Clove brings out India’s special connection with spice. And with love

Clove brings out India’s special connection with spice. And with love

LIFE Clove brings out India’s special connection with spice. And with love Clove was toothache cure in mother’s kitchen, mystery and delight added to kahwa tea. There is a lot more to this aromatic than meets the eye. 14954 — Total Shares
Clove is a chameleon. A mistress of multiplicity. Where others go by three names, clove goes by 10. She is a multi-profiled deity of the masala dabba.
It’s easy to pin clove to that distinctive club shape. It’s much more complex to refine is her nose.
For my Australian friends, clove is Christmas, the spice forming a visual crown of thorns atop a brined and glazed Christmas ham.
Cloves: A crown atop Christmas festive food. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
For my Indian friends, clove is the aroma of toothache: her form, an integral part of every Amma’s medicine kit when childhood toothache comes to call.
Known for her front-footed warmth in the West, clove’s more tightly held structural mystery has its power acknowledged in the East.
The East-West divide in spice wisdom is accentuated with an aromatic clove.
Ginger is warm healing everywhere. Cinnamon, the aroma of homecoming. But, as complexity in spice profile increases, emotional reference becomes more important to our understanding.
Clove’s wooded strength is a pleasantly penetrative taste of camphor when cooked through tamatar chaman . Her profile gives great texture when crushed and added with cinnamon and saffron to kahwa.
Clove is a complex flavour: Woody heat, menthol punch. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)
Clove in a pulao that is as festive as any Christmas ham, served topped with slivered almonds on the occasions when sweet rice is the only appropriate plate to serve.
All of these pieces of clove that we are given to mouth and digest and imbibe, made by the hands of those who love us through the dishes that we call home. All of these memories that help us to understand the heart and the nuance of the spice we hold in our hands.
I stood my with chachi in her New Delhi kitchen not so long ago, and she asked of my spice classes, of what I teach in my small Australian town.
I explained that I spoke of spices as ‘beings’ in order to convey the might and the majesty of their role in all Indian cuisine. That in European food, it is the produce that is king. But that, in our culture, spice is the empress — and all other flavour follows.
My Indian heritage helps me cut into clove’s core in order to reveal all of her. (Photo: Author)
The latter is, agreed my chachi, a very Indian way of thinking.
And so, I use this important piece of my heritage to cut into clove’s core in order to reveal all of her.
Not just the warmth. But the wooded heat. The depth. The darker medicinal notes. Her camphor. That menthol finish. Her last-gasp bitter pungency.
With this knowledge, I make clove beautiful. #Health , #Food , #Spices , #Clove The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of DailyO.in or the India Today Group. The writers are solely responsible for any claims arising out of the contents of this article. Writer Sarina Kamini is author of Spirits In A Spice Jar, available through Westland Books and Amazon Like DailyO Facebook page to know what’s trending.

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Street food fans are in for a treat at Cosford Food Festival

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If you love street food accompanied by live music and a cocktail or two… the Cosford Food Festival is the summer event for you! This year’s epic line-up includes some of the best street food in town serving up a diverse menu with flavours from around the world
Heading to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 20-21 July the weekend will be packed full of more artisan food and drink than ever before, from some of the region’s top award-winning producers.
This year’s epic line-up includes some of the best street food in town serving up a diverse menu with flavours from around the world to tempt foodies. New to the festival this year is Birmingham based Canoodle, serving Pan Asian cuisine and Sticky Beaks who specialise in slow-roasted meats. Also new to the line-up is The Grub Shed, serving loaded fries from a quirky converted ambulance.
The hugely popular Street Souvlaki will be back in July with their Greek BBQ along with Baked in Brick serving their chicken tikka wraps cooked on the bonnet of a red mini! If it’s a gourmet burger you fancy, look out for Sticky Fig in their brand new American airstream, or perhaps a freshly made stone baked pizza courtesy of Barebones Pizza could tempt you. For those who like food with a bit more of a kick, Mukaase will be back this year, dishing up Afro-Caribbean curries and dumplings.
Why not wash your lunch down with a glass of fizz from the Proseccart , a little tipple from the Gin Jamboree, or perhaps one of Beetle Juice’s summer cocktails as you sit back and enjoy the festival entertainment! If you’re designated driver, the Bar of Farr Farr Away will be serving soft drinks and slushies alongside their full bar service, or why not grab yourself a freshly ground coffee from Drink Up’s converted American Dodge Van or Van Chaud’s H Van.
An exciting addition to the street food area for those who can’t resist something sweet is The Brownie Bus, their hot chunky brownies and a generous topping of your choice is a must! No summer event would be complete without traditional dairy ice-creams and sorbets, look out for the Shropshire Ice Cream Company in the little yellow caravan.
Plus, four huge marquees will be packed full of local food and drink for you to sample and buy! This bustling food market will be packed with popular favorites on the food festival scene, including;
Spanish Hamper who will along a range of Spanish delicacies including cured chorizo, chorizo spread, jamon , tapas cones and sangria to enjoy on the day. Moyden’s Handmade Cheese are also back for 2019, showcasing their award-winning range of artisan cheeses, including Wrekin Blue, Wrekin White and Newport 1665 .
The popular Jack Lewis will be exhibiting again this year with an exciting range of handmade chocolates and brownies with unique designs and flavours. Tempting visitors with a huge selection of international and national award-winning wines is Kerry Vale Vineyard, so whether it’s red, white or fizzy you prefer, there is sure to be a bottle to entice any festival goer who loves great wine.
There will be plenty of new exhibitors joining the festival this year, including Luxury Mallow who specialise in luxurious homemade marshmallows in a range of gourmet flavours including lemon meringue pie and gin and tonic !
Also exhibiting at Cosford for the first time is Tropical Paradise Preserves who create a variety of preserves with Caribbean inspired flavours, spiced plum with dark rum jam and hot rocket chilli sauce to name but a few .
Organisers are also thrilled to have Indian Street Food joining the exhibitor line-up with a tasty selection of meat and vegetable pakora, Bombay sandwiches, lamb kebabs, aloo tikka salad and curried pasties. Plus, if it’s a cooling summers drink you’re after, keep a look out for Harry’s Milkshake Munchices with their exciting range of milkshakes made from the finest ingredients, served with a cookie on the side!
In addition to over 100 local producers of great food and drink, some of the region’s top chefs will be appearing live on the demo stage cooking speciality dishes and sharing their years of experience.
Festival goers can also sit back and enjoy bands playing throughout the day on the music stage and if you have little ones, bring them with you….there will be plenty of entertainment including kids cookery classes, circus skills, face painting and a tent packed full of activities. Shropshire Live has been providing Shropshire with independent news and entertainment since 2009. Send us your news to interact@shropshirelive.com or call 01743 818 095. For advertising information call Fiona on 01743 816 817. Share

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Are you now looking to stay in Little India ? You asked about hotels closest to MRT stations but then didn’t reply. You can read reviews of restaurants by clicking the link at the top of this page and narrowing down to Indian cuisine or city area. Those reviews will mention cleanliness and the food.

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The Irrawaddy Magazine A Taste of Vietnam on Offer at Sedona Hotel Yangon Chinese Officials Again Pressure Kachin Leaders to Back Myitsone Dam New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago Public Needs Reassuring Over BRI-Related New Yangon City Project Objection Filed Against New Military-Linked Political Party More Than 300 Species in Myanmar Endangered: Report Body Language: The Russian Science Keeping N. Korea’s Dead Leaders Looking Fresh Chinese Developer’s Grand Claims Spark Fresh Concern in Karen State Satellite Images Show Madrasa Buildings Still Standing at Scene of Indian Bombing Myanmar’s Meditation Master Who Spread the Practice Abroad UN Urges Social Media, Investors to Promote Human Rights in Myanmar A Taste of Vietnam on Offer at Sedona Hotel Yangon
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 06:06 AM PST
Sedona Hotel Yangon’s all-day restaurant D’Cuisine is this month offering authentic Vietnamese dishes prepared by guest Chef Tang Tu Vinh Quang, head chef at Sedona Suites in Ho Chi Minh City.
“Nowadays, Vietnamese cuisine is becoming more and more well-known because of its unique blend of flavorful, healthy ingredients, which many people enjoy,” Chef Tang said at a media tasting event at Sedona Hotel Yangon on March 5.
As Chef Tang pointed out, Myanmar people are already familiar with popular signature Vietnamese dishes like pho and fresh spring rolls, also known as cold rolls.
The chef prepares fresh spring rolls in front of guests. / Htet Wai “There is so much more to delight their taste buds, even in the other, lesser-known Vietnamese dishes,” he added.
D’Cuisine’s special Vietnamese cuisine counter is offering beef salad, fresh spring rolls, beef or chicken noodle pho, Hue noodle soup and many other authentic dishes.
At the tasting event, Chef Tang offered members of the media a few tips for making fresh spring rolls—something that’s much harder than it looks. But it was a lot of fun and really quite interesting; all the ingredients you need can be found at the local market.
Popular Vietnamese noodle pho and fresh spring rolls. / Htet Wai For many people, fresh spring rolls are a particular favorite; they can be eaten as an appetizer or as a healthy lunch. The main ingredient is rice paper. The first step is to make the rice paper soft with hot or cold water. Then place lettuce, mint leaves, cooked rice vermicelli noodles, fresh sprouts, shaved carrot, boiled pork and prawns on the rice paper and slowly wrap them. With that, you’ve got your own fresh, healthy spring rolls. Eat them with chili sauce and garlic mixed together.
At the Vietnamese counter, chefs will roll them right in front of you. They’re really delicious and leave you with a natural, fresh taste in your mouth.
Another well-known dish is the Vietnamese noodle soup called pho. At the counter it is served with chicken, as not everyone enjoys beef.
The pho at D’Cuisine is prepared with noodles brought from Vietnam. The dish is served with chicken and onion. It’s a bit oily, and while the taste was great, I prefer beef pho served with mint leaves.
Desserts are displayed at the Vietnamese cuisine counter. / Htet Wai “Most Vietnamese dishes contain fish sauce. It’s included in every dish and we use more beef [than some other cuisines]. You can see most of our dishes are cooked with beef,” Chef Tang said.
Another great authentic Vietnamese dish is beef salad, which is similar to Thai beef salad, but contains fish sauce. The chef cuts the beef into small strips and cooks them, then blends them with onion, mint leaves and chopped chili. The dish is not too oily and the meat is really tender, complemented perfectly by the mint leaves.
The counter offers many other dishes including desserts. “I hope that guests will enjoy what we have to offer,” Chef Tang said.
While Myanmar people are already somewhat familiar with Vietnamese dishes, there are few Vietnamese restaurants in Yangon. So don’t miss this opportunity to sample authentic flavors from the country.
The special offer will be available throughout March at Sedona Hotel Yangon’s D’Cuisine restaurant. For prices, check the hotel’s Facebook page.
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Chinese Officials Again Pressure Kachin Leaders to Back Myitsone Dam
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 03:48 AM PST
YANGON—Senior officials from China’s Yunnan province once again pressured Kachin religious leaders to support the revival of the controversial Myitsone hydropower project at a meeting last week in the Chinese border town of Ruili, an influential Kachin religious leader told The Irrawaddy.
At the meeting between top Yunnan leaders and representatives of the Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) on Friday, the Chinese officials said Chinese President Xi Jinping was a strong supporter of the Myitsone Dam project.
“They said it would be better if we accept the Myitsone project, as it would bring benefits to the [local] people,” said KBC president Rev. Hkalam Samson.
Located at the confluence of the two rivers that form Myanmar’s “lifeline”, the Irrawaddy River, the US$3.6-billion (nearly 5.5 trillion kyats) project was suspended by then-president U Thein Sein in 2011 amid a widespread public outcry over the dam’s potentially serious social and environmental impacts. However, it came under the spotlight again when Chinese Ambassador Hong Liang claimed after a visit to Kachin State at the end of December that the Kachin people were not opposed to its resumption.
Hong said the dam is needed to implement projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), Xi’s signature foreign policy project.
KBC officials met seven top leaders from Yunnan province but did not reveal their names or positions.
During the meeting, Chinese officials also stressed that the Kachin armed group needed to sign the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement (NCA) as soon as possible in order to facilitate development projects and the return of IDPs to Kachin State.
China has been acting as a peace broker between the military and members of the Northern Alliance, a group comprising the Kachin Independence Amy (KIA), the Arakan Army (AA), the Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA) and the Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA). In January, government peace representatives and the KIA held an informal meeting in Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan province.
“They think that if we sign the peace agreement, their investment will be secured in our state. But our aims [as an ethnic group] are focused on achieving self-determination and equal rights in our state. We want a federal [Union]. We have a big gap here,” Rev. Hkalam Samson said.
“They say that the BRI will help the development of Myanmar, and that we should not think the project will only benefit China,” he said.
“They urged us not to misunderstand the BRI project,” he added.
Bordering China’s Yunnan Province, Kachin State plays an important role in China’s BRI plans. In Kachin State, Myanmar and China plan to construct a US$5-million “economic cooperation zone” in Kanpiketi, a town in the state’s Special Region 1, which is under the control of the New Democratic Army-Kachin militia group. In Myitkyina, work has begun on a China-backed industrial zone with a total project area of 4,751 acres and an expected bill of more than US$3 million.
During the meeting, Chinese officials also said they are ready to help facilitate the return of IDPs in Kachin state.
“According to them, the development of the border area is crucial under President Xi’s policy. Their development plans have been stalled by the [civil] war. I think they will push harder to make it happen in the near future,” Rev. Hkalam Samson said.
In February, Myanmar military (or Tatmadaw) commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing met Kachin religious leaders in Myitkyina, the capital of Kachin State, after the Tatmadaw declared a unilateral four-month ceasefire effective in active conflict areas in north and northeast Myanmar including Kachin State. During the meeting, the senior-general revealed his wish to hasten the return of Kachin IDPs to their homes, expressed a desire to advance the peace process with the Kachin armed group, and said a final decision on the Myitsone Dam would depend on the public’s wishes and on Parliament.
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New Dive Center Opens in Mergui Archipelago
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 03:06 AM PST
YANGON— As Myanmar’s Mergui islands open up to more visitors, the limited facilities among the most remote islands of the archipelago are growing slowly but steadily. For the most adventurous of travelers, Awei Pila Dive Center, on Pila Island, now offers diving courses and certification for beginners.
The center is located at a resort by the same name on an island with 12 dive sites nearby at depths of 12 to 30 meters, including Shark Cave and Rocky Island which are said to be gaining international recognition among dive experts. Official PADI courses from the beginner’s “Discover Scuba Diving” to the expert’s “Dive Master” courses are offered and take at least three days to complete.
“We go out in the morning for two dives, stop for lunch, then take one dive in the afternoon,” said Awei Pila’s resident marine biologist and SCUBA instructor Marcelo Guimaraes. “We also have night dives upon demand, where you’ll see squid, lobsters, turtles and an array of open corals.”
Awei Pila Dive Center offers diving at 12 dive sites near Pila Island in the Mergui Archipelago. / Supplied “Divers can swim among schools of barracudas, yellow snappers and fusiliers, and will be able to get up close and personal with nudibranches, sea horses and scorpion fish,” he said. “And at certain times of the year, we come across Manta rays and whale sharks.”
In a bid to follow sustainable tourism practices, advanced divers must undergo a Coral Conservation course as part of the center’s Green Fins initiative, a UN-backed program to encourage environmentally astute policies among divers and dive centers.
Some of the marine life to be seen in the Mergui Archipelago. / Supplied Pila Island is a 2.5-hour speed boat ride from Kawthaung, Myanmar’s southernmost town. Divers who attend the courses can stay at the Awei Pila resort on the island which just opened last December and follows sustainable principles and a minimum-impact concept, with no internet connection and solar-supplied electricity.
The islands of the archipelago closest to the southern cities of Myeik and Kawthaung have popular day trip and some overnight tour options and a number of agencies based there offer diving courses and certification. Foreigners are not required to get permits to travel to them. However, more and more travelers looking for a true pristine white-sand desert-island experience tend find it on a longer multi-day trip the outlying islands which are often entirely unoccupied or with settlements of the Moken “Sea Gypsy” ethnic group. Facilities to accommodate these travelers are being offered at a small number of recently-opened resorts, including Awei Pila, which gladly have adopted environmentally friendly themes. Other reputable “eco” options include Boulder Bay Eco Resort and Wa Ale Island Resort on other islands in the archipelago.
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Public Needs Reassuring Over BRI-Related New Yangon City Project
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 02:31 AM PST
Of all the development projects initiated by the Yangon government, the New Yangon City project is indisputably the most controversial.
From the beginning, the project’s location—a 20,000-acre site on the west bank of the Yangon River—has been questioned due to the flood-prone topography of the area. Then it emerged that the project’s main developer, the city government-backed New Yangon Development Company (NYDC), had signed a framework agreement with China Communication and Construction Company (CCCC), which is internationally notorious for the shady, secretive deals it has struck to win projects in most of the countries in which it has worked.
Less well known is that the New City project is part of the ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China’s massive international infrastructure development strategy.
The revelation was made by Yangon Chief Minister U Phyo Min Thein in December last year during a workshop with an invited audience on the project’s master plan in Hlaing Thaya Township in Yangon.
He said the New Yangon City project was discussed during one of State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi’s trips to China, and was now considered to be among the BRI projects in Myanmar.
He added that the Yangon government wasn’t capable of handling the project, given its huge scale, and that it was now under the management of the Steering Committee for the Implementation of the BRI, which is led by the State Counselor. The 27-member committee, which was formed in September last year, mostly comprises Union ministers. U Phyo Min Thein is a member, along with other chief ministers from Mandalay, Shan, Kachin and Rakhine, all of which are home to proposed BRI projects.
The Yangon chief minister said at the workshop that his government had to submit monthly reports to the president about the progress of the project.
Interestingly, prior to December, the Yangon chief minister had not publicized the fact that the project is part of the BRI—not even at the launch ceremony for NYDC in March last year. He failed to mention it again last month at a public consultation event on the project’s master plan. (It was the second time he had appeared at a public event related to the project.) NYDC has been silent on this subject as well.
The New City project has raised concerns among the public. For example, despite NYDC chief executive Serge Pun’s assurances that CCCC is qualified to implement the project, questions remain over NYDC’s willingness to sign a framework agreement with a company with an international reputation for corruption and bribery, among other undesirable behaviors. The Yangon chief minister has boasted that the new city will create jobs for 2 million people. Given that the project is part of the BRI, it’s quite likely that most of the companies involved in constructing the city will be Chinese. People are wondering aloud just how much of the job-opportunity pie will go to Myanmar people. Another concern involves who will own most of the real estate in the New City upon its completion. Will it be a Chinese enclave like those that have sprung up in some African countries, where Chinese development projects were facilitated by an influx of Chinese?
As it is now responsible for managing the project, the Daw Aung San Suu Kyi-led steering committee must consider these issues seriously. There should be transparency and accountability in every step they take regarding the project. At the same time, public concerns surrounding the project have to be addressed.
The State Counselor said during the first meeting of the steering committee that participating in BRI projects could bring benefits not only to Myanmar but to the region as well.
She emphasized the need to thoroughly scrutinize BRI projects from different perspectives to ensure they offered both short- and long-term benefits to the country and the people, and that the selected projects are in conformity with national plans, policies and domestic procedures.
So, it’s very likely that the New Yangon City project will go ahead as planned. As it’s now a state project, the state-level committee must thoroughly scrutinize it to keep it on the right track to ensure maximum benefit for Myanmar and its people. If not, the project will become a source of shame for the country and the latest item on a long list of alleged incidents of corruption, fraud and bribery relating to CCCC’s development projects in many countries.
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Objection Filed Against New Military-Linked Political Party
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 01:29 AM PST
NAYPYITAW—The Myanmar People’s Democratic Party (MPD) on Tuesday raised an objection with the Union Election Commission (UEC) about the party logo of the Democratic Party of National Politics (DNP) as its logo is similar to that of the MPD according to the party’s chairman U Htay Kyaw.
“The main color of our party logo is yellow. The design and color of the DNP is similar to our logo so I have raised an objection so that people can differentiate [between the logos] easily,” U Htay Kyaw told The Irrawaddy.
The MPD was established in May 2017 and contested in three constituencies in Yangon and Pegu in the 2018 by-election, but lost all of them.
U Soe Maung, the minister of the President’s Office during U Thein Sein’s administration, registered the DNP with the UEC on Feb. 28.
In line with procedures, the UEC announced the name, flag and logo of the DNP in state-run newspapers on March 1 so that anyone who wants to complain about the establishment of the party can raise objections with the UEC.
U Soe Maung, a close confidant of former military regime leader U Than Shwe, retired as the military’s advocate-general before serving as minister of the President’s Office under then-President U Thein Sein. He was also a member of the military commission that drafted the 2008 Constitution.
“We have not yet decided what to do in response to the objection,” UEC spokesperson U Myint Naing told The Irrawaddy.
Upon receiving a proposal to establish a political party, the Home Affairs Ministry’s immigration and population department must determine whether the applicants have links to terrorist organizations or unlawful associations.
Other senior figures in the DNP are U Lun Maung and U Kyaw Thu, both former military officers.
U Lun Maung served as auditor-general under U Thein Sein’s quasi-civilian government until he asked to leave the post in 2012. He has since run a restaurant in Mon State’s Bilin Township, and kept a low-profile.
U Kyaw Thu was a brigadier general in the army and served as chairman of the Union Civil Service Board, a government agency responsible for recruiting civil servants.
Meanwhile, ex-general and former Lower House lawmaker U Shwe Mann has re-entered politics. U Shwe Mann who was considered the third most powerful man in the military regime led by U Than Shwe also formed his political party, Union Betterment Party (UBP) in February.
On his Facebook page, U Shwe Mann, a close ally of State Counselor and National League for Democracy leader Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, said his party will work towards building a democratic federal union; developing the economy; systematic development of education, healthcare and culture; and establishing rule of law, stability, equality and peace.
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More Than 300 Species in Myanmar Endangered: Report
Posted: 06 Mar 2019 12:26 AM PST
YANGON — Myanmar is home to 331 endangered species, according to the latest report from the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), including birds, orangutans, elephants, deer, freshwater turtles, pangolins and tigers.
The IUCN, an international organization based in Switzerland working to protect plants and animals and their habitats, launched the report, “Larger than Tigers,” in Yangon on Tuesday.
There are more than 5,000 species threatened with extinction in Asia and about 800 endangered species in the Greater Mekong Region, which includes Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. According to the report, the biodiversity of the Greater Mekong is under threat because of habitat loss and exploitation.
In Myanmar, more than 300 species are facing the threat of extinction, said May Lay Thant, national environment coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS).
“There are many threats to conservation efforts. Mainly, the habitats have vanished or the quality of habitats has declined. The excessive exploitation for illegal trade of wildlife and forest products is the biggest threat,” she said.
According to the report, plants and wildlife are exploited to make traditional herbal medicines, clothes and accessories, for food and for pets. It says hunting and poaching was found in about 70 percent of sanctuaries. The annual illegal wildlife trade in Southeast Asia and the Pacific region is worth about 17 billion euros ($19.2 billion).
In May, Myanmar’s Parliament passed the Protection of Biodiversity and Conservation Areas Law, which prescribes harsh penalties for hunting and illegal wildlife trading as defined by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). Violators can face up to 10 years in jail.
In October, the Yangon Region government also imposed a ban on selling items made with wildlife parts at souvenir shops or selling wildlife curries at restaurants.
However, due to strong financial incentives, the illegal wildlife trade remains rampant.
“It is very dangerous to hunt tiger, but the profit from selling tiger is very big. Since the profit is greater than the cost, they will continue hunting no matter how dangerous it is, because there is such a huge demand for it,” said WCS program director U Saw Tun.
He said it was important to maintain biodiversity because the extinction of ecosystems or forests can ultimately lead to the extinction of mankind.
The World Wildlife Fund (Myanmar) has also warned that Myanmar’s elephant population could disappear in the next decade if the government fails to effectively prevent poaching.
Preparation of the “Larger than Tigers” report took two years and involved 28 authors with input from 382 experts from more than 150 organizations who participated in workshops or provided information and comments, across over 25 countries in Asia.
E.U. Ambassador to Myanmar Kristian Schmidt said the bloc would support Myanmar in maintaining its biodiversity and developing a green economy.
At an event in Naypyitaw in October, Myanmar authorities destroyed hundreds of seized elephant tusks, pangolin scales and other animal parts worth a combined $1.3 million on the black market.
Among globally threatened species, those found in Myanmar include the elephant, tiger, dolphin, pangolin, bear, python, turtle, banteng, takin, hairy-nosed otter, and more.
Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko.
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Body Language: The Russian Science Keeping N. Korea’s Dead Leaders Looking Fresh
Posted: 05 Mar 2019 10:30 PM PST
SEOUL — Perhaps none of the communist legacies shared by Vietnam and North Korea highlighted during Kim Jong Un’s “goodwill visit” to Hanoi is stranger than the embalmed leaders on display in their capital cities, and the secretive team of Russian technicians that keeps the aging bodies looking ageless.
Kim laid a wreath outside Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum in the Vietnamese capital on Saturday, after the conclusion of his shortened summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
Inside the dark interior of the mausoleum, the embalmed corpse of Vietnam’s founding father lies displayed in a glass coffin for a steady stream of tourists who silently shuffle by.
In Pyongyang, Kim Jong Un’s grandfather and father are on similar display in the loftily named Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, a monument to the cult of personality that surrounds North Korea’s ruling family.
All three leaders were originally preserved by a team of specialists from the so-called “Lenin Lab” in Moscow, which first embalmed and displayed Vladimir Lenin’s body in 1924.
The Soviet Union may have collapsed, and socialism in both Vietnam and North Korea has taken on forms barely recognizable to the ideology’s first thinkers, but that same lab still performs annual maintenance on Ho, and according to at least one researcher, still helps North Korea keep the Kims looking fresh.
“The original embalming and the regular re-embalmings have always been conducted by the scientists of the Moscow lab,” said Alexei Yurchak, a professor of anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley, who is writing a book about the embalmed communist leaders. “Over the years they trained local scientists in some techniques, but not all, maintaining the core of the know-how secret.”
Body work
Unlike earlier preservation processes such as mummification, the permanent embalming pioneered by Soviet scientists kept the bodies flexible, with unblemished skin and a lifelike, if rather waxy, pallor.
With North Vietnam under regular attack by American warplanes at the time of Ho’s death in 1969, the Soviet Union airlifted chemicals and equipment to a cave outside Hanoi, which the Soviet experts turned into a sterile lab, Yurchak said.
When the Soviet Union collapsed in the 1990s, the government lab faced a funding crisis, leading it to rely more heavily on offering services to foreign clients, Yurchak said.
Among those customers was North Korea, where Russian specialists embalmed both Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il at a laboratory built into the mausoleum in Pyongyang.
The original embalming takes several months, and the bodies need regular upkeep.
“Every one-and-a-half to two-years, these bodies are re-embalmed by the Moscow scientists,” Yurchak said, citing interviews he conducted with lab scientists and his own field research.
The website for the committee that manages Ho’s mausoleum says Russia started charging for the chemicals after the Soviet Union collapsed, prompting Hanoi to ask that the supplies be produced in Vietnam. Vietnam has also sent technicians to study in Russia and can now handle the operations of the mausoleum by itself, the website says.
A source with the committee, however, confirmed the monument is closed every year for two months and that Russian technicians help with annual maintenance of the body.
When contacted by Reuters, the mausoleum lab in Moscow, which since 1992 has been known as the Center for Scientific Research and Teaching Methods in Biochemical Technologies, declined to comment on any aspect of its work.
The North Korean delegation at the United Nations did not respond to a request for comment.
Researcher Tom Fowdy, who founded a group promoting tourism and cultural engagements in North Korea, said he has seen the Kumsusan Palace closed for unexplained “renovations,” but maintenance of the bodies is a mystery.
“While it is obvious the methodology was derived from Russia, it will be a closely kept secret,” he said.
Some experts say China, which relied on its own scientists to embalmed Mao Zedong because of tension between Beijing and Moscow at the time, may have taught or helped North Korea.
Changing symbols
Visitors to Pyongyang’s Kumsusan Palace pass displays that include Kim Jong Il’s personal yacht and an Apple computer the dictator had once owned, before being required to bow three times to the bodies.
“The personality politics of the Kims exceeds all others,” Fowdy said, noting that maintaining the memorial will continue to “receive overwhelming priority” in North Korea’s government budgeting.
It’s not clear how much impoverished North Korea spends on maintaining the Kims’ bodies. When Moscow released preservation costs for the first time in 2016, it reported spending nearly $200,000 that year to maintain Lenin.
Originally the embalming was seen as a way of joining the various countries to international communism, as embodied in Lenin.
But as Vietnam and North Korea developed in their different political ways, so has the meaning attached to preserving the leaders’ bodies.
“Today this original meaning of these bodies has changed – in Vietnam the body of Ho today stands for anti-colonial struggles for independence and even for new nationalism, much more than for communism,” Yurchak said. “In North Korea the two Kims’ bodies stand for a self-sufficient country organized around one leader and existing in the face of the ‘imperialist surroundings.'”
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Chinese Developer’s Grand Claims Spark Fresh Concern in Karen State
Posted: 05 Mar 2019 10:29 PM PST
YANGON — A Chinese company behind an urban development project near the Thai border in Karen State says it is planning to build on a swath of land under the control of a local armed group many times the size it was granted by the government.
The Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC) approved 25.5 acres of land for the Shwe Kokko urban development project in Myawaddy Township last year. But the Myanmar Yatai International Holding Group, the local subsidiary of China’s Jilin Yatai Group, says the first phase alone will cover 214 acres.
The Irrawaddy has reported on the project and the company’s claims before, but recent media coverage has reignited public confusion about what was approved and concern over what is actually happening on the ground.
Col. Saw Chit Thu (right) meets with a representatives of the Myanmar Yatai International Holding Group, in this screenshot from the company’s promotional video. Daw Mya Sanda, a director of Myanmar’s Directorate of Investment and Company Administration (DICA), told The Irrawaddy that the agency approved the project at $22.5 million in July — with the endorsement of the Karen State government — for the construction of 59 villas within three years, and nothing more.
Being valued in the millions, it dwarfs the 5 million kyats ($3,295) cap on projects state governments are allowed to approve on their own, which is why DICA got involved.
Karen State Chief Minister Nang Khin Htwe Myint (left) meets with a representatives of the Myanmar Yatai International Holding Group, in this screenshot from the company’s promotional video. In late 2017, Karen State Chief Minister Daw Nang Khin Htwe Myint told The Irrawaddy that the government granted Col. Saw Chit Thu, the commander of a local border guard force (BGF), about 60 acres in area under the armed group’s control for commercial development.
A video posted to YouTube in August 2017 bearing Yatai International’s logo and soliciting investors to the project, meanwhile, puts the price tag at $15 billion for a “small international city” replete with villas, casinos, tourist attractions and an international airport. It says it is aiming for an initial investment of $500 million and ultimately plans to develop a total 29,652.6 acres.
Daw Mya Sanda said it was the MIC’s job to monitor such projects for compliance.
A screenshot from Myanmar Yatai International Holding Group promotional video. Yatai International’s directors include a Myanmar national, a Cambodian and two Malaysians. The Myanmar director could not be reached for comment.
According to state lawmakers representing Myawaddy, Col. Saw Chit Thu was granted 68 acres to be precise, and that the area includes 16 villages inside the Pu Lae Pu Village Tract. They said Shwe Kokko was one of those villages, and that the colonel wanted to scale it up into its own township.
State lawmakers U Thant Zin Aung and U Aik Kyan Kham were amongst those who inspected the proposed project area before it was approved, but they said they have not been able to monitor developments since.
Residents of the project area have raised concerns about the influx of Chinese workers with young families.
A screenshot from Myanmar Yatai International Holding Group promotional video. “We heard later on that many Chinese have entered; we don’t know how Col. Chit Thu is dealing with them.” said U Aik Kyan Kham.
U Thant Zin Aung urged law enforcement authorities and immigration officials to ensure the workers and their families are in Myanmar legally.
“We are very worried about them and we urge the immigration officials to tackle the problem seriously and to apply the rules,” he said.
U Aik Kyan Kham said the government agreed to the project as originally proposed hoping that allowing the armed groups in the area some scope to do business would foster peace.
Karen State hosts at least four ethnic Karen armed groups: the Karen National Union (KNU) and its splinters; the Democratic Karen Benevolent Army (DKBA); the Democratic Karen Buddhist Army (DKBA); and Col. Chit Thu’s BGF, which is under the authority of the Myanmar military.
Over nearly 70 years of civil war in Karen State, the government and armed groups have regularly competed for business opportunities. While the armed groups operate some of their businesses independently, others are run with approval from either the state or national government.
Projects that proceed without the government’s permission can face consequences.
The Shwe Mya Sandi housing project, about 48 km from the Shwe Kokko development site, was not approved by the state. It took over 300 acres including farms, forest reserve, municipal land and part of a designated trade zone. Reacting to complaints from the owners, U Thant Zin Aung said, the government has repeatedly told the developer to stop and so far torn down 757 of the 3,209 houses it has built there.
He said that during a meeting at Saturday with locals, including those affected by the Shwe Mya Sandi housing project, the chief minister insisted that lawbreakers would be brought to justice.
“The chief minister has made it clear that if anyone is involved in the project without government permission, action would be taken against them,” he said.
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Satellite Images Show Madrasa Buildings Still Standing at Scene of Indian Bombing
Posted: 05 Mar 2019 08:53 PM PST
NEW DELHI/SINGAPORE — High-resolution satellite images reviewed by Reuters show that a religious school run by Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) in northeastern Pakistan appears to be still standing days after India claimed its warplanes had hit the Islamist group’s training camp on the site and killed a large number of militants.
The images produced by Planet Labs Inc, a San Francisco-based private satellite operator, show at least six buildings on the madrasa site on March 4, six days after the airstrike.
Until now, no high-resolution satellite images were publicly available. But the images from Planet Labs, which show details as small as 72 cm (28 inches), offer a clearer look at the structures the Indian government said it attacked.
The image is virtually unchanged from an April 2018 satellite photo of the facility. There are no discernible holes in the roofs of buildings, no signs of scorching, blown-out walls, displaced trees around the madrasa or other signs of an aerial attack.
The images cast further doubt on statements made over the last eight days by the Indian government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the raids, early on Feb. 26, had hit all the intended targets at the madrasa site near Jaba village and the town of Balakot in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province.
India’s foreign and defense ministries did not reply to emailed questions sent in the past few days seeking comment on what is shown in the satellite images and whether they undermine its official statements on the airstrikes.
Missed the target?
Jeffrey Lewis, director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Project at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies, who has 15 years’ experience in analyzing satellite images of weapons sites and systems, confirmed that the high-resolution satellite picture showed the structures in question.
“The high-resolution images don’t show any evidence of bomb damage,” he said. Lewis viewed three other high-resolution Planet Labs pictures of the site taken within hours of the image provided to Reuters.
The Indian government has not publicly disclosed what weapons were used in the strike.
Government sources told Reuters last week that 12 Mirage 2000 jets carrying 1,000-kg bombs carried out the attack. On Tuesday, a defense official said the aircraft used the 2,000-lb Israeli-made SPICE 2000 glide bomb in the strike.
A warhead of that size is meant to destroy hardened targets such as concrete shelters.
Lewis and Dave Schmerler, a senior research associate at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation studies who also analyses satellite images, said weapons that large would have caused obvious damage to the structures visible in the picture.
“If the strike had been successful, given the information we have about what kind of munitions were used, I would expect to see signs that the buildings had been damaged,” Lewis added. “I just don’t see that here.”
Pakistan has disputed India’s account, saying the operation was a failure that saw Indian jets, under pressure from Pakistani planes, drop their bombs on a largely empty hillside.
“There has been no damage to any infrastructure or human life as a result of Indian incursion,” Major General Asif Ghafoor, the director general of the Pakistan military’s press wing, said in a statement to Reuters.
“This has been vindicated by both domestic and international media after visiting the site.”
Bomb craters
In two visits to the Balakot area in Pakistan by Reuters reporters last Tuesday and Thursday, and extensive interviews with people in the surrounding area, there was no evidence found of a destroyed camp or of anyone being killed.
Villagers said there had been a series of huge explosions but the bombs appeared to have landed among trees.
On the wooded slopes above Jaba, they pointed to four craters and some splintered pine trees, but noted little other impact from the blasts that jolted them awake at about 3 a.m. on Feb. 26.
“It shook everything,” said Abdur Rasheed, a van driver who works in the area.
He said there weren’t any human casualties: “No one died. Only some pine trees died; they were cut down. A crow also died.”
Mohammad Saddique from Jaba Basic Health Unit and Zia Ul Haq, senior medical officer at Tehsil Headquarters Hospital in Balakot, said they had seen no casualties.
Political fire
India must hold a general election by May, and pollsters say Modi and his Hindu nationalist party stand to benefit from his aggressive response to a suicide bomb attack that killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in the disputed Kashmir region on Feb. 14.
Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said on the day of the strike that “a very large number of Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists, trainers, senior commanders, and groups of jihadis who were being trained for Fidayeen action were eliminated” in the attack. Fidayeen is a term used to describe Islamist militants on suicide missions.
Another senior government official told reporters on the same day that about 300 militants had been killed. On Sunday the president of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Amit Shah, put the number killed at more than 250.
The Indian government has not produced evidence that a camp was destroyed or that any militants were killed in the raid.
That has prompted some opposition politicians to push for more details.
“We want to know how many people actually died,” said Mamata Banerjee, the firebrand chief minister of West Bengal State, in a video published by her All India Trinamool Congress party in a tweet on Thursday. “Where did the bombs fall? Did they actually fall in the right place?”
Banerjee, who is seen as a potential prime ministerial candidate, said that she stood behind the Indian Armed Forces, but that they should be given a chance to speak the truth.
“We don’t want a war for political reasons, to win an election,” she said.
Modi has accused the opposition Congress party, and other opponents such as Banerjee, of helping India’s enemies by demanding evidence of the attacks.
“At a time when our army is engaged in crushing terrorism, inside the country and outside, there are some people within the country who are trying to break their morale, which is cheering our enemy,” Modi said at an election rally on Sunday.
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Myanmar’s Meditation Master Who Spread the Practice Abroad
Posted: 05 Mar 2019 08:11 PM PST
Today marks the 120 th birthday of Sayagyi U Ba Khin, who is known for his promotion of vipassana meditation in Europe and India through his International Meditation Center in Yangon since 1952. At his center in the Golden Valley neighborhood of Yangon, the former accountant general welcomed everyone to learn how to practice the non-sectarian technique for a total eradication of mental impurities and the highest happiness of full liberation. As well as local Buddhists, his students included westerners and members of the diplomatic community in Yangon, including U Goenka, a Burmese-Indian who later became an internationally acclaimed vipassana meditation teacher and established meditation centers worldwide.
When Myanmar sponsored the Sixth Buddhist Council in 1954, some Westerners who came to the event were referred to Sayagyi (a Burmese word for “master”) for instruction in meditation since at that time there was no other teacher of Vipassana who was fluent in English. In 1961, he delivered a lecture to a group of press representatives from Israel, who were in Myanmar on the occasion of the visit of Israel’s prime minister. This lecture was later published under the title ” The Real Values of True Buddhist Meditation .”
Despite his international reputation in the 1960s, Sayagyi was not allowed to leave Myanmar at the time to personally conduct meditation sessions abroad due to the country’s self-isolation policy under the then Ne Win regime. Upon his death, Sayagyi U Ba Khin is immortalized by his disciple Goenka, the Sayagyi U Ba Khin Vipassana Village still used by meditators and students from all over the world and the Global Vipassana Pagoda in Maharashtra in India.
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UN Urges Social Media, Investors to Promote Human Rights in Myanmar
Posted: 05 Mar 2019 08:07 PM PST
GENEVA — Social media firms and foreign investors must do more to ensure they support human rights in Myanmar, U.N. Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee said on Tuesday, suggesting Facebook was failing to treat parties to the country’s conflict even-handedly.
Myanmar has been trying to attract foreign investors and divert attention from 730,000 Rohingya Muslims who have fled the country since 2017. A U.N. inquiry blamed the exodus on a military campaign with “genocidal intent,” which the government denies.
Facebook said this month it had banned four insurgent groups fighting Myanmar’s military after it was criticized for not doing enough to block content fuelling the conflict. Lee said she was concerned that Facebook had not banned Myanmar’s army and allied armed groups as well.
“Contrary to achieving the stated aim of decreasing tensions, this selective banning may contribute to feelings of inequality by ethnic minorities,” Lee said in a report she will present to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Monday.
“Public institutions linked to the military, its supporters, extremist religious groups and members of the government continue to proliferate hate speech and misinformation on Facebook.”
Investigations
The company said it had taken steps to ban “hate figures, hate organizations and military officials” from Facebook in Myanmar. Its investigations were ongoing and not limited to the four groups it had blacklisted.
“We don’t want anyone to use Facebook to incite or promote violence, no matter who they are,” it said in a statement.
Lee’s report did not detail steps taken by other social media firms. But it aims to ensure platforms “including Facebook and Twitter” respect human rights and do due diligence to “fully understand the Myanmar context and act responsibly.”
Twitter, which prohibits account holders from expressing hate or making threats of violence towards a person or group, declined to comment specifically on Myanmar.
Myanmar denies allegations of mass killings and rape, and says its military offensive was a legitimate response to an insurgent threat and that it is welcoming the refugees back.
The government has refused to let Lee in and rejected a request to visit in January, saying her reports invariably lacked impartiality.
Last week Kyaw Tin, Myanmar’s minister for international cooperation, told the council human rights must be understood in historical and cultural contexts, and regretted the world’s focus on Rakhine State, from where the Rohingya fled.
Lee’s report also examined Myanmar’s mining industry.
“Unchecked extraction” of resources brought militarization and associated abuses such as rape and forced labor, it said.
Fresh sanctions should be considered on two military-run conglomerates, the Union of Myanmar Economic Holdings Limited (UMEHL) and Myanmar Economic Corporation (MEC), Lee said.
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Magic in a mini naan: Indian Accent

Cocktails , Food & Drink , Restaurants & Bars , Travel , Trends March 6, 2019 Magic in a mini naan: Indian Accent
Along a little cobbled alley in Mayfair lies a unique piece of treasure that is the innovative Indian restaurant, Indian Accent. Renowned chef, Manish Mehotra, already has restaurants in New York and New Delhi, and lucky for us his third opened in London last year. As soon as you step into the restaurant, low lit lighting and minimalist interiors seduce you and you’re instantly spellbound, intrigued by what the menu will bring.
A tiny naan is brought to you as an amuse bouche. It is filled with blue cheese and can only be described as pure deliciousness. It’s served with an equally delightful pumpkin sauce. Immediately, you’re excited for what is to come – usually a difficult impression to create so instantly. The menu is refined and the food is an innovative take on Indian cuisine, yet you don’t leave the restaurant feeling full, you feel alive from the flavours.
Potato sphere chaat with white pea mash and Kolhapuri chicken salad with peanuts and avocado are the must haves for starters. For mains, we’d recommend the seared scallops with rava prawns, on a bed of malvani dried shrimp rice, or the chicken malai tikka decorated with green chilli cream. The show-stopping desserts are not to be missed either. Makhan malai drizzled with saffron milk and rose petal jaggery brittle will send your taste buds into melt down (in a very good way).
Since going, we’ve made sure to tell everyone we know about this piece of treasure. Now we’ve told you, you’d best get booking.
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EAT Merimbula this weekend – loosen your belt buckle!

By Lisa Herbert 7 March 2019 Peisley’s – mobile licensed bar. Photo: Facebook.
This weekend, local chefs and producers return to EAT Merimbula , the fabulous food festival of Fishpen.
Back for its seventh year this Sunday (March 10), what started in 2013 as twelve stalls selling out within two hours is now a significant food event with 25 to 30 stalls dishing out up to 8,000 serves of local delights.
This foodie’s ‘Big Day Out’ throngs with locals and out-of-towners, sampling and sipping a sumptuous array of gems from ocean and earth. It’s a wonderful opportunity for food lovers to taste a wide range of local produce and check out the talents of the coast’s chefs and restaurants.
EAT committee member Anthony Osborne says “around 4,000 people will flock to the event, and over the weekend many visitors will stay in and around Merimbula, dine out for breakfast, lunch, and coffee, and maybe follow their favourite restaurant or chef throughout their stay in the area.”
This year sees the addition of a collaboration with Wheelers Restaurant for the ‘ Long Table Lunch ’ that will take place on Saturday (March 9). This is the first in a clever series of ‘long table’ events at Wheeler’s offering a degustation menu to showcase the produce of this and surrounding regions. Bookings HERE .
Dishes at EAT this year are capped at $10, and stallholders are selected according to the strength of their ‘local’ and ‘sustainable’ ingredients and products. At $10 everyone can try a variety of flavours and cuisines, so bring a picnic blanket and settle on the grass for a glorious Sunday graze.
The EAT committee believe the Fishpen site is important to the event. Osborne says “there are always comments that the site is too small, but we believe it should stay at Fishpen and that we should focus on improving quality before quantity. At EAT there is a really urban, bustling environment, everyone’s literally rubbing shoulders, it’s more like a city laneway festival”.
The event runs from 10 am to 2 pm, this Sunday, March 10. However, if previous years are anything to go by some stalls may run out, so be early to take advantage of the broadest choice of dishes on offer.
Due to the success of last year’s road closures around EAT , this year Fishpen Road, Marine Parade and Calendo Court will be closed for the duration of the event.
Region Media has been scouting around chatting to local chefs about their EAT menus. Here is a taste of what’s on offer this Sunday. Warning! Reading further could incite extreme cravings. Rockpool Cafe at Club Sapphire. Photo: Facebook
Rockpool Cafe at Club Sapphire
Rockpool Cafe have been using greens and herbs from the wonderful social enterprise ‘ From Little Things Parklands ’ and they’ll be serving an Eden fish soft taco with freshly picked herbs and vegetables, and a spicy Eden arrow squid soft taco with Disaster Bay chilli chipotle salsa and more ‘ Little Things Parklands ’ herbs.
Wild Rye’s Baking and Coffee Roasting Company
Wild Rye’s of Pambula is a great supporter of EAT, always creating sensational hand-held festival pastries. This year is no exception with treats such as Italian beef Brasato using Rusty Fig Temparanillo, mussel, bacon and corn chowder, a Florentine and mushroom quiche with Bega heritage cheese, and on the sweet side – Portuguese custard tarts, Passion fruit topped with finger lime and meringue, honey lavender cheesecake with rhubarb and fig, and batch brew iced coffee.
Sapphire Coast Wilderness Oysters – Oyster Tent
Oysters are of course a feature of the day and last year over 4,200 oysters were shucked and slurped. Wilderness Oysters will freshly shuck Sydney Rock Oysters from our local estuaries, a real taste of the Sapphire Coast. Mirritya Mundya. Photo: Facebook
Mirritya Mundya
Fresh from their successful appearance at Kylie Kwong’s Night Market at Carriageworks in Sydney, where they sold out in no time, newcomers MM will wow you with unctuous pork belly with wild ginger BBQ glaze, and cherry outback-bark beef brisket, then lemon myrtle spiced kangaroo with local warrigal green potatoes and lemon myrtle slaw. They’ll also have chocolate and macadamia, Davidson plum and desert lime tarts plus some zingy sodas of lemon myrtle and Lilli-pilli.
Santa Fe
This Merimbula Mexican restaurant will be serving up crispy braised pork belly tacos with jalapeño and coriander slaw, pickled onion, chipotle lime aioli, and a taco with fresh crumbed local fish, Pico di gallo, crunchy slaw, house-made lime aioli, fresh coriander and Larry’s Lettuce Leaves.
Wheelers Seafood Restaurant
It’s a big weekend for Wheelers, with chefs presenting the long table lunch on Saturday and then at EAT on Sunday – Eden kingfish house-smoked, kelp and sesame flatbread with tomato lime and perilla salsa, Shirley’s famous Bald Hills garden greens, jalapeño aioli, and also a Rosebank produce blackberry tartlet with Tilba double-thick cream. Waterfront Cafe. Photo: Supplied.
Waterfront Cafe
The kitchen at the Waterfront has created a chorizo jam and parmesan Danish pastry, with avocado purée and tomato relish, also a herb-roasted local pumpkin and haloumi Danish, with a spicy tomato relish. And who doesn’t love white chocolate? Settle down on the grass with a white chocolate tartlet, with poached local stone fruit, and baked almond crumble (GF).
Sapphire Coast Eats
Once again SC Eats will set up their mobile woodfire pizza oven and serve up meltingly delicious cheesy pizza including Three Cheeses and Vegetarian. Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School. Photo: Supplied.
Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School
Kelly Eastwood, of River Cottage Australia fame, is bringing her famous Artisan Brioche Donuts with local, seasonal fillings, and mini masterstock-braised pork belly banh mi, a summery Vietnamese lunch treat.
Bianchini Gelati
Gelati with local flavours home-made Italian ice cream using Tilba Milk and honey yoghurt, Bega eggs and local fruit, and also a sweet, buttery crepe topped with local strawberry sauce and a mascarpone cream and also refreshing homemade lemonade.
XO Foods
XO foods Golden Moozly cups served with your choice of either banana coconut and turmeric nice-cream or chilli chocolate ‘nice-cream’– vegan, vegetarian and GF. Pinch of Yum Catering. Photo: Facebook.
Pinch of Yum Catering
New to EAT, bringing their succulent Gyoza dumplings, Pinch of Yum are presenting their ginger and pork, plus vegetable Gyozas with chili, soy, and black sesame dressings.
Hunger Hunts
This Indian restaurant and take-away in Tura has been quietly gaining a following with their delicious and authentic cuisine. They will present a Chicken Vindaloo and Vegetable Samosas.
Free Range Catering Merimbula
Lamb and Quinoa Koftas on a foraged green salad with yoghurt and pomegranate. Valley Katering. Photo: Facebook.
Valley Katering
Chirashi sushi (scattered sushi) which is a serve of sweet sushi rice topped with avocado and cucumber salsa, ceviche Kingfish and micro-herb salad with a crisp wonton with sesame seeds.
Candelo General Store
Zucchini, leek and capsicum fritter with mixed herb salad and tomato garlic chutney (V) and they have also promised their amazing baked apple-cider and cinnamon donuts.
Fabulous fare also from Dulcies Cottage , Merimbula Fresh Seafood and Merimbula Wharf Restaurant, Cheeky Mango Catering, Smifie Catering, and Drift Eden.
In the licensed area, within arm’s reach of the Wilderness Oyster stall, you’ll find nano-brewery Longstocking Brewery presenting their Australian Weisse, Session IPA, Ginger Beer and Brewer’s choice. Longstocking use local honeys, oranges, and Bemboka Ryefield hops in their refreshing brews, ideal for a hot March day.
A new addition is the gorgeous vintage-style mobile bar Peisley’s – mobile licensed bar, luxe beverages . Showcasing locally distilled North of Eden gin (3 ways), a selection of wines from Breakfast Creek, Rusty Fig, Rocky Hall, also homemade Limoncello, and Wyndham blackberry mojitos.
There will also be coffee from Ragino Coffee Estate, Waterfront Café, Mitchies Espresso Bar, and the Rotary Club of Merimbula with cold drinks.
Check the EAT Merimbula website for more info. Longstocking Brewery. Photo: Facebook.
Original Article published by Lisa Herbert on About Regional .

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Server – Sports Bar

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You know the finest details of our menu and can’t wait to share your expertise with our guests. When they dine with us, your warm greeting, flawless table settings, and your friendly demeanor do not go unnoticed. No matter the day, you set out to provide each guest with a dining experience that will be remembered long after their stay. What you’ll be Doing Welcome guests and promptly attend to tables Serve food and beverages to guests making recommendations if needed Share your menu knowledge to assist guests with questions and special requests Record transactions in the MICROS system correctly and timely Check-in with guests to assure satisfaction with each course and beverage Clean tables, complete closing duties and re-stock tableware and other supplies What we’re Looking for Great conversational skills and teamwork-oriented Positive outlook and outgoing personality Previous serving experience is a big plus
This role requires the ability to move and lift up to 25 lbs. Standing, sitting or walking for extended periods of time and ensuring a professional appearance in a clean uniform are also required. Prior to employment, we’ll ask you to complete safety training and certification.
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You’re a food and beverage enthusiast who really enjoys making others feel at home. When you work with us, you’ll get to entertain and meet people from all over the world as you build your experience. Join us and grow through opportunities to explore the business, opening yourself to various career options. No matter your path, we’ll make sure you feel right at home. About Company
Immerse yourself in the 5-star sophistication of JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai. Located within two iconic towers in Business Bay on Sheikh Zayed Road, our hotel provides everything you need for a truly special stay in the United Arab Emirates. Find a restful oasis in your meticulously appointed accommodation, which features plush bedding, modern technology and a marble bathroom. Many of our rooms and suites also provide views of the water or of the Dubai skyline. Enjoy a swim in the outdoor pool or a workout in the fitness center, followed by a relaxed treatment at SARAY Spa. Our hotel offers delicious cuisine to suit every taste – from Indian classics to flavorful steaks. If you’re hosting a meeting or event, we offer 80,000-square-feet of flexible space and the ability to accommodate 1,500 seated guests. Those hoping to explore the area will be thrilled with our convenient location near Dubai Mall, the Burj Khalifa and the Dubai Opera. Your 5-star escape awaits at JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.

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Scottish Pork Mince Keema Curry

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A pork mince curry recipe many not be the most authentic Indian keema but this Scottish spicy minced pork recipe is full of flavour and makes an ideal fuss free and family friendly midweek meal. This pork curry in a hurry is a healthy dish that will keep you from reaching for that takeaway menu. Go places with Specially Selected Pork.
Weather is the one thing you just can’t plan for. I was supposed to spend last Friday cooking Specially Selected Pork with celebrity chef Phil Vickery. Alas snow intervened and he couldn’t make it to Aberdeen. Bet that’s never happened to him on Ready Steady Cook or This Morning! Luckily The Chester Hotel head chef Kevin Dalgleish stepped in as a last minute substitution and along with Rebecca ( Mrs Meldrum ) and Gemma ( The Lifestyle Hunter ) we cooked up a storm making and tasting adventurous new pork dishes which are perfect for mid-week family meals.
As a farmers daughter I’m a huge advocate for Scottish red meat and work alongside Quality Meat Scotland to promote it within primary schools by means of interactive cooking demonstrations . Specially Selected Pork comes from Scottish SPCA approved farms – look for the blue Specially Selected Pork label (as seen on our aprons) when you’re shopping. The scheme ensures full traceability and covers the entire lifespan of animals and, as well as the farms, includes the feed, auction marts, transport and processing sectors. Generations of animal husbandry skills underpin the production of Specially Selected Pork which means that the end customer can be sure that the product you are buying is of the highest quality.
The Go Places with Pork campaign aims to show how pork can be great alternative to traditional choices. It’s so much more versatile than the ubiquitous Sunday roast with crackling. It’s a great ingredient to include in a healthy diet thanks to it’s nutrients, versatility and delicious flavour. Check out www.scotchkitchen.com for a selection of eight recipes where each meal becomes a foreign adventure which is locally sourced, delicious & full of goodness. Although Phil couldn’t be with us we did get to have a chat to him on the phone where we were intrigued to learn that he is also a pig farmer. Clearly a man with a finger in a lot of pies! He shared his love of pork and enthused about it’s versatility and how it works well with all flavours, spices and cuisines. His top tip for roasting pork was not to rush it. Cook longer at a lower temperature to avoid it drying out.
With the help of Chef Dalgleish we cooked Sichuan Style Pork Noodles and Pork Souvlaki. Then for lunch we enjoyed Sweet and Sour Pork Fillet and Brazilian style Pork with Avocado and Black Beans. All tasted amazing (I’ve already remade a version of the Brazillian Pork in my slow cooker) and really showed how versatile and flavoursome pork is. For my own take I’ve headed to India and created a Pork Keema Curry which is full of flavour, can be adapted to suit all tastes and is quick and easy to prepare and cook. Alternatively if you fancy heading further east check out my recipe for Thai Pork Mince or stay at home in Scotland with my Irn Bru Pulled Pork . It’s the most popular recipe on my blog for good reason.
Specially Selected Pork Keema Curry
Look for the blue label and #GoPlacesWithPork Shake up your mealtimes without falling off the healthy eating bandwagon. Using 5% fat Specially Selected Pork Mince and light coconut milk will reduce the calories of this dish without compromising on flavour.
500g Specially Selected Pork Mince 1 onion finely chopped 3 cloves of garlic crushed 3 Tbsp curry paste (I used Balti but you can go hotter with Vindaloo or milder with Korma ) 3 Tbsp tomato puree 1 red pepper diced 1 x 400ml tin of coconut milk (regular or light) 300g baby spinach Fresh coriander Salt & pepper
Over a high heat cook the Specially Selected Pork Mince in a saute pan or wok until lightly browned
Mix in the chopped onions and crushed garlic and saute for a couple of minutes before adding the both the curry and tomato pastes.
Stir in the chopped red pepper and coconut milk, turn down to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes.
Then add the spinach and continue cooking for 5 minutes or until wilted.
Chop the coriander and add to the pan reserving some for garnish.
Taste and season with salt and pepper as required.
Serve with rice and/or Naan bread and top with the reserved coriander.
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Wednesday restaurant deals and offers in Dubai 2019

Wednesday restaurant deals and offers in Dubai 2019 Wednesday restaurant deals and offers in Dubai 2019 Published on Thursday, 7 March , 2019 1 Views Share Breakfast
Breakfast at Boulevard Kitchen Dig into a family-friendly breakfast every day at Boulevard Kitchen. Dishes include freshly-baked pastries, live cooking egg stations, French toast and foul. Dhs125. Daily 6.30pm-11am. Ongoing. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 888 3444).
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Breakfast at Address Boulevard Start your day off the right way with a breakfast buffet. The Restaurant at Address Boulevard offers up cold cuts, cereal, pastries and more, plus your choice from the à la carte menu. Dhs140. Sun-Thu 6am-11am, Fri-Sat 6.30am-noon. Ongoing. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Breakfast at P lantation Restaurant & Terrace Head to this JBR restaurant for a set menu of breakfast items featuring eggs, pancakes, fruit, baked goods and more, all day from 6am until 2am, and all for just Dhs49. Dhs59. Daily 6am-2am. Ongoing. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, The Walk, JBR (04 448 4733). Lunch
Bento by the beach at Ají Dishes in this bento box deal include veggie tacos and yasai itame, red snapper tiradito, udon Nikkei with prawns and ceviche limeño. Dhs125 (vegetarian), Dhs125 (Ají bento), Dhs160 (Nikkei Bento). Sun-Thu noon-7pm. Ongoing. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).
Bottomless coffee and cake at Counter Culture Café Fancy a break? Enjoy unlimited coffee and cake at this Marina spot for just Dhs35 every day. Dhs35. Daily 6am-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Business lunch at At.mosphere Restaurant This swanky restaurant, situated on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa, offers a classy two-course lunch menu for Dhs220, or a three-course option for Dhs275. Dishes include garden salad, corn-fed chicken, sea bass and chocolate fondant for dessert. Dhs220 (two courses), Dhs275 (three courses). Daily 12.30pm-3pm. Burj Khalifa, Business Bay (04 888 3828).
Business lunch at Café Belge Take a midday break and head to this Belgian spot where you’ll get two courses and a hot drink for Dhs95, or three courses for Dhs110. Dhs95 (two courses), Dhs110 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm. Ongoing. The Ritz-Carlton, DIFC (04 372 2323).
Business lunch at Crab Market Try lunch at this new restaurant in DIFC. Dishes include spaghetti alla vongole, soft shell crab and burrata ravioli. Dhs95 (two courses and a drink). Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 564 55 25).
Business lunch at Feast Choose from a range of live cooking stations including Asian, Continetal, salad and desserts and enjoy dishes including sandwiches, tacos, soups and hot dogs for just Dhs59. Dhs59. Sat-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Grand Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).
Business lunch at Gaucho Dubai You can get your teeth into three courses for just Dhs130 at Gaucho Dubai, choosing from the likes of salmon carpaccio and braised back ribs to start, followed by sirloin steak, Gaucho burger or lobster tacos. Dhs130. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Gaucho Dubai, DIFC (04 422 7898).
Business lunch at Günaydın Dubai This Souk Al Bahar restaurant specialises in meat cuts and traditional dishes, and now has a business lunch. For Dhs120 you can get a four-course meal, with dishes including cold mezzes, lentil soup, salads, kebabs, meatballs and more. Dhs120. Sun-Thu noon-2pm. Ongoing. Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai (04 554 0700).
Business lunch at Icon Get a main course from the special lunch menu at this Media City hangout for just Dhs59. Dishes include Thai red curry, spaghetti Bolognaise and salmon salad. Dhs59. Daily noon-4pm. Ongoing. Radisson Blu Dubai Media City (04 366 9186).
Business lunch at La Petite Maison Looking for somewhere to wow your lunch date? Time Out Dubai ’s Best French Restaurant, La Petite Maison, is now offering up a special deal. As part of the Déjeuner d’Affaires – meaning “special lunch” – you’ll get two starters, one main and a hot drink for just Dhs180 a person. It runs from Sunday to Thursday from noon until 3pm and dishes include the restaurant’s famous grilled lamb cutlets with smoked aubergine, gnocchi with cherry tomato, garlic and Parmesan, grilled sea beam or tiger prawns. Dhs180. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Gate Village 8, DIFC (04 439 0505).
Business lunch at The Scene Try a two-course meal including beef carpaccio and fresh mussels. In a hurry? Check out the express version and get soup, a sandwich and chips for under Dhs50. Dhs49 (express), Dhs75 (two-courses). Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Pier 7, Dubai Marina (04 422 2328).
Croissant and coffee at Jones the Grocers Head to the new grab-and-go spot at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and you’ll get coffee and a croissant for Dhs25. Dhs25. Sun-Thu 7am-10pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Daily Market lunch at BOCA Try this DIFC eatery’s special lunch, made with fresh ingredients sourced daily from The Waterfront fish and vegetable market. Dhs90 (two courses), Dhs126 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Gate Village 6, DIFC (04 323 1833).
Dim Sum Plus at Shang Palace Dig into in 36 varieties of unlimited dim sum, cooked three ways: steamed, baked and fried. Dhs98. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Dine & Dash at Tesoro Nip into Tesoro for a two-course lunch that’s quick, easy and hits the spot. The menu consists of favourites from the global Tesoro menu including biriyanis, steaks and curries. Just make sure you don’t dribble it down your business suit. Dhs90. Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3.30pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
Eat and greet at Gevora Kitchen If you’re looking to impress some colleagues with a selection of healthy dishes, Gevora Kitchen at Gevora Hotel has a three-course business lunch that will satisfy their appetites. As a special offer, four people can tuck in to a wealth of protein-rich meals for the price of three. Now there’s no excuse for your trio to expand into a quartet. Dhs69 (business lunch). Every Sat-Thu noon-3pm. Sheikh Zayed Road (04 524 0000).
Free coffee with every sundae at Counter Culture Café Fancy a free cuppa? Head to Counter Culture Café and buy a sundae for Dhs45, and you’ll get a coffee absolutely free. Dhs45. Daily 6am-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Healthy lunch at Zeste Café Get a two-course healthy lunch from the “lunch on the go menu” at this café for just Dhs49. Dishes include macro super bowl, chicken with broccoli, avocado and chicken panini, kimchi benedict and poke super bowl. Dhs49. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Holiday Inn Dubai Festival City (04 701 1127).
Hops and tacos at Key West Bar & Grill What other way to recline on the beach than with a pint in one hand and a taco in the other? Key West will give you both for Dhs99 in a deal that’s available every day – and that’s about how often we like our tacos. Choose from the likes of pulled chicken, shredded beef, achiote fish and a veggie option and let the good times roll. Dhs99. Open daily noon-11.45pm. Nikki Beach Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeria (04 376 6290).
Lunch at Almayass Choose two starters, a main course and a dessert every weekday lunchtime for just Dhs95. Dishes include hummus, tabbouleh, batata harra and manti to start, followed by mixed grill, baked fish or kebabs. Finally get some traditional desserts and a coffee. Dhs95 (food only), Dhs125 (with a house drink). Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Sofitel Downtown Dubai (04 338 7772).
Lunch deal at Café Bateel Choose from eight main courses from the new lunch menu, plus a dessert and hot drink for just Dhs69. Dhs69. Daily noon-3pm. Various locations including Dubai Marina Mall, www.bateel.com
This cosy bistro from acclaimed chefs the Galvin brothers, is serving up a healthy lunch with dishes including warm poached egg with heritage beetroot, walnuts, rocket and balsamic dressing and a club sandwich. Dhs53. Daily noon-3.30pm. Ongoing. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5076).
Lunch at Tr!beca Head to this trendy New York-style bar and restaurant and get a two-course lunch, plus a house beverage or soft drink, for Dhs89. Dishes include a pulled lamb burger, chicken and veg, cod and chips, truffle risotto and a range of desserts. Dhs89. Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. JA Ocean View Hotel, The Walk, JBR (50 345 6067).
Lunchtime pizza offer at BiCE Dig into a pizza and a glass of hops every lunchtime for just Dhs79. Varieties include margherita, quattro formaggi, frutti di mare and bresaola. Dhs79. Daily 12.30pm-3pm. Ongoing. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah, JBR (04 318 2520).
Lunch special at Le Petit Belge Peckish at midday? Head to this JLT spot and get salad or sandwich with fries for just Dhs52, including a soft drink. Dhs52. Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Pullman Hotel & Residence, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster T, JLT (04 242 7794).
Lunch deal at Nara Pan Asian Fancy a lunch break? Head to this new Asian spot in JLT and you can get three courses for under Dhs100 every weekday. Dishes include chicken teriyaki, sushi and Japanese cheesecake – all for just Dhs79. Dhs79. Sun-Thu noon-3.30pm. Cluster A, JLT(04 421 1356).
Menu du jour at Bleu Blanc If you’re after a swanky lunch date, head here. Choose from this chic French restaurant’s special daily lunch menu and get a starter and main for Dhs90, or three courses for Dhs120. Dhs90 (two courses), Dhs120 (three courses). Sun-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5533).
Mix and Match at Cabana Build your lunch from a selection of soups, salads, sandwiches and drinks by the pool. For Dhs105 you can get two items from a set menu, plus soft drinks. Dhs105. Daily noon-3.30pm. Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Rapido lunch at Salero Take a lunch break at this Spanish spot and get one tapas, one portion of paella, plus a soft drink for just Dhs117. Or tackle three tapas dishes for the same price. Dhs117. Sun-Thu noon-5pm. Ongoing. Kempinski Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 409 5888).
Shang Palace Take a trip to China to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine during your lunch break, without leaving Dubai. Indulge in 36 varieties of unlimited dim sum, cooked three ways: steamed, baked and fried. Dhs98 (food only). Noon-3pm. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Soup and a sarnie deal at Jones the Grocer Head to the new grab-and-go spot at Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club and you’ll get a half sandwich, half soup deal for Dhs45. Dhs45. Sun-Thu 7am-10pm. Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, Deira (04 295 6000).
Summer lunch deal at The Observatory Enjoy stunning views across the Marina and Palm with this special lunchtime rate. Dhs109 (two-course), Dhs139 (three-course). Sat-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Thali Lunch at Bombay Brasserie Who doesn’t want a platter for lunch? Especially when it’s an Indian thali. The lunchtime menu at Bombay Brasserie lets you get stuck into a load of authentic dishes from North India, including kebabs and curries. Best of all, they are served individually, meaning you don’t have to share a thing. Dhs125. Sat-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
Tiffin lunch at Moombai & Co. There’s a new menu every working day of the month for Moombai & Co.’s tiffin lunchbox containing a small plate, a main course, a selection of roti, naan or rice and a dessert of pistachio-stuffed gulab jamun for Dhs50. You can also opt for a biryani lunch with a vegetarian option available at Dhs55, and a chicken berry biryani option at Dhs60. Dhs50 (tiffin box), Dhs55 (vegetarian biriyani), Dhs60 (chicken berry biriyani). Daily noon-3pm. Ongoing. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8607).
Toasted sandwich and a cuppa The Lion by Nick & Scott Make the most of your lunch hour with a tasty toastie at this pub from the famous chefs. Plus, you’ll get a cuppa as well. Dhs48. Sun-Thu noon-4pm. Ongoing. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
Unlimited dim sum at Little Bangkok Fancy finding out how much dim sum you can eat? Wonder no more. Head to Little Bangkok on a Monday and Wednesday and you’ll get a three-hour package of unlimited dim sum, stir-fried rice, noodles and free-flowing tea. Dhs96. Mon & Wed (three hour period). Call for times. Various outlets including Dubai Media City and Sheikh Zayed Road. www.littlebangkok.com .
Unlimited dim sum at TOKO Downtown Love dim sum? Fancy eating as much of those bite-sized morsels of happiness as possible? You’re in lucky as swanky restaurant TOKO Downtown, at Vida Downtown, is offering up an all-you-can-eat deal, especially for lunchtimes. For under Dhs100, you can dig into six varieties of dim sum as well as noodles, tempura and rice dishes every weekday from noon until 3pm. Dhs98. Sat-Thu noon-3pm. Ongoing. Vida Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Wicked Wing Wednesdays at Wok Boyz Dig into spicy Korean wings every Wednesday at this Asian street food chain. The best news? They’re only Dhs3 a pop. Dhs3. Wed 11am-1am. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road, www.wokboyz.com (04 240 2999). Dinner
99 Dizzle Dinners at Senara Enjoy half a barbecue chicken, as well as chips and salad at this Palm spot. Dhs99. Wed 5pm-midnight. Ongoing. Palm Views West, Palm Jumeirah (04 451 6460).
Burger and a pint at Poolside Restaurant Get a tasty burger and a pint, for just Dhs109 every day. Dhs109. Daily noon-6pm. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Cheese buffet at Vintage Dig into unlimited cheese and cold cuts alongside grape, every Wednesday from 7pm until 10pm. Dhs257. Wed 7pm-10pm. Ongoing. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Cheese and grape night at La Terrasse Pool Deck Enjoy a grape and cheese night at this spot at M Hotel Downtown by Millennium. Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs159 (grape). Wed-Thu 6pm-8pm. Ongoing. M Hotel Downtown by Millennium, Downtown Dubai (04 450 2068).
Cheese and grape night at Grapeskin Nibble on a cheese board stocked with three types of cheese, complemented with a glass of grape, every night. Dhs85 (with three small glasses of grape), Dhs180 (with three medium glasses of grape), Dhs225 (with three large glasses of grape). Sun-Wed 4pm-1am, Thu-Sat 4pm-2am. La Ville Hotel & Suites, Al Safa Street, City Walk (054 309 5948).
Curry night at Nelson’s Not only can you get stuck into a delicious curry for Dhs85, you can also take advantage of the daily happy hour between noon and 8pm to wash down those spices. Choose from either chicken, lamb or vegetable varieties with a selection of sides. You’d be mad-ras to miss it. Dhs85. Wed noon-11pm. Media Rotana, Barsha Heights (04 435 0201).
Curry night at Reform Social & Grill Yes it’s curry night and the feeling’s right, and if there’s any curry shindig that’s going to get you singing, it’s the Wednesday night offering at Reform Social & Grill. Choose from creamy chicken korma, tasty lamb rogan josh, fully-loaded vegetable curry and a beef vindaloo that will warm the cockles for just Dhs99 every Wednesday night at the British gastropub. Sides include pilaf rice, Bombay potatoes, poppadums, raita and mango chutney. Dhs99. Wed 5pm-11.30pm. Reform Social & Grill, The Lakes (04 454 2638).
Early bird on 52 at The Observatory Take advantage of an early bird special, where you’ll get a three-course menu for Dhs250, every day between 5pm and 7pm. Dhs250. Daily 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Early dinner at Billionaire Mansion Enjoy a sharing menu of signature dishes from chef Reif Othman, as well as a bottle of grape and the live shows at this cool nightspot in Business Bay. Dhs395 (per person). Tue-Sun 8pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 510 3100).
Early supper at Marina Social Book in for a bargain early supper of Marina Social classics every day from 6pm until 7pm. Dhs160 (two courses), Dhs210 (three courses). Daily 6pm-7pm. Ongoing. InterContinental Dubai Marina (04 446 6664).
Fisherman’s catch at Noépe Enjoy a signature Martha’s seafood platter with two glasses of bubbly for just Dhs395 every day at this New England restaurant at The Creek. Dhs395. Sat-Thu 5pm-8pm; Fri 6.30pm-8pm. Ongoing. Park Hyatt Dubai, Deira (04 602 1814).
Five-course feast at BASTA! Prepare your appetites, there are five courses of Italian food you need to demolish. This deal sees you get five dishes for just Dhs149, from the menu from US Michelin-starred chef David Myers. Dhs149 (per person, minimum two people). Daily noon-midnight. Ongoing. Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 512 5522).
Fondue night at Vintage Love cheese? Enjoy an evening of unlimited fondue and grape at this bar in Oud Metha. Dhs200. Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun. 7pm-10pm. Wafi Mall, Oud Metha (04 324 4100).
Fresh catch at Hoi An Enjoy a seafood platter including oysters, king crab, lobster, crab, mussels, king prawns and crab salad. Dhs605 (two people). Daily 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Grill night at The Observatory Dig into all-you-can-eat grills for two hours at this sky high restaurant in the Marina every Wednesday. Dhs249 (food only), Dhs399 (house beverages). Wed 5pm-11pm. Ongoing. Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotels & Suites, Dubai Marina (04 319 4000).
Happy hour at Alloro Head to this Italian restaurant at Dubai Marina and you’ll get two for one on all main courses and glasses of house grape, from Saturday until Thursday, 5pm until 7pm. Prices vary. Sat-Thu, 5pm-7pm. Ongoing. Wyndham Dubai Marina Hotel (04 407 8872).
Huntress night at Hunters Room & Grill Gather the ladies and head to this steakhouse for special menu, where you’ll get 50 percent off food plus unlimited grape. Prices vary. Wed 7pm. Ongoing. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
Ikemen Wednesday at Ají Gents, get along to Ají on a Wednesday and you’ll get 20 percent off your food bill and two free drinks. Wed 8pm-midnight. Ongoing. Club Vista Mare, Palm Jumeirah (04 552 0244).
Ladies’ night at The Restaurant at Address Boulevard Ladies, order food to the value of Dhs150 and you’ll get a free bottle of grape to wash down your meal, any night of the week. Prices vary. Daily 6pm-10pm. Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3444).
Ladies’ night at Fogo de Chão Ladies, book into this DIFC churrascaria and you’ll get a 50 percent discount on the Brazilian Churrasco experience. Plus you’ll get three free drinks, too. Prices vary. Wed 7pm-midnight. Ongoing. Central Park Towers, DIFC (04 343 8867).
Ladies’ night at Galvin Bistrot & Bar If you’re a cheese-loving lady (and we’re sure there are many out there), then head to this City Walk location for a cheese and grape filled ladies’ night. Every Wednesday you’ll get free-flowing house beverages with an unlimited supply of raclette cheese served on herbed potatoes for Dhs88. Dhs88. Wed 8pm-midnight. The Square, City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 590 5444).
Ladies’ night at Nara Pan Asian If you’re out in JLT on a Wednesday, take a trip to this trendy new Asian joint. Not only will you get 20 percent off food – the truffle and edamame dumplings are delicious – but you’ll get four free drinks, too. Prices vary. Wed 5pm-1am. Ongoing. Cluster A, JLT (04 421 1356).
Ladies’ night at Jazz@PizzaExpress Love pizza? Ladies, head to and get 25 percent off food and three glasses of grape every Wednesday. How many doughballs can you handle? Prices vary. Wed 7.30pm-midnight. Ongoing. Cluster A, JLT (04 441 6342).
Ladies’ night at Crab Market Cool DIFC spot Crab Market has a special female-friendly deal every Wednesday. Head here from 7pm and you’ll get unlimited free drinks, plus 25 percent off the menu. Specialities obviously include the namesake crustacean, however there are fish and veggie dishes, too. A good spot for a post-work catch up with your fellow restaurant-lovers. Wed 7pm-midnight. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 564 5525).
Ladies’ night at Feast Bellissima ladies’ night is a carby affair, with unlimited pasta and antipasti washed down with unlimited red and white grape. The resident DJ plays out hip-hop and R&B hits and there’s even hops pong on offer if you fancy your chances. Blokes are also welcome at this one, and for Dhs99 they’ll get unlimited scran and one hops. Dhs99. Wed 6pm-11pm. Sheraton Grand Hotel, Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 503 4444).
Ladies’ night at Hunters Room When you’re planning your next dinner with the ladies, book into Hunters. You’ll get unlimited grape throughout – there are no time limits on this when it comes to drinks. The steaks are delicious – tender and juicy – and when you pick off the ladies’ night menu you get 50 percent off. So that’s fillets coming in at under Dhs100, ladies. Sides are Dhs90 for three to share (don’t miss the creamed spinach) and you’ll also get some freshly-baked bread with an entire collection of salts to try – from Himalayan to Atlantic sea salt. Wed 7pm-11pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 511 7373).
Ladies’ night at Mr Miyagi’s At this ladies’ night in Media City you’ll get three dishes for Dhs99 (think dim sum, kung pao chicken, crispy duck salad et al) and you’ll also get two hours of free-flowing drinks, too. Wed 5pm-11pm. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 420 7489).
Ladies’ night at Tr!beca Expect pumping tunes, a hops pong table and an American-themed food menu – pizzas, tacos, nachos and more are all half-price for ladies. There’s even a new vegan menu to try. And you’ll also get unlimited free drinks to wash it all down with. Wed 8pm-1.30am. JA Ocean View Hotel, Jumeirah Beach Residence (050 345 6067).
Ladies’ night at Via Veneto Head to this Italian restaurant and you’ll get four free drinks, a main and views of the Burj Khalifa. Dishes are fresh and tasty, and include pizzas and pastas. For a laid-back ladies’ night in Downtown, this is worth a visit. Dhs99. Wed 6pm-11pm. Manzil Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 242 7882).
Ladies’ night at Social by Heinz Beck The Palm Jumeirah restaurant from the three-Michelin starred chef has a ladies’ night that runs every Wednesday. From 7pm until 11pm, you can enjoy a special three-course menu, including one free glass of grape or sparkling. Dhs225. Wed 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Ladies’ night Weslodge Saloon Ladies, visit this bar on the 68th floor of the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai and enjoy two free drinks with your panoramic views. You’ll also get 50 percent off main courses, as well as two more drinks with your meal. Prices vary. Wed 7.30pm-2am. Ongoing. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Business Bay (04 560 1700).
La Farine If you’re all about lashings of melted cheese, head to this Business Bay fondue night where you’ll get freshly baked bread to dip in molten cheese for Dhs160 per couple. Dhs160. Wed 6pm-11pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
Oeno There are more than 50 types of grape to sample and a huge range of cheeses to nibble on (from Roquefort and cheddar to soft goat’s cheese flavoured with lavender and juniper berries, washed rinds, blue moulds, Parmesan and pecorino) at this popular night. Dhs210. Wed 8pm-11pm. The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Al Sufouh (04 511 7139).
Oyster night at Seafood Kitchen Head to this seafood restaurant at The Pointe for oyster night every Wednesday. You’ll get free-flowing bubbly and a dozen Dibba Bay oysters for two hours for Dhs195. Plus for an extra Dhs95 you’ll get an extra 12 oysters. Dhs195. Wed 6pm-8pm. The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah (04 390 9999).
Dig into a steak pie, washed down with a pint for Dhs105 every Friday at this gastropub at The H Dubai. Dhs105. Wed 4pm-11pm. Ongoing. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 359 2366).
Pizza night at Luigia Get three glasses of sparkling grape and a signature pizza at this Italian restaurant in JBR every Wednesday, for just Dhs150. Dhs150. Wed 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. Rixos Premium Dubai, JBR (04 349 6950).
Ribs and hops at Nezesaussi Grill Dubai Marina Dig into a selection of ribs, plus two house beverages for Dhs149. Once you’ve had your fill, why not take on some of the bar sports on offer? Dhs149. Wed 8pm-2am. Ongoing. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Sandwich and grape deal at Panini Get a sarnie and a glass of grape for just Dhs55. Varieties include buffalo mozzarella, roast beef and Swiss cheese, turkey ham and camembert and salmon. Dhs55. Daily 8am-1am. Ongoing. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha (04 317 2222).
Sikka experience at SIKKA Café Dig into a special set menu of 11 dishes at SIKKA Café for just Dhs129. The feast starts with mezze labneh dip, hummus Beiruti, harra fries and chicken liver with pomegranate molasses and walnuts. Mains include machbous (slow-cooked aromatic lamb with rice), Persian kebab and butter chicken. Finish with a baked labneh cheesecake with date jam, and legemat. Dhs129. Sun-Thu 8am-midnight; Fri-Sat 8am-1am. Ongoing. Locations include La Mer, Jumeirah 1, and City Walk, Al Safa Street, www.sikkadubai.ae .
Smørrebrød at Lobby Lounge Try the Danish speciality at Lobby Lounge. Choose from sweet and savoury with options such as smoked salmon with cream cheese, grilled halloumi with cucumber and Kalamata tapenade or Nutella with wild berries. Dhs60 (for three). Daily noon-2am. Ongoing. Shangri-La Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 405 2703).
Stage2 Chee[r]se (geddit?) is a grape and cheese night consisting of tapas, antipasti and Stage2’s finest cheeses, plus three drinks. Dhs140 (per person). Wed 6pm-9pm. Vida Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard (04 428 6888).
Taco Wednesday at Coco Lounge Love a taco? Head to Coco Lounge on a Wednesday and you’ll get four for Dhs99. Choose from veg, chicken and shrimp, plus you’ll get two mixed drinks thrown it, too. Dhs99. Wed. noon-midnight. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Tapas fiesta at Andalucia Tapas & Grill Get a selection of six tapas and a jug of mixed Spanish drink to share every Wednesday for Dhs255. Dhs255. Wed 8pm-1am. Ongoing. Jebel Ali Recreation Club (04 882 3771).
Tasting menu at Besh Enjoy a selection of signature dishes, served family-style for Dhs155 a head. Dhs155. Daily 6.30pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Sheraton Mall of the Emirates (04 377 2353).
Three-course Indian feast at Khyber Enjoy three courses of authentic Indian cuisine, with a side of panoramic views at this Palm Jumeirah restaurant. Dhs100. Daily 5pm-11pm. Until Sep 30. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeriah (04 455 1111).
Three-course meal at Reform Social & Grill Fancy trying out the food at our Best Pub Food Restaurant 2018? Now’s your chance, for even better prices. Every weekday from noon until 8pm you can dig into a three-course meal, with dishes including Scotch eggs, soup of the day, prawn cocktail, fish and chips, burgers, chicken Kiev, Eton mess and apple and rhubarb crumble. If that doesn’t remind Brits of home, we don’t know what will. Dhs189. Sun-Thu noon-8pm. Ongoing. The Lakes (04 454 2638).
Travel around Europe with Café W Enjoy regional treats from Italy including pecorino, arancini and bruschetta. Maybe you’d prefer Spain? Dishes on this deal include prawn and chorizo, manchego and beef pancetta. Finally there’s France where you can indulge in brie, comte and croquettes. All three packages include a bottle of grape from that country, too. Dhs210. Daily from 6pm. Ongoing. Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City (04 427 1000).
Unlimited sushi at Iris Enjoy four hours of unlimited sushi, including maki rolls and nigiri, at this cool rooftop bar in Business Bay. You can add drinks packages, too. Dhs190 (food only), Dhs250 (with two drinks), Dhs310 (house beverages). Wed 8pm-midnight. Ongoing. The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay (056 951 1442).
Urban dinner at Café Nikki Get a three-course sharing menu and a bottle of grape at Café Nikki, Nikki Beach Dubai’s chic bistro. Dhs500 (for two). Daily 6pm-11pm. Ongoing. Nikki Beach Dubai Resort & Spa, Pearl Jumeira (04 376 6000).
Vietnamese family dinner at Lao Dig into a Vietnamese feast at Lao. Dhs290 (per person, with a drink), Dhs99 (kids aged six-12). Daily 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Waldorf Astoria Palm Jumeirah (04 818 2222).
Wellington Wednesday at Bread Street Kitchen Gordon Ramsay’s beef Wellington is world-famous for good reason. Why not make a date to try it out on a Wednesday? Every week you’ll get a Wellington to share at this Atlantis the Palm restaurant. It comes with truffle mash, spiced carrots and a carafe of house grape to share, too. Dhs315. Wed 6pm-10.30pm. Ongoing. Atlantis The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 426 2626).
Wild Wings Wednesdays at Aloft Me’aisam Dig into a platter of chicken wings and unlimited drinks for Dhs90 at this trendy new hotel. Dhs99. Aloft Me’aisam, Dubai Production City (04 248 7070).
Wingman Wednesdays at Perry & Blackwelder’s Get unlimited chicken wings or a pitcher of hops every Wednesday for Dhs99. Dhs99. Wed noon-1.45am. Ongoing. Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim (04 432 3232).
Wings night at Trophy Room Choose from four different flavors of grilled chicken wings – sweet chili, teriyaki, buffalo or barbecue accompanied by blue cheese or ranch dipping sauce. And the best news? They’re just Dhs4 every Wednesday from 5pm. Dhs4 (per wing). Wed 5pm-2am. Ongoing. Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 311 8316).
Yalla Amiga at Cuisinero Uno Ladies, visit this trendy restaurant in Business Bay and you’ll get three tapas and two drinks for Dhs100. Dhs100. Wed 7pm-11pm. Ongoing. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay (04 431 7816).
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Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in the Ottawa area – Ottawa Tourism

Delicious vegetarian and vegan food in the Ottawa area March 5, 2019
The culinary scene in Canada’s capital is brimming with delicious cuisine, including popular vegetarian and vegan eateries. From healthy and raw, to hearty and indulgent, you’ll find meat-less options to suit all your cravings and dietary restrictions. Prepare your taste buds for these creative and satisfying vegetarian restaurants, cafes and bakeries located throughout the Ottawa area: Pure Kitchen
When Pure Kitchen opened its first location in the trendy Westboro neighbourhood, it was love at first bite for vegetarians as well as omnivores. The popular restaurant has since opened several other locations in Ottawa, including downtown on Elgin Street and in Little Italy . Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options are all made from scratch. Favourites include cauliflower wings, hot or cold bowls, poutine, and mushroom walnut patty burgers. You can also order freshly made juices and smoothies, inventive cocktails, local beer and wine. The Green Door Restaurant
The Old Ottawa East neighbourhood, located a five-minute drive from downtown Ottawa, is home to the beloved Green Door – an Ottawa staple since 1988. Follow your cravings and choose from the many savoury and sweet dishes served in the pay-by-weight buffet, like tofu broccoli stir fry, quiche and avocado salad. Dishes are all labeled to indicate which are organic, vegan, gluten-free, or contain dairy, egg, gluten, wheat, nuts, soy, or sesame. This casual spot also serves beer and wine. The Table Vegetarian Restaurant
The Table has been welcoming healthy eaters to the Wellington Village area since 2000 – long before the neighbourhood became one of Ottawa’s culinary hotspots. The pay-by-weight buffet is full of flavourful and organic dishes like tofu fritters with onion chutney, chickpea masala, mushroom stew, as well as hearty salads and delicious desserts. An ingredients list is conveniently listed with each item. Grab one of their packaged refrigerated or frozen items to take home for a convenient meal. Little Jo Berry’s
Wellington Village is also home to Little Jo Berry’s, a bright and funky vegan cafe. Depending on the day, you might find dishes like the family poutine with faux cheese, meatless ribs and mac & cheese, or pizza. Leave room for baked treats like doughnuts and pies, as well as Ottawa’s Oat & Mill vegan ice cream. Strawberry Blonde Bakery
Around the corner from Little Jo Berry’s, Strawberry Blonde Bakery is a pick-up-and-go spot known for its allergy-friendly foods. Everything on the menu is free of gluten, wheat, eggs, dairy, nuts, and tree-nuts (with the exception of coconut). the bakery makes everything from doughnuts, cinnamon buns, tofu scramble breakfast tarts, cupcakes, pies and bread, to specialty treats like Nanaimo and cheesecake bars. In the summer, you can enjoy their vegan soft serve ice cream on their cute patio. La Belle Verte
Many people head across the Ottawa River to Gatineau, Quebec for the delicious menu options at La Belle Verte. The quaint restaurant serves both raw and cooked dishes including bowls, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas. Despite their healthy ingredients, the desserts you see under the counter taste as good as they look (try the raw and vegan strawberry-cream chocolate tart). You can also bring home select prepared frozen dishes as well as the addictive homemade crackers and kale. Wild Oat Bakery & Café
The Glebe neighbourhood near downtown Ottawa is known for its village-like main street lined with independent businesses, like Wild Oat Bakery & Café. This casual, hippy spot is so committed to quality and value that it grows some of its ingredients at its own farm! Line up with loyal locals and choose from vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free baked goods and dishes that you can take with you or eat in the café. Simply Raw Express
The trendy Hintonburg area of Wellington West has cuisine to match, including Simply Raw Express. The plant-based, gluten-free, peanut-free and allergen-friendly eatery serves raw items like nourishing salads and juices, but also cooked dishes like soups, quinoa bowls, dahl and bean burgers. Before leaving, peruse the specialized products on the boutique shelves. Peace Garden
Inside the lobby of a multi-use building in the vibrant ByWard Market neighbourhood, you’ll find Peace Garden, a tiny vegetarian eatery. This unassuming hidden gem has been serving international vegetarian and vegan cuisine since 1992. Choose from South Indian cauliflower curry, Mexican lasagna, the thali platter and an impressive array of treats like truffles and date squares. BeaverTails
Although BeaverTails are shaped like the tail of Canada’s national animal, its whole wheat dough is actually vegan! When ordering, just ask the staff to hold the butter and any other non-vegan toppings. BeaverTails were invented in the Ottawa area in 1978 and the original stand is located in the historic ByWard Market neighbourhood. In winter, check two items off your bucket list by getting an iconic BeaverTail from one of the kiosks on the Rideau Canal Skateway , the world’s largest skating rink!
Whether you’re vegetarian, vegan, flexitarian or omnivore, you’ll find other amazing options at great Ottawa restaurants that are not veggie-specific. Share your favourite meals with us on social media by using #MyOttawa!

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