Modern Indian cuisine in a fine dine setting

Modern Indian cuisine in a fine dine setting

Modern Indian cuisine may not be a familiar term in the average foodie’s dictionary but Maziga aims to change that. Situated on the top floor of VR Bengaluru in Whitefield, the fine dining place serves mainly North Indian and Mughlai dishes with a fusion touch.
All glass and lights, Maziga is a visual delight even from outside. Wine cellars at the entrance give it a polished look, which is accentuated by rectangular chandeliers and a toned down colour palette and seating arrangements.
We tried their special 15-course menu that takes one on a journey through India, by serving innovative fusion dishes from various states across the country. It is priced at Rs 2200 and has to be booked a day in advance, as some of the ingredients have to be sourced.
We started off with ‘Chat Masala Yoghurt Spherification’, which is chat masala inside a yogurt ball. When you consume it, the outer layer pops open to a burst of delicious slimy masala yogurt. The ‘Goat Brain Pav’, minced meat inside a pav, served with picked sauce and beetroot sauce, is a decent try while the ‘Veg Kheema Pav’ is a filling and good enough substitute for vegetarians.
The combination of ‘Quinoa Upma Cod Fish Kaffir Lime Sauce’ is unheard of but don’t let that deter you. The fish was soft and perfectly cooked and the smell was very mild, which is a blessing for many finicky eaters. ‘Chicken liver’ is an okay option; though we were surprised to taste chicken liver cold for the first time. ‘Banana Flower Dumpling’, light fried dumplings in tomato based soup, is a refreshing and light dish that invigorates your tastebuds. Same goes for the ‘Edamame Beans and Green Peas Soup’.
The ‘Malvani Prawns with Charcoal Lentils Pancakes’ is a good try. The Malvani Prawns was soft and juicy, complemented by the activated charcoal pancakes. The subtle taste of spices was the main attraction.
The ‘Tandoori Smoked Duck with Kashmiri Rogan Josh Spices’ is soft and succulent and has spices evenly spread throughout.
The ‘Gilawant Kebab Kulcha’, minced meat, tossed in spices, inside a kulcha, was low on spices and somewhat dry. The Seafood Pilaf’ was nice but people who are not too aware of scallops or how it tastes can have a problem with the strong smell of the pilaf.
The mildly cheesy ‘Risotto Khichdi’ is true comfort food that satisfies your soul.
Turmeric Kulfi
The ‘White Chocolate Golgappa’ is an interesting twist to the age-old street food of India. A golgappa is filled with regular masala pani and chocolate and the burst of flavours in your mouth is worth experiencing.
The ‘Chef Special Sorbet’, served in a teapot (how cute!) is a special sorbet with a hint of almond and brocolli.
The ‘Thandai Panacotta’ is a unique and delicious mix of the traditional Indian drink (Thandai) and a modern dessert (pannacotta). The ‘Turmeric Kulfi’ does not have a strong taste of turmeric though the name and colour make one feel otherwise.
Special shoutout to the lovely, Instagram-worthy plating. Maziga is located on third Floor, VR Mall, B Narayanapura, Mahadevapura, ITPL Main Road, Whitefield.

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The Real Skinny on Fat Camp for Skinny Girls

The Real Skinny on Fat Camp for Skinny Girls Published on March 1,
The mood could only be described as tense as the three of us walked across the pebbled pathway leading to the guest house in silence. As diehard Manhattanites, we do fear the outdoors and are always hypervigilant for signs of any type of wildlife, but tonight, we walked with purpose immune to the nature all around us.
Evening activity (the mystical aura photography) had just ended in the main house, and many guests still sat around the couch comparing and contrasting their colorful auras. (Think of these photos as selfies of your soul.)
Normally – as the three founders of Groundsea Fitness – we would stay and chat, but rumor had it that an article about our retreat was about to drop in our paper of record (The New York Post, if there is any doubt as to which paper I am referring to). We’d met the writer, she’d interviewed us and a handful of guests, and we even took part in a photo shoot (I regret this part). The current retreat was going well, but we knew the article could make or break us as a company. We sat Indian style on one of the beds, hitting refresh over and over on every device like parents of first-time sleepaway campers … waiting.
“Uh-oh,” my partner/sister uttered. (Actually, she didn’t say uh-oh, but I don’t think her reaction is for print, so let’s just pretend it was uh-oh.)
“FAT CAMP FOR GIRLS WHO ARE ALREADY SKINNY..,” the headline blared. The Real Skinny on Fat Camp for Skinny Girls
We’re toast, my sister uttered (that’s verbatim). We all agreed, and cringed as we read the story word for word. Yes, it was pithy and funny, but it wasn’t really describing the experience that we had curated. We envisioned a summer-camp style burning of our logo by the lake – as a way of saying a final goodbye to Groundsea.
We slept soundly despite the bad news. After all, action-filled days that begin with three-hour hikes up Bear Mountain, through Flag Rock or across the Appalachian Trail, along with afternoon fitness (can’t forget your core!), massages and vinyasa flow yoga, can really tire a person out.
Around 6:30 AM, our third partner and childhood BFF announced: “Guys you’re not going to believe this.”
What? we asked, our words teeming with dread. “All of the July retreats are now full, and we have waiting lists for three of the four – plus our inbox is blowing up and our voice mail is also full.”
Turns out, everyone wants to go to Fat Camp for Girls Who Are Already Skinny.
We were dumbfounded, but maybe we shouldn’t have been. For better or worse, we all want to be members of this elite club, shares Harriet Brown, a professor of magazine journalism at S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY, and the author of several books on food and body image including “Body of Truth,” “Brave Girl Eating,” and “Feed Me!”
“Our preference for and obsession with thinness grows out of a number of trends that came together around the turn of the 20th century, including the availability of food, a drop in manual labor, waves of immigrants who were considered less desirable, and a rise in medicalization,” she explains.
“If you look back over those last 120 years, you’ll notice that the pressure for women to be thin peaks during times when women are gaining more social power. So in the run-up to women’s suffrage, we had the flappers, who popularized an androgynous and slender body type. In the 1960s with ‘women’s lib’ and the pill, we had Twiggy. In the 1990s as women began to ascend the corporate ladders, we had Kate Moss and heroin chic. One of the major factors that perpetuates this obsession is advertising, which is based on creating and exacerbating our deepest anxieties about ourselves, anxieties that are then exploited to sell products,” she continues.
“Then there’s also the fact that the vast majority of medical research in this country is funded by industries that make money off weight loss, from pharmaceutical companies to bariatric surgeons to commercial entities like Weight Watchers.”
The bottom line, she says, “there are many threads that come together to create this obsession” and thus, everyone wants to go to fat camp for skinny girls.
In truth, Groundsea Fitness is so much more than this, and I imagine that (other than the Biggest Loser Ranch and Bikini Bootcamp) most wellness retreats are of a similar vein. Most of the hundreds of guests who have crossed our doorsteps (many for second and third times) and drank our Kool-Aid (well, fire tonic, to be exact) are fit, but they are not coming to us to lose weight (if that happens as part of the detox process, so be it). Mainly they want to hit pause, take time for themselves and learn how to make healthier choices every day. Some are super fit marathoners, others have never hiked before. Some cook every night and follow all the cool food bloggers, while others do nothing of the sort. Many are vegan or want to be, but some are diehard carnivores. We’ve had socialites, celebrities, moms, daughters, sisters, influencers and journalists and even a handful of men and regardless of age, weight, social status, education and fitness level, everyone tends to bond (kind of like camp). There is a common denominator. Everyone loves talking about food, taking photos of food (well that’s probably a new thing) and making plans for eating food. For three to five days, our guests get to know each other without makeup, stick-straight hair, stilettos and any pretense whatsoever. As they hike and share snacks atop mountain peaks (and snacks are more than six almonds), they also talk about romantic relationships, work stress, work-life balance, loss and childrearing and pets, TV shows, books… you name it. Groundsea Fitness Retreat Another building at Goundsea
No camp experience is complete without counselors. Any former or current camper knows that counselors make or break your summer. We’ve got a giggling chef (who when not cooking, shopping, rolling vegetable sushi or making cashew milk from scratch, can be found binge watching Grey’s Anatomy), the world’s peppiest, but not annoying fitness director (a tough balance), a seriously zen yogi/reflexologist who is a pied piper of local massage therapists, a hard core hiking team who are prepared for everything—and of course a dream team of specialists. Instead of arts and crafts and boating, we’ve got acupuncture, dream interpretation, aura phototherapy and a cryo facialist. Yoga at Groundsea Fitness Downing their dogs Dream a little dream on a wooden swing at Groundsea
The food is, of course, better than I remember having at my Wayne County camp. There are three group meals a day (with cooking demos), and each ingredient is locally sourced, vegan and organic and looks so pretty that you feel bad when you devour it in less than 3 minutes. I’m not kidding. I finish my carrot-tahini-sweet potato pancake breakfast in under two minutes and I don’t eat breakfast in the real world. The cuisine is predominantly vegan (although bone broth is an option around 4 PM). There is no alcohol or sugar (and even more amazing, no one cares or complains). We do offer bulletproof coffee in the AM, which means no withdrawal headaches for java junkies and this is a big plus according to guests who have been to other caffeine-free retreats. Mason jar yums at Groundsea
The meals are balanced to sustain guests throughout the day and help their body detox. We don’t go by calories, but we do limit portion sizes, focus on colorful fruits and vegetables– and love anything in a mason jar. Breakfast at Groundsea
So, if Groundsea is not fat camp for skinny girls, what is it? It’s camp for adults – but instead of arts or sports, the theme here is health and wellness. And sticking with the camp thaw, and throwing it back to an old alma mater, Groundsea is truly a “world of our own…conceived with our love and our long-lasting pride” – and as such, it allows us all to be healthier regardless of weight or body image. If calling it Fat Camp for Skinny Girls encourages people to try it out, so be it.
Denise Mann is a freelance health writer in New York. Her articles regularly appear in WebMD, Healthday.com, Beautyinthebag.com and other consumer health portals. Mann was awarded the 2004 and 2011 journalistic Achievement Award from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. She was named the 2011 National Newsmaker of the Year by the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America. She has also been awarded the Arthritis Foundation’s Northeast Region Prize for Online Journalism, the Excellence in Women’s Health Research Journalism Award , the Gold Award for Best Service Journalism from the Magazine Association of the Southeast, a Bronze Award from The American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors for a cover story she wrote in Plastic Surgery Practice magazine, and an honorable mention in the International Osteoporosis Foundation Journalism Awards. She was part of the writing team awarded a 2008 Sigma Delta Chi award for her part in a WebMD series on autism. She lives with her husband, David, their miniature schnauzer, Perri Winkle Blu, and her Chihuahua rescue mix, Thomas Jo, and their two sons, Teddy and Evan. In her spare time, Mann is working on a fiction novel loosely based on her extended family. You may also like

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Indian Cooking – Popular Restaurant Dishes: Rupen Rao: epub

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Indian Cooking – Popular Restaurant Dishes brings restaurant-style Indian food right to your kitchen table! As a culinary teacher, I’ve taught thousands of people how to cook Indian Cuisine. Now I’m putting my lifetime of experience into one amazing cookbook! My cookbook is a collection of popular Indian recipes served at many Indian restaurants all across the United States. From high-end restaurants from all USA and Europe to temple food found in Dallas TX … Indian culture and its diverse foods are alive and well!Full of colorful pictures along with over 50 knock-out recipes, my book takes the mystery out of Indian Cuisine and gives anyone the power to create original, richly flavored Indian dishes.

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Location was slightly off the road with nothing to do outside the resort. Food options are limited. We had not much choice with vegetarian food and no Indian cuisine.
Stayed in February 2019

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6 Restaurants We Cannot Wait to Visit for Portland Dining Month – Willamette Week

Willamette Week 6 Restaurants We Cannot Wait to Visit for Portland Dining Month There are not enough days in March (or room in our stomachs) to dine at over 130 participating restaurants, so here are a few spots we are excited to visit. Aviv, one of the participating restaurants for Portland Dining Month. Published February 22 at 1:31 PM Updated February 25 at 5:03 PM
March in Portland means it’s Portland Dining Month , Travel Portland’s annual celebration that encourages restaurants across the city to create special three-course dinners for only $33.
There are not enough days in March (or room in our stomachs) to dine at over 130 participating restaurants, so here are a few spots we are excited to visit because of their elevated takes on traditional cuisine, impeccable presentations, and inviting spaces.
Rosa Rosa 750 SW Alder St. Rosa Rosa sits in the Dossier Hotel and is the newest addition to the Vitaly Paley dining family (Paley’s Place, The Crown, Imperial, and Headwaters). The décor sets the scene for a great dining experience, with a marble floor, wood fixtures, and natural light flooding from street-corner windows. Rosa Rosa serves Ottoman cuisine, a traditional style from the culinary melting pot of the former Ottoman Empire along the Balkan Peninsula. We cannot wait to see how it crafts three courses of this unique fare—it’s sure to be a standout newcomer.
Bamboo Sushi Numerous locations
Bamboo Sushi’s decade-long commitment to sustainable seafood remains one of its defining features, making each meal an act to improve the planet as well. Bamboo Sushi’s numerous Portland locations offer different vibes—the Alberta location is romantically lit with paper lanterns in the cozy space, while the downtown location feels more like a sleek fish house with high ceilings—but all serve freshly prepared sushi rolls and Japanese fusion options that could lure even the most sushi-averse. Bamboo Sushi’s Portland Dining Month menu will have its ethically sourced ingredients in an exotic colorful display that has come to make the place a Portland dining institution.
Q Restaurant & Bar 828 SW 2nd Ave.
Q somewhat carries the torch of Portland’s past. Situated in the heart of downtown, it’s sitting at an old gathering spot for journalists, cops and politicians for four decades. When Q opened, it was designed with the nostalgia in mind: the restaurant has dark wood and leather diner booths, a tall sparkle-flecked granite bar top circling the liquor shelves, and one of the city’s best Reuben sandwiches and crispy french fries that put fast-food versions to shame. Make sure to enjoy a drink from their clever cocktail menu before your dinner.
Tiffin Asha 1670 NE Killingsworth St.
Tiffin Asha blends traditional Indian cooking with New Portland aesthetics, setting up shop on the ground level of a new development along Killingsworth. Its fusion plates beg to be photographed—artfully arranged dosas (stuffed crepes made with lentils), curries, gun powders and chutneys. Beyond the presentation that goes into each dish, the food itself is sumptuous and each bite worth ruminating to savor. Tiffin Asha’s cozy, tastefully decorated dining room and welcoming atmosphere will make you feel at home during Portland Dining Month.
Jackrabbit 830 SW 6th Ave.
Located in the Duniway Hotel, Jackrabbit is the most Portland-themed of this city’s many hotel restaurants, with golden light on dark wood in a gin lover’s bar. The menu is all about red meat, pairing regional cuts of beef with local vegetables (some purchased from Portland State University’s Farmers Market up the street), though it does have some non-beef dinners (pig’s head and buttermilk fried rabbit) for protein seekers looking for something other than a cow. For many, Portland Dining Month makes Jackrabbit financially feasible at last, so stop by while you can.
Aviv 1125 SE Division St.
Tucked into a small, cozy spot in Southeast Portland, Aviv has flourished. From the same restaurateur that brought us the Gonzo food cart, Aviv’s Israeli fusion courses are colorful and flavorful vegan takes on traditional Middle Eastern courses, like shawarma, falafel and bourekas. It also serves a wide variety of hummus, ranging from zesty to spicy; deep-fried mushroom “calamari”; and a tahini cauliflower that is rich with flavor. Aviv’s shawarma bowl has developed a reputation as one of the city’s best hangover cures, and the restaurant has heard more than one satisfied customer comment, “I didn’t know vegan food could be so tasty.” Their three-course meal will be sure to evoke similar remarks.
Portland Dining Month presented by Travel Portland happens all March long across Portland neighborhoods. Visit PortlandDiningMonth.com to see the full list of participating restaurants and make reservations with OpenTable.

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5 Secret Fat Burning Foods

5 Secret Fat Burning Foods
5 Secret Fat Burning Foods : How and What We Eat to Lose Weight
Short-term fad diets do not work. Depriving your body of much needed calories and nutrients will weaken your physique, your mind, as well as cripple that crucial willpower you need to resist processed, high-sugar treats. It’s not just common sense, but also a scientific fact that diets will only lead to short-term weight loss and then more weight gain in the long-run.
One step forward, two steps backwards. Or two leaps. This simple conclusion is the result of more than a decade’s worth of studies and literary reviews by the Health and Eating Lab at the University of Minnesota and I also encourage you to closely examine their findings on calorie deprivation in particular.
What we should actually focus on is the quality of the food we eat , as Harvard’s School of Public Health rightfully indicates. Unrefined, minimally processed whole foods will help you achieve a healthy, stable weight over a longer period of time. Maintaining adequate levels of physical activity is also necessary for you to be able to either maintain your ideal weight or shed some pounds to get to it. Add in to the mix a high quality natural fat burner such a Thermo-XX from dna lean and you are guaranteed to get even better results.
Below, you’ll find a list of 5 secret fat burning food categories, food items, and spices that you absolutely need to include in your diet. 5 Foods that Help You Burn Fat Grapefruit (and citrus, in general) The grapefruit , arguably the most despised fruit of the citrus family, might hold the key to treating metabolic diseases, dealing with obesity, and lowering levels of fat. The compounds naringin and naringenin – particularly the latter – are abundantly present in this pink, bitter delight. Naringenin, which is also the culprit behind the grapefruit’s unique taste, has been scrutinised for the past decade for its impact on obese adipose tissue. Although there is a need for more human trials that focus on its impact on weight management, so far, the current data alongside the results from cardiovascular research show great promise.
There is indisputable evidence with respect to grapefruit’s impact on blood cholesterol and its beneficial effect on insulin resistance, both of which play a significant role in maintaining a healthy weight. And this is not even counting the strong anti-inflammatory properties of all the flavonoids contained by grapefruit, nor their potent effect in reducing oxidative stress and free radical damage. Hot peppers (capsaicin) Capsaicin, the active component of chilli peppers, has been directly correlated with abdominal fat loss in humans. Although there are a host of clinical studies that reported inconclusive data over the past twenty years, the most recent, double-blind, randomized and placebo-controlled trial proved the fat burning effect of capsaicin beyond any doubt. Peppers (jalapeño, habanero, serrano, bird’s eye, any sort is good as long as it’s the spicy kind) are known to supress energy intake, modify macronutrient intake by means of appetite, increase brown adipose tissue activity, and modulate your gut microbiome (through a bacteria called Akkermansia uciniphila ) so that your body can respond better to dietary sugar and fat.
You can even get some capsaicin from Cayenne pepper, hot pepper sauce (such as tabasco), and mustard, curtesy of the pepper seeds it’s made from. A significant aspect of eating peppers is that you should never exaggerate, since this will have unpleasant effects. More importantly, you should not consume them in combination with milk products, since casein, the main protein found in dairy, is a capsaicin inhibitor. Pulses (all types of dry beans, chickpeas, lentils, dry peas) The latest systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized control trials has shown that an increased consumption of whole dietary pulses reduces body weight, as well as waist circumference. Pulses are dry, edible seeds that belong to the legume family. Overall, there are 11 types of pulses (certainly enough to provide for a good variety in meals) and they include all types of dry beans (kidney, garbanzo, fava, navy, pinto, black, etc.), dried peas, chickpeas, and lentils. The reduction in weight and weight circumference took place even in neutral energy conditions, without the subjects ever having to restrict their caloric intake.
The previous findings that associated bean consumption with a 22% smaller chance to become obese were also confirmed in this study. By the way, pulses, and chickpeas in particular, have an outstanding amount of protein (19 g per 100g), which makes them an excellent replacement for meat, as well as any processed animal products. Spices (turmeric, ginger) Without a doubt, the star of Indian cuisine is turmeric. There is good reason for this regional association, since the plant is native to the climate of the Middle East and South-East Asia. Curcumin, the active ingredient in the turmeric root, has a multitude of health benefits, weight loss included. In fact, there were numerous trials conducted on the benefits of curcumin intake on metabolic disorders. The first way that curcumin works towards burning fat is by reducing the amount of blood sugar and cholesterol. Additionally, curcumin was shown to prevent the accumulation of fat in the liver, as well as under the skin.
To maximize the weight loss benefits of turmeric, people often combine it with ginger. Eating ginger regularly was proven to help regulate satiety, improve food thermogenesis, as well as increase metabolic rate and fat oxidation, although not to the same extent that chilli consumption does. Fruits, vegetables, and whole foods The single, most impactful secret food(s) you can eat to promote long-term weight loss are fruits and vegetables. Harvard recommends that ½ of everything we eat should be fruits and veggies, with an approximate ratio of 40 to 60 in favour of the greens – take note that fries don’t count as veggies, despite them technically being one. The remainder should be comprised of equal parts whole grains and healthy protein. These two food categories must be used to replace low-quality foods, such as sugar-sweetened beverages, refined (white) grains, highly processed snacks, refined sugar, deep fried foods, as well as items that are high in saturated and trans fat.
Increasing consumption of vegetables and fruits (a minimum of one extra serving per meal) was associated with the most impressive six-month weight loss (as opposite to increasing dairy or fibre intake) in a trial that had over 800 successful participants and lasted over 4 years. These findings from the late 2000s were just recently confirmed by a new study published in the JAMA network, which saw participants lose an average of 11 to 13 pounds over a 12-month period. Some of them experienced incredible weight changes of up to 50 or 60 pounds. Talk about secret fat burning foods!
Changing our relationship with food
Achieving weight loss and weight management through eating is all about a balanced in-take of macronutrients (i.e. Harvard Healthy Eating Plate ), while also eliminating low-quality foods. You can certainly try incorporating hot peppers, grapefruit, as well as spices such as turmeric and ginger alongside all the pulses, vegetables and fruits you can eat in order to speed up your weight loss. However, you goal should not be to mindlessly eat as much as you can take of something that was clinically proven to promote weight loss. Don’t binge on grapefruit sprinkled with cayenne pepper. It won’t work.
Luckily, science has uncovered for us the secret fat burning foods – a balanced in-take of protein, carbohydrate, and fat (unsaturated and maybe small amounts of saturated, but never trans ) that come from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy sources of protein (beans, fish, nuts etc.). Staying active will basically guarantee to get you there. It’s a simple goal that is very hard to achieve in today’s world.

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5 Volunteering Opportunities, 5 Asian Countries, Countless Lives Changed

/ 5 Volunteering Opportunities, 5 Asian Countries, Countless Lives Changed 5 Volunteering Opportunities, 5 Asian Countries, Countless Lives Changed Tripoto https://www.tripoto.com/ By Akshit Aggarwal Are you someone hoping to fulfill your dream to live like a nomad but cannot escape the 9-5? Or wondering how you can give back to the community with them empty pockets? Your answer lies in ‘Voluntourism’. Voluntourism is basically traveling to a certain region to offer your help typically for charity and in exchange, you get food and accommodation and sometimes money as well. But the best part, you get to live there and explore the location like a local. This is the best way to experience the culture and livelihood of the people in that area while living like a native. Though not entirely free this is a very effective way of traveling as the major chunk of any travel budget i.e. accommodation is taken care off and you get to experience the place from a different perspective. So, here’s a list of 5 Asian countries where you can really live it out: Volunteer, Travel, Repeat NEPAL – The Land of Himalayas or better yet the Mighty Mt. Everest. All this life you’ve wondered to experience what it was living in the Himalayas. Dreamt about those perfect sunrise and sunsets overlooking the mighty peaks and now you’ve got a chance to live it all. Well, Read On!! Always wanted to be a school teacher, eh? So here you can not only help out the children through teaching but also by taking them to camping trips, walking them home after school and most of all by actually building their classrooms! Shamser and his family (THE HOSTS) have been living in Gaunshahar, the original abode of the royal family of Nepal, and running a school providing basic education to children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. He has a homestay located on top of a hill with views of the Annapurna, Fishtail, Manaslu and Lamjung peaks. Source Help The school currently has about 100 students including 3 children with special needs. Most people who visit help out at the school by assisting teachers, carry out creative classes and teaching students. The school has now come up with different projects like a computer lab, gardening classes and cooking classes all of which will need volunteers to educate children in these respective fields. You would work for about 5 hours a day (it sometimes gets busy if you love what you are doing), 5 days a week and the rest of the day is yours. Volunteer involvement is not limited to this, you can help the staff in improving the infrastructure of the school, rebuild paths and gates, walk the children home etc. You will easily find the company of around 10-15 volunteers at any time of the year from different parts of the world which makes this more fun than work. Accommodation In exchange for your help, you will be provided with accommodation, 3 meals per day. While they ask for a $US 5 fees from all volunteer it is more of a donation for the school. Tourism & Culture Exchange During your time here, you will experience the Nepalese culture & architecture, you can learn to cook Nepali cuisine and also mingle with your fellow volunteers and indulge in a cultural exchange like no other. You can familiarize yourself with the local wine and food and the host will also help you with some Nepali dialects so you can understand the language and history of this beautiful country. About 5-6 hrs journey from Kathmandu or Pokhara, you can enjoy surreal mountain peaks, incredibly beautiful Himalayan Ranges and watch the sun painting the sky every now and then. In fact, Besisahar is also the starting point for the Annapurna Circuit Trek and all the permits can be arranged in the town itself. Find all the details about the listing here . (Not Interested in Teaching, find other fields like a Yoga expert, Tour Guide, Organic Farming and other here .) CAMBODIA – The Land of Angkor Wat Ever wanted to serve in a bar? Music, Booze, Strangers, and a You-Only-Live-Once-Vibe; who doesn’t like it. Well, Kevin and Alex were so down in it that after workawaying for about a year, they settled in Siam Reap and started a bar in the most touristy place of Cambodia – the land of Angkor Wat. They host regular events at their bar and can use an extra hand at promoting them or doing chores during the event. Help Being a touristy place, it can get a bit busy during the evenings. They will need help in managing the bar, setting up events in the bar, promoting the bar in the neighborhood & guesthouse and promoting events in the guesthouse and nearby locations. The work generally begins in the evening so you are free during the day. Accommodation In exchange for your help, you will be provided accommodation, 1 meal per day and drinks at the bar. Tourism and Culture Exchange You are just a 10-minute drive away from Angkor Wat, one of the largest religious monuments in the world. And if crowds and popular choices don’t amuse you, you can head to the countryside, Tonle Sap Lake for a dip in tranquillity. Kevin can also help you with the lesser known tourist spot and/or the must-dos at the place. Experience the local bistros, lifestyle, and hope for some breath-taking sunsets at the Angkor Wat. When you are not busy learning French or Spanish from them, Kevin and Alex can share their experiences with Workaway over a drink or two. Find all the details about the listing here . (Not Interested in Waiting Tables, find other fields like a Yoga expert, Fishing and other here .) PHILIPPINES Did I say you have to work? Head to this amazing country and experience the best of the sea has to offer. This project will be like a vacation for you where you can do sightseeing tours, enjoy sunset parties or just have a laid-back afternoon with the sea to please your eyes. Live the life of a backpacker and stay at a chic hostel on the island of Coron, Palawan where your job is to socialize with other guests and be their tour guide. You can try hands at bartending or lead the other guests for a city tour, so basically explore the region for free and if you can play music DJ you can be the very own in-house celebrity for the evening parties. Gino, the owner of the hostel, demands a positive attitude, patience with the guest and help with all the hostel activities. Gino Help Basically, living your heart-out is what Gino demands. You will need to help the in-house guests with land and sea tours, assisting guests with information and travel tips. You will need to bartend twice a week for hostel sunset parties. Moreover, get acquainted with the fellow volunteers, be opinionated about the daily activities and provide valuable feedback to improve the place for guests as well as future workawayers. Accommodation In exchange for your help, you will be provided accommodation in the hostel itself and 2 meals per day (Breakfast or Lunch and Dinner with the guests). Hostel Tourism and Culture Exchange This is an excellent way of exploring the serene beaches, waters, and islands of the Philippines. You can go on sightseeing tours with the guests or your own solo adventures. High intake of Vitamin Sea is expected and an island like no other calling out to you. It’s an excellent place to work away as there are many volunteers at once and you have a chance to connect with them. You will have a chance to interact with the guests belonging to different regions, gather local information which will assist you in leading tours. Find all the details about the listing here . (Not Interested in a tour guide, find other fields like a Yoga expert, Fishing and other here .) THAILAND – The Road Less Traveled Is Thailand all about beaches, the ocean, water sports, and cheap shopping? Are you done with the clichéd Bangkok Temples, Nightlife & Clubbing in Pattaya and the exotic islands near Phuket? Head to this part of North Thailand and experience something you’ve never done before. Do you like to babysit, or work in the kitchen, maybe farming is your thing? You can experience all this under one roof living with our next Workaway host while taking care of their family. Staying in Chiang Mai in the countryside of this beautiful landscape you can experience surreal mountains, Thai culture and basic yet satisfying lifestyle of the community. Source Help You will be living with a family of 4, Dad (Xavier), Mum (Nathalie) and 2 kids (8 y/o girl Sophie and 2 y/o boy Edan) about 20 minutes away from Chiang Mai City amidst farms and mountains, babysitting the kids, helping out in the kitchen or at Xavier’s farm where you can learn Permaculture. Nathalie has been diagnosed with Cancer and therefore they need a helper at the house centered around the kitchen and food. You will need to care for the family in absence of Natalie who is pretty busy due to her physiotherapy. This could involve cooking, shopping for groceries, babysitting and help in the house. Accommodation In exchange for your help, you will be offered accommodation in the house itself and you can use the kitchen for meals anytime during the day in the form of self-catering. Tourism and Culture Exchange Everyone is familiar with the mountains and culture beauty Chiang Mai has to offer. Beautiful Buddhist temples, National Parks and Chiang Mai Night Bazaars are to live for and the Chiang Mai lantern festival is once in a lifetime experience. 20 min ride through the countryside will give you all the picturesque landscapes one can wish for. Credits: @wanderingkamya You can learn to cook Thai cuisine and teach something of your own, practice French or Spanish with hosts and connect with the villagers on the farms and experience the rich culture and sanctity Thailand has to offer. Xavier and his friends practice permaculture on their farms and during your free time, you can surely broaden your knowledge in the field. Find all the details about the listing here . (Not Interested in this, find other fields like a Tour Guide, Teacher and other here .) VIETNAM – The Land of History and War Are you looking to travel for long and absolutely love kids? This could be your chance to take that long vacation and make some money while at it. Vietnam has a long history of war and even longer history of rich culture and serene coastal areas. Saigon, Hoi An, and Hanoi being the mainstream places however the other provinces are equally mesmerizing yet not that touristy. Staying at Mui Ne, one of the best beach towns in Vietnam, in your own house can be the experience of a lifetime. The host requires you to stay for a minimum of 3 months and offers an allowance of $US 450 if you stay alone and $US 750 for a couple. They will also help in arranging visas and assist you to settle down in the neighborhood. Source Help The host will provide a one-bedroom house where you will run the playgroup. There could be up to a maximum of 10 children during the playgroup. You will help them learn through plays, speaking only English to them and have some other creative ideas for them to learn and play. You will be required to work 8 hrs a day 5 days a week and the rest of the time is yours. Accommodation You will be staying in a one-bedroom house where you will run the playgroup during the day (9am-5pm) and the rest of the time it will be your home. A kitchen, with a big open living space, one bedroom, and a bathroom and a large outdoor area with a garden. Tourism and Culture Exchange Mui Ne, a beach town in the Binh Thuan province of Vietnam has a lot to offer. which you can explore on foot. About a 4-hour drive from Mui Ne, you can find yourself in the most important city during the Vietnamese War – Ho Chi Minh City (popularly known as Saigon). You can experience significant French landmarks like Notre Dame Cathedral. Kitesurfing You can learn the rich history and culture of Vietnam, get a good sense of local lifestyle. You will experience living in rural Vietnam in this coastal town, cooking Vietnamese style and maybe learn to kitesurf & windsurf. The community is filled with both short- and long-term travelers and a lot of locals. Find all the details about the listing here . (Not Interested in this, find other fields like a Tour Guide, Teacher and other here .) Now That’s that. You wonder why did I choose Asian countries off all. One, not much people in India have explored this concept and to explore this genre of traveling one would prefer to travel places which would not be too troublesome in terms of paperwork/traveling. Two, the currency exchange rate is very low in these countries as compared to an economical weaker currency such as Indian Rupee or Thai Baht and since we are going to be on our own for some time, we make sure it stays lighter on your pocket as compared to destinations in Europe or Latin America. P.S. All the readers are requested to read all the terms and conditions before making any payments on the website. Kindly read all the feedback and reviews about a host and contact them for all the details before applying.

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Visit Malaysia campaign targets 30 million tourists by 2020

Visit Malaysia campaign targets 30 million tourists by 2020 Eturbo News | 6:00 AM
With a total of 25.8 million international tourists arriving in Malaysia in 2018, nation’s ambitious growth plans still call for boosting visitor numbers to this exotic, exciting and welcoming destination even more in the near future.
With the Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign in the works, Malaysia’s Ministry for Tourism and Culture is targeting arrival figures 30 million and tourist receipts of RM100 billion ( euro 21.66 billion) by 2020.
“I believe Malaysia’s cultural uniqueness is a big draw for the European market,” explained Mohamaddin Bin Haji Ketapi, minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture for Malaysia, adding, “As you may know, Malaysia is a melting pot of cultures with influences from Malay, Chinese and Indian ethnicities, as well as from Europe, Arab and the Malay Archipelago. This has resulted in a mixed yet harmonious legacy that manifests itself in Malaysia’s architecture, clothing, language, cuisine and other aspects.”
Economic Contribution of Tourism in Malaysia
The number of employees involved in Malaysia’s tourism sector rose to 3.4 million in 2017 from 1.5 million in 2005. Employment in the tourism industry contributed 23.2 percent to total employment in 2017 (2005: 15 percent). Most of the jobs in the tourism industry were in the retail trade industry (33.7 percent) and food & beverage serving services (32.3 percent) respectively.
Tourism is also important to Malaysia as it helps to empower the local community economically. Taking the Malaysia Homestay Programme as an example, it offers the local village-folk to take part in offering authentic homestay experiences to tourists. In 2017, the revenue generated from the programme reached RM27.6 million (eds: euro 5.98m).
Statistics show that in 2018, a total of 372,475 tourists (local and foreign) participated in the homestay programme across the nation.
Malaysia is a diverse tourism destination that offers world-class attractions, including nature, shopping, adventure, islands and beaches, as well as many international events, offering visitors a plethora of interesting choices. Besides that, the country is also a major destination for health tourism and MICE events.
“The ‘Malaysia, Truly Asia’ tagline has worked wonders to position our destination’s diversity”, explains the minister. “It gets the message across that Malaysia is a kaleidoscope of customs, religions, traditions, festivals, heritage, arts and crafts, and cuisines of Malays, Chinese, Indians, and various ethnic group that continues to fascinate visitors from all over the world.” This “Malaysia, Truly Asia” branding continues till today to position Malaysia’s uniqueness.
New Developments Under Way
Upcoming developments such as Desaru Coast in Johor, and Impression City Melaka, once completed, will bring renewed interest in Malaysia.
“We are seeing the industry invigorated by the opening of renowned hotel property brands here,” explains the minister, adding, “Several established hotel brands have ventured into Malaysia for the first time recently, while some of them are poised to enter the market in the near future. We are pleased that brands such as Double Tree, Hilton, Marriot, Anantara, Westin, Mercure, Sheraton, W, St. Regis, Four Seasons, Hyatt and others see the value of Malaysia for their business expansion and investments.”

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Garima Arora of Gaa is Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019

/ Garima Arora of Gaa is Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019 Garima Arora of Gaa is Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019 February 28, 2019 by Food and Wine Gazette Leave a Comment
Garima Arora, executive chef and founder of Gaa in Bangkok, has won Asia’s Best Female Chef 2019. Arora will be presented with her award at the ceremony for Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, on Tuesday 26th March 2019 in Macao.
Arora worked briefly as a journalist before pursuing her interest in the culinary arts. After graduating from Le Cordon Bleu Paris in 2010, she worked at Noma in Copenhagen, learning alongside chef René Redzepi. Recalling her two-plus years of experience at Noma, she said the experience changed her approach to cooking forever. “I learnt how to think about food more intelligently. I started looking at cooking more as a cerebral exercise, thinking about what you do, why you do it and understanding your place in a community.”
Returning to Asia in 2016, Arora was appointed sous chef at Gaggan, the award-winning Bangkok restaurant that has held the No.1 position on the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for four consecutive years.
In April 2017, the chef opened Gaa, a three-storey restaurant located opposite Gaggan that celebrates a modern tasting menu using traditional Indian techniques. Showcasing her creativity and culinary inspirations, each dish is made from locally sourced ingredients and explores the connections between Thai and Indian food, from fruits and curries to sauces and spices. The menu is a reflection of Arora’s cultural heritage as well as the community that surrounds her.
Diners choose between a 10- or 14-course tasting menu, which changes quarterly to reflect seasonal specialties. The result is a dining experience that is innovative, modern, playful and unpredictable. In November 2018, Gaa earned its first Michelin star, making Arora the first Indian woman to win such an accolade.
Accepting the prestigious Best Female Chef title, Arora said: “This award is a validation of our team’s hard work and commitment to excellence. I am honoured that chefs and respected industry peers voting on this award recognise and appreciate our efforts.”
Frances Gaillard, International Marketing Director for Stoli Group, overseeing elitTM Vodka, adds: “Garima has accomplished so much in such a short time – a true testament to her diligence and to her distinctive fusion of cuisines learned in some of the finest kitchens in Europe and Asia. We are pleased to be the latest to recognise this rising star in the gastronomy world.”
William Drew, Group Editor of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants, says: “This award recognises female chefs whose passion, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit serve to inspire the next generation of cooks. Garima Arora has had a huge impact on the dining scene in Asia in a short period with her brilliant blend of Indian traditions and Thai ingredients.”
Previous winners of Asia’s Best female chef title included Bo Songvisava, Lanshu Chen, Vicky Lau, Margarita Fores, May Chow and Bongkoch Bee Satongun.
Winners of The World’s Best Female Chef Award include Ana Roš, Dominique Crenn, Hélène Darroze, Elena Arzak, Anne-Sophie Pic and Clare Smyth Share this:

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The Top 7 Vegan Backpacking Destinations in Southeast Asia

The Top 7 Vegan Backpacking Destinations in Southeast Asia Share Charlotte Pointing Senior Editor, UK | Contactable via charlotte@livekindly.co Southeast Asia is one of the most popular backpacking destinations in the world for young travelers. It’s a beaten track, meaning it feels safe, and there are plenty of budget-friendly hostels, restaurants, and activities waiting for you when you arrive. Whatever you fancy doing, whether it’s surfing, visiting an (ethical) animal sanctuary, snorkeling, trekking, or simply relaxing next to the ocean, Southeast Asia has something to offer everyone. It’s also extremely vegan-friendly, with vegetables, rice, and noodles making up the base of most meals. There are some places that have more to offer in terms of plant-based food than others. Here are the top seven vegan-friendly spots for travellers in Southeast Asia. The Top 7 Vegan Backpacking Destinations in Southeast Asia 1. Bangkok, Thailand advertisement – about this ad Bangkok is the landing pad for most backpackers when they arrive in Southeast Asia; it offers cheap flights and train travel to a variety of cities and islands. But Thailand’s capital also has much to offer itself, including a variety of vegan restaurants and cafes. According to veggie restaurant finder HappyCow , the city has more than 300 vegan-friendly restaurants. So before you head off to the sun-soaked islands, consider spending a little time getting to know Bangkok’s plant-based scene. Try Seven Spoons – a short walk from the busy Khao San Road – for hearty veggie-focused dishes, or May Veggie Home for some comforting grilled meat-free bacon and tasty dairy-free ice cream . Many Thai dishes are vegan by nature anyway; look out for Pad Thai with rice noodles or Red Curry with tofu. 2. Bali, Indonesia From the scenic Gili Islands to busy Ubud, Bali is vegan food galore. If you’re in Kuta, try Il Tempio or Beach Bowl Bali . If you’re in Seminyak , try Divine Earth. Pretty much everywhere you go you’ll be faced with loads of plant-based choices. One top tip is to look out for warungs, traditional Indonesian restaurants with food often served buffet style. They’re an incredibly cheap, nutritious, and a tasty way to keep yourself fed. What’s more, they often serve up tofu, tempeh, noodles, rice, and all kinds of different veggies. 3. Singapore If you’re looking for a vegan meal at the end of a long day of sightseeing around this fascinating and futuristic place, you won’t be disappointed. Singapore is a melting pot of different cultures and cuisines, meaning it has plenty of diverse vegan food to offer. HappyCow shows a whopping 1,242 vegan-friendly listings for the city-state and 575 of those are in the center, so whatever you fancy, it’s likely Singapore can deliver. Start off with some Peranakan-Thai plant-based food at Whole Earth Singapore or some meat-free fast food at Hello Baby . 4. Chiang Mai, Thailand Once you’ve gotten your fill of busy Bangkok, hop on the overnight train up north to chilled Chiang Mai for some rest. The atmosphere is relaxed and the city is easy to navigate. The night market is bustling and there are plenty of attractions nearby (visit Elephant Nature Park to learn about the beautiful animal). Stop in at Ama Vegan Kitchen for some fresh chia pudding and mango, or Munchies Vegan Fast Food for some fishless fish ‘n’ chips. There are so many plant-based options in Chiang Mai, you’ll only be sorry that your stay isn’t long enough to try them all twice. 5. George Town, Malaysia Penang’s capital is colorful, diverse, and modern. It’s also packed with vegan-friendly restaurants. Try 8 Morality Vegetarian Restaurant for Taiwanese-style cuisine or Bock Garden Meatless Cafe for veggie Chinese dishes or some Western food if you prefer. According to HappyCow , Chinese restaurants serving vegan food are aplenty in George Town, but if you’re after something a little spicy, there are also veggie-friendly Indian restaurants in abundance. 6. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam If Ho Chi Minh City’s your next stop, you’re in luck. Not only does this place offer backpackers a wealth of history and culture but it’s also pretty generous with its vegan food offerings, with nearly 250 vegan-friendly restaurant listings on HappyCow. Try Veggie Saigon for some tasty traditional Vietnamese dishes served in a modern setting or A Di Da Phat for some moorish Vietnamese noodles and vegan meat. 7. Phnomh Penh, Cambodia Cambodia’s busy capital has so much to offer its visitors; walk along the riverfront, gaze at the Royal Palace and Wat Phnom (a hilltop temple), and feast on plant-based cuisine. Try Masala Dosa Street Kitchen for some tasty Indian fusion food as well as burgers and sandwiches. Or if you’re after something super healthy, make a stop at the Russian Market and look for Vibe Cafe where a range of smoothies, matcha lattes, and acai bowls await you. Summary The Top 7 Vegan Backpacking Destinations in Southeast Asia Description Here are the top seven vegan-friendly places for travelers seeking plant-based food in Southeast Asia, including Bali, Chiang Mai, and Singapore. Author

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