Get Back to the First Century: I Did it My Way

Get Back to the First Century: I Did it My Way

I Did It My Way!
Is there such a thing as being too old-fashioned? Yes, when you become so old-fashioned that you blindly and ignorantly impose and peddle your cultural ideas, customs and traditions as if the whole world should hold to them. I know this and have seen this all too many times growing up in Protestant Christianity that has been influenced by the culture of the Southern United States. In sermons, preachers have constantly imposed Southern culture upon the characters of Scripture and painted them, from Moses to Paul, as being Southern Baptist style Christians. Sadly, such foolish sayings and songs have emerged as a result:
“If it was good enough for Paul and Silas it is good enough for me.” This is usually in reference to exclusively using the King James Translation of the Bible. But Paul and Silas didn’t have a King James Bible, they Only had the Tanak (Old Testament), which they fiercely obeyed!
“Give me that old time religion,” as if Moses, David, Paul or Yeshua sang southern style hymns and worshipped in a church. No, they kept and followed Torah, that was the old time religion for them.
There is also a thing of not being old-fashioned enough, in that one refuses to look beyond their own cultural interpretation of the Scriptural and foundational absolutes and does not live and apply them from the ancient framework into an acceptable modern adaptation that does not take away from the core absolute.
We must look upon our culture through the lenses of Torah and not look upon Scripture through the lenses of our culture.
ADOANI and His ways come before any man-made cultural standard. There is nothing wrong with one’s indigenous culture as long as it does not contradict or twist the Commands of Torah. One’s culture can honor GOD as long as we bend it to the ways of Torah and do not attempt to bend Torah to fit ones culture. This is especially important when ministering as a missionary in a foreign culture.
Catho-Christianity is classically known for synchronism in regards to its missionary evangelistic activities. By this, I mean molding ones culture and indigenous religion to fit the missionary’s religion. This is why we see such hybrid cults like Catho-Christian influence on voodoo that comes out of Haiti, Louisiana and Mexico. This trick has been used since the time of Constantineto have a unified Empire through religion, while at the same time still allowing individuals to practice their mother pagan religion by keeping the rituals, but changing the names of the pagan gods with characters to Biblical ones.
There must be integrity and purity in bringing Torah and Messiah to other cultures.
Most Jews agree on observing all 613 Mitzvot (Commandments), but we all differ on how, and to what extent we keep the Commandments. The way any particular Jewish sect keeps the Commandments is called, “Halakah”, meaning, the way one walks. Keeping Torah does not mean one loses their cultural distinctiveness. In Judaism, there is Sephardic Jews, Yemenite Jews, Ashkenazi Jews, Karite Jews, Nazarene Jews, etc. These are all Jews who follow and keep Torah. Yet within these and other groups, there is enough room for them to keep Torah in their own way, and maintain their unique cultural identity, such as dress, food, music, customs, etc. Each group has their own way of tying tzitzit, and laying tefillin. The Torah says to do them, but not how. Culture and custom help define this, as Frank Sinatra sang, “I did it my way!” And, each group’s way of fulfilling the Commandments vary and are so pregnant with meaning and depth.
Needless to say, a Holy careful balance needs to be struck. We have to see faith through the original language and culture to which it was written in, and find ways to adapt them today without compromising the original intent.
Different Strokes for Different Folks
This may shock some when they find out I’m not a big fan of Messianic Jewish Music or that I do not like Ashkenazi cuisine. I like more of the folky, coffee house style of praise and worship. I also like Christian Rock and Heavy Metal. And as far as food goes, I love Asian and Indian food.
You don’t have to like culturally Jewish things to be obedient to Torah, God’s Commandments. The Torah has enough elbow room to express ones likes, tastes, flavors and ethnic culture.
Because I keep Torah to the best of my ability, doesn’t always mean I dress or practice my faith like a European Orthodox Jew. Some people like, and due to their personality, needs that kind of structure and expression. Not me, I’m more of a hippy. I like to keep the Faith, Sola Scriptura (Obeying the Scriptures only), and I don’t concern myself so much with Jewish custom and tradition.
For me, if I’m a stickler for keeping custom and traditions on top of the Torah itself, I tend to get bogged down and the rituals end up becoming robotic, mechanical and lack heart and that does not please the Father. God let Israel know just this when they began to worship God with no heart.
10 Hear the word of the Lord , ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. 11 To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord : I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. 12 When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? 13 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. 14 Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. 15 And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. – Isa. 1:10-15 If I feel led and or inspired, I’ll participate in the cultural aspects of Jewish life. For me, that way, they fresh and meaningful and I enjoy them instead of end up distaining them as a drudgery.
Culture vs. Commandments Tradition vs. Torah
There is a vast difference between the Commandments of Adonai and Hebraic culture that can’t help but get meshed together. To put it another way, there is a vast difference between God’s Torah (Law) and man’s Traditions related to Torah.
Torah and Commandments are non-negotiable Laws and Instructions from the Father Himself.
Culture and Tradition are man’s ways to express obedience to those non-negotiable Commands.
You’ve heard the expression, “There’s more than one way to skin a cat”? Well, there is more than one way to keep a commandment. For example, the commandment of mezuzah, to write God’s Law on your doors. Judaism has come up with a tradition to write out certain passages of Torah on a parchment, roll it up and put it in a cylindrical container and affix it to your door frame. But equally as valid is one can paint, print with a Sharpie, chisel or burn God’s Word on one’s door frame with a wood burning pen.
An example of culture would be the kippah, the “beanie” looking skull cap we Jews wear. That’s a custom, or a tradition. Only the Levitical Priests were commanded to cover their heads, but because God called Israel a nation of priests (Exd. 19:6) it was reasoned that we all could cover our heads and so it became a tradition (not a Command) to cover our heads. This happens to be a custom I choose to keep.
A Man Made Construct.
Many want to be Jewish or practice Judaism because Jesus was Jewish and practiced Judaism. However, Judaism in and of itself is a manmade construct, like culture and social acceptable behavior and expectations. Judaism, like Christianity was simply a way to arrange and organize Biblical belief and practice in a way that was practical, cultural and made sense. It’s neither right nor wrong, but just a way one can choose to express and practice Biblical belief and principles.
Jesus was raised in and submitted to and worked within the framework of Jewish belief and practice, except when it contradicted God’s Word itself.
As a Torah Obedient Believer in Messiah Yeshua, I straddle the fence of Judaism and Christianity. Respecting both, but bowing to neither. I only bow to God and His Word.
Beginning and End
Gen. 2:16-17, 3:8, 15. Rev. 14:12. It began with guarding and obeying God’s Torah (Law/Instructions) and keeping the Faith with and in Messiah Yeshua and so it will end. Continuous from beginning to end the Law has not been done away with.

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Black-Eyed Peas and Mung Beans in a Fragrant Spicy Tomato Sauce

If you are looking for an easy and fairly quick but nourishing and comforting meal, then this recipe ought to be on the top of your list. If you cook Indian food often enough, all of the ingredients are staples you likely have on hand.
The distinctive earthiness of black-eyed peas and mung beans are harmoniously complemented by a delectable and enticing fragrant, spicy and tangy tomato base. The addition of garam masala adds a hint of aromatic smokiness and depth. Vibrant in color and taste, all you need to complete the meal is some hot fresh cooked basmati rice and a vegetable side if desired.
Black-Eyed Peas and Mung Beans in a Fragrant Spicy Tomato Sauce Recipe by Lisa Turner
Cuisine: Indian
Published on February 18, 2019
Simple and vibrant mung bean and black-eyed peas cooked in a fragrant spiced tomato curry gravy
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Ingredients:
2/3 cup dried black-eyed peas 1/2 cup dried whole mung beans 1/2 tablespoon coconut oil or sesame oil 1 teaspoon cumin seeds 1 teaspoon brown mustard seeds 1/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds (optional) 1 to 2 dried whole red chilies small handful of dried curry leaves 1 small onion, diced 1-inch fresh ginger, grated or minced 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 to 2 fresh green or red chilies, seeded and minced 1 teaspoon ground turmeric 1/2 tablespoon ground coriander 1/2 to 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin 1/2 teaspoon Kashmiri or other chili powder 2 medium tomatoes, diced 3 cups water 1/2 teaspoon garam masala 1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste juice from 1 lemon (3 tablespoons) fresh chopped parsley for garnish
Rinse the black-eyed peas and mung beans and soak in cold water for at least 6 hours or overnight. Drain and set aside.
In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high cumin seeds, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds if using, red chilies and curry leaves, and stir for a minute until the seeds begin to darken and the mustard seeds begin to splutter and pop.
Reduce the heat to medium, stir in the onion, and sauté for a few minutes. Add the ginger, garlic and fresh chilies to the pan, and stir for another minute. Now stir in the turmeric, ground coriander, paprika, ground cumin and chili powder, and stir for another minute until the spices are fragrant.
Add the tomato and cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently, to thicken. Stir in the bell pepper and then add the beans and 3 cups of water. Bring to boil, reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the beans are tender, about 45 to 50 minutes. Add more water to the pan as necessary.
Stir in the garam masala, salt and lemon juice. Taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Serve hot garnished if desired, alongside some hot fresh cooked white basmati rice.
Makes 4 to 6 servings
Other recipes featuring mixed beans from Lisa’s Vegetarian Kitchen:
Mixed Bean Indian Stew
Mung Bean and Urad Dal Curry
Mixed Lentil Dal
Spicy Mixed Dal
Seema of Mildy Indian who is kindly hosting My Legume Love Affair this month. As many of my readers will know, this is an ongoing monthly event celebrating the goodness of legumes. Started by Susan of The Well Seasoned Cook , and for some time now administered by me, we welcome your inspired vegetarian contribution this time around. Do see Seema’s post for details and to share a recipe .

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The Ocean’s Calling Me Again | The Silversea Cruising Experience

Our guest writer, John Ninness, took a short journey with Silversea to Yangon and return aboard the Silver Muse and was pleasantly surprised by the outstanding service and hospitality aboard. John writes…..
There’s a romanticism with ocean cruising that seems to tug at the heart of all of us at one time or another. Ever since I first watched the Titanic movie, there’s been an inward yearning to stand on the bow of a cruise ship like Jack and Rose, feel the wind in my face and the romance of a cruising journey.
Yet like many Australians, who have heard the horrifying cruise tales over the last few years, I have been left with a somewhat tainted view to take a vacation aboard an ocean cruise ship. Until now…
This story begins in the thriving metropolis of Singapore where I boarded as a guest of the Silversea Cruises’ iconic flagship, Silver Muse , headed for a journey up to Yangon in Myanmar and returning to back to Singapore. Singapore is a thriving modern metropolis and the perfect location to begin my Silversea adventure to Yangon
As an aside, I think it’s appropriate that I set the context of my travel journeys. Over the last thirty odd year’s of my working life, I’ve had the privilege to stay in some great five star hotels around the world (generally as part of a work assignment where I often failed to venture outside the hotel bounds). Cocooned in a five-star hotel isn’t that much fun for me I might add. The sterility of the food, the beds, the inherent odour of hotel rooms and the windows that don’t open just don’t do it for me anymore. They’re so indistinguishable that sometimes you can forget which city or country you’re in. So you can imagine my hesitation to partake on a cruise on a luxury five-star ship. It turned out I was very wrong…
Boarding Silver Muse in Singapore, I was greeted by some smiling faces (as you would expect on a luxury liner). But there was a sense of honesty and integrity in the staff as I passed through the several checks before boarding. An earthy friendliness that you’d seldom see in a five-star hotel. There was something different…almost like catching up with a distant family that you haven’t seen before. There was a formal familiarity that didn’t make you feel uncomfortable. An instant connection. A connection that would continue throughout the voyage…and even leave me missing some of these fabulous people over the past few weeks as I returned to my normal routine.
The well-appointed luxury suite with its’ private balcony, walk-in closet and every luxury amenity (including a pretty cool range of Bvlgari products, a tantalising chocolate selection, Illy Capsule machine and an excellent Bose Sound System) were consistent with what you could imagine within the expectations of a five-star experience.
The Butler and Room Attendant was not…they were both far beyond my expectations.
Not long after my arrival in the suite, a pleasant gentleman in Butler’s attire knocked graciously at the door. He introduced himself and provided an introduction to the features of the suite in a thoughtful and caring manner.
This guy (Andrew) was apparently a pro butler, and his sense of enthusiasm and graciousness didn’t stop the whole cruise. Yes, that’s right! Silversea Cruises provide full butler service to every suite on the ship for the duration of the journey. Andrew, like many of the other staff aboard Silver Muse , is a significant point of difference for this cruising company. Their attention to every minute detail to assist you in feeling comfortable was nothing less than outstanding.
The staff of Silver Muse became an extension of me as the cruise progressed. They knew my coffee wants and needs…and, of course, they knew which wonderful sweet morsels that I would desire during morning and afternoon tea sessions.
They knew my cocktail preferences in the evening, the choice of drinks as the evening progressed and even down to setting my preferred alarm time on the clock in my suite.
Even the bed turn down was better than my mum used to do as a child. These guys had silver service nailed, and whenever and wherever I went on the ship, I was always greeted with a friendly courteous style that reflected the connection and the integrity of the experience. It never ever stopped over a twelve-day cruise.
Seriously you say, it couldn’t be that good? I have to say that it was better than “that good.” There was not one day passed by when I felt I needed to think about anything (apart from which dining experience to enjoy) aboard Silver Muse… my new big Silver Muse family always had my back. The ship
Silver Muse accommodates up to 596 guests has a total of 298 suites with most having private balconies that are more than comfortable for some private time during the cruise. The ship doesn’t feel cluttered with people. I discovered that it has one of the largest ratios of space per passenger across the cruise industry worldwide. There always appeared adequate space, whether it was on the pool deck or in one of the many great selections of restaurants.
Silver Muse offers eight different dining experiences to suit your mood and taste including three al-fresco The wine selection aboard the Silver Muse was something to behold with around 10,000 bottles
options for those fine weather days when you don’t feel like indulging in the multiple indoor options.
Across the ship, the selection of food choices is both aesthetically pleasing and the ultimate in gourmet
cuisine. From the simplicity of stone baked Pizza, a Hot Rock steak or salmon selection, Tapas in the Silver Note ( Jazz Style) restaurant/bar, Kaiseki Japanese Teppanyaki, Indochine – an Asian fusion food experience, La Terrazza (Italian) and the magnificent La Dame, a specialist restaurant that offers signature French dishes, the food was always a pleasure…so much a joy that I added a few kgs to the waistline throughout the journey.
If you’re looking for a ship with big crowds, water slides and climbing walls and those big-crane thingies that lift you into the air to see the world from a different view, this isn’t the ship for you.
But if you’re seeking refined tastes, want to enjoy the simple pleasures of outstanding hospitality, food, wine and great company…Silversea’s Silver Muse is a must-add to your holiday wish list. The journey
I have to admit it that Kipling is one of my favourite writers and if you’re fond of Kipling’s Road to Mandalay , then this could well be the journey for you…of course with a little more creature comforts than those endured by Kipling.
Kipling spent just three days in Burma (Myanmar as its’ now known) on his way from Calcutta to San Francisco, but it left him with a lifetime indelible memories that featured heavily in his works.
My journey was a reverse of Kipling’s, but the imagery from Road to Mandalay was rooted in my soul as we steamed up through the muddy mouth of the Irrawaddy River delta to Yangon the former Rangoon. Singapore – Kuala Lumpur Singapore was my starting destination on the Silversea Adventure
My journey began in Singapore, and we cruised up overnight to Port Klang just outside of Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. The disembarkation proved seamless, and we were soon in downtown KL to soak up the sites of the Central Market, Sze Yeh Temple, China town, Petronas twin towers. There was a myriad of tour choices (for as little as USD 69) available including city tours, the Batu Caves, Museums and A Pewter Factory.
I chose to head on downtown to KL and explore the inner-city sites. My selection proved successful (albeit it was sweltering and steamy)
There’s plenty of ways to spend a day in downtown KL even if you’re not taking advantage of the grand tours available.
At 6.00 pm, like clockwork, we were away steaming northward to Georgetown Malaysia. The evening began quietly firstly taking in a show with the Voices of the Silversea chorus. Then up for a few songs in the very respectable Silver Note Jazz bar and then to the Panorama Lounge where you can dance the night away in the disco. KL is hot steamy destination but full of diversity and fun
You might even take in a range of the beautiful Champagnes, quality wines and ports that are available complimentary.
It’s worth noting that the ship carries around 10,000 bottles of quality wine from across the world and many fine wines are included in the cost of the journey. Of course, if you’re up for something a little more exclusive such as a Grange Hermitage you’ll be able to find those as well as an additional cost.
After a big night taking in the complimentary cocktails, and an odd Blue Label Scotch, one was a little seedy the next day. I’d met some great friends, but clearly at the expense of my liver. Kuala Lumpur – Georgetown (Penang)
We docked in George Town Penang right on schedule at 8.00am. George Town tour options included Snake Temples, Walking tracks, Round town Trishaw Rides, Cooking Demonstrations and the Penang Hill and Temple.
Most tour options are <$100USD but check your itinerary. If you book ahead, you may save on a range of on-shore activities.
There’s plenty to do on-ship as well if you’re not inclined to go ashore. The Zagara Health Centre offers excellent massage services. There is a well-appointed gym and some exercise and yoga classes available. The ship also has some activities for single & LGBTI travellers to ensure that you won’t feel isolated on the cruise.
Well after a hard day ashore there’s another hard evening of entertainment, more great wines and cocktails to choose from and soaking up one of the many outstanding restaurants. Take in another show, spend a few hours in the small (but the more than adequate casino) or take in some shopping in the ship’s boutiques.
If you’re a party animal, you can once again dance the night away. The DJ seems to keep going until the last person on the dance floor drops, so if you’re up for a big night, the staff will accommodate you. Penang – Phuket
After a smooth night’s sailing, the ship arrived in Phuket Thailand on the dot of 8.00am. There was a vast There’s always a chance to take a scooter ride like a local
range of tour options available including taking in a game of golf, cooking or just lounging in the Dusit Thani Laguna Resort. Most tours were once again < $100USD.
I took the Phang Nga Bay option and headed up to James Bond Island and the quaint Muslim Fishing Village of Panyii by speedboat before spending a few hours on a beach for a swim and lunch. For Aussie travellers, beaches in Thailand aren’t what you’re accustomed to back home so don’t have too high expectations. They’re a great spot to cool down after a day on the speedboat before you head back to the luxurious Silver Muse . They’re not Bondi, Whitehaven or the Gold coast so don’t be too disappointed if it isn’t what you have come to expect as world standard beaches.
For some passengers, there is a contrast in the experiences on-board vs the on-shore experience. It is difficult to replicate that onboard experience of the Silversea service mainly when Silversea utilise local tour operators. I’d recommend that you embrace the ashore experiences for what they are: A chance to experience an alternative culture and take in some local sights. The on-shore experience is relatively inexpensive and provides many options for travellers who may experience some mobility issues. Food service for on-shore experiences are simple and represent the cultures in which they are served.
For those wanting a little more of Phuket Thai culture, the ship sailed late in the evening, and many chose to take in the beautiful Siam Niramet Thai performance before the ship set sail at 11.00 pm Phuket – Yangon
A day and a half at sea was just what I needed after the hustle and bustle of three stops in three days. It presented a chance to unwind, relax and take in some of the ship’s great amenities and activities. A visit to Schwedagon is a must do when visiting Yangon with Silversea
For many, the chance to catch up on a good book in the library, attend some informative enrichment lectures from former diplomat Hugh Neighbour or Medical Expert Dr John Long. The Enrichment lectures provide an opportunity to hear firsthand of the history and culture of the countries that you are visiting.
For those that want to have fun, there’s Bingo, Team Trivia, Galley Tours, Lunchtime Music & Cocktails, Language Classes, Shuffleboard, Arts & Crafts and Yoga just to name a few. Sorry… there’s no rock wall or waterslide, but there are some Blackjack Tournaments, sipping fine champagne by the pool experiences or taking in a spa with your new friends. Sea days are great for meeting new friends and catching up with old ones.
You’ll always enjoy the time to shop for some duty-free Tag Heuer, Hubert gems, Theo Faberge’, Paul & Shark clothing or a range of designer bags and swimwear.
The evening is topped off by a formal night incorporating a Black Tie Captain’s Cocktail reception, another great show by the Voices of the Silversea singers and a night on the Disco floor or taking in the beautiful sea sunsets and breezes as we steamed toward Yangon. It was a perfect setting, smooth seas, excellent food, fine wine and pleasant entertainment. Where else on earth could be so perfect? Yangon
Indeed, the highlight of the journey for me was the visit to Yangon as Kipling experienced more than a Yangon is a melting pot of culture and diversity
hundred years ago. Yangon is complex. I described it to a friend as like Thailand thirty years ago, but it’s more than that and difficult to explain in words. It’s a developing city that harks of greater past time, but across its’ horizon, it’s a city of politeness, of optimism and suffering. Something is intriguing of Yangon that I couldn’t quite capture in my few short days.
Yangon was the capital of Myanmar until 2006. Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is Myanmar’s largest city and its commercial centre. It is indeed developing, and full of juxtapositions: new high-rises abut traditional Southeast Asian shop houses while down the street from a frozen yoghurt bar, a sidewalk dentist goes to work.
Yangon’s rich collection of colonial architecture is one of its many drawcards; The Strand and its surrounding side streets look today much as they did at the turn of the century when Yangon—then Rangoon—was under British rule.
Yangon’s most iconic sight is unquestionably the enormous gilded Shwedagon Pagoda , but what makes it worth visiting beyond that is the abundant, vibrant life that spills out of people’s homes and onto the streets. Colourful and chaotic, Yangon is a feast for the senses. Grinning uniformed schoolchildren and preadolescent monks vie for sidewalk space as vendors hawk fried goods and longyi-wearing businessmen go off to work.
On a street of Indian-run paint shop sits the country’s only synagogue, a 19th-century relic; blocks away rise the steeples of St. Mary’s Cathedral, another reminder of the city’s colonial past.
For those on the journey that had previously visited Yangon, many headed inland to Mandalay or off to Bagan to experience the 2000 Buddhist monuments spread of 104 square km dating back to 1091AD. A night market in Yangon is a must during your Silversea adventure
The country is relatively easy to navigate. English is widely spoken, and the people are delightful and welcoming. Meals are inexpensive, and the beer is pretty good especially on one of Yangon’s Rooftop Bars like Atlas.
I chose to stay in Yangon at the Shangri-La Hotel as the distance between the Port, and the City can be up to two hours due to current roadworks. The Shangri-La is a great central location to explore Yangon’s markets and back streets both day and night. A range of tours delighted many of the ship’s passengers. Meditation experiences, cooking Myanmar cuisines and the High Tea at the Strand hotel are all must do trips while visiting this wonderful city.
Silversea provides passengers with a range of cruises to Myanmar, and we’d recommend that you plan your itinerary well beforehand. I spent three days in the country, and I could have spent many more.
Myanmar is not for every five-star traveller. It’s hot…very hot at times, and it’s a developing nation so take off your traditional thinking hat when you set foot in this country. If you embrace the culture, you’ll walk away with a different view of the world, but it’s important to understand that it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.
For those that don’t mind sweltering and clambering through rough streets to find a treasured building from a past time, you’ll love this city. Silversea also offers a local village experience in a Dala Village for those a little more adventurous, but the activity level is extensive and may not be everyone’s five-star type of journey.
Hopping back on board Silver Muse in Yangon is like coming home after hard day’s work on a farm. A A visit to the Yangon train station will open your eyes to the local culture. You can do a loop around the city.
Deep Sea Detox massage at the Zagara Spa, a swim in the pool and a soak in the hot tub you’ll be ready for some Champagne tasting (taking in some 2009 Dom Perignon, Bollinger Grand Annee Brut 2007, Louis Roederer Cristal brut 2009, Krug Grand Cuvee NV) fine dining, entertainment and probably….a huge sleep as you head for a couple of days at sea on your way down to Langkawi.
Take in a Cabaret show and a Jazz Duo then party on to the wee hours of the morning if you’re so inclined. Many passengers utilised this sea time to experience in-suite dining. The ship offers a 24 hour all round dining menu with some fantastic food options for those that might like a romantic night in. Yangon- Langkawi
A couple of days at sea on the way down to Langkawi offers that perfect chance to relax and, I assure you, by now you’ll be very relaxed. I took in the daily enrichment lectures, some lunchtime music and cocktails, a session on “wearing pearls” and a fantastic Blues Brother Soul Sister Cabaret by the Voices of Silversea. There was plenty of continuous entertainment every day across the ship, but most passengers enjoyed the opportunity to catch up on relaxing by the pool, taking in a game of bridge or spending time with new friends.
A formal Black Tie formal Evening keeps the passengers and ship feeling like you’re on a high adventure. Langkawi
Arriving in Langkawi after a couple of days relaxing aboard Silversea Silver Muse was probably the most challenging time. Did I want to get off the ship? No, not really…but I forced myself to take in the Island for the day.
A shuttle bus service provided transfers to Langkawi’s shopping district of Pantai Cenang and a range of organised tours were also available to passengers. You must do the Cable Car ride to Langkawi’s highest peak. The cable car links from the Oriental Village at Teluk Burau to the summit of Gunung Machinchang, which is also the location of the Langkawi Sky Bridge. You could also take in some Mangrove Kayaking or just lying by the beach on this beautiful island.
I had an adventurous spirit and hired a scooter for about $20USD and explored the island with some other more adventurous souls from the boat. There was plenty of hidden beaches, rainforest walks and even a cruise up the river to behold.
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Hyderabad: Mandi gives tough challenge to biryani

Customers relish the Arabian Mandi platter. Hyderabad: Arabs from Yemen are living in Hyderabad for over a century, but even Hyderabadis were not aware about their cuisine till a decade ago.
Their favourite dish Mandi is now gaining popularity not only among Hyderabadis but also attracting people from other parts of India. In fact, it is now becoming a routine dish at marriages in the city and is all set to compete with Hyderabad’s popular Biryani.
Mandi is the most popular dish in Yemen. Originating in the southern city of Hadramaut, from where Arabs arrived in Hyderabad during the Asaf Jahi era, Mandi derives its name from the word “nada” (dew), referring to the “dewy” texture of the meat.
Both the Quran and the Bible mention Bilqis, the Queen of (Saba) Sheba, who had ruled the kingdom of Marib in Yemen (around 1000 BC). Both holy scriptures mention that the land was blessed with abundance which the queen gifted to kings of neighbouring kingdoms. Among these gifts, special species from the land were included.
The culinary techniques make Mandi unique and special. In Arab houses, traditionally, the meat is cooked in the tandoor, a special kind of oven in which a hole is dug on the ground and covered inside with clay (similar to the Indian tandoor).
Then dry wood is placed inside the tanoor and burnt and the meat suspended inside without touching the charcoal, and cooked. But because of regulations at restaurants this kind of oven could not be set up here. So, the chef here cooks it as closely as possible to what the traditional Mandi would taste like.
To make this dish, many Arabic or Indian spices such as saffron, cardamom, cumin, cloves and cinnamon are used. It tastes even better if some pine nuts, peanuts, green chili and raisins are added on top.
The credit for introducing this unique dish to Hyderabadis goes to Abdullah Masood Bashadi, who started to prepare Mandi commercially in 2011. He established a restaurant under the name of Mataam Al-Arabi in the Errakunta area. Mataam, in Arabic, means dining place. This was the first restaurant with exotic signage in Arabic.
Within years the dish became popular in Hyderabad and now restaurants serving exclusive Arbian dishes are opening in several parts of the city. Apart from mutton, Mandi is now available with chicken and fish too.
Abdullah Masood Bashadi said when he started the restaurant, his near and dear ones discouraged him, saying the people of Hyderabad are fond of spicy food while Arabian food is bland. Also, they doubted residents would give up their biryani for anything else, but from the very beginning the response was tremendous.
In these Arabian restaurants, apart from regular table and chair, you will also find an exclusive section where you must sit on the floor and dishes will be served in a large plate on chowkis (small pedestals). People sit in a circle around the dish and eat it with their bare hands. Four people can eat from a single huge communal plate.
Talha Alkathiri, a resident of Barkas said, “In our tribes, cooking traditional food is a very special art and for our traditional dishes we use very special spices, some that cannot be found here.” He said the dish becomes extra appetising when eaten with one’s own hand. In houses, a soup known as Maraq is served before the main dish, which is meat broth. The Mandi is served along with a traditional chilli-tomato sauce known as Sahawek.

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Wedding Anniversary Surprise

You can visit this place specially Indian cuisine twice, thrice and the reason is the food is awesome, ambience is cool and fresh, cheff and other staff people are also good. I would like to thank and appreciate Cheff Bhuralal Prajapati as he made a sweet and at last special chocolate cake Anniversary Surprise.

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Order Online and Get 20% Discount at Jay Raj!

Order Online and Get 20% Discount at Jay Raj! Toggle navigation Description Order Online and Get 20% Discount at Jay Raj! – Luton, , United Kingdom
For all online orders more than £29.50, Jay Raj offers 20% discount for takeaway and collection. Jay Raj is an Indian Restaurant & Takeaway in Stopsley LU2 serving Leagrave LU4, Great Offley SG5 & Bushmead, Wigmore, Mangrove Green in LU2.
An active, food enthusiastic Indian Restaurant in Stopsley, Jay Raj is a local favourite. And why will it not be? Not only it’s the food the food that keeps our customers hooked, but also the services and hospitality towards them. If you are looking for delicious Indian food restaurant in Stopsley, you can’t just miss visiting Jay Raj. You will find a wide range of Indian dishes from starters to desserts. From Papadum-chutney to tandoori to biriyanis and house specials, anything and everything you can think of Indian cuisine are available at Jay Raj. Click on the buttons below to share this page: Our Newsletter(s) – Don’t Miss Anything!!!
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A Hidden Gem – Best Tree house resort in Munnar

Me and wife visited Munnar on the occasion of our first wedding anniversary. Decided to stay here after doing a lot of research over the Internet. This place was suggested to me by a local tour operator @greenhopetourism. The property is all natural with forest at the back, tree plantation at the front, spice gardens, natural beauty all over. We reached on a rainy night and the rain and the fragrance made the welcome quite beautiful. The staff at the hotel was extra generous and helpful during this rainy welcome. We had booked the tree house double storey villa which is the main attraction of the property. When we were escorted to the room we went through a spice garden and beautiful flower gardens in the property. The tree house was literally a tree house with no false promises. It was built on a huge coconut tree. Wooden floors, double storey interiors , cozy inside and it had the right mix of modern amenities and natural touch to it. The balcony was facing the dense forest and spice garden and truly it gave a sense of a jungle resort stay. Wifi and Tv were available. The restaurant was a traditional one. Clean ,peaceful and simple. The cuisine was mainly Indian and food was cooked on pre orders. Many activities were there inside the resort like kerela traditional tea tasting, yoga sessions,arts session,live dance shows etc. and were all free. We also booked a tree plantation walk tour from the resort. There were also nature walks, river walks and other trekking activities that could be booked for free in he morning .The peace and calm and the traditional feel was always in the air during our stay. And the best part was it was not too heavy on the pockets. A total value for money. I would advise everyone visiting Munnar to try this tree house resort.

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Kurumba Maldives: A magical experience for all the family

KN Lifestyle campaign with The Sloaney Laura is wearing the Signature Messenger Bag (£160-£170) Added on 18 February 2019 TheSloaney Kurumba Maldives: A magical experience for all the family Sloaney Review Score Description: Stunning resort; great service; family friendly. Rating: 5 out of 5 Are you thinking about planning a family trip to the Maldives? Our Editor, Dr. Laura Toogood, visited Kurumba Maldives to explore this beautiful island resort and consider its suitability for all ages…
The Maldives is a renowned honeymoon destination. With constant warm air and sea temperatures, glorious sunsets and idyllic scenery, it is one of the most romantic locations on the planet. However, while it may be a favourite destination for newlyweds, I wanted to explore this part of the world from a different perspective and a visit to Kurumba Maldives helped to reveal why it is also an appealing place for a family holiday. Kurumba Maldives is a beautiful island that is located only a short boat ride from Male
As soon as you touch down in Male you can feel the warmth. The temperature is usually in the low 30s. It stays consistent throughout the day and night and is matched with high humidity. After a long overnight flight, Kurumba Maldives is thankfully positioned within close proximity to Male and its international airport.
Part of Asia, the Maldives is one of the most geographically dispersed sovereign states in the world. There are many resorts, with most occupying their own private island. Therefore, an additional transfer on landing by boat or seaplane is common. I was travelling with my daughter, who at 20 months old was keen to reach the resort as quickly as possible – and so was I! The transfer to Kurumba Maldives is ideal for anyone travelling with a young family as it only takes about five minutes. The island is peaceful and surrounded by beautiful sea
On arrival, guests are greeted by a beautiful island that is lined with exotic foliage and endless pristine beaches. Kurumba means coconut and before this island became a resort, it was a place that only fisherman frequented and the delicious fruit was farmed. In a nod to its history, coconut continues to play a role throughout the island. It features as the key scent in the bathroom amenities. It is also a prominent flavour that is evident in parts of the cuisine.
Kurumba Maldives was the first resort in the Maldives and over the years it has developed to offer visitors fantastic facilities and infrastructure. The resort has a central pathway that navigates the circumference of the island. The path is pushchair friendly and there are ramps to help parents with any steps. It is also very good for wheelchair access (there is even a beach wheelchair that can be used for entering the sea). A Spacious Stay
In addition to its impressive accessibility, there is a feeling of space on the island. Even when the resort is at full capacity, it doesn’t feel remotely crowded. The spacious accommodation, which typically comes with your own allocated lounger and beach area, ensures that overcrowding simply never occurs. The boat transfer is efficient and takes only about five minutes
The entry level rooms provide good value and these come in a house of four, with the possibility to book adjacent rooms. Meanwhile, the beach bungalows are well-appointed and you can select one with a sea view or one that is set further back in the resort. While having a beach on your doorstep is fantastic, even if you chose the latter option, the sand will probably only be a few metres away. The bungalows have plenty of room and the bathrooms include outdoor bathing facilities. This means you can shower underneath the moon, which is pretty special.
There are no water villas at this resort; however, when you are travelling with babies or toddlers you wouldn’t want this type of accommodation anyway. Furthermore, many of the hotels that offer water villas impose an age limit for this style of room. The pool villas are ideal for a family
If you are travelling with the whole family to Kurumba Maldives then a pool villa is a good option. This has the added bonus of your own pool in your back garden. While it would seem a shame not to swim in the sea – it is incredibly warm – some children don’t like sand and so having your own pool may be useful in this situation.
That said, there is also a large swimming pool that is positioned near the restaurant area. If you base yourself here for the day then you can enjoy the best of both worlds as the beach is also very close to the pool. Furthermore you are right next to several of the restaurants and it is easy to order food. Diverse Dining
There are eight restaurants in total at Kurumba Maldives and you can make the most of a diverse selection of cuisine. Hamakaze has an enviable position and this Hibatchi restaurant is raised on stilts in the sea. You can only dine here with children over the age of eight but it offers a magical experience and presents the best seafood on the island. Hamakaze at Kurumba Maldives is on the water
Meanwhile, Mahal has a selection of dishes from the North and South of India and for those who want to enjoy food from nearer to home, an Italian menu is available at Isola. At the other restaurants you can enjoy Maldivian food as well as some other international flavours. The fresh produce is cooked to perfection at all of the restaurants.
The buffet is also impressive, and this is the ideal place to eat if you have very small children. The bustling atmosphere will drown out any squeals from toddlers or cries from babies. You can relax in the knowledge that you are not upsetting any other guests. The buffet at Kurumba Maldives is an excellent choice for families
There is a great choice of food to suit all ages and, seeing as you are right in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the curries are obviously fantastic. The buffet has a different theme each night. The Street Food evening features an outstanding dish from Sri Lanka.
After dinner, there is live music every night on the island. Highlights include the local Maldivian entertainment as well as some impressive bands that sing chart-topping favourites by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and U2. Due to the closeness of Male you can see the skyline from some parts of the island and, at night, the lights twinkle in the distance. Family Fun
While Kurumba Maldives encourages down time, there is also plenty to do for both adults and children. The spa provides a haven for those seeking some time away from the family. The signature massage is excellent. This is the perfect treatment to have after a long flight and the masseuse really knows what she is doing. The spa offers many treatments including a signature massage
For the more active guest, there are good sporting facilities and activities run on a weekly timetable. You can enjoy tennis, basketball and the air conditioned gym. Meanwhile, children can play in the Kids Club either with minders or their parents. There are fun outdoor water toys, a giant chess board, air hockey and table tennis available too.
However, in this part of the world, you really need little more than the sea to keep you occupied. The snorkelling and diving in the Maldives is absolutely incredible. Some have even commented that it surpasses the Great Barrier Reef. Kurumba Island is protected by a barrier that creates a warm, gentle lagoon around its parameter. Thanks to some coral that is nestled within the boundary, you only need to venture a few metres to enjoy the underwater delights. This makes it suitable for nervous swimmers and children. Under the water you will spot placid Reef Sharks and hundreds of iridescent fish. It is a truly enchanting experience and you can spend hours admiring the delights of the Indian Ocean. The snorkelling at the resort is impressive
It is also possible to swim outside the barriers and this provides a jaw-dropping moment. Once you are out in the open ocean the view of sea life is nothing short of spectacular. There are so many different types of fish. You can spend hours admiring each one. The Rainbow Fish are especially striking.
The first time I went through the gap in the boundary, I was lucky enough to be greeted by one of the three local turtles. It was a breath-taking experience to swim alongside this beautiful creature in its natural habitat. Even if you are not lucky enough to come across a turtle, the reef sharks and fish are completely mesmerising.
To be honest, the snorkelling alone is enough to coax me on to the long-haul flight with a little one in tow. While there will always be the occasional tricky moment when you travel with a toddler, Kurumba Island is a picture-perfect destination and the resort and staff go out of their way to ensure that a family visit to this dreamlike location is as easy and inspiring as it can possibly be.
On my final night at Kurumba Maldives, I ventured in to the sea at sunset. I watched the sky turn pink with a cocktail close by and a live saxophonist serenading my swim. I had discovered paradise. Watch our film on Sloaney TV A preview of the KN Lifestyle Collection photoshoot at Kurumba Maldives more coming soon Travel Information Visit www.kurumba.com for further information and booking options or telephone +960 664-2324. Many major airlines fly from a number of UK airports with one stop over on route. Direct flights are possible on some routes. A shared boat transfer is available to all guests and you can also book a private transfer. We recommend packing factor 50 sun cream for both adults and children as the sun is extremely powerful.

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Top Amenities Offered at Most Five Stars

Top Amenities Offered at Most Five Stars Slide 2 Introduction There are several five star hotels near Delhi Airport. They differ in amenities, room types, and dining. You need to check which hotel fulfills your requirements, based on the features and amenities they offer. Slide 3 Facilities and Services Many hotels offer facilities like outdoor swimming pool, well-equipped fitness center, bar lounge, spa and wellness center, business centers, etc. Some of the hotels have the best fitness centers equipped with all the latest equipment, while some 5 star hotels near Delhi Airport are perfect for big events like corporate board meeting or weddings. They make arrangement for dining, audio-visual technologies, and other necessary facilities. They feature parking facilities as well. Some hotels have airport pick and drop facilities. Slide 4 Dining and Restaurant Some hotels offer a complimentary breakfast while others may charge extra for the same. There are hotels that prepare all types of foods. Some hotels only offer Indian foods or some may only offer continental cuisines. These hotels also prepare food as per the choice of the customers. Visitors need to check this out while they are booking the hotel. They can check the menu given on the website of the hotels. Some hotels may be fully vegetarian, while some have varied non-veg and veg options. Slide 5 Accommodation Types Hotels differ in room types. There are single rooms, double rooms, triple rooms, and suites, and some hotels that have options in all. There are also rooms for families with children. Guests should also know about the amenities the rooms have, such as heating facility, tea/coffee station, etc. The hotel websites have photos of rooms and guests can check whether the décor is suitable for them. Some rooms are suitable for short stays and some are for longer stays. A comparison of hotels on these aspects will help you take a better decision. Slide 6 Conclusion The Roseate is a luxury hotel offering 5-star services in New Delhi. It is located near the Delhi Airport and offers good connectivity to the rest of the national capital and Gurgaon. Slide 7 Address : – Samalka, National Highway – 8 (220.00 km) 110037 New Delhi Phone No : – (91) 11 3015 8657 Email ID : – info.rhnd@roseatehotels.com Website : – http://roseatehotels.com/newdelhi/theroseate/ The Roseate Slide 8

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Organic Sugar Global Market 2019 | Size, Share, Trend, Business

Organic Sugar Market Global Information by Application (Food & Beverages, Pharma and Personal Care) and Region (Latin America, Asia Pacific & RoW) – Forecast till 2022 Market Overview:
Organic sugar is far more than being a naturally cultivated produce. In addition to its cultivation without using chemical fertilizers & pesticides, organic sugar is processed by combining futuristic technologies and safe processing methods, which also helps further to eliminate uses of causative agents, perilous radiations & fungicides and to ensure the end to end food safety.
Apart from food and beverages products, organic sugar is also extensively used in pharma and personal care products. People are increasingly becoming aware of naturally grown products. Their food preferences are changing rapidly, and they adopt different cuisines, culinary and continental food forms which further encourages demand for organic sugar.
Besides the growing awareness about the benefits of organic food coupled with the idea that organic food is good for health is fueling the market growth of organic sugar, escalating the market on the global platform.
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The ever-increasing population and the organic food consumption trends adopted by consumers is the key driving force persuading the worldwide demand posing organic sugar as the most dominantly imported & exported product. Its exports largely contribute to a nation’s gross income. In major sugar producing countries such as China and India, organic sugar is generally sold at premium prices due to the greater demand and hence to enhance the export revenues which in turn, increases the market size.
Competitive Landscape:
Fiercely competitive, the organic sugar market appears to be diversified due to the presence of numerous well-established players having an international presence. These players are investing heavily to enhance product quality and global expansion.
Key players leading the global organic sugar market include Tereos Internacional (Brazil), Cosan Ltd. (Brazil), Shree Renuka Sugars Limited (India), Dwarikesh Sugar Industries Limited (India), Raizen S.A (Brazil), Mitr Phol Group (Thailand), Bunge Limited (Brazil), and Wangkanai Group (Thailand) among others.
Industry/innovation/Related News:
February 07, 2019 – Rodale Institute (the US), a nonprofit organization that supports research into organic farming announced plans to open the Midwest Organic Center at the Indian Creek Nature Center’s Etzel Sugar Grove Farm in Marion. The center will provide resources and support for the state’s more than 730 organic farms, and lead to organic farming education in the Midwest.
This initiative will support research innovative and regenerative, organic farming methods to provide farmers with the education and resources so they can implement those methods on their farms, expand public access to Rodale Institute’s research, and create progressive opportunities in agriculture.
October 26, 2018 —- TTC Attapeu Sugar Cane Sole Co., Ltd. (Vietnam), a leading provider of organic sugar announced entering in a strategic cooperation with ED&F Man Sugar Ltd. (the UK), an agricultural commodities merchant, supplying and distributing sugar to consumers, industrial users, refineries, and wholesalers worldwide to sell organic sugar to Europe.
TTC’s Organic Golden Cane Sugar meets the organic standards for all steps from cultivation to final processing. This product has also been granted with an organic certification under the US Department of Agriculture and the EU’s standards. Through the partnership, TTC products have qualified for export to not only Europe but also North America and other demanding markets across the world.
As per partnership deed, TTC Attapeu and its partner will focus on the supply and purchase of two products, Organic Golden Cane Sugar and Golden Cane Sugar, in the next five years.
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Market Segment:
The MRFR analysis is segmented into two key dynamics for the convenience of understanding;
By Applications: Food & Beverages, Pharma and Personal Care among others.
By Regions: Europe, North America, APAC and the Rest-of-the-World.
The subsegment food & beverages, based on applications is expected to dominate the segment on account of the high demand for organic, ready to eat food products. Factors substantiating the growth of this segment include the rising consumers’ preference for chemical-free healthy ingredients in food products.
Besides, sugar is an essential ingredient in the bakery & confectionery products which in turn, will propel the demand for organic sugar during the forecast period. However, the subsegment – personal care is expected to witness an impressive growth of 14.22% in terms of volume throughout the review period (2017-2022).
Geographical Analysis:
Latin America organic sugar market is projected to lead the organic sugar market in terms of value and volume both. The market is expected to acquire the lion’s share of more than 55% of the total market share.
Asia Pacific region will hold the second largest share followed by North America. Presence of various agro-climatic zones coupled with the favorable weather conditions is expected to ensure the extended production. Owing to the increasing production of sugarcane in India, Vietnam, and Indonesia, will allow these countries to witness higher growth in organic sugar market during the forecast period (2017 to 2022). The organic sugar market in this region is projected to grow at a rate of 14.66%.
The Europe region witnesses an increasing demand for high-quality organic sugar. Ukraine and Spain are among the fastest growing markets for organic sugar in the region.
Owing to the increasing popularity of organic sugar in developed countries like the US and Canada; Chili, Parsley, Mint, and Marjoram, these countries are dominating the market in the North America region.
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