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Very good food with large options, fruits, vegetables, Indian or European cuisine.
Stayed in March 2019

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A GUIDE TO KOH PHANGAN, THAILAND: A conscious community and party island rolled into one

and is known for its style of Pyramid Yoga. This centre also hosts a number of other great events, like ecstatic dance, the annual Ecstatic Festival, daily drop-in Yoga classes and sound meditations. It’s a special spot to do programs like this, and it’s also available as a space in which you can host your own programs, should you have something to offer.
Pyramid hosts an awesome Sunday morning ecstatic dance event. Ecstatic dance is a dance experience unlike any other. It has certain guidelines that facilitate going inward: no talking, no shoes, no alcohol. DJs play an eclectic collection of music, and people dance with an intensity that’s not seen in nightclubs. People who come to these events come purely to dance, and the result can be totally liberating. For many, it’s the best event of the week on the island.
Sound meditations at Pyramid are optimal, since the centre has a special dome with amazing acoustics for these types of gatherings (Tip: sit in the middle of the dome and you’ll feel the sound reverberate through your body.).
Wat Khao Tam – This Theravadan Buddhist monastery located near Ban Tai offers Vipassana courses from the 10th to the 20th days of each month. Courses are taught in the Thai forest tradition, in the lineage of Buddhadasa Bhikkhu. These courses are hosted by donation, and you register in person on the first day of the event.
Jaran’s Yoga and Eatery – Opened in 2017, it’s less established than most of the other centres . It’s located on the west side of the island, about a 10-minute drive from Srithanu on the middle road and about halfway between Srithanu and Thongsala. As well as Yoga classes, they offer a variety of other classes, including their highly popular Wednesday evening ecstatic dance. The location is splendid, with views of the mountains and lots of lush greenery. One issue is that they don’t have bug nets to stop the mosquitoes.
Agama – Previously, this was the main Yoga place on Koh Phangan, with multiple campuses centred around Srithanu and a huge following around the world due to its style of Tantra Yoga. But recently, the founder has been accused of sexual misconduct by multiple students, and the number of students has dropped dramatically. A few other teachers have also been accused. This is mentioned here because Agama has quite a history on the island, so it’s good to be aware of what people are talking about when they mention the name—and you’ll also know what you’re getting into if you do choose to take classes there. Healing/wellness centres The west has quite a few detox cleansing centres , where the detox process involves fasting, juicing, taking remedies and doing procedures (i.e. colonics) to expel toxins, as well as eating a plant-based diet and taking part in massage, energy work and Yoga. Orion is one such example of this (as described below).
Then there are many DIY detoxers of all stripes on the island, doing their own detox plans that they learned online or from friends. So if you’re on a budget, you can ask around and you’ll no doubt find some passionate person who’s proud to tell you all the details about their latest cleanse (and the resulting contents of their latest bowel movement!), or people who will tell you all about urine therapy—during which you drink your piss until your bladder is so clean, your pee tastes like coconut juice.
Or even more hardcore still, there are the menstrual blood vampires. Not kidding one bit! Or the most hardcore of them all, the dry fasters who abstain from both food and drink. Most people think it’s impossible, but it’s not. People do it, and if you look around, there’s a chance you’ll find people on Phangan doing it. If there were an Olympics for extreme diets, Phangan would be the place to host it.
The tropical environment provides an ideal place to cleanse yourself of toxins, since the cleanses typically involve periods of fasting, juicing and eating raw . When eating raw, you’re not ingesting hot foods, which makes it more challenging for people to adopt this diet in a cold climate. In a climate like this, it’s much easier. And when you add to that the fact that people are fasting in a structured program within a group setting, that just makes it even easi er. People have reported all kinds of health benefits and weight loss from doing these detoxes.
Orion – Orion offers their version of detox programs, as well as a host of other spiritual practices. They offer drop-ins, or you can enroll in a program. They have one of the most popular vegan cafés, with a robust menu of tasty desserts, lunches, teas and salads.
Orion has multiple shalas , hosting a diverse array of classes, including kirtan, shamanic sound healing, breathwork and contact improvisation. Kirtan is an Indian practice during which you chant ancient mantras in Sanskrit. The audience repeats the chanting in a call-and-response format, which makes for a highly meditative, blissful experience.
In shamanic sound healing, you spend an hour lying on the floor as the facilitator plays a huge collection of different tribal instruments, including singing bowls, flutes and string instruments.
Contact improvisation is for people who love to dance or explore their expression through movement. You’ll learn how to free-form dance with partners. It allows you to connect to your physical self and move in a way that has no boundaries or rules. It can be quite beautiful to watch as well.
All these classes are available regularly, on a weekly basis.
Ananda – Located in Hin Kong (just south of Srithanu), across the street from the ocean, you can watch sunsets every evening here, while eating a yummy dinner in the café. Ananda offers mainly cleansing/detox programs and Yoga teacher training. The majority of the attendees eat, sleep and go to class on the property, without needing to go elsewhere. The cleansing/detox program is quite popular, with three-, seven- and eleven-day retreats on offer. This centre also offers a daily meditation that’s open to outsiders. And they also have a sauna and a pool.
The Dome – Though there are saunas at the healing centres , The Dome is a special place to go since it’s set in a peaceful location in the hills on the west side. The location is decorated really well, and it’s a cool spot to look at the stars on a dark night. It makes for a special night out, as you can take your time in the saunas and come out and drink tea while sitting around the fire. Food & drink Surprisingly, this small island has food as good as the big city back in Bangkok. Not only can you find tasty traditional Thai food, but thanks to the expat population, you can find authentic Italian, Mexican, Mediterranean, German, Japanese and other cuisines, as well as Canadian poutine and English breakfasts.
As well, being a destination for so many who are on a path of wellness and healing, there are numerous vegetarian, vegan and even macrobiotic restaurants. Almost any diet can be accommodated on Koh Phangan.
There are also plenty of roadside fruit stands where you can buy fresh fruit, drink a coconut or get a tasty fruit shake mixed for you on the cheap. Thai
To get a sample of all the traditional cheap Thai food, it’s best to go to the nightly market in Thongsala known as Pantip . It’s open seven days a week, every evening, and you can get everything from Pad Thai, Thai noodle soup, tornado (tasty fried potato on a stick) and more.
There’s also a covered area deeper in the market that has non-Thai food options as well. Don’t forget to attend the walking street night market, which is only available on Saturday evenings, down near the pier. The main street running parallel to the ocean is blocked off to cars and has a huge selection of Thai food, cheap clothes and jewellery.
If you want to experience Thai food away from the street scene, there are plenty of good restaurants. It’s impossible to say that one Thai restaurant is better than another, since each specializes in certain dishes.
For top notch Pad Thai and Tom Yum, go to Seaview Rainbow Resort or Yum Yum Da & Ball . Both are in the centre of Srithanu. The best Pad See Ew is at Good Time , also in Srithanu. The best papaya salad ( somtam ) is made by an elderly Thai guy who never smiles in Pantip Market. You’ll know him when you see him! The best of all things non-Thai
Italian – Hands down, the best pizza and pasta on the island is at Mandolino , located in downtown Thongsala. This restaurant is owned by a friendly Italian family, so you’ll be getting a true authentic experience there. The pizza is cooked in a traditional stone fire oven. The pastas are homemade, and come in hefty Italian-sized portions. It’s located on arguably the most appealing side street in all of Thongsala: a small road that’s quieter than the main strip and has many other restaurants, along with tattoo shops, coffee shops and massage places.
Mediterranean – For your falafel hummus fix, you can experience Taboon in Srithanu or Baraka in Thongsala. They have pita bread that’s still warm and soft out of the oven, amazing hummus and falafels that melt in your mouth. With a nice ambience and comfortable floor seating, Taboon is also a great spot for a romantic night out (and they have a super tasty shakshuka !).
Mexican – it’s a little trickier to find Mexican food in Thailand, but you can head to Ando Loco on the main street of Thongsala, heading towards Ban Tai, to satisfy your cravings. It has good tacos, nachos and quesadillas.
Vegan – For vegans, Srithanu is the place to be. Try Eat.co , Pure Vegan or Karma Kafe for all the best mushroom burgers, quinoa bowls, salads, smoothies, delectable vegan desserts and other unique homemade creations.
Breakfast – For a traditional western breakfast, Nira’s Bakery has great pancakes that are fully equipped with homemade chocolate sauce. They have tasty home-baked goods, too, like bread, cookies, cake and scones. For a real English breakfast, head to the north in Chakluklom, to World’s End . There’s no better location to drink an espresso and indulge in Eggs Benedict.
Coffee – Cookies is the mainstay coffee joint in Srithanu. It’s right in the middle of town, and is always packed. You’ll constantly see a bunch of motorbikes lined up in front of it! Art Café is a funky place in the north end of Srithanu, with a good selection of food and drinks. Bubba’s Cafe and Luna’s Cafe in Ban Tai also have great coffee and their own version of Eggs Benedict.
Other – Run by French-Canadians, Crave makes authentic poutine, a bad-for-you but damn right tasty traditional Quebecois dish made up of French fries, gravy and cheese curds. Crave is a much-needed eatery to balance out all the healthy food in a place where there’s one vegan restaurant after another. For Indian food, most of the restaurants are located in Haad Rin. Dance & party Known worldwide as the Full Moon Party island, because of its monthly electronic music bash on the beach and several other moon parties (Half Moon, Black Moon, Shiva Moon and so on) this island is bursting with dance events, mostly centred in the south of the island. Yoga practitioners also love to dance, so on the west side of the island, you can find dance events catering to the Yoga community.
But Yoga practitioners also love to dance, so on the west side of the island, you can find dance events catering to the Yoga community. There are a few ecstatic dance events going on, particularly in high season.
Jaran’s has a popular event on Wednesdays that attracts a large crowd. But Pyramid Yoga throws the top party on Sunday mornings that consistently has good music and a pumped up all-ages crowd (and the occasional four-legged friend). It’s got that Sunday morning energy that’s more true to the ecstatic dance vibe than the energy at the evening events, which can devolve into a nightclub kind of feel at times. Dancing inside a pyramid on top of a mountain in the jungle is the ideal location for an event like this, and that’s part of what makes it such a special event.
The only downside of the events around Srithanu is the sound systems. The music can’t go all that loud, and even if it did, there are so many noise complaints from neighbours in this area that events are under constant threat of getting shut down. So the music stays low.
Good thing there’s another side! One of the great things about Koh Phangan is that there’s a polar opposite, yin to yang element present that balances out the island. Head to the south and east and you can find massive all-night beach and jungle parties, including the one that made the island famous: the monthly Full Moon Party.
It’s a really good thing the island has this different side to it, as it invites diversity, something most people in the “Koh Phangan Conscious Community” fail to see. Side note: If someone you meet on the west end of the island tells you you’ll be possessed by the devil if you go to one of these dance parties, you can safely tell them to piss off!
The conscious community typically stays away from that side of the island, and some even put it down with a snobbish, “that’s too unconscious” remark of some sort. (The conscious community on Phangan got its name from the Facebook page of the same name—the go-to place to keep up to date with community events and happenings, but also a place where communication can devolve into negativity).
A lot has been said about the Full Moon Party, but the fears are mostly unwarranted, as is usually the case with any mass hysteria. Yes, people get drunk and high, and it’s possible to get your drink spiked with something or step on broken glass, but violence is rare.
As is the case anywhere, you’ll have a good and safe time if you stay sober and don’t piss anyone off. If you get ruined and start trash-talking some guy for wearing a UK flag while you’re wearing a German flag, then you’re walking into trouble. If you like to dance and enjoy being among fun-lovers from all over the planet, under a brilliant bright moon, it’s well worth it. With people from all over the world who are excited to party , the vibe is electric!
Shiva Moon , Black Moon and Jungle Experience are three other recommended parties on the island. They consistently feature quality music and are set in ideal locations—the first two on the beach, the latter in the jungle.
Most of the aforementioned parties attract a younger crowd (18-23) so if you’re older and still want to really party, most people enjoy heading to the following:

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Top 25 Places to Visit in Coorg With Family in 2019

6 am to 6 pm
Free
1. Abbey Falls
The lush green covers surrounding Abbey Falls makes it a tourist spot to behold. The water cascades into a number of ridges along the slope of the cliff, which stands up to seventy feet in height above sea level. The sloping of the mountain offers a suitable condition for the waters to spread out and look like a diverging jet stream from a single originating point. A few smaller brooks and streams join the main course of the waterfalls, and together they meet the early course of the river Kaveri flowing underneath the district of Coorg.
Abbey falls in Coorg are nestled between the spice gardens and the private coffee plantations. Overall, this entire area is gorgeous. In the monsoon, the water flow increases dramatically, soaking those who stand on the hanging bridge opposite the falls. The bridge is the only place from where you can see the place in the best possible manner. The white foams gushing from the cascading water is very popular with photographers and the nature lovers, and with good reason.
This place in Coorg is located at a walking distance of two hundred steps from the main entrance, through the plantations and the spice gardens.
Know more about why Abbey Falls in Coorg is an amazing place to visit with children during family vacation.
TIME REQUIRED: 1 to 2 hours
PRICE: INR 15 per person
TIMING: 9 AM to 5 PM
2. Kumara Parvatha Hill
It is no secret that the Western Ghats have some marvellous wonders of nature like some formidable mountains and cliffs. Kumara Parvatha is one such amazing place that has become one of the unmissable places to visit in Coorg. This mountain offers a fantastic trek route for adventure lovers, and that is why most of the tourists add this place to the top of their lists. Standing proudly at the height of 1,712 metres, Kumara Parvatha is the sixth highest peak in the entire state of Karnataka and the second highest in Coorg. The height gives tourists some excellent views overlooking the green covers of the ghats, proving to be the best place to test your adventurous spirit.
Considered to be in the list of all the best places to see in Coorg, this mountain gives you the opportunity to soak in the magnificent view of the sun from the top of the peak. Now, there are two different routes to choose from for treks–Bidalli in the Somwarpet region and Subramanya from the Southern Kannada part. Ahead of these starting points lay the massive dense forest cover of Coorg which makes the trek more exciting. The twin peaks of Shesha Parvatha and Marigundi will then reveal themselves during the trail.
Don’t miss out on these other trekking places in Coorg if you love to see panoramic view of natural beauty.
BEST VISITING TIME: October to February
ENTRY FEE: INR 75
TIMING: 6 AM to 6 PM
3. Tadiandamol Peak
Trekking on mountains is definitely one of the best things to do in Coorg, mainly because the city is embraced by lofty mountains whose rugged surfaces are covered with dense forests. But what actually makes these treks worth it is the unparalleled view of the scenery from atop of the peak. Tadiandamol is the highest peak in Coorg, with its height rising up to 1,748 metres. The clouds form a thick, protective embrace around the top of this mountain, giving way to a fantastic view that will prove to be unforgettable. All of this makes Tadiandamol one of the best places to see in Coorg.
The trek route begins at Malakand Palace, a place surrounded by the pure and ethereal beauty of greenery. From here, the next stop is the Big Rock, the path to which is clad with fresh greenery and surrounded by surreal waterfalls. The next part of the trail of this Coorg mountain lies through the dense forests whose sight will forever leave an imprint on your mind and soul. Simply take the camera and capture some ethereal views of the place. The last part of the trail will be surrounded with fresh flowers blooming in their stalks and green foliage all around. Once you come out of this dense greenery, the sight of Coorg which will greet you will be priceless.
DAYS REQUIRED: 2 to 4 days
NEAREST AIRPORT: Mysore
4. Chelavara Falls
Chelavara Falls is one of the most enchanting sights in the entire Coorg district, providing a captivating view of nature’s beauty. The rock through which the water glides down ferociously is somewhat tortoise-shaped, and that’s why the locals have given the name of Embepare. This, in the local language, means ‘tortoise’, especially the round shell which makes it unique. Chelavara is amongst the best places to visit in Coorg, offering you an unforgettable view of the surrounding coffee plantations, thick and dense forests, and the rippling water through the cliff rocks. The silver glow of the waterfalls of Coorg emanates an alluring sight for tourists.
Located far away from the hustle bustle of the daily life, this Coorg tourist destination is loved by all, all thanks to the calmness and serenity it provides. The starting point is a small and shallow stream in the Cheyyandane Village near the Kaveri river. Simply choose the monsoon season to visit this place in Coorg, especially the time after a heavy shower, and you will get the privilege of experiencing how it feels to be in the presence of such a magnificent creation. The gentle breeze and the splashing water drops will make your time more memorable, giving you much-needed serenity.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Monsoon months
TIME REQUIRED: 2 to 3 hours
ENTRY FEE: None
5. Brahmagiri Hills
Most parts of Coorg are snuggled amid a warm embrace of the Western Ghats and its mesmerising views. Starting from the breathtaking valleys to the cloud-clad mountain peaks, the number of beautiful sights is endless as is the beauty of Coorg. Owing to this very known fact, Brahmagiri Hills has become one of the favourite places to see in Coorg. The name itself means the ‘Abode of Lord Brahma’ who is said to be the creator of the universe according to Hindu mythology. The amazing height of the mountain makes it a paradise from where you can have a panoramic view of the wide valley in Coorg, covered with wonderful greenery and small streams and waterfalls.
Located at a precarious 5200 feet above the sea level in Coorg, before trekking, make sure you are fit enough to visit this place. If you choose to endure the tricky ascend, you will find that the trouble has been well worth it in front of the magical view that you will get once you reach the mountain top. That’s why it is one of the popular places to visit in Coorg. The trekking trail has several homestay accommodations located at the landmarks. The moment you will step foot at the top, you will be overwhelmed with the beauty of Coorg that is preserved away from the harshness of urban reality.
6. Nishani Motte
Trekking is definitely one of the favourite things you can do in Coorg because of the numerous mountains and hills scattered all around the district. However, the actual thrill of these treks comes with the difficulties of the journey. And perhaps that is why Nishani Motte is so popular amongst the tourists for its two-day trekking adventure in Coorg. It is considered to be the perfect gateway from the endless banters of the population as the mountain gives you an amazing opportunity of revealing in the serene silence of the mountainous regions. The fact that Nishani Motte is a hidden tale makes the trekking more fruitful. So far, you won’t get a proper description of the beauty that awaits at the top of the hill for you.
Coming to the trekking details, the path is less trodden and hence you will need a trained guide who is well aware with the trekking route through the greeneries of the Nishani Hills in Coorg. During the first day, you need to stay in the mountains which actually escalate the thrill associated with this trekking journey. The trail is flanked with the Shola forest and the wide stretches of beautiful meadows which heightens the sensation of the place dramatically. The topmost position is amazing for photoshoots because of the sprawling scenery beneath the hills, making it one of the best places to visit in Coorg.
TREK STARTING TIME: 9:30 PM
TOTAL DURATION: 2 days
7. Barapole River
The location of Coorg serves as the ideal place for all the adventure enthusiasts who want to revel in the thrill of the challenges nature throws their way. And that’s why Coorg is widely known as the valley of adventure, all thanks to the thrilling experience associated with the white river rafting in the Barapole river. The moment your boat will begin its journey in the river, your heart will start beating frantically, trying to overcome the overwhelming feeling which comes with the vigorously splashing river water onto your frame. The amazing manipulation of the paddles against the raging waters of the river is undoubtedly a remarkable feeling your hands will never forget, and hence, people always keep this at the top amongst the best places to visit in Coorg.
The entire expedition will take ninety minutes to complete, starting from its origin point–the white-water river rafting base in Coorg. The best part of this thrilling journey is the view which will mesmerise you. The time when you will paddle through the Brahmagiri Hills in Coorg is an experience beyond imagination. Both the river banks are flanked with a dense amount of green foliage, a marvellous sight.
TIMING: 8 slots through the day
BEST TIME TO VISIT: August to October
8. Dubare Elephant Camp
When it comes to witnessing the sight of the mightiest elephants walking the earth, no other place can ever compare the Dubure Elephant Camp in Coorg. Located at a distance of 15 kilometres from Kushalnagar and 29 kilometres from Madikeri, this naturally formed island is the home to different wildlife species, the most prominent ones being the Asiatic elephants. The island is actually created by the river Kaveri, and hence, it offers a grand view of the still river water flowing silently through the curves in the surrounding area. Dubare is definitely one of the places to see in Coorg which you cannot miss at any cost.
Coming to the specialities of this place, it offers a spectacular view of the elephants in their natural habitat. You can witness the scrub baths of the animals along with the process where oil is applied on their foreheads and tusks. Apart from this, engaging in several activities is a must in this Coorg forest. You can feed the elephants with jaggery, sugarcane and bananas with your own hand. Elephant rides, river rafting, fishing, and bird watching are some other activities you can partake in here in Dubare, Coorg.
BEST TIME FOR ELEPHANT INTERACTION: 8:30 AM to 11 AM and 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM
DAY VISIT FEE: INR 1447 for Indians and 1690 INR for foreigners
ENTRY FEE: INR 20 for boats
9. Mallari Falls
When there are so many lofty mountains, you will definitely get a spectacular view of the waterfalls that create the perfect ambience you can hardly experience anywhere else. Coorg is a place where nature meets civilisation, creating some majestic structures which are priceless. The Mallari Falls is one such magnetic creation which will always remain beautiful. Located in the northern region of the Coorg district, the falls offer some unforgettable sights to tourists visiting this place. Mallari Waterfalls are located just at a distance of 26 kilometres ahead of Somwarpet. Hence, you will get the amazing view of the Pushpagiri Hills as the town is located right at the foothills.
The height of this waterfall is 1000 metres, which are definitely one of the highest in the entire Coorg district. The Kumaradhara river flows through flat lands above when suddenly it takes a sharp plunge and falls through before flowing through the sloping lowlands. The rugged rock slabs segregating the main course of the waterfalls create an incredible sight, offering a wide view of the open sky meeting the horizon. The splurging sound of the water as it continues to splash against the rock bed of the river floor is quite welcoming as compared to the daily sounds of the honking cars in the city. Owing to its majestic scenic beauty, the Mallari Waterfalls are one of the best places to see in Coorg.
TIMING: 9 AM to 5 PM
ENTRY FEE: None
10. Iruppu Falls
Coorg is known for the amazing waterfalls that cascade down the mountain slopes, creating an unforgettable view, especially for nature lovers and the photographers. The marvellous view of the water rippling down the rugged surface of the Brahmagiri Mountain is a sight to behold, casting a serene glow over the surrounding areas. Tourists always prefer to visit this place owing to its religious importance. This is mostly because of the presence of the Rameshwara temple on the road towards the waterfall, on the banks of the Kaveri river.
Iruppu falls are actually a tributary to the Kaveri river, which flows down the Brahmagiri hills.
ENTRY FEE: INR 50
TIMING: 6 AM to 6 PM
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Monsoon months
11. Pushpagiri Wildlife Sanctuary
The Western Ghats are full of different wildlife sanctuaries, thanks to the dense forest cover and the heavy rainfall this terrain receives throughout the year. As Karnataka is located mostly in the Western Ghats, the state itself has around 21 wildlife sanctuaries making the place one of the best to visit. Coorg has an exceptional number of wildlife reserves. Pushpagiri wildlife sanctuary is one of the treasures of Coorg, so please don’t miss it! The entire forest sits within the dense area of the Ghats, which makes it one of the famous places to see in Coorg.
This wildlife reserve in Coorg occupies a total area of 102 square kilometres, not a small area by any stretch of the imagination. This particular place is famous for the endangered bird species that can be found in abundance throughout the dense forests. Elephants are a common sight; see them walking along the forests with other members of their group. Amongst the birds that you will see often are the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Nilgiri Blue Pigeon, blue-winged parakeet, and the white-bellied blue flycatcher, thus making it one of the memorable places to visit in Coorg.
LOCATION: Somwarpet
BEST TIME TO VISIT: November to February
ENTRY FEE: INR 10 per head
TIMING: 6 AM to 6 PM
12. Coffee Plantations
When it comes to the Western Ghats, one prominent feature that you will find everywhere is the abundant coffee plantations that emanate a rich aroma. Similarly, in Coorg, the coffee plantations always lure the tourist throughout the year, especially in the harvesting season when the aroma of the ripe berries tease your nostrils. Most of the times, you can book a complete tour to the plantations in Coorg, offering you a complete insight into the ecology and cultivation of the beverage.
Starting from the sowing of the seeds till the harvesting of the ripe berries, you can witness every single thing along with the processing of the beans in the Coorg plantations. The best part of the tour is the scenic beauty tempting your eyes with their marvellous sight and smell. You can also interact with the locals who will let you know more about this crop. Numerous coffee plants are cultivated on the terraced slopes, giving you an opportunity to revel in the richness of the taste as the warm coffee gushes into your mouth. In the Coorg coffee plantation tour, you will also get an insight into the various spices cultivated in close vicinity to the coffee plantations. So, when you are searching for the best places to visit in Coorg, don’t forget to add the coffee plantations and estates throughout the district.
Also, do explore these nearby coffee plantations of Karnataka during your family stay at Coorg.
13. Sri Omkareshwara Temple
Though Coorg doesn’t have too many temples, the Sri Omkareshwara Temple is considered to be one of its jewels. With its roots embedded deep in the pages of history, tourists look forward to knowing what the temple has to tell them. Built-in 1820 by King Lingarajendra II in the present city of Madikeri in Coorg, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva who is considered the epitome of power and strength in Hindu mythology. Though the architecture is reminiscent of Hinduism and Hindu culture, its style also reminds one of Islam what with the presence of a central dome-like structure. The temple is situated on a lake where a bridge connects the entrance with the main landform. Four different turrets are present in the four corners of the temple, making it look elegant and majestic. There is a small linga of Lord Shiva right at the entrance, too. The water tank inside is home to multiple species of marine life, mainly fishes. All of this makes this temple one of the best places to visit in Coorg.
14. Burude Falls
If you want to go on a picnic while you stay at Coorg, then the Burude falls will definitely work as the ideal location for you. Located close to the town of Siddapur in Coorg, these waterfalls offer you the panoramic view of the surrounding lush greenery and the rugged surface of the sloping Western Ghats. This particular fall is formed with a creek that flows in five different tiers down the slopes, and hence it is locally known as the Illimane Falls. The majestic feature of this waterfall of Coorg is the fact that each level in the mountain separates the main river in five different streams, which ultimately drain into a pit forming a small lake at the bottom.
Though the trekking to this point is full of adventures and some level of difficulties, you cannot just miss the serenity among fresh greenery, something that is quite abundant in Coorg. The calmness of the ambience is disturbed only by the splashing sound of the rushing waterfalls which provide the best music to your ears. This is definitely much different from the usual honking of cars and the chaos associated with urban life.
TIMINGS: 9 AM to 5 PM
ENTRY FEE: no entry fee is required
15. Madikeri Fort
Perhaps the most famous historical site you have heard of in Coorg, the Madikeri Fort stands in all its never-ending glory making it one of the renowned places to visit in Coorg. Well, as the name suggests, this place is located in the Madikeri town of Coorg district in the southern portion of Karnataka. Now, this is one place where you can hear the tales of bygone times and gain perfect insight into the history of the city. Some of these tales are definitely known to the population, but some are unheard of, waiting for the masses to discover them. This is site is a testimony to the heavy burden of history. This can be clearly seen from the ruggedness of the structure, which still implies the things the fort has seen in its life.
Muddu Raja constructed this fort in the late 17th century as gratitude to declare Madikeri as the capital of the then Coorg. After a lot of battles, the fort was finally captured by the army of Tipu Sultan, and then later by the British when they ended the rule of Tipu Sultan in Coorg. Know more about Madikeri fort in Coorg before you plan your itinerary to explore Coorg.
TIMINGS: 10 AM to 5:30 PM
ENTRY FEE: None
16. Nisargadhama
The river Kaveri flowing through the Coorg district has a lot to offer to tourists wanting to marvel at the beauty of nature. The same river forms an island, named Nisargadhama, which occupies an area of around 64 acres. The island has a single access route via a hanging bridge. The beauty of the place lies in the surrounding thick green foliage which makes the view glorious. You can witness the woods full of bamboo groves, sandalwood and teak trees, that are very tall. A cottage-style resort is located on this Coorg island, too. You can book a stay here with your family and go for a picnic with such a majestic sight in the background.
This Coorg resort has a deer park, a children’s park, and an orchidarium which will elevate your experience and offer you a gateway from the daily monotonous life in the cities. In the resort’s orchard, medicinal plants are grown as well. You can spend some time here learning about the benefits of herbs and the natural treatment of diseases. A few kilometre-long rides are allowed along the Kaveri river in Coorg but do ensure you have a proper guide ensuring your safety. One thing is for certain though. No matter what, Nisargadhama is one of the most remarkable places to visit in Coorg.
COTTAGE TARIFFS: 600 INR to 1,000 INR
17. Honnamena Kere Lake
Coorg has its own share of religious history which makes it more interesting. One place you can never resist unless you want to miss out on the glory and divinity of the entire mountainous district is the Honnamena Kere Lake. This place nestles in the laps of the Western Ghats and is located close to the village of Sulimalthe. It is easily accessible from the town of Somwarpet in Coorg. The best part of the lake is that it provides an impeccable view of the surrounding greenery and the thick forest area, making the place more majestic and worthy of the time you will spend here.
Most of the tourists love to visit this place in Coorg in order to revel in the serene calmness which is quite refreshing as compared to the monotony of the daily urban life. The background is occupied by lofty mountain hills, proudly standing cliffs, and a sprawled coffee plantation, which are enough to tempt the tourist to visit the place. The top twin mountain ranges surrounding this lake are the Gavi Betta and the Mori Betta. According to the history, Goddess Honnamma sacrificed her life for the well-being of her people, and that’s why the lake was built to pay her gratitude in Coorg.
TIMING: 8 AM 6 PM
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Winter season
ENTRY FEE: None
18. Chettalli
Chettalli is one of the perfect gateway places to visit in Coorg owing to the tranquillity and divinity of the place. It is an absolutely perfect spot for family picnics or a short vacation with friends. Chettalli is actually a village, embraced by a vast expanse of woods, mountains and coffee plantations. The cottage houses in this village serve as the best place to spend some quality time with your loved ones in Coorg, especially because of the majestic Sylvan architecture. The room decors are fantabulous, being the epitome of simplicity and modernity. The multifarious cottages scattered all across the village provide multiple features, one of them being the divine experience of staying in a countryside village amidst nature and its beauty.
This village in Coorg is famous for the coffee plantations, and so you can easily go on a tour to the various estates surrounding the cottages. Also, the lands where crops are cultivated offer a marvellous view, especially because of the crops being cultivated in the area. You can see papaya, passion fruit, pummel, avocado, karonda, and even the Garcinia being cultivated in this region of the Coorg district.
19. Pushpagiri Hills
Karnataka is an Indian state where you will find multiple hills, mountains and cliffs. These are a part of the continuous range of the Western Ghats, and as a result, they have a gentle and yet high slope on the eastern side. Coorg is located in a convenient position, nestled between the mountains of the Ghats which offer the tourists the experience and thrill of adventures in the region. And when on the subject of thrills, who can ignore the excitement which is associated with the Pushpagiri Hills, in the Somwarpet town of the Coorg district? Being the sixth highest in Karnataka and the second highest in Coorg, this offers one of the best trekking trails to the adventure lovers.
The best part of this Coorg trail is the view of the Harangi river which originates from the peak. Heggamane village is the checkpoint for the start of the trail, ahead of which lie thick, dense forests, wet grasslands, and scabrous mountain terrain. The combination of such contours makes the trail somewhat difficult but exciting nevertheless. When you reach the peak, you will find a small temple of Kumara Swamy, who is quite popular amongst the Coorg locals.
ENTRY FEE: INR 75 per head and extra charges for camping
TREK JOURNEY: 3 to 4 hours
20. Harangi Dam
On a tributary of the Kaveri river stands one of the mightiest man-made structures–the Harangi dam. The Harangi river originates from the peak of the Pushpagiri hills and flows till it meets the Kaveri river, though this dam is constructed at the Hadgur village in Coorg. During the monsoons, when the river overflows, the gates of the dam are opened, and a colossal volume of white water gushes out of the gates and forms a type of artificial waterfall. The fantastic view of the water coming out of the gates makes it one of the best sightseeing places to visit in Coorg.
The water forms a type of backwater, forming small islands at the centre of the area which is drained by the channels. The water flows through the thick foliage flanking both sides of the banks, making it a sight to remember. For the tourists, a small garden is made in close vicinity to the dam which also has a stone statue of the Goddess Cauvery. The Chamundeshwari temple located just around the reservoir is famous among tourists in Coorg. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati, which makes it one of the famous attractions near the Harangi dam.
BEST TIME TO VISIT: August to October
TIMING: 8 AM to 6 PM
21. Mandalpatti
Mandalpatti is one of the best places to visit in Coorg owing to the perfect seclusion it offers to the tourists who visit this hilly part of the district. Located just at a distance of 25-30 kilometres away from Madikeri town, this tourist spot is in the list of popular places to see in Coorg, especially because of the trekking journey it offers. However, to do this, one needs to get permission from the authorities at the base of Mandalpatti. The trail is set amidst the luscious greenery against the clear blue sky and a few wetlands in Coorg which makes the journey more interesting, and albeit exciting. Upon reaching the top, you will be greeted with the floating clouds and their feathery kisses on your skin. The view from the top is one of the best things that you will always remember, no matter how much time will pass by.
At a distance, you can see the traces of the Abbey falls in Coorg, which is a glorious sight for photographers. The majestic view of the terraced slopes of the hills will tempt you to spend hours at the top, taking in the breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.
ENTRY FEE: INR 25 for entry and INR 1500 for the jeep ride
22. Kabbe Hills
Kabbe hill is one of the best places to visit in Coorg, all thanks to the possibility of adventures that lie in this part of Coorg. Most of the tourists love to take the jeep ride to the top of the hills through the vegetation covers, the wetlands, the forests, and the streams flowing across the rugged mountain terrain. In fact, Kabbe Hills provide the best view of the sunset in Coorg, offering a marvellous view of the wonders of nature to the tourists. There is no doubt that the entire journey is filled with adventures, especially at the times when the jeep will cross the slippery surfaces of the rivers and the streams flowing on the rocks. But everything is worth the scenic beauty of Coorg that will leave you speechless.
Just before you will step foot on the peak of the Kabbe hills, you will stop by the Chelavara Waterfalls, which is yet another remarkable sight. The breathtaking beauty of this waterfall makes this hill one of the astonishing places to see in Coorg.
TIMING: 3 PM
TIME TAKEN TO REACH THE TOP: 5 hours
23. Kota Betta Hill
Coorg offers some of the best places to go for trekking, owing to the fact that this particular district is surrounded by multiple mountains and lofty hills. Kotabetta is located in the Madapur district of Coorg, just at a distance of 22 kilometres from Madikeri town. This is the third highest peak in the place, which makes it one of the best places to visit in Coorg. The name of the place is derived from the words ‘Fort Hill’, and in reality, the place is like a fortress in appearance. Just at the peak, you will find a temple which is dedicated to the famous Hindu God, Lord Shiva, said to be the epitome of strength and power.
The trek starts from the junction of the southern part of Karnataka and the Coorg district, which makes the journey easier. Throughout the route, you will encounter several coffee plantations, which makes it one of the worthy places to see in Coorg. The divine sight of the green foliage and the clear sky will forever remain etched in your heart. Along the trail, you will have the opportunity to witness waterfalls, the forts, numerous mountain lakes, some wildlife sanctuaries, and so on.
ENTRY FEE: None
TIMING: 6 AM to 6 PM
24. Honey Hill
Just like the name, this Coorg valley offers you a secluded gateway from the chaotic city life, which is much needed at times when you want to get away from everything to a place which will calm your nerves and will help in refreshing your mind. This estate is amongst those places to visit in Coorg, which will offer you a never-ending calmness, helping you in refreshing yourself amidst the lush greenery, chirping birds, colourful butterflies and the inviting silence. It is from this place that you can engage yourself in many outdoor activities, which are actually popular in a typical Coorg tourism package. The first thing you can do is to pack your food for the entire day and go hiking to the nearby places in Coorg, which will definitely offer you some refreshments. You can also go on the trek to the Tadiandamol peak, which is yet another majestic sight in Coorg. Don’t forget to visit the Nalknad Palace at Kakkabe which was built in the 17th century for hunters. 25. Kopatty Hill Although this part of Coorg is less explored, you cannot completely ignore the less traversed beauty of this hill which indeed makes it one of the best places to visit in Coorg. One thing which you won’t get anywhere in the entire district is the close view of the paddy fields, with the swaying plants on both sides of the trail. The vast stretches of the open coffee plantations are yet another site you wouldn’t want to miss in Coorg. The trail isn’t so difficult as compared to the other ones, all thanks to the flat terrain which makes it possible for you to walk without having any difficulty in breathing.
Once you cover the green plantations, you will be welcomed by the thick, dense forests which will make the trail more exciting. After all, Coorg is practically known to be the beacon of adventures. The forests will then unravel themselves to view the meadows, from where you will be able to catch a glimpse of the glistening Kopatty Hill’s peak. That’s why it is one of the best places to see in Coorg.
To Sum Up
During your stay in this marvellous hill station, you can choose Club Mahindra Madikeri resort which is definitely one of the best places to stay in Coorg. This resort in Coorg offers spacious rooms amidst the wonderful beauty of nature. To make your stay here more authentic, the property is built in the traditional Coorg style and features cosy interiors as well. The amenities available in this resort are more than comfortable and ensure you feel right at home. You will look forward to coming back to the property after exploring Coorg throughout the day. In fact, its spa that offers a host of relaxing massages will certainly make this possible. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more fun way to spend time with your family within the resort, head to either of the two pools and splash your afternoon away. The resort even comes with a bar and three in-house restaurants, where you can indulge in some lip-smacking local Coorgi cuisine.
In addition to this, if you are planning to take back a piece of your holiday from Coorg, you can find even that at this resort. There is an on-premise souvenir shop from where you can take home a memento of your time in this magical hill station. If you want to know more about what awaits you at the gorgeous Club Mahindra Madikeri resort , just check out online. Here you will find from former travellers who will tell you just how much they have enjoyed their stay at this resort. So, enjoy your Coorg vacation and experience the divinity of all the places to visit in Coorg. Offer

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9 Best Places for Shopping in Goa with Family

10:00 am – 10:30 pm
1. Anjuna Flea Market
Of the many things to do in Goa, this market is a place you cannot miss. In North Goa, Anjuna became a sanctum for ‘Western hippies’ around the 1960s. Having run out of money but not wanting to leave, these hippies decided to sell their possessions; so, everything from clothes, jewellery, art and guitars were bartered to sustain. This marked the beginning of this well-known flea market at Anjuna, and what started as a means of survival has now become one of the most important markets for shopping in Goa.
Buzzing with activity, this market occupies the entire stretch of the Anjuna Beach. Over the years, the international residents of Goa have opened kiosks that sell imported fashion from their respective countries along with custom unique designs incorporated and produced in Goa itself.
Here you can find a wide range of locally produced apparel, teas, fancy jewellery, exotic spices, handmade gifts and toys, carved souvenirs, leather bags, embroidered bedspreads and much more – all auctioned by local artisans and gipsies.
Among the other things to do in Goa, one can relax and take a break from the shopping spree in one of the several chai stalls and restaurants offering live music. Café Looda with its breath-taking beach-facing location and live music from 5 pm is very popular with tourists.
There are a few things to keep in mind before you visit this vibrant marketplace. Bargain, but don’t go too hard. It is possible to bargain and get a good steal, though that requires some expertise as the sellers will reel you in, and before you know it, you will have agreed to buy. Don’t bargain too hard though as these people have little money and the deal may leave them with very little margin.
Working Hours: Open only on Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Best Time to Visit: Early in the mornings or late in the afternoon. The main season extends from the mid of November to the end of March. It does not operate all-round the year.
2. Calangute Market Square
If you’re someone with a passion for handicrafts, art and literature, then Calangute Market Square of Goa should be on your list of places to visit. At a distance of nearly 15 kilometres from the Goan capital, Calangute is known as the Queen of Beaches.
Calangute seems to be a contorted version of the vernacular word – ‘koli-gutti’, which means ‘land of the fishermen’. Stretching across an area of four miles, the beach is covered with palm trees, and the local Calangute market attracts thousands of tourists every year, the popularity of which is credited to the hippies who discovered this beautiful beach in the ‘60s.
The Market Square is a beguiling tourist spot that offers opportunities for sunbathing, feasting on delicious food along with many shacks and stalls selling a variety of items ranging from mouth-watering seafood, local wine to trinkets made of seashells. The Saturday Bazaar which is hosted on the beach is loaded with a variety of items ranging from handmade metal and leather crafts by local artisans, souvenirs, pottery, jewellery and clothes produced not just locally but also shipped from other parts of the nation. It is not uncommon to find vendors selling sarongs and palm-readers ready to disclose the fortune of their visitors in the market square. Don’t miss including this market on your list of things to do in Goa.
At the centre of Calangute is a pleasant Tibetan market offering various kinds of precious gems and statues of Buddha and other Hindu deities made of wood and clay. The market is also frequented by Kashmiri traders selling embroidery, carpets and other goodies. Shopping in Goa is incomplete without visiting the Calangute Market Square.
Bargaining could be a little difficult but do not be afraid to walk away in case you suspect a heavy sales pitch as many of the items can be found at more affordable prices in the other flea markets.
Working Hours: Open every day, 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
3. Mackie’s Night Bazaar
Located at the Baga city resort, Mackie’s Night Bazaar is the other night market for shopping in Goa. This market came into existence after a heated conflict between the organisers and owners of the first night market, namely the Ingo’s Night Market in Arpora. Several shops and stalls here offer a variety of handmade goods by local artisans, from clothes to shoes and jewellery. The items sold are unique; they are all made using natural materials.
Watching live musical performances and dancing the night away are among the many things to do in Goa and Mackie’s Night Bazaar has the perfect DJ sets and stages for such experiences. Though Mackie’s Night Bazaar is conducted on a smaller scale than Ingo’s Night Market, it has a longer trade season.
Working Hours: Every Saturday, from the month of November to the end of May, 6:00 pm – 1:00 am
4. Ingo’s Saturday Night Bazaar
Wondering about the best things to do in Goa? Liven up your Saturday night and head straight to Arpora to enjoy the straggling Ingo’s Night Bazaar, which is a great alternative to the stifling Wednesday afternoon flea market. The night market at Arpora for shopping in Goa can be divided into three parts:
• The Lower Sphere of kiosks, stuffed with hordes of local Indian vendors selling exotic products like Kashmiri carpets, Pashminas, embroidery, spices, hammocks and clothes as well various international designers featuring western apparel, accessories, bags and shoes.
• The Central Sphere located at the heart of the market presenting the concert stage, the beer and wine bars and food stalls offering tempting Goan seafood along with various other exciting grabs such as chocolate fountains, dim sums and gyros.
• The Upper Sphere extending from the small hummock to the posterior part of the market, which is lined with various international designers, a few local hawkers, tequila cocktails served with fresh fruits and live DJ sets.
Working Hours: 4:00 pm – 11:00 pm, November to April
5. Mapusa Market
One of the most important Goan trading centres since the olden days, Mapusa Market is said to have contributed to the development of the town around it as the business conducted at the market was the major source of livelihood to the locals. Like most of the other markets for shopping in Goa, the Mapusa Market also follows the standard susegad time (during afternoons) when the market is closed. Though one can find almost anything at Mapusa, ranging from textiles, pottery to grocery; the market is most famous for meat, pickles, fruits and vegetables as well as local Goan condiments and spices. One can also find local Goan fishes like Chonak and Modso and desserts like dodol, bebinca and amot. This makes Mapusa a great place to explore, meet new people and take pictures of the colourful vicinity. Don’t forget to add visiting this place to your list of things to do in Goa.
It is highly recommended you visit on a Friday in order to enjoy the best experience including no middleman charges on goods. One thing to keep in mind is to reach the market early as it gets very busy during the peak hours of the day. After a shopping spree, one can also head to the Alankar Theatre to enjoy a movie with the family and also enjoy food and fresh Goan juices from the nearby stalls. So, include a visit to this place on your list of things to do in Goa.
Working Hours: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm. Closed on Sunday
Best Time to Visit: Fridays
6. Panjim Market
If you wish to carry a piece of Goa back with you, the Panjim Market is the place you should be heading to when shopping in Goa. With a combination of both street-side stalls and multiplexes, the Panjim Market is the largest market in Goa offering a wide range of goods such as locally handcrafted carpets and an exotic collection of wines.
Also, the pungent smell of spices and curry pastes and the wide variety of souvenirs to choose from is tempting and hard to resist. Just in case, if you’re interested in buying luxury and branded products, you can head straight to one of the malls in the area. The market also has some good restaurants and teahouses and having a look at the local favourite Mario Miranda’s works is a must when visiting Panjim. Bargaining is possible although most of the goods found here are reasonably priced. Visiting the Panjim Market is a must when it comes to things to do in Goa with family.
Working Hours: 7:30 am – 8:00 pm
7. Le Souk
Thinking of the best things to do in Goa? Located on Ashwem Beach, Le Souk by Amarya is the first high-end market for shopping in Goa. Open every day, this open-air bazaar is kind of a replica of the tented stores from the Moroccan bazaars providing exotic articles and apparels. Here at Le Souk, you are welcome to browse through textiles and accessories by some of the most popular national and international designers in Goa, such as Jonas G for casual men’s apparel, Shades of India that produces handicrafts using an amalgamation of extant art with Indian textiles or the works of Nana-Ki where clothes are made using natural fibres and traditional techniques of embroidery.
Working Hours: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
8. Beach Candy
We know shopping is right on top of your list of things to do in Goa. And hence, you cannot miss visiting Beach Candy. Located in Morjim and decorated with simple yet beautiful candy colours against an immaculate white backdrop, the shop of Beach Candy sure does justice to its name and is all about colourful shopping in Goa.
The creativity of the shop is not limited to its façade but extends to its goods as well. The label of Sophie Paget Steavenson works together with numerous NGOs of Mumbai in order to produce the apparel, accessories and bags that you find in this shop. You can be sure that whether you purchase a hand-printed maxi skirt or an ikat clutch – your purchase will directly impact the lives of the small artisans who made them.
Open every day of the week, Beach Candy is certainly one store that can offer you traditional Goan garments with a modern touch, making for one of the most exciting things to do in Goa.
9. Mall De Goa
Finally, if high-end fashion and shopping is what you’re looking for, Goa has it all in the Mall De Goa which was opened on the February of 2016 in the middle of Purvorim, on the busy junction of NH17; making international brand shopping in Goa a reality.
Mall De Goa, which simply translates as ‘Mall of Goa’ offers all that you could wish for under one roof. Top international brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Allen Solly, Van Heusen and much more can be found here. Outlets of leading global sports brands such as Nike and Puma can be found here too. Moreover, to take a short break from shopping, you can relax and grab a quick bite in one of the many restaurants at the food court such as McDonald’s or Dunkin’ Donuts or also enjoy local favourites such as Kudos and Ritz Classic.
Mall De Goa also has an INOX Cinema with outstanding deluxe seating facilities where you can watch the latest Bollywood or Hollywood movies with your family, certainly an exciting thing to do in Goa.
Working Hours: 10:00 am – 10:30 pm
Now with this extensive list of things to do in Goa and places for shopping in Goa, you’re all set to embark on your fun and adventurous trip to this beachy paradise. You can enjoy and indulge in all that Goa has to offer while staying at Club Mahindra Goa Resort . The comfortable and spacious rooms each with an attached balcony, television, microwave, and a sofa-cum-bed provide the comfort of a home. The Goa Resort also has an in-house restaurant where you can enjoy local Goan cuisine with your family. The resort is loaded with a host of other modern amenities such as Wi-Fi, swimming pool and Svaastha Spa for relaxation, souvenir shop, play area for kids, laundry service and a gymnasium for fitness enthusiasts.
On your next visit to Goa, look no further than Club Mahindra for a pleasant and delightful stay. If you still need convincing though, go online and check out the to know more details and how popular the resort already is with tourists. Offer

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‘Kulinary Confidential’ highlights Fil-Am cuisine, chefs |

“Kulinary Confidential” runs for two weeks in SOMA Pilipinas, the Filipino American cultural district. ALBERT LAW
SAN FRANCISCO — Filipino American cuisine is the focus of Kulinary Confidential, a two-week food crawl and series of pop-up dinners featuring seven restaurants and 16 chefs.
All of the participating food crawl restaurants and the venues for the pop dinners are located in SOMA Pilipinas, the Fil-Am cultural district (from 2nd St. to 11th St., bordered by Market and Brannan Streets). ADVERTISEMENT
The event will run from April 1 to 14 and part of the proceeds will fund the Philippine immersion trip of more than 20 students from Balboa High School. The students will learn about their cultural roots and practice Tagalog.
Mackerel kinilaw with seaweed granita and roe is one item that will be featured in one of the six Pop Up Dinners this year for “Kulinary Confidential.” ALBERT LAW
The food crawl—composed of special off-menu dishes—can be accessed by purchasing a Tasting Passport. The pop-up dinners—which are single-evening events—are open to ticket buyers. FEATURED STORIES New Jersey man arrested for soliciting teenage girl in PH Boeing 737 MAX Makes Emergency Landing During US Transfer: FAA Pope Francis: ‘My pontificate will be short’
Food Crawl
For the first week, Mestiza, Manila Bowl, and Sarap Shop are the featured restaurants.
For the second week, the lineup includes JT Restaurant, Little Skillet, and Señor Sisig.
Alchemy, collaborating with San Francisco Chicken’s Christian Ciscle, is part of both weeks.
Lechon Kawali Tacos is one of the special off-menu items featured during this year’s “Kulinary Confidential.” ALBERT LAW
Tasting Passport-holders can visit these restaurants anytime during their week of choice and redeem tickets for the special off-menu items created specifically for Kulinary Confidential.
Mestiza Taqueria will offer lechon kawali tacos and coconut horchata while Manila Bowl (located at The Market on Market food hall) will offer dinuguan.
Alchemy (located inside Trademark & Copyright bar) will offer a Filipino fried chicken that features pineapple mochi, spiced batter and soy chile sauce. ADVERTISEMENT
Sarap Shop (located at the Soma Streat Food food park) will offer a mystery bag that contains its signature halo-halo milk tea, an onigiri in a mystery flavor, and other surprise items.
On the second week, JT Restaurant will serve chicken afritada while Little Skillet will offer toyomansi-glazed fried chicken with pandan mochi waffle.
It’s going to be adobo carnitas with dirty rice at Señor Sisig while Alchemy will have chicken escabeche (coconut vinegar-marinated fried chicken thighs) with calamansi tartar sauce on cabbage and tomato salad.
Pop-Up Dinners
The Pop-Up Dinners will offer a broad range of flavors across multi-course meals with tickets starting at $65.
The first week begins with Rod Reyes of Barya Kitchen. He will prepare a five-course meal of classic Filipino dishes with a modern spin at Trademark & Copyright bar.
Undiscovered SF is the organizer of “Kulinary Confidential,” a food festival featuring Fil-Am chefs and cuisine, such as this banana turon with matcha. ALBERT LAW
A blending of cultures is the theme for the first weekend. EJ Macayan and Japanese American Hitomi Wada of Ox & Tiger will prepare a Fil-Japanese dinner at Joint Venture Kitchen (a venue for pop-up dinners).
Marc Pescon of Aliwang Lutu will prepare a Fil-French meal at Executive Order bar.
Kicking off the second week is Yana Gilbuena of Salo Series. She will prepare six dishes at Mestiza Taqueria.
The final weekend will have Francis Ang of Pinoy Heritage preparing an eight-course modern Filipino dinner at Picnic on Third.
Concluding the Pop-Up Dinner series is Aileen Suzara of Sariwa, who will prepare a Fil-Indian dinner at Mestiza Taqueria.
Kulinary Confidential is organized by Undiscovered SF, a nonprofit promoting economic development in SOMA Pilipinas. Among other activities, Undiscovered SF hosts night markets in the summer that celebrate Fil-Am culture through music, dance, art, food, and retail.
To purchase passports and tickets; and for the addresses and operation hours of the food crawl restaurants and pop-up dinner venues, visit UndiscoveredSF.com .
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How to cook a delicious AIP Keto Slow Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup?

How to cook a delicious AIP Keto Slow Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup?
Sandra Bloom Blocked Unblock Follow Following Mar 27 Spicy AIP Keto Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup for cosy evenings Have you tried an AIP Keto Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup before?
Who says people on diets only eat salad? This Mexican inspired soup is rich, filling and delicious — and it’s completely keto friendly, which means you can indulge guilt-free!
If you’ve been on the keto diet for a while you’ve probably become accustomed to not eating certain cuisines, like Mexican and Indian food which rely a lot on ingredients that are a no-go — tortilla, rice, beans, tacos, burritos…. You get the picture! If you’re looking to curb your Mexican food craving while remaining in ketosis this recipe is a great alternative.
This AIP Keto Slow-Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup also contains fresh ingredients, as ready-made sauces are usually full of sugar and nasty chemicals.
Instead, I use fresh ingredients. It might be a bit more time-consuming but the flavour is so much richer and tastier — promise.
Finally, there are the staple ingredients found in most Mexican dishes — chips, beans and corn. There aren’t many alternatives to these types of food so I substituted it with flavours that are synonymous with Mexican cuisine, like coriander, chilli and onion.
The best thing about soup is you can play around with flavours and ingredients so if you don’t particularly like an ingredient mentioned below you can substitute it for something else.
You can also cook this in your usual saucepan if you’re strapped for time but I would strongly recommend using a slow cooker as they are such time savers! You can prep and drop the ingredients in during the day, run some errands and come home to a freshly cooked, nutritious meal. Also, this recipe yields four servings so you can refrigerate the rest and enjoy throughout the week.
Optional: I usually try to avoid tomatoes in my meals as I follow the AIP version of the KETO diet. But if you don’t, please feel free to add tomatoes (1 pound blended) and some paprika.
Prep time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 3 hrs 10 mins (using a slow cooker)
Serves: 4
INGREDIENTS 2 red onions, peeled and finely chopped 6 Tablespoons of cold pressed organic olive oil and some beef-fat 1 teaspoon of organic cayenne pepper (leave out in case you follow AIP) 6 cloves of garlic peeled and finely chopped 4 chicken breasts (800 g), 2 tablespoons of dried oregano 3 1/2 cups of chicken broth Organic Himalayan salt and organic pepper to taste 1 or 2 large avocado diced Coriander, finely chopped to garnish some carrots finely chopped Some celery stalks finely chopped some cauliflower finely chopped Powders: organic curry, Curcuma, cumin and garam masala to taste I typically use a lot of herbs to my gut feeling as it tends to give my dishes an amazing flavour.
NON AIP version: Optional 1 yellow bell pepper chopped Optional 1 pound tomatoes blended Optional 1/2 red chili pepper to garnish Do you want to see the method for this delicious recipe? Healthy kisses #sandrabloom

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Israel’s Tourism Triumph

Part I of IV: The Air Bridge
(c) Edwin Black Edwin Black
WASHINGTON, D.C. — The virulently anti-Israel movement known as Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions—BDS—is roiling through campuses, overflowing into city councils, encroaching into corporate boardrooms, and now chomping at the essence of Israel’s special niche in the world: its travel and tourism industry. Everywhere, the boycotters have been asking to isolate Israel. BDS even convinced Airbnb to stop listing Jewish locations in Judea and Samaria—also known as the West Bank (a term invented after Jordan invaded in 1948, when the UN’s partition suggestion failed to create two states). In Ireland, a bill advancing through Parliament may criminalize visiting the old city and even purchasing lunch or a keepsake.
Whereas similar boycotts against other countries have inflicted withering effects on national economies, in Israel—it simply hasn’t worked. The opposite is true. Yes, boycotters are busy demonizing Israel. Yet despite this, Israel’s tourism industry has rocketed to a singular triumph and now employs tens of thousands. Flights are packed and new non-stops are being added across the globe. Even though new luxury hotels are going up as fast as the Mideast sun will dry concrete, rooms remain in high demand and, thus, are scarce and expensive. Israel has become world famous for creative cuisine and trendy eateries; so if you want to get a table at the most popular restaurants, you’ll need to book weeks in advance.
Travel and tourism to Israel has dramatically changed. It’s not just synagogue sisterhoods and Jewish organizations. Swelling up from Israel’s “Start-up Nation,” world famous top chef culture, and hard-won penetration of markets beyond America and West Europe, as well as its sophisticated travel industry burnishing, Israel is now a destination for the entire world. Traditional Jewish-American travelers from Miami to Seattle must now compete with Silicon Valley techies, Chinese students, Indian tourists, East European Christian pilgrims, and diverse businessmen from across the planet. The numbers are multiplying.
In 2016, 2.9 million total worldwide visitors visited Israel. By the close of 2018, that number had boomed to 4.1 million—and the totals keep climbing. Within the coming decade, Israel expects to employ 98,000 people in its tourism sector.
When Israeli tourism prospers, so does the Palestinian community. Christian pilgrims make a beeline for Bethlehem. Thus, tourism breeds economic interdependence and strengthens co-existence.
Arrivals stream in from everywhere.
Today, most North American travelers to Israel are not Jewish; they are Christian, often seeking Biblical discovery. From North America, Jews comprise about 40 to 45 percent of the travelers, while Christians generally hover at about 60 percent year to year, according to official estimates. While the Jewish-Christian percentages remain the same, the growth spurt for North America has seen the overall numbers increase by 42 percent since 2016.
In 2009, only 20,000 Indians visited Israel, reports Israel’s tourism office in New Delhi. Some years ago, Israel hosted Indian travel agents knowing that in India, such agents book most of the travel. Reciprocal travel programs tapped such markets as India’s Kerala Christians. Dramatically improved diplomatic relations between New Delhi and Jerusalem combined with thrice-weekly direct Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner service—which was granted special Saudi flyover permission, saving more than two hours—has created a steady flow of Indian visitors. This year, Israel expects more than 80,000 Indian arrivals, with travel officials working to achieve a further 65 percent increase. That may happen if, as planned, the Israeli film industry entices Bollywood producers to use Israeli locations.
In 2015, only 30,000 tourists visited Israel from China. But when direct flights between Ben Gurion airport and numerous Chinese cities were added, the number more than trebled to 100,000-plus annually. Today, China is Israel’s greatest growth market. Celebrity Chinese chefs are now flown in, and Chinese-speaking guides are easily found.
Air connections are the lifeblood of Israel’s tourism as well as its international viability. Nowadays you can fly nonstop to Israel from numerous North American cities. From New York’s JFK, Delta is launching a twice daily nonstop. From Newark’s Liberty, United also flies nonstop twice daily. From Washington, D.C.’s Dulles, United will soon inaugurate thrice weekly non-stop service. From Toronto, Air Canada offers daily non-stops. From Montreal, Air Canada will fly twice weekly during the summer. From San Francisco, United flies daily, primarily for the surging nexus to Silicon Valley.
North American carriers all compete with El Al, which is by far the dominant carrier linking our continent with Israel—boasting 45 nonstop flights weekly that carry more than 50,000 passengers per month. For many Israel-bound travelers, El Al is the one and only carrier. And it has vastly improved. With the exception of the Jewish sabbath and holidays, Israel’s star-emblazoned national carrier flies day or night, rain or shine, good news or bad news, rockets or not. Its unique extra security, where young security staffers at the airport ask invasive personal questions to evaluate risk, are sometimes viewed as a mix between reassurance, ritual, and a Jewish guilt trip. “You’re coming to Israel? Why now?” Or the classic: “Who do you know in Israel?” Answer: “Everyone.”
El Al has conquered labor problems, on-board religious tiffs, and more to expand and enhance its daily service to and from multiple U.S. cities. Not only can you fly El Al nonstop direct from New York, Newark, and Miami, but now also from Boston, Los Angeles, Toronto, and this summer, from Las Vegas and San Francisco. In spring 2020, Chicago service starts. Most of all, El Al predominantly offers Dreamliner service. On its 747 and 777 fleet, El Al still offers Economy Seat PLUS, relatively affordable, spacious, and comfortable—especially in the bulkhead row. For many traveling to Israel, El Al’s Economy Seat PLUS is now the go-to booking. What’s more, you can purchase business class check-in at either JFK or Newark for $35–$45, and your travel experience will be delightful. The lounge is restful and stocked with good food and beverages, allowing you await departure in luxury.
Israel’s tourism triumph would not have been possible without an airline triumph as well. That triumph in the skies has finally happened.
Next is Part II: Luxury Hotels Beckon
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Edwin Black is the author of IBM and the Holocaust and a syndicated columnist, who travels extensively, frequently reviewing the hotels he stays in. He personally and independently paid for all aspects of travel mentioned in this series. The author can be found at www.edwinblack.com .
©Copyright 2019 Edwin Black

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Explorer’s Club Restaurant Review

Verdict Explorer’s Club Restaurant Atmosphere
Lord Henry Mystic (who is a member of the renowned Society of Explorers and Adventurers, aka S.E.A.) built the Explorer’s Club to resemble his favourite regions of the world: China, Russia, Morocco, India, and Egypt. The exterior and interior are in line with Mystic Manor so perfectly it creates a cohesive experience from the attraction that carries through the restaurant.
When you’re in the queue for Mystic Manor (the hallway after you go through turnstiles inside), take note of the large portrait on the right-hand side. It’s the floor plan of the Explorer’s Club Restaurant. Just another example of the incredible attention to detail. Pay attention in the queue for Mystic Manor and you’ll notice the floor plan for the restaurant
The restaurant has ample room throughout the 5 dining areas. The sheer amount of detail in each of these rooms is astounding. I recommend eating first then soaking in all the detail so your food doesn’t get cold (not that I have done that before or anything). Each room has artifacts that Lord Henry Mystic brought back from the various regions during his explorations.
The most beautiful of the dining rooms is the Chinese Room, with its red and gold colours and a beautiful jade sculpture in the middle. It’s also one of the more popular rooms to dine in. My favourite, however, is the Russian Room, with the beautiful ceramic tiles. The Indian Room is another popular room, with its wooden carvings and crystal chandeliers. Russia
The airy Moroccan Room is the least-themed of the dining rooms but has air flow from the outdoors, which is a good or bad thing depending on the time of the year. Then the adjacent Egyptian Room can be found tucked away in the corner with a few artifacts here and there (I’ve never seen it open all the times I have dined there).
The entryway has a large number of artifacts on the wall, and according to the official website has tribal masks from the Adventures Club at Walt Disney World. The way the story continues from Mystic Manor into the Explorer’s Club Restaurant shows the amount of effort and thoughtfulness that went into this entire area.
You’ll find the full story behind on the Explorer’s Club Restaurant here . Explorer’s Club Restaurant Food Roasted BBQ Beef Short Ribs. Use your meal voucher from Klook to save yourself money!
The Explorer’s Club Restaurant offers four different types of cuisine to choose from: Indonesian, Southeast Asian, Korean, and Japanese. Every meal I’ve had here has never disappointed.
My absolute favourites are the Vietnamese Beef Rice Noodle Soup and the Roasted BBQ Beef Short Ribs . The Korean deep-fried Chicken is also a winner. I am a huge fan of the Fuze Tea (sweet tea or iced tea depending where you’re from) and is my favourite drink at the park.
I recommend using your meal voucher from Klook ($HK88 or $11USD) to save yourself money (use promo code KLKTDREX for $4USD off your first order).
Here’s a quick breakdown of meal combo costs (includes a drink): Most Expensive: $HK139 ($18USD) Cheapest: $HK119 ($15USD)
You’ll save about $4 to $7USD by using the voucher for a single meal combo. Remember, with the meal voucher you’ll also get a frozen treat or popcorn from a vending cart, which leads to more savings. Korean Deep-fried Chicken 🤤 Chicken Satay
The servings are large, which means you’re able to share a meal between two people if you don’t eat that much. For myself, it’s perfect and leaves me full. If you’re a bit more of an explorer with your food choices, then you’ll love the various offerings.
One thing to note is the meat used in the dishes here are Halal (according to the official website ). Explorer’s Club Restaurant Menu (Korean and Japanese) Explorer’s Club Restaurant Menu (Indonesian and South East Asian) Recommendations & Tips

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Bhature (Deep Fried Puffed Bread)

If you are planning to go to India, don’t forget to explore the local cuisines of all the different regions. You will be surprised to find so many variations of breads, curries and rice dishes. Today I am going to discuss one of my all time favorite deep fried Puffed Breads but that is not Luchi. Today’s dish is Bhature which is always paired with a hot spicy chick pea curry called Chole.
Being born and brought up in Northern India, I have been very lucky to get the best of two cultures and food. I am a Bengali who loves Punjabi food! In fact, I would gladly swap a plate of fish curry for Chole Bhature. This is still one of the dishes I always order at any Indian restaurant.
I have two recipes of Chole on my blog, you can pair this delicious bread with either of them:
Chole (Chickpea curry)
Amritsari Chole (Delicious Chick Pea gravy with Fresh Cheese)
I know I have written about Chole Bhature before but when I prepared it a couple days back, I realized that Bhature deserves an article of its own. You can easily get a readymade plate of Chole Bhature but it may not always appeal to you. I faced this problem a few months back while on our Chicago trip. Unfortunately, the Indian restaurant at Devon failed to impress this Chole Bhature fan. The Bhatura was too oily and not at all crispy. The Chole was way too bland. I think the best way to have an authentic plate of Chole Bhature is to prepare it at home.
Since Bhatura is always deep fried I don’t advise preparing it too often. So save this dish for some special days when you are really craving for it. Some people find deep frying stressful, but with a little practice you too will be able to fry perfect Bhaturas.
Remember:
Add sufficient oil in a big wok otherwise it wont puff up.
Let the oil heat up thoroughly.
Do the ball test by adding a small ball of dough in the oil to see if the oil is hot enough.
Refer to my articles: How to Deep-Fry food with Confidence and
How to check if the oil is hot enough to fry for more tips
Bhatura dough does not need a lot of ingredients. I do add a little whole wheat flour in the All Purpose Flour to control the gluten. This makes rolling a lot easier. For leavening, I use yogurt and baking powder. Salt is added for flavor and you can also add a pinch of fennel or Kalonji to make it look restaurant bought. Knead the dough well and be careful while adding water because the yogurt will make it sticky. Once it looks smooth, cover and let it rest for at least an hour or overnight (max).
Ingredients:
All Purpose Flour – 1 ½ cup Whole Wheat Flour – ½ cup Yogurt – 3-4 tablespoons Baking Powder – ½ teaspoon Salt – ¼ teaspoon Fennel seeds/ Kalonji – ¼ teaspoon Water – ¼ cup (or as needed)

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New Restaurants in New Orleans Spring 2019

March 28, 2019 Seafood paella is on the menu at Costera (photo by Sarah Peters, Romaguera Photography)
In New Orleans, we often say that we “live to eat” versus the real necessity of eating to live. Our chefs, though, actually do a little of both, and they’ve been hard at it. This spring, many local chefs as well as an out-of-towner are introducing us to enough new restaurants to keep our taste buds busy this season. While there looks to be a trend in certain cuisines (Spanish, Latin American, and Chinese), each restaurant has its own unique menu and ambiance. Read on for our listing of recent openings as well as some soon to open this spring. Barracuda
3984 Tchoupitoulas St.
The surge in taco popularity may have already reached its tipping point in New Orleans. That, however, has not stopped Brett Jones of Dinner Lab and the Ruby Slipper from opening Barracuda . The restaurant, which calls itself “a neighborhood taco stand & laissez-faire margarita garden,” provides counter-service tacos and a 30-seat outdoor patio. The menu features about a half dozen options ranging from $3-4 tacos on fresh, house-made tortillas. Taco bowls and all-day breakfast items are also available. Blue Giant
1300 Magazine St.
Carry-out Chinese restaurants may be dwindling (goodbye, Red Apple), but higher end, high-quality Chinese restaurants have begun to transform the New Orleans restaurant landscape ( Red’s Chinese and Bao & Noodle ). Chefs Bill Jones (Cochon) and Richard Horner (Coquette) are opening Blue Giant, a Chinese-American restaurant that will serve items like fried rice, shrimp wontons, blue crab rangoons, Peking duck, and egg drop soup. Costera
4938 Prytania St.
Costera , Spanish for “coastal,” is the new, aptly-named Uptown restaurant featuring coastal Spanish cuisine. The upscale newcomer developed from a partnership between between Brian Burns, the former chef de cuisine of Pêche and sommelier Reno De Ranieiri. The menu features a range of delicacies including garlic shrimp with oregano, lemon, and sherry (gambas al ajillo), papas bravas with a piquillo pepper puree, Octopus a La Plancha with heirloom bean and herb salad, chorizo and Littleneck clams with baised white beans, and seafood paella. The wine list is substantial and includes a number of Iberian red and white wines. Cru
535 Franklin Ave.
Chef Marlon Alexander recently breathed new life into the former Feeling’s Cafe space in the Marigny with the new restaurant Cru . Originally from California, the chef recently operated two ventures inside the Pythian Market , Cru, a raw bar, and Poulet, a rotisserie chicken eatery serving up salads and wraps. Expanding on the raw bar’s concept, the full-service Cru restaurant offers a menu of several types of caviar, smoked trout dip, fish and chips, pastas, and sandwiches. Cru is open for dinner every night except Sunday and offers brunch on the weekends. Dian Xin
1218 Decatur St.
Dian Xin joins Blue Giant as one of the newest Chinese restaurants, expanding the presence of Cantonese-style cuisine in New Orleans. Run by the former owners of Little Chinatown in Kenner, Dian Xin’s menu features dim sum, steamed or fried savory dumplings. The menu also includes bao, shu mai, jianbing (Chinese crepes), Szechuan chicken, and more. The small restaurant was so popular when it first opened early in 2019 that its hours are now limited to late lunches and dinner. Dian Xin is awaiting the issuance of its liquor license and is BYOB (with no corkage fee) until then. Gianna
700 Magazine St.
Gianna , a new Italian restaurant from Chef Donald Link (and the first to open since 2013) comes to the Warehouse District this spring. Chef Rebecca Wilcomb of Herbsaint, another Link restaurant, will transition to Gianna as the executive chef. The menu will feature fresh pastas, paying homage to Wilcomb’s Italian grandmother who taught her how to cook. Justine
225 Chartres St.
A new restaurant from James Beard award-winning chef Justin Devillier, Justine was inspired by the chef’s travels to France. The French brasserie in the French Quarter contains 200 seats spread out across several different Parisian-themed rooms. The menu will include hors d’oeuvres such as bone marrow bordelaise and steak tartare, daily specials like bouillabaisse on Fridays, and entrées like duck confit and poisson (fish) amandine. Save room for dessert and enjoy a honey vanilla pot de crème almond lace cookie or a cheese plate. Kolache Kitchen
4701 Freret St.
Birthed in Baton Rouge, Kolache Kitchen recently opened a New Orleans location on Freret Street, adding to the number of restaurants on the corridor and making it ever more difficult to choose where to eat (not a bad problem to have). The kolache, which originated in Central Europe as a midday snack, is a baked pastry made with yeasted dough and a hole in the middle for stuffing fillings like cheese and fruit. Like many foods, the kolache has experienced both a resurgence that has brought it to the more general public—outside of Central European immigrants and their descendants—and an evolution. Traditional kolaches are sweet while more modern iterations have introduced a savory element. The Kolache Kitchen’s menu includes both sweet (bacon and cheese, boudin, and spicy smoked sausage and cheese) and savory options (filled with fruit, cheese, or both). Kolache also offers tacos, empanadas, sandwiches, and coffee. Nolé
2001 St. Charles Ave.
Al Copeland, Jr. (as in, the Jr. of Popeyes’ founder) is shifting gears at the old Cheesecake Bistro space to open Nolé , a Latin American/Louisiana fusion restaurant. The choice in cuisines is well-founded as the two already have a natural fit due to a linked history. The menu will include dishes like Latin-style street corn made with blue crab, lime aioli, and Creole cream cheese; red bean salsa; and paella with chorizo and cochon du lait. Chef Chris Lusk, who has had a hand in creating the menu alongside Copeland, honed his craft in kitchens across the city, including the Caribbean Room, Restaurant R’evolution, and Café Adelaide. Chef Akhtar Nawab of Otra Vez (photo by Liz Clayman) Otra Vez
1001 Julia St.
New York chef Akhtar Nawab, who runs Alta Calidad in Brooklyn, has set his sights on New Orleans. His new restaurant, Otra Vez (Spanish for “again” or literally “another time”), opens this spring in the Standard, the new mixed-use residential/commercial complex in the South Market District. While the menu will lean toward Mexican cuisine, Nawab plans to infuse into his Indian heritage into the new restaurant. For instance, the menu will include roti, an Indian flat bread. While Otra Vez will not be Alta Calidad in duplicate, it will offer several signature items from that restaurant, including crispy shrimp tacos with chipotle celery root remoulade and a spicy Margarita made from poblano pepper juices. Thalia
1245 Constance St.
Chefs Kristen Essig and Michael Stoltzfus of Coquette are bringing a new restaurant to the Lower Garden District. Named for the street that runs along side of the restaurant, Thalia will have a small menu with daily specials and will focus on sustainability, using some leftover ingredients from Coquette. Ana Castro and Sean Poole, both also of Coquette, will lead the kitchen. The building, which formerly operated as a woodworking shop and, before that, a neighborhood bar, will showcase a mural by Devin DeWulf (known for Nnamdi the Gator in the Bywater) and a tile of Saint Lawrence, the patron saint of cooks. Emily Ramirez Hernandez Emily Ramírez Hernández is the child of New Orleans natives whose families have been in the city for generations. Emily’s earliest memories of New Orleans include joyful car rides over bumpy streets, eating dripping roast beef po-boys at Domilise’s, and catching bouncy balls during Mardi Gras parades with cousins. An urban planner by day and freelance writer by night, when she is off the clock she enjoys biking around town, belly dancing, and catching nerdlesque shows.

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