Local's Guide to East London – Muslim Friendly

Local’s Guide to East London – Muslim Friendly

This post will show you the gems that are in East London, for food, attractions and places to stay. East London was traditionally an area of green open space away from the hustle and bustle on inner city urban life. It consisted of royal hunting grounds and soon became the industrialised hub of manufacturers in London. In fact, even today, you can see signs of Londons export industry in the Docklands area of East London (near to the cable cars and ExCel centre). It has always had a history of migrant populations being so close to the docs with Hugenot refugees in the 17th Century, to Bangladeshis in the 20th century. Recently, in the past 20 or 30 years, East London has seen a growth in different migrant populations making it a delightful mix of cultures, languages and traditions! Is East London Muslim Friendly? East London particularly, the Green Street, Stratford and Whitechapel areas are extremely Muslim friendly. You will be within 5 mins walking distance of any halal food places and also a mosque. As these places have a high population of Muslims, wearing a hijab or a niqab also shouldn’t be a worry. Generally, us Londoners are a friendly bunch, we might stare at our phones on the tube the whole journey or fall asleep, but we usually keep to ourselves but are glad to answer any questions! How to get to East London by public transports? East London consists of lots of different boroughs and towns but it is well connected to Central London. Stratford is on the Central line and is only a short 20-30 min tube ride from central London. Whitechapel sits on the outer edge of ‘Central London’ so getting to Whitechapel from Central London is even quicker. For accurate directions, check the Transports for London website. Best Places for Shopping in East London This area is a shopping heaven, but keep a note of these spots even if you don’t want to shop, walking around them is also fun! Brick Lane Brick Lane has long been heralded the mecca of hipsters. Here, you will find quirky shops selling vintage clothing and memorabilia. Make sure to visit ‘Dark Sugars’ for a hot chocolate or a selection of raw chocolates that you may never have tried before. If you happen to be in London on a Sunday, I would recommend going there since all the Sunday market stalls are out and selling lots of cute things. It gets a little boring during the week. Old Spitalfields Market Just a 2 min walk from Brick Lane is Spitalfields. It is very close to Liverpool Street Station. It’s THE place to try out different food from different cuisines around the world. Spitalfields also has stalls and a small market of sellers selling hand made goods from skincare, leather purses and clothing to antiquities. Be sure to check their site to know which markets are running on which day. Whitechapel market Just outside Whitechapel station is this market of stalls selling mostly women’s abayas and hijabs. You can get good deals of a variety of styles from 6 hijabs for £10 or for more recent styles 3 or 4 for £10. Green Street Think of this as the Oxford street for Asians. The atmosphere here is incredible. Lined with restaurants, sari and Indian shalwar-qamees (traditional dress and trousers clothing) shops, abaya shops and even traditional Asian homeware shops. THE place to also come to stock up on spices and Asian vegetables and delicacies. Westfield Stratford Great if it the London weather serves up rain, loads of mid range and a couple high end shops. This shopping centre is always busy, so if you can come during opening time it’s a little quieter. It also has a prayer room on the top floor near the restaurants, walk past Nandos and you will see it. It is also conveniently located right by Stratford train station and the Olympic park. Charity Shops outside of Westfield If you are making an effort to shop less for the environment, then you will be pleased to know that there are a few shops outside of Westfiled that are charity shops selling second hand clothes. Read: Shopping Second-hand for the environment Things to do in East London: The areas around Whitechapel/Aldgate/Spitalfields and Shoreditch offer unique art work and quirky shops. Below is some of my favourite places to walk around in East London and soak in the atmosphere! Ps. Affiliate Links below. Read full disclaimer . Olympic park and the AcrelorMittal Orbit Home of the Aquatic centre and the Orbit. A great place to rent a Santander cycle and explore because it is massive with a couple of canals too. It’s a nice stroll away from the shopping centre. The ArcelorMittal Orbit provides views of London far and wide and also has a GIANT SLIDE for those who can brave the experience! Emirates Air Line Cable cars and O2 arena North Greenwich station return journey costs approximately £10.70 for a discovery ticket which gives admission to the aviation experience too and provides a guided video and audio for you to enjoy on your journey during your trip to learn about the history of East London. You can also get a single ticket for £3.50 on a contactless card oyster. This might be more convenient if you are visiting Excel also for an exhibition or just want to walk around before taking a trip back. A return journey takes approximately 20 minutes. You can start your journey from North Greenwich station as its conveniently located on the Jubilee line. AND you can see the o2 (3 min walk away) There are also a handful of high street shops located within the o2. Street Art walks in East London One of the East London attractions is the street art, which actually led to making the area very attractive to investors. The most central part of this is Shoreditch followed by Brick Lane, Nomadic Community Gardens and Hackney Wick. You can wander around on the weekend and you will see writers and artists doing their thing live, but it’s all about your luck. If you don’t want to risk it, it might be good to join one of the walking tours to show you the exact spots. Here are a few: Graffiti Piece in Nomadic Community Garden, Shoreditch Best Restaurant for breakfast and Brunch in East London Chaiiwalla Located near Green Street. Here you will find traditional Indian chai and rolled roti breakfast omelettes and more Indian delicacies. This might be a good pitstop for breakfast, brunch or lunch if you are heading out to green street for abaya/scarf/Indian spices and clothes shopping. Website Grounded Coffee Company 30 seconds walk from Aldgate tube station or a 7 minute walk from Whitechapel station is this rustic coffee shop. Be warned, this cafe is always always full and busy. You may have to wait outside for a bit. But the food is worth it! Website  Big Mo’s Diner This restaurant is an exact replica of traditional American diners. Thier burgers are massive. They also serve a variety of hot dogs, milkshakes and other traditional diner food. It is a 3-4 min walk from East London Mosque. Website If you are closer to Shoreditch and Hoxton, then read this: Where to eat Breakfast in Shoreditch, London? Best Restaurant for lunch and dinner in East London You can grab lunch on your way from the markets and the streets mentioned above, but if you prefer a sit down restaurant you can try on of the following ones: Tayyabs This restaurant is quite famous particularly amongst tourists. It has been running for many years. They have a ‘bring your own alcohol’ policy so may not be suitable for those wishing to eat in a completely halal place. – Website Maedah Grill Very conveniently located near East London Mosque (LMC) this restaurant tends to get very busy. It has a mix of Indian and Turkish cuisine and I love the atmosphere of it. It is HMC (Halal Monitoring Committee) Certified. Website Urban Braai Located on Brick Lane this restaurant has amazing steaks and burgers. It is only a 3 min walk from Aldgate East station and 7-10 min walk from Whitechapel station. You can also take South African friends there, who would love the Braai. Website Harlem Soul If you are hanging around Shoreditch for the street art and the Brick Lane market, then here is a closer option to you. Harlem Soul is an American style burgers with some good soul food. Their kitchens are fully halal, but they do serve alcohol there. Website Where to pray in East London? One of the biggest mosques in East London is the East London Mosque also know as LMC, London Muslim centre , it offers facilities for women to pray and also has a women’s fitness gym. It is a 5 min walk from Whitechapel station.Mosques are very easily found all over East London. Some areas of East London will have a rather bigger density of mosques than others. For example, near Green Street, you will find mosques within a 5 min walking distance in every direction. However, some of them do not have a place for women to pray. Green street mosque near the beginning of Green Street does. Also, there is a small room in the shopping centre in Green St also for women to pray. Best Areas to stay in East London Ps. Affiliate Links below. Read full disclaimer . Stratford Hotels For location, Stratford hotels can be had relatively cheap compared to West London hotels. I have stayed at Holiday inn express for approximately £40 on a weeknight. Bear in mind that you are only 20 mins from central London, after a 7 minute walk to Stratford station, this is a bargain compared to staying in West London hotels! Plus, you will have a range of restaurants that will deliver halal food to you through Uber Eats or Deliveroo. You can use my referral code on Uber Eats: 9qa90a for some money off your first order! Whitechapel Hotels Whitechapel and the surrounding area also offer hotels at similar prices. Just make sure to check how far the closest station is. Staying at Limehouse Holiday Inn Express will also give you the chance to have a quiet river walk and f you can muster the strength, you can walk to Tower of London in probably around 30 minutes. Hotels near London City Airport and ExCel centre Another less well-known spot in East London are the hotels surrounding London City Airport and Excel centre . I have stayed here before and as long as there is not an event on at the same time, rooms can be had for relatively cheap. You might also get London City Airport runway views or views of the O2, Canary Wharf and the river. I have stayed in Doubletree ExCel for approximately £80 a night and luckily was upgraded to a 2 room suite because of my Hilton Gold status! The hotels in this area are a walk away from Prince Regent DLR station, which is not very ideal for some attractions. But if you plan your days ahead and the first place you visit is conveniently linked for transport also on the DLR, it should still work out good for time. As an example, you can get to ‘Bank’ train station which is on the Central line in approximately 20 mins from here. If being near the airport is necessary you can check their own London City Airport Hotel that got over 800 great reviews. Doubletree ExCel London City Airport Hotel Another gorgeous hotel on the DLR line is the Good Hotel . It has a lovely river view making it a good location to relax, but it is a great options if you need to access East London, Stratford, London City Airport and the Excel centre. The Good Hotel in East London Booking.com sometimes offer great deals as well, so do a general search and take a look at the location on the map to see how accessible it is to what you want to do Thank you to Jamila for this great guest post. Author’s Bio: Jamila is the blogger behind A Wanderlust Traveller (AWT) and that is basically what she is. Since she was really young, she would browse travel magazines, watch travel shows and dream about exploring the world. She is happy to say that those dreams are coming true as she explores the big beautiful world around us. Travel gives us the opportunity to unplug from the world around and cultivate a true sense of mindfulness and gratitude. Jamila’s passion is to encourage people like you to get out and explore the amazing and breathtaking world around us. She loves writing about her favourite destinations and how to get luxury travel for less. Stay in touch with Jamila on Instagram  Get Your Travel Inspiration ✈️
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10 Different Types of Spinach

Learn about different varieties of spinach and their types, even including the specific type that got Popeye hooked! You might get yourself hooked, too, once you’ve tried all the spinach varieties. – Advertisement –
From mainstream cartoons to famous recipes, spinach has successfully branded its self as a healthy food item that provides not only strength but loads of nutrients as well, impacting an individual’s overall health for the better. Spinach is an edible flowering plant that has been used as a major food ingredient since ancient times. It is a wild edible green that can grow up to 30 cm in height and its leaves can have a width of 15 cm to 30 cm. The seeds of spinach start to grow as tiny fruits, with just a 10 mm radius. Those fruits themselves are the product of small flowers, having the size of 5mm only.
The origin of spinach lies in an Asian country – ancient Persia which today is Iran as wel as several other bordering countries. It is believed that the edible greens may have originated from Spinacia Tetranda – a wild edible plant that is found in Anatolia today. From Persia, spinach was introduced in India and then in Ancient China around the year 647 where it got a new, alternative name “Persian vegetable”.
The first written reference of spinach was recorded in the Mediterranean region in the medical work of al-Razi or Rhazes, and written texts of Ibn Wahshiya and Qustus-al-Rumi in the 10 th century. Ibn Hajjaj – a mathematician and translator – also wrote about spinach in the 11 th century. The green vegetable when it made its way to the Arab Mediterranean became instantly popular and was considered an essential vegetable in the 12 th century. So much so that the great Arab agronomist Ibn al-Awwam called it in his written texts “the chieftain of leafy greens” which means “the captain of leafy greens”.
By the 13 th century, Germany found out about the prickly-seeded variant of spinach, and then variants of Spanish entered the major parts of England and France in the 14 th century. In Spain, these leafy greens became a necessity during spring as no other vegetable grew at that time of the year.
Fun Trivia: Spinach gained a whole new level of popularity when Catherine de’ Medici rose to power in France in 1533. Born and brought up in the city of Florence, the queen loved this edible flowering plant to the extent that she preferred to have it in every meal. This is why most cuisines that have spinach as their main ingredient are known as “Florentine”.
During the reign of Catherine de’ Medici, spinach started to grow in a wide range of varieties all over the world, and today, those varieties are cultivated and happily consumed everywhere. What are the basic types of spinach, you may wonder? Continue reading to find that out. Table of Contents 2. Malabar Spinach Varieties of Spinach
Spinach varieties can be found in three major types – savoy, semi-savoy, and flat-leafed. Each of these varieties is further categorized into many other types that grow best in varying temperature conditions and seasons.
To learn more about different varieties of spinach, have a look at the section below. 1. Savoy Spinach
Also known as curly leaf spinach, savoy spinach is botanically classified as Spinacia oleracea. The wrinkly type of leaf boasts dark green curly leaves, having a slightly crunchy and crispy texture. As compared to standard spinach, savoy spinach has quite a distinctive flavor and texture.
Owing to its bitter flavor, people prefer to have it cooked rather than eating it raw. While it is easily available in fresh green bunches at any vegetable market, you can also find frozen or canned savoy spinach.
Each leaf of savory spinach is usually five to six inches in length which is why it is used for its unique appearance in salads. The nutritional profile of savoy spinach is excellent as it is a rich source of beta carotene, vitamin C, and folate. Research shows that two cups of raw, chopped savoy spinach contains 13 calories, ideal for those that are looking for a low-calorie diet.
This variety of spinach can be cooked for hours, without it losing its original shape or texture. Cooks often use savoy spinach in place of collards, chard, and kale as it equally offers tasty flavors. Most commonly, it is paired with food ingredients like garlic, dried fruits, onion, beef, and poultry. Using these food items, spinach-based cuisines are prepared all around the globe. To bring out more flavor of savoy spinach, it is best to cook it up with different kinds of cheeses, chilies, nuts, and eggs.
Please note that it belongs to a cool-season vegetable family – goosefoot family. So instead of harvesting it in warmer climatic areas, it is ideal to grow in cooler regions. Most typically, the vegetable is thrived and grown in the coastal areas of California.
Savoy Spinach is further divided into two primary types which are as follows: Regiment Spinach
This hybrid variety is known for its thick, broad leaves and is ideally cultivated during the spring and fall seasons. This type of spinach only takes 37 days to germinate and shows quick seedling performance, growing in a dark green arrow shape with loads of flavor. Due to its impactful flavor, this delicious type of savoy spinach can be cooked in whichever way you like.
When served raw and fresh, it has a delicate and crispy flavor and texture. You can also serve it sautéed or braised in creamy sauces, pasta, and soups. Bloomsdale Spinach
Bloomsdale is one of the oldest varieties of spinach with long, curly dark-green leaves. Preferably, sow in spring in a sunny location and water it during dry spells to promote steady growth.
During the growing season, it may need 1-1/2 inches of water per week. Always use a rain gauge to estimate the quantity of water. When leaves are three inches long, harvest them and snip baby leaves when they reach up to 2 inches in length.
Fun fact: It was none other than Bloomsdale spinach that Popeye was hooked on! 2. Semi-Savoy Spinach
Like savoy spinach, semi-savoy spinach has the same crisp texture and flavor. However, it is less crinkly than savoy spinach and hence easier to clean.
When growing at home, this is the best choice as it tends to have anti-disease properties. In other words, this type of spinach is super nutritious as it is chock-full of lutein, beta-carotene, glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium, vitamin A, C, and E.
This utterly crispy spinach comes in four basic types that are discussed in detail below: Tyee
Tyee spinach has thick, dark green leaves that are less crumbly than savoy spinach. Being a member of semi-savoy spinach, Tyee spinach has quite a scrumptious flavor in both raw and cooked forms.
Ideally, it is best to grow Tyee in the fall season and harvest it in early spring, especially during the day when the temperature reaches 40 degrees. If for some reason, you are unable to plant Tyee during the colder months, you must know that its seeds can easily be planted in warmer months of late spring as well. Catalina
Also called baby leaf spinach, Catalina is a lovely green vegetable that boasts a nice oval shape and crunchy flavors. The heat-resistant vegetable is a fast-growing plant that takes 40 days maximum to grow. There is no need to wait until the dog days of summer to begin planting. Experts suggest that the ideal growing condition of Catalina is the cooler months of spring or fall, with the growing temperature between 45 degrees Fahrenheit to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
The bright green leaves of Catalina are sustainable to light frost and summer shade. This small-leaved spinach tastes delicious in salads, and due to their smooth leaves, they are considered superior to other types of semi-savoy spinach. Teton
An immensely healthy hybrid plant, Teton yields dark green, tender leaves that have upright and quick growth.
Teton also happens to lack bolting which is a plant survival mechanism needed to sustain hot summer months. Therefore, it is ideal to plant Teton seeds during cooler months. Otherwise, they may not survive and produce Teton spinach.
Fully grown and harvested Teton spinach is usually 6 inches long and is packed with vitamin A, C, and the B-complex vitamins. For continuous and rapid growth, the seeds of Teton must be sowed every 2 inches and must be fully covered with soil. Indian Summer
Like all other types of semi-soy spinach, Indian summer is an easy-to-grow vegetable, yielding dark green and crisp leaves of about 10 to 12 inches long.
The ideal time period to grow Indian summer is again the cooler seasons of fall and spring. Within 35 to 40 days, the easy-to-grow spinach reaches maturity and can be harvested.
While growing Indian summer, you will need to perform a considerable amount of maintenance, so previous planting experience can come in handy when sowing and growing this plant. Make sure that you keep an eye on the amount of soil, pH level, sun, and pests. 3. Smooth-Leaf Spinach
What makes this type of spinach stand apart from the other kinds is its broad and flat-shaped green leaves that are easier to clean than savoy or semi-savoy types. Owing to these qualities, flat-leaf spinach is the number one choice of most gardeners and consumers.
Since it takes less time to grow and can be stored for a longer time, it is typically sold in a can or frozen in stores. Most commonly, it is sold loose and is tender and sweet in flavor. In addition to being flavorsome, flat-leaf spinach promises to offer a wide range of health benefits such as promoting weight loss, eye health, maintaining healthy bones, lowering hypertension, relaxing body muscles, preventing heart diseases, boosting the immune system and lots more.
Flat-leaf spinach comes in two major types as follows: Space Spinach
Having the scientific name “Spinacia oleracea”, space spinach typically grows in a wide range of moist and fertile soil. However, it is sensitive to acidity so its pH level must be around 6.5 to 7.5. Like other kinds of spinach, space spinach germinates best in cooler weather conditions, and that’s why it is best to sow its seeds in early spring.
If the sowing is done in the summer season, then this may result in irregular germination. To ensure steady and smooth plant growth during the warmer season, irrigation can help improve germination and cool the soil. For a fall harvest, spinach should be sowed in the late months of summer season.
Essential Tip: provide nitrogen and consistent water to the growing plants to ensure their optimum growth. For baby greens, sow rows of seeds every 10 to 14 days. Red Cardinal Spinach
As the name implies, red cardinal spinach has a red hue in it with red veins in its leaves and red stems like beet leaves.
Red cardinal spinach makes for a lovely addition to salads, but unfortunately, it bolts quicker than any other spinach, so it is best to harvest it young. Red cardinals mature quicker than any other form of spinach, within 21 to 32 days in spring/summer and 25 to 35 days in fall/winter. The ideal temperature to grow red cardinal is 45 degrees to 75 degrees while ensuring that it gets a minimum of 6 hours of daily sunlight and a moderate level of water.
If you are interested in growing your own red cardinal and have a small garden, go ahead and begin sowing its seeds. For the ideal growth of red cardinal, you don’t need a big garden as it can easily grow in a small garden. Alternative Spinach Varieties 1. New Zealand Spinach
Also known as Tetragonia expansa, New Zealand spinach is an ideal summer growing vegetable that loves warmth and yields best in containers. Unlike other types of spinach, New Zealand spinach grows well in the early summer months.
This type of spinach belongs to a flowering plant in the fig-marigold family (Aizoaceae). Native to eastern Asia, Australia, and New Zealand, this leafy vegetable naturally grows in sandy shorelines. This plant is trail-like, which means that it first spreads as a thick carpet above the ground and then as it grows, it climbs through other vegetations and hangs in a downward position.
When young, it has an erect, vertical growth and must be harvested when it reaches 3 inches to 15 cm in length. When it is about time to harvest New Zealand spinach, you will find it in a thick green triangular shape, covered with tiny water drops. Typically, the flowers it yields are yellow in hue and fruits are capsule-like filled with tiny horns.
When it comes to its flavor, New Zealand Spinach has a flavor and texture similar to other types of spinach and is cooked like any other spinach. Like spinach, it is loaded with oxalates that need to be eliminated with the help of irrigation.
This heirloom vegetable is known by many names, depending on its location. For instance, it is also known as Botany Bay spinach, sea spinach, Cook’s cabbage, and kokihi. 2. Malabar Spinach
While Malabar spinach tastes similar to spinach, it doesn’t belong to the spinach family. In fact, Malabar spinach is a member of the Basellaceae family typically grown in the Northeastern U.S.
History tells us that this crop originally belongs to tropical Asia, either from India or Indonesia. Ideally, it is cultivated in extreme warmer seasons due to its heat-resistant ability and comes in two main species – Basella Alba – thick, green-stemmed leaves and Basella ruba which consists of red stems.
Like other popular types of spinach, Malabar spinach is a fast-growing vegetable that is tolerant of extreme rainfall. When planting the seeds of Malabar spinach, sow them 1 inch deep into the soil and 1 inch apart in rows.
Malabar spinach doesn’t take long to mature as it becomes ready-to harvest in just 55 to 70 days after the initial seeding. By that time its stem length reaches 6 to 8 inches. Similar to New Zealand spinach, Malabar spinach has several names depending on the geographical locations it is harvested from. For example, the English name of Malabar spinach is Vietnamese spinach. In China, it goes by five different names – Saan Choy, Shan Tsoi, Shy Chieh, Lo Kwai, and Luo Kai. In Japan, it is called Tsuru Murasa Kai; in Indonesia, Gendola, Jingga, and Genjerot; in Thailand, it is known as Paag-Prung; and in Vietnam, Mong Toi.
So, which one of these have you not tried yet? Go hurry up and buy them today and make a meal or two out of ‘em!

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4TH OF JULY 2019-Fabulous Fun and Food in NYC

The party of the summer is happening in New York City with tempting food options, drinks and fireworks. Check out some places that are open and ready for their guests. Indulge in a great meal, visit a rooftop bar, enjoy BBQ or an outdoor experience. Gather your group to celebrate Independence Day 2019.
Tudor City (Midtown East) This steak house is in a prime spot for not only a top meal and drinks but also for watching the grand fireworks display on the East River. The historic far East Side enclave is between 41st and 43rd Streets, bordered by 1st and 2nd Avenues, with spectacular East River views. It will be open for bar and dinner service before during or after the annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular, with a special celebratory all night long happy hour featuring $4 beer, $7 wine, $5 Old Fashioned, $7 sangria and a tempting selection of $8 bar bites at the restaurant’s bar, in the lounge, and outside on its terrace overlooking the Tudor City Greens parks. Visit: http://tudorcitysteakhouse.com/ . HandCraft Kitchen & Cocktails (Gramercy) They will be hosting all-night Happy Hour on July 4th (4 p.m. until 2 a.m.). Located just a hop, skip and two jumps from this year’s downtown location of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks, HandCraft guests can enjoy $6 wines, bubbles, beers and well drinks as well as $3 off select HandCraft cocktails. Pair the drinks with signature HandCraft dishes such as Truffled Fried Burrata, HandCraft Burger with white sharp cheddar cheese, onions and lettuce, and Mac N’ Cheese with kale, bacon, gruyere, asiago and garlic bread crumbs. Visit: https://handcraftnyc.com/ .
Roof at Park South (Gramercy) They will host a family-friendly rooftop cookout party from 3pm – 8pm on Thursday, July 4th. Enjoy city views and celebrate the holiday with rose-white-and-blue frozen cocktails, mini bottle service, burgers, ribs and fried mac and cheese bites in addition to other savory bar bites and an all-new over-proof Pina Colada. Pre-game before heading to Brooklyn for this year’s fireworks or stay the night in NoMad at Roof at Park South, which boasts unobstructed 360 degree views of the Chrysler Building, the top of the Empire State Building, and the golden top of the New York Life Building putting you in the heart of it all. The venue will turn adults only after 8pm. No tickets are required to celebrate and more information can be found by visiting https://www.roofatparksouth.com/ .
The Sentry (Murray Hill )The Sentry at the American Copper Buildings will host an epic July 4th pool party with special guests Naughty By Nature and newcomer Kayex from 5pm-10pm. Ticketholders will have exclusive access to the best vantage point in the city to watch the fireworks from, an open bar with summer inspired cocktails, endless bites to eat and world class entertainment from Naughty By Nature and Kayex. Tickets begin at $350 and can be purchased by visiting – https://www.thesentrynyc.com/whats-on/july-4th-at-the-sentry . Social Drink & Food (Theatre District) Come ready to party, because this beautiful outdoor terrace is hosting a Fourth of July BBQ Bash! Take in the stunning views of Manhattan while enjoying food from the grill including Hotdogs, Hamburgers and Corn-on-the-Cob. The bar will be featuring the special Declaration Cocktail made with White Whisky, Orange Liqueur, Prickly Pear Purée, Lime Juice and Rhubarb Bitters. Entertainment for the day includes Giant Jenga, Connect 4, Corn Hole and Mini Golf as well as a special Fourth of July Beer Pong Tournament with prizes such as a $100 gift card for the terrace to the first place team. The party is open to the public. Visit: https://www.onfournyc.com/about2.html . Virgil’s Real Barbecue (Times Square) This Fourth of July, this favorite BBQ spot is offering a meaty Rib-Fest that will feed any craving for barbecue. Big enough to feed two, Virgil’s Rib-Fest features regional styles of ribs from across the U.S including their signature Memphis Style Pork Spare Ribs, Lamb Ribs, St. Louis Ribs, Baby Back Ribs and Beef Ribs accompanied with a choice of two sides, Cucumber Salad and housemade Corn Bread. Visit: https://www.virgilsbbq.com/ . Refinery Rooftop (Midtown) Where else would you rather spend the holiday weekend than on a NYC rooftop taking in the breathtaking skyline views and summer sunshine while sipping on tasty cocktails and delicious bites? Make your way to Refinery Rooftop on July 4th and 5th for these $14 Summer Specials – Shrimp, Scallop and Corn Ceviche, Pork Belly Sliders with a Spicy Apricot Glaze, Lobster Cakes with Lemon Dill Aioli, Duck Tacos with Mango Salsa, and Watermelon, Feta, Mint and Watercress Salad. Reservations can be made through . Parker & Quinn (Midtown) From Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th Parker & Quinn is offering guests a delicious backyard BBQ experience with succulent BBQ Baby Back Ribs ($29), Pulled Pork ($27) and BBQ Chicken accompanied by all the fixins of Coleslaw, German Potato Salad and Corn Bread. Reservations can be made by emailing .
Clinton Hall 51 (Midtown West)They will host an outdoor cookout in their Gigawatt Garden from 2pm-8pm which includes a two hour open bar with rose and draft beers as well as one hour of food. Food choices include burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chopped chicken Sandwich, house-made BBQ potato chips, and watermelon slices. The event is rain or shine, and will be held indoors if it rains. Tickets are $59 from either 2pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm and can be purchased by visiting, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fourth-of-july-outdoor-garden-cookout-tickets-63703385541 . Cantina Rooftop (Midtown West) The rooftop hotspot and Mexican restaurant is hosting an Independence Day BBQ on July 4th. Chef Saul Montiel and his team are bringing a cookout to Manhattan for those celebrating in the city. Guests can dine on Cantina’s July 4 specials include $6 burgers, $3 hot dogs, $4 tacos and $12 buckets of 6 mini Pabst Blue Ribbon all while enjoying some of the best rooftop views of the Manhattan skyline. Visit: https://cantinarooftop.com/ . db Bistro Moderne (Midtown West) Daniel Boulud ‘s db Bistro Moderne is a contemporary French restaurant, known for chic bistro cuisine is open for Independence Day. The menu features updated bistro classics with a modern twist and market-driven French-American cuisine, alongside traditional French specialties and seasonal dishes. Stand Out Dishes include The “New Yorker” (toasted bagel, smoked salmon, cream cheese), Eggs Benedict (jambon de Paris, poached egg, English muffin, hollandaise sauce), and Pistachio French Toast (seasonal compote, maple syrup). Visit: https://www.dbbistro.com/nyc/ . Bar Boulud (Upper West Side) Open on July 4th, Chef Daniel Boulud’s Bar Boulud is a casual French bistro that serves seasonal fare and a selection of terrines, pâtés and wines from across the globe. Menu highlights includePeekytoe Crab & Avocado Tratine (five-seed toast, shaved fennel espelette), Duck Confit (friçassee of beans, confit tomato, basil, pistou), and The Frenchie Burger (certified black angus beef, pork belly confit, roasted tomato compote, raclette cheese, french fries). Visit: https://www.barboulud.com/nyc/ . JUNOON (Flatiron) Junoon is a Michelin-Star rated restaurant that showcases the finest in Indian cuisine, complimented by an exceptional dining experience built on careful attention to every aspect of service, food, atmosphere and wine selection. Outstanding dishes include Eggplant Chaat (crispy eggplant, raita, tamarind chutney, red onion, chaat masala), Artichike Mattar (sunchoke, artichoke hearts, green peas, tomato sauce, fenugreek), and Shahi Lamb Shank(black cumin yogurt curry, garam masala, potato salli). Visit: http://junoonnyc.com/ , Boulton & Watt (Lower East Side) For a full patriotic feast, Boulton & Watt is serving up a Summertime BBQ Plate special of your choice of two small burgers or two speciality hot dogs with sides of corn, pasta salad, homemade potato chips and watermelon for $15 followed by Red, White & Blue Bite-Sized Ice-Cream Cones for $10. If seafood is more your style, there will be a delicious Lobster Roll special for $20. For reservations please call (646) 490 6004 or email . Boqueria (Multiple NYC locations) From Thursday, July 4th to Sunday, July 7th at all four of its NYC locations, the lively Spanish tapas bar and restaurant Boqueria will offer its bottomless brunch and a la carte brunch menus. For $42 per person, guests can enjoy a boozy brunch feast over 2 hours of unlimited sangrias and mimosas, choice of 4 classic tapas such as patatas bravas, pan con tomate (grilled bread rubbed with tomato, garlic and olive oil), croquetas de setas (creamy croquettes of mushroom with black truffle aioli) or tortilla española (traditional Spanish omelet of organic eggs, potatoes, Spanish onions), choice of 2 brunch classics like torrija (caramelized French toast, seasonal fruit, caramel sauce) and huevos con chorizo (chorizo, fried eggs, french fries, Manchego cheese, salsa verde) or opt for a decadent brunch paella, with rice, roasted chicken, pork belly, Piquillo peppers, kale, organic farm eggs. Top it all off with Boqueria’s signature churro sundae (churros, vanilla ice cream, chocolate sauce, dulce de leche, whipped cream, walnuts, red white and blue sprinkles). Visit: https://boqueriarestaurant.com/ . Wolfgang’s Steakhouse (Multiple NYC Locations) There’s definitely a Wolfgang’s near you for your July 4th meal plans. Generous portions make it easy for friends and family to share Wolfgang’s signature USDA prime porterhouse, German potatoes, fresh oysters and clams, grilled seafood and classic desserts. Wolfgang’s Steakhouse locations include Times Square: 250 West 41st Street, 212.921.3720; Tribeca: 409 Greenwich Street, 212.925.0350;Park Avenue: 4 Park Avenue, 212.889.3369; Midtown: 200 East 54th Street, 212.588.9653; Gotham: 16 East 46th Street, 212.490.8300. Visit: http://wolfgangssteakhouse.net/ . Clinton Hall Williamsburg (Brooklyn)The venue will host a rooftop cookout from 2pm-8pm that includes a two-hour open bar with rose and draft beers as well as one hour of food. Food choices include burgers, hot dogs, BBQ chopped chicken Sandwich, house-made BBQ potato chips and watermelon slices. The event is going to happen rain or shine and will be held indoors if it rains. Tickets are $59 and can be purchased for 2pm-4pm or 6pm-8pm by visiting, https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fourth-of-july-rooftop-cookout-tickets-63703590153 .
The Williamsburg Hotel (Brooklyn) They will be hosting two festive 4th of July events this year in celebration of the holiday. Boasting sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline, The Water Tower at The Williamsburg Hotel is one of the best spots in NYC to watch the fireworks show. Starting at 7:00 pm, The Water Tower will host an exclusive fireworks viewing party accompanied by a champagne toast and a BBQ buffet, featuring holiday classics like cheeseburgers, BBQ ribs, and more. At the Rooftop + Pool at The Williamsburg Hotel, guests are encouraged to join a celebratory evening pool party, featuring music by international DJs, Holmar & M.A.N.D.Y. Enjoy unobstructed views of the fireworks show poolside while sipping on the Rooftop + Pool’s delicious cocktails and special BBQ buffet. For more information, visit: https://www.thewilliamsburghotel.com/ . Photo Credit: Courtesy of Freeimages.com Related Articles

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Burmese food finds its way to the Marina

New & Notable Burmese food finds its way to the Marina Clockwise from top left: Myanmar lager beer, royal tea leaf salad, tay-tay lay tea with garlic shrimp, and crispy lentil fritters with coconut curry dip. Photo: NAOMI ROSE by Julie Mitchell July 2019 S an Francisco has always been home to Asian restaurants of every type due to our large Asian population and the cultural ties immigrants and their families have to their countries of origin. Mandarin, Cantonese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Indian; these are just some of the delectable cuisines found in eateries throughout the city. From sushi to pho to curry, you can find it within blocks of almost any location in the city. One cuisine that’s on the rise here and throughout the United States is Burmese. Burma changed its name to Myanmar in 1989 following years of dramatic political, social, and economic change. The name Burma was imposed by British colonizers in 1886, but after a military junta took power in 1989, the country became Myanmar and the capital Rangoon was changed to Yangoon not only to be more inclusive but to rid the country of all English-sounding names. A BURMESE FOOD PRIMER Myanmar offers a wide variety of specialties that differ regionally, taking influences from neighboring countries including China and India. Dishes from the southern part of Burma tend to feature ingredients like lemongrass, fish paste, turmeric, chili, ginger, and tamarind — similar to Thai food — while dishes from the north tend to be hotter and spicier. Fish products are used extensively in all Burmese foods, including fish sauce and ngapi, a paste made from either fish or shrimp, considered a staple of Burmese cuisine. Rice, especially fermented rice, is a signature dish, and main dishes are usually served with a side like soup, boiled vegetables, or a flavorful salad. Variations of tea leaf salad are served all over Myanmar as well as most Burmese restaurants here. Burmese curries tend to be saucy, even soupy, using tomato curry and oil to make a rich curry “gravy” can be mixed into rice or spooned over vegetables. Noodle dishes are also very popular across the country, as are crispy chickpea fritters. KARAWEIK BURMESE CUISINE Karaweik Burmese Cuisine is owned and managed by Joe Sein and his Japanese wife Aya. Sein, who owned Sapphire Indian Cuisine in the Financial District for several years until it closed in 2018, wanted to bring traditional Burmese food to San Francisco, but “with a little bit of a modern twist,” he says. “We serve at least 20 tables a day, and so far, we’ve gotten good feedback. The Marina is a great neighborhood with a good environment and plenty of customers.” Sein says some of the most popular dishes at Karaweik are the tea leaf salad, eggplant curry, and the fritters. Read the tea leaves — better yet, eat them! At Karaweik, the crispy lentil fritters served with a coconut curry dip ($9) take top billing among the appetizers, which also include keema paratha (a buttery bread) with a choice of chicken or lamb filling ($10/$12); and tay-tay lay tea with garlic shrimp, bite-sized tea leaves mixed with sesame seeds, cashews, and garlic shrimp ($10). Karaweik serves three different tea leaf salads. The ginger and tea leaf salad combines assorted nuts, crispy garlic, and sesame seeds with tomatoes, jalapenos, and cabbage, all topped with a tea leaf dressing and pickled ginger ($13). Soups include a traditional mohinga, or fish chowder, featuring fresh fish cooked with lemongrass, ginger, shallots, garlic, turmeric, and other spices over rice vermicelli, garnished with cilantro, fried onion, and a boiled egg ($14). There are two vegetarian soups, including a lentil stew with vegetables ($14). Rice and noodles are a key part of Karaweik’s menu, and are featured in seafood, meat, tofu, and vegetable combinations like street noodles mixed with coconut curry chicken, chili flakes, shallots, fried onions, and roasted bean powder ($14); and vegetable or shrimp fried rice ($12/$15). Beef, chicken, fish, lamb, pork, seafood, and vegetables are served in a variety of ways, including curries with Burmese spices, pumpkin curries and stews, and other entrees like beef masala, slow-cooked beef with lemongrass, ginger, garlic, onion red chili paste, and masala spices ($17); and chili fish, lightly fried fish tossed with garlic, chili flakes, and fried shallots ($18). The restaurant offers a small selection of wine, beer, and sake, and while no desserts are on the menu now, Sein says plans are in the works to add some soon. If you already love Burmese food or you’ve been wanting to give it a try, this welcoming, warm spot on Steiner Street offers your fill of traditional and updated Burmese specialties at very reasonable prices for both lunch and dinner. The menu is also available for delivery through their website or DoorDash. Karaweik Burmese Cuisine : 3317 Steiner Street, 415-922-1892, karaweikburmesecuisine.com ; lunch Tuesday–Sunday 11:30 a.m.– 3 p.m., dinner Tuesday–Thursday 5–9 p.m., Friday 5– 9:30 p.m., Saturday 4:30– 9:30 p.m., Sunday 4:30–9 p.m. Email:

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Dining out as cultural trade

By Joel Waldfogel , here is the abstract:
Perceptions of Anglo-American dominance in movie and music trade motivate restrictions on cultural trade. Yet, the market for another cultural good, food at restaurants, is roughly ten times larger than the markets for music and film. Using TripAdvisor data on restaurant cuisines, along with Euromonitor data on overall and fast food expenditure, this paper calculates implicit trade patterns in global cuisines for 52 destination countries. We obtain three major results. First, the pattern of cuisine trade resembles the “gravity” patterns in physically traded products. Second, after accounting gravity factors, the most popular cuisines are Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Indian, and American. Third, excluding fast food, the largest net exporters of their cuisines are the Italians and the Japanese, while the largest net importers are the US – with a 2017 deficit of over $130 billion – followed by Brazil, China, and the UK. With fast food included, the US deficit shrinks to $55 billion but remains the largest net importer along with China and, to a lesser extent, the UK and Brazil. Cuisine trade patterns appear to run starkly counter to the audiovisual patterns that have motivated concern about Anglo-American cultural dominance.
For the pointer I thank John Alcorn.
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I did this a couple of years ago going down the Trip Advisor list, mostly focusing on the cheap list with a few outliers.
Favourite cheap place: Prince Albert Diner. Get the Wally Burger. I don’t know why, but the peanut butter just makes it good, and it’s better than the other burger places. And get a milkshake, but stick to chocolate or strawberry. I seem to remember the cherry being a syrup. Still made with real ice cream though.
Favourite not as cheap place: The Early Bird. W y to rich to eat at regularly, and I don’t mean the prices. Though the prices seem a little higher than expected at first. But fucking amazing food, I don’t care what anyone else says. The chicken and waffles were so filling that I couldn’t finish it in one sitting, but I absolutely loved it. The Fat Elvis was really rich, but oddly got better as leftovers the next day.
Favourite atmosphere :Speghetti Eddy’s. Cramped danky little basement with tons of shit on the walls. Always busy because of how cheap it is. Not the best…the tomato sauce is a little acidic and they have questionable definitions about alfredo and carbonara. But it’s all made in house, servings are huge, it tastes good enough, and the prices do match what you get. It’s truly an experience just for the history.
Honourable mentions: Milo’s Craft Beer Emporium, for their massive wall of beer. Massey’s Fine Indian Cuisine, for the lunch buffet. Jake’s Pizza And Donair, because donairs and because Jake lived in Nova Scotia to learn how to make the best ones. Winks Eatery, for the patio. And Globally Local, because I’m not vegan but I can appreciate well made fast food that’s pretty much the same prices as actual fast food.

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Always so nice to be at Grand Hyatt!

The hotel just embraces you the moment you step in! Extremely hospitable staff, airy and comfortable rooms, awesome restaurants with Chinese, Italian, Indian and Multi cuisine restaurants – delicious food in all of them!!nThe breakfast is elaborate and you are spoilt for choice! The chef, Nishad, goes out of the way to make you feel at home with his indulgence! Thanks for a very memorable stay every time am here!

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Record-breaking, 1,140-meter-long waterslide to open in Malaysia

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MALAYSIA — The downside to waterslides? The effort usually always exceeds the reward, at least where time’s concerned.
You climb dozens of steps to reach the slide’s entry point, huffing and puffing your way to the top, only to find yourself floundering about in the exit pool mere seconds later.
This won’t be the case with a new waterslide being built in Malaysia right now. This is an aerial view of ESCAPE’s new 1,140-foot waterslide, which is due to open in August.
Stretching a whopping 1,140 meters (3,740 feet) long, the ride is now under construction at Penang’s ESCAPE theme park and looks set to smash the record for “world’s longest waterslide.”
Due for completion at the end of July, it will open to the public sometime in mid-August, staff tell CNN Travel . A four-minute jungle ride
The current holder of the Guinness World Records longest waterslide certificate is in Action Park, a theme park in Vernon, New Jersey. It measures 601 meters in length.
But unlike the New Jersey version, which is inflatable, ESCAPE’s new slide is made of fiber-reinforced polymer and will be a permanent structure attached to steel poles. ESCAPE’s massive new slide will take riders on a four-minute journey through the jungle.
“Breaking the world record was never our intention,” said Sim Choo Kheng, CEO of ESCAPE operator Sim Leisure Group, in a statement. “I’m always baffled by how rides are made so short and quick. I wanted to build rides that last a good few minutes.”
Once open, the slide will offer a four-minute ride that snakes its way down a 70-meter slope, passing through jungle scenery.
Huffing and puffing won’t be part of the experience either. Visitors will access the slide via a cable car chairlift. Bringing the global spotlight to Penang
The island of Penang, off the western coast of Malaysia, is more famous for culture and cuisine than thrills.
George Town, the island’s main city, is its top draw thanks to a colorful mix of cultures that includes Hindu and Buddhist temples, street art, Islamic mosques, British colonial architecture and ornate Chinese manor houses.
Penang is also considered one of the world’s top food destinations, thanks to the presence of delicious Malay, Chinese and Indian cuisine that includes dishes like Hokkien mee (fried prawn noodles) and Penang laksa.
ESCAPE is about 30 minutes from George Town and offers a variety of adventure activities including waterslides, ziplines and obstacle courses. 4.210484 101.975766

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That Mezze moment- The New Indian Express

Encompassing influences from the East and the West, the Turkish cuisine is a rich melange of flavours and textures that will leave the palate yearning for more. Share Via Email Published: 30th June 2019 05:00 AM | Last Updated: 30th June 2019 01:48 PM | A+ A A- Clockwise: Turkish delights such as bazlama; sea bass grilled and garnished with olive oil and lemon; baklava in a market stall; Turkish wine; mixed salad. By Anita Rao Kashi Express News Service Sandwiched between the East and the West, Turkey literally stands at the crossroads and was an easy target for invading civilisations, whose footprints are still visible in its cuisine.
Like Indian or French cuisine, the strong regional gastronomic ethos is evident in the dishes, varying from Eastern Anatolia, Southeastern Anatolia, the Black Sea, Marmara, Aegean, and the Mediterranean.
In spite of this heterogeneity, the accent is on green vegetables and herbs, lamb, beef, olive oil and fresh seafood. The Turks take their eating and drinking seriously, which is evident from a large number of restaurants and street food eateries across the country, especially in Istanbul. The star of street food is gozleme, made by rolling a ball of dough into a thin sheet—a sort of Turkish paratha—and stuffed with a variety of edibles, the favourites being local yellow cheese, spinach and minced meat. Lunch and dinner are elaborate affairs. Meals inevitably start with a mezze platter. A bowl of mixed salad with fresh lettuce and thick chunks of hydroponically grown tomatoes drizzled with olive oil is almost always a staple accompanied by bazlama, chunky unleavened bread or pita bread with dips such as haydari (thick yogurt with garlic and herbs), hummus and ezme (a tangy salsa-like dip made of mashed tomato with peppers and herbs). Pickled vegetables, borek (pastries stuffed with cheese, meat or vegetables), fried potatoes, eggplant salad and dolma are must-haves. As in all imperial societies, Ottoman food was divided into palace cuisine and public kitchens. The Seljuks brought the dominance of meat into Turkish food. Sultan Memhet’s cooks made it richer. Bread is the staple of Turkish kitchens. The main course is usually chicken, lamb or beef, with kebabs at the top. This are either minced, come in chunks or slabs and are steamed, roasted or barbecued. It can either be dry or in broth form. At Istanbul’s iconic restaurant Lale, which is commonly known as The Pudding Shop, getting a table during mealtime is a production in itself. The kebabs of minced lamb and lentils served in a spicy broth, meatballs and stuffed eggplant with layers of cheese, potatoes and meat patties are menu stoppers. In the heart of Istanbul, overlooking the imposing Galata Tower is the Galata Bridge, over the Golden Horn. Underneath the bridge is a broad passageway lined with restaurants, mostly serving seafood. At Dersaadet Cafe, the views of the estuary and the boats moving by is the setting for a gourmet’s dream; sea bass grilled and garnished with olive oil and lemon, cooked to soft perfection not to mention chunky chicken kebabs served with herb-tossed rice. Turkish desserts are known to be cloyingly sweet though the varieties are aplenty. There’s no escaping baklava, a filo-layered sweet stuffed with pistachios and cashew nuts and drizzled with sugar syrup. Turkish delight or lokum, a sweet, soft candy in a variety of flavours and textures based on the nuts infused in it is part of legend. Rice pudding, halva and marzipan show the influence of the maritime glory of the Turkish empires. Turkey’s fledgling wine industry produces some light white wines and intense reds, especially such varietals as Okuzgozu, Bogazkere and Emir, though a good Sauvignon Blanc is always a sommelier’s favourite. For those seeking something stronger, there’s the potent raki, a local alcoholic beverage with a strong aniseed flavour. The coffee houses of Turkey are legendary meeting places of people of all classes. There’s no escaping the heady aromas of Turkish coffee or kahve wherever you go. Made with finely ground coffee beans and brewed to a thick consistency, it is intensely flavourful, especially if had without sugar. Turkish black tea is a study in contrast—delicate and smooth. Turkish cuisine hasn’t escaped the new internationalist seeking original flavours. As the world gets smaller, choice expands. The same can be said of Turkish tables as well. Stay up to date on all the latest Food news with The New Indian Express App. Download now (Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit ‘Click to Subscribe’ . Follow the instructions after that.) TAGS

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