Kashmiri teacher creates waves in 'MasterChef Australia' with his magic of cooking

Kashmiri teacher creates waves in ‘MasterChef Australia’ with his magic of cooking

25 AM A Kashmiri Pandit, Sandeep has been preparing Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Muji Chetin, Dhungar, Kahwa, Kabargah and Tehr, on the show judged by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston. Sandeep Pandit/ Twitter
Melbourne: Sandeep Pandit left Kashmir with his family when he was all of 8. Now he is exploring the culinary heritage of his roots as a contestant on “MasterChef Australia”, leaving judges of the international reality TV show impressed.
A Kashmiri Pandit, Sandeep has been preparing Rogan Josh, Yakhni, Muji Chetin, Dhungar, Kahwa, Kabargah and Tehr, on the show judged by Gary Mehigan, George Calombaris and Matt Preston.
According to Sandeep’s contestant profile on the show’s website, he was born in Kashmir in the early 1980s and spent eight years there with his family before militancy forced them south, leaving all their possessions and migrating to Bengaluru in 1990. It was here that Sandeep’s passion for cooking grew.
The family didn’t have a fridge, so his mother taught him how to cook ‘dal’ without having it stick to the hotplate, and how to boil food to prevent it spoiling.
It is these learnings that helped Sandeep, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration, develop a taste for cooking. His presence on “MasterChef Australia” had even caught the attention of Jammu and Kashmir’s former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah.
“We have a Kashmir connection in this season of ‘Masterchef Australia’. Rooting for Sandeep Pandit. Already we’ve seen his Rogan Josh and he wowed the judges with his Kashmiri Yakhni. Can’t wait to see how far he goes,” Abdullah tweeted last month.
Sandeep had thanked him, and said: “I will try my best to make India proud.” In the latest episode, Sandeep even got the perfect score. His skills have been praised by social media users across Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
One social media user tweeted: “Hey Sandeep. I’m from South India. I’m watching ‘MasterChef’ only because of you. You made us proud with that lemon rice and chicken.
“I love the way you are treating food, and I love the way you are working with Indian cuisine. You are doing great. All the best.” Another person tweeted: “Hey Sandeep! We Indians are so proud to see you on ‘Masterchef’. Your dishes speak to us”, and another commented: “Make India proud”.
It was in 2016 that Sandeep had made the move to Australia for work. His dream is to open a food stall selling Indian BBQ meat cooked over coals and biryani dishes. And through his blog, he also hopes to preserve the ancient recipes from his Kashmiri culture and showcase other cultures.

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Damn, are you Indian? Never heard any non-Indian know this much about our food. A pleasant surprise. You should come here to try our cuisine in its originality.

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Glad you liked Indian food! There is a lot of variety in terms of cuisines and flavors as they change depending on the geography they come from. I hope you like the other types of Indian food too! Cheers!

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National Restaurant Association of India releases Food Services Report | Buzz travel | eTurboNews |Travel News

Anil Mathur – eTN India May 11, 2019 01:45
The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) released the NRAI India Food Services Report 2019 (NRAI IFSR 2019) on May 9, 2019 in New Delhi. NRAI IFSR 2019, considered a bible for the Indian restaurant industry, is a comprehensive compilation of data on India’s food service sector gathered from in-depth interactions with over 130 restaurant CEOs and 3,500 consumers across 24 cities in India.
The rich and varied regional cuisine of India is waiting to be marketed and created, and restaurants can play an important part in making India a greater tourism power. These views were expressed in Delhi by Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, while speaking as chief guest at the launch of the NRAI India Food Services Report 2019.
Kant, who has spent long years in tourism both in Kerala and at the Ministry of Tourism, told the National Restaurant Association of India members that he would take up the issue of making restaurant openings and operating easier with the State governments. He praised the 290-page report for its contents and production quality. possible to reach millions worldwide Google News, Bing News, Yahoo News, 200+ publications
The CEO said that chefs are an important part of the industry and that in the growth story of the country, restaurants will play a vital role. After retail and insurance, restaurants are the third largest contributor to the economy and helps create jobs and has a multiplier impact.
NRAI President Rahul Singh quipped that the industry was much harassed, and unless things improve this year on the opening of restaurants, they may have to be replaced by the closing of restaurants next year.
Samir Kuckreja, past President of the NRAI, gave details on how the report was compiled, with inputs from a large number of people.

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Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland: 11 of the best food experiences

Forget the tired clichés about deep-fried Mars bars, which were actually invented 130 miles away. Over the last few years Glasgow has forged one of the coolest and most creative dining scenes in the UK and whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner you’re after, with or without meat, the depth and breadth of options is dizzying.
Within two hours of the city, meanwhile, you can enjoy an exciting and diverse array of bucketlist food experiences showcasing Scottish produce, from seafood on the pier at Oban to hand-picking the sweetest raspberries in Angus. These days we often travel the world in search of great food. The truth is, we can also find it right on the doorstep.
Brunch in Glasgow’s south side
When it comes to brunch, the south side of Glasgow, particularly around the Strathbungo neighbourhood, is the place to be. Already drawing comparisons with Brooklyn in New York, brunchers in this neck of the woods are spoiled for choice. Gnom, on Pollokshaws Road, serves a small but perfectly formed menu of globally-inspired savoury and sweet dishes, from Turkish eggs and Chinese baos, to German spaetzle and Indian rotis. And the French toast ice-cream sandwiches are to die for.
Just around the corner on vibrant Nithsdale Road, The Bungo, Pot Luck and Nivens also offer deliciously exciting and creative all-day breakfast options. All these places fill up quickly at weekends, so don’t sleep in.
A fish supper in Anstruther
The queues are invariably long, but it’s always worth the wait. A fish supper from Anstruther Fish Bar, eaten straight from the cardboard box as you watch the colourful boats bobbing in the harbour, is surely one of life’s simple pleasures. The freshly-landed haddock, fried to perfection in light, airy batter melts in the mouth, while the chips (with a generous soaking of vinegar, but no sauce, of course) never seem to disappoint.
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Afternoon Tea at Cromlix
Arriving at Cromlix, the luxury country house hotel owned by Andy Murray just north of Dunblane, is a relaxing experience in itself. The house is set in stunning grounds – complete with tennis court – and the welcome is friendly and informal. Then there’s the afternoon tea. From the delicious finger sandwiches and fluffy scones, to the delectable mini fruit tarts, macarons and desserts, piled high on stands and served with Ronnefeldt teas of your choice, everything is just right. Treat your mum. Or your best friend. Or yourself.
Pizza at Paesano, Glasgow
When your customers say your pizza tastes as good as it is in Milan, you’re probably getting something right. And Paesano, which has branches in Miller Street, Merchant City, and on Great Western Road in the west end, is the business. Using simple, good-quality ingredients – creamily authentic mozzarella, the most zingy and intense tomato sauce – all cooked in an authentic Neopolitan wood-fired oven, produces dazzling results. And all the pizzas on the menu come in at under a tenner. No wonder the place is packed.
Seafood on the pier at Oban
OK, this one is pushing the two hours from Glasgow challenge. But for an extra 40 minutes in the car you’ll get one of the best food experiences on the planet. Indeed, it’s hard to appreciate just how fresh the catch on offer at Oban Seafood Hut – lobster, langoustine, crab, mussels – is, or how simply and beautifully cooked, until you’ve eaten your way through the menu. Based right next to the ferry terminal, this place is an institution with locals and visitors alike; it can be heaving, and you have to be prepared to stand and eat with plastic fork. But nobody minds when the produce is this fresh, plump and moreish.
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Pick your own berries in Angus
It’s little wonder top chefs such as Raymond Blanc rate Scottish raspberries as the best in the world. Our wet climate creates a sweetness and intensity of flavour other berries simply cannot reach, apparently (the strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and gooseberries aren’t bad, either). And there’s one sure way to get the best produce while having a healthy and fun day out with the family: pick your own. The fertile lands of Angus and Fife are renowned for the soft summer fruit they produce, and both have plenty of pick-your-own options, including Balhungie Farm near Monifieth, and Cairnie Farm near Cupar. Just don’t eat all the fruits of your labour as you go along.
Platform Glasgow
At weekends, Platform reinvents former club, bar and theatre space The Arches as a vibrant city centre food hall, bringing together the most exciting street food traders in the country for new type of dining experience. And what a fabulous experience it is. With a changing roster of food trucks, reasonable prices and a friendly canteen vibe (benches at shared tables) this is the perfect place to share plates and try new flavours. Recommendations? The tempura shrimp buns from Shrimpwreck are a triumph, while you’ll struggle to resist the crème brulee from Crema Van. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Check www.argylearches.com for opening hours.
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Picnic by Loch Lomond
When the sun shines it can feel like the whole of the west Scotland flocks to Loch Lomond, as the roads and best-known spots – such as Balloch and Luss – fill up. With all that stunning scenery just 40 minutes from Glasgow, you can understand the attraction. Thankfully, the vastness of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park means you can always find a quiet spot if you try hard enough. With a shoreline that seems to go on forever, there’s enough hill, glen and forest to go round. And there’s no tastier way to soak up the splendour than with a picnic on the bonnie banks. If you’re heading out west via Great Western Road, in Glasgow, pick up some treats on the way at the array of great delis. Pay a visit to renowned artisan cheese emporium IJ Mellis, then pop over the road to Cottonrake Bakery for cakes and pasties. The dream picnic awaits.
Ice cream at Nardinis
Speaking of sweet treats, Nardinis, 50 minutes down the coast in Largs, knows a thing or two about how to satisfy customers, having been the unofficial home of Scottish ice cream for more than a century. The lovely seafront café, complete with traditionally styled interior, offers 32 flavours and a quite breathtaking choice of sundaes and desserts. Indulge yourself – you can always work it off by jumping on the ferry and cycling round Cumbrae.
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Eat vegan in Glasgow city centre
A centre of vegan food for more than a decade, Glasgow has been at the forefront of the push to transform non-meat cuisine from worthy to wonderful. Cool café-bars such as Mono, Stereo, the CCA and the Flying Duck pioneered the move, serving flavour-filled, sophisticated dishes from around the world that attract off-duty carnivores as well as their vegan pals. Newcomers such as Picnic, in the Merchant City, and GlasVegan are adding colour and texture to an increasingly vibrant scene.
Dine out in Finnieston
We wouldn’t want the carnivores to feel left out, of course, and trendy Finnieston serves up the best of Scotland’s larder – including lamb, beef and game – in style. It can be hard to bag a table at the likes of The Gannet, Ox and Finch and Porter and Rye, since diners come from far and wide – and return again and again – for the exciting, creative cooking. The west end neighbourhood also has its own seafood favourite in Crabshackk, while Alchemilla has been wowing Glaswegians with its sophisticated Mediterranean sharing plates.
Glasgow, Gateway to Scotland, a partnership between People Make Glasgow and Glasgow Airport, in association with The Herald, aims to attract more US visitors and capitalise on a recent growth in overseas tourists by highlighting the city’s position as both a must-see destination in itself, and the ideal base for accessing Scotland’s landscapes, history and culture.
It’s easy to fly from the US to Glasgow:
Delta – direct to and from JFK www.delta.com
United – direct to and from Newark www.united.com
British Airways – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via London Heathrow and London Gatwick www.ba.com
Icelandair – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Reykjavik www.icelandair.com
Aer Lingus – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Dublin www.aerlingus.com
KLM – multiple US airports to and from Glasgow via Amsterdam Schipol www.klm.com

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Sociology of Health and Illness

Sociology of Health and Illness
MEDICINE IN MARIJUANA, THE Directed by Ben Daitz, Ned JudgeWhat we know, and what we don’t know, about the most popular new medicine in the U.S.This year, 55 million Americans will spend about 55 billion dollars on the medicine in marijuana. In 32 states and the District of Columbia, they will use it for a myriad of medical conditions, depending on anecdotal advice about the frequency and dosage of cannabis, a plant with over 400 different chemical molecules. It’s a messy mix of medicine, policy and politics–while cannabis is still federally classified as a Schedule 1 drug.Based on the 2017 National Academy of Sciences report about the effectiveness of cannabis for treating the side-effects of chemotherapy, chronic pain, epilepsy, and PTSD, The Medicine in Marijuana tells patients’ stories, and those of the practitioners and researchers involved in their care: an infant with unremitting seizures; a man with an inoperable cancer; a woman with chronic pain; a veteran of 5 tours of duty with PTSD.Across centuries and cultures, people have told stories about the healing powers of cannabis, but the plural of anecdote is not evidence. Now, the science is catching up with the stories, and The Medicine in Marijuana tells it like it is.DVD / 2018 / (Grades 6-12, College, Adults) / 35 minutes PLANE TRUTHS Directed by Melissa Young and Mark DworkinWith the “Pivot to Asia” increased activity at the navy base on Whidbey Island, WA is making life unbearable for locals and wildlife – collateral damage in the ever increasing militarization of our society.The recent expansion of Navy training activities in the Northwest has many local residents concerned. Will more of our communities become collateral damage?Community members on Whidbey Island, the San Juans, and the Olympic Peninsula are disturbed by an increase in noise caused by new EA-18G “Growler” jets based at Naval Air Station Whidbey (NAS)–and a significant proposed expansion of daily Growler test flights. On Whidbey, communities have been additionally impacted by water system pollution caused by chemicals (PFOA & PFOS) used for firefighting on NAS landing strips.PLANE TRUTHS explores a variety of perspectives on these issues from farmers, current and retired military personnel, environmentalists and other citizens of the affected areas. Viewers will learn how the noise of the Growler jets has affected daily life and business operations in many communities, about the regional environmental impacts of expanded Growler flights and newly approved Navy training in Olympic National Forest, the potential economic ramifications of increased Navy activity and associated population growth, and the status of–and Navy response to–water system pollution on Whidbey Island.As the ideology of perpetual war becomes ever more embedded in our economy, communities near US bases here and around the world face similar problems.DVD / 2018 / (Grades 7-9, Colleges, Adults) / 33 minutes POWER TO HEAL: MEDICARE AND THE CIVIL RIGHTS REVOLUTION Directed by Charles Burnett & Daniel LoewenthalThe untold story of how the twin struggles for racial justice and healthcare intersected: creating Medicare and desegregating thousands of hospitals at the same time.POWER TO HEAL tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans. Central to the story is the tale of how a new national program, Medicare, was used to mount a dramatic, coordinated effort that desegregated thousands of hospitals across the country in a matter of months.Before Medicare, disparities in access to hospital care were dramatic. Less than half the nation’s hospitals served black and white patients equally, and in the South, 1/3 of hospitals would not admit African-Americans even for emergencies.Using the carrot of Medicare dollars, the federal government virtually ended the practice of racially segregating patients, doctors, medical staffs, blood supplies and linens. POWER TO HEAL illustrates how Movement leaders and grass-roots volunteers pressed and worked with the federal government to achieve justice and fairness for African-Americans.DVD / 2018 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adults) / 56 minutes CRACKING CANCER Directed by Judith PykeA clinical research trial at the Personalized OncoGenomics Program is changing the way scientists think about the future of cancer care.Six years ago Zuri Scrivens, the mother of a toddler, was very ill with incurable breast cancer that had spread to her liver and lymph nodes. Today Zuri has no signs of cancer, not because of a miraculous new cancer drug, but thanks to a diabetes medication.CRACKING CANCER follows a group of patients with incurable cancer on a trailblazing journey through a highly experimental clinical trial at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver called POG — Personalized OncoGenomics.The trial compares patients’ normal DNA — each cell’s complete set of instructions — with that of their tumors, to find the genetic mutations causing their cancer. Zuri’s cancer driver was a mutation that caused a very high growth factor. The team plowed through decades of data to isolate which drug in all of medicine, not just cancer, might block that growth factor. They zeroed in on a diabetes medication. Zuri received the drug and standard hormone treatment. Within 5 months, her cancer became undetectable.POG offers a radical new way of treating cancer, not according to where it originates in the body, but rather as a disease of genetic mutations. Thousands more will join the trial, all hoping for their own salvation, all helping science to crack the cancer code.DVD / 2017 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 44 minutes DANGEROUS IDEA, A: GENETICS, EUGENICS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM Directed by Stephanie WelchExamines the history of the US eugenics movement and its recent resurrection, which uses false scientific claims and holds that an all-powerful “gene” determines who is worthy and who is not.There is a dangerous idea that has threatened the American Dream from the very beginning. It is a strong current of biological determinism which views some groups, races and individuals as inherently superior to others and more deserving of fundamental rights. Despite the founders’ assertion that “all are created equal,” this idea was used to justify disenfranchising women, blacks and Native Americans from the earliest days of the Republic.A DANGEROUS IDEA: GENETICS, EUGENICS AND THE AMERICAN DREAM reveals how this dangerous idea gained new traction in the 20th century with an increasing belief in the concept of an all-powerful “gene” that predetermines who is worthy and who is not. The film reveals how this new genetic determinism provided an abhorrent rationale for state sanctioned crimes committed against America’s poorest, most vulnerable citizens and for violations of the fundamental civil rights of untold millions.Featuring interviews with social thinkers including Van Jones and Robert Reich as well as prominent scientists in many fields, A DANGEROUS IDEA is a radical reassessment of the meaning, use and misuse of gene science. Like no other film before it, this documentary brings to light how false scientific claims have rolled back long fought for gains in equality, and how powerful interests are poised once again to use the gene myth to unravel the American Dream.DVD / 2017 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 106 minutes DR. FEELGOOD: DEALER OR HEALER? Directed by Eve MarsonThe case of Dr. William Hurwitz educates audiences on the complexities involved in opioid painkiller prescriptions.The story of Dr. William Hurwitz – a preeminent pain specialist sentenced to 25 years in prison for drug trafficking – provides a window into the ethical dilemma of opioid prescriptions. Painkillers give doctors tremendous power to relieve pain, a primary goal of any physician. But this power begets trouble when the same drugs can lead to addiction, abuse and death.In 2004 Dr. William Hurwitz was convicted of over 50 counts of narcotics distribution and handed a 25-year prison sentence. DR. FEELGOOD traces Dr. Hurwitz’s trial and eventual appeal, detailing the events that led to his arrest.Testimonies from the witnesses in Dr. Hurwitz’s case contradict one another – some revere him, while others condemn him. Taken together, their accounts reveal a profile of a compassionate yet flawed doctor. The film, in telling his story, underscores the tension between every patient’s right to pain relief and the lawful need for drug control. There could not be a more critical time to spark discussion on the topic, and call for careful thought and action.DVD / 2016 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adults) / 84 minutes ANTIBIOTIC HUNTERS, THE Directed by Bruce MohunScientists are hunting urgently for new antibiotics — a challenge that is taking them to some remote and unusual places.Increasing resistance to antibiotics has been called the most pressing global health problem of our time. Medical experts are predicting a post-antibiotic era, in which people will die of infections easily treated just a few years ago — unless we find more of these miracle drugs.THE ANTIBIOTIC HUNTERS follows drug researchers as they investigate the slimy green fur of sloths, the saliva of Komodo dragons, the blood of alligators, and the bacteria in British Columbia caves and on the ocean floor off the coast of Panama — all part of the urgent hunt to find the building blocks of new antibiotics.DVD / 2015 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 44 minutes LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY Directed by Helen De MichielPassion, creative energy and persistence come together when Berkeley advocates and educators tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and in the neighborhoods.How are citizens transforming local food systems? How are innovators changing the way children eat in schools? How do we talk about culture, identity and responsibility through the lens of food and health?LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY is a beautiful and engaging story of how a diverse group of pioneering parents and food advocates came together to tackle food reform and food justice in the schools and neighborhoods of Berkeley, CA.Through a mosaic of twelve interconnecting short documentaries, the film explores food and education, children and health, and citizens making democratic change. This is a rich and multi-dimensional story of passion, creative energy, and idealism — a project linking the ways we teach our children to eat and understand food to the traditional passing of powerful values from one generation to the next.LUNCH LOVE COMMUNITY is divided into three thematic programs – Heart, Body, Mind – each containing four short films.DVD ( Closed Captioned) / 2014 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 78 minutes ADDICTION INCORPORATED Directed by Charles Evans Jr.The true story of the tobacco companies’ commitment to addicting the human brain and how the world came to know about it.DDICTION INCORPORATED tells the true story of how former Philip Morris scientist Victor DeNoble’s unexpected discovery of an addiction ingredient in tobacco led to more addictive cigarettes, and how his Congressional testimony forever changed how tobacco is sold and marketed.The public revelation of long-held tobacco industry secrets leads journalists, politicians, attorneys and whistleblowers into an unexpected alliance that achieves the first-ever federal regulation of the tobacco industry.Victor’s unwavering determination to “do some good” leads to a career as an educator that informs kids about the world’s only industry where success is measured by a corporation’s ability to addict.DVD / 2013 / (Grades 8-12, College, Adult) / 76 minutes BRINGING IT HOME: INDUSTRIAL HEMP, HEALTHY HOUSES, AND A GREENER FUTURE FOR AMERICA Directed by Linda Booker, Blaire JohnsonExtols the many benefits of industrial hemp for the environment and human health, while revealing the obstacles to what could be a thriving industry for U.S. farmers.Industrial Hemp is making headlines in American media with the recent Farm Bill amendment allowing hemp research crops in ten states. But why does Federal policy still classify and confuse this non-psychoactive plant with marijuana as a drug? BRINGING IT HOME tells the story of hemp’s past, present and future through interviews with global hemp business leaders and entrepreneurs, archive images, animation and footage filmed in Europe and the United States.The film features the designer of “America’s First Hemp House” and his quest to find the healthiest building material available to construct a safe environment for his daughter with chemical sensitivities. He discovers non-toxic, carbon neutral hempcrete that is recyclable, pest-fire-mold-resistant and cuts energy bills in half. But the major drawback for U.S. builders is that the fiber for hempcrete must be imported. Current U.S. Federal policy does not distinguish hemp from its psychoactive plant cousin marijuana, despite a long history of hemp farming in America up until the 1940s.BRINGING IT HOME follows the hemp trail to the U.K. where business owners, researchers, farmers and Kevin McCloud, TV host of Grand Designs, discuss industrial hemp use in their country. Also featured are interviews with CEOs of million dollar U.S. companies that are importing hemp for healthy, sustainable products, and those working for policy change at the state and federal levels. A lobbyist for the CA Narcotics Officers Association gives voice to the opposition.BRINGING IT HOME makes the case for all the benefits of a misunderstood plant that will leave viewers wondering: why aren’t we growing it here?DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 52 minutes CODE BLACK Directed by Ryan McGarryUnprecedented access to the ER at Los Angeles County Hospital provides a doctor’s-eye view into the heart of our complex and overburdened healthcare system.In his vivid and thought-provoking filmmaking debut, physician Ryan McGarry gives us unprecedented access to America’s busiest Emergency Department. Amidst real life-and-death situations, McGarry follows a dedicated team of charismatic, young doctors-in-training as they wrestle openly with both their ideals and with the realities of saving lives in a complex and overburdened system. Their training ground and source of inspiration is “C-Booth,” Los Angeles County Hospital’s legendary trauma bay, the birthplace of Emergency Medicine, where “more people have died and more people have been saved than in any other square footage in the United States.”CODE BLACK offers a tense, doctor’s-eye view, right into the heart of the healthcare debate – bringing us face to face with America’s only 24/7 safety net.DVD / 2013 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 81 minutes GREAT VACATION SQUEEZE, THE Directed by John de GraafThis film shows why vacations are important for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially health.Americans have the shortest vacations of any rich country. And they are actually getting even shorter. The US is one of only five countries in the world — the others are Burma, Nepal, Suriname and Guyana — which have no law guaranteeing any paid vacation time for workers. The average US vacation is a bit over two weeks, while the median is only about a week and a half, and American workers give back about three vacation days every year. Europeans enjoy five or six weeks of vacation each year and are healthier than Americans.Vacations matter — for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially, health. Men who don’t regularly take vacations are a third more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who do; women are fifty percent more likely, and far more likely to suffer from depression.Making the case for more vacation time are: Shelton Johnson, a ranger naturalist in Yosemite; Rick Steves, the world’s best-selling travel writer; and Sara Speck, cardiologist and director of a cardio-vascular wellness program, who tells patients to “take two weeks and call me in the morning.”DVD / 2013 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes FUTURE FOOD: FAT OR SKINNY? (INDIA) Directed by Arjun PandeyThe people of India are faced with a choice: indulge in a Western-style fast food diet, or embrace healthy and indigenous alternatives.Everyday, as India awakes, 1.2 billion people need to be fed. By 2050 it could be 1.7 billion. Half a billion small scale farmers supply most of India’s food. Traditionally, Indians have eaten the healthy cuisine of India’s 29 states, but as people move to the cities there’s a growing demand for fast processed food, the so-called ‘junk food’ accused of causing obesity and chronic health problems.Now India is a country on the edge of two possible futures: a future that’s well fed and healthy; or a future with Western diets and Western obesity. With so many hungry people to feed, is it possible to eat in ways that are nutritionally and environmentally sustainable? What role do governments have to play in creating economic incentives for sustainable diets?DVD / 2012 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 29 minutes MONEY & MEDICINE (NEW EDITION) Directed by Roger WeisbergAn investigation of the dangers the nation faces from runaway health care spending as well as the dangers patients face from over-diagnosis and over-treatment.As rising health care costs threaten to bankrupt the country, MONEY & MEDICINE tackles the medical, ethical, and financial challenges of containing runaway health care spending. In addition to illuminating the so-called waste and overtreatment that pervade our medical system, this timely documentary explores promising ways to reduce health care expenditures and improve the overall quality of medical care.MONEY & MEDICINE was filmed at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Intermountain Medical Center in Utah. While UCLA ranks among the nation’s top academic medical centers, it spends considerably more than the national average on patient care. In contrast, Intermountain spends about a third less than the national average and is a model for low cost/high quality medical care. The dramatic doctor/patient stories filmed at these two hospitals illuminate the powerful forces driving soaring health care costs as well as proven strategies that effectively reign in excessive medical spending.With remarkable candor, MONEY & MEDICINE captures the painful end-of-life treatment choices made by patients and their families, ranging from very aggressive interventions in the ICU to palliative care at home. The film also investigates the controversy surrounding diagnostic testing and screening as well as the shocking treatment variations among patients receiving a variety of elective procedures.As the focus of health care reform shifts from the access crisis to the cost crisis, MONEY & MEDICINE makes a timely contribution to the debate over cost containment and deficit reduction that is heating up as we approach the 2012 presidential election.DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2012 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 83 minutes SUN KISSED Directed by Maya Stark and Adi LavyOne gene exposes a nation’s dark past. A Navajo couple with two children born with an extremely rare genetic disorder investigate the cause of the outbreak.For fifteen years Dorey and Yolanda Nez thought they were the only family on the Navajo Reservation who had children with an extremely rare genetic disorder that only shows up at a rate of one in a million in the general population. Behind the closed curtains of their trailer, parked in the stark desert of New Mexico, they care for their 16-year-old daughter Leanndra. Just like her brother who passed away at age 11, Leanndra was born with Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), a rare genetic disorder that makes any exposure to sunlight fatal.Filmed over three years, with unprecedented access to the Navajo community, Sun Kissed follows Dorey and Yolanda as they bravely confront long-held tribal taboos and question the rebellious choices of their youth. Ultimately their journey leads them to the shocking truth: Their children and other Navajo children are still paying the price for the American conquest of the tribe in the 1860s, a brutal campaign culminating in an almost-forgotten chapter in American history — the Navajo “Long Walk” of 1864. Despite its importance as the defining moment in modern Navajo history and the beginning of their assimilation into American society, discussing the tragedy of the Long Walk remains a taboo topic within the Navajo community.What Dorey and Yolanda find challenges the core of their identity and everything they believe in, and exposes a fresh perspective on the complex, cross-cultural identity of modern day Navajos. Focusing on the continuing implications of American colonialism and the genetic imprints it has left on this community, Sun Kissed presents a rare and realistic window into the issues confronting Native Americans today.DVD / 2012 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 85 minutes WAITING ROOM, THE Directed by Peter NicksA day in the life of a public hospital’s ER waiting room captures what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance.The Waiting Room is a character-driven documentary film that uses extraordinary access to go behind the doors of an American public hospital struggling to care for a community of largely uninsured patients. The film – using a blend of cinema verite and characters’ voiceover – offers a raw, intimate, and even uplifting look at how patients, staff and caregivers each cope with disease, bureaucracy and hard choices.The ER waiting room serves as the grounding point for the film, capturing in vivid detail what it means for millions of Americans to live without health insurance. We witness the minute-by-minute Sisyphean struggle that plagues public hospitals, where emergency rooms have to field the overwhelming health care needs of the inner city. Young victims of gun violence take their turn alongside artists and small business owners who lack insurance. The film weaves the stories of several patients – as well as the hospital staff charged with caring for them – as they cope with the complexity of the nation’s public health care system, while weathering the storm of a national recession.The Waiting Room lays bare the struggle and determination of both a community and an institution coping with limited resources and no road map for navigating a health care landscape marked by historic economic and political dysfunction. It is a film about one hospital, its multifaceted community, and how our common vulnerability to illness binds us together as humans.DVD / 2012 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 82 minutes COCAINE UNWRAPPED Directed by Rachel SeifertDocuments the devastating effects of the war on drugs and suggests realistic alternatives.COCAINE UNWRAPPED tells the story of cocaine: coca farmers in Colombia, drug mules in Ecuadorian prisons, cocaine factories in the Bolivian jungle, dealers on the streets of Mexico, law enforcement officials on the streets of Baltimore — and the everyday consumers around the dinner tables of the West.It’s a story of politics, death, economic and environmental devastation and human suffering, and explores realistic alternatives to the war on drugs.The film features front line reportage, exclusive access to the political leaders of Latin America, such as Evo Morales of Bolivia and Rafael Correa of Ecuador, as well as revealing interviews with drug czars. Watch this film and you will never think the same way again about the “War on Drugs”.DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 83 minutes PLANEAT Directed by Shelley Lee Davies, Or ShlomiMakes the case for a plant-based diet which is good for our bodies, good for the environment and mitigates climate change.Where have we gone wrong? Why has the death rate from heart disease and cancer exploded in recent times? Why are the ice caps melting, the oceans dying and the forests being cut down as we produce the food necessary to support our burgeoning populations?Against a backdrop of colorful and delicious food grown by organic farmers and prepared in the kitchens of world-famous chefs, PLANEAT for the first time brings together the ground-breaking studies of three prominent scientists who have made it their life’s work to answer these questions. Dr. T. Colin Campbell in China by exploring the link between diet and disease, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn’s use of nutrition to treat chronically ill heart disease patients, and Professor Gidon Eshel’s investigations into how our food choices contribute to global warming, wasteful land use and lifeless oceans.PLANEAT inspires you to make the right food choices: choices that can dramatically reduce your risk of heart disease and cancer, protect our environment and make our planet sustainable while celebrating the joys of food.DVD / 2011 / (Grades 7-9, College, Adult) / 72 minutes TAR CREEK Directed by Matt MyersTells the incredible story of the Tar Creek Superfund site in NE Oklahoma and the massive and deadly remains left by the lead and zinc mines there.TAR CREEK is the story of the worst environmental disaster you’ve never heard of: the Tar Creek Superfund site. Once one of the largest lead and zinc mines on the planet, Tar Creek is now home to more than 40 square miles of environmental devastation in northeastern Oklahoma: acid mine water in the creeks, stratospheric lead poisoning in the children, and sinkholes that melt backyards and ball fields.Now, almost 30 years after being designated for federal cleanup by the Superfund program, Tar Creek residents are still fighting for decontamination, environmental justice, and ultimately, the buyout and relocation of their homes to safer ground. As TAR CREEK reveals, America’s Superfund sites aren’t just environmental wastelands; they’re community tragedies, too…until the community fights back.DVD / 2011 / (Grades 9-12, College, Adult) / 54 minutes WAR IN THE MIND Directed by Judy JacksonGives voice to soldiers living with PTSD to help erase the stigma, examines the growing number of military suicides, and shows a successful group therapy program.It’s called Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): the unending echo of battle etched in the brain which may affect up to 15% of soldiers by some estimates. It can destroy families, and can leave its sufferers unable to work, addiction addled and changed.All the soldiers who bravely speak out in this film are doing so because they want us to understand what they endure. They also want to reach out to others who are suffering in silence, and may feel the only way of ending their pain is ending their lives.Senator and Lieutenant General (Ret.) Romeo Dallaire of Rwanda fame also plays a major role in this film. For many years he has heroically spoken out in public to declare that he suffered intensely from PTSD and had attempted suicide. And today he continues to campaign on behalf of all soldiers who suffer.War in the Mind also investigates the issue of soldier suicide. Statistics from past and present wars tell the sad story of the magnitude of this problem. Currently more soldiers are dying from suicide than in battle. Families who have felt invisible, their sons’ stories unacknowledged, tell of the impact of their loss.Yet this film also discovers that with effective treatment suicide can be prevented. Our cameras gained unique access to a UBC/Royal Canadian Legion program which helps soldiers undo the wiring that military training has implanted in their brains, confront their pain, and learn to live again.DVD / 2011 / (Grades 10-12, College, Adult) / 64 minutes CUBA: THE ACCIDENTAL REVOLUTION – PT. 2: HEALTH CARE SYSTEM In spite of the economic crisis and US embargo, the Cuban health system is an outstanding success story around the world.In Health Care System we learn that Cuba has been blockaded since 1961, but today Cuba has the highest quality of life in the region, the highest life expectancy, and one of the highest literacy rates in all of Latin America.With the collapse of the Soviet Bloc, Cuba lost the foreign exchange needed to pay for expensive drugs and medicines. As a result, much of Cuba’s medicine today is based on medicinal plants. These are grown on farms, processed in small labs and made available to patients through an extensive network of medical clinics. Today Cuba’s advances in alternative medicine could have important consequences for other countries around the world.Cuba boasts other firsts as well: The Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana is regarded as the flagship biosciences lab in the developing world. Cuban scientists are working on an HIV vaccine, a meningitis vaccine, a Hepatitis C vaccine, and other pharmaceuticals.Cuba has also embarked on a program of medical internationalism. There are 25,000 Cuba doctors serving in 68 poor countries around the world. The Latin American School of Medical Science has 10,000 students from developing countries primarily in Latin America and the Caribbean. They are educated for free with the understanding they will return to their home countries to practice.DVD (Color, Closed Captioned) / 2006 / 45 minutes LIFE 5: THE GREAT HEALTH SERVICE SWINDLE Directed by Kim HopkinsReversing the brain drain in doctors and nurses from developing countries.For over forty years there’s been a trickle of Ghanaian nurses to the English-speaking developed world. One widely quoted source says almost two thousand nurses left the country between 1995 and 2002. The exodus is set to continue as nurses opt to leave a crumbling health system to earn more abroad. In the UK, some nurses can earn more in a day than they could in a month back home.Spending on health in Ghana has gone up but its value has declined. In 1990 it was $4.5 dollars per person per year. In 2004 the figure was $13.4 dollars. However, inflation means that Ghana is spending less in real terms per person. Most of that money goes to wages. For almost everything else, patients have to pay because the health service operates on a “user pays” principle, the so-called “cash and carry” system. The stresses of this system is one reason health workers leave.DVD (Color) / 2005 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 26 minutes CITY LIFE: THE HEALTH PROTESTORS Health care advocates demand universal health care for the world’s population at international convention in Dhaka.In 1978, the World Health Organization’s Alma Ata conference promised to deliver basic health care for all the world’s population. Today, that promise remains unmet in too many countries and cities of the developing world where health is still the prerogative of wealthy elites — and the poor remain trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty and ill-health.Frustrated by the failure of the international community to deliver on its promises, doctors, health professionals, and civil rights activists from around the world convened in Dhaka in December 2000 at the People’s Health Assembly. Their mission was to draw up a charter of their own demands for health care, framed in the new People’s Health Charter.This third episode in City Life follows the process — from a fifty thousand-person rally in Calcutta, through heated debates with World Bank spokespeople in Dhaka and argumentative late-night drafting sessions — to the final triumphant publication of the Charter on the final day of the Assembly.DVD (Color) / 2001 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 27 minutes LIFE: AN ACT OF FAITH – THE PHELOPHEPA HEALTH TRAIN A group of health professionals tours the most deprived regions of South Africa providing care.Lillian Cingo has one great luxury in her life — a mini whirlpool to soak her sore feet. It’s a small self-indulgence for a woman who spends all day on her feet, from dawn to dusk. Lillian’s job is, literally, to keep her hospital on track. She’s the manager of the Phelophepa health train that spends nine months each year touring the poorest, most remote areas of South Africa.This Life program catches up with the train in the province of KwaZulu Natal, where there’s just one doctor for every 4,000 people. With a full contingent of volunteer doctors, dentists, optometrists and health educators on board, the “Good Clean Health Train” delivers quality health care to deprived rural communities.DVD (Color) / 2000 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adult) / 25 minutes

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Gurugram’s untapped tourism reservoir

Sumedha Sharma
Gurugram, the second largest city of Haryana, is also its economic and commercial capital. Be it for industries, IT companies, malls, hospitality, or night life, the city can rival any cosmopolitan city across the world. However, it still lags miles behind the big cities in tourism. Despite having an immense potential to be developed as a luxury tourism hub, Gurugram till date is nowhere on the tourism map despite its strategic position on the Golden Triangle route (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra).
The plush hotels of the city host thousands of tourists headed for various tourist destinations, especially Delhi, Jaipur and Agra. However, the city figures nowhere on their must-visit list. Gurugram that is home to swankiest malls, offbeat museums, luxurious theme restaurants, a sanctuary, entertainment and amusement parks has a lot to offer to tourists but it lacks official patronage and promotion. However, thanks to social media publicity, travellers are now waking up to the marvels of Gurugram.
Cyber Hub
Step in here and you will forget you are in Haryana or even in India, at times. This hangout place gives you the real feel of the IT hub of Gurugram and a one-stop destination for residents and working professionals. It is a unique, one of a kind concept in India — a premium food, entertainment and retail destination. However, it is the ambience that makes the Cyber Hub an unparalleled experience and an ideal destination for art and cultural shows, media launches, lifestyle and movie shoots.
The hub is located on the National Highway No. 8 and is full of uniquely designed spaces, world-class design and structural ambiance with rooftop terrace, amphitheater, exhibit area and a media room that allow stimulating entertainment options. It has also gone on to become an important symbolic landmark of the city. Appu Ghar water park
The water park having unique thrilling rides is not just an attraction for local residents but also for people from across the National Capital Region (NCR). Whether you are looking for a relaxing afternoon by water or a high thrill state-of-the-art water ride, there is something for everyone at the Appu Ghar water park. With its prime location near the Huda City Metro station, the water park spread over around 10 acres boasts of 15 water rides, restaurants and banquets. The park also has introduced Go Carting Bowling etc., to make it a one-stop entertainment destination for families.
Heritage Transport Museum
The Heritage Transport Museum is an endeavour to showcase and interpret the multiple narratives of the transport movement in India. Located on the Taoru-Gurugram highway, the museum is built on a three-acre complex. It is spread over four air-conditioned floors that offer over one lakh square feet of exhibition space, a library and reference centre, a mini auditorium, museum, souvenir shop, seminar rooms and a refreshment area. The vision behind the museum is to share its rich and diverse collection with a large number of people and give them a fun-filled learning experience.
Opened to public on December 7, 2013, as India’s first comprehensive transport museum, it brings alive the history and evolution of the transport heritage in India through a rich and diverse collection of vehicles and associated memorabilia.
The museum has more than 3,500 curated objects on display that weave a tale of India’s colorful transportation history. The large and varied collection of this museum has been categorised into various sections — Pre-mechanised &amp: heavy mechanised transportation, railways, aviation, maritime, collectible Indian toys on transport; rural &amp: indigenous transportation, two wheelers and popular &amp: tribal art section. The museum is also rich in contemporary art collection displayed at various sections.
Camera museum
The Museo Camera museum showcases analogue cameras from over a century-long period, grown out of the personal collection of visual historian and celebrated photographer Aditya Arya. The museum’s growing collection has over 2,000 cameras, ranging in origin from 1880s to 1990s. Started by Arya in 2009, the museum displays his personal collection.
The cameras come from all over the world and the museum has one of the single largest collections of its kind in the country. Out to tap the potential, the Municipal Corporation Gurugram has built the Rs 33-crore museum to collaborate with Arya and house his collection. It shall open for public next month
Damdama lake
One of the largest natural lakes in the state, Damdama has been a popular picnic spot. Ironically, while its condition and maintenance is dubious at times, the lake is known for adventure tourism and resorts. One can enjoy rock climbing at the Damdama lake, near the Aravalli hills. Hot air ballooning, parasailing, rock climbing, cycling, angling, trekking and camping are possible here. Hot air ballooning and parasailing are available at various resorts here. The latest attraction is the PUBG style paint ball daylong games which draw youths from the NCR.
Vegas of Gurugram
Often known as Vegas of Gurugram, Sector 29 is one-stop destination for all party animals. The city, which was till about five years ago known as a dry corporate satellite of Delhi, has turned into the most sort-after party hub of the NCR. It today boasts of cocktail bars, restaurants with bars, clubs, breweries and lounges to make your nights into an unforgettable and enchanting fun affair. What used to be a dull corporate hub is now changing into a city with a vibrant nightlife. Step in here and you have a plethora to choose from and hop on.
Leisure Valley park
The Leisure Valley located amidst sky-scrappers is a popular tourist attraction of Gurugram. This open, wide green space spreads over an area of 101,171 square metres and features musical fountains, rides, restaurants, jogging tracks and a garden. At night, the fountains are illuminated and water flows out from them in the rhythm of latest songs.
iSKATE
India’s first natural ice skating rink and cafe is situated in Ambience Mall. This amusement area inaugurated in December 2011 provides a unique experience of leisure and entertainment.
Spread over an area of 15,000 sq ft, iSKATE is one of the best ice skating rinks in the country. The facilities here include ice skating with state-of-the-art sound and light, private karaoke rooms, lockers, Penguin buddies, in-house photographer, specialty food and beverage counters and a gourmet ice cream parlour.
Stellar Children’s Museum
The Stellar Children’s Museum at Ambience Mall is modelled after some of the best children’s museums in the world. It an interactive, play-based museum where children are engaged in experiential learning, and multisensory, object-based exploration. Through educational play-based exhibits and programmes, the focus here is on developing cognitive skills such as gross and fine motor skills, sensory awareness, social and emotional learning, problem solving and language and literacy.
Lush green town
Sohna is a beautiful lush green town of Haryana. It has many resorts which offer a nice weekend getaway option. Set in the foothills of the Aravalli hills, Sohna is the perfect retreat offering a relaxing vacation. This place is quite popular for its medicinal water springs, lake as well as an ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Today, it has premium luxury resorts.
Popular destination for birdwatchers
The Sultanpur bird sanctuary was established in 1971 and declared a national park in 1991. It is one of the most popular destinations for nature lovers and birdwatchers. Having faced official apathy for years, the sanctuary today, following various conservation initiatives in the last decade, boasts of 250 species of birds. Some of them are resident, while others come from distant regions such as Siberia, Europe and Afghanistan.
For viewers, there are four watchtowers located at different points. An Educational Interpretation Centre has been established here to offer proper guidance to tourists visiting the place. It is ideal for day picnics and the government is working towards developing a resort here.
Kingdom of Dreams
KOD, as it is popularly called, is one of a kind ultimate entertainment and leisure destination. The kingdom set up on several acres in Sector 29 is a dream city representing Bollywood inspired diversity of the country. Over the years it has transformed into the most iconic destination of the country. The kingdom brings to life a blend of India’s art, culture, heritage, craft, cuisine and performing art, all supported by world class technology. The key attractions here include:
Nautanki Mahal: It presents extravagant cinematic, theatrical, and musical shows.
Culture Gully: An elaborate culture, arts, crafts and food boulevard.
Showshaa Theatre: A fabulous, colourful drama marquee spotlighting Indian mythology productions, a mock wedding show and the great Indian talent circus.
iifa Buzz: It is a glamorous Bollywood-themed cafe. It is a destination in itself that is capturing the imagination of the world.

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13 Things Locals Do in Washington DC

13 Things Locals Do in Washington DC June 7th, 2019
When you take a trip to the nation’s capital, you know you’re in for a lot of history, government buildings and museums. You’ll obviously spend some time on the National Mall seeing the monuments, walking through the awesome, free Smithsonian museums, maybe even going on a scheduled tour of the U.S. Capitol Building.
But what about the unconventional, non-touristy, things to do in DC — the things that might not make the list of top things to do lists (check out our 50 Things to Do in Washington DC list!), but will definitely add local flavor and a unique flare to your trip?
Savored Journeys writer, Laura Lynch, has you covered. Below you’ll find the best non-touristy things to do in Washington DC – things that locals do – that will get you off the National Mall and into the real side of DC. Non-Touristy Things to Do in Washington DC.
These activities will get you off the beaten path and show you a side of DC most people don’t see. Most of these activities can be reached via metro, but some may be easier with a car, or a quick taxi ride.
When you’ve had your fill of monuments and history, take a break from the norm and go a brewery tour of some of the city’s best breweries. DC has enjoyed a burgeoning beer scene over the past few years and you can now find plenty of great breweries in the city, including the first brewery to brew and distribute here, DC Brau , along with Atlas Brew Works , Bluejacket Brewery , and Capital City Brewing . There are tons – look them up and try a few!
If you have time, head out to Port City Brewery in Alexandria, VA, one of the best in the area and super popular with the locals. Best to visit there on the off-peak times though. I can get packed! They have great beers to sample in their tasting room every day, and a brewery tour, available on Thursday-Sunday (reservations recommended!). The tour costs around $12 and includes 6 tasters of beer. To get there by public transportation, take the metro to King Street and catch an Uber. Explore the Local (and Ethnic) Food Scene
Washington DC is a fantastic food city. There are so many new restaurants opening every day, including hot spots like Rose’s Luxury, where you might have to wait in a really long line to get in! Not only will you find hot restaurants by Top Chef contestants like Mike Isabella’s Kapnos and Graffiato (both of which I love), you’ll also find a plethora of ethnic cuisines. Ethiopian is especially popular and you can find an enclave of great Ethiopian restaurants in the Adams Morgan neighborhood. In Washington DC, you can easily eat around the world without ever leaving the city. To decide where to go, see this list by Maria Abroad for the best ethnic restaurants in Washington DC .
I’m also a huge fan of city food tours. It’s a great way to get to know the city, its culture and its restaurants, and can also provide you with a road map for eating during the rest of your vacation. Check out this food tour in the U Street neighborhood, which blends history and food in one of the coolest areas of town. You’ll be regaled with history, info about the food culture of the area and of course you’ll eat a ton of food. And don’t forget the cocktails. Check out this really fun evening cocktail tour ! National Monuments at Night
Okay, so this is a typical tourist activity, but it’s really fun and is a unique experience that you’ll remember and cherish a lot more than the usual way of doing it. Most tourists visit the monuments during the day, when there are huge crowds, daytime heat and very little ambiance. If you wait until night to tour the monuments, you’ll find way less people, a nice cool breeze (unless it’s winter, of course) and the monuments are all lit up at night, which makes the experience so much more amazing.
One of the things I love to do is take a blanket to the Jefferson Memorial and have a picnic or just hang out on one of the pillars at the corners of the stairs. You can stare out at the gorgeous night lights across the Potomac with the towering, illuminated presence of Jefferson at your side. Logan Circle
If there is one neighborhood that has re-gentrified itself beyond recognition in a very short time, it’s Logan Circle. A new high-end restaurant, cafe or trendy specialty shop opens there seemingly every week. Speaking of restaurants, this is where you want to make all of your dinner reservations, at top spots like Birch & Barley , Masa 14 , Churchkey and Le Diplomate (don’t miss weekend brunch here!).
It’s a busy area with beautiful old townhouses to gawk at, a lovely park and fountain in the center of the circle and lots of bar and restaurant hopping to do. You’ll almost feel like a local here. Just try to act like one and you’ll fit right in. There are metro stations nearby, but it’ll require a short walk, as Logan Circle doesn’t have its own metro stop. Mitsitam Cafe at Museum of the American Indian
When you’re walking around the Smithsonian museums and hiking what seems like miles to get from one side of the National Mall to the other, you’ll work up a crazy appetite and then not find any restaurants in the vicinity for lunch. Don’t eat at a boring museum cafe, head over to the Museum of the American Indian (on the Capitol Building side of the mall).
The museum itself is worth a visit if you have the time, but it’s the Mitsitam Cafe here that will amaze you. Mitsitam features indigenous food from around the Western Hemisphere, divided into different regions. Each menu item reflects the food and cooking techniques from the region featured. You can eat entirely from one region or mix and match, plus they have a chef’s tasting experience. Union Market
Located on 5th St NE in a busy warehouse area off New York Avenue, Union Market is a year-round local market featuring artisan products, food purveyors, and amazing food options from established and pop-up restaurants. Grab some food and relax at one of the communal indoor eating areas or cafe-style outdoor seating. It’s a fun place. to enjoy an afternoon.
Peruse the unique products and sampling food from each of the vendors, including fresh shucked oysters from Rappahannack Oyster Bar , creative sodas like the grapefruit rosemary or lemon lavender at Buffalo & Bergen , Korean kimchi tacos at TaKorean and homemade ice cream at Trickling Springs Creamery . Just make sure you go there hungry or you’ll regret it. The market is closed on Mondays, but open the rest of the week from 11am-8pm. There’s no metro in the immediate area, so you’ll need to drive or take a taxi. Eastern Market
DC’s original food and art market, Eastern Market is now in its 31st year of service and still going strong. Located in the middle of the Capitol Hill neighborhood, the market features fresh food, community events, and on weekends, local farm-fresh produce and handmade arts and crafts that stretch into outdoor stalls and fills the neighborhood with activity. Like Union Market, it’s just a fun place to walk around and enjoy the local products and mingling with the locals. H Street Corridor
I love the way the H Street Corridor has completely changed over the last decade. It underwent a major regentrification that turned it into a really fun place to hang out in the city. Today it’s home to some of the best places to check out new art, with the growing number of art offerings, like City Gallery and Studio H Gallery. If you’re not into art, don’t worry, there’s lot of other things to do. The area has also become a hotspot for cafes and trendy restaurants, top music venues like The Rock and Roll Hotel, and a rowdy nightlife.
We recommend eating at Sally’s Middle Name, and there’s even a 3rd location of the iconic Ben’s Chili Bowl on H Street now. You can get there by way of the NOMA and Union Station Metro stops or by taking the DC Streetcar. The Torpedo Factory Art Center
If you’re in to art – especially by local artists – you must make the journey to Old Town Alexandria for a look around the Torpedo Factory . The Torpedo Factory is three floors packed with over 80 local artists’ studios, many of whom will be hard at work on their latest creation while you’re visiting. It’s a rare opportunity to see the work in progress, talk to the artists themselves and peruse the art they have on display and for sale. They are open to the public most days from 10am-6pm.
The Torpedy Factory is located on the banks of the Potomac River in Old Town Alexandria (105 N Union St, Alexandria, VA). While you’re there, make sure you wander around Old Town Alexandria for a while (see below). There are tons of cool things to do there. Old Town Alexandria
There is so much to see and do in Old Town Alexandria . While a bit removed from the downtown core, it’s definitely worth the trip. You can get to the beginning to the Old Town area by taking the metro to King Street (don’t expect to find parking) and beginning your walk south from there, or take the free trolley if you’d rather not walk. You’ll find dozens of shops to browse albeit expensive ones, plenty of sidewalk cafes and some great restaurants. I love Sonoma Cellar , especially for Taco Tuesday and Wine Down Wednesday.
At the end of the street is the Potomac River Harbor that’s packed full of boats and has amazing views and even a few restaurants where you can dine and enjoy the sunset. Chart House is an absolutely must! Gravelly Point Park
There is a small grassy park less than half a mile from Reagan National Airport, along the George Washington Memorial Parkway, where you can hang out and watch the planes take off and land. It’s actually one of the best parks I’ve been to for this type of activity because it’s a nice park where you can spread out a blanket, have a picnic, hang out with friends, etc. It can get super noisy when the planes are overhead, and the ground shakes a little, but it’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience worth having. Kayaking on the Potomac River
If you’re hanging out in Georgetown, you may catch a glimpse of people kayaking on the Potomac River. You can rent a kayak from the Key Bridge Boathouse and take it along the waterway to get a unique glimpse at the Georgetown waterfront, Roosevelt Island (where many locals have never even been), and the underbelly of the Key Bridge itself.
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New Mexico Inspired Breakfast At Zingerman’s

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Zingerman’s Community of Businesses is a collection of Zingerman’s businesses, each with its own food specialty, all located in the Ann Arbor area, each working to help make the shopping and eating in every aspect of Zingerman’s more flavorful and more enjoyable than ever. more » Instagram Follow Us! Twitter Mississippi Mud Pie is back at Zingerman’s Bakehouse! Intense brownie-like cake, rich dark chocolate ganache & to… https://t.co/wp8KPLq3Hf 11 hours ago As seen in Ari’s Top 5…Here’s another seating for the @CornmanFarms Summer Stroll! Join in for lawn games, cockta… https://t.co/7JYrPd29GX 15 hours ago New Mexico Inspired Breakfast At Zingerman’s June 7th, 2019 by Zingerman’s |
Here at Zingerman’s, we offer annual scholarship opportunities to staff for expanding their food knowledge, or any other subject that could broaden their expertise and benefit our organization . Scholarships to study charcuterie, olive oil, marketing, and beyond have been awarded previously. A recent recipient Nestor Bonilla, a Zingerman’s Delicatessen supervisor, used his award to tour New Mexico’s chile farms and delve into the regional cuisines of Albuquerque and Santa Fe. In a recent interview, Bret Moore captured the heart of Nestor’s food focus. Nestor’s vision centers on three P’s: People, Produce, and Process. People Nestor’s whirlwind twelve day tour of New Mexico includes visits to “historic haciendas, ranches, and native pueblos” so that he can “get to know New Mexico’s food by getting to know its people, communities, and families”. Produce A chef at heart, Nestor spends a large part of his trip exploring the “unique native crops that bring flavor and flair to [New Mexico’s] dishes,” such as red chiles and blue maize . A man with a specificity of vision, Nestor locates himself in the City of Hatch, home of the chile, where he studies chile cultivation and use. Process Hoping to gain a greater sense of the culinary traditions of the region, Nestor makes space for learning about the tools of the trade, such as adobe hornos and molcajetes. An accompanying map charts Nestor’s progress as he eats his way across New Mexico, citing stops at Los Chileros de Nuevo México, the Sante Fe School of Cooking , and the Taos Adobe Ovens. During his travels, Nestor made many connections. Whether he was visiting farmers’ markets or Indian reservations, he struck up conversations with locals, who were very eager to give him restaurant recommendations. With Native American, Mexican, and Spanish influences, New Mexican cuisine is one of the oldest regional cuisines in the United States, utilizing ingredients like blue corn, potatoes, pork, beans, and, of course, chile. He quickly learned that if you want to eat in New Mexico, there’s one question that needs to be answered:
“In every restaurant, they ask you if you want red or green chile, and if you want both, it’s called ‘Christmas Sauce’”, says Nestor, who was blown away by all the chile products, including everything from chile jam to chile pasta, that he encountered during his travels.
Along with food advice, Nestor also garnered a few invites to chile farms , where he learned a lot about the crop and was gifted bags and bags of chiles. 8,000-10,000 acr es of chiles are harvested annually in New Mexico, according to New Mexico State University’s agricultural department. This tour of chile farms included a visit to Los Chileros, a small, family-owned company that produces dried chiles, rubs, and powders, which are sold nationally.
A big part of Nestor’s job in the Deli kitchen is creating new dishes. Nestor says he was excited to taste the flavors and spices of authentic New Mexican dishes and bring back what he learned to the Deli menu and the Ann Arbor food scene. His love for interpreting the flavors of the American Southwest has brought tortilla soup to our winter menu, as well as popular monthly specials, like Mole Negro con Pollo.
Deli cook Nestor Bonilla and the team will be preparing a delicious New Mexican-inspired breakfast for a limited time at the Zingerman’s Deli Pueblo on the Patio , Saturday and Sunday, June 15th and 16th, 2019, 7am-12pm.
Menu Available For Purchase New Mexican Breakfast Egg Bowls: Huevos Rancheros: charro beans, rice, braised kale Choripapa: chorizo, potato, refríed black beans, braised kale, queso fresco Carne Adovada: roasted green chile, potatoes, marinated pork, pico de gallo, braised kale Sauce Bar: ranchera, red chile, green chile, chile cascabel

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Relaxing at Pala Casino Spa & Resort

Pala Casino Spa & Resort is a luxurious and tasty getaway in San Diego County. – Photo by Greg Aragon / Beacon Media News
By Greg Aragon
I hit the jackpot recently at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego County. I didn’t win any money, but I did stay in an awesome hotel room, dine at a couple great restaurants, and experience the resort’s stunning, new pool area.
The getaway began when a friend and I checked into a gorgeous fourth-floor suite in Pala’s AAA Four-Diamond hotel, overlooking the nearby Palomar Mountains. Elegant and welcoming, the room boasted a comfy king bed, big flat screen TV, office area with free Internet, a large bathroom with walk-in shower and tub, a mini-fridge and coffee maker and a large, relaxing chair.
Once acquainted with the room, we took the elevator down to the lobby and walked outside to paradise at the resort’s sparkling adults-only pool plaza. Set beneath the Palomar Mountains, the area boasts five heated pools and 14 luxury cabanas, along with waterfalls, fire pits, deck chairs, Jacuzzis, and floating daybeds, all scattered about a beautiful outdoor courtyard. There is also a full-service poolside café & bar.
The poolside cabanas — available for rent — are very inviting. They come with personalized pool attendant service, refrigerator stocked with waters and assorted sodas, 49-inch HDTV, Wi-Fi, personal safe, sofa, arm chair and chaise lounge. They must be coveted during the summer.
After swimming, sipping a couple bloody marys and relaxing beside the pool, we headed for lunch at Choices, The Buffet. As Pala’s signature buffet, the expansive, buffet-style restaurant features a dining area capable of accommodating 625 guests.
Highlighted by a complete exhibition kitchen, Choices offers over 200 different hot and cold food options including dishes from Asia, Italy, Mexico; as well as traditional American favorites, salads, an omelet station and a wide variety of mouthwatering desserts made fresh at Pala. Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Choices offers a snow crab buffet, and on Thursday they put on a lobster buffet.
With my belly full on crab legs, pork nachos, salad and cheese cake, I left Choices and hit the slot machines. Pala Casino Spa & Resort is known as one of San Diego County’s premier casino destinations. The place boasts a Las Vegas-style casino with more than 2,250 state-of-the-art slot and video machines, 84 table games, and an 8-table poker room that hosts live play and championship tournaments.
I played the 25-cent slots for about an hour and walked away pretty much even, but if you count the great, free entertainment from the live cover band playing above the bar, I think I came out ahead.
From the casino I visited the fitness center to work off some calories before dinner. Located next to the resort’s 11,000-square-foot full-service spa, the gym offers state-of-the-art treadmills, stair-climbers, recumbent bikes, weight machines and free weights. It is open 24 hours a day for hotel guests.
After working out I met my friend for a delicious dinner at Boy Meets Grill restaurant. The California casual cuisine eatery serves a wide variety of appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas and salads, as well as a selection of pasta and entrée options created by Chef Anila. Our dinner began with a jumbo shrimp cocktail and a glass of merlot. For the main course I had succulent bourbon short ribs with garlic chips with sweet red cabbage and horseradish potato. My friend devoured seared rib eye steak with mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus.
The next morning we drove less than a mile to the historic San Antonio de Pala Asistencia, also known as “Pala Mission.” Founded in 1816 as an outpost to the larger Mission San Luis Rey in nearby Oceanside, Pala Mission was part of the Spanish mission system. Today it is located on the Pala Indian Reservation and is the only historic mission facility still serving a Mission Indian tribe.
The little mission features a museum, gift shop, gardens, cemetery, and a chapel. Its bell tower is said to be the only freestanding one of its kind among all the California missions. Across the street from the Asistencia is Pala Store, a charming little market opened in 1897.
Back at Pala Resort, we spent the morning at the pool. Next to the pool is the 2,400-square-foot Starlight Theatre stage, which hosts top-name outdoor concerts on the resort lawn. Upcoming shows on the stage include Foreigner on Thursday, June 13; Latin Legends featuring El Chicano, Tierra, Malo and Thee Midniters on Saturday, June 29; and Styx on Friday, July 26.
Pala Casino Resort Spa is located at 11154 CA-Highway 76, Pala, 92059. For more info and current specials, call (877) WIN-PALA or visit: palacasino.com .

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