Make the most of Moscow's flourishing food scene with this guide to where and what to eat

Make the most of Moscow’s flourishing food scene with this guide to where and what to eat

Carrie Scozzaro photo Dining choices in downtown Moscow are plentiful and varied. Moscow is considered to be one of the best Idaho cities to live, based on factors like employment and housing, but also quality of life. For us, that includes food.
Moscow is home to more than three dozen independently owned places to grab a bite — not fast food or chains, in other words — and that doesn’t even include all the coffee shops, wine bars and food trucks. It’s a lot for a college town with an estimated population of 25,000 across less than seven square miles.
Most of Moscow’s dining establishments are downtown, a narrow pocket of businesses from where Highway 95 splits into Jackson and Washington streets. This makes for a pleasant, walkable region, roughly three blocks wide and 10 blocks long, that feels like a plaza, especially with all the outdoor dining. Indeed, this is where many events are held, including the city-run farmers market and art walks. click to enlarge Carrie Scozzaro photo
Here is where you’ll find breakfast in the form of several coffee houses, like CAFÉ ARTISTA (218 S. Main St.) with its funky artwork and locally roasted Kamiak Coffee.
For a hearty first meal like potato pancakes, “stuffed” biscuits and gravy, or its signature huckleberry zucchini bread French toast, try THE BREAKFAST CLUB (501 S. Main St.). In warmer weather, sit outside at BLOOM CAFÉ (403 S. Main St.) and enjoy options like an eggs Benedict for breakfast or a Reuben sandwich for lunch, the latter featuring house-made rye bread and locally made Hog Heaven pastrami.
For lunch, KITCHEN COUNTER (214 S. Main St.) features locally sourced bakery, charcuterie and other items, and all scratch-made, seasonal soups, salads and sandwiches. On Fridays during the fall season, it also serves aperitivo , an Italian tradition of early evening wine and food meant to be enjoyed with friends and family. Another lunch option is HUMBLE BURGER (102 N. Main St.), which grew into a brick-and-mortar spot from a farmers market stand, becoming a local favorite for its spin on fast food-like burgers and scratch-made milkshakes.
Lunch-to-dinner venues account for the bulk of Moscow’s dining options, which also cover a wide geographic range of cuisines, including Italian (Maialina Pizzeria Napoletana), Mexican (Patty’s Mexican Kitchen; La Casa Lopez), Japanese (Red Bento), Mediterranean (Mad Greek) and Hawaiian (LocoGrinz).
Moscow is also home to three breweries, two of which offer food. Easy to spot in its Quonset hut shell, HUNGA DUNGA BREWING (333 N. Jackson St.) is a fun little brewpub with a thriving side gig as an eatery; try a lamb burger paired with the Hopnipotent Hazy IPA or banana pudding and the cold brew coffee stout. click to enlarge Carrie Scozzaro photo
Nearby RANTS & RAVES BREWERY (308 N. Jackson St.) is a beloved gastropub with a strong reputation for food — serving dishes like honey-glazed pork belly, chipotle mac and cheese and more — and beer alike. The town’s beer veteran, especially if you count their claimed spiritual kinship with Moscow’s original brewery in the early 1900s, is MOSCOW BREWING CO. (630 N. Almon St.), which opened in 2013 and has a modest on-site tasting room.
MOSCOW ALEHOUSE (226 W. Sixth St.) is another long-standing local establishment, dating back to 1999 when it was Coeur d’Alene Brewing (which later morphed into Spokane’s River City Brewing Co.), that now serves wings, burgers and the like in a busy location en route to the University of Idaho campus.
TAPPED TAPHOUSE & KITCHEN (210 S. Main St.) is a more recent addition to the downtown scene, offering two dozen rotating taps and a gastropub menu with items like gumbo, bacon-wrapped dates, dulce de leche and pretzel cheesecake.
For dinner and fine dining, downtown Moscow offers numerous choices. NECTAR (105 W. Sixth St.), the sister restaurant to Bloom, is an ideal place for craft cocktails and shareable plates like filet skewers, and its patio is a garden oasis. LODGEPOLE (106 N. Main St.) is a spacious place with an equally large outdoor dining area, and seasonal dinner and lunch menus that don’t disappoint, with highlights like charcuterie, house-made pasta and pan-roasted duck.
More Moscow dining spots to try: Slice and Biscuit (125 E. Second St.), Gambino’s Pizza (308 W. Sixth St.), Garlic Garden Bistro (630 N. Almon St.), Moscow Food Co-Op (121 E. Fifth St.), Hoof and Trotter (115 E. Second St.), Karma Indian (1420 S. Blaine St.). ♦ The original print version of this article was headlined “Palouse of Plenty” Speaking of…

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Carib acts to spice up Grace jerk fest

When the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival launched in Queens, New York, nine years ago, jerked food was already a hit with hip hop stars and Hollywood celebrities. But launching a food event in a city with countless Jamaican restaurants was going to be a challenge.
Promoters say the show — which takes place July 21 at Roy Wilkins Park — has weathered its teething pains and become a staple on the tri-state area’s West Indian leisure scene.
Naisha Nicholas, a spokesperson for the Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, expects further growth this year.
“The most obvious indication of our growth is the fact that when we started nine years ago we used only a quarter of the park. We have been using the whole park for the last six years, and now we are bursting at the seams with food vendors, arts and craft vendors, corporate partners, and not to mention our loyal patrons,” she told the Jamaica Observer.
That expansion, says Vendor Relations Coordinator Marcia Service, is reflected in the number of return booths. She revealed that over 75 per cent of food, arts and craft vendors have been with the festival since it started.
While jerked food holds pride of place, patrons get an opportunity to experience the Ital cuisine of Jamaican Chef Troy, Korean Chef Ji Cha’s exotic dishes, and Chef Sam Davis’ Jamaican-inspired menu.
Features like a celebrity chef cook-off (past participants include New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Jamaican Member of Parliament Lisa Hanna) add to the spectacle. Music is part of that diversity.
“In order to keep things fresh over the years, we have presented different main stage presentations. In addition to reggae, dancehall, and soca, we have included gospel and even tested out the Afro beats scene last year with the addition of Pato Rankin. This year, cultural entertainment will celebrate 100 years of Miss Louise Bennett,” Nicholas disclosed.
Capleton, Christopher Martin, Naomi Cowan, Shenseea, Fayann Lyons, and Bunji Garlin are artistes for the 2019 Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival, which is co-sponsored by Grace Foods and VP Records.

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17 unique vacations that everyone should take before they turn 50

Let’s face it, you’re still plenty young, hale, and hearty. So dive into these exciting destinations before you turn the big 5-0.
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Climb Machu Picchu
Perched high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, this Incan citadel is one of the new seven wonders of the world. The driest season—and the best time to visit—happens to be summer. Fly into the city of Cusco a few days early to acclimate and enjoy the local cuisine. For a comfortable stay that’s convenient to landmarks and restaurants, try the JW Marriott Cusco. Then take the Inca Rail to Machu Picchu. If your budget allows, upgrade to their first class ticket, which includes a full brunch with champagne! Once you’re in Machu Picchu, stay at Sumaq, a home-away-from-home after your strenuous hike. Note: Book your site tickets ahead of time, especially if you want to take the longer route—Huayna Picchu—which offers better vantage points. Don’t miss these other cheap places you can go that feel like VIP adventures.
Take the kids (or nieces and nephews) to Disney World
Disney offers plenty of ways to scoot around the summer traffic and still enjoy the splendor. You can buy the FastPass to skip lines and pre-book rides that have long waits. Make sure you stay at one of the Disney Resort properties, according to Disney travel expert Greg Antonelle, who says the amenities make it worthwhile: free transport to the parks, surprises in your hotel room, and much more. But before you head off, read these must-know tips for visiting Disney World.
Witness wildlife at Kruger National Park
Of all the reserves in the world, Kruger National Park in South Africa may be the most notable and accessible. Depending on your budget and the type of vacation you’re seeking, you can either camp at the park or upgrade your experience to a luxury safari lodge. In Greater Kruger, check out the Royal Malewane, where each suite features an indoor and outdoor shower and a private pool from which you might spot elephants, buffalos, lions, hyenas, and more.
Ride bikes through Amsterdam
You’ll enjoy getting lost in the narrow 17th-century streets. For history-lovers, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are must-sees. Rent a bike for the duration of your stay—it’s the preferred method of travel in this exciting town. Consider staying at The Pulitzer Amsterdam, a former 17th-century canal home. It’s a three-minute walk from a tram stop and less than two miles from the legendary Rijksmuseum.
Experience culture shock in Tokyo
From the airport, a fast-paced train can deliver you into the heart of Tokyo where you’ll find beauty stores, conveyor belt sushi, and cafes with kittens, hedgehogs, owls, and more. Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo for easy access to the sprawling metro system that can take you anywhere you’d like to see. Don’t miss the shopping on Takeshita Street, the scene at Shibuya Station—”busiest intersection in the world”—the world of Disneyland Tokyo, and the majesty of Mt. Fuji.
Enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Mexico
Check out the family-friendly all-inclusive Grand Moon Palace in Cancun: Not only is this resort next to crisp, blue Pacific waters, but it offers an affordable experience that’s ideal for couples that want to escape the party scene. The restaurants offer cuisines from around the globe and inventive cocktails, and the golf course, arcades, and numerous pools will help you burn the extra calories.
Want to explore more south of the border? Cancun is just one of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico.
Dance on the streets in Buenos Aires
Make sure you arrive hungry since nearly every meal features steak, especially asado, the Argentine version of BBQ. Make time for tango (this is the birthplace, after all) by taking in a show or a lesson; plan a bike tour around the city; take a stroll through the arts district of Palmero; and if you’re there on a Monday, check out the internationally famous drum show La Bomba. The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is relatively affordable and puts you at the heart of the city, allowing easy access La Boca, Plaza De Mayo and other landmarks. Bonus: Their onsite restaurant offers some of the best beef in the city.
Cook Thai food and hang out with elephants in Chiang Mai
This northern Thai town offers countless cooking schools in which instructors take you into the wonderful markets to purchase your ingredients before learning how to whip up all of the classics, from mango sticky rice and coconut milk to Khao Soi, Pad Thai, and other classics. Set aside a day to visit Elephant Nature Park, where you can bathe, walk, feed, and if you’re lucky, cuddle with elephants who were rescued from poachers or tourism parks. Consider staying at the stunning and culturally-connected Four Seasons Chiang Mai.
Be sure to avoid these travel mistakes that make your trip unnecessarily stressful.
Lounge away in Montego Bay
As the capital of Saint James Parish on the north coast, this is a popular cruise ship port that’s known for golf courses and white sandy beaches like Doctor’s Cave and Walter Fletcher. Book your stay at the all-inclusive Royalton Blue Waters, which is known for its attention to detail and culinary options. Take advantage of the private pool on your balcony and the sea views.
Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town
If you’re making the journey to South Africa, seeing the city and the surrounding country from atop Table Mountain is a memory you will always remember. Check into the Cape Grace Hotel where you can recover from your flight in or your ascent of the mountain at the rooftop pool. For less strenuous adventure, consider touring Stellenbosch and its picturesque vineyards.
Learn to surf in Nicaragua
The point is that it’s still not too late, right? So consider booking a week-long stay at a surfing camp. One affordable immersion trip is Rise Up & Surf Nicaragua. You’ll get at least one surf session and yoga lesson each day, and all your meals and drinks are included. You’ll have the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world at this comfy camp.
You can save even more money by traveling to Nicaragua during this season.
Go wine-tasting in Chile
Chile boasts hectares of vineyards with views of the Andes Mountains in the background. Fly into the capital of Chile, Santiago. Plan a stay at The W Santiago, and be sure to take in the rooftop views of the city. Have dinner at the hotel’s fusion restaurant, Karai, where the chef can prepare mouthwatering meals for any diet. An easy hour-and-a-half ride to Casa Silva will put you in the heart of quintessential Chilean wine country where you can stay in a renovated 18th-century farmhouse converted to a boutique hotel with access to numerous vineyards.
Tour the Big Apple
Head to this beloved metropolis in early summer before the humidity becomes unbearable, and plan visits to all the amazing sights, from the Guggenheim Museum to Central Park to the Empire State Building to the Brooklyn Bridge. While there are a seemingly endless number of hotels to pick from, one boutique pick is The Library Hotel, which puts you close enough to the action of Times Square that you can walk, but far enough away that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Visit a Balinese healer
Your dollar will go far on this surprisingly unspoiled island. You can tour rice paddies, take in gamelan (traditional Balinese orchestra), rent scooters to visit the art-centric town of Ubud, and see a Balinese healer. Consider booking a few days at The Melia Bali, which offers several pools and restaurants, comfortable beds, and views of the Indian Ocean.
Learn more about the top Indonesian travel destinations.
Stay in a castle in Ireland
You can feel like royalty when you head to Ireland. Though the temperatures will still be chillier than most places in Europe, summer is a great time to witness Ireland’s lush, green beauty. Though there are plenty of castle-staying options, the 800-year-old Ashford Castle in County Mayo may be the most renowned: You can stroll the amazing grounds and gardens, try falconry, ride horses, or skeet shoot, just like a real royal. Here are some other fairytale Irish castles you can stay in.
Eat lobster in Maine
You’ll be hard-pressed to find the crustacean any fresher than on the stunning shores of this beautiful state. Consider staying at Cliff House Maine in Bald Head Cliff, which has 70 oceanfront acres. Not only will you enjoy Atlantic Ocean views, but you’ll be able to sample the catch of the day as you watch the sunset.
Go swimming in Lake Tahoe
Though known for its nearby ski resorts, this lake offers a whole different experience in summer. Try at Aston Lakeland Village Beach & Mountain Resort on the California side of the lake where you can wake to stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can kayak on the emerald green waters of Lake Tahoe, or take hikes through the surrounding peaks to alpine ponds.
Next, be sure to check out these affordable bucket list adventures everyone should take.
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How to find the best Mozambique Food

Carrying the deep influence of Portuguese cuisine, the abundance of seafood and various colourful and flavourful tropical ingredients, Mozambique food culture presents a medley of delicacies to gastronomes world over. Here is a brief guide to savouring food from this Southern African nation.
A little bit of history
The earliest inhabitants of Mozambique were hunter-gatherers. Their nomadic influence is still present in some of the dishes enjoyed across the nation. Later, Bantu – speaking northern Africans settles in Mozambique and introduced a way of life revolving around agriculture. Arab merchants, who sailed the seas, arrived in Mozambique in the 700s, bringing with them salt as an essential ingredient in preserving meat. The Portuguese ruled Mozambique for over 500 years, firmly establishing their influence in Mozambique cuisine. On your first visit to a Mozambique restaurant , you will be able to savour the harmonious combination of all these influences in all the dishes you try.
Essences
Fresh seafood, corn, rice, cassava, millet, meat, coconut, garlic and peppers, bay leaves and spices make up the food palate of Mozambique cuisine. Locals like to finish off each meal with a comforting cup of Mozambican chá (tea).
To eat like a local, start the day with Pequeno almoço (breakfast) of sandwiches made with eggs or fresh fish or a sweetened bread-cake and follow it up with tea or coffee. For lunch, people like to eat fresh seafood. Whether you are having lunch at a beach resort restaurant such as Anantara Medjumbe Island Resort or grabbing a bite from a street food stall, try a prawn dish, for they are bound to serve the juiciest prawns you’ve ever had in your life. You can order your prawns either grilled or fried and soaking in zesty peri peri sauce and lots of garlic. Prawn dishes are typically served with French fries or rice.
Matapa
Matapa is a truly Mozambican dish. The dish is made with stewed cassava leaves mixed with crushed peanuts, garlic and coconut cream. The simple combination is wholesome and delicious. Most restaurants serve matapa with rice and some crab and shrimp added into the stew for enhanced taste. PrestigiousSwazi, Matapa, CC BY-SA 4.0
Rissóis de Camarão
The influence of Portuguese cuisine is characterized by Rissóis de camarão. These delightfully crescent-shaped croquettes are stuffed with a rich shrimp sauce. Chefs fold this creamy mixture into dough packets before dipping each packet into egg wash and breadcrumbs in preparation of the deep-frying processes. Some recipes call for piri piri or spices. Rissóis de camarão is a snack best bought from a roadside stall. You can enjoy it while it is piping hot from the wok or let it cool down.
Peri Peri chicken
Fiery and succulent peri peri chicken is available all over Mozambique. Chicken is left to marinate for a while in a bath of lemon juice, garlic and a big dollop of peri peri sauce. The chicken is barbequed whole. Most peri peri chicken dishes call for handfuls of fresh coriander, ginger, cloves and even shallots. The tender chicken meat is served with French fries.
Bolo Polana
Bolo Polana is a traditional dessert that makes an appearance on festive occasions. The smooth and rich texture of bola Polana comes from the mashed potatoes blended with powdered cashew nuts. In Mozambique, cashews are cheap and readily available.
Tropical fruit
Tropical fruit grow aplenty in the warm climate of Mozambique. Bite into the juicy flesh of sweet mango and squeeze some lemon juice on slices of pleasingly yellow papaya before you bite into the tender flesh. Scoop out the creamy insides of ripe avocado and enjoy it unadulterated. Make it a point to buy fresh fruit from village markets. Since most tropical fruits come with a peel, you don’t have to worry about hygienic issues. However, always wash your fruit before consuming. Ton Rulkens, Indian jujube (4591421422), CC BY-SA 2.0

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17 summer vacations everyone should take before they’re 50

Let’s face it, you’re still plenty young, hale, and hearty. So dive into these exciting destinations before you turn the big 5-0.
Take the kids (or nieces and nephews) to Disney World Disney offers plenty of ways to scoot around the summer traffic and still enjoy the splendor. You can buy the FastPass to skip lines and pre-book rides that have long waits. Make sure you stay at one of the Disney Resort properties, according to Disney travel expert Greg Antonelle , who says the amenities make it worthwhile: free transport to the parks, surprises in your hotel room, and much more. But before you head off, read these must-know tips for visiting Disney World .
Witness wildlife at Kruger National Park
Of all the reserves in the world, Kruger National Park in South Africa may be the most notable and accessible. Depending on your budget and the type of vacation you’re seeking, you can either camp at the park or upgrade your experience to a luxury safari lodge. In Greater Kruger, check out the Royal Malewane , where each suite features an indoor and outdoor shower and a private pool from which you might spot elephants, buffalos, lions, hyenas, and more.
Ride bikes through Amsterdam
You’ll enjoy getting lost in the narrow 17th-century streets. For history-lovers, Anne Frank House and the Van Gogh Museum are must-sees. Rent a bike for the duration of your stay—it’s the preferred method of travel in this exciting town. Consider staying at The Pulitzer Amsterdam , a former 17th-century canal home. It’s a three-minute walk from a tram stop and less than two miles from the legendary Rijksmuseum.
Experience culture shock in Tokyo From the airport, a fast-paced train can deliver you into the heart of Tokyo where you’ll find beauty stores, conveyor belt sushi, and cafes with kittens, hedgehogs, owls, and more. Stay at the Grand Hyatt Tokyo for easy access to the sprawling metro system that can take you anywhere you’d like to see. Don’t miss the shopping on Takeshita Street, the scene at Shibuya Station—”busiest intersection in the world”—the world of Disneyland Tokyo, and the majesty of Mt. Fuji.
Enjoy an all-inclusive resort in Mexico Check out the family-friendly all-inclusive Grand Moon Palace in Cancun: Not only is this resort next to crisp, blue Pacific waters, but it offers an affordable experience that’s ideal for couples that want to escape the party scene. The restaurants offer cuisines from around the globe and inventive cocktails, and the golf course, arcades, and numerous pools will help you burn the extra calories. Want to explore more south of the border? Cancun is just one of the most popular travel destinations in Mexico .
Dance on the streets in Buenos Aires
Make sure you arrive hungry since nearly every meal features steak, especially asado, the Argentine version of BBQ. Make time for tango (this is the birthplace, after all) by taking in a show or a lesson; plan a bike tour around the city; take a stroll through the arts district of Palmero; and if you’re there on a Monday, check out the internationally famous drum show La Bomba. The Four Seasons Buenos Aires is relatively affordable and puts you at the heart of the city, allowing easy access La Boca, Plaza De Mayo and other landmarks. Bonus: Their onsite restaurant offers some of the best beef in the city.
Cook Thai food and hang out with elephants in Chiang Mai This northern Thai town offers countless cooking schools in which instructors take you into the wonderful markets to purchase your ingredients before learning how to whip up all of the classics, from mango sticky rice and coconut milk to Khao Soi, Pad Thai, and other classics. Set aside a day to visit Elephant Nature Park , where you can bathe, walk, feed, and if you’re lucky, cuddle with elephants who were rescued from poachers or tourism parks. Consider staying at the stunning and culturally-connected Four Seasons Chiang Mai .
Be sure to avoid these travel mistakes that make your trip unnecessarily stressful .
Lounge away in Montego Bay
As the capital of Saint James Parish on the north coast, this is a popular cruise ship port that’s known for golf courses and white sandy beaches like Doctor’s Cave and Walter Fletcher. Book your stay at the all-inclusive Royalton Blue Waters , which is known for its attention to detail and culinary options. Take advantage of the private pool on your balcony and the sea views.
Climb Table Mountain in Cape Town If you’re making the journey to South Africa, seeing the city and the surrounding country from atop Table Mountain is a memory you will always remember. Check into the Cape Grace Hotel where you can recover from your flight in or your ascent of the mountain at the rooftop pool. For less strenuous adventure, consider touring Stellenbosch and its picturesque vineyards.
Learn to surf in Nicaragua
The point is that it’s still not too late, right? So consider booking a week-long stay at a surfing camp. One affordable immersion trip is Rise Up Surf Nicaragua . You’ll get at least one surf session and yoga lesson each day, and all your meals and drinks are included. You’ll have the opportunity to meet travelers from around the world at this comfy camp.
You can save even more money by traveling to Nicaragua during this season .
Go wine-tasting in Chile
Chile boasts hectares of vineyards with views of the Andes Mountains in the background. Fly into the capital of Chile, Santiago. Plan a stay at The W Santiago , and be sure to take in the rooftop views of the city. Have dinner at the hotel’s fusion restaurant, Karai, where the chef can prepare mouthwatering meals for any diet. An easy hour-and-a-half ride to Casa Silva will put you in the heart of quintessential Chilean wine country where you can stay in a renovated 18th-century farmhouse converted to a boutique hotel with access to numerous vineyards.
Tour the Big Apple
Head to this beloved metropolis in early summer before the humidity becomes unbearable, and plan visits to all the amazing sights, from the Guggenheim Museum to Central Park to the Empire State Building to the Brooklyn Bridge. While there are a seemingly endless number of hotels to pick from, one boutique pick is The Library Hotel , which puts you close enough to the action of Times Square that you can walk, but far enough away that you don’t feel overwhelmed.
Visit a Balinese healer Your dollar will go far on this surprisingly unspoiled island. You can tour rice paddies, take in gamelan (traditional Balinese orchestra), rent scooters to visit the art-centric town of Ubud, and see a Balinese healer. Consider booking a few days at The Melia Bali , which offers several pools and restaurants, comfortable beds, and views of the Indian Ocean. Learn more about the top Indonesian travel destinations .
Stay in a castle in Ireland
You can feel like royalty when you head to Ireland. Though the temperatures will still be chillier than most places in Europe, summer is a great time to witness Ireland’s lush, green beauty. Though there are plenty of castle-staying options, the 800-year-old Ashford Castle in County Mayo may be the most renowned: You can stroll the amazing grounds and gardens, try falconry, ride horses, or skeet shoot, just like a real royal. Here are some other fairytale Irish castles you can stay in .
Eat lobster in Maine
You’ll be hard-pressed to find the crustacean any fresher than on the stunning shores of this beautiful state. Consider staying at Cliff House Maine in Bald Head Cliff, which has 70 oceanfront acres. Not only will you enjoy Atlantic Ocean views, but you’ll be able to sample the catch of the day as you watch the sunset.
Go swimming in Lake Tahoe Though known for its nearby ski resorts, this lake offers a whole different experience in summer. Try at Aston Lakeland Village Beach Mountain Resort on the California side of the lake where you can wake to stunning views of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. You can kayak on the emerald green waters of Lake Tahoe, or take hikes through the surrounding peaks to alpine ponds. Next, be sure to check out these affordable bucket list adventures everyone should take .
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Hotel Sarina holds theme nights throughout July

Hotel Sarina holds theme nights throughout July – A Monitor Desk Report 01 Jul, 2019 | 325 Views | – + Ayub Khan, F&B Manager, Sree Nair, Operation Manager and GM, Md Ali Chowdhury, Director of Finance and Dominic Gomes, Executive Chef from Hotel Sarina are seen at the launching of theme nights at Hotel Sarina today Share Share Dhaka: Hotel Sarina is organising theme nights for the entire month of July, offering a different cuisine each day of the week.A press conference was held today at the hotel premise to announce the launch of the event where Ayub Khan, F&B Manager, Sree Nair, Operation Manager and GM, Md Ali Chowdhury, Director of Finance and Dominic Gomes, Executive Chef from Hotel Sarina were present.Sree Nair, Operation Manager and GM, Hotel Sarina, said, “Even though, we are initially doing theme nights for the month of July only, however, we are planning to hold such events for the entire year.”The hotel’s signature buffet restaurant Summerfield will be serving seven different cuisines in seven days of the week in its cozy setting.On Sunday, the menu is Italian consisting of pizza, pasta and many other delectable items. Arabian is the theme for Monday, featuring roti, kebab, swarma and many other Lebanese and Egyptian dishes.On Tuesday, guests will be able to indulge in delicious Indian cuisine. Interestingly, the theme for Wednesday is Healthy Night, serving low fat food with organic ingredients so that those who are a bit health conscious do not feel left out.For Thai food lovers, Thursday is stir fried night offering Thai and Chinese cuisine.Friday is surf and turf night which will be full of experiments. The counter is going to have plenty of flavours from Pacific Rim.Lastly, on Saturday, guests will be able to enjoy international foods.Also, live cooking stations will be there every night so that guests can enjoy the delight of watching culinary arts as well as be sure of the authenticity of the dishes.To add more freshness to the feast, there will be a salad bar of assorted vegetables and a dessert corner for the guests’ guiltiest pleasures. They will also be able to enjoy drinks of their own choice from the counter.The buffet price for theme nights is BDT 3500 net per person.Since Eastern Bank Limited is the Banking Partner of this event, only EBL cardholders will be able to avail discounts and other facilities.

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DLF Mall- The Largest Mall in India Situated in Noida

A weekend off after busy and hectic weekdays is what everyone waits for. Kids after their week full of studies and parents from their busy home and office work want a small outing that will definitely boost their mind and soul. An outing is it going for a movie with friends and families or visiting a place like a mall with refresh you from all the stress. If you are living in Delhi or nearby then you all will find numerous outing places that can be enjoyed with friends and families. If you all are looking for places to visit near Delhi on weekend , then your search ends here because DLF Mall of India is the most favorite spot for people in this area for enjoying with friends and families.
DLF Mall of India is the largest mall in India situated in Noida. This magnificent mall is built in a retail space of 2 million square feet. Strategically divided into five zones that are spread over seven floors having some amazing fashion stores, dining options and energizing entertainment areas. Mall of India was planned and designed by the British architectural firm Benoy , with six customized shopping levels including international and Indian fashion, dedicated kids zone, entertainment, international cafes, food court and restaurants with a racetrack atrium. Few key zones to look out in DLF Mall of India are as follows- DLF Mall of India known for its amazing shopping experience, it is genuinely a paradise for shopping lovers. Be it clothes, cosmetics, footwear’s, electronics, lifestyle products, home care products, and many others, everything is available in his huge shopping mall. The mall has amazing local and international brands like Adidas, Nike, ALDO, Allen Solly, BIBA, VANHEUSEN, H&M, Calvin Klein, Canon, LG and many more. The mall has some amazing local and international restaurants and food joints that offer multi cuisines. These mouthwatering cuisine options are available on every floor. Café Coffee Day, Chaayos, Burger King, KFC, Costa Coffee, Domino’s Pizza, Mamagoto, Made in Punjab, Nando’s and many more companies have their restaurants and food outlets here in the mall. The movie theatre “PVR ECX” is situated inside the mall premises that can easily accommodate hundreds of audiences at a time. PVR is one of the prominent film entertainment company in India. The cinema lovers can enjoy the latest Indian and international cinemas in Noida . The infrastructure and ambiance inside the movie theatre are amazing. Especially for kids, there is a separate gaming and entertainment zone in the mall. The SMAASH, Snow World and Fun City are the best entertainment zones in the mall. These play zones on the fourth and fifth floor of the mall. Undoubtedly, DLF Mall of India is the top gaming zone in Noida . With over 330 brands, 80 kiosks, 5 customized shopping zones, along with 75 food and beverages options and a movie theatre with 7 screens, DLF Mall of India is the most exciting weekend outing place with friends and families.

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Best of Bangkok

You do have allow plenty of time to get from A to B because it’s such a sprawling city. But there is a very handy taxi app called Grab which will tell you what you should pay in advance. This avoids the headaches of haggling over the fare with drivers with mysteriously “broken” meters. We found this invaluable since public transport doesn’t reach many of the main tourist sites. There is a metro network (BTS) which is fast, cheap and efficient but it isn’t really extensive enough to provide a useful service to all parts of the city yet.
On the other hand, the Chao Phraya River is a cheap and easy transport route with many options, ferries, tourist boats and free boats to the shopping malls. This is often the quickest way to cross the city and its much cheaper than a taxi so dont be afraid to use the river and either walk or taxi the rest.
Bangkok is famous for its Wats and rightly so. Huge, truly stunning and opulent with intricate mosaics made of pottery and shells. There are over 1000 in the city and many are visible from the river.
We visited Wat Arun, although absolutely amazing, it is somewhat overshadowed by its larger neighbour Wat Pho. It is however well worth a visit, cheaper and much less crowded. At all Wats and the Grand Palace, remember to cover shoulders and knees. Head covering is not necessary.
We also visited Grand Palace. At the current (pretty poor) exchange rate, it costs around £12 . Allow a good two hours here; it is huge and well worth the entry fee.
We decided to do a dinner cruise. There are plenty of these but they do get full so its best to book these at least a couple of days in advance. We were unable to book the Shangri-La one so we settled for Grand Chao Phraya, recommended by the hotel. This was around £42 each including buffet but without drinks. It was a rather strange set up with upstairs being a rain soaked Thai buffet and downstairs having its own Indian buffet and party. It was a relaxing evening on the river with a decent band but the food was disappointing and cold.
The Tuk Tuk tour organised by Urban Adventures was good value. I can offer this and other tours and this is something I would totally recommend. The downside was getting to Nuovo City hotel to pick up the tour at 8.30, but once there we were welcomed in the corner of the lobby by Miss Pam and Mr A along with an older couple and a large family with nice, interested teenage kids, a good mix of people to share our tour with. Our driver whose name I cant recall, but he supports Arsenal, took us in one of a convoy of six tuk-tuks first of all to Phra Sumeru Fortress, one of only two remaining of the original 14 and time for a leisurely stroll through the gardens overlooking Chao Phraya river. Picking up the tuk-tuk again we headed for Golden Mount where the very daunting sounding 344 steps wasn’t too bad, and the view over Bangkok was well worth the effort.
Next stop was the Amulet market where our guide explained the significance of the beckoning lady, the hermit and of course The Buddha. This was followed by a tour of the Market in the Little India district, a real treat to the senses, the aroma of the local vegetables and spices used in both Thai and Indian Cuisine and all the brightly coloured fabrics. This was followed by a visit to the Flower Market, where we were each given a lotus flower were taught how to fold the petals and reveal the centre and then to respect the local custom of offering our lotus flowers to the reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. The morning tour was a really good and well organised overview of Bangkok.
Our last evening was spent visiting the famous Moon Bar, the original rooftop baron 61st floor of the Banyan Tree and then we made use of the metro service to the Sukhumvit area of Bangkok, a long street lined with bars, hotels and shopping malls.
All in all during our brief stay in Bangkok we managed to cover most of the main tourist sites and sample some authentic Thai cuisine. Unfortunately this didn’t allow time to go shopping in the new shopping malls in the various parts of the city. Bangkok is a huge city with 16 million inhabitants and 3 nights is really the minimum you should consider spending there. Realistically visiting more than one temple in a day in the searing heat is very exhausting but do take the time to visit at least one. they are truly magnificent and iconic.

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Haldi Indian Restaurant in Moonee Ponds

Haldi Indian Restaurant in Moonee Ponds 01 July 2019 .
Haldi Indian restaurant in trendy Puckle Street in Moonee Ponds is serving up some of the best Indian food in Melbourne. Creamy spicy fragrant curries are made from scratch. Sauces are authentic and diverse, and are not mixed together from one dish to another (like many Indian restaurants). In fact each dish is created from scratch in its own pan. Thus the dishes are vibrant, fresh and authentic. Our experience at Haldi Indian restaurant was sensory and joyous, with big flavours and first class presentation of dishes. Haldi is several steps up from “a good honest local Indian restaurant” and shows a touch of class while still being excellent value. Papadum entree featuring Lentil crisps and chutney dips, enjoyed with Kingfisher beer was a great start. Located within the hustle and bustle of Puckle Street, Haldi serves up hearty Indian dishes, packed with flavour, cooked in traditional methods, but served with modern flair. The attention to preserve traditional flavours is paramount. With a modern twist on some dishes, Raj tells us they are passionate to cover the bases on traditional flavours first. Always evolving, Raj the General Manager tells us Haldi makes changes to the menu every four months.
Vibrant big flavour dishes. Haldi is Hindi for turmeric; hailed as a wonder spice in Indian cooking. The vibrant gold of turmeric and and the bright colours of the dishes at Haldi are something to behold, achieved naturally without artificial substances. The kitchen is headed up head chef, Atar Singh , who has previously trained with master chefs in India, including the one of the masterminds behind butter chicken (Sanjeev Kapoor). He then headed to Japan where he was a TV Chef for five years, but more recently he was head chef at Atta Restaurant in Albert Park. Modern decor and engaging with open kitchen. Haldi has launched a new ‘Winter Warmers’ special: 3 x entrees, 3 x curries with rice, naan and raita, plus dessert for $55 per person. We think this is great value. The inspiration for the dishes we experienced comes from across India not one particular region. Raj displays his years of experience engaging the customers. Like India itself (which I have visited many times) Haldi delivers a sensory experience to the diner as all your 5 senses are engaged. Taste the big flavour dishes, be impressed by the vibrant colours, mop up curries with fluffy Naan, and be taken in by the aromas. And hear action from the open kitchen and Raj speaking about the dishes and engaging his customers, with first class service. It’s claimed the menu is not large for an Indian restaurant but it’s large enough and we love the focus on their signature dishes and diverse offerings. The fact that each dish is prepared when it is ordered is a major selling point in authenticity. Paneer Nuggets featuring a Golden paneer sandwich complete with Tokyo onion rings, captures the imagination and the taste buds. Served with chana and tomato sauce it is a fun and playful dish with modern interpretation but all the flavours of paneer are there. A great start to our meal.
We also enjoyed Papadum featuring Lentil crisps and dips with Vindaloo chutney, Beetroot chutney and Mint chutney. Note the vibrant colours. This was achieved without anything artificial. Tangy flavours were excellent. Tawa Murgh hit the high notes featuring Tawa grilled chicken breast with herb flavour, stuffed mince lamb, roasted to perfection. This is a generous portion for an entree.
Wine list is top notch.
Sharabi Raan is a delightful smoky dish served with a touch of theatre, with Raj removing a glass cloche with release of smoke. Lamb marinated with old monk and spices is smoked with herbs. This is a dish I’ve never experienced and I found it comforting and rewarding to indulge in delicious tender smoky spicy lamb, especially in winter.
Tender smoky spicy lamb. Curries are a specialty at Haldi, and we felt there was generous amount of meat in the meat based curries but also the sauces were a standout. Sauces are where the real skill lies and these were first class. Butter Chicken is often a dish from which we gauge an Indian restaurant. Haldi serves up a vibrant rich creamy Butter Chicken with right amount of spice (butter chicken should never have excessive heat) as one of the best in Melbourne. Beef Vindaloo option for those who like it hot, also hit the mark with diced beef in garlic wine marinade and dried chilli peppers. Check out the vibrant colour! The curries were enjoyed (and mopped up) with fabulous Garlic Naan and Rice.
A highlight was the “Chef Special” Fish Curry featuring Rockling, with perfectly cooked fish in a golden spicy sauce. It’s not every day I would choose a fish curry but this was outstanding. Some of the best Indian dishes in Melbourne. The wine list here is excellent ; it’s not huge but carefully selected with top notch wines that I recognised, at reasonable prices. The wine list has been crafted by expert sommeliers to match the food. We enjoyed a bottle of McLaren Vale’s finest, the Mitolo Angela 2016 McLaren Vale Shiraz which as a medium to full-bodied shiraz was a great match for our spicy dishes.
Dessert also hit the high notes with a fusion Ras Malai, inspired by the Bengal region of India it features rich cheesecake with a deconstructed Oreo crust and pistachio kulfi.
We also experienced a dessert described a carrot pudding, the Gajar Ka Hawla which was bright orange and had a wonderful sweetness and touch of spice.
There’s also a BYO option of $10 corkage.
Vegetarian options are also available, with Haldi recognising the importance of vegetables in India cuisine.
Haldi is a local gem and hero in Moonee Ponds, but also worth the drive across Melbourne. Open six days a week. Highly recommended.

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A decade of dreams

The U.S. Consulate completed 10 years in Hyderabad and two former and present Consuls General share their endearing and baffling moments during their stint in the city
You could almost believe Cornelis M Keur when he says he competed for an assignment in Hyderabad so that he can relish the famed biryani. He adds with a twinkle in his eye, “It became a challenge to keep my weight down. Between the delicious Hyderabadi cuisine and the hospitality extended by our many friends in Hyderabad, I was dining far too well.”
Keur served as the first Consul General when the U.S. opened its diplomatic office in Hyderabad in 2008. Now over a decade later, Keur feels the main objective of the Consulate to deepen the relationship between the U.S. and India, in addition to providing visa and other services has been quite successful. “Expanding India-U.S. commercial and cultural ties were significant objectives. In the first two years it was important to get the word of our presence and purpose out to the general public,” says Keur. Cornelis M. Keur | Photo Credit: Nagara Gopal In the spotlight Katherine Dhanani in Odisha
Katherine Dhanani, who served as the next Consul General between 2010 and July 2013 adds, “I enjoyed my years in Hyderabad enormously. We had a wonderful team at the Consulate that was enthusiastic about the work and brought great imagination and dedication to it.” Dhanani however, admits, on lighter note, the biggest challenge during her post in the city was facing photographers. “I wasn’t used to the attention and didn’t relish having my photographs taken at all sorts of occasions. Thankfully, the photographers quickly lost interest in me when cricketers or film actors arrived at an event,” she laughs.
The current Consul General Katherine Hadda completes her term this August. She concurs with Keur in saying all the food here has made her gain weight. “I do look forward to losing weight again when I get home and leave all these tempting dishes and Hyderabad. It’s been a wonderful three years though,” exclaims Hadda who witnessed Hyderabad Consulate becoming one of the world’s busiest issuers of student and business visas. “We have supported the growing U.S. commercial presence in our district and provided opportunities for under-served local students and female entrepreneurs, increasing economic prosperity in both our countries.”
Hadda recalls when she first arrived, facing the question of what holds back women here. “I found that strange since I meet dynamic and successful women all the time, working across a variety of sectors. We began to highlight our admiration of these women and their work. Of course, we were not the only ones to do this, but perhaps highlighting interactions between these women and me — a female Consul General — did add to public appreciation of successful women. Interestingly, that question about what is holding women back is far less now.” Katherine Hadda | Photo Credit: G Ramakrishna
Katherine Dhanani, during her term initiated U.S. as a tourist destination among Indians. “My experience was that people of AP were eager to visit the U.S., where many had friends and family. Just having a Consulate in Hyderabad made the process substantially easier, since visa applicants didn’t have to travel for their interviews.”
Dhanani recalls her Hyderabad stint as an endearing one, “People here were extremely welcoming, including the young employees of high-tech companies I played volleyball with during the Amcham tournament, the women participating in micro-enterprise finance groups in Vijayawada, the students at the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences in Bhubaneswar, and the community in Barkas who hosted me soon after I arrived in Hyderabad.” Dhanani’s only regret is she had to leave the city before the Metro Rail was launched. “Minor irritations like traffic and construction is nothing when you see what a dynamic city Hyderabad has become. I only wish I was in town to enjoy the new Metro Rail and glide above all the traffic,” says Dhanani wistfully.
The U.S. Consulate is set to move to to a new state-of-the-art facility in Gachibowli’s financial district in 2021. “I’m really proud of all the work we do to promote U.S.-India relations in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. I sometimes wish we could do even more here, but we are constrained by our office space and staff size. We will be able to process visas more efficiently than we do now, and also host events and exhibits at our own location. We’ll be an even better partner to the citizens and governments of this districts than we are today,” says Katherine Hadda.

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