Benares, Longtime Tribeca Landmark for Indian Fine Dining, Opens First NJ Location in Wyckoff

Benares, Longtime Tribeca Landmark for Indian Fine Dining, Opens First NJ Location in Wyckoff

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Wyckoff, NY …. May 3, 2019 … The team behind Benares, the longstanding and preeminent Indian establishment in Tribeca, has brought its winning formula across the Hudson to their first New Jersey location. Seasoned restaurateur Inder Singh (Devi, NYC) and GM Ranbir Bhatia quietly opened the restaurant earlier this month in Wyckoff’s Boulder Run shopping center, formerly home to Saffron. They chose the location due to its easy proximity to NYC and large Indian population nearby.
What’s in store for #BergenCounty lovers of Indian fare? A large, well-curated menu of authentic dishes representing the country’s incredibly diverse regional cuisines, prepared with a fresh sensibility and contemporary touches … clean tastes, brilliant colors, intense flavors and modern presentations.
Executive Chef Mangal Singh (pictured) is in charge of bringing the Benares vision to the table. Originally from Garhwal, India, Chef Singh developed his nuanced, globally influenced style during his years cooking extensively in India, Europe and Japan before coming to the U.S. in 2016.
Signature dishes include Bhel Puri (puffed rice crisps w/onion, potatoes, avocado and corn, served w/chutneys), from Mumbai; Tawa Scallops (w/cilantro, green chili, ginger, mango and tomato relish), from Kerala; Barrah Masaladar (grilled lamb chops infused w/onion and garam masala) from Punjab; Aamia Tulsi Jingha (jumbo prawns marinated in mango, basil, chili, rice vinegar and cooked in the tandoor) from Kerala; and Tandoor Hen (whole Cornish hen marinated in lime, ginger, garlic, cumin + garam masala) from Kabul.
Traditionalists will find familiar “greatest hits” such as Chicken Tikka Masala; fragrant, rustic Biryani; Saag Paneer; Yellow Dal and much more, all beautifully executed.
Desserts are sweet, cooling finishers to the meal, including Orange Kulfi, Indian ice cream served in its edible orange rind and the Atom Bomb, a chocolate lava cake with rose-petal ice cream. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options abound.
Open seven days, Benares serves buffet lunch (an incredible value at $12.95 per person). On weekends, lunch/brunch also features Dosas, the delectable South Indian crêpes stuffed with potato and vegetables, and other special dishes.
About Benares NJ
Named for the beautiful city in the Western Indian state of Uttar Pradesh famous for vegetarian food, Benares presents diverse, authentic Indian cuisine from across the subcontinent in a contemporary, elegantly appointed setting. Longtime restaurateur Inder Singh (Devi and Balachi, NYC) and General Manager Ranbir Bhatia have adapted the concept of their successful Tribeca restaurant for Bergen County diners, overseen by Executive Chef Mangal Singh and Chef de Cuisine Anil Gonsalves. It’s the first of what they hope will be several more NJ locations. Benares is open seven days for lunch and dinner, with sophisticated off-premise catering available. Benares is BYO. Advertisement

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Snap! I was there – simplify texting in a snap

This would be the first post from the new company website and quite frankly this post was long overdue, I finally found the time to write about our new app i.e. Your Memories – I was there . It came to be when I was working on ‘Feature 21’ for My Day To-Do i.e. a by product of our work on that feature. Yes, Feature 21 uses Image processing and Artificial Intelligence (AI) and during development, I just had a thought “hhmm let’s take some of the code, specialise it and spin it off (make it) into a single feature app”. In this post I will be talking about what the app was, the problem it solves and some of the use cases of where it can be applied to. Background to single feature apps Every time I am trying to evaluate a new feature to add to My Day To-Do, I am usually exploring a new iOS API and my typical process is that I create a new Xcode project and work with that new API by practicing it in a dummy app. I usually end up taking that dummy app a bit too far i.e. very close to a complete app and I have done that one too many times in the last few years. For almost all of last year I had been thinking, why not just polish one those near complete dummy projects and release them on the App Store? Great with that background set, these last few months I have playing around with some machine learning and image processing APIs on iOS devices. This time I was determined that I will spin it off into a single feature app and so I did. After nearly a year since having the thought of releasing a single feature, I finally managed to release one to the App Store that app is Your Memories – I was there Your one stop photo solution The premise of I was there is really simple, you take a picture and the app tries to identify/detect what’s in the picture i.e. it has a brain that it uses to identify what’s in your image. The idea is, as you go about your day you capture anything you see that’s memorable and make a memory. Then you can share that via a message or on social media and when you do, the app would add a watermark on the image with the relevant info. What it does differently to the other 10,000+ photo apps out there is that it gives you a head start on your memory categorisation or naming process by predicting what’s in the image. The problem it solves One of the problems that this app solves is that it assists you when you want to let someone know what you did the evening or the weekend before. Say you want to tell someone about your trip to the zoo via a series of images you took there, you would send them a message with the images and write a description of what’s in the images i.e. a two step process. However with I was there , it’s a one step process, because the pictures speak for themselves. As in they literally speak for them selves, they would have details of what’s in the image, the location and the exact date and time. Here’s an example, On 3rd August, at 8:02pm, I was at Great Western Highway, Sydney (Australia) and I had shezwan dosa . If someone asks me what did I have for dinner on my birthday evening? All I need to do is send them this picture, it will give them the necessary information about my birthday dinner meal. Obviously with close friends and family you would want to share more details but for social media, this much info is really more than enough (If you think this is too much info then comment let me know what you think can be taken out). Now obviously the app AI didn’t correctly identify the image as shezwan dosa with, it thought it was a burrito, so I changed it to it’s right name. Shezwan is an Indian dish, that I think originated in the western part of India and this image shows a dish that’s a combination of a south Indian dish ( dosa ) and what the Indians know as Chinese food i.e. shezwan. As it is I was there struggles to identify a lot of things so I can’t realistically expect it to correctly identify specialised Indian cuisine. p.s. I reckon there’s nothing Chinese about any Shezwan dishes in India, they are just another way of Indian style cooking and it’s all hot (chilli) and spicy food. Target demographic Our target demographic for this app is mostly people who use Instagram , a lot or in terms of age-groups, people in the age group 16-30. If they use this app, they don’t have to type nearly as much and they can just share them pictures on their favourite social media and they won’t have to type nearly as much. That’s the concept, now let’s examine a few real-world uses cases for this app, Case 1: Barry and his friends Barry is out having a drink with his girlfriend Iris and two other friends at O’Niels pub in 340 George St, and at some point his friends Clarke and Bruce message him asking him what’s he upto and where he is? Now instead of typing, ‘having a drink at O’Niels on George St’, Barry could just take a picture of his beer glass with I was there and send that to Bruce and Clarke and they would know where he is and what he’s doing. Case 2: Evan’s day trip with his son Evan’s parents live overseas and as such they don’t see their grandson as much as they would like to. Therefore Evan makes a point of sending them as many pictures of his son as he can so his parents feel a little closer to their grandson. Last weekend, he was taking his son on a day trip to different from places across Sydney starting from Palm beach in the North and ending with Cronulla Beach in the South. It is expected that he would take 40 or more pictures in this trip, now if he would just send these pictures to his parents, he would have to explain where and when they are in the picture or what they were doing. This would be an incredibly tedious process for him, however if he uses I was there on his iPhone to take and share the pictures, they would have all that info on them i.e. they are self-explanatory and his parents would get all that info without asking him to explain every single picture. Case 3: My trip to Oz Comic Con Comic con can be fun and being a long time fan of sci-fi TV shows and comics there’s just so much for me to see and do. This too would be a day trip and it’s full of cosplay (ers), comics to see and guests to go watch. Comic con has it’s Itinerary for each day printed out and given to you but what it doesn’t have is details about all the miscellaneous activities happening across the floor i.e. cosplay etc. The last time I went to Comic Con, I took about 70 pictures which include not just of the guests but also those with awesome cosplay (ers). I mean I saw two blokes dressed as Jay and Silent Bob and OMG!!! I had to take a picture. After Comic Con, I would share all the pictures with my best friend who’s overseas when comic con happens, hence if I send him pictures he would like to know the timeline of events i.e. what time did I see the stormtrooper Cosplay, where did I see William Shatner talk, how many comic books were at the stall the time I got there etc etc. Once again if I use I was there the images would be fairly self-explanatory and it will save me the time to explain every single picture to my best friend. Conclusion Initially I wanted to write everything in just one post but as I started writing I realised that the content to be written is more than I initially thought. Hence going by my understanding of separation of concerns approach, I figured I would find a logical stopping point and split this into two posts (2 parts). In this post we talked a little bit about our understanding of single feature apps, our motivation to create one, an overview of what we made ( I was there ), mention our target audience and examine some of the use cases for it would work best. In Part 2 of this, we will go into some technical details of the computer vision and AI components of this app some of the iOS problems that we had and how Cocoapods saved the day and lastly, the marketing effort that’s gone into this app so far e.g. was the Fiverr gig worth it? Anyway that wraps this post and until next time, remember I am working on my startup full-time now so if you find any of my posts useful and want to support me, buy or even try one of our products and leave us a review on the app store. Download QR-Code My Day To-Do – Smart Task List Developer: Bhuman Soni Price: $2.99
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There are regional variations in cuisines across India. What you eat in Pakistan (Punjab mostly since that’s their dominant culture), you will get in Indian Punjab and among Indian Muslims. Indian cuisine has a hell lot of more variety in that sense if you include food from the different states.
There are also likely stuff you would get in other provinces of Pakistan that you may not find in India.

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The Most Satisfying Brunch in Dubai

The concept of brunch may seem to be something more common in the west but Dubai has taken the idea to its culinary heart, so much so that when Friday rolls around – the first day of the weekend in UAE – thousands will head out to feast on the finest mid-morning foods. Even the most exclusive and finest of fine dining restaurants open their doors and offer a brunching menu, and such is the mix of cultures and nationalities which contribute to the fabric of society in such cosmopolitan cities as Dubai, options include everything from a taste of London via gourmet Fish and Chips to Italy’s finest pasta dishes to Spanish Tapas, Oriental bites and everything in between.
Here are some of the top venues for brunch in Dubai:
Nobu – Atlantis, The Palm
Nobu – Atlantis, The Palm
The Atlantis is nothing short of a cultural landmark in The Palm region of the city, boasting an unprecedented 23 restaurant concepts from some of the top names in the business. Nobu, a Japanese luxury chain, has long been regarded as a highlight within this already exclusive territory. World of Nobu Brunch is a fairly straight forward title for a menu that is anything other than ordinary and offers a wealth of dishes garnered from 14 different global Nobu locations. Add to this a serving of premium champagne, sake, live Japanese drummers, a DJ and a violinist and you certainly have a feast for all the senses.
Bulgari Yacht Club – Bulgari Resort
Bulgari Yacht Club – Bulgari Resort
One of the newest luxury brunches on the Dubai scene can be found at the Bulgari Yatch Club, and its nautical inspired decor and sumptuous sea food feast is already the talk of the town. Visually the location is unrivalled offering diners the chance to eat al fresco on a terrace overlooking the marina and the high-end yachts of those staying at the Bulgari Resort on Jumeira Bay Island. The theme is Mediterranean and inspiration comes from Italian classics with an unparalleled range of mixed, grilled seafood. Tiramisu, gelato and pear tarts make for the perfect dessert course before guests head to the pool deck to relax and let the food digest.
Al Muntaha – Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
Al Muntaha – Burj Al Arab Jumeirah
If heights are not something you are comfortable with, then this might be one to pass on. Brunching at a height of 655 feet above sea level might not be to everybody’s taste but the reward of such a location comes from the stunning vistas that span out before you. Equally as stunning is the Le Grand Petit Dejeuner Brunch menu and a dining experience fashioned from the finest seasonal ingredients from across the globe. A selection of pastries and other treats act as appetisers before guests are treated to a gorgeous a la carte menu and unparalleled views of the Jumeirah Beach, The Palm, and the famous World Islands.
Suq Restaurant – Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach
Suq Restaurant – Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach
Mixing fine dining with the casual and eclectic ambience of a Middle Eastern market, Suq Restaurant at Four Seasons at Jumeirah Beach offers a wonderful mix of local Arabian flavours plus Asian cuisine and Western classics. From a traditional English roast to Chinese dim sum to spicy Indian specialities plus an array of seafood, there really is something for everyone. The casual nature of the dining experience plus the wide selection of foods on offer make it popular with families and guests are free to relax in the spacious interior or the poolside gardens for a perfect post-brunch experience.
London Social – The Ritz-Carlton
London Social – The Ritz-Carlton
With so many British ex-pats to be found in Dubai, Caravan’s London Social at The Ritz-Carlton provides a wonderful taste of home for those feeling a bit nostalgic. This luxury brunch offering delivers the very best of British cuisine to the heart of the Middle East with high end takes on such enduring staples as Fish and Chips and Yorkshire Pudding. The decor is also a reminder of home with 12 cooking stations each named after a different part of the city. To top things off a wide selection of craft beer and premium gin is also available and there is even a Mr Whippy ice cream machine and a pick ’n’ mix station for the young and perpetually young alike.

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Wafers and Eggs

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Since 1999, Rita has provided recipes, food news, health tips and articles on her website. Inspired by modern American chefs Nigella Lawson , Pippa Middleton, David Tanis, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and old Indian Parsi traditional cookbooks, Rita has published cookbooks for Adults and Children. “Parsi Cuisine Manna of the 21st Century” is one of the Parsi Cuisine Cookbook Series. Cookbook provides classical and regional recipes as well as an introduction to Indian Parsi Heritage, History, and Culture. Besides being a reliable reference, it also makes an ideal gift for your children and friends during holidays. Website: www.ParsiCuisine.com Cookbooks are sold on Amazon.com worldwide

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Where to Eat for Iftar: Guide to Ramadan Dining 2019

Where to Eat for Iftar: Guide to Ramadan Dining 2019 Posted on 03 May, 2019 | By Syazana Post Category – Eat Eat – Post Category – Eating Out Eating Out – Post Category – Family Friendly Family Friendly Post Category – Eat Eat – Post Category – Eating Out Eating Out – Post Category – Family Friendly Family Friendly Ramadan is on its way and food is on the mind… Here are some ideas on where to eat once the sun goes down!
A whole day of fasting deserves a satisfying meal, so herein lies the question: Where and what are we going to eat for iftar (the evening meal)? Lucky for us, there’s a variety of halal eats all over Singapore to tame the cravings you’ve suppressed all day (some even have designated prayer rooms!) – from scrumptious buffets to economical yet delicious set meals and even takeaway, check out our list of Ramadan dining spots to hit up this month!
21 On Rajah at Days Hotel Singapore Feast on an extensive lineup of Padang dishes at 21 On Rajah alongside all-time ‘Mediterr-Asian’ favourites like Moroccan Braised Lamb Shank specially marinated with Moroccan spice, Prime Beef Rib-Eye with Tunisian Rub Spice, Slow Cooked Baby Lamb cooked to perfection in Moroccan yoghurt spice over low heat for three hours and Chili Crab Style Crayfish. Fresh dates will also be served, along with popular Bubur Lambuk (Porridge), Lamb Moussaka, Beef Rendang, Lemon Harissa Chicken, Barramundi Shakshuka and Siput Sedut Masak Lemak (Sea Snail in Coconut Gravy) – sedap! There will be stations serving up Bakso Beef Noodle, Roti John and Kacang Phool, Seafood on Ice, DIY Rojak and outdoor Barbecue Grill and Satay (weekends only). Designated prayer rooms will be provided within the hotel.
When: 1 May to 4 June 2019 How much: Sunday to Thursday, $48++ per adult Friday & Saturday, $58++ per adult Children 12 years old and below dine free with every paying adult
21 On Rajah, Days Hotel Singapore, 1 Jalan Rajah, Singapore 329133, Tel: (+65) 6808 6847, [email protected] , www.21onrajah.com
AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore One of our favourite spots for gathering with friends and family over a hearty meal, the Halal-certified Ramadan buffet dinner presents specials like Deep-fried Crispy Prawn Vadai and 64°C Sous Vide Egg on Mutton Kacang Pool. On weekends, look forward to Oven-roasted Balinese Black Angus Prime Rib and a barbecue station serving a la minute Charcoal Grilled Lamb Spare Rib, Giant Squid, Scampi and Otah-otah. Jemput makan!
When: 6 May to 4 June 2019 How much: Monday – Thursday: $73++ per adult / $36.50++ per child Friday – Sunday: $83++ per adult / $41.50++ per child
Aquamarine, Marina Mandarin Singapore, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6845 1111, [email protected] , www.meritushotels.com/marina-mandarin-singapore
Badoque Cafe Famous for their incredibly juicy meats, Badoque Cafe’s Ramadan menu will feature their signature dishes along with Mediterranean and fusion house specials. This Ramadan, they’ll be offering an iftar spread free of charge to guests dining in. The spread will feature dates, savoury bites, assorted desserts and a fruit platter – perfect for munching on while waiting for your order! Badoque gets crazy packed during dinner, so make a reservation online or via telephone to avoid disappointment, mama!
Badoque Cafe, 246 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469420, Tel: (+65) 6446 6928, www.badoquecafe.com.sg
Blue Jasmine at Park Hotel Farrer Park
Nestled nearby to Little India, Park Hotel Farrer Park is not only known for its gorgeous loft-like rooms, but is also home to Halal-certified Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine . Blue Jasmine serves up the best of Southern Thai and Esarn cuisine, and for Ramadan they’ve curated exciting themed buffet spreads over two weeks. From 13 – 19 May, Seafood Night features a medley of grilled crayfish, prawns, crabs and squid, all grilled to perfection alongside dishes like Seafood Lemak Chilli Api, Ayam Masak Merah, and Seafood Tom Yum. Grill & Roast Night on 20 – 26 May will offer Gado Gado Salad, Devil Wings, grilled meat live stations and more. A variety of Thai desserts will end each night off perfectly!
When: 13 – 26 May 2019 How much: $58++ per adult / $29++ per child
Blue Jasmine, Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564, Tel: (+65) 6824 8851, [email protected] , www.parkhotelgroup.com/en/farrerpark/blue-jasmine
breez bistro at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy The annual Ramadan dinner buffet at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy’s breez bistro will be showcasing favourites like Beef Rendang, Sayur Lodeh, Ayam Masak Kicap and freshly barbecued fare like Satay, Sambal Squid, Beef Striploin and more! Senior Citizens, Merdeka and Pioneer Generation guests enjoy special dine-in prices daily. Prayer rooms are available for all dine-in guests upon request.
When: 6 May to 4 June 2019 How much: Sunday – Thursday: $40++ per adult/$20++ per child/$35 nett for Merdeka Generation and Pioneer Citizens Friday & Saturday (with Live Barbeque station): $45++ per adult/$23++ per child/$40 nett for Merdeka Generation and Pioneer Citizens breez bistro, Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy, Level 4, 50 East Coast Road, Roxy Square Singapore 428769, Tel: (+65) 6340 5860, [email protected] , www.grandmercureroxy.com.sg
Carousel at Royal Plaza on Scotts Be brought back to the good ol’ days with Carousel’s spread of mouthwatering and nostalgia-inducing fare this Ramadan! Expect a lineup of Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan cuisine, with highlights such as the classic Singapore Chilli Crab with Golden Mantous, Traditional Ayam Percik and Grilled Stingray with Sambal and Chincalok (drool…). Make space for some munchies, including an assortment of old-school Singaporean biscuits like the iced gem biscuits, chocolate wafers, spiral 5-spice biscuits and more!
When: 6 May to 4 June 2019 How much: $80++ per adult and $46++ per child on weekdays $88++ per adult and $49++ per child on weekends
Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Road Singapore 228220, Tel: (+65) 6589 7799, [email protected] , www.carouselbuffet.com.sg
Fatburger Famous for their juicy burgers, hotdogs, chicken wings and milkshakes, Fatburger has curated a special menu for the fasting month. Specially for Ramadan, the 50 pieces Chicken Party Platter is great for feeding 5-6 pax! The chicken are delivered fresh daily and diners get a choice of the popular and classic Bone-in Wings ($42.50) or the juicy Boneless Chicken ($45), with up to 4 sauces to go with the chicken. There’s also an all-new, local-inspired Pandan Milkshake available for a limited time only!
Fatburger Velocity, #01-08/09, 238 Thomson Road, Singapore 307683 Fatburger Kinex, #01-70/71/72, 11 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437157
The Halia We’re huge fans of The Halia – by day it makes a beautiful brunch spot surrounded by the greenery of Botanic Gardens, and by night it’s a romantic resto for date night ! For Ramadan, they’re offering the ​Ramadan ​Communal Feast which serves 4-6 pax and features a total of 10 dishes! Highlights on the menu include the Blue Fin Tuna Tartare, Spiced Wagyu Beef, Paperbag Oven-baked Halibut Fillet and Blackmore Wagyu Spare Ribs. Accompanying the appetisers and mains will be the Halia’s Herbarium Sharing Jug (a delicious concoction of Rambutan, Star Anise and Cinnamon to quench your thirst), Sticky Toffee Pudding and Die-die Must Have Chocolate for dessert! ​If you’re dining in a larger group, simply add on any options from the all-day a la carte menu.
Looking to dine at home, mama? The Halia also caters their Communal Feast Menu for up to 10 pax. Quote FREEDELIVERY from 6 May – 4 June 2019 to enjoy free delivery with a minimum spend of $100! You can also can also enjoy 18% off their Buffet, Communal Feast and A la Carte Halia Catering orders until 31 December 2019 with the promo code HALIA18.
When: 6 May – 4 June 2019 How much: $240++ per feast for 4-6 guests (dinner only)
The Halia, 1 Cluny Road, Ginger Garden (enter via Tyersall Avenue), Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569, ​Tel: (+65) 8444 1148, thehalia.com Early reservation for the Ramadan Communal Feast at Halia is highly recommended.
Pop-Up Ramadan Buffet at Hilton Singapore
Back for the third consecutive year, Hilton Singapore’s MUIS halal-certified buffet is back in the hotel’s Panorama Room overlooking stunning sunset views this Ramadan. Featuring Moroccan, Indian, Chinese and Japanese cuisine with 4 carving and live action stations, the spread’s highlights include traditional lamb ouzi, whole roasted beef sirloin, seafood-on-ice brimming with ocean-fresh Canadian oysters, tiger prawns and mussels, a variety of international cuisines from a sushi and sashimi counter and Moroccan specialties to freshly steamed piping hot dim sum selections.
When: 9 May to 2 June 2019 How much: Sundays – Thursdays: $72++ per person / $36++ per child Fridays – Saturdays: $80++ per person, $40++ per child. Children below 5 years old dine free! Book by 30 April and enjoy 25% off with a minimum of 4 diners! Full prepayment required.
Hilton Singapore, Level 24, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, Tel: (+65) 6737 2233, sinhi.f& [email protected] , www3.hilton.com
Enjoy an extensive range of local and Asian fare at Village Hotel Katong’s Katong Kitchen, alongside Ramadan Specials such as Rendang Roasted Ribeye, Satay Marinated Oven Roasted Lamb Leg, Soup Kambing, Ayam Masak Merah and Oxtail Rendang.
When: 5 May – 5 June 2019 How much: From $50++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $60++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday) Children aged 6 – 12 dine at 50% and children aged 5 and under dine free with every paying guest.
Katong Kitchen, 25 Marine Parade, Village Hotel Katong, Level 4, 449536, www.katongkitchen.com.sg/en/news-and-promotions/ramadan-2019
Rumah Rasa at Bay Hotel Singapore
Bay Hotel’s halal Indonesian restaurant Rumah Rasa will be serving everything from Jakarta’s Sup Domba to Java’s Ayam Bumby Rujak, Surabaya’s Tongseng Sapi, Sunda’s Nasi Lewet and many other Indo delights! On weekends, the live BBQ station will feature Balinese Ayam Panggang Betutu, assorted Satays, marinated sotong and more. Love a fiery kick? Accompany your picks with Grandpa’s Sambal, one of 5 different types of sambals available (up to 8 different types on select days!).
When: 6 May to 4 June 2019 How much: Sundays to Thursdays: $38++ per adult / $22++ per child (age 6 to 12) Fridays, Saturdays, Eve of Public Holidays: $45++ per adult / $28++ per child Kids below 6 years old dine free and the hotel offers complimentary parking for all dine-in patrons, subject to lots’ availability.
Rumah Rasa, Bay Hotel Singapore, 50 Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 098828, www.bayhotelsingapore.com/dining
Saltwater at Village Hotel Changi Enjoy an extensive spread of Asian and Singaporean local fare alongside delightful treats at Saltwater! Ramadan Specials to look out for include Hummus with Pita Bread, Kambing Soup, Beef Rendang, Ayam Panggang, and the sweet dessert pastry Baklava. At the Chill & Grill station, feast on a variety of fresh seafood and juicy meats cooked a la minute by chefs, available daily during Ramadan (station usually available only during Fridays, weekends and public holidays). Classic must-trys include Saltwater’s award-winning Nonya Laksa, Oxtail Stew, DIY Rojak and Durian Pengat Shooters.
When: 5 May – 5 June 2019 How much: $50++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $60++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday) Children aged 6 – 12 dine at 50% and children aged 5 and under dine free with every paying guest.
Saltwater, 1 Netheravon Rd, level 1 Village Hotel Changi, Singapore 508502, www.saltwater.com.sg/en/news-and-promotions/ramadan-dinner-2019
Straits Café at Rendezvous Hotel Savour a scrumptious buffet spread of regional fare at the halal-certified Straits Café, which features the Favourites of the Straits, drawing flavours from Penang, Melaka, Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore. In addition to straits favourites such as KL Prawn Noodles, Klang Chic Kut Teh, Ipoh Chicken Rice, you can look forward to Ramadan Specials like Daging Masak Kicap (Beef with Sweet Soya Sauce), Ayam Goreng Berempah, and Oxtail Soup. Sweeten the meal with desserts like the Ondeh Ondeh cake!
When: 5 May – 5 June 2019 How much: $54++ for weekdays (Monday to Thursday) and $62++ for weekends (Friday to Sunday). Children aged 6 – 12 dine at 50% and children aged 5 and under dine free with every paying guest.
Straits Café, 9 Bras Basah Rd, level 1 Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 189559, www.straitscafe.com.sg/en/news-and-promotions/ramadan-dinner-2019
Check back as we add more yummy Ramadan offers throughout the month, mama!

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Indo Chinese – Schezwan Chilli Sauce

Chetty’s Kitchen (Not)Yet another foodie Blog. Food brings about a lot of memories. This Blog is an attempt to share some of my memories on food and food related topics. This is not just a recipe Blog though you will find recipes of my favourite dishes. Hope you enjoy your stay here. Friday, May 3, 2019 Indo Chinese – Schezwan Chilli Sauce Every Asian cuisine has an individual flavour of chilli sauce. First of my posts in the sauce series is one such variety – the Indo Chinese version of Schezwan Chilli sauce. As the name denotes this sauce takes inspiration from the Schezwan (also known as Sichuan) province in China where it is known for it spicy cuisine. As in any other Indo Chinese recipe this too has been adapted to Indian taste buds. This is such a versatile sauce that goes as a condiment with other finger food (such as Chicken Lollipop ) or as a base sauce to prepare Schezwan noodles or fried rice. Am sure this can be used to make other stir fried dishes as well. So without much further ado… Ingredients Minced Ginger – 3 table spoons Minced celery sticks – 2 table spoons White vinegar – 2-3 table spoons Vegetable oil – 1/2 cup Tomato sauce – 2 table spoons Sugar – 1 tea spoon Soak the chillies in hot water for about 30 minutes. Chop up the garlic, ginger and celery into tiny mince. Once soaked blend the chillies into a smooth paste (with the stalks out but the seeds still intact). If you would like your sauce to be less spicy take away some seeds before you blend them. Heat a wide sauce pan pour the oil and saute the garlic until it slightly turns colour. Add the ginger and celery and saute for a few minutes until the oil separates. Add the blended chilli paste and saute in medium to low heat for about 5-10 minutes until water evapourates. Keep stirring while this happens to ensure the sauce doesn’t burn. Close the sauce pan with a lid and let it simmer for another 15 minutes while stirring occasionally. Remove the lid, add the vinegar, tomato sauce, sugar and salt and simmer it for another 5 minutes. Feel free to play around with these ingredients until you get your preferred taste – something spicy, tangy and just a hint of sweetness. By now the sauce should be well cooked with oil separating out. Let it cool to room temperature and store it in an air tight glass bottle. This can be refrigerated for at least 2 months or frozen (in a ziploc bag) for many more months. Enjoy!!

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15 Pantry Staples for 15-minutes Dinners

By Bhavna
Today, I thought of listing 15 must have ingredients for last minute meals.Keep these 15 staples on hand all the time to make 15 minute dinners any night of the week. While they’re not all technically “pantry” staples, nothing in this list will go bad before you get the chance to cook it, so you don’t have to worry about planning way ahead for dinner.
We all know that well stocked pantry gives us confidence to step into the kitchen to cook anytime. With the following list of ingredients, you will always be motivated and thrilled to cook family dinner even after long tired some days.
1.Grains Instant quick cooking grains like brown rice(I keep instant brown rice box from Quaker), quinoa, oat, farro can help to make great tasting salads and soups. I also stock Beaten rice from Indian Grocery known as Poha. Poha helps to make quick recipes.
2. Canned Beans like black beans, chickpeas, kidney & Pinto Beans are our family favorite beans. I personally don’t like canned beans so I buy dry beans, boil them and freeze. I use stove top or electric pressure cooker to boil them using pot in pot method to boil multiple beans at once. But it wouldn’t hurt to keep one or two cans of these beans in pantry for quick recipes like to throw in salads and soups. Food Advertising by
3. Lentils cook faster than beans so when you need an inexpensive, highly nutritious, filling, quick and easy meatless meal … these lentils will be here for you. Lentils are great for making quick stew.
4. Flours like whole wheat, multigrain can help to make quick breads. These days, lot of healthy flours like quinoa, coconut, oat, chickpea flour choices are available as well.
5. Pasta
Don’t let complicated recipes stand in the way of you and carbs. Quick & easy pasta dishes will make dinner stress-free, and are delish enough that you’ll be happy to have leftovers. From classics like spinach alfredo and Crock-Pot spaghetti to out-of-the-box eats like ravioli lasagna, there’s something for everyone!
I personally believe that these homemade dishes are better than eating at the restaurant or eating fast food just because of limited time to cook.
6. Breads/Pita/Tortillas/Rotis
I always have few types of breads in my pantry, refrigerator or freezer. Yes, if you think that you won’t be able to finish any type of bread, just freeze them. Wrap with wax and foil paper and seal in ziplock for better results. When ready to use, thaw them by keeping at room temperature for about an hour or depending on the recipe, frozen breads can be used immediately as well. These breads can help to make wraps, sandwiches, and more and very versatile for breakfast recipes.
7. Frozen vegetables have all the same health benefits as fresh vegetables (as long as you buy plain frozen veggies without salt and sauces added) – but they’re often cheaper, already chopped up, and they certainly last a lot longer before going bad. That makes them perfect for veggie-packed meals without a ton of effort! I also keep some of my Indian vegetables as well.
8. Canned Tomatoes
I keep a pretty lean pantry, but I absolutely always have a couple of cans of tomatoes in stock. Their possibilities are pretty much limitless — whether they’re whole, diced, or crushed — and they make the many months when peak tomatoes aren’t in season a whole lot more tolerable.
Make chili.It’s one of the most obvious ideas but arguably one of the best. Pretty much all chili recipes call for a can. Stir up a quick pizza sauce.Forget the jars of pre-made pizza sauce and make your own (tastier) one in seconds.Use them instead of water to cook grains.Forgo water in place of canned tomatoes when cooking grains like rice, quinoa, and farro to give them extra flavor. Just about any soup tastes better with a can of tomatoes added, whether it’s a simple minestrone or a Mexican-inspired tortilla.Jazz up frozen stuffed shells or manicotti. Make an easy dinner by pouring a can over frozen stuffed shells or manicotti and toss the whole thing in the oven to cook. Make sloppy Joes.Pretend like you’re a kid again and make a big batch of vegetarian version of sloppy Joes for the whole family. Blend into salsa. Be that person who makes their own salsa by dumping a can in a blender with cilantro, red onion, garlic, jalapeños, and lime juice. Use in place of broth when making risotto. Broth is the usual cooking liquid to use when making risotto, but using canned tomatoes instead is an easy way to change it up. Make tomato soup. Either go classic or opt for my preferred method: Roast the tomatoes before blending for more depth of flavor. Add to mac and cheese. Drain a can of diced tomatoes and stir them into boxed or homemade mac and cheese to jazz it up. Simmer with beans and cheese for a quick dinner. Make a pantry dinner by simmering a can of tomatoes with a can of beans and adding some cheese, if you have it. You’ll definitely want to eat this with crusty bread. Make your own ketchup. Homemade ketchup tastes so much better than store-bought and comes together easily in a slow cooker. Use as a base for a casserole. When in doubt, make a casserole, since a whole lot of recipes call for a can. Make a dipping sauce for grilled cheese.Simmer a small can of diced tomatoes or tomato sauce with a little fresh or powdered garlic until it reduces a bit and thickens. Then use it as a dip for grilled cheese. Make tikka masala curry sauce. Skip ordering from your favorite Indian restaurant and make tikka masala curry at home. Roast and pile on toast.
Drain a can of whole tomatoes, roast them in the oven until they’re nice and hot and caramelized, then pile them on toast for lunch or a light dinner. Make a one-pot pasta.
Cook pasta together with a can of tomatoes for a flavorful one-pot dinner. Use it for awesome homemade lasagna.
Spend a weekend afternoon making lasagna from scratchand you definitely won’t be mad you did.
9. Spices like Sea salt & Black/white Pepper, Onion powder, Basil, Garlic powder, Chili powder, Cumin, Parsley, Turmeric, Cinnamon are essential for everyday cooking. Feel free to add/omit your choice of spices for your pantry.
10. Vegetable stock and broth
A flavorful stock is the key to successful vegetarian cooking . Stock and broth; two essential pantry items for any home cook. Though you can often “get away” with using water, having good stock or broth on hand can be the difference between a good and great recipe. I love to use vegetable broth or stock for soup, stew and to cook Mexican and Chinese fried rice. While most vegetable broths are, indeed, vegetarian , do read the label or contact the manufacturer to make sure no chicken was added to the broth during processing.
11. Oil & Vinegar
Oil is required for nearly all cuisine dishes. When it comes to cooking with oils , do you have to choose between cooking for taste or cooking for health? When it comes to the performance and flavor, not all cooking oils are created equal. These days, the shelf of the cooking – oil section of the supermarket is a crowded spot but choose oil wisely. I usually stock olive oil, peanut oil for most of my Indian cooking and grape seed oil for dressings.
Adding a splash of something acidic, like vinegar , tends to brighten the flavors of almost any dish. But don’t limit yourself to one variety. Like wine, vinegars each have distinct personalities from mildly sour rice wine vinegar to boldly sweet Italian balsamic. Once opened, use vinegar up within six months.
12. Long lasting vegetables like onion, potato, sweet potato, carrot, and beet are my favorite to stock. Onion and potato has great shelf life. Carrot and beet stays great up to a month in refrigerator.
13. Ginger, Garlic & Lemon, Lime
Without garlic and ginger , any cooking would not be the same. Apart from imparting a great aroma to the food, they also aids in digestion. The bright flavor of citrus gives a sweet-tart tang to our main dish, side dish, drink and dessert recipes . Just one squeeze can transform a recipe !
14. Condiments.
Stock up on condiments so you’re prepared for any recipe. Condiments include ketchup, mustard, mirin, and bbq sauce can bring instant flavor to any boring dish. Besides ready, store bought condiments, I prefer to make some at home like salsa (refrigerate well for up to 3 weeks), Indian chutneys (freeze well for up to 3 months or refrigerate up to a month) and pickles.
15. Dairy and non-dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are essential for many recipes. I stock variety of cheese as they tend to have longer expiry dates.
These are just suggestions and can be customized to your need. I hope you enjoyed this post. Happy cooking! Share and enjoy!

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TEX MEX CHICKEN CHILI – stirringmyspicysoul

Written by Maya Shetty on May 3, 2019 in CHICKEN DISHES , FOOD
‘Fall’ back into the edible adventure once again this autumn.There is nothing that celebrates the taste of Fall more than a simmering pot of Chili, the ultimate comfort food on a crispy cold day.
Weekends are filled with children’s activities, ball games and the like.I . sat in the bleachers watching my kid play as the wind whipped my face with the cold air so typical of the city.Being recently introduced to the game, since my child started playing & having no idea about what to take to the game day on a cold day like this, I sat frozen on my seat. While other parents and grandparents has their sports chairs, blankets and hood, I was unprepared sitting there with a thin Fall jacket, for the biting cold that whipped us in the open field. I cheered on, my kid was playing well and that is all that mattered at the moment.
Slowly as they eased into the game, my mind was mentally checking out the ‘To Do List” after getting back home. A good meal always tops the list, especially on cold days like this. What could I cook that made this cold weather disappear as a distant memory , while you sat at the table is all that was running through my mind. From the corner of my eye, I saw some Dad’s to doing jumping jacks to beat the cold, some moms returning to their cars to get more warm blankets. My mind raced into my spice jar, the only way I could keep the cold away for now, coz I had no warm blankets in my car, Having been raised in a different country, I had grown up loving the game of cricket, I had watched umpteen games from the stands, had required no blankets coz we lived in a temperate zone. Food was always a plenty in the stands, focussing on the intense game and having a zillion choices in food is all we had to worry about in the stands there. Here, it was different, the weather was a trickster and during the practice sessions and kids games, we had to carry our own blankets, chairs, food etc….it was a whole new experience for me. Learning new things each day, incorporating the best of both worlds in my life and cuisine.
So what’s cooking this weekend ? It ought to be spicy, that’s the Indian influence, apart from that I am open to all new cuisines around the world which are egg free. Have been reading about the Tex Mex recipes in Mexican cuisine recently in magazines and the net, wanting to try one of my own with a little touch of Indian spices, I decided to with this one, which is a Tex Mex Chicken Chili recipe…..perfect for a cold day like the one we are having today !
What is Chili ?
“ Chili con carne” (Spanish) /Chili with meat commonly known in American English as simply “chili”, is a spicy stew containing chili peppers, meat (usually beef), and often tomatoes and beans. Other seasonings may include garlic, onions, and cumin. Variations, both geographic and personal, involve different types of meat and ingredients.”
History of how the Tex -Mex Recipes came to be :
The word “Tex- Mex” is derived from the amalgam of the northern Mexican peasant food with Texas farm and cowboy fare. It had all started as a nickname for Texas Mexican Railway, but soon got incorporated as a part of the cuisine in the mission era”. History has it that Chili con carne was introduced to America by the “Chili Queens,” /women who served food in San Antonio’s Military Plaza as early as the 1860s. Chili stands were also common in Galveston and Houston; they were the taco trucks of the 1800s. Tamales with chili was the most common order–beans were often added. Laborers counted on the chili vendors for a quick meal. Adventurous eaters loved them.
The Mexican influence :
The beans , salsa and cheese probably are the Mexican influence to an otherwise meat and vegetable containing stew. Added to it are the cayenne pepper like spices which stimulates the gastric juices to a roaring rhythm on days where slow cooked meals sets the pace for the day.
Fall is a great time to pull out the slow cooker. While one is out enjoying the changing colors and cooler temperatures, dinner is preparing itself and what better way, than to have a pot of simmering Tex -Mex chili when you get back home from all the activities, be it apple picking, pumpkin patch or Fall games.

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