Geylang, oh Geylang! How mainland Chinese fell in and out of love with Singapore’s red-light district
Geylang, oh Geylang! How mainland Chinese fell in and out of love with Singapore’s red-light district
When Hu Fengkai first arrived in Singapore’s Geylang district from China in 2013, it was everything he had imagined it to be.
“In spoken Chinese, Geylang sounds like ya long or ‘dragon’s tooth’. A place with a name like that is bound to stir the imagination,” says the 31-year-old land surveyor.
“So when I finally reached Geylang six years ago, let’s just say I wasn’t disappointed,” he adds, with a sardonic grin.
It helped that he was joining a well-knit community of mainland Chinese migrant workers who had made Singapore’s famous red-light district their new home – drawn by cheap rent, cheap food and proximity to the city centre.
Sex, spas, sleaze: what Orchard Road of Singapore hides in plain sight But after a run of almost two decades, this enclave is slowly disintegrating.
Singapore’s tightening foreign labour policies, heightened security after an unprecedented riot in 2013, and the sex trade going online have all chipped away at the country’s “Little Chinatown”.
“The whole place has changed in the past two years because everyone is leaving,” Hu says. “Soon enough, I will have no one else here and I will have to leave too.”
START OF THE INFLUX Immigrants from China began to flock to the area at the start of the new millennium when Singapore had a construction boom, soon after the region shook off the 1997 Asian financial crisis.
The demand drew Chinese workers who were lured to the Lion City by higher wages and the relative ease with which they were allowed to travel home.
Desperate for cheap accommodation in expensive Singapore and with worker dormitories few and far between, they found the perfect home in Geylang.
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“No Singaporean in their right mind wanted to stay there. Those two condos were surrounded by brothels and streetwalkers,” says a long-time Geylang resident, a taxi driver in his 60s, who asked not to be named.
“If you had a wife or daughter, you can be assured that they would receive heckles and catcalls every time they went out. The flats were struggling for tenants. So when [mainland Chinese] workers came knocking, the condominium owners welcomed them with open arms.”
While workers from India and Bangladesh found affordable accommodation in ethnic enclaves, Chinese workers shunned the exorbitant rents in Singapore’s official Chinatown, which lies on the outskirts of the central business district.
For as low as S$150 (US$111) a month, these workers received bed space in Geylang rooms that they shared with others – about half what they would pay in Chinatown.
For coffee shop owner Ong Kee Leong, 74, who observed the influx from China, it was a “perfect supply-meets-demand situation that mutually benefited both parties”.
Every cent is important to the Chinese workers, says Luke Tan, who works to protect the welfare of migrant workers at the Humanitarian Organisation for Migration Economics.
“When you are migrant worker in a foreign land, even the smallest cost can impact you greatly. In a place like Geylang, workers are able to save more because of the low costs of things,” he says.
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They avoided the licensed brothels approved by the government, which carried strict periodic medical checks.
“In its heyday, you would see up to a hundred [Chinese] women standing along the footpaths at Lorong 14,18 and 20,” said the long-time resident, referring to the three roads in Geylang most notorious for the sex trade.
In Chinese-majority Singapore, the demand was strong for mainland Chinese sex workers.
“There aren’t any official numbers but I think it boils down to proportion and familiarity. Most of the sex workers are young women in a foreign land so they would definitely prefer coming to a country like Singapore where things like food, language and culture might be similar, so that might explain the numbers,” says Vanessa Ho, a director at sex worker advocacy group Project X.
Geylang’s transformation into “Little Chinatown” was under way. Its hodgepodge of brightly-lit eateries and services began to display more Chinese signs. Food catering to the new migrants – Sichuan hotpot, Shanghainese dishes and Shandong cuisine – began to displace Singaporean outlets.
Provision shops stocked products preferred by the Chinese. Internet cafes, which were wildly popular with workers from mainland China, mushroomed.
Having an organic enclave like this is a breath of fresh air Cai Yinzhou, founder of Geylang Adventures The developments drew the ire of locals. In 2009, Singaporeans wrote letters to the press complaining about the Sinicisation of Geylang, and how the red-light district was losing its multiracial character.
Long-time Geylang residents like Cai Yinzhou, on the other hand, welcomed the vibrancy that has become a quintessential part of the area.
“Having an organic enclave like this is a breath of fresh air in a country where public spaces and towns are heavily engineered. There are not many places where migrant workers can feel at home so a place like Geylang is important for their well-being and state of mind,” says the founder of Geylang Adventures, a group that conducts walking trails in the area.
ILLICIT TRADE The Chinese quickly rose to play a prominent part in the area’s illicit trade, dominating Geylang’s contraband cigarettes and liquor scene.
Local triads turned to the Chinese to front these operations. In 2016, the Singapore Customs seized more than 5,600 cartons of contraband cigarettes from a consignment from China.
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“It was easy for the local triads to communicate with them in Mandarin or the dialects,” says a private investigator of illicit goods, who agreed to speak on condition of anonymity.
“Most of the Chinese nationals tend to be overstayers who have no qualms being deported. The relatively short jail sentences they face aren’t deterrent enough to keep them away.”
They also run most of the area’s gambling dens, with some brazenly operating in the open in Geylang’s many back alleys.
“Even after repeated police raids, the gamblers would reorganise themselves and set up shop again within a matter of minutes,” Cai says.
After Singapore set up two casinos in 2010, Geylang also became the go-to place for Chinese gambling tourists eager for cheap lodging in the area’s many love motels.
The Chinese are slowly leaving. In a few years, Geylang won’t be Little Chinatown any more A long-time resident Busloads were often seen ferrying Chinese tourists from the red-light district to the two integrated resorts downtown and on the tourist island of Sentosa.
A bus driver with a local travel agency that deals mainly with tour groups from mainland China and Hong Kong adds that families do not mind being put up in the red-light district.
“Most of the rooms are small and can barely fit a family but the Chinese tourists don’t mind because of its proximity to the casinos. Plus, food around the area is cheap so it is definitely a hotspot,” he says.
THE LITTLE INDIA RIOT The presence of all things Chinese began to wane after 2013, because of an event in nearby Little India.
That year, a riot took place after intoxicated migrant workers reacted violently when an Indian worker was killed in a traffic accident.
The incident shocked a country unused to such overt displays of violence. In its aftermath, Singapore’s police chief pointed out that Geylang, too, had “a hint of lawlessness” and hostility against the police that made the area “a potential powder keg”.
The government responded with a weekend alcohol ban in both Little India and Geylang, in addition to a nightly drinks curfew.
Police patrols were stepped up in Geylang, with increased raids on illicit trade. Surveillance cameras were installed, further limiting the space of illegal Chinese sex workers and the open-air gambling dens.
These measures, coupled with Singapore’s move away from depending on a foreign labour force due to local dissatisfaction, led to a decrease in the number of Chinese workers in Geylang.
Residents in Geylang told This Week in Asia that shops selling Chinese food and wares have been gradually closing down in the last two years.
It did not help that tech-savvy Chinese sex workers have increasingly been going online.
According to Ho from Project X, online sex workers in Singapore, most whom are Chinese nationals, are reaching out to customers directly through websites and apps – using social media and smartphones as middlemen.
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Previously a hotspot for licensed brothels, a row of empty houses now line Lorong 18 and 20 in Geylang.
“Geylang is increasingly quiet and businesses are suffering,” said the long-time resident. “No alcohol and no girls. There’s no reason to come to Geylang any more.
“The Chinese are slowly leaving. In a few years, Geylang won’t be ‘Little Chinatown’ any more.”
My 10 Favorite Things to do in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia
My 10 Favorite Things to do in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia 2019/02/05 Cycling in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia My 10 Favorite Things to do in Kuala Lumpur – Malaysia I started my life-long world travels in SE Asia back in 1998 by cycling from Bangkok, Thailand down to Singapore. I promptly proceeded to ‘get stuck’ in the region for most of 17 years, until 2015, in fact, when I finally left indefinitely to see other parts of the world. During that time I explored all the countries of SE Asia at least once. But I returned time and time again to southern Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Bali, Indonesia. In those places I traveled, lived and sometimes worked for months at a time. For several years Bangkok was my base of operations. I stored some excess gear at one particular hotel in between flying to other countries and exploring other regions of Thailand. With the advent of Malaysia’s low-cost carrier, Air Asia, in 2004 I switched my base to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL), and made all my flights to/from KL. To my great advantage, a couple years later I made friends with a wonderful French/German couple living in KL, who subsequently always invited me to stay with them anytime I was in town. Kuala Lumpur panorama As a result, I often stayed in KL from one week to one month at a time. I can’t even count the number of times I’ve explored that intriguing city, nor how many diverse adventures I’ve experienced there. Over the years I got to know many neighborhoods of KL like the back of my hand, helped in great part by the fact that I often got around by bicycle. That entailsed getting to know the roads and neighborhoods really well. However, during one visit, at the urging of a friend, I decided to take a private guided tour of KL to find out what that was like. I was very pleasantly surprised! I ended up learning heaps of new information, history and intrigues about the city that I didn’t know at all. Up til then, I thought I knew ‘everything’ about KL. Far from it! British colonial Moorish style Building at Merdeka Sqare That one private turn turned me on to the great joy and benefit of guided tours. First of all, it’s fun meeting and interacting with local guides, who invariably know more than I do, no matter how well I think I know a place. But most importantly for me is the interesting learning experience. I just love learning. I now join private, personalized tours as well as the occasional small guided tours whenever I have the opportunity. I always learn more about the destinations that I possibly could on my own. Most recently, I joined a great privately guided tour in Havana, Cuba and a free city walking tour in Mexico City, Mexico. Private tours are best, in my opinion, since I can ask the guide more specific questions, based on my interests, and I can request alterations in the general tour plan if I’m not so interested in one area or I’m especially intrigued by another specific location. I still also greatly enjoy exploring cities on my own as well. Whenever I’m in KL, for instance, I always visit certain places and do particular activities over again. I’m sure that next time I visit KL I’ll do all of my favorites yet again. Following are my absolute 10 favorite things to do in KL. I hope this will help other travelers make the most of their visit to Malaysia’s very interesting capital city. And maybe you should sneak in a private guided tour as well to get an insider’s knowledge of the city and culture of Malaysia. KLCC shopping mall at the base of Petronas Twin Towers is Kuala Lumpur’s most exlusive mall – Malaysia A. A Splash of Modern City Life I spend most of my travel time out in the great outdoors. In the tropics, I’m usually at beaches, islands, tropical forests and national parks. I visit many rather remote and undeveloped places, often staying in quaint guest houses, thatched bungalows and small hotels. So whenever I visit a big modern city like Bangkok, KL or Singapore, I really enjoy indulging in some rare luxurious urban life and activities. 1. Hang out at KLCC Shopping Mall Growing up in the USA, I quickly learned to hate shopping malls. In the States, they’re usually just big ugly rectangular structures filled with mid-range chain stores and restaurants that are filled with the kinds of mindless, mainstream people I’d never hang out with. So I was amazed to discover SE Asia’s amazing urban malls. They have stunning architecture and interiors, much more upscale stores, great coffee shops, wonderful sitting spaces, great atmosphere and sometimes even museums and/or art galleries. KLCC, a huge urban mall set at the base of Petronas Twin Towers is one of my favorites. Every time I’m in KL I go hang out in KLCC at least once a week, if not more. I love sitting the the huge open coffee shops, sipping a delicious espresso and soaking up the bright atmosphere and luxurious surroundings. The soaring center of the mall is an exhibition space, where there’s often a special performance, annual festival or art exhibition in progress. Petronas Gallery is a great art gallery with constantly changing exhibitions. There are two wonderful food courts, a huge cinema with the latest movies, the Petronas Towers Gallery (about construction and history of the towers) and a huge Japanese department store with delicious foods, bakery and desserts. view of Petronas Twin Towers from Sky Bar 2. Drink Cocktails at Luxurious Rooftop Cocktail Bars The area around Petronas Twin Towers is one of KL’s major chic upscale areas of the city. Various hotels, restaurants and bars are situated in tall skyscrapers nearby. Several of them boast at rooftop cocktail bar, all with astounding views of the Twin Towers and the park at the base of the buildings. Since I’m a huge cocktails fan, and also love heights & architecture, I always treat myself to one or two expensive cocktails at KL’s fabulous rooftop cocktail bars. I often went with my good friend, Stephanie, as well. 3. Watch a movie at the cinema I love movies, but I dont’ often get to go to a cinema during my world travels. So whenever I visit a big city, it’s a great treat for me to head to a cinema. KLCC has a very large multi-plex cinema showing the latest Hollywood films as well as Malaysian, Chinese and Indian movies. If there’s a movie worth watching when I”m in town, I always make time to head to the cinema. I wrote more about KL’s rooftop bars in this article . B. Nature and Exercise I’ve been a fitness buff my whole life. While I’m traveling the world full time, I make sure I exercise regularly, both to stay fit and because I greatly enjoy it. My exercise of choice varies from place to place, depending on what’s most readily available. Lake Garden Park, KL 4. Cycle in Lake Garden Park KL has the huge wonderful Perdana Botanical Gardens – aka Lake Garden Park, situated not far from downtown. Whenever I’m in KL I cycle over there and pedal around the massive, hilly tropical park for an hour or so. Afterward, I usually hang out in the park for a while. I enjoy stretching beside the lake, visiting the orchid gardens, admiring the stunning lush tropical vegetation and relaxing under big shady trees. Lash taking a photo with birds at KL Bird Park 5. Visit KL Bird Park Aviary Another fantastic part of Lake Garden Park is the huge open-air aviary called KL Bird Park. It’s a maasive walk-in aviary covered by high nettingso the birds can fly around but not fly away. Not surprisingly, it’s a huge tourist attraction. But the number and diversity of birds makes it worth visiting anyhow. I try to go each time in KL because I really love birds and this is one of the best aviaries I know of in the world. Ive only seen a comparable one in Hong Kong. Chinese food at a local food court C. Eating Diverse Cuisines Malaysia is a multi-racial country with large populations of Malays, Indian Malaysians and Chinese Malaysians. The later two residents are mostly descendants of immigrants in the 1800s, during the big Asian Trading Route days under British colonialism. KL and Penang, in particular, have large populations of Indian and Chinese Malaysians. A fantastic benefit of this multi-racial culture is the vast array of diverse, delicious cuisines. Whenver I’m in KL I make sure to eat all my favorite meals from Malay, Indian and Chinese cuisines available all over the city. Following are three places I always visit when in town. I wrote a more extensive post about my favorite, litttle-known Secret Eating Places in KL here . vegetarian buffet at a Chinese temple 6. Eat at Chinese Temple Vegetarian Buffet Beautiful little Kun Yung Thong Temple is located just one block from Petronas Twin Towers on Jalan Ampang. Every day, Mon-Friday they serve up a massive vegetarian buffet. Anyone is welcome to dine there and the prices are very low. My good friend, Stephanie, who was living / working in KL for many years, turned me on to this fabulous dining option. After that, I ate there several times a week any time I was in KL. 7. Have Malaysian breakfast – roti chennai and te tarik Roti chennai and te tarik are one of the most common light meals to eat in Malaysia. In KL, you can find both just about anywhere. Roti is a Malaysian flat bread made by grilling rolled-up dough on a hot plate. It’s light and flakey, but a bit oily since it’s cooked on the grill in oil. Roti is served with many different meals, but most commonly with 1-3 tiny bowls of various ‘gravies’. This is called roti chennai. The most common graveies are a somewhat spicy yellow curry, a brown fish-flavored gravy and occassionally a coconut curry (which is actually an Indian curry). Te tarik is an Indian style tea make with spices and milk with a thick cap of froth on top. Froth is made by pouring the tea back and forth at a height between two glasses, always done just before serving. It’s fun watching the cooks prepare this. I particularly love eating roti chennai in downtown KL – aka Chinatown – at one of several huge Indian / Malay restaurants. Indian buffet-style restaurant 8. Dine on Indian food KL has two distinct India towns. One is on the edge of Chinatown, downtown. The other is called Brickfields, situated near KL Central Train Station, a short distance from downtown. Indian Food in Malaysia is completely authentic, with restaurants owned and staffed by Indians. Many have recently migrated from India; others are long-term descendants. Primarily, they are southern Indians from Tamil Nadu state, so they speak Tamil and serve southern Indian cuisine. Luckily, that consists of many different curries, breads, desserts and tandoori chicken. I always eat a lot of delicous Indian food when I’m in KL. My favorite restaurants are downtown, primarily because it’s easier for me to get there than Brickfields. But most Indian restaurants in KL are great. D. Cultural Pursuits 9. Enjoy art at Petronas Gallery As I mentioned earlier, inside KLCC shopping mall at the base of Petronas Towers is the wonderful Petronas Gallery. Nearly every time I’m in KL the gallery has a new exhibition. Over the years I’ve seen dozens of great art exhibits, primarily featuring paintings or photography, mostly by Malaysian artists. Entrance is free. They also have a small shop full of upscale museum-type art-inspired gifts and books. important but little-known Guan Di Chinese Temple in ‘downtown’ Kuala Lumpur
10. Visit Chinese and Indian temples downtown KL’s small but hectic Chinatown is a famous feature of the city. For me the main alleyways get too jammed up with street stalls, hawkers and crowds for my tastes. But I still enjoy going there to eat delicious Chinese food at ‘economic meal’ restaurants, check out the cute specialty shops and visit the beautiful little temples. Two favorite temples I always try to visit are both located on Jalan HS Lee, which parallels the main market street. Petaling Jaya. Guan Di Temple is a very cute little red Chinese temple that’s always filled with thick clouds of fragrant incense smoke. Inside visitors can watch devotees lighting incense, making offerings and praying in front of the main alter. Practically across the street is tall, intricately carved tower of Sri Mahamariamman Indian Hindu temple. Visitors must remove their shoes to enter. Once inside they can walk a circuit around the central alter area. You might also enjoy the following articles about KL-
Literally a door to heaven
When I decided to visit Mumbai in Jan, I was a bit hesitant, as it was my very first visit that too with family. Being a working person, I rarely happen to visit any place (usually for leisure). At first I didn’t feel particularly attracted by Mumbai, but yet fascinated by it lifestyle and culture. While flying from Kashmir to Mumbai,I couldn’t ever imagined to land into a 11 days dream. Yes, the landscape is breathtaking; yes, the beaches are clean and long and boundless; yes, one feels suspended between heaven and hell when the cloudy sky plunges into the sea; but in this particular travel the real revelation – mixed with great excitement – has been the arrival and the whole stay at the Leela Hotel in Mumbai. Generally speaking one needs from a couple of hours to a couple of days to discover a resort, but this is not the case. In the huge premises, surprises are around any corner. The concrete is hidden among exotic plants, flowers, birds and one could live inside this property (with an easy access to the beach and sea) for weeks feeling like being in a big family. Everyone – from managers to receptionists, from concierge to public relation staff, from spa attendants to restaurants waiters, from gardeners to housekeepers – make you feel at home . For special mention a big thanks to Ms.Pratiksha was such a sweet heart, she stayed in touch and was only just a call away(rather a small buzz) In addition to this cleanliness beyond expectation, quality of food astounding (indian as well as foreign cuisine), taste impeccable, cozy and elegant rooms, enjoyable living spaces for meetings, fitness or meditation. The Leela Mumbai, not only the best hotel you can stay to visit this fantastic corner of India, but a retreat that deserves itself a travel from wherever you may be located.
Sag Harbor’s La Superica May Rise Again with New Owners
Sag Harbor’s La Superica May Rise Again with New Owners By 158 La Superica file photo. Stephen J. Kotz photo
When La Superica closed in 2018, locals and longtime visitors alike lamented the loss of a favorite spot for burritos, margaritas and good times, and worried it was another harbinger of change in Sag Harbor.
When Superica, as it was known to locals, closed, the local pizza place, Conca D’oro, had recently shut its doors, and later, a favorite burger joint, Bay Burger, followed suit. A number of Main Street retail outlets also closed in 2018 as the business landscape in Sag Harbor appeared to be changing in rapid succession.
But Jesse Matsuoka is an optimist, and he’s focusing on a larger vision.
Mr. Matsuoka, a co-owner of Sen Restaurant and a board member of the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce, is a part of a group of entrepreneurs who are taking over the former La Superica space and reopening it as a Latin fusion eatery. The group hopes to secure the rights to the use the same name and open its doors in May.
“We really want to be able to provide a delicious product at affordable pricing with fun ambiance and year-round clientele,” Mr. Matsuoka said in an interview Monday. “It’s as local as you can get.”
He said the group of self-described “foodies” is attracted to the idea of experimenting with new fare. He described the concept as “beach street food with Latin influences.”
“With cuisine these days, there’s such opportunity within so many different cultures and countries. We don’t want to be just Mexican,” Mr. Matsuoka said. “As culinary experts, we want to be able to represent multiple taste profiles in the form of a taco or empanada or salad. Who says that we can’t do a duck confit taco? Who says we can’t do an Indian lamb taco?”
The sunsets over the harbor were attractive to the restaurateurs, too — not to mention the prospect of the John Steinbeck Waterfront Park immediately in the vicinity of the restaurant. Developer Jay Bialsky is in the process of selling land to Southampton Town through its Community Preservation Fund for the creation of the park, which would be managed by the village, although the sale has not closed yet.
“I’m just really happy that Sag Harbor is moving in such a positive direction,” Mr. Matsuoka said. “This park that’s getting redone across the street has been such an eyesore for Sag Harbor for so long. … I already see this vision of families, couples, dog-walkers, whoever, just enjoying that park with our products. It’s a really nice feeling.”
Jeff Resnick, another partner in Sen, has been involved in several restaurants. He was the original owner of La Superica when it opened in 1991 and sold the business to Ken O’Donnell in 1997. On Monday night, Mr. Resnick said “a lot has changed” in the village since he first opened the doors to La Superica, but that the group of partners would like to keep some continuity in the restaurant that people came to know and love.
“Part of what makes Sag Harbor so great is all the different restaurants and the shops that are so accessible the restaurants are a real draw for everybody,” Mr. Resnick said. “The more exciting different things that there are, the more exciting it is for everybody.”
Reached by phone Tuesday, Mr. O’Donnell said he will be meeting with Mr. Matsuoka in the coming week “to discuss the La Superica brand and the space.”
“Life changes, things move on,” Mr. O’Donnell said. “I hope they have as many sunsets and great memories in the place. I’m definitely very grateful to Sag Harbor and to Jeff for giving me that opportunity back in 1997. I wish them nothing but the best of luck and I hope it treats them well.”
Along with Mr. Matsuoka and Mr. Resnick, the partners in the new iteration of La Superica are Tora Matsuoka, Jesse’s brother, who is currently managing Claudio’s in Greenport; Stephen Lofredo, a hospitality expert who is Tora Matsuoka’s business partner; David Hart, a restaurant consultant and East Hampton entrepreneur; and Nick Zappola and Nunzio Zappola, two well-known contractors, who were responsible for the recent renovation of Sen.
“We’re a big, old family — a great group of operators that wants to be able to put something together for this town,” Jesse Matsuoka said.
Last week, Mr. Resnick even reached out to one of his former employees to gauge his interest in having his old job back.
“I’m still on the fence,” joked Sag Harbor Village Police Chief Austin J. McGuire, who worked at La Superica from 1994 to 1997 and left only when he got his first police post. “I wish them well. I think it’s great for the community. I hate to see places closed and they do a good job.”
The group of partners first took a walk-through of the vacant restaurant space about three weeks ago. Then, Mr. Matsuoka said, the secret was out.
“It was us walking through the space that gave it away. We got call after call after call,” he said. “It was actually a food rep who was the first person who reached out to my chef. My chef didn’t even know what was going on. He said so-and-so wants the account. It’s so funny how this little town thrives on chatter.”
The new restaurant will need approvals from the Sag Harbor Planning Board and possibly other village regulatory boards for an outdoor walk-in refrigerator to bring the building up to current building codes.
Mr. Resnick said the hospitality business “is hard, but it’s rewarding,” and Mr. Matsuoka acknowledged they are “all a little nuts” for wanting to jump into yet another restaurant venture.
“You have to be a little cuckoo to love this industry so much,” he said. “It is extremely stressful on every level, physically, mentally, on relationships, on your wallet. … We not only feel confident, but we feel proud to put out a fantastic product that everyone will love.”
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Philippines: Palawan, El Nido – Ultimate Guide
* El Nido FAQ 1. How to get to El Nido?
Most of the airline companies offer the flight to Manila – The capital of the Philippines. From there you can take a plane to Puerto Princessa (around 20/30 euros) with AirAsia, Cebu Air or take a direct plane to El Nido (around 85 euros) with Swift Air. Keep in mind that the International flights have different Terminal and the visa queues may take a while so leave some space between the flights (Yes, I did miss mine).
Also, there is a shuttle bus between the terminal,s but I would say it is a mistery on when it leaves so just take a taxi it should not cost you more than 150PHP (2,5 euro). You can get it straight from the terminal. If you chose the flight to el Nido just take a taxi or tricycle to the El Nido Town it should be around 600PHP (10 euro ) and there you go! Now if you flew to Puerto Princessa you can arrange the transfer the shared one should be around 500PHP (8 euro) per person or private one for 5000PHP ( approx. 80 euro). Bear in mind that its around 5-6h drive. You can also check the transportation resume HERE . Good Job! You are now in EL Nido Town. 2. Where to stay?
From Camping sites, Hostels to 5 star Hotels all depends on your preferences. You can get beach front AirBnb and the in the middle of nowhere tents. I personally always use Booking.com when booking my accommodation. Do not have account yet? Try it here . But feel free to check other options. (like mentioned airbnb thing). Okay, you are in El Nido already in your hotel room….. Hungry? 3. What to eat?
There two important things to remember -Philippines used to be Spanish Colony, there is plenty of influence it left on the culture and you can see it in their cuisine. But better said I’d call it a mix of Spanish, Chinese, Indian and American cuisine mixed all together. Chorizo, Rice, Pancakes, Curry, Pork, Chicken, Seafood and Fruits…. Oh sweet Christmas, this fruits! Definitely the best Mango I HAVE EVER HAD. Then bananas, papayas, coconuts and pineapples. We can go on and on. Garlic fried rice is a must try, their soy sauce with lime and chopped onion too. Oh! The other important thing you should be aware of: Erase the idea of a knife! Fork and Spoon (so called Tenedor and Cucharra (from Spanish, ha!)) Are what you will be eating with from now on! The meat is usually tender so the edge of the spoon is enough to go through. El Nido town is also filled with bars and restaurants, there are plenty of them just on the beach front too! Just find where you like or stop when you hungry and enjoy your meal! Bon-up-the-teeth! Well, now with your belly being full you can start to plan ahead how you are going to spend your time! 4. What to do?
There is plenty to do I actually wrote a separate post about it with all the details: Check it HERE. To sum it all up for you: A must do is Island Hopping not once but at least two or three times there are few tours to pick from . You can visit surrounded beaches like Las Cabanas Beach, Nacpan Beach, Lio Beach or Twin Beach. There are waterfalls, zip line, snorkel, scuba diving – you name it! 5. FAQ
Q : Do I need a visa?
A: Most of European countries get their Visa (passport stamped) upon the arrival. You will be given a little paper to fill with information such as name, address, work, local address, your phone number and purpose of travel and a visa will be valid for a month. You can check details here: https://www.philippine-embassy.org.sg/consular/visa/important-visa-information/
Q: Is the tap water drinkable?
A : NO! NO! NO! Don’t even think about it!
Q: Do I need vaccine?
A: I think it depends on for how long you are planning to stay there, I was there for 2 weeks and did not vaccine myself and caught nothing. If you are precocious you can have a read here: https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/clinician/none/philippines
Q : How much money do I need?
A: It really depends on your style of travel. You can do it very very cheap eating in some street food places, local bakeries etc. For example a piece of pan con leche would cost you 0,05 Euro. Like seriously? The average meal in restaurant is 150PHP – 250PHP. In hotels, it is usually a bit more expensive up to 350PHP, which still just is 5.5 euro. It is up to you really if you go crazy on excursions, which options you pick or you would rather have a beach day every second day and just sunbath.
Q: Do I need the adaptor?
A : The phone charging thing was confusing all sockets I have seen were different but all of them were fine with standard European charger. (not English one). If you would need adaptor though for some reason they are easily available.
Q: Are there mosquitoes?
A: Plenty. Take a spray. Or two. And a wristband…and a cream. 🙂
Q: Shall I be aware of the food quality?
A : Well I ate in some really dodgy places I would never get even near to in Europe and never got sick. What is more important the food was always very fresh and DELICIOUS. And I guess it is a part of experience.
If you have any more questions do not hesitate to ask I am happy to answer them !
With love, MartaBrezo
Bliss on a Bun
FIRST, A CONFESSION: I have only ordered burgers at this place. Yes, I need to try different things, and I’ve tasted some of the alternate offerings ordered by friends, but the pursuit of superior hamburgers is a calling, a mission, and I have been so called. What you’re getting at Dave’s Gourmet Burgers and More is both a gustatory and architectural marvel, a jumbo-sized creation tamed by a knife through its heart.
Photo by B. A. Nilsson This incarnation of Dave Khan’s burger-joint concept has been operating in Schenectady for two years; his previous locations include a stint on Albany’s Fuller road. What he’s doing, and doing well, is offering an alternative to the more upscale burger chains. If you’re dining at McDonald’s, forget it: you’re not interested in flavor. But next time you’re thinking about Smashburger or Red Robin or Sonic or the like, try this place instead.
You won’t find fancy pre-fab decor – far from it. It has a couple of picnic tables in the center of the room, more tables against a wall; a reach-in cooler with drinks, a TV spitting out cable news, and walls covered with homilies, wise saws, and other such sayings. The restaurant is located in Rotterdam, on lower Broadway, with on-street parking and a few parking spaces in the rear.
If you’re not immediately welcomed by Dave, it’s because he has something on the stove. He’s the do-it-all factotum of the place, and the first thing he’s going to do is get an order of black fries cooking for you. Black fries? you wonder, and your gaze lights on a menu or wall notice informing you that unlimited black fries are part of your meal.
It’s a recipe Dave developed that includes a secret array of spices in a combination that renders the potato slivers a mahogany color, although lately, perhaps in pursuit of culinary parity, he’s offering them alongside a serving of the more conventional color. Whatever the case, the fries – particularly the black fries – are freshly fried and delicious. When you’ve polished off your serving, ring the small handbell on your table and he’ll plunge a follow-up helping into the fryer.
Photo by B. A. Nilsson This is a good strategic move for him, because he’s back there making things to order. Dave has been cooking in a variety of kitchens for a quarter-century, and has the versatile chef’s ability to prepare just about anything. So he combines his Pakistani roots with a general love of a variety of cuisines to offer a menu that roams the world.
Indian entrées include chicken tikkah ($14), in which the meat is cooked in a tomato-yogurt sauce, and palak paneer ($11), a dish that combines creamy spinach with Indian cheese. Greek items include chicken souvlaki ($10), and lamb gyro ($16), both served on pita with tzatziki and a salad array. I’ve sampled the latter; it’s the real thing, and very difficult to find anywhere at that price.
There are bison-based offerings, including a burger with bacon and cheese ($16), curry ($15), and a bison gyro ($15). And there are Philly steak sandwiches ($12 and $14), veggie burgers ($9-$13), and burgers of exotic game like camel, kangaroo, alligator, or elk ($25 each).
Photo by B. A. Nilsson In the veggie realm, we sampled the pakora burger ($9), which puts a fried chickpea-based patty on a bun with trimmings. Pakora by its lonesome is a standard Indian-restaurant appetizer, so it’s an amusing enhancement to encounter its burger-ized version, which is satisfyingly crunchy and delicious.
But let’s get to the meat of matter. Among the menu’s gourmet burger offerings are the Juicy Lucy ($15), which puts the cheese inside the meat; the Six-Cheese Melt ($11), which arrays an assortment of cheeses over the patty; a California Stack or Chicago Stack ($15 each), both of which feature a beef patty, cheese, and fried egg, but California gets bacon while it’s hot dogs added to Chicago. Meanwhile, the $15 Philadelphia features ribeye steak with fried egg, cheese, and sautéed onion.
Diversifying a bit – for this is nothing if not a fusion menu – the Marsala Chef ($15) is a portobello burger marinated in Marsala wine, with melted provolone and parmesan cheeses, onion and a butter-garlic sauce. Lamb Masala ($15) is a lamb burger seasoned with aromatic Indian spices, and is next on my to-sample list. There’s also a twenty-dollar challenge modestly monikered “Dave’s Wonderful,” and consisting of beef, bacon, cheese, egg, onion, hot dog, and Philly steak in a garlic butter wine sauce.
Photo by B. A. Nilsson But don’t order the Blacken Blue ($11). It’s a great concept – Italian blue cheese is melted over the meat – and it’s Dave’s best seller. But he doesn’t think it’s all that splendid and offers it only because he knows it’s popular. Ask for the Ring Burger ($13), however, and he lights right up. “It’s the one I eat,” he insists, and it features a stack of beer-battered onion rings.
Dave will upsell you, and with food reason. If we’re going to be eating beef, we should be eating the grass-fed stuff. Which he has on hand, but it costs a little extra. I’ve been talked into it a couple of times, forked over the extra bucks, and didn’t regret it. But the bill does build quickly.
These are tall burgers. These are messy. I’ve attacked them with knife and fork, and they still seemed to be winning. But there’s no doubt that these are among the best burgers I’ve had. Now, if I could only restrain myself from all those helpings of fries . . .
Dave’s Gourmet Burgers and More , 2535 Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12306; schenectadygourmetburgers.com , 518-282-0266. Serving Mon-Sat 11 AM-9 PM, Sun 11 AM-6 PM. Cash and credit cards.
Urad Dal-White+Boiled Rice Thick Dosa (Udidu Ukdo-Surai Tandla Doddak)..
“Udidu-Surai+Ukade Tandala khakari dodhaka/ Urad Dal-White+Boiled Rice Thick Dosa” served with Pickled Pineapple, Coconut-Ginger Chutney and Strong Ginger Tea (Kadak Adraki Chai) … Delicious-Tasty-Dosa that tastes awesome with any spicy chutney … Yummilicious ……
** A delicious dosa when served for breakfast makes the day of many south Indians who like to have healthy and tummy filling dishes in the morning before rushing to work. The case is no different in my home as though my office and home are in the same area say 2-3 minutes distance we love to have a good bf as my lunch is always late in the noon and it does keeps us going. Many a times I am in such a hurry that I don’t even get the time to click a picture of the breakfast dishes as my house cleaner too comes early and I have to finish my lunch preparation preferably before she comes. When my friend Geetha posted this dosa, then and there I told her that I would definitely try this one out as it differed from the ones I prepared. Geetha has added in freshly grated coconut to the batter before removing dosa which I do not do and there were minute changes in the proportion of batter too. Somehow it did take me a few days to try out the dosa which is anyhow always the case with me now a days. As I mentioned before I have saved so many posts of my dear friends which I want to give a try to, but somehow before I can think of the same, a few more get added. There is so much to learn, cook, relish and enjoy in life that I find time speeding up faster than my cooking. Also again I have to admit that cooking if done too, blogging is something again lagging behind. My draft files are also being piled up as again due to time constraint I am not able to post them in time.
** But, yes, I am enjoying this phase very much with lovely friends obliging and sharing their awesome dishes in the group and thereby helping in building a strong food group for generations to look up too. The group was started with the intention of bringing out Konkani Saraswat Cuisine into limelight, which was lacking very much of promotion. If my group members are being able to do justice in spreading this knowledge worldwide, we will consider the work to be in progress and will continue contributing in a better way. Hope to do much more, but with busy schedule and hectic lifestyle we all find it difficult at times to go out of our way and contribute into the group. I appeal to all here in my Blog to join my food group “Konkani Delicacies” and help us raise the standard of the group with good food postings of food that are not only healthy but nutritious too and that which can be cooked and relished in homes. Dosas are definitely a snack loved by all in every home and one must try to include them in your diet at least once a week during weekends when you have free time. Children should eat healthy food as they grow, remember they are tomorrows nation builders and we owe it to them to make them stronger as they grow to become responsible citizens. Children are fussy but a little bit of interesting presentation or variations make them that much more interesting to them to enjoy the food.
** The credit for this recipe goes to Geetha Prabhu who has a lovely food Blog of her own by the name Geetha’s Rasoi, where she has lots of lovely dishes. Thanks dear, we loved this dosa very much. I have not made in any changes and the recipe stands as it is.
** Here is the recipe for “Udidu-Surai+Ukade Tandala khakari dodhaka/ Urad Dal-White+Boiled Rice Thick Dosa” ….
** Ingredients : Urad Dal / Black Gram Dal / Udida Dali : ½ cup White Boiled rice / Ukdo Tandulu / Kuchalakki / Matta Rice : 1 cup White rice / Surti Kollam Rice : 1 cup Freshly Grated Coconut / Soyi : 2 tbsp Salt to taste Oil+Ghee in 1:1 portion for removing dosa.
** Wash well and soak boiled rice, white rice and urad dal together in plenty of water for at least 4-5 hours. Wash it again and drain off all excess water by putting it in a colander.
** Put the ingredients into a grinder and grind to a coarse semi thick batter. Sort of fine rava consistency, also do not add in much water and remember to keep the batter slightly thicker than normal dosa. Cover and keep it overnight of for 8 hours for fermentation.
** After fermenting the batter or the next day add in salt to taste and the grated coconut and mix well. Check the consistency and add in water if necessary if you find the batter too thick.
** Heat the iron or non stick/Teflon coated dosa tawa to heating point. Lightly brush in the oil+ghee mixture and evenly rub it over the tava with a tissue paper so that the dosa is slightly greased only.
** Now decrease the heat level to minimum and with a help of rounded spatula add in about half a cup of batter in the center of the tava and spread evenly into a thick round shaped dosa.
** Do not make the dosa thin, keep it thicker in texture than that of masala dosa etc. Increase the heat to medium and let cook. Sprinkle some drop of ghee+oil mixture on the rim of the dosa and on top too.
** Once the bottom side of the dosa is cooked, loosen it with the flat dosa spatula and flip to over to cook on the top side too. This dosa is cooked on both sides. Once on top side too, remove and serve it immediately. Continue in similar pattern the remaining amount of dosas required.
** “Udidu-Surai+Ukade Tandala khakari dodhaka/ Urad Dal-White+Boiled Rice Thick Dosa” is done and ready to be served. I served it with Pickled Pineapple, Coconut-Ginger Chutney and Strong Ginger Tea (Kadak Adraki Chai) for breakfast. You can serve with any chutney of your choice. Do try out this awesome dosa with chutney and enjoy with your family and friends.
** Note : You can remove the dosa with either just oil or ghee as per your desire or as you always do in your home. My Mother used to always prepare and keep ghee+oil in the ratio of 1:1 in a bowl for exclusive use of dosa only. I have no idea why she did it, but the dosa does turn out good and tasty and I have simply followed that method. You may choose any method you like.
** For the “Coconut-Ginger Chutney” Recipe, Please follow the link given below, also attached below is a common link for “Chutney” wherein you will find many variations that you can try and relish with the dosa …. http://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.in/2015/05/coconut-ginger-chutney.html#more http://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.com/search?q=chutney
** For the “Pickled Pineapple” Recipe, Please follow the link given below … http://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.com/2019/01/pickled-pineapple-avanas-ananas.html#more
** For the “Strong Ginger Tea/Kadak Adraki Chai” Recipe, Please follow the link given below …. http://gayathrifoodbytes.blogspot.in/2018/04/kadak-adraki-chai-strong-ginger-tea.html#more
** An Earnest Request : There are many more recipes of different types in the blog. For all my Recipes, use the search option or the label section in the Blog. If you are still not able to find it or have a query, please leave a message in comment section or mail me the same. I will try my best to get back to you as soon as possible. Do try out various types of dishes included in the Blog and Enjoy them with your family and friends and do give me a feedback if possible.
** I am happy to inform you that I have also started a food group for by the name “KONKANI DELICACIES” which is over and year old, with about 19K strong members. It is a pleasure to inform that you will find in the group many more recipes posted by our expert members and you too can share some of your own. The link to the group is posted on the left side of the blog page. Do join us in our culinary journey. I strongly believe in Sharing and always endorse that “Sharing Is Caring” … Thank You ….
Movenpick Resort Spa Karon Beach Phuket Welcomes New Indian Chef, Kamal Singh
General Press Releases Tuesday February 5, 2019 15:53 Bangkok–5 Feb–Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is delighted to announce the appointment of Kamal Singh as Chef de Cuisine for its Asian restaurant, OrientAsia.
Born and raised in India, Chef Kamal brings with him close to two decades of experience, gained from working in various hotels and restaurants in India, Malaysia and Thailand. Passionate about sharing the rich culinary traditions of his country, he specializes in making classic Indian dishes and specialties, plated up in a sumptuous way. “I am truly honoured to have finally joined the Moevenpick Karon Beach family,” he said, “And I am excited to introduce some of the best flavours India has to offer.”
Kamal will help oversee OrientAsia, a sophisticated Asian-inspired restaurant that serves up a range of menus highlighting Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Indian cuisines. In addition, Chef Kamal will also help create specially-crafted menus for festive events and special occasions.
“We are thrilled to welcome Chef Kamal to our culinary team. As a native of India, his experience and expertise in the cuisine will further allow us to provide guests with authentic and exciting culinary experiences.” said Mr. Hermann Fiegl, Director of Food & Beverage at Moevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket.
Movenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket invites guests to visit OrientAsia and sample a delectable selection of signature menu dishes with the new OrientAsia menu. Meanwhile, guests may also enjoy Chef Kamal’s culinary creations with the restaurant’s Indian Weekly Specials and the Asian Buffet on offer from 6:00 pm daily.
OrientAsia at the Moevenpick Resort & Spa Karon Beach Phuket is one of the hotel’s signature restaurants, featuring the best flavours from different corners of Asia, in a modern Chinese-style setting. It offers inside and outside seating areas overlooking the lush gardens and views of the Andaman Sea. OrientAsia is open for dinner from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm daily. Latest Press Release
New businesses, fun events coming to Station Park, Mountain View Village and Canyon Corners
Photo courtesy of Station Park New businesses, fun events coming to Station Park, Mountain View Village and Canyon Corners By Station Park | Posted – Feb 5th, 2019 @ 8:05am This story is sponsored by Station Park .
When it comes to providing the best shopping, dining and entertainment experiences possible, CenterCal Properties — including Station Park in Farmington, Mountain View Village in Riverton and Canyon Corners in Park City — always delivers through thoughtful design, fine restaurants, preeminent retailers and unparalleled amenities.
There are the many reasons to visit one of CenterCal’s properties such as the public art, activities, entertainment and community events, there are also many new retailers opening their doors in the coming weeks and months. Station Park in Farmington
Barnes & Noble (fall 2019)
“You are what you read,” according to national book retailer Barnes & Noble. It’s about to get easier for Davis County residents to get quality reading content with the opening of Barnes & Noble at Station Park in the fall of 2019.
Columbia Sportswear (spring 2019)
Columbia, the industry leader in outdoor apparel and products, is coming to Station Park in the fall of 2019. The retailer makes all of its products with cutting-edge technology and its jackets, pants, fleece, boots and shoes are all tested tough, so customers can enjoy the outdoors longer.
F45 (early spring 2019)
Achieve your 2019 fitness goals at F45, a nationally recognized fitness franchise, at Station Park opening this spring. F45 studios are all over the world and offer a 45-minute high-intensity, circuit training workout class for studio members. This new fitness center will open just across Park Lane at Station Park West.
Farmington Franks (early spring 2019)
Farmington Franks is coming to Station Park and will be located in the pavilion eateries near the fountain. The locally owned and operated hot dog & bratwurst joint will be serving some tasty franks and sides for the whole family to enjoy, from classic hot dogs with all the fixings to gourmet bratwursts with truffle mayo and sautéed mushrooms.
Jersey Mike’s Subs
Jersey Mike’s Subs is now open at Station Park. The American sub sandwich chain offers sustenance and substance, with fresh produce, grown, packed and shipped locally, USDA choice meats, aged cheeses and bread baked fresh in-store every day. The company’s motto is “Because the way we see it, a sub’s job isn’t done at simply tasting good. A sub should do good too.”
P.F. Chang’s China Bistro (summer 2019)
Founded in 1993 by Philip Chiang and Paul Fleming, P.F. Chang’s is the first multi-unit restaurant concept in the U.S. to honor and celebrate the 2,000-year-old tradition of wok cooking as the center of the guest experience. Since inception, P.F. Chang’s chefs have been hand-rolling dim sum, hand chopping and slicing all vegetables and meats, scratch cooking every sauce and wok-cooking each dish, every day in every restaurant. P.F. Chang’s Farm to Wok® menu highlights its wholesome, scratch-cooking approach and introduces new dishes and drinks for lunch, happy hour and dinner. Today, P.F. Chang’s has more than 18,000 employees and 300 restaurants, including three airport locations, in 25 countries and territories.
Pizza Hut is bringing its Italian-American cuisine, including pizza and pasta, as well as side dishes and desserts to Station Park. Pizza Hut was built on the belief that pizza night should be special. With more than 60 years of experience, they understand how to best serve customers through tried and true service principles: creating good food, delivered fast, with a smile.
RE/MAX Metro (early spring 2019)
RE/MAX, short for “Real Estate Maximums,” is an American international real estate company that operates through a franchise system. This new location will open just across Park Lane at Station Park West.
Santorini’s Greek Grill
Locally owned and operated, Santorini’s Greek Grill is committed to providing fresh Greek food made with the highest quality ingredients. The restaurant is passionate about its food, employees and its community. Santorini’s mission is to provide great tasting food and exceptional customer service while giving back to the community. Santorini’s Greek Grill is officially open for business.
Sicilia Mia (spring 2019)
Sicilia Mia is a family-owned business serving Sicilian cuisine in its three locations in the Salt Lake City metro with two more to open in 2019, including one at Station Park in Farmington.
In its review of the restaurant, Salt Lake Magazine wrote, “Sicilia Mia is, apparently, the Italian restaurant most of Salt Lake has been waiting for.”
Slapfish (early spring 2019)
Slapfish is a quick, casual seafood restaurant chain founded by TV personality Andrew Gruel and headquartered in Huntington Beach, California. As of 2018, there are more than 11 locations in the Southwestern United States with a new location opening in Station Park.
Sprint, the American telecommunications company and fourth-largest mobile network operator in the United States opened at Station Park West in December 2018 to provide wireless and internet service options to the people of Farmington City. The company offers in-store activations; customers phones are working before they leave the store, along with a large assortment of accessories and phones, car chargers, hands-free kits, earphones and carrying cases.
Station Park Dental (spring 2019)
Soon Davis County families can get their shopping and dentistry done all in one convenient place. Station Park Dental is a family-friendly dentist practice equipped with the latest technology. The practice’s mission is to provide the best dental care and experience possible.
Utah Home Fitness (early spring 2019)
Coming to Station Park in the spring of 2019, Utah Home Fitness is an established exercise equipment retailer with locations in Salt Lake and Sandy. Utah Home Fitness offers treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, rowing machines, home gyms, vibration trainers, weights, dumbbells and more! Mountain View Village in Riverton
Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa (spring 2019)
The Anthony Vince’ Nail Spa is the United States’ premier nail care destination founded in 2004. The nail spa has grown from one site to more than 50 locations across the country, now with a new location coming to Mountain View Village this spring. The spa offers up-to-date services using professional nail care lines, and all services are completed under the signature “blue sky” ceiling by highly trained and licensed staff.
Cafe Zupas is now open! Zupas combines fresh, high-quality ingredients with spices and flavors from around the world to create globally-inspired recipes that taste extraordinary, serving house-made soups, salads and sandwiches. Zupas promises its customers real, whole food that is prepared daily on-site.
Chick-fil-A (early spring 2019)
A crowd favorite and the originator of the chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A, has opened at Mountain View Village. Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, said “We should be about more than just selling chicken. We should be a part of our customers’ lives and the communities in which we serve.”
FORM Medical Spa (summer 2019)
Form Medical Spa is bringing its superior medical knowledge, training and technical skill to its new location at Mountain View Village opening this summer. Under the direction of a specialized facial plastic surgeon, FORM medical spa provides patients with the best and most up-to-date aesthetic procedures such as Botox, fillers, lasers, skincare, CoolSculpting, massage and more, all performed by the most talented, trained and caring professional staff.
GNC is bringing its health- and nutrition-related products to Mountain View Village to help Riverton families “Live Well.” At GNC, customers can find vitamins, supplements, minerals, herbs, sports nutrition, diet and energy products. GNC raises the bar in the nutritional supplement industry by requiring truth in labeling, ingredient safety and product potency, all while remaining on the cutting-edge of nutritional science.
Ichi Japan Express (spring 2019)
Get ready for delicious authentic Japanese cuisine in a fast, casual setting! Ichi Japan Express opens its doors at Mountain View Village this spring.
Rita’s Italian Ice
The Pennsylvania-based restaurant chain, Rita’s Italian Ice, has opened at Mountain View Village and will provide Italian ice, frozen custard and specialty creations. Rita’s mission statement is “Everyone has a calling in life. At Rita’s, ours involves serving up heaping helpings of our one-of-a-kind happiness.”
Saffron Valley (summer 2019)
Enjoy flavors from North, South, East and West India at Saffron Valley opening early spring 2019. The restaurant offers a variety of enticing Indian foods from Chaat (crunchy, spicy, sweet, tangy, Indian street snacks), to Dosas (fermented lentil and rice savory crepes), to Kebabs (tandoor-grilled meats and vegetables), to comforting curries and elaborate thalis.
Tricked Out Accessories (summer 2019)
Tricked Out Accessories has emerged in Utah as one of the most successful providers in the mobile device accessories industry. This service-focused retailer’s mission is to “..set the standard in positive customer experiences by providing the highest quality customer service paired with an energetic store atmosphere. We strive to offer the absolute best balance of selection, quality, style and value.” Canyon Corners in Park City
With headquarters in Canada, Lole offers modern, mindful and meaningful activewear. Every garment is versatile and high-performance, designed with a genuine concern for people, products and positive impact. A brand new Lole location opened at Canyon Corners in Park City in December 2018.
CenterCal’s primary goal is to design gathering places that will strengthen the social fabric of our neighborhoods, ultimately creating prosperity, happiness and a stronger sense of community. A significant part of that goal is bringing relevant retailers that will serve Utah communities. Wherever you are, take the time to visit one of these beautiful locations — Station Park in Farmington, Mountain View Village in Riverton or Canyon Corners in Park City. ×