Honeymoon Bucketlist: Overwater Villas

Honeymoon Bucketlist: Overwater Villas

Directory Honeymoon Bucketlist: Overwater Villas Staying in an overwater bungalow is one of those bucket-list items you must check off and what better time than on your honeymoon. Sandals South Coast, Jamaica
Featuring 12 Tahiti-style overwater bungalows around a heart-shaped walkway, this resort also boasts an overwater bar, and wedding chapel! All of the bungalows offer an outdoor tranquility soaking tub for two, a sun deck with suspended patio with swim-up platform, an outdoor shower, overwater hammock and a butler service! While the interior boasts sea-through glass floors that guarantee undersea views, a king-size bed, and a spacious, spa-style bathroom. Total honeymoon bliss! Sandals South Coast, Jamaica St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, Bora Bora
Boasting the largest overwater villas in the South Pacific, starting at 1,550 square feet, if you choose to honeymoon here, you will be able to revel in the turquoise blue waters visible from the glass panels placed throughout. If you can tear yourself away from your luxury accommodation, you can sail around the island’s azure waters, or dive under to meet black tip reef sharks and rays up close! Also be sure to try the resort’s Lagoonarium or unwind with a spa treatment. Order a cocktail at the swim-up bar, or sample international and Polynesian-inspired cuisine at one of the four restaurants.
Kuramathi Resort, Maldives
This resort offers a range of overwater villas but if your honeymoon budget can stretch, opt for one of the deluxe water villas set in the middle of the vast turquoise lagoon. There is identical accommodation which comes with the added luxury of a private pool, some of which are located just on the edge of the Kuramanthi sandbank. All of the accommodation boasts luxurious, modern interiors and offers stunning views over the Indian Ocean while you relax with a drink in hand and you favourite tunes playing in the background! Overwater Pool Villa, Kuramathi Likuliku Lagoon Resort, Fiji
Designed specifically for couples, this resort offers Fiji’s first and the only authentic overwater bures. Perched on the edge of the vibrant fringing reef in a natural, pristine lagoon and protected marine sanctuary, these private Bures feature traditional architecture and materials using natural elements unique to the region. Relax in one of ten these exclusive bures; laze on your deck or luxuriate in your separate bathing pavilion with Lagoon views from your grand bathtub. Enjoy your daily canapé plate with a glass of Champagne as the living aquarium dazzles beneath you. El Dorado Maroma, Riviera Maya, Mexico
Voted number four Best Resort in the World by Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards, El Dorado Maroma the overwater bungalows here are surrounded by the turquoise waters of the Riviera Maya, situated right off the pristine white sands of the one of the world’s best beaches, Maroma Beach. These elegant overwater bungalows offer breathtaking ocean views and blend comfort and luxury, with glass bottom floors, direct ladder access to the ocean, private infinity pool, spacious terrace with wooden lounge chairs, outdoor showers, relaxing hot tub for two, and much more. Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Moorea Sofitel Moorea Ia Ora Beach Resort, Moorea
Sitting at the edge of a turquoise lagoon framed by emerald-green mountains, this resort exudes French styling and Tahitian hospitality. The overwater bungalows float over the water next to a beach that is consistently rated Moorea’s most beautiful. From here you can take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the lagoon directly from your own platform or enjoy the view from your private deck or glass bottom floor. If you can tear yourself away from your bungalow, action-seeking honeymooners can experience everything from snorkelling with manta rays to exploring the pineapple fields via roadster.
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A distinguished Small Luxury Hotel of the World, Vahine Island sits on the tiny private island of Motu Tu Vahine. Sugar-white beaches, an underwater coral garden and stands of coconut groves set the scene at one of the region’s most intimate escapes. The hotel has only nine bungalows and just three of these are overwater bungalows. All three of these magical overwater bungalows feature an aquarium table that allows you to observe and feed the multitude of exotic fish which flourish in the water below. A light can also be switched on to attract fish during the night. You will live like a luxury Robinson Crusoe on this private island which offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Song Saa, Cambodia
If Cambodia is tempting you, then this private island and luxury resort could be the answer. Their one bed and two overwater villas allow you to spend hours gazing out at Koh Rong’s crystalline waters, before cooling off with a dip in the pool. Survey the skies from your sundeck or the islands’ natural reef through the portholes, laze about on your daybed, then plunge into the ocean. Eat at Vista restaurant, which offers a combination of amazing food and panoramic views of the Koh Rong. Royal Villa at Song Spa, Cambodia For help booking your honeymoon we’d recommend contacting one of the honeymoon suppliers featured in our Directory – click here Planning a wedding?
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River Rock Rivets Richmond

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Dominion Power hosts River Rock every year in Richmond, Virginia, which took place from May 17-19 this year and brought in crowds of people from diverse places. River Rock provides various water activities, including: kayaking and paddle boarding, while also offering featured events, such as: the Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs Competition, the Monster Energy BMX Team , slackline shows, bouldering, and races. Over the previous years, Midlo students have taken the event very seriously. Students and various visitors gather day and night throughout the weekend to enjoy the spectacular activities that Richmond has to offer.
Upon entry into the festival, volunteers handed out maps and fans for visitors who would spend the day having fun under the blistering sun. With a high of 90 degrees, locals and passersby hydrated at the water stations and visited the numerous tents supplied with shade and hand crafted items. Tents exhibited hand made bracelets, rings, necklaces, and other sculpted crystals. Food trucks surrounded the festival with different cultural cuisines, such as: Greek, American, Indian, and Asian foods.
Directories placed on either side of the festival showed concert times for the stage set up on the west end of the location. Bands and soloists performed for big audiences throughout the all-day event. South Hill Banks and Billy Strings played on Friday, while Justin Golden, Rebekah Rafferty and the Wakes, Glass Twin, Erin and the Wildfire, Palm Palm, Turkuaz, and Chris Robinson Brotherhood entertained on Saturday. Finally, Sunday was on blast with Full Moon Fever, The Big Paycheck, and Skydog.
The various events around Richmond for the River Rock Festival provided fun for all ages. Dominion Energy hosts the annual celebration in Richmond every spring.

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Tomato Chutney Recipe

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This step by step tomato chutney recipe will have you making chutney in no time, made with fresh tomatoes, optional chilies, vinegar and spices. It is wonderful with Indian food, or can be used as a flavorful condiment.
It’s chutney making time in the Madness kitchen, my friends. I’ve been in the mood for tomato chutney for days so I ran to the market for some heirloom tomatoes. I usually make chutneys from my own garden grown tomatoes as one way of preserving them, but alas, my garden isn’t producing tomatoes yet.
Chutneys make for flavorful condiments, and pair up nicely with many different foods and cuisines. Tomato chutney is a staple in south Indian cuisine, often paired with idli (savory rice cakes), dosas (much like crepes), fried snacks like vada and pakora, and more.
I personally enjoy spooning chutney over grilled meats for a tangy accompaniment. Tomato chutney particularly pairs well with chicken or pork. I also enjoy it spooned over grilled sausages. If you think you like ketchup, swap it out for this tomato chutney.
You’ll love it. What is Tomato Chutney?
A “chutney” is a condiment made with a mixture of vegetables and/or fruits, often mixed with vinegar, spices, and some form of sweetener, such as sugar or honey.
Chutneys originated in India, but their flavor and versatility has helped it spread around the world.
There are many different types of chutney, including mango chutney , coconut chutney, and especially tomato chutney, which focuses on fresh tomatoes.
Let’s talk about how we make tomato chutney, shall we? Tomato Chutney Ingredients – What You’ll Need to Make Spicy Tomato Chutney 1.5 pounds red tomatoes 2-3 red chilies of choice 2 cloves garlic, minced (optional) ½ cup apple cider vinegar 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro 1 teaspoon sugar ½ teaspoon salt
NOTE: There are other spices and ingredients you can include to make tomato chutney. I discuss those options below, but this is everything you need to make a simple, easy tomato chutney. How to Make Tomato Chutney
First, chop the tomatoes and peppers and add them to a a large pot or a wide pan.
Next, add the apple cider vinegar, cilantro, paprika, sugar and salt. Heat the mixture to medium heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
The ingredients will break down and thicken up into a sauce-like consistency.
Finally, remove from heat and let the chutney cool.
Enjoy your chutney! Recipe Notes
The simmering time is variable. You can simmer for shorter or longer, depending on the consistency you’d like. Simmer longer for more of a sauce. You can add a bit of water or extra vinegar to thin it out, again, depending on your preferred use. The longer you simmer, the more the ingredients will break down.
Cut the simmering time for a chunkier chutney. I like it a bit more chunky for topping sandwiches or sausages on a bun, but thinner for grilled meats. Though I enjoy it either way. Recipe Variations
Use my recipe as a base recipe for making your own easy tomato chutney. There are many other seasonings and ingredients you can use to make it your own. Some popular additions include: Onions

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5-star beachside glamping site in Croatia is the perfect antidote to camping fears

5-star beachside glamping site in Croatia is the perfect antidote to camping fears
With palatial cabins and bathrooms full of toiletries, you won’t want to leave By Lynsey Clarke 25th May 2019, 12:28 am Updated: 25th May 2019, 12:30 am WITH toads in the tent, midnight runs to the loo and crawling on all-fours into bed, camping – as I knew it – is definitely not far the faint-hearted.
But my nightmares receded as I checked in to Croatia’s first glamping site and was whisked to my palatial beachside cabin by chauffeur-driven buggy. Getty – Contributor 7 The campsite is perfectly placed in an inlet on the coastline
My pad at the 5* Arena One 99 had a double bedroom, twin attic room, bathroom full of Elemis toiletries, Illy espresso machine and a hairdryer. Could this be heaven?
Thankfully, there was not one slimy amphibian in sight.
The only local wildlife I had to contend with was a sivi cuk, or little owl, punctuating the nights with rhythmic hooting.
No pitching up or stocking up was required at this site on the Istrian Peninsula, as the 199 tents — in eight varieties, sleeping up to six — were ready to go. 7 No pitching up or stocking up was required at this site on the Istrian Peninsula
Nestled into the Pomer hillside, the cabins twinkled in the light, tumbling through a pine forest towards the Adriatic Sea where paddle-boarding and windsurfing are on offer.
With two beachside cafes and a restaurant serving up Istrian food by the bucket-load, I didn’t need to leave the campsite during my stay.
I roamed the grounds and took advantage of the spa at the top of the hill, indulging in a hot lava shell massage in a candlelit yurt and a dip in the al fresco hot tub.
It would be rude not to sunbathe when the beach was just seconds from my front door and once I found a groove on the pebbles, I was all set to sweat in the 30C heat. Getty – Contributor 7 The aquamarine sea is therapy for body and soul
Locals say the aquamarine sea is therapy for body and soul — and I was keen to see if the magic worked on me.
Teetering across the pebbles, it was a bit of an effort to get deep enough to swim . . . but once I was in, it was pure bliss.
There were no currents or ferocious waves to contend with, as the campsite is placed perfectly in an inlet on the coastline.
Locals say the sea is best experienced at dawn, so the “dawn dunk” theory became my morning wake-up ritual for the rest of the holiday. I tried my luck at paddle-boarding and to my surprise I did OK
It was the perfect way to bust a grappa hangover (Istria’s favourite after-dinner tipple).
Though it would be easy to stay on the site, the capital city of Pula is a 15-minute cab ride away and I was keen for a trip through history.
We met Branka, our guide, at the Roman amphitheatre, which is the sixth-largest in the world. In its heyday it held 23,000 spectators baying for gladiator blood.
The gruesome games ceased around the 5th Century and the amphitheatre now hosts an annual film festival — plus concerts by the likes of Tom Jones (who locals seem to love). 7 These palatial tents are equipped with a bathroom full of toiletries and even a hairdryer
Istria was passed around between the Romans, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians and Italians under Mussolini before becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1945, then Croatia in 1991.
The result of the flux? The capital is a stunning shambles of a city, with a fascinating hotchpotch of culture, cuisine and architecture.
Roman wonders such as the Arch of the Sergii jostle for space with imposing fascist buildings, while a hilltop 17th-Century Venetian castle offers panoramic views.
Back at base camp, I tried my luck at paddle-boarding and, to my surprise, did OK. Gliding through the sea, I felt free and had space to steer clear of a bevy of local kids taking a windsurfing class. Getty – Contributor 7 Roman wonders such as this amphitheatre are all around the capital city
Before returning to London, there was just time for another sightseeing stop — to the Brijuni Islands, a 3km ferry ride from the bustling village of Fazana.
Once the summer residence of Yugoslavia’s dictator Tito, the islands ooze retro splendour — his ’53 Cadillac Eldorado is still parked out front.
You can even hire the giant US gas-guzzler for the day. Tito played host to actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren as well communist leaders Fidel Castro from Cuba and Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam.
Some even gifted him exotic animals to repay the favour. Alamy 7 Pula has a fascinating hotchpotch of culture, cuisine and architecture
While our Queen Elizabeth II offered two Shetland ponies, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent over two Indian elephants, Sony and Lanka.
Since Sony’s death in 2010, Lanka has lived alone.
Our guide insists she is happy but I can’t help feeling she must feel lonely.
Back at Fazana, we indulged in a long, lazy lunch at the seafront restaurant Stara Konoba. MOST READ IN TRAVEL Furious tourist charged £521 for six pieces of squid in Greece restaurant PLANE STUPID Idiot passenger lights a CIGARETTE on a flight in front of shocked travellers WHAT’S MY NAME What to do if your kids have a different surname when travelling abroad GLOW UP Photographer captures rare glowing plankton along the coast of Wales HOLIDAY HELL Family’s £2,600 holiday ‘ruined’ after Spanish hotel becomes ‘yoga retreat’ SUN HOLIDAYS Everything you need to know about Hols from £9.50
Boards of cheese and Istrian ham, seafood platters with three types of sardines, truffle-coated pasta, local wine and glasses of mistletoe grappa were enjoyed.
Back at base, I took a well- deserved afternoon nap and had a beach-bar aperitif before the last supper of my break, at Park Plaza Histria Pula, with its stunning sea views and live music.
This sun-drenched, beachside glamping site was the perfect antidote to any fast-fading camping fears. GO: Croatia
STAYING THERE: Arena One 99 is from £33.11pppn based on two sharing a Mini Lodge. See arenaglamping.com .
GETTING THERE: Flights from Stansted are from £30 one way. See jet2.com. For early morning flights, Premier Inn at Stansted offers one night’s B&B from £49pp based on two sharing with eight days’ parking. See holidayextras.com or call 0800 1313 777.
OUT & ABOUT: For guided tours of Pula see pulainfo.hr. For a sightseeing tour of Veliki Brijuni see np-brijuni.hr . Beautiful promo video to attract tourists to Croatia

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5-star beachside glamping site in Croatia is the perfect antidote to camping fears

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WITH toads in the tent, midnight runs to the loo and crawling on all-fours into bed, camping – as I knew it – is definitely not far the faint-hearted.
But my nightmares receded as I checked in to Croatia’s first glamping site and was whisked to my palatial beachside cabin by chauffeur-driven buggy.
Getty – Contributor
The campsite is perfectly placed in an inlet on the coastline[/caption]
My pad at the 5* Arena One 99 had a double bedroom, twin attic room, bathroom full of Elemis toiletries, Illy espresso machine and a hairdryer. Could this be heaven?
Thankfully, there was not one slimy amphibian in sight.
The only local wildlife I had to contend with was a sivi cuk, or little owl, punctuating the nights with rhythmic hooting.
No pitching up or stocking up was required at this site on the Istrian Peninsula, as the 199 tents — in eight varieties, sleeping up to six — were ready to go. No pitching up or stocking up was required at this site on the Istrian Peninsula
Nestled into the Pomer hillside, the cabins twinkled in the light, tumbling through a pine forest towards the Adriatic Sea where paddle-boarding and windsurfing are on offer.
With two beachside cafes and a restaurant serving up Istrian food by the bucket-load, I didn’t need to leave the campsite during my stay.
I roamed the grounds and took advantage of the spa at the top of the hill, indulging in a hot lava shell massage in a candlelit yurt and a dip in the al fresco hot tub.
It would be rude not to sunbathe when the beach was just seconds from my front door and once I found a groove on the pebbles, I was all set to sweat in the 30C heat.
Getty – Contributor
The aquamarine sea is therapy for body and soul[/caption]
Locals say the aquamarine sea is therapy for body and soul — and I was keen to see if the magic worked on me.
Teetering across the pebbles, it was a bit of an effort to get deep enough to swim . . . but once I was in, it was pure bliss.
There were no currents or ferocious waves to contend with, as the campsite is placed perfectly in an inlet on the coastline.
Locals say the sea is best experienced at dawn, so the “dawn dunk” theory became my morning wake-up ritual for the rest of the holiday. I tried my luck at paddle-boarding and to my surprise I did OK
It was the perfect way to bust a grappa hangover (Istria’s favourite after-dinner tipple).
Though it would be easy to stay on the site, the capital city of Pula is a 15-minute cab ride away and I was keen for a trip through history.
We met Branka, our guide, at the Roman amphitheatre, which is the sixth-largest in the world. In its heyday it held 23,000 spectators baying for gladiator blood.
The gruesome games ceased around the 5th Century and the amphitheatre now hosts an annual film festival — plus concerts by the likes of Tom Jones (who locals seem to love). These palatial tents are equipped with a bathroom full of toiletries and even a hairdryer
Istria was passed around between the Romans, Venetians, Austro-Hungarians and Italians under Mussolini before becoming part of Yugoslavia in 1945, then Croatia in 1991.
The result of the flux? The capital is a stunning shambles of a city, with a fascinating hotchpotch of culture, cuisine and architecture.
Roman wonders such as the Arch of the Sergii jostle for space with imposing fascist buildings, while a hilltop 17th-Century Venetian castle offers panoramic views.
Back at base camp, I tried my luck at paddle-boarding and, to my surprise, did OK. Gliding through the sea, I felt free and had space to steer clear of a bevy of local kids taking a windsurfing class.
Getty – Contributor
Roman wonders such as this amphitheatre are all around the capital city[/caption]
Before returning to London, there was just time for another sightseeing stop — to the Brijuni Islands, a 3km ferry ride from the bustling village of Fazana.
Once the summer residence of Yugoslavia’s dictator Tito, the islands ooze retro splendour — his ’53 Cadillac Eldorado is still parked out front.
You can even hire the giant US gas-guzzler for the day. Tito played host to actresses Elizabeth Taylor and Sophia Loren as well communist leaders Fidel Castro from Cuba and Ho Chi Minh of Vietnam.
Some even gifted him exotic animals to repay the favour.
Alamy
Pula has a fascinating hotchpotch of culture, cuisine and architecture[/caption]
While our Queen Elizabeth II offered two Shetland ponies, Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi sent over two Indian elephants, Sony and Lanka.
Since Sony’s death in 2010, Lanka has lived alone.
Our guide insists she is happy but I can’t help feeling she must feel lonely.
Back at Fazana, we indulged in a long, lazy lunch at the seafront restaurant Stara Konoba. MOST READ IN TRAVEL
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Boards of cheese and Istrian ham, seafood platters with three types of sardines, truffle-coated pasta, local wine and glasses of mistletoe grappa were enjoyed.
Back at base, I took a well- deserved afternoon nap and had a beach-bar aperitif before the last supper of my break, at Park Plaza Histria Pula, with its stunning sea views and live music.
This sun-drenched, beachside glamping site was the perfect antidote to any fast-fading camping fears. GO: Croatia
STAYING THERE: Arena One 99 is from £33.11pppn based on two sharing a Mini Lodge. See arenaglamping.com.
GETTING THERE: Flights from Stansted are from £30 one way. See jet2.com. For early morning flights, Premier Inn at Stansted offers one night’s B&B from £49pp based on two sharing with eight days’ parking. See holidayextras.com or call 0800 1313 777.
OUT & ABOUT: For guided tours of Pula see pulainfo.hr. For a sightseeing tour of Veliki Brijuni see np-brijuni.hr.
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Victoria 200

Yesterday would have been Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday, her death in 1901 not withstanding. I celebrated by going to the room where she was born, then visiting two places named after her.
Kensington Palace
This former country mansion has long been home to royalty, from William and Mary in 1689 to William and Kate today. It’s therefore only right and proper that one of Britain’s defining monarchs should have been born here, precisely 200 years ago , although nobody necessarily realised at the time.
Her father had been forced to marry in his fifties to try to maintain the line of succession, following the unfortunate death of his niece in childbirth. Duty done he made haste from Germany to Kensington Palace with his heavily-pregnant wife shortly before the birth. They picked a first floor room above the kitchens, ideally sited for the ready supply of hot water, and kitted it out with green drapes, a four-poster bed and a mahogany crib. And on 24th May 1819 Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born, right here, in a bedchamber now very much on the tourist trail.
Kensington Palace is owned by Historic Royal Palaces, an independent charity which also manages Hampton Court and the Tower of London. Admission’s not cheap, with a voluntary donation and guide book given the polite hard sell at the ticket desk. Wave an Art Pass and they grit their teeth and let you in for free. Three separate period trails lead off from the Stone Hall, one to wood-panelled Stuart treasures and one to amazing Georgian finery. These were of course splendid, but enjoying the Victorian offering was obviously the focus of my day.
Two fresh Victoria-related exhibitions opened yesterday, one focusing on A Royal Childhood , the other Woman and Crown . The childhood walk-through is located in the family apartments, and includes baby portraits, dolls houses and a full sized puppet theatre (offering regular seated performances), as well as nitty gritty details of her mother’s controlling nature. This is where you’ll find the room in which she was born, complete with replica furniture and a small silver plaque.
The post-1837 exhibition is an upgrade of rooms I’ve walked round before , now with a bit more emphasis on international affairs, specifically the Indian subcontinent. Victoria made friends with deposed Sikh princes, learned to speak Urdu and wrote in Hindustani in her diary, which I hope isn’t too much of a spoiler for future ITV drama episodes. A London school have been let loose to write poetry to accompany some of the displays, providing some jolting balance lest you thought Empire and acquiring giant diamonds was all a good thing.
I confess I was expecting bicentenary day to be busier, and was pleased when it wasn’t. I thought the palace would be making more of a fuss of the date, and was intrigued when they weren’t. And I appreciated the opportunity to stand in the room where the royal umbilical was cut, 200 years on, and to reflect on the reverberating significance a single birth can bring.
Victoria Park
With the permission of the sovereign, an eponymous park was laid out across East End fields the 1840s. Generations have enjoyed its spacious acres… just not so many at the moment because a significant portion of the park is sealed off. This weekend and next see a takeover by the All Points East Festival , which is the only event left now that Field Day and Lovebox have skedaddled. A very long green fence has been erected with gates for intermittent access, and a village of music stages, food tents and entertainment foci erected within. And so, late on Friday afternoon, the revellers came.
Average age thirty-something, but with glittery teenagers and paunchy pre-retirees amongst them, the parade trooping up Grove Road stood out somewhat from the local demographic. Some clutched their last cheap drinks for several hours, others tottered on inadvisable heels. I’d like to have been joining them, having entered the Tower Hamlets’ prize draw for a handful of daily tickets, and even had my May 24th choices sorted (Kate Tempest, Spiritualized, Hot Chip, Chemical Brothers), but unsurprisingly wasn’t successful. Instead I got to listen to their distant thud from home throughout the evening, and smirked slightly when an unforecast heavy downpour drenched the lot of them.
Market Hall Victoria
This Victoria namesake is much younger, a mere six months, and is located in the former Pacha nightclub adjacent to Victoria bus station. It’s one of those food halls that send Time Out into paroxysms of joy, essentially a streetfood lineup moved indoors and made permanent. The idea is that mates can turn up together and go off separately to pick their cuisine of choice, then return to sit at a tiny table before disposing of their trays and moving on elsewhere. In this respect it’s exactly the same as the food court at a provincial shopping mall in the 1990s except more cramped, and almost all the dishes are foreign-sourced.
Don’t expect pie and two veg. Instead plump for roti, tacos, udon, dim sum or pastrami, perhaps with a side of beef curry chips topped with salty satay peanuts. Admittedly one of the current eleven takeaway counters does specialise in fish and chips, but at £10.5 per portion they saw you coming. Market Hall Victoria is of course wildly popular, so expect to have to weave your way awkwardly through brunchers, lunchers or post-work diners with noodles in one hand and prosecco in the other. If you find the right swing doors at the back of the first floor you can ascend to the roof terrace for further seating and an outdoor bar, notionally also the perfect vantage point for bus spotting down below. Not that the clientele would be in any way interested, you understand, but the set-up at Market Hall Victoria is very much the direction of travel.

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Spring 2019 Cookbook Picks

by Aimee on May 23, 2019 • 2 Comments Gift Guides Spring 2019 Cookbook Picks
The Spring 2019 cookbook lineup has been so incredibly inspiring, it’s been challenging to pick my favourites.
I must have bookmarked at least twenty recipes to share with you, alas, other work commitments took precedence over recipe blogging. While my committments are exciting and fulfilling (hey, I’m speaking at Women Deliver 2019 !) sometimes I wish I could cook, bake and write seven days a week.
You’re just going to have to discover these cookbooks for yourself. Pull up a chair at the Prairie Table or take a trip to the Wildness of Newfoundland. Cook up a modern lunch and remember that fibre is important. You’ll find inspiration aplenty on this list. Spring 2019 Cookbook Picks Wildness: An Ode to Newfoundland and Labrador by Jeremy Charles
Crack the cover of this beautifully crafted cookbook and prepare to be transported to one of my favourite remote corners of Canada. With recipes like Blueberry Oat Cake, and Vinegar Pie with Sagamite Crust, Jeremy pays tribute to these heritage recipes – and ingredients – yet elevates them into something entirely new and modern. A talented writer, he also includes a story with each recipe and the result is quite an evocative journey.
When in Newfoundland a few years ago, we lunched at The Merchant Tavern, and Jeremy came over, introduced himself and even offered to take us fishing. Such a generous man, as well as a talented chef — I think it’s fitting that he should be the one to shine a spotlight on the fare of this rugged, yet gentle East Coast province. Indian-ish by Priya Krishna
To say Priya’s first cookbook is full of vivacious personality is an understatement. Indian-ish: Recipes and Antics from a Modern American Family is a well-written and easy to understand cookbook that is just plain fun . I was sold on the book after reading the FAQ’s and by the time I reached the Spice and Lentil Guide, it was in my shopping cart.
My kids love lentils but I needed new inspiration. Bookmarked to make is Caramelized Onion Dal and paired with it, Garlic-Ginger Chicken with Cilantro and Mint. The Prairie Table by Karlynn Johnston
The Prairie Table – Suppers, Potlucks & Socials: Crowd-Pleasing Recipes to Bring People Together is the latest book from Karlynn Johnston, bestselling author of Flapper Pie and a Blue Prairie Sky . I’m loving this whimsical title just as much as the first.
Mateo and I hit the kitchen to bake up a batch of Grandma Ellen’s Cold Picnic Barbecue Fried Chicken – a dynamite recipe which is surprisingly easy! This fried chicken will be making an appearance in my picnic baskets this summer for sure . And just as soon as I can get my hands on some local strawberries, I’ll be making a batch of Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz to bring along, too. French Appetizers by Marie Asselin
If there is any kitchen I love to drop by for an afternoon apéro it would be Marie’s. I adore finger foods and this book offers seventy-five fresh and modern recipes for the ultimate happy hour. Beautifully photographed and designed, this little gem looks beautiful on the coffee table, too. Secrets from my Vietnamese Kitchen by Kim Thuy
There’s nothing I love more than a cookbook with plenty of story interwoven throughout the recipes. Montrealer Kim delivers story, memoir and more in Secrets from My Vietnamese Kitchen: Simple Recipes from My Many Mothers . Vietnamese-inspired cuisine is one of my kids’ favourites but I seldom make it at home. Until now! From Lemongrass Tofu Cubes (y m) with rice noodles to Vietnamese Tapioca and Banana for dessert, I’ve finally got the inspiration I needed. Desserts/Baking Icing on the Cake by Tessa Huff
Here’s an artist who has managed to successfully bridge the gap between Instagram and the publishing world – twice! Icing on the Cake: Baking and Decorating Simple, Stunning Desserts at Home is an exciting expansion to Tessa’s stunning Insta feed – featuring step-by-step tutorials and unique decorating techniques.
I love the chapter on Rustic Bakes and Cakes and I can see the Rosy Rhubarb Strawberry Slab Pie becoming my go-to recipe for an upcoming Canada Day celebration. Also, my dad will be here with me for Father’s Day next month and I’m trying to decide on the perfect cake – or pie – for the occasion! I love having a reason to take on an epic baking project. Bake the Seasons by Marcella DiLonardo
Marcella’s beautiful book Bake the Seasons: Sweet and Savoury Dishes to Enjoy Throughout the Year feels like an instant classic. It’s full of recipes that are sure to become family favourited for generations such as Baked Apple Cider Doughnuts and Cherry Almond Dutch Baby. We loved the Salted Chocolate Chunk Cookies, made with a touch of buckwheat flour and both milk and dark chocolate. Family Kitchen Love and Lemons Every Day by Jeanine Donofrio
I may be biased because Jeanine and I share the same editor at Penguin Random House, but gosh, this woman and her team make beautiful cookbooks. I loved the first Love & Lemons cookbook, but Love and Lemons Every Day: More than 100 Bright, Plant-Forward Recipes for Every Meal surpasses even that. This is my go-to book for the summer season ahead.
The Vegan Date Brownies with raspberries absolutely killed at a recent book party evening with a few girlfriends. And I’m made her chimichuri and am adding it it to pretty much everything savoury. Bookmarked to make very soon: Versatile Vegetable Lentil Soup. Little Green Kitchen by David Frenkiel and Luise Vindahl
Danish & Swedish cookbook authors David & Luise get feeding a family: the messy bits, the magic…the work. Their vibrant new book is a refreshing change from most family-focused cookbooks. It’s completely vegetarian, for starters. Around here we’re always looking for more meatless options that the whole family enjoys – and Little Green Kitchen offers inspiration aplenty. From Dino Burgers (with spinach and pea patties) to Blueberry and Avocado Creamsicles – the kids and I are ALL IN.
Peace, Love & Fibre by Mairlyn Smith
Our beloved ‘Queen of Fibre’ is Canadian culinary royalty and her latest book is just so much fun! It’s tempting to stare at the inviting cover all day long, but as soon as you crack open this book you’ll be pulled in by Mairlyn’s great humour, approachable recipes and helpful tips (like how to get an A+ on your colonoscopy…). Spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies are made with whole grain barley flour and her hearty Lentil & Wheat Berry Salad is also full of strawberries, mint and feta cheese. Yes please. The Food in Jars Kitchen by Marisa McClellan
The Food in Jars Kitchen: 140 Ways to Cook, Bake, Plate, and Share Your Homemade Pantry is the latest book from beloved author (and former Simple Bites contributor) Marisa of Food in Jars .
Marmalade and Mixed Nut Granola is nothing short of genius (one of many genius recipe creations) and the Preserved Lemon Hummus is at the top of my list. I can’t wait to preserve produce all summer long so I can cook from Marisa’s book all winter long. Modern Lunch by Allison Day
Brimming with inspiration and super smart recipes, Modern Lunch is an absolutely beautiful work. Each recipe in this cookbook feels globally inspired and yet lovingly curated for the home cook. One of my top books of the year so far.
This post contains affiliate links to Amazon in order to help support this website. About Aimee
Cooking has always been Aimée’s preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites . Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars – Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites , was published in February 2015. Subscribe For Free!
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Ever Tried an Indian Steakhouse During Ramadan?

Ever Tried an Indian Steakhouse During Ramadan? Ever Tried an Indian Steakhouse During Ramadan? By Friday, 24 May 2019 This restaurant’s iftar presents Indian dishes with a huge twist paying tribute to the steakhouse tradition
It’s the last week of Ramadan and this is your week to try out some fabulous iftars that you may have missed. Now, when you talk of an Iftar meal, the general impression is that of Arabic fare with the usual dishes on display – lots of meat, a few grills, leafy salads and the like. Or it might be a multi-cuisine spread – a bit of Italian, Japanese, Indian, Arabic and so on. However, this year it looks like Indian restaurants in Dubai have taken on the challenge of preparing an iftar with a twist.
Tresind’s Himanshu Saini and his team have brought an altogether new concept. Yes, yet another new concept by the talented chef! This time it’s all about the Indian steakhouse. Now, it might sound a bit complicated but frankly, we are still trying to figure out where the steak house fits into it. The closest it came was when we were presented with a selection of knives for the main courses after a delightful beginning (more on that later). This was followed by a meat-board with a few meat dishes (beef tikki, tandoori lamb chop, chicken kebab ) all deliciously grilled to perfection. Interesting concept, but frankly, unnecessary.
But leave the drama aside for a moment and focus on the food. So as we said, the beginning was probably the best part of the meal – creative, unique and one of a kind. The date candy with popping sugar being an example. Imagine, dates wrapped in an edible foil! The best was Crispy okra served in a yoghurt dip (an important part of an Iftar). Crunchy, perfectly spiced with the cooling delicious yoghurt to temper it. Simply yumm. You can go to this iftar for this dish alone.
Then came the aforementioned meat board of which, the beef tikki was the best. Succulent and flavorful. Among the mains (yes, the mains came next!), the bamboo biryani was delicious but the Nihari (though served attractively with the server coming to your table with a claypot full of curry) fell a bit short of expectations. The meat was soft but not melt-in-mouth, sliding off the bone soft. Of course, blame it on our very high expectations too!
Amidst all the meat-y affair, mention must be made of the vegetarian fare served. An entirely different Vegetarian menu is available as well for the iftar. But take our word, it falls way behind the non-vegetarian delicacies. Meat wins hands down!
The final leg of the steakhouse journey at Tresind was obviously the desserts – deconstructed baklawa and textures of mango. Both total winners, especially the fluffy, creamy and soothing mango. It’s a complete meal of course and there is a LOT of food, each dish crafted with care and a special touch. But it’s Ramadan and isn’t treating yourself to something special after a day of fasting the best way to celebrate the joy of flavours?
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Quote: from: JSRAW on Today at 05:32:45 AM Quote: from: BitcoinNewsMagazine on Today at 12:21:23 AM I have had some great vegetarian Indian dishes … no way Indian is vegan though … but so delicious I could learn to live without meat with great Indian takeaway nearby.
India is heaven for Vegans and Vegetarians without any doubt. majority of Indians eat at least some sort of meat dishes too but Vegans and Vegetarian are in very good numbers as well.
Main Vegans and Vegetarians come from Jain, Brahmin Families. My GF is Muslim, she and half of her family are Vegetarian too. ( which is kind of depressing for me because I love Mughlai food)
Quote: from: sirazimuth on Today at 12:26:38 AM I love Indian food too… vegan or not.
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Go slow with Spicy food if you don’t want to disturb your belly. that’s a trick.
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Westin Sunday Market – A Brunch To Behold At Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Mumbai Garden City

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Seasonal Tastes, located on level 18 at The Westin Mumbai Garden City hosts the city’s most eclectic Sunday brunch with a city view you would not want to miss. Leaving no ingredient unturned, gear up for the ultimate brunch filled with engaging and exciting elements to offer guests an exuberant dining experience. The restaurant also offers a giant play area for the kids, along with delectable kids special buffet – specially curated, keeping in mind the tastes and preferences of the kids.
Indulge in an afternoon of fun, from live music and live food counters, to “action cooking counters” at Eighteen the Lounge. The menu will feature delicious and enticing cuisines from across the globe like – Indian, Continental and Asian (Thai and Chinese) and a selection of desserts, to bring a grand Sunday feast to a fitting finale.
Revel in a delightful brunch experience with friends & family at Seasonal Tastes, Level 18 – The Westin Mumbai Garden City. Date: Every Sunday Venue: Seasonal Tastes, Level 18 – The Westin Mumbai Garden City Time: 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm Price: INR 2950+ taxes per person (Alcoholic brunch) and INR 2450+ taxes per person (Non-Alcoholic brunch) Reservation Contact: +91 22 6736 1801

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