Diversity is Key for a Fulfilling Life – Ana Maria Garzon Delpino, MD 500 CYT – Medium

Diversity is Key for a Fulfilling Life – Ana Maria Garzon Delpino, MD 500 CYT – Medium

Diversity is Key for a Fulfilling Life Ana Maria Garzon Delpino, MD 500 CYT Blocked Unblock Follow Following Apr 7 To start this story I have to give some background about my life. I was born and raised in Venezuela: one of the countries with the most richest tourism locations in the world, the one that includes one of the seven wonders of the world ‘El Salto Angel’ as part of its jungle.
Remember that beautiful, magical place from the Movie: UP? That place, where the house lands after flying with the bunch of balloons 🎈, that place of sacred land and beautiful scenery? Do you remember? That beautiful place is within my home lands territory and it inspired the magical aspects of the movie.
Venezuela is not only rich in tourism, we were the country were several generations of immigrants decided to build their lives from scratch when they flew out of their own countries to look for a better life and a better future for their families. For this reason there is ALWAYS some kind of structure within Venezuelan groups of friends:
How are groups of friends integrated in Venezuela? They all have: El Portu: these are the guys whose family prob owns a bakery and make breaaaad! Un pan sobao, un pan de mantequilla, un pan canilla, un pan frances, un pan campesino!
El Italiano: these are the one whose Nonna ‘ makes the best Italian food ever ’ and who drive the ‘sports cars’). Fresh pasta, home made tomato sauce, they all have their vegetables fresh from the garden, you MUST never tell an italian you did not use fresh basil on the pasta sauce, because ohhhh boy! there will be a lecture of the importance of fresh ingredients.
El Negro : any dark skin individual no matter the religious/political/cultural background. It does not matter if this “ Negro ” friend is like cinnamon colored skin or in somehow related to the African slaves that the Spanish people brought with them when they ‘ discovered our land ’.
We use Negro as a nickname that inspires LOVE and acknowledgement of friendship, we NEVER use it to denigrate, diminish nor bully anyone!!!
El Español : those who make mean potato tortillas and love tapas with chorizo, jamón serrano, olive oil in every single thing. There is also a big rivalry between these Spanish people: Madrid vs Barcelona , OMG! This is a big one… I must confess I followed RM until I ended my 10yr relationship with my ex and I was Enlightened to now follow el Barça FC . I’m sorry if this comment breaks someone’s heart, but life teaches you diversity for a reason! And these Spanish descendants are also the ones who know and teach Flamenco 💃🏻 , which I learnt, dance, and taught.
El Colombiano : the ones who make the best ‘pan de bono’ (bread that has like cheese within the dough) and taught us Cumbia and Vallenato. Those who have similar food combinations as Venezuelansm for example: rice, fried plantain, beans, fried yuca, a piece of steak/chicken/pork accompanied by a soup of your preference and a fresh fruit juice. That’s what we latins call: sopa, jugo y seco! This is the reason my Friend Renny Zeis asks to go to Latin American countries to promote his business, mainly because it is cheap to eat stuff like this for lunch.
El Brasileño : the ones who dance Samba and move their bodies in a way you feel their joints are going to separate at some point, but they don’t! These guys are the “life of the party” they believe that because one of the world known Canrnival parties is in Rio, they have the top of the cream when it comes to partying. I must say, they m ght be right with this one.
El Turco: which is not necessarily from Turkey per se, they are from Lebanon, Turkey and/or any other Middle Eastern country, but in our eyes thety’re all Turcos! These are the ones who make the best tabule, labne, kibbe, falafel, shawarma… THE BEST!
El Judio: these are the ones who “don’t eat pork” in front of their families, but eat choripanes with their friends. They are also very smart, top of the class, innovators.
El Chino: these are the ones who own a million restaurants and are rich, but still use the same shirt and pants every day cuz they do not need to spend their wealth, they have to continue building their empire!
These are the: basic ones… then there comes a mix between those cultures and other cultures and all the combinations possible to create the most amazing, the most beautiful and the most fearless people in the world: VENEZUELANS!
As you can see, we are very humble when it comes to defining ourselves as individuals who were born and raised in Venezuela. We are proud of it, we talk about it, we want everyone to eat Arepas! Because, as my dear Friend Stephan Dyer says: our arepas are las “maj’arrechaj” or so he says his wifey (Venzuelan girl) says about everything related to our country!
We are Humanitarians, all of us We open the door of our house to EVERYONE WHO NEEDS US! For the good, the not so good and the d finitely not good at all times. This is who we are because we were raised in a land were immigrants decided to build their homes, their business and their life!
Venezuela was one of the TOP countries for people to enjoy tourism and make business deals. We do have the best beaches, the best food, the most beautiful women in the universe (hence all the crowns our ladies have won for us), the kindest people. It’s okay Stephan , you are right: we are los “maj’arrechojs” in all our traits. Its not that we BELIEVE we are, we are CERTAIN we are! and we work h rd to achieve whatever idea comes into our mind.
This is, in my opinion, who we are as a community. We reach out our helping hand to a stranger, and if they are from Venezuela, and we are out of the country, we approach each other ans we start a conversation as if we knew each other from childhood. We end those random encounters with new friends, exchanging phone numbers, adding each other on social media and even commenting on the blogs, pictures, anything and everything we find of our new friends.
What you Really need to know about Venezuelans I can say we are ALL investigators and researchers cuz … if you want to know some gossip and/or facts, you just need to pick up the phone and contact one of your Venezuelan friends! I ASSURE YOU they know someone who knows someone who knows someone who will get the answer for you, I might me paraphrasing some of Santiago Castillos’ words since I recently saw him perform at the first ever English Stand Up Comedy Show hosted by my dear friends from MalPensando whose creators I know personally and respect deeply: Stephan a ‘World Citizen’ and Juan Cajiao a Colombian, with an addition of a Venezuelan, the one and only Isaac Luy !!!
Why Am I writing about this? Well, I am an immigrant in Canada who is in a country built by diversity, by immigrants, by so many different cultures.
I now know that:
I’m in love with the Indian cuisine Sri Lanka is NOT India Kurdistan is a beautiful country in the Middle East Muslims can Marry Catholics/Christians and/or any religion that happens to recognize the Prophet in their scriptures Not all people from India are Hindu, they can also be: Catholics, Muslims, Christians, Sikh Not all people who wear a Turban are Muslims Egypt has an unbelievable cuisine and the most beautiful men out there (like my BF) I know all this for a FACT, because I have sat down with many of my friends and they have taught me about their stories, about their life as immigrants, about their struggles.
We are who we are and we have to EMBRACE IT! I follow a motto my family has taught me: look at all the BONITO in everything that crosses your path!
This is how I’ve managed to stay afloat during the rough times, not only by trying my best to find the BONITO in everything, but because I’m surrounded by a community of immigrants who support each other no matter the religion/culture/background!!!
I’m Proud to be here, I’m Honored to have the rich diversity of friends I have now, I’m Happy to add all these cultures to the list of characteristics, ME as a Venezuelan has embedded in her DNA.
I hope you liked this episode/story/life snapshot.
If you are interested in Helping The community of Venezuela is currently suffering from one of the most obscure humanitarian crisis ever. I have created a GoFundMe page to raise awareness about this situation and to raise funds to send humanitarian aid to Venezuela. If you have the chance to donate at least 1$ and or share the link with your community, that would help MANY PEOPLE! Here is the link IluminandoLaLibertad/EnlighteningFreedom
Gracias for reading, Gracias for Following Me, Gracias for Supporting Me, Gracias for Helping Me Help Others!!!
Til the next Episode/Blog!
Have a Blessed Sunday,
Warm Hugs!
Ana Maria Garzon

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Netflix Australia’s best TV series: over 60 great shows to stream in 2019

Wanting to watch from abroad? Then you need the best Netflix VPN BoJack Horseman
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The best way to approach BoJack Horseman is to let it slowly grow on you. Chances are you won’t be blown away by it from the first episode, but once you get hip to its rhythm, you’ll likely find it to be one of the best animated comedy shows since Bob’s Burgers (only with a lot more depth). Will Arnett voices BoJack, a washed-up ’90s sitcom star who spends his days being bitter about his failures alongside his perpetual houseguest, Todd (Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul). Things get complicated when his cat girlfriend and agent Princess Carolyn (Amy Sedaris) hires ghost writer Diane (Alison Brie) to pen BoJack’s memoir. Filled with hilarious characters that could only exist in drawing-form, BoJack Horseman is a real winner. Now back for its fifth season, BoJack finds himself leading a terrible new cop show for a television channel that shouldn’t exist. Meanwhile, Diane finds herself on a spiritual journey after her break up with Mr. Peanutbutter.
Details: 5 seasons, 12 episodes per season, 25 minutes per episode GLOW
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From the makers of Orange is the New Black comes GLOW, a show based on a real-life all-women wrestling league that existed in the ’80s. Why’s it called GLOW? It stands for Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, that’s why! The show stars Alison Brie (Community) as an aspiring actress who auditions for the wrestling gig after being fed up with the lack of meaty female roles in Hollywood. Here, she can be a fierce warrior, one who is in charge of her own destiny and gets to play opposite other strong women. Like Orange is the New Black, GLOW is a show that masterfully balances comedy and drama. In its second season, we follow the ladies as they try to keep the show on the air — we can only hope that Netflix’s GLOW gets as many seasons as its real-life counterpart.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
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Someone escaping from a Domesday cult shouldn’t be a recipe for comedy but Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt manages to squeeze the funny out of this premise. Created by Tina Fey and starring Ellie Kemper as the title character, the show sparkles with wit and lands on the right side of kooky. Best of all, the first half of the show’s 4th (and unfortunately final) season has just landed and is fizzing with the same energy of the three seasons (we especially love the ‘Making a Murderer’ parody episode). If you’re a fan of shows like Parks and Recreation and 30 Rock, you’re pretty much guaranteed to love Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Santa Clarita Diet
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Like a cross between Modern Family and The Walking Dead (with a spattering of Dexter thrown in for good measure), Santa Clarita Diet is a hilariously gory Netflix Original series that sees suburban mum Sheila (Drew Barrymore) suddenly acquire an insatiable hunger for human flesh. Though shocked at first, Sheila’s loyal husband Joel (Timothy Olyphant) and daughter Abby (Liv Hewson) are determined to keep this family together, even if it means covering up a number of murders…
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale
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Rising to prominence with the hilarious clip show The Soup before hitting it big as an actor on Community, Joel McHale has returned to the green screen once again to offer his unique brand of biting, sarcastic commentary on the ridiculous world of reality television. Featuring plenty of celebrity guest stars and more one liners than any reasonable person could possibly keep track of, The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is the perfect way to cap off the week. Originally presented as a weekly series (unusual for a proper Netflix Original), The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale is returning shortly with a whole batch of binge-worthy episodes. We can’t wait!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Everything Sucks!
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Don’t be put off by its twee trailers and the 1990s nostalgia-bait that lies therein — Everything Sucks! is actually a very endearing series that follows a group of young high schoolers (and their parents) as they struggle with new found feelings of love. It’s the first day of high school for Luke (Jahi Di’Allo Winston) and his geeky friends, and the boys immediately meet Kate (Peyton Kennedy), the principal’s daughter, in AV Club. Luke falls for her right away, but there’s one problem — Kate is starting to realise that she actually likes girls. Meanwhile, Kate’s widower dad (Patch Darragh) and Luke’s single mother (Claudine Mboligikpelani Nako) have started a secret relationship, and it’s only a matter of time before everything blows up in their faces. Funny and surprisingly heartfelt, Everything Sucks! is much more than a ’90s-set Freaks and Geeks clone.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The End of the F***ing World
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This eight-part British series feels like a cross between Thelma and Louise and True Romance, with its two young protagonists on the lam after running away from home and accidentally killing someone. James (Alex Lawther) is a prospective teenage psychopath looking for his first person to kill. Enter Alyssa (Jessica Barden), a girl from his class who wants out of her horrible home life. With the two now a couple and on the run, will James satisfy his bloodlust by killing his new girlfriend? Or will she warm his black heart? Pitch-black in its humour and surprisingly sweet, The End of the F***ing World is one for those who like their entertainment with an edge.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Good Place
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A hilarious and refreshing comedy series, The Good Place sees Eleanor (Kristen Bell) arrive in a Heaven-like afterlife only to be greeted by Michael (Ted Danson), architect of what is known as ‘The Good Place’. This beautiful neighbourhood is meant to be a reward for living an upstanding life. The problem is, she totally doesn’t belong there, and now Eleanor must hide her wrongdoings, lest she be sent to The Bad Place instead. Witty and full of terrific one-liners, The Good Place is a delightful show with some unexpected twists and turns to keep you on your toes.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp
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Reviled on initial release and then rediscovered as a cult classic, the 2001 film Wet Hot American Summer is the kind of satirical comedy that leaves most people scratching their heads. Those in the know, however, see it as an absolutely pitch-perfect, gobsmackingly hilarious spoof of the summer camp movies of the late ’70s and early ’80s. Many of the actors in the original film went on to become huge stars (Bradley Cooper, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler), so it should be considered a minor miracle that all of these people were wrangled back almost 15 years later to star in a prequel series for Netflix. If you haven’t seen the original movie, you might want to stream it on Netflix before watching the show, but if you have seen it and love it like we do, you’ll be over the moon with Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Wet Hot American Summer: 10 Years Later
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If you’ve seen and are a fan of David Wain and Michael Showalter’s hilarious film Wet Hot American Summer (WHAS), then you’ve surely watched its Netflix Original prequel series, WHAS: First Day of Camp (also on our list of the best shows on Netflix Australia). Hilariously taking place during the same summer of 1981 (despite a cast that’s obviously aged by 15 years), the series hit every comedic note that made the film a cult favourite. Now, a sequel series has been made that sees our beloved characters return to Camp Firewood ten years after the events of the film and first series. Set in 1991, the show gets a lot of comedic mileage out of its new era, and sees most of its original cast return in some form or another (Bradley Cooper is unfortunately absent, though Adam Scott does a good job of filling his shoes). If you’ve ever wondered what these ridiculous characters might be like as adults, this is a series you must watch.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mystery Science Theater 3000
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Ever spent an evening with friends watching bad movies and cracking jokes at their expense? If that’s you, you’re going to love Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). Based on a flimsy premise involving a scientific experiment by Gizmonic Institute, the show’s lovably homemade sci-fi angle is just an excuse to have comedian Jonah Ray hang out with a bunch of wise-cracking robots named Gypsy, Tom Servo and Crow as they relentlessly mock utterly terrible movies. The new Netflix version is actually a remake of an American cult favourite from the ’80s and ’90s and each episode will actually give you an entire movie to cringe and laugh through. A second season has now arrived on the service, dubbed The Gauntlet, which challenges viewers to sit through six more terrible movies in one sitting! Charming, funny and endlessly entertaining, MST3K is bound to capture a whole new generation of fans.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
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One of the funniest shows to hit TV in years, Brooklyn Nine-Nine stars Andy Samberg as an immature goofball who also happens to also be a brilliant NYPD detective. The show revolves around the many cases (and shenanigans) that Samberg and his equally hilarious co-stars get wrapped up in under the watchful eye of their stern Captain. Quick-witted and full of heart, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a new comedy classic.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Master of None
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One of the freshest and most enjoyable shows Netflix has put out to date, the semi-autobiographical Master of None sees comedian Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation) play Dev, a character much like himself who is trying to navigate his family, friends, acting career and love life in New York City. Hilarious and thoughtful, Master of None gives Dev the opportunity to reflect on difficult subjects like like racism and misogyny in a way that’s warm, funny and eye-opening – no easy feat! Master of None also has an amazing soundtrack, and some wonderful supporting turns from Noël Wells, Eric Wareheim, Kelvin Yu and Ansari’s own scene-stealing parents, Shoukath and Fatima.
Seasons available on Netflix: 2 Toast of London
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One of the funniest comedians to come out of Britain in years, Matt Berry (The Might Boosh, The IT Crowd, Snuff Box) is back with another pompous blowhard character that’s entirely in his much-perfected wheelhouse. In Toast of London, Berry plays Steven Toast, an eccentric, washed-up actor whose antics off the stage are almost as insufferable as the ones on it (when he can actually find a worthwhile gig, that is). To make matters worse, Toast is surrounded by a number of comically-named characters who are just as aberrant as he is. Will Toast ever catch a break? A single episode of the show will probably be enough to answer that one…
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Before he was a global superstar, Will Smith was the frontman for the late ’80s/early’90s hip hop duo, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. With a winning sense of personality and infectious hits like ‘Parents Just Don’t Understand’, Smith took his performing talents and turned to acting by starring in the family sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Playing a fictionalised version of himself, Smith moves in with his stuffy high society Aunt and Uncle’s family in the posh suburb of Bel-Air. Before long, his crazy persona turns the entire family’s dynamic on its head, bringing a sense of much needed humour into their lives. A classic series with one of the best and most memorable theme songs of all time, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is as fresh and funny now as it was 20-odd years ago. Now, sing it with us: “In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on the playground is where I spent most of my days…”
Seasons on Netflix: 6 The Innocent Man
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Based on John Grisham’s book ‘The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town’, Netflix’s latest Original docu-series is sure to become a new obsession for true crime aficionados. The Innocent Man tells the gripping (and baffling) story of Ron Williamson, a man who has been imprisoned since 1988 and has sat on Oklahoma’s death row for 11 years for a heinous murder that experts believe he couldn’t possibly have committed. The problem is, his taped confession is impossible to ignore. Has Williamson been thrown under the bus by dodgy police and prosecutors?
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 48 minutes per episode Queer Eye
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Queer Eye is back! Taking over from where the original Fab Five left off, the new team has been put together with the same ultimate mission: to remodel individuals into the best possible version of themselves, whether it be their wardrobe, living arrangements, grooming, diet or even their confidence. We know, makeover shows are usually pretty lame, but this one is fantastic in the way that the guys really get to the emotional heart of each subject they undertake. Often, there’s a reason these men (and for the first time, a woman) have let themselves go or have put up defensive walls against the outside world. Because the Fab Five really seem to care about them, it becomes incredibly rewarding to watch them go from unhappy to full of life. Chances are you’ll cry at least once per episode.
Details: 2 seasons, 8 episodes per season, 45 minutes per episode Making a Murderer
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True crime stories are so hot right now, evidenced by the immense popularity of the podcast Serial and HBO’s The Jinx. Netflix’s original series Making A Murderer however, is probably the hottest of them all, documenting and recounting the trials of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey, two working-class Americans accused of the murder of 23-year-old photographer Teresa Halbach. Over the first season’s 10 episodes, the show exposes the failings of the Wisconsin justice system in blood-boiling detail. Having spent 18 years in prison for a crime he did not commit, Steven Avery is exonerated based on new DNA evidence. However, shortly after his release, he becomes the prime suspect in Halbach’s murder, and Avery is put through the ringer once again by law enforcement figures that seem to have it out for him. What follows is an anger-inducing sequence of events that involve forced confessions, unconvincing (and possibly planted) evidence, dodgy lawyers and a complete presumption of guilt from almost everyone involved. Years later, as Avery and Dassey continue to sit in prison, the appeals process continues in Making A Murderer: Part 2, which covers each attempt to free the pair in great detail. Compelling, infuriating and tragic, we guarantee you won’t be able to stop watching Making a Murderer once you’ve started.
Details: 2 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode Dark Tourist
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While there’s no shortage of traditional travel shows on television these days, the Netflix Original series Dark Tourist takes an entirely different approach by setting its sights on unconventional destinations and frightening, morally-questionable itinerary activities. NZ journalist and documentarian Daniel Farrier embarks a journey across the globe, exploring the world’s most confronting tourist spots and larks. From a narco tourism experience that sees him travel around Colombia with Pablo Escobar’s number one hitman, to a tour through radioactive Fukushima, Farrier visits the world’s most ill-advised tourist attractions so that you don’t have to.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 American Vandal
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A note-perfect spoof of the ‘true crime docu-series’ model that’s become all the rage following the success of Making a Murderer and Serial, American Vandal follows the investigation of a fictional crime in which an underachieving high school student is accused of spray painting dicks on every car in his high school’s faculty car park. In its second season, which looks to be just as good as the first, the teen-aged documentarians find themselves on a new case, investigating a school-wide pooping-spree masterminded by someone who goes by the name ‘The Turd Burglar’. Like any good true crime investigation series, American Vandal is filled with conflicting testimonies, unreliable witnesses, compelling evidence, huge revelations and, of course, moody cinematography. Hilarious and constantly surprising, American Vandal is a must-see for any true crime aficionado.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Car Masters: Rust to Riches
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If you love classic cars, particularly of the American muscle variety, you’re going to love the Netflix Original series Car Masters: Rust to Riches. Join the loveable misfits of the Temecula-based auto shop Gotham Garage as they recover rusted-out car bodies from junkyards all over California and restore them way beyond their former glory — with some additional Gotham-style, to boot. From post-apocalyptic Kombi vans to beautifully restored concept cars (like the never officially released Lincoln Futura), the team at Gotham Garage will blow your mind with what they’re able to accomplish. As an added twist to the car restoration format, each restored vehicle is eventually traded upwards in an attempt to land a huge six-figure payday that can split amongst the Gotham crew. One episode and you’ll be hooked!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
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Following his sudden and tragic death, now might be the perfect time to watch Anthony Bourdain’s most recent series, Parts Unknown, which has been recently added to Australian Netflix. They say that chefs are like the new rock stars of our time, and if that’s the case, the lovably-outspoken celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain was the culinary equivalent of Iggy Pop and Henry Rollins rolled into one charming yet thoughtful dish. In his show Parts Unknown, Bourdain travelled further than ever before, exploring cultures and cuisines that are underrepresented on Television. Unlike most other travel/food programs, Bourdain spends an equal amount of time exploring communities and meeting the locals in an effort to understand their cultures and political landscapes. Witty, eye-opening and extremely thought-provoking, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown is the most accomplished series the late writer and celebrity chef ever made.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Wild Wild Country
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This six-part documentary series tells the almost-unbelievable story of a utopian cult that was founded by a charismatic Indian guru and went on to build its own city in the Oregon desert. Told using news stories and archival footage from the city’s heyday in combination with present-day interviews with those who were there, the slowly-escalating series jumps from free love to stoushes between cult members and local Oregonians and culminates in attempted assassinations, legal battles, bombings and mass poisonings. It’ll leave you wondering who’s really in the right — and pondering what rules people are willing to break as they attempt to hold on to power. Wild Wild Country is one wild, wild ride.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Stay Here
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A renovation series with a twist, Netflix’s Stay Here sees underwhelming Airbnb and short-stay vacation properties transformed by a team of professionals in an effort to maximise their potential and profitability. Over the course of each half hour episode, designer Genevieve Gorder and real estate expert Peter help turn each lacklustre property into a five star experience. Eye opening and addictive, you’ll like blow through Stay Here’s whole eight episode season in a single weekend.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Defiant Ones
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Charting the rise of one of the world’s most successful business partnerships, The Defiant Ones delves into the lives of Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre — two men who not only conquered the music industry, but whose famous Beats Electronics brand went on to become a $3 billion player in the tech world with its sale to Apple in 2014. Featuring a huge number of candid interviews from major music industry titans, including Bono, Eminem, Tom Petty, Stevie Nicks, Bruce Springstein, Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and more, this three-part documentary series (which is considered a Netflix Original in Australia despite being made by HBO) is a must-watch for music lovers and people fascinated by those who display an incredible business acumen.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Rapture
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Fans of hip-hop will definitely want to check out Rapture, the new Netflix Original documentary series which spends each episode with a different major player in the rap game, kicking off with Logic and featuring T.I., Just Blaze, 2 Chainz and more over the course of its entire run. in Rapture, the artists themselves are tasked with describing their careers, how they got to where they are, and what kind of cultural legacy they think they’ll leave behind. Candid interviews with the artists and the people around them provide an eye-opening insight into a world that’s not quite as it seems on the surface.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Ugly Delicious
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A documentary series that simultaneously celebrates food while asking why we like it in the first place, Ugly Delicious is a must-watch for any food lover. World-renowned chef David Chang takes us on a culinary journey, exploring the foods we cherish, from pizza to barbecue and everything in between. Rather than just show us the best forms of each dish, Chang’s approach is entirely different, looking back at the history and ethnography of each meal and asking us to do away with our food elitism. It’s only then that we can open our minds up to the endless possibilities of what food can actually be.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Flint Town
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Shot over a two-year period, this gripping Netflix Original documentary series follows police in Flint, Michigan, shining a light on a town that has been crippled by dwindling resources, crumbling infrastructure, violence and a contaminated water supply. A harrowing look at an American city that’s been failed by its government, Flint Town shows that many of the issues plaguing communities, and the law enforcement departments tasked with serving and protecting them, aren’t as cut-and-dried as they appear on the surface. Flint Town is an eye-opening series that’s bound to change the way you look at police and impoverished communities who can’t find a way out of their struggles.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Toys That Made Us
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For people of a certain age, the toys they grew up with would come to define their childhoods. In this 8-part documentary series (only 4 eps are currently available), we get to see how our favourite toys came to be, while also meeting the people responsible for them. Kicking off with Star Wars toys, the show them gives us a glimpse at the surprising origins of Barbie, G.I. Joe and He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. Now, the second season has arrived, bring new 1-hour episodes about Transformers, Star Trek, Lego and Hello Kitty toys. It’s hard to imagine anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s not getting a massive kick out of this.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Staircase
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A harrowing true crime series that’s as binge-worthy as Making A Murderer (but was actually released long before it), The Staircase follows the real-life murder trial of noted author Michael Peterson for the mysterious death of his second wife Kathleen, who violently lost her life at the bottom of the family home’s staircase. While the accused vehemently protests his innocence and (most of) his family stands by him, it isn’t the first staircase-based death of a loved one that’s taken place in his orbit. Though it appears to be an open and shut case at first, various factors surrounding this second death seem to defy explanation. Was it an accident or was it murder? We promise that your opinion on the matter will flip frequently throughout the original eight-part series, and will continue to do so in the three brand new episodes accompanying it on Netflix.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Hip Hop Evolution
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An incredibly fascinating four-part docu-series charting the birth of hip hop music, Hip Hop Evolution takes us on a trip back to New York City’s South Bronx area during the tumultuous early ’70s. Beginning with the famous DJ Kool Herc block party that started it all and continuing on to the early days of gangsta rap music in the late ’80s, Hip Hop Evolution is an eye-opening examination of all the elements that led to rap music becoming the global phenomenon it is today. Featuring countless interviews with hip hop pioneers, including Africa Bambaataa, Grandmaster Flash and Kurtis Blow, this Netflix Original series is one of the most entertaining cultural lessons you’re ever likely to see. Once you’re finished watching this, keep the beat going with Netflix’s other brilliant hip hop show, The Get Down.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Chef’s Table
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From the makers of the incredible documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi comes this Netflix Original series that takes us into the lives (and kitchens) of six of the world’s most celebrated chefs each season. Get an inside look at the artistry behind the creation of some of the most breathtaking dishes imaginable, and then start to wish you had the unlimited resources required to travel around the world, visiting each of these incredible restaurants. Mouth-watering and awe-inspiring.
Seasons on Netflix: 3 Skin Wars
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Did you know that competitive body painting was a thing? Well, if you didn’t, Skin Wars is here to show you what you’ve been missing out on! Hosted by Rebecca Romijn and featuring RuPaul Charles, Skin Wars pits the world’s best body painters against each other for a chance to win a grand prize of $100,000. Contestants are given weekly tasks that involve painting naked models. Need more convincing? Well, the tasks will put their skills for painting and storytelling to the test, with a panel of judges handing out verdicts at the end of each episode. The person who presents the least skin-tillating artwork will be sent packing. Brutal, but hey, war is Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Haunting of Hill House
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Loosely based on the 1959 gothic horror novel by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows seven members of the Crain family who are forever traumatised by their brief time living at an old mansion in 1992. From the show’s title, you’ve probably surmised that the house is haunted, however, these particular ghosts will continue to haunt the Crain children well into adulthood – no matter where they live. Regularly flicking back and forth between the present and past, The Haunting of Hill House gets under your skin slowly, gradually revealing the escalation of horror that led the family to be as fractured as it is today. As chilling as The Haunting of Hill House is, it’s the family drama aspect that resonates most. That said, you’ll probably want to sleep with the lights on after binging this is one. If you’re a fan of films like The Conjuring, It and Hereditary, you’re going to love this.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 60-70 minutes per episode Maniac
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From director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) comes Maniac, a sci-fi dramedy that’s almost impossible to describe (we’ll try our best, though). Set it a retro-futuristic version of New York City (think ‘Big Apple’ by way of Blade Runner), Maniac follows two troubled individuals (played by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill) who sign up for a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that promises to improve their lives exponentially. Placed in a series of dream-like states, the pair somehow find themselves repeatedly drawn to each other in their shared delusion. Do the two characters share a destiny, or is this just a side-effect of the trial? Featuring beautiful visuals and incredible performances, Maniac is the kind of mind-bending miniseries that deserves your time.
Details: 1 season, 10 episodes per season, 26-47 minutes per episode Lost in Space
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Based on the classic 1960s television series (and rather forgettable 1990s film) of the same name, Lost in Space is the latest show to get its own Netflix makeover. The space colonist family Robinson has found itself stranded on a mysterious planet once again, and it’s up to them to find a way off that rock and back on course to its actual destination. Darker and more serious in tone than the original series, the new Lost in Space still offers the same sense of wonder, albeit with a new emphasis on survival in a harsh new realm. Visually spectacular.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Altered Carbon
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Based on the science fiction novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan, Altered Carbon explores a futuristic world where death has become an inconvenience rather than a permanent state. A human’s entire life can be backed up onto a chip in their neck, so when they die, they can move onto to a different body and continue on in another form. But when a wealthy man’s chip is destroyed by a would-be assassin (lucky he’s rich enough to have a 24-hour satellite backup), he brings Takeshi Kovacs (Joel Kinnaman) out of digital prison after 250 years to solve his murder. Kovacs is the last remaining Envoy, a super soldier who is now tasked with working for the very people he fought a war against. With an epic scope and a visual style influenced by the cyberpunk classic Blade Runner, Altered Carbon is the most epic show that Netflix has produced to date.
Seasons of Netflix: 1 Stranger Things
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Following up its instant-classic first season, Stranger Things season 2 is now streaming on Netflix. Playing like a cross between Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, Stranger Things is a nostalgic and somewhat scary throwback to the classic Amblin films of the ’80s. In the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, young boy Will (Noah Schnapp) disappears in the middle of the night without a trace. The very next day, a young girl in a hospital gown appears in town, scared and unable to speak. In true Goonies/Stand By Me-fashion, the girl joins up with Will’s buddies in an attempt to track down their missing friend. Also embroiled in the mystery is the young boy’s mother, Joyce (Winona Ryder) – a woman who must confront terrifying forces if she has any hope of seeing her son again. Without spoiling the first season for newcomers, Stranger Things 2 picks up a year later and not only introduces some new characters, but also an even bigger and more terrifying threat that must be stopped at all costs!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Star Trek: Discovery
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It may take an episode or so to truly get off the ground, but the newest Star Trek TV series delivers all the intergalactic adventuring we could possibly hope for. There’s no shortage of action or spectacular visuals here, though the show’s creators have balanced it with the series’ trademark smarts to provide a truly compelling new entry in the Star Trek canon. The cast, which is led by Sonequa Martin-Green and features the likes of Michelle Yeoh and Jason Isaacs, is extraordinary. We can’t wait to see where Star Trek: Discovery takes us in the future.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Scream
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Many scoffed when it was announced that MTV would be making its own Scream show based on the hit Wes Craven-directed film series of the same name, but that initial cynicism bleeds away once the show sinks its hooks into you. Inspired by the films but in no way connected to them, the show maintains the meta-commentary and slashing action that the Scream name is known for while creating a whole new mythos of its own. Featuring a (mostly) likeable cast, buckets of blood and a central mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end, fans will definitely get a kick out of Scream’s small-screen slashing mayhem. The first iteration of the show is done and dusted after two seasons, however, a brand new story will kick off later this year that follows a completely different group of characters. It’s also been promised that the classic Ghostface mask will return!
Seasons on Netflix: 2 The Expanse
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Fans of brainy, politically-minded science fiction, like the incredible Battlestar Galactica reboot series, would do well to check out The Expanse, a futuristic series that sees our Solar System colonised by humans. Initially presented in the guise of a cop procedural about a missing person, The Expanse’s stakes are quickly raised when a vast political conspiracy becomes apparent that threatens the fate of our galaxy. Starring Thomas Jane, Steven Strait and Shohreh Aghdashloo, The Expanse is a show that takes a little while to warm up to, but once you’re hooked, you won’t be able to look away.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Black Mirror
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As far as dystopian fiction goes, Black Mirror is up there with the very best. Penned by Charlie Brooker, who before this was disassembling and decimating the news in his show NewsWipe, Black Mirror consists of a handful of caustic tales about the perils of technology, shady governments and human nature as a whole.
Not only has Netflix nabbed the original seven episodes of the show to stream, comprising two series and a Christmas special, but it also funded two new seasons. Each standalone episode holds a mirror up to our society in extreme satire, with themes that are not too far from issues facing us all today: social media highs and embarrassing lows, technology going awry and new games that start to feel all-too real. Pitch-black comedy at its absolute darkest, Black Mirror is a must for tech-heads with a wicked sense of humour.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Firefly
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After he had produced the perfect female lead in Buffy and before he was Hulk smashing with The Avengers, Joss Whedon created a short-run sci-fi series that has spawned not only a massive cult following but, quite astonishingly, a movie. The reason it was such an underground success was because Firefly takes the Star Wars framework of making space messy, where everything is a little rough around the edges – including the crew. It even has its own Han Solo in the form of Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds. Whedon’s witty words permeate the whole of Firefly, which is not so much a space opera but a space rock opera.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Marvel’s Iron FIst
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While many Marvel fans found the first season of Netflix’s Iron Fist underwhelming, steps have been taken to address the show’s issues (the fight scenes, the lead character’s personality), leading to a vastly superior second season overall. Danny Rand (Finn Jones), heir to the Rand Industries fortune, returns to New York City after being presumed dead for 15 years. During that time, Danny was being trained by monks, earning himself the title of the Immortal Iron Fist — protector of the mystical (and eternal) hidden city of K’un-Lun. Upon his return, Danny discovers that his company is secretly being controlled by The Hand, an order that has been at war with K’un-Lun for centuries. With the help of martial arts teacher Colleen Wing (Jessica Henwick), Danny must use his extremely powerful glowing fist to take down The Hand once and for all. In season 2, must taken down an old compatriot from K’un-Lun who embarks on a murderous rampage across New York.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Marvel’s Luke Cage
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Netflix has been killing it with its Marvel shows so far, having already launched a number of top-tier shows including Daredevil and Jessica Jones. With Luke Cage, we got a new kind of hero — one who’s proud to use to his powers in an effort to represent and protect his community. If you’ve watched Jessica Jones, you’ll already be familiar with this literally unbreakable character, as he played a pivotal role in that show’s first season. HIs own series, however, picks up some time after that, with Cage relocating from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, and finding himself coming to blows with local gangsters. And, now that Luke Cage’s second season has arrived on Netflix, it’s time for Harlem’s hero to once again re-enter our list of trending shows. Expect plenty of intense action with a real hip-hop flair. Unfortunately, Netflix has since cancelled the series after season 2, meaning fans will have to hope for more Luke Cage appearances in Netflix’s other Marvel shows.
Series on Netflix: 2 Marvel’s Jessica Jones
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In retrospect, it would seem impossible for Marvel to surpass its first Netflix Original series, Daredevil, with a show about a hard drinking ex-superhero that’s little known outside of comic book circles, but that’s pretty much what it’s done with Jessica Jones. Though the show doesn’t quite reach the action heights of Daredevil, Jessica Jones manages to be even more compelling in terms of story and character. Based on the comic Alias by Brian Michael Bendis, the first season of the show sees private investigator Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter), bar owner Luke Cage (Mike Colter) and celebrity Trish Walker (Rachael Taylor) do battle with a mind-controlling creep named Kilgrave (David Tennant), whose incredible obsession with Jessica is causing everyone around her to die. The second season follows on from the events of Marvel’s The Defenders, and finds Jones delving into her past in order to make sense of her latest case. Dark, violent and quite sexual for a Marvel show, Jessica Jones is required viewing for fans of the MCU.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Black Lightning
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Tackling issues of race, crime and violence in his community, the DC Comics character Black Lightning makes an electrifying debut on television. Unlike most other superhero vigilantes, Black Lightning (Cress Williams) is a school principal and family man during the day, juggling a rocky marriage and two free-spirited daughters in the process. In this TV version, Black Lightning returns to the streets to fight crime after a forced retirement period. Using stories ripped from the headlines, Black Lightning feels more current than every other television show in DC’s Arrowverse. While Arrow, Flash and Supergirl won’t be making an appearance in the first season of Black Lightning, we can certainly expect a team-up somewhere down the line. Black Lightning is also considered a Netflix Original in Australia, so you can expected new episodes to be fast-tracked as they’re aired in the States.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Marvel’s The Punisher
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Marvel’s most polarising Netflix series to date, The Punisher seems the return of Frank Castle (Joe Bernthal) after the events of Daredevil: Season 2. Having already killed everyone involved in his family’s death, Frank’s attempts to lay low are interrupted when he is dragged into a military conspiracy that he may or may not have been involved in. Though it can be slow-paced at times (please Netflix/Marvel, look up the phrase ‘cut to the chase’ for me), it is nonetheless a powerful and violent show that isn’t afraid to deal with some heavy topics. As a study on the effects of PTSD, The Punisher is surprisingly poignant. It may not hit the heights of Daredevil or Jessica Jones, but The Punisher still makes for a welcome addition to Marvel’s television landscape.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Arrow
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Though the show has had its ups and downs over the years, Arrow has probably remained the most consistently-watchable of all the DC Arrowverse shows to date. Missing for five years and presumed dead, rich-kid Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) returns home to find his beloved Starling City overrun by crime and corruption. In an effort to fulfil a promise made to his dying father, Queen dons a hood, grabs a bow and arrow and becomes a deadly vigilante with one mission — to save his city. Of course, he can’t do it alone, which is why Oliver recruits a team that includes John Diggle (David Ramsey) and Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) among others. Feeling a bit more like Batman than the Green Arrow comics it’s based on, Arrow is nevertheless an action-packed superhero series worth watching.
Seasons on Netflix: 5 Marvel’s The Defenders
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Everything has been leading to this – Marvel’s insanely popular Netflix shows, each set in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe, are finally colliding in The Defenders. Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, all the lead heroes of their own respective shows, must now come together to stop a threat that aims to watch New York City fall. Think of them like the television equivalent of The Avengers, only more street-level. Will they be able to put aside their differences to fight as a team? Or will The Hand, the shadowy, ancient criminal organisation that featured in both Daredevil and Iron Fist, take one more step towards global domination? You’ll have to binge-through this 8-episode special event to find out!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Bodyguard
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War veteran David Budd (Richard Madden, aka Robb Stark from Game of Thrones) works for the London’s Metropolitan Police. While travelling on a train with his kids, Budd is forced to lead police negotiations with a suicide bomber. He then gets assigned as the principal protection officer to UK’s Home Secretary (Keeley Hawes) and the twists and turns in this six-part series begin to unfurl. Each minute keeps you at the edge of your seat – every time you think you’ve figured something out, you’re proven wrong. Not only is the show gripping, it portrays today’s tense times extremely well. The Brits do police procedurals better than most, and this drama is no exception – in fact we think it’s the best BBC production in a while. The script shines through in the cast’s perfectly restraint acting, and the plot is full of intrigue and suspense that will probably make your brain hurt – a must-watch in our books.
Details: 1 season, 6 episodes per season, 60-75 minutes per episode Orange is the New Black
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Back for its sixth season, Orange is the New Black is showing no signs of slowing down, with the women of Litchfield now experiencing some new problems after having been moved into a maximum security prison following last season’s riot. It may have never reached the heady heights of House Of Cards, but Orange Is The New Black is another show that proves Netflix is now up there with HBO when it comes to offering decent programming. As per its prison setting, Orange doesn’t shirk the big issues of violence and rape but manages to mix these with a heady dose of black humour and some occasional romance. If you haven’t gotten onboard the OITNB train, now’s the time to start your binge! For those who are up to date, check out the trailer for season 6 below.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 The Alienist
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Set at the turn of the 20th century, The Alienist finds New York City gripped by the heinous serial murders of young male prostitutes. With the city in a panic, police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt (Brian Geraghty) appoints a team to track and apprehend the killer. This includes the unorthodox criminal psychologist, Laszlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl), New York Times illustrator John Moore (Luke Evans) and aspiring detective Sara Howard (Dakota Fanning). A harrowing mystery that will have you on the edge of your seat, The Alienist is a grisly crime thriller in the vein of Mindhunter and From Hell.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Sons of Anarchy
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From the makers of the gritty award-winning series The Shield comes Sons of Anarchy, a crime drama that follows a bikie gang as its wreaks havoc across the small (and fictional) Californian town of Charming. Led by Jax Teller (Charlie Hunnam in his star-making role), the Sons must deal with cops, rival gangs and drug cartels, as well as inner turmoil from within the motorcycle club itself. Adding fuel to the fire is Jax’s devious mother, Gemma (Katey Segal), who has a way of manipulating everyone around her — including her own son. With betrayals, bullets and bloodshed being a daily occurrence in Charming, there’s never a dull moment across Sons of Anarchy’s seven seasons. Be warned, the show can get extremely violent and occasionally deals with some very heavy subjects — if you’re easily offended, you may want to steer your bike far away from this one.
Seasons on Netflix: 7 Manhunt: Unabomber
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With true crime stories being all the rage these days, the creative people in TV land have turned their attentions to story of the US domestic terrorist Ted Kaczynski, better known to most as the Unabomber. This dramatic retelling of the real-life events stars Paul Bettany as the Unabomber and Australia’s own Sam Worthington as the FBI profiler who helped track him down. A gripping and sometimes harrowing series, Manhunt: Unabomber is consistent in its high level of quality throughout its entire run.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Godless
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Need a badass western series to tide you over until Westworld returns next year? Well, saddle up pardner, because Netflix’s new limited series Godless should keep your spurs from jingling and jangling. From Scott Frank, director of The Lookout and A Walk Among the Tombstones, comes Godless, a show that sees an outlaw chase his ex-partner into a New Mexico town populated entirely by women. Starring Jeff Daniels, Michelle Dockery and Scott McNairy, Godless is a gripping western that will shock and surprise you.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The Sinner
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What causes a seemingly normal woman to violently murder a random person while out at the beach with her husband and newborn child? That is the premise behind The Sinner, a show which sees Jessica Biel take on a darker character than she ever has before. Bull Pullman also stars as an investigator who becomes obsessed with finding out where these violent fits of rage come from. Is there something hidden deep in her past that even she doesn’t know about? Thrillingly told and terrifically acted, The Sinner is compelling viewing.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mindhunter
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From David Fincher, director of such serial killer classics as Se7en and Zodiac, comes Mindhunter – a Netflix Original series that details how the FBI’s profiling practices came into fruition. Academic and detail-oriented, the series sees its agents stare deep into the heart of darkness in order to better understand this new breed of demented killer that they’ve been tasked with chasing. Based on autobiographical accounts by FBI Agent John Douglas, who inspired the fictional character of Jack Crawford in Thomas Harris’ seminal Hannibal books, Mindhunter is a gripping series that applies an analytical approach to a well-worn subject.
Seasons on Netflix : 1 Narcos
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With its latest season, Netflix’s hit series Narcos has left Colombia behind and spun off into a different story exploring the Mexican drug trade. While it occasionally crosses over into the world of Pablo Escobar and the Cali Cartel, Narcos: Mexico is its own story, following the rise of the Guadalajara Cartel, led by Miguel Ángel Félix Gallardo (Diego Luna). Meanwhile, American DEA agent Enrique ‘Kiki’ Camarena (Michael Peña) relocates his family to the city in order to track the cartel, expecting to investigate a bunch of disorganised traffickers. Unfortunately, he gets more than he bargained for with Gallardo, whose ambition sees him build an unrivalled Mexican drug empire. Once again based on a true story, Narco: Mexico is just as riveting as the show’s previous seasons, only with an entirely different Mexican flavour. Also, you don’t need to have seen the previous seasons to enjoy this one. Check out the trailer below.
Details: 4 seasons, 10 episodes per season, 60 minutes per episode Ozark
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Though Netflix’s new crime drama Ozark has understandably been compared to Breaking Bad, the show approaches similar themes in an entirely different and uniquely intense way. Chicago businessman Marty Bryde (Jason Bateman, who also directs some of the episodes) seems like a standup guy, but has actually spent years laundering drug money for a Mexican cartel. When it’s revealed that his friend and business partner has been skimming money off the top, Marty finds himself in debt to a trigger-happy drug lord who has no qualms about murdering Marty’s entire family, including wife Wendy (Laura Linney) and their two young children. Now, Marty’s only chance at keeping his family alive is to move them to the Ozarks, a long coastline in Missouri that Marty believes is potential a goldmine, so that he can pay back the money that’s owed. Gripping and very adult, Ozark will surely appeal to fans of shows like Fargo and the aforementioned Breaking Bad.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story
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True crime fans, get ready for your newest obsession. The People vs O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recounts the 1994-1995 murder trial involving all-star NFL legend O.J. Simpson, in which he was accused of the murders of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ronald Lyle Goldman. The first in a series of one-off stories, American Crime Story season one is an engrossing and terrifically-acted retelling of the infamous trial told from the perspectives of both the prosecution and the defence. Cuba Gooding Jr. gives a fantastic performance as O.J., while Sarah Paulson (as Marcia Clark), David Schwimmer (as Robert Kardashian) and John Travolta (as Robert Shapiro) provide exceptional support.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Mad Men
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Arguably one of the finest shows ever made, Mad Men is a brilliant time capsule that takes us on a journey through the ever-changing landscape that was 1960s America. Over the years, we get to see the country evolve through the eyes of the people who work at a swanky New York advertising agency – most notably our lead character Don Draper (John Hamm), a damaged individual with a hidden past and a drinking problem who is constantly engaging in infidelity. Through the show, we get some insight into the slow rise of power for women in the workplace while facing overt sexism, race relations and the evolution of the American family during the most tumultuous period in American history. Truly an outstanding, must-watch show.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Suits
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You’ve never seen a lawyer show like this before. Suits mostly avoids the ‘courtroom drama’ angle that law shows usually take, and instead focuses on the dealings behind the scenes. Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) is a brilliant man with a photographic memory who is wasting his life away as a petty drug dealer, until lawyer-extraordinaire Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) hires him to work at the most prestigious law firm in New York. Let’s hope no one finds out about his lack of a law degree. Absolutely addictive.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 House of Cards
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Funded completely by Netflix, House of Cards is an addictive series that sees a terrible man and his equally duplicitous wife manipulate their way into the Oval Office. It also boasts a visual style crafted by director David Fincher and immense acting by Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. With allegations about Spacey coming to light recently, Netflix has dropped the actor from the show entirely, opting instead to put Wright front and centre for the show’s final season. With five seasons currently available, Netflix’s Card trick is still impressive and shows just how far Netflix has come, bringing the service worldwide critical acclaim and awards attention. With the world as focused on US politics as it is now, House of Cards is downright therapeutic entertainment. We can’t wait to see how show fares without its former star.
Seasons on Netflix: 5 The Get Down
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Reportedly Netflix’s most expensive show ever, The Get Down is an absolutely dazzling look into the birth of hip hop music in the South Bronx during the late 1970s. The show effortlessly blends real life footage from the period with scenes from the show, mixing them together like a good DJ. Created by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!), The Get Down is bursting with style, drama, colourful characters and fantastic music. If you have even the slightest interest in hip hop music, consider The Get Down required viewing. Unfortunately, the show was too big for Netflix to handle, which is why we only have a single two-part season to enjoy. Though we wish we could’ve followed these characters further, we’re glad we got to spend time with them regardless.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars
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Sure, It’s easy to disregard Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It’s a Star Wars kids show set during the prequel trilogy (you know, the trilogy that everyone hates), so obviously it doesn’t seem like something any self-respecting adult would want to watch. How wrong you would be to assume that, as Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the best the series has been since the original trilogy. Each episode is like an epic mini-movie, with immense scope, fantastic production values, brilliant art design and tight direction. The entire series is available in HD on the service, including a Netflix-exclusive 13 episode season entitled ‘The Lost Missions’.
Seasons on Netflix: 6 Castlevania
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Inspired by the beloved video game franchise of the same name and modelled after Japanese anime, the Netflix Original series Castlevania isn’t shy about packing its short four-episode season with as much blood and guts as possible. Produced by noted geek Adi Shankar (Dredd) with animation by the renowned Frederator Studios (Adventure Time), Castlevania sees Dracula (Graham McTavish) wage war on mankind after the senseless killing of the one human he loved. Now, it’s up to whip-cracking hero Trevor Belmont (Richard Armitage) to stop him. With comparisons to Game of Thrones, Castlevania is definitely a series made with adults in mind. If you like brutal medieval stories that are willing to explore some seriously dark territory, you’re going to love Castlevania.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Voltron 84
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Finished watching Netflix’s new Voltron reboot series and crave even more intergalactic action? Well, you’re in luck – Netflix has seen fit to drop a whole bunch of classic Voltron episodes from the original series on its service! Rather than just posting them in the order they were released, the episodes have been handpicked by members of the creative team behind the new series. Not only that, each episode is prefaced by a short introduction from the person who picked it detailing why it’s important to them. A must-watch for Voltron fans who want to take a stroll down memory lane.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
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One of the greatest cartoons of the ’80s, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe has finally made its way to Netflix Australia! Set on the magical world of Eternia, the show follows Prince Adam, a young man who becomes the superhero He-Man whenever he holds aloft his magic sword and speaks the words: “by the power of Greyskull!” Together with his friends, Teela, Man-At-Arms, Battlecat and Orco, He-Man regularly faces off against the dastardly (and deliciously campy) villain known as Skeletor, who will stop at nothing in his attempts to take over the realm. If you’re after a mad rush of nostalgia, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe should do the trick!
Seasons on Netflix: 1 She-Ra: Princess of Power
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A spin-off of He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power was originally aimed at girls but works well for just about everyone. She-Ra, or Princess Adora, is He-Man/Prince Adam’s sister, and is tasked with protecting the realm of Etheria from the evil tyrant Hordak. With the help of her talking steed, Swift Wind, who turns into a winged unicorn named Spirit, She-Ra leads a rebellion to take back Etheria once and for all. A terrific cartoon with amazing ’80s visuals, She-Ra: Princess of Power is as powerful a blast of nostalgia as He-Man before it.
Seasons on Netflix: 1 Rick and Morty
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Playing like a hilariously twisted version of Back to the Future, Rick and Morty follows a whiny high schooler and his alcoholic scientist grandfather as they set out on crazy adventures across the Universe. From Dan Harmon, creator of Community, and Justin Roiland, who voices both the titular characters, Rick and Morty is an endlessly clever show that never ceases to come up with mind-blowing stories to tell. This isn’t just the best animated sci-fi comedy since Futurama – it’s even better. So, grab your Plumbus and strap in, because the second season of Rick and Morty is now available to stream on Netflix Australia!
Seasons on Netflix: 3 The Crown
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A truly opulent historical epic, The Crown is a majestic Netflix Original series that deals with Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) and her rise to the throne, starting in the 1940s and moving on to modern times. With a reported budget of £100 million, Netflix and Left Bank Pictures spared no expense to tell this story of royalty with as much detail and historical accuracy as possible. Though it might seem like a stuffy costume drama, the brilliant photography and incredibly sense of scale will leave you flabbergasted. Featuring terrific acting and wonderful direction from Peter Morgan (who directed the Oscar winning film, The Queen), The Crown is the perfect show for Downton Abbey fans who are looking for their next big fix.
Seasons on Netflix: 2 Peaky Blinders
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This British gangster epic is set almost a century ago and charts the rise of Thomas Shelby (Cillian Murphy) and his gang in Birmingham. ‘Peaky Blinders’ refers to the gang’s tendency to sew razor blades into the into the peaks of their caps — not exactly the warmest of welcomes, if you ask us. With incredible production value, acting, writing, costumes, sets and cinematography, Peaky Blinders is the kind of show that screams quality from every angle. To make the show even more of a ‘must-watch’, Tom Hardy lends his star power by playing the villain in the show’s second season. Well c’mon then guv’nor, start watching!
Seasons on Netflix: 3 Spartacus
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Before he was the showrunner for Marvel’s Daredevil, Steven DeKnight worked on the gratuitously violent and sexual series Spartacus. At first glance, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing more to the show than meat-headed beefcakes fighting and screwing in a 300-aping manner, but there’s so much more going on – we follow Spartacus (the late Andy Whitfield and his replacement, Liam McIntyre) as he is taken into slavery and forced to do cruel and unimaginable things in the gladiatorial arena, just waiting for the day that he can finally get his revenge on slave-owners Batiatus (John Hannah) and Lucretia (Lucy Lawless). All of this culminates in one of the most satisfying season finales in recent memory. Be warned – this show is filled with grotesque violence and an immense amount of sex and nudity. It’s like Game of Thrones times ten.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Vikings
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Praise Odin! We finally have a brutal and (mostly) historically-accurate show about Norse culture that would make Thor proud. Vikings takes us on a journey through Scandinavian/European history as Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel), a man who may or may not be a direct descendent of Odin himself, rises up the viking ranks and searches for new civilisations alongside his band of viking brothers. Best watched with a pint of mead in your hand.
Seasons on Netflix: 4 Marco Polo
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Netflix’s answer to Game of Thrones, Marco Polo is the most epic and expensive Netflix original series to date. With a budget of $US90 million for the first season alone, the show is packed with big scale battles, thousands of extras, incredible locations and lavish sets. Set during Marco Polo’s time in Mongolia under Kublai Khan, the series follows the famed Venetian’s adventures as he navigates through Khan’s Imperial City. You can guarantee that there will be blood, betrayal, intrigue and heaping helpings of sex and nudity. Hey, we told you it was like Game of Thrones!
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What is Chef Julien Royer’s favourite ingredient?

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By Neelima Agrawal
True, it is the home cooked meals served at family dinner tables that imprint the earliest happy memories around food and its flavours; and the celebrated French Chef Julien Royer , who co-owns the 2-Michelin starred modern French restaurant Odette, in Singapore re-endorsed these views at our meeting at the JW Marriott, Aerocity, New Delhi. Chef Julien and his team hosted a superlative six course French dining experience and served Odette’s signature dishes. He was on his maiden voyage to India, under the initiative ‘ Masters of Marriott’ held by Marriott International Inc in association with Sommelier Nikhil Agarwal, Founder at All Things Nice .
Chef Julien shared his stories of a childhood in the countryside of France. He said, “I grew up with my grandmother, from a tender age to when I was a teenager. She always cooked for us as kids, showering her love on us through her food and through her cuisine. She showed me how much pleasure, emotion and happiness you can give to people through the food and cuisine. The restaurant is an ode to my grandmother.” Her name is Odette , and Julien names his restaurant after her.In fact, he said he earned his Michelin stars following her role model, of using the freshest, seasonal ingredients grown locally, all stirred in with pure love.
How important is emotion in cooking?
Chef Julien believes that the human factor is huge. “You can tell if a chef is in a good mood or bad mood. It affects the flavours of his cuisine.” “It is so easy to cook with love for the people that you like, when you cook at your home for your friends and family. But the challenge is we have to give the same amount of love and attention for people we don’t know.”
How does he overcome this challenge? He went on to elaborate, “We try to really think about the diner as a family, close friends whom we love. In addition, we try to evolve the menu as much as we can for our guests. We keep trying new things, new products, new techniques and new recipes.”
Speaking about sourcing local ingredients, Chef Julien said, “I am trained as a French cook and that is my rule of cooking. But in Singapore, the food that we do now has opened itself to a little bit of Asian influences. Because we use products like fish and sea food from Japan, a lot of vegetables, spices, citrus from the region, ingredients from south Asia.”
I was wondering about the wasabi mayo, the Korean BBQ sauce and the Tofu sizzler in this French meal, and got my answer.
Aren’t Asian and French cooking styles and flavours entirely different?
Chef Julien : Food is a universal language. It brings people together. When you ask about their favourite moment in life, everyone, whether French, Indian, Italian, Singaporean or Sri Lankan, they all say that it is being with my friends and family, with nice food and a good bottle of wine It is about eating together. Culturally, the difference I see is that in Asia people share a plate, but in France every customer has a plate for himself. In terms of ingredients, the geographical location of France in the heart of Europe, with its rich soil and access to many different seas and oceans, the produce is fresh and organic and close at hand.
What do you look forward to in this your first trip to India?
Chef Julien: I am liable to learn new things in my travels. Coming to such events, working with other chefs here, helps me to know more. It is a gain of knowledge. And knowledge in cooking is like power. I discover new things, and it helps me to evolve my cooking.”
Chef Himanshu Taneja, Culinary Director, Marriott International, South Asia elaborated on the ‘Masters of Marriott’ program, where leading chefs from across the globe visit the kitchens of JW Marriott in different cities in India, and offer a new experience. He said, “Working with such Michelin star chefs gives a good exposure to our staff and chefs. It is not always possible to send our chefs to Michelin star restaurants abroad to train.” Answering to my query on which of Marriott’s many restaurants could qualify for a Michelin, he sidestepped saying that the Michelin rating has not yet come to India, and they have their own parameters. Fair enough.
Chef Julien served some of the popular dishes from Odette. Delicately flavoured canapes – cauliflower and curry tartlette for the vegetarians; Potato gaugrette, cured trout, smoked cream; Quinoa, smoked eel, horseradish; King crab, apple, coriander. The main course was a choice between Scottish salmon (Tomato cucumber salsa, wasabi mayo, shiroverde, yuzu sake foam) and TobanYaki Tofu steak (sautéed mushrooms, asparagus scallions, Korean BBQ sauce. Dessert – Yuzu Cheesecake
Co-founded by Chef Julien Royer, Odette is a 2-Michelin starred Modern French restaurant located at the iconic National Gallery Singapore . In 2017, Royer led Odette to its historic debut on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2017 list at 9″ place — the highest new entry in the history of the list.
The restaurant was also inducted into the prestigious Les Grandes Tables Du Monde in the same year. In 2018, Odette soared to new heights, climbing to 5th place in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018 and becoming Singapore’s best restaurant. It also cracked the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2018, climbing to number 28.
Royer’s culinary career then took him from the French West Indies to London, where he was sous chef to Antonin Bonnet at Michelin- starred Mayfair restaurant, The Greenhouse. He moved to Singapore in 2008 to take on the role of Chef de Cuisine at JAAN at Swissotel the Stamford, Singapore. During his four-year tenure, the restaurant received numerous accolades under Royer’s leadership, including 11″ place on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 and 74 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015 long list. Related Posts

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Kosher Foods Market to Gain Traction Owing to Rising Consumption of Kefir Herb & Honey Food Products: Radiant Insights, Inc.

Kosher Foods Market to Gain Traction Owing to Rising Consumption of Kefir Herb & Honey Food Products: Radiant Insights, Inc.
SAN FRANCISCO , April 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — The global Kosher Foods Market is set to grow at an exponential rate by the year 2028 attributed to an escalating Jewish population all over the world. Kosher certification is a badge of integrity that rule for its purity and quality. Kosher products potentially demonstrated the widest consumer appeal and have broadened their food palate to include Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and Japanese cuisines. The latest trend that is gaining traction in the sales of Kosher food products is the growing popularity of cooking time efficient packaged consumer goods. This trend has acquired acceptance primarily among millennials, working-class sector, and children. The growing consumption of kefir herb and honey food products is positively influencing the Kosher Foods demand. Also, rapid urbanization and rising disposable income have generated an awareness regarding the consumption of convenient and healthy food products. However, the strong protest against the selling of animal meat products by several animal rights organizations is hampering the market growth.
By product type, kosher foods market has been segmented into Kosher pareve, Kosher dairy, and Kosher meat. Pareve attributed to holding the highest market share ascribed to its growing popularity as an easy-to-cook consumable product and is further estimated to demonstrate huge growth during the forecast period. Based on key food headings, the market can be segmented into meat & poultry, dairy, eggs, fish, parev, insects, wine and grape products, other alcoholic drinks, passover, chodosh, etc. Geographical segmentation has presented a detailed analysis of Kosher foods market growth prospects across the regions of North America , the Asia Pacific , Europe , the Middle East , and Africa , and Latin America . The Netherlands is a growing market for Kosher foods as it visibly complies with Islamic food laws. Consumers belonging to the developed economies like the United States prefer eating high-quality products that are natural, pure and abide by Jewish dietary laws. They are also keen on adopting environment friendly Kosher consumables, which has mandated the prominent players to venture sustainable Kosher products in order to scale their competitive edge in the global market space.
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The kosher foods market poses a multitude of challenges for the business participants and is gaining a critical understanding of these pitfalls have impelled the contenders to pander strategic merger & acquisition activities. They have identified the cost of resources, former growth statistics, sales volume, and future prospects. The competitive landscape of Kosher foods market encompasses an array of highly acclaimed contenders like Nectar Lifesciences Ltd., AGC Chemicals Co. Ltd., AGRANA Starke GmbH, 3 F Industrial Limited, and ADM Milling System. Other significant companies influencing the global market share are Glaxosmithkline, Nestle, Hayman Limited, Unilever and others. The strict Jewish food compliance has mandated its production and packaging operations audit across the food & beverage market. Israeli Rabbinate regulations exhibit explicit rules for labeling, packaging, and foreign trade of their Kosher food products. For instance, in Israel agricultural products have special rules and are often not considered as kosher certified products. These stringent Kosher assurances have helped to build consumer Confidence and have been now identified as a vibrant and modern international professional certification service.
This report provides detailed historical analysis of global market for Kosher Foods from 2013-2018, and provides extensive market forecasts from 2018-2028 by region/country and subsectors. It covers the sales volume, price, revenue, gross margin, historical growth and future perspectives in the Kosher Foods market.
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Oslo: My 1 Day Walking Tour through Photos

Disclaimer Oslo: My 1 Day Walking Tour through Photos
Norway’s biggest (and easily most expensive) city is one that contains every sort of vibe imaginable. From hipster districts to sky-rise businesses, from old town architecture to modern panoramic glass buildings, the regions of Oslo all mesh into one creating the perfect sort of balance for anyone wanting to visit. Here’s Oslo: My 1 Day Walking Tour through Photos: My Experience
As a part of my Scandinavian adventure with fellow bloggers Cam & Claudia , we came to Oslo on a flight from Tromsø and had a plan to spend 24 hours there before heading on to Stockholm.
Maybe it’s because I had already been traveling throughout Norway for just over a week when I got to Oslo, but there were times that I definitely felt out of place here. Walking around the city in the daytime, I almost felt underdressed in my Adidas running pants and H&M sweater; businessmen in suits and women in skirts and heels (even in middle of winter) waltz around the city like they’re on a mission. Multitudes of runners go flying past you on their marathon-length routes and, when you finally sit down to take a load off for one cup of coffee, you leave with nearly $10 less in your wallet.
When I visit a new city I usually spend all of my time walking around outside. Along with viewing the unique architecture, I enjoy learning about the historical aspects of the city and eating lots of food. I’m not a big museum or gallery person, even though Oslo has more than 50, so my walking tour combines all of these elements minus that. If this sounds like the way you like to see a city too then this post about Oslo is for you. Follow this Map for My Walking Tour of Oslo: Starting at Point A
The AirBnb that we stayed in was just north of the Royal Palace so, before heading to there, we stroll through the unique Slottspark complete with odd sculptures and beautiful scenery.
A short couple minute walk to the south drops us off at one of the main tourist attractions in Oslo. The Royal Palace
Unbeknownst to me before visiting, Norway is a constitutional monarchy ran by the House of Glücksburg. The beautiful yellow-tinted architecture with large columns over the entrance make a statement here in Oslo. While only the side and back portion of the Palace is fenced, guards are at their posts 24 hours a day. If you’re lucky, you may even get to see the changing of the guards as we did here.
Looking in the opposite direction, the prominence of the Royal Palace shines as the rest of Oslo exists beneath it. The mansion is surrounded by tree-lined parks and the openness of the city to the Royal Palace is a testament to Norwegians themselves; respectful, simple and unbarred.
Since it’s still quite early in the day, we walk from the Royal Palace through residential streets mimicking that European-style of architecture that I so dearly love.
A couple minutes walk down the way and we arrive to one heck of an Instagrammable spot. Bagel & Juice
As soon as I walk in the door, I know this is the type of place for me. The dimmed lighting and artificial planters-turned-jungle set up in front of the bagel-decorated teal blue wall is an Instagrammer’s dream.
I walk up to the counter and am introduced to a slew of options for bagels: avocado, cream cheese, hummus spread, you name it. YUM!
The only down fall of Bagel & Juice is the price (a common consensus for nearly all of Oslo). I shell out almost TWENTY WHOLE DOLLARS for an egg and cheese bagel and a cappuccino. I guess you really do pay for atmosphere.
Making a bee-line for the waterfront area, we pass by more adorable residential streets, corner flower shops and the area where Oslo’s old town coincides with the modernness of today’s style of buildings. Aker Brygge
Aker Brygge is the home to that modern side of Oslo. Mainly a residential area, the expensive high-rises with jagged architecture and glass balconies line canal ways full of docks and seating areas used for sun bathing in the summertime. Tjuvholmen
Walking further through those residential masterpieces to where the sea hits the land is the area of Tjuvholmen. Here you’ll find the Sneak Peak (Tjuvtitten) view tower, the Modern Art Museum , a small pebbled beach and the Tjuvholmen Sculpture Park.
Making our way back north along the waterfront leads us by more of those modern residential apartments featuring grocery stores and restaurants on the ground level. More sculptures dot the edge of the water and the views by the Marina of the yachts, fishing boats and cruises sailing by is a sight to see, even on a gloomy and cloudy day.
A short distance around the harbor and by City Hall, the elevation begins to climb as the brick wall of Oslo’s military landmark begins. Akershus Fortress
This enormous stone fortress was built around the year 1300 and immediately began use as the Royal Residence after the capital was moved from Bergen to Oslo.
In the early 1800s, the new Royal Palace on Karl Johans Gate was constructed by King Charles III and so the fortress began operating as a military base, which is still the case today.
A cobblestone pathway leads through a bold red door, portalling straight into the inside of the Askershus Fortress walls.
The stoned walkway continues on through a line of trees, opening up into a massive courtyard with another fortress wall in the distance.
Views of Oslo and the harbor span out and, after retreating back down the hill, I find more typical characteristics of this fortress through the stone archways, doors and tunnels.
The fortress wraps around the edge of the waterways, standing tall above Oslo and strong-arming any possible threats with the cannons aimed towards the sea.
The pathway continues on south near a few different museums like the Norway Resistance Museum , the Norwegian Armed Forces Museum and the National Museum of Architecture .
Following along the water’s edge to the east, I come upon this sweet piece of art named the Arctic Pyramid, but I like to call it the Salt Triangle. The Arctic Pyramid
Salt is an art and music company that runs the “Salt Village” near the waters edge of Oslo. The Village features different concert and art exhibition areas, a café and saunas, and even an area for night markets. The coolest part of the Salt Village is a temporary triangle-shaped fish-drying rack called the Arctic Pyramid. The pyramid actually moves locations around Europe and is only in Oslo until 2020 before it continues on to the north.
Still running parallel with that water’s edge, we’re on to my personal favorite part of Oslo. The Opera House
This place has got to be one of the coolest architecturally-shaped buildings I have ever walked on top of. Yep, you read that right; you can literally walk on top of this amazing structure! But how about walking up to it first…
And we can’t just walk up to it we have to go inside too, especially with such a dramatic exterior.
Along with a gift shop dedicated to the opera and ballet performances that take place here, the incredible architecture continues on with uniquely-shaped walls and seating areas and the cylindrical stairwell that expands all the way to the top of the ceiling.
Continuing on with our tour brings us to the outside of the Opera House and I couldn’t wait to climb up on top of it. Views of the She Lies sculpture floating in the water like a glass iceberg can be seen in the distance.
My personal favorite view was of the colorful building across the icy-covered water.
After filling up with Oslo’s views, make a bee-line for some grub at Oslo Street Food. Oslo Street Food
The newly-opened international food court called Oslo Street Food on Torggata offers every type of cuisine you could imagine. Full bars lined with beer taps; Indian, Hungarian, Korean, Cuban and Thai foods line the double-level hall and, the best stand by far, the Monky’s Bubble Waffle.
Spend some time hanging out in the City Centrum here by shopping in Oslo City’s Mall, stopping for a cup of coffee (or a beer if that’s what you prefer) and admiring the busyness of Oslo’s city.
After some beers and a quick game of bowling next door at Oslo Bar and Bowling , walk a little further north to hit up the south part of the coolest area of Oslo in my opinion. Grünerløkka
The sassiest area in Oslo is home to the hipsters of the city. With multiple concert halls, poppin’ dance clubs, Indie boutiques and mellow cafés, Grünerloøkka has a vibe completely different than the rest of Oslo. Spend some time wandering the alleyways and admiring the vibrant street art and quirky alley-decorations. Mathallen
We bring ourselves to another incredible food hall but one with a whole ‘nother feeling. Instead of cuisines listed by country like at Oslo Street Food , Mathallen features nearly 30 different booths, offering anything from fresh seafood or produce to wine bars and all-out bakeries. The best part is outside where twinkling lights criss-cross over the walkway with seating areas and a range of other restaurants. Pop into Døgnvill Burger for the best cheese fries and hard cider you could ask for. Ending at Point B
And there you have it, my 1 day walking tour of Oslo. While I did enjoy seeing the city’s unique architecture and modernism come to head with the old areas of the town, I left Oslo feeling a bit defeated. It definitely could be because I spent over $100 for one day in that city, an amount that’s pretty insane on a backpacker’s budget! I wouldn’t mind revisiting Oslo again, especially during the summer months, just to give it another chance and possibly see it during the midnight twilight. Have you ever been to Oslo? I’d love to hear how you spent a day there! Like this Post? Pin It! Shop My Style for Oslo! Read More Norway Posts:

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Taj Banana Leaf Affordable Authentic Indian Cuisine in Taman Mount Austin in Johor Bahru

Singapore blog of true stories by johorkaki@gmail about best food, people & places around the world Monday, 8 April 2019 Email This BlogThis! Share to Twitter Share to Facebook Share to Pinterest This humble no frills Indian restaurant in JB’s Taman Mount Austin has been steadily building up a loyal following over the last three years with its authentic Indian dishes at reasonable prices. I am now one of their fans too after trying some of their dishes yesterday (and last year). The decor and furnishings are simple but the air conditioned restaurant is clean and comfortable. I observed that the staff at the restaurant are earnest and sincere in serving their customers. The menu is extensive and prices are reasonable. Food was delicious. Taj Banana Leaf’s curry fish head is large enough for 3-4 people to share – good value for money at RM50. The fish was fresh and the mildly spicy curry flavoursome. Taj Banana Leaf is particular about the freshness of their fish – you must have heard, a fish rots from the head. At TBL, they take only a small number of fresh fish heads everyday from the supplier, so customers taste only fresh fish 👏👏👏 Taj Banana Leaf’s curry fish head clears the eye test 👌 The spongy soft membrane, cartilage and soft tissue inside the eye socket were fresh. It follows that the fresh fish meat was also tender and sweet. Prawn Manchurian which is a Chindian dish i.e. Chinese Indian fusion dish (price RM21.99.) I like this dish – it’s actually battered har lok 虾碌 with Indian spices. The batter was softened by the smothering heavy sauce but still had a bit of residual crispness. The encased prawn was fresh so it had crunch, juice and natural sweetness. The spicy sauce was like Chinese savoury sweet har lok sauce but with an additional slightly spicy layer. This dish inspired me to want to come back and taste all the Chindian dishes at Taj Banana Leaf. Sesame Tandoori Chicken (price RM22 for half bird). I love tandoori chicken but it is often a hit or miss thing as some restaurants make them too stiff and dry for my liking. Taj Banana Leaf’s version was tender and moist which I like. I also appreciate it that the masala spices were flavoursome yet gentle enough to allow us to taste the fresh chicken’s natural sweetness. Kulfi Tangdi Kebab. I like this dish of tender juicy chicken thigh well marinated with mild spices, packed with fried scrambled egg, onion etc and then grilled. Delicious. Egg Bhurji or Indian style fried scramble eggs (price RM7.99). Fried scrambled eggs with mild spices like turmeric, chili pepper, curry leaves etc. Taj Banana Leaf’s version has pieces of fried chicken among the scrambled eggs. Butter Chicken Masala. Pieces of grilled chicken with carrot and onion inside a thick sweet tangy buttery spicy sauce made with butter and masala spices. Chicken Hyderabadi Dum Biryani (price RM14.99). The long grain basmati rice was flavoursome yet light and fluffy without too much grease. The chicken was tender and moist with mild spice and subtle natural chicky flavour. In the Hyderabadi Dum Biryani style, the meat is cooked embedded in the rice inside a sealed pot so the rice and meat are mutually infused with each other’s flavours. (As a mutton lover, I want to try their lamb biryani next time). Taj Tirange Rice (price ). Combi platter of three types of rice ideal for sharing – there’s lemon rice, coconut rice and basmati rice which go well with the mains. Taj Banana Leaf serves rice cooked in 7 different ways. Taj Veg Thali Banana Leaf set. There’s a choice of rice – it’s white rice and lemon rice on this plate. Comes with various vegetables and sweets. Taj Special Dessert Kesari. Taj Banana Leaf is proud of their traditional Indian sweets which are saturated with natural perfume fragrance. I love them but had not enough stomach space during the visit. Shall be back next time just to try all of TBL’s sweets. Even though I had way too much food, I finished the whole bowl of Dahi Vada. It’s a tangy yogurt saturated sweet idli (spongy rice cake) spiked with delightful bits of aromatic and flavoursome spices. Of course, come to an Indian restaurant must have their masala tea. Information for you 👉 Wide range of Indian cuisine prepared by experienced chefs from India. I enjoyed all the dishes I tried today as they are flavoursome, aromatic, have the textures and moistness I like, and ingredients are fresh. I would come back to taste these and also more of their Chindian dishes, and sweets. (I believe TBL is the only Indian restaurant in JB that serves Chindian dishes – I shall find out more.) Disclosure: Please note that this was an invited tasting. Restaurant name : Taj Banana Leaf Address : 127, Jalan Austin Heights 3, Taman Mount Austin, Johor Bahru (beside Hong Leong Bank branch) GPS : 1°33’30.3″N 103°46’53.8″E 🌐 1.558418, 103.78160 Waze : Taj Banana Leaf

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Chinese food ranked Britain’s favorite takeaway

(China Plus)Sweet and sour chicken, beef and black bean source, and chow mein — these are some of the most common Chinese foods you could see in Britain, and they have been voted as the favorite takeaway cuisine of the British people according to a television documentary.
Chinese takeaway food displayed in the documentary. [Screenshot: China Plus]
A Channel 5 documentary show called ‘Britain’s Favorite Takeaway’ has ranked 20 of the most beloved dishes in the country, and Chinese food was crowned top by nabbing nearly a quarter of the overall vote.
Indian food ranked second, and British classic fish and chips came in third. Pizza and burgers were voted as the fourth and fifth respectively.

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Top Persian Food in Las Vegas : Shiraz Restaurant

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Is Gluten Food Healthy or Not?

by Monishita Das Digital Marketer Gluten is actually a Latin word. It denotes the plant-based glue that is found in grains mainly such as rye wheat, barley, and oats. It shall be interesting to know that gluten was even more prevalent and found in ancient strains of grains such as Spelt, Triticale, and Khorasan. Now, the name means glue. But why so? This is because it really works like glue. Because of it, the dough of various baked items or goods seem stretchable and like elastic. There are two types of wheat flour – gliadin and glutenin. Both of these are wrapped around the starch granules. The strands of protein unwind and also link to one another when the wheat flour comes into contact with water. When this happens, gluten informed. Gluten is like a membranous network. When this happens, the wheat dough gets the ability to be pulled and stretched. In other words, it gets elasticity. When the germ or bran is removed from the wheat flour, refined maida and flour is formed. Due to this, refined flour is made finer and it gets a greater or longer shelf life too. Indian gluten food Now, you may be wondering what the connection between gluten and Indian food or cuisine is. By the way, you can enjoy fantastic Indian cuisine at the Best indian restaurant in wynnum .The thing about Indian cuisine is that it is a balanced diet with adequate amounts of protein, carbohydrates, and protein. Another great thing about the cuisine is it is incredibly healthy. This is because it uses natural items. One thing that you need to understand that is it is an ancient and traditional way of eating food. It is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world. Now, when it comes to gluten food and grains, such items were consumed in ancient times are still consumed. These grains include jawar, bajra, ragi, rice, and amaranth. Of these, Rice has eaten almost anywhere, not just in India but also around the world. However, today there is the concept of a Gluten-Free Diet. As you can see, in this diet gluten is not consumed as it is not considered to be very healthy at all. In this diet, you remove oats, rye, barley and all the various items that can be cross-contaminated with plant gluten. When it comes to India, one can find gluten even in Masalas or spices like Hing or Asafoetida. What to do when you are eating out? Here is what you can easily do! 1) Check the ingredients : There are certain ingredients that you need to stay away from. This includes all things made from gluten.2) Review the processing : The more processed a food is, the worse it is for your health. Thus, as far as you are able to choose non-processed items.Today, you can enjoy Gluten free curries at Brisbane . We hope that you have found this article informative, as much as we have enjoyed writing it.

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Western Indian food can vary a great deal as this sub cuisine covers a huge area which ranges from seaside areas to hilly areas. Traditional western Indian cuisine uses ingredients which range from bajra, jowar and rice in order to bananas, potatoes and even fish plus poultry. Seafood is extremely common within western India. Western India offers long range costal area. Regions of Maharastra and Gujarat has a lengthy range costal area. South Indian food is the culinary styles rising states like Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Madras. The use of grain, coconut and fish, staples is visible throughout the kitchen of South Indian. Although the ingredients are almost exactly the same income for southern India, the technique of preparation varies considerably, actually between states. Hyderabadi Biryani can be prepared of meat and grain. Hyderabadi Biryani is extremely popular all over the world. Biryani is brought to India throughout mughal regime. Biryani is also ready to some other areas such as Lucknow, Kerala and old Delhi with different compositions of spices.
Slugs and snails love to chew upon leaves, particularly plants growing within moist, shady locations. They depart behind large holes and a path of slime. You can trap slugs and snails by sinking storage containers of beer into your garden close to damaged plants. Or sprinkle diatomaceous earth around affected plants. The particular tomato hornworm eats tomato vegetable leaves and can strip a seed bare within hours. One organic remedy for repelling hornworms is to grow marigolds in close proximity to the tomatoes. Grasshoppers chew the leaves of veggies and plants and can decimate the garden overnight. Birds eat grasshoppers, so attracting birds keeps all of them in check. Caterpillars have huge appetites and have been known to consume whole plants almost overnight. Don’t destroy caterpillars before you have identified all of them. They may be an important species of butterfly or even moth and not a pest whatsoever. You can pluck caterpillar pests manually; they can often be found on the under sides of leaves. If physical elimination isn’t practical, a bacterial aerosol with Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) will certainly control caterpillars.
Ginger, garlic, lemongrass, chilies, coconut whole milk, tamarind and kaffir lime simply leaves are some common ingredients that you can place in Malaysian Food that is ready in its own unique way regardless of regional influences. Apart from these substances, Malaysian food involves different ways of cooking that make it all the more unique. Several other spices like coriander, cumin, fenugreek seeds, star anise, cardamom also add exclusive flavors to different curries which are made here. Some popular bowls of Malaysia that you can never miss are Nasi Lemak, Sambal Belacan, meat stew or rendang and Serunding. Satays or Temasek are unique Malaysian barbecues have also gained enormous popularity worldwide as one of South Eastern Asia’s signature foods. Dim amounts, Char Siew, Bak Kut Teh are a few famous dishes which have made their way to Malaysia through China. Steaming and stir smolder are popular cooking methods which have been adopted from China. Cantonese your meals are also a much loved option by the Malaysians. Similarly Mamak food of Malaysia has its roots in Indian. Teh Tarik, Murtabak and Rojak are some examples of such food.
Pour one cup warm water on the squeezed out coconut scrapings and set aside for five minutes. After that squeeze out the milk. This really is known as think milk. Put mutton, salt and spices in this slim milk and cook till nearly tender, put in the vegetables plus mint leaves and continue cooking food till both the mutton and veggies are done. Fry onion plus curry leaves in half a tsp of oil to a light brownish color, pour over the stew plus serve at once. To prepare spinach pleasure, take half a cup associated with chopped spinach, quarter cup skimmed milk, half a tablespoon powder cumin seeds, salt to flavor, half a tablespoon sliced ginger, one minced green chili. Place the spinach to cook with soup and salt and ginger. Allow it to get cooked thoroughly and allow water to dry. Mash to a insert, put in the milk, re-heat plus sprinkle cumin seeds on top. Regarding raita, take half cup curd made out of milk with cream eliminated, two tablespoons grated and steamed marrow of pumpkin, a few coriander leaves, quarter tablespoon grated ginger, salt and spices to flavor. Beat the curd well plus mix in the marrow with the remaining things. One glass of tomato juice. http://www.pearltrees.com/stilling81stilling , 2 Melba toasts and fruit greens. For soup, take1/4 chicken without having skin, one egg, and one cut of pomfret, 100 gram. Combined vegetables (French leans, peas, diet programs, carrots), salt and Soya spices to taste. Beat the egg cell lightly. Steam-cook the vegetables, Steam chicken in two glasses of drinking water. When tender, strain out the particular soup and remove the chicken from your bones. Mix chicken soup plus Soya sauce into the egg plus stir well, Put in the veggies and fish and serve at the same time. For Melba toast, lay two brown breads on a shallow cooking tray, place tray in a very gradual oven and bake until completely dry and crisp. Spread every toast with half teaspoon butter.
Set aside for later use. This process will destroy the enzymes that will discolor foods and cause them to degrade. By doing this, the color will maintain although after a few hours. You can also have this done a day before, and shop them in the refrigerator until the next day. Brings a pot of drinking water to a boil. The amount of water needs to be at least three times the volume of the veggies. When the water is boiled, put the carrot wedges into the water. Allow them to cooked for three minutes. Once the carrot pieces are half cooked, include cauliflower and broccoli florets in to the water. Keep the water at a constant boil for two minutes. Add the particular snow peas and boil for the one minute. Use a fork to touch into one of the broccoli florets. The particular broccoli and cauliflowers are just carried out when the fork can slide out and in smoothly. The snow peas ought to by now crisp and cooked.
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