Morsels: The good MEarth, Gemini gets jaded, Poke bowled over and plenty more.

Morsels: The good MEarth, Gemini gets jaded, Poke bowled over and plenty more.

Save MEarth celebrates sustainable living with its annual MEarth Day on Saturday, April 27, from 10am-4pm. The daylong event at the Hilton Bialek Habitat adjacent to Carmel Middle School sees local chefs preparing bites featuring fruits and vegetables from MEarth’s gardens. Participating chefs include BD Singh (Aabha Indian Cuisine), Ron Mendoza (Ad Astra Bread Co.), Cameron Falls (Basil Seasonal Dining), Danny Leach (Folktale Winery), Pablo Khano (Gusto), Brian Kearns (Quail Lodge), Paul Corsentino (Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette), Adam Wulf (Seventh & Dolores Steakhouse), Kari Bernardi (Super Natural Foods Company) and Pamela Burns (Wild Plum Cafe, Bistro & Bakery), Also look for live music, a plant sale and eco-exhibitors and more. $5 admission fee, children 12 and under are free, proceeds benefit MEarth’s environmental education programs. Say goodbye to Planet Gemini and hello to The Jade Lounge . The revived lounge comes from owner and longtime entertainer Mo El-Sherif , who has been a fixture of the live music scene in Santa Cruz and beyond for 12 years. Live music and entertainment is the focus, but the lounge also has happy hour, dinner and late-night food. The Jade Lounge has a full bar and offers lounge-style eats, including tri-tip, burgers, grilled chicken, tacos, salads and more. In the future, the side room may host a café for breakfast and lunch. The new name honors Big Sur jade with a large mural of the Big Sur coast now the centerpiece of the main room. 2110 North Fremont Street, Monterey. 241-6805, thejadelounge.com . Open 6pm-2am.
As the Folktale Winery team settles in at The Poke Lab , the concept and menu are expanding beyond the namesake Hawaiian raw fish bowl. That change means a new name is on the horizon: In May, The Poke Lab will rebrand to Pacific Bowls and Rolls . Look for new dishes from chefs Todd Fisher and Eddie Martinez , including rolls and salads. As reported last week, Monterey’s Tricycle Pizza is closing. But the closure will only be temporary: With the lease at the New Monterey location expiring this month and a new opportunity to grow the popular pizza business on the horizon, owner Danica Alvarado opted to shutter Tricycle’s physical storefront and move to a delivery-only model. Look for delivery to launch sometime next month on Uber Eats and Grubhub. In the meantime, business at the Lighthouse Avenue shop continues through Saturday, April 27.
Coast Big Sur has landed a new chef for its cafe: Nick Balla . Balla earned critical praise during his tenure at the now-shuttered Bar Tartine in San Francisco, then moved onto experimental restaurants Motze and Duna and started the Smokebread pop-up. His menu for the combination gallery, cafe and boutique in Big Sur will focus on dips, spreads, spoon salads and sandwiches—all portable provisions for a hike or picnic. Coffee, pastries and local wines will also be available. Balla’s fellow Bar Tartine alums Tyler and Andrea Rue have also joined the Coast Big Sur team. Tyler comes aboard as wine director and general manager and Andrea will manage cafe operations and events. 49901 Highway 1, Big Sur. coastbigsur.com . Open 11am-6pm Wednesday-Monday.
Captain + Stoker coffee shop has debuted new Campin’ Stoker kits to take your coffee into the great outdoors. The kits include a campfire-safe mug, ready-to-drink Steeped Coffee packets, plus matches and wood to start your campfire. Kits are available in the downtown Monterey shop or online at captainandstoker.com .
Alta Bakery + Cafe is getting settled in downtown Monterey with new selections popping up in the pastry case. Beer and wine are available too, with both draft and bottled beer and wine by the glass and bottle. Grab a bottle of wine and enjoy your lunch al fresco in the outdoor courtyard nestled in the Cooper Molera gardens.
Executive Chef Matt Bolton has shaken up the lunch menu at the C restaurant + bar inside the InterContinental The Clement Monterey hotel on Cannery Row. New lunch additions include a choice of two seafood towers—the petit plateau with six oysters, six cocktail prawns and ceviche ($48) or the plateau with added half Maine lobster ($78)—an Asian-inspired chopped chicken salad ($16, also available with grilled tofu for vegetarians), a corned beef reuben sandwich ($19), a seared ahi tuna sandwich ($21) and a housemade vegan black bean burger ($17). Lunch available 11:30am-3pm daily.
The Meatery now offers rotating daily sandwich specials. Mondays bring meatball sandwiches, Tuesdays feature Italian beef sandwiches with mozzarella and spicy giardiniera pickles, and Wednesdays are Philly cheesesteaks. Thursday-Saturday, it’s build-your-own with barbecue pork on Thursdays, tri-tip on Fridays and smoked brisket on Saturdays. On Sundays, snag sandwiches with The Meatery’s popular fried chicken. Of course old favorites are available on the daily menu, including the reuben, muffaletta, pork belly banh mi, roast beef and chicken breast sandwiches. Sandwiches available 11am-3pm. And don’t forget, you can skip the wait and order online at themeatery.us .
The mixed barbecue plate at Crossroads. Raúl Nava
Crossroads Barbecue now offers seniors discount on Tuesdays. Seniors 55 and older get 15 percent off food and non-alcoholic beverages all day, 11am-9pm.
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and Tortas Al 100 has been raising money in support of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center . A favorite of local festivals and farmers markets, owner Orlando Osornio is donating 20 percent of proceeds this month to the center’s child abuse prevention programs. Look for Tortas Al 100 at the downtown Salinas farmers market on Saturdays from 10am-2pm. This weekend’s farmers market is canceled, but Tortas Al 100 will be at Día del Niño festivities at Cesar Chavez Park (250 North Madeira Avenue, Salinas) on Sunday, April 29, from 10am-5pm.
April is also Autism Awareness Month . Don’t forget Salt Wood Kitchen and Oysterette hosts a benefit dinner for Autism Speaks on Thursday, April 25. The evening starts with a cocktail reception at 6pm, followed by dinner at 7pm. Executive Chef Paul Corsentino will prepare a blue-themed menu, paired with wines from Napa Valley’s Far Niente Winery . $175, tickets must be purchased via Eventbrite.
Eddison & Melrose kicks off new spring classes at the Pacific Grove tea shop. On Tuesday, April 23, the shop welcomes Chai Five Tea . Chai Five’s creator, Anita Joshi , will share educational tea tales to pair with tastes of the 100 percent organic farm-to-table tea, Eddison & Melrose’s citrus tea refresher and tandoori chicken scones. $25, reservations recommended as space is limited, 601-4851.
Twisted Roots Spring Happy Hour is Friday, April 26 from 5-7pm in the winery’s Carmel Valley tasting room with live music from Ace de la Vergne . Free admission, wine available for sale by the glass and bottle.
Mark your calendars: Michelle Rizzolo — Big Sur Bakery founder and former baker—returns to Pacific Grove’s Poppy Hall for a doughnut pop-up on Saturday, April 27. The pop-up kicks off at 9am and continues until sold out. If past pop-ups are any indication, get there early to make sure you’re not sold out of signature selections like banana cream pie doughnuts, chocolate pot de crème doughnuts, blueberry fritters and more. Cash only, doughnuts $4-5 apiece.
Carmel’s Grasing’s Restaurant welcomes Catena Zapata for a wine winner on Sunday, April 28. The Argentinean winery has pioneered high-altitude viticulture, making wine in Andes Mountains since 1902. The evening starts with a reception at 6pm—with passed appetizers and 2015 Vista Flores Chardonnay—followed by dinner at 6:30pm. Chef-owner Kurt Grasing will prepare a four-course dinner featuring manila clams (with 2016 Adrianna Vineyard Chardonnay White Stones), roasted quail (with 2015 Catena Alta Cabernet Sauvignon), grilled Tasmanian ribeye (with 2015 Malbec Argentino) and warm chocolate soup (with 2014 Nicolas Catena). $125, reservations recommended, 624-6562.
Aubergine ’s next cooking class heads to Baja California on Wednesday, May 1. Executive Chef Justin Cogley will highlight Mexican cuisine, with a special focus on Baja’s signature flavors. 11:30am-1:30pm, $145, 624-8578 to sign up.

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India marks the onset of first premium cruise liner with Jalesh cruises

New Delhi | Published: April 25, 2019 4:06:26 PM Additionally, the cruise offers land-based excursions at different ports for passengers. Additionally, the cruise offers land-based excursions at different ports for passengers.
By Sulakshna Wadhwa
The firsts are always known to etch a special memory. Jalesh Cruises, India’s first premium cruise liner created that very memory for its passengers and the nation with the official naming ceremony of its ship as Karnika on 19th April. The ship with a capacity of 2,000 passengers cruised over the long weekend from Mumbai to the High Sea. Shreyasi Punit Goenka inaugurated the voyage and wished good luck, success, and safety.
While Jalesh is named after the Lord of the water, Karnika has been named after a celestial nymph, who according to legend emerged when gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit, the elixir for life. The celebration of this paramount occasion saw five Indians who have been the first ones in their fields to bring international laurels to the nation. Gracing the stage were Milkha Singh, first Indian Athlete to win a Gold at Commonwealth Games (1958), Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEE & Essel Group, the first Indian to launch a private satellite TV channel (1992), Actor Sushmita Sen, the first Indian Miss Universe (1994), Mahesh Bhupathi, first Indian to win Grand Slam Tournament (1997) and Mary Kom, the first Indian woman boxer to win Asian Games (2014).
What’s the experience on board like?
After a shuttle ride from the Green Gate at Mumbai’s International Cruise Terminal, just like an airport, one will find themselves at the check-in counter. But instead of a ticket, you’re handed over a card which acts like a key card, access card to amenities, and a cashless card allowing you to transact for paid services upon loading a balance. The foundation decks are submerged in water where the crew takes care of every detail to run the show. It is Deck 5/Atrium level onwards where your cruising experience begins. Like any other plush hotel, you’re welcomed here with a host of welcome drinks, followed by allocation of your cabin, your home amidst the ocean. The rooms are categorized with an interior view, ocean view, and suite room. If your heart has endless admiration for the beautiful ocean, a room with a balcony offering this splendid view is recommended.
The culinary experience is where Jalesh cruise really stands out in its approach towards creating a luxurious International experience the Indian way. Most of Deck 12 is where a tastefully done up food court is housed where meals are served 5 times a day as a part of every package. A range of cuisines from Indian to Chinese finds their way here, including a dedicated Jain restaurant too! As many as 11 restaurants are included in the ticket price, barring 2 premium restaurants, and a Frozen Station which is to be paid separately for.
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The entertainment front is straight from Las Vegas and New York with The Broadway Experience and The Burlesque Experience live on stage at the beautifully designed Marquee Theatre on Deck 7. This experience is further refined as exotic cocktails do the rounds to your seat. Furthermore, stand-up comedy presenting some of India’s finest comics, magic shows with illusionists, and a jaw-dropping juggling show from across the globe take the stage. If you’re cruising with your family, a gaming zone, teenage unwinding zones, a kids zone got you covered. Apart from shows, soothing live music performances on multiple decks, casino, and good old games will keep you constantly hooked.
For those who like nothing more than a spa vacation, the onboard spa overlooking the Blue sea is a definite treat. A fully-functional gym next to the spa caters to those who are constantly watching their calories and workout regimes.
Some insights straight from the team
Jurgen Bailom, President & CEO, Jalesh Cruises said, “The idea of Jalesh cruises was created about a year and a half ago, we knew it had to be an Indian product meant for them to create a home away from home.” He further added we want them to have an International experience without the hassle of a visa or passport. Shedding light on the cruising culture in India, Lydia Almeida, Hotel Director, Jalesh Cruises shared that cruising is a safe experience for elders who can’t travel by air as special provisions have been made on the ship, as well as for solo travelers allowing them to connect with others.
Karnika will undertake 15 sailings for Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai and Mumbai-High Seas-Mumbai between April and mid-May 2019. The ship will undertake its first international sail from Mumbai to Dubai on May 24th, 2019 where it will port until mid-September 2019 before coming back to Mumbai. Additionally, the cruise offers land-based excursions at different ports for passengers.
(The author is a Mumbai-based travel writer. Views expressed are personal.)

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What Are Glass Noodles? What Can You Make From Them?

What Are Glass Noodles? What Can You Make From Them? What Are Glass Noodles? What Can You Make From Them? Neha Grover | Updated: April 25, 2019 18:16 IST Glass noodles are clear and translucent Like regular noodles, they are long soft strands but opaque In India, glass noodles are known as falooda
Aficionados of Asian food must be familiar with glass noodles as they are a common sight in the Asian cuisine. True to their name, the noodles are clear and translucent. Just like our regular noodles, they are long soft strands but opaque in appearance. Glass noodles are known by many names – cellophane noodles, Fensi, Chinese vermicelli and Bean Thread noodles. Instead of any flour, these noodles are made from water and starch like potato starch, mung bean starch, tapioca, green pea starch and canna. They are white in colour when raw but turn opaque when soaked in water and cooked.
Many Asian countries produce glass noodles in their distinct form. Chinese make them from mung bean starch and call it Chinese vermicelli.
Koreans turn them a bit thicker from sweet potato starch. Their glass noodles are called sweet potato noodles or dangmyeon.
Japanese also like their glass noodles made with sweet potato starch but call them harusame.
We Indians know glass noodles as falooda! Yes, our very own falooda of kulfi falooda is basically glass noodles made from corn starch or arrowroot. We Indians know glass noodles as falooda Benefits Of Glass Noodles – Glass noodles are sugar-free, hence may be a great option for people suffering from diabetes. Glass noodles are also fat-free and may prove to be an excellent inclusion in weight loss diet. Glass noodles are a versatile food item that is used in many dishes like spring rolls, salads, soups, hot pots and stir-fried dishes. Of course, these dishes with glass noodles are mostly seen in other Asian countries. In India, we just like our falooda with kufli. Though there are many other dishes – sweet and savoury – that can be made from glass noodles. Here are some dishes that can be made with glass noodles and also suit the palate of Indian eaters – Glass Noodle Salad Recipe
This Thai salad that is also called Yum Woon Sen can be rustled up in minutes, using common Indian veggies like carrots, tomatoes and baby corns.
View Full Recipe Here Royal Falooda Drink
A milky beverage with the smattering of feather-light, mushy falooda – this drink is perfect to survive through a hot, sunny day.
View Full Recipe Here Maple And Fruit Falooda
This is an enticing potpourri of lush falooda, nutritious nuts and tangy maple syrup. Relish this with ice-cream and give yourself a sweet treat.
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Glass noodles are usually dried when bought from the store. They are soaked in water to bring them to their edible state. We can also boil them like our regular noodles but for lesser time. Quick-to-make and a great accompaniment to almost any food, glass noodles deserve to get a place in your kitchen cabinet.
Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.

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Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an iconic hotel under Hilton’s luxury brand, soon to be opened

Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, an iconic hotel under Hilton’s luxury brand, soon to be opened April 25, 2019 Hilton ’s luxury brand, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts , willsoon welcome guests to the heart of the South Malé Atoll with thehighly-anticipated opening of Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi .Set to debuton July 1 st ,the all-villa resortspans across three private islands, providingsecluded enclaves and a tranquil escape for discerning travelers complete with a plethora of activities for guests of all generations. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushiwill offer asophisticatedand serene retreat just 30-minutes from Malé International Airport via the resort’s private yacht.An escape or families and couples in search of space and exclusivity, the resort boasts 122 luxuriously appointed villas, each equipped with a pool and uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean in its own private enclave.Each reef, beach and overwater villa will open onto an indoor and outdoor deck featuring a swinging daybed, dining gazebo, an infinity pool, in-water lounge and an outdoor shower. “We are thrilled to bring this unforgettable property and best-in-class experience to the Maldives,” said Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. “The resort’s inspirational environment, refinedculinary offerings, and thoughtfully designed family options, combined with the brand’s unparalleled commitment to personal service, will give every guestthe freedom to create memories that last a lifetime.” In line with Waldorf Astoria’s legacy of culinary expertise, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushiwill offer 11 exceptional,specialty-dining venues. Each venue will deliver distinctive, immersive dining experiences – the variety of which is a first in the Maldives. Guests can enjoy an elevated treetop-dining concept at Terra, featuring spectacular views of the ocean and horizon, as well as exquisite food and wine pairings in a tranquil setting seemingly chiselled out of the faceof a boulder atThe Rock. Yasmeen will boastauthentic Middle Eastern flatbreads and mezzes, impeccably prepared crispy Peking duck fresh out of the first wood-fired oven in the Maldives, and embracing the garden-to-table concept, Glowwill serve healthy and holistic cuisine made from the freshest ingredients harvested from the resort’s herb garden. To further elevate Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi’sculinary offerings, the hotel will be announcing a partnership with a world-renowned chef and restaurant in the coming weeks. “As the fifth Waldorf Astoria to open in the region, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi represents a significant milestone in the brand’s continued growth inAsia Pacific following the successful opening of Waldorf Astoria Bangkok last year,” said Daniel Welk, vice president, Luxury and Lifestyle Group, Asia Pacific, Hilton. “We are extremely proud to bring the brand to a destination as synonymous with luxury as the Maldives, and we look forward to delivering unforgettable experiences that reflect Waldorf Astotia’s unique sense of place and iconic service standards.” For those seeking the ultimate in exclusivity, the Ithaafushi Private Island features a two-bedroom overwater villa as well as a three-bedroom beach villa.The 32,000 square foot island sanctuary – accessible by yacht – comes complete with a dedicated chef and personal concierge team, as well as its own spa, gym, five swimming pools, entertainment centerand pristine beaches. Two Stella Maris Ocean Villas,inspired by a celestial charm – accessible only by boat–will also allow discerning guests to enjoy unrivalled privacy.Floor-to-ceiling windows, chef service, a jacuzzi and direct ocean access will make for an unforgettable and memorable escape. “We are delighted to bring the illustrious brand heritage and the world-renowned True Waldorf Service to the Maldives,” said Etienne Dalançon, general manager, Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi. “Our brand has redefined the hospitality experience for the modern, luxury traveller in landmark locations around the world,and we look forward to transforming the Maldives experience for our guests.” For additional pampering, guests can visit the Waldorf AstoriaSpa, comprised of ten idyllic overwater or garden treatment villas, which will offer an extensive menu of treatments and Asian-inspired therapiesfocusing on relaxation and rebalance.The Waldorf Astoria Young Discovery Park, a water park for young guests, and the Lagoon Pool, are ideal for families looking to enjoy a variety of activities with ease. Other facilities include the beachfront, 40-meter Mirror Pool; the Ocean Pavilion, which will host a range of wellness activities; a fully-equipped fitness center; and acombined water sport and PADI dive center. Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest-loyalty program for Hilton’s 17 distinct hotel brands. Members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose nearly any combination of Points and money to book a stay, an exclusive member discount, and free standard Wi-Fi. To celebrate the hotel’s opening, Hilton Honors members will earn an additional 5,000 Points per minimum stay of three nights, for bookings from July to September 2019, when booking directly with Hilton SHARE

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Sophalkalyan: Cheney Hall – Involuntary assimilation

By Jay Sophalkalyan Contributor
Being an international student, just like anything else, comes with its own obstacles – one of which is the involuntary process of cultural assimilation in which international students are systematically forced to adapt to the culture of the established, larger community through the policy enforcement of the college that they study in.
As an international student myself, who lives in a traditional undergraduate residence hall, I am required to pay $5,890 per year for a meal plan that consists of 224 meals per semester. But unlike most of my fellow college mates here at Springfield College, this meal plan has shaped a completely different experience for me and my campus life.
Last semester, like a couple of other international students that I know, I had more than 100 meals left over, not because I come from a different ethnic group that eats less than American people do, but because of the variety of food choices that was available for me in Cheney Hall. Accordingly by the end of the semester, there have been complaints from international students in regards to this matter while some were just hopelessly voicing their opinions.
Jiaxing (Danny) Yang, a Chinese student who is in his third year at Springfield College, said, “Occasionally, the dining hall does have Chinese foods or Indian foods. But I hope they would serve us these kinds of foods more frequently.” He continued, “I’d choose to eat in the dining (hall) because it is convenient, but I don’t like the fact that (the) meal plan has to be mandatory. It severely restricts our way of life.”
At the same time, Rahul Acharya, a transfer student from India whose major is business management, said, “Our school only has about 5 percent of international students, so it is understandable that the College is more likely to shift its resources towards American-oriented affair, and that includes the foods in Cheney Hall.”
Coupled with that, John Mailhot, Springfield College Vice President of Finance and Administration, has confirmed that, “Aramark Food Services provides a variety of food choices to accommodate the majority ,” when he was asked why there are not many food options that are more accommodating for international students.
Mailhot then added, “There are many things taken into consideration when providing meals – cultural, religious, and dietary needs to name a few. Aramark provides a monthly calendar which includes ‘Delicious DestiNATIONS.’ This is a rotation of international specialties from Asian, Mexican, Korean, Cuban, and Indian. In addition, they provide a holiday meal celebration such as February: African Heritage, March: St. Patrick’s Day Celebration, April: Sushi Gusto. Every Wednesday is Chef Skillet – a prepared specialty meal.”
In the same way, Deborah Alm, the Director of the International Center, has expressed her concern regarding the challenge that the College could face: “We have more than 25 countries represented by international students, and even more countries when we include those who are not on student visas. It would be a challenge to find chefs who could meet the needs of all students.”
While it is understandable that international students like myself cannot really expect Springfield College to please every student, it is quite unclear and ambiguous as to why exactly we are required to purchase a meal plan, just because we live in traditional undergraduate residence halls.
In response, Mailhot explained, “The traditional undergraduate residence halls are not equipped with operational kitchens as the suite styles are. A meal plan ensures that students have food/meals available to meet their nutritional needs. These types of meal plan requirements are common in higher education.”
Comparably, Brian McGuinness, the Assistant Director of the International Center gave a similar reply. “Springfield College is like many traditional small private colleges that make the meal plan mandatory for first- and second-year students,” he said.
Personally, I feel like the idea of an “operational kitchen” is really obscure and somewhat subjective. I live in Lakeside Hall, and the kitchen there is equipped with a stove, an oven, a microwave, and a refrigerator. For someone who is from a third world country, I find this to be quite “operational” to say the least.
Nevertheless, are these reasons of not having operational kitchens, or the commonality of mandatory meal plan in traditional small private colleges, truly enough for an implementation of this kind of policy? The kind of policy that takes away the choice of the international students to practice their way of life in a country that is as diverse as America.
As a person with Asian heritage, cuisine has always been an important aspect of my culture, and in a time like this when I am required to pay and eat a cuisine that is American-oriented, I cannot help but feel like I am being forced to assimilate to the mainstream culture.
One of the first things that I have learned when I arrived here was about the cultural assimilation of Native Americans through Americanization policies that attempted to transform Native American culture to European–American culture, and how unfairly Native Americans were treated. With my Multicultural Education class, we celebrated Native American Indian Heritage Month, because this commemorative month does not only act as a platform for Native people to share their culture, traditions, music, crafts, dance, and concepts of life, but it also serves as a reminder that the United States of America is always a country that advocates choice and promotes diversity. It was one of the highlights of my experience in America and the reason why I am so proud to be here. And though I could not really expect Springfield College to fulfill the needs of every individual on campus, I do, however, expect it to uphold the values that it teaches its students and stand by the ideals that this great nation stands for. Advertisements

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These fluffy, flaky and savoury Uruguayan empanadas are baked in Brampton

These fluffy, flaky and savoury Uruguayan empanadas are baked in Brampton Social Sharing These fluffy, flaky and savoury Uruguayan empanadas are baked in Brampton La Gran Uruguaya is a Uruguyan-inspired bakery located in Brampton. Social Sharing La Gran Uruguaya is located at 5 Ardglen Dr. in Brampton Suresh Doss · CBC News · Posted: Apr 25, 2019 7:45 AM ET | Last Updated: April 25 A serving of empanadas sold at La Gran Uruguaya bakery in Brampton. (Suresh Doss) comments
My favourite type of street-style food is any kind of savoury stuffed pastry. I’m a sucker for Jamaican patty, Indian samosa, egg-stuffed parathas, Chinese bao, Sri Lankan short eats (I’ll take all of them please), and empanadas.
A really satisfying empanada is harder to track down in the city. My personal preference is a baked version that derives from Argentina. They are half-moons with a slightly sweet and soft dough stuffed with lightly spiced meat and vegetables. Uruguayan empanadas, I recently learned, are similar to the Argentinian variety. Jermaine Duhaney, left, and Cindy Silvera are the owners of La Gran Uruguaya in Brampton. (Suresh Doss)
“The only difference really is the spicing sometimes and the use of olives,” Cindy Silvera, owner of La Gran Uruguaya explained.
Silvera and her partner Jermaine Duhaney sell an assortment of Uruguayan pastries that are savoury and sweet at their bakery in Brampton. Puffy empanadas are baked daily that are stuffed with vegetables, cheese, and meat. My go-to is the classic lightly spiced beef. Freshly baked empanadas at La Gran Uruguaya in Brampton. (Suresh Doss )
I learned of La Gran Uruguaya, a parking spot-sized bakery located at the back of a strip mall, while eating through a strip mall at Kennedy Road and Clarence Street in Brampton.
That strip, visible from the main road, has a row of Sri Lankan, south Indian, and Nigerian shops. Tucked behind the row of restaurants is a larger, newer strip mall with a dozen more restaurants, including Vietnamese, Trini, and Afghani cuisine.
The street-facing restaurants are run by an older generation of first-wave immigrants, while the eateries in the new plaza are run by second-generation immigrants.
La Gran Uruguaya is tucked away in an adjacent building across the street close, to the residential neighbourhood. I was tipped off by the owner of a Nigerian restaurant in the row who expressed his love for a young couple making great Uruguayan empanadas. Empanadas are baked daily at this Uruguayan bakery in Brampton.1:10
“There’s a sizeable Latin American population in Brampton, but we don’t see any Uruguayan places,” said co-owner Duhaney.
Duhaney is of Grenadian descent and Silvera comes from a Uruguayan family. Both were born in Canada, met when they were young and decided two years ago to open their shop.
Silvera said there are bakeries everywhere in Uruguay and that’s why she decided to open one in Canada.
“They are meeting places for the local communities, right? So we wanted our own here,” she said.

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India marks the onset of first premium cruise liner with Jalesh cruises

Home / World Localities / India marks the onset of first premium cruise liner with Jalesh cruises India marks the onset of first premium cruise liner with Jalesh cruises World Localities
By Sulakshna Wadhwa
The firsts are always known to etch a special memory. Jalesh Cruises , India ’s first premium cruise liner created that very memory for its passengers and the nation with the official naming ceremony of its ship as Karnika on 19th April. The ship with a capacity of 2,000 passengers cruised over the long weekend from Mumbai to the High Sea. Shreyasi Punit Goenka inaugurated the voyage and wished good luck, success, and safety.
While Jalesh is named after the Lord of the water, Karnika has been named after a celestial nymph, who according to legend emerged when gods and demons churned the ocean for Amrit, the elixir for life . The celebration of this paramount occasion saw five Indians who have been the first ones in their fields to bring international laurels to the nation. Gracing the stage were Milkha Singh, first Indian Athlete to win a Gold at Commonwealth Games (1958), Subhash Chandra, Chairman, ZEE Essel Group, the first Indian to launch a private satellite TV channel (1992), Actor Sushmita Sen, the first Indian Miss Universe (1994), Mahesh Bhupathi, first Indian to win Grand Slam Tournament (1997) and Mary Kom, the first Indian woman boxer to win Asian Games (2014).
What’s the experience on board like?
After a shuttle ride from the Green Gate at Mumbai’s International Cruise Terminal, just like an airport, one will find themselves at the check-in counter. But instead of a ticket, you’re handed over a card which acts like a key card, access card to amenities, and a cashless card allowing you to transact for paid services upon loading a balance. The foundation decks are submerged in water where the crew takes care of every detail to run the show. It is Deck 5/Atrium level onwards where your cruising experience begins. Like any other plush hotel, you’re welcomed here with a host of welcome drinks, followed by allocation of your cabin, your home amidst the ocean . The rooms are categorized with an interior view, ocean view, and suite room. If your heart has endless admiration for the beautiful ocean , a room with a balcony offering this splendid view is recommended.
The culinary experience is where Jalesh cruise really stands out in its approach towards creating a luxurious International experience the Indian way. Most of Deck 12 is where a tastefully done up food court is housed where meals are served 5 times a day as a part of every package. A range of cuisines from Indian to Chinese finds their way here, including a dedicated Jain restaurant too! As many as 11 restaurants are included in the ticket price, barring 2 premium restaurants, and a Frozen Station which is to be paid separately for.
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The entertainment front is straight from Las Vegas and New York with The Broadway Experience and The Burlesque Experience live on stage at the beautifully designed Marquee Theatre on Deck 7. This experience is further refined as exotic cocktails do the rounds to your seat. Furthermore, stand-up comedy presenting some of India ’s finest comics, magic shows with illusionists, and a jaw-dropping juggling show from across the globe take the stage. If you’re cruising with your family , a gaming zone, teenage unwinding zones, a kids zone got you covered. Apart from shows, soothing live music performances on multiple decks, casino, and good old games will keep you constantly hooked.
For those who like nothing more than a spa vacation, the onboard spa overlooking the Blue sea is a definite treat. A fully-functional gym next to the spa caters to those who are constantly watching their calories and workout regimes.
Some insights straight from the team
Jurgen Bailom, President CEO, Jalesh Cruises said, “The idea of Jalesh cruises was created about a year and a half ago, we knew it had to be an Indian product meant for them to create a home away from home.” He further added we want them to have an International experience without the hassle of a visa or passport. Shedding light on the cruising culture in India , Lydia Almeida, Hotel Director, Jalesh Cruises d that cruising is a safe experience for elders who can’t travel by air as special provisions have been made on the ship, as well as for solo travelers allowing them to connect with others.
Karnika will undertake 15 sailings for Mumbai-Goa-Mumbai and Mumbai-High Seas-Mumbai between April and mid-May 2019. The ship will undertake its first international sail from Mumbai to Dubai on May 24th, 2019 where it will port until mid-September 2019 before coming back to Mumbai. Additionally, the cruise offers land-based excursions at different ports for passengers .
(The author is a Mumbai-based travel writer. Views expressed are personal.)

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50 Things to Do in Miami, Florida for Cruise Passengers

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As a cruiser when you think of Miami, Florida one thing probably comes to mind and that is the starting or ending point of your cruise adventures. And while you probably love this cruise capital of the world you might have not discovered every fun and interesting things to do. Miami is not only the largest cruise port in the world but an enticing holiday destination that everyone should explore and experience at least once or many times in their lives.
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Think about the culture, the food, the people, the party atmosphere, the shopping, the beach, the music, and the outdoor adventures and you’ll see why Miami is an important first or last port of call. As such we have gone ahead to list 50 things to do in Miami, Florida for cruise visitors to help you discover or plan for your next Miami adventure on your upcoming cruise. Port of Miami
The port of Miami Officially known as Dante B. Fascell is located on Dodge Island just across downtown Miami. It’s the largest passenger port in the world and docks over 22 cruise brands. It’s where most Caribbean cruises start and end at giving rise to the name Cruise Capital of the World.
As such the port of Miami is a busy port. So, to kick your cruise vacation off smoothly knowing how to navigate this port destination is crucial. Luckily, despite Miami’s size, it has an incredibly well laid out transport system that includes buses, taxis, rails even monorails.
So, getting from one place to another is easy. It’s however important to give yourself one or two-hour head starts especially when coming in from the Fort Lauderdale or Miami International Airports.
Also Read: How to Get from the Airport to Miami Cruise Port
If you plan to spend a few days in Miami before or after your cruise get a hotel that is near the cruise port or Downtown Miami. A hotel with cruise parking services for while you are gone and complimentary shuttle transfers to the port. These factors are crucial to saving you massive logistics headaches.
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Though parking at the port is rather expensive it’s much safer and more convenient. However, if you want to park on a budget you can look for nearby parking lots such as Safe Cruise Parking and Premier Cruise Parking.
Let’s explore what you can do in Miami: 1. Shop at Bayside Mall
To jump-start, your Miami Experience, take a stroll in the nearby Bayside Marketplace . This lovely waterfront market features over 150 shopping outlets. It has some of the best restaurants in Miami and is the perfect introduction to the Magic City.
Here is where you can shop for souvenirs, trendy vacation clothing, and accessories. Bayside Market is also a great place to just relax, get lunch and sip on a refreshing drink while you people watch. Watching the boats coming in and out of the harbor is also a great past time at this place.
You can purchase all your Miami souvenirs right here. 2. Enjoy the Bayside Nightlife
Miami is a party destination like no other. The magic city never sleeps. One of the best ways to experience Miami is at night. Start by admiring the beautiful skyline which is even more magical when it’s lit at night.
Go on a night city tour aboard the hop-on-hop-off tour bus. Go night fishing. Grab dinner and a drink at one of the high-end rooftop restaurants in the area. Or enjoy a late night movie. 3. Relax at Miami Beach
You can’t say you have been to Miami without visiting the Iconic Miami Beach . This world famous beach is actually an island off the main city that is connected to the city by bridges.
It’s where you find the iconic Art deco district and some of Miami’s high-end resorts and neighborhoods. The beach itself is a long wide stretch of soft white sand that is perfect for a day in the sun and sand. 4. Experience Cuban Culture at Little Havana
Miami is said to have the largest Cuban Expat Community. Cubans have a very rich cultural heritage that can be explored in the vibrant Cuban neighborhood of Calle Ocho or 8th street.
There is a lot to do in this neighborhood but nothing beats sampling Cuban cuisine. Enjoy Cuban specials such as toasted Cuban Sandwich or hot Cuban coffee and mouth-watering pastries.
You can also go on a stroll through the neighborhood and learn some Cuban, check out their art, dance to the tune of salsa and rhumba. Or spectate a zealous game of Dominos at the park. If you are into cigars, then this is the place to get quality Cuban cigars. To wrap up, cool off with a Cuban ice-cream at Azucar.
All in all, a trip to Little Havana is bound to live you with a rich appreciation of Cuban culture not soon to be forgotten. 5. Get some Cuban Inspiration at Versailles
You can’t visit Little Havana and miss checking out Versailles. It’s known as the most famous Cuban Restaurant in the world. Established over 40 years ago, Versailles became a local gathering zone of the Cuban expat community in Miami.
The ornately designed restaurant embodies the family-oriented Cuban culture and is a great place to visit with the family and enjoy the best dishes Cuba has to offer. The café Cubano served at the bakery is a great caffeine fix for your vacation. 6. Cruise Along Ocean Drive
There is no better way to take in Miami Beach’s fashionable Art Deco district and its majestic business front than cruising along Ocean Drive .
Ocean Drive is a 1.3mile long boulevard that starts at South Pointe on the southern side of Miami Beach to 15th street on the North. This iconic street features high-end restaurants, eye-popping art museums, and big-name shopping outlets.
Take a stroll or bike along the palm-lined boulevard exploring the StreetSide cafes, unusual art sculptures, big-name fashion outlets and all manner of retail stores. Rest your feet at one of the eateries and enjoy people watching while you sip on a refreshing cold drink. 7. Get it All Covered on the Bus Tour
Don’t know where you are going? But want to go anyway? Why don’t you try a Bus Tour ? Bus tours are the best and fastest way to become acquainted with a town. Luckily, Miami has several of those. Take a hop on hop off tour of the town and visit the town’s most popular districts and their attractions.
Hit the beach, Coconut Grove, Little Havana, and Art deco street all in one tour. These are guided tours that take place in air-conditioned, open-air double-decker buses. Enjoy learning the town’s history while you hop from one part of the town to the next. 8. Millionaire’s Row
Get on a luxurious yacht and explore the spectacular row of celebrity houses on Millionaire’s Row. Apart from catching a glimpse of celebrity living this tour also cruises along the bay and takes you around the city. This gives you a beautiful view of the Miami Skyline, the port, Fishers Island, and the iconic Miami Beach. 9. Bayfront Park
Swing by Bayfront Park located just downtown off of Bayside Drive. This is a nice 32acre park dotted with lush swaying palm trees perfect for taking shelter away from the heat and bustle of town. It has benches to sit on, a beautiful fountain and amphitheater.
If you are lucky enough you can catch a play or music performance at the place. Enjoy the scenic waterfront as you watch the cruise ships movements and Miami Skyline on the other side. In the right season, you might even get a special sighting of Dolphins and Manatees offshore. 10. Experience Miami Seaquarium
Enjoy a couple of hours at the Miami Seaquarium, a 38-acre Oceanarium right in Downtown Miami. Miami Seaquarium is an amazing place to take the kids to meet Miami’s famous aquatic friends. There are dolphins, sea lions, whales and manatee show that will wow you and teach you a ton about these adorable marine animals.
Apart from marine life, there is a variety of fish life on display as well, including sharks. Interact with birds at the aviary and learn a thing or two about them too.
Pro tip: Get as many discount coupons as you can to reduce the price of accessing the Seaquarium. The prices are a bit high.
Pro Tip 2: Carry lunch/snacks to avoid eating overpriced junk food served at the place. 11. South Beach
South Beach is Miami’s Florida’s best beach. It’s the wide swath of pristine soft sands and clear waters south of Miami Beach. Here is where you find the glitzy oceanfront resorts and condos frequented by the rich and famous.
South beach otherwise known as the American Riviera is that beautiful beach you see in every movie or T.V show set in Miami. It’s home to the famous art deco district and the iconic ocean drive.
Here is where you want to go and enjoy a day in the sun, sand, and sea with a decent amount of people watching or hanging out. This is a party beach, where the atmosphere is ever vibrant. There are plenty of restaurants and high end dining scenes nearby where you can indulge in the delectable Miami cuisine.
South beach is everything you dream about a beach and more. However, being the prettiest beach in the country means that it gets crowded. But that-to-many is the charm of the beach. 12. Relax at Lummus Park
Still on South Beach is the beautiful Lummus Park . A green grassy area covered with swaying palm trees which also features a kid’s playground. This shaded beach area at Lummus Park is perfect for a family picnic and offers much-needed respite from the sun’s scorching heat. 13. Explore Vizcaya Museum
One of Miami’s most popular attractions, a national treasure, in fact, is Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. This sprawling ornate mansion from the Italian Renaissance era takes you back to the affluent living of the wealthy from the period of 15th to 19th centuries.
The grand mansion on site features the best of Mediterranean architecture, furniture, décor, and stunning artwork. Surrounding the mansion are perfectly manicured gardens featuring hundreds of orchid and tree species. Enjoy the beautiful courtyard with its ornate water fountains and statues. 14. Embrace Modern Art at Perez Art Museum Miami
Perez Art Museum Miami or PAMM for short is a modern museum showcasing contemporary Artworks of the 20th and 21st century. This intriguing museum is located near the American Airlines Arena downtown Miami. The museum building itself is a piece of artwork that features stunning hanging garden decorations at the building’s façade.
Go learn and observe thought-provoking art in a 45minute guided tour of the museum. Then enjoy the breath-taking views of Biscayne Bay’s waterfront from the raised seating area at the Verde hotel. 15. Open Air Art Exhibit at Wynwood Walls
Feast your eyes on the evolutionary art scene at the colorful Wynwood Walls. North of downtown Miami is a rehabilitated warehouse district whose walls are now large scale canvases for local and international artists such as Shepard Fairey, Kenny Scharf, and other great artists.
A vision of the late Tony Goldman, the Wynwood Walls feature different artists every year from 2009. Visit this popular and important art museum featuring over 80,000 square feet of painted murals and enjoy some eye-pleasing visual displays of talent. 16. Enjoy Extraordinary Shows at Jungle Island
Extraordinary performances are what you are promised at the 18-acre park in the heart of Miami. Located on Watson island between downtown Miami and south beach.
Jungle Island is an animal park featuring some of the rarest animals in the world. It is set in a picturesque tropical set up where everything looks like paradise from waterfalls, streams, to the thick canopy of the tropical forest.
The main draw to Jungle Island is, however, the sail covered arena that houses the park’s shows. Here you can enjoy entertaining bird and wild cat shows like in no other place.
The private beach on the park housing a waterpark with water slides is another draw to the park. Jungle Island is easy to get to via southbound bus or taxi which charge anywhere between $2 and $30 fare. 17. Go on a Space Exploration at Philip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science
Spark your wonder at the Philip and Patricia Frost museum of science located in the museum park. This Planetarium is set in an architecturally gorgeous building overlooking the Miami skyline in the museum park.
Frost Museum features one of the best planetariums in the world and a spectacular multilevel aquarium. The museum’s 500,000gallon aquarium is a hit with the kids and adults alike. It has all manner of marine life representing the aquatic life of the Gulf of South Florida.
Peer into the glass of the aquarium as you learn the ways of sharks and other interesting marine life. Learn new information about corals, mangroves and the entire ocean ecosystem.
Or gaze at the stars in the observatory level of the museum using a powerful telescope. And don’t miss the 3D 8k visual system in a tilted 250 seater auditorium that creates a real like space experience. 18. Be Young Again at the Miami Children’s Museum
Tap into your inner child in an interactive play learning experience at the Miami Children’s Museum . The Children’s Museum is a two-story brightly colored and playfully designed building in the middle of Watson Island. It has 17 galleries parted into sections that offer interactive and entertaining fun learning.
Aimed at enriching your kids with a zeal to learn using a playful environment. This museum is a hit with the little ones especially the pirate fun, animal pet farm, and play areas. There is even a picnic area outside the museum and a subway place for lunch. 19. Cool Down at Venetian Pools
Take a refreshing dip in the Venetian pools of Coral Gables . Experience a century-old outdoor freshwater natural pool formed out of an abandoned coral quarry.
The pool is surrounded by lush exotic tropical vegetation, with mesmerizing waterfalls and wondrous caves. Lay your towel on a piece of rock, explore the area, take a plunge into the pool and enjoy a drink or snack from the café. 20. Design District
Step into the creative district of Miami located on South Beach and experience an avant-garde mix of innovative architecture, fashion, art, and culinary experiences. Most people go for the art and stay for the shopping.
Take a walk through this artsy district bearing intriguing new age art that is both thought-provoking and relaxing at the same time. Dine at the sophisticated street side restaurants. Or go designer shopping at the shopping hub of high-end brand names such as YSL, Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Louboutin and many more. Hours fly by in this area of Miami. 21. Picnic at South Pointe Park Pier
Take a stroll at South Pointe Park Pier . The 17-acre park located at the southern tip of South Beach is a huge attraction in Miami. It features perfectly manicured green spaces, plenty of shade from an abundance of palm trees and is surrounded by a walkway perfect for jogging, biking, roller-skating or just strolling.
Relax on the park’s benches and watch as the cruise ships come and go. Bring a picnic basket and enjoy a picnic on the grounds or grill up some steak.
Or just try the Smith and Wollensky restaurant famous for its great dishes and aesthetic dining with a rooftop seating area offering great vistas of the ocean. The kids will surely love the splash pad in the place.
Worth Reading: Hotels NEAR Miami Cruise Port with Shuttle Service 22. Go an Adventure at the Everglades National Park
You haven’t been to Florida until you’ve set foot on its crown jewel, the Everglades National Park . These protected swamplands sit on a whopping 1.5 million acres. This is the home to some of the world’s largest crocodiles, alligators, snakes, birds, and other animal species.
Hop on an exciting airboat tour of the marshland, to catch a glimpse of sunning alligators, fish, birds and wetlands creatures of all shapes and sizes. There are trails and boardwalks for visitors to explore the park and observe its animal inhabitants in their daily lives. 23. Catch a Game or a Concert at the American Airlines Arena
Feel the heat, sing along or dance to the tune, whichever the event, you can expect to have loads of fun at the American Airlines Arena . Home to the NBA Miami Heat, this Arena is the place to catch incredible basketball games, concerts, plays, and theatre performances. 24. Coral Castle Museum
Visit the mysterious Coral Castle found in Homestead district of Miami . Explore the beautiful coral formations that were created almost a century ago.
The coral formations at the place are quite interesting. But the mystery of how a 100pound 5foot tall man single-handedly excavated, moved, shaped and created 1100tons of coral without the help of any man or machinery– is perhaps the biggest draw to the place.
Marvel at a 9ton coral gate that moves with just a single push of the hand. Visit and explore all this mystery at a cost of $8, $15 and $18 for children, seniors, and adults respectively. 25. Admire the Freedom Tower
Stop by the iconic freedom tower on Biscayne Boulevard. This was the first real skyscraper in Miami and the South East United States. The Freedom Tower is hard to miss! It’s the beautiful brightly painted tall building amongst the sea of glass-window skyscrapers in downtown Miami just opposite American Airlines Arena.
The tower has a long history but is best known for its role as a refuge center for Cubans that were escaping Castro’s communism in the 1960s. Today it houses the MOAD museum and showcases the history, culture, and arts of Miami. 26. Family Getaway at Matheson Hammock Park
While still in the Coral Gables region head on over to Matheson Hammock Park located south of Coral Gable. Matheson is a beautiful urban park in a tropical setting with a mangrove, marina, and a manmade atoll.
These natural features make Matheson the absolute family getaway while in Miami. The park has something for the entire family. You and the kids can enjoy a dip in the shallow atoll which is constantly replenished by the waters of Biscayne Bay or go kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing. You can also take one of the nature trails to explore the park, the mangrove, and the entire wetlands.
Another interesting attraction in the park is the scenic restaurant set in an old coral building that serves up delicious meals. It’s definitely worth a visit especially for a romantic dinner in the evening to enjoy the Miami skyline visible across the Bay. 27. Explore Bill Baggs Cape Florida
For a relaxing day away from it all, try Bill Baggs Cape, Florida Park . Bill Baggs is the tranquil tropical park located at the tip of Key Biscayne that covers a third of the entire key.
At this park is where you can beach bum on one of Florida’s most beautiful beaches. Or go hiking and biking along twisted nature trails. You can also get active in the water by kayaking, sailing, fishing, and swimming. The historic Cape Florida Lighthouse built in 1825 is also found in the park.
When you get hungry there is the lighthouse café and boaters grill at the lagoon to serve you scrumptious seafood dishes. 28. Relax at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Fairchild Botanic Gardens is a tranquil 83-acre botanic garden surrounded by the Matheson Hammock Park in Coral Gables. This tropical paradise doubles as a plant research center and has the largest collection of palms and cycads. Fairchild is home to fragrant flowers, orchids and exotic plants from all over the world.
The garden itself is exquisitely designed and set in a picturesque landscape bearing lakes, perfectly manicured green grounds and large areas covered by palm trees. Take guided tours of the garden and stop by the butterfly sanctuary for a wonderful experience. 29. Explore Lincoln Road Like a Local
This busy pedestrian road running from the Atlantic Ocean in the east to Biscayne Bay on the west is a popular tourist attraction. This is where you want to go to for all your shopping needs. Or to sample mouth-watering dishes at eateries found along the entire road. 30. Pay Your Respect at the Holocaust Memorial
Take time to reflect at the Holocaust Memorial on Miami Beach . This sacred place is marked by a 40feet tall hand sculpture stretching towards the sky which is called the Love and Anguish statue.
It portrays great suffering yet even greater love of people helping one another up to the last moment. Walking through the site you can pay tribute to the 6million Jews that died in the Holocaust.
The site also bears black plaques on the wall that narrate the history of the Holocaust in moving black and white images. It’s a great way to learn about the Holocaust and remember why we need to love one another. 31. Study Jewish History at the Jewish Museum
Catch up on Jewish history at the Jewish Museum in Miami. History buffs and lovers of stained glass will enjoy a tour of the museum. The museum is hosted in two renovated Jewish synagogues.
They showcase the life and times of the Jewish immigration into Miami. Their cultures, beliefs, and history. There are plenty of interesting artifacts displayed. A tour by Howard a voluntary guide is a must.
He goes beyond the expected and takes you on a town tour presenting photographs and showing you places which connect the pieces of the puzzle to give you an in-depth and richer understanding of the Jewish history. 32. Step Back in Time at Arch Creek Park
One of the free things to do in Northern Miami is visit Arch Creek Park and Museum . The park is small but has an interesting history of Tequesta and Seminole Indians who were the native inhabitants of the place.
The park itself adorns tall hardwood trees and a myriad of tropical flora. It had an iconic limestone bridge believed to have been used as a nature trail by the native Indian tribes. Today it’s collapsed but still a sight.
There are picnic areas in the park with tables and benches great for a family outing. One of the highlights of the park is the small museum in the area. The museum displays an interesting history of the place and its inhabitants with 500BC artifacts. 33. Visit Zoo Miami
A day out in the wild at Zoo Miami could be the highlight of your Miami vacation. Zoo Miami is the largest and oldest zoological park in all of Florida. Seated on a 750acre land, this cageless zoo is like a mini wildlife park and requires a good amount of time to explore.
It features over 3000 animals from 500 different species. The animal’s habitats are created to resemble their exact natural habitats.
At Zoo Miami you get to see and feed giraffes, hang out with the birds at the aviary. Or check out tigers, jaguars, elephants, lions, rhinos and many other kinds of animals. Zoo Miami is a great place to spend a day and a good learning opportunity for the entire family. Bus, train or taxi can take you to the park. Buses on route 137 make regular stops at the park. 34. Beach Getaway at Crandon Park
Visit Crandon park on the northern tip of Key Biscayne. This 800acre park is just what you need for a beach escape. The park offers great nature trails through mangroves, sand dunes, and forest. It features a tennis and golf course. But the most popular draw is the 2mile long white sandy beach on the Atlantic side.
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy your day at Crandon Park. You can lie on the beach, play tennis or go golfing. You can also go hiking, have a picnic, the possibilities are endless. 35. More Art Deco at the Wolfsonian
The Wolfsonian is a museum in the middle of the art district that showcases interesting and thought-provoking art deco pieces of the period between 1850 to now. The museum’s objective is to show innovative art from the past and how it has formed or shaped modern day’s art deco.
It’s a unique museum that bears stunning architecture and more interesting art deco pieces collected from all over Europe and America. The Wolfsonian is a nice place to escape to from the throngs of people on South Beach. 36. Kayak or Paddle Board at Oleta Park
Take a break from the noise in the city at the Oleta State Park. This is the largest urban park in South Florida. The 1000acre park located about 30 minutes north of downtown Miami is a good place to go biking, kayaking, canoeing, and stand-up paddleboarding.
The park’s nature trails that wind and twist through the forest, along the mangroves, and over the sand dunes make hiking and biking a thrilling challenge.
The calm waters of the Oleta river inspire tranquil explorations on paddle boards, kayaks, and canoes. The beautiful grounds are perfect for picnicking and camping. You can also catch dinner fishing at the pier. Or sun and tan at the beach. In short, Oleta has everything you need for an unforgettable outdoor adventure. 37. Unwind at the Ancient Spanish Monastery
One of Miami’s most beloved landmark is the Ancient Spanish Monastery located 15minutes from Aventura mall, north of Miami. This is believed to be the oldest building in the Americas built from 1133.
The Ancient Spanish Monastery has a long and intriguing history. It was originally built in Segovia Spain and was home to monks for over 700 years before it was bought by Media magnate William Randolph Hearst in 1925. Who then transported the monastery back to the US, brick by brick and was later reassembled in Miami.
Today the monastery is a church with beautiful grounds for weddings, picnics, and photography. The building itself has been maintained in its original beauty with its spectacular architecture featuring detailed cloisters, pillars, columns, and sculptures.
The Spanish Monastery is a must visit while in Miami. It’s open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m but always inquire ahead because it is usually closed when there are private functions and or filming events. 38. Catch a Late Night Movie
Miami never sleeps and has over a dozen cinemas where you can catch a late night movie. Most of these movies are foreign independent films that are very educational and plain right entertaining.
When you can’t sleep and want to do something at night besides admiring Miami’s beautifully lit skyline then pop into one of the late night cinema’s and enjoy a classic movie or two. 39. Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina
If you are looking for a private and secluded beach, then you can find it at the homestead Bayfront park. This beautiful, tranquil park located south of Biscayne Bay in Homestead is the gateway to the Florida Keys. Here is where tours to the keys start. The park has a peaceful and well-organized marina known as Herbert Hoover Marina.
Apart from that, it’s a great place to go with your family for picnics and a day at the beach. There are picnic benches by the water and a restaurant on site which serves delicious food. The restaurant also has an elevated deck where you can enjoy the scenic water vistas before you. 40. Deering Estate
Visit this important piece of history in Miami. Deering estate is an over 400acre estate located at the edge of Biscayne Bay. Here you can take a tour of the lovely mansion called the stone house or of the Richmond cottage right next to it.
The guided tours teach a lot of history about Charles Deering and the history of the place. The manicured grounds are excellent for picnics, weddings, and beautiful outdoor events.
Nature trails in the adjacent forest park are insightful into the history of the original Indian inhabitants and bear an archaeological site where 10,000-year-old fossilized human remains were retrieved.
The beautiful estate is graced by a beautiful waterfront that is the perfect launching place of a canoe or kayak adventure to the nearby mangroves. The estate charges $15 adults and $7 kids access fee. Parking is free. 41. Best Cinnamon rolls at Knaus Berry
On your way to the Keys is a stop you shouldn’t miss. The Knaus Berry Farm Bakery found in Homestead. This farm-fresh dessert and confectionaries café is a must visit for one delicious reason, their Cinnamon rolls.
It’s not surprising to find a mile long queue waiting to sample the sweet cinnamon rolls baked fresh at the café. Jump in line or go at an off-peak hour during the weekday and sample this mouth-watering treat. You will probably go back for more. 42. Go on Food Tour of Miami
Miami is not only a world art destination but also serves up some of the most exquisite and varied cuisines in the world. Starting with the delicious Cuban sandwich served almost everywhere in little Havana.
Check all these Miami food tours .
To the popular Floridian dessert Key Lime Pie, Joe’s Stone Crabs, Ceviche, Churrasco, Fish Sandwiches and fried fish or grilled lobster are other popular mouth-watering specials in Miami. All these choices can be had at almost any other restaurant in Miami. 43. Enjoy wonderful cocktails and an even better view at Sugar
Sugar is an Asian rooftop bar and restaurant found at the top of the east Miami hotel. It’s known for its venue which has a remarkable view of the Miami skyline and delectable menu. Go for the drinks stay for the views. You will love the atmosphere in this gorgeous tropical roof bar setting. However, note that, since it’s a trendy place its best to visit on days it would be less crowded like on a weekday. 44. Go Skydiving
Cross sky diving of your bucket list by going sky diving in Miami. The skydive Miami operators are located in Homestead. This is a thrilling adventure that you should try at least once in your lifetime.
Jump out of an airplane thousands of feet above the ground and enjoy amazing aerial views of Miami. The heart will be pumping and adrenaline rushing. Creating a high you are not soon to forget. The instructors are professional regard your safety as a top priority. 45. Try Miami Fishing
Miami is an angler’s paradise. It’s a hotspot for flat and deep sea fishing on Biscayne Bay and the Gulf Stream respectively. There are plenty of fishing charters available and experienced captains who know where the fish are gathering.
Charter a fishing trip and head out to the deep blue sea for big fish such as swordfish, Mahi Mahi, grouper, amberjack, cobia, and tuna. In the shallow waters of the flats, you are likely to hook tarpons, bonefish, snooks, and redfish. 46. Get a Milkshake at Robert is here Grocery Store
While in Homestead stop by the popular Whole Foods Market Robert is Here. And sample the legendary Robert is Here smoothies made from fresh fruit. Explore, sample and purchase a wide array of fresh vegetables, tropical fruits, salsas, sauces, and honey that is on display at the place.
Then go out back and check out the amazing pet farm featuring goats, ducks, donkeys, ostriches, and turtles. 47. Snorkeling at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
John Pennekamp coral reef state park has one of the only two living coral reefs in the continental United States. It’s located on Key Largo and features 70 nautical miles of Marine Park designated as a national historic place. One of the most popular activities in the park is snorkeling. The healthy reef at the place is teeming with marine life and is a paradise for snorkelers and divers alike. 48. Secluded Beach Getaway at Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina
Homestead Bayfront Park and Marina , otherwise known as the gateway to the keys is a lovely urban park in Homestead. It’s located on South Biscayne Bay near the Coral reef of the Florida Keys. Homestead Bayfront Park is an ideal beach park to get away to.
The Park features the Herbert Hoover Marina, a launching pad for Florida Key’s Boat tours. The small beach lagoon is perfect for swimming and shallow enough for the little ones to enjoy.
You can go kayaking, picnicking and hiking in this park. Or spend your day on the sun, sand, and sea admiring the comings and goings at the Marina. It’s a nice way to kill some hours while in Miami. 49. Catch a Movie or Concert at the Olympia Theatre
Olympia theatre is a hidden gem in downtown Miami that you should visit while in town. The theatre hosts films, plays, concerts, and movies in an architecturally gorgeous building. That further enhances the experiences had there. This theatre is of historical importance having been built in 1926 and maintained in the same historic setting to date. 50. Railroad Museum
Another hidden or forgotten Miami treasure is the Gold Coast Railroad Museum. A museum dedicated to the Railroad history of America. That houses over 40 historic rail cars and memorabilia including the Ferdinand Magellan presidential railcar that was ridden by Roosevelt, Eisenhower, Truman, and Reagan.
Gold Coast Rail Museum also houses a model train and the Thomson link train for children. Located right next to Miami zoo this Museum is worth a visit to explore the railroad history. Besides the old and rusting railcars make for excellent rustic photo backgrounds.
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As you can see Miami has plenty of things to consider setting aside a few days before and after your cruise to explore it all.
The magic city is ever evolving and this list is bound to change always so be on the lookout for even more things to do in Miami. That’s it from us, have a lovely cruise vacation. Happy cruising !!

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Detroit Food Truck Guide

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Food truck season is upon us and Detroit’s food truck fleet is something to be experienced. Known for a variety of delicious foods, Detroit’s food trucks are a must in the city. Learn about the top favorites by category and where to find them around the city. Food Trucks in Metro Detroit
Eastern Market – Whenever Eastern Market is open, you’ll find food trucks there. Summer months are high season but they can be found throughout the year.
Detroit Fleat – This food truck park and boozery is located in Ferndale. Be in May, permanent and rotating food trucks can be found at the food truck park each day. Detroit Fleat also has a year-round, full-service bar and restaurant.
Campus Martius , Cadillac Square, Spirit Plaza, Beacon Park – These spots are lunchtime favorites and the perfect way to get a little fresh air and sunshine during a lunch break. Different food trucks are featured each day so check the schedule and plan your lunch break.
Daily Announcements on Social Media – If you’ve found a few food truck favs, make sure to follow them on social media to find out where they’ll be each day.
Food Truck Rallies – A fun way to explore the city’s food trucks. Food truck rallies happen throughout the year across metro Detroit. Don’t miss the World’s Largest Food Truck Rally happening June 21 – 23 at West Riverfront Park. Detroit Food Trucks by Category
With so many great food trucks throughout Detroit, it can be difficult to name a favorite. Here are some crowd pleasers in each category. Food Trucks with Mexican Faves
Regina’s Food Truck and Catering – Authentic Mexican fare, unbelievable tacos and homemade salsa are main attractions at Regina’s.
El Taquito Taco Truck – Tacos, tostadas, burritos and more. You’ll get generous servings and friendly service at this family operated food truck.
Tacos el Caballo – Fast, friendly service, authentic Mexican cuisine, and generous portions are just a few of the great things Tacos el Caballo are known for.
Los Dos Amigos – Fans of Los Dos Amigos super loyal and keep coming back time after time for fresh, authentic Mexican fare. Try the quesadillas, tacos, or burritos and you can’t go wrong.
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Apr 3, 2019 at 8:11pm PDT Barbecue Food Trucks
Buck-N-Dinks BBQ – Winners of “Best Barbecue in Michigan”, Buck-N-Dinks is a crowd pleaser. Whether you choose a slider, ribs or anything else off the menu, you won’t be disappointed.
Pork N’ Bones – Pork is the main attraction at Pork N’ Bones with smoked barbecue favorites like pulled pork nachos and fall-off-the-bone ribs.
Detroit BBQ Company – Barbecue favorites like baby back ribs, beef brisket and pulled pork. Try their spin on mac and cheese, jalapeno mac.
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Apr 23, 2019 at 6:07am PDT Sandwiches and Delis on the Go
Motown Deli – Lauded for their corned beef, fans of D. Motown Deli come back year after year for excellent service and steaming hot sandwiches.
Hero Or Villain – Known for great sandwiches made with fresh ingredients and sublime flavor combinations.
Detroit 75 Kitchen – Shrimp Po-Boy or Philly Cheesesteak with Garlic Fries are a must-try at Detroit 75 Kitchen.
Brother Truckers – A burger lover’s paradise. Choose from classic or specialty burgers and add fries or fried mac and cheese bites. Food truck season is upon us and Detroit’s food truck fleet is something to be experienced. Food Trucks serving Comfort Food
Comfort Cafe – Good for the soul food like golden fried chicken and cornbread waffle sandwiches, mac and cheese, and more.
Batter Up Waffle Company – More than just standard waffles, make your own creation for breakfast lunch and dinner. Fill it with braised pulled pork and Faygo candy apple barbecue sauce or fried cheesecake stuffed strawberries.
Chicken Coup Detroit – Everything chicken from loaded chicken tenders to chicken and waffles.
Fired Up – Rustic wood-fired pizza made from fresh local ingredients. Artisan toppings include arugula, pepitas, walnuts, fresh mozzarella and more. Food Trucks with Ethnic Flair
TruckShuka – The only Israeli food truck in the entire state of Michigan, you’ll love their take on shwarma.
YumVillage – West African and Carribean fare that uses just the right amount of spice for perfectly flavored dishes.
The Elephant Shack – A food truck dedicated to Eastern Market Brewing Company. Using locally sourced, market-fresh ingredients, they specialize in international street foods.
Nu Deli – Classic deli sandwiches with an Indian twist. Breakfast Food Trucks
Beignets 2 Go – Serving freshly made, New Orleans style French pastries dusted with powdered sugar.
D’Vine Cookies and Dough – Everything you could dream of from traditional to vegan and gluten-free cookies. Ice cream and edible cookie dough are other favorite offerings.
Detroit Mini Donut – Mini doughnuts fried to perfection and topped with your choice of favorite toppings including sugar, glazed, chocolate and more.
Donut Bar + Coffee – Artisan, handmade, fresh doughnuts and coffee. What more could you want? A favorite is the Maple Bacon that’s topped with maple glaze and bacon crumbles.
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Apr 21, 2018 at 5:46am PDT Food Trucks with a Healthy Twist
Streetside Sush i – Fresh, healthy sushi and Japanese cuisine.
The Pita Post – A gourmet take on pitas made with fresh ingredients. Vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Bombay Wraps – They’re making Indian food simple, fast and healthy. Combining classic Indian flavors with the freshest ingredients. Restaurants on Wheels
National Coney Island – A staple of Detroit featuring hot dogs and hanis.
Wahlburgers – Gourmet burgers from the Wahlberg family on the streets of Detroit.
Big Boy’s Burgers and Shakes – Big Boy’s classics take to the streets with their favorite burgers and shakes.
There’s something for everyone in Detroit’s food truck scene. Get out and explore the unique and creative flavors of Detroit and find your own must-have favorites You May Also Like

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Too Much Crushed Red Pepper? Let’s Fix Your Dish

Too Much Crushed Red Pepper? Let’s Fix Your Dish You are here: Home / Bring the Heat Blog / Too Much Crushed Red Pepper? Let’s Fix Your Dish
Crushed red pepper (a.k.a. red pepper flakes) is a convenient way to add spiciness to a variety of dishes since it is easy to measure out. The heat is usually moderate but will quickly become overwhelming if you go overboard. Use the tips below to rescue your meal if you have added too much crushed red pepper. Dilute
The problem of a little too much crushed red pepper (as opposed to way too much) can easily be solved by diluting the dish. Just add more of all the ingredients except the red pepper and your food should be restored to a comfortable level of heat. Dilution can be expensive since it requires you to use more ingredients than you had planned. If you don’t want too many leftovers, try halving the dish and then making it back up to a full recipe with extra ingredients.
Dilution may not work if your crushed red peppers were unusually hot or you doubled or tripled the amount you were supposed to use; if that’s the case, try one of the other solutions below. Wash it off
If the crushed red pepper is on the surface of the food the way it might be on a leg of lamb or whole chicken, just remove it. Place it under running water and wash the flakes away. In most cases, this should be enough to keep it from making food too hot. Re-season with other seasonings.
With soup or sauce, try using a fine strainer to get out the seeds and flakes. Taking them out will stop them from releasing more of their heat; if the crushed red pepper has already been cooking for a while, removing it will not make the dish less hot. Add dairy
Dairy products are among the most commonly recommended tools for neutralizing excessive heat from chili peppers. The casein in dairy products will bind with the capsaicin that is responsible for the crushed red pepper’s heat. By binding with capsaicin, casein removes it from the tongue and disperses it. It works in the same way that dish soap removes grease on kitchen utensils.
Any dairy product should work; milk, yogurt, and even ice cream can be useful. You can add the dairy item to the dish or serve it on the side. For example, a curry with too much crushed red pepper may benefit from a raita on the side; a chili will be helped by adding sour cream. Acids
Many experts recommend the use of acidic foods as a means of counteracting capsaicin. Thai and Indian cuisines do this quite well with the addition of lime juice or tamarind paste as a means of neutralizing the heat.
The tartness may help to break down the capsaicin and can balance out the heat. Acidity can come from numerous sources aside from limes and tamarinds, such as tomatoes and peppers; choose the option that is best for your recipe. Sweeteners
Adding a sweetener to a dish with too much crushed red pepper can help. It won’t directly affect the heat level, but it will provide an additional flavor to distract from it. The sweetener can be sugar but does not have to be. Consider agave nectar or honey if you need a liquid source of sweetness.
Alternatively, you may want to add sweet ingredients like raisins or other dried fruit that may be appropriate for softening the heat of some dishes. For a dish only a little too much crushed red pepper, consider adding a mildly sweet ingredient like caramelized onions. Related Posts

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