New restaurants, shops, open or coming soon in Oakland County

New restaurants, shops, open or coming soon in Oakland County

A coffeehouse with a massive indoor playground in downtown Royal Oak, a new Panera Bread on Woodward Avenue and a dessert shop in Ferndale that sells a 16-layer cake are some of the new businesses open or coming soon to southeast Oakland County. Panera Bread will close its downtown Birmingham bakery-cafe to open its first Royal Oak location at the much-anticipated Woodward Corners by Beaumont at 30955 Woodward Ave. “The parking in Royal Oak will be better for our guests and our employees,” said Birmingham Panera manager Yolonda Armstead. “Our area director has been looking at this for a while and decided not to renew the Birmingham lease.” Zoning laws prohibit the new 5,300-square-foot quick-service café from including a drive-thru, said Panera corporate spokeswoman Sara Gottman. It will offer delivery. Panera Bread will join Wahlburgers , Grabbagreen , Brown Iron Brewhouse and New Order Coffee as another food tenant at the 117,000-square-foot, $32.8 million development at Woodward Avenue and 13 Mile, the former Northwood Shopping Center. The development also includes a small-format Meijer, a 5-story hotel, Beaumont Urgent Care Center and AKT fitness studio . Many of the businesses, including Panera, are scheduled to open this summer. A two-story, 6,000-square-foot family-friendly coffeehouse is on its way to downtown Royal Oak. Proving Grounds Coffee is expected to open its second location in June at 417 S. Washington Ave. in the former home of Gayle’s Chocolates, a community staple for nearly 35 years. The independent coffee shop, with its original location a stone’s throw from General Motor’s Proving Grounds in Milford, roasts its own beans in-house. In Royal Oak, the 3,500-square-foot upper level will include a 1,900-square-foot play area complete with a two-story jungle-themed playscape, rentable private party and conference rooms, and more secluded work spaces for customers, said Daman Auvenshine, who owns Proving Grounds with James Courtney. The 2,400-square-foot downstairs will boast a soft seating area with a stage for live entertainment, a window to view the roasting room, and places to sit and work, Auvenshine said. The space is triple the size of the original Milford location , which offers pastries from sources like Crust in Fenton and ice cream from Browndog Creamery in Farmington. Auvenshine expects Proving Grounds to make some of its own pastries and ice cream, eventually, in Royal Oak. Royal Oak-based cancer support clubhouse Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit is merging with The Lake House of Saint Clair Shores. The eight-year-old Lake House will continue its full slate of cancer support, education and wellness under the Gilda’s Club name, becoming Gilda’s Club Metro Detroit, Lake House location. Programming will continue, with its current staff, at the Saint Clair Shores location on Pare Street with no disruption, according to a Gilda’s Club statement. “The true beneficiaries of this merger are those we serve — our members. We are thrilled to broaden our reach and impact,” said Laura Varon Brown, Executive Director & CEO of Gilda’s Club. “Everything under our roof, whether that be in Royal Oak, Farmington Hills, Dearborn and now in Saint Clair Shores, is free of any costs to families facing cancer.” Chain restaurant Bar Louie is open at 510 S. Main St., the former Blackfin Ameripub spot. Craft cocktails, local beer, flatbreads, sandwiches and “chef-inspired” grub are on tap. What won’t be there? “You’ll never have to endure annoying blinking, vibrating pagers, snooty waiters, or ultra-hip menus,” its corporate website said. After three months of renovations, Salvatore Scallopini in downtown Birmingham unveiled its first-ever bar, an à la carte menu with healthier options, including roasted squash and Sicilian broccoli, and a modern dining room. “We concentrated on making it current with the times,” said Kara Bongiovanni, whose family founded the restaurant more than 30 years ago. While the bar only seats six people, guests eagerly fill the stools, Bongiovanni said. She’s looking forward to re-opening the outdoor patio when warm weather returns as well. One thing that won’t change is the pan of lasagna made on Sundays. “We serve it until the last piece is gone,” she said. While four Salvatore Scallopini restaurants exist across metro Detroit, the Birmingham mainstay is the only family-owned one, she said. “This is recent, about three months ago, when employees bought the last of other locations,” Bongiovanni said. “Our menu is different than the others and we’re working on a different website.” At one point, Salvatore Scallopini had 13 franchise locations, she said. The original Sal’s is at 505 N. Woodward Ave. Love & Buttercream , at 746 E. Maple Rd., had two locations, including its original in Royal Oak, until July 2018. While the bakery was profitable, owner Brooke Wilson Vitale said, it was stressful for her work team to run between locations, so she closed the Royal Oak location. “The shop in Birmingham, which we opened about two years ago, is six times the square footage of the Royal Oak location,” she said. The extra space allowed her to expand her business, creating an upstairs classroom for baking classes and an event space with an active kitchen to host parties and meetings. She also added online sales. “We love Royal Oak and we’re nine to 11 minutes up the road now, a trip we took often,” she said. “Our guests have been loyal.” Petite Cabane , a children’s clothing store with a European flair first mentioned here , opened at 205 E. Maple Rd., in the former Barbara Boz Boutique, which relocated across the street. Willow and Fernn Boutique , a lifestyle shop with fashions, home décor, jewelry and a bath salt bar written about here , is hosting shoppers at 528 N. Old Woodward Ave. Its grand opening and ribbon cutting is April 11. Ullman’s Health & Beauty , at 2816 Coolidge Hwy., hopes to be the antidote to today’s “rush” culture, adding a little “hush” in her wellness store, said co-owner Uli Laczkovich. The former pharmacist stocks her emporium — a place where she “helps people feel good” — with skin care treatments, fragrances, supplements, candles and soaps, all high-quality products from around the globe, including Michigan. A third of the 1,900-square-foot shop is devoted to teas. She created a sniff bar for patrons to smell the different brews as well as the equipment to make a single mug to enjoy while relaxing on the store’s couch. “I’ll be listening to what customers want there, whether it’s exotic teas, herbal teas or there might be a demand for fruit teas,” said Laczkovich who owns the store with husband, Roman. Ullman’s is in the site previously occupied by Tootie and Tallulah’s, which moved up the road to 12 Mile, just west of Coolidge. Grill and Curry , at 3354 Twelve Mile Rd., has opened a 52-seat restaurant specializing in flavors rooted in north India, said owner Eftikhar Ahmed. Chicken tikka masala served with rice is his most popular dish, along with anything with curry in it. Ahmed got the idea for opening an Indian restaurant after helping in the kitchen at the private The Village Club in Bloomfield Hills . He hosted an Indian food night and the members praised his native cuisine, he said. He also worked for a couple of years at Touch of India restaurant in Birmingham. “We’ve kept this place very comfortable and casual,” he said. Grill and Curry is housed in the former Mazza Indian Cuisine location. Toadvine Books , a new and used bookshop named after a character in Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Blood Meridian,’ has had a soft opening at 2783 Coolidge Hwy., the former Universal Electric Motors Service site. “The official grand opening/ribbon cutting is still a few weeks away while I finish a few minor construction details, fill the shelves and wait on signage installation,” said owner Luke Janes. Guests may enjoy the 1,500-square-foot shop as he finishes up the final details, he said. Read more about Janes’ background in past coverage . Drifter Coffee is opening its first brick-and-mortar store at 770 Woodward Heights, in the Iron Ridge District in April, said Brooke Gieber, spokesperson for Iron Ridge Holdings LLC. Owner Alleah Webb launched Drifter in 2015 as a mobile “coffee caboose,” housed in a vintage 1971 trailer known for popping up in farmer’s markets, weddings and other events in Detroit. She’s planted roots in a two-story building that is a coffee shop, a café serving locally-sourced food, a community hub and greenhouse all in one, according to its website. Webb is sharing some of the building with Gooseneck Coffee Co ., an artisan micro roaster founded in Plymouth. It will act as Drifter’s in-house roaster, using beans sourced through Women Coffee Producers, a nationwide collective that focuses on women-run farms. Because Drifter is housed in a building zoned manufacturing, Webb needs to produce a certain amount of goods sold onsite, which is why she welcomed the roasting company, according to Gooseneck’s website. Drifter’s signature house coffee is called Divine Goddess Blend. The medium-roast java has notes of chocolate, graham cracker and caramel. It’s a rotating roast, so the beans will come from different countries depending on the time of year, the website said. The shop prides itself as all-inclusive, with a gender-neutral bathroom, handicap seating at the café bar and a kids area with toys and activities. The coffee caboose will continue to pop up around metro Detroit. Treat Dreams Dessert Emporium , a collaboration of Ferndale mainstays Treat Dreams, an ice cream shop known for exotic flavors like chocolate covered potato chip ice cream, and D’Vine Cookies, opened in mid-March at 22965 Woodward Ave. after a two-month renovation. It serves over-the-top sweets, including a 5-pound Dreamwich, an ice cream sandwich made with two 9-inch chocolate chip cookies, previously mentioned in Susan Selasky’s Free Press story . Can’t choose just one? Try the dessert version of a beverage flight to sample several small bites, perhaps tiramisu, bread pudding or edible cookie dough, said supervisor Howie Blitstein. “We have a 16-layer cake that has mousse and cookie dough and it’s called the Kookie Monster Dream Cake,” Blitstein said. It also has a gift shop area to pick up Michigan-made treats like toffee, nuts and hand-crafted candy. Following a special diet? Keto, gluten free and vegan cookies round out the menu, Blitstein said.
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The Best and Easiest Tofu Tikka Masala

The Best and Easiest Tofu Tikka Masala Apr. 2.
This Tofu Tikka Masala recipe has been one of those staples recipes that I keep close at hand for when I want something that is incredibly complex tasting but shockingly easy to make.
As you may already know, we’re big fans of batch-cooking here at NS, making a big pot of something delicious that we can eat throughout the week, something healthy and filling for those busy days that you can just heat up and it’s good to go. Tofu Tikka Masala is definitely one of those dishes for us.
You have probably heard of the health benefits you find in turmeric , cumin, coriander and of course assorted vegetables, and you should be happy to learn that this recipe has all of the above, plus it leaves your home smelling amazing! Not to mention it tastes just as delicious at the end of the week as it did the first day you make it. Plant-Based Protein Spotlight: Tofu
As mentioned before, this is definitely a frequent addition to our dinner table, partly due to the fact that we absolutely adore Indian cuisine, partly for the complex and incredible flavor profiles, and partly due to the versatility for plant-based protein substitutes.
I can say with absolutely no shame there was a period in my life that I ate at a particular Indian restaurant here in Nashville at least twice a week for at least a year. As you can imagine, that started to get a little pricy, so we figured it was time to try our best to make some of our favorite dishes at home.
Other than the fact that this dish is so tasty, our favorite thing about the recipe is how easy it is to make. In an hour or less you can have a meal that tastes as good as any restaurant and will serve you and your family for days on end. Also, if you really love it, or you have a big dinner party, you can simply double the ingredients in the recipe, and voila!
We typically like to serve our Tofu Tikka Marsala on steamed basmati rice, so as an added bonus I’ll share our super quick stove-top rice hack we use at home. How To Make The Best Rice, Every time Just use 1 part rice, to 1 1/2 parts water. So if you’re cooking a cup of rice, just use 1 1/2 cups water. Rinse your rice and add it a medium saucepan with the water and a pinch of salt and pepper. Bring the water to a simmer, and then put a top on the pot and reduce to low heat. Cook rice for 8 minutes, or until rice is tender and absorbed all the water. Fluff with a fork and serve! Stripped Plant-based Protein Soy-containing foods such as tempeh, tofu, and edamame all offer a complete plant protein containing all amino acids. It’s one of the strongest, most animal-like protein in terms of chemical makeup. Some research says that soy has a high concentration of BCAAs or branched-chain amino acids , which are beneficial to athletic performance ( 6 ). Often these soy-based sources of plant protein also carry fiber and healthy fats as well as the protein. Tempeh is the most nutritious out of this bunch, as it contains naturally-occurring healthy bacteria from the fermentation process. However, read up about what you should know about soy before adding a ton of tempeh, tofu, or edamame to your diet. Tofu Nutrition
Read more about the nutrition and health benefits of tofu, in this article here, plus learn how to make the best-cooked tofu. Tomatoes
Lycopene, a carotenoid, the most notable and highly studied antioxidant when it comes to tomatoes. The compounds in tomatoes, lycopene, in particular, have been linked to helping fight a variety of cancers ( 1 ), help improves circulation, decrease high blood pressure ( 2 ), reduce cholesterol ( 3 ), reduces cardiovascular risk ( 4 ), and reduction in metabolism syndrome ( 5 ).
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Founder of NutritionStripped.com. McKel holds a master’s degree in Clinical Nutrition from Ohio State University, is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian. With 8 years of experience, here at NS, she teaches the simplicity behind the science of nutrition and art of healthy living through recipes, health articles, and online education programs. Want Meal Plans? Meal Planning Program
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Stock corner: Buy Jubilant Foodworks, venture has promise

Stock corner: Buy Jubilant Foodworks, venture has promise By: ICICI Securities | Published: April 2, 2019 1:06 AM Maintain Buy on JUBI with DCF-based TP of `1,650. At our TP, the stock will trade at 46x P/E multiple Sep-20e. Key downside risk includes pressure on margins from aggressive new store expansion. Fast casual is also more likely to benefit from delivery model than casual dining.
We believe Hong’s Kitchen (HK) could potentially add c.35% to Jubilant Foodworks (JUBI’s) FY2021 fair value (if it’s to reach 1,200 stores (same as Domino’s today) by FY2030e). We returned optimistic from HK store visit in Gurgaon (Delhi)—fast casual positioning, outlet location, trendy exterior and branding inspires confidence in attracting footfalls. Lessons from Dunkin’ about the don’ts in a dine-in model improves success probability of HK. Entry into Chinese cuisine expands JUBI’s addressable market by 3x. BUY.
JUBI recently launched its own brand ‘Hong’s Kitchen’ restaurant (first store in Gurgaon), marking its foray into the Chinese food market. A fast casual positioning (set between fast food and casual dining) fits well with JUBI’s strengths—focusing on value-for-money and delivery. On the core Domino’s business, near-term performance could see a boost from cricket tournaments (IPL and upcoming World Cup).
Foray into Chinese food expands addressable market by 3x
Chinese cuisine is the second largest segment in India (behind North Indian food) and is pegged at 19% of the total food service market, thereby expanding JUBI’s addressable market by 3x (pizza is just 6% of the total market).
What is ‘fast casual’ format
A fast casual is an intermediate concept between fast food and casual dining, usually not offering full table services. However, fast casual has higher quality food than fast food restaurants, with fewer frozen or processed ingredients. The value-for-money model fits well with JUBI’s core positioning. Fast casual is also more likely to benefit from delivery model than casual dining.
Hong’s Kitchen—first impressions
We returned optimistic from our store visit to Gurgaon. Ground floor corner location at the mall’s entrance, trendy exterior and turquoise blue hard to miss branding inspire confidence in attracting footfalls. The store is adequately staffed. An open kitchen makes for a lively and engaging experience for customers. Separate vegetarian and non-vegetarian kitchen areas could go well with vegetarian customers’ preference. The menu is affordably priced, in sync with JUBI’s value-for-money proposition under the new management. We estimate a meal for two to cost `500-600 on average. It is listed on food aggregators but an own app could mean that it will do its own delivery, in line with company strategy.
Learnings from Dunkin’ —Keeping a close watch
During our visit, JUBI’s operations team was present at the store, keeping a close watch on the store performance and managing any initial hiccups. JUBI plans to initially expand in NCR region and is already looking out for locations for store expansion.
Valuation and risks
Maintain Buy on JUBI with DCF-based TP of `1,650. At our TP, the stock will trade at 46x P/E multiple Sep-20e. Key downside risk includes pressure on margins from aggressive new store expansion.

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Critically-Acclaimed Houston Restaurant Nirmanz Food Boutique Ex

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Chef Nirman Shah is delighting Houston diners at family-owned Nirmanz Food Boutique with a series of new dishes featuring the dynamic flavors of Indian street food and regional cuisine.
HOUSTON , April 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Houston restaurant favorite Nirmanz Food Boutique has announced the debut of a variety of new dishes, adding several, highly-anticipated options to their already extensive menu. These newly-launched dishes will focus on Indian street cart food and the cuisine of Northern and Southern India , expanding the already-excellent selection of menu options. Already highly popular with the Houston community, Nirmanz Food Boutique is seeking to provide guests with new ways to experience Indian cuisine.
Serving up modern fusion cuisine that puts a creative spin on classic Indian favorites, Nirmanz Food Boutique has established a beloved place in the Houston -area culinary community since opening in 2017. The restaurant combines authentic spices from India , a love for Indian culture, and the culinary talents of executive chef Nirman Shah to offer a one-of-a-kind dining experience that has patrons flocking in from all over the city. Rave reviews, glowing media coverage, and countless happy customers have spelled success for this relatively new arrival to the Sugarland culinary scene.
While Nirmanz Food Boutique may be a fairly recent addition to the Houston -area restaurant community, its executive chef is anything but an amateur. Chef Nirman Shah has nearly 25 years of experience, traveling the world on his mission to share the flavors and culture of his native India . His enthusiasm and creativity are apparent from the moment you walk through the doors of Nirmanz Food Boutique, and it’s not just the food that’s earned such a loyal customer base – it’s the restaurant itself. At the heart of the restaurant is the belief that patrons are more than just customers, they’re family, and every guest is warmly welcomed. Chef Nirman and his family love nothing more than bringing new diners into the ever-expanding Nirmanz Food Boutique family, and hope that the highly-anticipated menu expansion continues to do just that.
With its eye-catching décor and a modern vibe, the restaurant puts a hip, playful spin on the classic Indian dining concept. Colorful Bollywood-inspired posters, a graffit-inspired mural of Amitabh Bachan , an Instagram photo-worthy wall, and handmade swings from India all come together to create a unique aesthetic. Combined with the vibrant flavors and dynamic dishes found on the menu, it’s easy to see why Nirmanz Food Boutique deserves all the buzz.
About Nirmanz Food Boutique
Nirmanz Food Boutique opened in early 2017, headed by executive chef Nirman Shah . Shah began his career with extensive education and training from the Rambagh Palace of Jaipur in India , and has since achieved nearly a quarter-century of culinary excellence. Much of Shah’s passion lies in sharing Indian flavors and food traditions with the world, introducing the cuisine of his native country with his trademark twist.
Nirmanz Food Boutique puts a modern spin on Indian street cart dishes and other regional cuisine, impressing diners and critics alike with dynamic flavors and impeccable preparation. The restaurant has earned considerable press recognition and food critic praise, as well as high customer ratings and satisfied reviews. In addition to the modern fusion cuisine, Nirmanz Food Boutique is also unique in its hip ambiance, welcoming atmosphere, and Bollywood-inspired décor. With casual but stylish seating, an Instagram-friendly selfie wall, and Bollywood movie posters with a touch of humor, the restaurant makes every dining experience enjoyable.
Nirmanz Food Boutique is located at 16338 Kensington Drive in Sugarland, Suite 160. The restaurant is open every day with the exception of Tuesdays, serving lunch between 11:30 am and 2 pm and dinner between 5 pm and 9:30 pm .
You can try the newly-debuted dishes today at Nirmanz Food Boutique in Sugarland. For more information, please visit http://www.nirmanz.com or contact Chef Nirman Shah , via email at 212068@email4pr.com or by phone (214) 998-7277.
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Dining is a way to travel the world without leaving the peninsula

Dining is a way to travel the world without leaving the peninsula Mar 28, 2019 at 7:01 PM Mar 29, 2019 at 6:34 AM
Growing up, I can remember occasionally having United Nations night at our dinner table.
This involved an attempt to broaden our culinary horizons, even if it was only by adding tortillas to wrap the meatloaf fajita-style.
Thankfully, things have changed dramatically. You can now enjoy meals from around the world without leaving the peninsula. Here is a sampling of some of the ethnic eateries on Cape Cod. There are also Italian, Mexican, Portuguese and Chinese cuisines from which to choose. Visit capecodtimes.com/dining to see full reviews.
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The place: Cape Cod Irish Village, 822 Route 28, South Yarmouth, 508-771-0100
The vibe: Welcoming, celebratory tone with entertainment and people table-hopping to visit
The food: Good Irish basics plus fish, beef, chicken and more
The cost: $54.41 for dinner for two
Worth the price alone: Corned beef that was the perfect combination of fat and lean.
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The place: The Golden Swan, 323 Main St, Falmouth, 508-540-6580
The vibe: Traditional Indian-American, with dark decor and silver and gold accents, including elephant figurines
The food: Scented with the red, yellow and orange spices of India
The cost: $72.55 for dinner for two
Worth the price alone: Vast choice of cuisine from different regions of India
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The place: Tuk Tuk Cape Cod, 245 Shore Road, Monument Beach, 774-302-4358; tuktukthaifood.com
The vibe: Relaxed, colorful with Thai decor
The food: Traditional Thai dishes, including pad thai noodles
The cost: $68.37 for two
Worth the price alone: The delicate layering of flavors, especially in the red curry
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The place: Island Grill & Cafe, 251 Iyannough Road (Route 28), Hyannis, 508-827-4641
The vibe: Rich, contemporary style with a spotless open kitchen
The food: Cape Cod-fresh with a Jamaican kick; open for breakfast and lunch
The cost: $37.75 for two for lunch
Worth the price alone: Jerk chicken, consisting of a mild dry rub, and a smoky BBQ-style sauce with a ribbon of fire running through it.
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Kabira Country Club

Tuesday, 2 April 2019 Kabira Country Club Not diverted by the word club, Kabira Country Club is one of the luxury hotels in Kampala defining itself as a boutique hotel in Kampala. Committed to defining a new dimension of luxury, Kabira Country Club is one of the best hotels in Uganda Kampala hosting both international and native clients who opt to use the facility to get the most out of their money. Situated in Bukoto along old Kira road the hotel is about 4km from the city center making it a great place to stay in while planning to undertake a 1 day Kampala city tour . Kabira Country Club is crafted with 95 luxurious guest-rooms and exceptional amenities.Kabira Country Club is the leading boutique hotel in Kampala , with a world class restaurant, gymnasium, lodging/accommodation facilities and a beautiful heated swimming pool. The hotel isn’t exceptional to only dining and accommodation, it is also the perfect hotel for a relaxing get away and venue to hold special events, weddings and business meeting in Kampala-Uganda’s capital. Amenities/facilities at Kabira Country Club Kabira Country Club has a warm qualified welcoming staff that speak Afrikaans, English and Hindi. They will offer you the comfort you need while at the hotel, from making your room clean, getting your meal ready on time to any kind of assistance required. No one doesn’t want to be comfortable while having some time off their schedule or even on a business meeting. Accommodation Kabira Country Club has 95 unique rooms, suites and cottages, well-furnished in an elegant contemporary style with exceptional attention to detail showcasing the finest in both modern and local craftsmanship. Every imaginable comfort is catered for your stay. On arrival, each guest is personally greeted by a member of the guest services team, offered a welcome drink, and escorted to the room that was prior booked for your stay. Kabira Country Club offers certain units that include pool views, and rooms have a private bathroom and a wardrobe. At the accommodations the rooms come with air conditioning and a TV. Meeting, Conferences and Events With more than 15,265-square feet of meeting and event space, the team works diligently to create a special event of nearly every size, scope and style. Whether you require an elegant boardroom lunch/dinner, or an opulent ballroom for a once-in-a-lifetime event, this luxurious venue offers the perfect setting for a group as small as 10 to a party as large as 1,000 guests. We offer modern and versatile state-of-the-art conference facilities and function spaces and provide for both indoor and outdoor events. You will also find a splendid range of dining options at your disposal; from fast food to fine dining, with an array of cuisine choices: Ugandan, Mediterranean, Continental and Indian. Health and Leisure Facilities Kabira Country Club has a gym has been complimented as one of the biggest and best equipped in East Africa. Coupled with our world-class sporting and recreational facilities, we cater for a wide range of fitness and wellness pursuits. They have a swimming pools for adults and children, international standard squash courts, lighted tennis courts and a basketball court. There is a heated swimming pool. Spa services are also available to help you relax. Dining What you eat and where you eat depends on your mood, the time of day and who is in your company. Whether you fancy a snack or a full four-course meal, at Kabira Country Club, they have created an experience where you can get anything you want in one location. You have the option to relax on the terrace, dine from the restaurant, bar and coffee shop. The light bites, healthy salads and finger foods are always available from the snack menu. If you want something more substantial, just ask for the complete selection of our main course menu. There is an extensive menu is a fusion of African, Continental, Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisine, reflecting the cosmopolitan city of Kampala. Kabira Country Club also has a full-service restaurant, offering elegant Multi Cuisine Dishes in a relaxed atmosphere in Kampala’s northern suburb of Bukoto. With stunning views of the greater Kampala cityscape, Kabira combines gracious hospitality with contemporary style. Whether to or from an up country safari in Uganda , you can spend a single nigh or some time at Kabira Country club. Discover a hotel that defines a new dimension of luxury. Posted by

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Meet the Woman Making Indian Street Food Gourmet

Food & Drink , Restaurants & Bars March 31, 2019 Meet the Woman Making Indian Street Food Gourmet
It’s hard to know where to begin if you’re after an Indian meal in London. From busy and bustling chains to central-sitting favourites like the Tandoor Chophouse and back-street family run joints, Indian restaurants sprawl the streets of the capital. A post shared by The Gutsy Chutney (@thegutsychutney) on Sep 30, 2018 at 9:00am PDT
Indian food has, of course, been massively popular for a long while now (chicken tikka masala was actually invented here in the UK, dontcha know), and we’re the last people to complain. It is the food of Saturday nights, feeding us up, tantalising our taste buds and making us feel right at home.
But the thing is, simply stating ‘Indian’ doesn’t quite seem to cut it anymore. Londoners want to know that their seafood dish is inspired by the ports of Kerala and from which street in Gujarat their vegetarian curry is from. In short, we’re getting a bit picky.
Add this desire for detail to an implosion of street food culture and love for tapas-style feasting, and you’ve opened up a whole new gap in the market. That is, Indian street food with a real story.
Recent years have seen eateries which fall under this niche experience an exponential rocketing. Dishoom and the Masala Zone are high-profile examples, as is Soho’s Darjeeling Express – a restaurant founded by Asma Khan which only employs Indian females, recently featured on Netflix’s The Chef’s Table and now has a waiting list for bookings longer than any other restaurant in its vicinity. Impressive, right? A post shared by The Gutsy Chutney (@thegutsychutney) on Sep 18, 2018 at 10:00am PDT
Move a little out of the spotlight and you’ll see a whole other host of Indian chefs making their mark on the London foodie scene; the latest to jump on the bandwagon is Deepa Nair, host of the Gutsey Chutney.
TGC is yet again different from its Indian counterparts, because it’s a supper club which has been founded to “right the many wrongs” when it came to the way Indian cuisine was being enjoyed and represented in the UK.
Deepa said: “The numerous restaurants serving Indian cuisine never did justice to the phenomenal culinary variety that exists in India, choosing instead to have only the same and more popular dishes on the menu.”
I’m a lover of the informal, homely supper club. Pay a set price, BYOB (often), rock up to a venue (or someone’s home) which you wouldn’t usually visit and enjoy a multiple-course set menu cooked by a passionate cook (who’s also probably spent all day slaving away in an office, a la Deepa). You can’t get much better than that.
It was a rainy Wednesday evening when I went on my way to the latest in TGC’s offerings, and upon arriving at a small pub in the depths of West London, Deepa greeted me warmly.
She had clearly been busy in the kitchen; her scraped back hair and a spice-stained apron which hung from her neck proved that whatever I was about to eat would be a total labour of love.
This latest supper club was to be inspired by the streets of India. How very apt and on-trend. Out in India, every city has its own street food speciality, so Deepa decided to take attendees on a journey.
She started with dahi papdi chaat, a favourite from the state capital Delhi. It is crisp, savoury tarts filled with boiled potatom chickpeas, sauces and sweet yoghurt. It was totally delicious.
Next up Deepa took us over to Eastern Indian with her Momos, a Tibetan take on Chinese dumplings which have now been popularised in Northern and Eastern India as popular street food. They were serving with a seriously fiery chilli sauce, which, as Deepa warned us as it arrived at the table, was very hot. We ate the Momos with chop sticks – a totally authentic experience.

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tomc said: ↑ Totally epic. How was the food?
T Click to expand… It was really good. We have liked Indian food for 35 years, but our friends were not used to it. They liked it as well, and you could adjust the spicy factor at all the restaurants. We did break it up with Italian one night, and Continental another just to have different cuisines. I am not a huge vegetable fan , but with the spices and cooking they do with it, I eat things I never would back home. Had the best spinach I ever ate at the Safari resort. Some unusual but really good Indian breakfast items as well, just don’t know what they are called.

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An Amazing Escape!

I stayed at The Serai, Kabini for 2 nights in March 2019, along with my wife and 8 year old son.nnWe have been to almost all the Taj Safari lodges in central India (Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench) so my expectations were high. The Serai surpassed all of them, with a beautiful mix of personalized attention, great room and food product quality and an excellent location. The resort is spread along the banks of the Kabini reservoir, within walking distance from the much older Kabini River Lodge which is run by Jungle Lodges & Resorts (JLR). nnDue to reasons best known to the powers that be, JLR has been given the responsibility of consolidating all jungle drives into Nagarhole National Park & Tiger Reserve. Being an avid bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast, I had asked The Serai team to arrange both morning and evening safaris on all the days of our stay in a jeep rather than an awful “Canter” (mini-bus). Though they could not guarantee this beforehand, we were very pleasantly surprised to get a jeep ride for all our safaris into the jungle, accompanied by their most knowledgeable and helpful naturalist, Mr. Chamaraj, or “Chama” as he is popularly referred to. This was just one of the many special touches that made our holiday that much more enjoyable!nnThe resort manager, Devendra Pratap Singh, met us on arrival along with Mahesh from the Front Desk, Salim who heads Front Office and Tipu (yes, his surname IS Sultan, believe it or not!) who leads the Housekeeping team. They were most welcoming and generous enough to upgrade us to their finest accommodation, simply called “The Residence” – a haven of air-conditioned comfort with a spacious living room, bedroom with a super-comfortable four poster bed, a massive bathroom, 2 verandahs and an outdoor jacuzzi overlooking a private garden shaded by a wonderful Raintree. Before leaving, we had chance to see the other room categories as well – the Waterfront Verandah rooms and Waterfront Villas – and can confidently say that irrespective of which room category you choose, you will have a very comfortable and memorable stay. All rooms are tastefully furnished with real wood furniture, understated colours and artwork (mostly wildlife images, as is the norm in such resorts, but here they’ve used black and white images, which make them even more aethetically pleasing)nnSince the resort is fairly spread out in a linear fashion along the Kabini, they have a couple of golf carts that we used extensively for moving back and forth from the Wildgrass restaurant to The Residence, as it is nicely tucked away in the remotest corner of the property. The grounds house a number of endemic bird species such as white-throated fantail flycatchers, paradise flycatchers, koels, hawk cuckoos, red vented and red whiskered bulbuls, while a short walk to the water’s edge takes you up close to many species of egrets, ibis, storks and spoonbills. We even spotted an osprey from a short boat ride on the Kabini waters.nnBut the highlight of our stay at The Serai has to be the service and the team that delivered it. Always attentive and humble without being obsequious, they were a welcome relief from the either over-zealous or couldn’t-care-a-damn servers most Indian hotels and resorts tend to have. The food (a buffet for all 3 meals) was good, with a surprisingly large variety of Indian and western cuisine for a jungle resort. The Housekeeping and Front Desk services were spot on and nothing was too much trouble for them to deliver. Even the security guards and maintenance/gardening team members unfailingly wished us cheerfully when we passed them anywhere on the hotel grounds! Credit for this must go to the leadership team of the hotel, ably headed by Devendra (Resort Manager) and Mr. Devaiah (Operations Manager), along with Salim in Front Office, Tipu in Housekeeping, Prashant in F&B Service and Chef Vikas is the kitchen. Salim, Prashant and Tipu even joined me for a very enjoyable jungle safari when I was the lone passenger in the jeep along with Chama, since my wife and son decided to stay back and relax at the resort for the afternoon.nnI heartily recommend The Serai to anyone looking for a break from city life – it’s the perfect destination that allows you the option of either just chilling in the hotel or taking some exciting drives into the Nagarhole jungles and spotting an amazing variety of birds and mammals, including leapords, tigers and (if you’re really lucky) even a black panther!

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9/1/19: Presidio Picnic: Off the Grid’s Sunday Food Truck Party | SF – FREE

Presidio Picnic
San Francisco’s favorite family picnic is back for 2019. Presidio Picnic brings together the best of the Bay Area food scene with the beauty of this national park site and views of the bay and the Golden Gate Bridge .
Held on the seven acre Main Parade Ground lawn, this weekly community event features food and drink from more than 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco ’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid .
But it’s not just about the grub; visitors can enjoy an ever-changing array of free activities including yoga classes, lawn games, a Presidio photo booth , free kids bike-riding lessons from the Presidio YMCA, and nature-based arts and crafts for kids in the Presidio Adventure Zone tent.
Grab a blanket and head to your national park for Presidio Picnic. This great family event takes place on the Presidio’s beautiful Main Parade Ground, a seven-acre lawn with views of the park, the city, and the San Francisco Bay.
Every Sunday | March 31-October 20, 2019 | 11 am to 4 pm Main Parade Ground, The Presidio, SF FREE A rotating lineup of 30+ international mobile food creators representing the best of San Francisco’s multicultural food scene curated by Off the Grid Free Yoga class from LubbDubb every Sunday from 11 am to 12 noon Free Presidio Y Bike learn-to-ride lessons for kids every 1st Sunday of the month. Bicycles and helmets provided Cultural Dance Performance every 3rd Sunday of the month at noon to 2 pm. Food Trucks & Pop-Ups
The rotating lineup of 30 of the Bay Area’s best mobile food concepts at this year’s Presidio Picnic includes: (New to Presidio Picnic this year are Off the Grid mobile food creators)
Beans N Barbells: mobile pop café serving specialty coffee beverages Bowl’d Acai : made-to-order juices, smoothies and acai bowls Estas Manos: just-launched artisan coffee roaster proudly based in San Francisco Fruity Moto: organic, all-natural, fruit-centric craft beverages Gio Gelati: traditional Italian gelato made with impeccable California ingredients Horn Barbecue: much-lauded authentic Texas barbecue with a cult following The Base Co: LA-based natural sweetener company serving guilty-free, plant-based beverages in refillable “happiness jars” that feature designs by local artists La Santa Torta: Tacos, tortas, elotes and more that showcase the gastronomy of the Jalisco region of Mexico Lobsterdamus: Southern-California shellfish favorite serving up Maine lobsters on a mesquite grill Mi Morena: La Cocina entrepreneur offering fresh Tacos de Guisado on housemade tortillas Milk & Waffles: authentic Liège waffles topped with imported pearl sugar MOMO Noodle: high octane sauces and toppings on traditional Asian noodles On a Roll – Calcutta Style: Indian kathi rolls fusing traditional and modern flavors Pye: savory meat and veggie pies made in small batches with honest ingredients Spunbyss: classic, made-from-scratch sliders, fries and sides with vegetarian options that include a plant-based burger patty from Impossible Foods Turontastic: crunchy and irresistible Filipino desserts with inventive fillings like ube mochi, and strawberry-Nutella
Participating alums from Off the Grid’s 24-month mobile food incubator in partnership with Google, Instrucktional, include:
Bollocks: Globe-spanning spherical delights from meatball master Greg Spangler. Manjé: Haitian Caribbean cuisine from entrepreneur Dimitri Lilavois.

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