Interview with Lorna Nanda Gangotra from The Little Indian Kitchen – Talented Ladies Club
Interview with Lorna Nanda Gangotra from The Little Indian Kitchen – Talented Ladies Club
Find out what inspired Lorna Nanda Gangotra to leave a lucrative consulting career to follow her passion and start her own bistro, The Little Indian Kitchen – and how her career has flourished since. What’s your career background?
After graduating with a degree in business studies I worked in a number of corporate blue chip companies in the management consulting, law and mobile telecommunications arena.
The internet bubble burst in 2000 and so instead of travelling the world with my redundancy package, I went on to do an MBA in International Business and consulted in the mobile telecoms world thereafter. Did your career change after having children? And if so, how?
I actually changed career prior to having children and there were a number of reasons that made me take that big step to follow my passion of setting up a food business.
The fact that we had decided to start a family helped: I didn’t want to be sat on a plane, train, airport lounge being pregnant nor did I want to continue with the commuter/rat race to and from work in London.
As it was, I fell pregnant more or less as soon I opened my bistro in Wimbledon, The Little Indian Kitchen.
When I was heavily pregnant with my second child I decided to close the bistro and turned to focusing on farmers markets, which are close to our home in Surrey, and cookery classes in the comfort of clients’ homes. This gave me the benefit of reduced overheads and more time with my growing family. Why did you decide to enter Family Cooking Showdown?
I had previously been approached by a couple of TV production companies for a TV series, one involving Jamie Oliver’s series in the USA but I was heavily pregnant.
I always said I wanted to showcase and share my love and passion for authentic Indian food and if TV happens it happens and when the time is right… I was approached by a television production company at a food festival looking for passionate, family cooks.
I decided to go for it and five interviews later we were accepted and went on to be the best family cooks in Britain. How has your life changed after winning the competition?
I’m still me, doing what I do, sharing my passion and love for food and cooking of real, fresh, authentic, locally sourced produce. It was great to highlight the authenticity of real homestyle Indian dishes on the show and get such fantastic feedback from the judges and viewers alike.
I’ve got a great following of interested parties from all over the globe especially now that the show is on Netflix… they all want my recipes!! I’ve even been invited to Hawaii to share my cookery skills and knowledge! What inspired you to launch The Little Indian Kitchen?
That big grey cloud looming over my head whilst sitting on the tube most mornings heading into work and wondering what if I followed my passion and dream and love of all things foodie and plunge into the food world?!
My husband has also been a huge positive and inspirational influence in allowing me to pursue my foodie career path. What’s been the biggest hurdles you’ve had to overcome in your business?
The challenge of balancing the demands of my family versus my business/work life – sometimes its a real struggle juggling family life and work commitments – there is quite a lot of weekend and evening work involved too.
Also learning to say no and not take on more than I’m physically capable of doing…old habits die hard! And your proudest moments?
There are a few. One is that Monica Galetti came and ate at my bistro in Wimbledon on a number of occasions. I didn’t know who she was as that was the year Masterchef started and we only realised when we saw her on television! For me it was the acknowledgement that I must be doing something right.
I’m also very proud of hosting my first supper club in Central London at Asma Khan’s restaurant Darjeeling Express, it was not only a sell out event but I got a mention in the Evening Standard too – it was a roaring success.
Winning the title of the Best Family Cooks In Britain following our win from BBC2’s Family Cooking showdown was a huge achievement too – it gave many others hope and inspiration that anything you put your heart and mind to, you can do it – it was also a huge nod to my mother and late grandmother’s legacy of heritage cooking from the heart! What makes your cooking different?
It’s straight from the heart, authentic and real food!. I use the freshest, seasonal local produce which gives the most amazing flavours, aromas and tastes – whether it’s an Indian or Italian dish I’m cooking or a full-on Roast… maybe with a slight twist of spice though! Why is it important to you to work with farmers?
I love the concept of from field to fork. As a cook I know that I am getting the great flavour that comes from using fresh, ingredients. I know it’s healthier – which is something I especially care about as a mother.
So wherever possible I use the freshest, locally sourced produce be it poultry, meat, fruit or vegetables. Naturally ripened vegetables, herbs and fruit adds to the flavour of your cooking. The fact that there’s less transportation, refrigeration and hot housing involved benefits the environment, which are all factors which come into the added value of using locally farmed meat.
There’s a growing rise in concern and awareness of food provenance – I know this on an anecdotal basis from customers – but the growth in sales of organic produce in supermarkets is another indicator.
As a local producer I welcome the fact that as a society we care more about what we eat and where it comes from. And as a mum, I’m so pleased that my children now also appreciate a lot more where food comes from and jump at any opportunity to come and stock up our supplies from the farmers. Why is food so important to you?
Food has always been and still is the centre of everything in my family upbringing – we Indians believe that by sharing food and drink with people – we show how much we love and adore them.
It’s very cultural as food and drink relates to being happy and enjoying quality time with family, friends and loved ones. The kitchen is the heart of most Indian families and in my home, it is where you will find me or my mother… hence, The Little Indian Kitchen was born…. How do you balance your work around your family?
Being a mum of three and running a business is not easy. It does entail lots – yes lots – of juggling around with diaries, school runs, play dates, meetings, cooking, etc. and I do struggle to balance time spent on business and time with family but I do hope I’m setting a positive example for them – they are very proud of their mummy. That said, I wouldn’t have it any other way – it’s in my blood! Where would you love to be in five years time?
I would love to have my own television series showcasing authentic homestyle cooking for all the family from babies to grandparents alike.
I also have a concept for travelling through India and showcasing the various cities, cultures, traditions and culinary varieties they have there – different regions in India have different cultures, foods, climates, languages and cuisines and not just your usual chicken tikka masala and naan breads!
There is so much more to it and I’d love to highlight it all and bring it into peoples’ homes. And finally, what are your top cooking tips?
The more you cook with spices and herbs, the more confident you’ll become and get the best use out of them in building the layers for a curry masala base.
Learn the basics and you’ll be able to whip up meals in minutes with a little experimentation thrown into the mix too.
Reduce food waste and freeze any leftover chopped/minced garlic, ginger and chillies – place them in freezer food bags, flatten the pack and place in freezer – break a piece off as and when required in future cooking!
And where possible, try to use good quality, local produce.
You can find out more about Lorna and The Little Indian Kitchen here . By Hannah Martin on April 26th, 2019 Paid ads
5 Hottest Restaurants in Mississauga: April 21-27
5) Peter’s on Eglinton
Located on the corner of Eglinton and Tomken is a place that you’ve passed by hundreds of times called Peter’s on Eglinton. When you first walk in you, can’t help but think that this is what all restaurants looked like in high-end hotels in the 70s. A quick scan of this place and it’s obvious it’s geared towards an older audience, and low and behold, Hazel McCallion was having her dinner in the booth next to me. I did see a lot of families here and why not? This place is very nice inside, spacious and the food is oh so good with huge portions.
4 ) Posta Italbar Cucina
Although Mississauga has a substantial waterfront (and one that’s slated to undergo incredible redevelopment, no less), its waterside food scene has always been dominated by the popular (some might argue iconic) Snug Harbour. That’s no longer the case. The owners of the incredibly successful Toronto gem Cafe Diplomatico–located right in the heart of the bustling Little Italy neighbourhood–recently opened a brand new waterside restaurant in Mississauga. Posta, the brand new Italian restaurant, took shape in the old post office location at Stavebank and Lakeshore Road. The chic restaurant boasts 9,300 square feet of space–which includes a vast lakeside patio with its very own bar. As far as dining goes, the resto offers dine-in service, takeout options, express counter service, appetizer bars, and wine bars. As far as food goes, there is salumi and formaggi, pizza, gelato and more.
Lissa Genobaga and Damian Kubarski are a husband and wife team who are self-proclaimed foodies and steadfast local supporters who love their community in Clarkson – an undiscovered area of the city that has a number of gems including theirs: a brunch spot called Kravingz. The resto is unique for its made-from-scratch menu that supports local suppliers. They source a number of the ingredients for their dishes from local bakeries and suppliers such as Manila Bakery’s specialty – a Filipino bread roll known as pandesal, produce from A.J. Lanzarotta, and other ingredients from Truscott Bakery and Sheridan Meats. Their signature dish is The Flip Side (house made longanisa which is a Filipino sausage served with crunchy garlic rice and a fried egg), The Polski Benedict (potato placki is a Polish potato pancake served with smoked salmon or peameal bacon, poached eggs and house-made hollandaise), Chicken N’ Waffles (crispy fried chicken served with bacon and jalapeno waffles, bacon dressing and coleslaw) and The Islander (jerk corned beef hash, corn and cheddar grits and poached eggs) are so far the most popular.
2 ) La Bonita
This is a hidden gem in Mississauga. Their menu is full of amazing options ranging from the famous Colombian platter, the bandeja paisa, to empanadas, patacons, arepas, and so much more. One thing I’ve learned about South American cuisine is that they know how to make a delectable beef tongue! If you aren’t used to it, you may be a tad grossed out by it all, but if you ever muster the courage or are a fan of beef tongue, you have to try it at La Bonita! Cooked to absolute perfection, this meal comes with potatoes, rice, salad, and yucca! These options can be substituted upon request. Finally, their Churrasco. A one inch, AAA sirloin steak that comes out on a sizzling hot plate with chimichurri and all kinds of other flavours! As a side, this dish comes with an entire plate of rice, beans, and sweet plantain; both plates for a very fair $19! La Bonita will make you want to book your next flight to Bogota in a hurry!
1) Laari Adda
Laari Adda, an Indian and Pakistani street food restaurant, recently took shape in the old Bistro Narra location in the Thomas St. and Winston Churchill area and it’s serving up some very fine South Asian cuisine. The restaurant, which is open late, offers dine-in, takeout and catering service. It also offers a bright and colourful interior that draws upon the vibrant decor frequently encountered in India and Pakistan. As far as food goes, restaurant operators say that “Laari Addas in Pakistan are famous for delicious street food and that is exactly what we are bringing back with a modern twist.” One such modern menu item? Nutella parathas. The resto also offers delicious butter chicken, great service and exceptional ambiance. Top 5
Little Big Burger Opens on Capitol Hill and More Seattle Food News You Can Use: April 26, 2019 Edition
This week brings burgers from Portland-based Little Big Burger , a new fast-casual Vietnamese spot in South Lake Union, and Renee Erickson’s latest offering, a classic French cafe called Bistro Shirlee . You’ll find all that, plus events for your weekend (like Sin Reglas and Brunch with Musang ) below. For more ideas, try our list of food and drink specials to try in April and our full food and drink calendar .
OPENINGS Aloha Cup Bap This poke joint, which flies ahi tuna, salmon, and tako (octopus) in from Honolulu daily, will have the grand opening of its second location in Capitol Hill on April 27. Regular-sized poke bowls will be “buy one, get one 50% off” all day. Capitol Hill
Bistro Shirlee After acquiring several restaurants from Josh Henderson, including Saint Helens , Westward , and Great State Burger , Renee Erickson and business partner Jeremy Price have now reopened Saint Helens as Bistro Shirlee, named in tribute to Erickson’s mother. Bistro Shirlee is now open for brunch and dinner and has “a renewed focus on French bistro and wine bar fare,” which was the original intention for Saint Helens. Diners can expect classics like steak au poivre, roast chicken, tartare, frites, charcuterie, and duck confit, in addition to new additions like Bateau ‘s dry-aged, grass-fed beef burger and fish and chips. Laurelhurst
Homegrown Sustainable Sandwich Shop Métier , the upscale bicycle shop and training center on Capitol Hill, is now home to a new location of the local sustainable sandwich and salad chain Homegrown, which has replaced its cafe. Beer from Métier Brewing Company , the shop’s Woodinville brewery, is also available. Capitol Hill
Little Big Burger The Portland-based fast-casual burger joint Little Big Burger, which serves burgers, truffle fries, root beer floats, sodas, and beer, soft-opened its Capitol Hill location over the weekend and celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday by giving away free burgers all day. The chain opened its first Washington location in Wallingford last October and will open a location in Green Lake next. Capitol Hill
McMenamins Elks Temple After over a decade of renovations, the Northwest chain McMenamins has opened its long-awaited location in Tacoma inside the historic Elks Lodge building, which was previously vacant for over 20 years. The space includes a hotel and music venue, as well as a brewery tasting room and bottle shop, Doc’s Bar (a bar with pinball, shuffleboard, and pool), Spanish Bar (a cafe with Spanish-inspired cocktails and tapas), the Old Hangout (a tropical-themed bar with a fire pit and waterfall, tropical drinks, and snacks like wings and pineapple sambal burgers), and the Vault (a secret speakeasy hidden somewhere in the building). Tacoma
Sizzle & Crunch This fast-casual Vietnamese eatery serving banh mi, rice bowls, and salad bowls with customizable proteins and toppings has opened a location in South Lake Union. In addition to the existing menu, the outpost has added a few new items like a corn dish, vermicelli bowls, and pork cracklings. South Lake Union
Spice Waala The Indian street food vendor Spice Waala , which regularly appears at the Fremont and South Lake Union farmers markets and is known for their kathi rolls stuffed with fillings like chicken tikka and paneer masala, will soft-open their brick-and-mortar restaurant in the former space of Kanak Cuisine of India on Friday and Saturday this weekend. Capitol Hill
18 Health Violations Found In This Charlotte Restaurant Kitchen – Charlotte, NC Patch
restaurants & bars 18 Health Violations Found In This Charlotte Restaurant Kitchen An inspection at one kitchen found an employee mixing sauces in a container on the floor, and another handling money before prepping food. By Kimberly Johnson, Patch Staff | Apr 23, 2019 3:22 pm ET | Updated Apr 23, 2019 3:26 pm Here’s what recent inspections in Charlotte area kitchens found. (Shutterstock) CHARLOTTE, NC — Recent kitchen inspections at two Charlotte-area restaurants resulted in their health ratings dropping to a “B” after numerous health code violations, ranging from a sewer backup in a chicken thawing sink to an employee preparing food after handling money without washing their hands or changing gloves.
Do you truly know how clean your favorite coffee shop or restaurant is? Find out with the most recent restaurant and food service inspections in Charlotte, Huntersville, Davidson, and elsewhere in Mecklenburg County, performed by the Mecklenburg County Health Department.
County health officials recently inspected 136 restaurants in the Charlotte-metro area. Health grades at the following restaurants drop to a B:
KFC/ Taco Bell #22, 9030 Lawyers Road — 87/ B Urban Bricks Pizza, 210 E. Trade St. — 82.5/ B An April 10 inspection at KFC/ Taco Bell documented 11 violations , including a sewer backup in the chicken thaw sink, dirty cutting boards, food debris in and greasy buildup on sanitizer water, food stored under a leak and raw chicken thawing in 63 degree water left out from a previous shift.
An inspection of Urban Bricks Pizza found 18 violations documented in a report that said the inspector “observed overall lack of control throughout facility.” Some of the violations reported included an employee’s drink sitting on a food prep table, improper hand washing, unwashed produce stored above ready-to-eat food, an employee wearing gloves moving between prepping a pizza and handling money, then back to the food preparation without washing hands or changing gloves. The ice machine had black and pink build up, and an employee “mixing sauces in a container on the floor in the kitchen.”
Results from the Mecklenburg County Health Department inspections done April 10 – April 16, 2019 are listed below. You may look up your favorite restaurant or find more detailed information about this latest batch of inspections here .
Establishment Name Address Score Grade STARBUCKS #8460 800 W TRADE ST 99.5 A CHICK-FIL-A #13678 800 W TRADE ST 99.5 A KOKOMO’S COFFEEHOUSE 100 BEATTIES FORD RD 99.5 A MOOYAH BURGERS FRIES AND SHAKES 2233 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 99.5 A I LOVE JUICE BAR PLAZA MIDWOOD 1204 CENTRAL AV 99 A KFC # E320061 5032 SUNSET RD 99 A PLEASANT GROVE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1915 OAKDALE RD 99 A DUCK DONUTS 9931 ROSE COMMONS DR 99 A LITTLE BIG BURGER 8301 MAGNOLIA ESTATES DR 99 A SHERRILL MARKET 13510 BALLANTYNE CORPORATE PL 99 A SALSARITA’S FRESH CANTINA – LAKEPOINTE 2908 OAK LAKE BLVD 98.5 A PUBLIX #1509 DELI/CHEESE 10110 BENFIELD RD 98.5 A MCDONALD’S #14547 20500 TORRENCE CHAPEL RD 98.5 A BARNES & NOBLE CAFE #2812 3327 PINEVILLE MATTHEWS RD 98.5 A CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL #0991 2921 PROVIDENCE RD 98.5 A SARDIS OAKS 5151 SARDIS RD 98.5 A MCALISTERS DELI #1085 2217 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PY 98.5 A POKE BAR 601 S KINGS DR 98.5 A HAMPTON INN LAKE NORMAN 19501 STATESVILLE RD 98.5 A MIKI’S RESTAURANT 1819 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 98.5 A BIG BEN PUB 2000 SOUTH BV 98.5 A BURGER KING #7229 8431 N TRYON ST 98 A CHEN FU RESTAURANT 9623 N E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 98 A PANERA BREAD #601990 3625 CITY PARK DR 98 A AMERICANA RESTAURANT 1628 MATTHEWS MINT HILL RD 98 A FIREHOUSE SUBS 4732 SOUTH BOULEVARD 98 A SUBWAY #275 3807 STATESVILLE AVE 97.5 A BURGER KING #8883 7615 NATIONS FORD RD 97.5 A BOJANGLES’ #797 1407 E 3RD ST 97.5 A TUPELO HONEY CAFE 1820 SOUTH BLVD 97.5 A SHOWMARS WINDSOR SQUARE 9624 E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 97.5 A BEAUDEVIN 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PARKWAY 97.5 A COMFORT SUITES PINEVILLE 10415 CENTRUM PKY 97.5 A COWBOY 9615 BAILEY RD 97.5 A PIZZA HUT #35559 3215 FREEDOM DR 97.5 A NOVANT HEALTH CHARLOTTE ORTHOPEDIC HOSPITAL 1901 RANDOLPH ROAD 97 A BOJANGLE’S RESTAURANT #897 6120 E INDEPENDENCE BLVD 97 A ARBYS #6999 9518 UNIVERSITY CITY BV 97 A WALMART CAFE 2118 WATER RIDGE PY 97 A SENOR TACO MEXICAN GRILL 1910 MILTON RD 97 A FUZZYS TACO SHOP MATTHEWS 2225 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PY 97 A FRESH CHEF 20601 TORRENCE CHAPEL RD 97 A TOSCANA RISTORANTE 6401 MORRISON BLVD 97 A EL PULGARCITO 4816 CENTRAL AVE 97 A SUPERMECADITO EL SALVADOR DELI & PANADERIA 4729 CENTRAL AVE 97 A PANERA BREAD #774 1904 MATTHEWS TOWNSHIP PKY 97 A PINEVILLE ICE HOUSE 400 TOWNE CENTRE BLVD 97 A MERE’S 2400 PARK RD 97 A SUBWAY #55443 11145 BRYTON TOWN CENTER DR 97 A BOJANGLES` #382 300 WEST BLVD 97 A HOPE HAVEN 3815 N TRYON ST 97 A TARGET #2132 FOOD AVENUE 12830 WALKER BRANCH DR 97 A UNCC SOUTH VILLAGE CROSSING DINING FACILITY 9201 UNIVERSITY CITY BLVD 97 A B GOOD @ BALLANTYNE 14825 BALLANTYNE VILLAGE WY 96.5 A TRADE AND LORE 933 LOUISE AV 96.5 A HAZELNUTS CREPERIE 9830 REA RD 96.5 A CHILI’S GRILL & BAR #1110 8325 NORTHLAKE COMMONS BLVD 96.5 A MAMA RICOTTAS 601 S KINGS DR 96.5 A CHINA JADE 5600 ALBEMARLE RD 96.5 A TACO BELL #4002 1045 W SUGAR CREEK RD 96.5 A FRESH MARKET #219 DELI, THE 1408 EAST BV 96.5 A MAC’S SPEED SHOP-MATTHEWS 142 E JOHN STREET 96.5 A WELLS FARGO DIRECTORS DINING 301 S COLLEGE ST 96 A CHICK-FIL-A #592 1540 E WOODLAWN RD 96 A SALSARITAS FRESH CANTINA – COTSWOLD 304 S SHARON AMITY RD 96 A PIO PIO RESTAURANT 15025 LANCASTER HWY 96 A MOREHEAD INN 1122 E MOREHEAD ST 96 A TANDUR INDIAN KITCHEN REA FARMS 9826 SANDY ROCK PL 96 A JACK IN THE BOX #6826 220 N HOSKINS RD 96 A AMERICAN DELI EASTWAY 3124 EASTWAY DR 96 A RENAISSANCE CHARLOTTE SUITES 2800 COLISEUM CENTRE DR 95.5 A HELLO SAILOR 20210 HENDERSON RD 95.5 A BOJANGLES` #439 9145 SAM FURR RD 95.5 A CREPE CELLAR/GROWLERS POURHOUSE 3116 N DAVIDSON ST 95.5 A MCALISTERS DELI #1067 19930 WEST CATAWBA AV 95.5 A BONEFISH GRILL #9409 7520 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD 95.5 A JOE MOMMAS GRILL & PIZZERIA 9124 S TRYON ST 95.5 A TMAC 517 UNIVERSITY CENTER BLVD 95.5 A BURGER KING #19957/RED MANGO SMOOTHIES AT JCSU 100 BEATTIES FORD RD 95.5 A BOJANGLES’ #565 3129 MONROE RD 95.5 A JEKYLL & HYDE TAPHOUSE AND GRILL 316 N TRADE STEET 95.5 A ARBYS #8573 18240 STATESVILLE RD 95.5 A ED’S TAVERN 2200 PARK ROAD 95 A ARBYS #7273 6200 WILSON GROVE RD 95 A SHESLEAS PIZZA AND PASTA 6453 ALBEMARLE RD 95 A EL SAZON LATINO 7012 ALBEMARLE RD 95 A JUST FRESH 301 S TRYON ST 95 A CAFE MONTE 4705 ASHLEY PARK LANE 95 A SILVER BULLET DINER 6003 ALBEMARLE RD 95 A TAZIKIS MEDITERRANEAN CAFE 7107 WAVERLY WALK AV 95 A NORDSTROM MARKETPLACE CAFE 4400 SHARON RD 95 A CARNICERIA Y TAQUERIA JALISCO RESTAURANT 6127 ALBEMARLE RD 95 A CHINA GARDEN #3 8016 CAMBRIDGE COMMONS DR 95 A NODA BREWERY 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PY 95 A CEDARLAND RESTAURANT 4832 CENTRAL AVE 94.5 A MELLOW MUSHROOM #169 255 W MARTIN LUTHER KING JR BV 94.5 A FRESHII ONE CAROLINAS 200 S COLLEGE ST 94.5 A STACKS KITCHEN 11100 MONROE RD 94.5 A PANERA BREAD #1707 306 S SHARON AMITY RD 94.5 A LUPIES CAFE 2718 MONROE RD 94.5 A ANITA’S MEXICAN GRILL 2904 YORKMONT RD 94 A TASTY BOWL, THE 2900 WESTINGHOUSE BV 94 A CAROLINA ALE HOUSE WAVERLY 7404 WAVERLY WALK AV 94 A SMASHBURGER 7804 REA RD 94 A 1897 MARKET 5501 JOSH BIRMINGHAM PARKWAY 94 A REID’S FINE FOODS 2823 SELWYN AVENUE 94 A MIDWOOD SMOKEHOUSE 540 BRANDYWINE RD 94 A MI TIERRA 3209 EASTWAY DR 94 A BOJANGLES’ #120 8720 PINEVILLE-MATTHEWS RD 93.5 A AROMA’S CAFE 10725 PINEVILLE RD 93.5 A INK N IVY 222 S CHURCH ST 93.5 A TRUC VIETNAMESE CUISINE 4520 N TRYON ST 93.5 A ASIAN 1 16646 HAWFIELD WAY DR 93 A SANTA FE MEXICAN RESTAURANT 5111 CENTRAL AV 93 A LA PREFERIDA MEXICAN RESTAURANT 6625 SOUTH BLVD 92.5 A JAMILE`S CUISINE 4808 CENTRAL AVE 92.5 A DELI EL SALVADOR 6903 E. 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New York City is one of America’s most known destinations. It is the home of many talk show studios, the Ball Drop ceremony, Time Square, the Big Apple, the Empire State Building, the World Trade Center, and much more. Recently, I visited New York City to stay overnight. Usually, my family and I simply go to NYC for a couple of hours and return. But, now, I believe that staying overnight is an equally amazing option.
For those who haven’t been to New York City before, New York City is located in the state of New York City. In New York City lie many attractions, restaurants, historical monuments, and more. New York City is (according to http://mentalfloss.com ) the sixth most visited city IN OUR WORLD. Below, I have listed the aspects of New York City, supported with snippets of my experience.
Streets. In all honesty, you have to be a very skilled driver to roam the streets of New York City. Not only are NYC’s streets crowded, but business levels and stocks are high in New York. So, a lot of the times, drivers are rushed. To add to that, I can say that there might be more walkers than drivers. Also, on the sidewalk, do not be surprised to catch yourself in a pile of trash and dirt. This city is more than busy! New York’s population also passes limits, creating safety issues. Make sure to hold children’s hands, and keep your whole group (or just you) paying full attention. This being said, New York’s streets are also filled with beautiful art and stands. Honestly, most of these stands are Mediterranean food stands, I feel like, but it depends on where you are and what you see. New York City is a fun, but dangerous place. You better watch out!
Food. One of NYC’s greatest features is the food. There are millions of options in NYC. For my vacation, my family and I visited the Indian Accent restaurant. This is gourmet Indian food, and Indian or not, I think everyone will enjoy it. *There is a separate post coming about Indian Accent soon* All restaurants in New York are recognized by a large variety of people and enjoyed thoroughly. But, a suggestion would be to make sure you notice how the restaurant and its surroundings seem before taking a step in. Below is a picture of one of NYC’s most popular eating areas, Sophie’s Cuban Cuisine.
Shopping. This one is really straight forward. On every New York street, I think you’ll find at least two shops. If you want branded stores though, New York is actually the home to the biggest Macy’s in the world. The city also contains many modern malls which maintain contemporary, neat styles. Also, you can’t go to New York without getting an “I love NYC” shirt! One place my family and I visit every time we go to NYC is Chelsea Market. This is DEFINITELY a go to if you’re looking for adventure, new style, NYC history, food, and it’s obviously an amazing shopping site. Chelsea Market is an underground strip of stores. It is very widely known across New York. Below is an image of my favorite site at Chelsea Market, the Doughnuttery! (If you go to Chelsea Market, I really recommend this)
Hotels. As for hotels, I think it’s really your choice. I stayed at The Edition, and I think it was a marvelous choice, forgetting its price. Most hotels around NYC are luxurious and rather large. One that I’ve seen and think would have been a good choice is the New York Marriott Marquis. But, hotels in New York have to have a lot of research done about them in order to ensure that they are 100% safe. Below is an image of The Edition.
Overall, I think NYC is an amazing place to visit, and that everybody should go. I will say that roaming around on the streets is hectic, but it is a must for your vacation. If you’re looking to visit New York, throughout this blog, I have listed some amazing places to go to. I suggest trying them out and seeing how you like them. The activities listed above are appropriate for all ages and will be enjoyed by all tourists out there. Thank you for reading this post! I hope you have a wonderful day! Don’t forget to follow this blog and like this post! Share this:
Echo Eats: Banana Leaf Rice Edition
Echo Eats: Banana Leaf Rice Edition Written by Mugilaa Selvaraja
Welcome to our monthly Echo Eats, a series where we explore the endless possibilities of food around campus! Don’t we all love a plate of good banana leaf rice? Being proud Asians, we always venerate rice over bread or pasta – so this month, we’re finding the best of this heavy dosage meal around Sunway City! Banana leaf rice is a common South Indian dish, true to its name as it is served on a banana leaf, consisting of rice and three to four different vegetables served alongside a choice of curry. It often also comprises papadum (a fried snack), pickle, rasam (spiced Indian soup) and buttermilk (to wash it all down). Non-vegetarian food is also served separately upon your choice, for example, fried squid, fish, chicken or a gravy dish. Eating on a banana leaf has been a practice in India for centuries, mainly because of its numerous health benefits and environmentally friendly way of serving meals. This meal has become a typical favourite pick for lunch among Malaysians, besides classics like chicken rice and nasi lemak . We don’t have access to good banana leaf restaurants around Sunway College and University, but I’ve found some top picks nearby for you to explore with your friends. Let’s take a look!
Raj Banana Leaf Restaurant (SS15) Located in SS15, this restaurant is just a five-minute drive from campus but parking would definitely be a concern as the area around the restaurant is always busy. The restaurant itself is clean and hygienic – a mandatory first impression for any food outlet. PRICE: 3/5 The banana leaf set meal excluding the external dishes cost me RM8.00 – within the typical range of standard pricing for banana leaf rice in Klang Valley. Having said that, I only find this price worth it if it comes with a good meal, which brings us to the next category! TASTE: 2/5 At first sight the meal looked appealing but a few mouthfuls in, I had to change my mind. The curry was bland and diluted, and the vegetables were nothing special. However, the fried fish was crispy and well-marinated, and the rasam served definitely tasted a lot better than many other shops, with strong hints of pepper and spice. OVERALL: 5/10 The overall experience was pretty average, even considering some of their stronger points. All in all, I don’t think I’d take the trouble to make a second trip. Sri Nirwana Maju (USJ9) PRICE: 3/5 The price of the banana leaf set is RM8.50. It’s slightly pricier, but since the vegetables and side dishes were served abundantly I think it was worth the extra charge. TASTE: 3.5/5 The vegetables served here usually consist of a fried vegetable dish and two gravy-based or stir-fried vegetables. As aforementioned, they were all served generously, with a good helping of spices. I particularly recommend the fried bitter gourd or snake gourd – it was crunchy with a rich taste, and unlike most fried food it was hardly oily and didn’t leave an unpleasant aftertaste. OVERALL: 6.5/10 The food overall tastes pretty good due to the combination of vegetables and papadum . The curry was also thick and richly flavoured, unlike the diluted curries in many mamak or Indian shops. I would definitely give this shop a shot. Sri Ammachie Indian Cuisine (Bandar Sunway) PRICE: 3/5 The price of the banana leaf set was RM 8.50, which is hardly a surprise as it is located in Sunway City. All in all, I’d say it’s a pretty standard price relative to other meals in the area. TASTE: 5/5 The meal was everything you want from banana leaf rice – rich, hearty and wholly satisfying. It earned five stars from me. The curry of my choice was moringa leaf curry, which is cooked with creamy soft lentils, and I chose a fish cutlet to go with my meal. It tasted exquisite to say the least – even the vegetables were flavourful and surprisingly fresh. OVERALL: 8/10 I found the meal to be completely worth the RM8.50 paid as I was served with four types of well-flavoured vegetables, chutney and papadum . The fish cutlet was RM4.00, and they sell a coconut milkshake here for RM 9.90 which was soothing and refreshing after such a grand meal. Sri Ganapathi Mess (Petaling Jaya) image source Located in the heart of Petaling Jaya, this shop is run in the owner’s house itself. The owners are particularly known for their extremely delicious fried squid and seafood, which is displayed at the entrance of the shop for customers to choose from. PRICE: 4/5 The meal cost RM6.00, which I found extremely cheap and reasonable for a banana leaf thali meal in Klang Valley. It also puts this restaurant among the top of this list for price-worthiness. TASTE: 4/5 The shop is known for their crab rasam (spiced crab soup), the magnet that attracts many locals and tourists. I personally enjoyed every mouthful of the crab soup and the crispy squid fried with onions. The food was served rather abundantly for the price as well. A few different curries were served, all thick in texture and rich in flavour, contributing to an overall delicious meal. OVERALL: 8/10 The experience, in a nutshell, was great and I’d personally rate this shop as above average. It’s pretty famous in Klang Valley – some may even call it overrated, but I found that it still delivers some bang for its buck. Acha Curry House (Bukit Gasing, PJ) PRICE: 4/5 This banana leaf set meal cost RM6.00, which is once again a very reasonable price for such a meal around Klang Valley. It’s also quite cheap relative to standard pricing in PJ. TASTE: 3/5 This shop’s signature dish is fried anchovies with sambal, the spotlight dish that has customers lining up. Although the curry was as bland as the curry at Raj Banana Leaf Restaurant, the anchovies gave the much needed power-packed punch of strong flavours and turned the meal into an enjoyable one. Topping that was the perfectly fried crispy fish, which made up for the less dazzling curry. OVERALL: 7/10 If you don’t enjoy anchovies or are vegetarian, I don’t recommend this shop – taking away the anchovies dish and the fish, this banana leaf meal was way below average. Personally, I am not a great fan of anchovies either, but the extra dishes brought the experience up a few points. Overall Verdict Sri Ammachie Indian Cuisine and Sri Ganapathi Mess have tied in this battle of banana leaf shops! Both have won the title of the best banana leaf restaurants around Sunway as they serve a variety of vegetables and delicious fried seafood. The price of these meals varies upon the side orders but the overall price paid are approximately the same and definitely worth a stomach-filling meal!
image source These dishes (pictured above) are the possible combinations that go into a purely vegetarian banana leaf meal. These dishes are rich in nutrition and flavour providing all the protein, carbohydrates and minerals needed in a vegetarian meal. An authentic banana leaf meal should consist of four main flavours for an exquisite taste – spice, sour, bitter and sweet. Rasam (pepper soup) and banana are served for enhanced digestion and bowel movements. The sweet pudding served at the end of the meal is the dessert meant to calm your digestive system after the surge of spices. Yoghurt or yoghurt drinks are often served along the banana leaf meal to cool down the body in the heaty weather and wash the food down. People in India practice this as well due to their extremely hot weather! In fact, the banana leaf meal was considered part of the daily routine in India, especially among manual labourers. However, the practice of consuming this meal has reduced greatly in frequency over time due to the increase of desk jobs, leading to a more sedentary lifestyle. Even so, I have never come across anyone who doesn’t enjoy a good hearty banana leaf meal! Advertisements
Epic Channel lines up curated programming to celebrate formation day of Maha, Guj
10 hours ago Advertisement MUMBAI: Hindi infotainment channel Epic Channel will celebrate Maharashtra Day and Gujarat Day with a day-long curated programming line-up on 1st May from 12 noon to 7 pm. The special line-up will feature episodes of Sharanam where Juhi Chawla will take the viewers on a journey to, ‘Ganpatipule’ on the western coast of Maharashtra, the abode, according to popular belief, of a 400-year-old self-manifested idol of Lord Ganesha. An episode on ‘Sai Baba’ of Shirdi where the viewers will get a chance to understand the message and miracles of Sai Baba through the eyes of his devotees. Another episode will cover the Mahalaxmi of Kolhapur who is eulogised as the reason for the prosperity of the city. Kahi Suni showcasing episodes on ‘Madhavpur Ghed’ in Gujarat, which traces the mystic romance of Lord Krishna’s wedding with Rukmini. ‘Adalaj Vav’, which tells the tale of Rani Radubai and the formation of the beautiful Adalaj Stepwell. No journey in India is complete without a chapter on food, Lost Recipes hosted by Aditya Bal, will take the audience on a journey of food which is diffused into the pages of history and the rediscovery of a tradition that once was. One of the episodes on ‘Mumbai’ will focus on its 2000-year-old East Indian community and their mouth-watering cuisine. Another episode will be on ‘Udwada’ in Gujarat where the host discovers the forgotten recipes of the 19th century that are a delightful amalgamation of Persian and Gujarati cultures and their flavours. Viewers will get a chance to visit through the lens of history some of India’s most historic locations including Champner, Daulatabad, Murud, and Lakhpat through the show Ekaant. Speaking about the special content line-up, Epic Channel content & programming head Akul Tripathi said, “We have always believed in celebrating India and days that are special for the people and the country. Maharashtra and Gujarat are important weaves in the multi-coloured fabric of the country and their day of statehood is an opportunity to rejoice in the diversity of thought, culture, traditions, and histories and introduce them to the entire country.
The 10 Best Things To Buy At An Armenian Market
The 10 Best Things To Buy At An Armenian Market by Liz Ohanesian in Food on April 26, 2019 11:00 AM A selection of Armenian snacks from Super King market in Glassell Park (clockwise from top left): lavash, eggplant spread, soujouk and basturma, string cheese (plain and with caraway seeds) and potato salad. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
From Granada Hills to Montebello, the tastes of the Armenian diaspora are spread across L.A. County.
The ethnic group’s ties to Southern California date to the early 20th century, when massacres and the Armenian Genocide swept through the Ottoman Empire. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed during the Genocide of 1915 and tens of thousands of survivors were forced to flee their homeland, most of which is located in present-day Turkey.
Decades later, Armenians displaced by World War II followed in those footsteps and migrated to the United States. Others, from across the Middle East and the Caucasus, came to Southern California in the mid and late 20th century, driven by upheaval — Lebanon’s civil war, the Iranian Revolution, the collapse of the Soviet Union. Today, more than 214,000 Armenians live in Los Angeles County , the largest concentration of the ethnic group anywhere except Armenia. Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
The result is an Armenian population that’s vast and diverse. Need proof? Scan the aisles of one of SoCal’s many mom-and-pop Armenian markets or visit international grocery chains like Jons and Super King, both of which were founded by Armenians. You’ll find foods and spices emanating from the Caucasus and the Middle East. They include imported goods and items made in the U.S., all catering to the ethnic groups that call these regions home.
Armenians are indigenous to an area that borders or overlaps with the homes of several other ethnic groups including Greeks, Assyrians, Arabs and Persians. The post-Genocide diaspora led to flourishing Armenian communities in various Middle Eastern countries, extending a cultural exchange that has existed since antiquity into the present day.
The result? A cornucopia of Armenian products at local markets. Don’t get overwhelmed by all the deliciousness. Take a few tips and shop these markets like a pro. An Armenian woman makes traditional unleavened flatbread, lavash, during a lavash festival in the village of Pokr Vedi, south of Yerevan, near the Ararat mountain, on August 23, 2015. (KAREN MINASYAN/AFP/Getty Images)
There are a number of breads that turn up on Armenian tables. The most common and culturally significant is lavash. The flatbread was added to UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014. Its traditional production is a community effort where multiple generations of women prepare the dough while men build and tend the tonir (an oven similar to a tandoor). At L.A. markets, lavash often comes from local bakeries and can be found in a couple different forms. You might see long, soft sheets folded and bundled together in bags or you might spot large, dry pieces packaged together. The soft kind is better for wrap-style sandwiches but the dry lavash is good with dips and will soften if you drizzle water on it. String cheese (plain, top and with caraway seeds, bottom) from Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
String Cheese and Lori Cheese
Armenians love their string cheese. In Armenian cuisine, it’s often part of the mezze (appetizer) spread. The cheese, different from typical American, mozzarella-based string cheese, can come with or without caraway seeds, and most Armenian markets carry a few different brands. My favorite is from Karoun because the braided chunks can be unwound into thicker pieces that work well in wraps. Founded in L.A. by an Armenian family, the company produces their cheese at a plant in Turlock.
Lori cheese, which is less famous in the U.S., is a pale, yellow cheese named for the Armenian province where it originates. It may look like havarti but it tastes much different. Lori cheese has a light saltiness that kicks in after your first bite. You can nibble on it plain but it also pairs well with lavash and fresh herbs such as parsley or dill. It’s not as ubiquitous as string cheese, but Lori cheese is worth seeking out. You probably won’t find it pre-packaged in the dairy section. Whether you’re at a large store, like Super King, or a small shop, like Hye Market, look for it at the deli counter. Fruit leather from Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
The strips of fruit leather (aka fruit rolls) you’ll find in Armenian markets are nothing like the Fruit Roll-Ups peddled to American children. These are thick pastes and rolls that are often too big to stick into a kid’s lunchbox. Also, they’re not nearly as sweet. One of my favorites is labeled Dried Apricot Paste and wrapped in orange cellophane. It’s made in Syria but often found in smaller, L.A.-area Armenian markets like Garo’s Basturma in Pasadena. There are also fruit rolls stuffed with walnuts. U.S.-based company Oshakan calls their treat soujukh. These vegan-friendly, sausage-shaped rolls made with grape molasses are often found near the register at spots like Armen Market in Glendale. Yogurt drinks at Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Yogurt drinks are common in the Middle East, the Caucasus and the Indian subcontinent. Armenians call the drink tahn. It’s typically plain yogurt maybe with a sprig of mint. It’s definitely an acquired taste and I’m not a huge fan but plenty of people are — enough that bottles of tahn are a common sight, either in the everything-yogurt-related section at big markets or next to soft drinks in the refrigerated cases at smaller ones. You’ll typically find small bottles of plain yogurt drinks. Karoun also makes a mint-flavored one that turns up at some spots. Eggplant spread, often labeled “eggplant caviar,” from Super King in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Don’t be confused by jars labeled “eggplant caviar.” This is a plant-based spread, popular with Russians and Armenians. Like babaganoush, it’s derived from eggplant and works well as a dip. The mix of vegetables in eggplant caviar usually features red peppers, which gives it a red tinge. The spread can be spicy, so check the label. Nazook and gata, two Armenian pastries, at Super King Market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Nazook and Gata
I could write a separate list focusing solely on Armenian cakes, cookies and pastries but I’ll stick to two of the most beloved and easy-to-find desserts. Nazook is a rolled pastry, similar in size to a cookie, with a filling that often includes walnuts. Gata comes in a few different forms. Sometimes, it’s a rolled pastry with or without filling that is indistinguishable from nazook. Other times, gata manifests in a larger, oval or round form that can be broken up and shared at the table. Neither is exceptionally sweet and both go well with coffee. Potato salad from Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
Armenian Potato Salad
One of my all time Super King favorites is Armenian potato salad. The most obvious difference between this picnic-friendly side dish and its American cousin is the lack of mayonnaise. With olive oil as the base for the dressing, the Armenian version focuses on the herbs and spices. At the Super King in Glassell Park, you’ll find this in a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it section of prepared foods located near the bakery. The tubs are small (and inexpensive) but the taste is big and a single tub is enough for multiple meals for two people. A man reaches for lahmajoun, thinly baked pastries topped with minced meat and herbs, outside a bakery in the northern Syrian city of Afrin. (GEORGE OURFALIAN/AFP/Getty Images)
It’s sometimes called Armenian pizza but the only similarity between lahmajune (also spelled lahmajoun) and the beloved Italian pie is the basic concept of layering stuff onto dough. Lahmajune relies on a thin dough about the size of a tortilla. It’s topped with ground beef or lamb and a mixture of spices. Avo’s Bakery is the Burbank-based brand that you’ll find in many markets. The company also makes a vegetarian version of the snack. Soujouk (sausage) and basturma (cured, air-dried beef) from Super King market in Glassell Park. (Chava Sanchez/LAist)
A cured meat known for its intense garlic-and-spice smell, basturma is an Armenian favorite. It can be eaten a few different ways. Sometimes, you’ll find it served as an appetizer alongside lavash and string cheese. At breakfast, it’s incorporated into egg dishes. Larger groceries like Super King and Jons tend to have basturma in the deli section. You’ll also find it at many smaller Armenian grocers. Garo’s Basturma in Pasadena is famous for its housemade version. On a recent trip to the shop, almost all of the customers were ordering a batch. I prefer a lean cut, which I brought to my mother’s house for Easter dinner, and it earned the seal of approval.
Like basturma, soujouk is a dried sausage that can be served as a flavorful counterpoint to egg dishes or as the star of a sandwich. Sahag’s Basturma , a small market in East Hollywood, serves a delicious soujouk sandwich. The sausage is sliced and pressed inside a roll with minimal embellishments to enhance the spiciness of the meat.
Dive deeper into Armenian cuisine with KPCC’s two-part tour of Armenian markets from 2011.
Anantara Sathorn Launches Bangkok Buffet Experience
กรุงเทพฯ–26 เม.ย.–Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel Guests are invited to satisfy all their culinary cravings at 100ฐ East’s refined buffet every weekend.
Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel offers distinguished guests and Bangkok residents a memorable weekend buffet dining experience at its 100ฐ East restaurant. The buffet features international and Asian cuisine every Friday and Saturday from 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm commencing on Friday 26 April 2019. A Journey of Flavours The 100° East buffet menu is designed to satisfy a multitude of cravings from refreshing to traditional to creative.
The barbecue station presents meaty flavours from exquisite cuts of beef striploin, lamb short loin, pork loin and chicken yakitori. Fresh seafood choices from the barbecue include butter fish, salmon, squid, river prawns and garlic butter scallops.
Other elevated highlights from the buffet include seared foi gras with cherry reduction, a carved sideboard of beef prime rib with red wine sauce and double cream potato, choice of pasta and sauce, and an assortment of fresh seafood on ice.
Traditional Thai dishes offered include spicy salads, Thai soups, som tam, and Thai curries. Guests can satiate even more hungers for exceptional authentic Asian cuisine at the Japanese and Chinese food corners. Highlights range from sushi and sashimi, takoyaki, Chinese roasted duck and barbecue pork. To conclude the buffet dining experience, the dessert table offers a variety of decadent sweets from chocolate fondant, nitro ice cream, Thai desserts and fresh fruits. Guests are invited to upgrade their buffet experience with an exclusive beverage package that includes free flow house wine, local beers and select craft cocktails. Glamorous Tropical Atmosphere
Anantara Sathorn’s 100° East restaurant is designed to give guests a luxe dining experience of flavours from around the world. Guests are invited to relax and enjoy their culinary journey while surrounded by the comforts of hardwood furniture and sensuous textiles. Most buffet food stations feature expert live cooking demonstrations. Specialty dish options are offered to meet a variety of dietary needs. Guests are invited to treat themselves to a refined buffet experience every weekend only at Anantara Sathorn’s 100° East. Bangkok Buffet Experience Date: Every Friday and Saturday in the first week and last week of each month Time: From 6.00 pm – 10.30 pm Venue: 100° East, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok Hotel 2nd Floor Price: THB 1,400++ per person for food only THB 1,000++ per person for free flow on house wine, local beers and selected crafted cocktails Deal: Exclusive offer available for parties of 4 people. Tables of 4 people pay the price for 3 people only. Reserve your table at Anantara Sathorn’s Bangkok Buffet Experience. Call +66 (0) 2 210 9000 or emailฃ email@example.com.
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The Cook Book: Zee TV Middle East’s New Show is All About Making Cooking Easy
The Cook Book: Zee TV Middle East’s New Show is All About Making Cooking Easy The Cook Book: Zee TV Middle East’s New Show is All About Making Cooking Easy By Friday, 26 April 2019 Lauching this weekend, Zee TV’s new show will be an anthology of unique recipes apt for all seasons Pavithra Menon and Chef Manoj Nair
Interested in food? Love noting down recipes? Hooked to YouTube cooking videos? Then catch Zee TV Middle East’s new local show The Cook Book from this Saturday (April 27, 2019). With an array of recipes of international, fusion and Indian cuisine, Chef Manoj Nair, from Occidental IMPZ Dubai and Music Jockey (MJ) Pavithra Menon from 106.2 Big FM, together will bring to the audience some colorful and flavorful food that food lovers will relish.
The show aims to bring back the nostalgia of the recipe books that were always a part of all households, and that made cooking at home interesting, with simple and quick recipes and ingredients that are easily available. The Cook Book will be one such anthology of unique recipes that are apt for all occasions and celebrates wholesome and home cooked meals.
Produced by Ginger Cat Films, The Cook Book will hit the TV screens once a week, every Saturday at 10 pm on Zee TV. So all gourmands, amateur cooks and food enthusiasts, do take note of this entertaining gastronomical package. Newsletter
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