In Bengaluru, residential WhatsApp groups could give competition to Swiggy and Zomato
In Bengaluru, residential WhatsApp groups could give competition to Swiggy and Zomato
The much-anticipated April rains had finally arrived in Bengaluru. The sweet smell of petrichor was everywhere. Jaishri Gopalan was watching the rain sweep across the city from the balcony of her 15th-floor apartment in Mahadevpura. Suddenly, she had a deep craving for hot bajjis. But since she was alone at home, the thought of cooking just for herself seemed too much effort. A year or two ago, such a craving would have died a quiet death. But not now.
Gopalan whipped out her phone and checked a WhatsApp group called Snacks that comprised several residents of her apartment complex. Sure enough, it was buzzing. A lady from the next block had put up a message not too long ago: “Making potato and onion bajjis. Eight plates will be available in half an hour. Please order now.” Six orders had come in, to which Gopalan added her name and flat number. Within 15 minutes, a steel box of piping hot bajjis arrived at her doorstep, delivered by the lady’s young son. Thirty rupees and one chocolate later, Gopalan was savouring the fritters, watching the rain go by.
Much like Gopalan’s, several apartment complexes in areas such as Whitefield, Mahadevpura, Sarjapur, Bannerghatta and Hennur in Bengaluru have been discovering the benefits of a neighbourhood food network over the past couple of years.
The network works quite simply. Residents of a locality get connected via an online group – mostly on WhatsApp – to buy and sell food, be it snacks and breakfast or lunch and dinner items. For the buyers, it’s a chance to eat home food at nominal prices. For the sellers, it’s an opportunity to show off their culinary skills and make some money on the side. It’s like a hyperlocal version of the food delivery giants Swiggy and Zomato, but with the added benefit of home food.
“It’s a boon,” said Gopalan. “Sometimes you don’t have the time to cook, sometimes you don’t feel like cooking. A service like this addresses those problems. It’s flexible and perfect for today’s fast-paced lives. And it’s all home-cooked food.” Taste of home
Food has always been a passion – and big business – in Bengaluru. The city has a bustling F&B industry with culinary hotspots like Koramangala alone having in excess of 500 restaurants. It contributes to India’s rapidly growing Rs 6,00,000 crore F&B industry by not just eating out but also ordering in. According to a report prepared by the management consulting firm RedSeer in February 2017, India’s online delivery market in 2016 was worth about $300 million and Bengaluru, with its share of 32%, was the top city in terms of order volume.
Into this crowded space have appeared the neighbourhood food networks that largely function in two ways. One, individual building communities create their own closed WhatsApp groups, which residents can join after being invited. Two, buyers and sellers in a particular neighbourhood connect through apps such as FoodyBuddy . Both platforms largely work on the same principles: a seller posts a menu, usually the night before, with a fixed number of orders and delivery slots. Buyers have to send their requests within a specified time. The next day, the food is delivered by the seller or picked by the buyer – depending on the arrangement. Prices are fixed by the seller and, in the case of FoodyBuddy, the company receives a small percentage of the sales. Like FoodyBuddy, there are other aggregator platforms – such as Oota Box and Masala Box – that connect home chefs with customers, but unlike FoodyBuddy, they also employ delivery executives.
Rachna Rao, a co-founder of FoodyBuddy, says the idea of the company was hatched because of a very personal need: the desire to eat home food. Working long hours at her previous job left her with no time to cook. Often, as she would be uninterestedly eating a hastily-put-together dinner or a takeaway, the delicious smells wafting from her neighbours’ homes would make her think: “I wish I could eat what they are cooking.” FoodyBuddy was founded in 2016 by Rao, Anup Gopinath and Akil Sethuraman. They have currently more than 2,000 active sellers, and an average of 25,000 people use the app every month.
“It is the need to eat home-cooked food that has led to this trend of a neighbourhood food network,” said Rao. “The majority of our buyers are working professionals, who don’t have time to cook at home, whether it’s [because of] work pressure or the long commutes and traffic in Bengaluru. But at the same time…it matters to them what they are putting on the table.” Reliability is key
Radhika Sharma, a techie, works in Sarjapur in South East Bengaluru and lives around 14 kilometres away in Whitefield in East Bengaluru. Three-hour commutes every day leave her little time for anything else. “My husband also has a long commute, so we would end up using Swiggy or Zomato to order from nearby restaurants and it started taking a toll on our health,” said Sharma. A neighbour connected her with Homely Khana, a WhatsApp group in her building. Sharma now regularly orders food on it. “I usually stop by after work and get dal chawal, roti sabzi or mixed rice for dinner made by this lady who lives in the next block,” she said. “It’s like what I would cook at home.” Cabbage tikki by Usha Shenoy. Photo courtesy: FoodyBuddy.
Lakshmi Acharya, who has a similar commute, usually rustles up something simple for breakfast on weekdays: fried eggs and toast. But on weekends, she often uses FoodyBuddy to order in piping hot idlis, chutney and Tamil-style sambar made by an elderly gentleman and his wife in her neighbourhood. “Four idlis, sambar and chutney cost Rs 70,” she said. “Not only is it tasty, it’s the convenience aspect that I find most appealing.”
Convenience and reliability are the buzzwords for Dr Nandita Iyer, a nutritionist and food blogger. “I recently ordered ice cream on Swiggy on a Friday night and it took nearly two hours to arrive,” said Iyer, who lives in Whitefield. “A WhatsApp food network like this, where the delivery is controlled by the buyer or the seller, ensures the food is there at the time you want it.” According to Iyer, the fact that the food is coming from the house of your neighbour, someone you know, gives you the assurance that “they will take as much care as I do in my own home”. Regional food needs
Personal connections like these are what has made the WhatsApp food network so popular in a city that already gets clean, reasonably-priced food at thousands of darshinis , the small independent eateries that serve tiffin items like dosas, vadas and idlis.
“I cook the way I would for my children,” said Nikita Jadhav, who lives in a gated community in Mahadevpura. A self-taught baker, Jadhav started selling cakes on her building’s WhatsApp group a couple of years ago. Demand grew and Jadhav decided to give up her job as an interior designer and focus on baking full-time. Today, she sells bread, cakes, muffins and other desserts. “I have a studio in Hoodi as baking bread in large quantities needs a proper set-up with equipment.” A sample menu that Nikita Jadhav posts on her WhatsApp groups every morning. Image courtesy: Nikita Jadhav.
She posts her menu on her WhatsApp group Sugarkiss – which has nearly 250 members – the night before, and orders are usually delivered by her by 4 pm the next day. “I don’t use preservatives and people appreciate such things. I find selling on the building’s WhatsApp group more rewarding than supplying to any restaurant or cafe, as they are only interested in margins.” All her desserts are priced under Rs 150. For Holi, she created items like a firangi laddoo, a choux pastry motichur laddoo. “I have even made pancake batter with oats, ragi and wheat, which are in high demand.” She also bakes cakes on order. Jadhav makes around Rs 35,000 to Rs 45,000 per month but puts everything back into the business.
A Sridevi first began selling pickles on her WhatsApp group in her residential locality in Mahadevpura a year ago. Today, she has two such groups – Santripti BM and Santripti BM#2 – with nearly 300 members each. She provides breakfast, lunch and dinner items, such as ragi idlis with chutney, masala dosa, chapatis with paneer burji, corn and peas mixed rice with roti, methi dal and curd rice. Her food is popular with working mothers, who often add it to their children’s lunch boxes. She starts delivering her food as early as 6 am. Prices range from Rs 45 to Rs 120. “I do this because I am passionate about cooking,” she said. “People commend me about the quality of my food and it makes me feel good.”
For Gupta, one of the more interesting aspects of being part of such a group is the chance to “savour food that one may crave but normally not make at home”. Regional specialities are some of the more popular items across groups, whether it’s the Bengali Patishapta or a Tamil murungai keerai adai. “These are dishes you may not find regularly in restaurants and can only get from a home kitchen,” said Rao. In Iyer’s building complex, one of the most sought-after cuisines is Punjabi food: “You can’t get this authentic taste of rajma, chole and dum alu at any restaurant.” Ratna Bindra in her kitchen. Photo courtesy: FoodyBuddy.
Another reason why regional cuisine is popular is the cosmopolitanism of Bengaluru. Ratna Bindra, a college professor who lives near the National Institute of Design campus in North Bengaluru, sells her Punjabi food – chole bhature, stuffed parathas and lassis – on FoodyBuddy. The majority of her patrons are students, many of whom hail from North India. Another popular seller on the app is a Bengali chef, Rita Deb, who lives near Bellandur. Rao says that after ordering Deb’s food, a neighbour came and touched her feet because “he was reminded of his mother’s cooking”.
There are the occasional niggles, though. Some sellers say they hardly make any profits because most buyers loathe paying high prices – “‘it’s food cooked at home,’ they say”.“Tracking payments is a pain,” bemoaned another seller. “We have to constantly chase people and send reminders, yet some conveniently forget.”Others complain how some “pushy sellers” try and control the whole group. But all in all, most buyers and sellers welcome the trend.
Convenience, hygiene and “the taste of home” apart, there is another, perhaps more emotional, reason why people are turning to their neighbourhood food network – the chance to “build connections”. Sulochana Mani, a 60-year-old woman who lives alone in her apartment in Bannerghatta, sells South Indian food on FoodyBuddy. For her, it’s not about the money – it’s about “helping the community”. “She says that so many people from her building recognise her as the ‘aunty who makes such good South Indian food’ and this has helped her make new friends,” said Rao. Iyer agrees with this: “This is a great way to meet new people. It breaks barriers and when you meet someone in person, when they collect your food, or you deliver it, it helps you connect and bond.”
Diabetes Diet: Eat Onion To Beat The Summer Heat And Regulate Blood Glucose Levels
Diabetes Diet: Eat Onion To Beat The Summer Heat And Regulate Blood Glucose Levels Diabetes Diet: Eat Onion To Beat The Summer Heat And Regulate Blood Glucose Levels NDTV Food Desk | Updated: May 08, 2019 10:00 IST Diabetes Diet for Summer: Red onions contain flavonoids and sulfur that regulate glucose levels Highlights Onion may benefits diabetics during summers Red onion contains the flavonoid quercetin Red onion also contains sulfur compounds
Diabetes is a condition that affects the body’s ability to process blood sugar normally, leading to an excess of glucose in the blood. There are two different types of diabetes – Type-1 diabetes and Type-2 diabetes. While the former is a result of the pancreas producing little or no insulin, the latter is a lifestyle disorder, resulting from the body becoming insulin resistant. Diabetes affects millions of people in India every year and common symptoms of the condition include frequent thirst, frequent urge to urinate, fatigue and hunger and even blurred vision in some cases. Diabetics need to be very careful about what they eat on a daily and even hourly basis. Diabetics need to be extra careful of their diet. They should include food that is high on fibre content. Fibre enables slow release of sugar in the bloodstream that prevents abnormal spikes.
There are certain foods and drinks that people can include in their diet to regulate their levels of blood sugar and onion is one of them. The vegetable may prove to be beneficial for diabetics, especially during summers. Onion for diabetes: The veggie may prove beneficial for diabetics Benefit Of Onion For Summers
Onion is an indispensable part of the Indian cuisine. It’s used in preparing almost every curry and rice dish, and is a common part of sides and accompaniments like chutneys, salads etc. Onion also comes with a number of health benefits, including boosting skin and hair health, as well as protecting the body against symptoms of heat stroke. Red onions , which are the most common onions used across the Indian subcontinent, are rich in the compound quercetin, which is a flavonoid and which is said have anti-histamine properties. This means that it stops the release of allergen histamine from cells. It may, therefore, help prevent rashes due to heat on the skin. It also helps in preventing allergies and fights inflammation in the body.
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Onion or onion juice may be consumed during summers to fight adverse impacts of the heat, as well as to regulate levels of blood sugar. A recently published review of studies on the impact of quercetin has indicated that the compound may help diabetics. The review that was published in the journal Phytopherapy Research said that daily consumption of quercetin supplements in dosage 500 mg or above for eight weeks, lowered blood glucose levels in metabolic syndrome patients. The participants were at a high risk of developing diabetes. Other than that, the juice from onions is also recommended for consumption as well as external use during summers, to treat heat stroke and soothe sun burns, respectively.
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Another study conducted on rats concluded that diets containing 5 percent onion extracts for a period of 28 days were able to decrease fasting blood glucose levels. These anti-diabetic effects of red onions come from the presence of both quercetin and sulphur compounds in it.
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Onion for diabetes: Red onions contain the flavonoid quercetin
Include red onions in your salads, sandwiches, savoury porridges, brown rice dishes etc. to reap the benefits of the vegetable. Pregnant women may be advised to stay away from excessive consumption of too much onion. In case of food allergies or chronic illnesses, it is advised to consult your dietitian or physician before adding any food to your diabetes diet .
Nasr said: ↑ I have visited London a number of times during my travels. Whenever I go there, I always have sought out “Pakistani” restaurants. I found it difficult to identify when searching for Pakistani restaurants, because they always carry the tag line, “Indian Cusine, or Authentic Indian Cusine”. Upon inquiring at one of the restaurants, I found out the food was Pakistani, the owner of the restaurants were Pakistani, the staff was Pakistani, yet the restaurant board outside said indian cuisine. When I asked the owner, he said, well title it because everyone else does it. So I asked a question (rhetorical), that if everyone jumped into the english channel, would he do the same? He had no answer. I even told him that I had almost not entered his restaurant because it said indian cuisine. Because I was looking to eat food which is Pakistani, and if wanted indian food, I would’ve gone to an indian restaurant (as if). And I have to say, this one of the most disgusting attitudes or approach I have come across my travels in London. No where else in the world have Pakistanis done this, not in Malaysia, not in America, not in Turkey, or anywhere else I have visited. I hope that Pakistanis living in this tiny island country of britain, show that they are Muslim first, as a consequence of which, a Pakistani and after which, you can add whatever the heck their britishness means. Don’t you ever forget who you are, a MUSLIM FIRST, due which you are PAKISTANI. Everything else, has little to no consequence or meaning for you. No matter which part of the world you may live in or undertake business ventures. Click to expand…
Bangkok Airways joins race for duty-free concession at Thai airports amid diversification plans
By Suchat Sritama 18:48
Bangkok Airways is focussed on diversifying beyond its core aviation business, putting high hopes on restaurants and duty-free retail.
Amid the airline’s ongoing diversification, significant opportunities to expand its retail presence emerged this year when state-owned Airports of Thailand revised restrictions to allow more operators to bid for duty-free and commercial areas at four major airports in the country: Suvarnabhumi, Phuket, Hat Yai and Chiang Mai. Opportunities for new entrants with single duty-free retailer no longer the model; pictured, Chiang Mai International Airport
To bid for duty-free concession, Bangkok Airways will form a 50:50 joint venture company with Lotte Duty Free Group from South Korea, said the airline’s president Puttipong Prasarttong-Osoth in a Tuesday press briefing.
Bangkok Airways, which already has duty-free stores at its own airports in Koh Samui and Luang Prabang, is among the companies now racing for duty-free concession at the four Thai airports. Other bidders include Central Retail, Minor International, Royal Orchid Sheraton (Thailand) and the long-monopolised King Power Group.
Explaining the airline’s strategy of diversification, Puttipong said: “Over the past three to four years, profits from our core business (airline and airport) gradually declined due to higher cost, changes in customer behaviour and a tough business environment. The company is eyeing non-aviation business.”
According to Puttipong, 70 per cent of the airline’s total revenue of 27.9 billion baht (US$8.7 billion) came from airline and airport business, 15 per cent from catering, ground service and lamp, and 15 per cent from cargo. The airline carried 5.8 million passengers in 2019 and expected to serve more than six million this year.
To increase revenue from non-aviation sectors, the company is planning to open its fourth restaurant in Bangkok this year, next to its French restaurant Brasseries 9 in Sathon. The airline entered into the restaurant business a few years ago and today operates three outlets serving up different cuisines including Lebanese, French and Indian food.
All existing outlets contributed revenue of 93 million baht in 2018. Income is expected to climb to 120 million this year.
Our catering unit has long been forayed in the food business to capitalise the income generation opportunities in the sector, said Puttipong.
Besides the duty-free and food business, the airline chief said the group is doing a feasibility study on airport facilities in an ‘aero town’ project located at U-Tapao Airport in Rayong province in the east and a new airport project in Phang Nga province in the south. TAGS
Anjuna Flea Market in Anjuna, India
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Your first clue is the vast range of interesting and eclectic goods sold at this market. Wares range from linen clothes to Nepali and Tibetan artifacts, spices, incense, semi-precious stones, crystals, and carved knives, alongside stalls offering tattoos, dreadlocks or hair-coloring, and body piercings.
The village of Anjuna first earned its reputation as a popular hippie destination in the 1960s and ’70s, catering to Western travelers interested in Eastern spiritual traditions. The beachside market was an extension of that experience, and remains a must-see bazaar for visitors in North Goa today. This “bartering bazaar” formed organically around 1960 by travelers who ran short of cash and bartered their goods in the square. In the beginning, locals called it an “open-air hippie goods exchange.” The weekly flea is now a wildly popular attraction for backpackers, tourists, and locals alike.
While prices at the market are very affordable, bargaining is an expectation. Most of the eclectic trinkets and wares sold here are from all over India and neighboring countries, and visitors come here for the experience of bargaining rather than in search of local goods. The market also now offers a vast array of global cuisine, including Indian, Israeli, Indo-Chinese and Western food. Know Before You Go
The flea market is open on Wednesdays as a weekly bazaar from October to May. Hours of operation are from sunrise to sunset, roughly translating to 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Make sure you sharpen your bargaining skills and embrace the game of bargaining! Don’t forget to explore the global cuisines in food stalls throughout the market. Hotels close to the beach and flea market include many vacation rentals and converted-quaint, colonial estate homes.
Our royal time at Gaj Kesri Bikaner, a perfect blend of modernity and tradition
I have been to Rajasthan multiple times, but it was my first time to Bikaner and I decided on Gaj Kesri, Bikaner to be my abode. I did a little research on the property and its website said “Gaj Kesri is a small elegant hotel in the outskirts of Bikaner with easy access to the city and its chief attraction”. The gallery showcased the best of pictures combined with modernity and tradition and I instantly said yes to visit the place.nnAlways ready to explore the unexplored, we caught an early morning flight (ATR) to Bikaner. It’s the only flight operated between Delhi and Bikaner. I was quite amazed to see the cozy Bikaner airport operated by Indian Air Force where the luggage does not come on a conveyer belt but it’s transported manually. Due to security reasons, photography is not permitted and I controlled my urge to take pictures.nnIt was time to head to our beautiful hotel known for luxury rooms, verdant lawns and lovely swimming pool and meet our host. So with no further delay, we got into the cars waiting for us and headed to Gaj Kesri, built in the palace style of Rajputana in the Bikaneri vernacular. When we entered the grand property we were stumbled with greenery around the magnificent red building. Mr. Sunil Rampuria, our kind and humble host personally received us and our welcome drink (sharbat) of jasmine flowers refreshed us. We made our way to the courtyard through the most gorgeous reception carved in blue to the art guest rooms. Truly a piece of art, the guest rooms are aptly called ‘Art guest rooms’. The hotel is well equipped with 41 rooms – 31 Art Guest Rooms and 10 Standard Rooms. The rooms have a royal yet modern touch. Colourful cushions grace the white sheets of the cozy bed besides green handpainted wall. The room divided in the dressing area and living area and had all amenities from a work desk to small cupboards to big wardrobe with a stunning nature inspired view. Bedside lamps, a beautiful mirror and couches add the aesthetic touch along with hand painted walls, furniture and decorations. The open, spacy hotel follows 4 colour schemes and is aesthetically called as Art Hotels.nn nnThe gorgeous 25-acre property located in the barren and sandy countryside just outside Bikaner has artistic interiors. From couches to artifacts, everything is made in-house by local artisans at Bhanwar Niwas and is so beautiful and royal. The hotel also has two drawing rooms which are artistically aligned. Guests can relax there, it’s a perfect place for photography and is absolutely gorgeous. An old world charm is retained yet the place looks so modern and defined.nn nnIt was time for lunch and we headed to the beautiful restaurant through the arched courtyard. Interestingly different spots of the courtyard had beautiful, colourful artifacts which made a visual delight. The restaurant had a lovely charm with a choice of couches and chairs. The Multi-Cuisine restaurant serves lip smacking vegetarian food using different ingredients ditching the usual ‘paneer’ which vegetarians are usually restricted with. We started with Dahi Puchka, Baked Kheere ki Kachori, Missa in starters while the main course included Parwal Dahi ka Saag, Aloo Dum, Gatte ki Khichidi accompanied with Mirchi ki Launji, Kairi ki Launji, Kheere ki Raadi, Poori and Khatte ki Pakodi. Dessert was Chilled Kharbuja in Gulab Jal which was absolutely delicious. I am generally very choosy about my food but I loved the refreshing taste which was retained in the cooking. Mr. Rampuria personally acquainted us with every dish on the table. Loved how he goes into every detail of the hotel. My favorite was Kheere ki Kachori in starters which had a nice stuffing and Parwal Dahi ka Saag in main course which was a unique combination never tried before.nn nnBikaner is historically rich and boats of a variety of sightseeing options for its tourists.nnWe came back to the hotel post the sightseeing and made use of the in-room dining. We asked the kitchen on phone extension what we can get fast and we were served soft and yummy Paneer Pakodas and amazing Spring Rolls.nnInterestingly the planning for Gaj Kesri started in 2003 which opened in 2006. Mr. Rampuria had all in mind of how it would be. He wanted something Rajasthani for tourist and travelers and not something like a 5 star. He always knew the art and architecture he wanted. He started drawing his plans on a graph paper with pencil and not on AutoCad in an old fashioned manner which he prefers and converted the virgin land from structural engineer to design.nnWould you want to know how Gaj Kesri got its name? Mr. Rampuria met an astrologer in Bhanwar Niwas their ancestral property while this property was in construction. While seeing the horoscope of Mr. Rampuria and his family members- he saw Gaj Kesari Raj yog which is a great planetary combination. Gaja-Kesari Yoga is one of the very auspicious yoga in vedic astrology and also one of the famous yoga. The Gaja Kesari is the combination of two words: Gaja and Kesari. The terms ‘Gaja’ means an elephant and the word ‘Kesari’ means lion. So as the name suggests, the yoga gives the native the toughness and vigour like a lion, also majesty and dignity of an elephant. And that’s where he found the name. Kesri – more authentic and sweeter- Gaj Kesri!nn nnThe hotel majorly sees a lot of foreign German & French travellers. We wanted to know how receptive are they to veg food. Mr. Rampuria said that interestingly the foreigners are open to experimenting with food and love Continental and Indian vegetarian option. They feel safe as they think non-veg in India is not safe. In winters they miss eggs in breakfast and the perfect substitute for that is Cheela made of dal or besan.nn nnThe evening was followed by Dinner at the beautiful restaurant. The dinner started with Vegetable Soup followed by Dahi Bada, Stuffed Tomato, Jodhpuri Chakki ka Saag, Cabbage in South Indian style, Naan, Dal chawal, Papad and my favourite Chenna Toast. Such unique dishes prepared with perfection and love.nn nnThe next morning started with the voice of chirping birds and the nature inspired view from the room. Such a lovely morning to be cherished! We began the day freshening up and moving for breakfast but before breakfast we headed to the beautiful drawing room for some photo opps. Guests can sit and relax in the magnificent drawing rooms, which are three in number. The Big Drawing Room, the T Drawing Room (so called because of its T shape and the lovely portrait of Tara Rampuria, that dominates the room) and the Little Drawing Room. I loved the little Qutub Minar created at one of the Drawing rooms which looked so stunning. The tower is ornamented and bands of the Qutub Minar has ‘Sare jahan se achha Hindustan hamara’ written in urdu. The top level band has been written by Mr. Sunil Rampuria himself.nnBreakfast was again an amazing experience which was well laid out at the beautiful restaurant in buffet style. The menu included Poha, Cheela, Curd, Aloo Tikki , juice, fruits, toast (with butter/ cheese/ jam). On special request the staff also made yummy Paneer Paratha too. There was also a choice of tea/ coffee to keep us awake.nnPost breakfast we also made a visited the beautiful Karni Mata Mandir made in the hotel premises. Evenings in Gaj Kesri and musically aligned. The lead singer Raja performs at the hotel every evening and entertains the guests with his band. On our personal request Mr. Rampuria took the mike and sang Ajeeb Daastan Hai Yeh again in his melodious voice. Time just flew by singing and dancing and infact many foreign guests who were present at the courtyard joined us. It was time to retire for the day.nnIt was a refreshing morning the next day and we headed to the beautiful restaurant for our breakfast. The menu that day included Aloo Bonda, Baked Beans, Poori Bhaji, Fresh Fruits, Lassi, Juice, Tea/Coffee and Corn Flakes with Milk.nnIf you want to know how to reach the beautiful property, then you can reach by air, road or rail. The airport is in the city itself where you can fly from Delhi or Jaipur. Bikaner can also be reached by train from Delhi, Jaipur, Mumbai, Agra and other major Indian towns. The hotel also offers the most wonderful venues and catering for weddings and other events so if a Destination Wedding is how you are planning your wedding, then you know where to head.
The splendour of PHILADELPHIA: birthplace of the American Revolution
Our base from which to explore was The Independent Hotel, a handsome boutique establishment right in the compact Center City.
It meant we could cover the historical district, museums and shopping streets all on foot.
Armed with our CityPASS card – offering discounted entry to the big attractions – we kicked off our visit with a two-hour walking tour called History In HD ( philadelphiaurbanadventures.com ).
Our guide, Rob, took us on a whistle-stop tour of Independence National Historical Park – the city-centre neighbourhood where America’s first governmental buildings create a pleasing visual tableau.
We stopped by Benjamin Franklin’s grave and wandered down Elfreth’s Alley, a beautifully preserved street of 32 historic houses that includes a museum, and ended up at a craft beer house for refreshment that was included in the tour price. The majestic Ben Franklin Bridge crosses the Delaware river and leads into the city (Image: NC)
Rob filled us in on Alexander Hamilton – the founding father immortalised in the smash-hit musical – whose stamp is all over this city.
For example, Hamilton signed the US Constitution in 1787 right here at Independence Hall.
Famished after our invigorating historical wander, we stopped by Reading Terminal Market for lunch.
This hot spot, opened in 1893, is a giant indoor market full of food stalls serving global cuisine.
Queue for the aforementioned Philly cheesesteak at Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and leave room for a traditional Amish dessert like shoofly pie, a dessert similar to treacle tart, from the Dutch Eating Place. Philadelphia is renowned for its picturesque cobblestone streets (Image: Getty )
Philadelphia’s become a mecca for foodies and, as such, we ate incredibly well.
The owner of the city’s best upscale Middle Eastern restaurant, Zahav, also has a newer restaurant, Abe Fisher.
It’s a trendy place offering a modern twist on Jewish cuisine – don’t miss the potato latkes and the smoked salmon crudo.
For breakfast, make the journey to High Street On Market, an industrial-chic café serving breakfast sandwiches packed full of delectable ingredients – The Hickory Town featured the combination of Lancaster bologna and Amish horseradish Cheddar.
Front Street Cafe in the up-and-coming Fishtown area of the city was packed to the rafters with diners enjoying fresh delicacies like shrimp and grits or a whole roasted cauliflower with buffalo sauce and aioli, a big favourite at all the tables around us. Related articles The road less travelled, go off the beaten track in Nevada
It has a lively young clientele and bags of atmosphere.
Culture vultures will be at home in Philadelphia – it has more museums than you’ll have time for, so we focused on a couple of big hitters.
The Philadelphia Museum Of Art – called The Parthenon On The Parkway for its Greek-style architecture – sits at the end of the majestic Benjamin Franklin Parkway and is packed full of gems.
Check out its works by important American painters like Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins, as well as the sheer spectacle of a 16th-century Indian temple reconstructed indoors.
A short distance away in a modernist building is the Barnes Foundation, home to one of the greatest collections of Impressionist and post-Impressionist paintings in the world, collected by chemist and businessman Albert Barnes. In a city full of beautiful building, City Hall is arguably Philadelphia’s most impressive (Image: Alamy Stock )
If we’d had longer in town, we’d have checked out The Franklin Institute science museum, which contains a giant replica human heart, or the historic Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site, where Al Capone was once incarcerated.
To view the rest of the city and to rescue our aching feet, we took a hop-on, hop-off open-top bus tour with the Big Bus Company.
It squeezed down narrow city streets to give us a comprehensive look as our tour guide kept up an interesting patter about city landmarks – the statue atop City Hall of Pennsylvania’s founder, William Penn, faces northeast, toward the place where he signed a peace treaty with the Native American Lenni Lenape tribe.
In a city full of beautiful buildings, City Hall is arguably Philadelphia’s most impressive.
For nearly 100 years it was Philadelphia’s tallest building, and it remains today a landmark that grabs the attention.
It’s a fitting tribute to a metropolis that offers more history and grandeur than nearly any other American city.
With direct flights from the UK with British Airways and American Airlines, Philadelphia couldn’t be easier to get to, and deserves to be on every tourist’s list.
The City Hall of Philadelphia stands at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (Image: Getty)
WAY TO GO
A King Deluxe room at The Independent Hotel (theindependent hotel.com ) costs from £145 per night.
Buy a CityPASS ( citypass.com ), from £39.22 for adults, to get free and discounted access to Philadelphia’s top attractions.
Joint business partners American Airlines and British Airways operate up to three daily direct flights between London Heathrow and Philadelphia from £576 return (including taxes) or from £1,486 return in Business Class.
Holidayextras.com (0800 131 3777) offers car hire at thousands of holiday destinations, as well as a huge choice of travel extras, including airport transfers and international airport lounges.
From Philadelphia Airport, prices start from £172.34 per week and include access to a lounge at Heathrow Terminal 5.
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Marriott International reveals enticing seasonal offer at over 250 properties in 29 countries across the Middle East and Africa
Efo Korsi Senyo 3 days ago 0 116 5 minutes read
Explore exciting destinations and experiences and enjoy 25% off with complimentary breakfast for Marriott Bonvoy members and 15% off for non-members
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates, May 6, 2019/ — Marriott International ( www.Marriott.com ) has unveiled an enticing offer across 250 hotels and 21 brands in 29 countries across Middle East and Africa. As more and more travelers are increasingly seeking out enriching local experiences, Marriott International is inviting guests to explore spectacular destinations and experiences across the region and save 25% until 30 th September 2019. And yes, non-members can join for free and enjoy the benefits!
Whether escaping to cooler climates, seeking summer sun or traveling for business, the region’s boundless experiences tick every travelers bucket list. From culinary getaways, a couple’s retreat, family fun, a relaxing solo-moon, an ultimate golf package, honeymoon bliss, a cultural discovery, to a historical journey, there is a destination and experience to suit every passion and purpose of trip at Marriott International properties across the region.
“Travelers today want more than just a holiday; they are looking to make lasting memories through unique and enriching experiences, an active and meaningful immersion in the destination, its history, people, culture and food. In the Middle East and Africa, we are fortunate to have a diverse portfolio of brands across exciting destinations that are waiting to be explored. From the bright lights of Dubai to historic insights of Cairo, from the natural wonders of Jordan to the tropical paradise of Mauritius, traveling within the region has never been more appealing. This is an ideal opportunity for our loyal members and guests to travel and experience more this season”, said Neal Jones, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at Marriott International Middle East & Africa.
Some of the enriching experiences that can be enjoyed across Marriott International’s Middle East and Africa portfolio in the region include:
History Enthusiasts History enthusiasts wanting to discover the majesty of Egypt’s Pyramids can expect an unparalleled location with Marriott Mena House , Cairo . This legendary hotel, which has welcomed numerous heads of state, allows travelers to bask in its storied past.
Culture Vultures Discover the cultural heritage of the Bedouin way of life in the magical Wadi Rum and relive the fantasy of Lawrence of Arabia. Explore the historic site of Petra and stay at the Petra Marriott Hotel or simply float in the famed Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Marriott Resort and Spa is your haven to unlock the mystery of Jordan.
Design Addicts Hit Escape and head to the newly opened W Dubai – The Palm, a design dream, where traditional is juxtaposed with modern, organic meets manmade and order challenges chaos. From the hotel’s iconic “W” sign patterned to resemble an evaporated desert river bed, to the modern graffiti adorning the walls of every room, there is a detail to be discovered in every corner.
Foodies Sample the flavors of the world at 10 different restaurants and lounges at the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai , including Japanese, Italian, Indian and Thai cuisine. What’s more, with the properties’ prime location in the heart of Downtown Dubai housing the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai Mall and Dubai Opera, a multitude of culinary destinations are at your fingertips.
Cityscapers Cape Town’s urban oasis-inspired 15 on Orange, Autograph Collection , is situated close to the city’s central park and heritage site, the Company’s Garden, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world, Table Mountain National Park. Guests can discover the city and then retreat to the hotel’s botanical inspired oasis.
Desert Dreamers An authentic desert experience awaits at Al Maha, A Luxury Collection Resort and Spa, Dubai . This resort oasis is nestled among the lush palm groves, emerald canopies and iconic sand dunes of the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve.
Shopaholics Connected to the world-renowned Mall of the Emirates, Sheraton Mall of The Emirates is a short distance from downtown Dubai. Shop till you drop and when you are done, head to the 24 th floor rooftop infinity pool and soak in the in breathtaking city views.
#Couplegoals Experiences do not come more romantic or Insta-worthy than a beach resort. Edging the Arabian Gulf, The Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Hamra Beach offers sumptuous seclusion along shimmering azure waters and pristine white sands. This breathtaking coastal haven is where fresh discoveries become lifelong memories. Or escape to an island getaway and retreat to a stunning beachfront setting surrounded by a tranquil turquoise lagoon overlooking the Indian Ocean at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort . Set against the stunning backdrop of the Le Morne Peninsula, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this resort is ideal to rediscover love and live exquisite.
Family Fun Embraced by the gently swaying sugar cane fields and the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius invites you to experience the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly idyllic setting. Set adjacent to a protected marine park, families can explore idyllic Turtle Bay, historic Port Louis and lively Grand Bay or simply enjoy the many activities offered at the resort through the Family program.
Adventure Seekers In the mood for some adventure? Take a trip to East Africa. Make Four Points by Sheraton Arusha, The Arusha Hotel your home and scale the heights of Kilimanjaro or chase the Great Wildbeest Migration in The Serengeti. Stay at the Kigali Marriott Hotel and go mountain Gorilla watching in Rwanda or explore the tribal way of life as you follow the Maasai with a stay at Four Points by Sheraton Nairobi Airport, overlooking the Nairobi National Park or the recently rebranded Sankara Nairobi, Autograph Collection for an authentic sense of locale.
Marriott Bonvoy members enjoy a 25% off on the best available rate with complimentary breakfast, while non- members can get a 15% off excluding breakfast. Book between 18 April to 25 September 2019 for stays between 18 April and 30 September 2019. For more information on participating hotels, experiences and specific deals, please visit: www.TravelOffers.me . Non- members can join Marriott Bonvoy free-of-charge and enjoy the benefits of this amazing offer. To sign up for free, visit www.MarriottBonvoy.com .
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