Dessert competition unites UWM community with sugar and spice

Dessert competition unites UWM community with sugar and spice

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Anita Alkhas swears that the students who enter the UWM International Dessert Competition organized by the language programs become more creative every year.
“A lot of students work in the service industry through college, so everyone seems to know a lot more about food these days,” Alkhas said.
Alkhas, associate professor in the department of French, Italian and Comparative Literature at UWM, had an idea to create an annual competition to promote the world languages and cultures programs six years ago. After conferring with her colleagues, the dessert competition was born.
“Desserts have broader appeal,” Alkhas said, “It’s something everyone can get behind. It’s an easy sell.” View Gallery Sixth annual International Dessert Competition
More than a hundred students came to this year’s UWM International Dessert Competition to sample the sweet delights concocted by the contestants. Eighteen individuals and 20 group contestants shared their home-baked goods with the judges and audiences.
Five judges presided over the competition: Peter Carini, owner of the Italian restaurant Carini’s La Conca D’Oro ; Matt Post, the operations manager of Troubadour Bakery ; Tim Sampson, lead party chef for Shully’s Cuisine and Events ; Karen Gill, founder of meal delivery service Focused Fork ; and Katrina Kozar, who works at UWM Libraries as an administrative assistant as well as running her own catering business and blog . Kozar was a contestant on Season 6 of MasterChef. After being on MasterChef, host Gordon Ramsay paid for Kozar to take cooking classes in France.
“You should push your boundaries in the culinary world. You have to try different cultures and experience them. Food is one great way to do that,” Kozar said. Exploring heritages
Many student contestants created dishes culturally specific to their ancestry, while some used recipes learned about in their international cuisine classes. The desserts submitted spanned the globe, from Germany to Japan to Puerto Rico to Palestine.
Hien Nguyen created a dessert that combined her two cultural heritages: “I was born in Germany, but my parents are from Vietnam,” she said.
Her friend Nicole Boehler helped her bring her idea to life. Together they presented a dessert they called Violet Fusion, a cake that blended ingredients and flavors from both Nguyen’s cultural heritages.
“I don’t think there is ever a cake with so many layers in Vietnamese food, so the first layer is with a Vietnamese ingredient which is called ube, a purple sweet potato,” Nguyen said, “and the other layers are made with a German batter which has Fanta in it.” The winners are…
Violet Fusion won first place among group contestants. Becky Weinstein and Emma Ballard of the B.E. Team won second place for their Mascarpone Cake from Italy. Aparna Deshmukh and Kaustubh Rane won third place for their Indian dessert, Gajar Halwa Gulab Jamun Terrine.
Lizeth Ortiz-Reyes won first place among individual contestants for her Colombian Passion Fruit Esponjado. Alex Miller won second place for his Danish dessert Kransekage. Sara Hagen won third place with her German Apfelkuchen.
Each student who entered won a prize. The first- through fifth-place winners took home gift baskets from local businesses including Glorioso’s Italian Market, Red Light Ramen, Larry’s Market and Pacific Produce.

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Innovative Kitchen Storage Ideas for Indian Homes — HomeLane Blog

Innovative Kitchen Storage Ideas for Indian Homes — HomeLane Blog HomeLane Interiors Mar 18 The kitchen occupies a special place as the heart of every Indian home. As the place where meals are cooked and shared with love, this space plays a very important part in your family life. And without a doubt, for the home cook in you to be able to dish out flavoursome and tasty dishes, your kitchen must be designed just right!
When designing your kitchen, you must give careful consideration to planning the storage. Indian kitchens present unique challenges when it comes to storage, perhaps because our cooking techniques are very elaborate and the ingredients we use are so varied and complex! These simple kitchen storage ideas are very effective if you’re looking to organise your kitchen spaces in a better way.
Spice jars
Indian cuisine is nothing if not spicy. Spice canisters need to be readily accessible right next to the cooktop, preferably in open shelves above the hob. Plan for at least half a dozen small bottles that are clearly labelled, so that you don’t need to search whilst in the middle of cooking. Sugar and salt can be in one kilo containers, while tea and coffee can be in jars of the required size.
Large pantry for groceries We Indian families love to get bargains on our grocery shopping; this may mean that we buy in bulk to get better prices! If you don’t want to end up with a cluttered kitchen, plan for a large pantry with plenty of storage for large quantities of cereals, pulses and ready-to-cook foods. Create pull-out drawers and trays on heavy duty channels that can take up to 25 or 50 kilos each. An additional layer of storage for jams and pickle jars can be created on the inside of the pantry shutters, in much the same way as refrigerator doors hold bottles and cartons.
To keep your groceries fresh, make sure to check the best-by dates every couple of months, and use up anything that is getting old!
Consider the sizes of your cooking utensils Most Indian homes have hand-me-down vessels from past generations that need to be stored carefully, like this heavy brass uruli used for cooking payasam during special occasions. Even though vessels like this are not used on a regular basis, they are always brought out during large family gatherings. In fact, die-hard traditionalists insist that food cooked in any other vessel will never taste the same! If you are one among them, then plan for some adjustable shelves that can take heavy loads, in a corner that doesn’t need to be easily accessible.
Make clever use of corners Corner spaces are generally hard to access. Use modular kitchen accessories like three quarter carousel trays or Magic corners, to make use of every inch of storage space and access the farthest corners easily.
The corner of the countertop in an L shaped kitchen is not easy to access. Use this space to set up your own little coffee corner — Hang some pretty coffee mugs, a cloth to catch spills, your coffee and tea canisters on a hanging glass ledge close to the coffeemaker and you’re all set for your steaming morning cuppa!
Indian cooking requires assorted appliances of all shapes and sizes. The mixie is something that no family can do without, and ususally comes with a set of jars. We also need to find the right place for the mandatory toaster, sandwich maker, juicer, grill and idli-dosa grinder! When you work out the kitchen storage layout, see if these appliances can be planned to be stored on pull-out shelves just below the counter, and add convenient electric sockets close by so that you do not have to lug the appliances across the kitchen in order to use them. Whatever can be kept off the counter should be put away so that your kitchen looks neat at all times.
To store items that add aesthetic appeal, like bright pottery and pretty patterned crockery, open shelving is a great idea. Open shelves look less shut-in than closed cabinets and can make your kitchen look more spacious. However, if you’re someone who has trouble keeping things organized, avoid planning for too many open shelves as they can make your kitchen look very unkempt! The kitchen in the picture below uses a pleasing combination of shelves and hangers above the washing area, allowing just-washed dishes to drip dry into the sink below.
Compartmentalised drawers are a lifesaver Shallow drawers with partitions for cutlery, and deeper pull-out drawers that are compartmentalised with movable partitions to accommodate different sizes of vessels can truly be a lifesaver when it comes to organising your kitchen storage. You’ll never have to search around again -not only will your vessels remain where you have kept them without moving around, but everything will be readily accessible as soon as you need it!
Onions, garlic and potatoes There is virtually no Indian meal that doesn’t use onions, garlic and potatoes; and these are staples that you will find in every kitchen. Create a drawer with wickerwork facing or air vents in the woodwork to store these must-haves, so that they can ‘breathe’. Alternately, a pretty wicker basket with a handle can be hung up in a corner of your kitchen and will also add some rustic charm to your kitchen décor!
To sum up, plan your kitchen storage to suit your family’s special needs. If you usually do your groceries in bulk, you will need an extra large pantry. Design shelving according to the sizes of your appliances and the vessels you use. The workflow should be smooth, so keep whatever you use very frequently close to the cooktop. Above all, keep your kitchen well organised and free of clutter and you’ll find that cooking is always a pleasure!

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London’s Best Rooftop Bars & Alfresco Terraces

Victoria Purcell on 18th April 2019 Tagged East London North London Outdoors South London West London
Summer in London is one of those wonderful things – a rare glimpse of the sun and everybody gets alfresco fever! The parks are full, the shorts are on and every pub garden is packed. The Resident has put together a list of 55 of the best rooftop bars and terraces for outdoor grazing and cocktails
Lead image: Pergola Paddington The City & central LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
1 The Happenstance, Paternoster Square If you’re looking for an Insta-worthy terrace, The Happenstance on Paternoster Square has a beautiful botanical alfresco terrace overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral. Vibrant floral displays and gin-credible botanical cocktails are the order of the day. The terrace has sunny bits and shady bits, so you can duck for cover should the sun get too hot! 10 Paternoster Square EC4M 7DX; drakeandmorgan.co.uk
2 Roof Fest London at The Gardening Society, John Lewis Capitalising on our love of a good festival, John Lewis & Partners is championing live entertainment, music, comedy, street food, cocktails and more up on its popular rooftop terrace this summer. Roof Fest London is Oxford Street’s first festival in the sky – an immersive world of boho chic with live music on the Caravan stage (yes, it’s an actual caravan!), Filipino food from Bong Bongs Manila Kanteen (formerly BBQ Dreamz), and summer cocktails from Background Bars. Groups of up to 10 can book one of the three intimate dens. 300 Oxford Street W1C 1DX; johnlewis.com
3 Dalloway Terrace, Bloomsbury Dalloway Terrace is rocking a tropical paradise vibe this year, adorned with the unique flora of Sri Lanka. Taking inspiration from The Village in the Jungle, a novel by Leonard Woolf, the idyllic space is a wild jungle oasis of silk foliage stems, tropical ferns, orchids, passion flower and the giant iconic leaves of the banana plant. The menu features a smoked jackfruit salad and Sri Lankan tofu curry, as well as an afternoon tea with a Sri Lankan twist, plus a breakfast and weekend brunch offering. 16-22 Great Russell Street , Bloomsbury WC1B 3NN ; dallowayterrace.com
4 Sky Pod Bar at Sky Garden, the City It’s not alfresco, but the naturally ventilated Sky Pod Bar feels alfresco! Located 35-floors up at Sky Garden, it’s a great spot to take in the city from upon high, with views on one side the lush greenery of the impressive indoor gardens on the other. Bookings are recommended to visit Sky Pod Bar but walk-ins are welcome from 6.15pm on weekdays and 9.15pm on weekends, space allowing. Note that Sky Garden is a naturally-ventilated space, so you’re advised to wrap up on chillier days. 1 Garden Walk EC3M 8AF; skygarden.london
5 Coppa Club, Tower Hill It’ll be out with the winter igloos and in with something a little more summery at Coppa Club’s famous riverside pods soon. Last year’s Paradise Pods were kitted out with palm trees and hanging lanterns, forming part of a tropical beach resort with an outdoor bar that you enter via a bamboo walkway. The super-Instagrammable pods, which offer knock-out views of London’s iconic Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast and The Shard, are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and are perfect for a lazy weekend brunch. Do book ahead as they’re very popular. Coppa Club, 3 Three Quays Walk, Lower Thames Street EC3R 6AH; coppaclub.co.uk Dalloway Terrace’s Sri Lankan-influenced #DallowaySpringJungle The Caravan stage at the John Lewis rooftop terrace Coppa Club’s 2018 tropical-themed Paradise Pods Sky Pod Bar at Sky Gardens is a great way to escape the bustle of the concrete jungle
6 Jin Bo Law, Aldgate East London hot-spot Jin Bo Law, which has a rooftop bar boasting panoramic views of the London skyline, has launched a spring cocktail menu offering a new selection of Asian-inspired cocktails. The stylish bar on the 14th floor of the Dorsett City Hotel has aligned its new tipples with its Chinese heritage and influences, with cocktails such as the Chinese Rose (Hennessy whisky, hibiscus flowers, lemon, liquorice and five-spice honey), Eye of the Buddha (Citrussy spring flavours featuring yuzu juice, Prosecco, Bacardi White and Yuzushu sake), and Mandariňa (a fruity burst of flavours, with FAIR Kumquat Liqueur, Plum Sake, Lime and Monkey Shoulder Whisky). 14th Floor Dorsett City, 9 Aldgate High Street EC3N 1AH; jinbolaw.co.uk
7 Savage Garden at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London This all-day bar and cocktail lounge on the top floor of the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel London – Tower of London boasts a brilliant 360-degree vista of the city, taking in the Tower of London, The Shard, The Gherkin and St Paul’s Cathedral. As well as a south-facing gin terrace, there’s an all-seasons terrace with retractable roof. As well as epic weekend brunches, Savage Gardens shakes up some pretty theatrical cocktails, fiercely executed by mixologist Andre Cavalheiro (formerly of Caprice Holdings) and served up in intriguing glassware. The Flambard Colada (Havana Club 3YORum, pineapple, cucumber and champagne) comes with our seal of approval, and the Punk Rock Fashioned will knock your socks off. Floor 12, 7 Pepys Street EC3N 4AF; savagegarden.co.uk
8 The Somerset House Terrace with San Miguel, the Strand The Somerset House Terrace with San Miguel launched on 29 March 2019 – getting in there early for alfresco season. As well as the tapas-style food offering and live music, speciality beers like San Miguel Selecta and San Miguel Gluten Free, you can also check out the exclusive San Miguel Tap Station. The unique innovation serves five blended specialty beers inspired by the brand’s journey around the world, from the floral hops of Hong Kong to the caramel notes of Munich. The terrace at Somerset House is in a great spot for alfresco drinks overlooking the Thames. Somerset House, Strand WC2R 1LA; somersethouse.org.uk
9 aqua kyoto & aqua nueva, Soho Sitting side-by-side just off Oxford Street, aqua kyoto and aqua nueva offer you two different glorious rooftop terrace options for summer. Contemporary Spanish restaurant aqua nueva is collaborated with Veuve Clicquot Champagne last summer to create a colourful floral terrace, while aqua kyoto collaborated with Tanqueray Lovage to create a rooftop terrace that blended elements of Japanese and English gardens. Bring on the 2019 collaborations… 5th Floor, 240 Regent Street (entrance 30 Argyll Street) W1B 3BR; aquanueva.co.uk / aquakyoto.co.uk
10 SushiSamba, the City One of the coolest restaurants in town, SushiSamba offers a unique blend of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine, music and design. Located on the 38th and 39th floors of the Heron Tower, it has one of the highest outdoor dining terraces in Europe, offering unparalleled 360-degree views of the City. The indoor-outdoor elements featured throughout the space, most notably, the designed structural orange tree on the west terrace. 110 Bishopsgate EC2N 4AY; sushisamba.com The Somerset House Terrace with San Miguel aqua kyoto partnered with Tanqueray Lovage in 2018 SUSHISAMBA’s spectacular outdoor terrace Savage Garden is a great post-work hangout in the City Jin Bo Law in the city is a beautiful spot to take it all in
11 Yauatcha, the City Overlooking Broadgate Circle, Yauatcha’s two terraces, with powder blue seating and blooming pink cherry blossom trees, are the perfect post-work hangout. Every Thursday throughout summer, City Nights will celebrate the warmer weather with cocktails, wine and complimentary dim sum served from 5.30pm until 7.30pm and a DJ playing throughout the evening. An exclusive summer tasting menu is also available on the terrace or in the restaurant, offering a glass of wine or a cocktail, steamed and fried dim sum and a wok dish, followed by Yauatcha’s signature macarons (£34). Broadgate Circle EC2M 2QS; yauatcha.com
12 Serpentine Bar and Kitchen, Hyde Park When the sun comes out, Londoners take to the parks. The Serpentine Bar and Kitchen is in the middle of Hyde Park, right next to the Serpentine Lake and the views are spectacular. Not only does it offer clear views the swans and boats, but it is also a great spot for people watching – picnic makers, rollerbladers and dog walkers alike. There’s a Gin Bar, great cocktails a hot dog BBQ, a wood fire pizza oven and a whole range of British classics to tuck into. Serpentine Road, Hyde Park W2 2UH; benugo.com
13 Coq d’Argent, the City When work’s out, the City decamps to Coq d’Argent to drink and/or dine. Most head straight to the rooftop garden for cocktails, where the grass and privet hedges are neatly trimmed, the wisteria blows in the breeze and London’s skyscrapers sprawl before you on the horizon. The grill menu is served at lunch time (everything from oysters to sirloin steak from 11.30am-3pm), while bar snacks are served in the evening (everything from calamari to charcuterie from 5.30pm-11pm). At weekends, try Le Grand Déjeuner Menu, available every Saturday and Sunday from 12pm-4pm. No.1 Poultry EC2R 8EJ; coqdargent.co.uk
14 alto by San Carlo at Selfridges alto by San Carlo on the rooftop at Selfridges offers a day-to-night menu of seasonal Italian dishes made using only the finest ingredients. Expect spectacular seafood and an expertly curated wine list in a beautiful Italian garden setting. If you just fancy a drink, the alfresco rooftop next door is a lovely summer spot high above Oxford Street. Last year it was the Selfridges Peroni Ambra Roof Terrace – what will it be this year? Enter via the express lift in Fragrance on G. 400 Oxford Street W1A 1AB; selfridges.com
15 The Nyetimber Secret Garden at Rosewood London, Holborn From 31 May 2019, The Terrace in the Rosewood London’s iconic courtyard will be transformed by award-winning landscape designer Luciano Giubbilei into The Nyetimber Secret Garden at Rosewood London. In partnership with pioneering English sparkling wine producers, Nyetimber, the immersive experience will allow you to spend the summer sipping sparkling wine beneath colourful wisteria while dining alfresco with seasonal lunch and dinner menus created by Executive Head Chef Calum Franklin. Running from 31 May until 29 September from 10am-11pm daily. 252 High Holborn WC1V 7EN; rosewoodhotels.com
16 The Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly The Terrace Grill & Bar at Le Meridien Piccadilly has both indoor and terrace seating – one of the only outdoor spaces on Piccadilly. Last summer, Le Meridien Piccadilly partnered with its sister hotel Le Meirdien Nice to create a French Riviera pop-up bar inspired by the 70s, decked out with a promenade lined with parasols, palm trees and deck chairs, as well as a traditional village square complete with petanque. Let’s hope it makes a return. 21 Piccadilly W1J 0BH; terracegrillandbar.com
17 Trishna, Marylebone Trishna has collaborated with Tanqueray Gin and the Rare Tea Company to pay tribute to the historic Punjabi kite flying festival, Basant, which signifies the start of spring. The show-stopping installation will be on display until the end of May 2019, complete with exclusive cocktails to match. Take a journey through the Indian sub-continent’s famous tea and botanical gardens The Tea Garden Collection. The five cocktails blend a selection of cold-brew teas to create both alcoholic and non-alcohol combinations. 15-17 Blandford Street, Marylebone W1U 3DG; trishnalondon.com Yauatcha City’s spring terrace celebrates the cherry blossom Trishna has collaborated with Tanqueray Gin and Rare Teas this spring The Peroni Ambra Terrace at Selfridges in 2018 Le Meridien Piccadilly has an indoor atrium and a small outdoor terrace Coq d’Argent’s immaculate grassy terrace WEST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
18 Pergola Paddington Pergola Paddington returns as a sunny summery paradise on 2 May 2019. The roof is coming off, there’s alfresco seating for 850 diners, as well as bookable daybeds and DJs will be playing summer tunes all weekend. There’s a brand-new bottomless brunch on Sundays and four new foodie establishments: Babek Brothers, serving kebabs and halloumi fries; Honi Poké, delivering fresh bowls; spicy wonton dumplings from An Choi; and Smash Patty, a new burger concept from the guys behind Patty & Bun. Open Wednesday to Sunday, the two floors of this vibrant space will be the perfect summer spot. 5 Kingdom Street, Paddington Central W2 6PY ; pergolalondon.com
19 The Ivy Chelsea Garden, Chelsea Since The Ivy Chelsea opened it has become a firm sunny favourite. The beautifully decorated terrace and orangery is as stylish as a garden could get, and being part of The Ivy family, you’re in safe hands when it comes to food and drink. Cocktails and an all-day British menu are available in the alfresco space, which is adorned with fountains, climbing ivy and beautiful antique furniture abound, this the kind of place you will want to spend several hours. 197 King’s Road, Chelsea SW3 5EQ; theivychelseagarden.com
20 No 197 Chiswick Fire Station, Chiswick No 197 Chiswick Fire Station is a destination bar that pays homage to the history and community at the centre of the building and a bar that aims to feel like a home to the locals. Enjoy the courtyard with friends and let the lovely weather provide the perfect backdrop for relaxed eating and drinking. 197 Chiswick High Road W4 2DR; no197chiswickfirestation.com
21 The Darcie & May Green Barges, Paddington The floating restaurant and bar barges, Darcie & May Green, are right outside Paddington Station on the Grand Union Canal. The floating pieces of art, designed exclusively by the ‘godfather’ of British pop art, Sir Peter Blake, provide the perfect setting for canal side dining, serving Aussie brunch, healthy lunch and relaxing dinners. The two boats share a combined 50 metre upper deck overlooking the Grand Union Canal and have been transformed with the addition of rooftops gardens. Sheldon Square W2 6DS; daisygreenfood.com
22 The Terrace at Lowndes Bar & Kitchen, Belgravia The Lowndes Bar & Kitchen Terrace at Jumeirah Lowndes Hotel in Belgravia is celebrating the opening of the Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition at the V&A this summer terrace season. In addition to the popular BBQ-style menu, a separate Mexican-themed food and cocktail section will be offered to guests as an ode to Frida. Dishes include fish tacos in soft corn tortillas with crumbed fillet of lemon sole, avocado and lime cilantro cream, as well as Mexican-inspired chicken egg rolls with jalapeno tomato sauce. 21 Lowndes Street , Belgravia SW1X 9ES ; lowndesdining.co.uk Pergola Paddington opens on 2 May 2019 Step into an enchanting outdoor wonderland at The Ivy Chelsea Garden Chiswick Fire Station has a gorgeous rear courtyard Jumeirah Lowndes rooftop terrace Darcie Green (photo: Leyla Kazim) The south bank, bankside& albert embankment’s TOP TERRACES
23 The BBQ Club at Southbank Centre Jimmy Garcia’s acclaimed BBQ Club riverside dining experience returns this summer with a new concept – Patch & Picnic. Soak-up the rays in your own riverside patch by the Southbank Centre, playing classic British outdoor games such as croquet and mini-golf, while indulging in a special BBQ Club hamper packed with alfresco goodies. The split-level riverside summer eatery features a walk-up BBQ Bar serving grilled halloumi burgers and the like, while the BBQ Club rooftop restaurant featuring an interactive seven-course tasting menu. Launching on Saturday 3 May 2019. 78 Waterloo Bridge SE1 9PX; jimmyspopup.com
24 The Terrace at OXO Tower Bar, South Bank Eight floors up at the OXO Tower Bar is a fantastic Thames-side terrace serving cocktails and bar snacks. Summertime means sassy collaborations, and last year it was the 1800 Tequila Terrace, where you could sip on 1800 cocktails while taking in the panoramic London skyline views. What will 2019 bring? Barge House Street, South Bank SE1 9PH; harveynichols.com
25 The Ivy, Tower Bridge The Ivy Tower Bridge offers accessible, sophisticated all-day dining with a Parisian-style alfresco terrace that seats 50 and directly overlooks the Thames and Tower Bridge. The modern British menu is all-encompassing including breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, weekend brunch, light snacks, cocktails and dinner. Should the weather turn, you can retreat indoors and still enjoy the same lovely views through the floor-to-ceiling windows. One Tower Bridge SE1 2AA; theivytowerbridge.com
26 12th Knot at Sea Containers, South Bank The terrace at 12th Knot, formerly Rumpus Room, doesn’t have a lot of seats, so it can get a little standing-room-only side, but the views are worth it (kudos, if you bag the egg chair). Should your legs tire, head indoors and check out the beautiful inky blue and violet interiors. Located on the 12th floor of the Thamesside hotel, the bright, verdant riverside rooftop bar has lush greenery, plush sofas and comfortable lounge spaces indoors and British-American inspired cocktails. There’s live music on Wednesdays and DJs Thursday to Saturday. Find your way to the rooftop bar via the neon signs. Open till 1am Tues-Weds and 2am Thurs-Sat. 20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; seacontainerslondon.com
27 Midsummer Terrace at Sea Containers Sea Containers restaurant at Mondrian London collaborated with Champagne Laurent-Perrier for the 2018 year’s Midsummer Terrace pop-up. The floral, Thamesside terrace, with views over the river to St Pauls, was adorned with soft pink wildflowers and dusky pink furnishings. Alongside the relaxed drinking and dining area, the terrace also hosted a separate Laurent-Perrier Champagne Bar. What will it be this year? 20 Upper Ground, South Bank SE1 9PD; seacontainersrestaurant.com
28 Mezemiso at Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment Perched on the 15th floor of the Crowne Plaza London – Albert Embankment and blessed with panoramic views over the River Thames and the Houses of Parliament, Mezemiso opened in January 2019, bringing together Japanese & Lebanese cuisine. Mezemiso’s Cigar and Shisha Terrace occupies one of the most desirable spots in the restaurant. With an extensive cigar and shisha menu to match the unparalleled Westminster view, the 20-seat outdoor terrace is a great spot to try Mezemiso’s signature cocktails. 10-11 Albert Embankment SE1 7TP; crowneplazalondonalbertembankment.co.uk 1800 Terrace at OXO Tower Restaurant, Bar and Brasserie Riverside alfresco dining and BBQ, what more do we need for a fabulous summer? Enjoy breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or a romantic dinner on the terrace at The Ivy Tower Bridge The Rumpus Rooms has relaunched as 12th Knot Mezemiso has great views over Westminster and a shisha and cigar terrace SOUTH LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
29 Frank’s Cafe, Peckham Frank’s Café is the hottest spot south of the river come summer. Coming back for summer 2019 on 31 May, its the country’s coolest multi-storey car park with cocktails (make it a Negroni or Aperol Spritz), especially since Peckham Levels sprang to life below, with yet more street food and boozing opportunities. Up top you can still enjoy excellent sharing plates like buffalo chicken wings with blue cheese crème fraiche and smoked paprika and parmesan-roasted corn on the cob while taking in those amazing views over London, and now they have a brunch menu too (served 11am-3pm Sat-Sun). The whole of Shoreditch tends to descend on this place so the bar queue is usually huge. Peckham multi-storey car park, 95a Rye Lane, Peckham SE15 4ST; frankscafe.org.uk
30 Street Feast at Hawker House, Canada Water Street Feast has been keeping the population of East London fed and watered for a few years now with Dinorama in Shoreditch and Dalston Yard. The opening of the Model Market at Lewisham sent south-east Londoners into raptures, and then along came Hawker House in Canada Water and the Giant Robot at Canary Wharf. Originally opened as a warehouse venue to get us through the dark, dreary winter months, in 2016 it expanded into the great outdoors, and is now home to a huge courtyard festival of food and craft beer for those in striking distance of Canada Water station on the Overground or Jubilee. Canada Street, Canada Water SE16 7PJ; streetfeast.com
31 Pop Brixton Pop Brixton has shed its winter roof ready for the summer season. South London’s go-to alfresco drinking and dining destination has an ever-growing selection of street food vendors and bars serving everything from gyoza to jerk chicken, the venue is perfect to while away the summertime. Look out for special events, from yoga brunches to vintage kilo sales, film clubs, family discos and big music nights. 49 Brixton Station Road, Brixton SW9 8PQ; popbrixton.org
32 Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden Most South Bank amblers don’t even know it’s there, but The Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden, designed by the Eden Project and maintained by Grounded Ecotherapy gardeners, is an excellent find. With plenty of leafy greenery including a wildflower meadow, mini allotments and a woodland garden, alongside awesome riverside views and a cafe bar run by Company of Cooks, it’s one a great spot to catch up with family and friends. Open until late September from 10am-10pm daily, depending on the weather. The terrace outside the Royal Festival Hall is a great summer spot for a quick drink too, with a pop-up bar serving the basics. It gets pretty crowded though. Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road SE1 8XX; southbankcentre.co.uk
33 Craft London, Greenwich Peninsula Craft London, just opposite the O2 Arena on Greenwich Peninsula, is a vision of modernity created by chef Stevie Parle in collaboration with Tom Dixon. This summer, Oxley Gin, the cold-distilled London gin brand has taken over Craft’s impressive rooftop terrace bar, offering a range of bespoke gin serves over ice with fresh, homemade ingredients and garnishes foraged by the Craft London team from their neighbouring garden. Ours is the Oxley Spritz, made with Oxley Gin, Rouge, Honey Syrup and Prosecco. All priced at £10, the drinks will be served alongside bar snacks from Craft London’s renowned all-British menu. Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula SE10 0SQ; craft-london.co.uk Craft London is collaborating with Oxley Gin for this year’s pop-up roof terrace Frankly, Frank’s Cafe has got the best views in town (photo: Oskar Proctor) Hawker House is a great spot in summer The roof is coming off at Pop Brixton on 10 April! Southbank Centre Queen Elizabeth Hall Roof Garden (photo by Belinda Lawley)
34 The Sail Loft, Greenwich Peaceful waterside dining is a pretty rare find in London, but you’ll find it at The Sail Loft in Greenwich. This Fuller’s pub serves up a brilliant brunch, with the likes of black pudding hash with fried hen’s egg, plus roasted field mushroom, spinach, butternut squash and sourdough on the menu. If the weather turns, head indoors where you can still enjoy a view of the Thames from the floor-to-ceiling glass windows. 11 Victoria Parade Greenwich SE10 9FR; sailloftgreenwich.co.uk
35 Rivington Botanical Gin Garden, Greenwich The Rivington’s Gin Garden has gone from summer staple to year-round winner, but each season brings with it a transformation. This summer it brings a burst of colour, fragrance and greenery to the terrace, transforming it into a botanical gin garden. The space is covered by a beautiful tree canopy, filled with hanging vines and warm lighting, making it the ideal location to try out one of the 220 different varieties of gin behind the bar. Alongside the extensive gin menu, there are also plenty of expertly mixed cocktails. 178 Greenwich High Road SE10 8NN; rivingtongreenwich.co.uk
36 Cinnamon Kitchen, Battersea Cinnamon Kitchen is bringing fire and spice to Battersea Power Station with minimalist industrial décor and a large outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Thames. The restaurant serves contemporary Indian dishes, many unique to Battersea, like the Clove smoked Lamb Rump with Fennel and nutmeg sauce. Enjoy imaginative cocktails by award-winning mixologist Tony Conigliaro like The Coconut Kir and Assam Manhattan, and bar bites inspired by the dishes found on the Mumbai Jaipur Pink City Express train route. Circus West Village, 2 Arches Lane SW11 8AB; cinnamon-kitchen.com
37 No 29 Power Station West, Battersea Go explore Battersea’s new neighbourhood at Circus West Village, by the iconic Battersea Power Station. And while you’re there, be sure to make a stop at No 29 Power Station West, part of the neighbourhood bar group, Darwin & Wallace. The riverside terrace is sporting a new pergola, decorated delicately with the green buds of spring. Dine on seasonal, locally sourced food, craft beers including Five Points Pale and cocktails including house favourites Pear Bellini and Passionfruit Caipirinha. Breakfast and brunch favourites include sourdough bruschetta with roast tomatoes, spinach, avocado and crispy bacon, or ricotta pancakes with seasonal fruit. Plus, the new Battersea Power Station River Bus Pier puts the venue within 15 minutes of Embankment Pier on the Thames Clipper. 29 Circus West, Battersea Power Station SW8 4NN; no29powerstationwest.co.uk
38 The Lido Café, Herne Hill The Lido Café in Brockwell Park is one of our favourite spots in south London when the sun is out. A good-sized terrace faces the swimmers and the park’s leafy trees beyond, transporting you away from London and into a more rural environment. Modern-British food is served all-day, making this a great spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner, as well as a morning coffee and a few glasses of wine come the evening (or afternoon). Dulwich Road, Brockwell Lido, Herne Hill SE24 0PA; thelidocafe.co.uk The Rumpus Rooms has relaunched as 12th Knot The Lido Cafe’s beautiful poolside setting is perfect for summer The Sail Loft is a lovely riverside pub No 29 Power Station West’s riverside terrace has a pretty new pergola EAST LONDON’S TOP TERRACES
39 Skylight at Tobacco Dock, Wapping Skylight at Tobacco Dock will be kicking off another spectacular sun-filled season on 3rd May 2018. Skylight became one of London’s most popular and imaginative rooftop destinations after its smashing launch in 2017 and is now a firm fixture on any summer hotlist. This year sees the return of Skylight’s urban lawn club setting and with it, a whole host of new additions, improvements and surprises. Soaring above London’s most unique event venue, Tobacco Dock in Wapping, Skylight boasts three floors of bars, street food, live entertainment, croquet, pétanque, screens, DJs and an unrivalled view of London’s iconic skyline. Whether battling it out on the croquet lawn, cheering on a World Cup game or Wimbledon match on the big screen, chilling with a post-work spritz or soaking up a no-filter sunset, Skylight has a summer experience for everyone. Thu-Fri 5pm–11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm–11pm. Wapping Lane, Wapping E1W 2SF; skylightlondon.com
40 Roka, Canary Wharf Roka Canary Wharf’s tasting menu is the stuff of dreams. As is the à la carte… try one of Roka’s legendary sushi and sashimi platters and hot dishes inspired by Japanese and Asian cuisine. The black miso cod is divine and you simply must sample the wagyu nigiri, it’s to die for. The sake sommelier will make sure you have something suitable to wash it down with. The terrace is a fantastic spot to dine come summer, overlooking Canada Square Park, you take in the bright lights of London’s sleekest office towers while soaking up the sounds of the Canary Wharf Summer Concerts. 4 Park Pavilion, 40 Canada Square E14 5FW; rokarestaurant.com
41 The Water Poet, Shoreditch We’re not the only ones to think that The Water Poet’s beer garden is among the best in London, and with ivy-covered walls, weathered benches and a buzzing atmosphere it’s easy to see why. And we haven’t even mentioned the menu and drinks list yet! This quirky pub has something for everyone – just make sure you don’t get lost wandering through all their many rooms trying to find the deck. 9-11 Folgate Street E1 6BX ; waterpoet.co.uk
42 Boundary Rooftop, Shoreditch The Boundary rooftop combines grape producing vines and wild herbs to create a rooftop garden space that is open all year thanks to the weatherproof pergola and open fire. In terms of eating, you can expect Mediterranean hors-d’oeuvres, bar snacks and steaks off the grill. When the weather’s good there may be a wait on tables, and it doesn’t take bookings on small tables so either get together a group and plan ahead or expect to join the well-dressed queue of punters. The views over the roofs of Shoreditch are worth it, though. 2-4 Boundary Street , Shoreditch E2 7DD ; theboundary.co.uk
43 The Culpeper, Spitalfields Having grown most of its own herbs and vegetables on the roof for some time now, Culpeper is no stranger to making the most of its urban environment. This summer its team will be opening their rooftop garden to the public and it is set to be a great spot. Already an excellent place for the list of natural wines and the menu offerings, such as pancetta with snails, wild garlic and Jerusalem artichokes, the fact that you will soon be able to eat and drink these things in a garden above the city only makes things better. 40 Commercial Street E1 6LP ; theculpeper.com Roka, Canary Wharf, has a fabulously relaxed terrace The Water Poet Enjoy food, drink, and croquet during this summer Boundary’s magical roof terrace
44 Dishoom, Shoreditch The ever-popular Dishoom, modelled on an old Irani café in Bombay, has a great verandah area perfect for sunlight, reading a book off the shelves or working your way through the delicious menu. The retractable walls and roof make this area a safe bet all year round and in any weather, but this place is popular so get in early – we suggest going for breakfast, the bacon naans are a favourite. 7 Boundary Street E2 7JE ; dishoom.com
45 Angler, Moorgate Michelin-starred restaurant Angler, in the South Place Hotel, not only serves up some of the best seafood in London but also has a lovely, elegant outdoor terrace. Rattan chairs and green shrubs create a Provençal style in the middle of the city, so with a setting like that, it only seems right to crack into the rosé. South Place Hotel, 3 South Place EC2M 2AF; anglerrestaurant.com
46 Dalston Roof Park Described as an ‘urban utopian oasis’ with views of the London skyline, we are excited for its re-opening this summer. Membership for the season is £5, which grants you unlimited entry into the Roof Park’s events – film screenings, music, street food and more. Its Facebook page will keep you up to date with what it’s got planned. The Print House, 18-22 Ashwin Street E8 3DL; bootstrapcompany.co.uk
47 Boisdale Garden Terrace, Canary Wharf Last summer, Boisdale of Canary Wharf transformed its popular outdoor space into a 130-metre Jamaica Garden Terrace. Sponsored by the Jamaica Tourist Board and Grace Foods, the Boisdale Jamaica Garden Terrace was decked out as rain-forest fringed shores of the famous parish of Portland, Jamaica, with lush tropical plants and cascading palm trees. Imbibe the Jamaican rum punch was specially created for the occasion by Boisdale. The Jamaica Garden Terrace was also home to a rich, tasty selection of meats from the Jamaican Jerk BBQ grill including pork, chicken and specials such as lobster and shrimp. We are eager to see what this summer will bring for Boisdale of Canary Wharf. Cabot Place , Canary Wharf E14 4QT; boisdale.co.uk Enjoy this atmospheric verandah in this Dishoom Dine on some of the best seafood in London on the terrace this summer
48 The Merchant, Canary Wharf The Merchant has established itself as a place to enjoy great fresh food, cask ales, wines, eclectic beers and spirits, and simply unwind. The Merchant makes the most of Canary Wharf’s tranquil dockside terraces with 90 alfresco covers and heated parasols, all overlooking the North Quay. It’s a great spot to escape the hustle and bustle of Canary Wharf. 25-27 Fisherman’s Walk, Canary Wharf E14 4DH; teamerchantcanarywharf.co.uk
49 Pitch, Stratford Stratford is cool now. The Olympics have packed up and moved on, the sporting legacy is questionable, but the canals and outdoor spaces speak for themselves. Pitch on Bridge Terrace off Stratford High Street has just opened ready for the Easter weekend, offering some of London’s best street food (gourmet hot dogs, souvlaki, Venezuelan food, vegan dishes), colourful, design-led (and weather-proofed!) spaces to hang out in, a craft-focused bar, Sunday DJ brunches, plus a schedule of activities and events from themed outdoor film screenings to evening classes and party nights. It’ll be a great spot to watch the World Cup, too. Open from Fri-Sun in April, Thu-Sun in May and every day in June and July. Open till autumn. 2 Bridge Terrace, Stratford E15 3FF; pitchstratford.com
50 The Duke of Richmond, Hackney This summer Tom Oldroyd is opening The Duke of Richmond a restaurant and pub. The pub will open seven days a week, with reservations taken for the dining room. Both the pub and dining room menus will have a strong French accent, whilst using the very best of seasonal British produce. With outdoor seating on the terrace, this is sure to be the ideal East London summer drinking spot. 316 Queensbridge Road E8 3NH ; thedukeofrichmond.com Enjoy everything from film screenings, music, and street food at this outdoor urban oasis Pitch in Stratford has revamped its outdoor space NORTH LONDON’s TOP TERRACES
51 Granary Square Brasserie, King’s Cross Granary Square Brasserie has partnered with Fever-Tree to transform its terrace into a Physic Garden this summer. The installation takes inspiration from traditional physic gardens, and the practices of growing and blending herbs, to combine delicate botanicals with gin to create innovative new G&T serves for visitors to try this summer. And with over 70 covers, it’s one of London’s biggest terraces, and what’s more, the gin dream team will be hosting an event series in the restaurant’s private dining room. Guests at the House of Apothecary will blend their own gin to take home from a range of aromatic distillates in homage to the apothecaries of old, while enjoying a three-course dinner. Granary Square, 1-3 Stable Street, King’s Cross N1C 4AB; granarysquarebrasserie.com
52 The Lord Palmerston, Tufnell Park After an extensive renovation, The Lord Palmerston re-opens its doors; with a new look that combines the historic beauty of the pub with fresh and contemporary features. This neighbourhood favourite celebrates the best things in life: hearty British fare and London’s finest craft beer, all enjoyed in a relaxing environment. The traditional pub has been given a new lease of life with an all-weather terrace complete with finer, cosy features. This is the perfect place to enjoy a spot of al fresco dining or relaxed afternoon drinks. 33 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park NW5 1HU ; thelordpalmerston.co.uk
54 The Castle, Islington This gastro-pub at the top of Pentonville Road offers a great menu and drinks list to be enjoyed on its spacious roof terrace – possibly the finest roof terrace in all of Angel. A relaxing retreat in trendy, bustling Islington, The Castle is great come rain or shine, with comfy sofas indoors, real ales, great beers, a good wine list (chosen by their master of wine, no less). There’s sport on the tele, a daily changing specials menu and a pub quiz on Tuesdays, which is only £2 entry. 54 Pentonville Road, Islington N1 9HF; geronimo-inns.co.uk
54 The Modern Pantry, Clerkenwell This Clerkenwell staple has something for just about any time of the day – a healthy breakfast, a decadent brunch, lunch with friends, afternoon tea, dinner, or a bite to eat after the theatre. The Modern Pantry’s alfresco terrace in St John’s Square seats 32 people and is a great place to watch the world go by. There’s also a small bar serving an eclectic selection of wines and unusual cocktails to accompany your food. 47-48 Saint John’s Square , Clerkenwell EC1V 4JJ ; themodernpantry.co.uk
55 Big Chill, King’s Cross Kitsch and colourful furniture decks out this rooftop bar, which claims to bring a taste of Shoreditch to King’s Cross. Atop a Victorian pub with a quirky interior, this rooftop bar is an excellent place for an elevated drink. The menu ranges from craft beer, cider and wine to cocktails like the Big Tea Party – Absolut, Beefeater, El Jimador, Appleton white, Triple sec, apple juice, lemon juice, bitters and blackcurrant jam. It does food, too, and brunch for the morning after. 257-259 Pentonville Road , King’s Cross N1 9NL; bigchillbar.com The Gin Physic Garden at Granary Square Brasserie The Lord Palmerston, Tufnell Park This gastro-pub has a roomy rooftop terrace Enjoy food at any time of the day at this Clerkenwell staple Get a taste of Shoreditch at Big Chill in Kings Cross Read more

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An Adventure in the Unspoiled Natural Beauty of Madagascar and the Mantasaly Resort

By Glenn Harris Apr. 17th, 2019
For those who are tired of overrun travel destinations, the options are growing fewer and fewer each year. Places where there is little pollution, traffic or maddening crowds are becoming hard to find. Madagascar, off the coast of southern Africa in the Indian ocean, is a rare destination that is untouched, pristine and abundant in natural beauty. It can be rough and rugged and at times relatively primitive but that’s just what makes it such an untrampled destination. In the north of Madagascar is where you’ll find the Mantasaly Resort. The luxury resort is surrounded by natural beautiful and is also a watersports mecca offering some of the top kite surfing and wind surfing experiences in the world.
First and foremost, the resort is about water sports and in particular wind and kite surfing. This is where well-to-do lovers of kite and wind surfering go to seek out a luxury resort and perfect conditions to enjoy their sport. Between April to November the winds are constant between 20 and 30 knots where surfers never have to wait for good wind conditions. The resort sits on a massive bay and a barrier reef, so the water and waves are generally smooth.
A long drive through scrub brush along a winding sand road opens up to the view of Mantasaly. This is a grand resort that also appeals to all types of travelers beyond the water sports enthusiasts. It is a place for romantic couples, families, or friends who want an exotic adventure. It sits on a hillside above a pristine and private bay with out a development nearby as far as the eye can see. Guests feel like they have their own private three mile beach surrounded by sand dunes, dense scrub brush, and views on to the crystal clear waters.
There are only 32 accommodations on the property which are spread out over acres and acres of land so it never feels crowded. Mantasaly is a beautifully designed top notch luxury resort with a mix of local design, European detail and an exceptional eye for mixing color, décor and style. Local artwork is placed alongside of gorgeous wall art, indigenous paintings and bursts of color in geometric shapes.
Mantasaly has all the services and amenities that one would expect from exception dining, extensive facilities such as a lake-sized pool, professional gym and work out areas, spa and a kid’s club for the little ones.
Roxana is the general manager and could not be warmer, friendly or welcoming. Her, along with her constant companion Sisi, as precocious crown lemur, are always about the property checking in on guests to make sure their stay is going well. The staff is fantastic as well with genuine warmth and friendly service and care.
The concept of the accommodations are reimagined bungalows which are comfortable in sized with bespoke furnishings and bright and fresh colors. All suites offer a flat screen TV, sofa, mini bar and large terrace overlooking the sea where you’ll want to settle down after a long day of adventure.
The dining experience at Mantasaly is excellent with an a-la carte menu based on local and international food so you’ll get to savor Madagascar cuisines with haute preparation and technique by an internationally trained executive chef. Savvy guests will opt for the fresh catch of the day fish and seafood, skillfully prepared in local style. By the pool, meals are more casual with mainly grilled with seafood, ZEBU beef burgers as well as excellent pizzas from the wood fired oven.
Mantasaly strives to keep all their delicious meals locally sourced and organic without a lot of preservatives or frozen ingredients. Most are fresh, locally produced or sourced from the fisherman who live not far from the resort and who bring their bounty to the resort each day.
This is an active resort with so much to do and see in the area. Its main attraction is a white sandy beach, the turquoise water, and plenty of places to take in the sun on a chaise lounge or dash off with your loved one to find a secluded place without a soul for miles around. At the resort, the lake sized pool is an ideal place to laze about, jump in for a swim or chillout with a cool drink at the entertainment area vibing to the music or shooting pool.
For those seeking a more active pursuit, the Mantasaly offers guests a wide range of activities from boat rides to nearby private island, Stand-up Paddle boarding or kayaking between mangrove forest and rocky volcanic rock formations. There are all manner of water sports from jet skis, scuba and snorkeling and deep sea fishing as well as 4×4 ATVing in the trails around the resort. As shared, this is a world class wind surfing and kite surfing destination. The winds are constant during the season and there’s a pro shop with all manner of equipment for rental or storage of the guest’s equipment.
First and foremost, the reason to go to Madagascar is for nature. It is abundant, diverse, and thrilling. The mountains and dense rainforests create habitats for countless types of birds, lizards, non-venomous snakes, and of course, the country’s favorite icon, lemurs. Above and below the sea lies another habitat of crystal clear water, beautiful sea-life of colorful fish and corals and the miles and miles of white sandy beaches along the coastline.
As beautiful as Madagascar is to behold, it must be stated that it’s not an “easy” country. It is rough and rugged which is exactly why it is still pristine. The solution is to have your trips and excursions arranged by an in country professional tour operators such as Madagascar Endemics & Resorts (MER) . MER is a highly professional and certified tour operator that sets up ideal experiences to take in all that this incredible country has to offer. When we travel, we want to enjoy a destination without aggravation and hassle. Hassle of transportation, feeling unsafe, knowing where to go and what to do, or of feeling left alone. MER ensures none of that happens by taking care of its guests and taking the headaches out of traveling to such a beautiful yet rugged destination.
While in northern Madagascar, there are several places that you’ll definitely want to visit. On land, the forests are exciting to explore on a trek through the cool temperature and pure air of the rainforest to see lemur and the wildlife. Amber Mountain is the highest peak in the area to see various precious woods, botanical garden species, and animals.
Another unusual site to see in Madagascar are the to visit these unusual natural formations called Tsingy which look like stalagmites but are actually sandstone, limestone and marl at the base of an eroded canyon. It is a bizarre and eerie must see site. The Ankarana Reserve is a vast reserve of mountains and forest and the ideal habitat for seeing the reptiles, amphibians, lemurs, and birds as well as underground rivers, and massive bat caves. It is also where explorers will find the peculiar gray colored Tsingy which is again eroded calcareous rock formations.
The unspoiled waters of the Indian Ocean off the coast of Diego Suarez offer an untouched biodiversity under the sea with stunning coral formations exuding brilliant colors platforms in a marine protected sanctuary where an easy snorkel dive offers a great show of exotic fish, sea turtles and brilliant colored corals seen through crystal clear waters.
A wonderful way to experience it is a day’s boat ride and visit to a deserted island. The trip is a true Robin Crusoe adventure that begins with a sail on a rustic local’s boat followed by time at the white sand beach island that offers plenty of places to explore or get lost with your loved one. The afternoon concludes with fresh caught seafood barbeque to complete the day.
Many of us dream to go on vacation to an unspoiled destination where it is not over trampled with traffic pollution or maddening crowds of tourists dashing off tour buses and jockeying for position to take a photo of a landmark or of some wildlife. Madagascar offers that and so much more that guests will cherish long after the baggage has been unpacked back home. An adventure with Madagascar Endemics & Resorts as well as an ideal stay at the Mantasaly Resort is the way to fully enjoy this remarkable destination. Glenn Harris
Glenn Harris is an accomplished journalist focusing on international travel, fine dining, and luxury lifestyle events. His wanderlust has taken him to over 100 countries where he is constantly straying off the beaten path uncovering new and exotic finds. He particularly enjoys seeking out lesser known travel gems and places to stay, dine, or experiences to capture. … (Read More) MOST RECENT

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Have You Played Zomato Premier League Yet?

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Adding the love for food to the love for cricket, Zomato has introduced Zomato Premier League (ZPL) — a unique in-app gamification, that allows users to be cricket maestros. Every time users decide to have their food delivered to their doorsteps, they can now also predict the winner of that day’s match and win rewards if their prediction is right.
Everyone has a favourite team they cheer but choosing a favourite restaurant can be difficult. ZPL has over 50,000 restaurants that perfectly pair with the exciting cricket matches this season. Users can enjoy an assured 40% discount whenever they request delivery from these restaurants, play ZPL to predict the winner of the match and win an additional 30% cashback every time they predict correctly.
“For Indians, predicting the winner of a cricket match is time-honoured. With ZPL, we have added a fun element to this tradition by combining it with food rewards. Over four million people have played ZPL in the past three weeks and have collectively saved over eight crores so far while binging on their favourite food. This season is all about good food and thrilling performances and we plan to be the perfect match for both” , said Sandeep Anand, CMO, Food Delivery, Zomato.
ZPL has been live for over three weeks now and four million people have played it so far. Here are some interesting nibbles from ZPL:
· The Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Monday 15th April was legendary in two ways — Hardik Pandya’s performance and Zomato Premier League. Over 60,000 predictions were made during this match with a majority rooting for MI
· Delhi NCR has made over 1 million predictions , the maximum so far
· While pizza is still amongst the favourites, North Indian cuisine is the perfect accompaniment to living room debates about who will win, while enjoying a cricket match.
· Two things Indians unite over: enjoying cricket and ordering Chinese food . Zomato’s stats indicate that users take less time to order Chinese food compared to any other cuisine, mainly because of the common love for Hakka noodles, Manchurian, Dimsums and Chili Chicken
· People are likely to order desserts with the cashback they win with ZPL CSK won!! Yayy. — Sunanda (@YoursLegallyy) April 6, 2019
Not just for India’s foodies, Zomato is also the food delivery partner for all the eight IPL teams. The platform is also introducing more ways to ensure users relish every moment with their favourite food. In the Royal Challengers Bangalore stadium, foodie-cricket lovers can binge on food from some of Zomato’s top restaurant partners, while they watch their favourite team play live. Zomato has also been running contests on social media as well as offering hospitality passes to watch Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab.
Zomato Premier League will be live till the very end of the IPL season on May 12th.

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Your Complete Mouthwatering Guide to Global Cuisine in 2019

Pinterest When it comes to exploring the cuisine of the world, preparation is key. It’s nice to be pleasantly surprised but the trends of global cuisine are changing every single year. For 2019, knowing what’s ahead will prepare your tastebuds and have you ready for every single flavour from around the globe. The cuisines that we’re covering in this article include Thailand, the Philippines, the flavours of Greece and the Middle East, Turkish cuisine, Nepalese dishes, the tastes of Peru, and the meals of Pan-Africa. The Flavours of Thailand The countries of the Pacific Ocean have been growing more popular with the cuisines they’re putting out into the world. Ingredients are a hodgepodge of different things, creating a fusion medley that will make your mouth dance for joy. Try some great Thai food and you won’t be disappointed. Aromatic spices and seasonings such as cardamom, lemongrass, and saffron are popular in these regions and you’ll quickly learn why when you have your first taste. Be prepared for a lot of seafood flavours as well. Many condiments in this region are made from shrimp and cuttlefish paste, which may not be for everyone. So what are the basic staples of Thai cuisine? Basically: everything. The cuisine achieves the perfect balance of all four flavours without any of them overpowering the others. But the complex flavours doesn’t mean that it’s complicated to cook. It’s actually quite easy and can be tweaked to meet your perfect flavour profile without getting it wrong. There are more complicated dishes that take more than eight hours to cook, but those are only attempted after years of practice. The range of seasonings in Thai cuisine is also nothing to scoff at, from all kinds of basil to dill, parsley and cilantro. These are what give Thai food its strong scents and flavours, and it doesn’t shy away from adding a lot of spice with chilis either. Philippines’ Spices The Philippines also has a very strong presence in this region when it comes to inciting flavour wars. It has a blend of sweet and savoury flavours that are difficult to find anywhere else. The reason it’s so versatile is due to its extensive trade with nearby countries, such as China and Malaysia. Even chefs in today’s modern society employ the traditional cooking methods of Filipino culture. They see no reason to manipulate or change anything about it since it’s been working so well for so long. One of the more traditional dishes is adobo , which is a mix of garlic, vinegar, and salt. It’s not the same adobo that you’ve heard being used in Spanish dishes. The reason this adobo is so different is because of the vinegar that is used. Filipino vinegar is made from a variety of sources, including coconut, palm, sugar cane, and rice, just to name a few. It’s become a staple in the cooking process. Another staple is the use of sour foods when cooking meats. They don’t shy away from using less-than-appealing fruits to season their meat, adding an interesting flavour that you won’t find anywhere else. But it’s the acidic juices of these fruits that break down the meat and make it even more tender than without them. Greek Cuisine Greek food and cuisines from the Hellenic region are growing in popularity as well. The health benefits of Greek food has long been touted as the cuisine of choice if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle. From healthy oils to plenty of vegetables, fruits, and lean meats, they are rife with flavour. What makes Greek food unique and authentic is the inclusion of olive oil, wine, yogurt, nuts, seafood, beans, and vegetables. Though the ingredients are simple and easy to acquire, it’s the combination of them together that creates a flavour profile you’ll definitely enjoy. Greek wine is also a very popular pairing with meals, which uses authentic grapes imported all the way from Greece. Taste the Middle East You may be a bit familiar with the flavours of the Middle East, but more and more people are diving deeper into what the cuisine is really all about. With tahini-infused dishes, the use of cauliflower, and foods seasoned with sumac, you may have found your new favourite geographic area of the world to eat in. What’s great about Middle Eastern food is that it’s as rustic as it can get. Everything is prepared in a simple fashion that’s reflective of the traditional cooking methods, allowing each meal to taste just as good as it did decades ago. Israeli cuisine is also another one to keep an eye out for, as it’s become a melting pot of both Middle Eastern and international flavours that will keep your interest. Turkish Cuisine A combination of both the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern, you’ll find a lovely blend of these two cultures together, creating a fusion meal you won’t believe. Amongst the staples, you’ll find lamb kebabs, pastries, seafood, and rich coffees and teas. Expect everything to contain olive oil too, as the Turks don’t cook without it. One of the more surprising dishes you’ll discover if “lahmajoun,” which is a kind of Turkish pizza. It’s a thin dough that’s topped with minced meats, parsley, onions and garlic, and then tossed into the oven until the outside is crispy. Don’t expect there to be any sauce or cheese, but this dish comes with plenty of other toppings you can add to your pleasure. Definitely a first-time dish you should try when starting out in Turkish cuisine. Get a Little Taste of Nepalese If you’ve never heard of Nepal or you’re not sure where it is on a map, it’s a small country nestled between India and Tibet, which means it harbours a great combination of Thai and Indian flavours. Lentils, curries, seasoned minced meats, and dumplings make up the basics of this wonderful cuisine. You’ll have a hard time picking what dish to start with all the attractive options laid out before you. The best place to start, however, is with momos. These are the traditional Nepalese steamed dumplings, usually filled with minced water buffalo and other spices. Once they’re cooked, it’s best to wait until they’re cool enough to pop a whole one into your mouth. That way you won’t miss any of the wonderful flavours inside. Pair it with a wonderful dipping sauce and you won’t be able to stop eating them. Bring Peruvian to the Table Peruvian cuisine may seem familiar to you, but they take a spin on the traditional South American food with unique flavours and combinations you would’ve never dreamed up before. One of the first dishes you should really try is “pala a la huancaina,” which is a kind of potato salad. It may not seem like a spectacular recommendation, but you’ll be surprised to see what the Peruvians can do with such a dish. The classical version is a bed of potatoes covered in a creamy sauce consisting of garlic, milk, queso fresco, and the spicy ahi Amarillo peppers. These peppers are what give this dish its punch, but not too much. It has a fruity aftertaste that calms the taste buds down before your next bite. On top of all of this, there is another layer of romaine leaves, hard-boiled eggs chopped in half, and olives. You definitely won’t feel hungry after gorging on a meal like this, leaving you completely satisfied for the rest of the day. Pan-African Flavours It seems unfair to lump several African countries together when they all have their own unique dishes, but it’s difficult to pick just one country that encompasses the overall flavour of the region. Ethiopian restaurants , for example, are popping more frequently all over the United States, and for good reason. It’s cooking methods and flavours are similar to those found in the southern United States, meaning that it’s rich with flavours and satisfying. You’ll find peanuts a common basis for many of these dishes, so you may want to avoid it if you have allergies. They’re also called groundnuts in Ethiopian cuisine, so don’t be confused when you see it on the menu. If not, one of the first dishes you should try is maafe. It is a peanut stew that is loaded with tomatoes, spices, seasonal vegetables, and meats. It can be served with rice or bread to give it that extra “fill” that you need to go about your day before your next meal. Getting a taste of the world as a whole doesn’t mean you have to look for your passport. More and more flavours are being brought to the United States, so it’s just a matter of searching in the right places for them. These flavours trends will astound you once you take your first bite and can leave you wanting more. If you’re not afraid to step outside the box, you should definitely turn your eyes and taste buds towards these food trends. They’re like nothing you’ve ever tasted before.

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Manali Tour Package- The Complete Guide – Eco Himalayan Resorts – Medium

Manali Tour Package- The Complete Guide Eco Himalayan Resorts Apr 8 As we all know Manali is a very beautiful place and also very natural with the beautiful view of trees , valleys , waterfalls and many other beautiful things like snow and clouds with the nice and pleasant weather. That’s why many travelers and tourists from India and abroad came to Manali for enjoy their vacations with their family and friends. Manali is the best place for visit in summers, nowadays many travel agencies and hotels offer a best Manali Tour Package with the good service and accommodation.
Manali is perhaps one in every of the first destinations that were installed in our minds as a snowy destination that resembled the climate and piece of ground of land that was in contrast to something we have seen in our country. Thus, the attraction to travel to go to this snow-clad region increased and gave rise to several Manali Tour Package provided by varied tour operators. At “The Eco Himalayan Resorts” we have a tendency to tend to aim to realize a particular level of perfection and check out to deliver the most effective of the craggy mountainous region with our Manali tour packages.
Choose your Manali Tour Package
In your Manali Tour Package there should be the excellent service for you like the value for money thing which includes all the famous places like Rohtang pass, Solang valley, Hadimba temple, Manu temple, Hot spring and Beautiful waterfalls and with all this You should have to do adventurous activities like Trekking, Rope coursing, Rock climbing, Paragliding and River rafting which makes your trip memorable and adventurous.
Manali is the prime travel destination of Himachal Pradesh. It receives a large number of tourists all around the year from various places of the world. Honeymooners in October — November and in February March. Family vacation-makers arrive from March to May. Bikers and Roadies who want to expertise the Leh — Manali Road ride and drive through Manali from June to October. Summers are the most suggested season to visit Manali for a family bonding time. Adventurous individuals can take to the winters for adventure sports.
Excellent Accommodation in Affordable Price
The Eco Himalayan Resorts, one of the best hotels in Manali offering the affordable Manali Tour Package for all types of travelers like family, friends, students and corporate. We provide the best accommodation and service to our customers, our serving staff is very courteous to the customers. We also have the dining facility for the convenience of our customers they do not have to go outside for any time meal. We are providing all time meals like breakfast, lunch and dinner with our great and delicious food. The Multi Cuisine Dining Hall serves a Continental and Indian Breakfast to suit your palette. For Lunch and Dinner guests have a wide choice of salads and soups, Indian, Continental, Chinese and Mughlai cuisine. Barbecue and Tandoori specialties are added to the list in the evenings while snacks and light bites are available through the day.
We are a group of socially responsible Indians who want to open the gateway to the mighty Himalayan natural world to mainly our younger generation. With our life-time experience and achievements in the areas concerned, the motto is to transfer the baton to the younger Generation. With expert support-people and instructors and a breath-taking location in the very lap of the Himalayas, our journey started with our young friends in the path of the Quest to know and feel the Mother Nature. Prioritizing on the up growing demand of outdoor Programme, we have enriched our expertise in arranging outdoor Programme for Students and younger generation. The Programme includes Adventure Activities, like Trekking, Rope Course, Rock climbing / Rappelling, River Rafting, and Camp Fire. We have included some optional activities in our Manali tour packages as well, with the thrill of a week-long camping experience at picture-perfect landscapes of Manali.
Affordable range of Manali Tour Packages:
For High Season:
1. Super Deluxe Room/ 2 Night-3 Days /3 Night-4 Days Package (Rs 3499)
2. Deluxe Room / 2 Night-3 Days /3 Night-4 Days Package (Rs 2499)
3. Tents/Camping / 2 Night-3 Days /3 Night-4 Days Package (Rs 3499)
For Low Season:
1. Super Deluxe Room/ 2 Night-3 Days /3 Night-4 Days Package (Rs 2999)
2. Deluxe Room / 2 Night-3 Days /3 Night-4 Days Package (Rs 2999)
If you are planning to visit Manali or buy Manali Tour Package visit us: www.ecohimalayanresorts.com or Call us at: 9816049443

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O – Opera & Other Places | #AtoZChallenge

O – Opera & Other Places | #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z Background Img ref: https://www.insydo.com/tv-movies/whats-coming-dubai-opera-this-year/
An opera is a theatre form in which music plays the leading part but it is not a musical play. It originated in Italy around the 16 th century and forms a base for western classical music. It is usually a collaboration between a composer and a librettist and is performed in an Opera house.
A western classical opera is the last thing that comes to mind when thinking of Dubai but keeping in sync with their motto where they have something for everyone it has an opera theatre, ‘the Dubai Opera.’
Dubai Opera
It is also situated in Downtown Dubai in the Opera district. It is the perfect blend of culture and art and truly showcases Dubai as a cosmopolitan hub. It is an excellent 2000-seat, a multi-format theatre that has an overwhelming collection of world-class abilities. The outside of it is designed to resemble a ‘Dhow’. Imagine opera in a dhow – that’s Dubai for you.
The theatre space is appropriate for large-scale drama productions, musicals, ballets, lectures, conferences and live entertainment options. There is an amazing rooftop restaurant, The Loft, and sky garden with The Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa in the backdrop. This is one of the best places to go out at night.
Timings: 10:00AM – 9:00PM
Price: AED: 50 to 550
There are other places of importance and of great interest to travelers. I would like to highlight them in this post before I miss them for this theme. Sadly there is only one ‘D’ in the alphabets and most of the locations in Dubai start with ‘D’. Some of them require a full post and would be taken up in detail after the #A2ZChallenge is over.
Dubai Miracle Garden
This is one of my favorite places to visit in Dubai. With a sea of colorful flowers and the aromatic breeze, this is a must visit for nature lovers, if you traveling during winters. When it is at its peak, there are more than 150 million flowers on display, which are used to create specific designs and colorful patterns.
You won’t be surprised when I say that it is the world’s largest natural flower garden. It opens from November till the end of April. Every year they come up with new structures that make it a must-visit every season.
Timings: 9am – 9pm Sunday to Thursday, 9am -11pm – Friday and Saturday
Tickets: Adult (12 years old above): 50AED, Children (12 years old and below): 40AED
Dubai Butterfly Garden
Though it is in the same complex of Miracle Garden it has a separate entrance and requires another ticket. By now you would be getting used to every time I mention that this is the world’s largest and biggest – It is the world’s largest and region’s first indoor butterfly garden featuring 15,000 butterflies of around 26 kinds.
I visited along with my father and sister and with so many butterflies fluttering around we ourselves became kids. Through its ten domes, it gives an opportunity to learn how butterflies evolve through each stage.
Timings: 9:00AM – 6:00PM
Tickets: Adults and Children (2 years and above): 55AED
Bollywood Parks
If you are a Bollywood lover and an adventure enthusiast then Bollywood Park would surely be fun for you. It is the world’s very first Bollywood themed park and has everything from rides, cafes, zones, stage performances, live entertainment based on Bollywood.
Bollywood is really popular in Dubai and our biggest stars are their biggest stars too. With 12 rides and 5 themed zones, it will keep you well entertained for the entire day. It is in the same complex as Dubai Parks and Resorts, where Legoland and Motiongate are.
They have separate winter and summer timings – Do check before going there.
Tickets: 99 AED onwards. Inside of Dubai Gurudwara
Guru Nanak Darbar
It is the region’s biggest Gurudwara and is visited by people of all faiths. It is located near the Ibn Battuta Mall. It also holds a couple of Guinness records – Through “Breakfast for Diversity” it served around 600 people from 101 nationalities, the largest gathering of such kind. They also attempted to break the record for World’s largest distribution of saplings. It serves free food, ‘Langar’ to about 5000 people daily.
Timings: 04:30 AM till 09:30 PM
Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
For all the rich people visiting Dubai for leisure and have lots of free time, then you will definitely have a wonderful time at the Dubai Polo and Equestrian Club. If you want to pamper yourself head directly to it. The things that you can enjoy at the club are – Gym, swimming pool, Zumba, yoga, horse riding, spa, etc. Dine world-class cuisines at – Palermo, Epona, Ippos, and the Splash Pool Bar.
Timings: 6:00AM – 12:AM When Papa posed like me 😀
Alserkal Avenue
An art and culture district made out of warehouses – yeah you read it right. The avenue was an area of industrial warehouses that have been converted into a wide array of galleries, facilities and platforms known as the Alserkal Avenue.
With 60 art houses, design and creative venues it was gathering the region’s artists. The best part is entry is free of cost.
Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Friday closed)
Dubai Clocktower
The Clocktower is one of the most popular landmarks in the city, though it is not of architectural importance. It is a roundabout that is believed to be constructed by the people in Dubai lived during the 1960s. Its design resembles that of a clock and as the Telegraph newspaper once reported, Dubai Clock Tower is the prime attraction in Dubai and one of the 17 most beautiful clock towers around the world.
Hope you are enjoying this journey across the City of Gold with the Joker. If you want me to cover something in particular – Do highlight!
Come back tomorrow for more.
For all those who love opera,
For all those who enjoy theatre,
For all those who love flowers,
And
For all those who flutter like butterflies…
It’s not a goodbye,
But it’s a GOOD BYE.
Manas ‘Sameer’ Mukul
This is the 15th post for the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z. My theme in Travel Category is ‘Dubai – the City of Gold’, where I would be covering everything about the city in the course of 26 posts.
Read the Previous post here: Dubai – City of Gold
Please do visit tomorrow for the next post with the letter ‘P’
I am also taking part in the #AtoZChallenge #BlogchatterA2Z using another theme –‘ IPL – Indian Parliamentary League’ . If you are keen on following key issues pertaining to the upcoming General Elections head over to the Politics Theme and share your feedback. Advertisements

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Format Factory homegrown format gets commissioned in Qatar | Television News

Format Factory Format Factory homegrown format gets commissioned in Qatar With Culinary Camera under production, a documentary series, based on the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar, called Mission 2022, has also been commissioned. Share: Apr 17, 2019, 15:47 PM IST Trending News Tanushree Dutta slams Ajay Devgn for working with #MeToo hit Alok Nath in ‘De De Pyaar De’, writes a
After its successful conceptualization and design, Culinary Camera came to life in its production across Vancouver and San Francisco with aplomb! Besides, the sale of its Format came the Qatar Media Corporation, which commissioned an entire season of the prismatic show to ZEE Studios International.
With Culinary Camera under production, a documentary series, based on the FIFA World Cup to be held in Qatar, called Mission 2022, has also been commissioned.
Culinary Camera Qatar Promo Link: https://vimeo.com/329725967/acbeb90df5
Original Format Sizzler Link: https://vimeo.com/295074720/01b879e415
About the Show: A celebrated Indian virtuoso of gastronomy meets the Qatari iconic maestro of photography, and together they embark on a prismatic journey, across the major cities and provinces of Qatar. Together, they discover its panoramic hues and eclectic tastes of its traditional Arab cuisine, in this unique Qatari travelogue of foundations, food and fraternity, as they reveal it’s inimitable and distinctive traits of culture, art and cuisine to one another.
The history of Qatar goes back to nearly four thousand years BC, according to archaeological evidence, excavations, inscriptions and scarce potteries found in various areas of the country. Historic sites, libraries, magnificent collections of Arabic writings, calligraphy art and of course it’s inimitable and rich culinary culture make Qatar a land rich in culture and heritage.
Together, they experience close encounters with a wide array of Qatari people, who possess engaging personalities and arresting tastes, as Vikram delves his hands into tasting and maybe, even recreating the most cherished culinary dishes that emanated from Qatar and its cities and provinces.

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A legacy of flavours

Tipsy Pudding. Throughout the 18th and 19th Century, the British and other European settlers would often be enthralled by the spectacular assortment of food and spices from the myriad regions of the Indian subcontinent. The flavors were exciting and the aromas enchanting, unlike anything they had ever tasted before. But to be truly palatable to most British settlers, these centuries-old recipes needed to be ‘reimagined’ with a little bit of good old British flavour fundamentals. This lead to the foundations of what we now know as ‘Anglo-Indian’ cuisine, a hallmark of India’s culture of acceptance and co-existence.
Tipsy Pudding
Ingredients:
3 layers of sponge cake (300g), available in the market, or can be made at home too.
3 fluid ounces orange liquor (approx 85 grams)
Seasonal fruits (strawberries, grapes, banana, and orange), chopped in cubes
4 to 8 candied cherries (for decoration)
8 oz (approx 225 grams) heavy whipping cream
1 tbsp granulated sugar or 2 tbsp castor sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla extract
METHOD:
Place three layers of sponge soaked lightly in orange liquor. Sandwich the layers with fresh whipped cream mixed with strawberries, grapes, banana, and orange chunks. Top up with another layer of whipped cream and fruits. Use a strainer to dust the dish with castor sugar and decorate with cherries. Pudding is ready to serve.
The British mellowed down and anglicised certain Indian dishes with acceptable levels of spice and tweaked some of their signature English meals with Indian flavours, informs Ajit Singh, MD at Anglow, New Delhi. “The Anglo-Indian cuisine was relished in formal settings and on evenings when English sahibs, Indian Princes and bejewelled ladies would gather together to enjoy the finest whiskeys and wines, and the elaborate and extensive menus each night, prepared laboriously by the cooks were only outdone by others the next night. Their fare was honed to perfection at quintessential colonial institutions like gentleman’s clubs, railway kitchens, and Army messes,” explains Singh.
The Anglo-Indian cuisine is quite distinct from the regular Indian cuisine essentially because of its wide variety of ingredients. And even though the dishes are quite peculiar, they would never fade out because a number of Anglo-Indian dishes have now become staple Indian dishes, says Akshay Nayyar, head chef of Anglow.
“A number of authentic British dishes spiked with Indian flavours or Indian dishes with an addition or two of British ingredients and mellow spices is what makes this cuisine different. Anglo-Indian itself being a fusion cuisine doesn’t really have set recipes or ingredients for that matter. A number of Anglo-Indian dishes are made using the oven and it is almost impossible to make some of the most popular dishes without it. The British were the ones to get white bread, pastries, roasts etc to India, and now there are vegetarian variations of it in the cuisine,” says Nayyar, citing examples of some Anglo-Indian classics.
“A railway curry, for example, is made with either vegetables, mutton or chicken and sometimes even with cottage cheese. And the railway curry always differs in taste when had in Delhi, Kolkata or Chennai. Another really popular dish in Britain is Kedgeree. Open cheese toasts, shami kebabs and deviled eggs are an extremely popular choice in both the defence messes as well as a number of the colonial clubs in the country. Anglo-Indian dishes are by and large very easy to prepare at home and don’t usually require heavyweights in the kitchen to dish out. They also tend to have a very simple and delicate taste and are almost universally palatable,” he explains.
Chutneys were yet another amazing creation of the British and Indian cooks, and almost every dish from the cuisine is accompanied by a chutney, dip or sauce.
“The number of spices, herbs, and vegetables available in the Indian subcontinent made way for an amazing lot of side pickles and chutneys. Chutney itself is believed to have been invented by India in the years before Christ. But it had pretty much lost popularity after the fall of the Roman Empire.
The British started adopting chutneys and marmalades in their colonies to ration food and preserve it for longer durations. It is during this time, with the array of spices and ingredients available that this little side dish had a number of variations,” mentions chef Nayyar.
Like white bread, the British also brought in pastries, cakes and English desserts to India; essentially for their army and government officials. A number of Indian cooks learned the recipes and were tasked with dishing out cakes, puff pastries and a number of desserts like the tipsy pudding, caramel custard, fruit cream, bread pudding etc., mentions Singh, who curated the menu for Anglow after years of research on the cuisine.
“The desserts were an immediate hit even with the Indians and it wasn’t long before a number of people set up bakery shops in India. Even today, a number of Christian families in India prepare a plum cake on Christmas. Although it isn’t Anglo-Indian, it is a tradition introduced by the British that we embraced. The tipsy pudding is still a very popular dish in the Indian Defence messes and is served frequently after dinner. It’s also one of the favourites for all the young NDA cadets,” he sums up.
Deviled Scotch Eggs
Deviled Scotch Eggs
Ingredients:
2 boiled eggs, cut into halves
2 medium sized mashed potatoes
100 gms chopped onions
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp paprika
100 coriander, chopped
Salt and pepper, as per taste
2 tbsp fried breadcrumbs for coating
METHOD:
Heat oil in a deep fryer to 350° F and cover the countertop with a large sheet of waxed paper. Mash the boiled potatoes and add chopped onions, garlic powder, paprika, chopped coriander, salt and pepper to the mash. Take a large chunk of mash in your hand and place an egg in the center. Enclose each egg completely in the mash.
Dredge the potato-coated eggs in flour, dip them in the raw egg and then roll them in the bread crumbs until they are entirely coated. Fry Scotch eggs two at a time for 5 minutes. Transfer them to paper towels and allow them to cool. To devil them, halve the Scotch Eggs lengthwise and remove the yolks. Mash the yolks with a fork and then place them in the bowl of a stand mixer. Add the mayonnaise, mustard, salt, and pepper and mix until smooth. Using a pastry bag or sandwich bag with an end snipped off, pipe the yolk mixture back into the Scotch Eggs.
Lamb Barley Pot
Ingredients:
100 gms pot barley (boiled)
3 medium onions, chopped
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce for marinating
1 tsp of lime juice for marinating
Chili flakes, as per taste
10 gms mustard Seeds
8 pieces of lamb chops
500 ml water or stock to cover
A thin sheet of rolled out flour to cover
Salt and freshly ground black pepper, as per taste
METHOD:
Marinate lamb in garlic, Worcestershire sauce, lime, salt, and pepper overnight. Roast the lamb in the oven for about 20 mins at 350 degree Fahrenheit. Add the mutton to an oven friendly dish. Add boiled barley, mustard seeds, chili flakes, onions and stock to the mix of Indian spices along with salt as per taste. Cover the dish with a thin sheet of rolled out flour. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes at 350 degree Fahrenheit till the mutton is soft. Serve hot.

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