Director of Events – Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay – Mandarin speaking

Director of Events – Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay – Mandarin speaking

Search for the best Hospitality Jobs Director of Events – Grand Hyatt Sanya Haitang Bay – Mandarin speaking Job Ref: SAN020958
In charge of catering sales as well as convention services functions of the hotel. You are a good team player who enjoys challenges that come your way.
Qualifications
Ideally with a university degree or diploma in Hospitality/Tourism Management
Minimum 1-2 years work experience as Associate Director of Events or Senior Events Sales Must have well-versed knowledge in local market. Strong operational, administrative and interpersonal skills are a must
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Raffles Singapore Unveils New Culinary Concepts with Celebrity Chefs

February 7, 2019
Singapore (Singapore) – February 6, 2019 ( travelindex.com ) – Raffles Singapore unveiled today its new line-up of dining experiences, which combine the hotel’s much-loved culinary traditions with contemporary dining concepts by renowned celebrity chefs. Each dining concept promises to tantalise the senses and has been carefully selected to enhance the famed ‘Raffles Experience’ for the local community and the discerning travellers.
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“For more than 100 years the dining venues at Raffles Singapore have been recognised as an integral part of the vibrant and ever changing local bar and dining scene, exciting the local community as well as city guests alike. Continuing with our tradition and commitment of the highest level of friendly, engaging and anticipatory service, we are more than excited to introduce concepts with partner chefs, who have a reputation of operating successful venues around the world, while at the same time, creating culinary experiences that are new and distinct to Singapore,” said Christian Westbeld, General Manager, Raffles Singapore.
New Celebrity Chefs Dining Concepts In 1899, Raffles Singapore was the first hotel in the city to hire a French chef, introducing travellers and Singapore to authentic French flavours. Fast-forward almost 120 years, and the Grand Dame is once again at the forefront of a culinary renaissance. The following are a series of culinary ‘firsts’ that Raffles Singapore will be introducing when the iconic hotel reopens.
BBR by Alain Ducasse Bar & Billiard Room (BBR) continues to evolve with a new chapter by acclaimed Chef Alain Ducasse, who will be presenting his first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept in the world, titled BBR by Alain Ducasse. The unique concept takes customers on a culinary journey along the Mediterranean coast, complemented by a modern and vibrant ambience. In true Bar & Billiard Room fashion, dining at the restaurant will also be accompanied by a lively bar scene that is fun, relaxed and perfect for social gatherings.
Alain Ducasse said, “I could not dream of a better location than the landmark Raffles Singapore to bring the Ducasse restaurant experience for the first time to Singapore. My team and I look forward to adding another culinary destination for Singapore’s varied international clientele.”
Seduced by the flavours of the Mediterranean at a young age, Monsieur Ducasse reveals the essence of Portugal, Spain, Italy and France in BBR by Alain Ducasse. It is a modern, energetic, vibrant and accessible gathering place to meet, exchange and discover the culinary traditions of this region.
With the new concept, the 122-year-old restaurant, which started as a club during British colonial rule, will continue to be the social gathering space of choice for travellers and the local community alike. Serving sharing plates and regular-sized dishes, this bar and restaurant is convivial and cosy – the perfect place to meet with friends. It features a high energy open kitchen with charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens as well as a lively bar and lounge that will serve a selection of spirits, cocktails, beers, wines and wine cocktails. Additionally, the highly anticipated Raffles Sunday Brunch with a reputation of being one of the city’s most indulgent Sunday experiences will be returning when BBR by Alain Ducasse opens.
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La Dame de Pic One of the world’s top female chefs with three Michelin stars, Anne-Sophie Pic, will debut her entry into Asia with a remarkable restaurant in Raffles Singapore. The restaurant, La Dame de Pic, Raffles Singapore invites guests to discover the world of Anne-Sophie’s culinary identity, which reflects her search for aromatic complexity, combinations of flavours and powerful tastes that evoke emotions. The restaurant’s drinks menu presents an elaborate and diverse collection of pairings to add both intensity and harmony in the delicate art of tasting; consisting of wines, cocktails, whisky, sake, tea, coffee, dashi, broth and consommés. The wine list in particular offers a wide international base that leans towards the French regions, with a particular focus on Anne-Sophie’s birthplace, the Rhône Valley.
Located in the hotel’s dining room at the Main Building, the contemporary chic restaurant is beautifully designed with a graceful and soft palette that is reminiscent of Anne-Sophie’s favourite colours and materials: pastel shades and natural decorative elements such as leather or wood. The renowned chef is also a third-generation Michelin starred chef, following the footsteps of her grandfather and father, perfectly reflecting Raffles Singapore’s rich heritage.
“Making our debut in Asia at Raffles Singapore is a very natural choice for me. Like Raffles, the Pic family’s culinary heritage spans more than a century. Just like this beautiful hotel that will become one of our overseas residences, we are storytellers and constant seekers of excellence. Together, we share the vision to provide distinctive experiences to our guests, delivered with innovation that combines both tradition and change,” said Anne-Sophie. “It is my personal belief that to ensure our guests are happy, it is essential to be anchored in the present while not forgetting our roots and to be creative in order to imagine.”
yì by Jereme Leung Helmed by one of the most influential chefs in the modern Chinese culinary movement, celebrity MasterChef Jereme Leung returns home to Singapore with yì by Jereme Leung. The contemporary Chinese restaurant will be located on Level 3 at the newly restored Raffles Arcade. yì, which stands for art in the Chinese language, awakens your appetite and senses. Alluding to the fine art of Chinese dining, it references centuries of culinary mastery woven into the intricacies of Chinese cuisine presented in the restaurant.Fr om Cantonese classics to adaptations of China’s ancient delicacies, Jereme will be using single sourced and seasonal ingredients with a contemporary approach to deliver refinement and sincerity.
The restaurant is designed with modern sophisticated detailing and a soft white palette amidst the colonial architecture. Guests can also explore an immersive multi-sensory dining experience in the Experience Room with poetic dishes curated to evoke all five senses. For the hosting of private affairs, intimate private dining rooms are also available.
Jereme said, “While I have lived abroad for most of my career, the formative years which I spent working in Singapore and Hong Kong were so important to defining my approach and style of cooking. Opening yì by Jereme Leung at Raffles Singapore is an honour and I am excited to be able to work with some of the best minds in the Singapore industry and present my personal take on Chinese cuisine. These dishes reflect what I believe the future of Chinese cuisine should be 20 years from today. It is not fusion, not ‘east-meets-west’; rather, it is about capturing the essence of provincial ethnic Chinese cuisines. With careful focus being placed on healthy and seasonal food produce, it will create authentic taste profiles that are enhanced by modern culinary techniques.”
Butcher’s Block The refreshed Raffles Arcade will also see an introduction of a vibrant steakhouse, Butcher’s Block. Here, the focus is on the world’s finest cuts of single sourced meats, showcased in The Vault, a glass meat cooler situated next to the Open Kitchen where the chef’s butcher block is and where meats are prepared and cooked to perfection. Guests are given personal recommendations by our resident meat specialists, based on their individual tastes. Seated amidst a lively ambience set with cobalt blue hues complemented with dark wood panelling, the restaurant features communal tables for exceptional gatherings, complete with a wine library that houses more than 100 different wine labels.
Refreshed Signature Dining Experiences Return to Delight
Signature dining experiences that over the years have come to be synonymous with the hotel make their return to delight, with many of these returning favourites incorporating subtle tributes to the hotel’s 130-year history and heritage.
Tiffin Room A part of Raffles Singapore’s history since 1892, Tiffin Room continues to celebrate the heritage and flavours of North India with our resident Indian Chef. The restaurant offers an evocative dining journey across the North Indian palate, from Rajasthan to Punjab to Lucknow through a refreshed semi-buffet lunch and ala carte dinner. Authentic specialties served in the eponymous tiffin boxes are prepared with perfectly balanced spices, paired with classic Indian brews and beverages. The restaurant will also present an interactive dining experience with tableside service by chefs, complete with freshly ground spices to elevate the experience.
The restored interior décor of the restaurant includes reinstating the wooden floorboards in Tiffin Room to bring back features from the early 1900s based on research by our heritage consultants. Intricately patterned wood and mirror wall panelling add richness and create a signature visual language while colourful displays of Tiffin boxes are imbued with historical notes but modern in feel.
Long Bar Home of the Singapore Sling for over a hundred years, the Long Bar’s plantation-inspired décor will be refreshed, and the famous Long Bar counter restored. Long Bar continues to be the heritage bar for visitors to Singapore to enjoy the most iconic cocktail of the city.
The Lobby The classic Raffles Afternoon Tea experience will be served at a new location – the iconic Grand Lobby of the Raffles Singapore. Guests can indulge in one of the hotel’s great traditions – a truly unique and refined Afternoon Tea with a distinct sense of heritage – in the newly restored lobby. The Raffles Afternoon Tea is perfect for sophisticated and elegant celebrations, serving classic sandwiches, home-baked scones and cakes as well as seasonal indulgences, complemented by a curated collection of exquisite teas and Champagnes.
Writers Bar Established as a tribute to famous writers that have come through the doors of Raffles Singapore over the years, Writers Bar will be expanded to a full bar with bespoke craft cocktails, wines and spirits. Decked in luxuriously appointed furnishings, lovingly curated mementos and books, referencing the literary legacy of Raffles, the bar will be a sophisticated and serene refuge kept exclusive to residents and restaurant patrons; keeping this a place for discreet elegance and intimate conversations.
Raffles Courtyard Exuding a garden style and welcoming vibe, Raffles Courtyard is the city’s social space in a lushly landscaped alfresco venue at the Raffles Arcade. This friendly bar and lounge is open all day, offering guests a garden respite against a colonial architectural backdrop, complete with refreshing shared summer drinks and a selection of Southeast Asian small plates, including authentic Singaporean delights.
Ah Teng’s Café Raffles’ new takeaway café is named after a famous local baker of the same name, who used to own a shop in the neighbourhood back in the 1900s. Ah Teng’s Café serves visitors, the surrounding community and travellers alike with freshly made cold beverages, a selection of premium coffee, tea and homemade bakery, pastries and artisanal ice-creams for takeaway.
Pierre Burgade, Executive Chef, Raffles Singapore, who oversees the Hotel’s culinary landscape portfolio, said, “It is an incredible privilege to be given the opportunity to update these time-honoured Raffles signatures while also curating the stellar line-up of celebrity chefs for this iconic hotel. The deliberate and careful curation of the new dining concepts aims to elevate Singapore’s culinary landscape and makes our hotel an all-in-one gastronomic journey for guests and visitors alike.”
“We are pleased to embark on the meticulous restoration of Raffles Singapore, a distinctive hotel that is emblematic of Katara Hospitality’s commitment to create extraordinary experiences on the backdrop of iconic heritage hotels and provide unsurpassed service to our esteemed guests,” said Mr. Hamad Abdulla Al-Mulla, Chief Executive Officer of Katara Hospitality, a globally recognised hospitality owner, developer and operator who is also the owner of Raffles Singapore.
“Since opening its doors in 1887, Raffles Singapore has maintained a lasting legacy as a landmark hotel, hosting some of the world’s most famous and elite personalities. As a National Monument of Singapore and one of the few remaining 19th century hotels in the world, the hotel’s restoration is a testament to our continued pursuit in preserving portraits of historic charm, while growing Katara Hospitality’s portfolio of iconic properties in key travel destinations. Raffles Singapore is no exception, with its carefully implemented restoration programme that is poised to unveil contemporary charm and elegance; reminiscent of the luxurious splendour of Katara Hospitality hotels,” added Mr. Al-Mulla.
About Raffles Singapore Opened in 1887, Raffles Singapore is one of the few remaining great 19th century hotels in the world. Till today, its architecture is perfectly preserved both inside and out, giving it an intoxicating blend of luxury, history and classic colonial design. Within its walls are more than a hundred expansive suites, framed by polished teak verandas and white marble colonnades, clustered around lush tropical gardens. Each is serviced by the legendary Raffles butlers and offers every modern convenience necessary.
Raffles Singapore is currently undergoing a careful and sensitive restoration that is being carried out in three phases. The hotel is now fully closed with a grand reopening planned in the first quarter of 2019. The Raffles Gift Shop continues to be in operation at its temporary location on 3 Seah Street, around the corner from the hotel.
The restoration of Raffles Singapore is designed to ensure that we retain what is so special about Raffles – the ambience, the service, the charm and the heritage of the hotel. It is also designed for Raffles Singapore to stay relevant and distinctive by moving with the times and with its guests and adapting to the changing needs of the well-travelled and Singapore’s community

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Quintessential L.A.

Posted by The Argonaut | Feb 6, 2019 | Food & Drink | 0 | Paint the town red with the city’s best gas station cuisine and this year’s Oscar-nominated shorts
By Angela Matano A “Frankie” is like an Indian burrito, but with naan bread instead of a tortilla
Few things are more representative of L.A. than the Academy Awards and gas stations. Celebrate your city this month with an evening of Oscar-nominated short films at the Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, combined with dinner at The Bombay Frankie Company — across the street inside the Chevron.
Notoriously difficult to find, the 2019 live action and animated shorts announced as nominees on Jan. 22 play for two weeks at the Nuart, from Feb. 8 to Feb. 21. They screen as two separate programs put together by Magnolia Pictures and Shorts HD. Each program features five different films, ranging in length from about seven and a half minutes to almost 30.
The animated pieces, frequently more sophisticated and moving than you might expect, do not disappoint this year. Trevor Jimenez’s “Weekends” tells a poignant tale of a young boy ferried between two houses after his parents’ divorce. The colors in each frame feel dusty, as if lifted from an old, yellowed photo album, the melancholy tone melding perfectly with the look of the film. Another standout, Domee Shi’s “Bao,” also speaks of family — this time from the perspective of a mother facing an empty nest. Light-hearted yet tinged with sadness, the animation bounces around with all the texture of “Q,” or “al dente,” that mysterious “give” that maintains a little chew beneath a soft exterior.
As you might expect, the live action shorts tread even darker ground. Irish writer and director Vincent Lambe’s “Detainment” recounts the heartbreaking true story of a child abduction and murder by two 10-year-old boys. Difficult to watch and controversial in Britain, the film brings up a lot of questions about the role of art and cinema in our lives. Another terrific and tender tale is French-Canadian filmmaker Marianne Farley’s “Marguerite,” a terrific and tender tale. Exploring the relationship between an elderly woman and her caregiver, Farley delves into surprising and fresh territory. Finally, the shocking “Skin” picks up a bit of what “Get Out” put down. Watch it and feel your jaw physically drop.
Whether you choose live action or animation, cap your night off with a trip across Santa Monica Boulevard to The Bombay Frankie Company. While nothing could make you feel less elegant than tripping through a line of gas pumps to get to your meal, it’s also true that nothing could make you feel more like an Angeleno insider. And Bombay Frankie’s is nothing like what you might expect.
On entering the convenience store, ignore the Hostess Chocolate Frosted Donettes and the Pringles Screamin’ Dill Pickle. Instead, make a beeline for the counter to your left and order up from a friendly server at what might be the cleanest restaurant counter in town.
The menu at Bombay Frankie’s skews Indian, but with a bit of California flair. Try a “Frankie,” which is basically an Indian burrito, but instead of a tortilla it comes wrapped in a freshly tandoori-baked naan, paratha or whole wheat roti. They’re bursting with one of eight protein and vegetable choices. The popular chicken tikka masala Frankie can be augmented with chickpea spread, potatoes, cucumbers, tomatoes, red onion, mint chutney, raita and a tamarind drizzle. I recommend a creamy mango lassi to cool your palate between bites.
Eat your Frankie in a bowl if you’re looking to cut carbs, or make your entree vegetarian or vegan with choices such as tandoori paneer (sauce and soft cheese) or aloo gobhi (sweet potato and cauliflower). Samosas and pakoras come with a range of fillings, from fish to beef to potato.
For something smaller, a snack of crispy papadum can be easily sneaked into the movies. Absolutely nothing’s more L.A. than that.
The Bombay Frankie Company is inside the Chevron Gas Station at 11261 Santa Monica Blvd., West L.A. Call (310) 444-9241 or visit thebombayfrankie-company.com.
Landmark’s Nuart Theatre is across the street at 11272 Santa Monica Blvd. Call (310) 473-8530 or visit landmarktheatres.com for tickets and show times. Share:

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EXCLUSIVE: Bradford-woman lands her own cookery show on ITV !

EXCLUSIVE: Bradford-woman lands her own cookery show on ITV ! 07/02/2019 15:17 Leave a Comment Parveen Ashraf lands her own TV show and is described as the “Asian Nigella Lawson!”
Raised in Bradford, 53-year-old Parveen Ashraf would never have guessed a ten-series prime-time TV show was just around the corner when Asian Express first featured her two years ago .
Described as the ‘Asian Nigella from Yorkshire’, Parveen caught Editor Andleeb Hanif’s eye after she made little ‘spice-bags’ and wrote up easy-to-follow recipes for her son, so that he wouldn’t miss his mum’s cooking too much while away studying at university.
Her first cookery book had just been published which included her mother’s popular and favourite recipes such as chicken masala, lamb bhuna and samosas.
But just as she thought that she might be too old for a TV career, she’s landed her own show on Sunday mornings on ITV.
Over 10 episodes of ‘Parveen’s Indian Kitchen’, which began on 20th January, she shares her love of her native cuisine and hopes to demystify Indian/Pakistani/Kashmiri cookery with her simple, easy-to-follow recipes.
“Well it has certainly been a rollercoaster of a ride since I was featured in the Asian Express a couple of years ago,” laughs the ever-jovial Parveen.
“I launched my own YouTube channel, became a weekly columnist for my local newspaper in Peterborough, presented my own radio show in London and became a regular chef presenter on a local shopping channel. In between that I have still being teaching cooking as well as shooting for ITV.”
The mother-of-three looks stunningly young on camera and TV bosses have drawn comparisons with Nigella Lawson, which understandably has left Parveen exceptionally giddy.
“I’d be over the moon if viewers thought I was even a tenth of the person Nigella is! I am a huge fan and I’ve always loved what she does,’ says Parveen.
“She’s a woman in her 50s like me and a home cook who’s passionate about food. I think she’s amazing and I love the comparison. I’d be very happy to be thought of as the Asian Nigella.”
She left Bradford after meeting and marrying her husband whilst working on reception at the National Museum of Photography Film and Television, now known as the National Media Museum. And even though she moved away, still loves to visit the city as she has family and friends that live there plus, she says, “the food up here is just fabulous”.
“I have such lovely memories of growing up in the North. I am the middle child of seven and certainly lived up to the title of ‘middle child’. I was so full of character and always wanted to be the centre of attention, so I suppose presenting on camera was the meant to be.
“The focal point of our family life always was meal times.
“My mother would make fabulous tasting food and we would all sit on the floor (picnic style) to have our roti and catch up about our day. I am not sure whether we all sat on the floor due to our Asian culture or that we probably didn’t have a table big enough to seat nine!”
Formerly, the celebrity chef was working as an Ofsted inspector and her cookery career almost happened by chance due to an abrupt change in her health circumstances.
Parveen became serious illness in 2007, she discovered a lump in her stomach which was diagnosed as a desmoid tumour – a non-cancerous but aggressive growth which was rapidly spreading throughout her abdomen.
After four major operations in one year to remove the tumour, Parveen’s husband Qamar told her she needed to quit her job and ‘do what she loved’. So from then on Parveen focused on cooking.
She’d been working flat out for 10 years teaching cookery and catering for Indian dinner parties, but she still hadn’t achieved her dream – to host her own TV cookery show.
“Whilst my beautiful mother, Begum, was on her deathbed, she reminded me that when I was born I was in an incubator for the first three months of my life. She said I was a fighter and she believes my first few weeks in life had made me resilient. KITCHEN TOOL: Beautifully illustrated and full of anecdotes from Parveen’s childhood, this book belongs in every kitchen
“At the time, I’d written a manuscript for a cookery book but I couldn’t find a publisher. I also felt I was getting too old for TV and that maybe it was time to admit defeat.
“Mum urged me, made me promise that I would continue pushing through to achieve my dream. The day after I made that promise to mum she died. I wouldn’t have achieved any of this without her.”
Soon after her mother’s death, Parveen did successfully have her first book ‘Parveen The Spice Queen’ published. She was cooking for people, hosting cookery lessons and doing cookery demonstrations at festivals and fetes.
“Anywhere I could be seen – I was there. And eventually, after a LOT of hard work, my dream has come true and I’ve finally got my own TV show,” says Parveen.
To prepare for TV celebdom, Parveen’s had voice-coaching, styling and lots of lots of advice from producers.
“Experiencing filming for mainstream TV has been quite surreal,” confesses Parveen.
“There I was little old me, being produced and directed by the best in the business.
“I was a tad nervous and was waiting for some real pearls of wisdom. The camera starting rolling and my producer said, “O.K. Parveen, just be yourself.” So, I was.
“I had the freedom to talk about the recipes, what they meant to me and how I like to cook them. I am so blessed and grateful that I got to do the two things I love the most, talking and cooking. Hopefully, people will enjoy watching the show as much as I enjoyed filming it!”
Admitting that her husband and children – Cyrus, 21, Sherine, 27 and Imran 28, are her biggest critics, but at the same time are her biggest fans, she says they keep her grounded and are great sounding boards, especially when she cooks a new recipe.

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Gazedibles: Around the world

What happens when you’re hungry and you can’t exactly figure out what kind of cuisine you want? Check out these seven restaurants that have heavy influence from different cultures. By Jacob Threadgill with photos by Alexa Ace, provided and Gazette / file Kwan’s Kitchen kwans.kitchen | 405-607-8838 The fusion of flavors at Kwan’s Kitchen is not as overt as its awe-inspiring décor, which is complete with waterfall and koi pond. Executive chef Pak Kwan has created a menu that builds off his time training in Belgium before opening Fung’s Kitchen. Curry-baked salmon served with white wine reduction and fried rice served with black truffles are just some of the examples of Chinese dishes with European influence. La Brasa labrasaokc.com | 405-524-2251 Chef and owner James Vu wants to honor some of his favorite food from around the world at La Brasa, which gets its name from one of its signature dishes — Peruvian pollo la brasa — but you’ll also find Korean, Mexican and Spanish influence on the menu. Chae Cafe & Eatery chaeokc.com | 405-840-7725 Daniel Chae turned Chae Modern Korean into a hit by blending American and Korean flavors. At his new cafe, the Korean influence plays a heavy hand, but you’ll also find some of the best poke (Hawaiian by way of Japan) in the city, good old-fashioned American breakfast with Korean touches and something fun like French-style duck confit hash. Zarate’s Latin Grill 706 S. Broadway, Edmond 405-330-6400 This longtime Edmond favorite has expanded from owner Jorge Zarate’s Peruvian background to include dishes from all over South America and into the Caribbean. Its jerk chicken is one of the most popular dishes, but you can also get a Cuban sandwich and chimichurri salmon. It is also home to some of the best complimentary chips and salsa in the metro area. Union Wood Fired Grill unionwoodfiredgrill.com | 405-608-8866 Though Union Wood Fired Grill is certainly not explicitly a fusion restaurant, executive chef and co-owner Jonas Favela wanted the restaurant to include “union” in its rebrand from MMR Prime Steakhouse because of the union of flavors on the menu. The stuffed shrimp poblano is paired with Asian-style jasmine ginger rice and a Mexican mole . You’ll find American, Italian, Vietnamese and Latin flavors on its new menu. Chigama chigamaokc.com | 405-513-5999 This new concept from longtime Western Concepts chef Jeffrey Khowong and the Ha family (Dot Wo Garden) takes Khowong’s training in some of the best restaurants in New York City and gives his creations an accessible environment where fusion tacos like walnut shrimp are served alongside top-notch noodles and entrees in a striking environment. Fusion Kitchen fusionkitchenmwc.weebly.com | 405-610-2002 Midwest City is home to a lot of great restaurants from the around the world, partly to feed the hungry folks at nearby Tinker Air Force Base. Chief among them is Fusion Kitchen, where you can get multiple fresh Indian curries made daily alongside a menu that features macaroni and cheese, gyros and its version of a “PB&J” that features chicken mixed with cilantro, Melba sauce, peanut butter and coconut milk. Related Locations 7300 N. Western Ave. , Oklahoma City Nichols Hills OK 35.54579 ; -97.52931

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Nirvana at C5

By Sol Vanzi
Images by Noel Pabalate
High noon on a payday Friday is not a good time to be on the road in Metro Manila, and one way to escape it is to seek refuge in a cool, quiet, and pleasant café. We did just that last weekend and were rewarded with an unexpected food adventure, which enlightened us about one of the world’s oldest cuisines
We were at C5 in Ugong, Pasig when we swerved into the driveway of The Grove housing several restaurants that lead to a high end residential complex. Skipping familiar eateries, we parked right in front of the intricately decorated OM Indian Kitchen, which offers both al fresco and air-conditioned comfortable seating.
Inside, everything was cozy and calming, from the marble Hindu gods to the intricate lacey metal frames and tussled fabric lamps, all from the private collection of the artist-restaurateur Suman Gogna . She is also responsible for teaching the kitchen staff what she learned from her own mother, who in turn was mentored by generations before her. OM is her hobby, her passion, her work in progress.
A PIECE OF INDIA Artist and restaurateur Suman Gogna
The restaurant emitted flavorful, herby aromas with no hint of curry powder.
“ We don’t use what people call curry powder. Each dish is prepared with specific sets of spices toasted or ground each time, ” Suman explains.
Typical Indian Meal
In lieu of juices, we had Lemon Ginger Cooler, their version of lemonade, with a hint of macerated fresh ginger, topped with a sprig of mint. Lunch began with popular finger food samosa and pakora.
Pakora
Samosa , a crisp savory pastry, came stuffed with spiced potatoes and pork. Each piece was large and filling. A large serving of crisp pakora , mixed vegetable fritters, was served with sweet chili sauce.
Samosa
To eat with the main courses, there were three kinds of flat bread. Papadum are toasted crisp lentil wafers embedded with black pepper and cumin. Roti are unleavened traditional Indian flatbread, freshly made from whole wheat flour. Naan is the familiar tandoor -cooked Indian bread made of white flour.
Papadum
Instead of plain steamed, we had aromatic Basmati Cumin Rice topped with caramelized onions. It’s the perfect accompaniment to the gravy-rich main courses. Our second bowl of rice was Vegetable Biryani .
Aromatic Mains
Butter chicken, our first course, is one of the best known Indian dishes in modern times and among the most intricate to prepare, with some recipes calling for three marinades and as many as 12 spices. The result is simply spectacular: Tender chicken chunks in nut-thickened sauce enriched with cream, brightened with fresh tomato pulp.
Butter Chicken
In contrast, Palak Paneer has cubes of cheese simmered in dark green freshly cooked spinach curry, perfect for dunking naan bread in. The sauce and cheese blend in one’s mouth with every bite. The smooth spinach pure felt very healthy and invigorating.
Almost Middle Eastern was the Seekh Kebab , pork keema grilled into tasty kebabs served with homemade mint-yogurt chutney. The meat was deeply flavored with herbs and spices, tamed by the yogurt-mint sauce. It was great with either rice or flatbread.
Seekh kabob
Pork Keema with potato cubes looked lain, but the flavor was complex. Touched with any of the sauces and chutneys, the dishes brightened up and developed tasteful undertones.
Kofta
Unique Ice Cream
We ended with a dessert that would be worth the entire trip in terms of rarity and sheer taste. It is actually a combination of two desserts.
Kulfi is OM’s homemade Indian ice cream flavored with saffron and cardamom and liberally sprinkled with pistachio. Gulab Jamun are sweet fried dough balls served with saffron-infused syrup. Gulab Jamun a la Mode is the ultimate dessert, with OM favorite gulab jamun served with a scoop of homemade kulfi .
OM Indian Kitchen, at The Grove along C5 in Ugong, Pasig, is open Monday to Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. For inquiries, call (+639) 17 831 7288.
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The Best Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This Week: February 7-13 – Phoenix New Times

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ArtWalk There’s plenty of new art on view in Old Town Scottsdale, where you can explore contemporary art while embracing a bit of western spirit. The city’s Thursday night ArtWalk is getting a Wild West twist on Thursday, February 7, when you can stroll streets decked out with zigzag swags of little white lights signaling the arts district. It’s centered around Marshall Way and Main Street near the intersection of Indian School and Scottsdale roads. Head over between 6:30 and 9 p.m. to enjoy gallery exhibitions, sidewalk performances, and conversations with local artists about their work. The event is free. Visit experiencescottsdale.com . Lynn Trimble Kodo is coming to Arizona Takashi Okamoto
Kodo Maybe you’ve experienced Japanese drumming around the Valley, at the Musical Instrument Museum or the Fushicho Daiko Dojo on Grand Avenue. Now you can explore traditional Japanese drumming at Mesa Arts Center, 1 East Main Street, with a performance by Kodo. Based on Japan’s Sado Island, the professional drumming troupe is working to popularize the art form through international tours. Their Mesa performance is being presented in the center’s Ikeda Theater, named in honor of Janet Michiko Ikeda, a Mesa Arts Center supporter who died in March 2018. The performance is happening at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 7. Ticket prices range from $31 to $51. Visit mesaatscenter.com . Lynn Trimble Madeline Albright Having served for four years as our nation’s 64th (and first female) United States Secretary of State, it is safe to say that Madeline Albright knows how current global events are leading us down a tyrannical road. The fight against democracy is the basis of the groundbreaking diplomat’s latest book Fascism: A Warning . Presented by local bookstore Changing Hands, Albright will talk about and sign her latest work onstage at the Orpheum Theatre.
The discussion will begin at 7 p.m. on Thursday, February 7, at 203 West Adams Street. Ticket packages range from $24.54 to $40.40 and include a signed copy of the book. For more information, visit changinghands.com . Jason Keil Checking out last year’s festival. Lynn Trimble
Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival Celebrate the Year of the Boar as community members converge on Hance Park, 1202 North Third Street, for the Chinese Culture and Cuisine Festival. The three-day festival kicks off on Friday, February 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday’s lineup includes exhibits, performances, demonstrations, and hands-on activities for children. While you’re there, check out koi fish and dragon boat displays, the city’s giant panda sculpture, and a lovely tea garden. Or try your hand at the chopstick challenge. The festival continues through Sunday, February 10. It’s free, but bring money if you want to enjoy authentic Chinese cuisine while you’re there. Visit phoenixchineseweek.org. Lynn Trimble DJ Fact 135 John Carbis
Beats, Rhymes, and Donuts This year would have been J Dilla’s 45th birthday. A party for the late rapper and beatmaker titled Beats, Rhymes, and Donuts is being thrown to mark the occasion. Presented by The Blunt Club, there will be performances by Elzhi, Bronze Nazareth, and DJ Reflekshin, to name a few. Since this is also the 13th anniversary of the Detroit-born hip-hop producer’s landmark album Donuts , there will be samples of the doughy breakfast food served courtesy of Welcome Chicken + Donuts.
Dilla says go at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at Crescent Ballroom, 308 North Second Avenue. Tickets are $15 to $20. For more information, visit crescentphx.com . Jason Keil Leslie Nielsen NBC
Leslie Nielsen: From the Flies of Leslie Nielsen! Before establishing his slapstick acting style in the classic comedy Airplane! , Leslie Nielsen was an accomplished Canadian actor who starred in everything from the ’50s science-fiction classic Forbidden Planet to the disaster epic The Poseidon Adventure . Dan Stone of The Unfathomable Film Freakout has captured the thespian’s finest moments — everything from his numerous television guest appearances to playing a villain opposite Barbra Streisand will be included in this collection of clips titled Leslie Nielsen: From the Files of Leslie Nielsen!
The show will surely begin at 10 p.m. on Friday, February 8, at FilmBar, 815 North Second Street. Tickets are $9.95. For more information, visit thefilmbarphx.com . And don’t call us Shirley. Jason Keil All smiles at last year’s Phoenix Idiotarod. Benjamin Leatherman
Phoenix Idiotarod Supermarket managers of the Valley, don’t be surprised if a shopping cart or two has gone missing from your store recently. There’s a chance they’ve been, um, borrowed by the racers of this year’s Phoenix Idiotarod. Don’t worry, though, they won’t be destroyed, just redecorated and put to good use during one of the Valley’s more gonzo outdoor events.
The Phoenix Idiotarod is an urban shopping cart race that’s equal parts bar crawl, cosplay fest, and countercultural event (with a bit of Cannonball Run and Jackass thrown into the mix). Teams of costumed pranksters will pilot colorfully modified shopping carts around the downtown Phoenix area, hitting up several bars and pit stops along the way. Each five-person squad features a different theme riffing on pop culture and there are plenty of shenanigans involved during the race.
This year’s Phoenix Idiotarod happens on Saturday, February 9, and will start off at Margaret T. Hance Park, 1134 North Central Avenue, with 20-plus teams participating, including some inspired by Bird Box , David Bowie, and GLOW . Check-in is at 11 a.m. and the race kicks off at noon. It’s $50 per team to participate or free to spectate. See azcacophony.org/idiotarod to sign up or for more info. Benjamin Leatherman The cactus is always greener… Courtesy of McDowell Mountain Preserve
Nature as Therapy People have mixed feelings about green, especially when it comes to kale, shower tiles, and ugly Christmas sweaters. But nearly everyone appreciates the chance to get outdoors to experience the calming effect of nature. Head to the Gateway Trailhead at the Sonoran Mountain Preserve to see for yourself at a 90-minute Nature as Therapy walk is happening from 1:45 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9. You’ll cover about 1.5 miles, surrounded by fellow nature lovers who’ve also decided to forgo screen time for sunshine. The free walk starts at 18333 North Thompson Peak Parkway in Scottsdale. Visit mcdowellsonoran.org . Lynn Trimble D-backs Fan Fest It hasn’t been easy being an Arizona Diamondbacks fan lately. The team finished last season at 82-80. Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock are both gone. And, for all intents and purposes, it looks like the D-backs are headed into a rebuilding period.
All that said, there’s reason to be excited about this year. Players like Zach Greinke, Eduardo Escobar, and David Peralta are all coming back, so there’s always the possibility the team could have a great year.
The D-backs faithful can get hyped for the upcoming season on Saturday, February 9, at Salt River Fields, 7555 North Pima Road in Scottsdale, during this year’s D-backs Fan Fest. The afternoon-long event, which runs from noon to 4 p.m., will offer the chance to hobknob with players, coaches, and team personnel, as well as get autographs and photos with them. Baseball activities, batting cages, face painting, and an Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation yard sale are also planned.
Admission to the event is free. Call 602-462-3378 or see dbacks.com/fanfest for more details. Benjamin Leatherman VNSA Annual Used Book Sale Did you know that over 7,300 boxes of books, albums, magazines, maps, and DVDs are unloaded one week before the VNSA Annual Used Book Sale? Now in its 63rd year, it takes a legion of volunteers a week to unpack and organize the massive inventory of the biggest secondhand sale in the Southwest. This means you will easily find what you are looking for, whether it is a used copy of your favorite Michael Crichton novel or the season of Frasier that is missing from your collection, with books starting at $1.
The sale runs from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, and from 8.a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 10, at Arizona State Fairgrounds’ Ag Center, 1826 West McDowell Road. This is a free event, but there is a cash-only fee to park. For more information, visit vnsabooksale.org . Jason Keil Arizona Strong Beer Festival 2019 For fans of malt and hops concoctions, it’s one the most wonderful times of the year. The annual Arizona Beer Week is on tap from February 7 to 16, offering local brew-lovers the chance to wet their whistle at a large variety of events across the Valley.
The centerpiece of the week is the Arizona Strong Beer Festival 2019, on Saturday, February 9, at Steele Indian School Park, 300 East Indian School Road. More than 130 breweries will serve a multitude of microbrewed and craft beers, all of which will offer stronger flavors and a serious kick, including several created just for the event. Live music, food vendors, and other beer-themed activities will take place.
Tops will pop from 1 to 5 p.m. General admission is $60 and includes 40 tasting tickets; VIP admission is $80 and features early-bird entry at 11:30 a.m., 40 tasting tickets, access to a private area, a food voucher, and swag. Designated drivers can get in for $10. See arizonabeerweek.com for complete details. Benjamin Leatherman

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Let The Good Times Roll at New Orleans’ French Quarter Fest

Everyone’s heard of New Orleans famous Mardi Gras, but for 35 years NoLa has also celebrated a less-well known (but just as exciting musically) French Quarter Festival with 20 stages all over the city (many along the riverfront) celebrating local music. There’s every genre from traditional and contemporary jazz to R &B, New Orleans funk, brass bands, folk, gospel, Latin, Zydeco, classical cabaret and international. And because it’s The Big Easy, NoLa’s great restaurants serve food and beverages throughout the city and waterfront. To get to the New Orleans Jazz Festival, music-lovers pay $80 a day and have to take a bus or taxi 10 miles out of town. The French Quarter Fest, which takes place April 11-14 th this year, is completely free and all the stages are walkable from downtown. While those who don’t live in New Orleans consider Mardi Gras and the Jazz Festival NoLa’s two biggest parties, the locals have voted the French Quarter Festival their favorite festival, favorite food festival, and favorite event open to the public.
Music at the New Orleans French Quarter Fest Zack Smth
The first French Quarter Fest was first held in 1984 to celebrate the completion of some annoying street construction for the World’s Fair. Back then they had break-dancing and flash dancing competitions, a battle of the bands, and great food. A few hundred people attended. Today, thousands attend and the culinary offering are a foodie’s dream: crawfish, gumbo, Mexican tacos and arepas, pulled pork, southern fried chicken with fires, biscuits and waffles, Po-boys, pizza, boudin, soft shell crabs, jambalaya, beignets, muffalettas, pralines and more.
Cochon de lait po-boy at French Quarter Fest NewOrleans.com
More than 1,700 local musicians from more than 250 acts will perform free during Festival weekend on 23 stages throughout the historic French Quarter. Over 60 local restaurants will make up the “World’s Largest Jazz Brunch.” There’s nothing more authentic than this local party. This year, the Evening Concert Series programming will showcase more genres with headliners such as George Porter, Jr. & The Runnin’ Pardners, Jon Cleary, and Rockin’ Dopsie. Other headliners will include Big Chief Bo Dollis, Grammy -winner Irma Thomas, Cyril Neville, Jon Cleary, and Grammy- nominated and Billboard Top 20 Recording Group Water Seed. This year brings 43 debuts including Big 6 Brass Band, Keith Burnstein’s Kettle Black, and Magnolia Sisters. While the FQ Fest is four days long, just one day alone visitors can hear more than 10 hours of music.
Indian Chiefs at French Quarter Fest Zack Smith
As most of my time in NoLa has always been spent at Mardi Gras or the Jazz Festival, I decided to see the city, so I joined a Freewheeling Bike Tour of New Orleans. The bikes were excellent, the streets were flat and the guides made everything fun, even history. I learned that Haitian and African Creoles are responsible for NoLa’s spicy cuisine and helped create jazz and Zydeco. Voodoo comes from the Caribbean. The motto, ‘Laissez les bons temps rouler’ which means “Let the good times roll,” is said during all the festivals. We rolled though the French Quarter, the St, Louis Cemetery (where people are buried above ground), Treme, and City Park which is twice the size of Central Park and serves coffee and Beignets. Along the grounds, gorgeous southern Live Oaks dripped with Spanish moss, including one which was 805 years old. On the streets were rows and rows of shotgun houses — one house with two separate doors so two families could live there. (They were called shotgun houses because you could take a shotgun and shoot through the front door and it would land straight out the back door).
Crowds at New Orleans French Quarter Fest Zack Smith
And then, I was off to the French Quarter Festival. With so many choices, I decided to see two bands an hour so I wouldn’t miss anything. I made my way to the riverfront stage where there was a perfect breeze from the Mississippi River and seagulls flew overhead, seemingly to listen to the music. Then it was time for a real meal, and I chose Seaworthy in the Warehouse District where I pigged out on every kind of oyster known to mankind followed by blue crab. One day I also ate at Maypop, a restaurant with a strong Vietnamese influence, for cured lemonfish like a thinly sliced sashimi with fermented black bean and pickled mirliton.
The Warehouse District is about an 8-minute walk from the French Quarter and I was staying at the funky Ace Hotel with a bar and pool on the roof and where it’s all about seeing and being seen.
The next morning it was pouring so the Festival was cancelled but I wasn’t too disappointed because there’s so much happening in Nola every day. I checked out SoFab (Southern Food and Beverage Museum) which is like walking into an overstocked kitchen with exhibits on barbeque and gumbo and rice and beans and even an exhibit on the founder of Popeyes Chicken. I could easily have spent hours wondering around, but by lunch time I was starving, and thankfully, Toups South in the museum was open. I tried Chef Toup’s delicious sausages (called smoke sticks) and a salad with black eyed peas which had been parboiled and then fired so they tasted like nuts. After, I headed to the Ashley Longshore Gallery –she;’s known as the Andy Warhol of the south – a spunky, funky artist who makes glittery, bedazzled outrageous creations. Next, the National World War 11 Museum with all the tanks, guns, uniforms, letters, medals and radios displayed by timeline. I learned that Andrew Higgins, who built the amphibious boats, was from New Orleans.
Rain or no rain, the Jazz Playhouse of Royal Sonesta Hotel always has great music in the late afternoon, and Jumbo Shrimp , the funky brass band I heard, was a perfect way to start the evening. Dinner was in one of NoLa’s hottest new restaurants, Bywater American Bistro where Chef Nan Compton from St. Lucia, presides. It’s impossible to get a dinner reservation here, but Bywater is also open for brunch, a perfect time to taste her delicious Caribbean-influenced Louisiana Cuisine. I chose pickled shrimp with celery, buttermilk and trout roe, then duck with braised red cabbage and charred scallion. Laissez les bons temps roulez , indeed!
Audience enjoying French Quarter Festival Zack Smith

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10 St. Lucie County restaurants with the most inspection violations in January

Here are six restaurant violations commonly noted by inspectors. Wochit Full restaurant inspection records can be viewed by using TCPalm’s digital database of restaurant inspections . The up-to-date database, searchable by restaurant name or county, lists the establishments that passed, failed or barely passed the inspections run by the Division of Hotels and Restaurants.
Full restaurant inspection records can be viewed by using TCPalm’s digital database of restaurant inspections. (Photo: ShaunWilkinson, Getty Images/iStockphoto) More: 3 Martin County restaurants with the most inspection violations in January More: 10 Indian River County restaurants with the most inspection violations in January Each inspection is a “snapshot” of conditions present at the time of the inspection and may not be representative of the overall, long-term conditions at the establishment. Passed with zero violations Four St. Lucie County establishments passed inspection with zero violations. Taco Dive, 208 North 2nd St., Fort Pierce Chick-Cuisine, 1690 SE Village Green Drive, Port St Lucie Grip and Rip Golf Range, 3847 North U.S. 1, Fort Pierce Courtyard by Marriott, 10978 S. Ocean Drive, Jensen Beach 10 restaurants with the most violations in January Pappys Pizza , 5489 Saint James Dr, Port St. Lucie: Had 33 violations, including standing water in the mop sink, pizza boxes stored on a dirty floor and black-green mold-like substance in the ice machine. Midtown Grill and Bar , 3224 S US Hwy 1, Fort Pierce: Had 28 violations including dish machine not sanitizing dishes properly, potentially hazardous cold food held at temperatures above 41 degrees Fahrenheit, single-use gloves not changed as needed after changing tasks or when damaged or soiled, cutting boards stained/soiled, black/green mold in the ice machine. A followup inspection netted 15 violations. Followup inspection required. Roma Pizza Restaurants , 2753 Morningside Blvd, Port St Lucie: Had 25 violations including dishwasher not sanitizing dishes properly, accumulation of encrusted food around mixer head, food manager certification expired, pasta strained in handwashing sink, reach-in freezer soiled with food debris. Followup inspection required. Tutto Fresco , 9501 Brandywine Ln, Port St Lucie: Had 21 violations including old food stuck to clean utensils, old labels stuck to clean containers, accumulation of black/green mold on the interior of the ice machine, accumulation of mold-like substance on juice/drink dispensing nozzles/equipment, cutting boards heavily stained/soiled, hot water not provided at employee handwashing sink. Followup inspection netted 7 violations. Followup inspection required. Big Apple Pizza , 9128 S Federal Hwy, Port St Lucie: Had 21 violations, including shelled eggs stored over cooked wings and meatballs, accumulation of crusted debris around mixer head, encrusted material on can opener blade, interior of reach-in cooler soiled with accumulation of food residue, slicer blade guard soiled with old food debris. Followup inspection required. One Love Jamaican Cuisine Seafood , 3453 SW Darwin Blvd, Port St Lucie: Met inspection requirements with 20 violations including employee failing to wash hands before putting on gloves, evidence of dirty mop water dumped onto the ground, shelled eggs stored over cooked wings, stained/soiled cutting boards and reach-in cooler soiled with food debris. Steak ‘n’ Shake #426 , 6737 Darter Ct, Ft Pierce: Had 20 violations including small, flying insects in bar area, employee failed to wash hands before putting on gloves, accumulation of crusted food debris around mixer head at ice cream station, accumulation of mold-like substance around milk-dispensing nozzle/equipment. Met followup inspection requirements with 10 violations. Hot Wok PSL , 2756 SW Brigantine Place Bay 200, Port St Lucie: Met inspection standards with 19 violations including nonfood grade containers used for storing food, handwashing sink inaccessible due to items being stored in the sink, interior of reach-in cooler soiled with food residue. The Mofongo King , 295 SW Port St Lucie Blvd, Port St Lucie: Had 19 violations including soiled/stained cutting boards, food not heated or cooled properly, potentially hazardous cold food held at greater than 41 degrees Fahrenheit, employee not wearing a hair restraint during food preparation, food stored on the floor. Followup inspection standards met with 5 violations. Luso Portuguese Grille , 10511 SW Village Center Dr, Port St Lucie: Had 18 violations including boxes of rice and hot sauce stored on the floor, clean utensils stored on a dirty rack, stained/soiled cutting boards, no paper towels and soap available at handwashing sink. Followup inspection is required. Fines Spice Thai Restaurant, 270 NW Peacock Blvd. Suite 108, Port St Lucie, was fined $120 for one violation in October 2018 . Little Caesars, 4019 SW Port St. Lucie Blvd., Unit 1, Port St Lucie, was fined $400 for two violations in August, 2018 . Raziyah Caribbean Cuisine Inc., 214 N 25 St, Fort Pierce, was fined $700 for two violations in May 2018 .

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Photothread: British vs Thai vs Korean…

In the summer I had a very pleasant week in Hertfordshire and ate some great food. I live in Korea which has some nice food too. Lastly, I’m lucky enough to have the maniac wife’s cooking at hand on a daily basis.
Here are twelve random photos of food taken off my phone, tell me what your favourites are (and add your own):
Here in Korea they have this lamb on mini spits which is one of my favourite foods locally; works out $30 per person if there’s 4 or more of you – very often in Korea, the more people out eating together the cheaper it works out.
Bibimbab is a quick easy fix, $4 – it’s ok.
The wife does like to cook a pad seu, and I do like to eat it; not my favourite Thai dish, but preferable, to me, over most Korean dishes.
After a trip to HuaHin, eating on the pier restaurants, the wife decided to teach herself how to cook yellow seafood curry; very nice if you’re in the mood.
I’m fortunate that the wife will have a go at most types of food, and after complaining that the local Indian restaurant serves up a crap and over-priced chicken biryani she made one for me the next day – a lot better than the local Indian place.
The wife has a friend from Qatar. Her mother, from Nizwa, came over to Korea for a visit and cooked some Arabic food, so the wife learnt that too and now manages a very nice chicken dish; I really like this one, just about on a par with the one above.
Another home made Indian style dish. She has been known to throw a few butter rotis onto the plate too…
I went back to the UK in the summer and had a ‘proper’ Indian meal – this could be my favourite so far…
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The parents live in a small Hertfodshire village, quite close to Cambridge, and they have a great bread shop and a great cheese shop. After living in Korea for 5 years, I can’t explain how much this simple meal below pleasured my palate – definitely my favourite so far.
Sometimes we go out for a samjipsal, and sometimes the wife does it at home (often with a bit of satay thrown in too). Here’s a home brew:
Amusingly, or not…, when we go out for a meal the wife like’s to tell the Koreans how to cook Korean food… Here’s the local samjipsal place, just across the road, it’s really good, maybe the most well-known in this city, and cheap as chips – costs about $12 for two people to get a big feed.
These late night Korean places sell a variety of mostly fried, but some boiled, stuff. I don’t like it at all, but the wife does…
Saving the best til last, I had a lamb Sunday lunch at a pub back in the UK in the summer. It was amazingly good:
Personally, Korean ranks in third. Thai is obviously excellent, and I do love British food; there’s a lot of great food in the UK, and a lot of great beers too. The wife does pretty well on the Thai side, so it’s her fault I’m too fat! Attached Images 20181003_202020.jpg (149.1 KB, 128 views) DSC_0005.jpg (67.7 KB, 120 views) DSC_0010.jpg (81.4 KB, 122 views) DSC_0014.jpg (77.4 KB, 119 views) DSC_0019.jpg (94.3 KB, 121 views) DSC_0020.jpg (63.9 KB, 116 views) DSC_0024.jpg (83.7 KB, 120 views) DSC_0044_1.jpg (111.9 KB, 119 views) DSC_0065.jpg (55.0 KB, 117 views) DSC_0066.jpg (109.9 KB, 118 views) DSC_0098.jpg (93.5 KB, 118 views) DSCPDC_0003_BURST20180826132825863_COVER.jpg (93.2 KB, 119 views) 1527758583902.jpg (145.2 KB, 115 views) Last edited by Bettyboo; 05-02-2019 at 09:28 AM . How do I post these pictures??? 09:35 AM #2 cyrille hangin’ around Join Date Oct 2006 Last Online @ Posts 14,347 Last edited by cyrille; 05-02-2019 at 09:53 AM . Reason: response to plies 09:46 AM #3 stroller restive member Join Date Mar 2006 Last Online @ Location out of range Posts 22,832 Originally Posted by Bettyboo there’s a lot of great food in the UK The pics of the Indian look really good. 10:02 AM #4 Bettyboo Member
Join Date Nov 2009 Bangkok Posts 28,487 Originally Posted by stroller The pics of the Indian look really good. Oh come on, tell me that Sunday lunch doesn’t look tasty! 10:31 AM #5 baldrick disturbance in the Turnip Join Date Apr 2006 Last Online Today @ 08:55 PM Location Heidleberg Posts 20,271 Originally Posted by Bettyboo lamb on mini spits here in bumfcuk turkey I usually eat lamb barbequed like that – I get a kuzu duhrum which is a lamb wrap , so barbequed lamb skewers which are then wrapped in a pita bread ( lavush ) with lettuce and tomato and onion and then lightly toasted over the same coals – it is the wednesday take away – I will try and get photos tomorrow 10:31 AM #6 kmart Dec 2008 Last Online Today @ 04:05 PM Location Rayong. Posts 10,166 Looks goood. You’re lucky your missus has a talent for lots of different cuisine. 30 AM #7 Bettyboo Member
Join Date Nov 2009 Bangkok Posts 28,487 Originally Posted by baldrick here in bumfcuk turkey I usually eat lamb barbequed like that – I get a kuzu duhrum which is a lamb wrap , so barbequed lamb skewers which are then wrapped in a pita bread ( lavush ) with lettuce and tomato and onion and then lightly toasted over the same coals – it is the wednesday take away – I will try and get photos tomorrow Yeah, I bet that tastes great – I like meself a bit of Turkish style lamb kebabaqos.
Originally Posted by kmart Looks goood. You’re lucky your missus has a talent for lots of different cuisine. It’s taken her a fair few years, but she has branched out beyond Thai food with her Scottish Egg potentially being her best effort; sometimes, coming home to half a dozen freshly cooked Scotch Eggs (in Korea…) is bloody wonderful. AM #8 Switch Aug 2017 Last Online Today @ 08:51 PM Location Sumatra Posts 2,654 That Sunday roast is very similar to the one I enjoyed in Thailand, too often.
Still think British Indian and Chinese is best. The mild Thai curries are good too. Not a big fan of over spiced foods in general.
Cant believe you went to UK as a foodie and no mention of fish and chips. 12:14 PM #9 Bettyboo Member
Join Date Nov 2009 Bangkok Posts 28,487 I did eat at a pretty nice fish and chip shop in Hertford, proper fish and chip shop; cod and chips, but have no pictures… 12:15 PM #10 Bettyboo Member
Join Date Nov 2009 Bangkok Posts 28,487 I did, alas, miss out on another great British dish; 5 days in the UK and I didn’t have a kebab.
12:42 PM #11 Switch Aug 2017 Last Online Today @ 08:51 PM Location Sumatra Posts 2,654 Originally Posted by Bettyboo I did eat at a pretty nice fish and chip shop in Hertford, proper fish and chip shop; cod and chips, but have no pictures… My last experience of home cooked British food, Indian, Chinese and fish and chips was back in 2015. A trip that also cost me a 90 quid fine and 3 points on my license.
Its good that your other half is an accomplished chef, but I find that any substantial meal, like a Sunday roast, takes too long and too much effort. Especially when it’s available down the pub. lol 03:22 PM #12 Bettyboo Member
Join Date Nov 2009 Bangkok Posts 28,487 ^ for me, yes. But, the wife likes cooking; shopping for ingredients, cooking, eating together, she likes the whole end to end process, and she’s usually not talking while sh’s cooking, so that works for me too… 05:55 PM #13 baldrick disturbance in the Turnip

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