Food truck concept quite exciting: Saif Ali Khan

Food truck concept quite exciting: Saif Ali Khan

Food truck concept quite exciting: Saif Ali Khan Thu, Apr 4 2019 08:49:14 PM
Mumbai, Apr 4 (IANS): Actor Saif Ali Khan who starred in a film called “Chef” and is a foodie finds the food truck concept quite exciting.
“I think the food truck is a good idea for foodies,” Saif told the media on Thursday as he launched ‘Marriott On Wheels’ at JW Marriot in Juhu here.
As per the new initiative by Marriott India, a food truck will be cruising through six cities, including Lucknow, Ahmedabad and Chandigarh, and will be serving the signature dishes of each city.
“It is going to be interesting because the truck is going to travel six cities and explore local flavours. I am one of those people who love roadside food as well as international cuisines. I love Indian food. I also love Chinese, Japanese and Italian food. Basically, I am a foodie,” Saif told the media on Thursday.
The actor who played the character of a chef in “Chef” learned some of the cooking hacks from the head chef of the hotel.
Recalling the days, the “Omkara” actor said: “We actually learned and shot all the cooking scenes here. It was amazing.”
On the work front, the actor is gearing up for the new season of the Netflix show “Sacred Games”. You might also like Leave a Comment Your Email address will not be published. Title : Food truck concept quite exciting: Saif Ali Khan

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WhatsHot owler’s award:Call Yourself A Foodie? Then Vote For Your Favourite Restaurants At The WhatsHot Owler’s Awards – Indiatimes.com

> Call Yourself A Foodie? Then Vote For Your Favourite Restaurants At The WhatsHot Owler’s Awards Call Yourself A Foodie? Then Vote For Your Favourite Restaurants At The WhatsHot Owler’s Awards SAVE If you’re a true blue Indian, you’re in all probability a big foodie. The food scene has so much to offer, be it chatpata street food or some finely brewed beer. You can choose the place and cuisine depending entirely on your mood but rest assured, the food will never let you down. Over the years, we’re pretty sure you’ve developed your own favourites that you visit often for gastronomic pleasure. And what if we told you that you can now vote for your favourite restaurant and make it win?
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For the first time ever, WhatsHot, powered by Times Prime , and in association with White Owl is bringing you the Whatshot Owler’s Awards which has given you guys the opportunity to vote for all the favourites in town. Don’t Miss
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It’s a one-of-a-kind people’s choice awards the real foodies-you guys- will get to vote for restaurants in six different cities- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Kolkata, and Goa.This way, you can actually discover your city a little better and help curate a list which is by the locals, for the locals. Moreover, it will also help tourists to your city know where to find the real taste of the town without wasting too much time. When it comes to voting, there’s going to be complete transparency with only the users, which is you guys, picking out their favourite kind of places across 28-30 categories.
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WhatsHot is the best local discovery platform that helps you find all the cool places in your city and they’ve come up with so many categories so that people from all age groups and with different tastes can choose what they like the best for their city. Here are some of the exciting restaurant categories you can vote in: Times Prime Best Global Cuisine Best Food Court

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CRUISE SHIP REVIEW: Testing out P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria

By Mel Bobbermien 05 Apr 2019 The pull for land travel is strong but equally as powerful for Travel Writer Mel Bobbermien is the call of the ocean. Fresh off a trip on P&O Cruises’ Pacific Aria, she dishes on her experience.
When you hear your favourite cruise brand is getting not one but TWO new ships transferred into its fleet, you obviously book yourself a cabin on one of those vessels! For me, that brand is P&O Cruises (I know, it’s rare for anyone to claim that, but they’ve always been great to me) and the ship is Pacific Aria .
I tried my hardest to avoid onboard spoilers, which was practically impossible given I work in travel and knowing everything about the industry is kind of important. But I managed my expectations until I recently had the opportunity to test her out for myself.
And what I found was, I LOVED the ship! I took a seven-day cruise on the P&O ship and below is a bit on why I think everyone needs to give her a go.
1. The subtle art-deco feel Image: P&O Cruises
Okay, so the reception area has two pronounced Pug statues lined with old-school books & a varnished marble finish. Then, you turn the corner to go top up your cruise card (oh yes, this is exciting) and there is a giant mural of a French Bulldog giving peace signs.
The Pantry (we will touch on this) also has tonnes of tiny little photo frames that surprise you everywhere you look. It was like a whole season of The Block design challenges on one ship – amazing.
2. The Pantry
This is becoming a signature for the P&O ships and we loved it. Not only can you indulge in as many cuisines as you like (as many times as you like – guilty!) but there is no questioning who sneezed on your food.
While they always cater to western culture, the Indian, Asian and Mexican food is not to be missed – it is simply phenomenal. They also do a special kids dinner which runs from 4:30-5:15 and the menu includes chicken nuggets, chips, burgers – it’s quite cute.
3. Included Signature Dining Image: P&O Cruises
For frequent cruise travellers, it’s almost foreign to have specialty restaurants included for free. Yep. FREE!
Angelo’s is the Italian restaurant onboard and you can have an entrée (or two), main meal and dessert. Or, two main meals, two desserts, five entrees – the choice is yours.
Next, you have The Dragon Lady which rotates their menus so dishes on night one will be completely different to the meals served on night four, but you can dine in both restaurants exclusively for dinner which means… book ahead. The food here was phenomenal and highly recommended.
4. Top-Up Cruise Card Stations
Well, call me old fashioned but I’m a ‘cash on my card’ kind of girl and the new kiosks outside reception let you deposit cash, check your balance, withdraw foreign cash (amazing) and top-up your cruise card with a credit card all-in-one.
They’re a great service, especially if you haven’t had your morning coffee and aren’t ready to converse with people yet.
5. The Theatre Shows Image: P&O Cruises Australia/Facebook
Being a bit of a theatre nerd in my spare time, I had to go into the shows with no expectations because I genuinely didn’t know what to expect. All I can say is Aria ’s current cast is made up of an incredibly talented bunch .
There is a special dance performance piece which was created specifically to be performed onboard P&O ships, as well as a piece called ‘Sideshow Alley’ which had haunted 1920’s circus feels – great productions.
6. The Ports & Shore Excursions Image: Adli Wahid/Unsplash
Probably an important point to touch on is the ports and what to expect (even if you’ve done the cruise before). Selling shore excursions to customers before they depart is SO important.
The misconception that they are expensive and to book once you’re on-shore or through another supplier, is a myth that needs to be squashed. Port Vila, Mare and Noumea are such beautiful places and the only true way to explore them is with a local guide – book a shore excursion.
To be honest, what we loved most about the Aria and the experience onboard is how adaptable to change they were and how professionally they communicated anything and everything that was happening. If you are deciding between the Eden and the Aria from Brisbane – do both (not just because they’re the same ship).

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The South Asian Student Association and the International Student Association brought the Shimmering Beauty of Bollywood to the Community!

On March 30th, the International Student Association (ISA) and the South Asian Student Association (SASA) hosted a night of unity, heritage and celebration of South Asian culture. ISA lead by Hamdan Ahmed, Olivia Hoffman, Gabriella Guevara, Sheila Uria Veliz and Zoe Collis, and SASA lead by Mahdia Ahmed, Hamdan Ahmed, Ash Rahman, Aleem Mohammed, Jessica Hariprasad, Nuzhat Wahid, Divya Tewari, Sadia Rahman and Hanan Issa, invited students to a Journey Through Indian Cinema. Themed Bollywood Boulevard, ISA and SASA invited HWS students and the Finger Lakes Community to learn about the depiction of South Asians in popular media. Together, the attendees celebrated the colors, music, and depictions of weddings of South Asian films while eating flavorful food, dancing to good music, and having conversations about South Asian culture on the HWS campus. Khuram Hussain – Dean of Hobart College, presented on the several facets of South Asian film, remarking his own inability to dance like all the actors, the importance of Bollywood, and the joy of coming together to celebrate our fabric. Following a savory meal of traditional South Asian cuisine, several students performed energetic, emotional, beautiful musical and choreography pieces. The community in attendance joined laughs, delicious food and each other’s company. Bollywood Boulevard was an utter success, the IC can’t wait to celebrate the next event with SASA and ISA!
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RESTAURANT REVIEW: Food, folks good at downtown Malibu Cafe

ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT RESTAURANT REVIEW: Food, folks good at downtown Malibu Cafe by Eric E. Harrison | Today at 4:30 a.m. Malibu Cafe’s Grilled Salmon comes with mixed vegetables and herbed rice. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison
You may have seen us use the term “revolving door” in these pages to label spaces that don’t seem to be able to support restaurants. We use it where there has been a succession of establishments come in and go out in substantial haste, informally defined as half a dozen turnovers in a dozen years or less.
The storefront at 402 Louisiana St. in downtown Little Rock certainly qualifies. Since Your Mama’s Good Food made the move, the first of two, to larger quarters around the corner in 2004, the space has housed, in no particular order, The House of Philly Cheesesteaks; Juice Leaf, a juice bar-slash-Indian restaurant; and no less than three pizza places. That doesn’t count some lengthy stretches it has stood vacant.
The last turnover, from Roma Pizza & Pasta, which had been drawing a small but dedicated clientele for barely a couple of months, to Malibu Cafe, the current occupant, took place so hastily that there were pizza boxes still on shelves behind the cashier/counter when it opened. (Order and pay at the counter and somebody brings your food to your table.) Malibu Cafe replaced a pizza place at 402 Louisiana St. so quickly that when it opened, there were still pizza boxes on shelves behind the cashier/counter. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison
The decor is simple but attractive — a couple of small shelf-like tables with high stools on the north wall; a couple of small tables in the middle; and groups of tables toward the south that can seat anything from a single diner to a party of a dozen. (So far that hasn’t been an issue — Malibu Cafe has so far been drawing even fewer folks than did Roma; only a couple of occupied tables on our lunch visits, and not another customer in the place at breakfast or dinner. Note, by the way, that while all tables have bottles of ketchup and Cholula hot sauce, not all tables have napkin dispensers.) Photos of dishes are the main accent on the off-white/off-gray walls. Music comes from a sort of disco speaker (with the disco part disconnected) in the middle of the dining room.
Malibu Cafe deserves to find its diners soon — the food is good and the folks are friendly.
It has ambitions most of its Louisiana Street predecessors did not. It’s open all day, for breakfast, lunch and even dinner (closing at 8 p.m. long after most of its neighbors on that block have locked their doors and turned out the lights). It’s a mama-and-papa-and-a-kid-or-two operation; papa is the principal cook. They’re Hispanic but seeing that there’s already a Mexican restaurant (Cotija’s) a couple of doors down, they’ve chosen a slight California accent for their surprisingly broad menu, including huevos con chorizo and beans for breakfast ($8.59) and 4 Cali Street Style Tacos ($8) for lunch and dinner.
We tried and liked those street-style tacos, corn tortillas generously topped with fairly tender carne asada, cilantro and onions with a side portion of fresh salsa. We were even more pleased with the Grilled Salmon (a bargain at $12.99), a perfectly prepared and good-sized portion of fish with a light lemon-pepper glaze, served with mixed vegetables (broccoli, carrots and zucchini, and we even ate the zucchini) and lightly herbed sticky rice (mmmm!).
Other entree options include grilled tilapia ($11.29); grilled pork chops with asparagus, zucchini, bacon and mashed potatoes ($10.25); a 10-ounce rib-eye ($18.59); a chicken platter ($10.99) and a veggie plate (also $10.99).
Nobody in the restaurant business, at least around here, seems to be able to spell “Reuben,” the classic sandwich (well, since 1956, when it was the winner in the first National Sandwich Idea Contest, the competition that the “Garden of Eatin’,” now exclusively available at Jimmy’s Serious Sandwiches, won in 1979 — but we digress). It’s supposed to feature corned beef stacked on rye, topped with sauerkraut and Thousand Island dressing. The “Ruben” comes with slaw instead of sauerkraut and a side of fries at Malibu Cafe on Louisiana Street. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison
On the other hand, spelling it “Ruben,” as the Malibu Cafe menu does ($8.59), also gives them liberty to toy a bit with the construction — here the thin, slightly smoky corned beef, about half an inch thick, comes cut in half and topped with — surprise! — crunchy, tasty slaw instead of sauerkraut, which gave us initial pause but convinced us on the first bite. Of course, it was a bit sloppy; much of the liquid from the dressing leaked out as soon as we turned the first half-sandwich sideways to take a bite, but then it wasn’t soaking into the crisp-buttery-grilled bread, which is a plus. The sandwich is large and filling, and comes with a good-sized side of firm-outside, soft-inside fries.
Other sandwich options, all with fries: roast beef ($9.99), supreme cheese ($6.79), grilled chicken ($9.59), grilled shrimp ($9.99), a chicken wrap ($7.99), hamburger ($6.99), cheeseburger ($7.49) and bacon cheeseburger ($8.59). A to-go order of “Smoke Ham & Eggs” from Malibu Cafe came with red-skin potatoes and orange juice but without the promised slice of wheat or white bread. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/Eric E. Harrison
Malibu Cafe offers 10 two-egg breakfast plates, $6.99-$7.99, which seems a bit pricey until you take into account that they all come with a generous portion of nicely spiced, lightly sauteed red-skin potatoes, fresh-squeezed orange juice and a slice of wheat or white bread. Our “Smoke Ham & Eggs” ($7.99), which we got to go, made for a filling breakfast, our two over-medium eggs done nearly perfectly, and with a minimum of salt (we’ve had more eggs ruined by oversalting, and it’s an easy fix — the customer can always add salt but can’t remove it), plus a sizable slice of ham that didn’t taste as smoky as the menu suggested but was still pretty good. However, our promised slice of bread was missing.
Other options include eggs with bacon and with pancakes, waffles or French toast (plus bacon or sausage), and a selection of three-egg omelets. Various items are also available “a la carta.”
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Address: 402 Louisiana St., Little Rock
Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Cuisine: American with a slight California-Mexican accent
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This Armenian dumpling dish goes back decades at one Scarborough shop

There is a small stretch of Ellesmere Road in Scarborough, from Pharmacy to Warden Avenue, that punches above its weight when it comes to mom-and-pop food shops, but in my opinion does not get enough notice.
Mamajoun is new to the block, which includes Kostas Meat Market, a samosa shop, Hakka restaurant and Lebanese kebab takeout cafe. Owner Mihran Boudakian opened his shop as an ode to his grandfather and his lifelong career as a baker in Syria.
Mihran Boudakian is the owner of Mamajoun, a restaurant located in Scarborough. (Suresh Doss) “My grandfather had a bakery in Syria, where he was widely recognized for making lahmajoun . My father and his siblings grew up in the bakery helping him at a young age,” Boudakian explained.
Lahmajoun, Armenian-style pizza, has been Boudakian’s specialty since he opened the shop in 2013 and it is how I discovered him.
In the early days, Boudakian ran the shop himself. He would greet you, explain the menu, take your order and disappear into the kitchen to cook. A few minutes later he’d arrive with paper thin flatbreads which he would dress with an assortment of spreads.
SURESH DOSS The ‘special chili’ at this east-end roti house makes the paratha sing Suresh Doss Like it hot? Head to this Etobicoke spot for some fiery Thai classics “The thinness is key. Lahmajoun, Armenian lahmajoun needs to be thin and light,” Boudakian explained about the flatbread.
For your first time I suggest you get Lahmajoun topped with red pepper paste or za’taar. There’s also the papajoun, flatbread topped with a mix of ground beef, red pepper paste, garlic and onion.
Mamajoun in Scarborough serves up Armenian-style pizza and dumpling soup. 1:02 The lahmajoun is some of the best I have found in the GTA and Boudakian insists on making each batch by hand. It is key in getting the desired consistency and thinness without compromising dough quality. You should also know that he’s still using the same recipe as his grandfather, a century-old recipe that he is trying to preserve.
Through the years I’ve witnessed families drive in and out of the province to pick up stacks of lahmajoun. In one case, a family drove in from Detroit for the weekend.
During their late morning meal, Boudakian surprised the family with what looked like bowls of chunky tomato soup. “Enjoy the mante,” he said as he presented the bowls.
Lahmajoun served up with za’taar. (Suresh Doss) Mante is a dumpling dish that is popular in Turkic cuisine. A while back I featured the Turkish version at Anatolia Restaurant in Etobicoke.
Boudakian serves the Armenian version based on his grandmother’s recipe.
“Apparently when I was a kid I was a picky eater, I didn’t eat anything. My grandmother would feed me her mante because it was the only thing I’d eat,” he said.
Mante topped with yoghurt. (Suresh Doss) Something as simple as dumplings soaked in a tomato-chicken consommé can bring back hits of nostalgia with the first spoonful. When you receive a bowl of mante at Mamajoun, you’ll see a bed of dumplings surrounded nearly to the top by bright red liquid with a generous dollop of yoghurt on top.
It arrives warm. Stir the bowl a few times to mix the yoghurt into the consommé, then scoop soup and dumpling into your mouth.
The flavour of chicken and umami from the tomato essence will hit first and last as you bite through the dumplings. There’s a subtle hint of spice that comes through with the tartness of the sumac that lingers.
The dumplings in mante are made with small square sheets of dough filled with pinches of meat. (Suresh Doss) Both the lahmajoun and the mante are from century-old recipes. This recurring theme of preserving his family’s legacy comes full circle for Boudakian with the mante.
“I feel like with both these dishes, I am able to pay respect to both sides of my family.”
Suresh Doss This couple recreates Colombia’s café culture in their Markham restaurant Suresh Doss This Indian restaurant is the PATH’s best-kept secret So the obvious question is, why is it an off-menu item? Boudakian runs a small operation at Mamajoun, the lahmajouns are made daily by hand.
“We can’t use machines. It changes the dough. I don’t even have room for machines here even if I wanted to have them,” he explained.
Mante dumplings before going into the oven. (Suresh Doss) Compared to your average dry or soup dumplings, mante are a fraction of the size. Pinches of meat filling are dropped into small square sheets of dough. The edges are then squeezed and pinched a few times to trap the meat into the dough.
“There’s a technique to pinching them that I haven’t quite mastered yet. You can’t do it quickly. My dad will come in to help once in a while. His eye sight is poor but he does it all through muscle memory. It’s impressive to watch.”
Once the mante is formed, it goes into the oven where the heat crisps up the horns of the dumpling.
Mante dumplings fresh out of the oven at Mamajoun. (Suresh Doss) Until recently, Boudakian only offered frozen mante by weight at Mamajoun and because it sells out quickly, you’d have to get them Tuesdays because that’s when the kitchen makes them. But, now they’re available daily.
Mamajoun is located at 209 Ellesmere Rd. in Scarborough. (Suresh Doss) The surrounding Maryvale neighbourhood of Scarborough is home to a significant Armenian population, many families frequent Mamajoun on the weekends following services at the Church of St. Andrew Anglican. The church has created a community for Armenian newcomers, who have since discovered Mamajoun through word of mouth.
“A few years ago I didn’t have the capacity to do lahmajoun and mante. Thankfully I’ve had a lot of support from the local community which motivated me to put this dish on the menu.”
About the Author Suresh Doss
Suresh Doss is a Toronto-based food writer. He joins CBC Radio’s Metro Morning as a weekly food columnist. Currently, Doss is the print editor for Foodism Toronto magazine and regularly contributes to Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail and Eater National. Doss regularly runs food tours throughout the GTA, aimed at highlighting its multicultural pockets.
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New Rochelle, NY Indian Wedding by ButtonUp Photography

New Rochelle, NY Indian Wedding by ButtonUp Photography April 4, 2019 Posted by: Shawna Comments A wedding is all about celebrating the love and in honor of their eternal affection, Shreya and Nimit held a fabulous reception! But first, before they joined the partygoers indoors, the camera of ButtonUp Photography captured the pure essence and unadulterated love of the newlyweds in a romantic and artistic outdoor photo session! I love the beautiful sunlight, and the smoke bomb gave these portraits a modern touch of mysterious vibes! Surf Club on the Sound ‘s glamorous hall was bedecked for the occasion with a vivid color palette of peach and blue hues by the creatives from Rangoli Weddings who also assisted in arranging the affair from start to finish. The wonderful wedding cake also showed eye-catching colors! Aso Palav dressed our Maharani for her last grand event with a sparkly peach lehenga and Yvette Castillo created gorgeous loose hair waves for an effortlessly romantic wedding reception look. The pumping beats of DJ Suhel made everyone dance the night away to celebrate the union while the famous Rasoi cuisine ensured everyone enjoyed an exquisite traditional dinner. Peek through some of the most beautiful images of Shreya and Nimit in our full gallery to inspire you when planning your big day! How did you meet your Groom and when did you know he was “the one”? I met Nimit through Tumblr. Neither of us knows how we started following each other, however, we noticed that we shared a lot of common interests and decided to message each other. After months of messages, texts, and phone calls, we met up in Central Park. As crazy as it sounds, I knew he was the one when I saw him. Everything just felt right and so magical. We continued to get to know each other for a year Nimit asked me on a date and took me to the top of the Empire State Building. The rest is history. Share the scoop on your Proposal Story! We took a trip to Aruba two weeks following my sister’s wedding (at which I caught the bouquet!). Nimit had told me that he had a surprise for me at the beach. Little did I know, he had been speaking to a proposal planner and photographer for months. When we arrived at Eagle Beach, a message in a bottle awaited us, followed by three wooden signs which said “love” and “magic,” leading up to one that said “I love you” with a beautiful table set up with sweets, flowers, and champagne. Nimit asked to take a walk on the beach during sunset. As I was staring at the sunset, Nimit got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. Tell us how you went about planning your wedding, and your overall experience with the Venues, Hair & Makeup, Outfits, Decor Theme, and all of the other important details. Nimit and I were very grateful to have a lot of help with planning from our family. Both of our siblings got married in recent years, which helped as well. We did hire wedding planners (Twin Pearl Events) who were amazing and went above and beyond for us! How did you select your bridal lengha or wedding dress? Did you have a favorite color in mind? A trip to India was made. I’ve always wanted my lengha to be traditional, with a touch of modern. I obviously wanted my sister’s opinions, so there was a lot of facetiming going on as we shopped around despite the major time difference. What did your guests particularly love about your Wedding? We didn’t really get to eat at all, but we heard from a lot of family and friends that the food and outdoor cocktail hour with our personalized sunglasses was a huge hit! Was there a really special moment in your wedding that constantly replays in your mind? I have so many moments that are on replay in my mind including when I got onto the mandap and my cousins removed the drape that was covering Nimit’s face as well as our first dance as Mr. and Mrs. Patel to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran. However, I think my favorite moment was the time we got together during our “First Look”. Do you have any words of wisdom for Brides-To-Be? Take a deep breath and remember to soak it all in. Everyone tells you the day will go by in a blink of an eye, and they aren’t kidding. I really hope you enjoy today’s editorial feature! Don’t forget to visit our Blog again tomorrow! STYLE

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Kahani Restaurant. Belgravia

04/04/2019 by Anthea Gerrie . You start the night in Belgravia, descend into a vision of 1970‘s Parisian chic, but when you tuck into the food at Kahani you are transported to the Indian subcontinent with food reminiscent of the finest offerings of Delhi and Mumbai. Peter Joseph is one of a handful of chefs who have won Michelin stars for their sophisticated takes on Indian classics. Over the past half-century, these few have changed perceptions of how subtle and refined the cuisine can be, surprising and delighting the tastebuds of a generation raised on bog-standard curry houses. Joseph retained the star Atul Kochhar picked up at Tamarind, the first Indian restaurant to win Michelin’s seal of approval, and has brought fellow alumni of Tamarind to Kahani, his own debut restaurant off Sloane Street. While the sandwich board outside seems a little declasse for Belgravia, the posh kicks in as soon as you enter, leave your coat and descend the stairs into a basement dining room big on bling. Bags of brass trim, flamboyant light fittings and a big, buzzy bar set the scene, and two corner tables on a raised platform offer a prime view of the chefs preparing desserts behind a glassed-in kitchen, though their bare wood tables and plain banquettes seem more Birmingham conference centre than Belgravia watering-hole. Doubts about the decor evaporate over theatrical cocktails like Tandoori Ananas based on grilled pineapple and The SW1, a spicy take on a margarita served from a decanter oozing applewood smoke. Freshly-made pappadums and small plates prepare the palate for the mains which are the star of the show. Smoked Malabar prawns were exemplary, ditto the soft shell crab with Mangalorean spices which replaced a first order which arrived undercooked. No such complaint with the Somerset lamb chops served well-done as Kahani’s regulars apparently demand; this diner loved the spicing but would have enjoyed them a tad juicier. It’s in familiar dishes like butter chicken and lamb biryani where Kahani comes into its own – they may not have been endowed with a modern take, but the depth of flavour Joseph insinuates into these classics is unrivalled. Black dal is properly simmered for several hours with a touch of cream at the end; better than the yellow dal which is served beside it as part of a pair. The most unlikely twist on a classic is one of the best things we taste – a thin and crispy naan embedded with melted Gruyere cheese. Desserts are not always a strength of Indian restaurants but Joseph’s trio of pastel-coloured kulfi knocked our socks off – one little pyramid infused with rosewater, another with pistachio and cardamom, the third with salted caramel. Like the best Indian food, the subtle spicing leaves you wanting more – and unlike even the best Chinese food, dinner at Kahani will never leave you hungry , even though portion sizes speak to quality rather than quantity. Tell me more about Kahani Restaurant Kahani Restaurant. 1 Wilbraham Place, London SW1X 9AE T: 020 7730 7834

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6 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free

Home » Unlabelled » 6 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free 6 countries where Filipinos can travel visa-free Filipinos by nature are wanderlust . We love exploring, traveling, discovering and experiencing the thrill. We have a knack for anything adventurous. And because we love to go out, sometimes extensive processing of paperwork can be tiresome and expensive for us. Good thing, ASEAN allows its member states’ citizens to go to and fro of each country without a visa as part of its initiative to building one ASEAN community. Less process, less hassle and more time to plan things ahead. But which countries are really visa-free for us Filipinos? Below are six countries that have confirmed visa-free arrangements with the Philippines. Laos Been a popular choice for travelers because of its preserved natural wonders. As the last official member of the ASEAN and its late integration to the global community, Laos is still developing infrastructurally. This means natural formations are barely touched and historic sites less developed. Budget and experience wise, Laos is a good place to visit. The visa usually allows 30 days of tourist visit anywhere in the country. Laos is also well-known for its spectacular Buddhist temples such as Pha Tha Luang, Wat Xieng Thong and Pak Ou caves where most buddha miniatures are housed. Singapore One of the most economically developed and clean countries in Southeast Asia. Bragging aplenty of five-star hotels, casinos and entertainment establishments, Indonesia has become a popular go-to of tourists as it boasts state of the art establishments such as the gardens by the bay, Marina Bay, Clark Quay, and Universal studio. The emergence of it as a fast-paced cosmopolitan country has really caught the interest of many. The country also takes pride in the rich confluence of Chinese and Indian gastronomic delights. Filipinos can stay here visa-free for 30 days either for tourist or business purposes. Thailand Popular for its spicy cuisines, you can now stay in Thailand for 30 days as a tourist. Home for many temples and ancient ruins, the country boasts of a rich religious tradition of Buddhism. Adorned with gold and colossal Buddha statues, it is widely visited not just for this but also for its royal family who continues to have a hold to every Thai until today. It also houses tropical beaches like Phi Phi islands, Ko Samui, and some in Phuket Province. Floating markets are also a thing here for tourists and locals alike. Vietnam A true remnant of the American war. The country boasts of its historic sites, camps, tunnels, and man-made structures mainly for the war. If you are a history savvy, you would not want to miss this out. With strong Buddhist roots, several pagodas dot the city like Baid Dinh, Dai Tong Lam, and Giac Lam distributed in several provinces of the country. As a tourist, you can marvel at these religious temples and Cu Chi tunnels for 21 days. Popular tourist beaches are here too like Ha log bay, Phu Quoc, and Hoan Kiem Lake to name a few. Cambodia If you have got a knack to becoming like Tomb Raider or Indiana Jones, do not miss Cambodia. Popular for the historical ruins in Phnom Pehn, the capital of the city is frequently visited by all tourists worldwide. The thrill of entering these historic sites brings back all the thrill you have from watching archaeological films. But wait Cambodia has more to offer! If you are up for a 30-meter climb, you better visit Koh Ker in Siem Reap. It is a breathtaking experience as you are surrounded by exotic forests and a vast expanse of field. The country also houses the biggest Hindu Temple – Angkor Wat, which is also in the same area of Siem Reap. You have 21 days to enjoy all of this. Indonesia The home of the Komodo dragons. Densely populated by volcanic islands, the country has different unique land and water forms. Home to a lot of ethnic groups, the country is culturally diverse and historically rich in tradition, food, music, and traditional puppetry. The country boasts of its biodiversity with its orangutans, savannah tigers, and elephants which freely lurks into the jungles. Free from harm and poaching. Buddhism also traces its roots here in the iconic and historic Borobudur temple. There are other countries not on this list. Expect more to come as Southeast Asian countries continue to integrate into a community. Don’t forget to make sure that your passport is still valid for 6 months prior to booking any trip to avoid hassles. sa

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