Brisbane- Sunshine state of mind

Brisbane- Sunshine state of mind

Ewan McDonald gets a taste of the good life in Brisbane. Something’s happening here. You can see it in the cranes in the sky, the holes in the ground and the orange cones on the streets. Underground rail through the central city, a second airport runway, a cruise-ship terminal, downtown renaissance. New apartment, shopping and entertainment concepts in the suburbs. We’re not talking about Auckland. Stimulated by major events, fuelled by a state government-led, private enterprise-funded infrastructure boom, Brisbane is on a roll. Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s ministry claims $1 billion is being invested in tourism projects. Good times for visitors. There’s a whole new collection and selection of eateries, bars, hotels and spas — especially at the luxe end of town. Eating / Drinking Even the most one-eyed Queenslander might have agreed that, a few years ago, eating out was not Brisbane’s favourite sport. A degustation of new chefs and restaurants blowing into the city from around Australia and across the globe, and the Sunshine State’s advantage in growing superb produce, have changed that. In the magnificent surroundings of the former Queensland Savings Bank heritage building, Donna Chang blends Chinese influences and Aussie ingredients — crisp-skinned roast duck with Davidson’s plum, more yum cha choices than you can shake a chopstick at, knock ’em dead desserts. Advertisement Advertise with NZME. Gerard’s Bistro might sound Gallic; it’s a stunning take on Middle Eastern shared platters, using spices, ferments and breads and — unusually in this part of the world — a contemporary take on plant-based dishes. Little Valley and Honto trace their pedigree to renowned Rick Shores restaurant in Burleigh Heads, Gold Coast. Little Valley plays variations on Chinese themes while Honto takes a similar approach to Japanese cuisine. Little Valley offers delicious modern Chinese cuisine on Warner Street. Photo / Supplied Buzzy Howard Smith Wharves, underneath the Story Bridge, incorporates Felons Brewing, Mr Percival’s (an over-river bar), and restaurants including Greca, a modern Greek taverna; Toko, a new izakaya; Stanley, guided by Hong Kong street food, and ARC, for wine and inspired lighter dishes. At the new hotels, the Calile brings Greek icon Hellenika from the Gold Coast; the Emporium breathes new life into Belle Epoque, its French bistro, patisserie and champagne bar; at the W, Three Blue Ducks is a fun brasserie, the latest in a series famed for its “straight off the beach” approach to cooking and eating. Worth a nibble: Black Hide steakhouse at the Treasury casino; Persone Italian beside the W; Restaurant Dan Arnold, contemporary French; Heritij, modern Indian; Golden Pig, pan-Asian; Philip Johnson’s revived, revitalised E’cco Bistro; and Joy, a tiny Japanese-Nordic treasure. Worth a tipple: Mosconi (Fortitude Valley) and Maeve (South Brisbane) and Corella (Woolloongabba) are excellent wine bars. For cocktail lovers, the Boom Boom Room and the Gresham in the city; Maker (South Bank) and the Press Club (Fortitude Valley). Staying If your idea of a hotel is a clean bathroom, fresh sheets and a place to sleep, you won’t have a problem finding somewhere in Brisbane. But if you want a little more fun, a little more funk, a destination in itself, check into these vibrant new beds, breakfasts, and much more. Related articles:

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Uber Eats eyes small town India to boost food orders

As the online food delivery market in India goes hyper-competitive, Uber Eats, which is yet to create a significant mark on the Indian palette, is now eyeing young professionals in metros and joint families in smaller towns to increase its footprint.
Amid reports that Swiggy is buying its India business and then stalled talks, Uber Eats that came to India in May 2017 is finally witnessing fast adoption of its services among millennials and joint families.
“We’re actually seeing a trend of multiple combinations of orders at once in India, which is not limited to just Friday nights or festivals but on a regular basis,” Raj Beri, Head of Uber Eats-Asia Pacific, told IANS.
Earlier this year, reports said the elderly population was behind the success of Uber Eats’ business in Japan.
Beri said the platform’s growth in India is beyond age demographics and more towards collective adoption of digital food delivery services.
Countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region order more from Uber Eats than any other geography in the world, with 1.5 million unique cuisine choices available on the platform in the region.
While Beri refused to reveal the company’s market and revenue share in India, he stressed that the company’s share in the APAC region is significantly growing. Also Read Budget impact: FIIs sell nearly Rs 3,000 cr in 6 sessions
Uber Eats’ business grew by 50 per cent (month-on-month) in its first year of operations in India. According to Jason Droege, Global Head of Uber Eats, India was their fastest growing market in the world.
Uber Eats is currently available in 38 cities. Launched much later than its competitors like Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda, Uber Eats is facing some problems in properly establishing itself as a food delivery platform among foodies in the country.
The company is introducing several India-first features on its app like the veg-only recommendations and cash payments.
“Content, storytelling and just being transparent with the background behind where your food is coming from is very important. It would enable communication between restaurateurs and customers,” said Nikki Neuburger, Global Head of Marketing, Uber Eats.
According to Uber Eats’ Senior Director and Product Manager Stephan Chau, the company is using advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to safeguard its customers’ data.
“We don’t have reasons to really want to expose our users’ data outside of context. Our goal is to make sure that the users understand our steps and benefit from the transparency,” Chau said.
When asked if Uber Eats was planning on implementing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in its app to enrich customers’ experiences, top executives said they might work on the idea in the future.
By Radhika Parashar

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10 hidden gem restaurants in Surrey according to TripAdvisor

Restaurants in Guildford and Epsom feature in the list, compiled using reviews by customers Share The Robin Hood in Guildford is one of Surrey’s hidden gems (Image: Darren Pepe)
Surrey is home to hundreds of fantastic restaurants including chains and unique independents.
While some have seats that are well-worn due to their popularity, others are perhaps only known by those in the immediate area, and some are so tucked away, they’re something of a hidden treasure.
To help you make up your mind on where to go when you next fancy discovering something new, SurreyLive has ranked the top 10 hidden gem restaurants in Surrey according to Tripadvisor . Read More 1. Raviz, Guildford
Taking the top spot is Raviz, lurking down a narrow, high walled walkway between the High Street and North Street in Guildford.
The elegant restaurant offers a modern twist in the Indian dining scene. It is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week and its menu features some ingredients you wouldn’t normally expect.
Patron and chef Ravi Binuraj started his career with the Taj group of hotels in India and has worked with many Michelin star restaurants in London. Read More What a shift at Guildford Domino’s taught us about life working for the fast food giants
One reviewer wrote: “Tucked away up an alleyway off Guildford’s historic High Street, Raviz is a revelation in Southern Indian cuisine.
“The menu is short and offers dishes seldom seen in other such restaurants. Vibrant, fresh and delicious. The decor is a mix of the faintly dated and quirky but it is comfortable and good for conversation.
“Service is very polite and helpful. Throughly recommended.”
Address: Jeffries Passage, GU1 4AP.
Book a table: Call 01483 497219. Raviz in Guildford (Image: Raviz) 2. Pasha Chobham Café, Chobham
Expect traditional Turkish food with a modern twist and an ever-changing bistro menu at this quaint village cafe.
Open seven days a week, locally-sourced food is prepared and freshly cooked.
For breakfast, visitors can try a traditional spread of eggs with lean minced steak, tomatoes, onions and herbs sauteed in jus.
Some of the custom main dishes include lamb kofte, chicken shish kebab and moussaka. Read More
One reviewer wrote: “Unusual for a village eatery, Pasha is focused around Turkish cuisine.
“We found the usual Mediterranean charm and welcoming spirit here and the Turkish coffee was excellent too.
“We were warmly welcomed, when we arrived and the host himself even talked to us and was captivated by the fact that we had chosen his venue, over others in the village.
“Overall, a brilliant and unexpected style of venue in a village location.”
Address: High Street, GU24 8AD.
Book a table: Call 01276 859004. Pasha in Chobham (Image: Max Turker) 3. Saffron Summer, Chessington
This unique restaurant serves dishes from various Indian states in their authentic form.
The chef merges the flavours of east Asia with the techniques of Indian cuisine.
The varied menu sees seasonal changes and customers will be able to discover everything from Indian street food and tapas for lunch to a special Sunday Indian roast.
One reviewer wrote: “Saffron Summer is a real find. It has a rather unpromising location by the Hook roundabout, but inside the food is beautifully presented and of the highest quality.
“Service is excellent and the staff really know and care about the food.
“This is fine dining, Indian style, but not at fine dining prices. Thoroughly recommend.”
Address: Ace Parade, Hook Road, KT9 1DR.
Book a table: Call 020 8391 4477. A vegetarian dish at Saffron Summer (Image: Saffron Summer) 4. Dastaan Indian Restaurant, Epsom
Again, not found in a typical spot, this Indian eatery is very small and is recommended by the Michelin guide.
The service is efficient and the staff are professional and passionate about serving authentic cuisine.
Customers will find all their favourite dishes on the menu such as biryani and tikka and a good range of vegetarian options. Read More
One reviewer wrote: “Located in an unassuming parade of shops this is a really good find.
“The service was exceptionally informed and friendly and the food was also very good.
“It was comparatively expensive for outer London but really good quality. The short menu focuses on what they do very well.”
Address: Kingston Road, KT19 0DB.
Book a table: Call 020 8786 8999. Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now 5. The Donkey, Tilford
This village gastro pub was originally converted from two small cottages in 1850.
Current owners, Lee and Helen Francis are members of The Donkey Breed Society, and you can meet friendly resident donkeys Pip and Dusty who live in the garden.
They are an integral part of the character and history of this old pub, and in the summer months, while in their own spacious enclosure, are happy to be close to the garden and terrace. Read More 31 family friendly pubs and restaurants in Surrey
One reviewer wrote: “This place is fabulous! The staff are all helpful and nothing is too much trouble.
“The location is fabulous, tucked away in a quiet corner of Surrey, the patrons are welcoming and the food is simply outstanding.
“Quintessentially English, pubs of this calibre are becoming more and more difficult to find. Outstanding.”
Address: Tilford, near Farnham , GU10 2AT.
Book a table: Call 01252 702124. Pet donkeys Dusty and Pip 6. Gallery Café, Guildford
Hidden among the many chain coffee shops along the High Street, this charming, independent treasure serves food all day both in its cosy basement café and in the glorious courtyard.
Customers can tuck into jacket potatoes, soup, quiche, salads, desserts and cakes.
Sandwiches are freshly made on request and are served with a side salad, on a choice of brown, white or toasted ciabatta bread. Read More
One reviewer wrote: “Beautiful hidden gem off the cobbled High Street.
“Lovely seating area outside in an old courtyard with fascinating buildings all around. The food was really lovely and the service was great.”
Address: High Street, GU1 3AJ.
Book a table: Call 01483 454608. Gallery Café in Guildford (Image: Phin Williams) 7. Kinghams, Shere
Located in one of Surrey’s prettiest villages , this fine dining restaurant offers imaginative cuisine in a 17th Century setting.
Opened by chef proprietor Paul Baker in 1993, the restaurant is full of character and charm.
The menus feature creative use of high quality ingredients from local suppliers and farms.
On summer evenings, customers can dine outside in the pretty garden under a heated gazebo. Read More 11 amazing places in Surrey to cool down in the hot weather
One reviewer wrote: “What a find. I was looking for somewhere for me and my friend to meet, and eat outside during the current heatwave.
“Kinghams provided delicious food, a very warm welcome and beautiful surroundings.
“I am nearly impossible to feed, being a dairy and gluten-free vegetarian, but their vegan option ticked all the boxes and was absolutely sublime.”
Address: Gomshall Lane, GU5 9HE.
Book a table: Call 01483 202168. Kinghams Restaurant, Shere 8. El Pic Spanish Tapas Bar, Camberley
Traditional tapas and excellent service are what you can expect at this restaurant in Camberley.
Located on the busy A30 London Road, it can easily be missed by both drivers and pedestrians as it is just outside the main hub of restaurants in the town centre.
The menu features classic mini dishes found in Spain including potatas bravas, sliced air-cured Serrano ham, pork belly, croquettes, spicy chorizo sausage, squid rings and paella.
One reviewer wrote: “Wish we had found this place earlier. Great atmosphere, lovely staff and really excellent food. Best tapas I have ever had. Will definitely be going back.”
Address: London Road, GU15 3JS.
Book a table: Call 01276 670670. Tapas at El Pic (Image: El Pic) 9. La Casita, Guildford
This Spanish restaurant and bar is located down one of the charming cobbled roads off the busy High Street.
La Casita (translated as little house) offers an authentic flavour of the Mediterranean from traditional tapas and paella, to succulent fresh fish, meat and salad.
The restaurant also has a takeaway menu and platters for large parties.
One reviewer wrote: “We found this lovely tapas restaurant by chance. Read More 11 hiking trails and long walks in Surrey to really stretch your legs
“We were thinking of going to The Ivy for lunch but we were so pleased we found this place, forget The Ivy… this was streets ahead of it.
“Delicious tapas that took our taste buds straight to sunny Spain.
“Having had many happy memories of the food in Barcelona, this restaurant replicated the same gastronomic delights.”
Address: Chapel Street, GU1 3UH.
Book a table: Call 01483 455155. 10. The Robin Hood, Guildford
This pub may be located in the town centre but it is far away from the shops and restaurants so would be missed if you’re visiting Guildford to go shopping.
The menu is quirky and features Italian and British cuisine with a twist. For example, dishes include octopus, haggis and pig’s brain. This is not your average local.
One reviewer wrote: “We stumbled on this place almost by accident whilst scrambling to book something last minute. Video Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8 Cancel Play now
“What a fantastic discovery it was. Veru offers a surprisingly unique combination of a homely feeling environment, warm and friendly service, and exceptionally well made Italian cuisine.
“Nothing like your average Italian restaurant and all the better for it! I highly recommend the experience.”
Address: Sydenham Road, GU1 3RH.
Book a table: Call 07736 337770. The Robin Hood Pub in Guildford (Image: Darren Pepe)
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Indian cookbooks strike it rich at Gourmand Awards

Cookbooks from India bagged several prizes at this year’s Gourmand World Cookbook Awards, with Sonal Ved’s Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes winning in three categories.
The 24th edition of the awards was recently hosted in Macao.
Tiffin: 500 Authentic Recipes Celebrating India’s Regional Cuisine was named the Best Indian Cookbook – Globally , the second best Book of the Year in all categories, and the third in Best Design – Asia .
Nandita Haksar’s The Flavours of Nationalism: Recipes for Love, Hate and Friendship won in two categories – cookbook for peace and food writing.
Two books by Kiranmayi Bhushi also won awards – Farm to Fingers (sustainable food) and Culture & Politics of Food in Contemporary India (food security & nutrition).
HarperCollins was named food book publisher of the year.
The Goa Portuguesa Cookbook by Deepa Sohas Awchat won in the ‘Woman Chef’ category, Diary of a Domestic Diva by Shilpa Shetty Kundra in ‘Celebrity Chef’, Reishu Sharma’s From India with Love ‘First Book; award and Spices & Rhapsodies & Foot Tapping Chefs by Viji Varadarajan in the digital book for sale category.
Among the other winners are Recipes on Ripples by Soju Philip (Asian region), Padma Vijay’s 101 Dishes that Enhance Mood & Reduce Stress (Diet), The Flavour of Spice by Marryam Reshii (Spices and herbs), Chutneys, Adding Spice to your Life! by Aparna Mudiganti Parinam (single subject), Nandita Iyer’s The Everyday Healthy Vegetarian (Vegetarian) and Masala Mamas by Elana Sztokman (Fund raising).
Elated over the win, Ved said, From fashion, art, architecture to food – the world is increasingly putting an emphasis on regionality, diversity and the immigrant voice. So, ‘Tiffin’ was bound to get noticed on this global platform.
Kapil Kapoor, director at Roli Books, publisher of Tiffin , remarked, This award is unique because it focuses only on the culinary world. The fact that ‘Tiffin’ was ranked second in the ‘Best Book of the Year’ in all categories is truly remarkable.
Founded in 1995 by Edouard Cointreau, the awards recognise excellence in food writing across print, digital and television.
The objectives of the awards are honouring those who cook with words; giving an overview of world food and drink culture in all its rich diversity and trends; finding reliable quality sources for the public, professionals and the media; helping promote the best authors and publishers; and helping authors and publishers in copyright foreign rights trade. Published on

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Napa Valley restaurants for wine lovers

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Deciding to where to eat in Napa Valley is almost as challenging as deciding where to taste wine. The valley enjoys an almost excessive amount of access to delicious food –a trend driven in large part by the local talent. In a region where most of the local population earns a living in both the wine and culinary worlds, it is not surprising that the bar for eating out is extremely high.
Indeed, many a guide exists on where to eat in Napa, but for this one the recommendations come from local palates, a selection of winemakers, sommeliers, and importers, to divulge their favorite places for everything from a cup of coffee to a Michelin-quality meal. ZuZu Napa
ZuZu Napa is located in downtown Napa’s historic district and has enjoyed a loyal following since its opening twelve years ago. They are known for authentic tapas dishes inspired by both Spanish and South American ingredients. Rombauer’s director of viticulture and winemaking, Richie Allen, refers to Zuzu as his ‘go to restaurant -every single time. The Queso Frito, Bacalao and daily fresh Ceviche are always top on my list.’
Dishes are made with produce from the ZuZu gardens as well as with the best from Northern California’s deep bench of local purveyors. La Luna Market and Taqueria
La Luna Market and Taqueria in Rutherford has no formal seating but the winemakers and their crews don’t come for ambiance, they come for tacos. The combination market and taqueria (which is in the back of the market) opened in 1968 and prepares a daily line-up of authentic Mexican fare.
Elizabeth Vianna, winemaker and general manager at Chimney Rock Winery, says when she’s famished nothing beats a ‘carne asada quesadilla at La Luna. It is also my crew’s favorite lunch hands down.’ Angèle Restaurant & Bar
Angèle Restaurant & Bar dishes up a romantic slice of farm-to-table French cuisine in cosy environs right along the riverside in downtown Napa. Assistant winemaker at Stags’ Leap, Jane Valentin, recommends the steak tartare, ‘it’s scrumptious and the croque monsieur paired with one of their bergamot martinis is the perfect way to enjoy our summer weather on a Friday.’
Vianna adds that she visits Angèle when she’s feeling ‘sophisticated and slightly naughty! I love their moules frites accompanied by some Champagne.’ Cook St Helena
This St. Helena restaurant offers refined Northern Italian cuisine in an intimate setting with an all-day menu of expertly executed fare.
‘The go-to lunch for me is always Cook’s. Their food is incredible, hospitality warm and each dish is full of flavor and soul,’ says Alan Viader, director of operations and winemaking at VIADER Vineyards & Winery. ‘I love their pasta carbonara special when I’m looking for a full meal. Their sausage and mussels starter is a great option when I need to spice things up.’ The Himalayan Sherpa Kitchen
Longtime Napa residents Angus Cleland and his wife Anna Marie Longo, who own and operate a meat importing business, describe this unassuming little spot as home to ‘simply the best Nepali/Indian food this side of Mt. Everest. The tikka and tandoori are second to none and owners, Chirring and Shova, will treat you like family.’
Cleland and his wife also like to pop into The Goose & Gander , where, says Cleland, ‘Chef Nic Jones works his magic creating delicious American dishes and the craft cocktails at the speakeasy style basement bar are a must.’ Auberge du Soleil Bistro
Master Sommelier and Author Andrea Robinson makes her home in Napa Valley and when she isn’t cooking with her family they head to Auberge Bistro for their ‘amazing lunch or early dinner with unmatched valley views and Relais Chateau service,’ said Robinson.
‘We think it’s the best burger in Napa, and their Bloomsdale spinach side dish is something you won’t have many other places (if any) and takes sauteed spinach to a new level. The menu is fresh, clean, lots of greatest hits and some unique specialties – something for everyone.’ The Model Bakery
This humble but hard-core bakery (read: established in 1908) serves ‘the Best breakfast in Napa,’ says Vianna. Locals come for their artisan breads made with organic stone ground flours, cinnamon rolls and scones, but the humble english muffin is their signature achievement.
Robinson agrees, adding, ‘their avocado toast is also awesome, and their coffee is the best in the county.’ Don’t forget this place for lunch either—flatbread pizzas and fresh baguette sandwiches cannot be beat. Rutherford Grill
Robinson describes this restaurant as a ‘local’s favorite,’ and loves their no corkage fee for Napa wines in addition to their rotisserie chicken, wood-grilled artichoke, and kale caesar salad. Julie Lumgair, winemaker for J Moss Wines, loves Rutherford’s farm-chic ambiance and their French Dip.
‘Layers of thinly sliced slow roasted prime rib on a homemade French roll with au jus and creamy horseradish make for the perfect hearty winemaker’s refueling lunch,’ she says, adding, ‘their wine list is sensationally deep with numerous by-the-glass and bottle choices of local gems.’ Enoteca Wine Shop
No guide to Napa would be complete with a wine shop suggestion. For this, Robinson is unequivocal, ‘Don’t miss Margaux Singleton’s Enoteca Wine Shop. It is one of the most creatively-curated wine selections in the country–yes, the country not the county. We really don’t need to buy wine because we have a lot, but we frequently buy from her.’

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Tyson and Roommates

I told Tyson I could take him to dinner and any of his roommates that would like to go. Two of them; Jaron (glasses) and Kyle were available. Tyson chose the Bombay House which is Indian cuisine. He has really missed curry since being home from England. The rest of us were a little concerned since we are not up to spicy food but Tyson assured us there would be non-spicy options. We all LOVED it!! The flavors were wonderful. I did not get a curry but the other three did. My chicken was so good. We went on the evening after my outing with Alisha so I was pretty full and couldn’t eat much of mine but the boys finished it off for me. I want to go back with Tyson when Scott and Justin are here. Afterwards I asked if they wanted to go to dessert. They chose Penguin Bros. which is an ice cream sandwich shop. You choose your ice cream and you choose your cookies and they put them together. There were two girls ordering ahead of us and we didn’t pay attention until they turned around and we hear “Tyson!!” It was Makenzie Pankow, who grew up in Arizona and went to preschool with Tyson. Her family moved to Washington several years ago. I really enjoyed hanging out with Tyson and his friends. We talked for awhile outside of his apartment afterwards and everyone coming and going would wave or say “Hi” to Tyson and some got introduced to me. Jaron has been at this apartment going on 3 years and he has A LOT of stuff. He was there when Tyson moved in. Tyson was the first to arrive and there was hardly any space for anything of his since Jaron had such a large presence in the apartment already. He is a sweet guy but not the cleanest. Tyson is so excited to move for this next semester. Kyle will be moving over with him and Alex. This next group will be a much cleaner group and a different dynamic spiritually. Tyson will most likely be rooming with Brett Tobler, a guy from his mission. Kyle and Alex will room together since they served together. Austin Peck will be rooming with a buddy of his. Jaron watches movies all the time and Tyson doesn’t even thing the new place comes with a TV so that will change the atmosphere. Tyson has lived with all of these boys except for Austin’s buddy and he knows they are pretty clean and great guys. I’m excited for him. He has loved his ward and has really enjoyed the people but he will be just moving across the street. Posted by

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Food: A Kenyan food safari – from traditional dishes to five-star cuisine | The Independent

Wherever you eat in Kenya, the food will perfectly complement your surroundings. Are you sitting under the stars by a roaring fire, after a day of safari? Sensational five-star dining in safari camps in the middle of nowhere will be a gastronomic experience to write home about. Sitting in a beachside restaurant after a dip in the sea? A platter of seafood will hit the spot. Wherever you are in the country, you’re in for a treat… Tropical flavours
You’ll need something to fill you up at the start of the day, and there’s no better breakfast treat than a few mandazi , sweet and lightly spiced doughnuts, and a cup of chai tea on the side. You’re also spoilt for choice when it comes to tropical fruit: the bananas, mangoes and passion fruit grown in Kenya positively burst with flavour – and taste a world apart from the stuff you buy at home. We’ll tell you what’s true. You can form your own view.
From 15p €0.18 $0.18 USD 0.27 a day, more exclusives, analysis and extras. Subscribe now A taste of the sea
It should come as no surprise that the seafood in Kenya is exceptional. With hundreds of miles of Indian Ocean coastline, the waters are a great provider when it comes to super-fresh fish. Expect to see menus filled with crab, prawns, snapper, yellowfin tuna and much, much more. Take a dhow trip on the coast and you might just pitch up on a deserted patch of beach, and eat the catch of the day cooked over a fire, with coconut rice on the side. Heaven. Enjoy a catch of the day with a Kenyan twist Campside dining
After a day of game drives, exploring the breathtaking Kenyan countryside and keeping your eyes peeled for the cast of The Lion King, you’ll be ready to relax over a leisurely dinner. The good news is that mealtimes in safari camps are an absolute treat – expect nyama choma (barbecued meat) that is smoky and succulent, gently spiced vegetable dishes and flaky chapatis to soak up all those juices. In the luxurious safari camps, the quality of the dining will blow you away. Kenya for gastronauts
Dining in Kenya isn’t all about fireside barbecues – there are plenty of luxurious options for a decadent dinner. Just off the highway, Nairobi’s Seven Seafood & Grill, a premium dining experience created by celebrity chef Kiran Jethwa and renowned for pushing culinary boundaries, is a popular destination for foodies. On the coast, Tamarind is a beautiful seafood restaurant in Mombasa with incredible views and an exceptional array of dishes, such as ginger crab and piri-piri prawns.
Somak is a tour operator with over 50 years’ experience of providing fabulous luxury safaris and tailor-made itineraries to Kenya. They feature all the game parks as well as the stunning beaches of Mombasa at surprisingly affordable prices.

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Uber Eats eyes small town India to boost food orders

New Delhi: As the online food delivery market in India goes hyper-competitive, Uber Eats, which is yet to create a significant mark on the Indian palette, is now eyeing young professionals in metros and joint families in smaller towns to increase its footprint.
Amid reports that Swiggy is buying its India business and then stalled talks, Uber Eats that came to India in May 2017 is finally witnessing fast adoption of its services among millennials and joint families.
“We’re actually seeing a trend of multiple combinations of orders at once in India, which is not limited to just Friday nights or festivals but on a regular basis,” Raj Beri, Head of Uber Eats-Asia Pacific, told IANS.
Earlier this year, reports said the elderly population was behind the success of Uber Eats’ business in Japan.
Beri said the platform’s growth in India is beyond age demographics and more towards collective adoption of digital food delivery services.
Countries in the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region order more from Uber Eats than any other geography in the world, with 1.5 million unique cuisine choices available on the platform in the region.
While Beri refused to reveal the company’s market and revenue share in India, he stressed that the company’s share in the APAC region is significantly growing.
Uber Eats’ business grew by 50 per cent (month-on-month) in its first year of operations in India. According to Jason Droege, Global Head of Uber Eats, India was their fastest growing market in the world.
Uber Eats is currently available in 38 cities. Launched much later than its competitors like Swiggy, Zomato and Foodpanda, Uber Eats is facing some problems in properly establishing itself as a food delivery platform among foodies in the country.
The company is introducing several India-first features on its app like the veg-only recommendations and cash payments.
“Content, storytelling and just being transparent with the background behind where your food is coming from is very important. It would enable communication between restaurateurs and customers,” said Nikki Neuburger, Global Head of Marketing, Uber Eats.
According to Uber Eats’ Senior Director and Product Manager Stephan Chau, the company is using advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to safeguard its customers’ data.
“We don’t have reasons to really want to expose our users’ data outside of context. Our goal is to make sure that the users understand our steps and benefit from the transparency,” Chau said.
When asked if Uber Eats was planning on implementing Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) in its app to enrich customers’ experiences, top executives said they might work on the idea in the future.

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The Taj service stands out

Though the hotel is aging and a part of the rooms were under renovation the service more than made up for all of it. Right from the front desk check in by Rose to the housekeeping everything service element was just so well thought out. A special shoutout to the executive chef Rishi Manucha – he took extra care of us – right from the fussy kids foods to the great pizzas and the lovely South Indian breakfast. Every meal was a delight. He even recommended local Hyderabadi cuisine places to us. Our stay was marvellous. Truly lived up to the Taj name.

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Dining Guide: The Best Restaurants at Desert Ridge Marketplace

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You have successfully signed up for your selected newsletter(s) – please keep an eye on your mailbox, we’re movin’ in! Einstein’s Bagels 21001 North Tatum Boulevard For busy workdays or early mornings at the office, Einstein’s Bagels is a quick stop with no surprises. The hazelnut and house-blend coffees are a combo of good flavor and just the right amount of caffeine. Plus the menu offers gourmet bagels like apple cinnamon, spinach Florentine, and power protein. With a 5 a.m. opening, the early bird can squeeze in a boost before that morning meeting. Breakfast Tryst Cafe 21050 North Tatum Boulevard, #108 Whether it is a business meeting or morning coffee with a friend, Tryst Cafe provides intimate seating indoors or on the patio. Service here is quick, even if there is a bit of a wait on busy mornings. Healthy, natural, and organic are Tryst’s buzz words, and diners have the choice of avocado toast, banana quinoa pancakes, pecan crusted French toast with maple syrup and whipped butter, and more. If modifications are necessary, Tryst can accommodate with gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Breakfast is available from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A New York-style pizza will hit the spot for a quick lunch. Rudri Bhatt Patel Flower Child 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, #16-1000 Healthy, but tasty, Flower Child is a popular lunch spot in Desert Ridge. Ladies lunching, people picking up to-go orders, and moms toting their kids in strollers are usually fixtures at this casual-but-trendy lunch spot. The vegetables usually have an interesting twist which includes Indian-spiced cauliflower,Thai green papaya, and red chile-glazed sweet potatoes. Vegan poke, Madras yellow curry, and the forbidden rice bowls have the options of adding all-natural chicken, grass-fed steak, salmon, or tofu. The teas and lemonades are ones you won’t typically find at other restaurants. And if you’re looking to day drink, Flower Child offers Arizona beers like Lumberyard Diamond Down lager and seasonal Four Peaks. Slices 21001 North Tatum Boulevard Sometimes lunch needs to be quick, and there is nothing like a New York-style pizza to fill that need. A landmark since 1998, Slices offers at least 25 varieties of pizzas, including pepperoni pineapple bacon, cheeseburger, white prosciutto, and Colby chicken. Grab a slice with a drink for less than $6. Slices also offers calzones and gluten-free crusts. There usually isn’t a wait, so even with a short lunch break you can savor your downtime. Tikka Shack 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, #48-1520 Indian food doesn’t have to be intimidating. The menu at Tikka Shack targets the newbie Indian diner to the person who absolutely craves curry morning, noon, or night. For a suburban lunch joint, they are generous with favorite options like samosas, masala fries, and biryani. Crafting your own curries is a new way to enjoy a midday meal. Patrons can choose from tikka, korma, and spinach masala or Goan vindaloo. After choosing your sauce, pick chicken, veggies, paneer, shrimp, or lamb as your protein. Add naan or rice to finish your meal. The portions are generous and the spice level isn’t crazy. Get your lunch on as early as 11 a.m. Rows of various spirits offered at Pigtails Cocktail Bar. Courtesy of Pigtails Cocktail Bar
Happy Hour BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse 21001 North Tatum Boulevard Sometimes you need a go-to place for a happy hour that will leave you satisfied after a hard day’s work. Around since 1978, BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse serves 11 award-winning, local craft beers and 10 rotating, seasonal options. For dining, expect chips and dip, burgers, and bite-size pizzas. During happy hour, happening 3 to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 p.m. to close Sunday to Thursday, hand-crafted beers are $5 and Dark Horse wines are $6. Pigtails Cocktail Bar 21001 North Tatum Boulevard A speakeasy concept is always fun for those looking for an escape from the ordinary bar experience. Pigtails Cocktail Bar features a raw oyster bar and drinks boasting barrel-aged whiskey, organic vodka, botanically infused gin, and variety of tequilas. No password is required, and the covert entry makes this an exciting end to the weekday, or any day. Hours are 4 p.m. to midnight, Tuesday through Thursday; 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, 1 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday; and 1 to 10 p.m. Sunday. Yard House 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, #48-1550 Though lively and casual, Yard House takes its happy hour seriously. The expansive food menu includes half-priced appetizers such as boneless wings, poke nachos, spinach cheese dip, chicken nachos, classic sliders, onion ring tower, pork lumpia, fried mac and cheese, and chicken lettuce wraps. There is plenty to drink, too. All draft beers, wine, spirits, and cocktails are $3 off and nine-ounce wines are $4 off. Happy hour is 3 to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10 p.m. to close Sunday to Thursday. Authentic Mexican cuisine is plentiful at Barrio Queen. Rudri Bhatt Patel Barrio Queen 21001 North Tatum Boulevard It always feels like a good time walking into Barrio Queen . Since its debut in Desert Ridge last year, there is always a wait outside the restaurant. Patrons are excited to try the handcrafted drinks like the jalapeño margarita, La Dahlia, and the award-winning skinny chola. The goal is to make you feel as if you are dining in Mexico via authentic favorites like queso fundido, yucca fries, roasted elote, and several varieties of tacos, enchiladas, and tortas. Don’t miss trying the chile relleno — a fresh roasted poblano filled with mushrooms, spinach, zucchini, red pepper, and tomatoes. CB Live 21001 North Tatum Boulevard Focused on entertainment, the CB Live lineup features comedians, variety shows, and other entertainers so guests can let loose and enjoy a show with their meal. The dinner menu offers nachos, Copper Fries, a hummus plate, steak bites, burgers, vegetarian bowls, roasted chicken, and more. There are also cocktails like include Moscow mules and a seasonal whiskey smash, as well as beer and wine. You can literally sit back, enjoy your food, and watch the show. Nori 21001 North Tatum Boulevard You wouldn’t expect modern Japanese dining down the street from suburban homes, but Nori offers just that — udon noodles, miso soup, edamame, and crispy salmon, as well as several varieties of sushi and tempura. Pair your meal with cold sake to get the full Japanese cuisine experience. Couples will definitely dig the cool-but-sophisticated atmosphere. Listen up, couples, this feels like a legitimate date night. Sandbar Mexican Grill 21001 North Tatum Boulevard No matter the time of day, there is always a party going on at Sandbar . Live music, outdoor cabanas, and a multicolored furniture scheme will put you in the mood to celebrate — even if it is a Monday evening. There is plenty to eat, too. Tacos, nachos, macaroni and cheese, sizzling fajitas, and even salads if you want to keep it light. Multitasking fun is the main mission at Sandbar and at night, people are dancing to the music while keeping their margarita from spilling. Sizzle Korean BBQ 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, #36-1220 Keeping it interactive is a novel way to have dinner. At Sizzle Korean BBQ , the meal is cooked at your table. Hyunwook Lee, the executive chef, wants to fuse Korean, Asian, and Japanese cuisines. Be aware that it is mostly about the meat here, with different cuts of beef and pork cooked to your liking. There is the option to complement the meat with soups, noodles, and rice as well. Experience French desserts in the middle of Phoenix. Rudri Bhatt Patel Nekter Juice Bar 21001 North Tatum Boulevard, #18-1096 If vegan ice cream is your thing, stop by Nekter Juice Bar and try the coconut vanilla. But whatever you get, you can sprinkle on your choice of chocolate chips, cacao nibs, chocolate drizzle, coconut flakes, strawberries, blueberries, or hempseed granola. A variety of smoothies are also available to satisfy that sweet tooth while staying somewhat healthy. Paris Rendez-vous 21001 North Tatum Boulevard Who says you need to travel to Paris to taste a French dessert? Paris Rendez-vous offers macarons, canele de Bordeaux, and croissants. These aren’t just ordinary sweet treats. The macarons taste homemade with rich, deep flavors and just the right amount of soft shell crunch you’d expect. Once you have one macaron, you will ask for more. Gelato is also offered if you need something to cool your palate. City Dining Guide Rudri Patel is a lawyer turned writer and editor. She is the co-editor of the online literary journal The Sunlight Press and on staff at Literary Mama. Contact:

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