Kommune release second round of food traders

Kommune release second round of food traders

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Chaat Cart, Fat Hippo and The Depot Bakery have been added to the impressive line-up of food traders for new Castle House food hall Kommune.
Anticipation for the opening of Sheffield’s latest social destination Kommune is growing as the venue confirms three new additions to its independent-led line-up.
Joining Pom Kitchen, Hop Hideout and Shoot The Bull is Manchester’s Chaat Cart, Newcastle’s Fat Hippo and Sheffield’s own Depot Bakery.
Winners of the Manchester Food and Drink Festival’s Best Street Food Award, Chaat Cart is a South-Indian inspired cuisine, described by owner Aarti Pandey as an “evolution of her street food journey, mixing snacks typically sold from roadside stalls, small plates showcasing home-style south Indian cooking, with more refined supper club favourites drawing on India’s hunting and fishing traditions”.
Popular burger joint, Fat Hippo have had many successful pop-ups in Sheffield over the years and are looking forward to a more permanent venture. Executive Chef Michael Johnson said: “ To have been offered a space in such an exciting new project that supports independents like ourselves is a great opportunity that we can’t wait to make the most of! Our burgers reflect the quality ingredients we source from local suppliers: shop local; buy local; support local.”
Kelham Island’s beloved Depot Bakery have also been recruited for the food hall so you can indulge in all your favourite sugary snacks. Depot Bakery’s Jon Perry said: “The team at the depot bakery are hugely excited to be a part of Kommune, for some time we have wanted to be situated in the city centre and Kommune is the perfect opportunity to showcase a new range of sweet products and give more people access to ‘real’ bread.”

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Flavourful dishes inspired by Canada’s new food guide

By Karon Liu Food Writer Tues., Feb. 5, 2019
Canada’s new food guide came out last month and it wasn’t anything too shocking: eat more greens, cool it on the meat, use less salt, and (surprise), drinking juice is not the same as eating a piece of fruit. Most of us already know which foods are nutritious, but keeping meals exciting while avoiding the grain bowl slump can be a challenge. Luckily, there are cuisines around the world that already excel at using spices to maximize flavours without relying on salt, do wonderful things with meatless proteins, and make the most of natural sugars in vegetables to make them really pop. Best of all, these hearty and comforting dishes are perfect for this bitterly cold winter, and will make enough for a small group to stay inside all weekend. We even included a stew and brown rice recipe for the Instant Pot lovers.
Instant Pot Oxtail and Vegetable Stew Instant pot oxtail and vegetable stew ( Karon Liu/Toronto Star )
For the stew
A salad or smoothie isn’t the only way to incorporate more vegetables into a diet. During winter, slow-cooking hearty root vegetables and tough greens is a great way to make them more mellow for those who don’t always like the bitter flavours of leafy greens or find certain veggies too hard. This dish takes inspiration from Caribbean cooking, which often slow-cooks greens with lots of aromatics to infuse flavour and tenderize the leaves. Oxtail is also a common ingredient in Caribbean cooking and while it releases a lot of fat when cooked, it can be skimmed off just before serving, or better yet, refrigerate the stew overnight so that the fat rises to the top and solidifies, making it easy to spoon out. Article Continued Below
2 tbsp (30 mL) vegetable or canola oil
2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
4 finely minced garlic cloves
8 springs thyme, stems removed
2 tbsp (30 mL) finely minced fresh ginger
1 tsp (5 mL) each freshly ground black pepper, allspice and kosher salt
3lbs oxtail
900 mL no salt-added beef broth
1/4 cup (60 mL) tomato paste
1 tbsp (15 mL) mild curry powder
1 minced scotch bonnet pepper
2 red bell peppers, roughly chopped
3 medium-sized carrots, cut into 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) coins
1 large bunch collards, stems removed and leaves roughly torn
Add oil, onions, garlic, thyme, ginger, black pepper, salt and allspice into cooking chamber. Turn on Saute function and cook onions until they begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Add oxtail and cook until browned all over, about 10 to 15 minutes. If pot is too small, brown oxtail in batches. Turn off Instant Pot. Transfer oxtail and onions to a bowl and set aside.
Stir in broth, tomato paste, curry powder and scotch bonnet peppers to cooking chamber. Using a wooden spoon, scrape off browned bits from bottom of pot. Stir in peppers, carrots and collards. Return oxtail and onions back to cooking chamber. Place lid on top, flipping toggle to sealing mode and cook on Manual setting on High Pressure for 30 minutes. Allow for Natural Pressure Release. Using a spoon, skim off top layer of fat if desired. Taste and adjust seasoning as necessary.
Transfer to a serving pot and serve immediately.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Instant Pot Jamaican-Style Brown Rice and Beans
As someone who grew up eating white rice and tons of it, I had a hard time incorporating brown rice into my diet because I found that its strong nutty flavour and crunchy texture overwhelms delicate dishes such as steamed fish or tofu. But the bold flavours of Jamaican cooking—ginger, coconut milk, scotch bonnet peppers, allspice and garlic—does a great job of complimenting the nutty flavour. I prefer brown rice cooked on the softer side so I use a longer cooking time and more liquid, but if you prefer a chewier texture, set the Instant Pot for 20 minutes. Incorporating more vegetables and meat alternatives into your diet doesn’t have to be boring. ( Karon Liu/Toronto Star )
1 tbsp (15 mL) vegetable or canola oil
1 yellow onion, diced
1 tsp (5 mL) minced fresh ginger
3 springs thyme, stems removed
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each ground allspice
1/2 cup (125 mL) coconut milk
2 cups (500 mL) no salt-added chicken broth
1 minced scotch bonnet pepper
1 (250 mL) cup each brown rice and canned red beans, rinsed
Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Saute onion, garlic, ginger, thyme and allspice. Continue to cook until fragrant and onions begin to soften, about 5 minutes. Stir in coconut milk, broth and scotch bonnet. Stir in rice and beans. Replace lid and set toggle to sealing mode. Cook on Manual setting on High Pressure for 25 minutes. Allow for Natural Pressure Release. Stir rice and beans. Add salt and pepper to taste. Let sit for 10 minutes before serving.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
French Lentils With Braised Kale and Pancetta
Incorporating more plant-based proteins doesn’t mean you have to completely stop eating meat. Using pancetta sparingly in this dish gives everything a nice salty bite (and satisfies that carnivorous craving). Just as the food guide recommends a balance in proteins, vegetables and grains, a dish needs a balance of flavours. A light lemon-mustard dressing adds a bright acidity to counter-act the earthiness of the lentils and vegetables. Serve this as is, or with a slice or two of whole grain bread. If you cannot find French (also called Puy) lentils, use brown lentils instead. French lentils with braised kale and pancetta ( Karon Liu/Toronto Star )
3 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
4 minced garlic cloves
1 tsp (5 mL) kosher salt
1/2 cup (125 mL) diced pancetta
1 leek, white and light green parts, cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 large parsnip, peeled and diced
3 shallots, thinly sliced
8 large button mushrooms, sliced
1 large bunch kale, stems removed and leaves roughly torn
1 cup (250 mL) French lentils or brown lentils, rinsed
2 1/2 cups (625 mL) no salt-added chicken broth
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp (15 mL) Dijon
Black pepper, to taste
In a large skillet, add oil, garlic and 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Heat oil over medium heat. Add pancetta and cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add leek, parsnip, shallots and mushrooms. Stir, allowing vegetables to soften and water to cook out of mushrooms, about 10 minutes. Add kale and stir, allowing kale to tenderize and wilt, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving dish and set aside.
In the same skillet, add lentils, chicken broth and remaining 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt. Stir. Cover. Turn heat to high and bring to a boil. Lower heat down to medium-low and cook until tender, about 25 minutes. Stir cooked lentils into vegetable mixture.
In a small bowl, whisk together lemon juice, Dijon and black pepper. Toss dressing with lentils, a tablespoon at a time, to taste.
Serve warm.
Makes 4 to 6 servings.
Okra, Eggplant and Chickpea Curry
The new food guide emphasizes reducing the daily sodium intake. To add flavour without going heavy on the salt, look to Indian cooking, which over centuries has perfected the use of warm, hot and aromatic spices and herbs that make every meal a standout. This curry is a combination of classic okra and eggplant curries, as well as the popular chickpea curry known as chana masala. Okra, eggplant and chickpea curry ( Karon Liu/Toronto Star )
1 tsp (5 mL) eachwhole cumin and coriander seeds
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each whole black peppercorns and fennel seeds
3 tbsp (45 mL) vegetable or canola oil
4 finely minced garlic cloves
1 tbsp (15 mL) finely minced fresh ginger
1/2 tsp (2 mL) kosher salt
3 shallots, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb okra, sliced in half on a bias
2 large Chinese eggplants, cut into 1cm slices
2 tsp (10 mL) eachground turmeric and garam masala
1 Thai chili, seeds removed and minced
1-19oz (540 mL) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2-28oz (796 mL) cans diced tomatoes
Plain yogurt, for garnish (optional)
Warm naan, for serving
In a small pan over medium-low heat, roast cumin, coriander, peppercorn and fennel seeds until fragrant, careful not to burn and tossing pan constantly, about 1 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and grind finely using a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Set aside.
In a large skillet, add 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil, garlic, ginger, salt and shallots. Turn heat up to medium-high. Add okra. Sauté until okra has softened and browned, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer everything to a large pot.
Using same skillet, add remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil. Turn heat up to medium. Sear eggplant until softened and browned on both sides, about 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer to pot containing okra.
Stir in turmeric, garam masala, chili pepper, chickpeas and tomatoes. Bring to a boil over to medium-high heat. Turn heat down to medium and simmer, stirring occasionally and careful not to break up okra. Continue to simmer for 20 minutes, or until curry has thickened to desired consistency.
Serve immediately with a dollop of yogurt on top, if using, and naan.
Karon Liu is the Star’s food writer and is based in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @karonliu

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my experience of veganuary – BARE. LIFESTYLE

by Elise Red rice and chickpea bowl with lots of lemon and guacamole
I’ve dabbled in and out of veganism for a few years now, experimenting with varying degrees of vegetarianism, and this year, I figure I would take it to the next level.
People go vegan for lots of different reasons. Because of animal cruelty, because of health reasons, because of the environmental impact… I feel personally more connected to the ecological effect of the meat and dairy industry, and I tried to stay as eco-conscious as possible throughout the month.
It’s been a fun month! A challenging and sometimes difficult experience – but I pulled through, despite the odd slip! So I thought I’d share my experience after my first full veganuary! I relied almost entirely on a Chinese restaurant, a Lebanese deli and an Italian restaurant that had vegan cheese…
…which covered most lunch emergencies and impromptu dinner dates throughout the month. Adapting a pizza was easy – I ordered vegetarian pizzas with vegan cheese or the vegan special, since lots of places were on board with veganuary (like Franco Manca in the UK). I’ll admit I wasn’t exactly sure whether the Lebanese falafel wrap had dairy or not. I also did my best at Chinese restaurants with vegetable dishes and boiled rice, and vegan ramen from Shoryu .
If you can find a handful of places you know you’ll enjoy ordering from, it makes decisions much easier when you’re faced with the menu. Asian cuisine is easy to adapt (but watch out for ghee in Indian food!), whereas French is much harder for example. Vegan ramen bowl from Shoryu I didn’t always eat the healthiest things, but by lack of choice
It’s true, you can be a total junk food vegan. You can find burgers, nuggets, cheese, pizza, deep fried vegetables and ice cream… I didn’t really indulge in a lot of processed vegan food because I was trying to limit my carbon footprint and ate mostly home made dishes.
But at times, I really didn’t have a lot of choice, and when I struggled finding something to eat, I often ended up buying crisps, bread and ordering French fries. So just to make clear that when something is vegan, it isn’t necessarily ‘healthier’, whatever that even means.
That being said, I wasn’t obsessed about eating entirely ‘clean’. I don’t think I could have managed an entire month without treating myself and I definitely indulged in lots of pizza! An example of vegan pizza from Portland’s VegFest last summer! I majorly f* up at a work conference
I had a couple of trips planned for work and it was really, really hard. A three day work conference in a super nice hotel, buffet lunches and sit-down dinners really limited my choices. On the first day, I ate bread and leaves for lunch. I was so ravenous by dinner time (a whole 9 hours later!) that I ate an entire cheese and ham quiche. Oops.
And you know what? That’s fine. Part of the experience is to understand your habits and challenge them. No one is expecting you to starve to death if you can’t find anything to eat. The important part for me was the ability to bounce back and carry on when I got home.
Moving forward, I think it’d be very difficult to maintain an entirely vegan diet – purely for my sanity! I saved lots of money, but that’s not always the way it goes
I think it’s a common misconception that vegan = cheaper. I think it depends. I ate a lot of locally grown vegetables from the market, fresh bread from the baker, oats, hummus and lentils (all cheap). But if you’re looking to replace your yoghurt, cheese, meat and chocolate with their vegan equivalents, it can get really expensive. So just watch out and keep track of your spending if you’re trying to maintain your existing food budget.
Cheap vegan food is generally not processed; canned beans, grains, plain tofu etc. I spent more money on specialty items to keep things interesting, like spices, sauces and the occasional wedge of Prosiciano. A cheap meal of soup and bread – which I had most days I didn’t eat a lot of protein, and I felt fine
You guessed it – I got lots of questions about protein. And like I mentioned, there are lots of protein alternatives now. But I’ll admit I didn’t have that much protein, and maybe in the long term, it would be an issue. I ate lots of low fat hummus, some tofu and edamame, but mostly, I ate carbs.
I don’t think there are as many excuses as there used to be not to try veganism, but it’s useful to understand what macronutrient combination works best for you. If you know a higher protein works for you, you should honour your personal needs instead of following what some high-carb vegan is eating on instagram. There are lots of delicious vegan meat alternatives out there, like Quorn, tofurky, flavored tofu, Beyond Meat and generic meat alternatives from the supermarkets. A tofu scramble for breakfast with toast, avocado and veggies It’s super hard if you have an intolerance, too
This was the hardest part for me – not being able to meat, dairy and fructose. No sweet potato. No tomato. No root vegetables. No ketchup. No sweet chilli sauce or butternut squash or vegan desserts. That makes veganism a lot more restrictive!
It was especially hard at buffets and events, where the only option might be a roasted vegetable dish which I couldn’t have. Eating out for breakfast was also quite difficult, since I couldn’t have fruit or chia puddings or the toppings on oatmeal. Agreed – it’s not the end of the world. So I decided not to drive myself insane and stay flexible. If that meant having chicken instead of nothing, I had chicken. Fortunately, it only happened a couple of times. A veggie box from the Lebanese – I think it was all vegan! I didn’t miss meat, but I missed eggs
I actually can’t remember the last time I cooked meat since I moved to Oxford in December. I’ve had chicken in wraps and fish at restaurants, but I had essentially already stopped cooking meat and fish at home. But I used to get half a dozen eggs from the market every Sunday, which I did kind of miss.
Eggs are cheap, and probably not as terrible for the environment as a piece of steak, especially if from a local farm. Eggs are also really delicious and much harder to replace in my opinion – how does one make a vegan poached egg without spending multiple hours creating a fake egg? It’s not possible. So – I’m very likely to reintroduce eggs!
Regardless of slipping up a couple of times and having some dull moments munching on dry bread, I really enjoyed challenging myself. I had fun, cooked a lot more, had interesting conversations with curious friends, and saved money! And really – it’s not as hard as it sounds. Advertisements

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Top 10 states to visit in India

/ Top 10 states to visit in India Top 10 states to visit in India Tripoto https://www.tripoto.com/ Hues of India – Holi Festival I love traveling in India, as much as I love traveling overseas. So far I have visited 27 states in India over the past 5 years of my travels, and here are my preferences on the basis of experience I have had. 1. Kashmir I specifically like to mention Kashmir and not J&K, because I find nothing much of interest in Jammu Region. I love Kashmir. Had been there twice and have spend around 7 days each in both of my visits, . Not only I feel it is the most beautiful state in India, I strongly believe its one of the most beautiful regions of the world. Landscapes are amazing, culture is so rich and people are so hospitable. If you love snow, you have to go Gulmarg in winters and Leh Ladakh should be must on everyone’s bucket list. 2.Rajasthan I love palaces and forts, the history that we get to witness on seeing these majestic rooms and palace buildings of cities of Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur is incredible. And Jaisalmer offers tranquility in Desert. Also I love puppet shows and Rajasthani Folk Dance. 3. Goa The most desired playground of all age groups in India. The beaches of Goa are hard to beat, the party atmosphere is buzzing. You get great food from all the cuisines of the world in amazing cafes and shacks with some great views of the Arabian Sea. My personal favourite beaches are Arambol and Anjuna. 4. Meghalaya This hidden gem is being discovered by more and more people in recent times, and everyone can’t stop praising the waterfalls, valleys and the vast amount of adventure activities this state has to offer. Also you get to learn about the tribes of North East in Don Bosco Museum and while interacting with locals. The food is something I highly recommend especially for the pork lovers. 5. Kerala I just visited Kerala 3 months ago. I was prolonging to visit the state from very long time. I really enjoyed the South Indian Food here. I love the malabar Parotta. We went to Munnar (tea estates and waterfalls), Alleppey(backwaters), Thekkady (Wildlife Sanctuary and Spice Plantations), Varkala(Beaches) and Fort Kochi (Portugese Culture). 6. Himachal Pradesh The states is Synonymous with Mountains of Himalayas. People love going for Treks here and Spiti Valley is becoming more and more popular in the new generation arena. Manali offers large number of adventure activities for all age groups and is a gateway to most of the treks. 7. Punjab It’s my home state and I have so many friends and family all across the state, almost in every town. I love the food from famous butter chicken to Sarson ki Roti. My favourite city would be Amritsar for its vibe and heritage. 8. Uttarakhand The state is home to Yoga Capital of the World – Rishikesh. It houses famous wildlife sanctuary- Jim Corbett National Park and also is highly famous for Hindu Pilgrimage sites nestled in the mountains. I have been to Uttarakhand more than 10 times and never get bored of the mountains and scenery here. 9. Sikkim It recently became the first fully organic state in India. Has beautiful lakes and valleys. My favourite places were Lachung and Lachen, which is around 300 kms north of Gangtok. We got the privilage to experience snow fed mountains in the month of March. 10. West Bengal Kolkatta is a big reason to visit Bengal alone. The more and more you interact with Bengalis, you’ll fall in love with their culture. People are highly educated and everyone has an opinion about everything. The state also is home to tea estates of Darjeeling and Sunderban Tiger National Park. The diversity of Indian states is enormous and I compare them to European Countries, where each state has its own language, food, culture and divine history. Do let me know your Favourite Indian state that you have visited so Far.

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Seven Reasons to Visit Doha in 2019

Seven Reasons to Visit Doha in 2019 February 5, 2019
It’s official – Doha is one of the world’s hottest destinations right now and this has been confirmed by both the Forbes Travel Guide and the New York Times. And with the 2019 Asian Football Cup under its belt, the 2022 World Cup coming in hot and a string of exciting new openings and events in between, there is no better time to visit Doha.
In addition, Qatar has been named one of the safest countries in the world and thanks to the nation’s flagship carrier, you can easily access Doha from one of its 160 plus destinations around the globe.
Here are my top reasons by you should visit Doha in 2019: It’s Visa Free for passport holders of more than 80 countries
Now one of the most accessible countries in the world, Qatar offers visa free arrival for passport holders of more than 80 countries. Citizens of these countries will not need to apply or pay for a visa; instead, a multi-entry waiver will be issued at the airport, upon presentation of a valid passport (valid for a minimum of six months) and a confirmed onward or return ticket. Qatar Airways now flies to more than 160 destinations from its’ home at Hamad International Airport and has an easy connection to a host of destinations in Europe, Asia and beyond. It’s the perfect stopover destination for those long haul flights to US, Australia and Europe. And, Qatar Airways also offers stopovers at Doha hotels starting from USD$23.
2. It has a vibrant and diverse food scene
Arabic, Qatari, Indian, Filipino, Nepalese, Chinese, American, Mexican, Malaysian – the food options in Doha reflect its diverse population. Qatar’s food scene has come into its own with something to suit every budget. From celebrity helmed restaurants and temples of haute cuisine through to pocket friendly street food, there is something to suit every palate and budget. Coffee lovers will be well served with Qatar experiencing a caffeine fuelled boom in speciality coffee shops.My picks? Nobu Doha for a “big night out” and views to die for or hit Souq Waqif for some local flavors from cafe Shay Al Shamous. Getting my Goat sushi Saturday at Nobu Doha Dosa me up! How hot is your pot?
3. It’s a culture vulture’s paradise
Qatar has invested heavily in its cultural treasures and is a haven for art and culture lovers. With the new National Museum of Qatar and 3-2-1 Qatar Olympic and Sports Museum both due to open this year, there will be even more to keep you busy. The centerpiece is the Museum of Islamic Art and inside you’ll find what’s arguably the country’s most impressive collection of artefacts from across the Islamic world.
For a different perspective on the country’s history, head to Musherib Museums. Bin Jelmood House, Company House, Mohammed Bin Jassim House and Radwani House each take up a different aspect of Qatari life, from the evolution of family roles to the history of oil in the region and slavery. That’s all before you hit the galleries like the surprising Mathaf Museum of Modern Arab Art and the funky Firestation Gallery with its revolving exhibitions. You can also experience arts, culture and heritage at places like the extraordinary private museum owned by Sheikh Faisal Al Thani.
4. The Insta-Worthy Scenery
Doha is a photographer’s dream – from the picturesque Corniche to the rolling desert dunes. You don’t have to travel far to experience the “desert life”. In many cases, just an hour from the city, you can dune bash, swim in the spectacular Inland Sea or visit the Singing Sand Dunes. If you are on a longer visit, you can camp our over night, eat a BBQ feast and experience Bedouin life. Head west to see the eery but spectacular East West/West East sculptures by Richard Serra in the desert near Zekreet or stay close to Doha and visit Katara Cultural Village for the amphitheater and views of the bay.
5. It has a hotel for every budget
Doha used to be a haven for five star hotels, but as the World Cup looms, there is now something to suit most budgets. Don’t get me wrong, you can find some of the most luxe hotel suites in the world here – like the whimsical Mondrian Doha and the old school glam of the Four Seasons Doha and the Ritz Carlton. But those looking for something more budget busting or for a long term stay has plenty to choose from. Check out my blogging colleague Brian’s blog Qatar Quick which has a great guide to some of these options and unbiased reviews.
6. It’s heaven for shoppers
From the gleaming malls to the winding lanes of Souq Waqif, there is something for everyone (even those proclaiming not to be shopaholics!) in Doha. Malls like the Mall of Qatar and Doha Festival City house the high end designer labels as well as the more accessible high street brands. At least three new malls are expected to open in 2019 – so make those lists now!For some local flair, head to Souq Waqif for colorful pashminas, spices important from India and Pakistan and more. But for something truly unique check out the gift shop at the Museum of Islamic Art.
7. The warm and generous Qatari Hospitality – Qatar and the Qataris have been welcoming travelers for generations. It’s ingrained in the culture and exists even today. Those flying in on Qatar Airways get to experience it first with their warm welcome onboard. But this extends to Qatar’s people who are generous and welcoming – it will be a visit to remember!

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Chasing a Plate… in Kuala Lumpur

Chasing a Plate… in Kuala Lumpur 4 Feb, 2019 9:15am The claypot chicken rice at Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice. Photo / Supplied NZ Herald Share on Reddit reddit Kiwi food YouTubers Thomas & Sheena Southam are on an eternal quest to find the most delicious local food the world has to offer. This week, they check out the best cheap eats in Kuala Lumpur. If you love to eat then add Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s dynamic capital city, to your travel bucket list. The food culture is vibrant and diverse – a melting pot of Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine that is best experienced in small, family-run restaurants and on the street. But in a city where cars rule and walking can be difficult, given the hodgepodge pavements and a climate which zaps even the hardiest of travellers, it’s easy to fall into the trap of eating whatever is closest. It’s worth taking the time to compile a hit list of what and where to eat before you go. Here are some of our favourites to get you started. Advertisement Advertise with NZME. 1. Nasi kerabu at Zul Nasi Kukus Hailing from the northeast state of Kelantan, nasi kerabu might just be the country’s most Instagrammable dish. It looks good but it’s the unique flavours and textures that make this dish worth hunting down. This Malay favourite is made up of a pile of pale-blue rice (dyed with the petals of the butterfly pea), toasted coconut, raw shredded cabbage and beans, crispy fish crackers and half a salted duck egg. Eat it at Zul Nasi Kukus, a ramshackle street stall located in the heart of Little India – it’s cramped, hot and a bit grubby but they churn out an exceptional nasi kerabu. Don’t forget to add a piece of fried chicken on the side – it’s a must. Eat it at Zul Nasi Kukus, Jalan Padang Belia, Brickfields. Open for lunch 2. Cendol durian at Cendol Durian Runtuh A cold bowl of cendol dessert. Photo / Supplied Share on Reddit reddit Here’s an opportunity to sample one of Malaysia’s most popular snacks together with Southeast Asia’s most famous fruit. Nothing beats the heat like a cold bowl of cendol, a dessert made up of shaved ice, coconut milk, pandan-flavoured mung bean flour noodles and gula melaka (coconut palm sugar). At this stall, they top each bowl of cendol with a generous lobe of durian. To say durian is divisive is an understatement, you either love it or you hate it. Its pungent stench can be recognised a mile away and the fruit is banned from public transport and most hotels. If you’ve never tried durian, don’t let its potent aroma put you off- it has a creamy, custard-like texture and its flavour is floral, savoury and reminiscent of onion (in the best possible way). Combining these two cultural icons is genius- don’t leave KL without eating both. Related articles: Eat it at Cendol Durian Runtuh, 57 Lorong Raja Bot, Chow Kit; Wilayah Persekutuan. Open daily 3pm to 3am. 3. Claypot chicken rice at Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice Street food is about spectacle – billowing smoke, the clang of the wok, the hiss and roar as food is dropped into hot oil. You’ll find plenty of spectacle at Heun Kee, a third generation owned and operated family restaurant specialising in claypot chicken rice. The pavement outside the restaurant is where all the action takes place. Cooked to order, clay pots are filled with rice, chicken marinated in soy and rice wine and lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and placed over charcoal burners, which sends delicious smoke spiralling into the air and sparks flying. The resulting dish is smoky and intense, the chicken melt-in-your-mouth tender. For extra umami add salted fish to your order and make sure to mash it up and mix it through the rice. And finally, don’t even think of putting down your chopsticks until you’ve scraped away every last bit of the rice crust that has formed on the bottom of the pot. It’s the best bit! Eat it at Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice, 59 Jalan Yew, Pudu. Open 11am to 9pm. Closed Thursday. 4. Ikan bakar at Kak Jat Ikan Bakar Ikan bakar literally translates to burnt fish. Doesn’t sound too appealing, does it? But trust us, this is one fish barbecue you don’t want to leave off your eating itinerary. Nestled in tropical jungle in the heart of Kuala Lumpur is a cluster of restaurants all specialising in ikan bakar, where seafood is smeared in a sweet and spicy paste before being wrapped in banana leaves and grilled. You feel as though you’re in a kampung (village) eating here. The bustle of the city falls away as you sit at the communal tables pressed shoulder to shoulder with your fellow diners, feasting on squid, stingray and mackerel. Grab some rice and vegetable sides from the buffet to accompany your seafood and enjoy one of Malaysia’s most popular meals. Enjoying the burnt fish at Ikan Baker. Photo / Supplied

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Ministry WCD to host 7th Edition of ‘Women of India Organic Festival’

Ministry WCD to host 7th Edition of ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ February 5, 2019 81
New Delhi: The Ministry of Women and Child Development will be hosting the 7th ‘Women of India Organic Festival’ from 6th to 10th February, 2019, at Sampradaya Vedika, Shilparamam, Hyderabad, to promote and celebrate women farmers and entrepreneurs in the organic sector from different parts of India.
The Women of India Organic Festival has been held annually in New Delhi since 2015. To tap into people’s growing interest in organic products, the organic festival now enters Hyderabad, the doorway to South India. Women organic farmers and entrepreneurs will showcase an elaborate array of organic products. With each passing year, the Festival has received extremely encouraging responses from New Delhi, Mumbai, and Chandigarh. The increased sales and footfalls at every Organic Festival bear witness to the fact that people have embraced the organic movement.
“The festival is an ongoing endeavour to promote illustrious women’s local communities by generating employment & keeping farmers thriving, apart from encouraging an organic culture. For the first time, we have ventured into southern India and we hope to receive an overwhelming response, similar to our six other festivals. The festival has certainly succeeded in its aim, which is to connect Indian women farmers and entrepreneurs with more buyers and thus, empower them through financial inclusion. The growing demand, interest and investment in an organic culture in India is extremely heartening,” said Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Union Minister for Women and Child Development.
Over 150 women are coming together at Shilparamam, the art and craft village, which will become the hub of Hyderabad’s organic extravaganza. This unique fest will showcase several genuine and authentic organic products, including natural dyed fabric, jaggery, grains, seeds, bakery items and a lot more. The Food Court, which made its debut in Delhi in 2018 was a resounding success. As an encore, visitors to Shilparamam too, will get the chance to explore different cuisines at the food court, which promises to offer a wide variety of sumptuous and freshly-cooked delights. Do join us to support and encourage women farmers and entrepreneurs in their journey towards self reliance and be part of their collective celebration.The timings of the Festival are 10AM to 10PM. TAGS

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Valletta – Tuk Tuk – South Indian Food – Chettinad Week, continued…

Posted on February 4, 2019 by Hector It is – The February Week – for those still involved in the World of Education , that’ll be Marg and Louise. Six of us are in Malta, reunited for the first time since Madeira 2017. There is a lot of Curry to be had in Malta, unfortunately for Hector, Day 3 provided the first opperchancity to go exploring, the famous Maltese Rabbit Stew and Mediterranean Seafood having been the distractions until Curry-Heute. Marg and Hector were on the 11.30 ferry from Sliema across to Valletta, five minutes on a boat being quite enough for Hector. As predicted, the heavens opened, we took refuge at Tuk Tuk – South Indian Food (174 Merchants St, Valletta Malta) just after their noon opening time. Four other diners were already in situ, more would come. Tuk Tuk has twelve tables in a cavern-like room and seats around thirty. Mein Host brought the Menu. Lunch Express (€10.00) may well have been good value, however, Hector was here for one Curry only – Chettinad Lamb (€14.50). Having extolled the joy of this Curry at Banana Leaf (Glasgow) last week and then having subsequently prepared my own Chettinad Masala , the Flavours of South Indian Cuisine are very much to the fore presently in Hector’s World. Jeera Rice (€3.70) would accompany, we agreed on – Hot – at the time of ordering for the Chettinad . Hector was sorted, Marg was less fortunate. Instead of her customary lunchtime Samosa, Marg decided upon Lamb Keema Dosa (€8.70). We are not doing Dosa – Marg was informed. It says until 5pm – responded Marg who would have been having a first. Mein Host suggested Lamb Naanwich (€7.60). This was accepted. A 0.75l Bottle of Sparkling Water (€3.80) completed the Order. This would be Hector’s first Maltese Curry since 1990 when Neil and Hector found a Curry House in Qara/Bugibba. There will be no chance of tracking that venue down again, there are plenty in Sliema/St. Julian’s to amuse even Hector this week. Lamb Naanwich What a plateful, the halved Naan was stuffed with Keema , Cheese and Coleslaw, the accompanying Salad and Crisps made this very much a meal. The inside is cold and the outside is hot – was Marg’s puzzling description. The Naan is hot but the Keema, Cheese and Coleslaw are cold – she clarified. I expected more Keema – she added later – I liked the Coleslaw, there was too much Bread for me, but I accept it was called a Naanwich. I am willing to try new things, but I did want a Dosa. The next two customers that arrived also asked for – Dosa . Why have this on the Menu and not serve it? The Jeera Rice was decanted on to the cold rectangular plate. This was a sensibly sized portion of Rice, but Chef had been a bit mean with the Cumin Seeds. Chettinad Lamb A sliver of something green topped the Curry, nothing I recognised. One should not take Fresh Coriander and Ginger for granted. The Thickness of the Masala took me by surprise, too many venues serve a Chettinad Masala which approaches Shorva , it does not have to be this way, Hector was already impressed. Initially I thought the Meat content was woefully lacking, the Masala had covered the Meat superbly. As each piece of Lamb was arranged over the Rice so I counted, eight was reached, seven pieces were decidedly – Large – and would have to be cut. There was most certainly enough Meat present to justify the price. The Quantity of Masala was sufficient for the accompanying Rice, there was no needless excess. At last, a Chettinad that was not Soup . The Spice hit the palate instantly as did the lack of Seasoning. I waited for the anticipated – Chettinad Smokey – Flavours to emerge, they didn’t. Where were the customary Dark Red Chillies? The texture of the Meat was Excellent, Tender Lamb, suitably Soft and giving off the distinctive Flavour of Lamb. But that was it, the Meat was giving back no more. As I ate on, I released I was still hoping for more. The cold plate meant that the meal was cooling rapidly. There was no – Jeera Blast – from the remaining Rice. This was no more than a Competent Curry, I have to ask – in what way was this a Chettinad? Marg decided to order House Chai (€1.60) without Sugar. It was still pouring outside, we were in no hurry to depart, good move. On its arrival, Marg was immediately impressed by the aroma of Cardamom. She enjoyed her Tea, for Hector it resembled a West Coast Milky IPA in terms of appearance. Each to their own. The Bill € 31.20 (£27.37) Malta feels less expensive than it was before they joined the Euro. The Aftermath I gave the Calling Card to the Chap who cleared the table, he summoned – the Man in charge . I gave my usual spiel and showed Mein Host I had prepared a few days ago. I have to admit that I did not attain the desired level of – Smokiness – but Marg confirmed there was some, today, none. Mein Host mentioned the term – Fusion – more than once in the ensuing conversation. Once more we have a Curry House which is serving Indian Food as they think the – Westerners – desire it. Hopefully I made it clear that if people choose to dine at an Indian Restaurant, then genuine Indian Cuisine is what they should be served, not some random derivative. Mein Host said that they are planning a – refurbishment – of the Menu in the middle of the year. I suggested that they should have Desi/Apna Dishes available. In the meantime, if anyone is in München (Deutschland), then surely the finest Lamb Chettinad on the planet is to be found – here . Tuk Tuk Menu extracts

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FIRST-EVER ‘NORTH EAST INDIA FESTIVAL’ IN THAILAND

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Dazzling range of activities, on 9-10 February, at Central World The first-ever ‘North-East Festival of India’ will be held in Bangkok, on 9th and 10th of February, at Central World (Zones A and B).The North-East region of India consists of seven exotic and culturally rich states- Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Tripura. Some of the ethnic tribes in the region speak the ‘Tai’ language (which closely resembles the Thai language), and infact, it was none other than HRH Princess Mahachakri Sirindhorn, who visited this region some years back. These North-Eastern states which have close geographical proximity to Thailand, have become a great gateway to SE Asia, and infact, have come to the forefront of India’s ‘Act East’ policy. To quote the newly-arrived Indian Ambassador to Thailand, HE Ms Suchitra Durai- ” I am delighted that the first-ever North East India Festival outside of India is being held at Bangkok on 9-10 February, 2019 at the Central World. North East India has much to offer – breathtaking landscapes, top class human resources, a rich and diverse cultural heritage. We invite Thais to savour this distinct region of Incredible India. “In order to introduce the riches of this region to the Land of Smiles, the Embassy of India, in collaboration with various partners , has organised a mega ‘North-East India Festival’, on the coming week-end, which covers a large and exciting range of activities.They include seminars and discussions on bilateral trade and investment, education, tourism, with important participants from both countries. They include academics, historians, entrepreneurs, tour operators, and hi-level officials from the Govt of India, State Govts of North-East India, and Govt of Thailand. These ‘Business’ meetings will be held at the Lotus Suite, Centara Grand Hotel, on the mornings of 9 and 10 February. The afternoons will be studded with Exhibitions, and a scintillating range of music and dance performances, in Zone A and Zone B, of Central World. The seven North-East states or ‘Seven Sisters’ as they are called, have a rich and varied range of folk traditions, and these will be in full display at the Festival, through their colourful and charismatic folk-dance forms, like the Naga, Manipuri,Bodo, Bihu, Bagrumba, Assamese and other dances. What’s unique about the North-East region of India, is that apart from ethnic tribes,they have a diverse range of communities, religions, thanks to which they boast of diverse and rapidly developing music forms. Thus, they have brilliant pop, rock, rap bands, and also some famed individual singers. Many top rock bands of North-East India, like The Chronicles, The Featherheads, and others will be performing at the North East Indian Festival, as also well-knownindividual singers like Rahul Rajkhowa, Zubeen Garg, and international DJ Teri Miko. What’s exciting to note is that there will be many Thai musical artistes also performing in conjunction with the North-East Indian performers. The Fashion-scene is big in the North East Indian states, thanks to their rich textiles, ethnic traditions and individual styles. There have been some excellent fashion-shows from the region earlier, in Bangkok, and another scintillating one is coming up, at this Festival, by well-known designers Atsu Sekhose, Arita Kashyap and others. There will also be many Exhibitions at Central World, with numerous stalls displaying the rich and varied textiles, arts and crafts of the region (handlooms, cane, bamboo), not to forget their horticultural products (fresh fruits, organic vegetables), as also the famed teas of Assam. Last but not the least, will be the varied and vibrant cuisines of the seven North- East Indian states, which will be available on both evenings, at Central World – a rare opportunity to get a taste of the unique food of this region. So, watch out for a dazzling blitzkrieg of activities, this weekend, at the North- East India Festival – everything, from culture and cuisine, to economics and academics, trade and tourism. And most important, people-to-people contacts and exchanges. Infact, a special program of the Festival, involves a unique ‘People to People Exchange Programme’ on 10th February, among students, academicians, historiansfrom North East India and their South East Asian counterparts, in order to discuss their shared heritage. It’s easily one of the largest and most holistic Indian Festivals to be held in the Land of Smiles, and not to be missed. All the events at Central World, are Free and open to the public All the events at Centara Grand Hotel, are on Invitation.For more details of the ‘North East India Festival’, please check: http://northeastfestival.com/#schedule

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Romantic Island Destination

Helene Ramackers 7 hours ago Share
Fresh out of ideas for that promised romantic getaway? No more skulking away from planning the trip of your dreams; Upscale Living magazine has hand-picked the most romantic island destinations in the world. All you have to do is pick one! Azura Quilalea Private Island, Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique
If there was ever a destination in the world to be marooned, Azura Quilalea Private Island is the place to be. The tropical climate of the pristine Quirimbas Archipelago ensures that the island is blissfully balmy all year round and the temperature of the water is warm enough to warrant an array of activities, from snorkeling to diving off the immaculate house reef to going scuba diving.
The Villas are designed with spaciousness and luxury in mind, guaranteeing the utmost in privacy and tranquility. Modern conveniences abound, whilst maintaining a light footprint, with the guest at the helm. Treading softly and being eco-conscious, guests favor the option to rather leave their villa doors open to let in the welcoming island breeze. Stepping outside on to your own private beach, the only disturbance you may encounter is a hermit crab, finding its burrow along the powdery which sand. https://azura-retreats.com/ Bawah Reserve, Anambas Islands, Indonesia
For couples looking to really spoil their other half for an unforgettable romantic island getaway, look no further than the newly discovered, untouched Bawah Reserve in the Anambas Islands, Indonesia. Accessible only by seaplane, Bawah Reserve is an off-the-beaten track group of six tropical islands surrounded by the sparkling South China Sea in the Riau Archipelago between Malaysia and Borneo.
Offering the ultimate picture-perfect escape, the stunning eco-resort combines high-end design with sustainability, adventure and a ‘back-to-nature’ concept. Couples looking to disconnect and discover island living, can stay in one of the 35 private villas and choose between indoor/outdoor tented beach suites or overwater bungalows. For those preferring an active getaway as opposed to a leisurely one, daily activities are arranged by a dedicated host and include paddle boarding, kayaking, sailing and boat trips as well as star gazing, bird watching and hiking a range of different nature trails through the surrounding jungle. www.bawahreserve.com Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast, Italy
Perched on the high cliffs of Italy’s Amalfi Coast, Casa Angelina offers a sublime mix of modern minimalism on the Mediterranean, with elegant simplicity and first-rate food at its core. The 40-room boutique hotel serves as an airy refuge where guests can relive the neglected utopia of long, drawn-out days and splendid, lingering evenings.
With a design ethos of understated chic and subtle details, everything at Casa Angelina is as immaculate as the sea views enjoyed from each and every room. The white-on-white palette accentuates the contemporary artworks on display inside with added emphasis on the Mediterranean hues and sky blues outside. Comfort is essential, from the pillowy white Etro cotton sheets dressing your bed, right down to the carefully prepared cuisine enjoyed at Un Piano Nel Cielo Restaurant with unsurpassed views across the waters to Positano and the Isle of Capri. http://www.casangelina.com/ Goldeneye Oracabessa Bay, St Mary, Jamaica
Tucked behind a private gate with no sign, couples at Jamaica’s GoldenEye will feel as though they’re on their own private island. For decades, GoldenEye played host to the glitterati and literati – writers, musicians and heads of state. Today, the hotel is owned by Chris Blackwell, founder of Island Records, who made Bob Marley and U2 household names. You know you’re in the company of greatness when you’ve learnt that Sting wrote his hit song and the theme song to the GoldenEye film ‘Every Breath You Take’ while staying here.
In addition to Fleming’s five-bedroom villa, GoldenEye offers a collection of cottages, some which open directly onto the sand or lagoon. Couples can enjoy private cocktails at Firefly, the former hilltop home of the famous English playwright, Noel Coward. Rumored to be Captain Morgan’s look out, Firefly offers one of the best views of the sunset over the Caribbean. https://www.goldeneye.com/ Grand Resort Lagonissi, Athenian Riviera, Greece
Esteemed guests seeking to live their holiday dreams to the fullest are welcome to stay at the Dream Villa at Grand Resort Lagonissi to awake to the lavish side of living and enjoy a romantic getaway beyond their expectations. Evoking an ambiance of blissful romance and unpretentious refinement, the villa features a beautifully appointed master bedroom with an adjustable glass ceiling, remote controlled mattresses, a lavish living room with chic décor, extensive closet space, a large dressing area, a fireplace, a home cinema and designer’s furnishings.
The Dream Vila is completed with a fully equipped kitchenette, a business center, a private parking area and a full marble bathroom with glass shower or steam bath cabin, a fully equipped gym area, a mini TV set and luxury toiletries. To further enhance the holistic holiday experience, the villa offers a wooden terrace with an expansive lounge area with a lush garden and a marvelous hydra massage heated pool. https://www.lagonissiresort.gr/ Lux* Le Morne, Le Morne Plage, Mauritius
On the sunset side of Mauritius, LUX* Le Morne is positioned at the very edge of the Indian Ocean and sheltered from trade winds by the craggy Le Morne Peninsula. This luxury, isolated retreat is set within delightfully landscaped gardens, with four pools, a spa and a selection of restaurants and bars, offering guests plentiful opportunities to sample delicious New and Old World wines and a variety of island-inspired dishes.
Situated on the quieter fringes of the island, LUX* Le Morne enchants with its magnificent beach and sunset views, secluded seating areas and elegant, romantic ambience, making is a favorite destination for honeymooners. LUX* Le Morne is located within the natural habitat of wild dolphins, and guests can watch them swim or even take to the water alongside them. With pleasant surprises at every turn, you’ll get the sense that anything really is possible here.
https://www.luxresorts.com/en/hotel-mauritius/luxlemorne Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, Mahé, Seychelles
The magic of MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa awaits in your very own private peninsula in the Seychelles, an Indian Ocean jewel located on the lush green island of Mahé on a beach called Anse Louis, where transparent turquoise sea and untouched sand meets your gaze. Perched amongst the granite rocks and perfumed foliage that are unique Seychelles, are 30 private villas, each with sweeping views.
The 30 secluded villas of MAIA Luxury Resort & Spa are each imbued with a characteristic calm ambience, and each offers a unique vantage point towards the ocean. Guests can choose between the MAIA Signature Villas, dotted along the MAIA peninsula or Ocean Panoramic Villas, situated on a hillcrest. You can be assured of the best of everything as your choice comes complete with a personalized and intuitive service of a dedicated butler. Experience further excellence with the defined philosophy of Whatever, Wherever, Whenever dining and experiences that go Beyond All inclusive. www.maia.com.sc Milaidhoo Island, Baa Atoll, Maldives
Milaidhoo Island Maldives offers reinvented luxury and spacious outdoor living epitomizing the true contemporary Maldives, with understated and sophisticated luxury, this 5-star boutique resort spans 13 acres with its design and concept that is proudly rooted in Maldivian culture. Set in Baa Atoll’s beautiful UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this secluded, spectacular island retreat is accessible by seaplane from Maldives International Airport.
Stylish, intimate and natural, guests know they truly belong at Milaidhoo Island Maldives, where seclusion and luxury meet. The villas instantly make you feel at home and whether you opt to stay in any of the four accommodation choices, each is spacious and filled with light, outdoor living being one of the best parts of a stay here. Your villa opens up 180-degrees to allow the natural beauty of the Maldives inside. Indoors all around you are striking Maldivian elements, art pieces and contemporary custom-made furnishings thoughtfully designed for your absolute comfort. http://www.milaidhoo.com/ Soneva Kiri, Koh Kood, Thailand
Award-winning luxury resort Soneva Kiri sits on Thailand’s fourth largest but least populated island, Koh Kood, just one hour by private plane south-east of Bangkok. It offers an unrivalled combination of luxury, an integral environmental approach, authentic Thai experiences, mouth-watering organic food, encircled by lush, tropical rainforest and white sand beaches.
Soneva Kiri Resort comprises of 34 vast pool villas on beach level, hillsides or cliff tops, all overlooking the Gulf of Thailand. Available to rent or purchase, all have incredibly chic furnishings, personal electric buggies and impeccable service courtesy of Mr / Mrs Friday private butlers. Highlights include the open-air Cinema Paradiso, a home-made chocolate and ice-cream parlor, a high-tech observatory, a manta ray shaped children’s Den and the spectacular Treetop Dining Pod. Soneva Kiri is surrounded by untamed jungle and local fishermen going about their business, Koh Kood is an unspoiled island far beyond Thailand’s tourist trail. https://www.soneva.com/soneva-kiri/ Song Saa Private Island, Koh Rong Archipelago, Cambodia
Song Saa Private Island is a heaven of sustainable luxury, nestled in the undiscovered beauty of Cambodia’s Koh Rong Archipelago. With unique cuisine and stunning sunset views of the Gulf of Thailand, and an array of spa and wellness treatments, Song Saa offers the ultimate indulgence for mind, body and soul. Best of all, their commitment to environmental and community programs means you’ll be treading lightly on this special piece of paradise.
Harmony, sustainability and barefoot luxury are the core principles that underprint the design of Song Saa which include energy efficient thatched roofing, sandstone reclaimed from the Villa foundation, recycled timber from disused fishing boats, furniture made from driftwood collected from local beaches and coves, and floors made from timbers salvaged from old factories, warehouses and demolition yards around Cambodia and Thailand. This is complemented by bespoke handcrafted furniture made by local artisans. https://www.songsaa.com/ Tagomago Private Island, Ibiza, Spain
The private island of Tagomago is one of the most exclusive and intimate hideaways in the Mediterranean. Located off the North coast of Ibiza, the island is accessed by private speedboat or helicopter and is the only private island available to rent in Ibiza. Tagomago offers guests a unique private destination experience with one sensational five-bedroom villa, designed to the highest standards, located in the center of the island.
The perfect base for a long weekend or longer stay in Ibiza, the 148-acre island is surrounded by clear turquoise waters and is a home to a private villa and historic lighthouse dating back to 1909. The island was originally owned by German royalty and following an extensive renovation in 2014, now offers the perfect getaway for groups of friends or families seeking the utmost privacy and complete luxury in one of the Mediterranean’s most idyllic and in demand locations. http://www.tagomago-island.com/ The Brando, Tetiaroia Private Island, French Polynesia
American actor and film director Marlon Brando wanted to share the legendary beauty of Tetiaroa Private Island and his desire to preserve this breathtakingly beautiful site is evident in The Brando. The resort was inspired by this vision of creating a venture of sustainable development. With innovative technologies and a commitment to conservation, The Brando provides a self-sustaining luxury environment for resort guests and scientific research.
Self-sufficient, far from the world, surrounded by a halo of white sand, the resort’s 35 villas all have a private swimming pool opening onto a jade-colored lagoon. In every room, broad picture windows offer sublime view of the tropical vegetation. A paradisiacal sense of space. Basking under the traditional roofs of woven pandanus leaves, sunlight filtering through the shutters while the trade winds flow gently across the wood floors. Here, at The Brando, the sense of the eternal is perhaps the island’s most precious treasure, an Eden outside of time. https://thebrando.com/ Time + Tide Miavana, Nosy Ankao, Madagascar
Time + Tide Miavana offers an escape to a remote island sanctuary in the Indian Ocean, located at the ends of the Earth; somewhere between paradise, a fairytale, and a dream. Taking six years to develop, on a virgin private island, the resort caters for the modern-day explorer; guests looking for an adventure playground where our experts will recommend water and land activities, wildlife experiences, helicopter adventures, underpinned by the uniqueness of Madagascar.
It is quite reasonable to be planning magical dives on unexplored reefs, fishing trips from the beach, from other islands or from boat, wakeboard and waterski at sunrise, kitesurf safaris and adventure caving through the mountains with helicopters in pursuit. In addition, there is a fascinating arm to the organization in the Time + Tide Foundation – the most recent project being our successful lemur translocation, where the population has increased with the birth of three new lemur pups in October 2018. https://timeandtideafrica.com/nosy-ankao VOMO Island, Fiji
VOMO is a majestic luxury private island resort set on one of the most stunning islands in the Fiji group, boasting long white sand beaches, surrounded by pristine waters, ideal for snorkeling safaris, outstanding PADI diving, kayaking, paddle boarding and swimming. This expansive 255-acre island is just 15 minutes by helicopter from Nadi International Airport or just over one hour by boat from Denarau Marina.
VOMO is home to just 28 chic newly refurbished air-conditioned villas and 4 stunning three- or four-bedroom air-conditioned private residences, exuding natural glamour and relaxed refinement with outstanding Fijian hospitality and 5-star cuisine. Enjoy sunset cocktails at the iconic Rocks Bar overlooking the tiny island of Vomo Lai Lai, where civilization is just a radio call away, before dining at one of two exceptional restaurants dishing up an eclectic gourmet selection with Pan Asian and European influences on daily changing menus. VOMO takes bespoke luxury island holidays to a new level, where the service is always personal. www.vomofiji.com Latest Posts Helene Ramackers Heléne Ramackers is a freelance journalist who enjoys interviewing local and international celebrities but thinks she has found her calling amongst the travel writing fraternity. A creature comfort girl at heart, she loves all things opulent. Her first taste of the bushveld was all it took to get bitten by the ‘bush-bug’, an absolute life-altering experience. She now longs for the expanse of wide open spaces, a pollution-free sky and the roar of a lion lulling her to sleep. When she’s not fantasizing about her next leopard sighting, she thrives on taking photographs of her family and loves capturing the beauty of sunrises, sunsets, rainbows and the magnificence of the full moon. Born and bred in Cape Town, this wife and doting mother loves visiting the beauty that is right on her doorstep – the splendor Table Mountain, the crashing waves at Bloubergstrand and the alluring scenery of the winelands. To add Upscale Living to her portfolio is a dream come true! Latest posts by Helene Ramackers ( see all )

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