New restaurants in Utah – April 2019

New restaurants in Utah – April 2019

Blue Marlin Blue Marlin – tuna (Blue Marlin Sandy)
Remember when sushi was the hot new thing. Quickly replaced by Thai, then ramen, and at the moment Korean BBQ… Well, sushi is all the rage again. At least with a raft of recent openings; Kaze, Five Brothers and coming soon a location downtown for this Sandy sushi spot. Craft By Proper Utah craft brews only (Craft By Proper)
Speaking of things the people want and love, nay demand and need: beer. Coming to Sugar House (across the road from Mellow Mushroom, Hopkins, Wasatch-ish) on April 19th is Proper Brewing’s Utah beer only bar. Yep, you read that right.
I’m actually surprised it’s taken until now for someone to test the waters with this concept. Craft By Proper will have 32 beers on tap from a variety of Utah craft brewers including 80-100 by the bottle. Read more on Slug . Given the Proper guys pedigree, this will be a smash success.
Also, can I be a fly on wall when the first unsuspecting patron demands a Bud Light and gets really upset when they can’t understand the Utah only concept. Pretty please . Curry Up Now Creative Indian food (Curry Up Now)
This franchise will be coming soon to Utah later this year The fast food chain that takes a modern whirl at Indian is slated to open their first location on Midvale’s Golden Food Alley come this Fall, with upto 20 units plants for Utah and Colorado in total. Carson Kitchen Short rib grilled cheese on sourdough (Carson Kitchen)
Also coming to Utah and a very leftfield move at that – one of a few Nevada businesses looking to make the trip Northward. Carson Kitchen should be coming to SLC shortly, which fact fans will note was started back in 2004 by Vegas celeb chef Kerry Simon.
No word yet on what to expect from the Utah iteration, but my guess would be something drenched in contemporary and cool. A classic French eatery this will not be. Here’s the Vegas menu replete with trendy ingredients like cauliflower and gochujang. Ginger Street Micahel McHenry and Tyler Stokes (The McHenry Group)
Coming to 300 South and State, with a purported May opening date is this link up between former Even Steven’s president Micahel McHenry and Provisions’ Tyler Stokes. The wraps recently came off the secret concept , unveiling a Southeast Asian street food menu. The Ginger Street site promises:
Ginger Street is a Fast-Causal ‘Southeast Asian Hawker Style Street Food Restaurant created by, Michael McHenry and Chef Tyler Stokes. Featuring a fresh and locally sourced, inventive menu in a hip and clean atmosphere— We use real ingredients of the highest quality that encompasses the Holy Trinity of flavor (sweet, sour and salty) that creates balance and truly defines what it means to be a Southeast Asian Hawker Style Street Food Restaurant. Our menu is healthy, inclusive and energizing. Serving only REAL food for the people.
With the dearly missed Plum Alley from downtown SLC’s dining scene it shouldn’t come as much surprise that someone decided to take a second swing at the concept; certainly Stoke’s has history with these flavors at the popular Provisions. Nacho Daddy Nacho Daddy
For lovers of puns and heaving plates of calories, Nacho Daddy promises never a dry chip in the house. At the time of writing this NV-imported business looks set to open in downtown SLC, just adjacent to the new AC Hotel. Expect local Instagram accounts to blossom with snaps of hefty platters of melted cheese and myriad toppings. Seon Korean Barbecue
Another Iggy’s bites the dust, and another restauranteur rolls the dice. This time, the old downtown Iggy’s is set to be replaced by this KBBQ DIY spot ASAP. Rumor has it a couple other Korean Q spots are opening up on 3300 S and Redwood too. Sweet Rolled Tacos Sweet Rolled Tacos
This one via Press Release and coming this Summer:
The Gateway , Utah’s premier community gathering, dining and entertainment destination is happy to welcome Sweet Rolled Tacos to The Gateway this summer. A first-to-Utah concept, Sweet Rolled Tacos will be located on the south end of The Gateway, convenient to the Megaplex Theaters and adjacent to popular MidiCi Neapolitan Pizza and the soon-to-open Food Hall, a Utah first.
Serving premium, hand-rolled ice cream in colorful waffle taco shells with a wide array of imaginative toppings, they also feature drinks and milkshakes, with 23+ flavorful options to choose from, along with iced tea and coffee, and special vegan offerings. Their mission is to create the ultimate artisan ice-cream experience, serving unique, premium products, full of flavor and fun for everyone.
“We are excited to make The Gateway, Salt Lake City, our home,” said Jared Weech with Sweet Rolled Tacos. We roll out happiness to every patron we serve. With a friendly, welcoming staff, a menu full of fun and creative, premium products, and a fresh, modern atmosphere, you are guaranteed a SWEET experience!
“Sweet Rolled Tacos is unique and fun and it fits perfectly with our growing list of first-to-Utah restaurants and entertainment options,” says Jacklyn Briggs, marketing director for The Gateway. “It’s just another reason to come explore the property and try something new as you play at The Gateway” Ta’contento Ta’cocontento
The above snap was sent to me by a reader of the site last month, eager to know more about this SoSL (seriously, we’re going to make this a phrase, just accept it) business coming together. Frankly I was perhaps even more excited, and yes, I know how sad that is.
Some minor Googlefu shows this is either a bricks and mortar offshoot of an existing taco cart business OR a new venture from the folks behind The Rose Establishment. Place your bets! Tin Angel Eccles
Still in the pipeline but apparently mired in some form of leasing hum drum at present – the sophomore effort from the Tin Angel team. You might recall this modest spot in the Eccles Theatre, formerly operated by Cuisine Unlimited disintegrated last year amid back and forth legal wrangles . Trolley Wing Company
While they might say you can never go home, TWC owner Jess Wilkerson would claim they are wrong. Reported over in the Trib , TWC is set to return to their Trolley Square roots.
Wilkerson will look to secure a full liquor license for his return to Trolley and with it a a 14 to 16 seater bar with additional patio seating weather permitting. The Trib also reports the menu will be simpler than other locations, with just five wing flavors: traditional, barbecue, teriyaki, cajun honey and (for awkward pun lovers) the “four skin,” a blend of four flavors. WB’s
AKA Wine & Bite’s is a a new destination for Ogdenites, planned to open this Summer. Here’s the glorious detail via press release:
The Monarch, Ogden’s future epicenter for creative connection, announces the occupant for its corner restaurant as WB’s, a new concept for local restaurant owner Amy Britt that is unparalleled in downtown Ogden. The “neighborhood daily” will be a coffee house by morning and wine bar by night featuring whimsical menu items with Latin European flair in a cozy and artful space. WB’s opens in June along with The Monarch’s creative studios, event venues and exhibition space.WB’s, an acronym for wine & bites and a play on the owner’s initials, identifies as New American Cuisine, a modern style of dining that offers culturally inspired dishes prepared in unique and playful ways. Having traveled with her wife through Spain in recent years, Britt was inspired to devise menu items with a Latin twist. However affordable prices, local vendors and “fast casual” style give WB’s a straightforward and approachable appeal. The restaurant will have an open design concept with exposed kitchen, integrated bar and seasonal patio.
Designed to fit within the vision of The Monarch and the Nine Rails Creative District, WB’s will emphasize contemporary art and modern music. Britt plans to use marketing dollars to feature local and regional artists whose work will become part of the restaurant’s draw. “I’m excited to see Ogden grow into this 60,000 square foot space,” says Britt of The Monarch. “We’re becoming known for the artistic and creative folks we have living in the Ogden area and I’m glad to see an outlet for that.”
WB’s will open for breakfast and lunch with menus that include “on the go” options for downtown commuters. Small plates and entrees are served in the evening along with wines on tap, curated cocktails and craft beer. Also on the drink menu are non-alcoholic “whimsies” with herbs and mixers that mimic drinks like an old fashioned or gin and tonic. Sundays will offer a savory brunch menu from 10am to 3:30pm. “WB’s will have a casual atmosphere, but we’re not a shot and a beer kind of place,” says Britt. “We’re trying to create a space where you can hang out in the evenings, have conversation and experience art. We’re not trying to create just another bar in Ogden.” Zimbu
Lastly, one last tip off from our friends at the Downtown SLC Alliance – this new City Creek food court spot, expected to offer Nepali and Indian cuisine. Errors, omissions, WTFs?
These longer roundups are usually composed over the course of many weeks and built from lots of different sources and tips. Honestly, it’s a lot to keep track off. If I missed anyone, or made any particular egregious error in the info above – let me know in the comments below so I can address it ASAP. Food talk
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Dine like royalty

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Arcot has seen it all—from the Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb, who established his reign to keep the Carnatic region in his grasp or the rise of the Maratha Empire for a significant amount of time and then the British Raj. Arcot once was the capital of the Carnatic state, the land between Krishna and Cauvery rivers, but later it lost its significance and succumbed to be a part of the Vellore district. Having said that, it comes as a surprise that the royal culinary tradition lives on even after three centuries, all thanks to the Nawabs of Arcot who passed it on for 10th generations to maintain the grandeur of this rare Arcot cuisine.
The Nawabs of Arcot curated the unique cuisine with the availability of local ingredients. It is a strong fusion of Marathi and South Indian flavours with Mughlai or Hyderabadi cuisine as the predominant factor. Meat is used in large quantities. While preparing non-vegetarian dishes, the combination of the ingredients are given the utmost importance, for instance saffron works great with sea food like prawns; soya and fish works quite well, as told by Executive Chef Naveen Handa. Signature breads of the cuisine such as khamiri mirch roti, magzi naan and tandoori khatta kulcha will also interest the Punjabis to break from the tandoori and naan.
There is no absence of vegetarian food as well. There are spicy kebabs, ghee-laden desserts and not to miss out the steaming biryani. Veg starters, Nilofri seekh and paneer till tinka are different and delicious at the same time. In haldi paneer, raw turmeric was used to accentuate the taste. Many may perceive that dishes are heavy but the balance of nuts and stock is maintained to tickle your tastebuds. The guest chef, Abdul Quddus, who is here for the food festival, Royal Cuisine of Arcot, in Saffron, the fine-dining restaurant at JW Marriott Chandigarh, was trained under the Ustaads, as they are called royal chefs of Amir Mahal, residence of the Nawab of Arcot. “While the original base of the cuisine is traditional, Awadhi or Nawabi recipes, the direct control of the Hyderabadi Nizam on the Carnatic Empire influenced their food, particularly in terms of lending the cuisine spice-heavy,” says Abdul. Imagine having a dish which has been passed on to tenth generations of the royal chefs.

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Essential Santa Fe | Jewish Journal

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There are few places to travel where you immerse yourself in what seems like a foreign culture and country, but don’t need a passport to get there. Santa Fe, New Mexico is one of those places. It is such a different experience for most Americans that the city even has the tagline of City Different .
Chances are your time may be limited, and so I share the essentials of Santa Fe – what you should have on your list “to see and do” while in this rarefied city of colorful cultures, terracotta adobes and turquoise skies.
For starters, be aware that the city is located on a high desert plateau above 7,000 feet at the southern end of the Rockies. Hydrate well to avoid altitude sickness and if you need something to help get over the edge, check out Santa Fe Oxygen and Healing Bar on San Francisco Street. For those traveling from the Midwest or East Coast where the humidity is higher, the climate is desert dry in this part of the country. Many experienced travelers come prepared by packing extra body lotion, eye drops and even nasal saline spray.
Day 1
Best to take it easy on your first day and confine your exploring to town square and immediate surroundings. Afterall, it’s a very walkable city. Shop genuine crafted jewelry from the local Native American vendors on the sidewalk in front of the Palace of the Governors. Then explore the New Mexico Museum of Art, Saint Francis Cathedral and the Loretto Chapel – famous for its miraculous circular staircase that bears no nails.
Tour the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, located downtown within easy walking distance of the historic Plaza. The museum claims to have the single largest repository of O’Keeffe’s work in the world. Foodies will enjoy taking a cooking class with lunch at the Santa Fe School of Cooking. The internationally-acclaimed Santa Fe School of Cooking & Market is an expert on all things involving Southwestern cuisine. Questions about green and red chiles? You’ll learn about it here while dining on the delectable tastes afterwards.
Save the afternoon for spa treatments along with soaking pool rejuvenation at Ten Thousand Waves Japanese Style Spa Resort. The idyllic setting in the nearby foothills features the tradition of the Japanese ryokan. Pinons and junipers surround the facility, reminding you that it’s not Japan, but New Mexico.
Make dinner reservations at one of the best restaurants in town, and for that matter, the entire state of New Mexico. Sazon and Chef Oleas are known for fine dining in the style of traditional Mexican cuisine, with Sazon recently receiving the Open Table’s Diner’s Choice award and Best top 10 Restaurant in New Mexico. The small menu receives personal chef attention and features locally sourced products.
Overnight at La Fonda on the Plaza, a 4-Diamond hotel known for its history, authentic New Mexican architecture, handcrafted furniture, colorful décor and original art throughout the property and in the guest rooms. Another great choice is nearby Drury Plaza Hotel , known for its large rooms and super-sized amenities. They are especially accommodating for families. A tad farther is the only resort in town, La Posada de Santa Fe. Conveniently located close to the historic Plaza and Canyon Road, this historic AAA Four Diamond Award-winning resort is known as a showcase for original art, adobe-style casitas, pool and a spa.
Day 2
Start the day off with breakfast at a favorite local joint. Tia Sophia’s is known for their breakfast burritos prepared in traditional Northern New Mexico style, with affordable prices and a kid-friendly atmosphere.
Indulge the remainder of the morning in nearby Museum Hill (car needed). Check out the Museum of International Folk Art, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture and the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian. For the best restaurant views on the hill, stop by for lunch at the Museum Hill Café.
Then head to Canyon Road for a magical half-mile of artisan galleries and mixed-media art and paintings ranging from traditional to modern. Besides fine art and shopping, many of the best restaurants in town are located here. Geronimo and my favorite new entry, Milad Persian Bistro. Word-of-mouth is spreading fast about this restaurant that specializes in Persian cuisine.
Day 3
One of the hottest places to visit that has received international acclaim is Meow Wolf House of Eternal Return. This art installation opened in March of 2016 and feels like an Alice in Wonderland trip. You never know what’s up the fireplace, inside the fridge or behind a closet door. Interactive, colorful, and multi-sensational, hidden discoveries constantly challenge the mind. Great for all ages.
Consider checking out the Santa Fe Railyard for great places to eat like Opuntia Café in the Baca Railyard area. If it’s Saturday, visit the vibrant Farmer’s Market open year-round for great deals on local produce, foods and even chilis.
Other restaurants:
La Plazuela, The Shed, Four Seasons Rancho Encantado’s Terra Restaurant, breakfast at Sweetwater Harvest Kitchen
Festivals all year round
Santa Fe Indian Market, Spanish Market, International Folk Art Market and Santa Fe Opera.
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Premium dining experiences at best of the restaurants in Kolkata

Premium dining experiences at best of the restaurants in Kolkata April 17, 2019
India’s largest dining out and restaurant tech solutions company launched its premium membership program Gourmet Passport in Kolkata. The service was launched by Mr. Ankit Mehrotra, CEO, Dineout and Mr. Rocky Mohan, founder & mentor, Gourmet passport and a renowned food columnist in India, in the presence of guests and dignitaries at The Park Hotel, Kolkata.
Gourmet passport by Dineout is a subscription based premium membership program that offers unbeatable value to diners with its incredible Buy 1 Get 1 offer at 1000+ top restaurants. The membership enables dining at top restaurants more accessible to food connoisseurs who are looking for a great dining experience and at the same time enjoying unmatched savings of up to 50% on their dining bills.
Currently, for Gourmet passport, Dineout has partnered with more than 100 restaurants in Kolkata including city’s luxury & fine dining restaurants and 5 star hotels. Some of the exclusive partner restaurants are – Pa Pa Ya, Ping’s Cafe Orient, JW Kitchen, and The Salt House among others, where Kolkata foodies can enjoy the privileges of their Gourmet passport subscription.
“Our expansion to Kolkata market is a part of our commitment to build our capabilities and meet the growing demands of our consumers. Gourmet Passport is a premium membership program that caters to evolving taste of Indian consumer and currently enjoys a membership base of close to 260K members. With the extension of the platform in the Kolkata market we look forward to enhancing the food experience of Kolkatans and strengthening our presence in the country”, said Mr. Ankit Mehrotra, CEO & Co-founder, Dineout.
Expressing his thoughts on the launch, Mr. Rocky Mohan, Founder & Mentor, Gourmet Passport said that, “People of the city of joy love to dine out and want to experiment with their food choices. Gourmet passport is a tailor-made product for food connoisseurs who are looking to discover premium dining experiences at best of the restaurants. We are sure that Gourmet Passport will act as a gastronomical treat to the diners with new restaurants and cuisines.”
Gourmet passport by Dineout has close to 260K + members from 8 cities of India and has partnered with over 1000 luxury dining restaurants and bars across 5-star hotels, premium standalone outlets & chains. The product is already available in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Chennai in India. The brand will next launch in Jaipur, Goa and Chandigarh by June. SHARE

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Padma Shri MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor ‘live in action’ at Al Qasba in Sharjah

MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor, one of the most prominent names in the global culinary industry, who is credited for reviving Indian cuisine at international levels, is all set to perform a live cooking session in the United Arab Emirates, at Al Qasba, Sharjah’s premier leisure, tourism, and family destination. The session scheduled on 18 April 2019, will be held at recently opened restaurant The Yellow Chilli, 7:00 p.m. onwards. Bringing alive the neighborhood of Al Qasba, Chef Kapoor will also be meeting and greeting his NRI fans along with indulging in one-on-one interactions with marketers, influencers, and media, followed by a live cooking session where he will share the recipes for some of his signature dishes.
For anyone familiar with Indian and International Cuisine, Chef Kapoor is a familiar name, which is held in high regards. Awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award of India, Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is ranked 73rd in the Forbes list of top 100 Indian celebrities, and is the host and creator of television series Khana Khazana, which is termed as the longest-running cookery show in Asia, telecasted for over 18 years.
The Yellow Chilli, at Al Qasba in Sharjah is the latest addition to the list of over 80 restaurants that Chef Kapoor has opened across the world. Al Qasba, a venue known for its vibrancy, acts as a melting pot of various ideas, cultures, and cuisines, making it one of the most loved family destinations in the Emirate. Notably, The Yellow Chilli is located at this prominent venue that welcomes residents and tourists from across the world, offering them a perfect blend of ‘traditional and modern’ in terms of ambience, food, events, and experience.
The session with Chef Kapoor is expected to attract a good number of his fans, ranging from aspiring chefs, to homemakers, and professionals, as he brings the experience of his extensive travels and results of his elaborate research of unique tastes and flavours of various regions, to the Emirate of Sharjah.

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Peaceful Stay in Amravati

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All depends on what curry you plan to eat. Curries come in different options like chicken, fish, lobster, crab, mussels, prawns, pork, beef, mutton, lamb, egg and vegetables. Seafood curries are best had in Manglorean restaurants like Mahesh Lunch Home , Pratap Lunch Home or Kerala cuisine places like Deluxe Restaurant, Lalit – Taste of Kerala, Rehmaniya and Fountain Plaza at Fort. Chicken, mutton and lamb curries like butter chicken and Mutton masala fry, Mutton rashida, Mutton white gravy, Mutton Afghani are best had in North Indian Mughlai restaurants like Jafferbhai’s Delhi Durbar which has multiple outlets all over the city and many other Mughlai restaurants. Beef (now only buff) roast is best had in small Kerala food places like Sneha or Madina in Mahim or Deluxe in Fort or Goan style beef vindaloo or pork vindaloo in New Martin’s at Colaba . Variations like boiled egg or vegetarian curries are mostly available in any restaurant and not something one fancies having when all the other meat options are available!!! Hope this helps.
Cheers,
Aadil.

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Medicinal Uses of Turmeric Extract

Medicinal Uses of Turmeric Extract (아시아뉴스통신= Ian Maclang기자) 40분 [Photo source : gettyimagesbank]
Turmeric comes from the turmeric plant and is commonly used in Asian cuisines. It is basically known as the main spice in curry, but its roots can also provide benefits as much as pharmaceutical medications can. It gives off a warm and bitter taste and has a yellow-colored chemical called curcumin, which provides flavor and color to curry powders, mustards, butter, and cheeses. What are the Side Effects of Turmeric?
Turmeric is said to be safe when taken orally or applied to the skin for a maximum of 8 months and can be even used as an enema or a mouthwash in a short-term period. While turmeric rarely causes serious side effects, it is highly recommended to refrain from taking excessive doses until much research has been conducted. [Photo source : gettyimagesbank] How to Make a Fermented Turmeric?
Making a fermented turmeric only takes a few simple steps. First, place a tablespoon of freshly grated turmeric and/or ginger in the bottom of wide mouth quart jar. Add one tablespoon of sugar and¾ cup filtered water. If you are using a powdered turmeric, it is advisable for you to add a bit of apple peel or other “foods” that may speed up the fermentation process. Then, seal it off with cloth and rubber band. Make sure that it is not exposed to direct sunlight. Every 24 hours, add a tablespoon of turmeric or ginger, and sugar until bubbles appear on the surface. Note that this might take several days.
Additional water may be added if desired. You may also consider using salt and a starter instead of sugar. Whey, ginger bug, beet kvass, sauerkraut juice are good as alternative starters for your fermented turmeric. [Photo source : Wikipedia] About the Turmeric Tree
The turmeric tree is commonly found in the Indian subcontinent and most parts of Southeast Asia. It is also known as Indian Barberry and several other names. Its fruits, stems, leaves, wood, root, and root bark are used as medicine for cardiovascular and liver diseases, malaria, trachoma, skin diseases, menstrual complications, gastroenteritis, diarrhea, and jaundice. It is sometimes used to treat burns and minor wounds.
The plant contains chemicals that cause stronger heartbeats and drive off bacterias in the body. [Photo source : Sriag.com] The Efficacy of Turmeric
Turmeric is said to provide lots of benefits. Several studies suggested that taking capsules containing 400-600 mg of turmeric thrice per day can relieve inflammation. It can also be used as a pain reliever and can work as well as Ibuprofen (Advil) especially on people with arthritis. Because of its antioxidant abilities, it has also gotten attention for its power of improving liver function and reducing the risk of cancer. It can also contribute to a healthier digestion. [Photo source : gettyimagesbank] The Turmeric Juice
Aside from the things mentioned above, turmeric extract is also a natural liver detoxifier and a kidney cleanser that alleviates the risk of having complications with such organs. In addition to that, it also speeds up metabolism and can improve an individual’s weight. It can also heal conditions like depression, psoriasis, damaged skin, arthritis and other kinds of diseases. [Photo source : gettyimagesbank]
The Turmeric Tea Turmeric also contains natural agents that help in decreasing beta-amyloids, that slows down cerebral function in Alzheimer’s disease. People in Okinawa, an island nation with the world’s longest life expectancy of 81.2 years, drink large volumes of turmeric tea. Some brew it fresh, while others purchase it in powdered and canned versions. Studies suggest that turmeric and turmeric tea also have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer

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Centara Grand Resort and Villas: Staying at a Krabi resort with a private beach

Home > Stay with Me > Centara Grand Resort and Villas: Staying at a Krabi resort with a private beach Centara Grand Resort and Villas: Staying at a Krabi resort with a private beach April 17, 2019 2 Comments One of the best places to stay in Krabi My excitement builds as soon as I step onto the long-tail boat that will take us to the Centara Grand Beach Resort and Villas Krabi. It’s a shame that we’ve arrived so late at night, as the darkness takes away the added allure of what I know to be the blue waters that lie below. Still, I know I’ll have plenty of time to see this tomorrow. We’ve had a long day in Bangkok and a flight to Krabi, so right now, I’m looking forward to getting to my room at the resort. The Centara Grand at Krabi is a little unusual. Whilst it is located on the mainland, access is only possible by boat unless you want to walk the Monkey Trail, a walking track that winds up over the hill between Ao Nang and the resort. As tempting and exotic as this might sound, it’s not something you want to attempt at night or with heavy luggage. Check-in at the Centara Grand Resorts and Villas Krabi
Check-in is swift and accompanied by a welcome drink. Even late at night, the temperature in Thailand is testing us and the inclusion of an ice-cold towel is refreshing. The Centara Grand is spread out over a private reserve. We are guided to our rooms by the staff, who then give us a run through of the whole room, which is nice but unnecessary. Unless I’m staying at a hotel for the first time, there’s a good chance I’m going to know how to find the mini-bar. I’d be happy to just get any tips for unusual items like the monkey lock on the front door or how to find the correct light switches. The rooms at the Centara Grand Resorts and Villas Krabi Bedroom There are nine different room types available for guests here, ranging from deluxe garden view rooms through to one and two-bedroom villas. The Royal Villa is their premium offering. My abode for two nights was the ocean-facing deluxe room. Located on the third floor, I can see the ocean through the swaying palm trees and rooflines of the villas in front. Even though I’m surrounded by other rooms, the design of the room offers complete privacy. The main door to the apartment opens into the balcony which also serves as an entry zone. The enclosed entry/balcony
Tip : If you want to see a lot of the ocean I’d recommend booking an ocean facing villa. With the blinds down and the door locked, it almost feels as though this is part of the room. At the front of the room, another part of the balcony offers a better location for lounging in the on-shore breezes. The balcony at the front of the room facing the ocean Inside, there is plenty of space and the 72 square metres has been used wisely to give pride of place to the large king-sized bed with all the amenities tucked away behind. The bed is very comfortable and there is a good supply of pillows. Floor to ceiling glass doors and windows allow for the room to be filled with light during the day and at night, or for privacy, the attached timber blinds can be closed. Only the timber blinds on the main door are electronic, the rest are manual. The room is fully air-conditioned and is a big tick for me, can be personally controlled so that I could adjust to the temperature I preferred. An overhead fan is also in place if you prefer that to air conditioning, which is fantastic. The bathroom The bathroom at the rear of the room was extremely spacious. A full-size built-in bathtub and rain shower should cover most people’s bathing needs. Whilst the shower is in an open area (ie not enclosed by the glass), it’s actually built in a way that doesn’t generate a 100-year flood in your room every time you take a shower. I liked having the choice of using a hand-held shower or the overhead rain shower. The toilet is on the opposite side, separated by an area that includes the vanity basin. The design of the vanity bench was annoying as it had a massive gap at the rear. With limited space to put my things due to an above bench vanity, taps in the bench and the timber toiletries contraption that they use, I kept losing stuff over the back. Fortunately, it wasn’t gone for good and I could just crawl underneath the bench to retrieve it all. The toiletries come in generic plastic containers that are refilled. It’s a first pass at trying to reduce the amount of single-use plastics. Nearby there are also cupboards that provide good storage and a safe. There’s also a beach bag and flip-flops that may be used during your stay as well as bath robes. An ironing board is not provided but can be requested from housekeeping. Mine kept disappearing every day though, so you might find you need to keep requesting it unless you can get someone to clear it with housekeeping that it’s ok to leave for the duration of your stay. Other room facilities Back in the main room, there’s a small desk to work from. All rooms include free wifi which was easy to connect to and worked well.
A well-stocked minibar is provided which includes beer, wine and spirits. Evian water is also provided but Centara Grand gets a huge tick for offering water in recycled glass bottles. A generous amount of this water is provided on a complimentary basis, and if you run out, you can simply ask for more. The water is treated and filtered on-site as well. It’s one of the reasons why this resort is Earthcheck Certified. Tea and coffee making facilities are also provided. Recycled glass and water treated on-site Part of the mini-bar My usual bugbear of powerpoints and technology access was evident here again. There were no easy to find power points near the bedside tables. There’s one at the front of the room which isn’t that handy or near the desk. One of them didn’t seem to generate electricity at all, but the other did. With the amount of electrical equipment, I need to charge every day, having to have it all over in the corner wasn’t convenient. It was also low down to the ground so I had things stacked up on the chair and floor. From the main area of the resort, the rooms are quite spread out, meaning you might have a reasonable walk to your room. Some of it may also be uphill. If you have mobility issues, you can talk to the staff to get a buggy to transport you around. There are no lifts for the apartments either. Access is via external steps. If stairs are an issue, I’d recommend booking a ground floor room. Around the resort Club Lounge Behind the main lobby area is the Club Lounge, a more exclusive area for guests who book the villas. Alternatively, for an additional charge, any guest can get access to the benefits of the club. Club lounge Pool
Any stay here will more than likely include a visit to the pool. Set in amongst palm trees and with a view of the ocean, it’s the perfect spot to relax. Bright orange sun lounges surround the pool and line the edges of the beach. There are umbrellas to keep the hot sun from beating down on you and pool towels are also provided. Pool looking towards the ocean
There’s a children’s pool, waterfall and jacuzzi here also. Dining
From private dining on the beach to in-room dining and a range of great restaurants, going hungry here is not an option. The Centara Grand has options to cover every type of guest and their dining requirements. If I stayed here for a week, I’d be happy to check them all out, especially Suan Bua, with its traditional Thai cuisine. I’d also be heading to Hagi for some Japanese-inspired food.
Instead, as my stay was only short, the newly opened Coast Beach Club and Bistro was the centrepiece of the evening dining experience. Open-air and perched right on the edge of the beach, it’s a stunning location for a late afternoon drink and dinner under the stars.
There’s a wide range of casual food offerings here, available from 11.30am until 1 am. My arrival coincided with a themed night, Texas barbeque. As an early riser, I got to eat breakfast in peace and quiet each morning at Lotus Court Restaurant . By 8 am, this area is a hive of activity as everyone starts to wake from their comfortable night’s sleep. There’s an expansive range of food to consider here. Continental offerings of cold cuts and cheese and plenty of fresh fruit is on offer. There’s a large range of bread and pastries, jams and other condiments. The usual cereal bar is also there, along with fresh tropical juices. I can’t get enough of fresh pineapple juice in Thailand. I particularly loved the international food, from Indian samosas to Thai curries and even marsala tea.
Sitting outside is a perfect way to start your morning, although there is plenty of indoor seating if you prefer the comfort of the air conditioning. Beautiful spots to sit outside and enjoy breakfast Beach access and activities With 500 metres of beach and ocean frontage, it’s an area that is well used by the resort’s guests. Whilst many will pull up a beach lounge and spend some time quietly relaxing in the sun, others look for something more adventurous or active. Fortunately, there’s plenty of activities here at Centara Grand to satisfy everyone’s needs. Catamarans, paddle boards and other watercraft are available and you can easily put on a snorkel and pair of flippers and make your own adventure in the surrounding waters. Daily activities include beach volleyball and aqua aerobics. I would highly recommend going on a tour that can be arranged by the team at Centara Grand, to get out into the waters off the resort and amongst the islands. From the comfort of a speedboat, you can go swimming in locations where you won’t see too many tourists, spend time on the beaches or go snorkelling in the clear water. Alternatively, do a tour of a local island, where the people who live there still live a very simple life. Here you can meet boat builders, rice farmers and even create your own batik painting. Coming soon – our experience on the islands and in the local villages Wellness relax further the spa offers a range of massage and wellness services. Or, if you think you’ve indulged a little too much, the fitness centre has a gym and offers classes. Taking the lead with sustainable tourism Having a resort that sits in a national park and with direct ocean access increases the focus on behaving in an environmentally conscious manner. The pontoon that allows guests to get to and from the mainland is a floating one, rising and falling with the ocean’s movements. It makes for a bit of an interesting walk when the sea develops a bit of attitude, but there are always staff on hand to assist if necessary. As mentioned earlier, the resort treats its own water using a reverse osmosis process. The refilling of toiletries is another step in this process, although I did notice that plastic straws were still being used in cocktails. Where is the Centara Grand Krabi located? The Centara Grand Resort and Villas Krabi are located on the Thai mainland at Pai Plong Bay. The resort itself is enveloped by magnificent limestone rocks, the base material for the islands that also appear off the coast. They are the rock formations that Krabi is known for, all over the world. Positioned just behind a headland that juts out into the bay, the resort is private and as mentioned earlier, only accessible by boat. Check availability, prices and other reviews on Trip Advisor . How to get to Centara Grand Krabi The resort is approximately 40 minutes from Krabi International Airport. Many airlines fly into Krabi. We flew with Thai Airways from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport., a short 1.5-hour flight. Access to the resort is via a planned speedboat transfer from Nopparatthara Pier. Transfers from the airport and the pier should be arranged by you at the time of booking. Regular boat transfers also occur during the day to take resort guests into the nearby town of Ao Nang. It’s a thriving area here with local shopping, markets and many dining opportunities. Beach resorts in Krabi get out of the big cities like Bangkok and see some of the beautiful natural landscapes in Thailand, Krabi is a must-do. From here you can access the smaller islands or the more well-known ones like Phi Phi Island . You can go snorkelling or diving, relax on white sand beaches or spend your days boating on the crystal clear waters of the Andaman Sea. A stay at the Centara Grand Resort and Villas Krabi will also ensure you have a wonderful place to come back to after a day of exploring. It is currently only one of two Krabi resorts with private beach access. Later in the year, another Centara hotel will open in Ao Nang which will also have direct beach access. Whilst the Centara Grand Resort and Villas is not a brand new resort, there’s still a lot to love. I’d be happy to return to both the Centara Grand and Krabi any time!
Beer and Croissants was a guest of the Tourism Authority of Thailand. As always all opinions, editorial and images are always our own. Special thanks to Thai Airways for getting us from Bangkok to Krabi. Kerri McConnel A former business executive, Kerri McConnel, left the corporate world to pursue a different lifestyle, establishing the successful travel website, Beer and Croissants. Kerri now travels regularly with her husband, Stirling, where eating great food, drinking quality beer and wine, and cooking international foods are integral to their adventures. She is also a firm believer that everyone can travel. To help provide inspiration, she creates comprehensive guides and articles that are written in a down to earth, authentic manner.

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7 Low-Calorie Indian Recipes You Can Try For Healthy Weight Loss – CT NEWS

Prepare these delicious low-calorie Indian recipes at home
Highlights Weight loss could be an overwhelming affair Indian food is often considered to be an out and out indulgent affair Indian cuisine too has it’s share of low calorie options
Think Indian food, and we are almost conditioned to think all things greasy, spicy and indulgent. We tend to forget for a while that all our everyday foods like dal, chapatti, raita are not only Indian but are also, in fact, some of the healthiest foods you can have. If you have been on a weight loss diet, you may have been told to keep your calories in check. But, before you embark on a low calorie diet, you need to understand that calories are not ‘bad’ per say. Every food that you take generates energy. This energy is measured in units of calories. According to experts, in typical low calorie diet you would get about 800 to 1500 calories per day. Your calorie requirement may differ depending upon your height, profession and daily energy expenditure too. Therefore, it is important to understand your body and then its calorie requirement, before you start eliminating things blindly from your diet.
You must ensure that the little calories you take in your low-calorie are loaded with nutrients. Make sure you take enough of lean protein, fibre and good fats and make it a balanced affair. Determine how many calories you are eating every day and gradually reduce hundred to two hundred calories from it. Starving yourself is a bad weight loss strategy. Keep yourself hydrated, people often intermix signals of thirst with hunger that adds up to the calorie load. It is okay to treat yourself with some high calorie treats once in a while. It has been proved that occasional binges help people stick to their weight-loss diet better.
If you are fond of Indian food or your diet is majorly Indian, you have arrived at the right place for low-calorie Indian food options. Here are some low-calorie Indian recipes that you can treat yourself with. 1. Sabudana Khichdi
Sabudana khichdi is one of the most widely consumed dish during Navratri. Made with tender tapioca pearls, tossed in a medley of mild spices and peanuts, this dish makes use of ghee as it is a vrat recipe. You can replace it with any low-fat vegetable oil. However, a bit of ghee is recommended by many expert nutritionists. It is a source of good fat that helps fill you up and prevent untimely cravings.
Low calorie Indian Recipes: Sabudana khichdi is one of the most widely consumed dish during Navratri 2. Ragi Dosa
Ragi is a delicious gluten-free alternative to its fattening grainy counterparts. Dosa is usually made with rice or lentil batter, this recipe makes use of Ragi that is rich in fibre. Fibre helps promote the feeling of satiety, since it takes time to digest. If you feel full, you would naturally binge less. You can enjoy this healthy South-Indian treat with piping hot sambhar or yummy coconut chutney.
Low Calorie Indian recipes: Ragi is a delicious gluten-free alternative to its fattening grainy counterparts. 3. Green Pea Upma
Upma is famous South Indian breakfast item that is not only nutrient-dense but also weight loss-friendly. This version of upma also makes use of protein-rich green pea. Protein helps regulate hunger hormone ghrelin and check cravings.
Low calorie Indian recipes: Upma is famous South Indian breakfast item 4. Low-Calorie Microwave Dhokla
Dhokla is a Gujarati marvel that has become quite a global rage. Dhoklas are steamed, and hence, they make up for a perfect low-calorie snack that you can add to your weight-loss diet. This light and filling treat needs no elaborate cooking too; they can be easily made in a microwave with a handful of ingredients like besan, suji, green chilli, curd and curry leaves.
Low-calorie Indian recipes: Dhokla is a Gujarati marvel that has become quite a global rage. 5. Tandoori Gobhi
Tandoori and roasted goods are an excellent way to save calories, since there is no deep-frying involved. They also save you the saturated fats that you often find in deep-fried goods. This delicious tandoori gobhi recipe serves as an excellent vegetarian starter in a quintessential North Indian spread. You can enjoy these as a healthy evening snack also. Cauliflower is a good source of weight loss-friendly fibres too. Make sure you do not put extra butter on top.
Low Calorie Indian recipes: Tandoori and roasted goods are an excellent way to save calories 6. Kheere ka Raita
Indian summers and a bowlful of cooling raita share an inseparable bond. This yogurt-based dish is good for gut and digestion. A healthy digestion is an important component of a weight-loss regimen. Hundred grams of yogurt has only 60 calories. This special raita also packs the goodness of cucumber. Cucumber is a yummy summer veggie that can do wonders for your weight-loss diet. About 95 percent of cucumber is just water. The veggie is full of nutrients and fibre.
Low-calorie Indian recipes: Indian summers and a bowlful of cooling raita share an inseparable bond . 7. Oats Idli
The puffy, light and ever-so delectable idli is one of the most famous Indian snacks of all times. Made of fermented batter, idli is excellent for gut health. Fermentation also increases the bio-availability of nutrients. Since idli is not fried, you do not have to think about the calorie overload either. This particular recipe is a powerhouse of protein and fibre that you can consider to make part of your diet.
Low calorie Indian recipes: The puffy, light and ever-so delectable idli is one of the most famous Indian snacks of all times.
So, what are you waiting for? Don your aprons and start cooking already. Let us know which recipes you enjoyed the most in the comments section below. Share this:

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