Eating Out Guide: What To Order No Matter Where You Are | Blog

Eating Out Guide: What To Order No Matter Where You Are | Blog

The Nutrisystem Dining Out Guide Article posted in: FreshStart
When you’re dieting, often the first big bump in the road is eating out. There are business lunches, girlfriend dinners, sporting events, family birthdays and the occasional romantic dinner for two. Not to mention sporting events, the movies and the mall food court. You can’t exactly ask the chef to microwave your Nutrisystem meal for you when you’re out. What’s a dedicated dieter to do?
Nutrisystem is all about flexibility. That’s why we call the food you prepare for yourself and the meals you enjoy at your favorite restaurant “ Flex™ Meals .” You won’t be microwaving prepackaged entrees forever. You chose Nutrisystem because you wanted to learn how to make healthy choices to fit your lifestyle long after you’ve lost all the weight you want.
So whether you’re heading out to dinner tonight or going out to catch a movie, we’ve got you covered.
Click here for the full Nutrisystem Dining Out Guide > Or, if you already know where you’re heading for dinner tonight, click on the appropriate restaurant type below to find out what to order and what to skip. Helpful hint: Click on the restaurant type to read the full guide.
HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A MEXICAN RESTAURANT >
The danger starts with the tortilla chips which come to your table almost faster than your server. Like many Mexican foods, they’re fried, loaded with calories and way too easy to eat.
To avoid temptation, ask the server to take them away and ask for an order of veggies, like celery sticks, to dip in the healthy and delicious low-calorie salsa. Guacamole? Sure, have some, but don’t overdo. While it contains healthy avocado, a good source of monounsaturated fat, a three-ounce serving can range anywhere from 135 calories to more than 300 calories, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
Say no to nachos and skip the sour cream.
Better yet, order a salad or soup (minus tortilla strips) to take the edge off your hunger before your entrée arrives. Ceviche is also a good choice. It’s basically a seafood salad prepared in lemon and lime juice.
For your entrée, learn a little Spanish. “Con queso” means “with cheese” which can turn an otherwise healthy entrée into a calorie bomb.
Your best bets? Go for the fresh grilled fish entrees or choose veggie-loaded tacos and tostados with soft shells, which aren’t fried. Want beef or chicken? Look for menu items that say they’re grilled. “Asada” and “a la parilla” are your Spanish clues to grilled meats and poultry.
For dessert, split a flan, a traditional custard dessert. Half a single serving is around 174 calories, according to the USDA.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a Mexican restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at A Mexican Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT AN ITALIAN RESTAURANT >
Nothing says “mangia till you drop” like a plate of spaghetti and meatballs at an Italian restaurant. And if you’re honest with yourself, that plate in front of you holds enough for a family of four.
Can you still have it? Sure. Just ask for a box and put the extra three servings (which make up about three-quarters of your plate) inside immediately. The rest is yours.
Wave away the bread basket and order a green salad with oil and vinegar on the side. If they have balsamic vinegar available, try a few spritzes without oil. You may be surprised at how sweetly delicious it is solo. Or have a cup of veggie-rich minestrone.
Hankering for pizza? If you have a choice beforehand, pick an Italian restaurant that gives you the option of whole wheat crust and load it with veggies instead of calorie-laden meat and cheese. Have some cheese, but ask for just a sprinkle or ask for no cheese and give your pizza a few shakes of Parmesan which is usually on the table. No whole wheat? Get a thin crust and avoid the “white” pizza. The white pizza is usually loaded with just cheese.
As with most restaurants, your best bets are simple grilled or roasted fish and chicken dishes seasoned with herbs but without creamy or cheesy sauces like Alfredo, carbonara or pesto.
Know that the words “au gratin” mean cheese and “stuffed” with any entrée usually also means cheese (like manicotti, lasagna, stuffed shells or tortellini). Ask for whole wheat noodles if they have them then limit sauces to safe bets such as marinara, primavera, white or red clam sauce or lemon sauce.
For a more concise guide to eating out at an Italian restaurant, click on the link below! Mangia! How to Order at an Italian Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT AN INDIAN RESTAURANT >
Eating out at an Indian restaurant is easy because there are plenty of healthy and vegetarian options. There’s nothing like the aromatic flavors of coriander, cinnamon, turmeric and ginger to make eating veggies a sensual pleasure.
Opt for appetizers and entrees that contain lentils or garbanzo beans, which are high in protein (therefore filling). Scan the menu for the foods billed as “tandoori.” That means they’re cooked in a tandoor, a bell-shaped clay pot that can reach temperatures as high as 900 degrees. No oil, no frying. “Tikka” style cooking is your clue to healthy marinades (yogurt and spices, not coconut milk, ghee—clarified butter—or cream found in many Indian dishes).
Yes, some of the most delicious Indian foods are the worst for you. It may be painful, but turn down the naan bread which has no fiber and is brushed with oil. Pakoras are veggie appetizers that are battered and deep fried. Samosas may be curried vegetables, but they’re packaged in pastry which is deep fried. And skip those cream sauces that make curry, chicken korma and saag paneer so appetizing.
Learn a little of the Indian language. When you see “dal” it means you’re getting a legume like lentils or split peas cooked in aromatic spices. Likewise, “chana masala” is legume based: Garbanzo beans cooked with tomatoes, onions and spices. “Aloo gobi” is cauliflower and potatoes spiced with turmeric, ginger, cumin, garlic and paprika.
For a more concise guide to eating out at an Indian restaurant, click on the link below! How to Eat Healthy at an Indian Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A SEAFOOD RESTAURANT >
Grilled salmon with mango salsa. Shrimp cocktail. Steamed mussels in wine sauce. Eating out at a seafood restaurant is a dieter’s—and foodie’s—dream. There are loads of healthy and lower calorie choices so you’ll never feel like you’re depriving yourself.
But beware the cream sauces, melted butter, batter-dipped and breaded entrées, the fried baskets, creamy chowders and bisques and the fries or chips that are also staples on the seafood menu.
Love clam chowder? Most restaurants offer you a choice of red (Manhattan) or white (New England). Like the Muppets, take Manhattan. Or, if it’s available, pick Maryland She Crab soup, also a “red.”
For your entrée, go for fish or shellfish that’s broiled, boiled, grilled, poached or blackened. Casseroles are a minefield of fatty ingredients like mayo. Skip the fries and potatoes and asked for steamed vegetables with herbs.
While you’ve always enjoyed lobster dipped in melted butter, trust us, you’re going to love it without the butter. It’s naturally sweet and salty and you won’t miss the butter at all. Likewise, skip the buttery scampi and have your shrimp as a simple shrimp cocktail or grilled.
In fact, many of your favorite seafood choices are just as flavorful with some fresh lemon or lime juices squeezed on top and a sprinkling of herbs. But if you need a sauce, think about salsa-based toppings, herbs and spices, mustard-dill sauces or those based in wine.
Ceviche is a Spanish dish in which shrimp, scallops and other seafood are marinated in a citrus bath which cooks them and is a good choice as either an appetizer or main dish. So is sushi, which is a Japanese dish made from raw fish, seaweed, vegetables and rice (ask for brown rice and loads of pickled ginger!).
For a more concise guide to eating out at a seafood restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a Seafood Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE DINER >
They didn’t call diners “greasy spoons” for nothing. At one time, you couldn’t get anything that wasn’t fried on a “grill” that had just been hosed down by oil or plunged into a deep fat fryer. And they certainly have their share of breaded platters, mayonnaise-laden salads, entrees that all end with the words “and cheese,” and a rotating shelf of pies and cakes higher than, as they used to say, the waitress’s beehive hairdo.
Fortunately, things have changed at the diner, including the server’s hair styles. Portion size is still an issue (as it is in most restaurants) so ask for a box when you order and immediately put the “extra” portions inside to take home with you.
Skip the griddle-cooked foods. Diner chefs are still hosing the grill with a stream of oil, though it’s more likely to be a healthier oil these days (still, fat is fat). That may mean that eggs are out unless you ask for them to be poached.
If you want a fried egg, order a sandwich, which is usually only one egg on an English muffin, but skip the cheese or add one slice of Canadian bacon. It’s not ideal, but it’s better than the three-egg cheese omelet. If you want that three-egg omelet, ask for egg whites or Egg Beaters, which cost a little extra and fill your omelet with veggies, not cheese.
Eating out for breakfast? Click here to learn how to order smart >
If you’re dying for a burger, ask for one that’s broiled, not “grilled”—unless the chef is using a barbecue grilled—and have it bun-less. Likewise, have your grilled chicken on a veggie salad rather than a roll and ask for oil and vinegar or a light dressing on the side.
Believe it or not, a grilled cheese sandwich or a BLT aren’t bad choices. Just make sure to ask that the chef not use much butter on your grilled cheese and pick off a little bacon from your BLT (better yet, ask for turkey bacon). Always ask for mayo on the side. Many restaurants now carry light mayo for calorie-counters. You only have to request it.
A word about what “wheat bread” means at a diner: It doesn’t necessarily mean “whole wheat.” Most breads are wheat breads. Sometimes the diner wheat bread is just white bread with enough whole wheat or molasses thrown in to change its color. It may have little or no fiber.
Since fries come with just about everything, ask to substitute a fruit salad with your breakfast or a green salad with lunch and dinner.
Be wary of salads. The Cobb salad, for example, may be loaded with veggies but it’s also loaded with cheese, bacon and avocado—not to mention dressing that can make it 800 calories or more.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a diner, click on the link below! How to Stay on Track at the Diner
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A CHINESE RESTAURANT >
Chinese food is popular for its big portions and cheap prices, but if you’re trying to lose weight, that can be dangerous. Luckily, you can enjoy your favorite Asian cuisine and stay on track to your weight loss goal by making some simple swaps on the menu.
Before you make the common choice of ordering high-calorie egg rolls as part of your appetizer, know that there are much tastier, healthier options. Try steamed pork dumplings instead. By making this swap, it can save you 480 calories per order of four and they’re still fun to eat in the bamboo steamer dish and filled with pork flavor.
Pairing your appetizer with soup is a smart and satisfying choice: A cup of egg drop soup can run as few as 40 calories, but could help you save far more calories when your entree arrives. In a 2007 study, scientists found that having a low-calorie soup as a first course reduced the amount of calories participants ate at entree time by 20 percent.
When it’s time to order your entree, skip the fried, breaded and crispy options. Ginger chicken is a great alternative to the high-fat, high-calorie fried chicken and it’s full of flavor. You’ll get a huge portion and if you pair it with broccoli, you have yourself a satisfying, low-calorie Chinese dish.
Even if you’re not eating out at a Chinese restaurant and are making Chinese food at home, you can make a healthier meal without sacrificing flavor.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a Chinese restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a Chinese Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A JAPANESE RESTAURANT >
A lot of people assume that Japanese food is a healthy choice no matter what. However, although many Japanese dishes are steamed, which certainly saves calories, that’s not to say that everything on a Japanese menu—even in the steamed section—is healthy. It really depends on what you’re ordering.
Some of the best choices that you can order at a Japanese restaurant include salads, soups, fresh fruit, sushi and sashimi. Poultry, fish and shellfish dinners are also the better choices over beef or duck dinners. Steamed dishes are always a safe choice, but you can also look for dishes that are braised, broiled, grilled or sautéed as these are obviously much healthier ways of cooking than frying.
You can even ask that the chef cook with less sauce in order to make the dish healthier. Thick sauces, such as teriyaki, tend to be high in sugar and sodium, depending on how they’re made. You might also ask for the sauce on the side so that you choose how much to add. It’s also important to avoid anything that has the word “fried” or “battered” on the menu.
At Japanese restaurants, the portions are often quite large, so take some of it home for another time. You may even want to portion what you plan to eat and ask for the rest of it to be boxed up immediately so that it’s not sitting there tempting you—or so that you don’t accidentally eat more than you planned.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a Japanese restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a Japanese Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A THAI RESTAURANT >
Traditionally, Thai food is considered healthy. Many of the dishes use a lot of vegetables and are flavored with natural herbs and seasonings. However, there are certainly choices that contain a lot of MSG, oil and sugar, so you should be careful when it comes to your selection.
You should avoid anything that is deep fried. Words like “crispy” or “golden brown” are definitely red flags even if the menu item doesn’t say “fried.”
Instead, look at some of the salad options and ask for the dressing on the side. Or, choose healthier soups such as tom yum koong or po taek. Vegetable dishes can also be a great choice, as can steamed dishes, such as mussels. How your meal is cooked will have a tremendous impact on its health factor. Look for dishes that are braised, sautéed, steamed or stir fried as opposed to deep fried.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you don’t typically dine at Thai restaurants and you don’t know much about the menu, then ask for some help. Explain that you’re looking for a healthier option.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a Thai restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a Thai Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A FAST FOOD RESTAURANT >
Fast food on a diet? It sounds like a misnomer. But the truth is that you can make healthy choices at a drive-through or quick counter service restaurant that won’t totally derail your healthy lifestyle. We know that life is hectic and sometimes grabbing something quick on the go is your best option.
Avoid foods like chicken strips, chicken nuggets and fries are packed with fat and calories. Generally speaking, you also want to avoid cheese, soda, shakes and anything that is “supersized” or “extra-large.” Also, be careful about sauces.
Instead, order the smallest portions of the healthiest possible options. Portion size can make a huge difference when dining at a fast food restaurant. Ordering off the kid’s menu will give you enough of your fast food fix to hopefully satisfy the craving but will save you tremendously when it comes to the number of calories (and fat) you’re consuming. In general, some of the healthier options at a fast food restaurant include a grilled chicken sandwich, a small hamburger (no cheese) or a salad with the dressing on the side. You definitely have to be careful with salad dressing choices, though.
You can also ask for some basic changes to your meal to make it healthier. This is typically easier to do when you go inside as opposed to giving special instructions in the drive-through. You can ask for meals without the cheese, without crispy onions or without any sauces in order to save yourself some unnecessary fat and calories.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a fast food restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order Fast Food Without Destroying your Diet
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A FRENCH/CONTINENTAL RESTAURANT >
French restaurants are known for their big portions, so it will be important to pay attention to how much you’re eating so that you don’t accidentally go overboard. Keeping control of your eating habits and choosing wisely from the menu will make a huge difference in how well you stick to your plan.
Avoid the bread and butter that will likely come out first. Filling up on dinner rolls won’t do your diet any good. Also, be sure to steer clear of fried appetizers, cream-based soups and salads with creamy dressings. As you explore the menu for your entrée selection, avoid dishes with rich sauces such as hollandaise, which will have a lot of fat and calories. Similarly, “stuffed” dishes—such as stuffed chicken breast—are popular in European cuisine but also tend to have a lot of fat and calories. You’ll also want to stay away from cheesy dishes or those served “au gratin,” which means sprinkled with seasoned breadcrumbs and cheese.
Instead, choose lean meat dishes such as lean pork, chicken, fish or shrimp. If you choose a beef dish, opt for small cuts. Vegetables such as asparagus are always a great pick, assuming they’re not served in a cream or cheese-based sauce. You can always ask the wait staff to put sauces, butter and sour cream on the side and you might see if the chef could steam your side of vegetables.
French restaurants are known for lavish desserts. You can have some, just share with some friends! It’s that simple.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a French/Continental restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a French/Continental Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A VEGETARIAN RESTAURANT >
Despite popular belief, vegetarian does not automatically mean healthy. Even if you choose a vegetable-based dish, it doesn’t mean it’s healthy. There are many ways to cook vegetables that can detract from their overall health factor such as deep frying them or saturating them in oil.
On the menu, avoid words like “crispy” or “golden” because that usually means fried. Also steer clear of dishes made with cheese sauces or topped with a lot of shredded cheese. Cheese is one of the fastest ways to add unnecessary fat into a vegetarian dish. If your meal comes with cheese you can always ask your server to leave it off. Also, be careful to avoid creamy soups such as cream of potato or even corn chowder. Similarly, creamy salad dressings are also loaded with calories.
A good rule of thumb is to look for foods that are grilled, sautéed, skewered, steamed, baked or roasted on the menu. For soups, look for those that are broth-based. Some of the best choices at a vegetarian restaurant include fresh fruit, vegetables, veggie burgers, lentils and beans, tofu, tempeh and salads with the dressing on the side. You should also choose whole grains whenever possible. Skip the bread basket if it’s just white rolls made from refined flour.
How your meal is prepared is important. Ask the chef if it’s possible for them to use less oil and salt in your food’s preparation. You can even ask for sauces to be served on the side or even that you be served an “appetizer portion” of your meal.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a vegetarian restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at a Vegetarian Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT AN AMERICAN RESTAURANT >
American-style restaurants like diners and family restaurants are popular for a wide variety of choices. Unfortunately for your diet, these choices are usually greasy, fatty and come in huge portions. There is a way to order healthier while still having a good time with family and friends!
Your best choices are likely going to be options like chicken dishes, fajitas, fish dishes, broth-based soups, vegetarian selections or salads. How the food is prepared is also important. Look for food that is baked, blackened, broiled, charbroiled or roasted. If you opt for a salad, choose low-fat or fat-free dressings.
Steer clear of Alfredo sauce, burgers, fried foods, melts, cream-based soups, cheesy meals or anything that is “jumbo” or “stacked” or “piled high.”
Also don’t be afraid to ask for a special order that will help keep you on track. You might ask if the kitchen can add more vegetables, hold the sour cream or mayonnaise, put the dressing on the side, replace your French fries with fruit or a side salad or even serve an appetizer or kid’s meal as your adult entrée.
For a more concise guide to eating out at an American restaurant, click on the link below! How to Order at an American Restaurant
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE COFFEE SHOP >
There’s no reason you can’t still enjoy a nice coffee break while also sticking to your plan. Although there are a lot of reasonable choices at most coffee shops, there are also some snacks and drinks that you should steer clear of. With just a little bit of forethought and preparation, you can make some decisions in advance about what you plan to order and prevent any diet damage.
In general, you should steer clear of blended drinks which are usually packed with sugar. It’s also best to avoid hot chocolate or fruit juices, which also tend to be high in calories.
You should also avoid add-ins like flavored syrups, cream, half-and-half, whole milk and whipped cream when you order a drink. Baked goods are also a very common diet trap at coffee shops and you’ll want to be careful to avoid choices such as coffee cake, croissants, Danishes or doughnuts.
Instead, opt for an unsweetened iced tea, a bottle of water or a cup of hot tea. Even a cappuccino, espresso or latte—served with fat-free milk—is a much better choice. If you’re ordering food, try a piece of biscotti or even some toast topped with sugar-free jam. That will still give you a sweet fix without tons of added calories.
If you’re stopping in for a light lunch, avoid the cream-based soups and the croissant sandwiches and instead opt for a broth-based soup, some yogurt or a granola bar. It’s also best to choose a piece of whole grain toast over a bagel.
For a more concise guide to eating out at a coffee shop, click on the link below! Hitting the Local Coffee Shop? What to Order to Stay on Track
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE DELI >
One of the major keys to making smarter choices at the deli is watching sodium. Many cheeses and processed meats come with substantial amounts of salt. Also, many pre-packaged meats and cheeses contain more sodium and preservatives than fresh-cut items. Definitely opt for the meat choices that are least processed.
Chicken breast and turkey are good choices, as they are low in calories and saturated fats and high in protein. Always opt for the low-sodium options and watch out for meats with the word “honey” attached to them, as this often means it has added sugar.
Avoid processed meats, such as bologna, salami and the like, come with more calories, fats and sodium than other kinds of cold cuts. Depending on the variety, they may also have flavorings, fillers and other kinds of additives that increase calories without providing more nutrients. There has also been a link to processed meats and an increased risk of cancer.
As for cheeses, ask for low-sodium and low-fat versions when they are available. Just remember the healthiest choices are always those with the highest concentration of nutrients and the fewest calories.
For a more concise guide to eating at a deli, click on the link below! Grocery Shopping 101: Your Guide to the Deli Counter
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK WHILE TAILGATING >
With just a little bit of forethought and planning, you can still enjoy tailgating at your favorite event without totally wrecking your diet.
First, you should avoid the alcohol. In general, drinking is not recommended during the program for a lot of good reasons. You should also avoid sugary beverages like soda or even energy drinks. It’s so easy to drink a ton of calories without even realizing it—especially when you’re sitting or standing around and socializing. Instead, opt for bottled water or unsweetened ice tea.
As for food, bring along some chicken or some veggie burgers to grill instead. Or, you can opt for a small burger with no cheese. A single hot dog can also be a fine choice if you forgo the chili cheese and just opt for ketchup or mustard.
Packing your own food is easy, which makes staying on track while tailgating easier than staying on track at a restaurant where you can’t bring your own food.
For a more concise guide to eating at a tailgate, click on the link below! How to Stay on Track While Tailgating
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT A SPORTING EVENT >
The food choices at sporting events are seemingly endless nowadays, but there is a lot you can do at the stadium to make smarter choices and stay on track to your weight loss goal.
Beverages, especially alcohol, can be very expensive at stadiums. Your best best for your wallet and your health is just to bring a water bottle or two.
It’s also smart not to show up to the stadium hungry. Simply eat a balanced meal before game time and make sure it includes filling fiber and protein. When you get hungry during the game, opt for a chicken sandwich, small hamburger, veggie pizza, salad or frozen yogurt. You might even be able to get a hot dog, as many stadiums offer healthier versions. If they offer it, get a low-fat hot dog. Can’t find a low-fat frank? Many ball parks have veggie dogs now, too. Veggie dogs tend to be even lower in calories and fat, making them a great sporting event go-to. We know, we know: Veggie dogs just don’t have the same ring. But these guys are actually pretty good. Smothered with toppings, you might not even know the difference.
By making the right choices, you can enjoy your day at the park and still be on track when you leave.
For a more concise guide to eating at a sporting event, click on the link below! It’s Baseball Season: 6 Surprising Health Hacks for the Ballpark
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE MALL FOOD COURT >
If you’re spending the day at the mall, chances are you will get hungry at some point. Also, chances are you will smell tempting fast food or cinnamon buns, but you must resist. There are healthier alternatives even at the mall that you can choose to stay on track to your weight loss goal.
Whether it be a salad bar, pizza, Mexican or Asian cuisine, there are smart choices to be made.
When you get thirsty from walking around shopping, opt for water. The vending machines are convenient, but they are also full of sugary, high-calorie drinks; and that goes for the food court, as well. By simply choosing water, you will not only be healthier, but you will lose weight!
As a bonus to eating healthier at the mall, by walking around all day (and taking the stairs instead of the escalator) you will get your exercise in, too!
For a more concise guide to eating at a food court in the mall, click on the link below! How to Navigate the Mall Food Court Healthy-Style
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE MOVIE THEATER >
A trip to the movies can be a great time, but with it comes the dreaded allure of the snack bar. Besides being tough on your wallet, the vastly unhealthy selection at theaters can wreak havoc on the healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to establish.
Luckily, there is an easy solution to this dilemma. You can simply eat before you go or bring your own snacks.
However, if neither of those solutions are an option, you can still make smarter choices at the movie theater snack bar. You can share a snack with your friends, get sparkling water instead of soda or get popcorn without butter.
For a more concise guide to eating at a movie theater, click on the link below! How to Go to the Movies and Stay on Track
Read More HOW TO STAY ON TRACK AT THE SALAD BAR >
Contrary to popular belief, not all salads are healthy. In fact, some salads are a weight loss nightmare. The health factor of a salad all depends on making smart choices when it comes to choosing what goes in it.
Luckily, you have all the say of what goes in your salad when you’re at the salad bar. By knowing what to avoid and being mindful of portion size, you can’t go wrong! Creamy dressings, croutons, glazed nuts and iceberg lettuce are all options you should avoid. You should also limit the amount of cheese, dried fruit and starchy veggies you add to your salad, as these can make the calorie count sky rocket.
By making the right choices, the salad bar can be a great option for your weight loss progress when you’re eating out.
For a more concise guide to eating at the salad bar, click on the link below! 8 Calorie Bombs at the Salad Bar
Read More Looking for some general tips for dining out? We’ve got you covered in this article: 10 Tips for Dining Out on Nutrisystem >
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Food Off the Grid: Margaret River Brought to you by: Alicia on 9 Feb ’19 Alicia Walker takes a trip to Western Australia’s food and wine marvel Brought to you by: Alicia on 9 Feb ’19 share the ♥
Chances are you’ll know Margaret River for its prolific and well-respected vineyards that are busily producing some of the most exciting and innovative vintages in the world. The Mediterranean-style climate of the Margaret River region, three hours south of Perth, creates near-perfect grape-growing conditions, while the swells of the Indian Ocean provoke some of the best surf breaks anywhere in the world. The waters of the dramatic coastline from the small hamlet of Yallingup down to the Margaret River domain host migratory whale pods, where we were regaled with columns of water shooting skyward from humpback whales and dolphins spiralling in the surf, along with countless kangaroos, possums, blue-tongues lizards and splendid fairywrens – and that’s just the wildlife.
The people here are incredibly welcoming, and alongside the wineries and boutiques that charm the region, an array of craft breweries are cropping up that cater towards family meals. The wines are equalled by the impressive cuisine that is local, seasonal and executed faultlessly by some of the best chefs in Australia. Our trip took place on the cusp of the summer season, towards the end of November, which offered up balmy beach days and crisp evenings, ideal for terrace dining and vineyard visits and the ability to take in the Margaret River Gourmet Escape, an annual dining festival that draws in legendary chefs and a plethora of food-tourism events to the area.
Here is one eating path to consider journeying down on a visit to the majesty of the Margaret River region: Margaret River Gourmet Escape Gourmet Village
This sprawling food festival, laid out over the vast territory of Leeuwin Estate, a beautifully groomed vineyard, was our first introduction to the Margaret River Gourmet Escape. The grounds were elegantly arranged with rows of tented tasting stalls of food and wine vendors, in addition to live music, talks and masterclasses and a live cooking studio stage, with chefs like Tetsuya Wakuda, Ashley Palmer-Watts and Nigella Lawson showcasing their culinary skills for the crowds.
Leeuwin Estate, Stevens Road, Margaret River, WA 6285 Gourmet Beach BBQ with Rick Stein
The heart-stirring shores of Castle Rock Beach, adorned with grand tepees, simple strands of lights and showstopping fish-filled barbecues, provided a glorious setting for the final event of the three-day Gourmet Escape. It was topped off by the charming banter from the hosts, the beloved father-and-son chef team of Rick and Jack Stein, who good-naturedly ribbed each other throughout. To the delight of the surrounding guests, Rick commented on the differences between cooking in the UK and Australia, saying, “Eating seafood by the sea is a whole lot different than eating it by the Thames,” while Jack quipped, “I used to do it differently, until I realised Dad was right all along.” They explained the food they had prepared, which included dishes of swordfish, mussels, squid, potatoes and pomegranate-topped salads, posed graciously for photos and took part in lengthy chats with their fans. Fresh seafood and free-flow wine with your feet in the sand in the company of legendary chefs made for an epic event, alone worth travelling for. Cafés & restaurants Bunkers Beach House
For breakfast, head to this little hamlet in the dunes of Bunkers Bay with the clearest water and whitest sands you’ll ever see. It’s an exciting whale-watching spot and the perfect place to enjoy a fresh baked muffin, yolky eggs, Tasmanian smoked salmon and avo toast or some audacious vanilla waffles with caramelised banana and honeycomb butter.
Farm Break Lane, Bunker Bay, Naturaliste, WA 6281, +61 (0)8 9756 8284 Little Fish
This South African eatery in Yallingup was buzzing even on a Tuesday night. Hearty portions meant welcome leftovers of the memorable blackened red snapper and house-speciality spare ribs with thick-cut chips and seasonal stir-fried veg. There was no trace left of the chilli mussels that were gone in minutes – a must if visiting this atmospheric restaurant overlooking a lake and an art gallery, surrounded by ‘roo filled forests.
Koorabin Drive, Yallingup, WA 6281, +61 (0)8 9755 2455 Pronto Cino
You’ll want to stop for a picturesque view of the splendour surrounding this recognisable red coffee van. You can catch up on all the local goss’ while enjoying a freshly ground, strong and creamy bespoke coffee from Mark Balinski, while his wife, Shelley, has a selection of nourishing cakes and cookies to munch on while you wag your chin.
Slippery Rocks car park, Yallingup, WA 6282, +61 (0)8 9759 1010 Yarri
In the town of Dunsborough lies a gold mine of a restaurant, unassuming from the exterior and a culinary wonderland inside. Open for less than a year, this open kitchen is devising world-class cuisine like burnt pumpkin on nori cracker spiced with togarashi, kingfish with sesame adorned with lush green strawberries and wood-grilled prawns with saltbush and XO sauce. Yarri uses sustainable ingredients from small producers, reflecting the six seasons of Western Australia’s Nyungar people, and delivers incredible service, with wine recommendations paired expertly with their divine and daring dishes.
6/16 Cyrillean Way, Dunsborough, WA 6281, +61 (0)8 9786 5030 Wineries Aravina Estate
Although we didn’t get a chance to dine here, we stopped by to marvel at the stunning estate and to check out the incongruently uber-cool surf museum and collection of retro muscle cars, along with the kitsch neon-flecked Bridget Bardot–dedicated Riviera Bar.
61 Thornton Road, Yallingup, WA 6282, +61 (0)8 9750 1111 Cullen Wines
This charming biodynamic winery navigates its grape growing by the moon and stars and makes its cuisine from what’s sprouting in its spiral garden. The fascinating story behind this family-run, naturally powered and carbon-neutral estate is worth further delving into if you get the chance. We tasted the sublime potted rabbit served with grilled chicory, gribiche and sourdough crispbread, as well as a dessert made from the honeycomb of the on-site hives. Then we tried the wine. The minimal intervention and natural techniques make for undeniably beautiful wines that are equally as captivating as the food from this lovely estate.
4323 Caves Road, Wilyabrup, WA 6280, +61 (0)8 9755 5277 Pierro
We popped into this intimate cellar for a taste of their eccentric wines, all dubbed into character profiles related to the flavours they exude – Lady Chardonnay, for her “white peach and nectarine skin and playful citrus in her eye, dressed in layers of creamy silk underpinned with steely structure”, Lord Pino’s, “the beloved uncle, dressed in weighty velvet, with his cologne leaving hints of briar and brambly aromas”, and the Hon. L.T.C., “a superb companion with whom to enjoy fresh seafood”. The wines are as enchanting as their descriptions, and we were fully charmed.
4051 Caves Road, Willyabrup, WA 6280, +61 (0)8 9755 6220 Vasse Felix
Our first cellar door visit was an impactful one. We chose to induct ourselves at the very first winery in the region, established in 1967, but one that has aged like a… well, you know. The wines are renowned as national benchmarks, and we discovered our favourite Semillion Sauvignon Blanc here as well as a spectacular Heytesbury Chardonnay that made a lasting impression. The estate also houses an art gallery offering ever-changing exhibitions and a sculpture walk throughout the grounds. The restaurant produces striking dishes like a decadent duck parfait with crisp chicken skin, chitarra pasta with walnuts, broad beans and Pecorino crowned with flowers and an elegant pairing of pork with seaweed, miso and eel – dishes that are still roaming around and reappearing frequently in our ever-present food recall. Caves Road, Cowaramup, WA 6284, +61 (0)8 9756 5000 Shops Eagle Bay Olives
This gourmet shop churns out abundant varieties of table olives, tapenades, pestos, dukkah and seasonal jams. Produced in small batches in-house, all are gluten and preservative free. A selection of handmade olive-wood kitchen utensils and boards, olive oil toiletries and hand-painted ceramics make great gifts for those back home.
521 Cape Naturaliste Road, Eagle Bay, WA 6281, +61 (0)8 9755 3188 The Margaret River Chocolate Co
This shop is worth a detour just to wander the aisles, perusing all the chocolate-covered madness on offer. Have a peek through the chocolate window and watch the magic makers at work, sip on hot chocolate or sample the goods from the giant buckets of milk, dark and white pastelles. Trying to tear yourself away will not be as smooth as the chocolate you encounter.
415 Harman’s Mill Road, Metricup, WA 6280, +61 (0)8 9755 6555 Margaret River Farmer’s Market
If you’re too short on time to visit all the farm shops in the area (make more time!), you can get a good dose from the Saturday morning Margaret River Farmers’ Market. With around 50 stalls showcasing the best of the region, from fresh produce, to local wares, to homemade goods, everything tastes amazing. It’s all about appreciating the fruits of the fertile soil of the region, sustainability and minimal food miles here.
Lot 272, Bussell Highway, Margaret River, WA 6285
If you’re keen to try some local Aussie game, stop by Margaret River Venison. Grab a bit of kangaroo biltong, emu salami, crocodile chorizo or venison in various guises from this sweet little farm shop.
5103 Caves Road, Gracetown, WA 6284, +61 (0)8 9755 5028 Providore
This shop is heaven for home cooks. With infused olive oils of every description – from blood orange to lemon – fresh syrups of fig and vanilla and raspberry and cherry balsamics, you’ll want to take it all home. Wines, liqueurs, jams, dressings, spice mixes and cookware – you’ll need an extra luggage allowance after visiting this award-winning wonder shop.
448 Tom Cullity Drive, Wilyabrup, WA 6280, +61 (0)8 9755 6355 Yallingup Wood Fired Bread
Show up at the right time (around 4pm) and you’ll be able to grab the bread warm and fragrant the minute it comes out of the oven. Soft-interiored bricks of white, rye and fruit loaf are the livelihood of this German baker, who supplies local shops and restaurants straight from his wood-fired volcanic stone oven.
7 McLachlan Road, Quindalup, WA 6281, +61 (0)8 9756 6306 Special thanks to Rob and Claire Schlipper for the most magnificent unofficial tour of Yallingup and the Margaret River region. It is an incredibly special place where enchanting food, wine and memories are made.

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2019 Top 25 Five-Star Hotels and Resorts in the World

Leslie E. Royal 1 min ago Share
When individuals commence exploration of the next luxury spring, summer, romantic, winter, or holiday vacation experience, they begin by seeking the finest accommodations in the world. Their desires and preferences are quite diverse. Their all-encompassing interests include visits to captivating resorts on small and large islands, enthralling hotels on most every continent on the globe, unparalleled historic and contemporary inns, and fun, fascinating locales in both small, quaint towns and large, fast-paced metropolises. As such, Upscale Living Magazine has researched numerous elite properties around the world and has selected hotels in each of these categories. We are pleased to unveil our 2019 Top 25 Five-Star Hotels and Resorts in the World EXCLUSIVE . Each place, in its own distinct space, offers wondrous retreats to remember. photo courtesy of Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo Andaz Costa Rica Resort at Peninsula Papagayo
Papagayo Peninsula, Costa Rica https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/costarica/andaz-costa-rica-resort-at-peninsula-papagayo/liraz
Atop a hill facing Culebra Bay, this property, sited on 1,400 acres of picturesque, lush landscape, has 132 airy guestrooms and 21 bright, luxurious suites. The tropical forest becomes a part of your blissful experience as you enjoy the view through floor-to-ceiling glass windows and folding glass doors. Farm-to-table, theme restaurants including Rio Bhongo, Ostra, Chao Pescao Small Plates & Bar, and Andaz Beach House, wholly impress onsite guests. At this pet-friendly property, enjoy distinct amenities including an engaging kids program, family pool, adults-only pool, and nine treatment rooms at the relaxing Onda Spa.
photos courtesy of Beaches Turks and Caicos Beaches Turks & Caicos
https://www.beaches.com/resorts/turks-caicos/
For guests of this striking resort, strolling through its gardens and five villages is simply heavenly. Whether selecting the Caribbean, Seaside, Italian, French, or Key West Village, visitors will delight in the all-inclusive property along a 12-mile beach of tranquil, turquoise water. All guests can enjoy 21 onsite restaurants including the newest addition of the Bombay, its first Italian restaurant as well as Mr. Mac and Curls n’ Swirls food trucks. Fully family-oriented, the young and young-at-heart can splash about in the 45,000 square-foot Water Park. Exclusive amenities that are also included are scuba diving, water sports, Sesame Street characters, Club Liquid for teens and tweens, Xbox Play Lounge, kids programs, and Voila – a live presentation of art, theatre, acrobatics, and other special surprises. The fabulous, three-floor villas, directly on the beach, offer a full kitchen, living room, dining room, spacious bedrooms, and private balconies for a wonderful, luxury experience.
photo courtesy of Carmelo Resort & Spa Carmelo Resort and Spa
https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/uruguay/carmelo-resort-and-spa/carob
This fine, stately resort features splendid décor both indoors and outdoors. From the wondrous banks of the Rio de la Plata encompassing pine forests and eucalyptus, visitors can reside in one of 20 bungalows or 24 bi-level suites overlooking a vineyard, forest or the river. The luxurious guestrooms with private terraces, offer unparalleled relaxation. In addition to vacations for couples and families, this is a great pet-friendly destination for weddings and corporate retreats. Special amenities include a pool open 24 hours a day, complimentary breakfast, palm-roofed canopies, tennis courts, and Chandra Spa. Guests can revel in the premium dining experience of South American cuisine at Pura, Mandara Bar, or Rio Bar. A delectably special indulgence includes making one’s dessert at Clase de Pasteleria Bakery with the executive chef.
photo courtesy of Coco Prive Maldives Coco Prive
https://cocoprive.com/
This ultra-exclusive, secluded island has but one spectacular resort on it. When guests arrive in Maldives, a private, luxury yacht will sail them to their own private isle. One large master residence, surrounded by five guest villas, features incomparable amenities. A dedicated, personal staff is available both day and night. Private chefs will prepare delectable cuisine as the cocktails and beverages flow perpetually. Excursions include unlimited diving and watersports such as canoeing, wind surfing, and catamaran sailing. photo courtesy of the Fairmont Olympic Hotel Fairmont Olympic Hotel
https://www.fairmont.com/seattle/
In a striking backdrop of magnificent architecture commensurate of the Italian Renaissance period, this majestic hotel, founded in 1924, is in the heart of downtown Seattle. The 450 hotel rooms also boast executive suites and other specialty suites including two presidential suites. The Georgian Restaurant, a AAA Four Diamond eatery, is home to the legendary Afternoon Tea. Guests regularly dine at Shucker’s Oyster Bar, The Terrace Lounge, and the 4 th Avenue Espresso Bar. Pet-friendly and within walking distance of the waterfront pier, the Fairmont encourages its visitors to enjoy the wonders of the Health Club, indoor pool, and Penelope & The Beauty Bar specializing in massages, sugaring, nail services, and mink as well as silk lashes. photo courtesy of Four Seasons Orlando Resort at Walt Disney Four Seasons Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort
Orlando, Florida https://www.fourseasons.com/orlando/
This absolutely magnificent resort anticipates every need, desire, and dream of its guests. From the moment visitors grace the splendid entrance to be greeted by the friendliest attendants to the moment they leave and everything in between, it is an awe-inspiring, exhilarating, charmed experience of what a truly divine vacation should be. The lush landscape boasts 114 various plant species, 49 live oaks, 927 palm trees, and 72,000 shrubs. The guestrooms and suites have amazing, charming features such as in-mirror TVs in the bathroom vanity, iPads for making in-room dining requests and such, fabulous balconies that allow for great views of the magical fireworks taking place nightly in different theme parks. An innovative amenity just introduced for select suites is the Plum wine on-demand, one-touch button system. Holding two bottles of wine, with the touch of a finger, guests can pour a glass of wine and lounge on their terrace. The renowned Four Seasons Spa is all that one imagines it would be. Delightful on-site restaurants and lounges are Capa, Ravello, PB & G, Plancha, The Lobby Bar, and Lickety-Split. There are numerous programs and amenities for children. A highlight of the visit is the Good Morning with Goofy & His Pals Character Breakfast. Having a full, all you can eat spectacular bar, youth can feast on everything they desire and get photos taken with every character they love. photo courtesy of Grand Fiesta Americana Grand Fiesta Americana Coral Beach Cancun Resort & Spa
Cancun, Mexico http://www.grandfiestamericana.com/es/web/grand-fiesta-americana-coral-beach-cancun
The ultimate, luxury beach getaway, this resort offers its guests a remarkable opportunity to bask in the fun and sun. Its 600 ocean view standard and premium suites are outstanding. A particularly special offering is the Grand Club Experience. Its private benefits include a 12 th Floor VIP Penthouse Lounge with panoramic views, daily snacks and small bites, premium beverage service, a special concierge, nightly turndown service, jacuzzi baths, and private check-in and check-out. All guests can engage in Sunrise Yoga, activities at the Coral Kidz Club, hydrotherapy rituals at the GEM Spa, drinking under Tiki Table Bars, lounging on beach beds, and myriad services. Great eateries are La Joya, the Le Basilic AAA Five Diamond Restaurant, Vina del Mar, specializing in the celebrated Champagne Breakfast. An absolutely must-make reservation is the Table Video Mapping Experience. This splendid, eight-course dinner with a narrated, 3-D presentation is incredible. photo courtesy of Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen Resort Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen
Playa del Carmen, Mexico https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/mexico/grand-hyatt-playa-del-carmen-resort/cunpc
Guests can bask in the wondrous offerings of this extraordinary resort cited in the heart of Riviera Maya. The stunning, Mayan-inspired contemporary décor of the property is simply breathtaking. Unparalleled features include a sacred Mangrove jungle, lush gardens, infinity pools, open-air architecture, and the eminently renowned 6,000-square foot Cenote Spa. This distinctively designed, celestial haven has hydrotherapy stations, a eucalyptus steam room, fiber optic chromotherapy showers, among numerous features. Guests can select accommodations, with an exceptional staff, among the 314 guestrooms or suites including the magnificently designed air suites and two stately presidential suites. Select suites, with private plunge-pools, allow for the exclusive amenities of The Grand Club including a sequestered lounge, continental breakfast, evening cocktails, and daily hors d’oeurvres. Onsite restaurants include La Cocina, The Grill 1 -26, El Paseo, and Sushi n’ Raw. photo courtesy of Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik Hotel Excelsior Dubrovnik
https://www.adriaticluxuryhotels.com/en/hotel-excelsior-dubrovnik
An escape to this astoundingly magnificent and stately resort overlooking the Adriatic Sea as well as Old Town is worth the visit. Just over a century old, the property, having its own private beach, has 150 grand rooms including its suites. Alluring panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea can be enjoyed by at least three of the restaurants including Sensus Fine Dining, Prora Beach, Abakus Piano Bar, Palm Terrace, and Restaurant Salin. A tranquil Sisley’s Phyto-aromatic treatment combining global massage techniques with spiritually connected techniques of the region will add so much to the relaxing vacation. photo courtesy of Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort Fiji Jean-Michel Cousteau Resort
https://www.fijiresort.com/
Lovers of the environment who wish to escape the fast pace of work and technology to wind down, slow down, calm down, and everything in between will find the ultimate vacation in this gorgeous tropical paradise. The resort overlooks tranquil Savu Savu Bay on 17 acres of the Vanua Levu Island – one of 330 islands in the country of Fiji. No telephones or televisions are in the bures (bungalows) so that guests may relax and release while delighting in the surrounding white sandy beaches, pristine mountain scenery, coral reefs, and lovely amenities of this picturesque resort. The 25 charming, luxurious bures comprise of private patios, sitting areas, comfortable deluxe king beds, and oversized bathrooms. All meals, specialty coffees and teas, bottled non-alcoholic beverages, most activities and the Bula Children’s Club are included in the stay. Pleasing additions include the spa, morning yoga, the restaurant featuring cuisine from Fiji, Europe, and Asia as well as excursions of snorkeling, hiking, kayaking, tennis and volleyball. With the island’s pristine eco-system, visitors enjoy the benefit of an organic garden, edible vegetation, fresh fish from the sea, and coconut trees. photo courtesy of Le Blanc Spa and Resort Le Blanc Spa Resort Los Cabos
San José del Cabo, B.C.S., Mexico https://www.leblancsparesorts.com/los-cabos/en
For the finest extravagant and lavish vacation experience, guests commence their stay by entering the grand vaulted lobby with floor-to-ceiling marble and are welcomed by the accommodating staff of this all-inclusive, adults only oasis. Chambers boast in-room pedestal tubs, Bvlgari toiletries, hand-painted, chocolate creations each evening, and the gift of a full bottle of wine as well as tequila. Retreat to paradise while enjoying moments of massage and meditation, at the BlancSpa with signature treatments like a Pericu Massage, Pitaya Wrap, Diamond Facial, or Passion Couple’s Package. photo courtesy of Le Bristol Paris Le Bristol Paris
https://www.oetkercollection.com/fr/destinations/le-bristol-paris/
This classy and elegant hotel, on rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, has been the talk of guests worldwide since 1925. Choices of stylish suites such as Saint Honore, Prestige, Elysee, Terrace, Penthouse, Presidential, Panoramic, Paris, Royal Two Bedroom Honeymoon, Imperial, and Suite 1925, are in 18th century French-style. Paris is internationally renowned for its delectable cuisine. The property does not disappoint with restaurants 114 Faubourg, Café Antonia, Le Bar du Bristol, and Epicure – a 3-Michelin star eatery overlooking the “Jardin Français”. Depending upon the day, in addition to world-class fare served daily, restaurants host Afternoon Tea, Fashion Saturdays, Speakeasy Nights, and DJ Sets. While lounging by the swimming pool, guests can take in panoramic views of Paris’ rooftops and famous monuments. The Spa Le Bristol by La Prairie is must-visit as it offers Caviar Massages, Caviar Lift Facials, Liquid Gold Body Massages, Signature rituals including Swiss Bliss, Body and Soul, Pure Perfection, and Radiance Revitalized as well as Sophrology, Meditation, and Reiki Wellness Sessions. photo courtesy of Park Hyatt St. Kitts Suite Park Hyatt St. Kitts Christophe Harbour
St. Kitts & Nevis https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/saint-kitts-and-nevis/park-hyatt-st-kitts/skbph
The calming, serene turquoise blue waters engulfing this extraordinary resort allows for a truly unbelievable experience for guests. Having 78 lovely rooms and 48 magnificent suites, guests are sure to regale in all the special amenities they offer. Choose a splendid sea-view suite up to a presidential villa. Select suites feature private sun decks with a Caribbean view, rooftop pools with deep soaking tubs, rainfall showers, lounge areas and private plunge pools. The palatial presidential villa has three bedrooms, an infinity pool, games room, wellness area, dedicated butler, and a private chef. Dine at the adults-only Stone Barn, ocean-to-table Fisherman’s Village, and The Great House with its Rum Bar, Chef’s Table, herb garden, and Afternoon Tea. photo courtesy of Scrub Island Resort Spa and Marina Scrub Island Resort, Spa & Marina
British Virgin Islands https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/eisak-scrub-island-resort-spa-and-marina-autograph-collection/
Presenting an alluring waterside or ocean view at every turn, this fascinating boutique property promises a retreat beyond compare with its striking guestrooms, suites, and villas. Spacious two to four-bedroom villas such as The Windward House, The Reef House, and Villa Mila, have private balconies, full gourmet kitchens, decorative living rooms and dining rooms, relaxing outdoor furniture, and private pools. Lovers can have the concierge arrange a romantic, candlelit dinner on Pavilion Beach. Delectable dining commences at One Shoe Beach Bar & Grill, Caravel Restaurant & Bar, and Tierra! Tierra! The Txora Spa offers exotic relaxation and rejuvenation services including Ayurvedic, acupuncture, massages, and body scrubs. The marina is an ultra-exclusive, extraordinary comfort enjoyed by guests having or arriving on yachts and boats. photo courtesy of Shangri-La Hotel Abu Dhabi exterior Shangri-La Hotel, Qaryat Al Beri, Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates http://www.shangri-la.com/abudhabi/shangrila/
Behold the absolute spectacular and majestic beauty of this expansive middle eastern property. The 213 rooms and suites as well as 161 apartments, for extended stays, are incredible. Select amenities include walk-in monsoon showers, double wash basins, bathrobes, slippers, ladies’ pouches, washers and dryers, refrigerators, and hot plate stoves. Flawlessly designed restaurants serving cuisine from around the world include Shang Palace, Sofra bld, Bord Eau, Hoi Ann, and Al Hanah Bar. Guests can bask in luxury at the five beaches, four swimming pools, Health Club, and authentic Arabian Hamman Rituals including Moroccan and Emirates. photo courtesy of Taj Campton Place Taj Campton Place
https://www.tajcamptonplace.com/
Built more than a century ago in one of America’s most famed cities, this award-winning landmark features stately architecture with elegant, contemporary décor. Guests can enjoy breathtaking views of eminent buildings from one of 110 guestrooms or suites. In the heart of the city, art galleries, museums, and hot night spots are in walking distance of the hotel. Visitors can delight in tantalizing Cal-Indian cuisine like Spice Pot, Artisan Foie Gras, Chickpea Sundal, and Liberty Duck Breast at the Michelin-starred Campton Place Restaurant. photo courtesy of The Lanesborough The Lanesborough London
https://www.oetkercollection.com/destinations/the-lanesborough/
This exquisite exclusive hotel is most impressive. Each visitor, whether in a room or suite, is afforded dedicated butler service to perpetually cater to his or her every need throughout their stay. Cited between Mayfair, Knightsbridge, and Hyde Park, the pet friendly hotel offers matchless amenities including it Library Bar, Withdrawing Room, Celeste Restaurant which is known for fine dining and legendary Afternoon Tea, and The Garden Room boasting premier cigars and cognac. Elegant specialty suites and signature suites provide great comfort. The lavish, palatial Royal Suite, accommodating up to 18 guests, has seven bedrooms, two living rooms, amazing views of Buckingham Palace, and offers complimentary water, fresh fruit, teas, coffee, UK and international publications, on-demand movies, clothing pressings, and use of the chauffer-driven Rolls Royce Phantom. photo courtesy of Table Bay Hotel The Table Bay Hotel
https://www.suninternational.com/table-bay/
Every facet of this internationally renowned property is superb and outstanding. The guest service is exceptional, and the rooms and suites surpass even the highest of standards and expectations. Perfectly positioned on the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, the hotel was opened in May 1997 by beloved South Africa President Nelson Mandela. Guests enjoy magnificent, awe-inspiring views of Table Mountain, one of the natural wonders of the beautiful continent of Africa as well as Robben Island, the harbor, and the city. Top-tier restaurants are Atlantic, The Lounge, Camissa Brasserie and Wine Bar, and Union Bar. And when in the mood for shopping at designer, upscale stores, visitors can simply ride up the escalator and step into to the adjacent V & A Waterfront Shopping Mall with more than 450 retail outlets. photo courtesy of The Retreat at Heaven in Rwanda The Retreat by Heaven
https://www.heavenrwanda.com/
In a serene, tranquil environment, guests can relish the beauty of nature at Kigali’s first eco-friendly resort. Its eleven inimitable, custom built rooms have solar energy, locally crafted furniture, peaked ceilings, private patios, and indoor/outdoor rain showers. Additional site amenities include a hot tub, sauna, open-air gym, and heated, saltwater, solar-powered pool. The eclectic Fusion restaurant serves a perfect blend of Rwandan, African, and global cuisine. The stay can be finalized with a Trigger Point Massage or Relax and Restore Treatment at The Retreat Wellness. photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse The Rittenhouse Hotel
https://www.rittenhousehotel.com/
At a striking angle directly in the Center City, The Rittenhouse is a distinguished luxury hotel frequented by international travelers and the locals alike. Its 116 luxury, oversized guestrooms and suites have notable amenities such as marble bathroom floors, espresso machines, nightly turn down service, and mini-bars. The elite Park Suites, with treetop views of Rittenhouse Square, also include a bedroom, living room, dining space, and kitchen. Guests have long frequented legendary in-house eateries like LaCroix for Sunday Brunch, Mary Cassat Tea Room & Garden for Afternoon Tea, the Library Bar for craft cocktails, and now Scarpetta for Italian fare. photo courtesy of The Ritz Carton Lake Tahoe The Ritz Carlton Lake Tahoe
Truckee, California http://www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/california/lake-tahoe#Resort
When individuals plan for a wondrous winter getaway, they get that and more with the picturesque landscape of this mountain retreat. The AAA Five Diamond Resort is a ski enthusiast’s dream with slope-side, ski-in, ski-out access. Other exciting excursions facilitated by the concierge are golfing, mountain biking, and hiking. Warm, elegant fire pits and fireplaces are located in the 170 guestrooms, 23 private suites, restaurants, and patios and courtyards throughout the property. The guestrooms are most striking. That includes the spectacular four-bedroom penthouse, housing up to eight, which has a two-story great groom, formal dining room with balcony, two master suites, media room, wine room, gourmet kitchen, sweeping mountain views and more. Guests can dine at Manzanita, Backyard Bar & BBQ, Café Blue, or take the connecting inter-mountain gondola to nearby Northstar Village for regional food fare. Guests can revel in a soothing spa experience with the Journey Through the Forest, Tahoe Tree of Life, Sierra Summit Foot Ritual, and Apres Recovery. photo courtesy of The Thief Hotel The Thief
https://thethief.com/
Stolen blissful moments of luxury, relaxation, and enjoyment of their guests is paramount to THE THIEF. As such, the property offers many captivating amenities. At the center of downtown Oslo, the hotel is globally recognized for its thought-provoking art pieces, captivatingly designed furniture, well-appointed guest rooms, and Nordic cuisine. Extraordinary suites such as the Apparatjik, Brit, Broom, THIEF, or Oslo offer varying dynamic features including canal views, private living rooms, spacious bedrooms, private balconies, and/or entrance to the THIEF SPA. Distinct offerings include THIEF BAR, THIEF FOODBAR, access to Tjuvholmen Beach, and in summer months, the remarkable touch of pickup boat service to and from the hotel. photo courtesy of The Vine Hotel The Vine Hotel
https://www.hotelthevine.com/
Inspired by Madeira’s winemaking tradition, the guestrooms of this property offer a divine experience. The celestial Panoramic Design Suite, with perfect lighting and décor, has a vine theme and autumn color palate. Included in the suite’s stay is a complimentary minibar, cascading wash basins, cots and foldaway beds for youth, a seating area, shoe shines, and more. A great service is the two-day spa program which includes Vintage Time, Divine Escape, and Vinepure Detox. Dining options include Uva Restaurant & Bar, Terra Lounge (under spreading vines), 360˚ Sky & Poolside Bar, cooking lessons, culinary adventures, and private dining. photo courtesy of The Watergate Hotel The Watergate Hotel
https://www.thewatergatehotel.com/
Having a worldwide reputation, the mystique and intrigue of this hotel does not disappoint with its top-notch services. In walking distance of the capital’s most popular destinations, it features 336 guestrooms, six diplomat suites, 24 premier suites, and two presidential suites. Politics meets global business as guests dine at Kingbird Restaurant, Next Whiskey Bar, and Top of the Gate Rooftop Bar. Seasonal exclusives include hot toddy carts, chocolate making classes, rooftop skating, and the Winter Igloos having curated cocktails, small bites, desserts, and other surprises. Guests should certainly consider reserving The Scandal Room where the infamous 1972 Watergate break-in took place. photo courtesy of Vdara Hotel Vdara Hotel & Spa
https://www.vdara.com/en.html
In one of the world’s most fabulously forbidden and excitedly alluring cities in the world, this fascinating, all suites luxury hotel is front and center of the Las Vegas strip. To varying degrees, the lavish, pet-friendly suites offer select features such as living rooms, dining rooms, spa-style soaking tubs, special registration, and private entrances. Guests can delight in the special appearances of state-of-the-art robots Fetch and Jett as they accompany staff in delivering snacks, sundries, and spa essentials. Retreat to enthralling ESPA to receive tranquil treatments such as On the Rocks, Desert Rose, and Contour & Firm. Other property offerings are VICE VERSA Patio and Lounge, Market Café, and the Rooftop Pool & Lounge.

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Exotic Chef Dishes Tikkun Olam, Addiction and Southern Cuisine

Home / Wellness / Exotic Chef Dishes Tikkun Olam, Addiction and Southern Cuisine Exotic Chef Dishes Tikkun Olam, Addiction and Southern Cuisine 2 hours ago Wellness A James Beard Award-winner, culinary expert and star of “Bizarre Foods” ( Travel Channel), Andrew Zimmern shares his boundless appetite for global adventure and intrepid eating in his new children ’s book. “AZ and the Lost City of Ophir” is a tale of ancient mystery, global adventure , mischief, fun and food. Twelve- year -old AZ dreams of becoming the world ’s greatest explorer, but instead, he’s stuck in summer school with odd Uncle Arthur for company. Little does he know that the summer will be a thrilling and dangerous adventure . After a time-traveling mishap, AZ finds himself in Ophir, a lost city full of wonder and secrets. Zimmern , who was part of Atlanta’s big ticket Superbowl’s Taste of the NFL, will greet fans Feb. 11 at Barnes Noble in Buckhead, where he will discuss and sign his book.
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Free Sign Up Jaffe: You have a son … is that what motivated you to write a children ’s book? Zimmern : Actually yes, reading stories to him at night and most importantly making up stories for him, I realized I had a lot to say in that space and thought that there was a missing niche: fun books where kids can experience adventure learning in the 8- to 12- year -old space as an interesting genre. As a youth, my father would take me on long drives skiing in Vermont. We didn’t have radio stations that carried that far, so he would tell me “made up” stories . I’ve always wanted to tell stories to young people. Jaffe: “Ophir” sounds scary with crocodiles and tombs. To what age is it targeted? Zimmern : “Ophir” is a little scary. It should be; I think that’s what is compelling and exciting about travel . A little bit of fear is healthy, and I want young people to come away with the sense that just because something is a little scary doesn’t mean that you don’t have the ability to walk through that fear and make some change in the world . Fear is healthy, and I think as human beings we make appropriate fear-based decisions. I want to show kids that they can make appropriate decisions, even when things are a little dicey. Jaffe: How does Judaism play a role? Zimmern : I work with Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry and firmly believe we need to make a difference. If I’m writing a kids ’ book, why not choose my favorite charity that solves children ’s hunger issues? My Jewishness is evident in doing good works, a respect for others and their cultures, in an abiding love for family , in ways to approach relationships with a higher power of my understanding – all of which are in my work. Jaffe: I recently interviewed Michael Solomonov (award winning Israeli chef) about his addiction . Is a connection to renowned chefs an addiction ? Zimmern : I think about the Michael Solomonov issue, that there is a connection to chefs and addiction . If they can get past addiction and into recovery – that’s the key component. My addiction and subsequent recovery have influenced every single facet and decision in my life. I’ve used the skills I’ve learned in recovery in my own quest for personal wellness . Jaffe: Were you acquainted with Anthony Bourdain? Were you surprised by his death? Zimmern : I was very shocked by his death and it changed me in the sense that I have been a lot more aggressive with friends making sure that people are OK. It spurred me – seeing so many rightfully distraught by this – to make sure that people are aware that they need to have personal wellness formats that they actively pursue in their own life so that when surprising calamities hit, they’re able to match them with a form of serenity. Jaffe: Have you ever been to Atlanta before? Observations of the deep south? Zimmern : I have been to Atlanta dozens of times. I love the South and think that your food is “America’s cuisine ” … with a sense of bounty, hospitality, seasonality, simplicity, the storytelling, the influences of both enslaved Africans, Caribe Indians, the colonial experience – most notably the Spanish have influences. I find it an exciting and vibrant culture. Jaffe: What is the takeaway from your book? Zimmern : That kids can rely on each other. They’re smart enough; they come with enough intelligence baked into their DNA to solve more problems than they think they’re capable of. Kids can be responsible for their own outcomes. I think they deserve to be heard. They have opinions that matter. I also want kids to be inspired by that sense of “ adventure learning.” They should travel , be independent thinkers and have independent experiences so they can formulate viewpoints and ways of tackling life – independent of adult influence. Zimmern will be signing his book at 7 p.m. Feb. 11 at Barnes Noble, 2900 Peachtree Road in Buckhead. The book is available on Amazon and www.Andrewzimmern.com. Google News: Wellness Travel site-atlantajewishtimes.timesofisrael.com Selected News

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Raffles Singapore Unveils New Culinary Concepts with Celebrity Chefs

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

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Taj opens maiden mountain resort in Shimla

Taj opens maiden mountain resort in Shimla 99 room Taj Theog Resort & Spa offers Himalaya range vistas Last updated Feb 7, 2019
The Indian Hotels Company Limited has expanded the Taj brand in the Indian State of Himachal Pradesh with the opening of Taj Theog Resort & Spa, Shimla . Positioned amidst thick Cedar forests and spread over five acres, every nook and corner of the hotel offers mesmerising views of the mighty Himalayas.
Taj Theog Resort & Spa is the first mountain resort for the brand, and its design and architecture echoes colonial charm reminiscent of hill station appeal. Surrounded by the Deodar forest, with pathways through apple orchards and terraced gardens, the resort is the quintessential luxurious home in the hills. Each of the 99 rooms, with warm wooden furniture, traditional rugs and tall French windows offer spacious balconies overlooking snow peaks and quaint villages.
The hotel is conveniently located a comfortable drive from the two key cities of Shimla and Chandigarh.
“Taj Theog Resort & Spa is a sanctuary amidst Conifers, Cedars and tiny hamlets with the stunning skyline of the Himalayan range as a backdrop. It serves as an ideal location for guests seeking a mix of adventure and relaxation coupled with Taj’s legendary service.” said Naveen Barthwal, General Manager, Taj Theog Resort & Spa, Shimla.
Guests have a choice of distinctive culinary options which include an all-day diner – Tragopan that offers the robust Pahari cuisine along with global cuisines and comfort food; Peony, the oriental restaurant offers Sichuan and Cantonese cuisines. Theog Junction, the pub is an imaginative tribute to the classic narrow-gauge toy train that chugs from Kalka to Shimla.
The resort also houses an expansive Jiva Spa, Taj’s award winning spa brand that is deeply rooted in India’s rich heritage of wellness; a temperature controlled pool with a sun deck and specially curated local experiences to ensure a memorable stay.

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Travel Food Services (TFS) Bags Three Awards at India Food Forum – Business Standard

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/ — TFS’ Raildhaba, The Irish House and Dilli Streat win big at the awards Travel Food Services (TFS), India’s leading Travel F&B and Retail Company, won big at the prestigious India Food Forum 2019 yesterday, to take home three awards for The Irish House at Terminal 3, IGIA, Delhi Airport, and its in-house concepts – Dilli Streat and Raildhaba. The awards, which were held at Renaissance Hotel in Mumbai, were announced by IMAGES Foodservice Awards 2019 on the second day of India Food Forum 2019.
Travel Food Services concept of Raildhaba won the Images Awards for Excellence in service in-rail. Raildhaba has been recognised by Indian Railways and IRCTC to maintain the strict quality control norms, the same has also received international acclaim at FAB 2017.
Award winning launch of Dilli Streat by TFS was done in May 2018 and was a high-impact first-of-its-kind launch at any Indian Airport, it was widely covered in media including mainlines, trade, regional and bloggers as well.
The third award was bagged by The Irish House by Travel Food Services for Images Most Admired Food Service Chain of the Year: Pubs & Bars.
Gaurav Dewan, COO and Business Head, Travel Food Services, says, “We feel honoured to have successfully represented the evolving Indian travel sector at the prestigious India Food Forum. We are constantly striving to bring together operational excellence and innovative concepts to challenge the existing market parameters and to work towards the transformation of travel experience in India. To be recognised and awarded at such an admired platform motivates us further in this endeavour, and we hope to continue our efforts to put India on the international travel F&B and retail map. ” Travel Food Services was awarded in the following categories at the India Food Forum 2019: Images Most Admired Food Service Chain of the Year: Pubs & Bars – The Irish House by Travel Food Services Most Admired Food Service Outlet Launch of the Year – Dilli Streat, Terminal 3, New Delhi Images Award for Excellence in service in-rail – Raildhaba at Travel Food Services About Travel Food Services Travel Food Services (TFS) is India’s leading travel F&B and Retail Company, with more than 300 outlets across travel-hubs including Airports, Railway Stations and Highways spread across 19 cities. With major concessions across key airports including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata and Bengaluru, TFS has been transforming travel experience for over 75 million passengers every year through a variety of cuisines across its diverse formats of restaurants, cafes, bars, food courts and lounges.
TFS has partnered with SSP Plc UK, which brings 50 years of rich experience of the global travel retail market thereby enabling TFS to strengthen its market leadership and continue to accelerate India growth in the years ahead. For more information, visit https://www.travelfoodservices.com/. (This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.) First Published: Thu, February 07 2019. 18:05 IST

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25 Vegan Cookbooks You Absolutely Need to Get On Your Shelf

Vegan Yack Attack on the Go!: Plant-Based Recipes for Your Fast-Paced Vegan Lifestyle by Jackie Sobon
Meant for people who are pretty busy, this vegan cookbook provides you recipes to make in advance. So if you’re always on the go, this will give you the tools you need to create vegan dishes to take along with you. Super Easy Vegan Cheese Cookbook: 70 Delicious Plant-Based Cheeses by Janice Buckingham
Cheese is one of the main reasons vegetarians don’t go vegan. Here’s the thing, though: vegan cheese is just as good as real cheese, especially when done right. This cookbook will show you how to make your own vegan cheeses to quench your cheese craving. Ageless Vegan: The Secret to Living a Long and Healthy Plant-Based Life by Tracye McQuirter and Mary McQuirter
Many people turn to a vegan lifestyle so they can be healthier. This cookbook explores vegan recipes that’ll give you the healthy lifestyle you want. It has easy recipes, but also has advice for those who are already vegan. It covers everything you would ever need to know about being vegan. Plant-Based on a Budget: Delicious Vegan Recipes for Under $30 a Week, for Less Than 30 Minutes a Meal by Toni Okamoto
The world is an expensive place to live, but there are ways to be vegan while on a budget. This cookbook gives you ways to live a vegan lifestyle without having to spend tons of money to do so. It’s great for young adults, families, and basically just anyone else who is on a budget. The Essential Vegan Instant Pot Cookbook: Fresh and Foolproof Plant-Based Recipes for Your Electric Pressure Cooker by Coco Morante
Instant Pots have become a regularly used appliance in plenty of household kitchens. That’s why this vegan cookbook is great for anyone who relies on an Instant Pot to get through the week. There’s a variety of recipes that won’t bore you, but will make your daily life much easier. Heavenly Vegan Dals & Curries: Exciting New Dishes From an Indian Girl’s Kitchen Abroad by Rakhee Yadav
Eating vegan does not mean you have to give up delicious and flavorful food. This cookbook focuses on the flavors of India. The recipes are easy to follow and incredibly hearty. Plus, this book will provide recipes for just simply flavorful meals. Cravings Made Vegan: 50 Plant-Based Recipes for Your Comfort Food Favorites by Bianca Haun and Sascha Naderer
Some of the best vegan cookbooks out there focus on healthy lifestyle, but this cookbook doesn’t care about why you are choosing to go vegan. The authors believe any reason is a great reason to go vegan. This cookbook emphases the desire for comfort food and how you can have your cravings, but stay vegan too. Sweet Potato Soul: 100 Easy Vegan Recipes for the Southern Flavors of Smoke, Sugar, Spice, and Soul by Jenne Claiborne
Written by a chef who grew up in Atlanta, this cookbook makes sure you know you don’t have to give up the good stuff if you decide to go vegan. All that soul food that you love can still be a thing for you even when you do go plant-based. Show Up for Salad: 100 More Recipes for Salads, Dressings, and All the Fixins You Don’t Have to Be Vegan to Love by Terry Hope Romero
Salads tend to get a bad rap, but this vegan cookbook shows that salads can actually be great. This cookbook has tips and advice on how to make the best salad of your life, all from the mind of a seasoned vegan cookbook author.
Going vegan isn’t the easiest thing for everyone. Sometimes, you need a little help. This cookbook is meant for beginners and focuses on healthy eating as a lifestyle.
Fuss-Free Vegan: 101 Everyday Comfort Food Favorites, Veganized by Sam Turnbull
One of the best vegan cookbooks out there focuses on living as a vegan. Just because you want to give up animal products doesn’t mean you want to give up your favorite foods. This book was written specifically for that reason: to give vegans knowledge on how to be happy being vegan.
This cookbook gives the middle east some great representation in the vegan world. The whole point is to take traditional dishes and give it a vegan upgrade. This cookbook covers soups, breads, and preserves, plus so much more.
Mississippi Vegan: Recipes and Stories from a Southern Boy’s Heart by Timothy Pakron
Cajun/creole cuisine is some of the most comforting and delicious food out there, but a lot of it revolves around animal products. This vegan cookbook makes sure to keep the deep flavors of the Mississippi Gulf Coast while excluding animal products altogether.
The author of this cookbook has devoted her life to vegan cooking and believes that this is the best time to become vegan. With more options out there, this cookbook guides you into the world of vegan cooking and eating.
Vegan 100: Over 100 Incredible Recipes from Avant-Garde Vegan by Gaz Oakley
If you consider yourself a foodie and want to try vegan, this is the cookbook that should draw you in. This makes the vegan experience fun and puts no pressure on you to commit. If you want to just try it for a meal or two a week, that’s more than encouraged with this cookbook.
When a vegan deli is super successful, you just know that the cookbook will be just the same. If you want vegan guidance from the experts, this cookbook should absolutely be your go-to.
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Foundation Honors Immigrants in Culinary Arts with $250,000 in P

SOURCE The Vilcek Foundation
Prizewinners include chefs and food writer of Mexican, Ethiopian, Indian and Cambodian Descent
NEW YORK The Vilcek Foundation has announced the winners of the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes for Culinary Arts, awarded to immigrants who have made significant contributions to the field. Chef Marcus Samuelsson will receive the $100,000 Vilcek Prize, while chefs Fabián von Hauske Valtierra and Nite Yun , and New York Times journalist Tejal Rao will each receive a $50,000 Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.
The winners were selected by a panel of experts in the culinary arts, including chef Tom Colicchio ; Bon Appétit ‘s Andrew Knowlton ; Food & Wine ‘s Jordana Rothman ; and James Beard Foundation’s Mitchell Davis . The last Vilcek Prize awarded in the culinary arts was given to chef José Andrés in 2010, who used the accompanying cash award to establish the non-profit World Central Kitchen.
“Immigrants make enormous contributions to the United States , and this year we are spotlighting their contributions to American culinary arts,” says Marica Vilcek , co-founder of the Vilcek Foundation. “They bring their talents to the most renowned kitchens across the country, bringing the technical excellence and worldly perspective that has made American restaurants among the best in the world.”
The Vilcek Prize for Arts and Humanities is awarded in a different category each year, and the foundation selected culinary arts as the 2019 category because of the abundance of immigrant influence in the field, from chefs to beverage professionals to food writers. To further recognize and honor these achievements, the Vilcek Foundation will release a cookbook featuring the stories and recipes of 40 of the U.S.’s greatest foreign-born chefs (Prestel Publishing, fall 2019).
The Vilcek Prize, awarded to individuals who are legendary in their field, is this year bestowed to Ethiopian-born and Swedish-raised Marcus Samuelsson . He first made waves in 1995 as the youngest chef to receive three stars from the New York Times , and is now the owner of several restaurants, including Red Rooster Harlem, and the author of cookbooks such as New American Table , and the award-winning memoir, Yes, Chef. Samuelsson is the host of No Passport Required, a PBS television show exploring immigrant traditions that shape culinary culture in the U.S. In 2009, he served as the guest chef for President Obama’s first state dinner.
The Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise are awarded to emerging artists who have shown exceptional promise early in their careers. The recipients of the Creative Promise Prize in Culinary Arts are:
Tejal Rao , born in the U.K. to parents from Kenya and India , is the New York Times’ California restaurant critic and a columnist for The New York Times Magazine . Her food writing tells stories about politics, culture, science, and history, highlighting people whose work often goes unseen. Previously she was a restaurant critic for The Village Voice and Bloomberg News . She has received two James Beard Foundation awards for her writing and was named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30” list of notable young innovators.
Fabián von Hauske Valtierra , born in Mexico , is the co-chef and co-owner of Contra, Wildair, Una Pizza Napoletana, and a forthcoming wine bar, all in New York City . Von Hauske Valteirra has built a reputation for combining diverse, international influences into a voice that is ambitious, experimental, and accessible, and he has received several honors, including Michelin stars in 2017, and 2018, and has been named to the lists of Eater’ s “Young Guns”; Zagat ‘s “30 Under 30″; Forbes’ ” 30 Under 30″; and Food & Wine ‘s “Best New Chefs”.
Nite Yun , born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents, is the chef and owner of Oakland’s Nyum Bai . The restaurant, an homage to her parents, quickly gained national renown within months of opening for its introduction of masterful, authentic Cambodian cuisine to the American culinary scene. Yun has received many honors, including being named the Eater 2018 Breakout Star of the Year; an Eater Young Gun ; a San Francisco Chronicle Rising Chef; and having Nyum Bai listed as one of Bon Appétit ‘s “2018 Best New Restaurants.”
In addition to culinary arts, the 2019 Vilcek Foundation Prizes also recognize immigrant contributions in biomedical science and art history. The prizewinners will be honored at a gala ceremony in New York in April 2019 , presented by Padma Lakshmi, New York Times best-selling author and host/executive producer of Top Chef .
The Vilcek Foundation was established in 2000 by Jan and Marica Vilcek , immigrants from the former Czechoslovakia. The mission of the foundation, to honor the contributions of immigrants to the United States and to foster appreciation of the arts and sciences, was inspired by the couple’s careers in biomedical science and art history, as well as their appreciation for the opportunities they received as newcomers to this country. The foundation awards annual prizes to immigrant biomedical scientists and artists, sponsors cultural programs, and manages the Vilcek Foundation Art Collections. To learn more about the Vilcek Foundation, please visit vilcek.org.
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8 International vacation destinations within one’s budget!

8 International vacation destinations within one’s budget!
Planning a holiday is super exciting, but even more so when you know it’s not going to burn a huge hole in your pocket! So, here is a list of 8 fantastic, yet low-on expenditure, travel holidays that you can take with your friends and family this summer! Xi’an – China
Xi’an is one of the most popular tourist destinations in China! Minus the glitz and glamour of Beijing and Shanghai, Xi’an brings to life Chinese culture, cuisine and charisma! Brasov – Romania
This city is actually home to the Dracula! Romania is still less popular amongst Indian tourists, so you can indulge in all your guilty pleasures of roaming about with splurging your money! Nuwara Eliya – Sri Lanka
Golfing! Waterfalls! Hiking! Sri Lanka is a great place for some rejuvenation and also some adventure. Vientiane – Laos
A perfect destination for the perfectly budgeted travel holiday, Laos is the place for a good get away from the maddening crowd! Nusa Lembongan – Bali
Bali can surely be enjoyed with little cash and lots of enthusiasm to spend a nice and relaxing few days out from the everyday rut! Tsechustake place – Bhutan
Cool winds, high altitudes, serene environment and warm nice Himalayan food will make this for a wonderful break destination! Ben Tre – Vietnam
Exotic scenery, cruise along the river and a touch of love, Vietnam will give you a taste of everything! You may also catch hold of some free candies to make the perfect souvenirs for friends and family! Khao San Road – Thailand
A nice and long walk at the Khao San Road is one of the most fascinating experiences one can have without spending a penny.
So, what are you waiting for? Start booking your tickets now to these fascinating places at low budget prices!

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