Exclusive: Indian antitrust watchdog raids Glencore business, others over pulse prices – sources

Exclusive: Indian antitrust watchdog raids Glencore business, others over pulse prices – sources

Exclusive: Indian antitrust watchdog raids Glencore business, others over pulse prices – sources By Aditya Kalra and Mayank Bhardwaj FILE PHOTO: The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company’s headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann/File Photo More By Aditya Kalra and Mayank Bhardwaj NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s antitrust watchdog raided units of global commodities trader Glencore and two other firms in Mumbai on Saturday in an inquiry into alleged collusion on the price of pulses, four sources with knowledge of the raids told Reuters. More than 25 antitrust officials carried out the raids at the offices of local units of Glencore and Africa’s Export Trading Group, and India’s Edelweiss group which previously had a commodities business, two government sources told Reuters. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating allegations that the companies formed a cartel to discuss the pricing of pulses while importing and selling them in the Indian market at higher prices in 2015 and 2016, when India faced an acute shortage, the sources said. A spokesman for Switzerland-based Glencore, Charles Watenphul, declined to comment, while India’s Edelweiss, which sold its commodities trading business in November 2016, and the Export Trading Group did not respond to requests for comment. Two years of drought pushed up prices of pulses such as chickpeas and black grams, which are a staple of Indian cuisine, in 2015 and forced New Delhi to offer duty-free imports, encouraging foreign and Indian traders who imported pulses to sell locally. “The collusion by these companies led to higher prices of pulses,” one of the government sources said, adding that the CCI’s inquiry started three months ago. The investigation will also assess whether the companies have continued their alleged collusion even after the prices of pulses stabilized in recent years, the source said. IMPORT PRICES The raids on five company offices in India’s financial capital began on Friday and were concluded on Saturday. Antitrust officials collected evidence, including documents and e-mails, and questioned company officials during the raids, a second government source said. Another source, an industry executive, told Reuters that CCI’s search involved going through company records at Glencore’s office in Mumbai, confirming it was part of the watchdog’s probe into accusations of fixing import prices. The drought during 2015 wilted crops and exacerbated shortages of food such as protein-rich pulses and India, which consumes about 22 million tonnes of pulses annually, faced a shortfall of 7-8 million tonnes in 2015-16. The CCI’s raids on commodities traders mark only its fourth such search operation in its near 10-year history. They can only be conducted with approval from a judge. In October, the CCI raided the offices of global brewers such as Carlsberg and Anheuser Busch InBev and found e-mails which allegedly showed violations of Indian anti-trust laws. (https://reut.rs/2JeQKEs) The brewing companies have pleaded leniency under a CCI program, Reuters has reported. (Reporting by Aditya Kalra and Mayank Bhardwaj; Additional reporting by Rajendra Jadhav and Aditi Shah; Editing by Alexander Smith)

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Upsouth launches seventh QSR outlet at Chandani Chowk, Pune

Upsouth launches seventh QSR outlet at Chandani Chowk, Pune 16/03/2019 Plans to enter Gujarat Market with Ahmedabad City to start with
Pune, 16th March 2019: Upsouth, the renowned quick service restaurant chain recently announced the launch of its seventh branch at Chandani Chowk, Pune. The branch will offer the best out of South Indian fusion signature dishes such as the South Indian Burger – Uthly, Malabari Parota sandwich, Sabudana Cheese Vada, Mango Moksha, Healthy Super Grain Paratha, etc. amongst a variety of other South Indian Combos. Due to its fast service and tasty food, it is an ideal place to grab a quick bite for students, family to relax and office-goers to unwind.
The outlet’s menu also offers universal favorites like –varieties of Idli and Dosa, Medu Wada, Uthappam, Filter Coffee, Paddu and many more. With its great offers, value pricing, dynamic Interior, authentic, delicious food with the lightning speed of service in hygienic and LIVE Kitchen atmosphere, the dishes are priced very competitively with the average spends per person ranging between Rs.80-90 only. A self-service and sit-down restaurant, it is truly great value for money combined with supreme quality!
“With gracious love and support of Pune food lovers, we have been able to create convenient, affordable, hygienic and quality driven South Indian QSR chain in an upscale environment. We continued to look forward to creating and sustain an impactful presence in the Pune market through internal investments and franchising options. South Indian cuisine is recognized as one of the most popular cuisines, and as a product is also suitable for all-day dining. Hence a great opportunity for UpSouth to build a successful QSR format nationwide”, says Kumar Gaurav, Vice President, Billionsmiles Hospitality Pvt Ltd.
Upsouth is committed to bringing Indian and South Indian vegetarian cuisine in a modern quick service format – with the highest level of quality in both products and services, at the lowest reasonable prices and in the most hygienic environment. UpSouth makes their food from fresh ingredients, unlike large international chains with their highly processed food at industrial scale.
Corporate Executive Chef – Manu R Nair, continues that “Keeping pace with the modern world, Upsouth redefines the experience of Indian and South Indian Cuisine for you with an upbeat and contemporary touch. We bring healthy, delicious, fresh and wholesome Indian and South Indian vegetarian food in a modern format”,
Beyond these locations, the brand is also looking forward with many more outlets being set up in the city by the year-end. Very soon brand has planned to enter Gujarat Market with Ahmedabad City to start with.
Address: Upsouth, Chandini Chowk, Bavdhan, Pune-411021 Related Posts Celebrate the festival of colours with a delectable brunch at The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat Enjoy a Wholesome Sunday Brunch at JW Kitchen Sheraton Hyderabad Hotel Gachibowli presents a tempting Dim Sum feast at Zega

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Indian antitrust watchdog raids Glencore business, others over price of pulses

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India’s antitrust watchdog raided units of global commodities trader Glencore and two other firms in Mumbai on Saturday in an inquiry into alleged collusion on the price of pulses, four sources with knowledge of the raids told Reuters.
More than 25 antitrust officials carried out the raids at the offices of local units of Glencore and Africa’s Export Trading Group, and India’s Edelweiss group which previously had a commodities business, two government sources told Reuters.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating allegations that the companies formed a cartel to discuss the pricing of pulses while importing and selling them in the Indian market at higher prices in 2015 and 2016, when India faced an acute shortage, the sources said.
A spokesman for Switzerland-based Glencore, Charles Watenphul, declined to comment, while India’s Edelweiss, which sold its commodities trading business in November 2016, and the Export Trading Group did not respond to requests for comment.
Two years of drought pushed up prices of pulses such as chickpeas and black grams, which are a staple of Indian cuisine, in 2015 and forced New Delhi to offer duty-free imports, encouraging foreign and Indian traders who imported pulses to sell locally.
“The collusion by these companies led to higher prices of pulses,” one of the government sources said, adding that the CCI’s inquiry started three months ago.
The investigation will also assess whether the companies have continued their alleged collusion even after the prices of pulses stabilised in recent years, the source said.
The raids on five company offices in India’s financial capital began on Friday and were concluded on Saturday.
Antitrust officials collected evidence, including documents and e-mails, and questioned company officials during the raids, a second government source said.
Another source, an industry executive, told Reuters that CCI’s search involved going through company records at Glencore’s office in Mumbai, confirming it was part of the watchdog’s probe into accusations of fixing import prices.
The drought during 2015 wilted crops and exacerbated shortages of food
such as protein-rich pulses and India, which consumes about 22 million tonnes of pulses annually, faced a shortfall of 7-8 million tonnes in 2015-16.
The CCI’s raids on commodities traders mark only its fourth such search operation in its near 10-year history. They can only be conducted with approval from a judge.
In October, the CCI raided the offices of global brewers such as Carlsberg and Anheuser Busch InBev and found e-mails which allegedly showed violations of Indian antitrust laws. The brewing companies have pleaded leniency under a CCI programme, Reuters has reported.

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Spread the love What does self-care mean to you?
Fitting in a yoga class before your commute? Finding the time for a bath and a face mask after a tough week? Going for a run when you’re stressed?
Well, if you want to seriously level up your wellness then you may have to go a little further afield.
How does the tropical island of Mauritius sound?
Over a century ago, Mark Twain wrote: ‘Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.’
Having spent a week experiencing luxury health and fitness facilities against a backdrop that can only be described as paradise, I have to admit that the iconic writer’s words still ring true.
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in the Bel Ombre region of Mauritius offers a luxurious package that allows you to experience the natural resources that the island has to offer in a ridiculously decadent setting.
And your wellness needs will be catered for from the moment you step off the plane. This is relaxation like I have never known it. The beach-front rooms (Picture: Natalie Morris/Metro.co.uk) Jet lag… What jet lag?
Apparently jet lag doesn’t exist in the world of luxury wellness.
Mauritius is only four hours ahead of the UK, so any affects that you feel from the journey won’t be that debilitating – but travelling still takes its toll, and a 12-hour direct flight can be tough on the body.
Le Telfair has thought about this. The moment you arrive you have the option of booking a specially designed anti-jet-lag massage treatment in the on-site spa, which includes a wellness consultation, and chakra analysis.
Once any weaknesses or imbalances have been identified, the treatment – which involves massage, oils, aromas and colour therapy – aims to re-balance and re-energise, allowing your body to shake off the stiffness and dehydration of long-haul travel. Wild wellness
The resort itself is stunning. The rooms and grounds are immaculate and sprawling, with pools around every corner, direct access to personal beaches and lush greenery everywhere you look.
But you don’t travel all the way to Mauritius to stay in one spot. (Although if I had the right book and a couple of cocktails, I definitely could).
There is something about being in nature that is instantly calming. If you live in one of the UK’s concrete jungle cities, wide expanses of accessible space are a rarity and the chance to take in unencumbered views and breath in pollution-free air can be transformative.
The enormous site at Le Telfair includes the Heritage Nature Reserve – 1,300 hectares of untouched natural beauty – a mere minutes’ drive from the resort entrance. Stopping at a waterfall during a Forest Bathing session (Picture: Natalie Morris/Metro.co.uk)
Guests can take part in Forest Bathing sessions – a therapeutic experience that allows you to soak up the sights, scents and sounds of the forest. It is an utter masterclass in mindfulness and is slightly more soothing than attempting to meditate in your living room.
The resort’s Reiki Master leads the slow, meditative experience – the point is to promote peace of mind and help you reconnect with nature.
Other wild wellness activities include the Nature Wellness Walk which allows you to explore the forest and learn about its unique biodiversity, a Nature Trek which is a challenging hike or run through the hills of the reserve, and the Active Sea Walk Session – a vigorous walk against the current while soaking up the benefits of the salt water and sea air. Visiting the Seven Coloured Earth (Picture: Natalie Morris/Metro.co.uk) Fitness for every taste
I generally need something a little more energetic when it comes to fitness. Luckily, there is a huge range of sweat-inducing activities to keep cardio-addicts like me happy. Most of which are included in the price of your room.
There’s a fully air-conditioned gym with machines, free weights and plenty of space to move – you may not find the idea of being cooped up in a gym appealing, but the moment you attempt running in the tropical climate and find yourself half drowning in the air humidity, you will definitely change your mind.
There are daily morning and sunset yoga sessions – either in the spa or on the beach – it doesn’t get much more picturesque than that.
There are also facilities for stand-up paddle-boarding, kayaking, beach volleyball, football and three floodlit tennis courts.
For an additional cost you can hire a personal trainer for your stay, organise one-on-one tennis lessons or personal pilates sessions.
Additionally you can rent bikes to explore the resort and the local sites of interest on the island. Sunset yoga on the beach (Picture: Natalie Morris/Metro.co.uk) Holistic nutrition
Holidays are about luxury and indulgence – but there’s something incongruous about focusing on your fitness and mental wellbeing without also paying close attention to what you’re eating.
Nutrition plays a key part in your overall wellness, but at the same time you don’t want to spend your holiday feeling deprived. Le Telfair manages to get the balance just right.
Healthy, nutritious options – alongside the more traditional, decadent options of luxury cuisine – so you can pick and choose.
Freshly caught local fish with a vibrant salad for lunch – a juicy steak followed by tiramisu for dessert. The food was insanely good (Picture: Natalie Morris/Metro.co.uk)
Or eat steak and chips for every meal – we are not here to judge, and you are on holiday after all.
The key thing with nutrition at Le Telfair is that you are empowered to make an informed choice. Student had six-month period because she was on the wrong contraceptive pill Woman discovers horrifying amount of mouldy food trapped under kitchen plug hole Signs of heart attacks in young people and what to do
On every menu at the resort’s 12(!) restaurants highlights the dishes that have been recommended by the wellness professionals – allowing you to easily stick to your goals if nutrition is your focus.
The resort also offers an entirely hands-on approach to help you learn about local Mauritian cuisine.
Going beyond a typical cookery class, the Garden to Table experience invites guests to take a trip to the resort’s gardens to pick fresh herbs and vegetables before returning to the kitchens for a professional masterclass. Flying with Air Mauritius Air Mauritius is The National Airline of Mauritius recognized as the leading Indian Ocean Airline 13 times in the last 16 years. They are the only airline to fly direct, non-stop from London Heathrow to Mauritius, offering both both Economy and Business class comfort.
Their ‘Island in the Sky’ friendly service allows you to sit back, relax and enjoy a taste of Mauritius during your flight.
They have recently announced the introduction of brand new Airbus A330-900neo aircraft on the direct service from Heathrow – available from April 2019.
The new aircraft will offer full flat-bed seating in Business class, state-of-the-art on-board entertainment including WiFi, as well as advanced mood lighting and air management in all cabins.
Economy class return fares start from £729 per person including all taxes and charges, but look out for special fares offered from time to time.
Business class return fares from £2,189 per person.
Rates at Heritage Le Telfair start at £155 per person/night, based on two sharing in a Garden View Suite on a bed & breakfast basis.
So this isn’t a cheap trip. For many of us a week here would have to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But if you have the means, I can’t recommend it enough.
Modern, city living doesn’t lend itself to wellness. Mindfulness and inner-peace aren’t exactly easy to maintain when you’re crushed half-to-death on a tube every morning, spend your day manically answering emails and don’t leave the office until gone 7pm.
Sometimes it really is worth extricating yourself entirely from the rat race and investing in your mental and physical well-being.
A week of sunshine doesn’t hurt either.

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CCI raids offices of Glencore, Export Trading Group, Edelweiss group over probe into collusion on pulse prices

Story CCI raids offices of Glencore, Export Trading Group, Edelweiss group over probe into collusion on pulse prices The Competition Commission of India has been investigating allegations that the companies formed a cartel to discuss the pricing of pulses while importing and selling them in the Indian market at higher prices in 2015 and 2016, when India faced an acute shortage. Reuters 08:29 IST The logo of commodities trader Glencore is pictured in front of the company’s headquarters in Baar, Switzerland, July 18, 2017. Photo: Reuters
India’s antitrust watchdog raided units of global commodities trader Glencore and two other firms in Mumbai on Saturday in an inquiry into alleged collusion on the price of pulses, four sources with knowledge of the raids told Reuters. More than 25 antitrust officials carried out the raids at the offices of local units of Glencore and Africa’s Export Trading Group, and India’s Edelweiss group which previously had a commodities business, two government sources told Reuters.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has been investigating allegations that the companies formed a cartel to discuss the pricing of pulses while importing and selling them in the Indian market at higher prices in 2015 and 2016, when India faced an acute shortage, the sources said. A spokesman for Switzerland-based Glencore, Charles Watenphul, declined to comment, while India’s Edelweiss, which sold its commodities trading business in November 2016, and the Export Trading Group did not respond to requests for comment.
Two years of drought pushed up prices of pulses such as chickpeas and black grams, which are a staple of Indian cuisine, in 2015 and forced New Delhi to offer duty-free imports, encouraging foreign and Indian traders who imported pulses to sell locally. “The collusion by these companies led to higher prices of pulses,” one of the government sources said, adding that the CCI’s inquiry started three months ago. The investigation will also assess whether the companies have continued their alleged collusion even after the prices of pulses stabilized in recent years, the source said.
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The raids on five company offices in India’s financial capital began on Friday and were concluded on Saturday. Antitrust officials collected evidence, including documents and e-mails, and questioned company officials during the raids, a second government source said. Another source, an industry executive, told Reuters that CCI’s search involved going through company records at Glencore’s office in Mumbai, confirming it was part of the watchdog’s probe into accusations of fixing import prices. The drought during 2015 wilted crops and exacerbated shortages of food such as protein-rich pulses and India, which consumes about 22 million tonnes of pulses annually, faced a shortfall of 7-8 million tonnes in 2015-16.
The CCI’s raids on commodities traders mark only its fourth such search operation in its near 10-year history. They can only be conducted with approval from a judge. In October, the CCI raided the offices of global brewers such as Carlsberg and Anheuser Busch InBev and found e-mails which allegedly showed violations of Indian anti-trust laws. The brewing companies have pleaded leniency under a CCI programme, Reuters has reported.

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Four exciting new restaurants in Cape Town, each with something special and unique to offer!

Four exciting new restaurants in Cape Town, each with something special and unique to offer! By 14/03/2019 37
Top notch, bistro-style fare paired with beautiful wines from across the country; a stunningly decorated venue with an exotic atmosphere and Saturday night DJ; a breath-taking location in the middle of Constantia’s untamed Cecilia Forest; and a menu inspired by a childhood growing up on the island of St. Lucia in the Caribbean…
This issue, we take a look at four remarkably different restaurants in Cape Town, each of which has something special and totally unique to offer. What they have in common, however, is that they’re all relatively new to the Cape Town foodie scene, yet are already receiving positive reviews. Grub & Vine
Grub & Vine is a small, modern inner-city eatery that serves refined bistro-style food by Chef Matt Manning (previously of La Colombe) and beautiful wine by some of South Africa’s most respected estates. It’s cool and sexy with a relaxed, contemporary feel that’s made it a fast favourite amongst groups of friends and professionals who work in the city. There’s also an in-house sommelier, Keize Mumba, to help guests choose that perfect bottle/s of wine off the menu.
Where: 103 Bree Street, Cape Town City Centre Contact: 076 256 8654, Web: www.grubandvine.co.za Macau Asian Tavern
Macau, with its stunningly decorated interior, exotic atmosphere, and the historic charm of being located in an old Victorian building, is an exciting, Asian-inspired restaurant in the city centre. Named after a region in China that was colonised by the Portuguese, guests can expect a unique menu that is a hybrid of many cuisines, from southern Chinese and Portuguese to Southeast Asian and Indian. On Saturdays, Macau brings in a local or international DJ for a little live entertainment!
Where: 101 Hout Street, Cape Town City Centre Contact: 021 422 2400, Web: Find them on Facebook Phantom at Purple Rayn
Purple Rayn is an opulent and glamorous new guesthouse tucked away in the magical Cecilia Forest in Constantia. Its rooftop restaurant, Phantom, offers lovely forest and cityscape views in a luxurious setting with authentic, mouth-watering Asian-inspired fare by Executive Chef Warren Carney (previously of Madam Zingara). And if the fancy takes you, head down to the gold marble cocktail lounge and sushi bar before or after dinner for a little extra indulgence.
Where: 9 Bellevue Avenue, Bel Ombre, Constantia Contact: 021 110 0756, Web: www.purplerayn.co.za Kwéyòl at Botanik Social House
This colourful Caribbean-style restaurant by the multi-talented, international model and businesswoman Mala Bryan has just opened at Botanik Social House, located across the road from the Company Gardens. Her food – inspired by her childhood in St. Lucia – is lovingly prepared, simply presented, and exuberant in flavour. Try the brown-stewed lamb neck (fall-off-the-bone tender) and Haitian slaw or the jerk-style chicken. The rum cocktails are excellent, too!
Where: 54 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town city centre Contact: 021 424 5306,

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MANGO TREE MUMBAI ACCLAIMED AS THE BEST THAI RESTAURANT AT THE TIMES FOOD AND NIGHTLIFE AWARDS 2019

General Press Releases Thursday March 14, 2019 08:59 Bangkok–14 Mar–Delivering Asia Communications Leading Asian restaurant operator, Mango Tree Worldwide, is celebrating after Mango Tree Mumbai was named as the city’s “Best Thai Restaurant” in the Times Food and Nightlife Awards 2019.
Organised annually by Times Group Books, a division of The Times of India Group, the Times Food and Nightlife Awards are India’s most prestigious and longest running culinary awards. Often referred to as India’s “Food Oscars”, the event is a celebration of the country’s rich and diverse F&B scene. This year’s gala ceremony was hosted on 1st March 2019 in the ballroom of the five-star ITC Maratha Hotel in Mumbai.
This glittering event was attended by approximately 750 guests, including leading figures from the Indian culinary scene, business leaders and famous celebrities from the worlds of fashion and Bollywood. The “Best Thai Restaurant” award was accepted by Rana Singh, the owner of Mango Tree Mumbai.
“We are delighted and deeply honoured to receive this accolade. The award is especially gratifying as we have been operating in Mumbai for less than a year, so it is a wonderful reflection of the impact we have made in this highly competitive marketplace. I would like to thank everyone who made this possible, including our exceptional team and our customers, who have helped to put Mango Tree Mumbai firmly on the Indian culinary map,” Mr Singh commented.
Mango Tree Mumbai became the group’s first outpost in India when it opened in April 2018, located in the upmarket Juhu neighbourhood. This stylish full-service restaurant promises modern Thai cuisine in a refined ambience. It is divided in three distinctly designed zones: a lounge, dining area and private dining room, which provides the perfect setting for life’s special occasions.
The restaurant’s menu focuses on classical cooking techniques and elegant modern presentation, creating exquisite dishes that blend fresh local produce and authentic Thai herbs and spices. Signature dishes include miang kham (Thai betel leaf wraps), poh taek (clear seafood hotpot), yum hua plee (banana blossom salad), pooh phad phong karee (crab in yellow curry sauce), and massaman kha kae (massaman curry with lamb shanks). These are accompanied by a wide selection of Thai-inspired handcrafted cocktails.
“Indian diners are developing a deep appreciation of Thai cuisine, which is reflected by the tremendous success of Mango Tree Mumbai. It is no coincidence that Indian tourist arrivals to Thailand are on the rise; more than 1.5 million Indians visited the ‘Land of Smiles’ last year, and many will have returned with a passion for Thai cuisine. Mango Tree allows diners to satisfy their appetites by delivering the original flavours and fragrances of Thailand in the heart of Mumbai,” said Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree’s Global Managing Director.
Mango Tree Worldwide will continue to seek fresh opportunities to expand its footprint in key Indian cities where there is a real appetite for Thai cuisine. The company will aim to identify strong partners in prime locations in Mumbai and other tier one metros, potentially with multiple new outlets in a single city.
The world’s first Mango Tree restaurant opened its doors in Bangkok in 1994. Since then, Mango Tree has expanded across the world, with global portfolio of eateries operating under a series of brands, including Mango Tree, Mango Tree Cafe, Mango Tree Kitchen, Mango Tree Bistro, Mango Tree Deli, Mango Chili and COCA. The company is now on track to achieve its target of reaching 100 restaurant outlets worldwide by 2025. Authentic Tastes of Spring at Yamazato
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I don’t think it should be a requirement at all, but I do find that many people of a certain ethnicity/nationality self-identify themselves when eating their native cuisine in a foreign country. For example, I’ve seen many reviews like, “You’ll find that few Indian restaurants in Finland serve anything close to traditionally spiced Indian food, but this is the closest you’ll come to authentic in Helsinki- I should know, I’m Indian.”
I myself have recently returned from Ghana and was craving some Ghanaian food at home in NYC. Browsing reviews on Google maps I found lots of reviews from people who self-identified as Ghanaian and saying the food tasted just like it did “at home.” Of course there were lots of reviews that didn’t indicate nationality, but I think people are proud of their cuisines and will be the first to say, this is really good or this totally missed the mark and I should know because I grew up eating/cooking this food.

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10 luxury resorts for solo travellers

Home / Travel / Destinations / 10 luxury resorts for solo travellers 10 luxury resorts for solo travellers By Ina Yulo on 14th March 2019
Travelling is a way to take a break, step out of your daily life, and discover yourself again. In recent years, solo travel has taken off with individuals looking for destinations where they can unwind and embrace the serenity that only solitude can bring. With these individuals in mind, Luxury Lifestyle Magazine travel writer Ina Yulo has chosen the best luxury resorts around the world that are perfect for those who are seeking a refuge to find their inner peace. 1 – Aristi Mountain Resort & Villas, Greece Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas is a luxurious Greek sanctuary
Nestled in a world-class national park in north-western Greece, the Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas is an off-the-beaten path hideaway that gives visitors the chance to connect with nature. Surrounded by wildlife, enclaves, and the free flowing Voidomatis River, Aristi Mountain Resort and Villas provides a recluse for all types of visitors. Whether you find solace in hiking picturesque trails, climbing the 2,500 metre Gamila summit, or floating in a heated pool, this Greek sanctuary is yours to explore.
Address: Aristi Village, 440 16 Zagorochoria, Epirus, Greece 2 – OZO Chaweng Samui, Thailand OZO Chaweng Samui makes an ideal base for relaxing or exploring the local islands
An organisation that focusses on personalised experiences, the OZO philosophy is perfectly-tailored to independent travellers who want a holiday on their own terms. Whether you’re keen to take part in the famous nightlife scene or are up for a visit to the Namuang Waterfall, the island of Koh Samui in the Southern Gulf of Thailand has what you need. Located near Chaweng beach, the OZO Chaweng Samui makes for an ideal base for hopping around nearby islands or meeting locals and visitors at the beachside bars at the Koh Samui Fisherman’s Village.
Address: Chaweng Beach Tambon Bo Put, Amphoe Ko Samui, Chang Wat Surat Thani 84320, Thailand 3 – OBLU Select Sangeli, Maldives OBLU Select at Sangeli is a beautiful oasis in the Maldives
Though normally perceived as a honeymoon destination, the Maldives is a beautiful oasis that welcomes solo travellers seeking a luxury getaway. With 137 villas and suites, the OBLU Select at Sangeli allows guests to sit back and relax with the all-inclusive Serenity Plan which includes accommodation, food and beverages, plus a range of complimentary activities like a sunset fishing cruise or snorkelling excursion. Additionally, the in-house ELENA Spa and its team of certified professionals are ready and waiting to guide guests on a holistic, relaxing journey.
Address: Sangeli Island, North Male´Atoll, The Maldives 4 – Four Seasons, The Nam Hai, Hoi An, Vietnam The Four Seasons is located on its own private beach
Flying solo gives you the chance to self-indulge, and where better to do so than at the Four Seasons in Hoi An? Located on its own private beach, the hotel’s one-bedroom villas with panoramic views of the ocean give solo visitors the chance to unwind in private. Whether you’re exploring the three UNESCO World Heritage Sites nearby, experiencing a blissful bathing ceremony at the resort spa, or tasting the flavours of Vietnam through a cooking course at the Nam Hai Cooking Academy, you need not be in a group to feel at home at the Four Seasons Hoi An.
Address: Block Ha My Dong B, Điện Bàn, Vietnam 5 – A-ROSA, Kitzbühel, Austria The retreat offers a range of activities from skiing to hiking
Whether you’re after a hiking, skiing, gastronomic, or wellness retreat, A-ROSA Kitzbühel is for you. The resort lies amidst the majestic Tirolean mountains, which are also home to the famous Streif ski resort and a 9-hole golf course. For a truly bespoke experience, ski specialist Flexiski, an A-ROSA Kitzbühel partner, can create an entire luxury break package that suits your schedule and caters to your every whim. From flights, to accommodations, and even activities, Flexiski will take the stress out of planning your solo trip and give you more time to enjoy yourself.
Address: Ried Kaps 7, 6370 Kitzbühel, Austria 6 – The Farm at San Benito, Philippines The Farm at San Benito specialises in holistic wellness and detox treatments
Deep in the Philippine jungle lies The Farm at San Benito, an eco-luxury wellness resort that invites guests to disconnect and unwind. The Farm specialises in holistic wellness and detox treatments that include plant-based, nutrient-rich vegan cuisine, stress management sessions, and daily yoga and meditation classes. Their team of licensed medical professionals, spa therapists, and nutritional experts ensure that each individual is given a personalised treatment programme that targets their specific lifestyle and health challenges.
Address: 119 Barangay Tipakan 4217, Lipa City, Batangas, Philippines 7 – Le Refuge de Solaise, Val-d’Isère, France Le Refuge de Solaise is a newly opened luxury hotel in Val d’Isère
If you’re looking for an opportunity to let your hair down and bid your troubles au revoir, there is no better place than Val d’Isère. With 300 kilometres of pistes and a legendary après-ski scene, it’s the ideal location for solo travellers who are looking to meet new people over some drinks and music. With live bands and elegant bars in the town centre, there is an abundance of options for a fun night out. After a night on the town, the newly opened Le Refuge de Solaise is the perfect spot to take a break from the parties and the pistes. Panoramic views over the valley, a library, fireplace, and spa make this luxury hotel perfect for ski enthusiasts who value an intimate retreat after a day out on the slopes.
Address: Chemin de la Vanoise, Téléphérique Solaise, 73150 Val-d’Isère, France 8 – Rawla Narlai, Rajasthan, India Rawla Narlai is a hidden retreat in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan
Escape the bustling crowds and find your way to Rawla Narlai, the 17th-century royal hunting lodge hidden in the Aravalli Hills of Rajasthan. The stately abode celebrates a mix of old and new, with antique furniture decorating their Heritage Rooms and contemporary pieces taking the spotlight in their modern quarters. With a wide range of activities on offer, guests will never feel alone as they relax by the pool, take a walk to the nearby village, or join a leopard sighting safari.
Address: Village Narlai, Rajasthan, India 9 – Sweetfield Manor, Bridgetown, Barbados Sweetfield Manor is a welcoming boutique hotel on Barbados
With its friendly locals and idyllic surroundings, Barbados makes for an excellent solo break. Small enough to be explored on foot, Barbados offers a number of activities such as horse riding and paddle board yoga that guests can do on their own or with a group. Tucked away on a secluded part of the island is Sweetfield Manor. An exquisite boutique hotel with just a handful of rooms, Sweetfield Manor’s guests are treated like family and welcomed into the close-knit community. Their four-course gourmet breakfasts and bi-weekly yoga classes are guaranteed to keep visitors happy and rejuvenated.
Address: Brittons Ridge, Upper Garrison UNESCO Historic Area, Bridgetown, Barbados 10 – Cosmoledo Eco Camp, Seychelles Cosmoledo Eco Camp is an eco-travellers dream getaway
The newest offering from the renowned Blue Safari Seychelles is a haven for solo travellers who care about sustainable hospitality. The Cosmoledo Eco Camp sits on Wizard Island, one of the most remote areas in the Seychelles. Restored shipping containers were transformed into luxury sustainable eco pods with fully-retractable front walls that allow guests to gaze out onto the Indian Ocean. With healthy Seychellois Creole cuisine, guided fly-fishing tours and coastal trails at your doorstep, the Cosmoledo Eco Camp is any eco-friendly traveller’s dream getaway.
Address: Cosmoledo Eco Camp, Wizard Island, Seychelles

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How to develop a family meal plan that’s easy, delicious, and healthy? Large batches, prepping, and Indian take-out, according to blogger Alexandra Caspero

Home Family How to develop a family meal plan that’s easy, delicious, and healthy? Large batches, prepping, and Indian take-out, according to blogger Alexandra Caspero How to develop a family meal plan that’s easy, delicious, and healthy? Large batches, prepping, and Indian take-out, according to blogger Alexandra Caspero Thanks to careful prepping, Caspero usually only spends around 10–15 minutes cooking each meal, leaving more time for Vander and husband Bryan.
Husband, Bryan Lenz, 35, and son, Vander, 18 months
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As a certified dietitian, yoga instructor, cookbook author, and vegetarian food blogger at delishknowledge.com , Alexandra Caspero’s world revolves around promoting a healthy lifestyle—and she practices what she preaches. Actually, she doesn’t preach at all—she knows dietitians can “get bad raps”—so she strives for practical, time-saving meals that just happen to be delicious.
Planning
Since Caspero cooks for a living, testing recipes for clients and her blog, Delish Knowledge, she’s conscious of incorporating the leftovers into her family meals to avoid food waste. A proponent of “bowl eating,” she makes large batches of grains and roasted vegetables on Sundays for dividing up into bowls throughout the week. Different proteins, like tofu and beans, and sauces help add variety as does alternating grains (quinoa, farro, buckwheat, brown rice, millet).
Cooking
Often with her son, Vander, on her hip, Caspero composes the bowls or big salads, aiming for a 5:30 p.m. dinnertime to make sure the family has an hour together before the toddler’s bedtime. Thanks to careful prepping, she usually only spends around 10–15 minutes cooking, leaving more time for Vander and husband Bryan.
Snacks and Dessert
Caspero jokes that she fits the dietitian stereotype when admitting that she always has a big bowl of sliced fruit available in the fridge. Vander loves berries, broccoli, pasta, anything with curry powder/curry sauce, and white beans with pesto. She also makes energy balls filled with nuts, seeds, nut butters, and cocoa powder to have on hand for snacking.
Flavor variety
A follower of “baby-led weaning” and co-creator of an online community for “plant-based juniors,” Caspero notes that Vander is a great eater whose favorite dish is Indian curry. They often enjoy globally inspired cuisine at House of India, Taco Buddha, and Fork & Stix. “We’ve made food a really positive experience,” she says, adding that she believes “kid food” is a concept that society made up.
Sample Weekly Dinner Menu
Monday: Lentil tacos (leftovers are great in taco salads for lunch!)
Tuesday: Sheet pan stir-fry (easy to mix and match with different veggies)
Wednesday: Grain bowl with poached eggs and spicy jalapeño sauce

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