham on a Food, Foraging and Forest Study Tour led by the brilliant Dr Gaik Cheng Khoo. In the van, Dr. Gaik paints a picture of the Orang Asli way of life, just as we arrive into a forest clearing where Kampung Tohor lies hidden deep in the virgin jungles of Negeri Sembilan. It is time to roll out. We clamber out of the vans and step into Kampung Tohor’s grounds. A breath of pristine, unpolluted air hits us, birds are wheeling the skies and young Orang Asli children are playing in a compound surrounded by lush jungle greenery. The kampong is beautiful – an irregular grid of well-maintained wooden houses and a community hall fighting to stay tidy against nature’s tropical tide. Mighty jungle trees, which offer succour to vines and shade to kampong residents tower above the village in a protective circle. A Temuan Welcome In a state such as Negeri Sembilan, where social life outside the home takes place in warungs and kopitiams, opening your kampung to outsiders is a gutsy move. But then, outgoing Jenita Engi isn’t short of courage. Jenita welcoming our study entourage into Kampung Tohor. Jenita grew up in a Temuan indigenous tribe of Malaysia, surrounded by wild flowers, lush forests and crystal clear rivers. But as she embarked on her career as a midwife-nurse in Johor, she found herself steering towards her lifelong passion: the forest and indigenous people. So she left her job and joined the Centre for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC) as well as similar organisations that work at ensuring the welfare of the Orang Asli. All smiles! Today, Jenita is the bridge that connects urban Malaysians and indigenous tribes. With a broad smile, Jenita walks towards Dr. Gaik and shakes hands with her to welcome our entourage. She leads everyone into the Balai Raya (village hall) where kampong residents stand waiting with welcoming gifts: the traditional Temuan handcrafted headband known as “Talik Dendan”. All of us are really excited and take turns wearing the Talik Dendan. After exchanging pleasantries, Jenita introduces all of us to the village representative and village chief. The village representative steps up and Jenita says, “You can call him Mamat, it means uncle in our language”. Mamat is a plump middle aged man dressed in a blue t-shirt; he extends his hands and waves at us. For a moment, they all stand shyly in front of us. “Welcome to our Kampung,” says the village chief, after a brief silence. Labels of Love Once the introductions are over, Jenita leads us to a long table full of jungle herbs, roots, vegetables and herbs, all neatly labeled and categorized as Ulam, Vegetables, Flavouring and Medicinal Herbs. “Our jungles have incredible ingredients,” says Jenita. “We’ve prepared some of them here to teach you about them.”A freshly prepared exhibit, thoughtfully laid by the Temuan community. Temuan Ulam Ulam is a traditional Malaysian salad that comprises of fresh leaves, vegetables or fruits that can be eaten raw or after being soaked in hot water. Like the Malay community, the Temuan consumes ulam with a generous serving of sambal. 1. Pucuk Ketik Anjing and Pucuk Betik Pucuk ketik anjing scientific name and family: unknown. Pucuk Betik scientific name: CaricaFamily: CaricaceaeOther names: Papaya Leaves Mamat pictured here with pucuk ketik anjing on his right and pucuk betik on his left. Jenita points a small plant with soft looking leaves. “This one is not for cooking. If I’m not wrong, this is called pucuk ketik anjing. We normally boil with pucuk betik to reduce its bitterness.” She pauses thoughtfully and turns to Mamat to allow him to explain further. Mamat holds up both the plants in his hands. “Pucuk betik is bitter, so pucuk ketik anjing makes it less bitter. We drink it because it is medicinal and it helps with diabetes, dengue and high blood pressure. By the way, papaya leaves that are drier are better and more suited for those with blood pressure problems. Just boil the leaves and drink it like tea,” he explains. 2. Daun Salam Other names: Indian Bay Leaf, Indonesian Bay LeafMamat holds up the daun salam. We see Mamat pick another young plant from the table. “This is called daun salam. It part of our ulam, we normally eat the leaves with sambal,” he says. “Ulam is an important part of our diet, and we normally have it with rice.” In Sumatra, Java, Madura or Bali, these leaves are used dried or fresh. Dried leaves are normally steeped as a medicinal tea to help reduce stress, flu, fever, infection and insomnia. Both Malaysian and Indonesian cuisine use daun salam when making various rice, meat or vegetable dishes. 3. Kacang Botol Scientific name: Psophocarpus tetragonolobusFamily: FabaceaeOther names: Four angled bean, Goa bean, four angled bean, four cornered bean, manila bean, dragon bean, 四角豆 (Chinese: si-jiao-dou)Mamat hands out kacang botol to the participants to have a taste. It is difficult to understate just how similar the Temuan ulam is to the rest of Malaysia, or Asia for that matter. Most of the herbs can be found in Thailand, Indonesia to as far as the Philippines. Mamat picks up the familiar four-angled bean, known as Kacang Botol to Malaysians, and adds “We eat this as a raw salad with sambal!” We have a taste of this raw vegetable. It has a refreshing, crunchy and light vegetal flavour. The leaves, flowers, roots and bean pods of the four-angled bean can be eaten raw or cooked. In Asia, they are eaten as a salad, stir fried or made into stew. The beans are rich in protein, tocopherols, vitamin A, C, calcium, iron and other nutrients. 4. Jantung Pisang and Bunga Kantan Jantung Pisang Scientific name: MusaFamily: MusaceaeOther names: Banana blossom, Banana flower, Jantung Pisang (Malay) Bunga Kantan Scientific name: Etlingera elatiorFamily: ZingiberaceaeOther names: Ginger Torch Flower, Bunga kecombrang (Indonesian), Bunga Kantan (Malay), Philippine wax flower, 火炬姜 (Chinese: Huǒjù jiāng), The deep red elongated flower buds are known as Jantung Pisang. Next to it, thin pink flower buds, these are the Bunga Kantan. Jantung Pisang literally means the heart of the banana in Bahasa Malaysia. It is an elongated flower bud with deep reddish hues. To eat it, you will need to peel out the outer buds to get to the underdeveloped florets at the heart of the banana flower. The way the Temuan prepare jantung pisang is similar to the Malays. Banana florets are blanched lightly before being served as ulam with sambal. “It is also safe to eat it raw,” says Jenita as she peels it and offers the florets to all of us. In its raw form, it has a light and delicate taste, which is less-banana-like in flavour. “We foraged this from pokok pisang emas or in my community, we call this pisang minyak,” says Jenita, referring to local names for a specific type of banana tree. An Indonesian participant in our group reached out and gently touched the pink flower next to Jantung Pisang and says, “In Indonesia, we call this bunga kecombrang and we eat this with sliced chilli, tomato and coconut oil.” Jenita beams and answers, “Well here, we call this bunga kantan, we normally just slice this thinly and squeeze some lemon juice on it and it tastes perfect as it is. Here in the jungle, tomatoes are not our native food.” Temuan Vegetables Quite frankly, what the Temuan consider as vegetables will surprise you. Jungle produce contains a rich source of fruit, nuts, roots and edible plants. These contribute to the indigenous people diet. The Temuan shared with us a few jungle vegetables that are common to their diet. 1. Pucuk NibongFamily: ArecaceaeOther names: Nibung (Indonesian), Anibung (Philippines)The soft white pieces are pucuk nibong, and it tastes like mushrooms when it is cooked! “Pucuk Nibong is a wild palm tree in the forest that kind of looks like a coconut tree. These are palm shoots,” says Jenita. We take a bite and find that it is soft, tasty and strangely addictive. “How did you harvest these?” asks one of the participants.“We cut the bark of the young palm tree to extract these,” answers Mamat. It may sound surprising, but to the Temuan, the barks of young palms are a source of food. In fact, palms like pantu, nipah, nibong, coconut and sago are delicacies to the indigenous people of Malaysia. It is usually boiled and served alongside other cooked forest produce. 2. Pucuk UbiOther names: Fan Su Ye (China), Talbos ng Camote (Tagalog)Pucuk ubi is an Asian favorite. You will find stir-fried or boiled as a dish. Moving to the tender shoots next to the pucuk nibong, Jenita explains, “These are tapioca leaves or pucuk ubi, you can eat both the leaves and roots. It’s great when add some oil and stir-fry them. We also cook them a lot with meat.” Pucuk ubi is packed with nutrients like vitamins, dietary fiber, and essential fatty acids. It also contains protein, minerals, vitamin b, beta carotene, lutein and antioxidants. It is a rich support for blood clot, heart ailments, bone density, brain health, gum health and inflammation. 3. Pucuk BayamOther names: Bayam (Malaysia and Indonesia), Kalunay/Kulitis (Philippines), Chaulai/Cheera/Mulaikkira (India), rau dền (Vietnam)Few vegetables are as tasty as pucuk bayam, pictured here in between Jenita’s fingers. Few vegetables are as common as Pucuk Bayam, known to Malaysians as spinach. According to Jenita, we must be careful while preparing this. “Notice how there are thorns on the plant?” says Jenita. Cooked pucuk bayam leaves are a rich source of vitamin A, C, calcium and manganese with moderate levels of folate, iron, magnesium and potassium. In Asia, it is normally stir-fried or made into soups or curries. 4. Pucuk Manis Scientific name: Sauropus androgynousFamily: PhyllanthaceaeOther names: Sweet leaf, mani cai (马尼菜, Chinese), amame shiba (アマメシバ, Japanese), cekur manis, sayur manis, asin-asin or cangkok manis (Brunei) and pak waan (Thai).Pucuk manis is delicious, we were happy to find out this is also part of the Temuan diet. “I don’t know its scientific name, but in my community, we call this pucuk manis,” says Jenita, referring to the star gooseberry or sweet leaf. It’s a tropical leafy vegetable that can be found in both South Asia and Southeast Asia and is popular because of its of high yields and palatability. The pucuk manis is commonly served as a stir fry in Malaysia. While in Indonesia, the leaves are used as a traditional remedy to improve the flow of breast milk for breastfeeding mothers. Freshly plucked pucuk manis is high in provitamin A carotenoids. The leaves also contain high levels of vitamin B and C, protein and minerals. It’s no wonder that the Orang Asli are always healthy! Temuan Flavouring Although indigenous cooking is known to honour the inherent flavours of food, the Temuan do use natural flavouring. Here, Jenita shows us three plants they use to flavour food: daun semomok, kunyit (turmeric) and daun pandan.On the banana leaf, Jenita showed us the large leafy daun semomok, kunyit (turmeric root) and knotted daun pandan. 1. Daun SemomokFamily: ZingiberaceaOther names: Pokok pepijat, pijat-pjat, cemomok (Malay) Daun Semomok is thick, large and leafy green in appearance. It hides a complex flavour that is a cross between cilantro and mint. The locals say that when you do cook the daun semomok though, it does have its own special flavour. Jenita hands it to everyone for quick whiff and many of us are taken aback by its strong smell. A study by local scientists uncovered that the essential oils of daun semomok or elettariopsis curtisii (Zingiberaceae) contain antimicrobial activities (Source: H. Ibrahim , D. R. Syamsir , A. N. Aziz , K. Awang , M. A. Nor Azah , M. Mastura). This species is also a genus of plants native Southeast Asia, Southern China and New Guinea. 2. Kunyit (Tumeric)Family: ZingiberaceaeOther names: Kunyit (Malay), Haridra (Indian), açafrão(Portugese), 姜黄(Chinese: jiānghuáng), ターメリック (Japanese). More here. Tumeric or kunyit is a root essential in Asian cooking. It is also used for dyeing. Identifiable through its brilliant yellow colour, tumeric adds flavour to many curry dishes. Malaysians use kunyit a lot when frying up meat. This popular herb has a warm, bitter, black pepper-like flavour and an earthy, mustard-like aroma. This edible root is used fresh or boiled in water and dried, after which it is can be ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used for cooking or as medicine. Tumeric is long used in Aryuvedic and traditional Chinese medicine, where it is also known as an anti-inflammatory agent. 3. Daun Pandan Scientific name: Pandanus amaryllifoliusFamily: PandanaceaeOther names: Screwpine, rampé (India and Sri Lanka), pulao pata (Bangladesh), ran’baa (Maldives) and Bai Toey (Thailand) Pandanus amaryllifolius is a tropical plant in the Pandanus (screwpine) genus. In Southeast Asia it is often used to flavour desserts, kuih and sweet beverages. The Temuan tribe uses daun pandan to flavour rice. The leaves are normally knotted, thrown into pot and boiled with rice. Temuan Medicinal Herbs Medicine to the Temuan is different from urban folk. If they needed a remedy, they would just pluck it from their garden or forage it from the jungle. Application is easy. Selected leaves or flowers are squished to release liquid and essential oils that can provide medicinal relief. 1. Sambang Tunggul (Pucuk Gentam/Daun Gentam) Scientific name and family: Unknown What do you do when you have a cut? Is there an indigenous remedy that is equivalent to Dettol cream? Jenita shows us the Sambang Tunggul a.k.a. Pucuk Gentam. Indigenous tribes would pluck its leaves and crush it by rolling it in between their palms. The bruised leaves secrete a greenish liquid that helps heal cuts and stops the wound from bleeding! According to Mamat, it is also commonly used to treat dandruff. “My mother used to mix sambang tunggul into coconut oil, and when the residue of this herb floats up, we will just use this as a beauty mask. It smells really good!” says Jenita. 2. Daun Pauh Scientific name: Mangifera indica L. (Anacardiaceae)Family: AnacardiaceaeOther names: Daun Paun (Malaysia), Wani (Balinese), Yaa-Lam (Thai), Bayuno (Philipines) Jenita happily chewing on the daun pauh, while talking to us about its benefits. Medicine looks a lot like food in the Temuan community. Jenita picks up a branch full of narrow leaves. “This is from a mango species,” she says as she plucks out a young leaf and chews on it. “We use the daun pauh to treat skin diseases, but I personally sometimes like to eat them,” she adds with a grin. Daun Pauh’s scientific name is mangifera caesia, a flowering plant in the cashew family, anacardiaceae. It is native to the Indian continent and brought to East Asia in 400 – 500BCE. Today, this species can be found in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Philippines. 3. Betel Leaf and Nut Scientific Name: Piper betle, Areca NutFamily: PiperaceaeOther names: Sireh (Malay), Pinang (Malay), Paan (Sanskrit) The betel leaf is normally wrapped around the nut, and served to guests as a welcoming gift. “Whenever we welcome people, we will present them with this leaf and nut. Do you know what this is?” asks Jenita. “It’s betel nut and leaf!” says an Indian participant.“Correct!” says Jenita. “In our community, we also use the betel leaf to treat cuts, sore throat and high blood pressure. However, chewing some betel leaves will makes you feel giddy. The interesting thing is, that many years ago, our betel nut leaves had a pandan flavour and smell, sadly, the we don’t have that anymore.” Betel nut and leaves are usually served to guests or to the community after meals. It serves as a mouth freshener, aids digestion and creates a sense of giddy euphoria. However, chewing betel nut also tends to stain the teeth red. Betel chewing is said to be over 2,000 years old has been practiced in South Asia and South East Asia for a very long time. 4. Bunga Raya Scientific name: Hibiscus rosa-sinensisFamily: MalvaceaeOther names: Kembang sepatu, Bebaru (Malay), China Rose, Rose of China, Hawaiian hibiscus, Rose mallow and shoeblackplant (Hawaii). Beyond just being Malaysia’s national flower, the Bunga Raya is often used in traditional medicine. “The Temuan community would normally crush the bunga raya and use it to treat dandruff,” says Jenita. Bunga Raya is also commonly used in Malaysia as food with a flavour akin to a refreshing lemon tart. In Malay traditional medicine, this edible flower is used to cool the body, eliminate excess fluid in the body, treat urinary disorder, cancer, constipation, cough, cystitis, debility, diarrhoea, dysentery, dysmenorrhea, fever, menstrual disorder and hair loss. Orang Asli Cuisine is Healthy. After Jenita and Mamat’s presentation, the participants are left to explore and taste these freshly picked jungle produce. Some of the edible plants are an immediate hit, and is consumed very quickly.“Orang Asli cuisine is very healthy. I find that when I moved from the city, back to the jungle, I got sick less. I think it’s because our cooking is simple. We don’t add any refined sugar, salt, oil or any additives. All our vegetables and meat are always cooked fresh,” says Jenita. This is a valuable lesson to all of us. Perhaps we should take a leaf from Orang Asli cuisine – and consume healthier options from time to time. The post Wild Food: Lessons by the Temuan Orang Asli Tribe (Part 1) appeared first on Butterkicap. Artikel ini hanyalah simpanan cache dari url asal penulis yang berkebarangkalian sudah terlalu lama atau sudah dibuang : http://www.butterkicap.com/food-journeys/temuan-wild-food-guide-part-1 Kempen Promosi dan Iklan Kami memerlukan jasa baik anda untuk menyokong kempen pengiklanan dalam website kami. Serba sedikit anda telah membantu kami untuk mengekalkan servis percuma aggregating ini kepada semua. Anda juga boleh memberikan sumbangan anda kepada kami dengan menghubungi kami di sini papar berkaitan – pada 29/5/2019 – jumlah : 36 hits Activist Tijah Yok Chopil speaks during the launch of the Suaram Human Rights Report 2018 in Kuala Lumpur May 28 2019 Orang Asli rights continue to be ignored despite the change of government an Orang Asli activist said today Disappointed b…

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Lamb Jalfrezi

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Never made your own lamb jalfrezi before? It’s time to start then. Lamb jalfrezi is an Indian curry dish, with braised lamb, served with stir fried vegetables in a spicy gravy. Like many good Indian curries, the lamb jalfrezi also needs quite a bit of time to cook. However, the rewarding result is certainly worth the wait. If you love Indian food as much as I do, by now you will also have all the usual suspects of spices at home. And let me tell you, a good curry needs them. For a successful lamb jalfrezi, turmeric powder is a must. Coat the cubed lamb shoulder in turmeric powder before frying the meat. This will intensify the flavour. The most important ingredient though, is a good curry base sauce. For that purpose I have made my own.
Before starting off on your lamb jalfrezi, you can learn how to make a great curry base sauce here . If you are not that much into lamb, this jalfrezi recipe will also work well with beef. lamb jalfrezi – a Pakistani recipe
It is actually believed that jalfrezi was invented as a sort of leftover dish. A way to use up the meat from the day before. By frying the leftovers with chilli and onion, a new flavourful dish had been created. Lamb jalfrezi is normally by stir-frying the vegetables. It is believed that this technique was introduced to Indian cuisine from China.
Since then, the recipe has been perfected and lifted into the modern, yet tradition-based Indian cuisine that we know and love today. Today, lamb jalfrezi is one of the most popular dishes in Indian restaurants around the world. The original lamb jalfrezi is even said to have inspired our own chicken tikka masala. is lamb jalfrezi hot?
The quick answer is yes. Traditionally a lamb jalfrezi is definitely hot! If you are a bit uncertain how much chilli you can handle, start with a bit less. When preparing this lamb jalfrezi I used four green chilli peppers and, honestly, that did make the dish very spicy. If you are less of a chilli fanatic than me, try with two green chilli peppers to begin with. You can always add more chilli powder at the end if necessary. It is easier than trying to dilute a lamb jalfrezi that has turned out too spicy. cooking with ghee
Ghee is a type of clarified butter that originated in India. The secret to ghee compared to normal clarified butter, is that you cook more slowly. When making ghee, you simmer it until all of the moisture evaporates. After this the leftover milk solids will start to brown, giving the ghee its characteristic nutty flavour. What this process also means is that ghee has a much higher burning point than normal butter or vegetable oil. This makes ghee perfect for frying.
You can buy jars of ghee in many supermarkets nowadays. Alternatively, you can seek out your local Indian store. Furthermore, ghee is actually a healthier alternative to regular butter, so it is worth considering using more ghee in your daily cooking, not only when preparing Indian dishes such as lamb jalfrezi. Ghee is rich in vitamins A, E and K, and is believed to help prevent cancer. Now if it is really a super food, I can’t say for sure, however it is certainly delicious and a joy to cook with. easy lamb jalfrezi with naan bread
Naan bread is one of my favourite side dishes for Indian food. Not only does it taste great by itself, it is also perfect for scooping up every drop of that delicious curry sauce. You can buy pre-made naan bread in many supermarkets, and all you need to do is heat them up in the oven before serving. On the other hand, if you are feeling up for a challenge, you can also make your own. I made my own peshwari naan and you can also learn how to do it. It is easier than you might think, and your guests will certainly be impressed by being served homemade naan bread with the lamb jalfrezi.
Once you have mastered the peshwari naan recipe, it will be easy for you to make garlic naan or neutral naan as well. best side dishes for lamb jalfrezi
Apart from a good naan bread the most obvious side dish for lamb jalfrezi is of course rice. You can go with the classic, clean white basmati rice, or you can add more flavour by boiling the rice with cardamom pods. Another great side dish is raita. Although raita is often served as a starter, I quite like it as a side dish too. It especially comes in handy if your lamb jalfrezi ended up a bit on the spicy side. The yogurt and cucumber raita will help counter the hot chilli. Moreover, it is super-easy to make your own raita, so why not have it complete the dinner? Here is how cucumber raita is done.
If you are preparing a larger Indian dinner, you might consider making some bhindi ki sabzi as a side dish.
Bhindi is the Indian word for okra, which you might also know as lady fingers. It is a very typical ingredient in North Indian cuisine, and an excellent side dish for lamb jalfrezi. It is a quick dish to prepare so you can easily do it while your lamb jalfrezi is simmering. leftover lamb jalfrezi
If you’ve got leftover lamb you can also make other lamb curry dishes. lamb madras
This is one of my favourite curries. Beware! Apparently, it’s the second hottest. Click here to learn more about the madras curry sauce. To learn how to make lamb madras, check out my amazing lamb madras recipe. lamb karahi
Again, another Pakistani popular dish. The most common one is a chicken karahi recipe, but you can use the leftover lamb and make lamb kahari too. lamb curry

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Life at ILNU: Frequently Asked Questions

Institute of Law, Nirma University has created a mark in legal education. The Institute believes that learning experience is not only enlightening but also enriching and inspiring. With a sky of opportunities opening up at each step, ILNU is proud to give leading lawyers, judges, research scholars, litigators as its contribution to the legal system. As students put their first step in the legal world, it is necessary that they are well informed and aware of the Institute and its culture along with the objectives. This post is an attempt to answer most of the common queries.
Why ILNU?
The Institute’s constant effort to incorporate international standards thereby providing freedom and innovation to advance legal education. The Institute of Law emphasizes the all round development of its students through its unique curriculum and pedagogy. The vibrant culture and campus at ILNU ensures that the development of a student into a professional occurs in the aptest manner possible. ILNU also encourages budding entrepreneurs through e-Cell Nirma University and Idea Skill Lab – ILNU. The Institute’s effort has been recognized by various rankings and is considered one of the premier Institute for imparting legal education.
Ranked 3rd Best Private Law College by Career360 in January 2017. Ranked 6th Best Private Law School in India 2017 by The Week. Ranked 11th Best Private Law School by Outlook. Ranked 1st in GHRDC Top Law School Ranking. Ranked 1st in Curriculum Designing by Flair Talk All India Reporter. Ranked 2nd Best College Award for Best Law College of Private University. in Flair Talk, All India Reporter, July 2014. Institute Excellence Award – SILF. What is the expected or previous year cut-off for admission in ILNU?
There is no specific cut-off on the basis of marks or rank because the merit list is prepared on the basis of applications received and first 650 students are invited for counseling. Counseling takes place on two days where the first half of the students are called on Day 1 and the other half on Day 2. However, any student having rank up to 2000-2500 can expect a fair chance of qualifying.
Is there any scholarship policy in ILNU?
Yes, scholarships worth 1.25 Crores are offered to meritorious students. There are two types of scholarship – Merit and Merit-cum-means. Apart from this, the Institute is also providing 100% Scholarship with Increasing Diversity by Increasing Access to Legal Education (IDIA) to underprivileged students (upto 2 students) for legal education. Merit based scholarship is offered to top 10 students in the merit list at the time of admission.
For Merit based scholarship the division is as follows:
Top 2 Students: 100%
Next 3 Students: 75%
Next 5 Students: 50%
For merit-cum-means the division is as follows:
∙ 5 students whose parents’ total Income is Rs. 2.5 lacs or less (students merit is
within first 50 of the students admitted): 100% of the Fee
∙ Another Five (5) Students whose parents’ total Income is Rs. 4 lacs or less (Students merit is within first 50 of the students admitted): 90%of the Fee
∙ Another Five (5) Students whose parents’ total Income is Rs.6 lacs or less: 75% of the Fee.
What is the method of Moot Court Training and Participation?
ILNU proudly boasts of winning the most prestigious national and international moots in the country. Moot Court Committee conducts intra-murals and open challenger for various upcoming moots. The winner team is allotted a moot and further supported in all forms. The MCC closely engages in the preparation of students from guiding in research work, helping in drafting, to practicing oral rounds. Some of the Alumni in the profession also lend their time and help the students from their practical experiences.
How successful the year has been with regards to Moot Court Competitions?
Institute of Law is known for a vibrant mooting culture and it has proved its mettle time and again. ILNU has one of the best records in mooting and like every other year, this year was also filled with glory. Teams have brought many trophies from various moots organized all around the country. The highlight of this year was that one of our teams qualified for International Rounds in 4 th Prof. N.R. Madhava Menon SAARC Law Moot and another team qualified for International Rounds in 23 rd Stetson International Environmental Law moot: Surana & Surana India National Rounds. Apart from this ILNU has won over 25 trophies in mooting in the last academic year.
What exposure is available for co-curricular activities in ILNU?
There are 21 Clubs and Committees including Legal Aid, NSS, Moot Court Committee, Theatre Club, Dance Club, Debate Society, etc where students can participate based on their interest. Students are also guided by their seniors who have brought laurels to the Institute. The Institute’s theatre team has won recognition across Ahmedabad and has performed in various festivals of repute. There are various cultural programs organised by the Student Welfare Board (SWB) on various occasions. The Institute also organizes national level literary and cultural fests.
Moreover, the Institute has a curriculum offering supplementary courses such as dramatics, yoga, health and nutrition, movie-making, creative writing, etc. Committees such as Legal Aid and NSS ensure the societal development and sensitivity which is very important for a lawyer. The institute has a very dynamic sports infrastructure. Apart from the university level and institute level tournaments, the institute also organizes a yearly cricket league.
How active is ILNU’s placement cell?
The placement cell of ILNU – Campus Recruitment Cell (CRC) works mainly in two heads. First being the internship, and the second being the placement after graduation. The CRC ensures constant guidance to students while making career choices. ILNU is probably the only institute where the system of 10 Internships exists for 10 Semesters and all of which are considered as a part of course curriculum. Not only this, the internships are constantly monitored through weekly reports and feedback from supervisors so as to ensure students make the best of the opportunity. The internship policy includes NGO, Trial Court, High Court, Law Firm, Supreme Court, Judge, PSUs, etc. Further, with every passing year, the placement cell is giving brilliant results by placing students in top law firms and companies.
How is the infrastructure of the institute?
The academic block, named ‘L’ Block, is a three-storied building, having various rooms comprising the lecture hall, seminar halls, smart class, moot court hall, research centers, library, reading hall etc. All the classrooms are fully air-conditioned having podiums and projectors to facilitate e-learning facilities.
The library has a collection of over 11114 volumes covering a wide range of general and special subjects consisting of text books, reference books, back volumes of journals and reports etc., apart from legal periodicals. Library is subscribing 100 print national and international journals and various online and offline databases.
The Nirma University Campus has 3 Food Courts which serves different cuisines, including North Indian, South Indian, Chinese, Thali etc. Further, there is a mess in Student Activity Centre (SAC) where one can avail regular breakfast, lunch and dinner either on a daily pay basis or a pass by prior payment .
What are the Hostel and Bus facilities?
Nirma University provides hostel facility only for PG Courses. There are various hostels and paying guest facility available nearby the campus. The details of the same can be received from the admission office. The most common ones have been listed below:
∙ Hiramani Hostel (Boys) – Opposite Nirma University
∙ NICM Gandhinagar – Proper bus facility for pick-up and drop
Moreover, ILNU has its own bus facility for pick-up and drop in almost all areas of Ahmedabad.
What are the policies regarding ragging at the Institute?
Ragging is strictly prohibited inside and outside the University campus. The Anti-Ragging Committee constituted for this purpose by the Institute is empowered to take immediate action against any untoward incident and also to counsel the fresher. The students are required to give an undertaking signed by the candidate and his/her parent/guardian to the effect that he/she is aware of the University’s approach towards ragging and the punishment to which he/she shall be liable if found guilty of ragging. All the students admitted under the institute will have to observe and abide by the discipline rules prescribed by the University / Institute.
What are the library facilities offered by the University?
Library plays a significant role in supporting legal education, legal research & achieving academic excellence. ILNU Library has the state of the art facilities consisting of legal materials in conventional and electronic-digital formats, which includes Case Laws, Constitution, Statues, Legal articles, reporting journals, Parliamentary Proceeding, treatises, judicial & administrative decisions and other legal resources in various form and curriculum related various subjective texts and reference books. The library subscribes to nearly 80 print National and International periodicals & 2364 online journals, including Hein Online, JSTOR, Manupatra, Westlaw among others.
How is the faculty at ILNU?
The faculty at ILNU is a community comprising talented and dedicated faculty members committed to teaching and learning. In addition, the faculty members are also ardent researchers who pursue their own research while teaching, this helps the students to gain more knowledge. The University has a closer student-teacher relationship as the faculty is accessible to students after class and beyond working hours. The faculties are well qualified and have an intensive teaching experience which ensures that the students receive the best education possible.
How is life at ILNU campus?
Creating an inclusive environment and facilitating students’ need, Nirma Institute of Law Students Activities Association (NILSAA) a student activity council of ILNU, provides the student community a bridge between Students and the Administration. NILSAA organizes various flagship events of the Institute like the ILNU National Moot Court Competition, Connaissance (ILNU Literary Fest), ILNU MUN and Conclave. It conducts workshops and lecture series inviting the legal luminaries and practitioners of the field for the better knowledge of Students.
With a well-structured Constitution of its own and active participation of Student members, NILSAA is divided into various clubs & committees that look after different curricular, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities of ILNU Student Fraternity. Ample opportunities are provided to the students to ensure growth in the fields of their choice.
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The Questions and Answers of this post have been compiled and written by Swastik Bisarya and Paridhi Dave, students of First year pursuing BA L.L.B (Hons) at ILNU.
Paridhi Dave:” The past 365 days have been a roller-coaster ride. My decision to come to ILNU has proven to be the best till date. I had my hesitations in the beginning, but as the year has unfolded I’ve learned a lot, in and outside the books. ILNU has a lot to offer, you just need to go and grab what suits you .”
Swastik Bisarya: “ To begin with, the decision to come here came with its own perks. Coming from a different state altogether, I faced a lot of changes in terms of culture, way of living but over the year due to the accommodating nature of my peers and the community at the Institute, I feel that I am in the right place and did justice to myself by coming here. Apart from academics the best thing which this institute has is the Seniors. The amount of love seniors showers is unmatchable and that continuous support from them keeps me moving in tough times.”

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Kathmandu Kitchen Restaurant Review – Cary, NC

1275 NW Maynard Road Cary, NC 27513 (919) 535-3026
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Interior Decor
Complimentary Lentil Chips & Dip
Himalayan Chicken Curry – $13.00
Tandoori Chicken – $15.00
Salad – $4.00
We visited Kathmandu Kitchen around 2 pm on Memorial Day. They offer authentic Indian Nepali cuisine. They are located in the Maynard Crossing strip mall located on the corner of Maynard Road and High House Road in Cary, North Carolina. They are on the right side of the new Harris Teeter. They offer delivery via GrubHub or you can order online for pick up. When we arrived they had about five groups of people, it wasn’t busy. They have several tables inside and a couple outside, no booths. They have a sanitation grade of 94% which is good. At the time, no music was playing and customers were soft-spoken and children well behaved. They have a bar, but it’s temporarily unavailable. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday they are open from 11 am until 2:30 pm and reopen again at 5 pm and close at 9 pm. They are closed on Tuesdays. Friday through Sunday they stay open half an hour longer for lunch and dinner.
We were greeted by a friendly woman, seated at a table and brought menus shortly thereafter. We were then greeted by a welcoming gentleman as we were seated. A few minutes later a young lady came by to take our order. Hubby wanted to try the Crispy Cauliflower, but it was sold out so he quickly decided to have the Tandoori Chicken with no rice and a House Salad. I ordered the Himalayan Chicken Curry with medium spice. About fifteen minutes later the woman brought out two complimentary Lentil Chips with some spicy dip. The Lentil Chips were thin and crispy and the dip was quite unusual. I wasn’t crazy about it, but it kept my hunger at bay while we waited for our entrees. Hubby’s House Salad was brought out two minutes later. Fifteen minutes later our entrees finally arrived. If you are in a rush, I’d skip this restaurant. If you have time for a leisurely lunch, then this is the spot. You may want to order an appetizer or some naan so the wait doesn’t feel as long.
Hubby loved the flavor of the Tandoori Chicken and it came on a sizzling hot iron plate. Note in the photo above the steam coming off the plate! This dish is described as “chicken marinated with yogurt, house spices”. It comes with onions, red & green pepper and a slice of lemon plus rice. I had a bite and it was very tasty. It’s a bit spicy, so only order it if you love hot spicy food. The Himalayan Chicken Curry is described as “chicken or goat cooked in traditional Himalayan onions base and spices”. I placed my rice on the large plate provided and topped it with the chicken and curry sauce. I like to stir the sauce into the rice. The chicken was moist, tender and delicious. I ordered mine with medium spice. At first, I thought I should have ordered it spicer, but as I continued eating it tasted spicer. I think if I ordered it again I may go with hot spice. Keep in mind I like really spicy food. The rice was well cooked and delicious with the sauce. It was a filling and tasty portion.
Hubby was wearing a shirt with “Navy” on it since he’s a veteran and it was Memorial Day. Without asking for a military discount, the kind woman offered him 10% off since it was Memorial Day. How kind! She also gave us a brochure which features 10% off our next order! Wow, what wonderful hospitality! On the way out they said goodbye and thank you, which goes a long way with me. The staff which I’m guessing are the owners are wonderfully respectful, welcoming, friendly and kind. It was a joyful and delicious experience, so I highly recommend you give this restaurant a try. If you haven’t tried a curry dish before, give their Himalayan Chicken Curry a try. When we return Hubby plans to order the same meal along with the Crispy Cauliflower if they haven’t sold out. I plan to try something different along with some olive garlic naan. If you have been to this restaurant, what do you recommend?
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