I ndian gastronomy takes centre stage in Israel Israel is a nation that has culinary influences from all around the world and over the years Indian cuisine has taken centre stage with many celebrity chefs and culinary experts visiting the country for menu engineering, special collaborations and food festivals. Each region in the country offers its own adapted cuisine which is evident in the many popular food markets in the country. A wide variety of cafés and restaurants serve everything from Arabic, European, Indian and Asian fare. Often referred to as ‘The Shuk’ by the locals, the Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem is popular amongst tourists and locals alike for traditional fare of falafel, uniquely-flavoured ice creams and cheese shops, fresh produce, budget and designer clothing shops, shopping aesthetics, decorative crafts and unique products that is an amalgamation of old and new. Israel is also known to host large scale festivals with over 60 events offering guests an insider’s view into the best kitchens with hands-on cooking workshops, food talk series and chef-guided tours of their favourite open-air markets, museums and neighbourhoods. Local and international chefs have come together to create limited edition menus infusing their own cultures and techniques. Some of the popular food festivals are the RoundTables in Tel Aviv, Open Restaurants Festival, Jerusalem Beer Festival, Jerusalem Wine Festival and the EAT Food Festival. With the rising number of Indian tourists visiting Israel, Israeli hotels are now keen to cater to the Indian taste buds withmany Indian chefs visiting the country over the last few years. The Indian Embassy in Israel along with Dan Hotels hosted Chef Sanjeev Kapoor and his family for Indian Culinary Week in an initiative to promote the Indian culinary art overseas. The King David Hotel in Jerusalem played host to the three-day program wherein Chef David Bitton and Chef Kapoor collaborated to prepare various Indian delights. While in Israel, Chef Kapoor dined with Uri Jermais owner of seafood restaurant Uri Buri in Akko and Chef Moshe Basson of The Eucalyptus restaurant in Jerusalem and also hosted a demo-lecture at the Dan Gourmet Cooking School with close to 300 attendees. Considered as one of the founding fathers of contemporary Indian cuisine and a world-renowned culinary expert, Chef Manish Mehrotra is known for his popular Indian Accent restaurant in New Delhi. Chef Mehrotrawas invited to participate in RoundTables Tel Aviv alongside Chef Yuval Ben Neriahof Taizu in 2016. The two chefs curated a special menu for the festival that celebrated Indian-fusion fare. Chef Rakhee Vaswani, on the other hand travelled for the Open Restaurants 2018 in Jerusalem that hosted over 80 unique culinary experiences combining food with art, culture and innovation. Known for bringing about an Indian food revolution with creations using indigenous Indian produce, Thomas Zacharias, executive chef and partner at Mumbai eatery ‘The Bombay Canteen’ at Kamala Mills was in Israel exploring the culinary culture. As part of a culinary experience tour curated by the Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a global delegation of chefs selected from 10 countries, including Mexico, Vietnam, Nairobi, USA and India toured around Israel exploring the ingredients, flavours and culinary culture. “I’ve come to realize over the last 6 years of food travel, that it is an incredible way of exploring and understanding cultures and traditions of a region, both within India or abroad. Israeli cuisine and culture has always intrigued me and I’m really looking forward to the fabulous itinerary of culinary experiences, from chef interactions and market tours to cheese farms, that has been put together,” says Zacharias. Winner of Master Chef India, Chef Shipra Khanna travelled to Israel for the Indian Culinary Festival at the Sheraton Tel Aviv from 9 th to 11 th July. Hosted by the Embassy of India, Chef Khanna recreated flavours of India with the hotel’s Executive Chef for a special menu during the festival showcasing the best of India’s authentic dishes. “I am very excited to visit Israel. I have heard so much about the fresh produce, fruits, wine, and cheese that I can’t wait to go around Israel and absorb from its vibrant culture” said Khanna before her visit to Israel.
Indulgences of India in Champaign-Urbana
July 15, 2019 / 9:00am / By Rashmi Tenneti
Asmita and Pappu Patel run the biggest Indian store in Champaign-Urbana, the Bombay Market Indian grocery store. The store is well known in the C-U Indian community for its large selection and seasonal offerings, but now is garnering the interest of the African and Middle Eastern communities as well because of the Patels’ plan to diversify the range of products to include African and Middle Eastern produce and cooking supplies.
Photo courtesy of Pappu and Asmita Patel
Originally from the State of Gujarat in India, Pappu managed an IGA store in Hayworth and owned an American grocery store in Bloomington, and Asmita worked at the TJ Maxx in Bloomington when their son and daughter got their admit letters from the University of Illinois. On one of Pappu’s visits to Champaign, he took his son, a premed and psychology student, to the Indian store and was told that the owners were looking to sell the store. The Patels came back that weekend and made an offer on the store. The store is now a family run business with the couple managing it seven days a week, trusty store assistants helping, and the kids volunteering their time when they can.
Since the buying the store in March 2017, the Patels have made significant changes. They’ve added fresh produce: Pappu collects it from Chicago and brings it back every Tuesday and Friday, since fresh vegetables, greens and fruit grown in tropical India like ivy gourd, drumsticks, indian green chillis, banana fruit, jack fruit, Indian mangoes, litchi, and bitter gourd that are hard to find in the regular grocery stores. They stock meats, ready to eat to options (like biryani, curries, rotis, parathas, and jilebis), Indian drinks like Thumbs up, Maaza, Fruity, and Sugar Cane Juice, freshly made Indian bread like pav buns and cakes, and bagged snacks from all over India including Gujarati, and South Indian snacks.
But the best-kept secret is every Friday, Pappu brings in curried egg, mixed vegetable, paneer (Indian cheese), chicken and mutton puff pastries, samosas, kachoris (deep-fried dough with stuffing), and mirchi bajjis (deep fried mild chillis stuffed with sweet and sour condiments). These baked goods and seasonal Indian mangoes (sweeter than their Mexican cousins) sell out within a day or two, even though he brings in over a 100 pounds of mangoes.
Along with the Indian aisles, they also have some aisles stocked with products from Africa and the Middle East. Pappu casually chatted with moms, kids and grandparents in varied African and Indian vernaculars. He explained that he also has over 50 varieties of rice including brown, organic, long grain basmati, Sona Masoori, and Aahu Barah, as well as whole wheat, chickpea, and lentil flours; a range of black, green and herbal teas and spices in small, medium, and large sized bags.
We talked about how traditional Indian products like rice, tea, chickpea flour, lentil, beans, almonds, cashew nuts, and spices are much cheaper in the store and come in much bigger quantities than the American grocery stores. Pappu mentioned that this is the biggest reason why non-Indian people love the store: they can buy spices like bay leaf, cinnamon, pepper, mace, and chili powder by the pound for $2-$10.
The plethora of Indian kitchenware items like rolling pins, pressure cookers, idli stands and masala boxes are stacked in a corner of the store and share an aisle with vegan toothpaste, beauty products, Ayurvedic face masks (ancient Indian science of using household food products to create medicinal health and beauty products), toners, face creams, shampoos, and soaps. I was surprised to see the low prices of sulphur- and paraben-free shampoos and sandalwood soaps that I pay an arm and leg for at Lush.
Not sure where to start? Consider these options:
Indian Food Level – Basic: Rasoi or Mother’s Cooking Sauce Kits – Make an authentic meal in 15 mins or less Mango Kulfi – A creamy vegetarian ice cream Indian biscuits like Hide n Seek, Bourbons, and Marie Gold Frozen Butter Naan – Thick Indian bread coated in butter
Indian Food Level – Intermediate: Haldiram’s Aloo Bhujia – Fried potato snack that is seriously addictive Jilebi – Deep fried sugar syrup dessert in the refrigerated aisle Red Label Chai – Black tea with or without added spices Indo-Chinese Ramen Noodles – Chings, Top Ramen, or Maggi
Indian Food Level – Advanced: Baked goods available every Friday afternoon Refrigerated coconut, tomato, mint chutneys (vegan dipping alternatives to hummus and salsa) Frozen Wraps – Vegetarian, vegan, and meat options available in varying spice levels Haldiram’s Pani Puri Kit – make at home snack kit for a fun summertime snack
The Patels are happy that the store is more than a place to buy groceries. The bulletin board is full of posters and advertisements for meal delivery services, daycare, after-school programs, dance and music lessons, and events. They are active participants in many of the Indian events in town, and help host Indian Holiday-based events for Ugadi, Holi, Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, and Diwali. They bring in holiday-specific décor and food, host sales around the Indian holidays, and give out freebies like fresh banana leaves and neem flowers to customers to help them celebrate the holidays just like they would at home.
They also support the local student community by offering free rides from campus to the store on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Students reserve this service by calling Pappu (309-706-9682) a day ahead of time. Even though both of their kids are now going to graduate and leave the U of I, Pappu and Asmita are happy to stay in the area and support the local community, and help more people discover the joy and tastes of Indian food by walking them through the store and explaining the variety of ingredients, dishes, and cuisines that make India unique.
Exquisite Asian Cuisine at Zega, Sheraton Hyderabad – Review
Friends and Food – Saturday Dinner at Mandil HiTech City Review 1 week ago The City of Nizams has two distinct facades – the old city show casing the rich heritage of Hyderabad. And the new city – Cyberabad – making a statement on the world’s IT map. The alleys of the old city hold the secrets of the Nizams while the ones in Cyberabad hold the secret of software. The lives of people in both these place have a stark contrast – the easy going folks vs the agile force. And how could the food not be different. When the taste buds desire Biryani and Paya, we head to the old city. But when we want to try out some of the finest global cuisines, we head to the other side of the city. That was exactly what happened last weekend. An email landed in my mailbox inviting me to experience Asian cuisine at Zega, Sheraton Hyderabad. Being a foodie, I was totally in to try out something new, something that I don’t usually eat. So this post will be a review of the Exquisite Asian cuisine at Zega, Sheraton Hyderabad – Eat, Drink and Socialize. Restaurant with a view – Zega Sheraton Hyderabad Earlier the concept of dining out never existed. Slowly and steadily as the disposable income of people started increasing, they started venturing out to explore places and experience cultures. Few years back eating out meant good food. But today it’s much more than that. The ambiance, the service, the view, and the food, everything needs to be a part of the dining experience. Zega by Sheraton has hit the perfect balance of everything. Located in the heart of Financial District in Hyderabad, Sheraton is a well known landmark here. I was here at Feast for the Gharwal Food festival sometime back. The calming vibes at the ground floor slowly turns into a groovy vibe by the time you reach the 10th floor. Restaurant with a view – Ambiance at Zega Sheraton Hyderabad You’re greeted by their warm staff who guide you to the table. The restaurant has two distinct halves, one which has the bar with few tables and other with the kitchen and seating area. The ambiance is really amazing and it’s perfect to unwind after a hectic day at work. From the 10th floor you get a wonderful view of the ISB road. They also have a roof top area where you can have your food. The place is perfect for socializing with friends or with your loved ones as the cool evening breeze hits your face. I was truly impressed by their roof top area as well as their indoor seating place. As the clock ticks into the night, the foot fall increases and the restaurant livens up. So if you love your beer and want some groovy music, reach this place by 11-12 pm and you won’t be disappointed. Delish Asian Cuisine at Zega, Sheraton Hyderabad Zega is a pan Asia restaurant serving delicacies from across the south Asian region. From Japanese to Thai, they have some exquisite dishes on offer. Our chef for the night was Chef Ho Chi Ming who hails from China and brings with him the culinary magic. He greeted us with a broad smile and understood our preferences. What followed next was a delicious ride with Asian flavors. Drinks for Teetotalers Being an Asian restaurant with a bar, it’s a nice thing that they do cater to the needs of teetotalers like me. The team was quick to mix up four variety of drinks which were presented pretty nicely. We had Bejing Colada, Oriental Fantasy, Herbal Delight and their signature Zega Mojito . Made in tonic water and fused with kaffir lime leaves , this Mojito isn’t sweet. The bitter taste of the lemon leaves make it taste pretty good. Something I enjoy, some might not. The Bejing Colada which had Jasmine Tea, Litchi, Honey Pineapple and Lemongrass was my pick of the drinks. The right mix and pick of ingredients gave it the perfect taste. For the non-teetotalers, you’ve an entire bar to yourself serving everything from beer to exclusive wines. Mocktails for Teetotalers Dim sums, Tofu or Sushi – heavenly starters Our dinner started off with some Dim sums, four of them in fact. We had the Crystal Dumpling Celery Black Mushrooms & Asparagus , Edamame & Water chestnut dumpling , Pok Choi, Napa Cabbage & Roasted Garlic dumplings with chef’s special Pan Fried Chicken Gyoza . The tri-color vegetarian dim sums not only looked great but tasted great too. The Crystal Dumpling were nicely done, the stuffing was chewy with mushrooms and the covering was translucent & soft. The Edamame dumpling was new to me and I liked it. The Napa Cabbage one did give me the momo feel though. Thai Lotus Stem, Dim sums, Black Pepper Tofu, Chicken Dim Sums Apart from dim sums, we had Tofu with Celery, Black Pepper, Fresh Red Chili , Crispy Thai Lotus Stem with Orange Chili Jam along with Coriander Sesame & Peanut marinated Lamb Chops and classic Prawn rolls . Hats of to Chef Ming for the Tofu preparation. What usually feels like eating rubber, Chef Ming’s hands had totally transformed it. Infused with fresh black pepper and red chilies, the Tofu was soft and was rich on flavors. This was the star of the night for me. I’ve had lotus stem at home in the typical Indian curry form, but the Thai Lotus Stem was quite different. Big & crispy discs coated with orange chili jam were delicious. More on the sweeter side for me, but I’m sure many folks would like it. Lamb chops was presented pretty nicely and were juicy & chewy. Prawn Rolls were something unheard of earlier, these were delicious too. I’ve had Sushi earlier too and I’m not a big fan of it. The ones they served here were good on tasty with the crispy vegetables, served with wasabi and sauce. It was my first time eating wasabi and I was blown away. I got a strong mustard flavor which soon ‘gave me a kick’ in the nose. Tip: Start with a small amount of Wasabi , if you haven’t eaten it before. Wholesome & Flavorful Asian Main Course After the heavenly course of starters, we requested the team to send in smaller portions of food as we weren’t able to match up the pace of Chef Ming. While I watched Federer win a set against Nadal, we quickly had our main course dishes on the table. There was Tofu in Green Curry with Water Chestnut, Broccoli, Pea Aubergine and Baby Corn. Next was Steamed Tofu with Shitake , White Fungus in Black bean sauce along with Tai Pai Chicken . Tofu in Black Bean Sauce and Tofu in Thai green curry These were served with aromatic Jasmine Rice . The long grain, aromatic rice went really well with the curries. I loved the Thai Green Curry, the Tofu soft and the veggies were chewy as I like it. I’ve never had Water Chestnut in this type of preparation, I liked it. The spices were in right quantity and the taste was just perfect. The black bean Tofu was also a good preparation, but I’d prefer the green curry. Tai Pai chicken looked droolworthy and was tasty too with chunks of chicken soaked with the rich flavors flavors. Zestful Desserts – Coconut Brûlée is a must We had to request the manager and the chef to pause the culinary treat we were having because we were full. The portion size of their main course is way more than the standard quantity served anywhere. As the night became darker, more and more people walked in to the restaurant and it turned lively. With that we had our desserts on the table in no time. Banana Toffee & Coconut Brûlée We had the Banana Toffee with Sesame and Salted Caramel Ice cream along with Coconut Cream Brûlée . The Banana preparation was nice and it complimented their ‘home-made’ ice cream pretty nicely. But for me, the Coconut brûlée was THE one . For someone who doesn’t prefer too sweet stuff, the Coconut Cream brûlée is a perfect match. The faint coconut flavor with a tinge of sweetness topped with sugar glass is absolutely delicious. You should surely not miss out on this. Final Verdict – Head out to Zega to Eat, Drink & Socialize Like I said earlier, I haven’t tried Asian cuisine a lot in the past, but Zega made me realize everything I’ve been missing. The ambiance at the restaurant is top notch – the cutlery, the upholstery, the music – everything. The food at Zega Sheraton Hyderabad is quite exciting and Chef Ming cooks up some really amazing dishes. Being a vegetarian, the Tofu Black Pepper is a must try along with the dim sums. The Green Thai Curry too is really good and of course the Coconut brûlée . The service is pretty quick and they always wear a warm smile on their face and make you feel special. Special thanks to Arjun ji for coordinating everything and ensuring I had a wonderful time. He was kind enough to give us a tour of the place. A gem of a person indeed, he’ll feed you till you die ! Also thanks to his entire team right from Chef Ming and Pradeep who attended us. Overall, it was an excellent evening with good people and amiable food. If you’ve you not been there, do visit once and they won’t disappoint you. If you’ve already been to Zega Sheraton Hyderabad, then what did you like the most ? Mention in the comments below or tweet to me at @Atulmaharaj Spread the Word:
10 Interesting Sites You Should Not Miss When In Riyadh
Riyadh has been recognized as the largest and one of the most popular cities in Saudi Arabia. It is the capital of Saudi Arabia and it has become a hub of tourism for its geographical location and various attractions in the recent years. Riyadh is also known as an emerging financial hub and is the headquarters of the country’s central government bodies and is a political and administrative center.
The city is located in the eastern region of Najd plateau, and it is one of the less explored places that make it an ideal option for the travelers. Every year thousands of travelers visit Saudi Arabia and in case you are planning a vacation to Saudi Arabia, here is a list of 10 interesting sites you should not miss when in Riyadh.
Explore Deerah Souk
Buying souvenirs is a common practice for the travelers and if you are looking for the best places in Riyadh, you shouldn’t miss Deerah Souk. It is one of the most popular markets in Riyadh and highly popular among travelers. Travellers can explore the typical Arabian bazaar and purchase various items like key chains, classic lanterns, Persian carpets, shawls, scarfs, spices, gold, scented oils, accessories and many more.
Historic places must not be missed while in Riyadh. There are numerous historic attractions that attract thousands of tourists every year. Masmak fort is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Riyadh and it is situated in downtown Riyadh. The fort had played a major role in the history of the kingdom and still, it stands tall to share the story of a glorious past. The fort is made of mud-brick and clay and if readers are enthusiastic about architectural wonder, one shouldn’t miss Masmak fort while in Riyadh.
Explorer Red Dunes
Riyadh can be an ideal destination for the adventure seekers as well. The red sand dune is a perfect destination for the nature lovers and if you have a passion for landscape photography, this is a must -visit place in Riyadh. Visitors can rent an ATV and arrange a small picnic there. Readers are suggested to visit this place during early morning or before dusk so that you can get rid of the heat.
Experience The City Lights From The Sky Bridge
Riyadh is an emerging financial hub of the Arab world and one can see the beauty of skyscrapers during a trip to Riyadh. In case you are a thrill seeker, the sky bridge is an ideal option for you. The sky bridge gives you spectacular bird view of the city from the Kingdom Tower’s 99th floor. One can also explore the shopping malls and restaurants to satisfy their taste buds with authentic dishes.
Edge Of The World Tour
Riyadh has a lot to offer to nature lovers. If you miss the taste of adrenaline during your travel, make sure to hire a car and head towards a unique rock formation in Acacia Valley. Riding on the bumpy terrain would be another adventure and it will check your driving skills at the same time. The place is a heaven for the trekkers and if you want to explore the hanging cliffs, you can plan a trek in the valley.
Enjoy Outdoor Activities In Al Soudah
Al-Soudah and the Asir National park are two less popular tourist attractions near Riyadh; and if you are looking for the best places to visit in Riyadh, you can take a look at this. The park is ideal for a visit in summer, and it offers picturesque landscapes. The park also features other outdoor activities like camping, a cable car ride and hiking and it can be a perfect destination for hikers, nature lovers and photographers.
Explore The Ruins Of Old Diriyah
Old Diriyah is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Riyadh and one shouldn’t miss an opportunity to visit this historical site during the trip. Old Diriyah used to be the first home of the Saudi Royal Family and the first capital too. Visitors can witness ancient mud houses that speak about the glorious past.
Walk On The Food Trail
Visitors can get a chance to satisfy their taste buds with a wide variety of authentic dishes. You can head to the popular restaurants and cafes to experience Arabian hospitality and cuisines. One can also find Persian, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Asian, Italian, American, Indian and Pakistani restaurants in Riyadh. So, you can enjoy a variety of flavors. Don’t miss the native dishes while in Riyadh.
Plan A Road Trip
Riyadh gives you an opportunity to explore the sand dunes so one can plan a road trip while in Riyadh. The cost of fuel is very pocket-friendly there and it would be a great idea to go on a road trip where you can drive along the highways amidst amazing vast desert. Travelers can also explore the mosques, palaces and historic landmarks on the car and it is highly cost-efficient.
Plan A Visit To The National Museum
The national museum is another popular attraction in Riyadh and one must not miss it while in Riyadh. One can get an idea on the history and cultural background of the place; and if you have interests in artefacts, antiques or scriptures, this will be a heaven for you.
These are some of the hidden jewels of Riyadh and one shouldn’t miss the opportunity to visit these places during their trip to Saudi Arabia. Always plan in advance for great savings and enjoyable trip! Cleartrip is one of the leading travel websites that give you lucrative discounts on air ticket booking and if you are planning a trip to the Middle-east make sure to check the website for crazy offers. Saudi Gulf Airlines is a popular choice when it comes to booking flight tickets. So, book your tickets today!
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Steeped in history yet fit for the modern times, exquisite Lebanese delights mesmerize one and all at JW Marriott Chandigarh
The Lebanese Food Festival by Expat Chefs Jameela Zakey and Hystam Zakey at The Cafe@JW lays out an epic celebration of the historic & healthy Lebanese food dating back to thousands of years” jw marriott, lebanese food” data-og-title=”Steeped in history yet fit for the modern times, exquisite Lebanese delights mesmerize one and all at JW Marriott Chandigarh” data-og-url=”/article/Steeped-in-history-yet-fit-for-the-modern-times-exquisite-Lebanese-delights-mesmerize-one-and-all-at-JW-Marriott-Chandigarh/15-07-2019-173379″ //static.businessworld.in/article/article_extra_large_image/1563190933_tuQTAC_lebanese_1_.jpg”> Sunil Kumar Appointed As Hotel Manager of JW Marriott Juhu, Mumbai Assimilating many an influence into itself over thousands of years, the Lebanese cuisine has matured beautifully over centuries to reach its current form. A part of the ancient Levantine cuisine, the Lebanese cuisine has delicacies which find their origin in the era of Roman and Phoenician rule over the region. Historically rich, exquisite and heavenly to taste, what makes exotic Lebanese food relevant in today’s time is how it remains utterly delicious yet very healthy at the same time. Criss-crossing the lanes of modern-day Lebanon to traversing the lands of the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, JW Marriott Chandigarh is inviting its patrons on a unique culinary sojourn to explore Lebanon through its Lebanese Food Festival. Curated by Expat Chefs Jameela Zakey and Hystam Zakey, this epic celebration of the historic & healthy Lebanese food dating back to thousands of years is being held at The Cafe@JW, the hotel’s all day dining restaurant for dinner from 12th July 2019 to 21st July, 2019. Chef Jameela Zakey, of Syrian and Lebanese descent is an expat Chef settled in India for the past 20 years. She is someone who knows a lot about this popular cuisine which has captured the collective conscious of the world. “Prepared using an abundance of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood with animal fats consumed sparingly, the Lebanese cuisine includes abundant use of garlic and olive oil. Chickpeas and parsley are also staples of the Lebanese diet. Prepared using fresh ingredients, herbs and spice and offering earthy flavours, the composition is very healthy and delicious at the same time,” shares Chef Jameela Zakey. The cuisine of the ancient land of Lebanon is diverse. With both the eastern and western influences evident in its cuisine, the food combines the suaveness, sophistication and intricacy of European haute cuisines with the exotic ingredients & classic techniques of the orient. A striking aspect of Lebanese food is that it is, in principle, the same today as it was hundreds of years ago. It embraces the same techniques, tastes and traditions. Dominant spices such as za’atar date back to the time of the Pharaohs while the use of ingredients such as olive oil and chick peas are as ancient as the land itself. Beyond the rich history & flavours of the Lebanese cuisine, another important element which makes it a hit with people of all ages and across the globe is its health quotient. “Heavily dependent on fresh, local ingredients and appropriately balanced use of herbs, spices, and fresh ingredients, the Lebanese cuisine is a store house of health and warmth as it imbibes age-old tradition of homely hospitality. The health benefits of staple Lebanese ingredients such as chick peas have been well known since ancient times,” shares Chef Naveen Handa, Executive Chef, JW Marriott Chandigarh. Traditionally, a Lebanese meal starts with small portions known as mezze, which centres on dips and salads, some of which like Hummus, Babaganush, Fatoosh and Tabbouleh have deliciously made way into Indian households. The meal, then moves on to entrees and main course dishes before finishing off with sumptuous desserts and soothing drinks. The Special Buffet Menu of the Lebanese food festival at JW Marriott Chandigarh is featuring signature recipes by Chef Jameela which are served in a traditional multi-course Lebanese meal. Serving a host of flavours in the Lebanese food festival, Chef Jameela has introduced delicacies like the Salona Bazaliya, a traditional stew of the country made with the choicest of meats and fresh vegetables. The Kusa Bil Mehshi, a star main course dish for vegetarians is yet another star preparation by Chef Jameela who gives a delicious twist to the Lebanese Zucchini. Another must try in the festival is the Mashawi, a classic Arab food staple that consists of barbecued meat and shish taouk served with pita bread, rice and Lebanese salad. As far as traditional recipes from Lebanon go, a must-try is the Kibbeh, a Lebanese favourite savoury dish which, when baked, leaves behind an unforgettably delicious aroma of roasted meats and delicate spices. No Lebanese meal, however, ends without a generous helping of its famous dessert, Baklava. A traditional sweet filled with walnuts and pistachios and doused in orange blossom sugar syrup, Baklava will be the perfect finish to your tryst with the Lebanese Food Festival at JW Marriott Chandigarh. You can enjoy delectable delicacies of Lebanese cuisine at the ongoing ‘Lebanese Food Festival’ at JW Marriott Chandigarh. Being held from 12th July to 21st,July, 2019, it is available for the patrons of JW Marriott at The Cafe@JW as special dinner buffet from 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm, priced at INR 1900+taxes per person. You can also call at 0172-455 5555 to reserve your table at The Cafe@JW at JW Marriott Chandigarh. Share this article:
Definition : The Jain cuisine is completely vegetarian and also excludes underground vegetables such as potato, garlic, onion etc, to prevent injuring small insects and microorganisms; and also to prevent the entire plant getting uprooted and killed.
My answer is “yes” and “no”. In general, there is no pure Jain restaurant in Bhutan . I remember there are some Indian restaurants in Thimphu which I believe they might be able cook Jain food for you. I believe Phuetsholing might have Jain restaurants.
If you are not too particular, all local Bhutanese restaurants can cook vegetarian dishes without onion and garlic or potatoes.
I have my strict diet too. I just need to tell the cook I do not eat meat, cheese and wheat. They will cook the seasonal vegetables for you.
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Food was very good..mr suresh was very polite..service was vry good ..we got soup and sweet dish complimentary..nominal prices..fresh food was made…ambience was very good..indian cuisine was very tasty
Friday Lunch OR Dinner & All Day Pool Access at Ezdan Palace Hotel!
Advance reservation required (subject to availability) For inquiries/reservations, contact: 4007 1111 Mention Qgrabs while making the reservation Children: below 5yrs dine free of charge & get free entry Children: 5yrs – 12yrs require a child voucher Children: 13yrs & above require an adult voucher Voucher includes entry to the hotel, access to the pool & Friday lunch/dinner buffet at Tolaitola Restaurant Voucher can only be used once during your visit; cannot be used multiple times during the day Towels available on request with a refundable deposit Food items mentioned in the highlights are subject to change Outside food and beverages are not allowed One voucher per person The quality & care of the advertised services & offers are solely the responsibility of the merchant Not valid with other offers No cash value/No cash back/No refunds Present voucher upon arrival
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Celebrate the weekend and have a hearty lunch or dinner every Friday at Tolaitola Restaurant in Ezdan Palace Hotel! Let your little ones swim and play in the shaded kids’ pool while they enjoy painting or drawing! Enjoy a selection of cold and hot appetizers, salads, European, Asian and oriental main courses, sushi, live stations for Indian food, shawarma, pasta dishes, a variety of desserts, kids’ buffet and entertainment activities!
Cold appetizers include oriental and continental dishes like Lebanese and European salads Build your favorite Caesar Salad with the signature balsamic caesar dressing & pistachio parmesan croutons Don’t miss out on the sushi selection, too!
Main Courses: Includes a variety of oriental hot dishes such as Majboos, Magli, charred Mixed Grill, Kofta & Morabean Shrimps Also, treat yourself with European Base Stews, Marinade Beef, fish & poultry cuts grilled to perfection & served with your choice of displayed sauces
Live Stations: Indian: Indulge in vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes, Tandoor selection served with Chutney & freshly-made Naan, Paratha and more Shawarma: The buffet also features a weekly rotational live shawarma station OR shawarma in cupcake cup with tortilla bread Pasta: A selection of pasta tossed to perfection with a choice of your favorite sauces
Desserts: Desserts include a chocolate fountain, build-your-own ice cream with sides and much more!
Kids’ Buffet: The special kids’ buffet includes mini burgers, pasta, nuggets, hot dogs and build-your-own ice cream! Up to 62% off fabulously dining the day away!
Your 5-Star Luxury Hotel in Doha
Ezdan Palace Hotel is a unique landmark in Doha offering the ultimate in luxury experience.
Nestled between old and new Doha, close to the biggest shopping malls in Qatar, five-star Ezdan Palace Hotel raises the bar in service, style, and sheer indulgence. Opened in May 2018, the hotel features refined Andalusian architectural design and unique service which blends true Middle Eastern hospitality with international standards. The 195 lavishly appointed rooms and suites have been carefully designed by a renowned architect to ensure comfort for all guests. Three superb restaurants offer an exquisite culinary experience serving International, Italian and Thai cuisine.
Located on Al Shamal Road, the hotel is just 30 minutes from Hamad International Airport and within easy reach of Doha’s main business and entertainment districts.
Mulia Bali Named #1 World’s Best Resort Hotel in Indonesia by Travel + Leisure Readers
Teilen Drucken BALI, Indonesia Travel + Leisure announced the results of its 2019 World’s Best Awards with The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas achieving the prestigious No. 1 ranking as the Best Resort Hotel in Indonesia , No. 3 on the Top Resort Hotels in Asia , and No. 7 on The Top Hotels in The World. Readers of Travel + Leisure rate top hotels, destinations, airlines, cruises, spas and travel companies in the annual World’s Best Awards survey. Hotels are ranked based on readers’ ratings in five categories: facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. “For 24 years, our readers have been voting in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards. This annual franchise is a global collection of the top hotels, islands, cities, cruise lines, airlines, and more,” says Editor-in-Chief Jacqueline Gifford . “Brands and properties from all over the world – from Peru to Japan , India to Italy , and right here at home in the United States – are recognized by our audience because they deliver on exceptional experiences, rooted in a sense of place. I congratulate all of this year’s winners, who have worked so hard to be among the world’s best.” Mulia Bali is home to three ultra-luxurious beachfront properties that offer breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean to create a relaxing haven with lavish amenities and incredible service. From expansive and elegant suites to distinct lounge and oceanfront pools, Mulia Bali’s luxury accommodations truly exceed expectations for style, comfort and service. Guests can dine at a wide variety of restaurants at the resort, including the signature seaside Mediterranean and Pan Asian restaurant, Soleil, a range of Japanese cuisine at Edogin, or pre-dinner drinks at Sky Bar. Offering extensive wellness programming, the award-winning Mulia Spa also offers 20 treatment rooms, Asia Pacific’s only Ice Room and an impressive menu of holistic and cutting-edge treatments, making every effort to refresh, renew, and revive travelers in a tranquil oasis. About The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua , Bali The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas is the epitome of luxury, offering world class amenities with unparalleled service. The expansive beachfront resort located in Nusa Dua allows you to choose from three distinct experiences – luxurious suites, serene villas and elegant rooms. Complete with a convention centre, integrated lifestyle facilities to nine world-class restaurants and bars, each promises an exquisite dining experience. For further information, please contact: The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas – Nusa Dua , BaliRainata TjoaDirector of Communications, Events and PromotionsRainata.Tjoa@themulia.com
Review – New Star Kebab
missdissent It’s Friday night and Auburn is teeming with people. This Western Sydney suburb has a lot more high-rise than I remember from nigh on thirty years ago, and the cultural diversity is wider with Chinese, Turkish, Lebanese, Nepalese and Indian ancestry making up the suburb’s top five.Weathering both the upwards growth and the cultural shift, N ew Star Kebab Family Restaurant has been serving the good people of Auburn for forty years. “ In the past forty years, we have become part of Australian cuisine, ” owner Atilla Tok explains. The multicultural crowd dining at his busy restaurant are testament to the fact that eating kebab is now as Australian as the ANZAC biscuit.Tok immigrated to Australia 27 years ago, taking over the helm of this popular Turkish kebab shop in 2000, nearly twenty years ago.The menu has stayed the same throughout his tenure, with ninety percent of the food made right in front of your eyes (basically everything bar for the salads). His all-male service team are plentiful in number and friendly in attitude, ready to get this Friday night rolling.Demanding your attention even more loudly than the store’s primary coloured neon, is the mouthwatering aroma of charcoal cooking. It’s emanating from a glass booth where a smiling young lad expertly maneuvers kebabs over smoking hot coals using bread rather than tongs. Watching the bread picking up all the meaty juices, I’m pleased to see it make its way onto the Mixed Shish Plate ($27) along with your choice of three different kebab – chicken, lamb and adana.Dining with a group in the outdoor plastic tent that expands the kebab shop’s seating to about a hundred, we’re treated to some fancier plating that sees three mixed plates worth of kebabs arranged in the round with salads, rice and well-charred tomatoes.The produce is top notch, from the premium quality meats, all the way to the non-floury tomatoes, helped no doubt by the fact that Tok is his own providore via second business, Fresh Cut Australia . He runs this in his down time from New Star Kebab , a business that’s open seven days a week from 7am until 1am.Picked up in still-warm Turkish bread, the hunks of lamb back strap and leg meat are tender and delicious.The chicken kebab is moist and well-charred, perfect against Turkish yoghurt garlic dip, a gentler sauce than the Lebanese toum you might be used to. Roasted chilli sauce and the orange chilli dip in the platter of Mixed Dips ($10) keeps things lively as we mow our way through the meats, cooling our mouths on mugs of house-made Lemonade ($3) . Made with lemons, sugar and water, it’s lovely and sour, but not as sour as the purple cabbage salad. Tok points out this is an anomoly – someone in his forty-strong staff added too much lemon juice today. Personally I find it great as a palate reset as I move between the sumac, cumin and pepper-seasoned adana kofte and the shish plate’s other items.Fine curls of doner kebab meat join a mix of bread, tomato-based sauce and yoghurt, for New Star’s Iskender Kebab ($18) , which is then baked in the oven. Here this dish is slightly modified from the Turkish original, which would normally see cold yoghurt added to the hot plate after cooking. Tok explains that his Australian audience wasn’t that keen on the hot-meets-cold sensation.While New Star Kebab do make traditional pizzas, they’re listed way down the back end of the menu board for a reason – you should be eating Turkish pide instead!Opt-in for egg on the Ispanakli Pide ($21/large) with mozzarella, fresh spinach and fetta, it elevates this crisp, fresh pide into a satisfying, thing of beauty against a moderate squeeze of lemon. Kiymali Pide ($21) is given a fresh-parsley hit against ground lamb, onion, tomato and vegetables, and eats much lighter than other versions of this dish I’ve tried. I quite liked it against the babaganush dip, made here using baked rather than char-grilled eggplants, giving it a stronger eggplant flavour.Setting New Star’s gozleme apart from the ubiquitous market stall ones you’ll find just about everywhere, is a team of older Turkish ladies who roll the dough out bigger and thinner than is possible to achieve in a market setting. The resulting Ispanakli Gozleme ($10) is wonderful, with crisp English spinach wrapped inside thin flaky pastry that’s turned golden on the grill.Tok’s philosophy of using good quality produce and not cutting corners sets New Star Kebab apart from other Turkish kebab restaurants I have visited. With a constant flow of people that continues throughout my meal, it’s pretty clear New Star doesn’t need reviews like this one to popularise their business, but I felt compelled to tell you about it regardless.