JOBURG: BUY HERE: Our insider’s guide Highlands North

JOBURG: BUY HERE: Our insider’s guide Highlands North

Tweet + Athol Street in Highlands North. The area is well-established and draws young families to the many schools nearby. Picture: Karen Sandison/African News Agency (ANA)
Highlands North is an established and affordable area with many older homes attracting renovators and investors. It is relatively central with excellent access to other parts of Joburg and its many nearby schools are a draw for young families
Highlands North has solidly-built homes that provide a good starting foundation for investment, says a specialist realtor in the area, Jodi Dayan of Firzt Realty Company.
“Highlands North is a well-established area with many homes attracting renovators and investors. Price ranges a lot and the highest price achieved over the past few months is R2.4 million.”
Affordability is one of the suburb’s pluses, and this partly explains the area’s increasing popularity with younger families, attracted by the many schools in the vicinity.
“Apart from the easily accessible schools, people like the proximity to business centres for work,” says Dayan, adding Highlands North makes for a wise investment in every sense of the word.
“There are excellent schools in the area, plus many shopping options such as Norwood Mall just down the road, Balfour Park Shopping Centre, and vibey Norwood strip on Grant Avenue.” Many younger families are entering the area because of the good schools within easy access, as well as proximity to business centres for word. – Jodi Dayan, property professional, Firzt Realty Company Picture: Supplied
Highlands North is also probably one of the most central locations in Joburg with easy access to business centres in Sandton and Rosebank to the north as well as Eastgate and Bedfordview to the east and towards OR Tambo International Airport. It is not hard to see why many choose to live here, says Dayan.
The ongoing demand partly accounts for the area not being badly affected by the downturn witnessed in the realty sector in the past few months. Dayan reports Highlands North has mostly held its own in a tough market. However, there are concerns regarding the bus rapid transit system.
The Rea Vaya development along Louis Botha Avenue is said to have panicked many homeowners, but Dayan feels this is likely to be a temporary sentiment.
“With its proximity to public transport, Highlands North is set to become a more popular area in.” For most homeowners this means location is likely to be important.
Buyers generally want to live near schools, and in the lower parts of Highlands North closer to Norwood Mall, bordering Norwood/Orchards and heading towards Rosebank, says Dayan. She has priceless tips for prospective homeowners in Highlands North. “The most important tip is inspect the home closely for hidden defects and, if in any doubt, get a property report made or an inspection by a builder.”
She also advises buyers to ask for a disclosure document in which the seller will have remised any historical or potential problems. “Also drive around the area at different times to get a feel for it.”
She says using reputable realty companies who are sure to facilitate an easy transfer process also helps. Property values here match those for Rouxville, with Hawkins Estate slightly more expensive.
Candice Morgan’s favourite places and things to do We chose to live here because the properties are great in terms of value for money. They’re also nicer generally, and the area itself is established. Highlands North is centrally situated to main roads and to Sandton. There are lots of schools nearby – my son goes to King Edward VII, which is about 3km from home. Other schools close to us include St Mary’s, Waverley, and Waverley Girls High. – Candice Morgan, resident Picture: Supplied
1 Norwood Mall
This is great for easy shopping and is conveniently situated. 3 Sarie Marais Road, Norwood. 0117286640
2 Tashas
I like ordering a salad, schnitzel and any of their good home-made food. I visit the restaurant at least once a week. 14 Melrose Boulevard, Melrose North. 0116841781 Tashas in Melrose North offers home-made food. Picture: African News Agency (ANA)
3 Rosebank Art & Craft Market
This is good for African curios and tourist-type items. Cradock Avenue, Rosebank. 0115680850
4 Melrose Arch Gourmet Market
This is great for fresh food including artisan breads, cured meat, butters, you name it. It is on on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Corner Corlett Drive and M1 Highway, Melrose. 0825570629
5 Delhi Delicious
Great Indian cuisine. Shop 155, Balfour Mall, Highlands North. 0114404355
6 The Factory on Grant
Top cocktails, cosy, casual.115 Grant Avenue and Nellie Road, Norwood. 0114831398 Related Stories

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Iftar and Suhoor 2019 Promotions at Qatar Hotels & Restaurants

Iftar and Suhoor 2019 Promotions at Qatar Hotels & Restaurants Posted on Comments The holy month of Ramadan is expected to commence around 6 May and conclude around 5 June 2019. During the month of Ramadan, enjoy dining with family and friends at Qatar’s leading hotels and restaurants with special Iftar and Suhoor menus offering an array of delicious traditional Arabic and international cuisines, in addition to live Ramadan entertainment. W Doha Hotel & Residences
W Doha Hotel & Residences is transforming the Great Room yet again into a Ramadan Tent this holy month, bringing in a new and fresh vibe for guests to relish in the traditions and experience the rich flavours and sounds of Ramadan in Qatar.
The Iftar package, QAR255 per person, will be available from sunset to 8:15 pm, and Suhoor at QAR295 per person, from 9:15 pm to 2 am. Advance booking is required to get the best seat in the house.
For more information or reservations, call 4453 5135. Read more here The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa
The Ramadan Tent at The Westin Doha Hotel and Spa is creating a one-of-a-kind experience for you and your family and friends this Ramadan. Explore a vibrant atmosphere at their Ramadan tent for iftar and suhoor, featuring a variety of international dishes from around the world, live food stations and private majlis, paired with oriental music.
Iftar starts at sunset to 8:30 pm, while s uhoor starts at 9:30 pm to 1:30 am / QAR220 per person
Ramadan Themed Buffet – For an exquisite Iftar and Suhoor under the stars, discover exceptional Arabic decoration, delectable food and desserts at Seasonal Tastes. Shisha available.
Iftar and S uhoor , 6:30 pm until midnight / QAR169 per person
For more information or reservations, call 3359 8514. Read more here The Torch Doha
For yet another year, Iftar and Suhoor will be served daily at the Flying Carpet Restaurant. A lavish Arabian Nights buffet is prepared featuring an abundant spread of Arabic delicacies, traditional dishes and live cooking stations. This culinary journey is completed by a special buffet dedicated to signature Arabic desserts, including the hotel’s speciality, Umm Ali.
Iftar Buffet open daily from Maghreb prayer until 8 pm, QAR210 per person including Ramadan beverages, QAR80 for kids 6 to 12 years old (a special rate of QAR185 will be given to bookings for groups of more than 6 pax).
Suhoor Buffet open daily, from 10:30 pm to 2 am at QAR170 per person including Ramadan beverages, QAR80 for kids 6 to 12 years old (a special rate of QAR160 will be given to bookings for groups of more than 6 pax).
Three Sixty will be joining the celebration of Ramadan with an exceptional Oriental Set Menu, in addition to its a-la-carte options. The restaurant will be open Thursday and Friday from 6 pm until 11 pm. A creative menu, with variety of choices inspired by Mediterranean cuisine, will delight you while exploring a unique 360° view of the whole city.
The Torch Tea Garden will serve its signature Afternoon Tea and an exclusive selection of Japanese tea, along with matching snacks and sweets. During Ramadan, the Torch Tea Garden will offer Ramadan Specialties available to guests from Tuesday to Sunday, 7 pm to 1 am.
For more information or reservations, call 4446 5600 or send an email to The St. Regis Doha
The St. Regis Doha invites guests to enjoy a perfect Ramadan experience at the breathtaking Al Zomorod Ramadan Tent . The tent offers traditional settings complemented by live cooking stations, scrumptious seasonal specials, live entertainment and breathtaking ambience.
Daily, from sunset to 2 am
Both Iftar and Suhoor buffet includes water, soft drinks, a selection of Ramadan juices, tea, and coffee. QAR250 per person
For reservations or more information call 4446 0105 or send a message to WhatsApp 3387 0925 The Ritz-Carlton, Doha
Arabian Nights The Ritz-Carlton, Doha embraces the holy month of Ramadan with a variety of exceptional experiences ideal for celebrating with families and loved ones. Iftar and suhoor available daily in their Ballroom, featuring a showcase of true Arabian hospitality paired with the renowned Ritz-Carlton, Doha service.
QAR230 per person for iftar or suhoor , inclusive of food and selected Ramadan beverages; QAR115 (5 to 11 years old) Complimentary (below 4 years old)
For more information or reservations call 4484 8000 or send an email to . Read more here Sushiminto
Sushiminto Iftar buffet, available daily during Ramadan from Iftar time to 9 pm.
Salwa Road branch: QAR129 for adults / Qar59 for kids
City Center branch: QAR109 for adults / Qar49 for kids
* Takeaway and delivery from regular menu are available from Sunday to Wednesday, 4 pm until midnight and until 12:30 am from Thursday to Saturday.
For reservations and inquiries:
Salwa Road branch: 44675577 / 44440506 City Center branch: 40383240 / 33233914 Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels
Discover the Magic of Ramadan in Souq Waqif Come together with family, friends and colleagues this holy month at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels in the heart of Doha. The Ramadan spirit is on full display throughout the one-of-a-kind environment every night, with lavish buffets featuring the finest flavours from Morocco and around the world.
Delight in exquisite iftar and suhoor experiences, with special packages available for corporate events and private groups.
Iftar buffet: QAR140 per person (including beverages) 6 pm to 8 pm; Suhoor: A La Carte *Children below 6 years old dine for free and 6-12 years old gets 50% off.
Group bookings: 10 guests or more will receive 10% off; 50 guests or more will get 15% off.
Location: Al Jasra Boutique Hotel
This holy month of Ramadan, Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels offers memorable special events and private groups Iftar packages with fantastic benefits. Enjoy a wide buffet selection featuring Lebanese, Moroccan, Italian, Indian, Asian and International Cuisine, with live cooking stations, kids area and mouth-watering dessert section.
Book your event or private group iftar for QAR120 per person including beverages.
*Terms and conditions apply. *Valid for a minimum booking of 20 persons.
Ramadan Retreat Perfect peace and feast of flavour. Find your oasis this holy month at Souq Waqif Boutique Hotels. Retreat to the calm of your room or suite, and celebrate as Arabian heritage meets contemporary style (set menu).
Package Includes: Accommodation with suhoor and iftar 20% discount on spa Complimentary room upgrade (subject to availability) Early check-in and late check-out (subject to availability)
Stay period: 5 May – 4 June 2019 Booking period: until 4 June 2019
For more information or reservations: 4433 6666 or Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel
Iftar at Al Hubara Break your fast in an indulgent iftar at Al Hubara with a wide selection gastronomic delights infused with culinary influences from around the world featuring extensive seafood spreads, roasts, live cooking counters and a myriad of delectable desserts. 6 pm – 8 pm
QAR250 per person including soft beverages. 50% discount for children under 12 years. Kids below 6 dine for free.
Hubbly bubbly available for an additional of QAR100
Suhoor at Ramadan Tent Experience the full spectrum of Arabian hospitality while getting immersed in Qatari heritage in an elegant Arabesque setting at the specially designed Ramadan Tent at Al Majlis Ballroom .
Choose from a feast-like or an intimate suhoor alongside a traditional live band performance, a vibrant atmosphere, and an unparalleled culinary journey. 9 pm – 2 am
QAR275 per person including soft beverages. 50% discount for children under 12 years. Kids below 6 dine for free.
Hubbly bubbly available for an additional of QAR100
Corporate Iftar and Suhoor Ramadan is a time to gather and share the joy of the holy month through iftar or suhoor gatherings. Whether it is for your corporate meetings or company get-together with business partners, Sheraton Grand Doha is your ideal choice to celebrate the occasion with a five-star setting, specialised service and delectable menu options.
Ramadan Tent at Al Majlis Ballroom, Al Majlis Foyer IFTAR | 6 pm – 8 pm
Menu I, QAR195
For more information or reservations, call 4485 3000. Read more here Sealine Beach, a Murwab Resort
Iftar buffet starts from sunset to 9 pm at Al Odaid Restaurant.
QAR150 per person, 50% off for children ages 6 to 12, and free for 5 and below. Special rates if you book through Qgrabs.
Suhoor starts from 11 pm to 2 am at Al Odaid Restaurant
Set menu starts from QAR95 per person, 50% off to children ages 6 to 12 and free for 5 and below.
Order any shisha flavour at The Edge and get complimentary coffee. Terms and conditions may apply.
For corporate rates and group bookings, email Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha
Break your fast in a lavish Middle Eastern Iftar buffet at Hyde Park with a choice of Asian and continental dishes, an extensive selection of traditional Arabic sweets including Ramadan juices, tea and coffee.
5 May – 4 June, Sunset – 11 pm at Hyde Park
Buffet QAR140 per person; 50% Discount for kids 6 to 12 yrs or QAR70; free for kids below 6 yrs.
Early Bird Offer for Group iftar at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha. Get into the spirit of Ramadan by planning your iftar events in advance.
For enquiries and reservations: 4428 1636 or
Cabana Club at Radisson Blu Hotel, Doha offers one-month membership subscriptions during the holy month of Ramadan (starting from 5 May). Membership type Family (with 2 kids under 12 yrs) QAR3000
For more information or reservations, call 4428 1555/1645. Premier Inn Doha Education City Hotel
Share the spirit of Ramadan with your friends and family. Join Premier Inn Doha Education City Hotel for Iftar each evening at Omnia Restaurant, with a four-course set menu for just QAR79.
For more details, visit the official website or call 4007 8333. National Cruise
Gather everyone and get ready for Ramadan with National Cruise’s Iftar and Suhoor offers.
Iftar at QAR299 and Suhoor QAR349 Children between 3 to 10 years old will be charged 50% of the public rate Below 3 years old is free
Inclusion: Special dining set up, air-conditioned cabin, WC’s, Sun Deck, Built-in sound system, International Buffet, Chilled juices and soft drinks, Bottled Drinking Water, Coffee and Tea.
Note: We have a place for Praying
For more information, https://bit.ly/NationalCruise + 974 50 008 830 Millennium Plaza Doha
Iftar Enjoy a lavish i ftar buffet at Circle Restaurant from sunset to 8:30 pm for QAR179. Children between 8 – 12 years old can avail of special offer at QAR75. Kids (1 – 8 years old) and maids/nannies eat for free.
Suhoor Enjoy a lavish suhoor buffet at Circle Restaurant from 10:30 pm – 2 am for QAR99. Children between 8 – 12 years old can enjoy a 50 % discount. Kids 1 – 8 years old (maids/nannies eat for free).
Promotion period is valid for the whole month of Ramadan. Not valid with any other existing promotions and discounts. Reservation is required.
For more details and reservations, call 4041 6999. Marsa Malaz Kempinski, The Pearl – Doha
Celebrate Ramadan traditions at the Palatial Marsa Malaz Kempinski Pearl Tent, a truly enchanting destination with a focus on sharing, togetherness and celebration, and embark on a journey that brings the finest traditions in a setting of royal grandeur pairing intimate social gatherings with an unparalleled culinary experience.
Palazzo Ballroom, Lower Ground Floor
Iftar buffet: QAR210 from Sunset – 8 pm | Suhoor buffet: QAR250 from 9 pm until late. *Shisha available at QAR120; live Oriental entertainment available during suhoor .
KIDS POLICY Kids aged 6 – 12 enjoy 50% off Kids below 6 are free of charge
For more information or reservations: 4035 5011 or Marriott Marquis City Center Doha
A Grand Iftar to Remember at Wanassa The holy month of Ramadan is a time of tranquillity and reflection. Celebrate this blessed time at Marriott Marquis City Centre Doha and indulge in an authentic dining experience at Wanassa Ramadan tent with freshly prepared Ramadan delicacies including traditional Arabic cuisine, Turkish favourites, and International delights, this is an iftar not to miss. For larger groups, private majlises are available for seating groups up to 12 guests in Wanassa.
Daily during the holy month of Ramadan | Sunset – 9 pm
QAR220 per person
Experience Suhoor at Wanassa Continue your celebration of the holy month and enjoy suhoor at Wanassa Ramadan tent with an exclusive buffet in this dedicated space. Enjoy delectable buffet choices, from Arabic, Turkish and international options, live food stations, sweet treats, and refreshing beverages.
Daily during the holy month of Ramadan | 9:30 pm – 1:30 am
QAR170 per person
Luxurious and Tailored Catering Services For larger corporate groups looking to celebrate, Wanassa is the ideal setting for breaking the fast together. Decorated in warm and inviting colours and featuring private areas for VIP gatherings or group celebrations, private majlises are the perfect blend of Wanassa’s prestigious hospitality with culinary excellence. Special rates available for early bookings and groups.
Outside catering services provide the original Wanassa experience without leaving the comfort of your home who hosts guests and families for large iftar gatherings during Ramadan. All iftar arrangements are taken care of by the hotel experts from table setting to presentation and service by a professional catering team.
Suhoor with a View Aqua Lounge offers the most lavish a la carte Suhoor menu comprising of favourite traditional Ramadan dishes and oriental specials are served daily with special grills, appetizers, live stations and sweet oriental desserts. Aqua Lounge guests enjoy the night breeze on Level 7 and Level 8 terrace overlooking the beautiful Doha’s skyline after iftar or suhoor feast.
Daily | 6 pm – 1 am
For more information, call 4419 5000 or visit marriottmarquisdohadining.com Mandarin Oriental, Doha
Guests can expect to embark on a culinary journey inspired by food from destinations along the ancient Silk Route. Children will delight to storytelling adventures in a venue filled with animal characters such as Leo the lion from the savannah of Africa or Vani the monkey from the jungles of Mexico.
Iftar and suhoor will be hosted at the Almas Ballroom. Guests will be transported on a journey to exotic destinations along the Silk Route, which stretches from the Far East to Europe. A feast of authentic dishes such as Japanese sushi, sashimi and robatayaki, Arabic mezze and grilled meat, sizzling hot Tandoor oven dishes and exotic tasting curries from India, delicate dim sums and wok-fried dishes from China and South East Asia, with a selection of tempting desserts and more will be prepared by chefs to create a lively and buzzing ambience reminiscent of the market place in Asia, Middle East and Europe.
Iftar : 6 pm – 8 pm priced at QAR245 for adults and QAR135 for children Suhoor : 9 pm – 2 am priced at QAR280 for adults and QAR160 for children Complimentary iftar and suhoor for children up to 11 years old, for bookings made before 1 May 2019. Each paying couple will be eligible for up to a maximum of four complimentary iftar or suhoor meals for their children, additional children will be charged accordingly.
For more details or reservations, call 4008 8888. La Cigale Hotel
Le Cigalon Restaurant (Iftar) Reunite with your beloved ones for a unique buffet iftar experience and savour a wide array of Mezzeh, salads, traditional and international delights complemented by tantalising desserts at QAR220 per person.
For more information or reservations, call 4428 8698.
La Cigale Ramadan Tent (Suhoor) This Ramadan, surround yourself in authentic traditions at Qatar’s finest tent and savour a lavish Suhoor buffet with a variety of Oriental and International dishes, live cooking stations and succulent desserts section while enjoying flavoursome shishas and Oud Player.
QAR250 per person
For more information or reservations, call 4428 8809/10.
Iftar Boxes at La Cigale Traiteur Break your fast every day with mouthwatering takeaway iftar boxes and enjoy an assortment of dates, soup, Lebanese Mezze, main course of beef, chicken or seafood along with Oriental sweets and jellab.
For orders, call 4428 8803/20.
Special Ramadan Chocolates at La Cigale Traiteur Explore more than 70 types of heavenly chocolate flavours arranged in exceptional gift wrapping or vended unwrapped and decorated by two seasonal greetings Ramadan Kareem and Koul Aam Wa Antom Bi Kheir .
For orders, call 4428 8803/20.
Ramadan and Eid Gifts at La Cigale Traiteur Seize a creative arrangement prepared with the finest ingredients such as Ramadan specialities, traditional Arabic sweets and chocolates all displayed on silver trays, bowls, wooden boxes or baskets. Special gift hampers are available for individuals and corporate clients.
For orders, call 4428 8803/20 JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel
Embrace the spirit of Ramadan with your family and friends and share a truly memorable moment at JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha with a selection of traditional Qatari dishes as well as international palates.
Iftar and Suhoor QAR230 per person
For reservations or more details, call 4429 5000. Read more here InterContinental Doha The City
A Traditional Iftar at The Square Experience an exquisite traditional Iftar buffet in The Square with a delicious variety of Arabic and international culinary delights. Be delighted by traditional Arabic cuisine favourites, ranging from cold and hot mezze, fresh seafood, and grilled meat and live ouzi stations. A wide range of traditional dessert options including our signature Kunafa and artisan desserts including the new signature Date ‘Burger’ will satisfy any sweet tooth. Includes Ramadan juices.
QAR 119 per person, Sunset – 8:30 pm Children under 12 enjoy 50% off, and children under 6 years dine for free.
Arabian Nights Suhoor at The Square A relaxed experience is a perfect way to spend Suhoor with your family and friends. Choose from a wide array of choices of Arabian Nights themed buffet and feast on your favourite traditional or international dishes. A wide range of traditional dessert options including our signature Kunafa and artisan desserts including our new signature Date ‘Burger’ will satisfy any sweet tooth. Includes Ramadan juices.
QAR 119 per person, 9 pm – 11 pm Children under 12 enjoy 50% off, and children under 6 years dine for free.
Al Jalsa Garden Lounge Iftar and Sohour The true Arabian experience in our Al Jalsa Garden Lounge. Keep cool during the summer nights while you dine on sumptuous Middle Eastern cuisine for Iftar or Suhoor. An enhanced experience with our secluded Majlises, which can accommodate 4 – 8 people, is a must for gatherings with family or friends. Don’t forget to try the extensive shisha menu.
Saturday to Wednesday: Sunset – 2 am Thursday and Friday: Sunset – 3 am
Al Jawhara Ballroom For larger corporate groups looking for a private venue, the Al Jawhara Ballroom is the ideal setting for breaking the fast together. Holding up to 500 guests, the ballroom may also be split into three separate sections for more intimate celebrations, depending on the size. Personalised Iftar and Suhoor menus will be created according to the guests’ needs and are inclusive of traditional Ramadan juices and Arabic coffee. Entertainment from an oud player and tabla performer, as well as Arabic coffee services, may be arranged upon request for an additional cost to suit all requirements.
To book your group gathering, +974 4015 8888 or InterContinental Doha Hotel and Residences
This year, this iconic InterContinental Doha is bringing guests a myriad of offerings perfect for both family gatherings and corporate events, including iftar buffet at Coral, the all-day dining restaurant, Suhoor buffet in the stunning Shahrazad Tent in the Al Wajba Ballroom, as well as iftar and suhoor at Gemmayze, the trendiest Lebanese restaurant in Doha.
Inspired by the magical settings of One Thousand and One Nights , the stunning Shahrazad Tent features a luxurious white-and-gold theme paired with magnificent interiors in an Arabesque flair. There is also private majlis in the tent, perfect for intimate suhoor gatherings. Guests will be able to enjoy a unique suhoor with mesmerising live oud entertainment and flavourful shishas, alongside delicious fare and cuisine.
Coral restaurant continues to bring diners a delectable iftar buffet this Ramadan. Beautifully decorated, diners can look forward to delicious dishes on the buffet, including a wide range of cold appetisers and salad, succulent grilled items and roasts at the carving station and mouthwatering sweets.
Iftar buffet at Coral (Sunset – 9 pm) QAR225 per adult | QAR115 per child Suhoor at Shahrazad Tent (9 pm – late) QAR195 per adult | QAR95 per child Children 5 years old and below eat free. Child prices apply to children from 6 to 12 years old
For enquiries and reservations, 4484 4919, doha.intercontinental.com . Read more here Holiday Inn- The Business Park
A Sparkling Ramadan Experience at Al Masa Tent: Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan by spending it with family & gathering with special ones at Al Masa Tent. Savour their lavish Iftar buffet with selections of Arabic and International dishes for QAR195.
For group bookings: +974 4408 7577 / +974 4031 3333 or Hilton Doha
Led by the huge success of the past years – Fawanees Ramadan tent, that served a vast number of guests per night, will be transforming its ballroom into a Grand Bazaar that will be offering a peaceful and convivial ambience with private majlis and dining tables in a stylish décor. The Grand Bazaar takes you on a culinary journey through their market food stands. The Grand Bazaar buffet has over 50 authentic Arabic and international dishes, 8 live cooking stations, 20 main hot dishes and a mouth-watering dessert station along with the freshly made Arabic delights.
Iftar QAR195; Suhoor QAR225
For reservations and more information: 4423 3222 or Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel & Villas
Ramadanak One of the city’s most popular tents, Ramadanak, returns to the Al Silia ballroom for the holy month. Enjoy an exquisite array of Middle Eastern cuisine with an international flare whilst relaxing with friends and family in a vibrant yet cosy Arabian setting. The perfect place to bring together loved ones and break your fast to the sounds of live music.
Iftar buffet: QAR220 per person, sunset – 8:30 pm
Suhoor : À la carte, 9:30 pm – 2 am
Majlis at Al Maha Lounge This year Majlis will transform into a casual environment to enjoy traditional Arabic delights. Choose from an A la carte menu or order one of lighter, healthier Suhoor trays for the ultimate Ramadan experience.
Daily, 7 pm – 2 am, last order at 1 am
Suhoor tray: QAR111 per person
For more information or bookings, call 3029 3748. Golden Tulip Doha
Indulge in a wide selection of scrumptious traditional Arabic cuisine and an array of delectable International cuisine
QAR160 for 2 pax
* Valid for 6 pax and above until 10th of Ramadan * Children Policy apply
For reservations, call +974 4419 8806 Fraser Suites West Bay, Doha
Experience the full spectrum of Arabian hospitality while getting immersed in local traditions where we bring you the finest traditions in a setting of exquisite venues pairing intimate social gatherings and unparalleled culinary experiences.
Iftar buffet at The Social Enjoy mouthwatering Arabic and International delicacies with friends and family all throughout the month of Ramadan at The Social Restaurant at QAR120 per head (adults), QAR60 per head (kids between 6 – 12 years) and free for kids below 6 years of age.
For more information, or 4495 5115.
Ramadan Banquets Plan a traditional family-style dining or a corporate gathering for iftar/suhoor at banquets starting at QAR110 per person for a minimum of 30 people. Enjoy a 15% discount on groups and early bird bookings as well!
For more information, or 4495 5000.
Ramadan Helipad Dining Enjoy breathtaking views of the Doha skyline with an exclusive iftar/suhoor experience at the helipad priced at QAR4,000 for 2 and at QAR1,250 per head for a group of up to 8 persons.
Ramadan Catering Delivered to your home, office or other desired venue, we can provide you with the gourmet Iftar / Suhoor experience right at your doorstep.
With a selection of several menus to choose from, guests can be rest assured that they will find something to suit their palette.
For more information, or 4495 5000 http://bit.ly/FSWBDRAMADAN Crowne Plaza Doha West Bay
Iftar Make this Ramadan memorable and break your fast while savouring exquisite iftar buffet. Their lavish buffet spread includes authentic dishes, sharing platters and freshly grilled Shish Taouk, Shish and Kofta kebab along with many regional favourites. Sweet lovers are welcome to enjoy an extensive selection of traditional Arabic sweets and international desserts.
Daily, sunset – 8:30 pm at Nidaaya QAR145 Children below 5 years old eat for free! Children between 6 and 11 get 50% off the regular price.
Suhoor Gather with family and friends throughout the holy month of Ramadan and enjoy the vibrant ambience whilst listening to live music in a lavish Arabesque setting. The Suhoor menu will incorporate a selection of popular mezze and succulent live Shawarma, Fatayer and Falafel stations along with a wide variety of local and regional favourites. For the dessert fans, indulge in the decadent spread of traditional and contemporary sweets accompanied by a wide selection of Ramadan beverages.
Daily, 9:30 pm – 2 am at Nidaaya; QAR95 per person Children below 5 years old eat for free! Children between 6 and 11 get 50% off the regular price.
For more information or reservations: 4019 8876, WhatsApp: +974 3348 5456 or Crowne Plaza Doha – The Business Park
Experience Suhoor at Arguelina Lounge This holy month, enjoy a sumptuous Iftar meal served ala carte or stay around for Suhoor from 10 pm – 2 am at Crowne Plaza Doha- The Business Park’s cosy Arguelina Lounge. Hubbly bubbly will also be available. Oriental Suhoor Set Menu: QAR95 Asian Suhoor Set Menu: QAR150 Ramadan BBQ Set Menu: QAR175
For reservations, +974 5031 5734 or City Centre Rotana Hotel
Join the beautiful Almas Ramadan Tent for lavish Iftar buffet featuring an extensive range of Arabic delicacies, international cuisine, live cooking stations and soft beverages. Enjoy live entertainment throughout the month. Arabic music entertainment available from 10 pm – 1 am during Suhoor time.
Iftar QAR210 per person; Suhoor QAR179 per person
Iftar will be served until 8:30 pm and suhoor will be served from 10 pm until 1 am.
Amid the welcoming ambience of Olive Oil , share with your family and loved ones a lavish Iftar buffet offering an array of Arabic, local dishes, live cooking stations, Ramadan drinks and a wide spread of sweets for QAR169 per person.
Experience the best of Arabian hospitality in the private atmosphere of our Zeituna Lebanese Restaurant . Host your corporate Iftar at City Centre Rotana and create a lasting impression on colleagues and business partners.
For more information or reservations: 44458680 or Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
Savour a wide variety of delightful cuisine and Ramadan specialities as you listen to the dulcet tones of an Arabic band, while dining in a souq-inspired setting alfresco with fabulous views of the Gulf. Plan in advance and share an authentic and exclusive iftar experience with family and friends at Azraq Restaurant.
Iftar buffet Fulfilling the essence of Ramadan with authenticity and exclusivity. It is that special time of the year when we gather family and friends to enjoy delicious iftar favourites together. Feel the genuine Arabian flair with the atmospheric souq-inspired setting and music played by Moroccan band. Complete the experience with the dazzling creativity of henna artist.
Azraq Restaurant 16 May until the last day of Ramadan, sunset – 9 pm
Non-resident guests QAR275 per adult and QAR175 per child Resident guests QAR225 per adult and QAR125 per child
Suhoor Bring the family for a memorable suhoor experience. Gather with loved ones and savour time together for a sumptuous suhoor dining in the cosy Zest Café. Enjoy a set menu of refined Arabic dishes served family-style.
Zest Café 16 May until the last day of Ramadan , 9 pm – 3 am
Non-resident guests QAR250 per adult, QAR150 per child Resident guests QAR200 per adult, QAR100 per child
Zen Garden (Shish Garden) Come to the Zen Garden this Ramadan for a selection of sweet delights. Enjoy an a la carte offering of snacks, sweets and shisha flavours every day during Ramadan as we convert the Zen Garden into an ambient shisha garden.
From 16 May until the last day of Ramadan, 7 pm – 3 am
For more information or reservations: 4040 5050 or Alwadi Hotel Doha – MGallery by AccorHotels
The finest get-together destination for a memorable Ramadan experience. Celebrate the holy month of Ramadan at Alwadi Tent and enjoy special lavish iftar and suhoor buffet, offering a wide selection of local and international dishes. Alwadi Hotel Doha MGallery welcomes you to come along with your family and friends for a memorable Ramadan experience.
Iftar: QAR210 and Suhoor: QAR230 daily rotating international and Ramadan buffet menu with live cooking stations inclusive of Ramadan juices, soft drinks, chilled juices and water exclusive of hot beverages special beverage menu A la Carte available (additional charge)
Corporate Special Rates: group of 20 pax and above: 10% OFF group of 40 pax and above: 15% OFF group of 80 pax and above: 20% OFF
Kids policy: 0-6 for free, 6-12 – 50% accompanied by parents Live band entertainment is available during Iftar and Sohour. Entertainer/ Mybook applications vouchers are accepted for Ramadan (buy one get one free) for both Iftar and Suhoor
For more information or bookings, call 4009 9666. Al Rayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton
Iftar Buffet at Al Majd Ramadan Tent Experience authentic Arabian hospitality in the warm and welcoming ambience of the Al Majd Ramadan Tent at Al Rayyan Hotel Doha, Curio Collection by Hilton. Savour an array of traditional flavours with loved ones over an elaborate feast, speckled with the finest Arabic, Oriental and international cuisine, plus live cooking stations, all adorned with exquisite desserts and Ramadan beverages.
QAR210 per person (special discount awaits for group bookings) Maghreb – 8 pm
Shurfat Al Rayyan The outdoor seating is the perfect venue to unwind and lavish in your local favourites for a light Iftar and Sohour. Private cabanas and shisha available. Ala carte menu.
Maghreb – 1 am (Saturday – Wednesday) | Maghreb – 2 am (Thursday and Friday)
For bookings, call or WhatsApp 5513 3472 Ramadan 2019 in Qatar
Important Note: Rates are subject to change. Please check with the hotel before you confirm your reservation. Bon appetite!
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There must be badass Indian restaurants in Lubbock (Texas), it beats out every other cuisine in that county.
Huh. I have eaten pretty much every other cuisine Lubbock offers, and I really like Indian food. Not sure why I haven’t been to any of the three Indian restaurants listed in the “Visit Lubbock 2019” guide I got at the airport.
I’m going to assume it’s either an error or the data’s somehow skewed by the Tikka Shack location at Texas Tech University.

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WHITE CHARCOAL Progressive regional Indian cuisine

May 15, 2019 The good Lord be praised! A reincarnation is in progress! A rebirth of regional Indian dishes in a modern avatar. And its happening silently in a gleaming new Andheri W restaurant. Sadly, its open only for dinner, so we have to brave the two hour long trafficked drive from South Mumbai to get here..My dinner companions (sportingly drive all the way) discerning foodies are also rejuvenating healers. Firoza Moos and Meher Davis both work wonders with their non invasive, drug free natural solution to eliminate allergies. The dapper Jeff Davis, Indian food aficionado, is just back after several years in Egyptwith an American oil company. Was our harrowing, traffic choked drive worth it? Read the full Article on https://www.bombaytimes.com/ to find out.
At White Charcoal: with Meher, Jeff Davis and Firoza Moos. Chef Sandro Gamba and Radha Arora at the exclusive Manor club. Advertisements

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An Insiders’ Guide to Isla Holbox | Paradise (Or Close Enough)

Casa Cat Ba
Image credit: Marco Badalin
Owned by husband and wife Colette and Pierre-Marrie, who, a couple of years ago, decided to turn their holiday into a life plan, Casa Cat Ba feels more like a home than a hotel. It’s as if they bought and designed their ideal beach-front home (Casa Cat Ba sits steps away from the ocean), and then generously opened it up to a share with a small number of others. There are five bedrooms in total, split over three floors. The whole house is impeccably designed in a Wabi-Sabi style (a Japanese philosophy based on authenticity and finding beauty in imperfection). The concrete floors and walls are painted a beachy cream, and wooden beams run the length of the ceilings. Each bedroom is also fitted out with huge tropical palm’s, vintage wooden furniture, and artwork from all over the world.
When you arrive you’re greeted with a cold face towel and fresh juice, a level of hospitality that continues to the complimentary beach towels, and edible-smelling body wash, shampoo, and conditioner in the en-suite bathroom. The bed sheets are crisp, the pillows are plump, and there are bright white dressing gowns hanging in the wardrobe.
Their penthouse Palapa Suite, which takes up the whole of the third floor, also offers an a huge balcony with its own private sun beds and an outdoor shower, not to mention the best ocean view from anywhere in the house.
Beyond the rooms they have a little ground-floor living room-cum-boutique, in case you find yourself missing a linen co-ord, flowing beach slip, or handmade toweling bag. They also have a laid-back beach-front bar where you can order yourself a Margarita or a Mojito and watch the sunset from their terrace, overlooking the ocean. Whilst there’s no in-house restaurant, they still offer breakfast every morning on the terrace – freshly made hot cakes with coffee and real fruit juice. Otherwise you’re within a two minute walking distance of plenty of small tacos spots, as well as a number of slightly higher end restaurants and bars. Address: Isla Holbox, Quintana Roo, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico | Doubles start from: 275 USD (£214.20) | Breakfast included? Yes | Air-conditioning? Yes | For more information, or to book, visit their website here.
CasaSandra
CasaSandra also sits right on the beach front, although slightly further along from Casa Cat Ba. Whilst Cat Ba sits nearer to town, CasaSandra is along a wider stretch of beach where you’ll find a huge sand bar in the middle of the water, perfect for sunbathing, or beach walks, with your feet in the ocean. The hotel has 18 rooms in total, ranging from Superior Standards to Ocean-Front Suites. They also have a private 4-person villa with its own living room and kitchen-dining room. All rooms have a rustic, beach house feel to them. Think weaved rattan headboards, bright white linen mosquito nets, and distressed vintage furniture. They all also come filled with candles, incense, and a selection of organic bath products, as well as both kaftans and dressing gowns for the beach, or late afternoon lounging on your hammock-strung balcony. Talking of the beach, CasaSandra has its own private stretch, offering up a varying selection of sun loungers and sun beds (double beds scattered with pillows, underneath a roof of dried palms). Plus there’s a bar serving up both soft and stiff drinks. For a change of scenery there’s the hotel pool, a bright blue figure eight, surrounded by palms. Or their in-house restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner of mostly Mexican dishes, although with a few Cuban numbers thrown in (Sandra, the owner is Cuban). You can either eat pool-side, inside the main house, or alfresco overlooking the ocean. If it’s lunchtime, you can also opt for your food to be brought over to you on the beach. Should you fancy a tour – everything from horse-riding to exploring the Mayan Jungle – the incredibly kind staff (keep an eye out for Fredericko or Homber) will help book you in. Or, for something a little more relaxing, try a deep tissue massage with their expert masseuse, followed perhaps by their Sunset Experience – a make shift lounge bed on Punta Coco beach (the best place on the island to watch the sunset) with fizzy wine, fresh fruit, and towels in case you fancy a half-light dip. Address: Calle Igualdad, 77310 Holbox, Q.R., Mexico | Doubles start from: 200 USD (£155.80) | Breakfast included? Yes | Air-conditioning? Yes | For more information, or to book, visit their website here .
Casa Las Tortugas Casa Las Tortugas is a family-run boutique hotel, boasting four stars. It has 24 rooms in total, ranging from ‘Standard’ Doubles to the Mastersuite. Of course these also include a number of of beach-front options, overlooking the sea. Like many hotels on Holbox, all of the rooms have an outside-in feel to them – painted clay walls; drift-wood furniture; and huge conch shell-turned-lights. The queen or king-sized beds are also dressed with brightly-coloured, locally-made linens, all of which you’ll want to take home. They have a pool with a built-in hot tub, as well as their private beach. Here you’ll find one of two in-house restaurants, Mandarina Beach Club (well three actually, if you include the second Mandarina on the roof…) where they serve a mix of Mexican and international food, as well as cold, fresh-fruit smoothies. Their second restaurant is Luuma, a slick cocktail bar-cum-eatery serving small tapas-style plates (more on both below). Inside Luuma they have have a fancy boutique, La Bazzar, filled with a mix of vintage and handmade goods – dresses and jewellery, as well as scented candles and bath products. They also have a spa where you can treat yourself to a variety of treatments or ‘rituals’, many of which are water-focused (the spa’s called Agua Spa), said to be based on ancient local knowledge and practices. They offer massages; facials; full-body wraps; hot-stone therapy; hydrotherapy; and more. They also offer daily yoga and meditation classes for all abilities. Address: Isla Holbox, Q.Roo, México | Doubles start from : 200 USA (£152.34) | Breakfast included? Yes | Air-conditioning? Yes | For more information, or to book, visit their website here .
Punta Caliza Arguably the most striking hotel on the island is Punta Caliza – a 12-bedroom design hotel, with each of the bedrooms boasting back doors that open out onto a central pool. Design wise, it’s a seamless mix of traditional Mayan architecture (white stucco walls and low-hung thatched roofs), with more modern, angular shapes, and a rich dark red cedar wood. All of the rooms boast king-sized beds and en-suite bathrooms, as well as fluffy white dressing gowns and huge flat screen TVs for afternoon lounging. Of course you’ll want to get some tan time in first, which you can do from their private beach (beach loungers and towels provided). There’s also a bar, specialising in Margaritas but serving up a range of both boozy and not-so-boozy drinks. If you get hungry you can head to their in-house restaurant, where they serve breakfast through to dinner. Breakfast changes daily, offering one main Mexican dish, or you can opt for fresh fruit and yoghurt, or toast, as well as coffee and tea. Lunch and dinner are mostly seafood focused – catch of the day carpaccio, and rock shrimp with spicy homemade mayonnaise and massago – with a few alternatives thrown in. If you’re looking for an adventure beyond the hotel, and the beach, the staff will happily help you book in to various tours around the island including whale watching, kayaking, and more. Address: Paseo Kuka, Por Robalo, Isla Holbox, 77310 Isla Holbox, Q.R., Mexico | Double rooms from: 240 USD (£186.90) | Breakfast included? Yes | Air Conditioning? Yes | For more information, or to book, visit their website here .
BEST PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK:
Taco Queto Located between the main square and the beach, it’s hands down one of the best (and cheapest) places to eat authentic Mexican food on the island: tacos , nachos, burros, quesadillas, and more. It’s also got some great vegetarian options. And they let you bring your own beer. Just be warned, it’s closed at lunchtimes, opening at 6pm.
Le Jardin If you’re looking for a break from Mexican Cuisine, have breakfast at Le Jardin, a French bakery and cafe serving freshly baked croissants, pastries, brioche, and baguettes. They also do lunch including paninis stuffed with cheese and salami, or cheese and tomato, all of which are reasonably priced. You’ll want to try and get there early, particularly in the morning, and particularly in high season, as they’ve been known to sell out.
Basico It’s a bright, leafy all-day eatery serving breakfast, lunch and dinner – definitely one of the more put-together places on the island. Food wise it’s ‘contemporary’ Mexican, which means for breakfast there’s everything from Huevos Del Rancho (eggs with refried beans, cheese, and salsa) to stacks of syrupy hot cakes, whilst for dinner it’s lots of fresh fish and tacos, as well as homemade pasta.
Luuma Another muy mancha option is Luuma, one of two in-house restaurants at four-star boutique hotel Casa Las Tortugas (see above). Some might argue it’s verging on too cool, however if you can over-look the posse of short smiling staff, and the boutique (also part of the restaurant) selling kaftans for £200, it’s actually a pretty beautiful space serving up delicious cocktails and food. If you’re a non-drinker they have Horchata, the most delicious, sweet, rice-based drink that tastes like chilled Indian Chai. Food-wise it’s a mix of sharing boards, or smaller tapas-style plates, things like crab spring rolls, falafels, or lamb tagine. Annoyingly they don’t take bookings, however if you get there early it shouldn’t be a problem, otherwise you can put your name down, grab a glass of wine at nearby Mandarina Beach Club, and they’ll contact you when there’s a table.
Barba Nega
It’s one of about five street-food stands in the Holbox Street Food Market, serving up mostly seafood tacos for about £1.50 a pop.

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Hankies – real Indian street food in luxury surroundings

Food & Drink Hankies – real Indian street food in luxury surroundings Indian cuisine is one of my favourites, as a child Friday night was always Indian take away night, I used to go and collect it with my dad while my mum and brother set the table, we ordered the same every week and loved it! Maria Bancroft May 15, 2019 12:33 pm
We’re spoilt for choice in London, it’s fair to say we have all our curry needs catered for. But Hankies took me by surprise. This is real Indian street food set inside the luxury surroundings of the Montcalm Hotel at Marble Arch. Just a short walk from the underground station set in the back streets, I discovered a real Indian gem! Based on a great new concept combining fuss-free, fresh, light and aromatic small plates which are all great value for money, in a top London hotel! What’s not to love?
We are seated by a very friendly waiter who takes time to explain the menu and answer any questions we have, helping us choose a varied selection and letting us know when we are ordering too much of the ‘small’ plates! Sharethrough (Mobile)
As we wait for our food we are captivated by the chefs preparing the Hankies specialty Roomali Roti. This is a classic Indian roti which is hand spun until it’s thin enough to read through and then cooked on a burning hot Roomali Taw and folded into ‘Hankies’. It basically goes with any dish and is delicious! It’s a real art watching them be spun round so fast and effortlylessly.
We start the evening off with a Lychee Rose Petal cocktail and traditional Mango lassi, both are fresh and tasty. As the dishes arrive in beautiful bowls and pretty china plates all sourced from Indian markets and antique stores by the chef and co-founder of Hankies Anirudh Arora, I realise we are in for a treat. The presentation of the food is so inviting. The food is tapas style and we have a table full of delights, here are our top picks of the menu not to be missed, don’t judge we had lots! Lamb chops – marinated in Kashmiri chillies, paprika and mustard oil. Yellow chilli garlic prawns served on skewers. Mantu – spicey chicken and spring onion ravioli. Peshwari Tikka – grilled chicken, green chilli and yogurt. Stir fried masala crab meat, potatoes and spicy peppers. And Saag Krumb – Spinach and fresh fenugreek and braised mushrooms. The food really is the freshest and lightest Indian food I have tried, we enjoyed every mouthful. We rounded the meal off with a refreshing Asian fruit platter of papaya, dragon fruit, lychee and mango and the perfect Kulfi. With the most expensive dish on the menu just £9 and the majority around £4-6 you can really explore what’s on offer.
Hankies chef and co-founder Anirudh Aurora has brought a wealth of experience and knowledge in the restaurant world to Hankies, after opening a number of restaurants in India with Oberoi Hotels he came to London in 2003 and opened Michelin-starred Mayfair restaurant Benares aswell as working as head chef in Moti Mahal. This man knows his stuff, Hankies really is North Indian street food at it’s best – go try it! Address: 61 Upper Berkeley Street, London W1H 7PP Telephone: 02089583222 Nearest transport: Marble Arch underground station Opening times: Monday – Saturday 12pm-2.45; 5.45pm-10.45pm Reading now

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16 Spices You Can Grow in Pots | Growing Spices at Home

The part that is Used as Spice: Seeds
Difficulty: Easy
Cuminum cyminum plant seeds are used as a spice. It’s commonly used in Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and South Asian cooking. Apart from seeds, leaves are also edible but don’t valuable taste. Cumin improves digestion, helps in weight loss and detoxify the body.
How to Grow: Cumin belongs to the parsley family. It prefers frost-free climates. You can understand this by checking out the list of producers–70% of cumin is produced in India, followed by Syria, Turkey, and China. Grow the cumin plant in spring so that it’ll be ready for harvest until mid to late summer. If you live in a hot climate, plant it in winters. Choose at least 8-10 inches deep pot to grow it. 4. Onion
The part that is Used as Spice: Bulbs
Difficulty: Easy
You must be wondering what this vegetable is doing in this list of spices? Well, you’ll be surprised to know that although onion is a vegetable, its dried powder is considered a spice. It goes well in many recipes and is also low in fat and calories. Mainly it’s used for seasoning dishes and food products such as pizza, pasta, and grilled chicken.
How to Grow: Growing onions in pots is really easy. You’ll need a minimum 10 inches deep but wide planters. A window box or tub with a recommended depth would be best. You can leave 3 inches of space between each onion. 5. Garlic
The part that is Used as Spice: Bulbs
Difficulty: Easy
This close cousin of onion is adaptive to both indoor and outdoor conditions. Garlic falls in the category of both the spice and vegetable. It also has medicinal benefits that can prevent or give relief in various ailments such as common cold, heart diseases, high or low blood pressure. *There’s evidence that garlic intake reduces the risk of cancer.
How to Grow: Check out our article to learn everything about growing garlic in pots. 6. Coriander
T he part that is Used as Spice: Seeds
Difficulty: Easy
It also goes by the name cilantro . The dried seeds of this herb are called Coriander seeds. This spice is commonly used in Pakistani, Indian, Mexican, and Latin American cooking, either whole or powdered. Their spicy aroma is very rich and citrusy.
How to Grow: Like the way you grow cilantro. Let it flower and seed, collect them to use fresh. Fresh coriander seeds are very aromatic. Learn how to grow cilantro here . 7. Paprika
T he part that is Used as Spice: Fruits
Difficulty: Easy
This ground spice is true to its nature and used to spice up the dishes. Made by grounding the dried chili pepper, tomato pepper, or cayenne pepper. Peppers are easy to grow in pots, and you can even grow several varieties for a blend. Keep in mind that *bell peppers are not suitable for this spice.
How to Grow: Growing them is similar to bell peppers . Check out our article to learn more. 8. Saffron
T he part that is Used as Spice: Stigma of the flower
Difficulty: Moderate to Hard
The price of this most expensive spice can go up to $10 per gram, how about growing saffron at home ? It’s obtained from the stigmas of saffron flowers, one plant only bears one flower, and one flower has just 3 stigmas. Everything about saffron is special and amazing: The flavor, scent, rarity, and innumerable health benefits.
How to Grow: Saffron grows best in a cool and dry climate, usually in USDA Zones 6-9. Iran is the largest producer of Saffron. To grow, you’ll need to buy only and only Crocus sativas corms and plant them in fall, 6 weeks before your first expected frost date. You could also start in the spring. The wikiHow has an informative article on it here . 9. Mustard
T he part that is Used as Spice: Seeds
Difficulty: Easy
Mustard seeds from any black, brown or yellow mustard come in the category of spices and used ground or whole in many parts of the world. You can harvest the seeds and use them to prepare the mustard sauces, curries, and snacks. The seeds can be used fresh or dried if you want to store them for further use.
How to Grow: Mustard greens are one of the easiest leafy greens to grow in pots. You can grow mustard anytime except winters in a cool climate and in fall and winter in a hot climate. You can use mustard leaves in salads and let the plant to seed to collect this spice. 10. Fennel Seeds
T he part that is Used as Spice: Fruits
Difficulty: Easy
Fennel is an aromatic herb and belongs to the carrot family. Its fruits, which look like seeds make the spice “ fennel seeds .” Fennel seeds are flavorful, aromatic, sweet and warm in taste and used very much in Middle Eastern, Italian, Indian cooking. They’re also chewed up after the meal in many Asian countries to freshen up the breath and aid digestion.
How to Grow: Because of the length of the taproot, the container must be at least 12-14 inches in depth. Use a light potting medium and water frequently but do not overwater. Harvest fennel leaves as you need and wait for the fragrant fruits ripe before picking. 11. Star Anise
T he part that is Used as Spice:
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
This exotic spice is commonly used in Indian and Chinese cooking. Star anise with fennel seeds, cloves, cinnamon, and peppercorns is powdered to make famous “ Five Chinese Spice .” It’s also an ingredient of famous “Garam Masala” condiment used in curries.
How to Grow: It grows well in subtropical climates. Check our article to learn how to grow it. 12. Cardamom
T he part that is Used as Spice: Fruits or pods
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Who doesn’t know about this famous intensely fragrant spice? The best part is you can grow cardamom in pots in your home. It’s an ingredient in many sweet and savory dishes and widely used in Middle Eastern, Arabic, Indian and Swedish cuisine.
How to Grow: Check out our article on how to grow cardamom here . 13. Asafoetida (Hing) Plant
T he part that is Used as Spice: Latex
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
The highly potent aroma and flavor of asafoetida make it a great addition to curries, soups, daal and lentil recipes. The anti-bacterial, carminative, diuretic, antiviral, sedative, and anti-inflammatory nature of this spice makes it unparalleled when it comes to health benefits. Plus, it can also be applied topically to treat calluses and corns. It’s no wonder that it been named Food of Gods! This spice is obtained from the sap of stems and roots of Ferula foetida plant, and it can be costly to buy.
How to Grow: First of all, you’ll need to buy the seeds of Ferula foetida . It grows best in moderate climates (USDA Zones 7-9). The main producers are Afghanistan, Iran, Turkmenistan, etc. This herb can grow up to 5-6 feet tall, which means you can grow it in pots. 14. Indian Bay Leaf (Tej Patta)
Botanical Name: Cinnamomum tamala
T he part that is Used as Spice: Leaves
Difficulty: Easy
Dried Indian bay leaf is a popular spice in many countries of South Asia. Its taste and aroma are completely different from “Bay Laurel.” The pleasant spicy smell has strong notes of cinnamon and clove, plus, it’s very peppery in taste. This bay leaf is used to flavor rice dishes like biryani, gravies, soups, and curries.
How to Grow: Indian bay leaf is a tree, but you can easily grow it in pots and restrict the height. It grows best in warm subtropical and tropical climate. You can also plant it in a container in a cold climate and keep it indoors during winter. To grow, buy a plant from the nearby nursery and plant it in a pot that is one size bigger than the root ball of the plant. Keep repotting in every year or two. 15. Curry Tree
T he part that is Used as Spice: Leaves
Difficulty: Easy
Curry tree leaves are used in curries, chutneys, uttapam. Most extensively in South Indian and Sri Lankan recipes. You can add them in both the category of herb and spice. The leaves can be dried under shade and stored for long use if fresh leaves are not available. The aroma of curry tree leaves is distinct, very sweet and lingering.
How to Grow: Check out our growing guide to learn more. 16. Black Pepper
T he part that is Used as Spice: Fruits
Difficulty: Moderate
Black pepper fruits or peppercorns are one of the most popular spices in the world, available in most of the kitchens and used in a variety of cuisines for their heat and spiciness. You can even grow it in pots, but it prefers warm and humid climate.
How to Grow: This spice plant is finicky about its climatic requirements; you can learn how to grow it here .

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This Week at the Crescent City Farmers Market

Thanks for Giving NOLA | May 13, 2019 Fresh & Local: Thanks for Giving NOLA Thank you to everyone who supported us during GiveNOLA day!!! Thanks to the generosity of donors, we raised $6,000! As you know, we are a non-profit that not only hosts the farmers markets, but runs a number of innovative fresh food incentive programs. We also operate a variety of kids programming including Meet Me at the Market field trips and farm to school work. These donations make all of this important community building and food systems work possible! Thanks as well to the vendors who donated delicious treats that went out to donors at market, and to the volunteers who helped out over the course of the day. We couldn’t have done it without you all! Picks of the Week: Market Umbrella unveils a new website! Until now, the Crescent City Farmers Market and Market Umbrella, the non-profit that runs the market in addition to the fresh food incentive programs listed above have had separate websites. Today, they are officially one , with all information about all of our markets, programs and organization conveniently located in one place (and with a search feature!). Please be aware that as we update links and all the other tech-y things that need to be done, you might experience some slowness or impeded access to different parts of the site over the next week or so. But please, take a moment to check it out. It’s a great way to find out more about participating in our various programs, volunteering, and about vendors and markets. Feel free to reach out if you experience website issues after this week. Summer Squash There will certainly come a day when we can’t stand to see the stuff anymore, but for now, we are absolutely thrilled at the sight of dark green fleshy zucchini and bright yellow summer squash to mark the arrival of the early summer season. Zucchini is well known for being an extremely prolific plant with a long growing season. If you’ve ever grown it yourself you know just how quickly they can grow. A tender eight-inch zuc’ left on the vine for just an extra day or two can transform into a behemoth of a vegetable , and won’t taste nearly as flavorful as the younger ones either. Break out the spiralizer, then stop by the market to pick up the first of this year’s summer squash. Available at all of our markets from Mendez Farms, Indian Springs Farmers Association, Poche’s Family Farm, Major Acre, or pick up a squash plant from Mizell Farm or Hot Plants and grow your own! Fire up the Future This year, the Made in New Orleans Foundation will be sending two aspiring chefs to New York, bringing them one step closer to achieving their professional goals in the culinary and hospitality industries. The scholarship includes tuition to the International Culinary Center, housing, materials, a life changing internship at one of New York’s most established restaurants, and on-going support from New Orleans. Help us in spreading the word and nominating someone from New Orleans with a passion for the culinary industry. Requirements and application are available on the MiNO website . Deadline: May 31, 2019. Vendor of the Week: Mizell Farms Jim Mizell is a familiar face at the Tuesday Uptown market, and has been for many years. You’ve certainly seen his colorful and abundant tables as you enter the market, and if you’re lucky, you’ve also collected some of his plants and gardening expertise for yourself. Now, you can also expect to find Jim at our Wednesday Ochsner market. It’s not too late to get your garden planted for the spring and summer seasons, especially if you’re opting for plant starts over seeds. Stop by soon and get to growing your own food – that’s as local as it gets! Tuesday’s Green Plate Special: Thali Llama After traveling all over India, Tyler and Merritt returned to New Orleans and launched their regional Indian pop-up Thali Llama. Thali Llama focuses on different regional cuisines of India, where the couple explores dishes learned throughout their travels. Together, business and life partners Tyler and Merritt pop up at the Bucktown market and will join us at the Green Plate Special for the month of May! Stop by every Tuesday for some heartwarming dishes including mango curry, butter chicken, and more! Recipe of the Week: Sauteed Zucchini with Parmesan This recipe for sauteed zucchini is quick, easy, healthy and delicious! It makes a perfect side dish for a busy weeknight meal, and the parmesan will have even the pickiest of eaters digging in. Grab your first zucchini of the season at any of our market locations, and pick up an onion from Indian Springs to make this simple dish. What’s your favorite dish to make after visiting the Crescent City Farmers Market? Share your recipes with us on Instagram or Facebook or even Twitter and it might be featured in our weekly newsletter! Markets This Week: UPTOWN
Tuesday, May 7, 2019
9 am – 1 pm
Uptown Square
200 Broadway St. near the River BYWATER
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
3 pm – 7 pm
Rusty Rainbow
Chartres St. at Piety St. OCHSNER
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
3 pm – 7 pm
Ochsner Rehabilitation Hospital
2614 Jefferson Hwy. at Maine St. MID-CITY
Thursday, May 9, 2019
3 pm – 7 pm
American Can Company
3700 Orleans Ave. at the Bayou BUCKTOWN
Friday, May 10, 2019
3 pm – 7 pm
Bucktown Harbor
325 Metairie Hammond Hwy. at the Lake DOWNTOWN
Saturday, May 11, 2019
8 am – 12 noon
Central Business District
750 Carondelet St. at Julia St. RIVERTOWN
Saturday, May 11, 2019
9 am – 1 pm
LaSalle’s Landing
Williams Blvd. at the River Crescent City Farmers Market , 200 Broadway Street, Suite 107 , New Orleans , LA 70118 SafeUnsubscribe™ cmsimone1@gmail.com Forward email | Update Profile | About our service provider Sent by markets@marketumbrella.org in collaboration with Try email marketing for free today!

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Behind the scenes: AsiaTown goes all in to celebrate 10 years of the Cleveland Asian Festival

Karin Connelly Rice | Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Behind the scenes: AsiaTown goes all in to celebrate 10 years of the Cleveland Asian Festival Share 0 1 2 3 4 5 6
When Cleveland Asian Festival founders Lisa Wong, Johnny Wu, and Vi Huynh first started talking about celebrating Cleveland’s Asian community in 2010, they didn’t know what to expect.“Lisa threw out [the idea of] a big party,’” recalls Wayne Wong, the festival’s emcee and this year’s performance chair. “It wasn’t about any particular ethnicity—Chinese, Japanese, or Korean—but about the entire community and a celebration of Asian culture.”
Cleveland Asian Festival The team knew they wanted a high-energy community event that showcased Asian culture in Cleveland and introduced people to AsiaTown . Enter the vision of a one-day event with food, vendors, and entertainment.“At the beginning, we weren’t sure anybody would show up,” says Wong. “Looking back, it was pretty ambitious to start a brand-new festival. But we believed Cleveland [would have] an interest in what we were putting together.” They called it: That first year, more than 10,000 people came to the festival—creating an annual May tradition that is still going strong. By the second year, organizers expanded the festival to two days and saw 31,000 attendees. In recent years, the Cleveland Asian Festival has attracted between 40,000 to 50,000 visitors to AsiaTown during the weekend-long event that now boasts nationally-known musical acts, popular dance competitions, and the always-popular egg roll eating contest (which Jeff Asbury , aka Notorious P.I.G., has won four of the last nine years). Additionally, a number of new businesses and shops have opened in the neighborhood since the festival’s start. The 10 th annual Cleveland Asian Festival happens this coming weekend, Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Egg roll eating contest But before the crowds start to gather at the free event, there is a lot of work to do. A core group of leaders and up to 200 volunteers—some of whom have worked all 10 festival years—work tirelessly behind the scenes to pull off the event. There are about a half dozen committees—from finance and security to vendors and performances—that meet throughout the months preceding the festival. Volunteers go through a daylong orientation over three days the week prior to the event.“It’s a big deal to put on a show like this,” says Wong. “We really rely on our volunteers. For some of us, it’s literally nonstop.” The night before the festival starts, Cleveland Police shut down Payne Avenue and ensure no cars are parked in the lots earmarked for free festival parking. Volunteers chalk out each vendor’s space and set up tables and chairs. It may take a small army to pull off the festival, but Wong says the work is worth it. “Strengthening the identity of AsiaTown is what we’re trying to do,” he says. “For people who didn’t even know there is an AsiaTown in Cleveland, we’re putting it on the map.” As emcee of the festival, Wong says he always informally polls the crowd when he’s on stage, asking them to raise their hands if they’ve been to AsiaTown before. “Twenty-five to 30 percent have never been to AsiaTown,” he says. “Multiply that by nine years, and there are a lot of people who still don’t realize what this neighborhood has to offer.” While Wong says the food and cuisine is always the most popular attraction, the live entertainment on the two stages is a close second. This year, 45 acts will perform throughout the weekend, including the Shaolin Monks from Henan, China who will demonstrate traditional Shaolin Gong Fu, showcasing various fighting routines, weaponry, and martial athletic skills. Other acts include Polynesian, Korean, Indian, and traditional Chinese dancers, along with a Japanese martial arts demonstration. The OCA Greater Cleveland Dragon Dance Team and the Kwan Family Lion Dance are popular highlights to the festival, but it takes a great deal of preparation, says Wong, who is a member of the Dragon Dance Team (along with his 16-year son, Alex, who serves as the drummer and has volunteered at the festival since he was six years old). The team performs eight to nine times a year across Northeast Ohio, Wong says, but they will practice for a solid month leading up to Chinese New Year and the Cleveland Asian Festival.“Before the festival, we come up with new moves to add to the routine,” he explains. “We always want to improve the performance of the show.” The increasingly popular Asian-Pop (or A-Pop) Dance Competition finalists were announced yesterday. The top three vote-getters—along with two judges’ choice selections—will perform on the Lantern Stage on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. to compete for a $2,000 top prize. Second and third place winners take $1,000 and $500, respectively. The finalists are Pink Soda Official, Soju, Solar Dance Team, SYNR-G, and Thunder Stealers
Wong says the variety of entertainment is meant to provide a diverse mix of acts from both around the world and in Cleveland. Click here for a complete schedule of performances. As the final preparations are being made for the 10 th Cleveland Asian Festival, Wong says one indicator of the festival’s success in bringing awareness to AsiaTown shows in the permanent banners that now fly in the neighborhood.“The festival is growing and changing with the community,” Wong says. “These signs capture the whole area and they have become a prominent feature of the community.” Share Read more articles by Karin Connelly Rice . enjoys telling people’s stories, whether it’s a promising startup or a life’s passion. Over the past 20 years she has reported on the local business community for publications such as Inside Business and Cleveland Magazine . She was editor of the Rocky River/Lakewood edition of In the Neighborhood and was a reporter and photographer for the Amherst News-Times . At Fresh Water she enjoys telling the stories of Clevelanders who are shaping and embracing the business and research climate in Cleveland. Related Tags

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