How to Visit Tulum on a Budget
How to Visit Tulum on a Budget
by Meghan Crawford | May 12, 2019 | Mexico , Money Saving Tips | 0 comments
Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is well-known for the resort hubs of Cancun and Playa del Carmen, aka all-inclusive destinations that cost you a pretty penny and are about as authentically Mexican as Taco Bell. A bit further south lies Tulum, a more budget-friendly option.
Tulum occupies a stretch of the same crystalline coastline as the expensive resorts, without the hefty price tag. Five or six years ago, Tulum was mostly unknown, like a secret Caribbean getaway for digital nomads and backpackers. Recently though, Tulum has experienced a commercial boom. Resort-style hotels line the beach strip now, and with them came a slew of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Still, Tulum is far from a mini Cancun.
This post contains affiliate links. It’s the same crystalline blue water, all the way down the coast. © Chris Mougey
The cenotes, Mayan ruins, and regional cuisine alone are worth the trip. There’s also something charming about the artsy vibes of the shops and restaurants along the beach highway. So, if you’ve been thinking about visiting the Yucatan but are worried about the cost, follow this guide to enjoy Tulum on a budget. Getting to Tulum
The easiest way to get to the Yucatan peninsula is by flying into Cancun International Airport. From there, there are several ways you can reach Tulum without blowing your budget. Rent a Car
Renting a car in Mexico is usually inexpensive, although there are a few pitfalls to avoid, mostly to do with insurance. Insurance coverage is required to drive a rental car in Mexico, and it’s typically not covered under whatever domestic auto insurance policy you hold.
How to go about getting that required coverage then?
Well, the good news is that the cost of the rental includes the minimum coverage required. Having additional protection is always a good idea, though. The rental car provider will offer this at pick-up, usually doubling or tripling the price that you were quoted online for the rental. We didn’t rent a car but we did order mojitos that were made in a car. © Meghan Crawford
While that’s often still a pretty good rate (I’ve seen week-long rentals with insurance quoted at about $25 USD), you might have similar coverage for less through your credit card. Something to keep in mind when deciding: if you refuse additional coverage at pick-up, the rental agency will put a hold on your credit card instead, up to $2,500 USD.
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There are plenty of well-known, trusted rental providers that operate out of Cancun International, so booking online is easy. Do your research to find the best rate for when you’ll be visiting and enjoy the freedom of having your own ride. Take a Bus or Shuttle
While renting a car is definitely the most independent way to get to and around Tulum, it’s not the right choice for every traveler. Maybe you’re uncomfortable driving in a foreign country or, like me, found out that your adorable Airbnb doesn’t have parking. Either way, there are other options.
The most budget-friendly way to get to Tulum is on the ADO bus. According to their website , there are several departures from Cancun International to Tulum and back, with prices starting at $262 MX (~$14 USD). It’s about an hour and a half bus ride. You can buy tickets online or at the airport.
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Another option that works well for groups who can split the cost is hiring a private shuttle. There are many shuttle companies that operate out of Cancun Airport, but Happy Shuttle has the best prices . $189 USD for a round trip fare isn’t bad if you’re splitting between five or six people.
Once you’re in Tulum, getting around without a car is simple. You can’t walk five feet without tripping over a bike rental and the taxis are plentiful and cheap, as well. Tips for Visiting Tulum on a Budget Cash is King
Paying with cash is the way to go in Tulum, and by cash, I mean Mexican pesos. If you’ve ever been to the resort strips of Cancun or Playa del Carmen, you’ll know that you can get by with US dollars or credit cards for almost everything. The same is not true of Tulum.
Most establishments only accept cash and prefer pesos. If you pay in US dollars, it’s likely that you’ll pay extra for the convenience, and I advise against it.
Apart from the obvious financial benefits, it’s our responsibility as travelers to be conscientious of the communities we visit. After all, you wouldn’t go to Spain and expect to pay with US dollars; you’d use euros. It’s the same thing in Tulum. The slight inconvenience means Tulum’s economy isn’t flooded with foreign currency and that’s a price worth paying, regardless of your budget.
My advice is to make the exchange from your own currency to pesos or find an ATM that works before you leave for Tulum. Airport currency exchange rates are outrageous and the ATMs in Tulum aren’t reliable (we tried five before we found one that worked, and the ATM fees were hefty).
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Tulum might be more touristy now than it used to be, but you’ll still meet plenty of people who don’t speak much English. If you can’t speak Spanish, you’ll be able to get by, but try learning some basic Spanish before your trip if you have time.
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Speaking Spanish will come in handy when dealing with shop owners or taxi drivers, especially if you learn numbers. Prices are often rattled off quickly in Spanish, and that can get confusing. Knowing pleasantries like “gracias” or “buenos días” isn’t essential, but it is nice and people will appreciate that you’re making an effort. Best Time to Visit Tulum
As with any destination, flights and accommodation will be cheaper during the off-season. High season for Tulum is mid-December to March. The weather is spectacular, but so are the crowds and the rates.
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Visiting Tulum on a budget is easier if you’re willing to put up with a little more heat and humidity. I visited in late April. It did get warm during the afternoons, but the cheap airfare was worth being a little hot and sticky. Besides, it’s Mexico, so hot weather is only expected. Otherwise, the weather was incredible. We enjoyed cool mornings and evenings, and there was only one brief rain shower on our first afternoon.
Speaking of rain, going during the rainy season (July through October) will get you the cheapest rates. Don’t be put off by the fact that it’s called the rainy season. A few years ago I stayed in Riviera Maya, just an hour north of Tulum, during late July. It didn’t rain once. What to Do in Tulum 1. Go to the Beach
This is a great, free activity to do in Tulum. You might have read that the only public access beaches are Playa Paraiso and Las Palmas on the north shore. That’s not true. All of the beaches are public.
We didn’t discover this until our final day in Tulum. Don’t make the same mistake. The confusion comes because some of the hotels restrict access to their guests only. They’re in the minority, though. For the most part, you should be able to walk straight on through down to the beach. I know for sure that Ahau, Ziggies, OM, and La Zebra will let you down onto the beach without buying anything. My favorite budget activity in Tulum: going to the beach. This is the beach at the Tulum ruins. © Chris Mougey
The caveat is that while the beaches themselves are free, the lounges and cabanas lined up invitingly along the shore are not. These belong to the beach clubs associated with the waterfront hotels. For a flat rate plus minimum food and drink order, you can rent one out, but the prices vary from reasonable to absurd.
Just bring a towel, a picnic, and plenty of sunscreen for a relaxing day at the beach.
Cost: Free 2. Visit the Mayan Ruins at Tulum
If there’s one must-see on this list, it’s the ruins. While they might not have the towering grandeur of Chichen Itza, the Mayan ruins at Tulum are some of the best preserved and the only ones on the coast.
The ruins are open from 8 am to 5 pm, but it’s best to arrive as early as possible. Not only are the Tulum ruins ultra popular and tend to get crowded, but they’re mostly exposed, meaning it gets hot quickly. We were among the first 50 people through the gates when we visited, and by the time we left at 10 am, it was sweltering. We arrived as soon as the ruins opened to avoid the heat and crowds. © Chris Mougey
A nice way to cool off after marveling at the imposing stone ruins is to nip down to the little beach that’s only accessible through the archaeological zone. It’s the most visually stunning of the beaches I’ve seen in Tulum. Sheer cliffs drop down to meet the turquoise water and iguanas sun themselves on the rocks. If you get there early enough, you’ll have the beach mostly to yourself, as we did.
Arrive to the ruins by car or taxi and plan for at least two hours.
Cost: $65 MX/person (~$4 USD) 3. Cool Off in a Cenote
Cenotes are sinkholes formed when the layer of limestone below the surface collapses. Sometimes these sinkholes remain dry, but more often they open into an underground water source. In the case of the cenotes around Tulum, it’s an underground river.
There are over 6,000 cenotes in the Yucatan, all connected to this same river – the only natural source of fresh water on the peninsula. Many of those cenotes are inaccessible, being either on private property or in the literal middle of the jungle. However, there are several in Tulum that you can visit on a budget. Some cenotes were shallow like this while other led into deep, interconnected caves. © Meghan Crawford
Best known and most easily reached from Tulum are Gran Cenote, Cenote Calavera, and Dos Ojos Cenote. Like the Tulum ruins, since they are so popular, it’s best to time your visit for when they’re not as crowded. That means early morning when they first open or late in the afternoon, when it’s too hot for most people.
The water is crystal clear and you can try a guided dive down into the connected underground river if you’re not squeamish about cave diving. For the less adventurous, you can just swim or snorkel in the cenotes, too.
Remember to pack a towel and if you bring sunscreen, it must be biodegradable. The cenote ecosystem is fragile and the harsh chemicals in regular sunscreens are incredibly harmful to it.
Cost: $100 – 200 MX/person, depending on the cenote (~$5 – $15 USD) 4. Where to Eat in Tulum
Mexican food is one of my favorite cuisines, and Tulum did not disappoint. You’ll find plenty of non-Mexican restaurants there as well, from Indian to Italian to Argentinian. But if you’re looking for authentic and delicious regional food, here are my recommendations for where to eat in Tulum on a budget:
If you’re in town for lunch or dinner, stop by Burrito Amor and Batey. Burrito Amor’s commitment to clean eating, less waste, and a menu that anyone can order from, regardless of dietary restrictions, makes you feel good about ordering there. Oh, and the burritos are amazing, so there’s that.
Batey is more of a bar than a restaurant – a mojito bar, to be exact. While you can order tapas, the real star of the show is the sugar cane press they’ve built into a hollowed out old VW bug. It’s crazy but awesome and the fresh sugar cane makes the most intense mojitos. The best budget food in Tulum, hands down, were these tacos at Naj. © Chris Mougey
The restaurants along the beach strip tend to be pricier than those in town, but don’t worry. There are excellent budget options here, too. Naj Tacos and Tortas ended up being my favorite place – I came back three times! They serve great, cheap tacos as well as sandwiches and even breakfast (they make a mean omelet).
Other favorite spots are I Scream Bar for dinner or vegan ice cream and Raw Love Tulum for all raw vegan food, including smoothies, smoothie bowls, “baked” goods, and tea and coffee.
Cost: Nothing over $300 MX (~$15 USD) Where to Stay in Tulum Budget Options
If you’re looking to stay in Tulum on a budget, staying in the town itself is the best option. There are many hostels in Tulum Pueblo, which is unsurprising given its roots as a backpacker getaway. Rooms start around $10 USD/night .
Another inexpensive option is getting an Airbnb in town. When I was searching back in February, I had a list of 25 or more Airbnbs in the center of town that ranged between $30 and $50 USD/night. They were all adorable. If you’re going as a couple or with a group of friends, you can find a nicer, slightly more expensive place and split the cost.
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If you want to stay along the beach as I did, you’ll end up spending more. My Airbnb was perfect: gorgeous, minutes away from the water, near the best restaurants, excellent hotel staff. But it was $192 USD/night. Our Airbnb, right off the beach, with a cenote in the room. © Chris Mougey
For me, the extra money was worth it. I was splitting the cost and I knew I was saving money elsewhere. There are less expensive options, though. I just saw a listing for as low as $60 USD/night. To be fair, it’s a literal shipping container that’s been retrofitted as a studio apartment, but still.
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Now that I’ve shared my budget tips for Tulum, I want to share my thoughts, too. There’s a lot of criticism of Tulum, the takeaway being that it’s lost what used to make it special. Now that I’ve been there, I can see how some might feel that way. Especially if they knew Tulum “before.” But I also think that’s a narrow-minded take on the situation.
Does Tulum sometimes feel overly curated and Instagram-y? It does. But some of that’s fun. Like this massive art piece that was installed while I was there. It’s gorgeous and speaks to the very best parts of Tulum – the parts that are a blend of the artsy Instagram aesthetic and the native, local culture. Awesome Earth Mother art installation for Earth Day in Tulum. © Chris Mougey
And if tacos cost $1 now instead of $0.50, is that really such a deal-breaker? Tulum might be more expensive than some other parts of Mexico, but it’s still relatively cheap. As long as that extra $0.50 goes into boosting the local economy and not padding the pockets of a foreign corporation, it’s money well spent, in my opinion.
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The World’s Fare 2nd Annual International Food Festival Returns to Citi Field w/100 Diverse Vendors
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Get ready for The World’s Fare! This weekend, 100 cultural chefs and ethnic restaurants from across the 5 boroughs come together at Citi Field for a NYC food festival of epic proportions. Be it mom & pop shops that have been around for decades or new street vendor talent, our 14 Tastemakers worked hard to curate the very best menus that represent countries across the globe. Our aim is to showcase the diverse cuisine that New York City offers, celebrating the range of culinary talent who build their dreams around our willingness to come to their tables and enjoy authentic food – made from the heart. I hope you join us this weekend, May 18-19, under sunny skies in Queens.
Food can fill you with wonder. Flavors can still surprise. From Softbite’s Japanese souffle pancakes, to Silly Chilly ‘s Indian spiced grasshopper dumplings, to Middle Eastern stretchable ice cream from Republic of Booza , let us show you unique cuisines and small businesses you may have been missing! Congratulations to all the vendors on their Official Selection. It’s been an honor to lead The World’s Fare Tastemaker Team once again. If you want to see photos and images of all the food and food makers, stop by @TheWorldsFare Instagram page. Come, eat the world in one place!!
Tickets are only $23 to enter the fare-grounds (and $9 for small children) at The World’s Fare website . Open 12-8pm. Both days. In between bites, you can wander around and shop The World Market Bazaar filled with shops from around the city sharing international products, crafts, and packaged foods. There will be LIVE ART, music, and dance. Plus, an International Beer Tent with over 60+ beers from all over the world. It only costs a little extra for unlimited beer tastings too. Tickets selling fast! See you all there!
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Top 10 Tips for First Time Travel to India
India is not only an exotic country of forts and palaces, shimmering saris, marvellous deities and fascinating temples, spicy foods, chaotic cities, wandering cows and Taj Mahal. Travelling through India would be a rewarding experience, but it will only be if you are willing to accept the way things are happening here.
People come to India for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s an adventure, spiritual contentment, medical check-ups or simply to admire the rich heritage that this majestic country has to offer.
List of 10 tips for first time travel to India: Stay Healthy:
Indian food is generally fatter and spicier than other cuisines. Therefore, you may want to control your diet. Stay hydrated and listen to your taste buds according to your stomach. The climate of India is diverse, which may not be suitable for everyone. In addition, Indian cuisine could delight your taste buds with all the spice and variety, but if you do not master this pleasure, you may encounter a problem. Maintain temple etiquette:
You can visit many temples in India. Never enter a temple with shoes and never sit with an idol. Indians are very sensitive to the respect of their respective gods. You might not want to offend their beliefs. Always ask your guide to inform you of the temple rules. Leave your western ideals and logic at the airport because they do not apply here. Come with an open mind and an open heart and India will open to you. Learn a few Hindi words:
It is always a good practice to learn the local language when travelling abroad. This facilitates your communication process and also reduces your chances of being cheated. A large part of the country does not speak English and you do not want to waste time dealing with small issues simply because of a language problem. It is, therefore, better to learn some common Hindi words. You will know a little better about the country. Language may be a problem for people coming to India. Advance booking of tickets:
Nowadays, several travel apps will make your life easier. It’s good to plan ahead and book your tickets at the same time. Last-minute bookings are a challenge and are very difficult to obtain. Even if a travel agent receives you a ticket, you will be overloaded. So, it is best to make your reservations before your trip. You do not want to spoil your trip just because you could not get a reservation for a train or a flight, did you? You can contact the GSA approved travel agent for Palace on Wheels booking online to make your seat reserve in advance. Stay Cool:
For the first time, you have travelled in India, if you only have a short time focus on seeing one state or territory in detail rather than trying to invade the entire country in a few weeks. Trying to cram too much in and go too fast will only produce fatigue, stress and frustration and lose the surprises and local connections that make exploring India so extraordinary. India is very diverse, everywhere is very different, even just walking on the road can surprise, surprise and amaze and get around, or get things done, always takes longer than you think. Be patient and get used to waiting. Escape the crowd:
The beautiful scenery you will witness will calm your nerves and your mind. And the peace of mind is the reason why you started this journey from the beginning. These places will help you to know yourself better and also give you peace of mind. With more than 1 billion people taking refuge in this country, many castles in India can be very crowded. So, try to get out of the noise of the metropolis and visit the beautiful villages in India while travelling through the Palace on Wheels train . Prices will be negotiable:
The best thing to do is to know the price in advance, then ask the rickshaw driver if he will do it for that price and be firm to avoid being taken for a walk. Do not learn to haggle then you will be constantly paying on the odds for almost everything. India is a trading hub. The people who visit it are amazed when they see the beautiful craftsmanship and art. When you buy from the stands and sellers always remember, the asking price is not the final price. Carry some cash with you:
As the country is facing the issue of demonetization and the most section is going cashless. You may still want to bring cash just in case because many stores do not have a card payment system or cellphone wallet. So, cash will always be useful when buying water, snacks, liquor, or whatever you need. Dress conservatively:
Most foreigners end up buying a lot of Indian clothes while in this country. If you wear minimal clothing or something that is too open, you will eventually gather a lot of attention that you might not like. So it is advisable to wear clothes that cover your body simply and comfortably for you at the same time. There are many religious places where you have to cover your head to enter, such as the Golden Temple in Amritsar and Ajmer Dargah in Rajasthan. So, it’s good to bring your own scarf. Travel light:
If you travel anytime during winter, bring wool and jackets, because the weather is very cold. If you travel during the summer, bring light-coloured cotton clothes. Well, India might be a developing country, but consumerism has hit it for a long time and almost nothing you won’t find here. So, don’t pack unnecessary items that will force you to pay for additional baggage on the flight.
The Best Hotels And Restaurants In Lausanne, Switzerland
The south side facade of Hotel Royal Savoy. Robert Miller
It would actually be difficult to find a dining room table in Lausanne that does not have a glorious view of Lake Leman and the Alps. Certainly the restaurant owners and hotels know how to take advantage of this, one of the most romantic vistas in Europe.
(Prices below are in Swiss francs, which at the moment are nearly at parity with the US dollar. VAT tax and service are included.)
Rue du Grand Chêne 7-9
+41 (0)21 331 31 31 At the Lausanne Palace, the gastronomic restaurant La Table d’edvard looks out over Lake Leman. Lausanne Palace Hotel
The grand Belle Epoque building and now flourishing garden take up a lot of ground in the middle of the city, yet the Palace had has only 140 rooms, with 44 suites. Opened in 1915, the hotel has long served as the official hotel of the International Olympic Committee and has a large complement of business travelers who appreciate the quiet ambiance and privacy afforded them.
There are several dining options: La Brasserie Grand Chêne, serving classic Parisian fare and plats du jour, is open throughout the day, and the Bar 1915 and Havana Cigar Bar are as popular with locals as with visitors. La Côte Jardin is a Mediterranean restaurant with a wonderful verandah, and Sushi Zen—unusual for a Lausanne hotel—is considered one of the city’s finest Japanese restaurants.
Lobster with peas is a Mediterranean-style dish at La Table d’Edgard. Lausanne Palace
But the hotel’s most illustrious restaurant is La Table d’Edgard, under Chef Edgard Bovier and young Chef de Cuisine Andres Arocena, who is from the Basque country and worked under Martin Arzak. The menu, therefore, is Iberian and Mediterranean, beginning with bite-sized tapas of jabugo bellota ham and ricotta with truffled parmesan; pissaladière with an aïoli, and an unexpected Indian samosa of juicy beef cheeks confit. Fior the main part of the meal, lobster “ primavera ” comes with fresh peas and stuffed zucchini flowers. Arocena uses springtime’s most tender asparagus paired with red Sicilian shrimp and lemon dressing, while crispy langoustines come with a zucchini flower soufflé containing a fish mousse. Plump morels are stuffed with mashed potatoes, garlic and orange, while ravioli are plumped with mackerel and squid ink crêpes. Porchetta is suckling pig, long roasted to achieve a crunchy skin and milky flesh, accompanied by a sweet-sour kumquat condiment; and beef is enhanced with cream-centered burrata cheese, foie gras and black truffles and creamed potatoes. Ravioli filled with mackerel and squid ink crepes at La Table d’Edgard. Lausanne Palace
Everything had the brightness and freshness of dishes obviously made à la minuit , and, over a ten-day visit to Switzerland, this was one of the finest, most inventive dinners I had.
There are three menus: a prix fixe at CHF78, a “Mediterranean Sun” dinner at CHF145 and a “Signature Menu” at CHF185. (Wine pairings available at extra cost.) The Bar at the Royal Savoy is open for breakfast as well as nighttime cocktails. Royal Savoy
41 21 614 88 88
Opened in 1909, the Royal Savoy, done in a spirited Art Nouveau style, was bought in 2009 by Qatar-based Katara Hospitality and underwent a much-needed five-year CHF100 renovation, to re-open in 2015 with 196 rooms, indoor and outdoor pools and spa, so that it is now as up-to-date as any hotel in Europe. For years the Spanish royal family stayed her while in exile; these days every one comes and goes as they please.
Alsace’s Marc Haeberlin (middle) oversees the menu and work of Executive Sebastien Cassagnol (left) and Chef Maxime Pale (right). Royal Savoy
The Brasserie du Royal is composed of connected dining venues, all featuring the food and wines of the Vaud region. The Lounge Bar and Lobby Bar are pleasantly secluded and open for breakfast and all-day dining, and on the Sky Lounge international cuisine is offered from noon till midnight.
Dishes at the Brasserie are artfully composed for color and flavor. Royal Savoy
The gastronomic restaurant is overseen by Strasbourg’s Marc Haeberlin, of Auberge de L’Ill, with a menu that evokes many of the famous dishes of that longstanding three-star restaurant. You approach the restaurant through a hall leading to a glass temperature-controlled vitrine where Executive Chef Sebastian Cassagnol proudly shows off the grass-feed beef and meats aging for up to four week, which includes tenderloin, prime rib, veal flank and Angus ribeye.
The locally raised beef at the Brasserie is aged in premises for up to 40 days. Royal Savoy
You then enter a dining room in soft colors of gray and beige, the lighting fairly low. My wife and I chose a menu that began with scallops and leeks and creamy risotto with truffles, foie gras and butter—an exceptionally rich dish very much in the Haeberlin style. Our main courses included that Swiss beef, and a chicken breast with a “ carbonara ” of celery. Dessert was a strawberry tart with almond cream and scent of tarragon with strawberry sorbet; and a preserved pear “Haeberlin” in a Champagne zabaglione and pistachio ice cream.
By the way, the wine list at the Brasserie is rich with Swiss bottlings. Sommelier Vincent Planche says that “Out of 270 different wines on our list, 70 percent are Swiss and 70 percent of those are from the local Vaud region.” The hotel also uniquely offers a “Vintage Lavaux” package that features an excursion to a local Lavaux vineyard, a picnic lunch with the winemaker and a wine and chocolate pairing. . The one-night package starts atCHF1220 for two people.
Lunch is set at CHF52, a spring dinner menu at CHF68, and “Monsieur Marc’s” menu at CHF85.
A superior room overlooking Lake Leman at the Beau Rivage. Hotel Beau Rivage
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The Beau Rivage is one of Lausanne’s oldest grand hotels, dating to 1861, and its impressive straddling of the waterfront gives its colonnaded terraces glorious views of the passage of time and light on the Lake and mountains throughout the day. You may dine on these terraces both at lunch and at twilight, which is particularly romantic as the skies turn myriad shades of orange and violet. The great lobby, with its huge marble columns and vast corridors connecting the hotel’s wings, is as impressive as any in Europe.
All the rooms were renovated and brightened between 2012 and 2014 by interior designer Pierre-Yves Rochon in soft pastels and careful placement of mirrors.
The hotel has an extensive array of children activities too, from a treasure hunt to pastry making and a tour of the hotel behind the scenes. The main restaurant at the Beau Rivage is run by France’s Chef Anne-Sophie Pic Hotel Beau Rivage
Aside from breakfast, I did not have a chance to dine at the Beau Rivage, but it is worth noting that their main dining room is under the helm of noted French chef Anne-Sophie Pic, whose own restaurant in Valence has three Michelin stars. On premises Chef de Cuisine is Paolo Boscaro, who has since earned two stars for Beau Rivage. There is a business lunch menu at CHF95, an “Emotion” menu at CHF260 and a Pic Collection at CHF350. Nearby :Lausanne is the charming small restaurant in the wine country named Tout Un Monde. Tout Un Monde
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Just fifteen minutes from Lausanne, in the Vaud wine country that rambles down terraced vineyards to the lake, is a darling small restaurant named Tout un Monde, set on a kind of promontory in this little village. Chef Yohann Magne cooks very much from the provender in the area in a lovely dining room enclosed by glass, all managed with simple grace by partner Céline Gsponer. It’s an ideal getaway from the city and presents the option of visiting a nearby vineyard then have a lunch made with local ingredients, along with Vaud wines.
Tout Un Monde uses local ingredients in its risotto as well as popcorn for texture. Tout Un Monde
We had a leisurely meal here, beginning with little pastry balls with baby spinach called malekoffs , followed by a risotto with lake trout from Chamby and a surprising sprinkling of popcorn. Boutefas was a hearty sausage of pork, carrots and herbs with potato gratin, and there was an equally homey rabbit stew with creamy polenta. Dessert was a cold coconut mousse and a classic poire Belle-Helene. There are daily specials at lunch with recommended Lavaux wines.
Menus are à la carte, with main courses averaging CHF45, with a set menu at CHF49 and 59.
Archana’s Hebbar’s Kitchen Is An Online Cookbook For Busy Millennials
Mothers And Daughters Immortalised In Fiction
How was your love for cooking born?
I have always felt that cooking soothes me , balances out my mood but I never thought of making it as a blogger someday. The reason could be that I had a professional security blanket – as a Software Testing personal. After getting married, when I moved to Australia with my husband, I wanted to continue my professional life. But as a non-experienced person, finding a job became difficult. Since, I had plenty of time to kill and being a workaholic, sitting idle at home was making me go nuts, my husband, Sudarshan, and I came up with this idea of sharing easy and basic recipes online paired with photos. What started as a fun time-pass activity turned out to be a success, as from the initial stage itself it gained a great response. I was inspired by the idea that there were very few Indian channels that deal with the same idea, and they generally didn’t go in for vlogging. Both of us started discussing it over meals, and finally, sharing Indian recipes in a form of short videos on Facebook became my permanent agenda. Hence, in 2016, having received amazing response, I took the entrepreneurial plunge. Catch more from the home chef series
I really didn’t cook much before getting married. However, I could do easy stuff like making rasam and dal . I wasn’t really worried about it because my dad always says, “if you can prepare a typical Udupi rasam deliciously, then you can cook anything.” obviously, it’s not as simple as that, but yeah, it’s really not that hard either. It just takes practice and a bit of trial and error. My passion for cooking started all because of my husband Sudarshan, who is fond of Udupi and Indian cuisines. And in Australia, it is very difficult to find Udupi cuisine in restaurants. And as all of us have heard “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” I decided to cook and experiment myself. Before Hebbar’s Kitchen, I had not taken any professional culinary classes. However, I have learnt a lot of culinary techniques from elders.
What are the responsibilities that you take up daily and how do you keep up the status?
Content creation is not a one-day job. My husband and I plan the entire week’s schedule well in advance. We make sure to add recipes from different categories like breakfast, lunch, snacks, dinner and desserts . This not only helps to get a variety of recipes but also helps users to try most of them in their daily routine. And I also make sure to show the recipes as simple as possible, so that readers feel like trying it out. In addition we try to accommodate the incoming reader requests to our schedule and try to meet the current demand.
What type of deterrents did you face?
We are vegetarians, and hence we need to stick to vegetarian cuisine. Having said that, as we all know India has a wide variety of vegetarian cuisines and we are exploring them.
Explain why the venture you founded is so efficient?
I guess it is the short videos, which makes my readers to try my recipes. I also try my best to post videos everyday, which helps my readers to be in touch. And I make sure to share simple recipes like that of chutney to the difficult ones like baking a cake.
I keep the video short and share step by step photo of the recipe, notes and tricks for each recipe in my website. This motivates a user to refer and try my recipes. Also, I give online support in solving queries via Facebook page messenger and email.
What is your core passion and long-term vision?
Well being a food blogger has certainly been bliss but we are prepping to go big now since my recipes have garnered love from across the world. The plan is to merchandise our brand, tie up with e-commerce to deliver the recipe ingredients. Looking ahead, opening food outlets and creating food chains are also in the planning phase now. Also Read: All-Women Eatery In Udupi A Hit With Foodies
How did you manage funding for the base operations initially?
We never thought we would be earning from Hebbar’s Kitchen. The main motive to start it was to use my time productively and to keep myself occupied. Previously, I used to shoot videos from my iPhone attached to selfie stick and edit it on my personal laptop. The video quality wasn’t that great but it was a good start. Later, my husband gifted me a DSLR camera, professional video editing software and high-end desktop machine to shoot and edit higher quality videos. This motivated me to work harder. As a result, I invested some time to learn how to edit more professionally. Also, I make sure my husband watches all the videos, before I upload, as a second opinion always helps to fine-tune the video better. In short the response is amazing and we are thrilled to see ourselves at the top among Indian food channels on Facebook.
What has been your most amazing moment?
It was the day when BBC News featured my business with the title ‘Hebbar’s Kitchen and the Indian couple behind a food video empire.’ Since then I am motivated as ever to grow in this business, to reach out to those who miss homemade food.
What are the biggest challenges that have come your way?
Every phase of the journey was challenging, as I and my husband had no knowledge about creating a website, videography, photography and editing. We had to learn everything from the scratch. We always, sit together and assign tasks to each other on what to do next, so that we can focus on it individually.
Being in the culinary industry and having started on your own, what did it teach you? Why do you think the start-up ecosystem is unfriendly towards women?
Everyone has ideas, but getting them up as a reality is not everyone’s cup of tea. There will be a lot of limitations and restrictions that one will face, so, one should be ready to handle those. And for women, it can be a success if your family supports.
Also Read: Catering to your sweet tooth: India’s Best Pastry Chefs
Do you believe the start-up ecosystem will take a long time to transform in order to become gender-balanced and female-friendly?
Not really. I feel today families are supporting women in fulfilling their dreams. I am happy that my husband not only trusted in my idea but also helped me to grow it.
How can we encourage more women to take up entrepreneurship?
Believe in yourself. As no job is small and no idea is stupid. Believe in yourself. As no job is small and no idea is stupid.
Women chefs are now empowered by social media platforms. How do you think its reach can help women grow in the business?
Women are definitely great cooks. And now we can see, women are taking it up professionally, and they are living their dreams.
Do you think digital media has shaped women’s entrepreneur passion?
Digital media is a platform where you can try anything without the fear of failure. You are not going to lose anything. It has made our life so easy that; we can sit in our homes and reach audiences worldwide.
What impact did the digital boom have on you and your company?
India is turning digital. There is a greater reach now to a wider range of audience. The digital boom is helping content creators to reach out to larger brands and is also helping them in generating revenue as well.
Any tips for women entrepreneurs?
Never give up and be consistent in what you are doing.
Feature Image Credit: Archana Hebbar
Taco Bell signs Burmans as India master franchise, eyes 600 outlets in 10yrs
By: PTI | Published: May 15, 2019 7:59:35 PM The expansion plans for Taco Bell in India have been timed to ride on the growing awareness of Mexican food among consumers here, she further said. Taco Bell currently operates 500 restaurants nearly across 30 countries outside the US. (Pic: IE)
Mexican cuisine chain Taco Bell, a part of Yum Brands Inc, Wednesday announced Burman Hospitality as its master franchise partner in India, with plans to open 600 outlets by 2029. Taco Bell, which currently has 35 outlets in India, also expects the country to become its largest market outside North America in terms of both restaurant count and revenues going forward. “In terms of restaurant count India today is set to be one of our top three markets outside the US.
In the near term, as we move forward India stands to move up as in terms of being one of our largest markets, in terms of restaurants count and potentially in revenues as well,” Taco Bell International President Liz Williams told PTI. Bullish on the Indian market, she said, “Today we don’t release separate revenue figures for the international business for specific markets but with that kind of growth you can imagine the revenue contribution.” Taco Bell currently operates 500 restaurants nearly across 30 countries outside the US. The expansion plans for Taco Bell in India have been timed to ride on the growing awareness of Mexican food among consumers here, she further said. “We feel like it is the perfect time…Consumers are becoming more aware and they have the interest and appetite to try Mexican cuisine.
We think it is a great fit with the Indian consumers, coupled with brand positioning together with the Burman group,” she added. Taco Bell had entered India in 2010 and opened six stores. Later on, it partnered with the Burman family. Elaborating on the expansion plans, Burman Hospitality Director Gaurav Burman said, “We are building one new store every 10 days. At the end of the year you will see us go past 60 stores and then we will continue to build progressively after that.” The chain currently has presence in 11 Indian cities and by the end of the year it will have presence in 16 cities, he added.
Eat Do Sleep London
London , UK 0 Eat Do Sleep London Becoming a home from home for TLE, London is one of the most visited cities in the world and offers everything from culture and history, fine dining, award-winning bars and some of the worlds best shopping. We have tried out many of the best hotels in the city as well as the best restaurants so here is a selection of our favourite places to eat, things to do and hotels to stay when you visit London. Eat
Akira at Japan House
Guests who make their way to Akira at Japan Hous e are guaranteed to receive a warm welcome. This elegant restaurant is housed in a striking 1920s building and is part of Japan House a new cultural centre in Kensington. The restaurant takes its name from executive chef Shimizu Akira, who is famous for his attention to detail and imaginative sushi dishes. Popular menu options are the sushi and sashimi bento boxes and their Omakase set menu, but they have a wide range of noodle and Robata Charcoal Grill options too. Seafood lovers can start their Japanese culinary adventure by ordering the salmon and tuna crepe rolls that are flavoured with uni and doused in a truffle shaving covered creamy sauce. This is also a great place to sample wagyu beef, which is served sizzling on the top of a hot rock and comes dressed with chopped chives with a selection of sauces on the side. Those who have a sweet tooth can end their meal with the signature Akira pudding, which is a delicious Japanese version of crème brûlée.
London is famous for its varied and authentic Indian cuisine and lovers of Indian food are really spoilt for choice at Indian Accent . With its stylish interior and contemporary menu options, Indian Accent is one of the best places to try Indian cuisine in the whole of London. In fact, this restaurant has won awards for excellence and has earned a coveted spot on the World’s 50 Best list. The dishes here hail from New Delhi and have been created by the talented chef Manish Methrota who has a long and impressive resume. The restaurant caters to both vegetarian and non-vegetarian diners and one of the most popular dishes is the soy keema, which is served with soft pao buns. Meat eaters will also find plenty to sink their teeth into such as the celebrated and succulent pork ribs that are marinated with onion seeds and the juicy ghee roast lamb.
TĪNG At The Shangri La
Those who have a head for heights can make their way to the 35th floor of The Shard where they will be treated to a stunning 360-degree view of the city at Ting at The Shangri La . This is one of the most elegant places in the city to enjoy afternoon tea and people who are enjoying a shopping spree in London will be able to take a welcome break. Ting also boasts an extensive lunch and dinner menu that combines contemporary European cuisine with Asian influences. One of the most popular dishes here is the chicken and prawn laksa, while those who are celebrating a special occasion are sure to enjoy the five course tasting menu. Ting also boasts a luxurious lounge where visitors can unwind while sipping a cool cocktail or two and gazing out at London’s iconic skyline. Do
Afternoon Tea at the Goring
People who want the chance to follow in the footsteps of Royalty will not want to miss the opportunity to take in afternoon tea at the Goring. The Goring is famous for being the favourite haunt of Kate Middleton and many members of London’s elite regularly meet here to indulge in afternoon tea while catching up on the latest gossip. The Goring was the winner of The Tea Guild’s coveted Top London Afternoon Tea award and this extremely exclusive establishment has been serving the delicacy for more than a century. Served in the impressive Dining Room each afternoon guests are treated to their choice of hot or iced tea from around the world as well as an excellent selection of sandwiches, pastries and cakes. In order to make this experience truly memorable, afternoon tea can be accompanied by a glass or Bollinger Rosé Champagne or Bollinger Special Cuvée Champagne, which is served with fresh strawberries.
Spa experience at ESPA Life at Corinthia
Those who want to enjoy an indulgent pampering experience are sure to love unwinding at ESPA Life. This very exclusive spa is set in the five star Corinthia hotel and offers guests a wide range of therapies and treatments that are designed to make them look and feel fantastic from head to toe. ESPA Life is the largest spa in the whole of London and guests are provided with plenty of choice as well as very decadent spaces to relax in. as well as the usual spa treatment such as facials and massage, ESPA Life also offers something a bit different in the form of meditation, sleep and fitness sessions.
Read our guide to the best spas in London
Shopping spree at Harvey Nichols, Harrods and New Bond Street
London is the perfect place to shop until you drop. People who have a love for the finer things in life will want to make sure they allow plenty of time to check out Harvey Nichols and Harrods. The chic and stylish department store of Harvey Nichols is also a great place to see and be seen, while Harrods is the most famous department store in the whole of the UK. Harrods was built back in 1849, when it originally served as a grocery shop opened by Charles Henry Harrods. His belief in quality and good service soon earned him a reputation and people began flocking to the shop to purchase teas from around the world and other products. Harrods is now owned by Mohamed Al-Fayed and has expanded considerably to bring shoppers must-have products from all over the world and one of the main highlights here is the Room of Luxury, which can be found in the ground floor. Sleep
JW Marriott Grosvenor House
Reward yourself with 5-star service and luxury amenities at the JW Marriott Grosvenor House. Located in one of the capital’s best addresses Park Lane Mayfair and moments away from many of the city’s best attractions like Oxford Street, Buckingham Palace and Knightsbridge. Make yourself at home in their elegant rooms and suites, featuring plush pillow-top beds, marble bathrooms and many with views out to Hyde Park. Savour delicious dining at JW Steakhouse and start the evening off with a cocktail at Red Bar and the Bourbon Bar. This landmark hotel is perfect for business travellers and guests who appreciate a touch of contemporary British design and style without the stuffiness.
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DUKES London Nestled in the heart of historic St James Mayfair, DUKES us a sophisticated boutique luxury property, which has been an exclusive retreat of writers, musicians, politicians and royalty. Guest rooms range from their modern classical styled rooms, right up to their luxurious suites with views out to St James Park. Dining options include GBR serving traditional British dishes with contemporary twists and for some quintessential Afternoon Tea or a cocktail head to DUKES Bar. This is one of our favourite hotels in London and you can read our review here.
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The Zetter Townhouse Clerkenwell The Zetter Townhouse is a 13 bedroom Georgian townhouse located in picturesque St James square in Clerkenwell, moments away from Farringdon station and the new cross rail connection. The property feels more like a private residence owned by some eccentric great-aunt than a hotel and features two incredible suites and 11 bedrooms, plus games room and dining room for private events and award-winning cocktail lounge so make sure you try one when you stay!
A Jack(fruit) Of All Trades?
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Though the delights of another “Veganuary” may be behind us, we still potentially have a lot to learn from the pulled pork substitutes sitting on supermarket shelves right now – or rather, the tropical fruit which forms the primary ingredient of the said vegetarian meals.
Its status as the saviour of vegetarians everywhere aside, the jackfruit’s nutritional value could make it become a staple food not just for its original cultivators in India and Southeast Asia, but for impoverished peoples in the wider world as a whole. Credit: Augustus Binu [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)] The jackfruit is the largest tree-borne fruit in the world, producing massive, green, oblong fruits with a bumpy, fleshy exterior. On the inside, jackfruit contains many fleshy pale-yellow, edible petals that when fully ripened have an intense sweet taste akin to a mix of pineapples, mangoes and bananas. As such, fully matured jackfruits are extensively used in various Southern Asian cuisines to make custards and cakes or mixed with other ingredients and shaved ice to form a smoothie-like dessert.
Unripe jackfruits also hold culinary uses due to having a more neutral, potato-like flavour. They work well in savoury dishes (primarily curries). The growing prominence of jackfruits in the West is due partly to their alternative use as a vegetarian staple. Unripe fruits soak up flavours well and have a stringy, “meat-like” texture when cooked. Consequently, the petals can be mixed with other flavourings and prepared as a meat substitute. The seeds also are themselves extremely nutritious and quite commonly used in Indian vegetable curries in place of lentils. When roasted, they can also serve as a commercial commodity due to their chocolate-like aroma.
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In recent years, it’s become recognised that jackfruit’s properties have implications potentially far beyond its current usage as a “trendy” meat substitute. Its health and nutritional value even as raw, freshly picked produce speaks for itself – the flesh is starchy and fibrous and a source of dietary fibre, aiding digestion and constipation issues. The benefits don’t stop there: Jackfruit is high in complex carbs which can provide a boost of energy, without throwing your blood sugar levels out of balance. Clinical trials have found that raw jackfruit has a lower glycemic load than wheat or rice. Consequently, the pancreas doesn’t need to release as much insulin to reduce glucose levels, reducing the risk of Type 2 diabetes. It’s unique in that it provides more than 3 grams of protein per cup, compared to only 0–1 grams for other fruits like mango. Jackfruit has high levels of calcium, strengthening and promoting healthy bones. Added stores of magnesium and potassium also help to absorb and retain calcium, respectively. Potassium additionally helps to regulate blood pressure, reducing the risk of strokes and heart attacks. Moderate levels of Vitamin C, an antioxidant which helps the body fight free radicals , aids the body’s immune system. Early research is being performed into jackfruit’s anti-cancer properties. Nutrients like lignans have anti-oestrogenic properties that may play a part in preventing hormone-based cancers. Saponins are also contained in jackfruit – they directly bind to and kill cancerous cells, as well as stimulating the immune system’s white blood cells into action to kill other harmful cells. Credit: Mullookkaaran [ CC BY-SA 3.0] via Wikimedia Commons. Shyamala Reddy, a biotechnology researcher at the University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, has said of the jackfruit that:
It can provide so many nutrients and calories […] if you eat just 10-12 bulbs of this fruit, you don’t need [to eat]for another 12 hours.
In recent years this has come to have huge implications regarding its potential role as a major source of calories and carbs for people in developing countries. One mature jackfruit tree can produce about 100-200 fruits (each 50kg) in a year, equating to around 3 tonnes. A wholesome food source which could potentially nourish thousands of people while simultaneously providing a stable income for farmers . In an interview with The Guardian , Danielle Nierenberg, President of Food Tank (an NGO dedicated to sustainable food production) stated:
It [jackfruit]is easy to grow. It survives pests and diseases and high temperatures. It is drought-resistant… It achieves what farmers need in food production when facing a lot of challenges under climate change.
It’s clear that the jackfruit could play a potential part of the solution for tropical countries facing problems with food security. Jackfruit trees can essentially grow anywhere on Earth that has a tropical or near-tropical climate. In addition, they’re far more efficient as a global food source compared to the intensive land and water resources necessary for livestock.
The global need for sustainable food production and supply has become much more apparent in the 21st century. It’s become increasingly essential to maintain local political stability, which decreases the risk of armed insurrection or mass migration to neighbouring countries, in turn improving chances for peace and stability in the surrounding region. The growing importance of food security for humanity as a whole was highlighted by the director of the UN World Food Programme , David Beasley’s attendance for the first time at the Munich Security Conference held earlier this year, where world leaders, diplomats and other senior figures engage in intensive debate on current and future security challenges facing our planet. Interviewed by the BBC , Mr Beasley stated that: ‘no food security essentially equates to no security of any kind’ in nations where the population is starving. He also highlighted the importance of meeting people’s basic needs so they don’t turn to extremism or migrate to (and put pressure on) other countries. In the same vein he called for an end to the wars currently being fought in the Middle East, specifically bringing up the crisis in Yemen with the worst famine in the world in over 100 years.
With its huge size, nutrient density, and pleasant taste, the jackfruit is one of the most promising solutions for sustainably feeding the world and guaranteeing poorer nations’ food security. For now at least, as more people move away from animal products across the globe, jackfruit and its “meaty” texture provides a more sustainable (and often less processed) option for plant-based meat alternatives like Quorn. While import costs from the tropics mean that jackfruit is unlikely to become a staple food here, it can still serve as an occasional ingredient for creative, healthy meals — we might even see it replace our need to expensively rear livestock for slaughter.
Quote: : Hello and welcome to the Questions Of The Day for Wednesday May 15, 2019.
Today’s random questions:
I see this all the time and I refuse to do it, owners of vehicles giving the automobile dealers they purchased the vehicle from free advertising. This is in regards to the atrocious large letter advertising around the licence plates in frames, sometimes covering a good design. If you could offer the dealer a fair fee to pay you per year for the advertising, how much should a car dealer pay you per year to advertise for them?
I am not sure about how much
Or would you refuse to advertise for a dealer unless maybe they offered you a lot of money? I never thought about this
Or just advertise for the dealership for free as it’s too much trouble to remove their advertising from your tag?
Not including ice what was the last thing you pulled out of the freezer to make or eat straight from the freezer:
What was the last restaurant you went to and what was the cuisine?
Vij’s an Indian restaurant in Vancouver/BC
What did you have?
Our group ordered a variety of food which we shared.
Garam masala portobellos in porcini cream curry
Paneer,ginger,cilantro,garlic cakes in creamy tomato curry
Coconut curried vegetables on lentil and brown pilaf
served with naan and chapatis and mint raita
Turmeric ginger sautéed chicken in za’atar spiced lentil curry
We were so stuffed by the time the waiter came to ask if we want dessert we all just said no thank you.It was extremely delicious but quite rich
Was it a special occasion or just out with family and / or friends? Dining solo also counts!
No special occasion
Have you ever been bowling?
Yes I love bowling
Do you like to bowl?
When was the last time and what kind of bowling was it?
A year ago ten-pin bowling
Ever heard of or participated in candlepin bowling?
It sounds familiar
On This Day:
1834 – The Northern Atlantic Coast States were in the midst of their greatest May snowstorm of record. The hills around Newbury, VT, were covered with two to three feet of snow.
1896 – A particularly intense tornado hits Sherman, Texas, and kills 73 people. It is estimated that the tornado was a rare F5 tornado, in which winds exceeded 260 miles per hour.
1942 – Gasoline rationing began in the U.S. The limit was 3 gallons a week for nonessential vehicles.
1963 – The winners of the fifth annual Grammy Awards are announced. Record of the Year is Tony Bennett’s “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. Peter, Paul And Mary’s “If I Had a Hammer” wins both Best Performance by a Vocal Group and Best Folk Recording.
1968 – A tornado touched down southwest of Anchorage, AK. It was the second of just three tornadoes reported in Alaska since 1950.
1972 – Alabama Gov. George C. Wallace was shot by 21 year old Arthur Bremer in Laurel, MD while campaigning for the U.S. presidency. Wallace was paralyzed by the shot from the waist down.
1902 – Richard Daley, mayor of Chicago through the 1960s and early 1970’s.
1918 – Eddy Arnold, singer / musician / songwriter. Had 60 year country music career.
1937 – Madeleine Albright – The first female United States Secretary of State in U.S. history, having served from 1997 to 2001 under President Bill Clinton.
1948 – Brian Eno, musician
1953 – George Brett, Member of the Baseball Hall Of Fame, played entire 21 year career for the Kansas City Royals.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!
THANK YOU John