Food for Thought – ChuChok Thai in Sleepy Hollow: Authentic and Delicious

Food for Thought – ChuChok Thai in Sleepy Hollow: Authentic and Delicious

Right to Left: Chef/owner Sirirut Sompongpiput (nicknamedNoi) and her husband, Sean Smith.
T hai cuisine is a complex medley of tastes – sour, sweet, spicy and salty – and chef/owner Sirirut Sompongpiput (nicknamed Noi), has mastered this unique culinary art. She and her husband, Sean Smith, have just opened ChuChok Thai in Sleepy Hollow, and, together, they are providing the rivertowns with a winning, authentic taste of home-style Thai cooking vastly more complex and subtle than any average Thai eat-in or takeout venue.
Recently arrived residents of Ossining, Noi, who grew up cooking in her native land, then working in New York City Thai restaurants, and Sean, a TV video editor, were eager to partner in opening their eatery in the Hudson Valley’s welcoming and burgeoning restaurant world. ChuChok’s menu evidences all the color, taste, texture, and fresh ingredients Thai food is known for. And that includes healthy dishes brimming with vegetables, ingredients with hidden medicinal values, and many gluten-free choices.
Given Thailand’s colonial past and proximity to several East Asian countries, there are Indian influences found in the roti (Indian round flatbread) served with a peanut sauce (satay sauce stems from Indonesia). Noi ‘s crispy chive pancakes, have a light exterior with a soft, pillowy, almost creamy chive interior. They are served with sesame chili/soy sauce, as are the pan-fried chive dumplings (the Chinese influence). Crispy veggie rolls are accompanied by plum sauce while fresh summer rolls, rice paper filled with lettuce, fresh tofu, onion, carrot, mint and basil, are accompanied by peanut dipping sauce. Both are perfect vegetarian choices.
Chicken potstickers (6), filled with chives, ginger and chicken have a delicate crisp bottom and the perfect smooth “skins.” Meat eaters will enjoy the grilled beef meatballs, chicken satay (grilled chicken on skewers) or steamed roasted pork buns.
Thai salads pay great attention to taste and texture, filled as they are with fresh and aromatic ingredients. A delicious signature is the spicy green papaya salad (shredded green papaya with string bean, peanuts, tomato in a chili lime garlic dressing). And for a special treat, try lab gai – a ground chicken salad with crispy rice, red onions, scallion, mint and recao (cilantro) in a chili lime dressing.
Signature entrees always include a choice of chicken, vegetables, tofu, mock duck, shrimp, beef or pork belly. Noi’s traditional pad thai, recommended at ChuChok with shrimp, balances just the right sweetness – a mélange of thin rice noodle, egg, sweet radish, bean curd, bean sprouts, scallion and ground peanut – with a tamarind sauce. Pad Kra Pow, chicken with chili, garlic, sautéed with scallion and basil, a common street food in Thailand, is a savory, aromatic and garlicky treat. Pad Prik Khing, sautéed red curry paste with string beans and kaffir lime leaves becomes ethereal when crisp pork belly is the main ingredient. ChuChok’s classic medium spicy Thai green curry brims with eggplant, bamboo shoots, basil, all swimming in a delicate coconut milk broth – try it with chicken or shrimp. For an unusual taste, the massaman curry combines Middle Eastern spices – cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, bay leaves, nutmeg and mace – in a divine aromatic coconut milk-based broth that bathes potatoes, onions and peanuts – best served with chicken.
Thai soups are legendary, and at ChuChok Tom Yum Koon (shrimp, scallion, mushroom and cilantro) complement Noi’s sweet, spicy, creamy shrimp broth. Tom Kha Gai, a coconut milk-based soup is available with chicken or simply vegetables. And, for a basic comfort soup, the chicken rice choice delivers chicken meatballs, fresh ginger, and a chicken broth topped with fried garlic and celery. Among three noodle soup choices, somen (thin wheat) noodles accompany the chicken green curry soup.
Fried wide rice noodles are available with beef, chicken or shrimp, but vegetarians will love this offering as is, plentifully full of Thai broccoli, egg, onion, and scallion. Handmade drinks include the sweet and addictive Thai iced tea or Thai iced coffee. And, for an authentic dessert, Noi’s blue pea coconut sticky rice with sesame seeds is made with dried blue pea flowers from her family’s farm in Thailand. (You can see a jar of flowers on the counter.).
Three house-made condiments grace each table: Thai chilies, hot oil, and chili garlic sauce, plus a fourth – gluten-free soy sauce. Many items on ChuChok’s menu are marked either gluten-free or vegetarian or both, and care is taken to provide for varying diets and allergies in Noi’s individual preparation. Lunch specials (served 12 to 3 p.m.) are all served with a spring roll and house salad. Call ahead for weekly specials always listed on the blackboard.
While ChuChok provides a mere three tables, more might appear on the porch facing Philispburg Manor this spring. Serving only 8 at this time, ChuChok is an already hopping take-out spot. Call an hour ahead for pick-up and your order will be awaiting you, freshly prepared and still hot when you get home.
The small dining room is warmly painted in “sunshine yellow” and decorated with masks, Thai prints, fun Asian toys, and photos of traditional Thai royalty. A fireplace gives a homey touch, and, in case customers are inspired to try Thai cooking at home, a small grocery provides curry pastes, sriracha sauce and other ingredients for sale.
ChuChok Thai is aptly named after the old beggar in Thai Buddhist mythology who, after returning the king and queen’s grandchildren, was rewarded with riches and the best food he had ever tasted. As Noi and Sean describe what followed, “It was so good, in fact, that he ate until his stomach burst.” At ChuChok, diners will enjoy plentiful, fresh and harmonious tasting Thai dishes, and, while it might be difficult not to indulge, such a healthy, intricate cuisine prepared with Noi’s culinary knowledge will help you eat just the right amounts and return for more. If You Go:

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An all-you-can-eat Vegas experience for every occasion and need

An all-you-can-eat Vegas experience for every occasion and need
If you hope to end your meal with a surprise wedding proposal, may we suggest hiding the ring in a cranberry and blood orange mimosa? With its rarefied country club feel, the Veranda is perfect for elegant occasions. Standouts include frittata bianca, avocado toast, house-smoked salmon and cold-pressed green juice. It happens 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, and is $39 per plate
Another great option: The Jazz Brunch at Lakeside at Wynn.
Sound of the South Gospel Brunch at House of Blues
This down-home buffet is packed with Southern delights, and the weekly brunch is also a sweet deal—in addition to the food, $55 gets you an energetic and inspiring live performance—“a nondenominational participative celebration of gospel music,” as HOB describes it.
Value for Veterans
Cravings Buffet at the Mirage
Few military discounts are as generous as this: 40 percent off for U.S. military ID holders (and up to four guests). Better yet, entry includes unlimited beer and wine, and champagne on the weekends.
Bring The Kids Circus Buffet at Circus Circus
Children under 4 eat free, and the tariff is just $13 for those ages 4-10 (adults’ meals cost only $20-$21, by the way). Bonus: They can work up an appetite at the Adventuredome and/or Midway.
Mexican Fiesta Brunch at Border Grill at Mandalay Bay
Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., enjoy unlimited small plates—Peruvian shrimp & grits, brisket mini tortas , bacon jalapeño PBJ sandwiches, churro tots and more—for $43. And $25 more gets you bottomless mimosas, micheladas and Bloody Marys.
Gourmet Dinner The Buffet at Bellagio
On Friday and Saturday from 3-10 p.m., Bellagio’s buffet kicks it up a notch with its gourmet dinner service ($44), which includes luxurious finishes like ikura and tobiko caviar. For an extra dose of special, make reservations for the daily Chef’s Table (a $69 upgrade).
Another great option: The gourmet dinner at the Buffet at Aria features Dungeness crab legs, snow crab legs and king crab legs.
Midnight Craving Feast Buffet at Palace Station
This recently renovated spot features a rare Vegas buffet amenity: It’s open 24/7. With overnight (midnight to 8 a.m.) buffet prices as low as $8 with a casino loyalty card, it’s also quite the deal. In a twist on the traditional buffet organization, the Feast is laid out by cooking technique (hearth, wok, grill, cravery, healthy and desserts), rather than cultural origin.
Indian Interlude Mint Indian Bistro
Buffets are a great way to explore a new cuisine. You don’t have to “know” what to order; you can simply try a bit of everything. This beloved bistro offers a traditional lunch buffet at both of its locations. 730 E. Flamingo Road; 4246 S. Durango Drive.
Sushi Sampling Goyemon
There’s a particular joy in all-you-can eat sushi. It’s a “seated buffet,” where you can order anything from the menu, and the food is made-to-order and brought to you. With the motto “the best sushi for all people,” Goyemon is a great introductory spot for those who might be sushi curious. 5255 S. Decatur Blvd.
VIP Package Bacchanal Buffet at Caesars Palace
This luxurious buffet is already the ultimate in indulgence. But in Vegas, more is more, which is where the #LikeACaesar reservation package comes in. For $98 total dollars, diners get a special reservation time, an “all-you-care-to-drink” package and an Instagram-worthy VIP seafood tower featuring king crab legs.

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James Cameron Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics

Home Statistics Director/Producer James Cameron Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics James Cameron Height, Weight, Age, Body Statistics Last Updated: Spouse Suzy Amis
James Cameron is an Academy-award winning filmmaker from Canada. He is best remembered for movies like Titanic (1997) and Avatar (2009) which have revolutionized the cinema-goers’ movie-watching experience forever. His constant zeal to reinvent the world of technology and cinema has enabled him to shoot scenes previously considered impossible. Known for his perfectionist trait and unflinching determination, Cameron has become a revered name in the film industry. In addition to being a meticulous director, he is also an explorer, environmentalist, and philanthropist. James is equally passionate about the environment and promotes a vegan lifestyle. Born Name
Iron Jim, Jim, James Cameron and his Lawyers, H, A. Milton, J. C. Legendary Director James Cameron as seen in October 2012 (Angela George / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0) Sun Sign Los Angeles, California, United States Nationality
Education
James studied at Stamford Collegiate School in Ontario. When he was 17 years old, his family shifted base to Brea in California. He then attended Sonora High School and after dropping out, enrolled at Brea Olinda High School .
Next, he attended the community college, Fullerton College to study physics in 1973. He switched it to English and the next year, in 1974, before the fall semester could begin, he dropped out of college. Occupation Father – Phillip Cameron (Electrical Engineer) Mother – Shirley Cameron (née Lowe) (Artist, Nurse) Siblings – Mike Cameron (Younger Brother) (Stunt Performer), John David Cameron (Younger Brother) (Producer). He also has 2 other younger siblings. Others – Jasper Robards (Step-son) (Wife Suzy Amis’s son with ex-husband Sam Robards) Manager
James is represented by Cameron l Pace Group located in California. Build
6 ft 2 in or 188 cm Weight
78 kg or 172 lbs James Cameron with wife Suzy Amis and Brazilian Politician Marina Silva (Marina Silva / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) Girlfriend / Spouse
James Cameron has dated – Sharon Williams (1977-1984) – James’s first high-profile relationship was with actress Sharon Williams in 1977. The couple got married on February 14, 1978, and stayed together for around 6 years till 1984. Their divorce was finalized in July 1984. Gale Anne Hurd (1984-1989) – Film producer Gale Anne Hurd began a relationship with the director in 1984. She was the producer of the hugely-successful The Terminator (1984) which was directed by Cameron. They made their relationship official in 1985 but 4 years later were headed down for divorce. They were officially separated in 1989. Kathryn Bigelow (1988-1991) – By 1988, James fell for director Kathryn Bigelow. A year later, he got married for the third time on August 17, 1989. Their relationship deteriorated soon after and by November 1991, the couple had terminated their marriage. Linda Hamilton (1991-1999) – Cameron and actress Linda Hamilton, who starred in The Terminator films as Sarah Connor, started a relationship close on the heels of his divorce from Kathryn Bigelow. She moved in with him in 1991 and gave birth to their first (and only) child, a girl named Josephine Archer Cameron in 1993. After dating for around 6 years, James and Linda got hitched on July 26, 1997. Hamilton spoke about her tumultuous time with Cameron and considered the Titanic (1997) phase, the last straw in their crumbling marriage. It was also at this time that Cameron began a relationship with Suzy Amis, an actress in Titanic . Hamilton filed for divorce in March 1998 days after Cameron’s Oscar win. She received $50 million in her divorce settlement which was finalized in 1999. Suzy Amis (1998-Present) – Actress and environmentalist Suzy Amis played the role of Lizzy Calvert in Cameron’s directorial venture Titanic . Their affair began in 1998 and, after his divorce was finalized, the two got married on June 4, 2000. The couple has 3 children together – daughter Claire Cameron (b. April 4, 2001), son Quinn Cameron (b. September 2003), and daughter Elizabeth Rose Cameron (b. December 29, 2006). Race / Ethnicity
However, his hair has turned gray due to his advancing age. Eye Color
James has done endorsement work for the following brands – Rolex (2017) New Zealand Tourism
His movie Avatar (2009) was used in a Japanese Panasonic TV advertisement. James Cameron and producer Jon Landau visit the Titanic Quarter in Belfast in September 2012 (Titanic Belfast / Flickr / CC BY 2.0) Religion
Atheism Best Known For His record-breaking films which include cult movies like The Terminator (1984), Aliens (1986), The Abyss (1989), Titanic (1997), Avatar (2009), etc Being a pioneer in 3D technology and revolutionizing 3D cinema with his film Avatar Being a hardcore environmentalist and using his status to raise awareness about climate change His contributions to science and technology as well as his cutting-edge deep-sea explorations First Film
James made his theatrical film debut in 1997 with his own directorial film Titanic . However, his minor role as a steerage dancer was uncredited.
His first credited performance was in 1999 when he played himself in Albert Brooks’s comedy film The Muse . First TV Show
He made his first TV show appearance as a guest on the talk show Late Night with David Letterman in 1989. Personal Trainer
Cameron, along with his family, had adopted a vegan diet in 2012. Since then, he has been a proponent of veganism and considers choosing a plant-based diet the biggest contribution one can make in combating climate change. He has credited his new diet for his improved health and sustenance.
On a typical day, Cameron follows a meticulous routine such as – 5 A.M. – He starts his day early with a pre-workout green smoothie made from spinach, orange, banana, and apple. 6 A.M. – He dedicates an hour to his workout which ranges from yoga , kickboxing to lightweight training done with high-intensity intervals. 7:30 A.M. – Breakfast for him includes scrambled eggs made with tofu or quesadilla using plant-cheese, red beans, and rice. In addition to it, he has a protein shake made with nut butters, fruit, and pea protein as well as a cup of Oolong tea. In the form of supplements, he consumes hemp oil capsules, vitamin D, MSM, and B12. 11 A.M. – For his mid-morning hunger pangs, he opts for fresh fruits like watermelon, grapes, and berries. 1:30 P.M. – He has vegan chefs Brad and Sandy prepare dishes from various cuisines like Mexican, Italian, Thai, and Indian. Also, burgers from Beyond Meat and Hungry Planet , which specialize in plant-based substitutes for meat, are his go-to choice for comfort foods. Finally, a bowl of soup to go along with it. 4:30 P.M. – During the evenings, he eats a green salad. 8 P.M. – He keeps his last meal of the day pretty light with either a plant-based burger, or some hummus with pita and olives, or avocado with salsa. Lastly, he gobbles it down with a glass of wine. James Cameron Favorite Things Films – The Wizard of Oz (1939), Dr. Strangelove (1964), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), The Godfather (1972), Taxi Driver (1976) Song To Sing In The Shower – Ride of the Valkyries by Richard Wagner Film Of 2013 – Gravity
Source – Fandor.com, Reddit James Cameron receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in December 2009 (Angela George / Wikimedia / CC BY-SA 3.0) James Cameron Facts Cameron has been a resident of the United States since 1971. In 2004, he had put in an application for American citizenship but withdrew the same after George W. Bush came into power in his 2nd term. He still holds Canadian citizenship. He was enlisted in Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’ in 2010. Pristimantis jamescameroni is a newly discovered species of frog that was named after Cameron in October 2013. He was chosen in order to recognize his long-term efforts in raising awareness about the environment and promoting veganism. Classic films like Star Wars (1977) and 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) convinced Cameron that art and science could be integrated seamlessly in films. It is what inspired him to work as a director in the film industry. His first film project was a 10-minute long sci-fi story called Xenogenesis, which he wrote after reading Syd Field ‘s book on filmmaking techniques called ‘Screenplay’ . The film was shot with the help of his friends using a 35 mm lens and rented cameras. At the start of his career, he worked at Roger Corman Studios . While there, he worked in different capacities such as art director, special effects designer, production designer, and assistant director. His time there taught him valuable skills and techniques that can help produce quality content in a limited budget. The central idea for The Terminator came to Cameron in his sleep. During an illness, he had a nightmare that a futuristic robot hitman was sent to kill him. He developed this concept to direct his first feature film that launched his career. He sold the screenplay to Gale Ann Hurd of Pacific Western Productions for $1 on the condition that he gets to direct the film. The Terminator , made on a shoestring budget of $6.4 million, went on to earn $78.3 million at the box office. Later in life, he lamented on his decision to sell the rights of the story, that has since spawned several sequels and a TV series. James is notorious for prolonging the filming schedules and going way over-budget on all his films. The same was the case with Titanic whose budget reached $200 million and was considered the most expensive film of its time. Eventually, it became the first film to have a worldwide gross of $1 billion. James jokingly refers to Titanic as the $190 million ‘Chick Flick’. Cameron is left-handed. Actress Kate Winslet had revealed in 2004 that James had drawn the n*de portrait of Rose in a pivotal scene in Titanic . His hands were used in the close-up shots which were then flipped to denote the right-handedness of Leonardo Dicaprio ‘s character. On the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in April 2012, Cameron’s film was re-released in 3D. The final worldwide collection reached $2.18 billion. The only other film in history to cross the $2 billion mark is his 2009 sci-fi film Avatar . Cameron and his brother John David launched a digital media company in 1998 called Earthship Productions . The company has worked on several undersea documentaries like Expedition: Bismarck (2002), Ghosts of the Abyss (2003), Titanic Adventure by Tony Robinson (2005), etc. He produced the controversial documentary The Lost Tomb of Jesus with Israeli journalist Simcha Jacobovici on March 4, 2007. The series documented the excavating of the Talpiot Tomb and alleged that it contained the human remains of the family of Jesus. However, the views expressed by Cameron and his team in the series were mired in dispute. His love for deep sea exploration took him back to Titanic in 2012. Along with 8 experts, Cameron re-investigated the site of the shipwreck and their analysis revised the general perception of the nature of sinking that was held since 1995. His 2009 sci-fi epic drama Avatar revolutionized cinematic technology forever. The film, which cost more than $300 million to make, has become the highest-grossing film of all time with a global revenue of $2.78 billion. He launched his own production company Lightstorm Entertainment in 1990. He is close friends with Mexican director Guillermo del Toro , whom he met in 1993 on del Toro’s film Cronos. When Guillermo’s father Federico del Toro was abducted in 1997, Cameron paid the ransom money of $1 million for his release. His father was eventually released after living in captivity for 72 days. Following this incident, del Toro relocated his family to the US. Cameron is the first ever solo person to reach the deepest part of the Mariana Trench called the Challenger Deep . Located in the Pacific Ocean , the Challenger Deep is the deepest point known in the earth’s seabed. On March 26, 2012, he piloted the Deepsea Challenger submersible to reach a depth of 35,787 ft. Before him, Jacques Piccard and Don Walsh were the only 2 men who had dived to the spot (together) aboard the Bathyscaphe Trieste in 1960. James spent 3 hours at the bottom of the ocean bed and his exploration helped discover many new species of marine life. Cameron’s technological expertise has seen him be a part of the NASA Advisory Council . He had worked on building 3-D cameras to accompany the Curiosity rover on its mission to Mars in 2012. However, the devices couldn’t be tested in time and so were sidelined by the space agency. Cameron’s wife Suzy has co-founded the MUSE School, along with her sister Rebecca, in Calabasas, California in 2006. The school has set precedence as the first-of-its-kind K-12 vegan school in the US. In light of the Harvey Weinstein s*xual abuse scandal in 2017, Cameron came forward with an incident where he almost hit the disgraced mogul with his Oscar. At the Academy Awards in 1998, Weinstein approached James to talk about how his company Miramax was great for talented artists. Cameron retaliated with a scathing reply on how Miramax had ill-treated his friend Guillermo del Toro during the shooting of his film Mimic (distributed by Miramax), which almost escalated into an actual fight. James is the first director to have 2 of his films ( Titanic and Avatar ) earn more than $1 billion each as global box office collections. Only 2 other directors have managed this feat; Christopher Nolan for The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012) and Peter Jackson for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012). Roger Dean, a British artist, had sued Cameron for $50 million in June 2013. He accused the director of plagiarising his original images for his film Avatar but later on, lost the case. His directorial style has influenced generations of filmmakers. Among them are Joss Whedon , Quentin Tarantino , Peter Jackson, Baz Luhrmann, Neill Blomkamp, and Michael Bay. Cameron’s on-set behavior has often come under fire and over the years, he has been criticized for his dictatorial manners while shooting. Many of his actors, including Kate Winslet, found his uncompromising ways and flaring tempers difficult to deal with. He had an altercation with his long-time collaborator James Horner after working with him on Aliens (1986). The two would work next only a decade later on Titanic after settling their differences. Cameron was inducted in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in June 2012. He received a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame on June 3, 2008. The next year, on December 18, 2009, (co-incidentally which was also Avatar ‘s release date) he was inducted into Hollywood’s Walk of Fame . Follow James Cameron on Twitter , Instagram , and Facebook .
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Plant-Powered : Eating Vegetarian in Bali

April 5th, 2019
Surely the term ‘plant-based foods’ is no longer alien to one’s ears. Fad or not, people are jumping on the bandwagon, as both foodies and entrepreneurs, faster than you can say smashed avocado. This particular diet may be looked at as a way of life but eliminating meat products from your diet is a commitment that can be in the interest of oneself, religion, or the environment. It’s worth noting as well that people adopting a vegan, vegetarian or plant-based diet all differ in some ways.
People with a vegan diet endorse a cruelty-free philosophy. They do not eat animal-based products, including everyday life items. Food, snacks, shoes, clothes, make up, and anything made with ingredients and materials that come from animals are totally off the table.
A vegetarian is someone who abstains from eating all types of animal meat, however still consumes animal products, such as dairy and eggs. This type of diet can sub-branch to the pescatarian and flexitarian diets. Pescatarians eliminate meat and poultry but allow fish and sometimes eggs and dairy products, whilst a flexitarian eats a mostly vegetarian diet and occasionally incorporates meat, fish or poultry.
Akin to the vegan diet, people who eat a plant-based diet avoid animal-based products but take this a step further by removing processed foods in their diet, such as oil, flour, refined sugar. They base their diets around veggies, fruit, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, and minimally processed foods. Whilst vegans will eat Oreo cookies (strangely a vegan-friendly snack!), those following a plant-based diet won’t.
Whether you are vegetarian, vegan, or anything in between, here are some of Bali’s top eateries keeping meat off the menu. Peloton Supershop
Peloton Supershop is a plant-based eatery that doubles as a sustainable artisan bicycle shop situated in the heart of the up and coming Berawa area. Anyone who is anyone in Canggu has at least dropped into Peloton for a Biker Bowl, a flat white, or a Miracle shot! The plant-based restaurant offers a breakfast and lunch menu and has recently welcomed a lineup of dinner dishes. In the AM, you can enjoy their smoothie bowls, vegan pancakes, scrambled tofu, or plant-powered breakfast sandwiches. Come lunchtime, the team serves up a selection of soul food, such as vegan chicken parma, lasagna, hotdogs, burgers, and vibrant salads. To switch it up when the sun goes down, Peloton Supershop offers ‘sharing is caring’ plates, an exciting range of mains, such as pasta and tacos, as well as Thai green curry, and more. Make sure you pop in for their very own vegan nasi campur “Tour De Bali.”
Peloton Supershop Jalan Pantai Berawa No. 46, Tibuneneng+62 813 3761 9335 www.pelotonsupershop.com Kismet
As the name suggests, Kismet was brought about by fate itself. Kismet Cafe and Boutique is the project of Chloe Carter and Mykah Sterling who were both travelling in Ubud when they met. The two decided to combine their expertise in design and experience in the food industry and turn a quiet corner in Ubud into a stylish yet casual stop for vegetarian bites. Kismet is loved for its creative space that brings artists and talented people alike together to relax, network, create, shop, dine and coexist in peace! The restaurant specialises in gourmet vegetarian cuisine and adopts a simple rule: using organic and high-quality ingredients wherever possible. Their Asian-fusion menu is vibrant with injections from global influences, such as the likes of Italian pasta, pad thai noddles, Indian curries, Canadian poutine, and more. The idea is to blend different cultures where appropriate with a unique Kismet magic.
Kismet Cafe and Boutique Jalan Goutama Selatan No. 27X, Ubud+62 361 9080 702 http://www.kismetbali.com Fivelements
Cuisine plays a big part during a stay in the refined wellness retreat Fivelements and the food served in the lauded Sakti Dining Room is award-winning. The resort centres itself on its strict plant-based vow, which includes fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, seaweed, and whole, fresh juices – all to be consumed in their natural unheated state. Aligned with the retreat’s philosophies, the restaurant provides an incomparable level of nourishment in its tasty items packed with vitamins, minerals, and live enzymes. Using only the finest organic ingredients, the food here is sugar-free with a no alcohol or meat policy. The belief is that vegan and raw plant-powered foods actively support one’s journey to greater wellness, raising energy levels, and mental clarity to reach one’s highest potential. Sakti Dining Room is praised for refining its own distinct gourmet approach and its exquisitely curated menu served in an eco-conscious setting.
Sakti Dining Room at Fivelements Mambal, Abiansemal www.fivelements.org/en/ Coffee Cartel
Lovingly presented from Wollongong, Australia to the heart of Seminyak, Coffee Cartel caters to all diets from vegan, vegetarian to ketogenic, paleo, gluten-free and lean dishes. Each meal has been carefully created to suit a variety of specifications – even the quantity of each macronutrient in each dish is displayed on the menu. You are also given the liberty to create your own dish and items that don’t match your dietary restrictions can be suited accordingly. Delicious, but naughty, meals are available in the form of juicy burgers and sweet treats! Another Coffee Cartel champion is, of course, their coffee. Coffee aficionados will be happy to hear that they also provide a selection of speciality manual coffee brews including Syphon, Aeropress, Hario V60 drip, and Vietnamese Drip. Coffee Cartel’s menu offers an extensive list of all day breakfast, from the classic avo’ smash to their iconic pink smoothie bowls; all day lunch from the likes of soba noodle salad, katsu burger, or vegan bowl; protein smoothies, juices, light bites, and a range of desserts to knock your sweet tooth! The café sets itself apart from the rest by providing a unique latte art printing machine called the ‘Ripple’ machine. With the ripple maker you will turn ordinary coffee into an extraordinary experience. Using patented printing technology, the machine creates inspiring ripples from any image or text atop the foam layer of beverages.
Coffee Cartel Bali Jalan Lebak Sari No.8, Petitenget, Seminyak+62 821 4525 1005 www.coffeecartelbali.net Kafe
KAFE is a wholesome food hub nestled in the heart of Ubud offering a variety of vegetarian and vegan options from local, organic suppliers. Exuding Ubud’s tropical, free-spirited ambience, KAFE’s aesthetic boasts a New York-style bistro quirk, making it an appealing hang out spot in central Ubud. The menu has been carefully nurtured and developed since 2005 to align with the owners’ ethos of a healthy, environmentally conscious lifestyle. You’ll find a wide range of vegetarian, vegan food, raw, gluten-free, macrobiotic and world cuisine dishes, including Mexican, Italian or a range of Indonesian specialities. From breakfast to dinner (7am to 11pm), KAFE offers fare such as spinach mushroom omelette, vegan quinoa porridge, Indonesian breakfast favourite bubur ayam, to broccoli pesto soup, healthy fajitas wraps, curries, stir fry dishes, super salads, and more. The team behind KAFE are also avid coffee lovers – don’t forget to give their espresso a try!
KAFE Ubud Jalan Hanoman No. 44B, Ubud+62 811 1793 455 www.kafe-bali.com River Cafe
Situated by the Petanu River, this spot is a health-conscious restaurant with a view! River Cafe at Maya Ubud Resort & Spa focuses on serving wholesome food driven by organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. All dietary needs are met at this riverside eatery with a full selection of ‘conscious cuisine’. Clean, fresh, natural, and crisp dishes are balanced to nourish the body, mind, and soul. Expect the likes of gado-gado, hearty soups, power salads, and options of sweet but healthy treats. River Cafe also boasts a range of Cold Press Living Juices that will bring worn spirits back to life, including mouthwatering blends of traditional herbal drink jamu, skin tonics, detox coolers, and more. They offer vegetarian, gluten-free, and non-dairy options. Of course, the river view itself has its own healing effects!
Maya Ubud Resort & Spa Jalan Gunung Sari Peliatan, Ubud+62 361 977 888 www.mayaresorts.com/ubud Balibola
Step into a world of flexitarian bites and colourful sights! Balibola is one of Seminyak’s most recent additions that caters to those with a health-focused lifestyle. Balibola adopts the flexitarian diet; the cafe serves meatless plates with only just one dish containing fish. Their dishes are inspired by staple meals all around the world and are carefully crafted to taste as authentic as can be – sans meat. Try their yummy salads like The Quinoa served with a tangy and zesty lemon chipotle dressing; or the Mean Protein that features sweet potato, tofu, hummus, raisins, and more, served with a creamy coconut dressing. If you’re looking for a morning fix, opt for their signature and ‘most instagrammable’ Ricotta Pancakes, which is a stack of soft and fluffy ricotta pancakes topped with mixed berry compote. Staying true to a Bali classic, Balibola proudly presents A Mermaid’s Tale: a smoothie bowl that represents a tropical island with palm trees and a mermaid swimming in the ocean. It’s packed with healthy nutrients from tropical fruits, spirulina, coconut and almond milk, and more. Balibola’s cute exterior is eye-catching to any passerby and your followers on social media!
Balibola Jalan Petitenget No. 8X, Seminyak+62 812 9167 2276

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Overview of Culture in India

Overview of socialisation in IndiaThe last of India is the way of wide deal living out there, what they speak, their religions, celebrations, dance, medicament, architecture, food, and customs. India is land of unity in diversity because bulk of dissimilar religions live together. The culture of India is the oldest, yet unique and colorful. There is a certain welcoming about India that are known ecumenical for instance, greetings to elders and outsiders Namaste is most common way of greeting. Namaste is important in the Hindu culture because its a symbol of heed and admiration not just for elders, outsiders but, also for younger too. In India, younger touching elders feet it shows grrust compliancy to their elders. They touch the feet of their elders daily after waking up and especially on the festive occasions or before starting an important work. They greet their guests with respect and them with utmost care. I have always believed in the concept of Atithi Devo Bhava whi ch means The Guest is considered equal to God.There are different types of languages depending in the places. Each part has their own languages and people like to speak in their mother language. The languages in India besides English and Hindu are Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Punjabi and many more. Joint family system is part of Indian culture to showing respect to their elder. throng still live together as joint family but, now people have profession so they have to come out for job opportunities and stayed alone. There is always a hand of elders on their liberty chit in joint family and for alone too. Staying alone you have freedom and understanding the life in a wide way.There are different types of festivals celebrated in India. Different people celebrate different festivals as per their religion, caste and culture. peck celebrate National festivals like Independence Day, Republic Day as well as religion festivals like Dussehra, Diwali, Raksha Bandhan, Holi, Eid, Buddha Purnima , Christmas, New Year and many more. Holi is the festival of colors because people throw the color to each other in order to celebrate. Raksha Bandhan is a festival of the love and avocation between fellows and siss. It is to celebratebrother-sister relationship who may or may not be biologically related. Sisters tie a sacred thread on her brothers wrist, that symbolizes the sisters love and prayers for her brothers well-being, and the brothers lifelong vow to protect her. I dont have brother but, I always tie tread in my sister wrist or my cousin. This thread is proficient not a simple thread because it reminds brother his responsibility to take always care, support, and protect his sister under all circumstance.Diwali is also known as festival of light as on this twenty-four hours every people, especially Hindus lighten up their home with light including candles and diyas (oil Lamp) its celebrated in honors of Lord Ram. He returned to his kingdom, Ayodhys after spending 14 ye ars in forest. Its celebrate in the mark of advantage of good over evil. There is a tradition of worshiping Devi Lakshmi and Ganapati (elephant head God) on this day because its done for securing peace, prosperity, wealth and happiness. People celebrate Dussehra festival to mark the victory of Lord Rama over Ravana. Rama is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Ravana was an evil demon. It signifiesthe victory of good over the evil. People go to look into the famous folk play of Ram Lila. The report card of Lord Rama is shown in the play. The epic Ramayana tells the story of the Lord Rama who wins the lovely Sita as his wife, only to have her carried away by Ravana, the demon king of Lanka. Ravana plays an important role in the Ramayana.Buddha Purnima celebrated actually for the eve of birth, sense and passing into nirvana of Gautama Buddha. On the day of Buddha Purnima, the devotees gather together in the Buddhistic Temples to hoist the Buddhist flag. Temples are decorated beautiful ly. Flowers are offered to teachers. Devotees are encouraged to refrain from violence and to accept only vegetarian food. On this day, the Buddhist monks teach the teachings of Buddha. The devotees are encouraged to follow the teachings of the great master. The teachings of Gautama Buddha were simple. He asked his disciples to judge his teachings with their own agreement and then decide if they want to follow his teachings or not. The eight noble path of Buddha are of even up belief, intent, speech, behavior, effort, livelihood, contemplation and concentration. Bodh Gaya is a sacred religious site in India. It is believed that Gautama Buddha attained enlightenment in foretell Gaya. Every year, many devotees from all over the world come to this place to celebrate Buddha Purnima.Art, literature, theater and contain (world famous Bollywood films), and architecture have flourished in India for centuries and they continue to flourish today. The Ramayana is one of the oldest known epi c industrial plant of literature. India has full of talents in the field of art or architecture includes paintings, rangoli, plastic arts like pottery, and framework arts like woven silk, and so on For examples including paintings of Ajanta cave, Paintings of Ellora cave, etc. Rangoli are the art generally made by the female members of the family. From ages, India has great number of architecture like Rock-cut temples of Mahabalipuram, temples of Thanjavur, Kanchipuram and many more. It seems that wherever you turn in India you give come across a site of historic, natural or cultural importance. India is rich in heritage, and whatsoever of the main UNESCO world heritage sites in India are Taj Mahal Tourists flock from all over the world to see this resplendent seventeenth century palace. The Great Himalayan National Park is worlds tallest mountain. Agra Fort The Yumana river flows serenely historical this ancient fort in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Elephant Caves Deep inside th ese spooky caves you will find foppish statues and designs carved by the human hand.Indian culture would remain incomplete if we do not controvert the various classical, fold dance forms, Music, clothing and Food. The most popular Classical dance forms are Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri, etc. Folk dances are mainly performed in any occasion like birth of a child, festivals, harvest-time seasons, wedding events, etc. For Indians, music is to soul what food is to body. Since Vedic period, it has been capturing the heart and mind of every Indian. In the classical Indian music, there are basically two types of schools- the Hindustani Music (North) and the Carnatic Music (South). Raga arranging of musical notes is the key in the classical music. The Indian villages also have their special kind of music that carries colours of folk tradition. Music of Indian movies is also liked by the masses.Indian clothing is closely identified with the colorful silk sarees worn by many of the countrys women. Different regions of India have different specialty and descriptor of sarees. In Punjab the traditional dress is Salwar Kameez and in Rajasthan it is Gagra Choli or also known as Lehenga. The traditional clothing for men is the dhoti, an unstitched piece of cloth that is tied around the waist and legs. Men also have on a kurta, a loose shirt that is worn about knee-length. For special occasions, men wear a sherwani, which is a long coat that is buttoned up to the collar and down to the knees.When the Moghul Empire invaded during the ordinal century, they left a significant mark on the Indian cuisine. Indian cuisine is also influenced by many other countries and It is known for large assortment of dishes and liberal use of herbs and spices. The most important part of the Indian cuisine are rice, flour and an element called pulses. Pulses are red lentils, Bengal ram, pigeon pea, black gram and thou gram. The variety in Indian spices like black pepper, cori ander seeds, cardamom, saffron and cumin seeds not only enhance the flavor of the food but also add value to it. North India has chole bhature, tandoori chicken, rajma chawal, kadhi chawal, dhokla, daal baati churma and biryani to relish, South India is not behind in the race. From masala dosa, rava uttpam, rasam, sambar-lemon rice to toran, appam, meen the South Indian cuisine has a great variety to offer. legion(predicate) Hindus are vegetarians, but lamb, goat and chicken are common in main dishes for non-vegetarians. Hindu do not eat beef but, non-Hindu interpret these beliefs mean that Hindu worship cow which not true. The cow is thought to be sacred, deeply honor, respect and adore. In India most states have banned cow whipping and almost 90% dont prefer to eat. Both Hindu and Non Hindu do not prefer to eat pork.SourcesIndian Culture Tradition The Basis Behind Its Elements. Sadhguru, 14 Feb. 2014. Web. 08 Mar. 2018.Choudhury, Samar. Essay on Indian Culture and Tradition. I mportant India. N.p., 21 Dec. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.Zimmermann, Kim Ann. Indian Culture Traditions and Customs of India. LiveScience. Purch, 30 Jan. 2015. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.Culture of India. Culture of India Find wholly About Indian Culture. N.p., n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2017.Home. India Language, Culture, Customs and Etiquette. N.p., n.d. Web. 09 Mar. 2017.

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Top Mediterranean Restaurant Las Vegas : Shiraz Restaurant

Top Persian Food in Las Vegas : Shiraz Restaurant Restaurant – Food Service Las Vegas (Nevada) April 5, 2019 Check with seller
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We offer a wide range of Indian cuisine, Pakistani cuisine and Persian Cuisine on Las Vegas. Our vast selection of Persian dishes are sure to delight the palate. For More Information Contact us on (702) 870-0860 or Visit us @ www.shirazrestaurant.com Shiraz Restaurant : Best Persian Restaurant Las Vegas Restaurant – Food Service Las Vegas (Nevada) March 28, 2019 Check with seller
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Get Familiarize with Mumbai through its Variety of Food

Get Familiarize with Mumbai through its Variety of Food by Priyansi Y. I am a Traveler and blogger Are you a foodie? In that case, you simply cannot afford to miss out on the delight of Indian street food. There are tons of different varieties of them available. What makes it so interesting is the fact that you will find different flavors and tastes in different parts of India. In the Northern part, it’s more spicy and hot while in the South, it’s more cool and soothing. However, if you are looking for a place where you can find all the major street foods in India, in that case, Mumbai should be your one-stop destination. This is one city where you will find all verities of different types of street food ranging from the local pav-bhaji to different types of North Indian dishes with the hire Car Rental Mumbai . Best Street Foods of Mumbai If you wish to enjoy the taste of the best street food in Mumbai, in that case, you should take a day’s off and set off, with either on foot or you can Car Hire Mumbai . Mumbai has tons of different types of cuisines to offer that will simply blow your mind away. What are the items this city has in store for you? Here are some of the Mumbai specials · Vada Pao: Also known as “Poor Man’s Burger”, Vada Pao is one of the most famous dishes in Mumbai. It is nothing but vegetables stuffed in between bun bread . This dish is served with delicious chutney, garlic powder, and dried chilies. There are different variations of Vada Pao available like Cheese Vada Pao, Grilled Vada Pao, and others · Misal Pav: Originally from Pune, if you are looking for a delicious breakfast in Mumbai, then this dish would just be the perfect option for you. It is nothing but a mix of curried lentils, topped with different types of fried vegetables, potato, tomato, and chopped onions. This mouth-watering street food is usually eaten with yogurt. If you are looking for healthy street food , then this one would just be the perfect choice for you · Pav Bhaji: This is another very popular dish as far as Mumbai street food is concerned. It is made of mashed potatoes and vegetables which are cooked with different types of spices. All these vegetables, fried together constitute the “Bhaji” part and the pav is nothing but 2 pieces of bun bread which are mild fried in cheese or butter. If you are hungry in the streets of Mumbai, then you can find Pav Bhaji anywhere in the city. There are some Pav Bhaji stalls that remain open throughout the night. If you are looking for the best Pav Bhaji in the city, then you must visit Dadabhaji Naoroji Road near CST · Bhel Puri: If you are in Choupati in Mumbai, then you cannot stay away from the mouth-watering bhel puris. It is a local dish, made of puffed rice with lots of chopped onions, tomatoes, potato slices along with different types of chutney. It tastes delicious and can make you feel full after having a dish · Batata Vada: Also known as Aloo Bonda, Batata Vada is another very popular local dish in Mumbai. It is made of mashed potato patty which is coated with pea flour, being deep fried. Turmeric, red chili powder and salt are also added to it. It is served with green chutney These are some of the most popular local street foods in Mumbai and enjoy the whole street food through Car on Rent in Mumbai . Apart from these, if you are looking for variations of different types of Indian cuisine, then there are tons of different options that are available to you and you can also enjoy road trip from Mumbai to Goa through hire Car Rental in Goa . I am a Traveler and blogger 17 connections, 0 recommendations, 32 honor points. Joined APSense since, February 27th, 2019, From Mumbai, India.

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10 best Crawley restaurants, cafés and pubs according to TripAdvisor

10 best Crawley restaurants, cafés and pubs according to TripAdvisor From a vegan café to an Afghan restaurant, these are Crawley’s highest rated places to eat out Share Crawley has food from all over the world (Image: Daniel Ogulewicz) Get the biggest daily stories by email Subscribe Thank you for subscribing See our privacy notice Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email
Gone are the days when eating out provided only three options – Indian, Chinese or fish and chips.
While those three are undoubtedly still favourites, Crawley has a huge range of food from all corners of the world to offer.
You only have to look at the top 10 places to eat out on TripAdvisor to see the town has a diverse food offering.
So we’ve done exactly that, to help you choose somewhere new to have some breakfast, grab a bite to eat at lunch, or sit down for a three-course meal in the evening. Read More
36 High Street, RH10 1BW
Opening times: Sun 10am-4pm, Tues-Wed 8.30am-5.30pm, Thu-Sat 8.30am-9.30pm
Sage is a completely vegan café and is proving to be something of a Mecca for plant-based foodies.
But among the 150 reviews are some from meat eaters who said they were pleasantly surprised by how good the food was.
On the menu you’ll find the likes of pulled jackfruit burger with coleslaw and fries, and mixed vegetable Thai green curry. A pulled jackfruit burger at Sage in Crawley High Street (Image: Sage) 2. The Parson’s Pig pub
Balcombe Road, Worth, RH10 3NL
Opening times: Sun 11am-10.30pm, Mon-Fri 11am-11pm, Sat 11am-11.30pm
This pub been around for considerably longer than Sage, having opened at the end of the 18th Century.
The Parson’s Pig has amassed 1,209 reviews (only from the 21st Century though) and 944 of those rated it as ‘excellent’.
As well as traditional pub grub, it does authentic curries which are a big hit according to the reveiws.
The pub benefits from being next door to a Premier Inn used by Gatwick travellers, so people come from all over to eat there. The Parson’s Pig in Balcombe Road, Worth (Image: Mark Davison) 3. Royal Thai Taste
58A High Street, RH10 1BT
Opening times: Tue-Sun 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm
This restaurant has a varied menu but also takes requests from diners, making it clear the customer experience is very important to the staff.
TripAdvisor reviewers seem to appreciate it, with 233 of the 295 reviews giving top marks with an ‘excellent’ rating.
Main dishes, which include red and green Thai curry, roast duck and lamb shank, will generally set you back anywhere between £8 and £14. Inside the Royal Thai Taste restaurant (Image: Grant Melton) 4. Lemongrass Thai Cuisine
6-14 High Street, RH10 1BJ
Opening times: Daily 12pm-2.30pm and 5.30pm-11pm
Lemongrass has five branches including the one in Crawley High Street, which has been so successful the company has opened a sister restaurant ‘Spice I Am’ just a short walk away.
The menu at Lemongrass includes the option of a number of set menus. You’ll find aromatic duck, deep fried soft shell crab and steamed king scallops among the offerings.
It also has an extensive range for vegetarians. It’s had 854 TripAdvisor reviews, 653 of which rated it ‘excellent’ while 126 said it was ‘very good’. Some of the food on offer at Lemongrass Thai Cuisine (Image: Sally Loram) 5. Fatboys Joint
8 The Broadway, RH10 1DS
Opening times: Daily 12pm-10pm
It sounds like the name of a greasy spoon café but Fatboys serves authentic Afghan and Pakistani food.
It does not serve any alcohol, instead making the experience as authentic as possible with traditional soft drinks from the region.
The restaurant’s show stopper is its naan breads which are so huge they come out on their own hook as they won’t fit on a plate.
The curries tend to be dry spiced curries with lots of flavour rather than the type with loads of sauce. Fatboys Joint serves authentic Afghan and Pakistani cuisine (Image: Kevin Shaw) 6. Leo’s Tapas
6-14 High Street Unit 1, RH10 1BJ
Opening times: Sun 10am-10pm, Tue-Thu 12pm-10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-11pm
This Mediterranean restaurant has Spanish favourites like paella and Portuguese dishes like Bacalhau à Casa, which centres around salted cod.
If you’re going for the tapas option you’ll find the likes of spicy chorizo, barbecue ribs and patatas bravas on the menu. But it also serves main meals such as grilled salmon or sea bass, sirloin steak and homemade burgers.
Of the 262 TripAdvisor reviews, 177 rate it as ‘excellent’. One reviewer, Sue L, from Crawley, even took a hen party there. The Spanish favourite, paella (Image: Ben Mole) 7. Taormina
7 High Street, RH10 1BH
Opening times: Sun 12pm-10pm, Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm and 5pm-11pm, Sat 12pm-11pm
Named after the beautiful hilltop town on the coast of Sicily, Taormina aims to deliver an authentic Sicilian experience.
The owners say they will make you feel like you’re actually in Taormina – just don’t look outside at Crawley High Street. Inspired as it is by a coastal location, there is a wide variety of fish dishes.
Smoked salmon, king prawns and deep fried Brie feature among the starters while the main menu includes pasta parcels filled with pear and Gorgonzola, and fresh crab with chilli and garlic.
It’s had 553 reviews with 351 of those scoring it top marks. The coastal town of Taormina is set in stunning scenery in Sicily (Image: Getty) 8. La Brasserie at the Sofitel London Gatwick
North Terminal Approach, Gatwick Airport, RH6 0PH
Opening times: Daily 6pm-10pm
A hotel restaurant at an airport is not the first place that springs to mind when you’re considering where to eat out, but it’s worth considering at the Sofitel.
Of course it’s mainly frequented by the hotel’s guests and those passing through Gatwick, but if you’re bored of your usual restaurants, the reviews suggest it’ll be worth the trip.
La Brasserie has two Rosettes and serves modern British food “with a French accent”. It’s had 392 ‘excellent’ ratings and 207 that declared it ‘very good’ among the 699 reviews. The Sofitel Hotel at Gatwick (Image: Crawley News) 9. Xenia Latin Lounge
Crawley Leisure Park, London Road RH10 8LR
Opening times: Sun 12pm-10.30pm, Mon-Thu 12pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 12pm-1am
Continuing our journey around the world, Xenia brings Brazilian flavour to the table.
Located at the entrance to Crawley Leisure Park, it is a ‘rodizio’ steakhouse, meaning staff will keep bringing you more food until you say ‘stop’.
The servers, known as passadors, will carve your meat at your table from a skewer. For herbivores, there is a ‘vegetarian experience’ to replace the meat-heavy one the restaurant is best known for.
For meat eaters, it’s not just steak. There is chicken, prawns, fish and gourmet burgers available. Xenia Latin Lounge serves ‘rodizio’ steak, meaning staff will keep serving it until you tell them to stop (Image: Xenia) 10. Wildwood Restaurant
The George Hotel, High Street, RH10 1BS
Opening times: Sun-Wed 11.30am-10.30pm, Thu-Sat 11.30am-11pm
Pizza, pasta, grills and seasonal specials are the order of the day at Wildwood, based at the historic George Hotel.
You’ll also find Philly steak sandwich, calamari and seafood risotto on the menu. Wildwood also has plenty of vegetarian options and you can get the food to take away. The Wildwood Restaurant at The George Hotel (Image: Grant Melton) Like us on Facebook

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Chp 752. Montfort Mizo Reunion

Mizohican Photobucket had recently changed their policy and now all the images from my 650+ blog posts are disabled. I am slowly editing them by moving my images to my own server at AWS, but it will take time. In case there is a particular old post you want to see the images of, kindly drop me a mail at mizohican@gmail.com and I’ll keep that at a high priority. Thank you. Friday, April 05, 2019 Chp 752. Montfort Mizo Reunion During my recent vacation in Mizoram, I managed to find a free evening to have a reunion with my Mizo classmates of Montfort School, Yercaud, TN. Ahhh our 20th year reunion! Time flew that fast! It seemed just like a few years ago when we were all just playing football together at our school playground in Tamil Nadu, hanging out and having fun while trying to experiment on all sort of weird stuff. That was us. Paul, Tlawmlova, Francis, Azuala, Notea, Byron, Hminga, Rempuia, Stephen and me. The 10 wicked Mizos of our Talofian batch of ’99. Much credit to Hminga (Mama) who planned the whole reunion in the last minute. He reached out to everyone and arranged the reunion venue at his own restaurant, Pemarin, at Millennium Centre. I happened to forget I was in Mizoram time, so I reached the venue right on the dot, 6:30 sharp, and nobody else was freaking there yet! Really nice of Hminga to book the private room of his restaurant for our occasion. I broke the rules and brought out my booze since nobody was there yet (kids, don’t try this at home). Just to be clear, this was my own doing and Hminga had no role in this and he wouldn’t have appreciated of it. But I just feel like putting this pic up since Mizoram is now currently back to Prohibition. Wicked me 😀 As soon as Hminga turned up, he was like, “Get rid of those damn bottles, the source of all evil and perversion, how could you stain the good name of my restaurant!” And so we broke all the bottles right there and no alcohol was consumed that night. After Hminga, Azuala was the next to reach. And then came my bro Stephen. Notea too turned up, surprising everybody since we all assumed he would be more interested in playing his PC games 😀 Tlawmlova and Rinpuii soon joined our merry crowd. And finally, the red carpet for our much much beloved Paul! And so, that was us that night. Hminga, Azuala, Stephen, Notea, Tlawmlova, Paul and me. Francis was terribly missed as we talked about all the good times we had with him, may he always rest in peace, see you soon on the other side brother. Rempuia, now known as Edward, was super busy with his glamorous successful career and none of us had actually any idea on how to reach him. It would have been great if he could have been there as well. And then there was Byron, who could have made it for the reunion except he had passed out and didn’t see Hminga’s messages until the next morning. He regretted so much the next day for not being able to make it for our reunion. Typical By-a 😀 The food and service were awesome that night, probably due to the fact that the owner of the restaurant was in our group 😀 😛 As Hminga mentioned, he had recently acquired a new Italian chef (to be precise, an Indian chef who specializes in Italian cuisines 😛 ) and even though he was expensive, it was worth the investment because the dishes he made for us that night were absolutely amazing! Notea brought along his small digicam and the pictures came out really well. As I have mentioned in my previous blog post , my dear cousin BTi got married the previous day. Her new home was just a stone’s throw away from where our reunion was held, so I briefly left the restaurant and visited her. She and her in-laws were busy unwrapping all the wedding presents. Like a good relative, I helped them shift some of the stuff up to their bedroom. 😀 After that I went back to Pemarin restaurant and re-joined my bros. I don’t think they even realized I went missing for a couple of minutes 😛 😀 😀 We talked so much about our wild days back in School, all the crazy things we did, how we used to travel together by train (Coromandel Express) from Kolkata to Chennai and vice-versa, our holiday trips to Bengaluru, the surprise dormitory raids from our wardens, the most embarrassing stuff each of us did, bunking classes and even sneaking out from hostel, smuggling contraband back into hostel and so on. What a memorable night indeed. One last group pic together before leaving. We all went to Hminga’s house after that, where we could finally drink. 😛 We continued trading old stories there as well, while laughing our asses out most of the time. Before leaving, Daduhi gave us all this really awesome detox concoction made from tamarind and lemon. And as we all bid each other an emotional goodbye, I walked down to my rendezvous point below Hminga’s house, where my other partners-in-crime Esther and Joe Mualchin along with Goosh came to pick me up… We went to many places that night, but that is for another blog post 😛 Even though I had a very tight window frame, it was such a momentous occasion to have a reunion with my bros after 20 long years. So many things had changed between us, but what remained strong even after all these years is the bond that tied us all together. Looking forward to our next reunion again. Take care everyone, peace out. Cheers! Posted by

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14 of the best activities in Cape Town

Learn how to cook in Bo Kaap Hike Table Mountain
Table Mountain is one of the most iconic landmarks in South Africa. While it’s possible to head up the mountain via cable car, a hike to the top is a rewarding and memorable thing to do in Cape Town.
The most popular hiking route is via Platteklip Gorge and it takes an average of two hours to reach the top. To access the trail, take a bus or car to the lower cable car station. From here, take the path up to the Contour path and turn left. The path weaves along the side of the mountain for about one kilometre before meeting the Platteklip Gorge trail.
From here the hike is a steep two-kilometre climb up through the gorge and a narrow canyon to the top. It is rated as moderate difficulty, but the steepness can feel challenging at times.
Once you reach the top of the canyon, turn right to head to the main tourist area and cable car station or left for more trails along the plateau. The views from every angle at the top are simply superb.
Our best tips for hiking the Platteklip Gorge trail: Hiking the Platteklip Gorge trail is a popular activity and as a result can be very busy. We recommend starting early to avoid the crowds. If you don’t plan to hike back down the mountain, make sure you purchase your cable car ticket to descend the mountain when you arrive at the top. Table Mountain is often blanketed in cloud so if you have flexibility in your South Africa itinerary check the weather each morning and take the opportunity to climb on a clear day for the best views. Take plenty of water as there is no water along the trail until you reach the top cable car station.
Recommended by Rachel of Adventure and Sunshine. Follow her on Facebook Take a free walking tour of Cape Town
Learning about the city’s history during a visit to Cape Town is as important as exploring the abundant nature surrounding the city. One of the cheapest, most fun and easiest ways to do this is by joining a free walking tour led by Free Walking Tours .
There are a variety of tours from which to choose, where you can learn about different aspects of Cape Town, and these tours leave multiple times per day (11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 4:20 p.m.), so a free Cape Town walking tour can be flexibly adjusted to your itinerary. You can either join the Historic City Tour, the Bo Kaap Tour or the Apartheid to Freedom Tour. There’s no need to pre-book, just show up at the meeting point, choose the tour you’re most interested in and learn about Cape Town.
The guides are only paid what you tip them, so be generous, but if you are on a really tight budget they’ll understand if you only leave a small tip.
Recommended by Lena of The Social Travel Experiment Drive the Cape Peninsula
One of the best day trips from Cape Town is driving the Cape Peninsula from Cape Town to Cape Point. This is one of the world’s most scenic drives and can be done by rental car (which are inexpensive), motorbike (a lot of fun!) or group tour.
You’ll need to start early and allow a full day as there’s so much to see along the way including beaches, mountains, penguins, cute towns, vineyards, the rugged cliffs of Cape Point and the stunning Chapman’s Peak Drive.
It’s best to drive the Cape Peninsula in a clockwise direction so that you are driving on the sea side of the road (you drive on the left in South Africa) and can end with sunset at Camp’s Bay.
The views are beautiful the entire drive and if you have your own vehicle you can choose your own stops. The highlights are the colourful beach huts at surfer town Muizenberg, trendy fishing village Kalk Bay where you can shop at unique boutiques, the historic naval base Simon’s Town, seeing penguins at Boulders Beach, and the stunning views of two oceans at Cape Point where you can also go hiking.
On the way back to Cape Town, stop at Noordhoek for a walk or horseride along the immense white beach (there’s also a great food market at Cape Point Vineyards on Thursday evenings), enjoy the views on the gorgeous Chapman’s Peak Drive and end with a sundowner at the upmarket beach suburb of Camps Bay.
A final tip: make sure you take cash for the toll road.
Recommended by Erin of Never Ending Voyage. Follow her on Instagram Sip wine (and taste cupcakes!) in Stellenbosch
At a mere one hour drive from Cape Town, the lovely Stellenbosch is one of the nicest places to visit in South Africa . Most people go there to taste the incredible wines in one (or more) of its vineyards, but the city is a pleasant place to explore even when not on a mission to taste wine. There are a few good museums and art galleries, and the overall vibe is very relaxed and charming.
Even on a day trip from Cape Town, it‘s possible to make the most of Stellenbosch and explore a few of its wineries. There are so many scattered around that picking the best one is actually a hard task.
Lanzerac is very close to the centre of the city. It has a fantastic restaurant for brunch, and offers wine tasting paired with cheese and, for real gourmets, even with chocolate. Tastings are guided by the expert sommeliers at Lanzerac.
Muratie is an incredible winery a bit outside the city, where everything looks vintage and the wines have been given the name of the various people that have had an impact in the vineyard. The annexed restaurant is a great place for lunch, but keep in mind it‘s closed on Mondays.
The nearby Delheim offers wine and cupcakes tastings – a seemingly odd combination but one which makes perfect sense when tried. The surroundings of the vineyard are gorgeous. You have to drive through Muratie to get there.
Middelvlei offers wine blending experiences. Visitors are provided three different bottles of wine, tannin and sugar drops, and all the tools to create the perfect blend, which they can then have while savouring a traditional South African braai (barbecue).
Spier not only has incredible wines and a fantastic restaurant, but it has made it a mission to have as small an impact on the environment as possible, and it virtually runs completely green.
Recommended by Claudia of My Adventures Across The World Reflect on history on Robben Island
South Africa’s horrible history of apartheid is now thankfully in the past, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t see its legacy throughout the country. One of the most recognisable symbols of this time is Robben Island, the prison which once held political prisoners like Nelson Mandela.
Visiting Robben Island is an important experience that allows visitors to get a sense of how the freedom fighters were treated. However, the tours are quite tightly managed because of the large number of visitors. You won’t be able to wander around and see it at your own pace.
After getting the ferry from the mainland to the island, the tour is run in two parts. One is a bus ride around the island to see different parts of the prison complex. This includes an old quarry which has a pile of stones put there spontaneously by a reunion of former political prisoners in 1995.
The other part of the tour is a guided walk through the main building, with a former prisoner giving background information and personal insight. This includes a brief stop at the cell that held Nelson Mandela.
The tours can get full during busy periods so it‘s worth booking as far in advance as you can. A tour will cost R360 for an adult or R200 for a child, including the ferry ride over.
Recommended by Michael of Time Travel Turtle. Follow him on Facebook Visit Hermanus for whale watching
One of the best things to do in Cape Town, especially from June to November, is to go and watch the whales migrate to the southern tip of Africa for breeding. There are many places around the Mother City that you can watch the giant mammals swim around the continent, but the best place is by far Hermanus, particularly for land-based whale watching.
You can walk along one of the best beaches in South Africa , Blue Flag Grotto Beach, and see the friendly whales breaching or flapping their tales. You can also choose to kayak along the coastline or take a boat out to see them. The boat is the recommended way as you get really close to them and as you see them from above, you get a really good idea of their size. There‘s also some great surf in Hermanus at Voelklip Beach or Kammabaai.
And when you’re all beached out, you can always pop into the Hemel en Aarde wine valley and have some of the country’s top Pinot Noir or Chardonnay, made in the Burgundy tradition. The top three wineries are Bouchard Finlayson, Hamilton Russell and Newton Johnston (also a great place for a meal).
A nice boutique winery that has brilliant Sauvignon Blanc is Bartho Eksteen and his other brand, Wijnskool. If you’re not into wine, Hermanus town is a bustling place with boutique stores, coffee shops and restaurants of all kinds. You can even sit in the main square at restaurants like Lemon Butter or Ocean Basket and watch the whales while you eat.
Recommended by Cal of Once in a Lifetime Journey. Follow him on Facebook Go diving in an aquarium
Two Oceans Aquarium is one of the most respected animal care institutions in the world. As the name implies, this aquarium is located in between two oceans – the Pacific and Indian Oceans. Two Oceans Aquarium highlights the rich marine diversity in the Western Cape region.
If seeing the animals while dry isn‘t enough for you, one of unique things to do in Cape Town is to try diving Two Oceans Aquarium . Seeing any aquarium from the inside offers you a completely different perspective!
The dive operation here is very laidback. But when it comes to protecting the animals, they are very strict. After your briefing and gearing up, you will start your underwater journey from the top side of either I&J Ocean or the Predator Exhibits.
You will come face-to-face with the aquarium’s residents, including several sea turtles, rugged-tooth sharks, galjoen, and stumpnose fish! Even better, you may be able to feed some of these animals, while kids watch you from the outside.
So if you’re scuba certified, get in the water at Two Oceans Aquarium – it’s one of the coolest things to do in Cape Town!
Recommended by Halef and Michael of The Round The World Guys Go horse riding in Noordhoek
When the sun rolls over the horizon in Noordhoek, it makes quite an entrance. Behind the sandy beach, jagged mountains rise up in dark green and charcoal. The swell moves as though it‘s the only one on earth, its own rhythm of surf and withdraw, tumble and crush pounding as the morning mist skips along its surface.
And what makes this view all the more striking? Seeing it from the viewpoint of a horse: riding, wading, swimming through the waterways, surrounded by bright pink flamingos.
Sleepy Hollow Riding School is one such outfit that takes visitors out along the beach at Noordhoek. Priding themselves on their accessibility, both beginners and advanced riders are welcome. But criteria are strict, for safety purposes. Absolutely no alcohol is allowed, helmets are mandatory and there’s a 90 kilogram passenger limit (with a weight check on arrival.) There’s an age limit, too: 12 to 65 years only.
A 30-minute preparatory session takes place at the stables before a well-qualified guide leads the horses out to the sand. The rules of Table Mountain National Park keep the pace to a walk, a trot, or a canter but the view is so spectacular, few people feel the need to go fast.
It’s the perfect way to start the day, and it pairs up nicely with a cultural and authentic cooking lesson back in the colourful district of Bo Kaap.
Recommended by Abi of Inside the Travel Lab. Follow her on Instagram Hike Lions Head
While many visitors attempt to scale the more famous Table Mountain while visiting the Mother City, the trek is long, challenging and the tablecloth-like fog can throw a last-minute wrench in your plans.
Turn your attention instead to the smaller, equally as beautiful Lion’s Head.
The hike up to the top of Lion’s Head is shorter and equally as rewarding and is a must-do activity on any Cape Town itinerary . The hike starts off easy as you walk the dirt path that circles the base of the mountain. The path thins and gradually becomes rockier until you’re met with a literal (and metaphorical?) fork in the road. If you feel unsure, take the longer but easier path to the left. Feeling brave? Hang a right and scale the rocks with the chains and ladders secured into the rock. Whichever path you choose, you’ll be met at the top with the best view Cape Town has to offer.
The best time to hike Lion’s Head is sunrise or sunset. Sunrise has the benefit of conquering the easiest part in the dark, reserving the challenging last bit for last when you’ll have a bit of daylight to help. Descending the rocks on your way down (particularly the chains/ladders) with full morning light, versus the darkness after sunset, will also be easier.
Lion’s Head is moderate in skill level. It’s not necessary to be an experienced outdoorsman to hike Lion’s Head but it will be easier if you’re active and have a bit of endurance. Be sure to pack your reusable water bottle, snacks, and importantly a flashlight if ascending in the dark or descending after sunset. A headlamp is recommended but between you and me, a phone can do in a pinch.
Finally, bring your camera! The view below of Camps Bay, the city and Table Mountain is something you’ll want to remember forever.
Recommended by Erin of Sol Salute. Follow her on Instagram Visit a winery
Visiting a winery is one of the best things to do in Cape Town and should definitely be near the top of any list. One of the great things about Cape Town is that there are wineries right on its doorstep that are very easy to visit – and the City Sightseeing bus stops by three of them!
Groot Constantia is particularly worth visiting as the oldest wine estate in South Africa. It’s also very pretty and there is a restaurant, deli, cellar tours, wine tasting and a historic manor house. It’s worth taking a few hours to tour both the cellars and the historic manor house and then have lunch. The perfect way to finish the cellar tour is with some tastings to choose the perfect wine for lunch or a leisurely afternoon sitting in the vineyard. There are many different wines to try and, since the region is known for its pinotage, make sure this is sampled!
You need to purchase a ticket for cellar tours, the manor house and tastings. This is currently R105 for adults and free for kids and the glass is included.
There are many other wine farms in this region so try to visit a few.
Recommended by Sharon of Simpler And Smarter . Follow her on Facebook Explore the V&A Waterfront
The V&A Waterfront is a popular part of Cape Town to visit or even stay in, thanks to its history, closeness to the city centre, and wealth of things to do. In fact it is reportedly the city’s second most popular tourist attraction after Table Mountain.
It‘s one of the oldest parts of the city of Cape Town and started life as a small jetty for arriving and departing ships in the 17th century. It later grew to be a mostly industrial harbour, and it is still where you depart the mainland to get a boat for a tour of Robben Island.
Beginning in the early 1990s, the area has undergone something of a revamp to become a tourism hub as well as a still-working harbour. This now means there are lots of things to do at the V&A Waterfront , which is named after Queen Victoria and her second son Alfred (rather than her husband Albert). These new activities include the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art and The Watershed, a huge and impressive warehouse celebrating the best in South African design.
If you get hungry you should pop into the V&A Food Market which is home to street food-type stalls selling freshly cooked dishes from near and far. Inside the Alfred Mall you’ll find more shops and restaurants that you can visit in one day, and if you’re travelling with kids you should also check out the Two Oceans Aquarium or South African Maritime Museum.
Recommended by Frankie of As the Bird Flies Blog. Follow her on Instagram Visit the District Six Museum
The District Six Museum is the best place in Cape Town for visitors to learn about apartheid and how it affected the residents of the city. District Six was once a vibrant and diverse community made up of labourers, merchants, artists and immigrants of different races and backgrounds. It was an example of how diversity could make a community stronger and was not something to be feared.
In other words, it represented the exact opposite of what the apartheid government wanted people to believe. Apartheid rulers passed a whole series of laws that were enforced throughout South Africa and, to a lesser extent, Namibia , and were designed to keep people of different races from mingling with each other.
In 1966, District Six was declared a “whites only” area, and all of the people of colour living there were forcibly evicted. Their homes were destroyed, and they were moved to barren areas on the outskirts of the city, known as the Cape Flats.
The museum’s permanent exhibition, titled “Digging Deeper”, documents life in District Six as it once was, using a multimedia and interdisciplinary approach to storytelling.
The museum is located inside the Methodist Church building at 25A Buitenkant Street and is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. In addition to the museum itself, there’s also the District Six Museum Homecoming Centre at 15 Buitenkant Street, just two blocks away, where film screenings, workshops and other activities are held regularly.
The entrance fee is R45, or R60 if you would like a guided tour led by a former resident of District Six. The guided tour is highly recommended, as there is so much information in the exhibits that it can be a bit overwhelming to try to take it all in on your own.
Recommended by Wendy of The Nomadic Vegan. Follow her on Instagram Drive Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak Drive is one of the most scenic drives in the world and certainly the most beautiful drive in Cape Town.
The drive itself is about 5.5 miles connecting Hout Bay and Noordhoek in Cape Town. Most people either drive to Chapman’s Peak for the beautiful view or pass by it on the way to/from Cape of Good Hope.
Chapman’s Peak is also one of the best spots for sunset in Cape Town. There is a particular spot on the Chapman’s Peak drive with parking spots and a picnic area open to the public. It’s the perfect spot to stop by to walk around, take some photos, or have a picnic.
It‘s not hard to see why it’s the perfect spot for sunset and one of the most romantic spots in Cape Town. From the view point you can see the ocean, Hout Bay, Noordhoek Beach and the Southern Cape Peninsula. If you feel like hiking, there‘s a trail that climbs up a bit higher for an even better view of the area.
Because of the beautiful scenery, Chapman’s Peak drive is a photographer’s heaven and even if you are not a pro photographer, you are guaranteed beautiful photos at this spot. There‘s a nice winery and restaurant on Chapman’s Peak drive also, making it the perfect destination to visit in Cape Town.
Recommended by Serena of Serena’s Lenses Learn how to cook in Bo Kaap
A must-do in the candy-coloured neighbourhood of Bo Kaap, Cape Town, besides taking stunning photos, is stepping indoors for a Cape Malay cooking class . It’s an excellent way to experience a culture through its food and get to meet and talk to local people.
The historic Malay Quarter, as Bo Kaap is otherwise known, dates back to 1760s whose population are descendants of Malaysian, Indonesian and African slaves. The local cuisine is just as colourful, bright and tasty as the district.
The cooking class begins with a tour of a spice shop to learn about the ingredients of traditional Cape Malay food. Then it’s hands on and cooking up a storm, sprinkling an exotic mix of spices like a pro with a hostess inside a family home. No cooking experience is required; this cooking lesson is for all abilities and ages.
The workshop is relaxed and extremely fun. You will make Cape Malay chicken curry from scratch, learn how to successfully fold samosas so they don’t leak, and learn how to knead, roll and make fluffy roti bread wraps. The kitchen will be filled with delicious smells, conversation and laughter. And once you’ve finished cooking up a storm, it’s time to take a seat and eat the scrumptious meal you’ve just prepared. Book your authentic cooking experience through Andulela .
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