Hotel Review: Ramada Suites KLCC

Hotel Review: Ramada Suites KLCC

A staycation is the perfect way to to be a tourist in your own city. Often, we find ourselves more adventurous when we are on holiday than when going about our day to day lives.
Located in the heart of KL city, Ramada Suites KLCC is conveniently situated within walking distance from Jalan Alor, Changkat Bukit Bintang and Bukit Bintang area, giving guests the opportunity to experience the vibrant KL nightlife, food, shopping and entertainment scene.
This 4-star hotel boasts 126 well-appointed guest rooms, from Studio Executive King or Twin (42 sqm) to a more spacious 2-bedroom Executive . We stayed in the latter and it was ideal for our family of four as it came with a master bedroom with a king-sized bed and two twin beds in the second bedroom. The unit comes with a separate dining area, living room, compact bathroom with rain shower, dryer and washing machine and a balcony (which can be unlocked at request). The large kitchenette is equipped with utilities such as fridge, microwave and toaster as well as a hob which can be used by long-term guests for light cooking. There is a LCD TV in the living room as well as in the master bedroom and complimentary Wifi throughout the hotel for guests.
Hotel lobby
Breakfast is served at Hugo’s KL, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant. The breakfast buffet spread includes cereal, pastries, French toast/pancakes, noodles, salad, and an egg counter. Try the omelette – it’s good!
Hugo’s KL also serves lunch and dinner, with a fantastic menu showcasing a variety of Malaysian, Asian, tapas, and Western cuisine as well as value-for-money Indian meals and set lunches. We highly recommend the Beef sliders, Fried calamari, Wok-friend Penang char koay teow and pizzas. Read our full review here .
The infinity swimming pool (1.2m depth) and the fitness centre is located on Level 9 of the hotel, with a view of the KL Tower. There are cabanas and lounge chairs for guests wanting to chill by the pool. Food and drinks are also available from the pool side bar, Nio Bar.
Take the opportunity to explore the locality, we certainly did and had a great time doing so. It was great being able to wake up in the morning, have breakfast, walk out of the hotel and explore the streets of KL. We particularly enjoyed hunting down street art along Jalan Alor and then returning to the hotel for a cold dip in the pool.
Check-in time 3pm; check-out time 12pm.
Location: Ramada Suites KLCC, 1 Lorong Ceylon, Bukit Ceylon, Kuala Lumpur (Parking in hotel basement or open air car park next to the hotel).
Tel: 03-2386 9213
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The 6 best hotel buffets in KL to feast like a king

Martin Teo Deputy Editor, KL Malaysia has so much to offer when it comes to dining . Even our daily greetings begin with “Have you eaten?” or “Are you hungry?” instead of the more formal “How are you?” The amazing food in Malaysia stems from our multicultural heritage and background; resulting in a plethora of cuisines in multitudinous flavours and complexities. What we are enjoying today is what makes our country uniquely a gastronomic destination for visitors from all over the world. Even hotels in Kuala Lumpur don’t want to miss the opportunity to showcase what their chefs have to offer – authentic Malaysian cuisine , locally sourced ingredients and new concepts . And the best way to sample everything at one go is through indulgent hotel buffets where everything you could possibly think of is served in abundance. Think of it as a grand show set in an open kitchen where chefs pull out all possible tricks to cook for hundreds. Head over to the cold seafood counter to get your fair share of yabbies and freshly shucked oysters , or order local favourites like char koay teow and satay from the live kitchens. We’ve listed down some of the best hotel buffets in KL to indulge to your heart’s content any time of the day – brunch, lunch and even dinner. View on Map 1. Authentic Malaysian Flavours at JP Teres
JP Teres at Grand Hyatt Kuala Lupur is an ideal restaurant for those looking for a buffet that serves up iconic Malaysian dishes. Vibrant show kitchens allow diners to witness the preparation of local gourmet delights while enjoying a plethora of tantalising local selections of Malay, Chinese and Indian flavours. Savour sumptuous local cuisine from roti canai, satay, curry laksa, nasi lemak, fish head curry, ais kacang, teh tarik and many more. Choose to dine indoors or outdoors in a space that sits up to 250 guests – JP Teres has two contemporary private dining rooms too.
Lunch: RM94 nett (Adult) / RM47 (Child) JP Teres, Grand Hyatt KL Address 12, Jalan Pinang, Kuala Lumpur, 50450 Kuala Lumpur Website

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New Indian Restaurant Opened In Brampton Mall

New Indian Restaurant Opened In Brampton Mall by Damian Ali Tweet
There is no shortage of different cuisine to dine in on at Bramalea City Centre, ranging from Thai to Indian.
Speaking of Indian, a new fast-service restaurant just opened up in the shopping mall, in the north food court.
Rajdhani Express, an extension of Rajdhani Sweets & Restaurant, specializes in vegetarian Indian food.
Customers can find dishes such as vegetarian biryani and biryani, alongside a variety of naan.
This is the second Rajdhani Express to open its doors for business, the other being in Shopper’s World.
The parent restaurant currently has three locations, two in Brampton (Torbram and Bovaird) and one in Etobicoke.
More information on Rajdhani can be found on the site .
Are you excited for this newest opening in Bramalea, Brampton?
Cover photo courtesy of Rajdhani Sweets & Restaurant Facebook page. Trending

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7 chefs who are making dining fun

Food & Drink 7 chefs who are making dining fun From bringing French cuisine to our shores to making the humble pumpkin cool, these chefs are pushing boundaries, and themselves Published: Feb 28, 2019 | 18:29:18 IST L-R: O Pedro’s Husain Shahzad, Pumpkin Tales’ Chindi V, Toast & Tonic’s Chirag Makwana
There are a few new folks on the block that you need to take notice of. While recognised names such as The Bombay Canteen’s Thomas Zacharias Bastian and One Street’s Kelvin Cheung , SodaBottleOpenerWala’s Anahita Dhondy and Olive Bar & Kitchen’s Rishim Sachdeva were recognised and celebrated at Top Restaurant Awards 2018, there is a new crop of chefs who are coming into their own. Here the folks you need to put onto your radar.
Chirag Makwana, Toast and Tonic, Bengaluru For blending the local with the inventive Chirag Makwana from Toast & Tonic
Over the course of his 10-year culinary journey, Makwana studied at the prestigious Canadian Food and Wine Institute in Niagara and worked in several international kitchens before returning to India to work at the Olive Group. As part of the team that launched Toast & Tonic in both Bengaluru and Mumbai—Makwana who has been working with chef Manu Chandra—says that he has learned how to, “keep the food simple, but at the same time having the flavours speak for themselves. I focus on taste first, and then how to plate dishes appealingly.” Both Makwana and Chandra focus on in-house ingredients as much as possible—from the smoked Bandel and gin mustard hollandaise, to the breads, sauces, garnishes, sausages and meats. With the Garden City outlet placing at #10 on the Top Restaurant Awards 2018 list, there’s no doubt Makwana’s focus on texture, comforting flavours and local ingredients has helped.
Chindi Varadarajulu, Pumpkin Tales, Chennai For making kaddu cool Chindi V from Pumpkin Tales
Having moved to from Singapore to Canada, and then finally returning to India, it’s no surprise that at Pumpkin Tales, Varadarajulu combines the rigour of sourcing quality ingredients with her love of cooking. A chance decision to lead culinary tours in India is what opened her eyes to, “so many opportunities in the food scene.” With the opening of Pumpkin Tales in Chennai last year, she had the freedom to cook the food she wanted. Her philosophy of local ingredients and family recipes have been embraced by the city. She believes the humble pumpkin is the most versatile vegetable and it lends itself to dishes across cultures. The pumpkin pie smoothie and the pumpkin soup are but two examples of this.
Dhruv Oberoi, Olive Bar & Kitchen, New Delhi For minimising waste in the kitchen Dhruvi Oberoi, Olive Bar & Kitchen, New Delhi
From Mohali to Mehrauli, chef Dhruv Oberoi has cooked up an array of cuisines. Oberoi says, “I came to Delhi and joined Olive as a management trainee,” before working at the erstwhile Ai (now Guppy) for five years. A stint in Spain saw him cook under elBulli’s Ferran Adrià, but it’s his shift towards spotlighting local ingredients, an elaborate tasting menu and his zero waste initiatives that have placed Olive Qutub at #24 on the Top Restaurants Awards 2018 list. For Oberoi, experimentation is key when it comes to minimising kitchen waste—whether that is making vegetarian jus out of roasted potato peels or flavoured vinegars from the stalks of vegetables that are often discarded.
Alexis Gielbaum, Slink & Bardot, Mumbai For making French cuisine fun and accessible Alexis Gielbaum from Slink & Bardot
Since opening Slink & Bardot in Mumbai in 2017, the duo of Nick Harrison and Alexis Gielbaum have injected some much needed fun into Worli’s moribund dining scene. Gielbaum says, “French food in India needs to be clever,” to overcome the foreign cooking techniques and ingredients that might not appeal to everyone. Gielbaum, who’s worked in kitchens in Japan, France and even on board the Orient Express explains, “we didn’t really plan anything, but just followed the momentum. The one thing we do, is improve the menu, always.” With their place at #9 on the Top Restaurants Awards 2018 list, it seems like Gielbaum has succeeded.
Hussain Shahzad, O Pedro, Mumbai For innovative Goan cuisine Hussain Shahzad from O Pedro
“We work a lot with flavours as opposed to recipes,” says Shahzad, the executive chef at O Pedro, which made its debut at #13 on the Top Restaurant Awards 2018 list. Known for serving progressive Goan fare, O Pedro’s Shahzad innovates with dishes such as ceviche alongside rechado on the menu. Taking inspiration from Goa, but also Portugal, Shahzad spent time working his way up from taverns to Michelin-starred restaurants in the country, to imbibe the ingredients and techniques that were exchanged when Goa was a Portuguese territory. Apart from the flavours and recipes being well-researched, O Pedro also prides itself on being laidback and easy-going, like the state that provides the inspiration for the food on offer.
Zhang Hongsong, The China Kitchen, Hyatt Regency Delhi For cultivating an Indian palate for regional Chinese cuisine Zhang Hongsong from The China Kitchen
Chef Hongsong is stirring things up by taking dishes that point to his childhood in the Tongzhou district of the Chinese capital and updating them to appeal to diners in New Delhi. While The China Kitchen is something of a capital institution—it ranked #18 on the Top 50 list—chef Hongsong is now busy with a new project. In late December, the restaurant launched a standalone outpost—TCK By The China Kitchen—in Gurugram’s bustling Cyberhub. Chef Zhang Hongsong says they are focussing on creating “the vibe of an upscale Chinese restaurant in Beijing with an immersive, experiential dining experience.” Citing the rise of seasonality and clean eating, Hongsong tells us that the menu consists of a variety of authentic yet wholesome salads such as the hugely popular warm mushroom salad or Beijing-style chilled cucumber salad.
Hitesh Rai, Koji, Conrad Pune For incorporating unusual ingredients into the menu Hitesh Rai from Koji
For diners at Koji, what chef Hitesh Rai hopes to do is ensure the flavours are authentic to South east Asia, while still using out-of-the-box ingredients.“Initially it was a challenge getting a few ingredients in,” but now he’s working with suppliers, friends from culinary school and farmers to source the freshest produce. What’s also invigorating about Koji though is its use of non-traditional ingredients for Asian cuisine such as kataifi—an Arabic noodle—for better texture in one of his vegetarian dumplings, and dim sum made with puff pastry. By innovating with ingredients and using fresh produce, Koji has carved a niche for itself in Pune’s fine-dining scene. No wonder the restaurant placed at #34 on the Top Restaurants Awards 2018 list.

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What’s on in Brisbane: Things to do this weekend in QLD

media_camera Check out the Holi Festival of Colours at Rocks Riverside Park this weekend. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson QLD News What’s on in Brisbane this weekend Staff Writer, The Courier-Mail March 1, 2019 2:17am
With Oscar-winning movies at the outdoor cinema, new night markets and plenty of action on the live stage, there’s a lot to enjoy this weekend
FRIDAY Sunset Cinema The outdoor cinema returns to Mt Coot-tha Botanical Gardens. The program for the first week is Bohemian Rhapsody (M, Friday) and Mary Queen of Scots (MA15+ Saturday).
Details : 152 Mt Coot-tha Rd, from February 28. Adult $20, concession $17 and child $13
sunsetcinema.com.au
Brisbane Night Market These new Friday night markets are undercover and have more than 40 street-food vendors, and a rotating calendar of live entertainment across multiple stages, a licensed area plus stalls selling artisan gifts. There is also a dedicated kids’ zone.
Details : Brisbane MarketPlace, Rocklea, 4-10pm, $2.50 entry
brisbanemarketplace.com.au
Movie in the Park See an outdoor screening of Ant-Man and the Wasp (PG13). As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside the Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Details : The Circle, Robelle Domain, Springfield Central, from 7pm, free
ipswich.qld.gov.au
BrisAsia Symposium It’s a diverse line-up for the all-day program of interactive panel discussions and forums examining topics from ancient philosophy to cultural diplomacy, as well as artistic performances and great food and conversations. There’s celebrity cook Adam Liaw,
Carnatic (classical music of southern India) vocalist Charulatha Mani, dance artist Sandi Woo and theatre director Ling-Hsueh Tang. The symposium closes with a special Green Jam performance on the Melbourne Street Green from 5.30pm with electronic artist LÂLKA, QUBE Effect 2018 finalists Salmon & The Peaches and KiKi-Tsugaru from Japan.
Details : Cremorne Theatre, QPAC, 10am-5pm, $45
qpac.com.au
Single Asian Female
media_camera Brisbane playwright Michelle Law will appear on stage at La Boite
Set in a Sunshine Coast Chinese restaurant, Single Asian Female returns to La Boite after a sell-out season in Sydney last year. It follows the story of the Wong family as they deal with some of life’s big questions and explore what it means to be an Asian woman in Australia.
Details : La Boite’s Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove, also on Saturday, runs until Mar 9, from $35
laboite.com.au
SATURDAY Luka Bloom For 40 years, Luka Bloom has been making records and travelling the world singing his songs. Since 1992, Luka has toured Australia 12 times and this time will be performing songs from his 23rd album Refuge.
Details : The Princess Theatre, 8 Annerley Rd, South Brisbane, $69.90
lukabloom.com
The Day My Bum Went Psycho From award-winning author Andy Griffiths’ story about a boy and his runaway bum is this world premiere adapted by author Dave Lowe exclusively for Brisbane Arts Theatre.
Details : Brisbane Arts Theatre, 210 Petrie Terrace, Petrie Terrace, Saturdays 2pm and Sundays 2pm (selected weekends), until Mar 9, $20.
artstheatre.com.au
BrisStyle Destash This market is where crafty people get together to buy and sell their stash of supplies that are taking over their workshops so they can make room for more. Expect to find fabrics, mannequins, buttons, yarn, beading supplies, jewellery findings, knitting and crochet items, patterns and equipment, sewing supplies, vintage clothing, seconds and samples.
Details : St Luke’s Ekibin Anglican Church, 193 Ekibin Rd East, Tarragindi, 9am-2pm, free entry
brisstyle.com.au
Wimpy Chimpy Brain Competition The Brisbane Comedy Festival isn’t just for grown-ups. This is a very silly game show that is for children aged eight years and over. It includes animations, video games, songs and an extremely complex maze.
Details : Brisbane Powerhouse, also on Sunday, from $15
brisbanepowerhouse.org
Movie in the Park BYO chair or picnic blanket and see a screening of Incredibles 2 (PG). The story begins where the original 2004 classic ended, with the Parr family still living on the wrong side of the law while saving the day as covert costumed crime fighters. Bardon Lions famous sausage sizzle will also be available on the night to buy.
Details : Gregory Park, 128 Baroona Rd, Milton, from 6pm, free
brisbane.qld.gov.au
Holi Festival of Colours
media_camera Check out the Holi Festival of Colours at Rocks Riverside Park this weekend. Picture: AAP/ Ric Frearson
Take part in co-ordinated colour throwing, sample traditional Indian cuisine, and see Bollywood dance battles and multicultural performances.
Details : Rocks Riverside Park, Seventeen Miles Rocks, from noon, free.
brisbane.qld.gov.au
Movies in the Park Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past in Mamma Mia Here We Go Again. BYO folding chair, rug or cushion and settle in for a great evening’s entertainment. Food available for purchase from 4pm.
Details : Manly Harbour Village, free
manlyharbourvillage.com
Adam Brand
media_camera Catch Adam Brand at Norths Leagues and Services Club this weekend.
Adam Brand has been performing for two decades and to celebrate he has a new single, Milestones, new album and a tour. He promises to play his hits from the past 20 years including Dirt Track Cowboys, Grandpa’s Piano, Good Friends, The Anzac, New England Highway, Get Loud and Hell of a Ride.
Details : Norths Leagues and Services Club, 1347 Anzac Pde, Kallangur, $38-$45
northsleagues.com.au
SUNDAY On Broadway On Broadway is Brisbane City Pops Orchestra’s first concert of the year. Returning by popular demand are soprano Leslie Martin-Nightingale and tenor Gregory Moore in a program featuring favourite melodies from musicals such as Fiddler on the Roof, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story, Les Miserables and many more. Entry includes wine and cheese after the concert.
Details : Schonell Theatre, University of Queensland, 2pm. The concert will be repeated at the Redcliffe Entertainment Centre, next Saturday.
Adult $30, concession $26. Tickets available at the door
bcpo.org.au
Ralph McTell Known for his virtuoso guitar style, English songwriter Ralph McTell is touring to promote his new album Hill of Beans, which is the musician’s first studio release in nine years. It is also his third collaboration with legendary American producer Tony Visconti, who has worked with an array of musicians including David Bowie, Elaine Paige and Adam Ant.
Details : Old Museum, Bowen Hills, $59
oldmuseum.org
ALL WEEKEND 9th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art Step inside Shilpa Gupta’s immersive installation featuring over 100 suspended microphones transmitting voices of dictators, activists and revolutionaries alike, and see Anne Noble’s working beehive along with hundreds more artworks.On Sunday, join Reuben Keehan, curator, Asian & Pacific Art, QAGOMA for insights into the work of APT9 artists from China and Japan.
Details : Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art, until April 28, free
qagoma.qld.gov.au
Playing with Light This new interactive exhibition explores the world of light in more than 20 interactive exhibits. Young gallery-goers can try sneaking past laser light security beams, step inside a giant kaleidoscope, freeze their shadow on the wall and build a telescope.
Details : Ipswich Art Gallery, d’Arcy Doyle Place (Nicholas St), 10am-5pm, until April 28, $5, or $15 family, free for under two-year-olds
ipswichartgallery.qld.gov.au
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Answering your questions regarding cities .. India is a huge country with 100s of cities some are developed some are not but things are getting better fast.Agreed the cities are not the cleanest but also some of the most beautiful places of the world are in India .The most hospitable people in the world are Indians IMO.
About the curry well it is not even 5 % of what India has to offer in terms of food.nothing beats Indian cuisine,you will be spoilt for choices in terms of food options there is so much variety and no better place than Goa to try it all.

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Dubai Has it All: Visit One of the World’s Most Popular Destinations

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Already the fourth most popular tourist destination in the world, Dubai is gearing up to host the World Expo in 2020. Its skyline reaches to the heavens with its bold architecture and audacious style. The United Arab Emirates’ largest city is a mashup of its Bedouin heritage and an ultra-modern style all its own. Beautiful view of the skyscrapers of Dubai Marina on the water canal with pedestrian walkways. Photo courtesy Adobe Stock Photos
Dubai may be known for its glittering skyscrapers, but the city also has a fascinating history. From a humble fishing village to a global metropolis that is home to more than 20 nationalities, Dubai has come a long way. I invite you to come along as I visit Dubai . Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world
I started my visit to Dubai by being transported like a rocket to the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa . At over 828 meters (2,716.5 feet) and 160 stories, this architectural masterpiece needs no introduction and is currently the tallest building in the world. It is twice the size of the Empire State Building and the amount of reinforced steel used to construct the tower would, if laid end to end, extend over a quarter of the way around the world! Author Sharon Kurtz posing in the window frame on the 124th-floor observation deck of the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building, with the view of the dancing fountains at the base of the building.
The “At the Top” ticket gets you access to the lower observation deck on the 124th floor with panoramic views of the city and desert beyond. The elevator up was incredibly fast, smooth and quiet, but my ears started popping midway to the top. Dubai Indoor Aquarium and Underwater Zoo
The Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo is one of the most captivating attractions when you visit Dubai, offering a memorable journey into ocean life. Located within the Dubai Mall (the largest mall in the world)—with a capacity to hold 10 million liters of water—Dubai Aquarium is one of the largest suspended aquariums in the world. It illuminates the marvels of the ocean floor, showcasing one of the most diverse collections of aquatic life. Entering the Dubai Aquarium through the 48-meter tunnel is an otherworldly experience with sharks, rays and sea life over and around you. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Strolling through the 48-meter aquarium tunnel gives you fantastic 270-degree views of the gigantic aquarium. It immerses you in an ocean of sharks, rays and a host of other fish varieties and aquatic life. It is mesmerizing and otherworldly. Located just above the aquarium, the underwater zoo brings visitors up close with penguins, piranhas, crabs, sea horses, jellyfish, and other unique creatures. Dubai Miracle Garden
A world of flower wonder awaits in the Dubai Miracle Garden . The Miracle Garden is the world’s largest natural flower garden featuring more than 50 million flowers and 250 million plants—another world’s record. The Miracle Garden in Dubai was launched in 2013 and holds the record as the world’s largest natural flower garden. It features more than 50 million flowers and 250 million plants. Photo courtesy of The Dubai Miracle Garden
You can immerse yourself in identifiable structures completely covered with flowers in many different exhibits and areas of the gardens. You will discover topiary Disney characters and a giant flower-covered teddy bear. Be sure to check out the Emirati Airbus A380 covered in flowers—designated as the biggest flower structure in the world by Guinness World Records. All of this in an area that was once parched desert. The Miracle Garden is a fantastic wonderland to bring the family and let the kids loose to play and run around, with shade trees and areas for the adults to sit and relax. The Dubai Miracle Garden features more than 250 million plants including giant topiary shapes of Disney characters, teddy bears and elephants. Photo by Sharon Kurtz Dubai Creek and the Historic Souks
I discovered how traditional merges with modern living as I meandered the alleyways of Dubai’s bustling souks. What is a souk, you may ask? Also known as an Arab marketplace or bazaar, you can find almost anything your heart desires in one of the stalls within the souk. Wandering through the covered open souks in historic Old Dubai along the Dubai Creek. Photo by Wander With Nada
The Textile Souk is located in the Bur Dubai side of the Deira Creek. If you are on the hunt for exotic fabrics, definitely visit this covered market and be amazed by the bursts of color from all the fabrics. Pashima scarves and Arabian slippers in the Textile Souk. Photo courtesy Adobe Stock Photos
One can weave through the covered walkways and feel the beauty of the silk, cashmere, and wool. Popular items are the bright pashmina-shawls and traditional brightly colored Arabian slippers. For the men, this large souk has leather wallets and belts in all sorts and colors. It’s fun to hear the good-natured calls from vendors trying to entice you to their stalls. Those selling clothes seemed to excel at persuasion; friendly and persistent and always with a smile even if you don’t buy anything. Aside from the textiles, souvenir items are also here, don’t forget to haggle for your purchases, that’s half the fun! Abra Boat Ride on Dubai Creek
The best way to cross Dubai Creek is to glide across the waters on an Abra water taxi. The Creek is a natural seawater harbor for ships traversing the Arabian Gulf region. Crossing Dubai Creek on an Abra water taxi. The short trip across the creek on the wooden boats is a bargain at just 1 dirham (about $0.27 US). Photo by Sharon Kurtz
The Creek waterway continues to reflect Dubai’s historic roots, back when early settlers relied on its waters for their livelihood. Visitors mix with locals in the queue for a short trip across the Creek to the Deira side of the river on traditional wooden boats, a bargain at just 1 Dirham (about 27 cents). A short breezy ride later you are on the other side of the Creek; the journey only lasts for about 10 minutes—if you’re like me, you’ll wish it could last an hour! Gold Souk
The Deira Gold Souk is the ultimate shopping destination for gold hunters. The amount of shiny gold will blind you, as this must surely be the origin for the saying that says “all that glitters is gold.” The Gold Souk is a sight to behold as you walk through the alleyway with more gawkers and hawkers than buyers. Gold, Gold, and More Gold
The Gold Souk has more than 300 retailers offering 10 tons of gold at any given time—not to worry, as the shops are under strict government oversight to ensure that all purchases are genuine. Even if you’re not out to buy gold, a stroll around the market is a must if only to marvel at the intricacy of some of the gold pieces on display. In many cultures, gold is an important part of wedding traditions. The biggest shoppers for gold in Dubai are Middle Eastern, Chinese, and Indian shoppers. The Gold Souk in Old Dubai offers more than 10 tons of gold to shoppers at any time. Gold is sold by the Karat and weight. The more intricate the design, the pricer the item. You are expected to haggle with the vendors for your purchase. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Gold bars, gold jewelry, and unique gold creations such as a golden bodice and golden headpieces are on display. I was able to view the heaviest gold ring in the world, weighing in at 63.856 Kg in 21-carat gold. The Guinness World Records certificate was framed in the shop window beside the ring. The Art of Haggling
There are other shopping places that offer gold but the best bargains can only be found at the Deira Gold Souk. As a useful tip, start bargaining at 50% off and haggle your way around until you get a good price that you are willing to pay for. Around 30% discount is a good buy. The more you buy, the higher chance you have of getting a bargain. Opening hours are Saturday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Spice Souk
The Spice Souk feels ages old, with its winding, twisting alleyways, having the bustling appeal of an Arabian marketplace of long ago.
Take a deep breath and inhale all the scents surrounding you. Hints of cardamom, rose, chili, cinnamon, vanilla, herbs, and incense enter your nose and spill at your feet. Shops with huge colorful bags of exotic spices are a visual feast. The mix of spices will give your olfactory senses a jolt as you take in all the aromas. The Spice Souk is alive with vibrant colors and aromas of some of the world’s most prized spices including cardamom, bay leaves, dried ginger, and chilis. Photo courtesy Adobe stock photos
You can sample fresh or sundried organic dates, bargain for saffron, and even stock up on candied nuts, dried fruits, and locally blended teas. Interacting with the vendors is part of the fun, and friendly bargaining is often welcomed with a smile. Even though we are in the 21st century, it is easy to imagine what it was like decades ago, with shopkeepers shouting and calling out to the market-goers to buy their goods. While exploring the bustling souks of Old Dubai, it is easy to imagine what it was like decades ago when this was how daily shopping was done in the Emirate. Photo courtesy Adobe Stock Photos Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood (Bastakiya Quarter)
Overshadowed by the city’s modern skyscrapers, the Al Fahidi historical neighborhood is a peaceful slice of Dubai. It reflects the true history of the Emirate and gives you a glance at how the city appeared back in the day.
The Al Fahidi historical neighborhood along Dubai Creek represents the traditional life of Old Dubai during the mid-19th century. It offers a plethora of cultural activities, museums, art galleries, and traditional food. The Al Fahidi Historical neighborhood with the historic architecture of traditional dwellings is a peaceful side of Dubai. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
The wind towers constructed from stone, palm wood, and gypsum only represent a small part of the history. Each alley, twisting pathway, and breezy tower tells a story of life before the Emirates. Traditional historic architecture with wind towers in Al Bastakiya historical district in Bur Dubai. The open side faces the prevailing wind, thus “catching” it, and bringing it down the tower into the heart of the house to maintain air flow and cool the building’s interior. Photo courtesy of Adobe Stock Photos
Situated in the heritage hub of Al Fahidi in Bur Dubai, the coffee museum is part café, part shop, and part cultural experience. The dallah is a traditional Arabic coffee pot for serving Arabian coffee. It is a symbol of the Emirati culture, featured on the AED dirham coin. The dallah, on display at Bur Dubai, is a traditional Arabic coffee pot for serving Arabian coffee. It is featured on the AED dirham coin. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Serving Arabic coffee (kawa) is both a production and a talent. Kawa should be served to important guests first, and there is a strict “etiquette” that must be observed by the host as well as the guest. This coffee ritual is the start of every business and family gathering and is prominent in marriage proposals. The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding
Long before Dubai transformed into an urban metropolis, the area now known as Al Fahidi Historical Neighborhood was the epicenter of city life. Wander through the winding alleyways of this old town district and along the Dubai Creek to follow in the footsteps of Dubai’s early settlers.
Dubai is a uniquely modern and cosmopolitan city and the United Arab Emirates is home to families from all over the world with their own distinctive cultures. His Highness Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum saw the need to reach out and educate expats in the traditions and customs of the UAE, leading to the creation of the Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding . The Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding is a stunning architectural example of a courtyard house. Photo courtesy Sheikh Mohammed Center for Cultural Understanding
Located in a beautifully restored wind tower house in this historical neighborhood of Bur Dubai, the center offers a range of activities, from tasting of traditional cuisine to conversations with local Emiratis. With its motto of “Open Doors, Open Minds,” all questions—no matter how sensitive—are welcomed and answered. Its aim is to make sure every visitor walks away with a greater understanding of Arabic culture, beliefs, lifestyles, and traditions.
I participated in a traditional Emirati family-style dining experience at the center seated on Bedouin-style carpets and pillows in the courtyard of the center’s beautiful merchant house, enjoying a selection of customary dishes while our host answered questions about life in the Emirate. Our Emirati host at The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding shared the rituals and customs surrounding a traditional Arabic dining experience. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Dishes were prepared using age-old recipes preserving the traditions and customs of the Bedouin meal that started with spiced Arabic coffee and dates. Serving Arabic Coffee to guests before a meal is one of the most well-known traditions of warm hospitality and generosity in the Emirati culture. Arabic Coffee is unsweetened and fragrant with a blend of spices; an inseparable part of Arab heritage. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
After our shared meal, we talked about the clothing of the Emirati people. Local Emirati people wear distinct clothing; we learned all about the traditional clothing of the UAE and the meaning and history behind it. We were invited to try the garments on—a Kandura with Keffiyeh head covering for a man and an Abaya & Hijab headscarf for women. I couldn’t pass up that opportunity! Jumeirah Beach Walk
The best way to end a visit to Dubai is to stroll the waterfront along Jumeirah Beach, a 6-mile stretch of golden coastline along the Arabian Gulf—often referred to as “the golden mile.” This area is lined by some of the city’s most desirable villa accommodations and hotels and offers shopping, dining and strolling along the chic waterfront strip known as The Walk at Jumeirah Beach Residence (JBR) . Beach activities along the Jumeirah Beach Walk, a 6-mile stretch of golden coastline along the Arabian Gulf, referred to as “the golden mile.” Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Along the buzzing beachside boulevard, there are plenty of opportunities to satisfy your retail cravings with an array of shops, boutiques and pop-up markets where you can check out the stalls offering jewelry and food treats. Street entertainers and an open-air cinema add to the eclectic entertainment offerings that combine with the sand and beach activities.
So that is where you find me now, picturing my walk along the shore as the sun is waning in the west, watching the children romp and play in the surf as the sunset casts a brilliant golden glow against the sky. Walking along the shoreline of Jumeirah Beach at sunset watching children play in the surf reminds me that we are all more alike than we are different—no matter where we are in the world. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Dubai didn’t just live up to its reputation… it completely exceeded my expectations. Watching little girls feed the seagulls along Jumeirah Beach in Dubai. Photo by Sharon Kurtz
Note: A s is common in the travel industry, the writer was provided with complimentary meals, accommodations, and tours for the purpose of review. While it has not influenced this review, the writer believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest.

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Top 12 eats in San Francisco

Connecting muslims to a plethora of Halal cuisine Toggle Sidebar February 28, 2019 Top 12 eats in San Francisco When my job required me to fly to San Francisco I knew I had to make the most of it. After all, it’s not every day that you get to travel to California! I took two extra days off to ensure I could see (and eat) everything that I wanted to. There was a huge part of me that was nervous travelling without my lovely ShakerFries, but I decided to embrace the experience and by the end was fully comfortable with travelling and dining alone. SF hasn’t got much to offer in the way of halal cuisine, although I must say, if you are a seafood fan you really will not miss the meat at all! Whilst in SF I ate a range of cuisines, and will list here the different types of food I tried as well as a list of places I didn’t get to dine at, but would have if I had time. Here goes… 1. Z & Y Restaurant SF has one of, if not the most largest Chinese population outside of China. That is why I knew I had to visit Chinatown to see what was on offer in the way of food. Z & Y Restaurant has been recognized by everyone from the Michelin Guide. It’s owned by chef Han Lijun, also of Chili House in the Inner Richmond, and his partner Michelle Zhang. Obama is just one in a long list of dignitaries and world leaders for whom Lijun has cooked: He’s even prepared dinner at Z & Y for President Deng Xiaoping, who led the People’s Republic of China from 1978 to 1989.
Although the well-worn dining room may seem unremarkable and the service standard, the crowds are undeterred, and you can certainly expect to queue here. Be warned, that there are a lot of pork dishes on the menu, but a large range of seafood dishes are also available.
Some like it hot, and here they are in heaven. Be forewarned again: timid palates should steer clear of the super-spicy Sichuan dishes that have made Z & Y a Chinatown smash hit. Nearly every dish is crowned with chilies, from the huge mound of dried peppers that rests atop tender, garlicky bites of fried crab to the flaming chili oil anointing tender, flaky fish fillets in a star anise-tinged broth with Sichuan peppercorns aplenty. Travelling solo meant that I could only try 1 dish, and so of course I went for the infamous garlic and chilli crab. This was probably one of the best things I ate in SF. Although you have to work hard to crack the crab meat out of the shell, I certainly revelled in the fruits of my labour. The exterior batter was salty and peppery with a garlic kick, and the meat was tender and buttery. I would highly recommend this dish! I just wish I could have finished it. 2. Brenda’s French Soul Food Chef-owner Brenda Buenviaje blends New Orleans–style Creole cooking with French technique to invent ‘French soul food.’ When visiting, you can expect updated classics like cayenne-spiked crawfish beignets, fluffy cream biscuits, and impeccable fried catfish Benedict. Long waits on sketchy sidewalks are unavoidable – but the wait is totally worth it. I compared the weekend brunch menu to the weekday breakfast menu and it was relatively similar, so avoided a lot of the queues by going on a weekday morning just after opening time. The surrounding area near this restaurant is notorious for its high drug and crime rates, so if you do visit, stay safe and grab a taxi (or a Lyft, which is equivalent to Uber in SF). When I visited I grabbed the chocolate Beignet (which fried dough stuffed with a rich chocolately filling in this case), with the watermelon ice tea and the fried catfish Benedict with grits, which is made from corn that is ground into a coarse meal and then boiled. The service was brilliant and the food was MINDBLOWING, although I must say, I’m still on the fence as to whether I like grits. Next time (if there is a next time) I would opt for the potato hash. The catfish bene was crispy on the outside in a pepper batter, and tender on the inside, and the ‘biscuit’ it was served on was like nothing I have tasted in the UK: crumbly and buttery. Again pork is on the menu but there are plenty of seafood and vegetarian options for you to try. Be warned, all the portion sizes in the US are huge, and I barely finished a meal when I was in SF! 3. Home SF cafe Home cafe is a contemporary coffee shop which has 2 branches in SF. They are known for their classic & unique latte drinks, plus creative toast options. I went for the birthday cake latte for around $5, which was incredibly colourful, and tasted even better. The lattes in general in SF tasted creamy and were always served in a huge cup so I was a happy bunny! Home cafe is perfect if you want to sit and read or do some work. It’s almost always busy, but is still a pleasant environment to be in. I would highly recommend visiting if you have some time 🙂 4. Fog Harbor Fish House If you love seafood, Fog Harbor Fish House is a must. Fog Harbor Fish House offers the quintessential San Francisco waterfront dining experience and was the first 100% sustainable seafood restaurant and San Francisco Green Business to open in Fisherman’s Wharf. The classic, cozy dining room features award-winning panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. Located amidst the hustle and bustle of Pier 39, this place is almost always busy, and if you are travelling with a group, be prepared to wait. I actually recommend making a Yelp reservation well ahead of time if you want to avoid the queues. I heard after visiting SF the steak served here is actually halal, but I’m not entirely sure it’s true so if you are going to opt for this I would check. In my opinion this isn’t the place to visit if you want the steak anyway, as all the seafood served is so fresh! Here I tried the cioppino which contained Dungeness crab (SF speciality), fresh fish, shrimp, clams, scallops and mussels, stewed in a seafood tomato broth. This dish is a local classic, and whilst I appreciate not all muslims eat shellfish, if you do, this dish is for you! If you don’t eat shellfish, there are still tons of fish options on offer, and you will not be disappointed. Note: I made the mistake of ordering the blue cheese garlic bread for starters too which was super tasty but the portion was so huge that I was unable to finish! Plus my cioppino came with garlic bread…so yeah..again don’t make the mistake of over-ordering! 5. Tartine Manufactory Tartine Manufactory is located in the ‘Shoreditch’ of SF known as ‘The Mission’. It is a chic, industrial space with a bakery, Californian cafe, coffee counter, and ice cream window. Once again, queues are long on the weekends as everyone is dying to try their brunch, and once again, it is well worth the wait (reservations only available for dinner). Tartine is French in origin,and tartine literally means “a slice of bread.” This open-faced sandwich tends to showcase the quality of the toppings by giving them a stronger spotlight. With that in mind, tartine was exactly what I ordered on this Saturday morning when I met the lovely Pari (@thecentralsteppes) for breakfast. To be more specific, I went for the apple, cranberry, ricotta, seed brittle, and vanilla tartine. This was just exquisite, and was much lighter than the other meals I had tried so far, and so I actually finished this meal! It was beautifully presented and the crusty bread was made fresh in-house. the taste of the vanilla, ricotta and fruits came together beautifully. From what I understand they have a seasonal menu which frequently changes, but there are lots of vegetarian options and pastries on offer. 6. U: Dessert Story Also located in The Mission, U: Dessert Story is located right next to U: Kitchen Story. I believe U:Kitchen Story is the predecessor to the dessert joint next door, and had a long queue outside for ‘brunch’ at 1pm. I wish I got to dine at the restaurant before I left SF! The dessert restaurant is relatively new and has an Asian dessert menu (all without alcohol) with many novel dishes like Japanese and Korean shaved ice in red bean paste and chocolate lava with matcha ice cream, Young Coconut Pandan Crepe Cake. I went for the Honey Bean Toast with vanilla bean ice cream, almonds, mixed berries and banana. My decision was purely based on aesthetic and in hindsight I should have tried something else. The good thing is the dessert wasn’t sickly sweet, but somehow I still didn’t enjoy this dish as much as the Jasmine rose tea I had with it. For $20 I’m not sure how much I valued this particular experience, but next time I would try their crepe cakes as these seem to be more popular! 7. Curry Up Now Curry Up Now is again located in ‘The Mission’ near Carrion Alley which has a range of politically inspiring murals and wall art. This was the first time I ate halal meat, as all dishes here are halal, although alcohol is also served. Curry Up Now has an extensive Indian/Chinese/Mexican fusion menu, with dishes such as aloo gobi tacos, and Indian-inspired poutine fries. I thought I would play it safe by ordering 3 starters for dinner, in the hope that I would finish my food, but that just didn’t happen! I ordered the angry idly manchurian which was in a hot Indo-chinese sauce. Although it didn’t initially look all that appetising, this was probably the best thing I tried. I also tried the criss cut sweet potato fries and the Dynamite Tangra Wings which were coated in a spicy Indo-Chinese sauce and topped in chilli ghost dust. I really enjoyed these and the wings were particularly juicy! I Wish I could have sampled more. In fact, the burritos in the The Mission are famous, and if I had the palette for Mexican food in general, I would have tried these. 8. Boudins Boudins are The Original San Francisco Sourdough. Today, they still bake their sourdough fresh every day using the same mother dough cultivated from a gold miner’s sourdough starter. You will find several branches of Boudin’s in SF. I visited the large bakery branch in Fisherman’s wharf and tried one of the most famous dishes in SF: clam chowder served in a sourdough bread roll. It was creamy and delicious and I certainly recommend this place for lunch if you want the full SF experience! 9. Farmhouse Kitchen Farmhouse Kitchen is a Thai eatery for classic curries & noodles, plus rarer street foods served in an airy, rustic-chic space. It’s almost like the Thai TGI Fridays, with elaborately dressed waiters and waitresses and and even more elegantly adored walls. The menu is more extensive than Thai eateries you will find in the UK and again, although not halal, there are plenty of seafood and vegetarian dishes on offer. I had the Thai ice tea and the coconut cream latte with my meal and both were SO tasty. The latte was very sweet but has an aromatic chai flavour which I loved. For starters we tried the Ahi Scoops (Pan-seared sesame crusted Ahi tuna (raw fish), cucumber, seaweed salad, Crispy yam, dill, lemongrass, and chili lime). This was SO tangy and tasty. I really enjoyed this dish and I’m not surprised that it’s one of the favourites! For mains I ordered the King Kua prawns which as labelled as spicy. I thought I can handle spicy.. The dish was made with SPICY fresh red turmeric roots sprinkled with kaffir lime leaves & young coconut meat. Served with garden vegetables and blue flower rice. Now.. back to the SPICY thing… although fragrant and tasty this was SO HOT I literally had to just eat the prawns and coconut with the rice. I was literally breaking out into sweats and my eyes were tearing! So just a note.. if it says spicy it means it! That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this dish, although I wish I had gone for my friends choice of Mieng Kum Kung instead (crispy crusted Tiger Prawns, leafy green wrapped with a zesty mixture of lime, ginger, onion, roasted coconut & peanuts, Tamarind reduction). I highly recommend this place for the food and experience. Again located in The Mission, as all good food places are, and is almost always busy! 10. Cracked and Battered This family-run restaurant was only open for 6 months when I visited and was only open from 8.30am from 2pm. It is one of the only places I visited whilst in SF that served high-quality halal meat, and had a cosy and homely atmosphere. Since opening, Cracked and Battered has become known for their chicken and waffles, which happens to be my weakness! I must say, these were one of the best portion of chicken and waffles ever! The chicken was juicy and the batter was peppery on top of the most spongey and soft waffles I have ever tried. I wish I could have trie the lemon ricotta pancakes and the burgers from here…But ALAS! My small tummy let me down. Be warned, not everything is halal here. Just the fried chicken and ground beef. No pork is served but alcohol is. Turkey bacon and sausages are served but it is not halal. The owner told me he runs this place with his dad and brother, and that halal meat is just not widely available in SF (there are just 2 suppliers). Nonetheless…This place is a hidden gem and well worth the visit for brunch 11. Halal Food Guys After trying this gyro and chicken bowl I realised that Halal Guys is actually coming to the UK (yay!). I won’t say too much on this except it was tasty, filling, cheap and worth trying especially in a grab and go/lunchtime situation. 12. Halal Wings Plus If you’re desperate and need some fast food/halal meat fix then by all means, try here. I had the 10 honey wings and a portion of fried for $13 dollars which isn’t bad. Although the sauce was tasty, unfortunately the chicken had virtually no meat on it, was a dull grey colour on the inside, had weird fatty growths coming off the wings, and was toooo crispy as if it had been overcooked. I didn’t enjoy this as my last meal, but perhaps the burgers will be better from here. Other halal/fish places to eat (I didn’t try these): Pakwan

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New Indian Restaurant Maska With Michelin-Starred Executive Chef Opens In Midtown

by Deyvanshi Masrani
Rickshaw Hospitality Group has opened the doors to its latest and highly anticipated concept, Maska, in Miami’s Midtown District, with Executive Chef Hemant Mathur—the first Indian chef to earn a Michelin star—leading its culinary program. This marks the first time the group has opened a restaurant in the South Florida area.
Chef Mathur quickly rose to culinary fame in 2004, when he opened Devi in New York City’s Union Square, which later became the country’s first Indian restaurant to be awarded with a Michelin Star. Six years later on the east side of the city, Mathur opened Tulsi, which also earned a Michelin Star rating. His delectable food and impressive accolades caught the attention of Pravin Mascarenhas and Shamsu Lalani, who jointly decided to bring his coveted cuisine down to Florida.
For those unfamiliar with the South Asian cuisine, an integral element that makes Indian food authentic is the inclusion of a tandoor—an Indian clay oven—in the kitchen, which Maska has done. In fact, there is an entire section on the menu called “Maska Marke,” which translates to “From the Tandoor.” Between this and the two other sections—small plates and large plates—standout menu items include Lucknowi Galouti Kebab, Lamb Chops, Octopus Masala, Nalli Nihari and Murg Maska, satisfying the appetites of diners with an array of palettes, as well as both novices and experts of Indian cuisine.
With a sizable dining room, bar area and lounge, the 7,000 square foot indoor/outdoor space is sexy, sophisticated and high-end, boasting Indian-inspired artwork and finishes, including an oversized wall mural and framed images on the walls.
Located at 3252 NW 1st Avenue, Suite 109, the restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Sunday. For more information, please visit the restaurant’s website . All images courtesy of Maska.

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The 6 best English speaking travel destinations

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Going on holiday is meant to be relaxing but, more often than not, we come back from a holiday in need of a break. Even small problems like a minor spell of sickness, difficulties with your credit card, missed or canceled reservations can become huge issues if you don’t speak the local language. Luckily, there are numerous English-speaking travel destinations, ranging from familiar locations to tropical islands and far-off exotic places: Tropical Getaways
While we may tend to associate the English language with rain and cold weather, some English-speaking travel destination offer tropical sunshine and gorgeous beaches:
Barbados
If you’re looking for a tropical holiday without breaking out your rusty Spanish or having to learn basic phrases in a whole new language, Barbados might just be the place. This Caribbean island with its white sand beaches has long been synonymous with the perfect island holiday, but there is more to this heavenly island than just beachside lounging. Its capital city is listed as UNESCO World Heritage and its bustling nightlife makes for the perfect ending to a day on the beach.
Fiji
With several different islands to visit, Fiji offers many varieties of tropical paradise. The Mamanuca group is one of the most popular destinations in Fiji, offering a whole range of water sports, with stunning diving, snorkeling and surfing options. Or hike the Vidawa Rainforest Trail in the Bouma National Heritage Park on Taveuni, and take a plunge in one of the natural swimming pools you’ll find under its many waterfalls.
Stunning Nature and Local Culture
More easily accessible than the other destinations listed, these countries offer more than enough to discover in terms of exceptional natural surroundings and cultural offerings:
Ireland
Whether you’re looking for a charming city-trip or some time communing with nature, Ireland has it all. Spend a few days drinking delicious whiskeys with friendly locals and listening to buskers playing folk music in the winding alleys of Galway, before taking a boat out to the Aran Islands to soak up the fresh see breeze. Alternatively, head to Blackstairs and Barrow Valley in County Carlow to go hiking in a paradise-like landscape dotted with gurgling streams and wild flowers.
The USA
The USA offers dozens of different trips options, depending on your mood. Travel up the university towns on the east coast, eat lobster in Maine and stay in one of Vermont’s charming B&Bs. Or head south to experience a more jazzy side of the USA and gorge yourself on southern food in New Orleans or Charleston. For nature lovers, the Appalachian Trail is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience the natural diversity of the USA across 14 states. Under the Visa Waiver Program, the USA is more accessible than ever – UK citizens can skip the visa application process and apply directly for an ESTA here . Exotic travel
Just because the language spoken is English does not mean it need remind you of home! These exotic travel destinations combine the thrill of the unknown with the comfort of being able to communicate in your own language.
India
Watch the sun rise over the Ganges from a fisherman’s boat in the holy city of Varanasi, sample delicious southern Indian cuisine in Kerala and hop on board the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway to experience the beauty of northern India. India is a fantastic destination for those on a tight budget, with accommodation, food and transport available at very low prices, while those with a bit of money to spend will find a little goes a long way.
South Africa
Take a safari through South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park to see Africa’s iconic wildlife up close, before heading to Cape Town for a view of Table Mountain or making your way to Jeffrey’s Bay to surf its famous waves. Spend your evenings exploring South Africa’s burgeoning live music scene and delicious local foods.
Whether it’s an adventure-packed holiday or relaxing beachside vacation you’re after, with these fantastic English-speaking holiday destinations at your fingertips, there’s no end to your options. Ditch the phrasebook and start packing! Similar Posts

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